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AVANT Restaurant

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 09/21/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 09/21/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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$31 - $60
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American
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews dungeness crab sea bass duck chef chris excellent wine happy hour special dinner excellent food and service wonderful meal fresh ingredients server rbi accompaniments presentation belly patio
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Reviewed August 10, 2021

Martinis (excellent!) and a good meal at Avant was just the cure we needed after a long day of travel delays.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 30, 2021 via mobile

We went for the champagne and oysters for happy hour. We were told we could only have this in the bar so we sat at a table in the bar area. The champagne was very good and the oysters were OK but a bit small....We decided to order dinner and I ordered two appetizers. I thought the gazpacho soup sounded good with the pumpernickel bread. But to my surprise I received no more than 3 tablespoons of bland soup and three pumpernickel croutons. I really laughed out loud when I asked the waiter where the bread was and he pointed to the croutons. The soup was terrible and I asked for some salt which Took a while for them to find, but they found some behind the bar. My second appetizer was cucumber salad. It was the tiniest cucumber I have ever seen sliced with about a teaspoon of whipped feta cheese. Although tasty it was hardly a salad. By this time we had spent $75 on my food plus my husband bought something equally terrible. We were so hungry we decided to leave and go find a restaurant where we weren’t going to be ripped off and we could actually get something to eat.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 19, 2021 via mobile

The best hidden value happy hour is at Avant… they serve $1 oysters and Vueve for $15 a glass. My husband said the oysters may well have been the best he’s ever had and I’ve never seen a happy hour where they serve Vueve Cliqout...by the glass (see, he doesn’t drink and I don’t eat oysters, so a place where we could both go and enjoy some of our faves at a great value is super, and rare!). We followed up happy hour with a delicious dinner in the main dining room which was paired with fantastic service. Dinner was a splurge, we certainly weren’t disappointed.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed February 15, 2021 via mobile

I’ve always wanted to try Avant Restaurant and I’m so glad we did. My Husband and I got the last table for Valentine’s dinner and we were lucky enough to try their amazing food. We had a 5 course meal and we also did the...wine pairing which was the topping of the icing. My husband isn’t a wine kind of a guy and he definitely enjoyed all the wine pairing. I recommend doing the wine pairing with your dinner it really was amazing. The local Dungeness crab was delicious My second course was Braised lamb it was outstanding! My third course was the main lobster with Japanese sweet potato and just wow! My fourth course charcoal grilled yellowtail, it was amazing! The service we received was also very pleasant out waiter did a great job in making sure our glasses were never empty over all if I could give a 6 plus stars I would! Thank you Avant for the amazing food experience and service. The place was very clean and the tables were set 6 feet apart all the staff are wearing mask and did a great job keeping everyone safe! I highly recommend this place!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed October 31, 2020

This place was delicious. Pricey yes, but worth it for a special evening! Definitely order the bluefin tuna, the duck, and THE CHOCOLATE DESSERT!!!!! It was SO yummy.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 4, 2020

First of all, if you're looking for a regular dinner, don't go here. Go to the Veranda Restaurant right below AVANT and enjoy the American food they have to offer which is also delicious. But AVANT Restaurant is a place you go to for small,...expensive portions, beautifully crafted dishes, and the best ingredients/pairings a chef can provide. My mom and I came here for their 4-6pm Oyster Happy Hour where they have $1 oysters and $15 Veuve Cliquot champagne by the glass. We had to specifically request to hear about happy hour otherwise we were just handed the regular menu and no one brought it up. But we started with a dozen oysters and my mom got a glass of New Zealand white wine to pair up with them. The oysters tasted extremely fresh and were a nice variety. Really salty but I wonder if that's just how fresh they were. We've had a lot of oysters and these were definitely the saltiest I've had, but still delicious. Next we got a few plates to share which were the Chilled Cucumber Gazpacho, the Oxtail pasta, and the Tuna Toro "Belly". All three dishes were insanely delicious. My mom and I had to slow ourselves down. Of course, it wasn't filling so we ordered the Zucchini plate to share and another Tuna Toro "Belly" since that was by far the best dish for us. The Zucchini was just a lot of shaved zucchini pieces and that would have been fine for $14 however they had laid on the salt and pepper so heavily that it burned our tongues and throats. Unfortunately we had to send that back but the waitress was very understanding. Finally, dessert was a Fig & Raspberry Tart which may sound simple, but it was so beautifully constructed and had incredibly delicate flavors. The tart, the citrus, the sweet. It was all there. My mom isn't big on dessert and she devoured it - I relented on the last bite since it was her birthday dinner after all. The only thing I will say, and this has more to do with COVID times, is that we were seated on the patio that was very isolated but was the only walkway through to their official outdoor seating area. When we walked out of the restaurant and passed that official area, we felt a bit cheated. There was ambiance lighting, a gorgeous fireplace, and some low chatter which makes you feel like you're a part of something. Had I known that was there, I would have asked to be seated there.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed June 25, 2020

Finally, AVANT is back open as CA State relaxes the rules! A little different but same great food and service. We have gone twice since they have reopened and I feel very safe and comfortable. The staff are all wearing masks (as are patrons,(until you...get to your table). They are disinfitecting tables and chairs constantly. As for the food, it's a limited menu but with great options and portion size. Alway delicious! We are so happy to be able to come in and relax and enjoy ourselves. We can't sit at the bar yet, but hopefully that will be the next step. Come visit them, they are doing a great job!!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 24, 2020

The food and service are amazing as always. The craft cocktails and specialty drinks continue to amaze every time we go. The restaurant is doing a great job at keeping everything clean and sanitized, well beyond expectations and what is necessary. The seating seems well...beyond the needed 6' spacing. If you are thinking of venturing out to a dine in restaurant for the first time, this is a great spot as you will feel very safe and comfortable.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 21, 2020

Probably the best duck preparation I have ever had. Crispy skin, moist, cooked to the perfect temp, and garnished with lavender soaked cherries that were the perfec accompaniment. I realize this must be a seasonal preparation because both cherries and lavender are in season write...now, so hurry up and order already. It was so fun to get this dish, having just visited the lavender harvest at Highlend Springs Ranch about an hour away. What a perfect end to a beautiful day..More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 10, 2020 via mobile

After a long stressful day of moving, we showed up at closing time and were delighted to have been given such great service from Emily D, Chef Edward and Chef Chris! The food and service was excellent, as always! Thank you for continuing to keep...us amazed!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Yes, AVANT Restaurant offers takeout services.

Yes, AVANT Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

AVANT Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5