What a find
Great food masterfully prepared. This rates with one of my best neighborhood finds! Truly excellent food, nicely-sized portions & fairly priced. This is a Pdx gem! I'll be back soon...
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is excellent. They
This place is excellent. They pay really close attention to their food. Everything was delicious. Great little place. Fantastic staff.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice little cafe
My friend and I went there this week for the first time-and we will be back-as the service and the food was excellent.Its a very charming small Resturant and the tables are small so it felt a bit crowded but its worth coming back for.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bar Avignon - AWESOME
We went to Bar Avignon to celebrate the month Of June's 3 course dinner specials throughout Portland. We specifically went to try a new Portland restaurant. What a wonderful experience. Wait staff were amazing - food was delicious - ambience was perfect! We were delighted to see that even though it was a special food event, Bar Avigning diod not skimp on portion sizes. We will be back!
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A charming restaurant with amazing food and flavors coming out of it's tiny kitchen. Consistently fabulous over the years.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little piece of France
Service here is personable. Wine list has great mix with some terrific French wines. You would be hard pressed not to find an incredible wine under $60 so good value too.
Food is consistently good and reasonable with an array of choices. Love this place. Comment as we left this time was why don't we come more often
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Eric is awesome in many ways!
If you sit at the bar at the end near the kitchen you can watch the master at work! He not only composes the most amazing flavor combinations but he is generous at heart. You can chat with him about the food he is making or ask him any questions you have about cooking. He is open and engaging a characteristic not always found in some one so skilled. The whole staff works in the garden where they grow many of their vegetables and fruits, The care and pride they all take in working together to create this awesome dining experience is palpable at every moment. I highly recommend this dining experience .
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
A friend & I went here for a lateish dinner on a Friday night. We were tucked into a corner which felt nice & private & had a good view of the whole restaurant. The server was attentive but we didn't feel rushed. They had a large wine list, with prices being a little high per glass (in comparison with, say, Navarre). The food was great -- good presentation, delicious, quick to come out. I went there in particular because I had heard good things about their roast chicken (a favorite of mine) & will absolutely be back to eat it again! It was so tender & juicy & well flavored.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food but either
Excellent food but either "open table" or the restaurant itself had us down for the wrong booking time at 7:30, the reservation was scheduled for 6:30....having said that, they were able to seat us right away. One other snafu---they forgot to provide napkins and I had to get up and go to the bar to get them.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Straight forward and delicious
Straight forward and delicious food, attentive, unobtrusive service. Beautiful, well dressed salads, perfectly roasted chicken, and dvine pea risotto. Great selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. The cookies and milk were fabulous! Our water glasses seemed to fill themselves. My one complaint was the open door. It was a very pleasant day, but the traffic noise and smell of exhaust were a definite downer.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
superb food and fun scene
from the outrageously delicious mussels thru each subsequent course, the food was fit for a fine french bistro and the scene fun. we will be back soon!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved our evening at the Bar Avigno
It's physically small but the wine list is huge and the food is sophisticated. There is a full bar.. but it is not a raucous, typical bar atmosphere..much more like a bistro.. It's easy to talk to your companions and a very pleasant spot to enjoy your meal.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic French dishes made from owner-grown products, with flair and flavor and very creative diversions from traditional.
Service was personal -- from waitress to owner. Warm atmosphere and welcoming environment. This was one of those special food experiences that you remember and tell others about.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Intro to PDX Food Scene
We have friends visiting from Atlanta, GA, who had heard great things about the Portland food scene. Bar Avignon was the first place we took them for dinner in the city. Spectacularly delicious, as always. Creative, well executed, and always the freshest ingredients. A to-go order of the Bourbon Caramel Corn w/ Bacon Salt was the ideal way to continue the experience at home and bring a perfect end to the evening!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Agnoletti pasta best ever
This special pasta dish was beyond good. A foie gras mousse stuffed pasta pillow- Amazing!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still one of our favorites!!!
we had a party of four and attending the Wednesday wine special where they offered an awesome local wine flight as well as the happy hour menu all night. We ordered one of everything off the happy hour menu and loved every dish!!! They accommodated our dietary needs and we were just so pleased with our evening all around. Will always come back and definitely recommend this gem to anyone!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food served well.
We had drinks (lemon drop was lovely with fresh mint) a nice garden salad, the pasta was being made as we walked in and was very delicious, and the dessert was chocolate mousse that we decided is our new favorite dessert in Portland.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for our Group
8 of us dined outside on the sidewalk, the service was very attentive even though we were outside and the food delicious.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
When Can I Go Back?
Okay. I'd heard the buzz on this place for several years, but why did it take me so long to try it (that's another story)? In a word: wonderful. Here is a neighborhood gem where you can tell immediately that people come back time and time again. The staff is superb and the owners and friendly, on the scene, and make sure you are enjoying yourself (without being in your face). The menu is easy on the mind and the budget. Nothing tricky: just tasty. It's a place where you feel comfortable the minute you walk in --- and happy when you leave from your experience. So, When Can I Go Back?
