I'm waiting to hear from the restaurant regarding my inadequate experience for Valentine's Day.
If I don't hear from the restaurant or resort, I would definitely not recommend Aveo, regardless of the occasion.
For a restaurant of this caliber in such a lovely hotel, the menu is very boring. Butternut squash soup on the menu belongs there in the fall not late February. The menu is just basic food and ridiculously expensive. Fine for someone checking in that has had a long flight and needs lunch, however, the menu needs to be more creative. We live in Laguna Beach and there are so many places in Laguna Beach with much better food choices for lunch. Glad we gave it a try, but we may come back for a romantic drink on the terrace, but too expensive for a basic menu. Really $28.00 for a hamburger? The service was beyond excellent and the ambiance wonderful.
My Finance's Steak tasted bad and over cooked and dry. She didn't even eat it after 2 bites and we left shortly after the food was served. My potatoes in my entree we not cooked, Raw.
Calamari and view were good...
Fun welcoming menu geared for friends as well as cozy. 4 of us chatted while 2 tables of 4 each played cards. Lovely friendly service
Overall a great time
but ambience is lacking. My husband and I shared the lamb chops cooked and seasoned to perfection. We also shared the Caesar salad and oysters on the half shell . Everything was excellent including the service . I had originally requested outdoor seating under heat lamp but the outdoor seating is very uninviting and not so comfortable looking. It would be nice if you could put nice outdoor sofas and more up-to-date seating. The inside is fine but still could use a little more of a hip look. Also would be nice if there was music piped-in or live but just any nice music for the ambiance
Absolutely awful service! We came for Sunday brunch. We waited an hour to order, had to ask 5 waiters to take an order. Then we had to wait another hour for food to arrive. They tried to explain that they had too many orders, which I find hard to believe, because by the time our food arrived we were they only ones sitting outside. They didn't even bother to apologize.
Service is just always off. Just can’t seem to nail the service that is expected at this level of resort
Everything was amazing! We are from Colorado and I told my husband we will have to come back just so I can get the incredible pasta dish I had again!
We highly recommend this restaurant!
Excellent evening dining experience...casual yet elegant, great food, excellent servers
I treated a good friend here to lunch for her birthday, and we were really glad we chose Aveo. Self-parking was easy and is free with validation (as is valet parking). We were warmly greeted and given a patio table (as requested when we made our reservation) with a nice view to the hotel grounds, golf course and Pacific Ocean in the back ground. The service was very friendly, and our server was knowledgeable about the food and wine choices. My friend is a burger connoisseur, and she enjoyed her Californian bacon burger. I had the fish special, which was cooked to perfection. The server took into consideration my gluten sensitivity and provided us a gluten-free birthday dessert to share. This was our first time at this restaurant, and we look forward to dining here again. Thank you, especially to the warm and friendly Aveo and resort staff for making us feel welcome.
We Great service from Omar, he remembered us from 4 months ago ! Well portioned entrees, and outstanding flavors, brought us back. The food and view are worth the drive, especially if you're entertaining folks from out of town.
The menu was minimal, yet offered a variety of choices that were well prepared and presented. The crabs cakes were moist and tasty as an appetizer, while the octopus was slightly dry. The bass was delicious, although there could have been less potatoes and more greens.
While the backlava for dessert was refreshing, it had no phyllo dough.
The service was excellent and the setting was beautiful.
We love Aveo and come often. This trip we had a reservation, asked for a seat outside, which took some coaxing. We also asked for a balcony view seat, which they said they were full and tables were reserved. No one sat at those tables for the 2 hours we were there. We enjoy the brunch buffet, many choices. We love the service, and the buffet attendants - all extremely nice and helpful. This trip Barbara and Nikolas (aka Gordon) were especially nice...and our server Kelly was top notch as always. Work on the hostess staff Aveo - and you have 100%.
Great location on the patio of Monarch Beach Resort. Inside/outside seating, bar has TVs tuned to various sports. Portable heaters outside keep you warm. Food is very good, but service was very slow to the point where we thought they forgot us. Don't let that deter you, it's a nice evening!
We were at a business event in the hotel last weekend, and on Sunday we wandered up to Aveo for lunch. When we went in and asked for a lunch menu, the hostess said only brunch was available but there were both lunch and breakfast items (we'd already had breakfast). We were seated, and nothing was said about the cost nor did I see any indication at the hostess station. Needless to say, we were shocked to see it was about $75 per person!!! While the food was good, that's an outrageous charge for basically eating lunch and should have been disclosed up front.
The best salads I have ever had. My friend also loved her meal. Great place to dine and will be coming back with friends and family.
This is our second year dining at this restaurant, and our experience was just as horrible as last year. We had a reservation for 5 people, at 7:30 and didn't get our food until 9. Never mind the fact that the restaurant was not busy. They told us 3 times within a 15 minute period that our food was being plated. Our server hardly checked on us, but was polite. They have great management staff that tried to make our experience better, but unfortunately, we will not be back next year. Such a shame too, great atmosphere and food.
Staying at the Monarch Beach Resort for the Labor Day weekend, we ate at Aveo on Sunday evening . In a nut shell, the service and atmosphere were unbearable, however the food was excellent. We could not believe how wonderful the dishes we ordered were juxtaposed against the poor dining experience.
For our 7:15 p.m. reservation, we were seated immediately. The vocalist just started performing in the connected bar area. The volume was excessively loud and we commented on that. The hostess had the microphone volume turned down within a few minutes of our request. So far so good. However we were seated at a table near the patio door. All wait staff came and went by our table though that door nonstop making us feel like we were in Grand Central Station. We asked for another table but were told that were all taken.
We waited at our table for 15 minutes before we were given any attention. Finally the busboy came by to take our drink order and bring us water. After another 10 minutes without any attention our busboy, Yair simply took our dinner order. We could tell he was taking the initiative to serve us since our waiter was complete nonexistent. We appreciated this responsiveness. Just before our food was delivered, a waiter named Marco came by and asked what we wanted to drink as if we had just arrived in his section. We told him we we all cared for by Yair and there was nothing we needed from him. He gave us no apology but told us he would be handling us from here on out. Not sure what was going on with the restaurant that night but the service suffered enormously. Meanwhile the restaurant was extremely noisy with small children. We were with our teen-aged daughter and understand how noisy children can be, but this was unbearable. Later we found out from the front desk staff that the holidays are always like this.
All in all, if you go the Aveo don't go on a busy holiday weekend. You'll love the food if your waitstaff can rise to the challenge.
It was the 1st time I have been to the Aveo and I was very happy with the experience. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I would highly recommend the Aveo for celebrating a special occasion with a group. The only con, if I had to give one, was that the meals were on the pricey side but everyone enjoyed their meal emensley. I will definitely return.
They are listed as a $ when they should be $$, or at the least $$. We found them under bonus restaurants but still only received 100 pts instead of 1000...