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

San Diego CityBeat: Avant at Rancho Bernardo Inn

Avant at Rancho Bernardo Inn: accessible yet refined
By Jenny Montgomery

January 17, 2014

El Bizcocho re-launch is less fussy, more forward, and the roast chicken is exceptional.
In its heyday, El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn was one of the places to eat in San Diego. It might not have been the flashiest, but the quiet and somewhat out-of-the-way locale was a true gem for those in the know.

Now the R.B. Inn (17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive) and chef Nicolas Bour have given El Biz a much-needed facelift, renaming the dining room Avant and changing the fussy French menu to a more modern and seasonal take on California cuisine.

Avant feels much more like how San Diego does fancy: no dress code, but still classy and casually elegant. I was looking for a date night away from our 2-year-old, and Avant gave me a great excuse to put on earrings.