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Ristorante Avanti

1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #45 of 327 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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84% Recommend
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English first
Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner. We appreciated the inventive dishes and fresh local ingredients. Service was very good.

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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

Loved the food, service great, noise level not acceptable. I could not hear my husband talking. Will probably not go back which is too bad.

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pebble beach
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

i tried this restaurant when it was down the street and was not impressed then nor am i now.i watch my weight but even for someone like me i left feeling hungry.i even ate the hard bread and i usually dont eat bread. i cant recommend this place if you are hungry. i can say do not order any chicken... More

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Monterey, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

When we walk the Wharf this is one of our first stops especially for happy hour at the bar. Bartenders are always fast and friendly. Happy hour has so nice drink specials as well as food to snack on. Not to mention the views are amazing nice to watch the surfers and sun set. CHEERS!!!!

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Menu was different , food organic and tasty . We had a table of eight in the quieter outside covered patio . Local Relatives were keen to go there as best food in Santa Cruz , didn't wow me but I did enjoy the meal

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east greenwich, rhode island
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575 reviews 575 reviews
359 restaurant reviews
221 helpful votes 221 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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