Avelina - Denver

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Avelina, a sophisticated stunner in the heart of Lower Downtown (LoDo), turns out captivating New American cooking. The award-winning culinary team creates cuisine from seasonally available ingredients for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

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DT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good menu options and portion sizes. Perfect holiday dinner with friends.

L
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding from beginning to end. Very friendly and professional staff. Great energy, extraordinary food ❤️

D
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My husband and I decided to try several shared plates instead of having entrees, saving room for dessert. We started with the pork belly which was delicious, then moved onto the crispy brussels sprouts, which were also tasty (and I'm not a fan of brussels sprouts). Loved the Colorado style meatball and ended with the roasted wild mushrooms which were disappointing, they were so bland. All shared plates were enough for two people to share. My husband ordered the carrot cake ice cream and wished he had ordered a second scoop. I had a cake dish, whose name I can not remember but it came with toffee crystals and ice cream - absolutely decadent!

L
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. The ambiance very cozy and comfortable. We could have stayed all day. Service was great and unobtrusive. Would definitely recommend and would go again the next time I am at n Denver

N
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, very delicious food and the service was great. The grilled octopus/appetizer, the best I’ve ever had and I am from Miami!

JP
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought friends for the second time here and we all loved our meals. Had the short ribs, the shrimp scampi, the Agnolotti and the fish of the day, all were great.

AB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious! Excellent service! Easy parking, there are plenty of lots and garages nearby. We love to impress guests, visitors and friends with Avelina's awesomeness. You know exactly what to expect and they never disappoint! I highly recommend the Smoked Salmon Benedict and Beignets....but everything I have tasted is amazing!

p
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience, food and service all fabulous. And all in walking distance from Union Station. Highly recommend!

MD
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good as was service. The cocktails especially the Apple Cider mule were excellent. Definitely recommend Avelina and will go back. Want to try their brunch menu - we were there for dinner.

RG
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and warm, personable service. Avelina was a perfect spot for lunch and a glass of wine. Try the short rib grilled cheese—wow.

V
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday at Avelina on Saturday night. We had a party of 5 and everything was fantastic. We started with the octopus, pork belly, duck pate, and brussel sprouts for appetizers. Everything was delicious and the octopus was a stand out dish, however, very small of the price. For the entrees, we each had something different. I had the duck and it was amazing. Great flavor. My husband had the short rib which I tasted and it was very good. Overall so nice and the price for 5 people (apps/entrees) with a bottle of wine ($115) was $400. I would highly recommend.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server!

CV
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very delicious and beautifully presented! Will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife got a new job and to celebrate her last day/transition we went here. We love coming here. Love the comfy lounge and the fun atmosphere. Food is always incredible. We tried a lot of different food as always and share. It’s a great spot. Great drinks as well. No worries when coming here.

D
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was searching for an excellent restaurant downtown when I saw that this restaurant had availability, on short notice. From the moment we were first seated until the very end when we left the restaurant, the service and staff or nothing but superb. Our server, Angie, was extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of the menu and was able to answer all of our questions accurately. She was quick to greet us, but also knew exactly when to stay out of the way when we were talking and enjoying our food. We will absolutely return to this restaurant. It is one of the best I have ever been to in Denver.

AH
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, what a find! We went for Sunday brunch, had 8 different dishes, and every dish was fantastic! Almond cake, Ricotta Beignets (oh yeah) Chilaquiles, all fantastic. We ranged from Salmon Benedict to Shaksuka, and could not have been happier. Everything was prepared perfectly, give the egg poacher a raise! As someone who "fine dines" out a lot, I truly think this is the best meal I have ever had in Denver. Expert attentive service, excellent food and drinks, nice place, price at brunch very reasonable- what is not to love!

D
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty Food & Amazing Service. We will be back.

D
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience5

The food, atmosphere, and wait staff was good. Had an issue with the hostess. The waitress was awesome! The drinks were well crafted.

VV
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal in a nice setting. Delicious appetizers!

LD
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome food. Prepared very well with a focus on seasonal foods. The server Crystal was very attention and made some great suggestions. The meal was paced perfectly. The tables are a little small but the chairs were comfortable. Definitely will return.

PL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was exceptional and the food was off the chart.

LJ
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avelina is our favorite restaurant in Denver! The chef always has a vibrant, seasonal menu with unbelievable flavor combinations. Our only problem is deciding what to order!

k
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The Brussel sprouts were excellent and beet salad were excellent. The chicken salad could of been dressed more, it was on the dry side. The music is truly awful and loud.

j
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very knowledgeable waiter explained the dishes.
He knew the menu well.

m
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were a group of 4 "foodie" women who wanted dinner at a reasonably quiet place so we could actually hear each other without shouting. Avelina was perfect. The cocktails and food were creative and well-prepared. Two in our group ordered the Sunday night fried chicken special, another the exceptionally delicious short rib and the 4th person had the scampi over pasta, all of which were delicious. Don't miss the Brussels sprouts with roasted grapes. Avelina offers valet parking on Fridays and Saturdays. We opted to use a ride-sharing service which was wise because parking was very limited, even on a Sunday night.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Menu options were yum!

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive but unobtrusive service.

FP
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely the best restaurant we found in Denver to have a wonderful meal and a nice conversation with friends, without the football game, yelling drunks, large parties and obnoxiously loud music, and no one talking above 90db.
Every dish we had was fantastic but the charcuterie board and the octopus's were standouts. The wine list was small but very well represented and one of my favorites, Cherty Pie pinot, was there. Service was warm, attentive, and never waited till first bite to say something stupid like, everything great for you....and never interrupted our conversation. Maybe one top 10 resturants in world for me. I've been on all 7 continents and eaten at many top rated places all over the world but very few have the mix of ambience, service, and stellar food Avelina has assembled.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food, reasonable prices. Definitely going back!

ET
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious, the server was great, ambiance was romantic. A great experience!

S
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dominic is a killer attentive server. Very impressed. Great food. We will be back.

G
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food. Great service. Would def go back

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Engagement! amazing!! Jen you rock! Great food!

MS
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't plan on an intimate dining experience at a table for two, uncomfortably close to our neighbors. Lucky for us it was a beautiful fall evening where it was a great evening to dine El fresca. Great food and wonderful service.

M
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We went on a Thursday and the restaurant was full most of the night and, as a result, somewhat loud. The food was fantastic. We had several small plates including the octopus, beef carpaccio, tuna tartare, and wild mushrooms. All were superbly prepared. Service was attentive and friendly. We would definitely go again.

c
Denver
111 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just lunch and just perfect. Not sure why or how this restaurant still flies “under the radar” these days.

M
Munich
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service for dinner - a bit loud though

l
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This place was OK...nothing that I would remember enough to recommend to a friend, but passable for a business lunch.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

This is incredible Indian food. Some of the best we have had. However, music is loud and service is on the slower side.

o
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great service! Love the food and menu had some great selections with plenty of veggies :-) which is not always the case. Good wine list too.

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