AVANT

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$31 to $50
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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.
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SL
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! My husband and I had a wonderful time; food, service, ambiance all outstanding. Would highly recommend.

C
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentine’s Day dinner.

DR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall the meal was good except the desert. The waiter suggested a chocolate cake and it was really disappointing. It was like an”brick” and was very dry. My wife and I just left it and didn’t say anything but we heard the table next to us complain about it too. The waiter then said it was a “healthy” version which was gluten-free and “wheat free” which is fine, but that’s not how it was advertised to us. It should have been related that this was a “healthy” version.

DS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good dessert was ok. We will go back to eat again and try a non prefixed dessert so we can tell if
their regular desserts are good.

R
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favourite of mine for special occasions when I like to have a quiet evening with excellent food and friendly service. They have always delivered so far!

L
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was top notch. Food was fantastic. It was a cold rainy night so a bit chilly in the restaurant. First time here and will be back for sure. The care and attention given to the food quality is definitely a rare find these days. It’s a true “foodie” spot. Look forward to our next visit.

b
San Diego
150 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since Chris Gentile arrived at Avant at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, things have been outstanding. Fantastic dishes that you do not see in other major restaurants. A lot too choose from, especially smaller plates which allows you to have 3 or 4 small plates to taste.

RA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avant is a very nice restaurant! The food is "Outstanding" We had a birthday party for 8 and everyone commented that the food was great and the restaurant was very nice. The ambiance was perfect and our Server was great!

This was not our first time at Avant and we look forward to many more dining experiences.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and presentation.No need to go outside for dinner. Good wine list.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very delicious food. Wine selections were very good too. It was expensive even with the Restaurant Week prices, but was a very nice.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week

HD
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything about the restaurant was wonderful except the Valet damaged our car and still has not offered to fix the damage. I warn you not to have them park your car.

b
San Diego
151 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not your regular San Diego Restaurant Week. The selection of dishes is large, innovative and excellent. Dishes such as Truffle Yukon gold potato terrine, Mussels in fennel and orange broth, Kurobuta Pork shop with leeks, etc.

Great presentations' and taste. The 29 year old chef is brilliant at the RB Inn Avant Restaurant.

DH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food were amazing! Everything tasted great.

E
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was not special. Food was undercooked. Three of five plates went back to the kitchen. It took forever to get new plates and then they were underseasoned.

JM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Awesome except noisy driven by layout

M
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We chose AVANT for our 38th year of New Years
Eve celebrations with the same couple and were all delighted with the experience.

We do consider our selves as true gourmet “foodies” now that we are all in our eighties and often remunerate about the many memorable meals we have shared in remarkable dining experiences in one another’s homes, as well as all over the San Diego area, Europe and this country over the years. AVANT served us well in this regard in all categories, even providing us with booth seating in full view of an amusing table of six other celebrants which we enjoyed, as they were obviously delighted with the experience, sporting full formal attire, including one gentleman wearing a classic tuxedo and spats.

SD
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was an amazing way to ring in 2020. Chef Gentile created and executed a wonderful menu. He's never fallen short of wowing me.

Not only do his flavors compliment whatever dish he creates, not the TEXTURE makes you say Wow -at- first- bite.

Atmosphere could have been a little more festive, some bare high ceilinged walls could have used amazing wreaths, but it's a pretty restaurant even without.

The value was great, not they need to get rid of the surcharge.

Service was polite and made us feel welcomed.

Overall, this is a place you want to dine at while chef Gentile is in residence.

AR
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance and service. But both the appetizer and the entree was way too salty. The sea bass was overcooked as well. I would skip if you are a foodie.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Loud, long wait time for entre, experience not worth the expense.
Will definitely look elsewhere in future !

SL
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food as usual.

RN
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Christmas dinner fixed price 3 course menu - not really a Christmas-y feel to any of the choices.

MB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We took the family to Avant for Christmas dinner, usually a go to for us on Thanksgiving or Christmas. I was disappointed compared to prior holiday meals. First they tried to squeeze our party of five into a booth, it was ridiculous. I asked the seater can we put a chair on the outside of the booth, she said sure then watched as I had to move the glasses napkins, half way through she left and went back to the bar area. On a positive note, the soup was great, but my husband can't eat goat cheese which topped the soup so he asked for sour cream or whipped cream. The waitress came back to the table and said there was none. Hard for me to believe at a 5 star restaurant of this notoriety had no whipped cream or sour cream. Plus we asked for bread several times finally after the soup had been served it arrived and tasted like two day old bread. The Avant bread is usually a delight, out of the oven and so fresh. I asked for my steak medium well and it arrived blue rare, I asked for it to be cooked a bit more and it came back burned. For $95 for prix fix this really irked me and by the time my steak came back burned everyone else of my family had already eaten their main course. the portions were tiny. One of my sons, a slight thin man, was so hungry he came home and made a huge sandwich. We had two choices of desert a chocolate ganache and a bread pudding. Those who had the bread eating said it was great. The chocolate ganache arrived with a film over it like it had been made 24-48 hours in advance and just left to harden in the fridge. So...it was clear to us that Christmas dinner was not so good at the Avant and some of the edibles had been prepped days before

