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Avila - 30 Reviews - 1 Charles St S, Boston, MA - Late Night Dining Reviews - Phone (617) 267-4810


1 Charles St S (at Stuart Street)
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-4810
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Avila - Boston, MA
Avila - Boston, MA



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We were seated immediately, the atmosphere is airy and modern with a sexy flair. Our table was next to the window and was great for people watching and taking in the scene. The r...


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...

Perfect Date Spot! 10/6/2011

We were seated immediately, the atmosphere is airy and modern with a sexy flair. Our table was next to the window and was great for people watching and taking in the scene. The restaurant was busy and not once did we feel rushed or pressured to place our order. We started with a $45 Malbec wine from Argentina that was smooth and had a hint of fruit. For an appetizer we ordered the Kobe beef meatball more

Perfect Pre-Theater Experience 7/12/2009

Avila is THE perfect place to kick off the evening before seeing a show. I was pleasantly surprised by the vibe which was classy yet casual enough to not feel stuffy - high ceilings, beautiful art work and a variety of seating options, including bar, tables and counter seats facing the open kitchen. Our server was very knowledgeable and provided several sound suggestions. The drinks were amazing, especially the bar tender?s latest creation called ""Summer Lovin"" featuring homemade passion fruit sorbet, with citron vodka, cointreau and fresh basil. The menu offers a wide variety Mediterranean dishes (too many to choose from) that are creative but not overly eccentric. Everything we sampled was simply delicious. Attentive service kept us on pace to make our show with time to spare. They even offer a pre-theater menu which allows you to come back for coffee and dessert after the theater. I strongly suggest the valet parking for $16 which covers the whole night (up until 11)! Avila is a great find! Pros: menu variety, food, environment, valet, close to theaters more

superb! 6/30/2009

Went there with my husband and we ended up sitting at the ""chefs table"" because the chairs were too high or the tables too low for us... (couldn't figure it out).. anyway the chef's table was romantic and wonderful to watch this amazing team work together. We had the tuna tartar and the Escargots for appetizers and then moved on to Sea Bass and Veal..everything was simply amazing!!!! We will most definitely go back!!! Pros: try the Escargots !!! simply delicious ! Cons: uncomfortable chairs. more

Disappointing meal and waitstaff 9/16/2008

The four of us had very high hopes as we love Davio's (same restaurant group). The waitress spoke so highly of the crispy bass that all four of us ordered it. When we asked her about the preparation, she did not provide any details other than it was her favorite item on the menu. She had not told us that it would have many bones and that it was served whole, with the head on the fish. The fish was bland, not much flavor and a small portion of fish. We guessed we were supposed to be wowed by the presentation, but the quality of the fish was subpar. More importantly, when we expressed that we were not happy with the boney fish, she was not at all sympathetic. Salads and sides were average. Bartender was friendly. Nothing special about this experience at all. Pros: Bartender was friendly Cons: Food unimpressive, waitstaff uncaring more

Wait until the kitchen changes 6/14/2008

Wait staff was efficient; decor attractive. We ordered the waiter's touted dish, the paella, which was dry; the chicken was cooked until stiff; and the only fish in the dish (squid) was unfresh & rubbery. The chef was heavy handed with the salt on the first course; most of the small dishes were good. Although we were wanting dessert, the dessert cart was unattractively displayed which made the choices look unappetizing. I think the management is trying to run the restaurant properly but is hampered by an unsophisticated chef. Attendance was very poor leading me to think i was late in hearing of the restaurant's downturn. Pros: Wait staff & decor Cons: simply the food more

a kinda disapointing experience 3/23/2008

I took my wife and my one year old baby for Brunch this Sunday. The place looks nice, high ceiling and clean. Hostess was friendly. They sat us at this secluded table, I guess because we have a baby...I understand. The waitress came to great us after 8 or 10mn. Cons: Poor food more

Editorial review from GrubHub 3/21/2008

by Ben at GrubHub Provided by GrubHub
Serrano Ham was great, brussell sprouts were delicious and the beet salad was great. I was also pleasantly surprised that it all travelled really well. A bit pricey, but worth it. more

Top Notch 2/21/2008

Excellent restaurant - I wish I still lived at 1 Charles so I could stop by more often. Still, the location is perfect for a pre-theater meal. The food is great, the ambiance a bit sterile and the prices a bit steep. Overall, I'd recommend it. more

go here now! 1/11/2008

The Boylstonbum has returned after a brief hiatus to write this review. I have dined here on many occasions and never once walked away unhappy. I usually love to rip apart restaurants in this forum. In this case no negatives come to mind. Bring your girl,friends, or family. The food,service, and decor is outstanding. Everyone from the manager to the hostess made the my visits there wanting to come back again and again.The Boylstonbum08 is going there tonight to feast. See you there. Pros: food and staff Cons: zero more

Wonderful Service & Great Menu 6/12/2007

My husband and I have visited Avila twice in the last month and the great service and food remains consistent. Whenever we have dined here the wait staff and hostess have been friendly and knowledgeable. There is great attention to detail with the food and presentation. The ambience is warm and inviting whilst remaining classy. I loved the broad range of dishes on the menu and loved the chickens livers. My husband had the best sea bass dish he has ever tasted and he eats a lot of fish! There is a great choice of different breads to accompany your meal and the wait staff always make spot-on recommendations. My parents are in town next month for my moms birthday and I will definitely be reserving a table at Avila. Pros: Great Service, Diverse menu Cons: A little pricey but it's worth it! more

Make 'em all happy 6/4/2007

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. Pros: Ambience, menu variety, wine list, breadbasket, service Cons: A touch expensive more

allways great 4/30/2007

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 more

best place for a bday party 4/30/2007

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). Pros: they take good care of you more

finally good food in boston 4/30/2007

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! Pros: nice people more

disappointing to say the least 4/20/2007

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. Pros: ambience Cons: food, price, service, restroom more

Geat Customer Service, Below Average Food 4/1/2007

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 !! Pros: Service, Desserts Cons: Food more

A Fatal Flaw 3/25/2007

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. more

excellent food and wine 2/23/2007

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. Pros: diverse menu, great wines Cons: nothing more

Wow! 10/9/2006

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! more

Great restaurant 9/23/2006

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. Pros: Beautiful restaurant, great service Cons: A little pricey more
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  • Avila Modern Mediterranean is a bright spot in the city's exciting dining scene. It's the latest from Steve DiFillippo, owner of Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, one of Boston's most popular and successful restaurants.

    Avila is named in honor of DiFillippo's mother in a nod to her maiden name. Avila Modern Mediterranean menu is inspired by her many dishes that originated from her family's native land, the Azores.

    Avila Modern Mediterranean is a stunning new restaurant of approximately 8,000 square feet. The restaurant was designed by Steve Todisco of Design Resources in Lynnfield, Mass. The ceilings in the main dining room soar and the room fills up with tantalizing aromas wafting in from the open kitchen. The dining area is warmed in hues of golden yellow, cinnamon and terra-cotta.


  • In Short
    Sharing ownership with Davio's, which is located down the street and sports a similarly pricey menu, Avila features dishes from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and France. Fresh,...

  • 8/1/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Tue, Sun 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm Wed-Sat 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm
  • Payments:

    Discover, American Express, Visa, Master Card, Diner's Club
  • Neighborhoods:

    Back Bay, Beacon Hill