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“Seeing is believing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Avant Tapas and Wine

Avant Tapas and Wine
35 industrial way Buellton, CA 93427, Buellton, CA
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Ranked #9 of 39 Restaurants in Buellton
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Tapas
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Dining options: Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: State Route 246
Ventura, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Seeing is believing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We had gotten several recommendations for Avant Tapas and Wine. It is definitely worth a try just to see their selection of wines representing many of the small wineries in the area. I had a glass for Brander Cab...very nice. We also had the poppers and a Margarita pizza... both were good and the prices were fair. Believe it or not, I was most impressed with the facility itself since it is in a 40,000 sq ft industrial building that processes wine for a lot of the local wineries. We had a view of the operation from our table on one side of the room and a view of the mountains on the other....very, very impressive. We were even able to go out onto the cat walk for a closer look at the wine processing facility (which was emmaculate and a true work of art). Good food, fair price and a glimpse into how wine is made. This will what this area is all about. Also, the staff was very nice.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“If you have time to wait an hour for a cold cheese plate, this is the place for you.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

I have been here many times, and probably two out of ten were good. Slow service, very overpriced and really food isn't all that.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Thousand Oaks, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Self-Service Wine Bar!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Clever self-service set up for dispensing 50+ different wines - you use a key card to track your purchases of full glass, half glass or tasting portions of as many wines as you like (note: this can be hazardous to your wallet). The small plates we tried were very, very good, but beware the jalapenos on the Ahi sashimi - they destroy your wine palate.

Visited October 2012
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Santa Barbara, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Highs and lows”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This restaurant is a ton of fun with it's variety of wines that you can choose how many ounces you want in your glass. During the wine harvest season it is really cool because you can watch all the wine makers at work from the birds eye view from the restaurant. I have been here before and had a wonderful experience- the last time I ate here it was dead. This time it was more crowded. There was a wonderful band playing. The service was nothing exceptional though. Our salads we started with, Roasted Almond and Apple and the Organic Mixed Greens were excellent- fresh and with wonderful, light dressings. The steak, a Rib-Eye was cooked too rare (ordered medium rare and I will even eat something rarer than that, but it was VERY rare). The pizza was good- Artichokes, Sundried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Basil Oil, Feta. We also had wine and beer (all of which were excellent). We live in Buellton and will go back, just not with the exuberance that we go to other local restaurants with, as we feel more special at the other local restaurants from the service- the servers knowing we are local in the area usually go out of there way to make the dining experience personal and special at all the other restaurants. Maybe it was just an off night, though. The price points for the food are excellent for the quality served.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Laguna Niguel, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Hidden Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Avant was a real treat - loved the "wine bar" concept modeled after the current yogurt shop craze...
Food & service was excellent! Easy way to taste several different kinds. Although not located easily & found at the end of a business district, once found, it's easy to fall in love with this place! Now my favorite restaurant in sleepy Buellton!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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