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Ristorante Avanti

1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #57 of 328 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
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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English first
Ashland, Oregon
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

When making a reservation, I was assured the restaurant would make this a special occasion for my husband's 70th birthday. We arrived on time and were shown to the only table available, a brightly lit one in the back of the restaurant, much in contrast to the softer lighting in the rest of the room. Eventually lights were turned down... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This was my first visit to their new location which I loved. It had a homey, friendly feeling. The red and white wine we chose were excellent. The soup was ok but the fish of the day was very good, as were the desserts. My friend's gnocchi had a superb and sharp sauce. We celebrated a birthday here and the... More 

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Butte, Montana
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We debated turning around and exiting the door before it began, but alas the hostess returned with a table ready to seat us. Underdressed, out-of-place with no other recourse than to follow. So we sat at the table and the hostess whispered something in the direction of their wine selection. My wife was quick to order a "Coke", although I... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I dropped by for lunch to check it out for a family Christmas dinner. Even though I was a single, they seated me right away during a busy time. Top notch menu items for lunch but somewhat limited in total number of choices - hey, that is one way to go - specialize and make the items you do offer... More 

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United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This place is a wonderful gem on Mission street that is well worth a visit when in Santa Cruz. The dishes are full of flavour and seem like something your nonna would make. The space is welcoming though the sound level can get rather loud on a busy night. Attentive servers combined with delicious food made for a lovely evening.

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Cincinnati, OH
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Absolutely incredible meal! Beginning with an exquisite margarita straight through the salads and entrees this is one of the best dinners we had in all of California, including Carmel where we were staying. The food is creative, fresh and the service was excellent. We sampled Avanti's specials, a spinach fettucini and lamb on skewers. Both exceeded our highest expectation. Wish... More 

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El Cerrito, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I went with a group to this nice Italian restaurant right on Mission with good parking. We had a little private room at the front of the restaurant with attentive, albeit a bit slow, service that could be attributed to the larger group. We were in no hurry, the wine flowed, the food was good, and the company was relaxed,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

This is unquestionably the best restaurant in Santa Cruz featuring fresh local ingredients, superb menu selections and a wonderful wine list. Warm and informed servers - 5 out of 5 stars!

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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Ristorante Avanti

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

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