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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Denver
61 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Denver Restaurant Week, so limited selections. Staff did all they could to accommodate cow's milk allergies. Nice wine selection. Love the almond soap in restroom. Lovely meal--thank you!

k
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch sport with good prices

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service4ambience3

We went during Denver Restaurant Week and the portion sizes were barely anything at all. We all left still hungry from not eating enough. When we originally chose this restaurant, the menu online showed 3 courses but when we arrived they have knocked it down to 2 courses, again with the smallest portion sizes.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and our server was fantastic

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food and service. I was just disappointed where they seated us. I didn’t like too much this second room with very bad lighting and seats.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner. The food, wine , and service was excellent. Great job!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My dinner was good, but my dates dinner was nothing spectacular. With the limited menu on Valentine’s Day, I was expecting more in the way of quality.
The staff was nice although our main waiter seemed distracted when taking our order and seemed agitated that my date did not like her dinner.
I don’t know if the bar was under staffed that evening, but when I ordered a drink before my main course arrived and I did not get it until my desert arrived, left me a little put off.
I would go back and sit at the bar for a happy hour, but I would not spend the money on another dinner.

HH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Valentine’s Day meal and date at Avelina!

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The experience was overall good, the bday set menu didn’t give much choice. The starters were great the main course lacked options for vegans or vegetarians, a poultry dish would have been a nice add. Desserts good, service and drinks god as well. Will come back again to try their full menu.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and service was best described as solid but the ambiance was lacking a bit. The lights were a tad too bright and the music was non existent until later in the evening (when the small crowd dissipated).

JH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really interesting menu. Octopus and tuna tartar small plates were amazing, as were the duck and scallops dinners. Service was impeccable. Be prepared for a pricy wine menu.

MW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful birthday experience! Food flavors complex and well-coordinated, interesting and successful choices. We had the short-rib and the duck and both were way above expectations. Our server, Angie, was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Joe the bartender made me the best martini I've ever had! Complementary birthday gelato was an added bonus! Loved it!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We arrived early on a Friday eve around 5:15. It was very quite. Had a nice meal of small plates. The lamb, Brussel sprouts, octopus, and mushrooms. All were good, however the Brussel sprouts had too many elements and the mushrooms seemed hastily sautéed and would have been better truly roasted. The lamb was good and octopus was good. The wait staff was exceptional but hard to judge when they were so slow. When we departed at 7 it was packed though. Will definitely try again!

SB
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seldom do I eat somewhere where I want everything on the menu. Everything was delicious, created and well presented. The service was fast and the waitstaff friendly and helpful.

GW
New England
109 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Avelina is a great spot in downtown. It seemed to us coast-dwellers that there was an inordinate amount of fish on the menu for a place 1500 miles from water so we stuck with the pork and chicken, both of which were very delicious. Good wine list and interesting drinks as well, definitely give it a shot!

JQ
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I booked a last minute reservation. When we arrived, the host was very accommodating and the ambiance was on point. Our meal was amazing - I will personally be back for the lamb and brussel sprouts. This has been the best experience for us in a long time and We will definitely be back in the next couple of months!

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The food was mediocre at best. Service was horrible. We ordered 5 items from the small plates section and the server agreed to course them out for us, but all 5 items came out all at once on a table that was barely large enough for drinks and silverware. The server took away used silverware and never replaced it. The space and menu concept have a lot of potential but execution is lacking significantly. Way overpriced for what you actually get.

A
Jackson Hole
26 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here before . . . and certainly will again when next I visit Denver. My companion and I shared the appetizer of trout croquette. Very tasty. We both had the scallops. Both of us agreed that they were excellent. So was the chocolate cake dessert. And Gina was an outstanding server, friendly but professional.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic experience. Great food and amazing service. I would highly recommend this place to anyone!

m
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy eating at Avelina. Both the food and service are consistently good. We love to make a meal out of their appetizers/small plates. Favorites include the Burrata and the octopus.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and wine tasting was a fun evening enjoyed by all

KS
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are consistently excellent. This is our favorite restaurant in downtown Denver.

BK
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch spot near Union Station! The ricotta beignets were absolutely incredible!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and great service, highly recommended, will return!

MS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Enjoyed our business lunch and was easy to carry on a conversation.

CH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always great service. A favorite place for business lunches.

AF
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent creative entrees. Very good wines by the glass at fairly reasonable prices. Definitely will return.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service is excellent. Seated by kitchen so not ideal.

J
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

it's rare that we dine out and everything we eat (apps, all 4 entrees) is excellent, but Avelina nailed it!

n
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

A very limited mid-day Saturday menu (brunch only).

EB
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as was the service. It is a pricier restaurant but worth it for special occasions.

L
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant. We we're looking for new eateries. We received excellent service, excellent food, served hot, great attendance from our waitress, but not overbearing. The value wonderful. My only constructive criticism would be your parking needs addressed. We'll be back.

A
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avelina was a last minute option for my boyfriend and I looking for a place on New Years Day- and we were pleasantly surprised! Avelina was very attentive to my allergens, and made me feel confident with the level of visible cleanliness in the kitchen. I appreciated seeing a productive kitchen flow, there was perfect communication between FOH and BOH. I personally got scallops that melted in my mouth and made me question reality. The scampi my boyfriend got was pretty terrible, I’ll admit- the noodles seemed undercooked and seasoned in a very odd manner which neither of us liked and we did not finish- but everyone has their likes and dislikes! Great drinks, pleasantly strong without being overwhelmed. Overall I would just recommend asking questions about the menu if you’re unsure- the waitstaff is well informed and happy to help. I enjoyed my visit!

RD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The first thing that caught my attention was the knowledge and first class service from Max. That alone would have made this visit above average. It just so happens the food and ambiance were also exceptional. Will definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

My steak was burnt, and they tried to cover it up with sauce. I ordered it medium. I had to send it back. They were nice, but the second steak was not tasty either. My friend said she liked her food.

A
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There was a priz price menu due to New Year’s Eve so choices were limited. The crab first course was bland and the agnolotti was too salty. Otherwise, the food was interesting. The server was busy but not too busy to be properly attentive.

D
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had NYE dinner there. It was fabulous! The attention to detail for service and exceptional menu and wine pairings made it a really wonderful experience. Very very good! If you like fresh, local and highly flavorful food in a comfortable non pretentious environment- this is for you!

LP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jen did a wonderful job! She brought out a small free appetizer sample, free champagne (New Year’s Eve), and free chocolate cordials after dinner. Cocktails and food were very good, as you would expect. Beautiful venue - active but you can converse without raising your voice. Overall a superb experience!

c
Denver
113 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time was a business lunch visit and it could not have been any better in any way.

KD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great experience. Hostess was such a sweetheart. Thank you for allowing us to move to a different dining location. Rio was very attentive and personable. He gave the best intro of himself and today’s specials. I had the scallops and I can say they were absolutely delicious, perfectly seared. My husband had the Rohan duck. The almond mole was the perfect pairing. We met Karen, the owner. Very friendly and now I know who was floating around the dining area. :-) I love to see managers/owners present in the front of the house. My husband and I will return.

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