Restaurants | Avant Opens its Doors at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

Avant Opens its Doors at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

avantRancho Bernardo Inn’s signature restaurant, Avant, offers the same quality and service as its predecessor in a more casual atmosphere.

Following a $2.5 million renovation to the 6,500-square-foot space formerly known as El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn, Avant recently debuted as a more approachable version of its fine-dining predecessor—equal in food quality and service, but less pretentious. The elegant décor still feels warm and earthy, highlighted by a lively bar, working wine room, generous dining patio with golf-course views and two wood-burning fireplaces. Acclaimed Chef Nicolas Bour oversees a farm-to-table menu of small plates such as red-quinoa-and-avocado salad and pork confit; entrées such as pan-roasted Baja grouper and free-range chicken; as well as an extensive array of charcuterie and cheeses. For dessert, the chocolate fondue comes with decadent accompaniments: pink-peppercorn marshmallows, candied bacon, cinnamon-cayenne pretzels, strawberries and almond cake. Happy dipping. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo, 858.675.8550.