Aviary

4.7
1089 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Located in the Alberta Arts District of Northeast Portland, Aviary presents an inventive and eclectic menu of small and large plates, boasting cuisine that applies classic French techniques to exotic Eastern flavors and the freshest ingredients of the season. The cocktail menu puts creative, culinary-inspired twists on classic favorites​, drawing inspiration from the kitchen​ and the wine list ​presents carefully chosen pairings for the menu, offered by the bottle or the glass.​

The restaurant setting combines urban industrial design with local art, reclaimed wood and locally crafted lighting and features a chef’s counter, 18-seat private dining area, and a seasonal patio beside their vegetable garden.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Asian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Phone number
(503) 287-2400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
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Cross street
17th Street and 18th Street
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

For New Year's Eve, we will be serving a 4 course tasting menu for $75/person. Please contact us for or visit our website for the menu, or if you have any questions.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1089 People Are Saying
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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After living in the Bay Area with all the great restaurants there I’m always a bit skeptical about reastaurants here in Portland. But I was never t disappointed here. They have a very creative menu that our waiter knew all about (often servers don’t know) and patiently described to us. The people who worked in the restaurant were incredibly nice and knowledgeable. The appetizers or small plates were all wonderful! The main dishes (I had the Cod) could have been a little warmer but otherwise was delicious and cooked to perfection. The glass of Chardonnay I had was perfect with the meal. I’ll definitely go back. I do highly recommend this restaurant.

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s
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly spectacular meal. An eclectic, deeply creative menu that defies categorization, but everything we had was simple delicious. First visit - but certainly not our last!

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KH
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I ordered the vegetarian tasting menu, which was exceptional. Service is excellent and the price is fair for what the quality they provide.

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OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing chef, amazing staff and amazing ambience as always! Love the happy hour!

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JH
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Inventive recipes with beautiful presentation. Friendly professional service.

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MP
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Meh ! Saw some good reviews, so decided to try that with my date, since we are both foodies. The first red flag was that the restaurant was quite empty on a weekend night, definitely didn't need a reservation. Some interesting dishes choices and presentation, like foie gras in a "bun" (can't remember the name of it). Nothing great, but it was original. Raw oysters were ok. Couldn't find much on the menu that piqued our interest though, which is quite rare since we are always looking for new dishes to try. In the end, price was quite high considering the actual food served.

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RL
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was creative and delicious, and the service was excellent. There's not much more to say about any restaurant than that.

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C
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular and unique. Gourmet food with no attitude - foie gras hum bao remain the best dish in Portland

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Portland
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent but we had a very long wait and the seats are quite hard. Still, we will return because the food was divine.

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Y
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venison shank we shared was stunningly good. Looking forward to bringing friends back.

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DC
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Most interesting dishes in Portland. Not to be missed.

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i
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here and it won't be the last. Great service, great crafted cocktails, interesting food combinations.

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JH
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Aviary last Saturday for dinner, after we'd been gone for a few years. It was as wonderful as it used to be: incredibly creative food, great cocktails and superb service. Aviary capitalizes on every aspect of each ingredient, making each meal a sublime sensory experience. I find myself eating things I wouldn't normally consider. Aviary never disappoints. Don't be put off by the exotic menu; you'll be missing out if you do!

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SE
Portland
28 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing blend of flavors. I don’t know how they think of these. But we licked our plates with pride. 2 of us shared 3 plates but they recommend 4-5

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l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were on point. I would go back.

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SM
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Think I've reviewed before, but here goes: I've brought serious Paris foodies here, and they've said "This deserves a Michelin star." This is the best food in Portland you can get into without a reservation, full stop. IMO, it's in the top 10 restaurants in Portland overall. It's not in downtown, so they don't get much of the tourist trade. The service is great, the wine list good. I haven't spent much time in the bar, but the locals (I mean neighborhood, I live 20 blocks away) seem to like it.

Go! This is a gem.

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F
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding blend of flavors. There wasn't one dish that we did not love, especially the clarified butter to dip your bread into.

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DW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic l

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SR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect place to start my vacation. The staff was very friendly and the food was fantastic!

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Wednesday lobster rolls are to die for!!!!!!!!

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SF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem and very reasonable. We had a lovely dinner.

