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Aventura Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://aventuraannarbor.com/
  • Phone: (734) 369-3153
  • Hours of Operation: Open Daily: 3:30pm - 2:00am
    Kitchen Daily 5:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, View, Wine, Wine Bar

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A word from Aventura
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.

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Diner Reviews
  • "We enjoyed Aventura very much on a recent weeknight. The food is inventive and full of good flavors and the wine list is long and interesting. We appreciated that the food just comes when it's ready. Our waiter was sincere and attentive although he had trouble hearing us. Heck, we had trouble hearing us. The restaurant seems to be following a recent annoying trend of "the louder the better" and that really is my only gripe -- is anyone noticing the silly migration from a fun vibe to an atmosphere where diners walk out before ordering because they can't hear each other. we noticed two tables do exactly that the evening we were there. But our hearing is good so we will definitely return for the tasty fun food."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Loved every minute of our dining experience. The new patio is breathtaking. The menu is extensive and everything on it is delicious. We ordered something from every column. Everything was fresh and yummy. The service was great (thanks Mimi!!). All dishes were timed perfectly. We will be back!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "similar menu to a few months ago. Loved some things like the chicken waffels but the brussel sprouts - were too watery the Paella - which we split has a great crust (socarrat), but was WAY too salty - and could have used more flavors - overall - good, but not great"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Aventura for the second time and we were not disappointed! We went to Spain in June and were experiencing some withdrawal symptoms so made reservations for a Thursday night. The food was amazing, the wine recommendations were spectacular, and our waitress was thoughtfully attentive without being overbearing. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone, particularly for a special occasion. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Totally a fun place to go to dinner with friends. Tapas and small plates were all excellent. Our waitress was great, accommodating and very knowledgeable."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Most items on the menu play on the salty/sweet idea. The pinxtos are meant to be one or two bites but it varies depending on which you pick - the tortilla espanola was enough for three people to try a good bite. The cocas are the best value - they have 5 slices and are well priced. A little disappointed with the espinacas catalan and the brussel sprouts - both were bland and too sweet. The patatas bravas are excellent, pollo de golfes was a creative take on chicken and waffles, merguez and bread pudding was also good, bacon wrapped dates never disappoint. They recommend you get 2-3 items per person but I think you could get away with less if you get a coca. Churros were great - 5 per order. Great spot to come with a group and share."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The bloody mary was the highlight of my brunch. I was somewhat disappointed with the quality of the food. Portion size was fair. But my meal was a little overcooked, which was surprising given the relative simplicity of the dish. I would still come back to try out the dinner menu and perhaps another brunch dish. Service and ambiance were both good."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "How many reviews have to bring up the noise level problem at Aventura before something is done. Everything else is absolutely exceptional."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This is vibrant and cozy Spanish Tapas restaurant with sophisticated food, attentive service, and a relaxed European flair. We had 6 dishes I have never tasted anywhere else. Certainly in my top 5 Ann Arbor restaurants."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My husband and I have made many trips to Aventura. Saturday night we hosted another couple who was making their first visit to the restaurant. We arrived a tad early and the restaurant was able to seat us immediately. We started with an assortment of pintxos. It was a great start. We shared the brussel sprout salad and an order of the pear salad. The salads were wonderful. Just the right amount for four people to share. We ordered the paella del jueves. The menu indicates that this takes 45 minutes but ours took about twice that even though the restaurant was not busy. It is just ok and I would not recommend ordering it. The rice was overdone and the protein was scarce. We finished with the churros for a nice sweet ending."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "tapas is a great place. the menu is a terrific mix of all things espana. start with the cava sangria. chilled filled with fresh berries. the cheese platter, sauteed mushrooms and broccoli salad. finish with the delicious churos - - caramel sauce is the best!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • " Great food, great service. A little loud for my preference. Will return"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I thought their dinner menu was wonderful novel and delicious but the brunch menu/food was superb. It was a new menu and the 'hash' was delicious and shrimp, polenta, spinach terrific. Great bloody Mary's and the wait staff was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The staff were expert, helpful and fun. Like most places nowadays, it is noisier than I would like, but at a table for two it was possible to have a reasonable conversation. I'll be back."