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“Meat and cheese!”
Review of AVANT Restaurant

AVANT Restaurant
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Ranked #212 of 4,768 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $60
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pomerado Road
Description: Venture forward with bright new flavors, fresh from the sea, farm and garden. Savor cocktails, wines and beers uniquely created with an artisan's touch. It's lively and sophisticated with a dash of daring. AVANT, come and experience what tomorrow tastes like. AVANT focuses on unpretentious, approachable cuisine with homegrown culinary touches paired with handcrafted classic cocktails, local craft beer and limited production wines from around the world. AVANT draws on the best of wine country dining - inspired culinary exploration, leisurely socializing, and the freshest of seasonal ingredients - and moves it forward with a contemporary California mindset. Our culinary team serves up vibrant, creative dishes and artisan libations that embrace items foraged, farmed, hunted or fished. An inviting setting defined by its indoor-outdoor design, dynamic spaces and social settings, you need to try this. Complimentary valet parking available.
Oceanside, California
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443 reviews
303 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Meat and cheese!”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

Figured since I was already in RB I should check out Avant. First I must say that the entire hotel and hotel grounds are beautiful! Park in the guest lot and walk to the building at the top of the hill. A super cool Cadillac golf cart was parked out front, wish someone would have offered me a spin! Anyhow, the restaurant is really pretty with both indoor and outdoor seating. We sat inside at the bar but the outdoor area looked really nice, you sit above the golf course. The service could have been better but the food was good. We had the 5 meat plate and the 3 cheese plate. Every single one of the items one both plates were incredible. I couldn't even pick a favorite, they were all really good. They have a good drink menu with good options for cocktails, beer, and wine. They even have a few choices of wine on tap. The prices were a little high but the quality was high so it almost offsets. They do have happy hour so that could be a way to save some money.

  • Visited February 2014
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Ann Arbor
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89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Food = A. Ambiance = C- Service = B-”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Our serving staff included a main server and an assistant. The main server, a woman with a long black ponytail, was barely civil. However, the assistant server, a man, was absolutely terrific. . .eager to help and pleasant.

The restaurant feels closed-in; the tables are too close together, and they are too big for groups to converse easily. For example, couples are placed at opposite ends of too-long rectangle tables. Not optimal.

Based upon the uneven service and the disappointing surroundings, I wasn't expecting much from the food. However, it was excellent. Fresh, well-prepared, well-presented, and delicious.

If Avant could improve its service staff, I'd give this a better review.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank TheFlyingMommy
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JCResortsMarketing, Public Relations Manager at AVANT Restaurant, responded to this review, January 23, 2014
Ann,
I am disappointed to hear that you received less than excellent service. We take our guests' feedback seriously, and I will be sharing your experience with our staff. Thank you.
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San Diego, California
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Superb Dining”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

We dined here Xmas day with another companion and found everything to our liking. A magical experience. The ambience was perfect, the service was excellent, the noise was subdued, and the food was great. A better day we could not have planned. It was our first visit back since the renovation, having dined there many times before, and they got everything right!!!

  • Visited December 2013
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful menu and great service”
Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

A superb menu, described by the waiter who was accurate and served us well. The portions were a good size and for once we actually finished both courses. We recommend the New York strip and the pork loin. The ambience was excellent and we enjoyed the wines from the stem list.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Larcabout R
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laguna hills
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good food, beautiful view”
Reviewed December 24, 2013

Had fish and chips which were a bit on the greasy side but yummy. Guacamole and chips were great..again chips were a bit oily.

Visited December 2013
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