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
We love this restaurant. I have been on ...
We love this restaurant. I have been on several occasions. We decided to take our friend who was visiting from out of town and she loved it as well. I cannot say how much I love this place. The only thing that was not great was where we sat. The restaurant had many available places to sit a party of three. The hostess brought us to a table by a VERY sunny window, so bad I could not see and next to a big party with two NOISY children. I asked the waitress if we could move, she said no problem and we did. After that, the experience was much better.
Love the decor and service is awesome. ...
Love the decor and service is awesome. Very fun menu and most of the dishes were spectacular. Our only disappointment was the small amount of very delicious octopus served over a larger amount of potatoes that were so salty we couldn't eat them.
Very Nice Experience
This is the perfect restaurant for tapas in AA, we had two people and got three dishes and the churros for dessert, possibly should have gotten one more thing, but otherwise it was a good amount. The server was very helpful and all of the staff were accommodating, friendly and professional. It was a tiny bit loud but no more than a typical restaurant and we were still able to easily have a conversation. I will definitely be returning.
This place is always amazing!!
This place is always amazing!!
Thank you Andrew !!! Everything was grea ...
Thank you Andrew !!! Everything was great and absolutely delicious.. Can't wait to come again !!
Overall is great, not the loud background music.
The restaurant provides customers with a unique dining experience, from the type of meals, the way services provided, and the ambiance. It is certainly a very communal dining style, which gears toward encouraging people to share the experience and conversations. With that said, the loud music background sort of diminished the positive overall experience. This downside aspect is definitely easy to ractify.
Went for Mother's Day Brunch and was disappointed that there was very little "Spanish" food, trendy yes but not Spanish. Lived in Spain for quite a few years and was disappointed with what was on the buffet. We were told that we could order only limited from the menu and were told that the buffet was the best. May go back for just a meal but am hesitant and will be upset if the quality doesn't match the price.
First time visit; recommended by friends ...
First time visit; recommended by friends. Welcome and service was excellent. Great variety of food to choose from. While tapas portions are smaller, good sizes to share.
Solid Restaurant Choice in AA
Food was solid. Did not see much new on the menu, which typically has seasonal choices. The root vegetable dish was a bit overcooked/mushy, but the seafood selections (octopus and shrimp) were very good. I requested a quieter section, which was graciously accommodated, as this was a first date. The noise level can sometimes be a bit high in the middle of the room and toward the kitchen. Service was good- seemed like they may have been training some staff- very young, but competent.
Megan, our server was great. Helped us d ...
Megan, our server was great. Helped us decide what to pick from the extensive menu with great suggestions and provided us with great service.
great service. Very attentive
great service. Very attentive
Very glad there is such a great tapas restaurant in Ann Arbor. The food and service were outstanding. Our waiter was helpful and fun!
Pintxo with olive tampenade was the stan ...
Pintxo with olive tampenade was the standout. Octopus with fingerling potatoes was a letdown
My friend and I who don't get to see each other often chose this restaurant based on some excellent word-of-mouth reviews. We were very, very satisfied with everything. Our server, Sloane, took time to explain the menu to us and make recommendations, which was very helpful. Get a sangria; it's delicious. Everything we tried was fantastic. We did a few small plates. They are small, but very filling and reasonably priced. And the small plates excited us more than the medium plates. Also, get the churro. It's out of this world.
Second time eating here. Food was amazing. Highly recommend.
Entree before appetizer
Our server had us ordering everything at the very beginning . We had finished 2 tapas dishes before the cheese appetizer came out. Completely kills the taste palate ... Even though the food was good
Great meal, just wanted more of it.
The food was terrific but the small plates we ordered were definitely that!! I've been to many tapas restaurants and felt that the portion size was a bit lacking at Aventura.
Ear-deafening but delicious
Went for dinner with some out of town family. Food was awesome, and the sangria espumosa was on point. We were there at 6:30 and the dining room was busy, but not busy enough for how loud it was. Still a great place for a group, I just wouldn't recommend bringing any one you want to have a conversation with.
Yum Yum YUM!
I love Aventura, I've loved every time I've gone. It's tricky to split the dishes with a large party because the dishes are so small, but multiple orders of one dish will always work, because you can never have enough of anything on the menu!!
If you are reading this then you probably know there are many restaurants in this town that offer free meals for your birthday. Instead of choosing one of those spots my husband choose Aventura. As always our meal was fantastic. We each started with a small cup of caldo gallego. Although this is a broth based soup it was filling and quite hearty. For our main course we shared several small plates. These included the brussel sprouts, shrimp and suckling pig. The shrimp dish was quite generous with six large shrimps. It's always hard to try new items when we have so many favorites from past visits - the croquetas, the fried cauliflower and roasted beet salad. We finished off with a shared dessert - chocolate bouchon. It was the perfect amount of food for two with some lovely wine. The food presentation and service were outstanding as per usual.
Good waiter, nice ambience, superb food. ...
Good waiter, nice ambience, superb food. Enjoyed our whole evening there!