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Could barely hear my dining companions. Tin ceilings and lot of hard surfaces"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Ann Arbor's first serious tapas place hits a home run. It's buzzy, noisy and fun! Personal favorites include the gazpacho verde, patatas bravas, mejillones con chorizo, and coles de bruselas (that's Brussels sprouts...). Their sangria (by glass or pitcher) is serious stuff -- try the white version for a completely different set of flavors. The excellent wine list hops around Iberia with goodies you won't see elsewhere. With a wide variety of menu items of all sizes and price points, choose carefully, drink a beer, and you can get out for $30+ per person. Or you can quite easily find yourself dropping three times that much."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "All of the food was overly salty. The chorizo was a mess of flavors; It had no real direction."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had a reservation and we were seated right away, which was nice. However, we were seated in an alcove with four 2-person itty bitty tables and a bench around the sides, so we had to sit facing the other patrons in the alcove, which was somewhat awkward. In addition, the light above our table was out (props to them for attempting to fix it, but they told us they were out of bulbs), so it was difficult to see/read the menu. When our food arrived, though, all was forgiven, as everything was either good/interesting or amazing. We also did the wine pairing, which was very good. Cheeses, pimientos rojos, ensalada asturia, albondigas (lamb meatballs), and the churros were all awesome. We'll be back (hopefully not seated in the same place)!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had an early dinner so it wasn't busy. I didn't realize that they have a lovely outdoor patio and wished I'd known to ask to sit out there."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The thing about tapas is that done incorrectly, you leave feeling hungry and in need of an actual meal. After only a few short courses, plus an order of the amazing churros, my dining companion and I were stuffed. Everything was amazing and we had a tough time picking our favorite course at the end of the meal. Looking forward to my next adventure there!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "What a treat! First, we were greeted by a very friendly and knowledgeable server, who was happy to help us with our Tapas selections. The menu offered many diverse and some unusual items. Because it's Tapas, it's fun to try things you might not normally select. We were not disappointed. The shrimp flatbread was a great starter. We also ordered the fried potatoes, which were like steak fries with a sauce, topped by a fried egg; very tasty. The only item that did not excite was the lamb sliders; I thought they were just a little too salty, but I tend to be somewhat sensitive to salt; presentation of them, and the brioche buns, was great. Actually, all presentations were very inviting! Go and try; you will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "There was not a single tapas that I tried and didn't like. The food is delicious! While there are a number of restaurants in Ann Arbor, there are few that meet the taste bud standards considering how much comes out of pocket. Aventura is the exception. Each pintxos combination results in an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Their cheese platters are equally good. I'm usually not a fan of goat cheese, but their goat cheese is phenomenal. With regards to their tapas, don't disregard their veggie tapas- their brussel sprouts, spinach, and mushroom tapas are amazing. I'd highly recommend this restaurant with a group of friends so you can all try a number of different tapas. I can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food was super tasty! The Idiazabal was my favorite... as was the dish with mussels and sausage tomato sauce... SO delish!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Always ask what the special coca is (and usually order it). Don't order all tapas at once. They might all come out at once and the tables are small. Some of the tables (for two) are ridiculously small and the side-by-side seating at them is ludicrous. The croquetas jamon were way too salty. The spare rib pinxtos were fantastic, as were the patatas bravas. The pulpo a la gallega is worth trying - its flavors are authentic and the dish was prepared well. IMHO, mine is better though."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Every dish we tried was delicious and beautifully presented. You can see and feel the care that has gone into making this place top notch in every way. Fair prices. great verity, something for everyone. Unfortunately, the noise level is very high. Our party could not carry on a conversation without someone having to yell "What?" every couple of minutes. Perhaps some measures could be taken to absorb some of the noise. Otherwise, a perfect meal."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Good food. Fun experience. Took too long to get a glass of wine. Otherwise service was good. Loud."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Dined on a Monday night with two girlfriends and the restaurant was crowded. We fortunately had reservations. Started with the Brussel sprout salad. What they do with the little cabbages is amazing. Our next course was mussels, lamb sliders and shrimp. Again I would certainly order all three over and over. The shrimp is outstanding. Finished with lemon tart and churros. We spent the rest of our night debating which sauce was the best with the churros. Great night and wonderful service."