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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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
110 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.

m
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Avelina several times and found it to be enjoyable each time. The menu is creative, particularly the appetizers and small plates. We usually make a meal just with those choices. After eating octopus dozens of times in foreign countries and Avelina is one of a few restaurants (other than in coastal cities) that I would recommend. My wife is a vegetarian and has no trouble finding interesting dishes. Additionally, they never hesitate to meet special requests. Service is always good and the staff is knowledgeable. Try to save room for the excellent desserts. For some reason I don't understand, I have found it easier to get last minute reservations.

PS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food with excellent service! Only downside is it’s extremely noisy in there!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Joe was unbelievable… Very attentive and a professional waiter… The deck outside is super nice

k
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The flatiron steak was perfectly done. The potatoes are always a treat. My husband had the flounder sandwich and loved it. Jessie was our server, friendly and promptly served us. Love the restaurant!

JM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were fantastic! Even though I sat outside, my table was up against the indoor/outdoor bar, and my waiter was also one of the bartenders, so he was very accessible. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and drinks. I used to joke that I'd try anything but octopus, but he recommended it as an appetizer and described how it's pressure cooked and seared to make it crispy. I tried it and it was delicious, and the sauces, veggies and more added to the flavor. My grapefruit vodka cocktail was also great. Overall I loved the food, but it was the service and atmosphere that really made me love this restaurant.

LH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avelina is ALWAYS fabulous! Charcuterie plates are amazing especially with the duck liver mousse! And my favorite sandwich ever is the Flounder!

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

This restaurant masquerades as a top shelf restaurant. But the food is not there while the prices were set for high end fare.The portions are petitie as you would expect, but the food itself is below par. They have an appetizer which is supposed to be foie gras with a cherry compote. When I asked where the foie gras was, the waiter pointed to to the slightest dust (less than a teaspoon) on top of the cherries. There was no way it could add any taste. The dish tasted good but had nothing to do with foie gras. I had the duck as an entree. The sauce was great, but the small portion of duck itself was too tough to eat. I would not go back.

LK
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch! Food, service and outside seating was fantastic.

M
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Inattentive service and mediocre food is not a good recipe.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, highly recommend!

C
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Description of food was inaccurate. Tuna tartare was extremely spicy, but there was no mention of anything spicy in the menu description. I ordered the trout with no black pepper or spice. The order was brought out wrong and had to be sent back. We were given a free appetizer. I was disappointed because this was not a cheap dinner. Mistakes can happen if course, but there were more than one.

OT
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we've had in Denver. Great ambience and not too loud. Wonderful server, Ryan. Highly recommend!

PL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. This food was transcendent. My life is forever changed.

JK
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We love Avelina and have dined there many times. We made reservations for a birthday and it turned out to be the restaurants 3 year anniversary. There were many free things, and it made the birthday very special.

k
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, informed friendly and attentive waitress. Very good service. Outstanding food. Loved it all!

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great, every single dish we ordered was incredible, and the service was top-notch. This is a perfect date-night place with some of the best food we’ve eaten in Denver. I’d highly recommend it!

PE
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty and fantastic experience from start to finish!

C
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a lot of choices on the menu, but everything we tasted was amazing. Great taste for a great value.

d
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great food! Perfect place for a nice date or for a group celebration!

DA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Avelina! The food, wine and service are always stellar.

AL
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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LW
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great spot for dinner. Have been multiple times, and have enjoyed everything I've tried. Hopefully they don't ever take the chocolate crunch dessert option off the menu ;)

AB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were delicious and creative. The Bartender, Max, was very friendly and helpful. The dinner was amazing. The charcuterie boards were divine, and the fresh baked bread was beyond. The short ribs literally melted in your mouth. The dessert spread was sinfully yummy. There are no bad choices that I could identify. Everything is wonderful.

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