Avant Restaurant at Rancho Bernardo Inn introduces tasting menu

A duck dish from Avant Restaurant's new $135 tasting menu.
A dish from Avant Restaurant’s new $135 tasting menu includes 21-day dry-aged duck, fermented plum, rhubarb confit and duck demi croquette.
(Christopher Gentile)

Avant Restaurant at the Rancho Bernardo Inn has recently introduced a $135 tasting menu as an option on its a la carte menu.

Executive chef Christopher Gentile said his long-term goal is to transition to a tasting menu-only restaurant, which was how it operated from time time in its former life as the El Bizcocho restaurant.

Avant is at 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego. Visit

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