Aventura is a new and unique restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor offering both a sophisticated and stylish approach to traditional Spanish tapas, served with a genuine and unique approach to hospitality. Servers guide guests on a culinary journey through the menu Beginning with Basque pinxto (small tasty morsels served on skewers) and cocas (deliciously distinct flatbreads) guests will then venture further into the menu with over twenty five crafted tapas and several traditional Paella. Aventura features local produce, seafood and pork (including roast suckling pig.) Enriching the experience is service from our trendy and sexy bar, offering craft cocktails, house made bitters, tonic, juices, syrups, and of course, Sangria. The extensive wine list includes over fifty bottles of Spanish wine.
At Aventura, we are constantly learning, growing and adding value to our community. We extend a warm welcome to all of our community to become a part of the Aventura family.
Hours of Operation:
Friday and Saturday: 5pm-Midnight
Friday & Saturday: Midnight-1am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm
S. 5th Ave.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Aventura Ratings and Reviews
Tuesday happened to be half off select b ...
Tuesday happened to be half off select bottles of wine. We ordered the lamb meatballs as an appetizer, and I went with the flat iron steak as my main dish. Everything was delicious. We were unfortunately sat right outside the kitchen, but it was still quiet enough to have conversation between the 3 of us without having to raise our voices.
Aventura has been on my list for a long ...
Aventura has been on my list for a long time, but this was my first visit. Usually when I walk by it is mobbed and noisy and I dare not even attempt the place. But I made reservations for me and a friend on a Monday night, early, and it even turned out to be $5 sangria night. Given those circumstances the restaurant was quiet; the food was great; the service was attentive. We had a great night. Still not sure I would attempt it when it's busy, but that's a personal preference. I will definitely come back for early drinks and Tapas. Also. The portions were very reasonable in size.
Good service, very good food. Fun to or ...
Good service, very good food. Fun to order a large number of plates and share, just what you expect from a Tapas Bar.
Had a problem in that I was told I could bring my own wine (with corkage) but was denied the opportunity at he restaurant. Major disappointment as I had called before leaving Calif. and I brought some special aged wine for the night to share with my guests.
I tried the shaved fennel salad, beets, ...
I tried the shaved fennel salad, beets, cauliflower, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts, and all were well-seasoned and properly cooked. My husband and kids enjoyed the lamb meatballs, pork confit, patatas bravas, and charcuterie and cheese plate. Service was very attentive and friendly but not obtrusive. The noise level was perfect but it was only 5:30 on a Sunday.
I'd definitely return here, because the ...
I'd definitely return here, because the food is innovative and beautifully prepared and the ambiance is lively. But we made a reservation at least a week ahead and were seated right in front of the kitchen. Not happy. Plus, our vegetarian paella was boring. They kindly removed it from the bill.
This is an outstanding restaurant, with ...
This is an outstanding restaurant, with superb food and service. It is too expensive, however. We're from NYC, and the prices on some of these small and medium plates are comparable to prices in NYC. This really shouldn't be the case. I'm not saying that Aventura doesn't deserve great margins on its fare, but any plate of food that is priced at or above a Manhattan price point in Ann Arbor is just too high.
This was our best meal in three years vi ...
This was our best meal in three years visiting Ann Arbor (and the other restaurants were very good, just not as great!)
The food was fun, delicious and quickly delivered by a friendly server. Our UM father's weekend dinner was a fabulous experience.
Had a great time with friends. Cocktail ...
Had a great time with friends. Cocktails and food were wonderful, especially the shrimp tapas. Never felt rushed. Due to a time zone error on my part though we arrarrived an hour early and were not allowed to sit anywhere even though we were ordering drinks. Since it was the bar area it felt odd. However I would return on my next visit for sure.
This restaurant was fantastic as always. ...
This restaurant was fantastic as always. The food is very authentic and reminded me of the food I got in Spain. The service was exceptional as well! I am a university student and my parents took me out here for dinner because it's bit too expensive for an average student's budget.
Server promised to time the tapas so the ...
Server promised to time the tapas so they wouldn't all arrive at once; it all arrive at once.
The chicken paella was nothing special, and $47. Everything else was lovely, but pricey. I enjoyed our meal, but probably won't return.
Nice atmosphere with friendly staff. Ho ...
Nice atmosphere with friendly staff. However, they need more servers. Second person had to cover our table resulting in long waits for coffee refills. Ordered brunch items and the poach eggs came out - hard boiled for one person, cold but able to mix in with warmer hash, and straight up cold. Sent it back and received cold eggs AGAIN. Kitchen needs to get it together. Management was very apologetic and gave us a gift card. However, there are so many great places for brunch in Ann Arbor that we do not need to go back.
