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.
Cons: food, price, service, restroom