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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!
Portland, OR 97202
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
Another excellent meal at Ava Genes. The salad were the highlight. It's not often I write that in a review. They are really THAT good. Be sure to order at least one for your table, and ideally three. Just outstanding. The service was terrific too. The waiter answered every one of our questions and was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu, the cocktails, and the wine, and made excellent recommendations after taking the time to understand our preferences. Really impressive. Highly recommended. Ava Genes never disappoints. Only thing I'd offer as feedback to the restaurant is that the music is just a tad too loud for this place. I don't mind louder music, but this was just a bit too much for us.
I have traveled the world and this restaurant is #1 on my list . We sat in front of the open kitchen. It is hot but worth every second. Talked with the salad people for recommendations. Burratta and Gnocco as app. Celery salad and finished with pasta. Everything was delicious. Everyone was accommodating and kind. Can't wait for another trip back to Portland.
We've historically enjoyed the food here, this visit was no different. What was different this time was the music; too heavy and too loud, combined with the concrete floors it was impossible to hear our guests that we had invited to dinner. What was once a favorite spot is no longer relaxing and enjoyable...sad.
We had such a fantastic dinner here! The service was impeccable! Our server was extremely knowledgable about the menu and was great at recommending items and describing every dish in detail. We loved the ambience and the restaurant was beautiful after it got dark and all of the lights were lit up hanging from the ceiling. All of our dishes were so delicious and we especially loved the fresh pasta! Authentic food, great space, and wonderful employees. Can't wait to go back!
We had a wonderful, tasty dinner at Ava Gene's. Three of us shared 2 salads, 2 entrees, and a vegetable dish, all of which were presented very nicely and tasted delicious. The only thing I wish was different about the restaurant was the level of noise - it was terribly for such an intimate restaurant.
We had reservations for 5 months to celebrate our 37th Anniversary. We only live a few blocks away and were excited to walk to this top rated restaurant. It turned out to be our worst ever dining evperience. Waited forever for cocktail, waited for ever for order to be taken. No explanation of menu or menu recommendations. Waited forever to be served and when the food came it was not even average. Must be 50 better Italian restaurants in Portland. They offered to comp the entire bill because the knew they failed miserably. I paid them $100 and we literally left with my wife in tears. This was to have been a very special occasion.
Loved this visit to Ava Gene's. It was our first time and the staff were incredible. The hostess greeted us at the door and offered to take my coat. We were early for our reservations, but she was able to seat us quickly. Our waiter was so friendly. The wine steward was knowledgeable. Food and cocktails were incredible. We never felt rushed in any way, and everyone was so friendly and laid-back, yet the atmosphere was so sophisticated. One of my best meals. Highly recommend Ava Gene's!!
went for hubby's birthday and had a very enjoyable experience--food was vey tasty, maybe a bit heavy on the olive oil, not too many vegetarian dishes but we found a few and all were good. Prices were highish, but not overly so, and we felt very satisfied and not so full we felt sick. That's all fine with me.
This use to be my favorite restaurant in Pdx. From the moment we walked in the service was poor. The hostess questioned if we really had a reservation - she finally found it. The waiter was great but after he took our order we did not see him until he brought the bill. The pace there has always been more relaxed and leisurely but we waited for 20 minutes for the entrees with dirty dishes stacked at the end of the table. Although there was staff going by out table no one would clear them. When someone finally stopped we asked if she could check in our meals she rudely replied they would be out soon. So disappointed as this has been one of my favorite spots. Hopefully it was just an off night.
We brought our son for his first visit to Ava Gene's and it did not disappoint. We had interesting wonderful food and loved it all. Our son is from San Francisco and he compared the freshness of the vegetables to one of his favorite restaurants; STEM. Couldn't have been any better!
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