Food choices were varied.
Food choices were varied. Food was excellent servicer was extremely helpful and very attentive. A bit noisy
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
I took my son there for Easter
I took my son there for Easter brunch and it was lovely, a good experience all-around.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a great dinner and
We had a great dinner and wonderful service. Overall a fun evening. the only LITTLE bit of criticism is that they were out of one of the appetizers, and the wine we ordered wasn't available. We will definitely return.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Taco Tuesday!
I dine often at Avenida & I am always delighted by the food & the service. I live in the neighborhood, so I am very lucky. I encourage people from the rest of the city to come & check out this wonderful restaurant in Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy. This past week I went with a friend to check out their Taco Tuesday. For $20 I got a choice of 3 different tacos & 3 different sides. By choice I mean that I could have 3 tacos/sides of one kind or I could mix-and-match. I tried all 3 tacos/sides & enjoyed each & every one. My preference was for the pollo taco. The taste was delicious. The service is perhaps even better than the food. I also got a dish to go & it was piping hot & ready when I was leaving. Excellent dining! Come check it out!
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place, and so glad
Love this place, and so glad it's in our neighborhood! We've been there many times, most recently for a birthday celebration. Started with the shrimp ceviche and beet salads, which were both tasty, and then had vegetarian/vegan options for dinner -- the chef's vegetarian platter which is always great, and the tamales which were yummy. Flan was perfect dessert choice, and they brought some traditional shot of Tequila, coffee liquore and seltzer/sprite when they learned it was my husband's birthday. I've been there with groups of women friends for birthday celebrations, and w/couples. Overall a really nice place with friendly service, festive atmosphere and a seasonally-changing menu.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner was fabulous!! We had
Dinner was fabulous!! We had great drinks, great food, great service! We can't wait to come back!!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed the ambiance as
We enjoyed the ambiance as well as the service at Avenida. These attributes were on top of an interesting and diverse menu that offered something for both the carnivores and the vegetarians alike in our group. Also, the cocktails and desserts were delightful. Will definitely go to Avenida again to try something else on their delicious menu!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a great find just outside of Chestnut Hill. Food was fantastic. Service was fine, but it didn't matter because the marg's were also great. I recommend getting a pitcher.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
5/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
He was impressed!
My husband marveled at the food and the atmosphere. You must understand, he is very picky.
I have been trying to get him there for weeks.
He now understands why. He had to speak to the chef to share how wonderful the meal was.
He had the Chilean Sea Bass. He can't wait to return.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to eat
Had a taste of their chicken tostadas at the Mt. Airy Day festival. Had to have more so went to dinner there a few evenings later. Their Caesar salad was awesome and their croutons a total surprise. Their chicken tostados are so delicious. I've had nothing like them in the past, except at the Mt. Airy Day festival. The ambience is lovely, and the staff, friendly and eager to serve you.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food delicious, waitress very knowledgable. Seated on time. Noise level a little loud and the banquette was too close. Several people refused to be seated there because of the tightness. Seating was the negative of the night. If you have more than two in your party, then it's not too tight at all.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had an outstanding dinner.
We had an outstanding dinner. And the cocunut tres leches for dessert was a home run.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Avenida is great for families
My extended family and I recently had dinner at Avenida. We were a group of nine, including three children, ages 3-6. We loved the options: family style meals; children's menu; regular menu; and, margaritas; mojitos; and sangria. There was something for everyone AND everything was delicious!
Additionally, our server was accommodating and gracious!
Based on our experience, we highly recommend Avenida!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service!
Excellent food and service! I haven't found margaritas to top Avenida's- it's the real deal. These folks know how to make a celebration special.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went to Avenida with my 92-year-old
Went to Avenida with my 92-year-old dad and a friend. Had been to Avenida in the past, and it was always so noisy inside that I couldn't really enjoy conversation. The weather wasn't conducive to outdoor dining this time. We went really early on a Saturday evening this time. We were seated immediately. The waitress was very patient with my dad and answered all of his questions in a good-natured way. The food was really delicious, and all three of us cleaned our plates. The only complaint I have is that the waitress brought out dessert menus before we were finished with our meals - we were still eating, the plates weren't cleared, etc. Otherwise, we had a nice evening here. Would definitely return.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Latin ambiance in colonial bldg
The traditional architecture of colonial America seems to work well for Avenida's mostly Latin American menu. The outdoor seating is very nice, weather permitting. The menu is somewhat eclectic but what we had was good to very good, but not great. The only real complaint was the noise level indoors at prime time, but that became better when a few of the tables became unoccupied. We'll come back again.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time, la comida es muy
Great time, la comida es muy sabrosa, and the service is excellent.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
You know a place is excellent when you truly do not want too many people to know. We were attracted to AVENIDA because a friend has a gluten-free diet and she was referred to this restaurant. From the moment we walked in (from a convenient parking spot) we were greeted by the enthusiastic bar tender and the ambiance of the warm and inviting decor. Connie, our youthful, spirited and knowledgeable waitress knew the menu as if she was cooking each and every dish. Aside from delicious margaritas, we were blown away by the succulent grilled octopus; you MUST try it. As Connie stated, this appetizer takes more prep time than any other dish in the restaurant - and it is worth it. Everything we tasted was wonderful! HIGHLY Recommend.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food in Chestnut Hill!
