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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Special Occasion (16)
Fit for Foodies (13)
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Good for Anniversaries (13)
Romantic (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Cozy (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Business Meals (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Scenic View (7)
Casual (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Live Music (6)
Authentic (5)
Organic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Tapas (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Great food and service, everything on the menu was great....ate with 6 friends everyone enjoyed their dinner...the donut and ice cream dessert was phenomenal!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We had a nice happy hour on the patio and dinner in the dining room. Very nice place.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The atmosphere and service and food were all terrific. I left a special instruction on my Open Table request to sit close to the music even though that section was sold out. They did an excellent job of placing us close enough to enjoy the music and a quiet evening at the same time. Great experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Healthy, Live Music
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Beautiful place and the food was outstanding. The service was extremely attentive and the accommodated all my special requests. I would definitely come back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Great place for a business dinner and good food. The service was exceptional and staff very attentive and respectful of conversations. They did not interrupt or pressure us to respond on their timeline, but always available when we were ready. Since it was a negotiation, I really appreciated their discretion. Steaks were great, swordfish was fabulous and presentation was beautiful!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Our dinner was spot on fantastic! Our server Tom was very attentive and knowledgeable on the menu. The restaurant itself was very clean and well lit. We dined on a Tuesday for my husbands birthday and Tom even brought us a special off menu desert. The wine list was great offering many options as well as great by the glass choices. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion or date night.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food, service, ambiance all excellent. Pricey - for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Loved it, great food and drink selection!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Food snob from Dallas here, this place really blew us away. 3-4 star resort, but the food here was truly 5 star, really great. Small details then execution on the important dishes like the filet, short rib, etc.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Consistently outstanding. Fantastic food flavors. Food server Tom is exceptional. One of our favorite places...thank you!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 29, 2017

It was a great evening. The food and the service were wonderful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Dinner was amazing as always, tried the new appetizers, heirloom tomato salad and beat infused trout. Both were amazing

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Excellent menu choices. Attentive staff. Always aim to please.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Gooooooooooooooood foooooooooood, must tryyyyyyyyyyy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We dined at Avant on a quiet night. Staff was attentive and the restaurant was lovely and comfortable. I had asked for my filet to be cooked ‘medium' and it came to me medium rare. I sent it back and it was returned in about the same condition. Overall the food was very good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The food was wonderful and the portions good, but way to pricey. I'll do it again, but just will be aware of the prices...

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 3, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants.
Crista's service is impeccable, she knows the wine, the cheeses, all the ingredients in the all the dishes.

The chef is great. The food is creative, expertly prepared , they change some of the menu about every three months.

From the something as simple as the bread and soft sea-salt sprinkled butter (finally somebody gets how to serve bread) served at the beginning of the meal to the entrées to the desserts to the drinks- it's all excellent

Staff is laid-back, but watches for your every need. It's all those perfect little details that have had us coming back for over 10 years.

Tags: Late-night Find, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Casual, Romantic, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We went for my husban's birthday and the experience was disappointing. Service was slow, as opposed to well paced. They may have realized it was slow because we were given a complementary cheese board. Our server just kind of phoned it in. At one point he was oddly testie with one of our party. Food was very good untill the complementary BD desert chosen by the server. We were given a Maliabi Milk Pudding that was just down right unpleasant. Yes I know it was complementary, but just warning, not good. It is such a great room with a hip vibe, would try again but just happy hour on the patio.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Unfortunately there were many large parties and our small party(of two) was often overlooked. The wait staff did their best but were obviously understaffed to maintain a higher level of service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Excellent anniversary dinner. The filet mignon was perfection. Tasty butternut soup and ahi appetizer. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great experience, the food, service and ambiance were exceptional.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We had never been there before and do not plan to return. We went for our anniversary actually cancelling a reservation at the Marine Room in La Jolla for someplace closer, The Avant. I had read reviews of Avant after making reservations and numerous posts complained about the noise. So I called early afternoon on 5/20 and left a message asking for patio dining to avoid the noise. A young lady called back around 5:00 saying we were set for the patio @ 6:00. Arrived at 6 only to be told they don't reserve the patio, it's first come first served. They did have a table out there but had to find chairs for it, a process that took almost 20 minutes. The main entrance is by the bar and live music was playing and it was quite loud inside so I understand the previous complaints. Come to find out the patio was tiny, just 5 tables and a couple sofas. We sat at our corner table with no menus for awhile. Some kind of machinery was running non stop the whole time , sounded like an exhaust fan or something similar. As the small patio filled up it was as noisy out there as inside. Hard to converse over the noise. It took about 45 minutes to receive our order. My wife ordered sea bass and she received 2 tiny portions that were over cooked and dried out. I ordered the pork chop which was ok. Neither meal was worth the cost however. A shared salad, our entrees, a glass of wine for my wife & iced tea for me and a shared dessert came to almost $120.00 before any gratuity.
We were very disappointed overall. The one good thing was good service from wait staff. The Avant should not bill itself as an upscale restaurant because it isn't, even though they charge upscale prices. If you want a loud sports bar environment and don't care if you can hear anyone you might think it's ok.

