AVANT

4.6
1125 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
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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  • Schramsberg Vineyards Wine Dinner

    $165.00 per personPrepaid

    Jun 25, 2021 only

    Avant's very own Chef de Cuisine Christopher Gentile and Rancho Bernardo Inn's Sommelier and Cellar Master Joe Baumgardner have teamed up with Schramsberg's epic vintner Hugh Davies for a one-night-event that is sure to be to remembered! Reception and hors d'oeuvres begin promptly at 6:00pm, followed by a carefully curated five course tasting menu replete with Schramsberg Vineyard wine pairings that will begin at 6:30pm. $165/person, inclusive of food, alcohol, service charge, and tax,

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1125 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to the Avant to celebrate Father’s Day for my husband. We dined at the Avant Friday and Saturday, both nights were amazing. Our waiter Joseph makes is feel very comfortable and has great recommendations! Thank you.

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DavidH
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Avant is a beautiful restaurant, with an outdoor patio that offer very nice views over the gorgeous golf course and grounds. The food is generally quite inventive and delicious, and in our latest experience was also very good. The gazpacho was unique and spectacular, as was the black truffle cauliflower. The aged duck was incredible, and perfectly prepared. However, one issue was were worth noting: the squid ink spaghetti with uni seems like a very, very good preparation if executed well, and the uni was served extremely fresh and delicious, with a wonderful bernaise-like sauce over everything that was flavorful and balanced. However, the pasta was extremely over-salted, nearly to the point of inedibility. Don't know exactly how this could happen, unless the base pasta was initially salty itself and required some special preparation to eliminate the extra, or if the pasta water was extraordinarily oversalted? I don't know; in my own cooking I've never come close to infusing that much salt into pasta, fresh or dried, even when knowingly exceeding the usual amount of salt for boiling. Seems it would require an egregious error in that case... In any event, a major mistake. We pointed it out to the servers, and at that point had already eaten most of it by watering the noodles and using bread heavily. They said next time we should alert them right away and they would "fix it"... Hmmm... Hope the message got to the kitchen staff, and they used it to gain insight on how not to break it in the first place... Nevertheless, we found the overall experience wonderful, the wait staff attentive and friendly, and would still recommend Avant to others. Just be prepared for the quite high prices and possibly for variability in some dishes despite the high investment... And I guess inform them right away if something seems problematic, so they can attempt to address it before you try to make the best of it anyway...

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vipvoyage
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb and the service is excellent

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vipStacey
Nashville
30 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server, Gabriella, she was knowledgeable and fun and made our experience the best we had the entire trip! The food was very good as well

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NatalieG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails, outstanding service, beautiful ambience

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WhitneyE
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I had the most lovely dinner at Avant. We enjoyed the six course chef’s menu with additional add-ons and everything was delicious. Most importantly, Gabby’s service was just exceptional. When we needed to get thicker sauce for the mushrooms, she was on it in a flash and never made us feel like we were putting her out. She was upbeat, helpful with the menu and facilitated the best craft cocktail I have had. That brings me to the male bartender (I didn’t catch his name), who officially makes my favorite drink - Honey’s Alibi with tequila and a splash of grapefruit juice. Absolutely delicious! We will be back to enjoy a romantic dinner or even just for cocktails at the bar.

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vipccbrownie
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I always want to love Avant but just don't. The menu is limited and seems to be trying too hard. The prices are out there and the food is good but not great - sadly. I wish they would make this a steakhouse. It would be perfect and RB needs it.

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JanathanA
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was exquisite as was the service. My only suggestion is that there are small flies this time of year in San Diego and they kept buzzing around us. There was really not much we could do to alleviate the situation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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RicardoX7
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Limited menu, but excellent preparation and taste.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cauliflower bisque was amazing. The Hawaiian yellowtail was awesome and my husband’s duck was equally excellent. All great flavors. Our server Sal also added to the overall experience.

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vipEnrico
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful attentive service and great tasting menu!

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Becky
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was absolutely delicious! Our server, Gaby, was just exceptional! Can’t wait to come back.

