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Aviary Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aviarypdx.com
  • Phone: (503) 287-2400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Contact us for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th Street and 18th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Aviary
Located in the Alberta Arts district of Northeast Portland, Aviary combines industrial design with local art, reclaimed wood from the original site, and locally crafted lighting. With a chef's counter, communal table and a seasonal patio. Three co-chefs, Sarah Pliner, Jasper Shen, and Kat Whitehead, collaborate on an eclectic menu of small plates inspired by France and Asia. Leah Moorhead's wine list draws from boutique wineries in France and the Pacific Northwest with a cocktail list with seasonal infusions.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Had a great evening at aviary, really enjoyed their patio, although the inside space is beautiful too, both food and service were excellent! I hadn't been to aviary in a while and was happy to still be impressed."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Crispy pig ear and green beans were the best. duck and heirloom tomato with french toast were underwhelming."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The food was amazing, we are true foodies and were so surprised by the creativity and the wonderful combinations. The brussel sprouts nachos are a must try, along with the heirloom tomato french toast. We also had the grilled octopus with the baked ricotta cheese, which was outstanding. The waitstaff was really friendly and very well informed with the dishes they presented to us. We sat in the back by the open garage door looking on to their vegetable garden which was very pleasant. The only thing we can say is the atmosphere was lacking in warmth or something interesting going on. It was plain and the lighting was quite dull. But the food made up for it all!!!!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "This was our second visit. Brought two foodies from Seattle along. They were duly impressed."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Exceptionally inventive and delicious food in a chic space. Drinks are among my favorite in the city. Seriously, I did not think raw oysters --which I love-- could be served so simply (not "naked") and be so good. Talent exudes from the kitchen. We keep returning and are delighted every time. Thanks Eric and Jenny."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Beyond the seemingly bizarre combinations of flavors in Aviary's employ, you will find a restaurant utterly lacking in the pretension you might otherwise associate with restaurants of its ilk. The menu is varied yet concise and offers smart, exquisitely-prepared dishes in an environment that invites adventurous fans of food. Service here is welcoming and doesn't miss a beat. The interior is devoid of any kitschy clutter or ultra-modern catalog swag, further reinforcing the effort invested in Aviary's menu. Highlights from our dinner included salmon roe, surprisingly seeded throughout the cauliflower flan and the wholesome simplicity of broccoli raab, which is absolutely nailed in its pairing with charred octopus."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Aviary is truly inspired dining. The very best bread dip ever is complimentary. All our dishes were very, very wonderful. The server was nice and helpful and attentive. The cocktails are handily competing with our favorites in Portland, which is already a prodigious bar scene. If you order a lesser and more dish you will be satisfied with delicious foods."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This place doesn't appear to have been open for very long. The food was wonderful! I had the short rib, which was very well paired with risotto, beans and zucchini. My wife had the cabbage rolls and the Japanese eggplant, which was particularly good. We will return."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Everything we had was superb. Don't miss the zucchini or the tuna!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food is awesome! We say it tastes like you would want it to taste--perfectly seasoned. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Portland."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "wonderful experience, great food, love the asian influence on NW freshness. Service excellent. informative but not over intrusive. Non formulaic in approach. Actually interacted as if interested. Have gone previous times, never disappointing."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This is a restaurant where you wish everything was small plates, so you could afford--and fit--three or four things each! Outstanding were the oysters on the half-shell with tomato granita and the cauliflower flan with uni, greens, and salmon roe. Both dishes brought together wonderful textures and delightful flavors. The main courses were also delicious, if not as spectacular. Venison medallions were perfectly cooked and had a unique spice mix, but the three coin-sized potato slices seemed mingy for a side prominently mentioned in the menu. The pig ears, coconut rice, and Chinese sausage was delicious, but the crunchy ears were out-competed by soft mush. DO have a cocktail. Mine was great, and the whole list looked fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The food was amazing, we loved the waitstaff and they were very knowledgeable, the ambience was very modern and nice. Fantastic place, will recommend to others."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "All the dishes we tried were amazing. We started with bagna caudal, had duck egg, green beans with a curry sauce, tuna tartare(to die for), and grilled octopus with a ricotta pudding! