About Ava Gene's
Portland, OR 97202
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
Made a reservation so no waiting issues. ...
Made a reservation so no waiting issues. Checking coats was a nice touch. Everyone was nice and informative with all questions. I didn't care for my wine which was bland and a bit overpriced. The berlotti beans on bread was fantastic, maybe the best of the night. The burrata was WAY too salty. Not really sure why but this was almost to the point of being inedible. The spouse liked her entree– tortellini with potato and mint– which was simple but nice. The braseole was good, very tender and flavors melded nicely between the acidity of the greens, tomato gremolata and the meat. The sweet cream gelato was almost too simple with no real flavor.
We had a great experience at Ava Gene's. ...
We had a great experience at Ava Gene's. The parking is a bit sparse so allow plenty of time to park then walk. Friendly staff, open kitchen, creative menu, great food and drinks. Make a reservation or else you'll be waiting in line.
It took forever to get a reservation and ...
It took forever to get a reservation and we were a little disappointed in the food. The pork disappointing and the ragu was salty. For all the hype it was just "okay". However, The staff and service was outstanding.
We had a nice meal and a lovely evening ...
We had a nice meal and a lovely evening at Ava Gene's, but I would not care to go back or recommend it. I don't like the menu much and the price is far too high for the experience. This is not fine dining, it's nicely done everyday food, which I like, but not for the price. The menu is very meat-centric and limited for vegetarians. The cheeses are all US cheeses and not as amazing as many Italian choices. I have a tree nut allergy, and nearly half the dishes have tree nuts. There is not a single green salad. Nearly all the vegetable dishes have heavy, meaty ingredients that make them a poor accompaniment to a pasta with cheese or a meat dish. Overall limited choices. On the plus side, lovely space, wonderful service, and everything was very tasty.
We chose the expensive tasting menu and ...
We chose the expensive tasting menu and felt we were getting what wasn't selling well. Very little meat in the short rib pasta, a bowl of unappetizing looking polenta, another bowl of overdone veggies, etc. service painfully slow. Coffee took over 15 mins to get, etc. this use to be a favorite restaurant. Sadly no more.
My boyfriend and I went here for our 4 y ...
My boyfriend and I went here for our 4 year anniversary, and everything was perfect! Our server was so kind and very knowledgeable about our dishes. This place is one of our favorite places to eat! They really made our anniversary so special.
This was our second dining experience at ...
This was our second dining experience at Ava Gene's and we will be back many more times to this amazing restaurant. The food is out of this world in taste and creative presentation. Everything is just incredible. The service is friendly, helpful and our server made us feel he was genuinely happy we were there at his table. Ava Gene's is one of Portland's very best!
We really enjoyed this restaurant. We ar ...
We really enjoyed this restaurant. We are vegetarian and the server gave us very detailed descriptions of what we could have. She was very informative and professional without being stuffy. The food was outstanding.
Most of the food was really good- though ...
Most of the food was really good- though heavy. Only dish we did not like was the polenta. Also the dessert menu was lacking and the nonalcoholic drinks were overly sweet. The ambience was great though and the pasta dishes were perfect. Nice spot for a special dinner or a date.
I really love this restaurant. The firs ...
I really love this restaurant. The first two times we've been here, we had phenomenal waiters. They walked through the menu and explained (in very delicious detail) a lot of the food. This time, our waiter was very nice and efficient, however, she did not explain the menu in such detail, which was a slight disappointment to me. I might suggest that if customers say they know the menu well or don't need an explanation, they can skip it. But what I really appreciated the first two times was hearing descriptions about the food. With that said, I will be back and still highly recommend Ava Gene's.
Not a regular brunch spot and on New Yea ...
Not a regular brunch spot and on New Year's Day it showed. The server was nice but so unfamiliar with the menu items that she literally interrupted questions to tell us she hadn't seen any of the items. A very small portion of eggs was good but at $15 very overpriced. The shrimp and polenta--also a high cost item--had no flavor. The apple zeppoles were also pretty flavorless.
All in all, a disappointing brunch experience.
First time. For dinner on Saturday nigh ...
First time. For dinner on Saturday night. Excellent atmosphere. Bistro-like. Could be anywhere - NYC, Italy, London. True fusion of Italian-inspired menu and NW influence with proudly local produce and meat/seafood. Great wines by the glass. Expensive, but worth it. My duck leg was a little dry. The pasta with mussels only had two mussels. But the food was very, very good none the less. I want to go back. Creative menu with lots of options for family-style dining if you chose. Maybe better to go with another couple or other group, then you can taste more.
