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Review of Ristorante Avanti

Ristorante Avanti
Ranked #66 of 377 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view
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.
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Stale tasteless bread, unresponsive service who could care less about the quality of the food or our experience and food that didn't come close to passing for Italian authentic cuisine. The bruschetta app was nothing more than more stale nasty white bread with--I am NOT kidding--four baguette slices of stale bread, each with a small slice of unripe, rock hard and tasteless tomato slice and sliver of basil on it. No cheese. No anything else. The waitress refused to take return the order, saying we had already sampled it (We each had a piece and had taken bites--and all agreed it was not edible beyond the first bite). The place bills itself as a mostly organic, locally sourced purveyor of the fine ingredients we have in our region but this could not be farther from the truth because there's no way our local farms sell such poor quality ingredients. Try La Posta instead; it's pricey but at least a good value, which this place is not.

Thank mstoes
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Food was very good, portions controlled nicely. Service was excellent and price is right. Group of 11 and our table was ready, service on time and felt full and happy. Had the bruchetta, excellent, and code special - also very good. Everyone loved the food - out of 11 thats pretty good!

Thank Kelli S
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

1) we were shocked to see padron peppers on the menu as an appetizer. Even though they were'nt as good as most joints in Spain, we were amazed that they had them and made a decent effort at reproducing this typical Spanish finger food (at an Italian restaurant no less).
2) we actually chose our own wine rather than relying on the waiter. It was great!
3) all our dishes were fantastic.
4) the wait staff were friendly, knew the menu very well (as they should), and was overall very welcoming even though we had a toddler.
5) the only minus is that they do not even have high chairs. I think that restaurants while attempting to satisfy some clients by making parents with children think twice about visiting their establishment are actually doing themselves a disservice. Not every foodie out there wants to cut their kids out of the fun of enjoying great food.

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Thank islandstylenumber1
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

This is the happening dining scene right now in Santa Cruz. It is so popular and crowded, that we felt guilty sitting at the bar to have a drink before dinner; everyone else was jealously using it as a place to have their meal. But because of their ppularity there is hardly anywhere to wait, let alone have a pre-dinner cocktail. With all this crush of people and activity the hostess and wait staff showed great professionalism; I give them high ranking for holding things together so well.

The food is better than ever. Nearly doubling the seat capacity did not affect the quality of food coming out of the kitchen. And from the apparantly small staff I witnessed working in the kitchen, it is a marvel of great cheffing.

Prices have held steady, and after dining here, I wish it was more convenient to my home so I could dine here more often.....just hang out for the good vibes and the good food.

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Thank chinochito
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Ate here following tips from this site. The restaurant had recently moved to a larger premises a few doors down. Ended up eating at the bar which was fine. Both the food and service was excellent and good value for money - the chocolate dessert being amazing

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Thank Darren H
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