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Avenida Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.avenidarestaurant.com
  • Email: avenida7402@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (267) 385-6857
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Edgar Alvarez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering options are available, please inquire with the restaurant directly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gowen Ave
  • Public Transit: Allen"s Lane train station, Gowen Avenue train station. Septa
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We have plenty of street parking available on Germantown Avenue
A word from Avenida
Avenida offers bold and exciting Latin American cuisine in the Chestnut Hill, Mt Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. Come enjoy the best margaritas as well as the exciting dishes from chef/ owner Edgar Alvarez
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Great restaurant! We went on a Saturday night, so it was a little bit loud but still a great experience. Staff are very friendly and accommodate dietary restrictions/allergies well. My boyfriend has celiac disease and so really appreciated the gluten free menu. Our waitress even pointed out what on my plate was and wasn't gluten free, just in case! I had the ceviche of the day, which was OK, and the grilled octopus which was fantastic! My boyfriend had a chicken dish which he really enjoyed (portion size was large for that one -- a surprise at such a sophisticated restaurant). Avenida is both a romantic, intimate spot, and a place totally welcoming to kids. Parking was easy even on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It's been a while since we last ate at Avenida. This time we went for the prix fix brunch special. Well, let me tell you, everything was fabulous. Even in early April, the salads tasted farden fresh - not a wilted leaf to be had. Between the friendly and diverse wait staff, the hostess who lends them a hand without looking bothered, the ambiance of restaurant (I felt like I was in a small villa's dining room), and the great food, my family and I will keep this rediscovered gem on our radar."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We wanted to find something different that would cater to my 3 children, husband and my (kosher style) father. The food was delicious! The waitress was patient with my children. The drinks were fun!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I particularly enjoyed the spare ribs and the skirt steak. They had ginger carrot soup that was excellent. Service was terrific, prompt but not overbearing. Great choice for dinner."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Chicken was not tender. Soup was tasteless. Last time here for us."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed everything we ordered with one exception. My vegetarian husband ordered the vegetable tamale which was described as having zucchini but contained none and very little other veggies. It mostly consisted of corn meal made into a steamed loaf, which was disappointing to him. Our appetizer nachos with guacamole, pico de gallo and salsa, all house-made, was delicious. My roasted chicken with fired yucca and steamed broccoli with aoili mayo all tasted delicious. The vegan ice cream sandwich, which we shared, was amazing. We will definitely go there again."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Treat yourself to an evening out at this terrific little Chestnut Hill gem. The food is absolutely delectable and the margaritas are too. Like octopus? They've got it and it's nicely grilled -- served on a bed of fresh spinach with grilled avocado. The flank steak was nicely seasoned. Portions are just right and so are the prices. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "What a little gem of a restaurant. Menu was diverse and interesting from the citrusy guacamole and crisp chips, to the meaty and flavorful grilled octopus and unusual salads to perfectly prepared duck, steak, chickens and vegetarian dishes too. This is latin food with flavors and spices from places like Guatemala and Ecuador. Our server was personable and friendly. Restaurant was intimate - an absolute find."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food but service can be a little slow when the tables start to fill up."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We have been to Avenida many times. Everytime we go, i think to myself- why dont we go here all the time. The food was excellent!!!! The margaritas were great. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went on a busy Saturday night and had drinks at the bar first. The bartender was the best and the drinks were great. Our table was ready as soon as we finished our drinks and Monica, our waitress was not only friendly and efficient, she was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, the ingredients of each dish and her recommendations were perfect. The food was beyond delicious. We had a person with a severe allergy at our table and she knew just what to avoid. Would recommend and would comeback in a heartbeat. Great place!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was our 2nd dinner at Avenida and we'd definitely go back again. This time the four of us split many of the appetizers instead of going with entrees. Highlights were the ceviche, octopus and the ribs. Heck, even the guacamole and ground pepper sauce was really good. Not quite as fancy as Cantina Feliz, but maybe more authentic and closer to real upscale true Mexican food."