Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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
Walked in and this place looked very promising but was ultimately underwhelmed with everything. The "manchego croquettes " were manchego cheese sticks. The "patatas bravas" were french fries with an egg on top. Fancy wording for moderate food. On top of that, the drinks I ordered, while pretty good, were empty long before the server came back, even though the dining area was not busy. I wouldn't return.
We managed to choose just the right amount of food and we thoroughly enjoyed each dish. The shrimp with garlic were wonderful and the apple, fennel ,manchego salad was very well done. The dense chocolate dessert needed abit more passion fruit pulp but was very tasty. We also blundered into a good wine choice. Overall, we enjoyed the meal very much. But... 1) It was almost impossible to read the prices in the dim light and the peculiar choice of font on that column of the menu and 2) it was not clear what made up a meal. For us, an appetizer, a sald, a side vegetable a main course and a dessert was just fine for 2 people but we were guessing. The salad was more than enough for 2; I could easily see a couple each ordering a salad by mistake. There should be some indication of portion size on the menu.
Met our son and his roommate for dinner in Ann Arbor. Two of our group had travelled to Spain and were very happy to have authentic tastes from the Iberian Penninsula. Like always -- small plates always end up being easy to order and add up quickly...Great service...
The food was delicious! We had the flatbread with mushrooms and goat cheese, patatas bravas, and lamb meatballs. We also had desserts and highly recommend the rice pudding. And they made the best sangria (tinta) I've ever eaten. The atmosphere was loud, decor is minimal, and the prices are high -- more than I paid for equal quality tapas in NYC just a few months ago. Still excellent food and good service. Definitely recommend making a reservation, preferably several days in advance.
I like this spot but it gets super packed! They didn't seat us right at our reservation time and the waiter was very overwhelmed/busy. It took a while to get everything ordered and to us but it was all good. The only downside is that the server didn't mention that paella takes 45 minutes to cook. I would have liked to know that when we sat down so we could have ordered right away.
It was ridiculously loud, so much so that we couldn't hear each other. We texted at one point. Would help if someone turned off the music. Service was outstanding and food was good. Have enjoyed Aventura in the past, but the noise this time spoiled the experience.
Not our first visit - enjoyed the meal (and some new options) as always. Service was very disappointing. Birthday dinner reservation but no mention made; the waitress was not friendly and at times spoke condescendingly to some of the diners. If not for the occasion and not wanting to ruin the celebration, we would have requested a visit from the manager... It will be a long time before we decide to return!
Food was good but service was terrible. Dishes did not even come close to arriving at the same time. Getting waiters attention was challenging and it wasn't even busy. Getting the check took forever and then it was divided into four even though we didn't request that.
Was very loud, service was mediocre, food was very mediocre and highly priced . Supposed to be a bday surprise dessert with a candle but did not happen this way. Our waiter forgot to tell his helper about bday , but he corrected it at the end. Also our waiter forgot to bring us 2 dishes to try... Needs more improvements not only in service but in a kitchen as well.
We are not coming back, sorry.
In previous experiences, Aventura has always impressed. Unfortunately that was not the case this time. We went for restaurant week and the kitchen was extremely slow; our entire meal took almost two and a half hours. It took 20 to 40 minutes in between our courses, they brought the third course out before the second and gave us the second course minutes after our third had been delivered, and the food was not up to par. Our server could have done a better job communicating the delays and when we asked to speak to a manager, she took 15 minutes to come over. We will not be returning for another restaurant week at Aventura.
Restaurant week dinner. Comfortable seating, noisy, busy Monday. Food was very good, stuffed dates, pineapple pinxto, lamb burgers. Missed a bit on the lil executive things, bacon crisped too dark, and it seemed like several of our courses had sat under a heat lamp for a little too long (temp texture appearance). Nonetheless a good meal and a good time. Courses came out well timed, service from everyone we interacted with was minimal and attentive. My date and I had an excellent evening, thank you!!
I went with my friend group and we had a most wonderful time. We decided on the lobster paella and then we all ordered small plates of food. And let me tell ya, the food just kept coming. It was perfect! Talk about delicious, each plate was a new and perfect taste that we shared. Conversation good, ambiance good, wait staff excellent. I highly recommend Aventura.
Made a reservation. Arrived 5 mins early and was told main dining area was closed for 10 more minutes. Informed hostess we would prefer a booth she said sure then offered us a half booth next to the bar. I declined said I would wait for a booth and she still sat us at a small half booth in the main siding area. Not sure why she didn't inform us that she only had half booths available. As I was walking into main dining area I noticed patrons that came in after use were already seated there. Not sure why we were passed up. This was a celebration dinner which is why I made a reservation and asked for a good seat. We were seated at a small table in the middle of the room. Thank goodness our waitress was super nice and prompt with service. The food was way too expensive for its quality. Don't think I'd ever eat here again.
Service was impeccable. I was recommended a fabulous wine and the knowledge in general to all aspects of the menu by staff exceeded my expectations. The food was hot, prepared fresh and fast, I couldn't have asked for more. Thank you for a great night out with friends!
So delicious!!! I've been to Aventura for brunch once before, but I didn't realize what a completely different experience dinner would be. One, the ambience. The moment you walk into the restaurant with its dim lighting, the clean decor and lively music, you know you're in for a good night. Second, of course, the FOOD. We got a variety of tapas, a flatbread, and the pig entree. Personally I found the entree to be underwhelming, but the tapas were to die for. Highly recommend the dates with chorizo, the patatas bravas, and the lamb meatballs.
I have been going to Aventura for almost a year now. I've always found the food and service to be very good. However, when I took my friend here for her birthday this week, I found the food had changed. I usually order the paella and a few tapas. The tapas continue to be very good but the paella was different. When I asked the server about this he said the restaurant had recently hired a new chef. This new chef supposedly uses a more "authentic" recipe but I found it not to be no where near as good as before. There is less meat and vegetables in the paella and it doesn't seem to possess the same flavor as the former recipe. Other than that we both found it very enjoyable. The service was great and the ambience was perfect.
This is a live space, open and well-choreographed on the floor. The kitchen, however, could use an upgrade. The ginger cocktail was piercing on the high notes of spice, missing on a foundation to balance. The plates seemed driven by the thought that everything is enhanced if you just add more oil. Nice to the lips, thud to the stomach. Trust your ingredients to dance unchaperoned: they should create their own lubrication, no?
My brother and sister in law were in town for a early Christmas visit and wanted to treat my wife and me to dinner. Since they were in Barcelona last month, I suggested dining at Aventura. They raved about the food and service . We will visit again.
I hope they will add a tortilla to their dinner menu.
Can be pretty loud but it makes for a great lively atmosphere. I went on a date there and it was fun trying a bunch of different dishes. It is a tapas style restaraunt so you order a lot of small dishes (the cost adds up of course but the quality of the food and the experience is worth the price). There are mostly tables for large groups of people and I can imagine it being very fun for dinner and drinks with friends or family. It quieted down significantly after 11:00pm though on the Friday that I went. You definitely need to make a reservation well in advance.
10/10 would recommend.
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