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Ristorante Avanti

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1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-427-0135
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 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
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Los Altos, California
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first visit to this restaurant - a business meeting. The food was excellent! I ordered the brussels sprouts and my companion ordered a terrific rock cod served over roasted vegetables. The food was delicious, presented attractively and the portions were just right. The staff was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. And it was easy to conduct our business over lunch... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

I've been going to Avanti for over two decades but unfortunately, after my experience last evening, I'm afraid I'll not be going back. My wife and I have been loyal patrons and supporters over the years, recommending Avanti to friends and business colleagues, but last night the staff demonstrated a complete lack of respect and understanding of business. They apparently... More 

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Thank JSGer
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Rustic friendly atmosphere. I sat at the bar and the bartender (Katie) was amazing. She is a great mixologist, fun to watch and interact with her while she is mixing spirits. The rest of the staff and patrons were also friendly and engaging. Tried a few wines before setting on one to go with my chicken cacciatore and off the... More 

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Thank JRCAL67
Santa Cruz, CA
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198 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

I have to tell you that Ristorante Avanti has been our go-to place for probably 15 years, in both locations. Recently, however, I have had some doubts that I want to share with the owners. During a recent dinner for four, we were surprised at how meager the portions were relative to the prices. My guest ordered the Bay Scallops,... More 

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Thank Chuck, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California
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376 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

We took my parents to dinner here. We have travelled Italy together and they love good food. We had reservations and were able to get a large, quiet booth for my hearing impaired father. We also chose to go earlier for this reason. The service was wonderful. In the beginning, our server overheard my mother asking about the cool air... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Went to Ristorante Avanti with friends. Each of us ordered something different and everyone liked their meal. I had linguine with shrimp. I was looking for something light and this met all my needs.

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Singapore, Singapore
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37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

We couldn't decide among all the restaurants around so made a random choice to eat here. Not bad, a little bit pricier compared to its local cuisine partners.. Italian food = small serving.

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Thank Rach_lr
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

We have been dining at this restaurant for many years, at least 8, beginning at the old location. My first clue should have been the empty parking lot. We dine here on our yearly vacation to Santa Cruz and usually come here twice during our stay. The general consensus amongst the family and friends we bring is that there has... More 

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Thank Mark D
Castro Valley, California
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106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Very tasty Italian classics served in a cozy setting. We were there for dinner and enjoyed the food as well as the nice wine list. Good selection of appetizers, soups and salads and desserts. Recommend the eggplant parmesan and fried chicken dinners.

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016

I don't remember the last time I gave a 5 rating to anyone. But this place is the perfect neighborhood Ristorante. It has a friendly knowledgeable Staff, a warm and welcoming interior, and really good locally produced items. We felt like locals as soon as we sat down. This maybe the best Cali/Italian cusine I have ever had.It was so... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $35
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
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
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?