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Avenida on Valentine's Day because it was in the neighborhood (Mt.Airy) and we didn't want to drive downtown in the snow where we had planned to go for the evening. Avenida was packed! They had a special menu for Valentine's Day which was wonderful (and came with a complimentary glass of Cava with the chocolate desserts). The wait staff had special V-Day tee shirts. It was so festive!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We took our son, daughter-in-law, and 19-month-old granddaughter out to dinner. It was their first visit to Avenida. Our son is vegan, and the girls can eat dairy. Everyone loved the food. They gave crayons & paper to Wynn, whose food from the kid's menu was brought very quickly, & she nummed every bit of it! She also happily tasted our desserts! A good time was had by all!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I never noticed this place and I travel this street and area often. It was a wonderful find and we will be back!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Avenida is a great location but overall the food was just not good. I rate the pre entree dishes and drinks as good. The chips and guacamole were good and the drinks were fair. If you stick with basic drinks like margaritas and shots you should be satisfied but don't try anything too fancy. The pre entree service was just okay, we actually ordered an additional appetizer but it never came and it wasn't on the bill so we think our server just forgot. Entre portion was fair, and that is being generous. We wanted the tamale and salmon but Avenida was all out. So, we settled on the mahi mahi and chicken and we were sadly disappointed. The fish was very salty and the chicken was not seasoned at all."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Just got back from dinner. Found this place on Open Table and saw some good reviews. Glad we chose it. Cozy and friendly place, excellent food and service. Black bean soup was the best I've ever had. Ahi tuna ceviche was awesome; mango salsa fantastic. The calamari got high marks, too. around the table, we had the mahi mahi, chicken and crab cakes. all were great, served with interesting vegetables and plated well. the margaritas were perfect. Try the sweet potato upside down cake with butterscotch vanilla ice cream; you won't be disappointed. Nice neighborhood spot. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had an amazing time at Avenida! First, we ordered a pitcher of margaritas at the bar - which was fantastic! The bartender was friendly & fun to talk to while we waited for our table. Our waitress was great - very knowledgable with a great personality. We got a bunch of small plates to share & they were all delicious. Entrees were equally as good - I personally really enjoyed the mahi mahi which was on the spicy side. The drinks continued to flow all night: wine, sangria & margaritas! It was a fun & relaxed atmosphere, great food & drink, topped off with Fabulous desserts and la cucharacha shots - incredible!!!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "It is always a special treat to eat at Avenida. Besides the fabulous food, the best EVER margarita and great service, the owners are outrageously hospitable. We love it!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "enjoyable, warm setting and a friendly staff.............."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We have been at Avenida several times. We go because we have two kids and it is an adult neighborhood restaurant that is kid friendly. When you have kids you are often relegated to Friendly's, Applebees or Dave and Busters. Which is fine, but sometimes you want to go to a nicer place. My kids love the Pasta con Queso and the Cheese Quesadillas. We love the salmon and crab cakes. The deserts are wonderful. We are thankful that are kids can never finish them so that we get a taste."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • ".... for the second time. Our special night is also New Year's Eve, so we are used to higher prices for special menus and slipshod service. We were able to get a reservation the day before at Avenida. The staff did a good job of managing the high volume. We had our table in a few minutes, drinks and food arrived in a reasonable time. They had a special menu, more than we wanted to eat or spend, but we could order from the regular menu. We shared a calamari appetizer and both my husband and I got the glazed duck with cinnamon-spiced sweet potato puree and cooked watercress. Everything was delicious, seasonable, perfectly cooked! We were too full for dessert. 4 not 5 stars for ambiance because of noise level in the dining room."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Very good as usual. Owners are very personable and accommodating."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I met a friend for New Year's Eve dinner. Live music was so much fun. I had a special entrée of duck that was outstanding!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The Chef at Avenida is an incomparable chef. Every dish is unique and crafted with love. His attention to taste, flavor, and culinary details and presentation is admirable. I will return soon and bring friends to share his artistry and culinary skills. We met with the chef that night and told him that we are avid fans of his food. He needs to know how great he is as a chef."