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Portland is in such a primitive state when it comes to Chinese food. I hoped Aviary would save the day. The Chinese pop-up at Aviary is a highly touted and fun event. The cocktails are some of the best in town, but the food is uneven. A couple of dishes delighted while most were so-so. The chef delivers a ton of variety for $35, but only the tea eggs and the beef noodle soup were memorable a day later. The much hyped xiaolongbao were good for Portland, but would not be considered exceptional in California, NY or China. This was a fun evening and a good value. I wish the food itself was better. ."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Delicious, creative small plates. Best use of eggplant ever!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This was one of the best restaurant experiences I have had. We ate over half the menu and were all very impressed."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Because my partner doesn't eat much, we felt more comfortable eating at the bar even though we had made reservations, which may or may not have slowed service a little as the bartender was very busy. But we enjoyed watching him, and he concocted a special cocktail (not too sweet) for me. It was tart and tasty. My partner had the oysters on the half shell and they were very good--small but meaty. I had the grilled octopus with ricotta pudding and broccoli rabe . It was fabulous. The portion was perhaps small for $20, but it was big on taste. We ordered a dessert that was truly amazing: a warm chocolate torte with pickled rhubarb, ginger ice cream and fennel crunch--if memory serves me. This was our third or fourth visit. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Avairy was our favorite find after three days in Portland. Our server was incredible in terms of knowing wines, describing the food and how it was prepared without any attitude, he was simply an enthusiast for what the restaurant offered. Nothing we ordered disappointed us, and we enjoyed very morsel of the five dishes we ordered. A must to enjoy in Portland."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Finally made it to Aviary and was not disappointed. For the two of us we ordered 3 small dishes and shared the grilled octopus for an entree. Which left room for two wonderful desserts. Seems like everyone is serving grilled octopus now (we've had it 3 times this year) but Aviary's was the best , The largest tentacle (from Uwajimaya?), perfectly grilled and served with ricotta pudding and red curry sauce. Several flavors but none overwhelmed the others and blended wonderfully. And the same analysis is true for the other dishes. And the wine list was very good. Finally the wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive. A must go!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Certain dishes stood out others were passable at best. Service was spotty. Our waiter apologized for the service saying they were really busy. The place was half empty."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Regardless of your food preferences, Aviary shines with every dish and drink. No, I don't work there and don't have any connection other than loving good food and beverages and reasonable prices. If you are from out of town and have only one evening for dinner, aim here."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Admittedly, our reservations were at 5:30, and they may have just mopped or cleaned the tables. The smell was awful, like a latrine after a good cleaning. Hopefully this review will prompt a change in their routine. Fortunately, the weather was beautiful and an outdoor table was available. An okay outdoor ambience, but pretty austere. The food ranged from outstanding to good. The raw sea urchin was a little hard to look at, and pretty tasteless, but my bad for ordering it. In general, it was an adventure in eating and some of the food was outstanding. I especially enjoyed the tuna tartare. Everyone in my party left satisfied. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I've become known among my friends and family as a person who likes "weird food". At Aviary, the food is not weird. It is a unique flavor experience found in unlikely, astonishingly delectable, perfectly prepared, fresh ingredients. The cauliflower flan served as a nice comfortable backdrop for mouthful of sea (in the best way) that the other ingredients so perfectly delivered. The signature dish, crispy pig ears, had some surprise shiso leaves that always get a double eyeroll of pleasure from me. The sweetbreads were the best I've ever had. Perfectly crunchy on the outside, fatty and tender inside. I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu. The waiters were equally excited about the menu, pleasant, and unobtrusive."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Aviary is good. Some dishes are really good, and some are, well, not, so it averages out to good. I will say it's nice for Alberta to have this restaurant that is more about dining than about a quick meal. The cocktails need to change. They've been the same for years. Maybe a few have rotated, but overall some freshness needed there.Service is pretty good. A tartare was to be forgotten. I prefer when a tartare is mixed rather than having all separate components presented for the diner to mix him/herself. Oysters with tomato "granita" are underwhelming as the granita gets watery and provides no acidity to the oyster as a mignonette would. The tempura veg is always a hit, as is the bread with bagna cauda. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We ordered everything on the happy hour menu and loved it all and the service was great. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Awesome attention to detail. Just the right amount of food that was perfectly prepared. What a gem this place is..."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I gave it 3 stars - could easily be a 4 or 5 but feel like it fell a little short with food this time. Presentation & taste was good but not great. It has been about 9 months since our first time there. My recollection of first experience there was that we enjoyed the food much more the first time but I honestly think it was partially due to our choices. Beet salad is back and is fun, pig ears - you can skip them - I've had better. They were kind of flat. Octopus well prepared. I'll go back but not for a while - it is not a restaurant where I finished the meal and can't wait to come back again. Maybe I've gotten pickier? But it's a fun place to go & you'll enjoy it. