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.

Reservations

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

4.67 out of 5 stars based on 989 votes

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Jun 18, 2022
Bill K.
Great place, everything is good, we will be back again. Thank you.

Overall: 10/10
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May 26, 2022
John E.
When you wake up the next morning you dream of the GREAT meal & flavors. Wait staff were fun and very helpful.

Overall: 10/10
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May 25, 2022
Madeline S.
Both now and during all these very difficult Covid years you have been the best in town. I had duck, one of many times, and it was cooked to perfection, tender and juicy with the accompanying shoots and potatoes perfect. The entrees for the other three were great too. We all loved our dinners. Always great service. And you have done a super job with the outside and takeout. Kudos. Periodically the web site for reservations is cranky.

Overall: 10/10
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May 23, 2022
Rose L.
I haven’t dined here in a long time (pre-pandemic) but excited to come in again to check things out. Best experience ever! Food- so amazing and delicious. Service- phenomenal! Drinks- so great! Everyone so friendly and about their craft! Just made our night. Thank you so much.

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May 06, 2022
Kenneth M.
Lee, our server, was super attentive and friendly.

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Apr 09, 2022
Tony T.
Excellent dining experience

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Apr 08, 2022
Annie P.
It was a great evening and delicious food!!

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Mar 27, 2022
Marcia M.
I tie 10 to all. We enjoyed the long time eating, and our fine waiter. Positive and friendly. Thank you new owner you are doing things that make old customers happy and remaining faithful to Avante.

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Mar 24, 2022
Marilyn B.
We all went in to Avanti masked and felt very comfortable with table separation. But just as importantly, food was wonderful and the best was the lasagne! Wonderful dining experience.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 14, 2022
Laura R.
Always feel like royalty here!

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Mar 04, 2022
Shari C.
We had great food and friendly and efficient service.

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Mar 02, 2022
Bruce L.
We loved our server! She was so much fun, very playful and very good. It was our first time back in a long while and it was good. My husband had the fried chicken and wanted 2 thighs and it was only available with a leg and a thigh. If anything, I am sure that would be the thing he would comment on. Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Feb 22, 2022
Cheryl W.
Disappointed that my birthday meal was not up to par. The sable fish was fishy, with the skin on the underside becoming soggy, and the risotto was runny versus creamy. Otherwise great service and salad, lamb meatballs and lemon tart were excellent.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 19, 2022
Bill C.
The restaurant software program needs to allow a person booking a reservation to the main dining room whether they prefer a booth by the outside window or the back wall with the stone and overhang. The meal was all very good as well as the service.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 11, 2022
Kelly W.
Great food. Great service. Yummy. Thanks.

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Feb 06, 2022
Marianne P.
Food was good, but not quite as good as when they were at the location that is now the pizzeria.

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Feb 05, 2022
Doug B.
Food and service was excellent. However, given we live in a great wine region they need to seriously consider UPGRADING their wine offerings.

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Jan 30, 2022
Carolyn I.
The 4 of us all raved about the food.

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Jan 30, 2022
Renee H.
Excellent service and amazing food!

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Jan 09, 2022
Bill K.
The services is Excellent, My service lady is very nice and very helpful. We took our friend for his birthday. He really loved it. We will be back soon. J&B

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 19, 2021
Megan R M.
My pod of girlfriends were most happy with the food, SERVICE and ambiance that Avanti Restaurant provided us to gather and celebrate the holiday spirit!

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Dec 12, 2021
Peggy D.
Excellent as always!

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Dec 10, 2021
Lisa G.
Absolutely delicious and the servers were amazing and attentive.

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Nov 21, 2021
Michael O.
Lovely place; lovely people; lovely food!

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Nov 21, 2021
Rukhsaana S.
We will be back to Avanti! Service was amazing and the food delicious

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 02, 2021
Linda D.
Nicole was lovely. Made our evening especially nice

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Oct 27, 2021
Rebecca N.
Had a wonderful time. Food was great. Service was great. Lovely stormy night and temp is always so comfortable inside....that alone is not always easy to find in Santa Cruz.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 24, 2021
Angela C.
Great food and service, thank you!

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Oct 05, 2021
Lois W.
Delicious food, interesting choices, waitress and her trainee were wonderful. I love Avanti

Overall: 10/10
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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
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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.

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Sep 11, 2021
FLiP H.
Soooo good!!!

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

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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
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Aug 29, 2021
Bob P.
Avanti is welcoming and a Westside classic that always delivers quality

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

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

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Jul 31, 2021
Helen G.
Avanti is always amazing. We had a great meal and excellent service.

Overall: 10/10
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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
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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
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Value: 7/10
Jun 01, 2021
Melina C.
Shoutout Tatiiiii

Overall: 10/10
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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
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May 10, 2021
JR R.
Always a 10

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May 04, 2021
Elley C.
Fabulous! Great service!

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Apr 28, 2021
Bob P.
Welcoming staff, great Negronis, wonderful meal on all counts

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

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

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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
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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!