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About AVANT

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.

17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr
San Diego, CA 92128
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian

Hours of Operation:
AVANT Dining
Sunday–Thursday: 4pm–9pm
Friday–Saturday: 4pm–10pm

Dinner service starts at 5pm

Happy Hour
Daily from 4pm-6:30pm

Cross Street:
Pomerado Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(844) 277-3708

Website:
http://www.avantrestaurant.com/?nck=8442773708

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking.
Self parking also available.

Additional:
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

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
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Romantic (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Live Music (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Scenic View (6)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Authentic (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Had the halibut entree and it was delicious. Also, the margarita was very flavorful! The Inn continues to have great food!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

My son and I enjoyed the meal! The chef gave us extra oysters. The waiter was outstanding and the food wonderful. The donuts ate a must!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. Well rounded menu and the food and service is consistently good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Serving size on small size. Ambient noise in room was over the top making casual / normal- level table conversation difficult. Some attention should be given to room sound proofing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Felt like a family style restaurant trying to be fine dining. Service did not have even close to the attention to detail that it should for what they were charging and the amount of time the food and drinks took to arrive.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve for a family dinner after church is our annual tradition. And Avant might need to become a permanent part of that tradition. It was delicious and cozy and just right for this special night.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve. Birthday

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was overpriced and flavorless. Our waiter was OK, but his assistant was amazing and made the meal for my kids (getting them something the waiter said was not available).

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 18, 2017

From the beautiful, warm and friendly greeting to the exceptional cuisine, we loved it all!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

As always: suberb service and a wonderful winter menu. Our go to spot when we want to stay close to home

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Service was very slow even though the restaurant was almost empty. The food was overall good but serving sizes was very small, Overpriced considering the venue. They were out of all of our desert options. Also the life music was not very good either.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My date and I had specifically told our server not clear our table since we were going to the restroom, but when we returned the entire table was cleared up and they charged us for the dishes that we hadn’t even eaten?!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Good but not as special as anticipated. Server had too many tables to take care of.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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..

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

They use vegetables grown on the property. The dishes are so flavorful and seasonal. Staff was cheerful, helpful and engaging. The halibut was a generous portion and so full of goodness. The lamb was perfectly cooked and the aroma was sinful. Will be returning often.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent service, great menu of imaginative dishes. The staff was very attentive (but not overly so) and called us by name. A very enjoyable evening.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Menu sounded better than it tasted. Beef tenderloin was excellent, but the broccoli rabe with it was horrible. "Crab salad" appetizer was attractive looking, but was more like a ball of cream cheese with avocado wrap than anything tasting of crab. Mushroom appetizer was over salted. I suppose if you choose carefully you can find a satisfactory meal, but we were disappointed. For the price, you'd do better at a Chart House. Rancho Bernardo needs some new fine dining choices.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Nice atmosphere, but the noise level of the live music is too loud. We could barely hear our dinner companions over the music. We had a long wait at the door to be seated (on a Saturday evening). Service was average. The waitress disappeared for long periods and we had to call over other waiters to help us at times. The food is creative and tasty, although portions are very small for the price. It is a nice atmosphere for a special occasion, but the cost is prohibitive for everyday dining. I wish they would run their Monday specials again. We would be regular diners, as we live very close, if they had more specials for the community and lowered the noise level.

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Fixed menu was served on Thanksgivings day.
Few years ago, we had a great dinner, but this time, the roast beef
was so chewy and totally disappointed with dinner and the service wasn’t that great as before.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our server kept coming to our table to tell us that the first course would be there in a few minutes. He repeated this for three times. I finally said that we perceived the service to be very slow for a pre=arranged three course dinner on Thanksgiving. We had been in the restaurant almost 50 minutes when the first course arrived. The food was good, but highly priced for the evening.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner - Called earlier to advised of disabled guest. Thanked and told table would be set and elevator to use. Arrival seemed to be a surprise. Big scramble by staff. Where'sthe elevator key? The search began and finally the disabled guest joined us. Took a long time for server to acknowledge us. 30 minutes to get cocktails. Servers stood around talking to each other with food in their hands. No wonder all the food was cold. Prime Rib was way too salty and very fatty. Three of us only ate 3-4 bites. Server asked what was wrong. When we explained it to her she said, "Let me get you some to go boxes so you can take it home." We didn't care for it there, why would we enjoy it at home. We tossed the containers in the trash bin while waiting for the valet to bring up our car. One member of our party had dirty silverware we pointed it to a staff member. He stood trying to clean the food off. NO, we would like a different set of silverware. When he came back he just through the silverware in front of the guest. There was no recall of which of us ordered what so with each course came a food auction. Food Auctions should never occur in a restaurant. Desserts were dreadful. Pumpkin tart was either bought or made far ahead of Thanksgiving. Never saw a manager working the dining room talking with guests, Happy Thanksgiving, is everything okay, thank you for spending your day with us,and we hope you will come back and see us soon. Guitar music was awful. Ordered coffee with my dessert. Coffee arrived with the presentation of the bill. Fast food drive in restaurant, coffee shop, turkey dinner in a box from a local grocery store all would have been better. Once the elevator key was found I did enjoy being able to use the elevator to go up and down as needed. Dinner/drinks/tip (yes, I still well even though the service was awful.I don't want to appear to be the cheap one) was..$441.00, yes I said $441.00 and 2 tacos at Jack in the Box would have been tastier.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went there for Thanksgiving dinner, we were disappointed with the food.
First course was quail and it didn't tast anything ...... My fish ( second course) was cold they took it back and it came back cold again! The warm bread and dessert were very good!

The service was great, they are very friendly and cordial ,they just need to improve the menu.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Fantastic service from Jonah with great recommendations on the newer menu from the chef which were unbelievably tasty. A very nice place to enjoy great food and wine in a relaxing yet upscale location.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Disappointing this time around. Monkfish was extremely salty. Calamari was bland. The pumpkin soup was excellent. Service was just so-so. All in all, the only thing exceptional was the (high) price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great find. In site chefs garden. Efficient and enjoyable service. Will come back

Tags: Good for a Date, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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