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
Always love Ava Genes and it typically h ...
Always love Ava Genes and it typically has great food and service. Lively and fun. This time the Tuesday lasagne was extremely overcooked to the point of being dry on top and mushy underneath the cheese. My dining companions enjoyed their dishes and the panna cotta was yummy
My wife and I shared the family style op ...
My wife and I shared the family style option which was great because it allowed us to try 3 different salads and 2 types of pasta as well as sharing a main dish of smoked trout. The food was outstanding and the wine steward was very helpful with picking out a nice bottle of wine that was within our price range. It would be great if they added wine pairing to go with the family style meal.
We had such high expectations, although ...
We had such high expectations, although were warned that there's too much hype. While the service was attentive, the downsides were numerous - from tight seating to an overpriced menu. The potential for the wonderful ingredients to shine was ruined in almost all of the dishes by overly rich and far too salty preparations. There are just better options in Portland for great Italian food at lower cost and in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Went there with a best friend to celebra ...
Went there with a best friend to celebrate our birthdays. Delicious food from start to finish. The fact that they prepare their pasta from grain to noodle allows for phenomenal flavors. Conscientious staff who helped us when initial beverage choices were not ideal. Look forward to enjoying their food again!
We had a leisurely birthday dinner with ...
We had a leisurely birthday dinner with two couples and arrived early in the evening. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and we had a cocktail round, a brought bottle of wine and lots of questions about the menu ingredients. Everyone was very happy with their meals. We had a charcuterie plate for four, with their own cured meats. Delicious proscuitto. Then each of us had: beef ragu, the lamb, clam linguini with saffron, and sausage pasta. (My naming for these dishes do not do the lovely menu justice.) Then - gelato for dessert. Very delicious! We'll be back.
We ran late due to poor planning and tra ...
We ran late due to poor planning and traffic. However, the alerted the staff and with quick but truly excellent service we enjoyed a delicious meal with good friends and felt unhurried. We appreciate the way they handled the situation and will definitely be back (this time on time).
The food was absolutely delicious! Quali ...
The food was absolutely delicious! Quality ingredients executed to perfection. By far one of the best dinners I have had out in a long time. The service was remarkable. The staff was very personable and knowledgeable, and went the extra mile to ensure our experience was positive. The only negative for me was it is quite noisy and difficult to have a conversation.
Second time there in two years. Still ex ...
Second time there in two years. Still extremely good. Sat at the kitchen bar again and got to watch all the food coming out of the kitchen and grill . Well done is all I can say. Great service by all the staff. Thank you.
It was our first time and we ordered the ...
It was our first time and we ordered the Chefs Table.. It was AMAZING!! Best Italian restaurant I've eaten hands down. It was 5 courses custom prepared by 5 chefs and then brought to our table by the chefs. I'd definitely recommend..
Nothing vegan, in Portland, really? 1 pe ...
Nothing vegan, in Portland, really? 1 pescatarian option and it was awful. For a traveler who has eaten everywhere I expect a 4 + rating to be better than what I could do at home. Inaccurate here. Too expensive. Well too expensive for what you get any way. I don't mind paying for awesome food. But that's not what happened. There was rioting going on and it made me late. When I called to notify I was running late due to freeway access being very limited as well as on and off ramps being closed, she said she was going to deduct the time I was late from my 2 hour allotted time. I'm not sure why she felt the need to say that when there were empty tables all around me! Tried to get in here forever, won't be back.
A lovely restaurant with delicious food. ...
A lovely restaurant with delicious food. We especially enjoyed the many selections available to select from in "constructing" your meal, depending on your appetite and budget. Be sure to ask your server to recommend combinations of dishes.
We booked for Saturday at 8:45pm and ar ...
We booked for Saturday at 8:45pm and arrived a few minutes early. We were waiting for 25-30 minutes but the restaurant offered us complimentary drinks which was appreciated. It was worth the wait! The charcuterie and cheese selection was delicious. We enjoyed our wine and our pasta. The restaurant is cozy and the service was excellent. Great spot!
This restaurant made me decide to quit e ...
This restaurant made me decide to quit eating at expensive, noisy but trendy restaurants. I had heard good things about it but when I can barely hear my wife sitting across the table from me it's time to go elsewhere. It was also a good reminder that expensive food is not always good food. There were just some items where the combination of ingredients didn't seem to complement one another at all. The whole was not greater than the sum of the parts.
We have dined here multiple times. It i ...
We have dined here multiple times. It is a bit pricey so we choose Ava Gene's for special times. The flavors and unique dishes including the salads never disappoint. I like that the portions are not too large, patrons do not feel rushed, and they know their wines so can assist with pairing . From beginning to end the meal this time was interesting, attractive to the eye and very tasty.
My only complaint is that the restaurant can be noisy. We avoided this by coming early this time.
The food at Ava Gene's is not your stand ...
The food at Ava Gene's is not your standard Italian but it's delicious. Locally sourced and inventive menu items. We opted to share a few appetizers my favorite being the Burrata with greens. We had several pastas, the Cavatelli and the Ragu, both had wonderful flavor.
The food reminded us of our honeymoon in ...
The food reminded us of our honeymoon in Italy. It was delicious and the servers were extremely kind and helpful with choosing what to order. We shared lots of small plates and loved everything we tried. The wine was also outstanding. We highly recommend!!
We had a terrific experience here, my on ...
We had a terrific experience here, my one comment is that the roasted olives, while sounding creative I found the roasting of them to concentrate the salt. They were far too salty for me and my husband and were also oily.
Four of us had a wonderful family style ...
Four of us had a wonderful family style meal at Ava Gene's. The waitstaff was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful without being intrusive. It was hard to choose because so many things sounded awesome on the menu. The vegetable dishes were delicious, the pasta fresh, rich, and amazing, the cocktails lovely. Not a cheap date by any means, but I think it's worth splurging for a special evening out.
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