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our first time at Bar Avignon and what a lovely meal! Creative and very nice flavors without being overdone -- absolutely delicious! Our waiter was informed and gave us good information on which to base our selections. He was excellent! We are already planning to return soon. A special place!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bar Avignon is great for a cocktail, and even better for dinner. We eat here about twice a month, sometimes seated at the bar, where we watch the chefs prepare everything from scratch, with wonderful, tasty consistency. The owners called us by name on our second visit - it's a friendly place, accessible, and to us, essential.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great wine bar but service was off
Met at 5:00pm for a business glass of wine and snacks. Really enjoyed the wine and cheese plate. However our service person basicaly provided no service and kept walking by us while stopping at the table next to us several times. So I do recommend this place but I think we may have had the bad luck of getting a sever who wasn't having her best day.
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
SE Portland OR Gem
Very good food, acommdating,relaxed staff from manager to servers. And most important: very good n interesting food and the best fresh seared albacore tuna I have eatn
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place
Works for all seasons, this neighborhood place has great food, a fantastic staff, a wine list of merit, a bar with talented bartenders. All in all it is a favorite of us for special occasions as well a go to when we feel like going out.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food. 2nd time understaffed
This week's return to Bar Avignon was a marked improvement. The food was exceptional. The service was fine, but a bit preachy about the wine. (We do know a thing or two about wine, so don't really see the value in being talked at and told things we know. A conversation is great; a sermon...? not so much).
I had the pasta w/ prawns and lobster mushrooms. Superb. My partner raved about the Bavette he had.
Initial drinks took a while to get to us. ("We're understaffed...we've only got the one bartender and he's busy.") Oh! Really?! Maybe you should hire a bar-back.
We will go back to Bar Avignon, because the food is that good. We will probably choose a night that is less busy (if that's possible, because it's very popular).
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A night to remember
I had family in town, and was trying to think of a good venue for a special occasion dinner that would accommodate 9 of us, satisfy the foodies and wine snobs in the group, have great atmosphere and create a memorable occasion. Bar Avignon not only met those needs but surpassed my already high expectations. The food was cooked to perfection, and offered a wide variety for every mood, the service was friendly and efficient, the atmosphere was magical and we all left with that feeling that we would remember this dinner for a long time. Kudos to the owners for creating such a spectacular neighborhood treasure and thanks to the chef who made our night!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Carefully, beautifully prepared
Carefully, beautifully prepared local ingredients. We all four ordered different dinners and everyone was delectable and memorable.The huckleberry bread pudding was elegant.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The reviews are true
I went there based on reviews from both here and Yelp. They're all true. I took my date here and was thoroughly impressed. The mood is comfortable, yet romantic. And the staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We closed the place down and not once felt rushed. The waiter was always attentive and will definitely be back.
The one con, which is typical of Portland, is that the tables are extremely close together. But the ambiance is such that you don't really take notice once you sit down. Very low lit and "personal".
Highly recommend for any special occasion. Will definitely be back.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of our favorite
This is one of our favorite restaurants in Portland. The food is prepared using local, quality ingredients, highlighting the natural flavors. The wine list is superb, with an emphasis on local wines. We love the neighborhood feeling. The staff is always friendly and welcoming.
Bar Avignon has become a favorite in the neighborhood. We have watched the evolution and even though the competition is steep in Portland, people seem to love the food here! We certainly do.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Trip to Avignon
We visited Avignon for the first time and it was a very good experience. A very interesting menu with knowledgeable and
thoughtful service is always a good thing. Both the wine choices and beer on draft were very imaginative. Tables small
and spaces a little tight, but then it's not a big room and no one seems to mind. This is a very active place with people
clearly enjoying themselves.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Bar Avignon several times and have yet to be disappointed. The food is consistently outstanding, the ambiance quite romantic and the service is professional and engaging. We would recommend this neighborhood gem without hesitation!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
At first I wasn't sure what to make of Bar Avignon, as the building that they are in is nondescript, maybe even with a boring stripmall look. However, inside is a totally different story. It's a great vibe with very good food and a fine wine list. Our waitress was simply sensational. She was a perfect combination of friendly and helpful that made us totally comfortable as we enjoyed their fine offerings. This is what great service should be!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came in town on business
Was told this was a cool neighborhood place with great food and if anything, it was undersold. One of the best meals I have had in a long time. The foie gras pasta should win awards. The staff and owner were friendly, helpful and attentive. AMAZING bourbon and wine selection. Can not recommend this place enough. I will come here every time I am in Portland from here on out.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spectacular food, great wine, superlative service.
