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“Outstanding Meal at The Ava Restaurant!”
Review of The Ava Winebar

The Ava Winebar
Ranked #8 of 160 Restaurants in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$52
Cuisines: European, British, Wine Bar
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Good for: Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, After-hours, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Ava Winebar has undergone a complete refurbishment and has been transformed into a classy, elegant and on trend wine bar. We are ideally situated on the corner of Main Street opposite Bangor bus station and the post office. We are open seven days a week for lunch, tapas, dinner and drinks. The future of The Ava is an exciting one, especially with a complete reboot of the drinks menu, now knows as 'The Drink Bible' with its quirky illustrations and finishing touches. The food menu has also been revamped and expanded upon, proving that even the pickiest of eaters can find something they will enjoy. For those who are looking something a little lighter a new bar menu has been introduced which features tapas and selected wines by the glass. The newly renovated spot is also expecting a new beer garden and a re-branding of the cellar bar.
Bangor, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Outstanding Meal at The Ava Restaurant!”
Reviewed 22 May 2013

Just visited the Ava Restaurant 2 days ago with my family and what an incredible meal we had. I can certainly recommend the Ceasar starter and the Fish Pie...........it was just to die for! The service was also magnificent and the waitress was extremely helpful in explaining all the various dishes and at £9.25 for two courses it was amazing value. The decor of the restaurant is also absolutely beautiful and it radiated a lovely ambience. All the family really loved the Ava and we can't wait to return. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough!!

  • Visited May 2013
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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“Good Food, let down on the little things.”
Reviewed 19 May 2013

Just visited for the 2 course lunch on Saturday. I have been for the tapas before and enjoyed so though we would try the lunch . It was busy when we arrived and although we had booked a table the hassled older waitress just greeted us with a ' we are very busy, we might not have room ' before even asking us if we'd booked! I group of 6 behind us got the same treatment, definitely felt like we were causing her stress just by being there. Although this markets itself as a wine bar they apparently do not keep wine lists so we had to guess on a bottle and hope they stocked it ( struck lucky on no. 3). My husband ordered the prawns and was happy to pay the surcharge but what arrived was a total of 5 battered prawns arranged around the plate with a small pot of sauce in the middle. No salad, no garnish, nothing. My Caesar salad would have been lovely if not for being smothered in the sauce so you could hardly taste anything else on the plate, I had to resort to scraping it off my lettuce. I had fish and chips and again that was all I got, no peas, garnish, salad, etc it just looked bland on the plate. I must say it was delicious and extremely well cooked but could have done with a little extra. My husband had the chicken goujons and his came with salad and coleslaw as well as chips! Although the food we got was lovely, we felt it could have been a little better. We normally go elsewhere and decided to try here for a change but we will not be desperate to return as we left a little disappointed .

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Lisa M
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Paul H, General Manager at The Ava Winebar, responded to this review, 30 May 2013
Hi, thank you for the review, improving on the little things can make all the difference and if we are not made aware of these we will not know how to make everyone's visit to the Ava better.
Some days when lots of customers come in at the same time, it can get a little over whelming,
but we shall certainly look into providing another member of staff on the floor for such busy days and as you can see, booking a table, especially for a Saturday is definitely recommended.
Our wine list is a visual concept where we encourage our guests to view the wines in order to make a personal choice, a member of staff is always on hand to give advice & guidance, alternatively we can recommend a bottle of very nice house wine as well or advise at your table as to which wine you would prefer.
The menu will be changing within the next couple of weeks, the chefs have taken on board your comments and I shall ensure that better descriptions of the dishes are provided, if though at any time there is something you would like to have with you meal, please do not hesitate to ask the waiting staff and they will endeavor to meet your request.
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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“Wrong menus on Internet - great Guinness though.”
Reviewed 27 April 2013

Reviewed the menus on Internet and decided to book a table as they had a very good menu option with Duck which is my wife's favorite. When we got there the menu was totally different, commented to the waitress who couldn't understand how that had happened. The folks at the next table agreed that they were different menus, both of us can't be wrong, can we?

Here's the menu we see: http://www.theava.co.uk/customer%20folded%20menus.pdf

Apart from that the food was good and the Guinness great!

Visited April 2013
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Paul H, General Manager at The Ava Winebar, responded to this review, 30 May 2013
Thank you, we eventually located on the web site where you had located the menus you had viewed. The logo we had made as a link for management use, to quickly access menus that
had been requested as a print out. We have sent an email to the website designers to get
appropriate changes made to the website as required. In the mean time all current menus can
be viewed as normal on line through selecting the 'Menu' drop down along the top right side.
Ps I shall also see if I can get some duck done for you next time you are in. Regards The Ava
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Impressed..”
Reviewed 27 April 2013 via mobile

Went here quite recently on recommendations from a few people and we weren't disappointed. The starter i had was gorgeous (squid) main course was also very tasty. Really impressed with the service to as it was friendly.

  • Visited April 2013
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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Nice lunch”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

Ate here for lunch today, it was very nice . Will return ok.the decor is nice and the staff were prompt. Goof value 24 quid for 2 people.

  • Visited April 2013
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