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

We have dined at Avant many times. Tom has been our waiter a fair number of times and knows how to be "just right" in terms of being there just enough while allowing us to talk among ourselves without him hovering. We enjoy the food and drink greatly. It is close to home and, being part of the Rancho Bernardo Inn, the ambiance quite pleasant.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

For a Mothers Day Brunch I felt it quite lacking. I don't mind paying an exhorbitant price for value. What was there was very good. Instead of lots of tiny desserts I would have preferred at least a few vegetables and an omelette station. Maybe some other foods. Variety was skimpy. The Staff was lovely and tried to be accommodating

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Avant was the most terrible dining experience I have ever had. The food was terrible, almost inedible, and extremely overpriced. Never eat here!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 7, 2017

We had reservations at 5:00 O'clock and we arrived a few minutes before. The hostess was not there and it was a full 5 minutes before we were acknowledge and sited. Our server was sweet and attentive, no complain about his service but after we ordered our drinks and appetizers, our dinner took 1 hr. To get to us. We were given plenty of bread and butter while we waited though.
We were told the fryer was down, so we couldn't order the calamari which was unfortunate. Also, maybe the food was delayed because the head chef wasn't there.

I have been to the Avant 3 times before and both the food and speed of service have been superb in the past; I was just sad that after I told my companions how great my previous dinning events had been, that they didn't get to have the same experience.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Updated menu is spot on. Service was impeccable. Recommend the 14oz pork tomahawk. Excellent!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 5, 2017

As I Yelped, Avant is a great place for delicious food, good service and great ambiance. It is nice to find a place like this inland and out of downtown San Diego.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Absolutely delicious!!! We will be going back again and again.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 20, 2017

The food was good but not exceptional given how pricey it is. The bread was the standout. The loud music was annoying and didn't fit the dining experience in the dining room. The spaces (bar/dining room are too close.). We may try the outside fire pit area sometime but we're disappointed with Avant.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 15, 2017

What a wonderful evening we had at Avant. Service was absolutely top-notch. Food was artfully prepared and absolutely delicious. Will most definitely return.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Happy Hour, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Consistently great food. Sometimes service can be a bit slow but well worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 11, 2017

The server was great, the food was rushed , the dessert was bland and not put together well. I see no need to recommend your restaurant.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Fantastic food quality. Services was outstanding. Very attentive to our every need. When seated near the bar area it gets pretty loud. They should consider more of a barrier between bar and dining area. Overall an excellent experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Dined on a Saturday evening. Service was great, food was very good, and there was a vegetarian and a vegan option available. Crowd noise was a bit loud, and there was a live singer/performer, which was expected for a Saturday evening - keep that in mind if looking for a quite, romantic setting.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Exceptional service. Great food. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Here is what we had:
Ahi Poke app. - Amazing
Scallops & Pork Belly - Amazing
Sea-Bass - Really good
We also tried 4 of their signature drinks (don't remember the names), but all were unique and very well done. Also had 2 bottles of Pellegrino.
Overall, we were very happy with everything (food, drinks,service). I think everything was ~$150

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Another wonderful experience at Avant. We all truly enjoyed our meals and will definitely be back next year! Thank you for making my fiancée's birthday a special evening.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Service was quick and friendly (Thanks Dalton and Shane). Drinks and food were very tasty, as was dessert. Would recommend the pork belly and lamb belly. I had the butternut squash bisque which was excellent! We sat outside but plenty of seating inside as well. The doughnuts/beignets for dessert were incredible.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Great food, great service in a rustic/cool hotel resort restaurant.

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