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  • Address:
    17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr
    San Diego, CA 92128
    Poway / Rancho Bernardo
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

AVANT Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.avantrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (858) 675-8550
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Sunday - Thursday 4:00pm to 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday 4:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pomerado Road
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet and self parking available.
A word from AVANT
AVANT draws on the best of wine country dining – inspired culinary exploration, leisurely socializing, and the freshest seasonal ingredients – and moves it forward with a contemporary California mindset. AVANT serves up vibrant, creative dishes and artisan libations in an inviting setting defined by its indoor-outdoor design, dynamic spaces and lush garden milieu – bringing a sense of adventure and fulfillment to every experience.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "We arrived for a drink at the bar before dinner. Prices at happy hour were great and we expected it to be a bit noisy. Live music a bonus. The dining room was a great fit and our party of five was seated next to an open window with a view and a breeze. The service was A+. Attentive, but not hovering. We had the prix fixe menu and each had a different dish. All were stars in both presentation and taste. The house wine was not a cheap brand but a nice mid-range wine with wonderful flavor. Sorry we missed the patio for our drink as it looked most inviting, but it was full when we arrived. A wonderful first dining experience at AVANT and we will be back!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "A wonderful place to enjoy dinner after a picturesque round of golf Enjoy the outdoor dining area to add to the ambience"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Interesting menu choices, food was tasty, right portion sizes. A bit pricey so would keep this as a special occasion. The Inn where the restaurant is located is also a lovely place to visit."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My only complaint is that they start clearing off the cutlery and glasses from empty tables around you so they can set up for the following day. This totally ruins the ambiance. Its a total pet peeve of mine in a restaurant."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Was not a big fan of the old El Bizocho, but the new AVANT was a very pleasant surprise. The food was delicious, the portions sufficient, and the price reasonable given where you are. We will go again!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our first time at this restaurant. We were very pleased at the quality of food and service. Nice neighborhood place to dine."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were initially seated outside but found it to be too loud so we moved inside to a very nice booth which was comfortable and quiet. Did not care for initial glass of wine but it was readily replaced by another recommended by our server which was very good. My husband and I very much enjoyed our dinner selections (unique and delicious.) The upscale casual ambience provided at the Inn spilled over into Avant as well."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I took my husband here for his birthday. I let the hostess and waiter, Braun, know it was his birthday. I asked the waiter after we had ordered to bring my husband a second glass of wine, he never did. When our entrees arrived my husband got attention the attention of a busboy and ordered a second glass for both of us. It never came, and waiter never checked back to see how we were doing. Braun brought dessert menus which we declined. It is not a big deal but I would have thought such a nice place would do a little something for a birthday, like most places do. I must say food was good, and different. But beware, water was $6 a carafe, and I ordered 2. I would have liked to know cost in advance."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I was celebrating my Birthday and they made it so special. You have to try the Lobster Salad..delish best I have ever had. The New York Strip wow it is better than a filet migon to die for. Love the atmosphere..def a must try!! We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our first time eating here. Great food and service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great ambiance and a very interesting design to the dining area. There is a side room with amazing middle-eastern decorations. Great service and all the food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had a lovely evening at Avant celebrating our 2year anniversary. The charcrueterie selection was delicious. The service was friendly and attentative. We had the steak and the halibut for our main entrees and they both were wonderful. They even provided a complimentary celebratory dessert. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our second time here and it was memorable!, had charcuterie and cheese plate that was other worldly. Our waiter did a great job showing off the talents of the young lady making the charcuterie.. She brought a small plate amuse Bouche to each table. The tap wine was very Good and reasonable.. My husband never gives 5 stars but for this he did"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Such a great place! Date with husband! Fabulous service by Brad, matched by support staff. Nice ambiance, tasty food. And excellent post dinner/ outside live music. Doesn't hurt it was a beautiful San Diego evening."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is the second time that we have dined at Avant. The first time was in the first month of reopening. We noticed a lot of improvement. The service was great! Our server definitely knew the menu and the preparations. The food was outstanding! Great presentation, wonderful flavors, vegetables cooked perfectly! The varied menu from cheese boards, to small plates, to large plates was really nice. We used to dine here a long time ago when it was El Bizcocho where it was very formal and stuffy. Not so anymore. Wonderful ambiance, comfortable surroundings, and no longer stuffy. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our special occasion was absolutely wonderful at Avant. The food was so delicious. The service was perfect. The wine was yummy. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food was very good. We asked for recommendations for starters and main course and waiter could not help us. He was attentive and pleasant. and service was good."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Went for a peaceful evening to celebrate our anniversary. First time there and the service and food were great. Staff was very helpful and friendly. The price for the prix fixe meal was very reasonable. The Carlsbad mussels were quite good, though small but the quantity made up the difference. Lobster salad, halibut and scallops were very good."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had been there for lunch but wanted to try dinner. We hit the Happy Hour specials and were delighted and filled. What a great bargain for the quality. Service was splendid. The live singer/music was a nice touch also."