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AVANT Restaurant at Rancho Bernardo Inn 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.
San Diego, CA 92128
Hours of Operation:
Dinner service starts at 5pm
Daily from 4pm-6:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet parking.
Self parking also available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
With about 2,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor gathering space, championship golf course views, fine dining and professional service, AVANT is ideal for an intimate gathering for 12 or a larger event of 50. We’ve got you covered with three unique spaces. La Taberna, El Biz and AVANT Table 65.
AVANT Ratings and Reviews
This was my first time here. My girlfriend and I like to meet every couple of months for dinner. We always go to the La Jolla area but thought we'd try something closer to home. Avant didn't disappoint. Not only was the food great but I really appreciated the staff. From the valet, to the host, the server that brought us our food, and most of all our server for the night.
Great service, great food, enjoyable atmosphere!
It is the best place in SD to eat. The chefs are amazing. Shoutout to executive Chef Travis. We are all thankful for his leadership. Both GM and AGM are amazing which create the friendly and inviting environment. Bartenders make the best drinks. And what can I say about the wait staff. Jonas and especially Crista know the menu inside and out. Based on her description of the food I got something I normally wouldn't and loved it. Crista, you rock!
Absolutely outstanding meal! We've eaten here many times, over three years, and the food has always been excellent, but the new chef has taken it to yet another level, with a creative, seasonal, locally sourced menu that combines distinct flavor profiles with innovative, thoughtful flair. Our foraged-mushroom appetizer with slow-poached egg was incredible -- I could eat it every day. And our mains were fantastic too -- duck with a variety of seasonal accompaniments not seen on every menu (turnips, beets, pears) and a suckling-pig plate featuring a variety of pork formats (fresh sausage, pork belly, loin). Plenty of San Diego standards too (Brussels sprouts, a variety of fish, nice dessert list). Perfect evening, and we're more than ready to head back.
AVANT, while it arguably has the best food in the Rancho Bernardo area, is plagued with poor service. We had a party of 6, and our meal took ~2.5 hours, primarily because it took almost 30 minutes between courses. I also had to remind the server about my drink order multiple times.
We've been to AVANT three times now, and two of the three, it has fallen far short of the bar for service based on what we'd expect for a restaurant of that price. We won't be back.
It was my fiancé’s 35th birthday and we planned dinner at AVANT which was entered into our reservation. We were given a nice corner table which was great but the service was terrible. Our server kept disappearing, took 45 mins for oysters to come and our drinks were left without an offer of refilling - we never did get our second drinks. Overall, the restaurant has potential but needs to hire better servers.
Excellent menu in a beautiful serene environment. Delicious Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly options in a creative gourmet presentation. Terrific extensive wine list and full bar available. Well worth the prices.
Gorgeous resort if you’re looking for a get away, too.
We live in RB and have dined at Avant numerous times. This was our first time there since they hired a new chef and revamped the menu. The prices have increased dramatically while the portion sizes are smaller. The food quality is about the same. My wife had the short rids and they were superb. I had the salmon and it was just ordinary. The charm that was once present at Avant is no longer. Another reviewer mentioned that the prices were similar to Market and we agree. We also agree with the other reviewer that Market is far superior to Avant. The last point is that we have a hard time with the 3% surcharge in response to the hike in the minimum wage. It's just tacky. Overall, we were disappointed in the direction Avant has gone. While we will not say we will never go there again, it does not have the same appeal it once did.
Avant entree prices are the same as Market Del Mar. So of course I'm going to compare it to Market which has amazing food and is well worth every penny. Avant, unfortunately, missed the mark in every instance: plating, amount of food, taste and of course price. It was just average. Will not return. Also, the additional 3% surcharge that restaurants charge now to cover minimum wage is stupid.