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Glenna
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was off the charts! Chef Chris is a culinary artist and we enjoyed every bite. The flavors were out of this world and the service by Gaby was genuine. Highly recommend Avant.

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vipkslinnell
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef knows how to meld flavors. Also with having a chefs garden in site the vegetables are so fresh

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LorneS
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly enjoyed eating here. The aged duck is amazing!

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vip2regulars
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service was excellent, menu was broad enough to make everyone happy. Good stop

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vipEric
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my most memorable meals. Perfect place for celebrating a special occasion. Tasting menu is superb. Got to meet the chef.

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SanDiegoEater
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was mediocre, and service slow. Do not ask if the chef can accommodate the tasting menudo vegetarians because he will say yes, give you 5 dishes straight from the menu, and then charge twice as much as the menu price.

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vipYARC
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rib eye was incredible! Best steak I’ve eaten. Service was great too

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StephenC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Avant was a wonderful outing. The service was attentive but not smothering. The food was delicious and different! The exciting part was the variety and uniqueness of the offerings. If you are looking for a pleasant atmosphere, great views, and delicious food give Avant a shot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for the COVID revised Mother’s Day Brunch. Everything was fantastic, kids loved and devoured all three courses too!!

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Suziebee
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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WilliamH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A bit disappointing when you have a $45 short rib that the is presented lukewarm and dry.
The elegant setting of this restaurant is one for special occasions, but difficult to achieve when seated next to crying babies.

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arielk
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sophisticated food, tasty and abundant. However the pricing is in the high side ($$$$) and not too much variety.

Nice place specially with good and warm weather...

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve had in a couple year.

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ChrisA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and fantastic venue!! The food was absolutely delicious and the drinks too. This place is perfect to celebrate an anniversary.

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viplizs
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband first dinner out since the Pandemic started. Great dinner and even better service from Sal. Now that we are fully vaccinated we will be back again.

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vipTopblade
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New chef and great selections. Flavors delightful. Extensive wine selection. Solid beer choices. This place always pleases us.

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Carson
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

There were two of us , and spent a little less than two hundred dollars. When I called to confirm the reservation, I told them we were celebrating my neighbors birthday. We each had one and a half glasses of wine so most of our bill was for food. You would have thought a little bday something would have been included to end the evening, but no.
A bit disappointed. I would still recommend Avant especially if you enjoy fine, expensive dining . The hostess was very pleasant as was the bartender, Jason.

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vipTSJ128
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband’s birthday, we have a very good time, food & service was wonderful.

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CoralH
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. 2 of us got the yellowtail; not over cooked, nice presentation. Short ribs were also reported to have been the best my friend had. Strip loin didn’t quite impress. Cocktails were so so. Dessert- chocolate tart- disappointing.

The place was a bit cold the night we visited.

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MarkH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 21-day aged duck was exquisite--A perfect blend of fat and meat for duck eating succulence. This meal should be on that show ¨The Best Thing I Ever Ate.¨ My fiancee Deborah and I totally enjoyed Avant--the food, service, and ambiance are all top-notch. I totally recommend this restaurant.

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LaraR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was cold and uncomfortable but it is covid times and we had to rush up. Everyone is trying.

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JackK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jason, the mixologist and our care taker, made our 50th Anniversary dinner special.

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5StarPatty
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Nice ambiance and a good selection of wines.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and everything was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, cocktails and 5-start service by Gabby!

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shark
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Incredible food. Well informed wait staff. Do not miss the celery root bisque. Seriously.

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AmyY
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Our appetizers, the Woodfired Cauliflower and Cured Hiramasa were delicious. The cocktails that were ordered, Old Fashion, Spicy Margarita and Amaretto Sour needed more flavor. We ordered 2 duck entrees and two Grilled Yellowtail. Both dishes had no flavor, they lacked seasoning. The waitperson never came over to check how the food was. We brought in wine, had to ask to have it open, never poured anymore after the first glass, we had to pour the two bottles of wine ourselves. Dinner was almost over before they got around to opening the second bottle. We had to ask someone other than our waitperson to open the wine. We were very disappointed in the experience.

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AVANT is rated 4.6 stars by 1125 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.