AVANT
AVANT

AVANT

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.avantrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8586758550x
  • Hours of Operation:
    AVANT Dining
    Sunday–Thursday: 5pm–9pm
    Friday–Saturday: 5pm–10pm

    Late Night Dining
    Sunday–Thursday: 9pm–10pm
    Friday–Saturday: 10pm–11pm

    Happy Hour
    Daily from 4pm-6:30pm
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
AVANT reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (48)fit for foodies (48)romantic (37)neighborhood gem (37)great for outdoor dining (31)scenic view (28)notable wine list (21)good for groups (20)vibrant bar scene (11)great for lunch (10)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • AVANT 8/23/2014
    DelMartianVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was out first time here at AVANT since it was transformed from El Bizcocho. The transformation is/was a grand success. The food and service were outstanding! The AVANT is centered in the Rancho Bernardo Inn which provides an incredible garden / golf course atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic summer experience
    jeanie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We thoroughly loved being outside in the slight summer breeze feasting on beautiful prepped food. The cheese plate with varied jam pairings a highlight, and superb Moroccan vegetable stew! Jeanie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • skipper
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and atmosphere was excellent. The halibut for fantastic, and the desserts were wonderful, too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great but just OK(noise)
    Archie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have been their before but decided to go for our 5th wedding anniversary. They seated us right away nice table. Gave us a glass of champagne as a gift, very nice. We had 2 appetizers pate and mussels. The bread was just ok nothing special as was the pate. Mussels very nice. I had NY steak it was great more than I could eat with a goat cheese bread pudding and white truffles excellent, grilled vegies. My wife had the lobster salad, it looked to fancy to eat not much at all it was to dune up. Over all it is Ok but just 2 pricy for what you get. The dinning room is open to the bar and being a golf club bar way to loud and noise to enjoy dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rough start but a nice ending
    tomandanjun
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Gone were the white table cloths, replaced with dark tables. I assumed the previous sophisticated atmosphere would just automatically remain the same. What you have now is a very nice bar/restaurant, one would expect to find and a country club; after all there is a golf course there. The service was VERY slow and the wait staff was young at less experienced, although very friendly. I felt I just had to complain to the management about the lack of attention to us. They said they were rather busy that night. The service did improve significantly after my comments to the management. The food was excellent, of high quality, and with great presentation. Over all, it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing to make you WANT to go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Small portions, big dollars. We were a party of 4 and the bread brought to the table was a small little piece about 5 inches long. Really? Scallops and halibut were our dinner choice, nothing exciting. There was nothing about this dining experience that made you want to come back. Time to step it up!! I don't mind paying the price for food that is worth coming back for, this just isn't the case at the Avant.
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  • Avant
    WinstedVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent! Brian, our server, was also great. The music and food were tremendous. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avant in RB
    Thomas
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Excellent décor and service. The restaurant is a community gem, and the quality of the food and service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service
    RBCookie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Jonas was very attentive on a moderately busy evening for our anniversary dinner. The fix price dinner was excellent, with many choices from the menu. The arugula and tomato salad to share was ample for two. We both had the halibut which was cooked to perfection, accompanied with chard and lintel beans. The fixed price dinner also included a glass of wine or beer. Dessert was not included, which we were happy to go without! All in all, a fantastic evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    SanDiegoGirls
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The four of us just could say enough about everything food, ambiance, service, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't have guessed
    As87
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I would not have guessed that such a quaint place existed in this area. Overall our dining experience was great. Our server, I think Bron was his name, was very nice and took time to explain things. Service was quick, food was good, well presented but didn't blow me away, the menu could use a couple more entrees.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food-attentive service
    papeli
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were celebrate a wedding anniversary and had asked to be seated on the patio, which they could not do, but besides that, everything was really good. The menu and wine list are not very extensive, but we had the steak, scallops, and shrimp risotto - all excellent, Perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. One our our party ordered the ravioli - it was dry and overcooked. Our waiter took it away and replaced it immediately, apologized and comped her dinner. The service was professional, attentive and not obtrusive. Overall, great experience. The Inn is also very beautiful. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AVANT great addition to RB Inn
    lovetodine
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect 19th Hole
    Liv2dine
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A wonderful place to enjoy dinner after a picturesque round of golf Enjoy the outdoor dining area to add to the ambience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice for a special night out
    lovingfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Christine
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise
    Picaza
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    DaveandAnitaniteout
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our first time at this restaurant. We were very pleased at the quality of food and service. Nice neighborhood place to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, waiter so-so.
    Wakki
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yourmama
    Yourmama
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly awesome
    finedinerVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our first time eating here. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic high class restaurant
    Jonnyg77
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A delicious dining experience.
    LadyWhoBruches
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BethVIP
    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
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Friday night
    SDCreole
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    TinabelVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and magical
    K8RisGR8R
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barpat
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dinner
    jimmymac
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Surprise
    RogerG
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and excellent food
    Holein1
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful anniversary dinner
    SunDiego
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty appetizers
    hulamom
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Attention from the chef!
    composerVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Special Occassion Restaurant
    Judy
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gourmetdelight
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great food, uniquely prepared and presented! Many delicious items on the menu so will have to go back and try more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the new menu
    Dyungcali60
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great service and a delicious new summer menu! The gazpacho, crab fritter and raviolos were favorites. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous dining
    Powegian
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.