Dinner was great, but when I ordered a 2013 Cab, the waiter came back with a 2014. He then went to look for the 2013 and came back telling me that his manager told him both the 2013 and 2014 were the same. I hate to publish reviews like this, but when spending $100 on a bottle of wine, the vintage should be correct and they should not try to push a different vintage on me. All else was great though and I would go back just for the steelhead trout app(10)
Entree was so-so. Both for my wife and I. This restaurant is good for 1 time and 1 time only. Too many better high end restaurants in San Diego. Loved the ambiance. Service was good but at the end not so good. Oysters were very good. We're glad we tried this restaurant during restaurant week otherwise we wouldn't be as happy.
I've been to AVANT one other time, last year. My sister and I have birthdays a month apart and we've been here the last two years to celebrate our birthdays. It also happens that our celebrations have fallen during San Diego Restaurant Week, during which AVANT has a prix fixe menu. Our experience last year was spectacular, leading us to try again this year, this time with my 10 year old nephew joining us.
Unfortunately, this experience was less spectacular. Oysters for the appetizer weren't bad but seemed to be a bit warm. They were served on a bed of seaweed instead of the traditional ice. Otherwise, good flavor, though had we chatted a bit longer instead of digging in, I'm not sure how good they would've been. We both had a few drinks each, both of which were great; kudos to the bartender.
The pork belly appetizer was fantastic; would've made a meal of that alone! However, the ribeye was disappointing as the sauces meant to accompany it were dried on the plate. Steak itself was nice and tender but the mushroom tart with it was inedibly salty. My nephew ordered the fish and chips from the kids menu. We were told the fish was cod, but it had the texture of overdone chicken and the batter was extremely salty as were the fries.
My chocolate dessert was delicious, though I felt the fig tart my sister ordered was bland; figs weren't ripe. The highlight of my nephew's meal was definitely the ice cream - he loved the warmed chocolate sauce with it.
Overall, I was disappointed. $50 dollar prix fixe menu on a pretty quiet night should've had a bit more attention paid to it. I'd love to try again as I know the restaurant does some things well; not writing them off yet.
My and wide two daugters came here for dinner, the service was outstanding, the server was very knowledgeable about the menu and made very good recommendations. We had the prime bone in rib eye and the sea bass which were bothe delicious, we also had oysters whicg were a variety of fanny bay, kushi, we also hard their mixed plate which is a cheese/charcuterie board. Everything was very good! I would like to mention Michael the server assistant, who before he greeted our table saw that my daughter was cold, so he went and brought her a blanket, then introduced himself and helped make our night memorable. We will be back.
When we arrived and said OpenTable they asked if there was an occasion. We said yes our anniversary. That was the last we heard of that!
The GM stopped by early on and was very nice, but after a few minutes he was gone never to return so there was no one but servers and busboys to tell about the food issues!
We got an OpenTable alert that we were no shows!!!
This was our third time visiting Avant - we hoped that the third time would be the charm. Unfortunately, it's still only adequate as a fine dining restaurant. The service was excellent but, the food was below average for the price point. The corn bisque wasn't bad but, it lacked depth of flavor. We both thought it was thin and flat. My husband's pasta was served lukewarm and lacked flavor complexity. My sea bass was good, but not excellent. If this restaurant wasn't tied to a hotel, I'd be surprised if it could survive at this price point.
Went to Avant to celebrate our wedding with just each other after all of the crazy festivities. Had a quiet cozy booth and a wonderful service (I'm so sorry that I can't remember his name). Husband and I shared a bottle of Rose' and arguably one of the best charcuterie boards we have ever had (always go with the chef's choice). We then shared the Brussels sprouts and a pork tomahawk and were so glad that we shared- We left stuffed. Avant treated us to a celebratory glass of bubbly as well. We can't wait to go back! Thank you!
My fiance and I have had our fair share of steak dinners, but the 30 day aged ribeye was absolutely the best steak we have ever had. It was juicy, so tender, yet crispy around the edges. Absolutely delicious. We also HIGHLY recommend the calamari, also the best we've ever had.
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