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Aviary distinguished itself with the food. As a party of 4, we tried about 10 items from the menu (+ 3 desserts...). All were great. Unusual ingredients paired in interesting ways to create a truly uniquely delicious food experience. Beer and wine selection were great as well. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who was looking for a highly memorable food experience. Service was prompt, but not overbearing. Noise level allowed civil discourse. Didn't spend time there, but the bar looked nice as well."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food was amazing with different levels of flavors for every dish. I had dishes I had never heard of before and we loved every one. We can't wait to go back to try some of the other dishes."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Love their imaginative use of flavor combinations and ingredients. Wish we're had room to try out more dishes. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Great food, seamless service. I just couldn't understand why they left the inside as such a skeleton. I understand this when the skeleton is interesting, but it feels like a cafeteria. This building is not worthy of a minimalist approach to designing the space. I don't know why the walls are white, or why I can see down the hallway to the side, or why there is no artwork. If this place was cozy it would be one of my favorites. But when I spend that much money to go out, I want to feel transported into a different space. There is lots of good food in this town, ambience is crucial. And this may keep me from coming back. If I can get food this good, which I can, somewhere that is lovely to be in, the other place will always win out. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Exciting menu. Great drinks! I recommend the St. Germaine cocktail."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Our second visit made my Mom happy! My Mom, turning 75 tomorrow, visits Portland often and being a longtime cook, both for a family with 4 boys and professionally as supervisor for various organizations, non-profits, and publications (including Cooks Illustrated) always wants interesting! We struggle to come up with something on the fly to fit that bill. FOOD is OUTSTANDING! The wait staff answered all the questions we had with detailed comprehension and a great attitude, helping us pick a variety of dishes to share. A dairy allergy - both the wait staff and the kitchen took it in stride, made recommendations and accommodations allowing this to be easy and enjoyable, it highlights their in depth knowledge of the food they present. Thank you"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Some of the most inventive delicious cuisine we have had since being in Europe. Ambience is a little brittle, due to the concrete some decor to soften the noise reflection would help. Thanks for a lovely dinning, we will be back. And we will spread the word to come and dine here. Regards Canada"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Another enjoyable dinner at Aviary--the Brix Layer cocktail sets the tone, then an array of small and large dishes. Only critique: the flavor of most dishes but especially the squash charlotte and the green bean tempura benefit greatly from added salt. The crispy pig on coconut rice is a winner!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Excellent service that was spot-on: knowledgeable and professional without attitude. The food was the most creative I've seen in some time. Everything was tasty!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for her birthday as we've both been wanting to try it. The table was ready to go when we arrived at our reservation time. Good suggestions for wines and drinks by our waiter. I do like the small plates style and the encouragement to share and try a wider variety. Our waiter suggested some options that were already on our "I'm thinking about this" list so it was an easy choice. Dinner was fantastic and desserts were wonderful. My ONLY suggestion for improvement would be to let the coffee in the french press steep more before serving (but I LOVE dark coffee so it could have been me....) I can't wait for the warmer weather and catch a drink or two on the "patio" in the open air. Thanks for a great evening."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I chose Aviary as a meeting place for my foodie book group. Never been there. I was early and found an excellent Happy Hour at the bar. Great beer price and interesting small plates. Staff was friendly. At dinner with my group, we all enjoyed a reasonably priced bottle of white wine, and three of us had the price fixe dinner and the other, a vegetarian, enjoyed two a la carte dishes. The entree course took a noticable amount of time to arrive; we were enjoying our conversation so much that it was not an impediment .The food was rich, well portioned and satisfying as well as having original touches, such as pureed mango with the chocolate pudding and crisped brussel sprouts both as a nacho base appetizer and added to chestnut creamed soup."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "This was my third trip to Aviary and they continue to astound with their delicious and creative food. The 4 Cup Chicken with woodear mushrooms and taro root was the best thing I ate in Portland Dining Month. The only demerits are that the place is very noisy when full due to the industrial design, and that doesn't lend to the ambiance. The service was excellent. I also had a canicule cocktail that was one of the best ever, and their choice for local NW pinot noir by-the-glass was very good (and I'm a Dundee Hills pinot snob)."
    Dined on 3/29/2014