About Ava Gene's
Ava Gene’s is a neighborhood place, located on Division Street in Southeast Portland. Our restaurant serves rustic cuisine, features an extensive Italian wine list and offers cocktails focused on & inspired by the regions of Italy. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Hours of Operation:
SE 34th Avenue
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
Ava Gene's Ratings and Reviews
This must be the best restaurant in Port ...
This must be the best restaurant in Portland. The food is extraordinary and always changing, so you go once and you'll be coming back again and again. The cocktails were unbelievable and the wine was on point. Great service - everyone working had intimate knowledge of the menu and talked freely about it. Pacing was great. Portland eateries are not big on reservations -- I flew in for a work dinner so appreciated that Ava Gene's not only had perfect ambiance for the meeting but also was easy to plan with. Would go back to Portland just to eat here again!
After reading some of the recent reviews ...
After reading some of the recent reviews, I was concerned we would have inattentive or snobby service, too much noise, cramped tables and overpriced food. Nothing could have been further from the truth. We had an amazing dinner at 9 pm on a Friday night. It was busy with a fairly typical noise level and I noticed a table leaving in the corner, and was seated there upon request (maybe a 3 minute wait and we were actually 5 minutes early).
Our server was seriously one of the best I've ever had. She was super attentive and we allowed her to pick our entire meal and wine. We explained what we preferred, including different wines for each of us by the glass as I wasn't familiar with the Italian wineries on the list. I won't go into great detail about the food other than it was fantastic and we had 6 dishes and split the pana cotta (super yum). The total bill was much less than I had expected and overall my girlfriend and I thought the ambiance and food were superb. I'm puzzled why others have had service issues and negative comments as Ava Gene's pretty much delivered a perfect experience for us.
The food was insanely delicious, every b ...
The food was insanely delicious, every bite was worthy of another bite. My group did family style and the chef was accommodating to dishes we wanted to try and other dishes we weren't expecting. Keeping our overall meal full of surprise and comfort. I would highly recommend every person I know to try the panne cotta, the texture and flavor was out of this world.
We had been looking forward to visiting ...
We had been looking forward to visiting Portland and getting a chance to try Ava Gene's. It did not disappoint. My husband and I both have some dietary requirements and we had no problems finding something delicious. Our server was great - when a salad arrived with an ingredient we had trouble with, she made it right and also comped and additional salad (which was even more delicious than the one we ordered). Wine list is super interesting. I only gave 4 stars for food because I didn't love my entree. Not their fault. I have confirmed that i don't love n'duja which was in the dish and labeled on the menu. This restaurant will be added to our list of favorites.
Service was definitely off. The food too ...
Service was definitely off. The food took an inordinate time between courses... We had the family style. When I finally complained they tried to make it right by discounting the check. I would rather pay full price and have the experience I anticipated.
Service was excellent. The food choice ...
Service was excellent. The food choices were exceptional and unique. The salami and cheese board was delicious and the salads were equally divine. Super fresh farm to table. Pasta was perfect. Amazing flavors. Like little taste of Italy in Portland. Don't miss it!
Our waiter was awesome! He was polite, k ...
Our waiter was awesome! He was polite, knowledgeable and informative. He was very thorough when explaining the menu. When I made reservations, I stated that it was my wedding anniversary. Upon our arrival there was complimentary champagne waiting for us. It was a romantic evening for me and my husband.
We were visiting our daughter & her boyf ...
We were visiting our daughter & her boyfriend who live in Portland and had heard of Ava Gene's but never dined there, so we chose to take them there. We ate "family style" leaving the selections up to the chef, and every course was a delight! The wine selected by the sommelier was perfectly matched to the food. Perfect experience!
Food was superb. Ben, our server, was fr ...
Food was superb. Ben, our server, was friendly, knowledgeable and personal. He made our 41st anniversary dinner most special. Only part of the dining experience that my wife and I didn't like was the seating. Guess those little tables close to others are a product of the times.
Everything was spectacular. The wait st ...
Everything was spectacular. The wait staff was super knowledgable and helpful. And every course was a treat. All accept the desert cannoli but I'm not really sure how that is supposed to taste. The kale dish, which I don't remember the name of, was the highlight of the meal. Whenever it's time for a special occasion dinner I can't imagine going anywhere else.
This was my first visit. We waited at l ...