Great vibe and energy in Aventura. Fun n ...
Great vibe and energy in Aventura. Fun night. The service was extremely slow at the beginning- took about 25 minutes to get our drinks. The drinks when they finally arrived were excellent- unique. Some of the plates were very small but everything we ordered was excellent.
Our experience was great. We just ate an ...
Our experience was great. We just ate and talked. It isn't loud. It is well situated. It has good service, though ours was bit slow, and once, they took our silverware and didn't bring new silverware back even though we had none and they had brought us more good. It was also kind of chilly and we were inside and it was a fall night. Overall, the food is superb. The servings are adequate and there is a lot to pick. 8.9 out of 10
The atmosphere is fun and different for ...
The atmosphere is fun and different for the area. High top tables and up-scale decor. The idea of small plates is fun, my wife and I like to try new things and share. Usually you expect to pay a bit more in places like this, but I have to say the value was really poor. We're talking $15 for a cheese plate with three very thin slices of mediocre cheese, probably valued at maybe $2 retail if that. Similar for a bowl of beats that our waiter described as roasted, turns out they were cold pickled beats no different from a jar from the grocery. $15 for a mojito that was very weak and not properly mixed, despite our waiters insistence that it was "amazing" - made worse because we didn't ask the price first. The mushroom flatbread was the only thing we really enjoyed, and we tried five main plates plus some others smaller items. I can't see myself ever wanting to go back. To make matters worse, despite the place being dead (which I think is unusual) out waiter forgot about us multiple times, even at the end we had to wait ages for our bill.
I've been to this restaurant many times. ...
I've been to this restaurant many times. It never disappoints. The food is delicious and the service perfect. At times it seems a little pricey but in the end you are full and the bill is reasonable. Highlights from this meal were the dates, croquettes and, of course, the churros.
As usual, we had great food. Service see ...
As usual, we had great food. Service seemed to break down a bit; for one of our Tapas, we waited about an hour; staff seemed to think that we already had it. I think that the kitchen must put out Tapas as they come up, and if a server sees it's one they ordered, they grab it. Our server never seemed to get the dates as they came up. Paella advertised as taking 45 min; ours took about 70. It's delicious, just don't order it if you are really hungry or if you have time pressure. Wine selection is good, service is very friendly.
I met a friend for brunch. It was quiet ...
I met a friend for brunch. It was quiet when we first arrived but shortly after a large party came in and had a young child or two. As more people arrived it became more "energetic". We didn't mind. Our server was very nice and attentive. She explained every single dish on the (brunch) menu to us so we knew exactly what we had to choose from. I went with the sweet potato pancakes + chicken sausage. Delish! The decor is gorgeous, right down to the wall of floral art that anchors the long dining area. We noticed a group at the bar on our way out. We figured next time we should just sit there since it was just the two of us.
The food was wonderful. We tried a numb ...
The food was wonderful. We tried a number of dishes; soups, appetizers, small tapas, capped off with the paella plate for the main course. I was always happy when food came to the table, and while not everything fit my expectations, that was often because they were exceeded.
I had two problems with my experience. I've been to tapas restaurants where something is served as a "filler" between plates. A light something, like a bowl of Spanish peanuts, that I could munch from between servings. Nothing like that was available here, even though the time between plates was often longer than I've experienced elsewhere.
That length was the very tough part. Our reservation was for 7, and we were prompt. When we ordered the paella plate, we were told it would be a 45 minute wait. It was much longer than 45 minutes, to a point that our meal took more than 2 hours. While one might expect a longer meal from a tapas restaurant, it became truly uncomfortable to sit on the wire seats for that long. Everyone at the table at different points got up, for no other reason than the uncomfortable seats.
I'd still say the experience was a positive one, but fixing these simple problems would increase the chances of my return.
It was my daughter's birthday so we were ...
It was my daughter's birthday so we were looking for a fun place to have dinner. Aventura fit the criteria we were looking for - a fun atmosphere. It was indeed that. The only major drawback was the noise level. I'm all about having an energetic atmosphere, but when you can't hear the person next to you, that's a bit of a problem. I was also sitting under a speaker and the music was blaring. I asked it have it turned down a little, but that didn't happen. I also for a different table, but was told that was not possible. Despite that, we had a great time.
Great atmosphere...great service...great ...
Great atmosphere...great service...great Sangria! My only complaint is that every item that the server recommended was very rich and oily. They were delicious, but a little too much oil and very heavy. (we ordered 4 items). I felt that there weren't a lot of lighter items on the menu and even the things we ordered were sitting in more oil than they needed to be.
I'll go back and look for other options, because otherwise it was wonderful!
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