Voted Best Restaurant in Washtenaw County by Metrotimes 


Wikipaella, an organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of authentic paella, has officially recognized Aventura as one of just two restaurants in North America as an authentic purveyor of Paella! 


Voted "One of the best restaurants in the Midwest"


Aventura began, like many seductive ideas, with a creative human and an experience. When restaurateur Sava Lelcaj bought the building you’re sitting in, out of pure fascination plus great timing, she immediately fell in love with the history, the patina, the personality of the space, but perhaps most significantly, with—a table.

She gathered her friends around that table, in the cavern-like basement of this building, and was immediately transported to another place. Old World, wine and cheese, music and conversation, candlelight… tapas.

That same table now sits in the middle of Aventura restaurant, a continuing symbol of Sava and her team’s coming together over the love of authentic Spanish cuisine and culture; tapas, paella, cocas, vino, gin tonics. Literally carved from the bones of the original space (b. 1872) and utilizing classic Spanish design elements paired with works by local artists, the dining room and bar are intentionally intertwined, reiterating the deeply social experience of traditional Catalan and Valencian-style tapas bars.

We invite you to eat, drink, laugh and linger here; to enjoy the company of those you love as well as those you don’t yet know. 

Aventura is a love affair, a Cupid’s arrow from us to you.


Come together as friends, family, or coworkers around our table! We’d be delighted to help plan your next intimate gathering to experience the culture and atmosphere of authentic Spanish tapas in one of our three distinctive event spaces. For more information and to book your next private event, click here.

Happy hour

Sometimes it only takes a happy hour to make a happy day! Join us 3-6pm, Monday through Friday, for happy hour with special prices on classic cocktails, sangria, draft beer, wines by-the-glass, and tapas.


Think brunch, but instead of poached eggs and a bloody mary, it’s a bocadillo with ham, embutidos, cheeses and even some stews, meats, tapas, and of course, plenty of Spanish beers & wines. Served weekends from 12-3pm. Check out our El Almuerzo menu here!