The food is very authentic and innovative at the same time. The black bean soup is exquisite!! I also loved the octopus. It was a very busy night and the food arrived a little late. We were having a great conversation and did not mind the delay.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
again with pleasure
our repeat dinner was just as wonderful as the first .... soft shell crabs, scallops, duck, calamari and ribs --- all disappeared from our plates like magic....
were able to sit outside, which always makes everything so much nicer
the desserts were also well done
a good tempranillo topped off an excellent meal
will be back
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first time, but not our last
Food was terrific. The service was even better. Convenient dinner stop on the way to the Keswick.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have only been to Avenida a couple of times, but each time has been a wonderful experience. Their distinctive flavors and beautiful atmosphere make for a very unique, enjoyable experience.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our fave neighborhood spots!
Always a pleasure at Avenida - great food, friendly staff, and a great kids' menu (try the Diegotini!) The place my kids chose for their end-of-school/beginning of summer celebratory dinner.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a hidden gem and not sure we want to let everyone know!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous!! Great food! Great
Fabulous!! Great food! Great service! Great bartender! Can't wait to go back!!!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Avenida a winner
Welcoming staff and tasty $5 margaritas combined with a trio of seafood appetizers made for a tasty, light dinner during a heat spell. We enjoyed fried oysters, calamari, and grilled octopus. The latter came with fresh greens so delicious that they almost made an accompanying salad with fried goat cheese superfluous. The waitstaff was welcoming and attentive. We will go again soon to sample some entrees.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our dinner at Avenida very much - food was excellent, wait staff was very attentive, the waitress answered all our questions very patiently. A great exprience!
7/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
The value at this Latin American
The value at this Latin American restaurant is terrific. The pitcher of Sangria seeved six. The large bowl of gazpacho was a different recipe from the usual, and quite good. The chicken portion was a half chicken served with yucca fries that were excellent. The sea bass was a very large piece of truly delicious fish, served with an interesting rice. The veal was tasty and came with sweet potatoes and broccoli rabe. The pork dish got raves and came with a side dish that tasted like a quiche. The flan was particularly good for dessert. And, the prices were quite reasonable. The atmosphere is casual and it was not too crowded, so the six of us had no trouble hearing one another. We will go back.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant. Really enjoyed
Great restaurant. Really enjoyed food and staff. It was a little warm-ac struggled to keep up.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, service, and bartender
Food, service, and bartender were all outstanding!! Every time we like it more and more. Our go to spot! Best margarita ever!! the scallops are the best we have ever had!!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Avenida is a neighborhood Gem! From the blood orange mojitos to the wonderful appetizers and entrees, I have found a new staple for my husband and I. The waiter gave wonderful service and we never wanted for anything. Thanks!!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been to Avenida many times (and always loved it. Make sure you get the grilled octapus), but this is the first time I went to their Taco Tuesday event, three tacos and three sides for $20. The food was absolutely delicious and I was completely stuffed. Add to that the fact that we ate during their Mexican Happy Hour serving $5 mojitos, sangria and margaritas (the prickly pear one was incredible), and we had the perfect meal. I definitely plan on going again next Tuesday!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice little place
Great fish dishes, with creative twists. Will definitely be going back, and I also want to go to taco night on Tuesdays.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We needed an informal dinner before a Friday night event in Germantown and Avenida was a great find. Tasty food, excellent service, and when we shared our tight schedule with our server she made sure everything happened in good order. Sorry we could not stay for desert. My wife had the cucumber soup and the mussels. I had a summery fish skewer over rice. It was happy hour and the $5 margaritas and sangria were perfect! All fresh fruit and fruit juice and good sized. Just what we needed for a warm evening. Not very convenience for us in terms of location, but we'll be glad to come back whenever we need a meal in this vicinity.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A quick trip to Latin America
My wife and I took another couple to this neighborhood gem located between Chestnt Hill and West Mount Airy, and it was like a weekend trip to Latin America. The margueritas were balanced but not overpowering, and the grouper and crabcakes had complimenary salsas that brought out their fresh flavor. The desserts were outstanding, es[ecially the one with ice cream and a brownie! One entree came out late, so I got a free marguerita. I'll make that trade all night long.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wish I knew about Taco Tuesday
I made a reservation for 5 to take my family out for my daughter's birthday. We arrived to find that the Tuesday menu entree's at Avenida were limited to three tacos, wit sides. We made due with a variety of small plate appetizers and some tacos. All of the food was good, and the service was attentive. And we appreciated the table side visit from Edgar, one of the owners.
No complaints about the food, we just wish we could have experienced the full menu for this special occasion.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dependable but not boring
I eat here with some regularity. I am never disappointed: food, service, environment all measure up. And it is close to home!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great hospitality...everyone is friendly and helpful ! Food is interesting and tasty. Outdoor setting is wonderful !
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Latin American Find!
Had dinner with two friends on Saturday and food was fabulous. Everything was prepared and presented well. Octopus was so tender! We will definitely go back.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
You have to try El Biche. As an Ecuadorean myself I can say it was spectacular!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has delicious food and a nice friendly atmosphere. The noise level was pretty high. Our waitress could have been a little more attentive but it was very busy. Would eat here again.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great night
The food was delicious and the service couldn't have been better. I will definitely be back for Taco Tuesday!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The reatuant was able to accomadate my party of 16 in a separate room nicely.Food was very good as it was the first time a came. We shut the place down and were not at all rushed.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a double date with friends to celebrate my birthday and anniversary. The service was amazing. The food was even better. They treated us like family.... we had an amazing meal and exceptional time!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
best duck in the city
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......
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
You'll want to come back.
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.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Brunch was amazing...
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!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
LOVED the homemade latkes
LOVED the homemade latkes and applesauce for Hanukkah!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was perfect the service was attentive and friendly.
An altogether positive experience! Have already told several friends.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM