Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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 is probably the only "best" restaurant between LaJolla and San Diego. The menu has many selections and the chef is VERY creative with subtle touches of vegetables, starches, meat/fish and seasoning. To the restaurant's credit they actually have a very large Chef's Garden that provides extremely fresh vegetables and herbs. My husband and I have eaten here many times the past few months while attending meetings and have NEVER been disappointed.
I have many shout-outs to the staff (Christa is so warm and welcoming) - kudo's to management for finding such talent.
Now to food - favorite crudo is the lobster with aoli, but black cod topped with foie grois topped with cavier is a close second. The 16 hours braised shortrib melts in your mouth and even chicken which can be ordinary is special because of the broth and garden vegetables.
For dessert - gotta have the donuts, next best is the fig creation with a chunk of honeycomb.
We go here once a year and every year the menu is different, reflecting what is in season and the chef’s whimsy. Everything I have eaten here was original and delicious. I usually try to pick something that sounds unique and have been surprised by how well the flavors work together.
On my first visit to Avant, I had a spectacular dining experience with business clients. I was talking up Avant to my wife and told her we had to go back.
Our reservation was at 8pm and waited until 8:40 to be seated. They claimed they didn’t have any tables but upon arrival at our seats other tables around the restaurant were empty. Just odd. They did however realize the mistake and brought over some drinks on the house.
Our waiter was busy and didn’t take our order for another 20 minutes and we were about to get up as he walked over to introduce himself. He told us about the specials and some menu items that were not available. After we ordered, he came back to tell us the crudo was now unavailable.
The fruit and cheese plate looked and tasted great however the runner spilled some juice from the plate on my wife.
It was a tale of mistakes and i wish we could have the night back.
They brought a few free apps to bury the hatchet but the damage was done.
Overall the food was good and we enjoyed the creativity of the chef. The doughnuts and coffee were a highlight.
Restaurant was very loud. I specifically asked for a quieter location when booking and we were seated close to the live music??? Ordered salmon and halibut and the salmon was raw in the middle and had a slice of raw jicama on the top. What are you supposed to do with a large piece of raw jicama!? Unfortunately, this was our first and last time for this restaurant, we will go out on the Veranda, the food is much better.
Always a great meal at Avant! Everyone makes you feel like the most important person. I had the pleasure of being served by the best in the business, Crista, and her understudy Tianna who was fabulous! The two of them make for a great night of service. There was no detail over looked. The manager Tami even payed me a visit just to make sure everything was perfect, and it was. I recommend requesting Crista and her team when making a reservation. I can't forget to mention Travis the executive chef. If it wasn't for his leadership, this place would not be a 5 star restaurant like it is.
Very nice dining experience. We were there to celebrate my son's 30th birthday and it was an elegant dinner. All the dishes were very well prepared and presented. A combination of unique flavors and ingredients. Oyster bar was excellent if you like unusual oysters. Interesting to try different types. Very distinct different flavors. Had a ham wrapped monkfish which is my new favorite way to have that fish. Prices were not outrageous but were on the higher end. This will not be a deterrent to future visits. The service and unique plates were worth the price.
We had a table for 8 and the service was great - even though the restaurant was full. Drinks are creative and there are two wine lists - one with reasonably priced wines and a special list with reserve wines and reserve prices for special occasions.
There are a lot of options on the menu and very reasonably priced. Portions are also generous. Everyone ordered different starters and entres and no one was displeased with their choice.
Is this a restaurant to travel to from San Diego or La Jolla - no - but if you are staying in the area, this is a great option.
We were very pleased to enjoy a special dinner here. The remodel of the restaurant was well done. Portion sizes are moderate. Prices seemed appropriate for quality and flavors. A top pick for couples or adult families looking for a cut above. We will be coming back!
Food was very good except the short rib was a bit sticky with an over powering sauce. The duck and black cod were better. Had a wonderful and and interestingly displayed persimmon salad. The food, service and ambiance were good, but except for the salad, the food was not all that unique and the ambiance really feels like a hotel dining room. Probably a good place to meet with a bookclub or business meeting, but does not for a special night out.
Our waitress was terrible. She barely checked on her tables. She tried to over charge us but lucky we caught it on tbe bill. She tried to blame it on a "computer glitch" and said it happened to a couple other people which I took it that she tried to over charge them as well. She was not surprised when we brought it up to her. We went for New Years's eve dinner so we were disappointed walking away from this restaurant.
