AVANT

4.5
1102 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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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 1102 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Suziebee
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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WilliamH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve had in a couple year.

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ChrisA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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lizs
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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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
3 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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ValerieS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Thanks to our server Gabby who took great care of us, especially with my food allergies. Our only suggestion is to update the decor to match the upscale cuisine.

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vipJeanK
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We totally enjoyed our dinner at Avant - service was exceptional!

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Customer
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

-brought salads b4 our drinks!
-entire steak completely black charred all over-cooked wrong
-menu states what each entre comes with but all it was were squirts of liquid..not an actual side..adds to the frustration of the cost of it.
-one oyster was missing when delivered
-no green salad option
-service was terrible

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MelissaR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Easter Brunch at AVANT. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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SandyE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue, excellent food, good service. And no kids nearby, so we could enjoy our meal in peace.

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BSCEL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

This place was nice but it took a really long time for our food to come out. I know that there are sometimes mistakes or hiccups, but it’s about how you handle the situation. For a nice restaurant like this, I would have expected they’d offer a complimentary drink or dessert. The only thing that happened was the waiter came out once to acknowledge the delay. That was all which was disappointing when we’re paying $40-50/entree.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went there for my birthday. Service was exceptional. Food was very good. I know we are in a pandemic but I was hoping for more options on the menu
Short ribs excellent. Duck and yellowtail good. We were looking for a bit more side dish options
Wine selections were vast and varied and we really enjoyed the wine we choose

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GraceK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! The ambience was very quiet and pleasant.

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MaryF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Honestly, the food was not good. The polenta tasted like grits and the chicken cracklings tasted a little rancid. We had the short rib... emphasis on the singular. While it seemed to fall apart it was tough to chew and under seasoned. The singular bulb of a vegetable was inedible My friend got the fish. She didn’t complain but did leave half of it on her plate. The strawberry dessert almost made me laugh. It was so tiny and the cream was sour. I have been a loyal customer of RB Inn for years. I had 2 of my company Christmas parties there and have stayed many times. I have found the food quality inconsistent. Right now it feels like Avant is trying too hard to live up to the “avant-garde “. I love the ambiance and service.

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EricJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and food was fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing !

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vipEddie
Los Angeles
111 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

food was good though had a off oyster and the server offered to replace the one. Scallops were excellent and the locale was beautiful with a view to the large property and skylights.

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MelanieC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wonderful ambiance, always a favorite place to have an amazing meal.

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vipWayneH
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

No chicken on menu. Not good.

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vipJimB
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Wow...all I can say is that this restaurant has become 'very' expensive, while offering a 'very' limited menu that is not going to appeal to everyone. The food was very good, all in all, but not great enough to support such prices, in our view. We were seated in a 'far' outdoor patio so service was slow - it took about 10 minutes to find our waiter to get a copy of our receipt (we should have been given two copies to begin with - always). A pleasant ambience, for the most part, but with no view of the golf course.

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vipkslinnell
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fresh yellow tail flown in from Hawaii. The chefs preparation made this delicate fish melt in my mouth

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vipJGSeatsout
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avant was amazing. We enjoyed quite a few starters but the mushies were one of the best things I’ve ever had. For dinner I had the short rib wagu and it was so delicious. The service was incredible and the overall experience was superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was an anniversary celebration and everything was wonderful. Food was amazing and we will definitely be back. I highly recommend

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JeremyP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fortunate to grab indoor seating in the bar area! Jason the bartender and the Inn director of beverages took care of us along with Ruby. The service was fantastic and the food albeit small portions were 1st class. We shared the scallops small plate, the short-ribs main plate and tiramisu. We also had excellent crafted alcoholic beverages.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

On open I indicated it was my husband’s birthday and the hostess asked if we were celebrating a special occasion and I said yes. After our meal, no one acknowledged it was his birthday. Very few things on the menu and my husband loves duck, that’s why we went but he thought his meal was horrible.
Won’t be back, it’s a one and done

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Mike
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Hour was amazing and our server Gabby was so knowledgeable and friendly. We had the gnocchi, cauliflower, oysters, and scallops. The dishes were phenomenal and the ambience was great! Sunset over the lush golf course.

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RosyK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Live music playing downstairs at The Veranda so that was a plus

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience after covid

FAQs

AVANT is rated 4.5 stars by 1102 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.