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
Restaurant week dinner. Comfortable seat ...
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!!
They've change their menu since I was th ...
They've change their menu since I was there last, and I didn't find as many things that I liked. The atmosphere can't be beat, though, as long as you are into a more lively dinner scene. Our server, Peter, was excellent.
I went with my friend group and we had a ...
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 ...
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 recommende ...
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 fo ...
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.
This is a live space, open and well-chor ...
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 tow ...
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.
Tried 8 or so dishes, wine and cocktails ...
Tried 8 or so dishes, wine and cocktails at our table - nothing we didn't like. Server was outstanding, particularly regarding wine information. Very nice atmosphere - fun, but not so loud that we couldn't hear each other.
Can be pretty loud but it makes for a gr ...
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.
A real cosy spot for a romantic meal tog ...
A real cosy spot for a romantic meal together. The mixed drink are unusual and with trying multiple. The Paella is out of this world. We been there in the past and did a combination of small plates that were to die for. The specials are always unique.
We absolutely loved Aventura! The servic ...
We absolutely loved Aventura! The service was excellent from the hostess to the wait staff to everyone in between. The food was outstanding. Wonderful mixed drinks. We had a flatbread, croquetas, shrimp, and bacon wrapped dates, and flan for dessert. Do not miss the dates - they're a showstopper! This was our first time and we highly recommend it. PS we went early (5:15) and others' comments of 1.5 hours is about right, although it can easily stretch to two hours if you order as you go or drink more. People complain about how busy it is, but this is open table, so obviously you're going to go with a reservation, and even when they're busy they give you lots of attention.
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.
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