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“Nice, but . . .”
Review of Ristorante Avanti

Ristorante Avanti
Ranked #67 of 372 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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.
Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice, but . . .”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

We were treated poorly by the owner who wanted us to hurry up and leave the table, although we were not quite finished our multi-course meal and drinks. We were well-dressed, well-behaved, and enjoying ourselves until she asked us twice if we were ready to pay, yet. We were still eating. Granted, the place was full, however when the bill is in the hundreds we should be able to finish our desert.

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1 Thank HarlyRox
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English first
Santa Cruz, California
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417 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Great Italian Food and atmosphere!”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

This is an intimate favorite place for nice Italian food. It can be a little loud, but not overwhelming. Get reservations or arrive early. They are opening up a new larger location and we can hardly wait!

Visited June 2012
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6 Thank JeriLG
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Sacramento
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Always fresh and tasty”
Reviewed June 5, 2012

I am afraid to mention this restaurant because it is getting too crowded !! Small, locally owned and on the forefront of the food to table movement. Every dish is fresh, inventive and delicious. Wine list is varied, local and world wines at affordable prices. Suggestions of samples by the glass are a great way to taste your way across the menu. Service staff is attentive and knowledgeable. They are moving to a new location that will give them more space and a patio. Can't wait to see how it plays out. One more reason to love Santa Cruz

  • Visited June 2012
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6 Thank luv2gooften
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fantastic Itialian restraunt”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

The best gourmet Italian food to be found in Santa Cruz and the SF Bay Area.

  • Visited February 2012
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7 Thank DellElliott
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Los Angeles, California
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Always good, always consistent”
Reviewed May 11, 2012

I try to get to Avanti almost every time I'm in
Santa Cruz. It's a terrific restaurant, has a great atmosphere and one of those places you just wish was in your home town. Santa Cruzians - you're a lucky bunch ( for many reasons)!
They are moving from their current location soon, and the old location will be turned into an "upscale" pizza place we were told. Hooray - one more fab eatery to add to the Santa Cruz list.

  • Visited May 2012
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5 Thank ringdiam
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