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1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-427-0135
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5:30 pm - 9:30 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, Reservations
Description: Fine dining for twenty five years as the farm to table restaurant for...
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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  • 27
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
One of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz

Avanti is definitely one of the best places in Santa Cruz! Me and my French friend went to Avanti last week, and were impressed by the high quality food and excellent flavor combinations. I absolutely love their filet mignon-cooked to perfection!-and I also enjoyed my starter (warm avocado with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
Evelien G
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Antwerp, Belgium
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Scenic view
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Antwerp, Belgium
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Avanti is definitely one of the best places in Santa Cruz! Me and my French friend went to Avanti last week, and were impressed by the high quality food and excellent flavor combinations. I absolutely love their filet mignon-cooked to perfection!-and I also enjoyed my starter (warm avocado with crab) and the delicious ice cream sandwich I had for dessert.... More 

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Austin
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We eat here every time we come to Santa Cruz. Looking for healthy cuisine. Had the chicken cacciatore with extra sautéed veggies. Fall off the bone tender. Great service. Nice place.

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Ashland, Oregon
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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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102 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 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
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 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 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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96 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 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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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Additional Information about Ristorante Avanti

Address: 1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number: +1 831-427-0135
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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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

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Scenic view

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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