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AVANT Restaurant

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Californian, Mediterranean
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17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego, CA 92128 (Pomerado Road)
+1 858-675-8550
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Venture forward with bright new flavors, fresh from the sea, farm and...
Venture forward with bright new flavors, fresh from the sea, farm and garden. Savor cocktails, wines and beers uniquely created with an artisan's touch. It's lively and sophisticated with a dash of daring. AVANT, come and experience what tomorrow tastes like. AVANT focuses on unpretentious, approachable cuisine with homegrown culinary touches paired with handcrafted classic cocktails, local craft beer and limited production wines from around the world. AVANT draws on the best of wine country dining - inspired culinary exploration, leisurely socializing, and the freshest of seasonal ingredients - and moves it forward with a contemporary California mindset. Our culinary team serves up vibrant, creative dishes and artisan libations that embrace items foraged, farmed, hunted or fished. An inviting setting defined by its indoor-outdoor design, dynamic spaces and social settings, you need to try this. Complimentary valet parking available.
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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
delightful menu, but overpriced, and noisy

We live not far from here, and we chose Avant for a birthday dinner. The menu is full of very innovative and unique combinations. I would like to have tried several more of their "starter" selections but the prices weren't very encouraging. They actually looked much more interesting than their main... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
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  • Special occasions
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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We live not far from here, and we chose Avant for a birthday dinner. The menu is full of very innovative and unique combinations. I would like to have tried several more of their "starter" selections but the prices weren't very encouraging. They actually looked much more interesting than their main courses. My main criticism other than price, was the... More 

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
183 reviews 183 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the emphasis is on locally grown food and it was apparent in the dishes. Unusual combinations, I had a prawn dish with risotto. Friends and I shared a quinoa salad that was out of this world, so fresh. The portions were a bit small but that was to be expected for fine dining.... More 

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I haven't found really good restaurants around San Diego. I live in the wine country north of SF, so I'm spoiled. AVANT has an unusual menu, which looked fun but the food was just ok. I probably won't go back.

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Excellent food! Worth a trip from anywhere in the San Diego area, but maybe not from LA unless you are in San Diego for other reasons. We ate dinner at Avant on 12/5/14 because we were staying at Rancho Bernardo to play golf. The dinner was totally excellent, maybe comparable to anything we've had recently in LA. Not as good... More 

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San Francisco
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

Our experience at Avant was first class, the charcuterie bar was outstanding and a great touch. The food quality equaled any where I've eaten before and the passionate service staff delivered an amazing and engaging experience. Highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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Woodinville, Washington
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We dined here recently with a friend that lives in San Diego. I would say it is a nice restaurant for those that are staying at the hotel & don't want to go off site to have dinner. We had good service & the food was good. We had the halibut & the salmon & both were prepared as you... More 

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San Diego, CA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Dined with the family of 4 for my son's 20th birthday mid-week. Everything about the evening was outstanding: great service, nice presentation, excellent preparation, and fabulous dessert. We started with the charcuterie platter where the server took the time to explain each item in detail to include the 3 mustards. Every item was excellent where I have typically found at... More 

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Poway, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My husband and I plus another couple decided to try Avant as we had not tried it since it opened in the old Bizcocho space. We made reservations for a 6:30 Sunday night dinner, arrived on time and were told we had to wait...the restaurant was about 1/3 full. We waited for 30 minutes before they seated us. One server... More 

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San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Located in the Rancho Bernardo Inn, Avant is a strong attempt to be an Upscale gourmet spot, that unfortunately seems to be falling short of the mark. The physical set-up is great, from the bar, the wine room and the dining area to a beautiful outdoor patio. The menu is trendy and promises a real foodie experience. The food mostly... More 

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Naples, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We had the opportunity to dine twice at Avant while staying at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Their charcuterie selection is not to be missed, very tasty and beautifully presented . We paired it with several cheese varieties and it really could be a full meal especially with the wonderful french bread. Calamari was tender and flavorful as well. For dinner... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego, CA 92128
    (Pomerado Road)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-675-8550

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

Venture forward with bright new flavors, fresh from the sea, farm and garden. Savor cocktails, wines and beers uniquely created with an artisan's touch. It's lively and sophisticated with a dash of daring. AVANT, come and experience what tomorrow tastes like. AVANT focuses on unpretentious, approachable cuisine with homegrown culinary touches paired with handcrafted classic cocktails, local craft beer and limited production wines from around the world. AVANT draws on the best of wine country dining - inspired culinary exploration, leisurely socializing, and the freshest of seasonal ingredients - and moves it forward with a contemporary California mindset. Our culinary team serves up vibrant, creative dishes and artisan libations that embrace items foraged, farmed, hunted or fished. An inviting setting defined by its indoor-outdoor design, dynamic spaces and social settings, you need to try this. Complimentary valet parking available.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?