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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
Overall, I really do like Ava Gene's. A couple of issues during this visit though. The corner table by the window, on the east side of the space is just a bad table. I've sat there twice, and should've asked to be moved, but it was too booked. The table has poor lighting, feels disconnected from the restaurant, and is super drafty. Honestly, they should just eliminate it, or at least add the same lighting that hangs over the other tables. Just wasn't pleasant. Also, there were just 3 of us, and we got the tasting menu...do not do this...way too much food. I wish our waiter would've advised us better. The entree servings came out painfully slow, and the time between dishes was just ridiculously off. We sat down at 8:20 and didn't get out until 11. No apologies, or comping of any dish from our waiter - just poor business practice. And frankly, I expected more from Ava Gene's.
I will return, but NOT to that table, and ideally at the bar....just better service overall.
My third meal at Ava Gene's, first since a trip to Piedmont food & wine region of Italy. What a treasure. The dining experience is a trip to Barolo without the flight. Wines are top notch and represetative of the breadth of Italian fine wines, and the sommelier is the most informed I have every encountered. Menu is so diverse that you really do need a cocktail hour to fully assess whatto try to gain the most representative dining experience. Ding at Ava Gene is unique and wonderful.
This was my family's first time to Ava Gene's - we're living in the Northwest Portland area and have heard many great things about this place. I've been wanting to try Ava Gene's for a few years now, and it was the perfect spot to celebrate my mom's 50th birthday. Thank you so much for the amazing food and wonderful service, and thank you also for helping us celebrate my mom's milestone birthday!
Overall, the experience was somewhat underwhelming. I guess I had, judging from their menu prices, expected something more formal and less "hip" from their decor and ambiance. While the ingredients were fresh and seasonal, there was too much salt in too many of the dishes, including the 3 salads that were a part of our "family style" option and the two pastas. Also, the sorbet that we ordered would have been $8 on its own (thank goodness it was included in our $70 per person option), which is ridiculous as all we got was a white blob in a cup that tasted just like orange tic tacs. I think Ava Gene's should be known more for its vibe than for the actual food. I am happy that I got to go to this famous Portland establishment, but I sure won't be returning.
This WAS an great food experience - not so much now. This was the second time (in na row) that the food just missed the mark. I don't know if they are ttrying to hard but the entrees are not great anymore. In fact out of the four entries - none of them were as good as they should have been. Too much salt, over done ribs, so so lamb again over Salted, I would give them a month to figure out what their doing. They are in a an identity crisis - much like Coio Vito was.
I'm a regular here and am really really sad that Ava Genes stopped getting their foccacia/pizza bianca and gelato from next door at Roman Candle. My favorite dish ever, the burrata with pizza bianca, is just not as good with sourdough bread. Please bring back the pizza bianca!!!
Our meal was exquisite! The service was impeccable. I would highly recommend this spot for any occasion. it was very relaxing and enjoyable. Not a place for young children I wouldn't imagine. And, that is strictly my opinion and not that of the proprietors.
Everything was excellent. The service was great, the food was amazing, the atmosphere was great. The price for the quality of food and service was great. My husband and I shared two appetizers and each ordered a pasta dish. We also each had a drink. Total was about $100 including tip. The burrata was amazing. The ingredients sound weird together, but the textures and flavors are so complementary. The garlic bread was pretty good, but was more of a pesto bread in my opinion. I got the rigatoni all'amatriciana, which was fantastic. Fresh house-made pasta and incredibly flavorful sauce with a little bit of a spicy kick. My husband got the cavatelli with wild mushrooms and pea shoots with ricotta salata. It was a rich hearty dish with great flavor as well. While the portions for the pasta dishes weren't huge, they were just right and we left feeling very full. I highly recommend Ava Gene's if you want great quality food and service at a reasonable price.
Went to Ava Gene's for dinner with a friend. Every aspect of the experience was exceptional. Our server was personable and extremely knowledgeable. The food was beautifully prepared and delicious, right down to the appetizer olives, bread, salads and entrees.
Only two downsides. First, the place is noisy, so don't expect many quiet, intimate exchanges. Second, they don't offer drip coffee, which in Portland borders on the scandalous. My Americano was good, but another of our party ordered espresso and said it was sour.
Nonetheless, we will be back.
Music wasn't a fit with the food and decor. Food had potential to be great but slightly missed it. For example, the polenta had too much olive oil and the barley salad was too sharp because of vinegar. If they get the last 10% on some of their dishes, the place would be great!
This was our second time at Ava Gene's. It is our favorite restaurant in Portland. The food is exceptional, as is the service. The salads are magic, the waitstaff very knowledgeable about the food and wine. We shared a plate from each course per the suggestion of our server, and left completely satisfied.
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.
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