This was my first visit. We waited at least 10 minutes before anyone asked if we wanted something to drink. The server asked if we had any questions about the menu, but it would have been helpful to ask, "have you been here before? If no, let me just explain how the menu is laid out." I just felt our server had a bit of an air about her that we were not cool enough to be there or that because I was with my 18 year old daughter, not enough alcohol would be consumed. So after hearing so many wonderful things about it, I was disappointed.
This was the first time anyone in our pa ...
This was the first time anyone in our party had been to this restaurant. The service was excellent. They had a special menu which was highlighting some food items that were featured in Bon Appetit magazine, and so some of their regular items were not available to eat that night. That was very disappointing for one of our friends, but the staff went above and beyond to apologize and ensure that we were taken care of by bringing us out a free dessert for our troubles. The food overall was fabulous. The only complaint I had, which is minor, was that some of the food portions were small compared to their prices. But overall, everyone left very satisfied, and we will definitely be coming back.
Ava Gene's has an unbelievable reputatio ...
Ava Gene's has an unbelievable reputation. We had a lovely dinner - however my dish was quite bland. The ambience is great though. Also, we were running 15 minutes late due to terrible traffic and I called to let them know. When we arrived the hostess informed me we only had X time for our reservation. The Portland of old would never say that to a guest. This isn't San Francisco or New York. I think the hostess needs to remember where she is. Signed. Portland Native.
Super small portions of appetizers, $18 ...
Super small portions of appetizers, $18 for 3 tiny slivers of cheese, salad had flowers and petals in it, everything including drinks and pasta with sausage had giant cloves of mint (not sure why), only fit for true foodies which we are not. Server was absolutely wonderful, just not our taste of food at all especially for the price $150 total for two people with no alcohol
My wife and I celebrated our 2nd anniver ...
My wife and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary with dinner at Ava Gene's. It came highly recommended from a friend of ours who said if you're in Portland, make sure you go.
From the time we entered the restaurant to the moment we left, we received the kind of service you rarely see in restaurants now. Warm welcoming from the hostess, knowledgeable and creative bartender, to our charismatic server Ben, who took time explaining in detail the menu. We followed most of his items he talked about and all the food lived up to his descriptions.
To go to a place, that has high service standards that the food easily matches, in a comfortable inviting atmosphere a rare feat, and Ava Gene's does it well and seamlessly.
We were celebrating a birthday while on ...
We were celebrating a birthday while on vacation in Portland. After much research, I decided on AvaGene's and will say up front that the cuisine was extraordinary. Truly delicious.
However, service was poor to the point of being bizarre. We could not tell who our actual server was - we seemed to be shared by two but I think each thought the other was taking care of us. After waiting probably 15 minutes for a cocktail during the meal, after it finally arrived, we wanted to order dessert but nobody ever returned. Then when we flagged one of the servers to ask for our check, she apologized for the delay with the drink and insisted that we try the panna cotta dessert (acting as though she was bringing it as an offering due to the service issues). When we got the check, we were charged for the dessert. Obviously we wouldn't have said anything at that point but it was unfortunate that an otherwise lovely meal was marred by poor service. Even fantastic food cannot overcome poor service. I would not return.
My husband and I travel and eat out ofte ...
My husband and I travel and eat out often and we consider ourselves obsessive foodies. Our dinner at Ava Gene's easily ranks as one of the Top 10 meals we have ever enjoyed! The farm to table innovative Italian fare is beautifully presented and every bite was sheer heaven. The service is tip top and includes a very knowledgeable sommelier, unusual for such a small restaurant. The location is in a vibrant hip neighborhood. If you go, make reservations early!
The food is simply fabulous! We couldn' ...
The food is simply fabulous! We couldn't decide what to order so we did the $70 per person fixed price meal which included the chef's choice of several appetizers, 3 salads, 2 pastas, 1 entre to share, 1 dessert to share, and coffee or tea. The best courses were the appetizers and the salads, which made me think that next time we would just order several small plates of appetizers and salads. Only Italian wines are offered. The wait staff are outstanding--attentive but not overbearing. We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary, but I wouldn't describe the atmosphere as romantic or quiet. The food makes up for the lack of ambience.
The food was delicious and the service w ...
The food was delicious and the service was fabulous. This was our first time at the restaurant and our server was extremely helpful, explaining the many menu options, offering suggestions but not making our decisions for us. We really appreciated her.
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