Avanti Restaurant

1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz CA 95060
$$$ California Recommended New

At Avanti Restaurant, we have been committed to the local food culture since 2019. We serve you organic vegetables, sustainable seafood, pasture-raised meats and poultry, organic milk, butter and eggs, locally roasted coffee, and house-made desserts. We have a full bar featuring seasonal cocktails and a variety of spirits.

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Business Info

  • Address: 1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz CA 95060
  • Cross Street: Bellevue street
  • Location: Santa Cruz County
  • Cuisine: California | Contemporary | French | Italian | Pasta | Seafood | Spanish | Steak | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Moderate
  • Category: Upscale Casual
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash | Apple Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: 20.00 | 2 bottle per table
  • Phone: (831) 427-0135
  • Features: Full Bar, Organic Ingredients, Private Room, Takeout Available, Happy Hours, Healthy Options, Farm-to-table,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Trendy / Hip, Date Night,

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.63 out of 5 stars based on 676 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 05, 2021
Lois W.
Delicious food, interesting choices, waitress and her trainee were wonderful. I love Avanti

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 20, 2021
Addison J.
Food and service were terrific. We had a lovely dinner. Sat outside for obvious reasons and there was road noise to contend with. Otherwise it was a very present setting.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 14, 2021
Saarin S.
Everything about the dining experience was wonderful! One comment about the reservation: it allows you to choose a seating area preference, but that did not show up on the confirmation, so I wasn’t sure if it had been noted.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 11, 2021
FLiP H.
Soooo good!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2021
Kerena S.
Food was awesome! broccoli soup was amazing and focaccia.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 29, 2021
Mario B.
The patio was a lovely place to dine. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared and Franklin our server was professional, warm and accommodating.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 29, 2021
Bob P.
Avanti is welcoming and a Westside classic that always delivers quality

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 28, 2021
Pat N.
First time there and a pleasant surprise. Great service, environment and food. We will be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 23, 2021
Eric N.
Excellent overall experience Great food Great service Nice comfortable outdoor dining area

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 31, 2021
Helen G.
Avanti is always amazing. We had a great meal and excellent service.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 22, 2021
Jennifer G.
The only thing I would do to improve the experience is to block the street noise, although I’m not sure how. It was a lovely dinner - thank you!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 14, 2021
Karen Ray G.
Very nice option for dining outdoors. Attentive servers (but not too much!). Delicious food with lots of choices.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Jun 01, 2021
Melina C.
Shoutout Tatiiiii

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 21, 2021
Joel K.
Loved our server , food and drinks were great , overall experience was terrific as we feel at home there !

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 10, 2021
JR R.
Always a 10

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 04, 2021
Elley C.
Fabulous! Great service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 28, 2021
Bob P.
Welcoming staff, great Negronis, wonderful meal on all counts

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 23, 2021
BERNADETTE W.
I love being back at Avanti! Everyone very welcoming. We were still uncomfortable sitting inside but we were accommodated in the garden room. Lasagna superb as well as the Hangar Steak. Wine was divine! Thank you again. We'll be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 13, 2021
Lori-Ann T.
Excellent service and the food was perfection!

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 26, 2021
Michelle S.
We had such a good time and the food was fantastic!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 21, 2021
Kathleen F.
Everyone from the hostess, bar tender and servers did a fabulous job in ensuring we had a wonderful evening! The welcoming spirit, great drinks and delicious meal made for the perfect evening. Thank YOU!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 08, 2021
Kathy C.
clicked on 10 in all categories but not sure it registered. Everyone loved their meal. I would prefer less tomato paste in gnocchi but otherwise good!! Your restaurant is a favorite with us. Thank you for great food & good service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 08, 2021
Doug B.
Our dinner was fabulous and our server was very nice and attentive. We will most certainly come back and often.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 12, 2020
Michelle N.
Always a lovely experience. Great food, wine, and service. We’re treated so well, even during these chaotic times.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 24, 2020
Dave H.
Typically come here for the food but this time the halibut was way over cooked. Other than that, we love Avanti and will be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 21, 2020
Felicity S.
Excellent food and service, as usual!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Nov 17, 2020
Sandy C.
Great service. Nice and warm with the heat lamps outside. Food good. Would have liked to know chicken was dark meat before ordering. Possibly note on menu.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 30, 2020
Nick R.
Best calamari we have ever had. Hands down. Service was warm and friendly, and the wine was outstanding!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 17, 2020
David D.
It was awesome

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 12, 2020
Julia D.
Pleasant, funny waitress, felt comfortable with outdoor spacing, chairs a little uncomfortable (I felt shorter than everyone and I’m already short to begin with), great food as always - this was really about dining out, as opposed to picking up and dining in as usual. Good experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 09, 2020
Mary jayne W.
Perfect evening. We loved everything. The food was wonderful. The service excrlk

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 09, 2020
Mary jayne W.
We had a wonderful evening. Our food was excellent. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. We will come back!!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 05, 2020
Brad P.
One of Santa Cruz’s best restaurants!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 19, 2020
Edward R.
Great food as always as well as attentive, friendly service and staff, looking forward to my next visit!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 08, 2020
Trisha D.
All so great! Sitting outside is dreamy, except for the road noise. What about putting the tables back behind the kitchen? Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Sep 06, 2020
Antone S.
This is dining during Covid at its finest. The food, wine, and service were all outstanding! The outdoor setup creating a pleasant and safe dining experience. The chef and staff need to be congratulated—we cannot wait to return!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 03, 2020
Linda G.
I regret to say we needed to postpone. Im very sorry I didnt notify the resturant and promise not to do that again. Hopefully some happy customers got to fill that space. I love Avanti. Would return more frequently if it wasnt quite so expensive. And ... I realize fresh farm to table is not something to compromise on. Grazi.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 13, 2020
Margaret W.
everything was lovely!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 02, 2020
Brad P.
One of the top restaurants in Santa Cruz. Everything from the service to the food was perfect!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 10, 2021
Jonae F.
Our favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz, relaxed Italian vibe, food is always fantastic, service is friendly and the bar has interesting drinks and good selection.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 8/10
May 24, 2021
Mary C.
Service was excellent! The cauliflower appetizer was divine. Lasagna is a must-try if you are trying Avanti fir first time.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 16, 2021
ADAM F.
Perhaps or probably the best (fine dining) restaurant in Santa Cruz.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Apr 02, 2021
Dave F.
Delicious food, outstanding service, great wine (good value), good communication...we'll be back (so glad Avanti has survived these tough times!!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 09, 2020
Joe B.
I been a regular customer during my travels to Santa Cruz for almost 12 years A must dinner destination

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2020
George D.
Wonderful food, attentive service

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 6/10
Aug 13, 2020
Robin M.
In these Covid-19 times, everything was awesome!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 07, 2020
Jenny C.
First time out for a proper dinner since the quarantine began in March. So happy to have picked Avanti where the food is always delicious and the staff friendly and efficient. I though the outside seating was well arranged and the tables set a good distance apart. Thank you, Avanti.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Oct 15, 2021
Brian M.
Slight confusion on who was waiting on the table, but once that was sorted out it was excellent service. The food was excellent.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 03, 2021
Dave S.
The service was very slow and we never got the second glass of wine and coke that we ordered. The waitress appeared to be servicing too many tables. She did apologize before we left for the slow service

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 01, 2021
Gina J.
We felt right at home from the minute we entered until we walked out the door! The food, service and company was excellent. We’ll be back…..