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Ristorante Avanti

1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5215
+1 831-427-0135
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“garganelli” (2 reviews)
“polenta” (8 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 PM - 9:30 PMAll hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5215
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Super good food. Service good except server kept asking one in our group if she wanted a drink or wine...she doesn't drink....so that was a bit annoying. Other than that, fresh and local food. Prepared with a bit of flare. Casual atmosphere.

Thank Jackie L
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Wonder local place with great and affordable Italian cuisine. We've eaten there with family and friends from work for lunch and dinner. It has never disappointed. Great for our work-related celebrations.

Thank P2607KXmichaelt
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Was visiting Santa Cruz solo for one night and wanted to go to a restaurant that wasn't a chain or fast food joint. Ristoranti Avanti is a great neighborhood restaurant with a cozy Italian restaurant vibe. It didn't start off great; I wasn't greeted right...More

Thank Dale L
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

I called 20 minutes prior to my arrival and the hostess explained they could not make a reservation for me but assured me they would take good care of me when I arrived. I was dining alone seated immediately at a perfect table when I...More

Thank Luv W
Reviewed 21 April 2017

We came with friends we had not seen in a very long time so ultimately, we were just happy to share a meal with our friends. The calamari was not good-very thin, chewy and tasteless. We ordered the Garganelli dish which I expected would be...More

Thank Jenna P
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is a popular restaurant for people from nearby University of California Santa Cruz, serving good authentic Italian food. Daily specials. Friendly efficient service.

Thank cleoch
Reviewed 19 March 2017

You can't go wrong at this place. We went there twice already and both times we had good experience. Consistent quality.

Thank Scruz101
Reviewed 16 February 2017

In the past I was not motivated to dine here because I felt the menu was limited, but my husband and I went last night and had a good experience, sitting in a cozy booth so as not to be in the midst of a...More

Thank judiriva
Reviewed 8 February 2017

This was my first time coming o this restaurant. I really liked the atmosphere. My friend I came with got a very delicious lasagna dish. It had a lot of interesting ingredients and she couldn't eat it all. I don't think the portion was that...More

Thank timteresa0
Reviewed 5 January 2017

My first visit to this restaurant - a business meeting. The food was excellent! I ordered the brussels sprouts and my companion ordered a terrific rock cod served over roasted vegetables. The food was delicious, presented attractively and the portions were just right. The staff...More

Thank Joan L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$35
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-427-0135
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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