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, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
Ava Gene's Ratings and Reviews
The food is fantastic, the service in ON ...
The food is fantastic, the service in ON it. The I only thing was when I asked for a glass of red, they brought me an $18 glass of wine which I found out at the end. Granted, it's an expensive restaurant, but that was a bit much. Seriously though, an incredible restaurant with delicious food and whomever picks the music, has exquisite taste.
Very high quality food
Everything was delicious. We had panne with chicken livers and cherries ( great flavored), a farrow based pasta with clams that was excellent. The pasta was some of the best I've had. The roast chicken with artichokes, fava. Beans, and morels was deliscious Great service. Busy and vibrant room. Not recommended for parties with hearing impaired guests.
We had the family style dinner. While th ...
We had the family style dinner. While the salads and appetizers were good, the main course was a single really fatty rare short rib. My husband ate around the fat. I found it disgusting. The dessert was a mediocre Panna cotta. I love to cook and this was very disappointing dinner.
Great food and excellent service! Atten ...
Great food and excellent service! Attention to detail is evident. It feels very crowded and it is noisy, but I would return for a special occasion.
Everything we ordered was unique & delic ...
Everything we ordered was unique & delicious. Best panna cotta I've ever had.
I'd eaten there before and thought highly of the food the first time. However the food was not very good this time and not worth anywhere near the price given how many great restaurants there in in Portland and cheaper as well. Competent but nothing memorable. Very disappointed. What happened to them?
A wonderful dining experience all around! Everything we ordered was delicious, and the service was knowledgeable and super friendly. Cute, clean dining area. Highly recommended!
Wonderful wonderful from the time we ent ...
Wonderful wonderful from the time we entered until the time we left -outstanding dinning experience food, plate presentations and service all exceptional very unique food offerings from starters to main courses. Try the different offerings and share with Your table partners.
Another great meal at Ava Gene's
We have eaten in many very good restaurants in the World but Ava Gene's is one of our favorites. Every time we have been there the food and service has been terrific. May 8th was Mothers Day and my wife's birthday. All was done perfectly.
Our favorite restaurant
There are a lot of great restaurants in Portland but Ava Gene's is our favorite. It is a completely satisfying experience in every way. The food is great, the service and people are great.
We ate there on a special event night--K ...
We ate there on a special event night--Katie Parla's book signing & recipes. The fava bean salad, bruschetta with borlotti beans, mozzarella in carroza, caccio e pepe pasta and Panama cotta were all superb.
Absolutely nothing but praise...love this place! Can't wait to return.
This place never disappoints!
This place never disappoints!
We indulged ourselves and ordered the Family Style option. Absolutely sensational palate of flavors, colors and textures. Enjoyed every bite of every dish. New favorite. Book ahead and invite friends for a great evening.
Fabulous, original food. Great service.
Fabulous, original food. Great service.
I really appreciated the wait and kitchen staffs' responsiveness and accommodation of food preparation in my having to avoid ingesting chili pepper (it exacerbates a medical condition that can affect my eyes). As a result, the fish entree was grilled instead of battered and fried. The entire restaurant is exhaustively curated, and the "Carta di Musica" flatbread was an obscure offering, came off as a little pretentious and was bland. The only other criticism I could give is that the Salsa Verde served with the fish was a bit too salty. However, everything was top-quality, looked and tasted fresh and bright, with well-balanced flavors and interesting taste profiles. A good place to go if you want a special meal.
Great neighborhood gem
Got together with a friend at Ava Genes. Day of, only reservation we could get was 5:30 and I was afraid we would be rushed through. Not so, the service was perfect, wine list quite nice and the food was great. We shared frito misto, and assorted breads, spreads and olives. We shared 2 mains.....excellent red wheat pasta and another pasta dish with halibut and spring veg. Unfortunately we left no room for dessert, but that just means we will have to come back!
I was not a fan of the salty food. Two out of three dishes were saturated with salt and it was unpleasant. Maybe the PNW likes salt more than us East Coast people but, wow, that was intense. Ambience was great but portions were small and expensive.
Our dinner was really fantastic, loved all of the food. Our server was really attentive at first but then when we were finished it took a while for someone to clear our plates and bring the bill. Overall, a good experience.
each dish was original and delicious. My visiting friend noted that it was a little like tapas in the small serving style. I recognize that a full Italian meal requires small size but would have liked them a little larger as we were sharing. Noise level was annoying to which they added background rock music (always a turn off). They have some curtains for dampening the sound a little but tables are VERY close together and I do not equate noise with excitement. Service is excellent. Food is good enough to overcome the noise and close quarters and I would return but with some reluctance. This is not your typical Italian restaurant which usually bores me to death. Recommended with reservations.