As usual this was some of the most creat ...
As usual this was some of the most creative, yummy and well presented food I've had in Portland area. Every dish was full of diverse flavors which brought something new to the list.
Only missed having a good Oregon wine list as well. The wine list, Italian, was just OK.
Service was excellent and unrushed on ev ...
Service was excellent and unrushed on even on NYE.
The food was as always well above average. The only weak link was the wine guy/ Tuck in your shirt, and get a rap down! Realizing Portland is the hub if hipsterville, this is a class place! Go take a course in wine stewardship on your way to becoming a sommelier.
Nonetheless, I'll be back a great overall experience.
SO FREAKIN DELICIOUS! We went in there w ...
SO FREAKIN DELICIOUS! We went in there with a very minimal idea of what to expect, and our watress was so helpful breaking the menu down. She also helped suggest dishes, which we appreciate. The Bortolli Beans and Gnocco Fritto were full of flavor and I highly recommend it!
This was our second visit to Ava Gene's ...
This was our second visit to Ava Gene's and we had another wonderful experience. The food is truly delicious! We started with grilled bread and two salads, the carrot was my favorite with toasted peanuts and mint; the flavors were refreshing and bright! My hubby preferred the beet salad, which was very good as well, the house made croutons offered a nice crunchy contrast to the rest of the salad. For dinner we had the seafood linguini (amazing), and the house made spaghetti; both were very good, the linguini was our favorite, we were pleasantly surprised there were no shells to pick through. For our main course we shared the deep fried black cod, which happened to be the special that evening; it was light, tender, and delicious! The server was very helpful, we debated choosing the chefs tasting menu, after hearing what we were interested in trying she steered us down our own path. The only thing that I don't love about this restaurant is the noise level; the ambiance is otherwise lovely. We look forward to our next visit!
The food was superb, and service as good ...
The food was superb, and service as good as anywhere in town. Andy was super helpful, and service was very attentive and we'll timed without being cloying. I have a new understanding of what "Italian Food" can be. Fantastic.
On a rare snow day in Portland, Ava Gene ...
On a rare snow day in Portland, Ava Gene's generously accommodated us through all the craziness. Everyone was very warm and welcoming, service was on point, as was the food. The salads were amazing, polenta unbelievably creamy, and casarecce was fantastic. Can't say enough good things. They even let us hang out at the bar while we figured out our transportation back to downtown. Looking forward to coming back on many return trips.
Overall really good dining experience. M ...
Overall really good dining experience. My only criticism was that the tortellini was grossly undercooked and the veal broth way too salty for my taste. Just loved the fennel orange pear and brown butter bits salad. Also the fettuccine with mussels was spicey and vibrant. The salumi was top quality. We ended with panna cotta and pine needle syrup, a really unique spin on that dessert.
this restaurant was recommended to me. I ...
this restaurant was recommended to me. I cannot say enough good things about this place.
it was a Monday night and the atmosphere was like a Friday. Light, fun, upbeat. The service was outstanding. The food was outstanding. I was with a friend so we ordered multiple items so that we could share and taste a variety. Everything was wonderful. The server even paired my glass of wine with my entree perfectly.
I don't live in Portland, but when I need to be there, this will be my go to spot for sure.
Excellent food. The salads are exception ...
Excellent food. The salads are exceptional. Three of us ordered three different salads to share - all were amazing! The entrees were also fabulous - meatballs and pasta, Dover sole, saffron linguini with mussels. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
We finally ate here for my birthday afte ...
We finally ate here for my birthday after people recommending it for a while. We had a great time at a restaurant in Rome that serves a daily meal, chef's choice, so we decided to go with the family style. I'm kind of a picky eater so I was a little concerned but everything was great. Every course was tasty and just the right amount. I loved the fennel and Tuscany Cavalry salads. The pork tenderloin was incredibly tender. Dessert was amazing, I got creamy panna cotta complete with a birthday candle and my husband is ready to give up his beloved brownies for the decadent chocolate sorbet. The service was a little slow between courses but we weren't in a hurry so didn't mind. Hands down our most enjoyable dining experience in Portland.
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