Avanti Restaurant

1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz CA 95060

$50 - $75 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. - 8 p.m.  
Thursday
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Friday
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Saturday
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Sunday
Dinner - Restaurant 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  

Customer Reviews & Ratings

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 13, 2021
Lori-Ann T.

Excellent service and the food was perfection!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 27, 2021
Michelle S.

We had such a good time and the food was fantastic!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 22, 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
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 09, 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
Ambiance: 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
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 13, 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
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 25, 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
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 22, 2020
Felicity S.

Excellent food and service, as usual!!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 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
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Value: 10/10
Oct 31, 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
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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 13, 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
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 10, 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
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 10, 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
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 06, 2020
Brad P.

One of Santa Cruz’s best restaurants!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 20, 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
Ambiance: 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
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Sep 07, 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
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 04, 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
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Value: 10/10
Jul 14, 2020
Margaret W.

everything was lovely!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jul 03, 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
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Apr 03, 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
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 10, 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
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2020
George D.

Wonderful food, attentive service


Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Value: 6/10
Aug 14, 2020
Robin M.

In these Covid-19 times, everything was awesome!


Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 08, 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: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Apr 15, 2021
Emily C.

Beautiful setting. Gracious host/owners. Always love the feel of the space and the warm atmosphere. Thankful for menu accommodations and special requests. Server took a little long to bring drinks and take order.


Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Nov 21, 2020
Jen W.

It was quite pleasant eating in the parking lot where they have set up makeshift outdoor dining. They have plenty of heaters and nice music and cafe lights. The food has always been tasty and solid, nothing has changed there. The service was attentive and timely. We need to support our local restaurants if we want them to survive. This was well worth it.


Overall: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 3/10
Value: 7/10
Mar 16, 2021
Nancy G.

Did not have the warm comfortable feeling we enjoy. Background music irritating. Sat my the door and were cold. Food was very good but the forcatia and olives were skimpy. Wait staff excellent


Overall: 7/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Oct 13, 2020
Carmen G.

Food: We ordered the cheese platter and the walnuts were moldy. The sea bass was very good, however the broth it came in was a weird combo. Ambiance: pop music was loud and not what one would expect at a Italian restaurant.Road was busy and loud, but we chose to be outside for safety reason. The water carafe, pretty and whimsical, was too small for 4 people and we had to ask repeatedly for water refill. Waitress couldn’t see when it was empty, she should have brought two to the table.


Overall: 7/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 1/10
Value: 8/10
Oct 05, 2020
Connie Q.

Not your fault, but sitting outside in really uncomfortable chairs on Mission Street with it's horrible noise and exhaust really detracts from what has always been our favorite dining experience in Santa Cruz.


Overall: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 4/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Value: 6/10
Oct 02, 2020
Josie P.

Service was slow


Overall: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 2/10
Value: 5/10
Sep 18, 2020
Sheila N.

Having the tables so near the street was uncomfortable and noisy. Could have used the back parking lot instead. Also resent having to pay for bread. Food was good and good portions.