Perfect for tapas and cocktails
The food here is phenomenal. The service is wonderful. The bartenders are attentive and make delicious cocktails. The sangria is a staple. I recommend for any special occasion, weekend dinner or just a nice night out.
Good food, but not my style. Really loud ...
Good food, but not my style. Really loud, great for celebrating but not for talking. Fun!
My wife and I ate here recents on a busy ...
My wife and I ate here recents on a busy Saturday night (3-5-16) . Even though they were packed our table was ready upon our arrival. Food was very good, especially the suckling pig, which was outstanding. Our server Andrew was spot on. Along with an interesting cocktail and wine list, Aventura makes for a great evening out.
The service was excellent!!! However, th ...
The service was excellent!!! However, the food quality was not any better than a chain restaurant. The main dish was good, not fantastic, the appetizers were not as good an way overpriced. The desert was even worse. The sangria was very good but a bit overpriced as well. $4.00 for a small slice of bread with a tiny piece of cheese is overpriced. Especially when you have to get several for the table, along with the cheese platter. Again the service was great.
Great Food - Great Conversation!
Our dining experience was very pleasant and facilitated lively discussion among University faculty and our visiting guest. Aventura is a "go-to" venue for Ann-Arborites.
Awesome food, cocktails
Definitely recommend this restaurant. Should order cocktails and have some tapas. Favorite tapas were gambas al ajillo (shrimp) and the prime rib steak.
The food was delicious. Just be aware th ...
The food was delicious. Just be aware that "medium plates" doesn't refer to the amount of food you get.
Ordered four rounds of tapas--three item ...
Ordered four rounds of tapas--three items were really good, but all the rest not at all memorable. Good cocktail, pleasant dinner and seemed like a good place if you were out for drinks and appetizers. Great ideas on the menu, but too many just didn't pan out. No real complaint with this restaurant, just know several tapas places with more consistently great plates.
The brunch menu had a great selection of ...
The brunch menu had a great selection of small and large plates. The food preparation was excellent although time from ordering to being served was extended. Great leisurely meal. Restaurant is conveniently located close to parking garages if street parking isn't readily available.
I love Aventura and wanted to try their brunch. Unfortunately, I found the menu quite limited. The food I ordered was actually pretty bland and not something I'd return for.
We have enjoyed several wonderful meals ...
We have enjoyed several wonderful meals at Aventura. Our most recent dinner occurred this past Tuesday night. We were surprised/impressed that for a Tuesday night it was full and lively; though it was often so loud we could hardly hear one another -- but we can deal with the noise. We absolutely love the variety of tapas on the menu. Our favorites were charred peppers, bacon wrapped dates, patatas bravas and seared shrimp. However, we were quite disappointed with the medium plate order of white fish (so salty we could not eat it). We were also disappointed with the octopus order that had 3 very small pieces of octopus and ~6 pieces of potatoes apparently supposed to look like octopus. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the many flavors the menu offers and look forward to returning soon.
One of the best tapas places out here. N ...
One of the best tapas places out here. Never disappoints. And surprisingly long list of vegetarian tapas options which is excellent.
Food is great. Noise level is usually ab ...
Food is great. Noise level is usually above comfortable conversation level, which presents a challenge, particularly for date night.
Met another couple for drinks and light ...
Met another couple for drinks and light grubbing. Everything we ordered was good but I was amazed at how quick the tab added up considering each plate was only about a bite per person. I love small plates restaurants but this place seemed a bit pricey. Drinks were great as was the atmosphere but it was extremely easy to rack up a $300 tab and leave feeling hungry.
Outstanding food with mediocre service and value
Food quality, taste and flavors is outstanding. Definitely a must try for foodies and tapas lovers. However, the service was mediocre with long waits to get served or even get the waiter's attention. Overall value was mediocre also since quantities were quite small for the price. All in all, definitely a must try and great for a special occasions. Not somewhere you can go all the time.
They overcharged me for the wine. We had ...
They overcharged me for the wine. We had split the wine to four and I only signed for my portion but they charged me the entire amount. After being on the phone for 45 minutes hopefully they corrected this. They offered no compensation for this major inconvenience. I used to be a regular but this is quite disappointing.
Fun, energetic vibe
I took my daughter here for dinner and we had a very enjoyable experience. The service was prompt and friendly, and the menu was unique and creative. The server was helpful in choosing items and was attentive to my dairy-free request, making suggestions that did not contain dairy in the preparation. The portions are quite small, but everything was delicious. The ALCACHOFAS FRITAS (fried artichokes with rosemary aioli) were delicious, and we also enjoyed the FILETE CHAMUSCADO (seared hangar steak). Overall, the atmosphere was upbeat and fun. We will definitely go back!
Good Food but very LOUD
Enjoyed our Tapas, but the table we were at was very loud (speaker right over our table as well as voices all around). Service was good but could have been better. Expensive for the portions, but not unexpected.
We had a great variety of food and enjoyed it all. Kyle, our server, was outstanding in personality and recommendations! My only critique is the noise level. It was difficult to carry on a conversation between the 4 of us. Will definitely go back though.
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