1550 17th St.
Denver, Colorado 80202
Critics' Pick


  • Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
  • Banquet Facilities, Private Party, Takeout
  • Garage Parking, Metered Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available
Avelina is proving that industrial chic isn’t everything. At this quiet downtown restaurant that opened in mid-2016, lighting is gentle, background music stays in the background, and stools and banquettes -- covered in Italian leather and chenille -- are so comfortable, you’ll want to stay all night. Avelina’s highly shareable menu can be described as seasonal New American with Mediterranean flair, but it’s more helpful to view it as deceptively simple, intriguing, surprisingly light. Wood-fired flatbreads feature Moroccan-spiced lamb and roasted cauliflower. Warm artichokes, quartered and fully cleaned, form striking silhouettes, their slender stems tucked against roasted shiitakes. Golden raisins in a vegetarian tagine are placed like a string of jewels around purple, yellow and orange carrots. Yuzu- and chile-glazed short ribs arrive in three paves on a rectangular platter spread with carrot purée and gingery sautéed vegetables. And the rustic millefeuille, listed on the menu as a dulce de leche stack, is generating its own legends.

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