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Ristorante Avanti

1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #23 of 324 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Fine dining for twenty five years as the farm to table restaurant for Santa Cruz county. We buy the produce, seafood and animals from the people who grew them, caught them or raised them. Local cuisine with a European bent. The finest wines from Europe with local wines in that tradition. We have a full bar and patio seating. We are on Highway One open for lunch and dinner. Reservations strongly encouraged.
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85% Recommend
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English first
east greenwich, rhode island
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532 reviews 532 reviews
340 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Hard to get reservations but worth the wait. Not impressed with wines by the glass, but bottles are better. The baby grilled artichokes were a bit chewy (? Overcooked?) but the chicken and fusilli primi dish was to die for! Should have had that for my main! The bread and olive oil were some of the best I have eaten... More

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Sterling, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

From the cocktail to the starters to the main course and wine, this restaurant is a treasure. I highly recommend you make it part of a visit to Santa Cruz. The servers are happy, personable, and professional. The cocktail choices are unique and delicious. I found the grilled artichokes to be an excellent starter. The halibut entree was among the... More

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Palo Alto, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We were at a B&B .They recommended Avanti. The service was very good but the food was marginal. The root soup had been watered down from another night. It tasted primarily like water….very weak. The eggplant parmesan was a little dry with a wet tomato sauce poured over it.. It seemed like it was microwaved. The mushroom ragot over polenta... More

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Seminary, Mississippi, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Read the reviews on Trip Advisor, so had to try it. Food was great; service was great. Enjoyes the entire evening while INSIDE the restaurant. Once we left, a homeless guy approached us in the parking lot and cursed us. If you go here at night, be aware of your surroundings BEFORE going out to your vehicle.

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Santa Cruz area CA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is a new location for a dependable local restaurant which has now two locations - a Pizzeria style place that served great breakfasts too on Mission Street, and now Avanti here as well in what used to be Hawg's and then ColdWater Seafood - a wonderful area with plenty of parking. Avanti is now PACKED ALL THE TIME during... More

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Fremont, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Visited with a friend who has a holiday home there, and is celiac. Very good service, and very quick too on a very busy Saturday evening. She had the special salad which was very interesting combination of ingredients, I had the heirloom tomato bruschetta, which was very tasty, but needed just a touch more oil on the bread. I had... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I get to Santa Cruz a few times each year. Some friends introduced us to Avanti on one of our visits and I got hooked. The food is different, always a good variety. The cocktails are also imaginative. The staff is delightful except the hostess on my last visit. I had called to make reservations and had talked to a... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Competent Italian food, but the servings were small, the plates chipped, the atmosphere nothing special and the price too high for what you get. There are lots of other good dining options in Santa Cruz, so I can't understand what all the praise for this place is about.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

I went here the other day with my family and we all loved it. I had the roasted chicken and fusilli and I absolutely loved it! The desserts are great as well and the staff are very friendly and the service was very quick. It was well priced and the atmosphere was very nice. I will defiantly be going there... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We were very pleasantly surprised by the food in this restaurant. It was just delicious. The day we were there, there was a fish pasta dish on special that was excellent. For dessert we shared a custard/pudding affaire ( panacotta?) with a rosemary sauce which was very good. When we told our waitress how much we enjoyed the food, her... More

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