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
We so enjoyed our dinner with friends at ...
We so enjoyed our dinner with friends at Ava Gene's. The food and service both top shelf. The wait staff notably do not become engaged with the table so as to distract from the evening rather, they know when it's appropriate to step in. Such a great space.
This is one of our absolute favorite res ...
This is one of our absolute favorite restaurants and the food has always been outstanding. Sadly, the pasta was completely over-salted on our last visit (and we LOVE salt), so we regretfully sent it back. The replacement pasta was exactly as salty as the original to our great disappointment.
Our first trip to Ava Gene's but it won' ...
Our first trip to Ava Gene's but it won't be our last. We enjoyed each bite from the appetizers to the after dinner Chinato. I had a lamb pasta dish and my spouse had the lamb main course; we agreed it was likely the best lamb we'd ever eaten. We were a bit disappointed they had sold out of the nightly special by 8 pm, but our delicious choices made us very happy. The restaurant was a bit noisier than we like, but since we were dining a litter later, it calmed down by the time our main courses arrived and we could hear each other speak. Love the atmosphere, it reminded us of eating in a European restaurant. Great wine selection of small Italian vineyards.
Ava Gene'sis casually elegant, has a liv ...
Ava Gene'sis casually elegant, has a lively hum of conversation that is not overwhelming, and every course of food was delicious in an out of the ordinary sense. It has an excellent selection of wines, some of which, one must admit, were excessively costly for the flavor they delivered. Overall we had a lovely evening here.
We love Ava Gene's. There are so many wo ...
We love Ava Gene's. There are so many wonderful small plate options to start the meal with we seldom make it to the entrees, which is a shame; maybe next time. The moment we walked through the door we were greeted by their wonderful Maitre d', Jamie, whom we first met at Ox some time ago. She could not have been nicer and professional both upon our arrival and when we were leaving.
The wait staff is top notch; they are prompt and attentive without being intrusive. For us seniors the ambient noise can be a bit of a problem, but easily resolved with another glass of wine. Speaking of wine, I really want to complement the sommelier. We were celebrating a birthday so I wanted a really nice sparkling wine (nothing French in such a nice Italian restaurant). From the wine list I was having trouble deciding between two fairly expensive wines. That problem was quickly resolved by their fabulous sommelier who admired our choices but then suggested we consider a few other wines which he described with precision, and they were half the price. With his assistance we made a final selection and found the wine to be exceptional, and we had extra money for dessert.
Because Ava Gene's is one of the very best restaurants in Portland getting reservations can be tough; so plan ahead.
Outstanding food but it was the service ...
Outstanding food but it was the service that took it over the top. Our server was awesome as well as the host and the other waitstaff. It is easy to find terrific restaurants in PDX, but it is ALWAYS difficult to find good service.
Also, wonderful red wine. I let our server pick it out and it was perfect.
My only disappointment was I asked that our pasta dish be put in a to go container with the rest of my salad and veggies. Our server said it was in the container and when I returned home, it was not in there :(
I took a couple of my employees out for ...
I took a couple of my employees out for dinner on a Thursday. I had a particularly crazy week (month) and needed exactly what Ava Gene's delivered, which was excellent service and a well prepared and interesting meal. The ambiance was warm and relaxing. The noise level after things got hopping was just low enough to be able to converse without raising our voices. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want to enjoy a delicious meal with a friend or loved one, or just for yourself.
The service and reception was excellent! ...
The service and reception was excellent! The somellier recommended an excellent, reasonably priced wine. She was very knowledgeable. It was difficult to determine what the food would be from the descriptions. My husband and I had the Sunday special. It was a pasta with sausage and pieces of pork. There was very little pork. With the high reviews and difficulty in getting a reservation, we expected more. Our friends had salmon and pasta. Everything was fair to good but not great. The restaurant was very noisy.
Was expecting more. Wife's mixed drink ...
Was expecting more. Wife's mixed drink wasn't a good combination, salad was raw chunks of veggies with unknown green dressing, charcuterie board ok. Wife's pasta came with a complimentary hair on the dish .
Restaurant tries too hard to be niche and ends up just making weird Italian food. Will never go back for the price point (high)
Handcrafted tequila beverage was outstan ...
Handcrafted tequila beverage was outstanding: could taste the tequila and all other flavors (melon, honey, ancho, star anise). We both thoroughly enjoyed Tre Formaggi. Both my husband's and my dinners included the finest local and seasonal ingredients and were expertly prepared and served. The pistachio cannoli was the best we've ever had. We'll be back soon and expect to make this a regular place for an early dinner (when it's quiet). Our server capable explained some of the entre options and helped me select a great glass of wine. Kudos to all!!
I can really see why people like this sp ...
I can really see why people like this spot, the food was mostly great. Only three little things that brought it down over the top to just good. First drink was a martini with olives, it was brought with a lemon twist instead, not that big of a deal.
Secondly the wild mushroom dish was not cooked enough and later gave me slight gastric distress. Yes I have had both boletes and chanterelle mushrooms before but you do need to take a little time to make sure they cooked thoroughly. It made for some discomfort.
Lastly, I asked specifically for less done than medium since a pork chop can go from delicious to tough even with great pork. The waitress assured me it would be pink in the middle and tender. It came well done and the server never once checked back on us for quite some time. I would have sent it back given that it was $32 and not what i asked for. For contrast i had one of the best chops of my life at Renata a month previous, tender and delicious.
That being said the surroundings were quite nice and the heirloom tomato side was really tasty. I heard I should have went with pasta from a friend later, i'll give it another try. Maybe it was just an off night for them.
Ava Genes is one of my favourite restaur ...
Ava Genes is one of my favourite restaurants anywhere. I am never disappointed, everything about it is exceptional.
We live in Vancouver Canada, as soon as I know I am going to Portland I make a reservation.
Looking forward to going back
My girlfriends were in from out of town ...
My girlfriends were in from out of town and from the first step into the restaurant to the last visit to the restroom - it was pure magic. I love the design details of the light fixtures - modern yet historic. Love the brass and cararra marble pairing, the simple leather pads on the booths... the way the lights angle to the kitchen. The ambiance is second to none.
The food... every bite is positively delicious. Everything we ordered was divine, every bite perfection.
The sommelier was delightful, leading us in the right direction and not steering us towards something that was too expensive.
I would recommend this restaurant in a second. Some of my favorite dinners have been spent at Ava Gene's.
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.
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