PS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Christmas dinner was really nice scallops seared to perfection and the rib eye was
To die for yummy.
Best part was our waiter.Well informed and
Helpful we will be back

JE
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

This was a bit of a disappointment. The food quality was good, but the service was slow and desultory. Also, the ambience did not match the quality of the food. The decor misses the mark for me. You read the menu and taste the food and expect to have a wonderful experience, but the “Black Angus” decor diminishes it.

l
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The service was terrible. Ordered our first cocktails at 6:15 and were served them at 6:40. We had to ask to order our meal. Our server could have cared less - no enthusiasm at all. Waited 1+ hours for our food after we ordered. Ordered another round of drinks and after waiting a long time, again, my son got up from the table and saw them sitting in the bar waiting for our server to pick them up - he had told us the bar was “slammed” but no one was there and they were just sitting. Another server brought someone else’s appetizers to our table. Completely disorganized. We told him it was our grandson’s birthday and he reluctantly brought him a small piece of dessert just as we were leaving. We told him we were members of the Rancho Bernardo Club and he failed to give us our discount. Had to have him recalculate our bill. Absolutely will not go back.

LP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service and food was very good. The menu needs to be clearer as to what is appetizer portion vs dinner portion. Calling appetizer section "Market" is misleading.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our recent dinner and experience at Avant could have very well been the best dinner we’ve ever had. I have dined at a lot of restaurants not just in San Diego but also throughout the country and even though it was my first and only visit to Avant I think It has hit my top three experiences ever. The food is incredibly fresh and the menu is extremely diverse offering a perfect amount of variety within their first, second and main course options. Regardless of your diet or preferences; Vegan, paleo, carnivore, gluten free, or maybe you eat it all? It Does not matter! Avant has the best tasting selections within all categories. The service was also absolutely incredible. Our waiter clearly had tried everything on the menu and knew every detail to every single dish. I also appreciate when restaurants use one main waiter per table. As opposed to a massive team effort where you have someone different for every single task. The other more impressive part about Avant is there really are not a whole lot of options in this location that come close to this level of a restaurant. The cost is up there with a full course dinner and alcohol but if you went for a lighter dinner and no alcohol you could do it cheaper. Either way, totally worth it.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Poor service. Many things went wrong & forgotten. Way too much to pay for that kind of service. Soup & salad were small. Barely anything alongside steak except two fingerling potatoes. Barely enough food.

M
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great follow on for one of San Diego’s finest restaurants. Rob, our waiter, brings an extra element to the event with his incredible food knowledge and flair for that perfect bite.
Ask for Rob and let him round out your menu choice.
The other waiters are great as well.
It’s a bit pricy but not out of line.
My favorite was the duck breast but it’s been of the menu for a while so I hope they will bring it back.
Several of the spices and vegetables are grown on site and look fantastic. The garden is situated between the front and back 9 on the golf course.

OT
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avant is a great place for a holiday get together. It is so festive and the food is delicious.

G
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The hotel was very busy with Christmas parties so perhaps that’s why the restaurant was as tasty as usual.

JK
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We had to actually go to the hostess to get someone to come to our table to pour water after a 15 minute wait. We expected better service at an upscale restaurant like Avant. Thank you to the manager for comping wine and dessert, we would rather have had the service.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time at AVANT. The bartender, waitstaff was superb! We can’t wait to go back! Thank you. Jinnah

g
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was overall good. But every dish had complex add-ons, and the result was that the food was awfully precious. Let’s hear it, though, for charred Japanese sweet potatoes.

KP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our evening at Advant was excellent from our initial cocktail in the bar area through desert. The sole downside was our waiter. He was knowledgeable about the menu and made very good food and wine recommendations, but tended to disappear for long periods of time. Additionally, either he or the kitchen did not manage the flow of our meal very well and as a result our appetizer, soup & entrees all arrived pretty much at the same time.

AM
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere is beautiful, but in this day and age there should be at least one if not two entrees for vegetarians. We came to celebrate a special event and many of our party were left with limited appetizer options. Our bad for not reviewing the menu better. Amy

PK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointing. It took 25 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation. We were there for Thanksgiving dinner and the only "traditional" offering was a "turkey-like" entree. We passed on that. It took 20 minutes after clearing the first course before our main course was served. Mine was barely warm. On top of that, they added a 4% surcharge to the bill (not disclosed when the reservation was made) to "support minimum wage). We were already paying a premium as this was a holiday.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Thanksgiving