Avenue Kitchen
Avenue Kitchen

Avenue Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.avekitchen.com/
  • Phone: 6105253950
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Gregory Smith
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Avenue Kitchen
Avenue Kitchen serves fresh, uncomplicated and delicious food. The menu brings together commonly loved classics using the freshest, finest ingredients to present simple and approachable, modern American cooking. This neighborhood gathering spot features a bar offering wine, beer and craft cocktails. Another major appeal to this Villanova dining destination is the industrial chic interior including Emeco chairs from recycled Coke bottles and reclaimed wood tabletops from Provenance Architecturals of Philadelphia. The decor boasts a simple, modern design with a hint of glamour. Guests will enjoy consuming the freshest ingredients in the most satisfying dishes amidst an alluring atmosphere.
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Avenue Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (37)great for lunch (29)good for groups (27)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (17)great for brunch (14)special occasion (13)romantic (8)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • glad we found this one
    Hud14
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Glad we found Avenue Kitchen. It feels like a date night out in the city even though it's near home. Great menu and great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    Great
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Had a great experience. Great service by Rick. Great food. A unique experience. Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch Place
    helneubVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Always good food, wonderful presented in a comfortable, relaxing room. Attentive, friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant
    PhillyPhoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I live in the upper Main Line and I can't find a decent restaurant nearby to save my life. Avenue Kitchen is really good. I had the Farro salad which was excellent and my partner had the pork chop which was equally good. the decor and ambiance are lovely. I will definitely be back when I'm really hungry to try a proper entree. It's excellent for a suburban restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I really enjoyed the muscles with grilled bread and sausage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair
    JamieVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Easy to stop in here. Never really busy. Service was passable. Salmon and string beans were salty. Burger was good
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    arlmom
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My daughter and I recently ate there for Sunday brunch. She said the 3-egg omelet with goat cheese was one of the best meals she has ever had and she knows food. My BLT with avocado was excellent, too. Great service, great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as before
    pinkmonkeyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have been to Avenue Kitchen couple of times and we loved it, food, service, ambiance were all good before. But this time...very disappointing. We were seated at 7:30 pm, ordered our dinner, two non-meat entries, bronzino and scallops were out of order; we ordered half a bottle Champagne to celebrate my B day, 5 or 10 minutes later, we were told that Champagne was also out. We managed to finish our dinner, food is mediocre. At checkout, $45 half bottle Champagne was on our bill, even though our waiter has been very politely apologized for the mistake. Kind of disappointment for a well-known fancy Mainline restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boring food, weak wine
    Jimsie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Bar scene only! Like eating in a drum. Former restaurant decor much better
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    SandP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Enjoyed lunch here with a friend this week. It was a pleasant place to have a conversation with reasonable prices. The food was OK but not exceptional. The salmon burger was so-so, although the fries were tasty & crispy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great girls night
    Newtousa
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Fabulous atmosphere, lovely bar, very modern. Nice appetizers and great easy menu. Something for everyone
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good; wine pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Met with friends for dinner. Service and food good but wine prices are high per glass.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Four of us had brunch here this past Sunday and enjoyed the experience very much. The renovation of this space was very attractive and comfortable for diners. Food was good and well prepared and the service was excellent. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect!
    Villanovaparent
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    All of the food was so flavorful! We enjoyed every single bite. The atmosphere was perfectly modern, cozy and calm, yet the bar area added a delightful hum to the air. We'll be back often when we come to Villanova University to see our daughter. We loved this restaurant, and look forward to returning. I want to eat more of their food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good local place
    PaulaRCVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Has good and not good points- overall good stronger than other
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual dining
    LuvItalianDining
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A bit noisy when seated near bar. Service always attentive. The salmon and pork a bit over cooked but still very tasty. We enjoy the restaurant so do recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it
    jklkfaheyVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We dined on a Tuesday evening. The restaurant had a decent crowd for a tuesday night. Decor was beautiful. Service was good, our server was friendly and attentive. Food was good...the fries and brussel sprouts were lacking salt but otherwise everything was enjoyable -- we had a cheese board, mango bbq quesadillas, mussels, greek pizza, avocado BLT and brussel sprouts. Dessert was underwhelming, my husband ordered a chocolate milkshake which he said was good, however the "chipwich" (chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich) was disappointing, cookies were hard, ice cream was just plain vanilla, just thought they missed the mark on this one. Overall a nice meal. Would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Disappointing experience. Although the food's presentation was pleasing, much of the food lacked taste / seasoning. The server was not attentive and service from the bar was very slow.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luncher
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My waiter was very polite and kind however he was not attentive. We asked for a minute to look at the menu and 10 minutes later I had to stand up and look for my waiter to put in our order. Again, even after telling him we were in a hurry I had to get up from my table to find someone to give my credit card for payment. The restaurant was not busy by any means. I would have appreciated his attention. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Big disappointment
    NJresident
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This restaurant is not a good value, meaning that one should get much better food for the prices they charge. Also, service was awful with the waitress directing me to read the menu instead of describing the dish.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I'm so happy that I have a gem like this near my work. I met a friend for lunch and everything about our visit was wonderful. Great place, service and DELICIOUS food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great!
    JnSEatsVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Summer Sundays are quiet, but usually a bustling bar scene, excellent food and attentive service. We have been three times on various nights, and have always had a great dinner. Love, love the decor! Feels like a restaurant in center city with infinitely easier parking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local spot
    AnnieG
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Avenue always has a great mix of creative options. Mussels are great with the sausage, a little bitey but that worked for us, may not for others. A very generous portion for an appetizer; the three of us enjoyed it. Hamburger was huge and perfect. Mango, chicken quesadillas were great, a little wet and they broke apart, but the taste was there. The server was mostly attentive, appetizer and drinks were quick but entrees seemed to take longer that they should as the restaurant was not full. Service was attentive: waiter, busperson (young girl was sweet and prompt) and other helpers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trudy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It was the second time we had dinner there and the food and service were great. Would recommend and would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I was there before and had a great experience. This past time, the food was not fresh and the staff seemed very distracted.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but plates too small!
    Megan
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We thought the food was great, but the small plates were much too small to be shared. You shouldn't encourage your guests to share plates!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avenue Kitchen
    1inWayne
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This is a great place with great food if you don't have food allergies. I am gluten and dairy sensitive and although the waitress indicated that they are willing to make "anything" gluten and dairy free, they had no gluten free breads or pastas, and offered no gluten free dessert. I had a delicious bbq shrimp and corn salad appetizer, and my two friends loved their avacado BLT's. When everyone ordered coffee at the end of the meal, I couldn't because I don't drink it black, and the waitress indicated that there was no almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or even powdered non-dairy creamer for coffee. That was really disappointing. No one would order dessert because they all felt bad that I couldn't get any.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Avenue Kitchen is a great place for food and dining. Location is great too. Just beautiful decor. Outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bltrans
    dinealot
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Place is just beautiful. Menu item stated barbecue chicken and mango. There was no mango and chicken tasted burned. Very small menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jskard
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Went here for a neighborhood date night. We enjoyed everything we ate & drank. Cocktails were delic, so we're the french fries, & the goat cheese salad. We will be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business lunch
    DCBostonVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A very nice lunch both times that I have been. The decor is super white and contemporary, which is nice. It's nice and clean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Posh Decor
    VeganKimVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This was my 4th or 5th visit to Avenue Kitchen and they have all been good. The food was delicious! The decor is posh. I'll be back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • abbyVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Kitchen was slow but it was a holiday weekend. The food was excellent so it was all okay in the end!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chips & Dips
    FamilyOfFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Felt like I was dining in San Fran area. Great, great find !!! Love the chips with buttermilk dip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable Casual Spot
    Rich
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Avenue Kitchen has a nice menu with a combination of familiar and novel choices. Food and service are consistently good, and the atmosphere is pleasant as well. Great for a simple neighborhood outing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 213 reviews are from the Avenue Kitchen reviews archive.
  • food was great. service was lacking
    foodieatheart
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The drink list is intense--and worth perusing. The menu is fun and you can find something for everyone. But the service was only ok. Courses came on top of each other. We weren't done our appetizer when they dropped off our main courses. No one offered water refills. Just thought it was a little poor for such a nice place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unimpressive
    fillyfoodie
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    All in all, though, I was not impressed. We had the mussels as an appetizer. They were well cooked and we didn't get any grit but the broth lacked a strong flavor. Our entrees were equally disappointing. My husband had the fish tacos. They were quite mushy and missing a crunch factor (slaw, fresh lettuce, something). The piece of fish was a nice size but the lack of seasoning left a lot to be desired. My entree was a simple Avocado BLT. Easy, right? The bread was burnt/way too crispy and the avocado wasn't ripe, giving it a weird taste and texture. It was practically inedible. On top of all of this, both entrees came with fries...they were oddly crunchy and just had an "Off" taste about them. Entirely unimpressive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit and miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Not sure I will go back, even after several dining experiences. There are simply too many more reliable restaurants in the area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easy dinning in neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Food always good. The chef changes dishes often, good for those of us who go freguently. Nice place to meet and visit with friends. It can be noisy if you sit by the bar, we avoid that.....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Main Line Staple
    scooterpie
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    With a menu focused on upscale bar food (but in a really good way), Avenue Kitchen consistently serves up satisfying meals. Plus the french fries are really, really, really good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet