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Julie Panick
· February 19, 2018
My husband and I had a date night last night at Avanti's and their food was spectacular. The calamari fritti appetizer is light and taste great. Their fried chicken special with dandelion greens and was fantastic. My husband has the parpadelle and he loved it too. Desert was to die for. Definitely will go for another date night there. See More
Ivan Mora
· March 4, 2018
Everyone enjoyed their meal but me.
Waitress recommended the filet mignon she said it was the best she's had, so I ordered it.
It was the toughest piece of meat I've ever had. I recommend it's taken the menu.
We still had a great time with friends.
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Larry Williams
· July 29, 2017
A neighborhood GEM whose deserved reputation stretches FAR and wide... "What were we thinking?" that this was our first visit after a year on the West Side?!! My ONLY (minor) 'issue' is the absence of... tablecloths - it just takes some getting used to.

A telling fact: most of the staff have been there for 10, 15, 20 and more years!
We heard that it was "pricey," but in 2017 Santa Cruz, that is a red herring. The menu is tantalizing, (the Calamari BEST in my decades of dining out!), the wine list substantial, the service superior, and the ambience - while not intimate, is warm and pleasant. We were celebrating Carolyn's 'milestone' birthday.

Detailing our orders isn't something I find that interesting, so I won't...
We WILL be back, bringing guests, and SOON!! That it's a short 4-block walk from home says: Have as much GREAT wine as you like!!!"

Larry Bob says: GO!!
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Barb Bernard
· August 29, 2017
Great cocktails. Good service. Love the fish specials and strong wine selections. Fun bar
Jillian Chesley
· September 28, 2014
Went here last Friday for a good friend's birthday. The portions were small (but ok) and overpriced. Why I won't go back. For eight of us, the bill was $475. After all that money we spent, the best th...ey could do for the birthday girl was a candle affixed to a paper plate with melted wax and two miniature half- dollar sized cookies. Now that's cheap. Think management needs to rethink their birthday policy. See More
Sharan Dhillon
· September 3, 2016
Delicious food, wine, and cocktails. Friendly staff and excellent service!
My favorite is the kale salad! Highly recommend the kale salad.
Rick Garay
· January 15, 2017
Thoroughly enjoyed the pork leg special. Fantastic! We started our meal with the Brussels sprouts and pancetta salad. Wonderful and highly recommended!
Anne Freiwald
· March 28, 2017
My absolute favorite local place to share a special meal with people I love.
Kathy Weeks Stephens
· June 19, 2017
We had a college graduation dinner Sunday evening. What a delightful place. Wine was great, cod yummy. A very nice evening.
Laura Ruff
· May 6, 2016
I have always loved coming here. The food is always wonderfully prepared with excellent presentation. The service has always been above and beyond.
Malka Nagel
· July 2, 2016
One of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz. Fresh food. Creatively cooked. Service always excellent. A little pricey - but at least you feel like you ate real food made with attention to detail.
Christelle Harris
· March 20, 2017
The salads are exceptional, and the gnocchi was truly made in house. Amazing food.
Kristen Nowack
· October 17, 2014
Amazing menu, good portions, very reasonably priced. So good we ordered desert even though we were stuffed. My new favorite restaurant.
Heather Hettinger
· August 3, 2014
Went here for my Birthday. The staff was incredible and so was the food. Also the atmoshpere is wonderful. I will be returning in my future visits to Santa Cruz.
Katie Fuller
· June 13, 2014
Best calamari in the area!! Great staff!!! And so much more.. Highly recommend giving them a try!!!
Robert Foxworthy
· October 4, 2015
Top notch cuisine, a varied menu that never disappoints.
Jacob Marcelo Casarez
· May 25, 2014
Its the best! Nettle Ravioli...holy cannoli!
M Sophia Santiago
· October 3, 2015
FABULOUS Staff. Round the Corner Neighbors. LOVE Em! Great but expensive restaurant. Top Notch. xoxox M Sophia Santiago, Westside SC.
Jonathan Stern
· July 13, 2014
Awesome cocktails.
Ana Rosa Hernandez Martinez
· August 3, 2017
Éste restaurante es maravillosa no tan solo por los tipos de comidas y postres vinos de mesa que sirven día a día si no porque todo los se usa para. Cocinar es Orgánico y en particular ahí trabaja uno... de los mejores trabajadores que con mucho orgullo lo digo es mi esposo Adolfo Martínez que toda nuestra familia estamos orgullosos de él y sobre todo el restaurante Avantiii es Delicioso � �� See More

Come enjoy an Irish Mule cocktail and ring in Saint Paddys a little early!

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Beautiful local chanterelles over linguine and local fish😍

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Tonight's specials include a delightful Petrale Sole with citrus salsa!

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Roasted cauliflower soup, simple and divine.

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First asparagus of the spring!

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Lamb Umido features chunks of tender Rodoni lamb and pillows of potato gnocchi.

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Pan roasted local rock cod is an Avanti favorite!

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Our dinosaur kale salad with winter citrus and ricotta salata is beautiful and delicious!

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We have some exciting new menu items including a fantastic linguine with local cypress agaricus mushrooms! Also Monterey bay anchovies and wild nettle gnocchi.

Tonight's specials include a pan roasted local Black Cod with delicious roasted root vegetables.

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Would you like to achieve a state of nirvana? Us too!
Come try our new Buddha's hand cocktail featuring this refreshing fruit from Abounding Harvest farm!

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Come support the Santa Cruz Arts Council and enjoy the Studio 54 themed Twisted Tasting on Saturday at the Civic Center. Be on the lookout for Leonardo, our Italian nephew visiting Santa Cruz to learn about the American disco scene!

Sat 7:00 PM PSTSanta Cruz Civic AuditoriumSanta Cruz, CA
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Thank you to all our wonderful guests who joined us at Avanti last night! It was a pleasure to celebrate love with so many sweet people including a just married couple complete with white wedding gown.😍

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A difficult, rainy vintage proved to be a challenge for producers. Some made the best of it with fresh, expressive and delicious wines.

Do you prefer the Black trumpet linguine or the Pappardelle with meatballs? Or come see us this evening for the Roasted Quail special-yum!

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