Can't wait to return!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service
This was our second visit to Bar Avignon and it didn't disappoint. The food was delicious and thoughtfully executed, with a strong focus on seasonal flavors. We had an excellent and unusual wine recommended by our server. The service really brought the experience up a level - all the staff who helped us had an excellent knowledge of the food, knew which wines to pair, gently upsold without being obnoxious, and were pleasant and prompt throughout. The only minor (and I mean minor) complaint we had was that it was kind of cold in the restaurant after they turned on the overhead fans. I was glad I'd brought a coat. Overall, a great restaurant we'd definitely recommend.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bar Avignon thinks of themselves as a neighborhood place, but we come from across town to eat there. The food is well done and everything we had was great. The service isn't pushy or hovering and you never feel that you are being up sold. A pleasant place for dinner and we'd visit more often if we lived closer. This time, we were there on a slower night, but the tables are very close together and you will definitely find out more than you may want to know about the lives of the people next to you.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Dining Experience
Three of us dined at Bar Avignon on Sunday night and had a most wonderful time. The menu has very interesting dishes to try and you can mix and match some small plates to put together a fantastic set of starters. The fresh oysters were fantastic and all of our entrees were great. The service all the way through the meal was very good. I would highly recommend Bar Avignon.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neighborhood Gem - Go!
Like a good friend Bar Avignon, is there. One of my favorites restaurants in Portland: great food, cozy relaxing environment without losing its undercurrent of vitality and life, great wines and bar, very friendly. Not stuffy, but relaxed with touch of " formal casual". A perfect place to take a long lost friend or visiting relative and enjoy each others company with special dishes, spirits, and a enjoyable but not intrusive or loud staff-made music mix in the background. Also a perfect for a romantic dinner for two; lighting is soft, lots of wood tones. The price is reasonable for the high quality of food and service. The menu changes often, check their website. Reservations not always needed, but recommend, easy to do on-line. Go!
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place, great atmosphere
Bar Avignon is a great small restaurant that has a refined menu, a good kitchen, and a great atmosphere. The roasted with panzanella salad is consistently great. Excellent selection of charcuterie. Good wine list and a good bar. The restaurant doesn't seat very many people, which creates a quieter, more intimate atmosphere.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been there before
Very nice neighborhood bar/restaurant. Somewhat noisy, and took the waiters a little time to get moving. Very good black cod dish. Steaks a little on the rare side, even though advertised as medium rare. Jojo appetizer very good. Cheese plate had a very small piece of Manchego, no cheese knife. When everything added up, a very expensive dinner for a casual evening. Nice bar ambience, but fairly noisy.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
neighborhood gem. friendly
neighborhood gem. friendly warm and inviting. food is terrific and service very good. great spot.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place should not be missed.
Bar Avignon is one of my go to spots, and it always delivers. I recently took a group of seven, which included colleagues and clients. We used the "back room" and it was perfect. The food was superb, as always, and the service was excellent. Everyone was quite pleased with their entree selections, which included the superb chicken, steak, black cod, and pork chop. We couldn't go wrong with any of those. Desserts were also perfect, though I was predisposed towards the lemon creme brulee. Our server had great recommendations and didn't hesitate to share his "favorites", which was quite helpful. The wine list is plentiful and the servers always have suggestions for pairing. Love this place and will continue to come back.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Evening with out-of-towners
We booked a table for 4, family from Kirkland, WA. All four of us had cocktails, then great meals and wine. The Kirkland family raved about their dinner....so we felt we brought them to the "right place".
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Neighborhood Place
We live close by and find Bar Avignon a great place for quality food, good service and great wine. Can't go wrong at this place!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, service, everything
Went here for the first time last night with some friends. Had an excellent cocktail (the Vieux Carre) and the chicken, and shared a bunch of small plates with the table. Everything we had was great. It's a little small, and was busy on a Friday night, but comfortable. Our waitress was very knowledgable and attentive. Will definitely be coming back!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a pleasure
The food never disappoints, and is well prepared and delicious.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been coming here since they opened their doors. We always enjoy everything about the restaurant, food, wine, staff. You feel like you are eating out in Europe, with lower prices. It is nice to go to a restaurant that never disappoints. Keep it up!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
In laws visiting and needed a quiet, intimate location with fantastic food. Bar Avignon met our needs perfectly. We enjoyed our meal at a reasonable pace and we did not have to scream at each other to be heard. The roast chicken with panzanella was my favorite. Chicken was moist and tasty. The salad below was light but very flavorful. Mmmmm. Highly recommend.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
A slice of Paris in SE Portland
The menu looked fabulous and we were not disappointed. We started with roasted winter vegetables which were perfectly cooked - a little crisp on the edges but soft throughout. The beets were especially tender. The chicken liver mousse was rich and creamy and paired with whole pickled figs which added just the right touch of sweet and sour. We needed a few more slices of bread which arrived without us even asking. The pork cheeks were full of flavor, extremely tender and melted in your mouth. We also opted for a bowl of the butternut squash soup which did not disappoint with the perfect hint of coconut milk. All in all, it was one of the better meals we've had in a long time. Ambiance was warm, cozy and the service was top notch.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Trout Would Jump Into the Pan...
...to be cooked like my steelhead and likewise a hog for roasted pork cheeks. We led off with oysters from Virginia that were so sweet with a hint of brine, along with glasses of Argyle bubbly. A chicory salad was dynamite and so was the bread from Little T. Finishing was the customary coffee with a lemony creme brûlée. Try it, you'll like it. I'll go again, rate it often.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM