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Ristorante Avanti

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1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-427-0135
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Description: Fine dining for twenty five years as the farm to table restaurant for Santa...
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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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A great way to end the year

We wrapped up 2015 on a visit with family in Santa Cruz by having dinner at this fine restaurant. The food was terrific and the service perfect. Among the four of us,we had the chicken cacciatore, the scallops ( daily special) and the duck breast - all were terrific with the scallops probably... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
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Richland, Washington
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Richland, Washington
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We wrapped up 2015 on a visit with family in Santa Cruz by having dinner at this fine restaurant. The food was terrific and the service perfect. Among the four of us,we had the chicken cacciatore, the scallops ( daily special) and the duck breast - all were terrific with the scallops probably winning as the best of the bunch.... More 

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Silicon Valley, CA
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67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Very well prepared, Italian-California-farm to table type food. Wait staff excellent, very professional. Not terribly expensive for the quality of the food.

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Thank MVFlyer
Santa Cruz, CA
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135 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Whenever some suggests "why don't we go to Avanti?", the answer is invariably "yes!". It's hard to say why this has been one of our group's favorites for over 15 years, but both the old location (now serving pizza) and the new location (serving a wide menu of Italian cuisine items) have been popular. Avanti has a good wine list,... More 

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Thank Chuck, Santa Cruz
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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240 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

We were here for our grandson's birthday. The halibut was cooked perfectly and the kale salad was large enough to split and was perfectly fresh with a well-paired dressing. The service was good and friendlly.

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Thank LOMike
Campbell, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Lunch with my daughter-in-law. Two great entrees, one fish and one pasta. All very good. Fish was perfectly cooked. Not terribly happy with the wine selection and the $15.00 glass of white wine was only about a 3.5 oz pour. It was a bit pricey for the fare, especially for lunch of two entrees and two adult beverages. Total, including... More 

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Thank Jackie W
Bonny Doon, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

My husband and I like a restaurant that offers good food and a dining experience in an elegant setting where we can hear each other and have a conversation. Ristorante Avanti delivers at every level, from the excellent service to the delicious and varied menu and the attractive dining area. We were greeted by a charming hostess who made us... More 

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Thank Robin P
Cincinnati, OH
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

5 couples were staying in Santa Cruz to take advantage of the local wineries. Each night's dinner centered on a different restauratnt. The first night was Ristorante Avanti. 3 of us ordered scallops, another 2 the vegetable lasagna and other items off the menu. We all agreed the food was OK, but really nothing special. The service was adequate and... More 

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We celebrated my husband's birthday at Restaurante Avanti last night. Though we'd been to the old location a number of times, this was our first dinner at their new location. We were surprised at how attractive it was on the inside, very welcoming. The service staff was great, offering to take pictures of the occasion, making sure there was a... More 

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Thank Elise Ann W
Santa Cruz, California
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

I had a seafood risotto that was obviously made using left over white rice, a few spinach leaves, and what looked like plankton! when i finally found the waiter and told her it was not good, she shrugged her shoulders and walked off.

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Thank Paula B
San Jose, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

This Italian restaurant is delightful and the food is delicious. There are several fish dishes as will as the traditional pasta, although most are given a special twist of flavor by the chef, It is close to UCSC and can be a dinner stop prior to Shakespeare of other entertainment,

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-427-0135

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 35
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?