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Ristorante Avanti

1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-427-0135
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Ranked #41 of 326 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
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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English first
El Cerrito, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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pebble beach
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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london
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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590 reviews 590 reviews
368 restaurant reviews
244 helpful votes 244 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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