Loved everything except the tunes.
Loved everything except the tunes.
A little oversalted today
The last time I came to Ava Gene's I thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Today's meal, however, was a little over-salted through every dish we tried. I would still eat here again. The wine recommendation was spot on and service was good.
with all the hype about this place i was hoping the food would meet all the expectations i was hoping for. instead, it was just okay. we ordered some appetizers before getting our main dishes. all the appetizers were excellent. however the main dishes weren't as great. we ordered the tagliatelle with pork ragu and the halibut dish. sadly the pork ragu was way too salty. and it was not your typical pork ragu. it was some kind of slow-cooked pork, way over salted, then served with the pasta and more salty cheese grated on top. you can say this dish was so awful it left a terrible impression on the overall meal. the halibut dish on the other hand was actually pretty decent. but i feel like we could have ordered any fish dish elsewhere and it'd be just as good if not better. on a different note, the wait staff were super friendly and overall atmosphere was nice. i'd go back, but will most likely skip main courses and just opt for a bunch of appetizers.
They do good work here. From the food to ...
They do good work here. From the food to the ambiance to the service just amazing. Very high class without being the least bit pretentious. Love this place.
The food was delicious and the staff was super helpful. It was hard to decide with all the options so we shared a bunch of items. We loved the ambiance. We would recommend it again!
Simply the best for a simple affair or a ...
Simply the best for a simple affair or a celebration. The ingredients are stellar and the amalgamation of them is sublime. And in some small way, you're inspired to try and do it yourself.
Unique Dining Experience
We got in on a last minute reservation during the week. This is fine dining with exceptional service in a relaxed casual atmosphere. We ordered the radish salad and it was unbelievably delicious. The luguine and homemade sausage and garlic bread were also very good. Enjoyed the whole experience. The service staff were very knowledgeable about the menu and very friendly. Never felt rushed. Great place.
Delicious Food but be wary of the seafood.
Everything we had here was delicious. But I guess clams aren't in season because I got food poisoning from the clam linguine. Posted something on their FB page but didn't get a response so hopefully it was just a one time thing, and isn't an issue with their supply or anything.
Lovely spot with delicious fresh food. Mediocre wine list. Perhaps not up to the hype, but hype is often unhelpful. I would go back and will definitely try to replicate the fennel salad! Enjoy
Great Cool Vibe with Outstanding Service
Went to Ava Gene's for a business dinner and couldn't have been more happy! The food was incredible and the service was very helpful, kind and fun. We will most definitely be back and would hesitate to recommend to colleagues and friends.
You Can Never Go Wrong
They really have it figured out at Ava Genes. The quality is set so high, it is easily my favorite Italian restaurant
Amazing as always. Still the best Itali ...
Amazing as always. Still the best Italian restaurant in Portland.
THE BEST food. Would have rated higher b ...
THE BEST food. Would have rated higher but service was slow, they didn't bring our bread until after the salad, and they gave us someone else's appetizer And entrees by mistake (it was corrected). Staff was polite.
Complexity (texture and flavors) of salads more impressive the first time around. Overall still great food but relative to expectations based on previous experience, wouldn't rate food as high. Very loud and difficult to converse. Maybe acoustics problem in the design?
We did the family style option and were fed course after course after course of the most amazing food! I highly recommend this restaurant.
Food was out of this world! Probably the best Italian food I've had outside of Italy!
This was our 4th time going to Ava Gene's, and I truly think we are more amazed every time we go. This time we opted for the chef's choice menu, which was definitely the right thing to do. We got 4 courses, with 2-3 items for each course, and we loved every single dish that was brought out to us. The servers were all wonderful, and the food was exquisite. We are definite fans!
Wonderful salads and Pasta.
Salads and pasta were awesome. Looking forward to going back and trying new things at Ava Gene's
We enjoyed our evening at Ava Genes. Sta ...
We enjoyed our evening at Ava Genes. Staff was friendly and very helpful. We would come and dine again in the future .
Outstanding meal for Easter dinner. Wond ...
Outstanding meal for Easter dinner. Wonderful service and atmosphere. Highlights were the bruschetta, burrata, wine and pastas. Still one of our favorite restaurants in Portland.
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