Excellent food combined with
Excellent food combined with over 50 wines by the taste of half/full glass makes this one of the best "hidden" places in SB wine Country. Weekend live music adds to the experience. Just wish it was open later in the evening.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fun place to go for something
Fun place to go for something different. Enjoyed the wines. Food was pretty good.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Avant is a really practical
Avant is a really practical place to try different wines. However, the food is the hidden gem. We had an outstanding meal. Of course, the pizza's are raved about, but the cpus cpus salad and the pork vegetable soup of the day had us gushing. Locals know of this find and you should too.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
I really felt this place was great on every level. The food (good variety, full flavors, fair portions); wine (they have a cool wall of wines to try with a card they give you at the table--and the selection is fair); the service (our server, Katrina, was attentive and knowledgable and very friendly); atmosphere was relaxed and nice, but not too fancy and not too loud. I felt there was a great attention to detail. I enjoyed every moment and every bite.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Found some of the wines by
Found some of the wines by the glass very over priced. I have purchased a bottle of a wine for what they were asking for a glass of the same wine.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
48 wines to sample and great food, simple small portions or larger dinners. Li e music, a view of the winery making facility, friendly people and nice owners.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Wine
Took my mom here for a early mothers day dinner. The food was fabulous and the wine wall was fun. The different wines were very good. Nice layout of tables and chairs but really noisy with all of the people and guitar player in the corner. Can spend a lot of money on wines and tasting if you are not careful but both my mom and I had a lot of fun.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Energetic, fun place
It's nice to be able to order tasty small bites and any portion size for the wine to accompany whatever you order.
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
So many goodies on the menu
So many goodies on the menu it is hard to choose. Enticing wine tasting and excellent selection. Good atmosphere and very friendly and helpful servers.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food. Not a straight ahead tapas join, offering small pizzas and sandwiches. It's food to eat while enjoying the wine. So remember wine tasting is their main business. We came by for an early lunch on a Sunday and not quite ready to start drinking. so I sensed a bit of disappointment that we weren't ordering the wine tickets. Sorry, it was a bit early for us and we wanted to try out the food for a bigger bash we were planning. Their were no disappointments in the food category. A couple dishes never made it to the table but outside that good service.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took my in-laws for Mother's
Took my in-laws for Mother's Day lunch and was pleasantly surprised. Food was excellent and reasonably priced. The unique wine tasting and very wide variety of wines to choose from was very impressive. We returned the following weekend and found the experience equal to our first visit a week earlier. Our only regret is that they don't do wine tours on Sunday. We will return to take the tour and then enjoy the dining again. They also were very accommodating to our varied food allergies and that's not easy.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Anniversary Meal Ever
Avant is our new favorite restaurant/winery! Friendly staff, great atmosphere and the wine wall is such an inventive idea; love it! We both had mac and cheese; his had lobster in it, along with little dishes of goodies like tomatoes and jalapenos to add in. Between the cheesy heaven we were in and the fantastic guitar/vocals of Matt, we experienced both happy hearts over our sinful meal, and the tearful joy that comes from truly being moved by the honor of hearing this man play. The acoustics were excellent; though there were plenty of customers, we could hear each other and the waitstaff easily. The staff was fantastic; they were knowledgeable regarding the menu items and responded to our requests immediately. Will return often!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun night out
We were a group of 5 and had a really nice experience. They have a wall of wine bottles which you can do wine tasting from.
The atmosphere was quiet the evening we went. Our waitress Kim was so friendly & helpful. The food is good. They make great soup of the day! A place worth trying if you have not been.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our 2nd time at Avant
This was our 2nd time at Avant and we were not disappointed! The jalapeño poppers were just as good this time as last. We arrived around 4:30 and were told we could either order lunch or dinner as they change over at 5pm. The only difference between the menus are some things are only offered at lunch or at dinner, but the prices don't change on the items that carry over. Nice! Good flavors all around, and sharing around the table is a nice way to go. We enjoy being able to sample wines via the "wine wall" that are local and not available on the wider market. I liked being able to taste an array of varietals from various vintners. We are again sold on Avant!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Avant Tapas&Wine is a fun concept. Pairing tastefully prepared varying sized tapas plates with an automated wall describing and dispensing; either a "taste," a " 3 oz.half glass," or a " 6 oz full glass" of mostly Central Coast varietals.
An enjoyable environment to taste good wines. The serving staff were exceptionally welcoming. No worries for they pleasantly explain the characteristics of the wines and the easy procedure of selecting and dispensing the wine. The tapas were imaginative but familiar and attractively presented.
I recommend a visit to Avant when visiting the area.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Relaxing atmosphere and excellent service. The food was very good. Be sure to tru the Yuppie Crack. The ingredients are strange, but it works beautifully.
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special occasion dining.
Nice atmosphere great for special occasions and casual dining as well. Good selection of wines. Overall pleasant dining experience.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had no idea what to expect when we booked this restaurant. What a gem! Very modern feel with a live band playing background music, hip and trendy feel. The food was great and pricing reasonable. Bacon wrapped dates are a must - very good! Love how you can taste several different wines with a wine card for the dispensers. I want one for my home! :)
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is ia gem in an industrial park at the end of the street by a beautiful hillside. Lovely place upstairs where restaurant and bar area is located, decor, staff very friendly and efficient. Food (lunchtime for us) was delicious and loved the concept of the automated selections of wine from the wall where there are at least 30-40 different wine selections of all types of varietals. You can do a taste or 1/2 glass or full glass, using a wine card into a slot to dispense what you choose to drink! Innovative idea! Try it, will be back!
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delish!
Good food, great service, and a delicious bottle of wine. Oh and the live music was terrific.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique ability to have wine by the taste, the half-glass, or full-glass, using a special card assigned to the table.
The halibut was outstanding.
The brie appetizer was fabulous!
Nice live music, without it being loud.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very charming location; good ambience and beautiful scenery. Excellent presentation of food, robust wine list. Very relaxing feel. The assortment of plates/ tapas , the "yuppie crack" an interesting combination of date filled with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon was very palate pleasing as was the seared scallops grilled to perfection and deliciously lemony. Between those dishes and the lobster mac n cheese - Wow! My new favorite spot
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine Tasting, Food, & LIVE Music!!!
Great place to try all the local & some non-local vineyards as well as AMAZING food! Also have local beers on the menu...plus Live Music! This is one of our favorite places in Solvang and we always visit it when staying there. The bill will be pricey, but it is sooo worth it. The wines are all lined up in a system that you put your "wine" card in, select the wine and amount (taste, half and full glass). Go back and try different wines or ask for your favorite to be served table-side. The food is fabulous...try the lamb meatballs, the wrapped dates, mac & cheese, scallops, any of there pizzas...its ALL GOOD!!!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place really enjoy going
Great place really enjoy going there. On the weekend they have music, which is great, however I would like them to tone the music down. It is to loud to carry conversation on.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!
Love wine and great food? You will love this place!! Must eats are Yuppie Crack and Lobster Mac! Great for large groups of friends/coworkers or a sweet spot for the romantic date.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always on point
My husband and I go to Avant every couple months and it is always terrific. Given that it's in a business district, it's not a place you can stumble upon. It would seem they should be a locals only place but considering how busy it always is, word of mouth advertising is working great for them! I love having all the wine options, and they have a surprisingly wide variety of great beers. The food is amazing; sausage pizza is a must for every visit, and we are making our way through the entire menu. This time we tried the lobster mac & cheese and it was fantastic! Rich and creamy cheese with a generous portion of what appeared to be Maine lobster claw meat. It's going to be difficult branching out on the menu next visit!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Plan to eat a meal of tapas
Plan to eat a meal of tapas and wine...and spend a couple hours enjoying yourselves!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
When in Buellton...
Just across the Hwy from Solvang is the little town of Buellton and just 3 minutes from the Hwy is a big crush facility called Terravant. In the very back, at the end of a road through this industrial area is Avant - a tapas & wine bar - the fun thing is you serve yourself from a wall of wine dispensers from 2 oz. tastes to full glasses and sizes in-between. There is a view into the winery, big screens around the room, live music depending on the day & time & the small plates of tapas style food are delicious! We always order the Yuppie Crack - check it out:) We also try to plan our road trips to allow a meal at Avant including spending the night in Buellton at the nearby Anderson's Pea Soup Best Western just so we can enjoy dinner there.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
what a great find!
we loved it -- the wine attendant was very knowledgeable and helpful.........joined the wine club on the spot!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great small plates+wine selection
We had a great lunch filled with samples of food and wine. We are from out of town, but would definitely come back.
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
the best in buellton
Frequent avant when in the central coast! I just love this place!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
KUDOS to the Chef !
This was the second visit and like the first visit, the Food was AMAZING, the atmosphere was FUN and the service was EXCELLENT ! My boyfriend and I shared the wood-fire Margherita pizza. The combination of mozzarella, tomatoes and basil did not make the pizza soggy, it was full of flavor. We also shared the bacon wrapped jalapenos, seared scallops and wood-fired brie with apricot sauce. Though it sounds like a lot of food, it was just perfect amount for two. The bites were small but there was nothing small about the robust flavors in each dish. MaryAnn our waitress was Super attentive and pleasant with everybody. Thanks again for the delicious food. Can't wait to try more dishes and even dessert :)
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great find off the beaten path
Found this through Open Table. It is round the back of the wine wherehouse, almost missed finding it. It has great atmosphere and the food selection was good from small plates through to entree dishes. Great self service wine by the glass selection that you could select taste, half or full glass. They give you a debit card that you insert to select your wine of choice. We would recommend this to anyone who likes good local food at a reasonable price.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & music
I live in New Orleans and this establishment had great food & music.
The wine selection is wonderful and I enjoyed the self service.
The shrimp and scalops rival some of the best restaurants in the Big Easy.
Try many things and order things you have never eaten before, you will be pleasantly
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was unique and very tasty. Pork was moist and flavorful. Wife had wine and liked it alot. Waiter was one of best we have ever had
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM