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Ristorante Avanti

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1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-427-0135
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 stars 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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Thank NoHoMike
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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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Thank K T
Arcadia, California
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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars 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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118 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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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4 of 5 stars 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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Silicon Valley, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Very well prepared, Italian-California-farm to table type food. Wait staff excellent, very professional. Not terribly expensive for the quality of the food.

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Santa Cruz, CA
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86 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Whenever some suggests "why don't we go to Avanti?", the answer is invariably "yes!". It's hard to say why this has been one of our group's favorites for over 15 years, but both the old location (now serving pizza) and the new location (serving a wide menu of Italian cuisine items) have been popular. Avanti has a good wine list,... More 

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Thank Chuck, Santa Cruz
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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166 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

We were here for our grandson's birthday. The halibut was cooked perfectly and the kale salad was large enough to split and was perfectly fresh with a well-paired dressing. The service was good and friendlly.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $35
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
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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