Server was incredible. Food was excellent. Dishes were well-timed. The night we attended there were a number of large family parties and some children were making a bit of noise. That knocked the ambiance down a couple of stars. Would highly recommend otherwise. We had the monkfish and grass fed dry aged ribeye. Superb!
We selected Avant because they were listed in the Synergy list of restaurants. After we had eaten they told us they don't accept that card & would make no compensations. I wrote to them later & they did not respond. Wrote to Synergy who agreed that Avant wan not one of there subscribers yet it is still up on the website. Although food and service was good, their customer service is awful.
We have been going to the RB Inn and Avant as a group for a few years now, and it is always such a treat. This time is was very different, the food was just not up to par. The descriptions in the new menu sounded amazing, but the food was just ok. It left us all a little disappointed.
The people are still great, and the atmosphere is so nice. We will stop here for a cocktail, and the view, but sorry to say we will make other dinner arrangements going forward.
Service was excellent - waiter was very knowledgeable about how the food was prepared, the ingredients etc. The food was tasty and the presentation was lovely. The background music was OK, though would not have been my first choice. This is a personal preference and others may disagree. My dessert was exceptionally good. This venue is pricey, but a good choice for special occasions. I took my daughter and son-in-law there for Christmas dinner. All three of us were happy with our meals. We also enjoyed the wine we selected.
Unfortunately, not great food, disappointed. This was for our Christmas dinner. The food just wasn't holiday oriented for a pre-set holiday meal; some of our food was overcooked, cold, or not with the holiday theme. Kids food options very limited and not worth a $40 per child. Really not impressed. Had great hopes...will likely try another time, but for the larger venue "holiday" theme Christmas events.
It was good, but not stand-out. Taste didn't quite match the price. However, interesting menu items. Drink menu lacked a little. They had someone playing live Christmas music, which was a little too loud. Nice ambiance. Above average, but not stellar, service.
I should preface this review to say that the food has always been fantastic as have been coming here for many years since it reopened as avant. The service has always been a little slow and desirous but never been too much of an issue.
Except tonight. 7.45 seated, no cocktails on the table until 8.30, just bread and water. Finally the appetizers came out around 9 after a second round of bread was delivered to our table with no apology for the delay in our appetizers...the apps were the meat and cheese....not the hardest to put together. We commented and were advised it was the kitchens fault as they were backed up.
So then the main courses came. I ordered the monkfish wrapped in ham. Immediately something appeared amiss with the lack of ham wrapping. When I asked about it. I was advised the ham was in the chowder...no where I could see. So I double checked the menu, clearly stated wrapped so I asked to speak with the manager. An apology was offered and an attempt to make the rest of our meal enjoyable but still the same party line was had that the ham is in the chowder.
Despite being offered complimentary desserts, some of the table didn’t really fancy eating dessert that late so a few coffees were ordered instead, how could they get that wrong? Cold cappuccino. Not even luke warm.
It really was an end to a dreadful night of service with no apologies other than when complaints were made. A simple “we are sorry for the wait” and an offer of getting more drinks for the table (we would have gladly paid for them if offered) but we were ignored for so long. Slow is very often good, but if you’re intentionally slow, at least be attentive.
I love the bone in ribeye they do here and have had it many times, but I can’t see us returning again.
We were disappointed with Avant. We had reservations and still had to wait 20 minutes for our table to be ready. The service was slow without the servers or assistant checking in with us or updating us. It took nearly 20 minutes to get our drinks. Finally, the only food we enjoyed from our meal was the doughnuts and coffee for dessert.
SUPER SLOW in getting food, drinks and dessert once ordered. We were sitting right next to the bar and it took her 12-15 mins to get the wine order to the table. I realize it was a Monday and they were not at full staff but the place was close to empty.
With that said, the food was amazing and wine was lovely. Our waitress was very pleasant but not familiar with the menu.
This was a holiday meal that I made reservation a week in advance and drove from La Jolla to empress my employees and their wives. Worst experience ever and I never complain about a meal.
Waiter assigned too many tables. Could not get his attention. Bus boy was hesitant to help when asked. Took way to long to take drink order and then bring them. Brought wine bottle then too 20 Mins to get my wife's glass of Prosecco. Waited a long to to place dinner order. Waited 1.5 hours went by and then the waiter brought the desert menu thinking that we had already finished our meals that have not been brought to the table yet. 2.25 hours from seated to served. Salmon dish described to have Couscous did not have it in the preparation. my Short rib was over cooked. Other guest were obviously complaining. Waiter brought Desert menus again after and offered to comp. it. Insulting at that point. My guess is there is something really wrong with management at this restaurant..
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.