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D
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, a very good meal, though two entrees arrived luke warm. I've eaten here before. On the first experience, 4 years ago, I had raw Sea Urchin. It was disgusting. The dining room smelled of disinfectant and we ate outside. I came back a month ago and had a fabulous meal. Saturday, I came back with friends, and it was very good, but for the coolish entrees AND very slow service. Could they be related?

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vegetarian tasting menu was amazing, and counter seating gave us a great view of the open kitchen. Thanks to Chef Sarah and the rest of the team for an amazing experience!

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A
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, special.. good place for a special occasion and usually not too busy

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IH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is imaginative AND delicious. Varied menu is fun.

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EE
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was excellent. Service excellent and prompt.

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L
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. The Fois Gras hum bao devine! Tempura green beans, sublime. Be sure and eat the sauce is under the beans as its amazing. Four cup Chicken is super delicious, with unusual ingredients, like sun choke puree and tomatoe jam. Flour less Chocolate dessert with Mocha ice cream, a must have here! Staff darling

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. The food taste excellent and the price is very reasonable. Love it!!!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the chefs bar last night. Was enjoyable to watch all the action and converse with the chefs. Chef Sarah went the extra mile for us and made my wifes bday dinner extra special. Every item we tried was delicious. Highlights included the mushroom entree and the lamb belly app, but chicken skin salad, venison wraps, pig ears, and the happy hour banh mi burger are not to be missed. Probably the best meal Ive had in 5 years. Thanks!

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SC
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful, memorable meal. Creative fusion menu with interesting local ingredients.

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M
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting a friend in Portland and she took me to Aviary. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Of special note is the food Gras Bau with hoisin sauce. An amazing combination of flavors.

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We ate a fair amount of the menu, excited for what was to come. Each course was just fair. The foie dim sum dumpling needed some acid to cut the fat and the hoisin caramel. The oysters were fresh and delicious.
The fried chicken skin and watermelon salad was on point, except for a strange addition of baba ganush It made no sense in the dish. The chicken skin could have been crispier for sure.
The hamachi was very heavy handed and the lovely flavor of the wish was lost. The fava beans here a mystery as to their addition. Also suffered from a lack of acidity.
The short rib entree was so-so. I got a pretty fatty chunk of rib and it was tough to get around that. The whole dish was like a dessert as to how sweet it was. It lacked any acidity at all to balance the fat and sweet. The turnip cake was nearly inedible and dense. The mustard greens were bland and boring.

We spent some coin and i was disappointed in the experience. Was probably great a while ago, but that lack of luster is obvious now.

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BS
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was perfect for an early Friday night dinner when we were too tired to cook. The food was unusual and exceptionally tasty. As we finished, it was rapidly filling up and getting pretty noisy. We will definitely be back, but likely avoid peak times.

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OT
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Splendid dishes! The two of us shared about 5 small and medium dishes. The pig ears are most memorable, but everything we tried was great. Our server was attentive to all questions and enthusiastic about Aviary’s food. Yes, we recommend this restaurant!

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CB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for our anniversary and it was delicious. The drinks were a great way to start, and everything we ordered was delicious. Will definitely come again.

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R
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food presentation very unique and taste very favorable, but the portions little too small. Little disappointed

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m
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Exceptional food with interesting and unusual combinations, yet very tasty. The servings are small but I felt satisfied and not hungry when I left; the good bread and wonderful butter sauce, served before the meal came, helped. I also enjoyed the cocktails which were as good as any on the island I have lived for a long time in the BVI.

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JO
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Everything as usual was very good, Except the Lamb Belly. The last time my wife had that and it was thicker and crispier. This time it was thin, not crispy at all and mostly fat. Very disappointing! But everything else was great.

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was slow to inattentive and somewhat sullen, but restaurant was not busy. Octopus was overcooked and tough. We waited forever for strawberry tart dessert, which was good. Wish menu or server had told us it could take 30 minutes to prepare.

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W
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated a friend's birthday in the courtyard on a lovely summer evening. We had not been in a couple of years and were delighted to not be disappointed. The food was innovative, the ingredients were interesting, the service staff was well trained, friendly and helpful. And did I mention, it was all delicious. Well done, Aviary. We will be back soon.

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