AVANT at the Rancho Bernardo Inn (FKA El Bizcocho) Reservations

Fodor’s: Where to Eat in San Diego Now

Where to Eat in San Diego Now
By Jimmy Im

September 2013 | Fodor’s


It’s almost impossible to have a bad meal in San Diego. The area is brimming with small farms, so chefs have always been keen on using natural ingredients and organic produce. And you can always expect fresh seafood, thanks to San Diego’s prime location on the Pacific Coast. Several new and notable restaurants have been taking the culinary scene to new levels, though. From the Mexican and Japanese inspired The Hake in La Jolla to Ryan Gosling-obsessed Bang Bang in downtown San Diego, these emerging hot spots (with equally hot plates) are serving up truly notable meals.

Local San Diegans have long awaited the debut of AVANT at Rancho Bernardo Inn, which opened to the tune of a $2.5 million transformation (formerly El Bizcocho) in June. The massive 6,500-square-foot, California-ranch-style restaurant features a rustic bar, wood-burning fireplaces, indoor and outdoor seating, and private dining rooms. The menu focuses on an artisanal and garden-to-table concept, pulling vegetables from their own organic garden (executive chef Nicolas Bour grew up on a working organic farm, should anyone be an “expert”). Expect everything from house-made burrata and charcuterie to a “walk through our garden” 12-vegetable plate. They even have mustard on tap!

Dish to Try: Sonoma duck breast confit shepard’s pie with turnips and huckleberry.