AVANT 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. Led by acclaimed chef and farm-to-table pioneer Nicolas Bour, the restaurant 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.
“My cuisine is simple and fresh. I focus on the ingredients and how best to make them shine.” – Executive Chef, Nicolas Bour.
Savor cocktails, wines and craft beers uniquely created with an artisan’s touch. It’s lively and sophisticated with a dash of daring. AVANT, come and experience what tomorrow tastes like. For more information on AVANT’s various spaces, click here.
Chef Nicolas Bour swept the 2013 San Diego Bay Food & Wine Fest. His Red Royal shrimp ‘Ceviche’ took 1st place Seafood Dish and 3rd place Chef of the Fest. Congrats!
Recently our acclaimed Chef Nicolas was invited to showcase an AVANT dish to staff at the publishing house of Architectural Digest, Bon Apétit, GQ, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Condé Nast. Impressive! The dish – Avocado and Quinoa Salad with Shrimp. Yummy! Go Nic!
The bar is brought to life with a charcuterie and cheese display and station, complete with fire-engine red Berkel slicer. A charcuterie and cheese chef will serve you-be-the-judge tastings and walk guests through various pairing options.
We’re On Tap – Beer, Wine and Mustard
We’ll have eight beer selections on tap, including a good number of local selections like Saint Archer, Stone, Lightning and Cismontane. Six wines on tap means utilizing re-usable wine casks, skipping the need for bottles, corks, cases and labels. Whether by the sip or by the carafe, the first time oxygen touches the juice is when it hits your glass. Plus, we’re the only restaurant in the US to have house-made mustard on tap. You’ve got to try it!
“Wines on tap is a smart idea. With the right equipment and attention to detail,” says Rob Mondavi, Jr, 4th Generation Napa Valley Winemaker, “wines on tap can provide exemplary wine with a much smaller and greener footprint. We’re pleased to be showcasing our Spellbound Petit Sirah through AVANT’s program. Vibrant color, unbridled berry character and plenty of texture creates the perfect balance in this exciting wine. We think you’ll be Spellbound.”
Working Wine Room
AVANT will feature a working wine room that is visible from three sides. Three of the four walls are made of glass so you can see inside as your bottle of wine is taken right from the rack.
The patio at AVANT has three sides open to lush golf course views, red-tiled roof overhead and stacked stone fireplace. Enjoy true Southern California living with a gentle breeze and an inviting fire.
AVANT Kitchen, a private demonstration kitchen, will offer small groups of up to twelve direct access to AVANT’s chefs, their secrets to spectacular results and private experiences in the intimate space. To learn more about AVANT Kitchen, click here.
Need a spot for a private event?
We’ve got you covered with three one-of-a-kind spaces. La Taberna, El Biz and our AVANT Kitchen.
With about 2,500 sq. ft. 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.
Click here for more information or contact us at 858.675.8551.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 4pm-6pm