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Ristorante Avanti

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1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5215
+1 831-427-0135
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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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Santa Cruz, California
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356 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 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 

Thank JeriLG
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.

Thank wynneo2015
Singapore, Singapore
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91 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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.

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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Castro Valley, California
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145 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 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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150 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

We always stop here when we visit Santa cruz. the food is great and the staff explains the menu and offers options. They have a nice wine list as well

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Arcadia, California
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2016

The wonderful thing about a child in college is eating your way thru the city closest to campus. We are fortunate to have a child going to UCSC. Ristorante Avanti was a wonderful casual dining experience. Very relaxed atmosphere a nice blend of people. It's nice to dine at a locally sourced establishment. I had the Pappardelle, the pasta was... More 

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San Francisco, California
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148 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2016

This is our go-to spot for lunch and dinner with guests. The food is always great, service is friendly and efficient (a big plus in Santa Cruz), they now make terrific cocktails. It is a great place to go if you want to talk to the people you're with. I don't mean stuffy -- just a very pleasant experience.

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Richland, Washington
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2016

We wrapped up 2015 on a visit with family in Santa Cruz by having dinner at this fine restaurant. The food was terrific and the service perfect. Among the four of us,we had the chicken cacciatore, the scallops ( daily special) and the duck breast - all were terrific with the scallops probably winning as the best of the bunch.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $35
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
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-427-0135
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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