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
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!
Excellent waiter and service. Tapas quit ...
Excellent waiter and service. Tapas quite good, but price a little steep for some. Nice selection of wine and some fairly good values there. Can eat outside on sidewalk, and enjoy the pedestrian traffic and local architecture. Very nice evening.
Aventura is a great space for group dini ...
Aventura is a great space for group dining, I really love going with 4 people total because it makes sharing everything the easiest. The tapas menu offers a lot of amazing, unique flavors. Some recommendations for new diners here would be: fried cauliflower, lamb meatballs, patatas bravas, and ceviche.
Food and service were excellent. The onl ...
Food and service were excellent. The only thing that interfered with our enjoyment was an intoxicated couple who needed to get a hotel room but instead were sitting directly next to us. With the $5 Sangria nights the restaurant has a responsibility to not serve those who are behaving inappropriately and therefore interfering with other guests enjoyment. It wasn't our servers table which also put her in a difficult position.
It is energetic, another word, very nois ...
It is energetic, another word, very noisy. It has romantic atmosphere, but if you like quiet romantic, I would not recommend this place. But if you like good quality tasty tapas with energetic atmosphere for dating or friends get together, I highly recommend it. The waiter was very nice and professional.
I think this place is overrated. Some di ...
I think this place is overrated. Some dishes were quite good, others were mediocre. Noise level was out of control, too damn loud. They had a hard time delivering food promptly. I just wasn't impressed and I should be at these prices. I can find better or equal food for less in town
Aventura is a great place to go with fri ...
Aventura is a great place to go with friends or family, comfortable with a very relaxed environment. The restaurant is clearly a popular choice so I would strongly recommend reservations.The quality of the tapas were excellent across the board and though not everyone liked the same things we had plenty to share that suited everyone's taste. The service was prompt yet not overbearing and the presentation of the food was excellent. We went with two friends from out of the country and they seemed to really enjoy the ambiance and food. My only disappointment was that I ordered the white gazpacho which I absolutely love but the waiter came back and said they were out. A little surprising considering it was only 7:00pm but I guess a decision was made not to make an extra batch, not sure. I was really looking forward to it.
The noise level was a bit high and unfortunately we were seated near a particularly boisterous table. They clearly were enjoying themselves so who am I to complain. I appreciate that you can go down to the kitchen and see the food preparation as well as some of the other rooms. If you go downstairs to look at the kitchen be mindful that the wait staff is rushing back and forth so unless you want to wear your food best to keep an eye out for the staff. Still its nice to see the excellent kitchen staff at work. I've been to Aventura four or five times and it has always been an enjoyable experience.
Against public opinion, I am not general ...
Against public opinion, I am not generally a fan of AA dining. I came from Chicago where good food with great service is readily available at a reasonable price. In general, I find the AA food to range from meh to OK, service to be mediocre at best, and prices even worse. Add pretension, and now you have a horrible dining experience.
That in mind, I very much enjoy Aventura. Food is solid, service is good, ambiance great, and all at a reasonable price. Great after work place, dinner with mate, special friends-get-together place. Not a bad plate. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
A home run! The food, drinks, vibe, and ...
A home run! The food, drinks, vibe, and location all are amazing. The wait staff are kind and attentive. The pintxos are a little pricey but everything is quite reasonable. Personal favorites were the white bean pate and almond and pineapple pintxos. The egg pintxos was a generic egg salad on toast. The flat boards were superb, especially the Forest with a cracked egg on top. Wonderful tapas included the Brussels sprouts (seriously), and the egg and potato frites (insanely decadent). Everyone loves the churros and dipping sauces. We loved the brown butter cake with lime curd and the chocolate tart with pretzels. The Tempranillo sangria and all the cocktails were great.
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