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I have lived in Ann Arbor for 4 years and this is the best restaurant I have been to in town. The best word I can find to describe my experience is delightful. The waiter was polite and bubbly, the food was delicious and unique, and the house made gin and tonic was the best drink I've ever had. I will be going back to my new favorite restaurant for every special occasion."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The atmosphere was buzzing, the food and drinks were great and the staff was polite, funny and always on time! Definitely will dine there more often! Ron"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "When I looked at the menu online it was what we previously had at night when we went to Aventura, we were unaware they were serving brunch. The waitress said they had been serving brunch for about 2 wks. The dishes were very egg based - many with a fried egg. We also didn't like some of the ones we tried and they were out of some. It was noisy & add in the guitar player and it was very noisy.. The drinks are excellent, the concept is fun and you get to try lots of different things. I believe our waitress was new, she didn't quite have the timing down yet of when to bring dishes and what to recommend and we didn't get two things we ordered, so pointed it out at the end and just had her take them off the bill. We will continue to go at night."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Overall, it was a great meal! Nice variety of flavors. The churros with dipping sauces, such as salted caramel and chile infused dark chocolate, were PHENOMENAL! The live flamenco guitar was nice. The latte was the best I've EVER had. It had a hint of cinnamon to it. Beware of the Blood Mary though...incredibly spicy and peppery. It was almost too intense and not palatable while eating food. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "First visited the restaurant with a group of six based on a word of mouth recommendation. Everyone loved it. I liked it so much that I booked it for a dinner before UofM Les Mis. Then friends joined us for AA symphony and I booked it again. Both times it was a hit. My only minor complaint was I ordered a special gin & tonic, they were out of one ingredient and just delivered it without the ingredient. I should have been asked because that ingredient was why I ordered the drink. Be sure to order the bacon wrapped dates, they are to die for. And both Brussel sprout dishes are spectacular. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant. Very good food and great drink variety!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Food looked that was pre-cooked and re-warmed. Some orders had a lot of potato and almost no meet/fish and that was the main part of the dish."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My husband and I meet a couple of friends for an early dinner at Aventura @5PM on a Tuesday in downtown Ann Arbor. We had heard it was to noisy for conversation, but I think because we went so early, it was perfect. The service was fun, and didn't mind explaining the menu or recommending. We throughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend this spot for many occasions!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Definitely the best restaurant I've been to in Ann Arbor. Patatas bravas. Get them."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant and I was very impressed. Everything we had (and we had a lot!) was very tasty. My son and his girlfriend enjoyed their cocktails immensely and my beau and I very much liked the Sangria. I would highly recommend the paella - it was delicious - but make sure you bring a group to eat it as it's a lot of food."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Had an outstanding dinner with friends here. The staff was helpful. It is a busy and noisy place so conversations can be difficult with a larger table."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Everything about this place is perfect. The waitstaff was very detailed in their descriptions and recommendations of menu items. Per our waiter's recommendation, we order the Mahon Y Miel. While the dish itself was relatively simple, the flavors of the cheese, honey, and salt, were extraordinary. My group of 3 ordered just 6 tapas (about 2 a person) and we were quite satisfied afterwards because while tapas are small plates, this restaurant did a good job to provide a generous tasting of each menu item. This place is very unique from the other restaurants in the area - as it is the only tapas style dining option (and not just the only option but one of the best tapas-style restaurants I've been to in MI). I will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Wow! Our first time at this restaurant and the food was absolutely delicious. Each and every dish was a delight, a different flavor of each, and kept it simple without so many different spices/flavors. You can identify the subtle notes of complimentary flavors of each dish, and my taste buds have never been so happy! Oh, and the cheese platter........WOW!!!! Our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful in suggesting dishes (as my husband, son, and I are vegetarians) and drinks/wine. The service was outstanding. Aventura Restaurant is a gem in Ann Arbor and I hope it is around for a long time. We will be back, over and over!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014