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 Dining, 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
Look no further for great Italian. If y ...
Look no further for great Italian. If your loooking for fresh innovative dishes with a great wine list than look no further. There is a reason it is hard to get a reservation, because it is always consistently great! The negroni is a must. Cheers!
Outstanding food and service. Excellent ...
Outstanding food and service. Excellent wine selection. Only very slight negative would be portion sizes. The four of us split everything (two salads and two entrees), and found all plates to be a bit on the small side. Just a word to the wise if you are hungry! Otherwise, this was an epic dining experience!
Excellent. We were celebrating and anniv ...
Excellent. We were celebrating and anniversary and were greeted with congratulations by both the host and the server. They also gave us complimentary glasses of prosecco to celebrate.
Delicious meal, everything we had was absolutely amazing.
Will definitely be back for our next special occasion.
This restaurant offers the perfect dinin ...
This restaurant offers the perfect dining experience. It has excellent curb appeal, atmosphere, bar, kitchen bar seating and service. The food is unique and delicious. The plates are well priced. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They also have a wine steward who is certainly a pro. It's definitely one of Portland's best restaurants.
Dinner at Ava Gene's was amazing! The s ...
Dinner at Ava Gene's was amazing! The service was attentive without being over-bearing and the food was fantastic. This might not be the best option if you're budget conscious but I felt it was a great value for a terrific dining experience. Delicious food, gorgeous space, superlative service.
We had an incredible anniversary meal! W ...
We had an incredible anniversary meal! We were even gifted two glasses of complimentary champagne to celebrate! So sweet! Staff was great, attentive and relaxed. They made our experience so enjoyable! Food was delicious! My husband is Italian so he's hard to impress but he told me afterward that he wanted to bring his parents next time, that is a five star review as they never go out to Italian!! Everything we ordered was yummy and we will be back!
We had a delicious meal in celebration o ...
We had a delicious meal in celebration of our wedding anniversary. We especially enjoyed the creative salad offerings--they were fresh and delicious. Our server took excellent care of us without being intrusive. All in all a lovely evening!
Ava Gene's was recommended by a friend a ...
Ava Gene's was recommended by a friend as one of the best restaurants in Portland. It did not disappoint! We loved it so much we dined there two nights in a row. We have traveled all over the world and the young chef at Ava Gene's is as talented as any we have come across. The pasta was as good as one what finds in Italy. The tuna was delicious. Also loved the pole bean and little gem salads. Desserts also superb. If you only have to pick one restaurant to try while in Portland, make it this one.
We just spent a week in Portland, and th ...
We just spent a week in Portland, and this meal at Ava Gene's was the biggest disappointment of all the meals we had. Everything was ok (except the cold spaghetti and meatballs we had to send back), but nothing was worthy of the great reviews I've read online. Maybe it used to be better than it currently is?
I know it's an Italian restaurant, but there weren't even any Oregon wines or beers on the menu...seems like that would be a given.
Very good food and great service. There ...
Very good food and great service. There are daily specials/meat options that may be more appealing to your palate. I suggest calling the week before to see what each day has planned. We were looking forward to some plates that were on the website, but not offered on the day we scheduled reservations.
Food was delicious and tasty - everythin ...
Food was delicious and tasty - everything we tried was fresh and delicious. We ate at the bar and the staff was very well versed in the local foods and the foodie culture of Portland. Also, loved the vibe and music at this place.
On of the best meals in Portland. Everyo ...
On of the best meals in Portland. Everyone in our party loved the drinks and food. Even though the restaurant was packed, our servers excellent and the wait times for drinks and courses were reasonable. Will definitely be back soon.
I'm done with ag. This was probably our ...
I'm done with ag. This was probably our 6th time there, and there service was very hasty and snobby this time. They crammed the four of us into a four top behind a huge vip that felt the need to stretch out, not caring about those around him.
The veggie salads have gone up in price and down in portion size and flavor. I'm usually not one to complain about price too much but this borderline ridiculous. The wine pours are prob 3.5-4 oz (if you're lucky) rather than the standard 5 oz, but they charge you as if you are getting 6 oz....
the Sugo pasta was good, but the clam pasta was bland and quite small for its 22 dollar price tag. No dessert and only a 198 check!
Don't do it.
EVERYTHING about this restaurant was inc ...
EVERYTHING about this restaurant was incredible! From our wonderful attentive waiter, to the bread service was spot on. Dinner was delicious and when asked for a wine that paired with my dish, I was shocked at how perfect it was. My favorite dinner while visiting Portland.
We had the Chef's tasting menu: five cou ...
We had the Chef's tasting menu: five courses which varied wildly in quality and taste. The charcuterie board that came out first was excellent, but nothing that was truly a standout in comparison to your usual charcuterie board. The jam was amazing, the meat melted in your mouth. The crackers were nothing to write home about.
Next up, the three salads (course 2) and two pastas (course 3) absolutely stole the show. The salad comprised of fresh summer peaches and goat cheese stood out in particular. The mini ravioli in melted butter with corn exploded with unexpected flavor: a summer firework in your mouth, so juicy, so fresh.
Next was a leg of lamb (course 4) that was just so fatty and tendonous that we just couldn't enjoy it. The flavor was very faint, so we stuck with eating the green beans that came on the side and left the lamb be.
Panna cotta, faintly flavored, came in last and least (course 5). Maybe the lamb was so disappointing it was just hard to get back into the swing of things. We'll never know.
Moral of the story: stick to the charcuterie, salads, and pasta here. From our limited experience here, it doesn't seem house-cooked meats or desserts are where they thrive. The extreme difference in quality/taste between the courses was dramatic and disappointing.
Ava Jean's is a true highlight of Portla ...
Ava Jean's is a true highlight of Portland's staggeringly excellent food scene. The lamb with chimichurri and eggplant may have been the best in a lifetime of lambovorianism. And the peach butter and pancetta bruscetta was as memorable. Two minor complaints here, dwarfed by the quality of the mains and starters, are (1) an uninspired desert list (food of this stature needs a pastry chef to complete the experience) and (2) the Italians-only wine list (a pet peeve of mine in the western US where the bounty of local and regional wines speaks for itself). Overall, potently delicious.
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.
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