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Avenida has been an agreeable location to meet with friends. The food is tasty and interesting, nicely served by an attentive staff. With bare wood floors, the noise level is acceptable - though, on crowded nights, conversation could be difficult."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "The food is amazing and the wait staff very attentive."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "compared to last time we were there- the food has gotten much more expensive and the quality of it has gone way down. maybe there was a chance of management or chef perhaps?? Food was cold and bland and all courses appeared at the same moment- dont you usually serve soup FIRST??"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "We went to Avenida on a Saturday night. We had been there once quite a while ago and had not had a chance to get back until now. We went with friends who had never been there. All four of us were happy with our choices of appetizers and entrees. Our server was very friendly and helpful. She made good recommendations which we followed and thoroughly enjoyed. Serving sizes were not large but they were certainly reasonable. There was some delay in getting the proper utensils such as soup spoons, utensils for dessert, etc. but that did not prevent us from considering the evening a success and agreeing that we would be back. We noticed that there is an outdoor dining area so hopefully we will have the opportunity to eat outside."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I held my boyfriend's 50th birthday party here for 15 people on Friday night. The food, service and ambiance were fantastic! We had the best time ever with plenty of food and great cocktails and really good top shelf tequila. The flat iron steak was tender, the yucca fries were tasty and the empanadas and basa fish were really good with great sauces. We are frequent patrons of Avenida for happy hour and dinner inside and outside in the summer. I highly recommend this gem in the neighborhood and will continue to go here for a great time. The owners/chefs are also really nice people and genuinely love what they do - it shows!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "First time here and we loved it! Definitely going to return. Drinks were well worth it and food was great!"
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "We have had wonderful meals with these friends years ago at this restaurant. They now live in CO so we don't often get to see each other. We were welcome to dine at a leisurely pace an talk late into the evening. The food was unique and delicious. Thanks for another memorable evening with these dear friends."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "LOVED the homemade latkes and applesauce for Hanukkah!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "The food was perfect the service was attentive and friendly. An altogether positive experience! Have already told several friends."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We ended up spending $50 per person, and the experience was nothing special. The appetizers were not substantial...salsas and guacamole were not generous, even chips weren't enough. They need to be more generous with the appetizer portions - people like to share them. There is no reason salsa or guacamole should be not even halfway filling a tiny bowl...especially when these items (chips, salsa) are gratis at most latino restaurants. Pumpkin soup was also a stingy portion...didn't even come halfway up small bowl. Entrees were okay. The waitstaff was clueless, like untrained family members, which is fine, but not at those prices. Service was clumsy, and it was almost impossible to flag anyone down. Felt ripped off."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "What more can I say? The title says it all. I couldn't have had a better meal. The service was excellent. I will definitely be back soon.... I hear Taco Tuesday is a must! See you soon, Avenida!"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Avenida is a great place to go for drinks and appetizers or to go for a full sit down dinner. They have some amazing blood orange mojitos (both with and without alcohol). Their soup options never disappoint and the entrees are unique and tasty. My favorite dish is their duck breast. It is tender and so delicious. My sister loves when they offer pepian, a traditional Guatemalan dish. One of my best friends loves the Guatemalan tamale. You just can't go wrong with whatever you order. I have been back three times in the past two months. I highly recommend it. Now I just need to try to get there for brunch. I hear it is also amazing."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We come to Avenida at least every two months for dinner or brunch. We are never disappointed. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly. It has a Mount Airy vibe. The apps are excellent. We always get a queso fundido. The entress are great as well. I especially like the scallops. The sangria is refreshing and the margaritas strong. Parking is on the street. We never have a problem finding a space within a block. Weekends happy hour are packed as there are drink and food specials."
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "i love the duck dish at Avenida!!! it is the most tender and succulent meat with delicious sweet potatoes and sauteed watercress. i also love their octopus salad. overall it was a delicious meal......"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I liked the mixed of styles-- lovely and different!! :-)"
    Dined on 1/19/2013