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Ristorante Avanti

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1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5215
+1 831-427-0135
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17:30 - 21:30
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Hours:
Sun 17:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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Burlington, Vermont, United States
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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 hand made, rolled pasta but they literally served boxed penne...not worth the price. I was... More 

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Thank Jenna P
Geneva, Switzerland
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242 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
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.

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Thank cleoch
Palo Alto, California
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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.

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Santa Cruz, CA
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 possibly noisy central area. The bread was excellent, served with a particularly flavorful olive oil,... More 

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Thank judiriva
Santa Cruz, California
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273 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 big, but I ordered off the menu spaghetti. Very average, but not so good compared... More 

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Thank timteresa0
Los Altos, California
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. And it was easy to conduct our business over lunch... More 

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Thank Joan L
Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 December 2016

I've been going to Avanti for over two decades but unfortunately, after my experience last evening, I'm afraid I'll not be going back. My wife and I have been loyal patrons and supporters over the years, recommending Avanti to friends and business colleagues, but last night the staff demonstrated a complete lack of respect and understanding of business. They apparently... More 

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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Rustic friendly atmosphere. I sat at the bar and the bartender (Katie) was amazing. She is a great mixologist, fun to watch and interact with her while she is mixing spirits. The rest of the staff and patrons were also friendly and engaging. Tried a few wines before setting on one to go with my chicken cacciatore and off the... More 

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Thank JRCAL67
Santa Cruz, CA
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211 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

I have to tell you that Ristorante Avanti has been our go-to place for probably 15 years, in both locations. Recently, however, I have had some doubts that I want to share with the owners. During a recent dinner for four, we were surprised at how meager the portions were relative to the prices. My guest ordered the Bay Scallops,... More 

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Thank Chuck, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California
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409 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We took my parents to dinner here. We have travelled Italy together and they love good food. We had reservations and were able to get a large, quiet booth for my hearing impaired father. We also chose to go earlier for this reason. The service was wonderful. In the beginning, our server overheard my mother asking about the cool air... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$25 - US$35
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
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
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 21:30
Saturday
17:30 - 21:30
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
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?