Boston >Food & Dining > Avila
1 Charles St S, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.352470 -71.067480
Mon-Tue 5pm-10pm; Bar Food til 11 pm;
Wed-Sat 5pm-11pm; Bar Food til 12 am; Sun Brunch 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Back Bay, Beacon Hill
Make 'em all happy – One of the better choices in the city for that craving Mediterranean feeling. Avila supplies a variety of choices that include, but are not just restricted to Italian.
We tried four tapas styled appetizers and three out of the four were well done. The shrimp salad was a disappointment. The ingredients individually were each fresh, but the flavors didn't mix that well together. A simple baked bronzini with herbs was nicely done. The breadbasket was a highlight. There's an extensive winelist that has been well-chosen. The ambience is simple, open, and stylish. A good place to take a client or group. It has the right options to satisfy the simplest eaters and enough complexities to satisfy the gourmands.
allways great – Went for dinner again the other day. Seated at great window table. Started with pappardelle with wild mushrooms. My friend and I could not decide on what to order as both the pork milanese and the lobster carbonata they all looked appealing. We figured we would just share. The waiter chef took it upon himself to split both meals so we each got an individual plate of both..... great idea and great presentation. Panna cotta for dessert was fantastic. all in all one of the best dining experiences in a while love avila
best place for a bday party – I recently took my girlfriend out for her birthday. She loves mediterrenean food so I asked around the office for some great spots in the city and the majority of the office suggested avila the new hot spot. I had no trouble making the reservation, even on a busy weekend. I told the girl on the phone that it was a special occasion, and she told me that they would make sure the night was special. They went above and beyond! We checked in for our reservation, and the people at the door greated us with a smile, and wish my girlfriend a big happy birthday. Then, we went to our table, a really nice Private room by the window, the server greeted us verry nicely. We had the best dinner, the food was the best ever but the best part was the dessert with a personalized "Happy Birthday" message with her name,send from the executive chef Rodney, I highly recomend this restaurant for special occasions like birthdays, and I'm looking forward to going back to have some drinks and food at their bar with my friends (which was packed all night).
finally good food in boston – Not knowing what to expect after making a last-minute reservation on a Saturday night , Plus i was looking for something diferent in boston and not to expensive, this was one of the best dining experiences I've had in boston! The bar and chefs table creates a warm, inviting ambience, plus the service is outstanding - our waiter was very professional and alttentive, and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was terrific - well-prepared Verry Creative and excellent presentation. overall, it was a great meal For a great Price, and I'd certainly return!
disappointing to say the least – I went to the restaurant with a group of friends who were willing to spend a reasonable amount of money for a friend's birthday. I will start saying the service was okay, it was not magnificent since the staff gives too much emphasis on their sommerliers, to the point I find them a little annoying in their insistence to have patrons order expensive wines. May I just add the bathroom had problems and women were asked to not flush. There was even bathroom water leaking on the lady's bathroom floor. Appetizing, right? The reason we wanted to go to the restaurant is because we don't easily find nice Spanish and Portuguese restaurants in the Boston area. The first thing I noticed in their poor menu was that there was nothing remotely close to food from Portugal and Spain. On the Portuguese side, there was no cod fish, not even a cod fish stew, the only thing that had to do with cod were the fritters that honestly I've had better in Revere. The other disappointing aspect was the lack of typical Spanish food. No mention of a paella or dishes inspired by typical tapas, for example.The menu featured foie gras and yucca fries, which are clearly NOT Iberian. The other bad part of my dining experience was the price. EXTREMELY overpriced for a very small portion of food, to the point people on my table had to order very pricey side dishes so they didn't leave the restaurant feeling hungry. My fish was cooked well but it was floating on a cold sauce (which was so watery, it felt like I was having a cold leek soup). My friend's fish was overcooked and unappetizing. The ironic thing is, the following week I went to this very modest Portuguese restaurant in Cambridge and for very little money, I got a wonderful Portuguese meal. Will I ever go back to Avila? No thank you. I'd suggest the chef and sous chefs of Avila spend some more time in Spain and Portugal because more homework needs to be done.
Geat Customer Service, Below Average Food – The service was great ! We had reserved for 8, but only 6 showed up and they were very accomodating. The server was great, always made sure we had what we needed. The food on the other hand was very dissapointing. Except one person we all disliked the taste and felt the food lacked flavor. The waiter was very kind enough to remove the desserts from the bill after we informed him about the food. Oh but the desserts were delicious !!
A Fatal Flaw – Avila has great potential with good food and service, but we were so disappointed when we went. After two hours (and $170!) in the bar, my party of four moved to the half-empty dining room for dinner. When a friend tried to order off the bar menu we were informed that diners could not order from that menu in the dining room. After asking for the person in charge we were confronted by a very abrupt and unprofessional woman who told us that "if other diners saw us they'd want to order off the bar menu too" and that downward slide would lead to "baseball caps in the dining room". I felt more like a schoolkid getting scolded than a group of forty-something professionals. Big Lesson: Regardless of how good the food or service is, THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT. We won't be back.
excellent food and wine – Avila is a fantastic restaurant, where food, service, and wine are to excellence. The menu is large, and represents dishes from multiple Mediterranean countries; Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, and Italy. I struggled to select what to eat due to so many tempting entrees and first courses. Everyone was so pleased with their selections, and the wines recommended by the sommelier were fantastic, such as a fantastic Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley in Oregon. In the whole midst of fantastic food and wine, the service was great, and the decor is fun and modern.
Wow! – Not knowing what to expect after making a last-minute reservation on a recent Saturday night, this was one of the best dining experiences I've had in awhile! The stylish interior creates a warm, inviting ambience, plus the service is outstanding - our waiter was very friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. The food was terrific - well-prepared and excellent presentation. Overall, it was a great meal and I'd certainly return!
Great restaurant – Went here for the first time last week. Wonderful restaurant in every way. It's beautifully decorated, spacious, very comfortable large leather chairs and large floor to ceiling windows. The service, from the hostess to the bartenders to the waiters, was excellent. The food was very good, although a little expensive. They have a very large, relaxing and comfortable lounge/bar area. They also have "kitchen bar" seats which are beautifully appointed if you like to watch the chefs. We'll definitely go back.
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