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions . The remodel makes the dining room more intimate and It. has a great view of the golf course. A large bar has been added and there is an outside area for drinks and appetizers which looked like a cozy place to meet up with friends. Mt husband and I both had the halibut which was excellent, we had the price fixed package which included a shared salad and a glass of wine for each of us. This made the meal a great deal. The desserts were delicious. Our server was absolutely superb. I don't remember his name. He went out of his way to get a dessert that was off the menu for my husband. I really do like crisp clean table clothes, I wish they'd bring these back"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Our waiter was very knowledgeable about all menu items as well as appropriate wine. The prixe fixed menu for 2 is the way to go Sunday thru Thursday! Make sure to try the lobster salad. Great place and we wish great success as it begins its second year at Rancho Bernard Inn."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Ordered three different appetizers... all delish! The margarita and mojito were just perfect! Our wait staff seemed new and inexperienced. Our waiter didn't know the type of mushrooms in a certain dish, got the cheese wrong and didn't describe the dish accurately at all. Had to ask for more bread two or three times, and he didn't bring extra butter with it. On our prior two visits we had excellent service, so I'm sure this was a fluke."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I had a special seafood appetizer and a piece of the seafood tasted off. not only did the chef come to the table to apologize, he gave me a detailed breakdown of the ingredients and how they were blended in a brand new appetizer and waited for me to taste it and pronounce it ok. I have had off seafood in other restaurants but this was service beyond and above replacing the dish or not charging for it. Every other dish was prepared with care and artistry but the replacement seafood was the highlight of the meal. Save lots of room for dessert."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a wonderful birthday dinner here. Our appetizers, main dishes and desserts were wonderful. The service was great. The ricotta appetizer was especially good - unusual presentation and delicious. The only complaint I would have is that it was extremely cold in the dining room. The room is lovely, though. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great food, uniquely prepared and presented! Many delicious items on the menu so will have to go back and try more. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My Husband and I dined at Avant to celebrate a special occasion. From the moment we walked in, the service was excellent! The food was outstanding as was the stunning wine list. It was a very memorable evening. You will enjoy Avant for happy hour drinks and bites as well as dinner later in the evening, a true gem at Rancho Bernardo Inn!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great service and a delicious new summer menu! The gazpacho, crab fritter and raviolos were favorites. Will definitely go back! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "My husband and I chose Avant for our 15th anniversary dinner. We loved the food; Avant's chef takes ordinary dishes and adds an unique flavor (for example, the sauce for calamari was fruity and added a new but delicious twist). The service was excellent, and our server brought us a dessert with "Happy Anniversary" beautifully written in chocolate drizzle on the plate. Beautiful ambience, delicious food and terrific service!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Energetic and courteous staff, great ahi tune appetizer, deserts were average but for an upscale dining site the tissue paper menus and wine list were unexpected and they diminished the pleasant experience."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Tucked away well outside downtown San Diego, this charming restaurant has great seafood choices in particular. We were a party of 6 and 2 of us are vegan and the head chef came out to meet us personally, shook our hands and listened to our situation. He came up with a delicious pasta/ vegetable dish that was delicious. The other 4 all raved about the salmon, bass and scallops they had. Very friendly waiter. I would highly recommend it to anyone!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "the service was excellent, friendly, provided great suggestions & and at no time did we feel rushed. food was excellent, first rate, tasty appetizers and my partner and I split our main courses, which they thoughtfully separated for us. the ambiance was comfortable, the perfect setting for a nice romantic evening"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Very nice preparations throughout the menu. The charcuterie was excellent, wedge salad w/ blue cheese mousse was an intelligent take on a menu classic. Entree's were very well prepared, balanced and presented. Equal to any farm-to-table experience we have had."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We enjoy Avant very much and recommend it highly. Been there 3 times in the past month. The food is exceptional - both the variety and quality. The only thing we've observed in the past two visits is they seem to be slightly understaffed in the server and busing department. Server "Brad" is excellent. Knows the menu and is quite cordial. Have him cloned. Hostess never smiled. Seemed angry about something. Train the bus boys a bit more and get them out servicing the tables. Water glasses should never go empty (and wine for that matter if the guest is buying it...) The food is so great, it would be a shame to allow mundane service lessen the overall experience. Still we recommend Avant. Just suggestions for making it even better."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The ambiance is cool and sleek, not really to my taste. Resembles more of a downtown club. The server was attentive. Bread served in a paper bag on napkin. Seemed to be in conflict with their otherwise high end persona. Was very disappointed in the food. Soup was pretty good, wedge salad was attractive on the plate but not much of a Wedge and too much dressing...small serving. My companion ordered fish and got just that, a piece of fish. For a bill of close to $100 for what the two of us ordered and one glass of wine for one person, it was way overpriced, so so food, and I would definitely not recommend it. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food was extremely salty - including our green salad. If it wasn't for the amount of salt, the food would have been very good. We have eaten several times at the Veranda and have good experiences each time with no complaints."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We came here for my fiancé's birthday. They said they were going to do something special, instead they did nothing and we felt rushed out of there. The food was good, nothing that would have me rushing back though. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Food is never boring at Avant. Home made charcuterie with home made mustards. While eating the lam,suddenly" Wow", a little Harissa to spice things up. Hand dipped ricotta with vinegar marinated figs, etc"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Pork chops were delicious! Complimentary champagne for Birthday was also very good! Overall employees, environment, service and food quality were more than we expected!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Avant, which is now a year old, is located in the charming Rancho Bernardo Inn. It's ten minutes off the I-15 in north San Diego, and worth a visit. The drinks, food and service are exceptional. My wife and I enjoyed a pre-theater meal including separate entrees of duck and scallops. Very good! The ambiance is a bit dark due to the window blinds being shut with the harsh sun bleeding into the restaurant, but it's a nice atmosphere and an interesting mix of local patrons, golfers and hotel guests enjoying this upscale scene. I recommend it. Parking is free in the RBI lot close to the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent menu options which did not disappoint our tastebuds."
    Dined on 4/1/2014