Aviary

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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.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We love the food selection , service, and quality.
We took advantage of March restaurants month. The food has been pretty consistent good and we love to cone back.

JE
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the Portland Dining Month special and everything was fantastic -- fun to do a tasting menu here because they have such interesting combinations. Lovely!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We experienced Aviary for the first time and enjoyed their Portland Dining Month menu. Everything was delicious and beautifully plated. You’ll find a lot of variety on the menu and an excellent cocktail, wine and beer to choose from. We’ll definitely be back!

B
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The only complaint I have about this experience is that it took a full two hours to receive our courses. We waited a little more than 45 minutes for the first course. At the end of our meal the waiter apologized that the service was exceptionally slow but didn’t alter our check in any way. Don’t expect to come here and get a quick dinner. Also where we were seated had very low lighting. The food was delicious but not worth the long wait.

DT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat at the counter, which we generally enjoy, because I was not able to get reservations for a table. There were 6 empty tables behind us for the first hour and a half we were there. Hmmmm

JM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Already recommended to 3 different friends. Great food.

SS
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I feel like Aviary has slipped. Two of the dishes we had for Portland Dining Month were amazing, but the other four were mediocre at best, especially the desserts. We waited a long time between ordering and getting the first course, but the restaurant didn’t seem that busy. We enjoyed ourselves but were not thrilled.

T
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of dining month so far.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charred octopus was yummy. Portland dining month menu was well chosen and paired with good wines.

JS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Portland Dining menu at Aviary was perfect as well as the service. The only problem was that it took a really long time to get our dessert.

JP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I had high expectations based on recommendations; while Aviary was overall Good, it was not the amazing experience I was hoping for. The food was plated well, tasty with interesting accents (although I did not love anything), portions were very small. We tried all of the dishes on the Dining Month menu. For some reason, the last course/dessert was significantly delayed, I believe we waited for at least 30 minutes, if not more. The server was polite and knowledgeable, and updated us frequently enough. Overall, just an average experience and I would not necessarily return.

HF
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a reservation but it felt like there had been no thought or care to reservations on the books. They seemed a bit surprised and panicked that they needed to find us a table. We ended up waiting 30 minutes past our reservation time before being seated.

v
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant month menu was outstanding! Everything was delicious, the service was wonderful, and the staff was friendly. The wine list was surprisingly reasonable for the quality of wines and the after-dinner drink list was impressive. It was a lovely evening out!

e
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious, creative, healthy food with the best service in Portland. Amazing!!

DS
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Way too noisy. Two tables were particularly bad. But the setup does not do anything to reduce noise. We love the food but may not come back until we can seat outside.

M
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had the squash salad. Amazing. The lamb ribs were perfectly cooked, falling off the bone tender. Loved it!! Definitely going back!

JW
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it. It was a belated Valentine’s Day date after being out of town. Every dish was curated with care and very unique. We did the green beans, duck dumplings, hen of the woods and pig ears (we were feeling brave) and honestly loved all of it! Larger portions than I anticipated. Would have felt comfortable for a casual week night or a special occasion. The bar in the back looked like a great place for a weekend cocktail as well. We’ll be back fo sho!

TS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely the best grastronomic experience i have ever had. I so look forward to returning. As a visitor to the Portland food scene, there are numerous choices, the Aviary is a top choice.

OT
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not as good as last time we visited. Will be a while before we try them again.

ET
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for their Valentine's Day prefixe menu; it was simply amazing in all regards.

R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for Valentines Day the food was fantastic and the service was excellent I’ll definitely come back.

ES
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both were very impressed with the Chestnut Soup. Could have dined on the soup and bread only, it was that good.

FI
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Patient server and unique food combination. Will definitely visit again.

TP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aviary continues to serve Portland's most creative and best food; easily a Portland Top 10 restaurant.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour was amazing. Outstanding, interesting food, fellow guests, service, and chef. Could not have been more pleased. Great atmosphere,wonderful evening.

KC
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t believe we’ve not been to this fabulous place before now. Every dish was delicious; such great flavors! Our host and waiter,Dave, was terrific. Thorough descriptions and recommendations on food and cocktail options. He even wrote a drink recipe for me and gave us a tasting of a liquor I was unfamiliar with. Those personal touches help places stand out in Portland competitive food scene. We will certainly be back.

T
Portland
43 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and Service. New dishes, along with a few solid standards, are always fun to try.

MA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. Two of us had lobster rolls and one person had the charred octopus. We were there early on a Thursday night and the noise level was low because we there before the main rush,

B
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve now had Aviary’s Vegetarian Tasting Menu 3 times, and it far surpasses every coursed meal I’ve ever had - and it’s reasonably priced! Perfectly filling, mind-blowing flavors (the mushrooms pictured are the best you’ll ever eat), and the vibe invites you to visit for both casual and special occasions. Hands down my favorite meal (non-vegetarian included) in Portland. Bonus: the cocktails are bomb and strong.

KR
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was perfect!

GB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the vegetarian tasting menu .It was out of this world.So many great flavors,combinations of textures,one of the best I’ve ever had and a phenomenal price! a bargain!

T
Portland
43 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE. INVENTIVE DISHES. The flavors put together are exquisite.

M
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went to Aviary with another couple, and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The waiter was great, very pleasant as well as efficient. He explained a few dishes after questions from our table, helping with our decisions.

Highlights include the Silken Tofu salad, which had some interesting and delicious ingredients, and was presented beautifully. Our waiter recommended it highly, and I'm so glad he did. Also beautifully plated and tasty was the Black Cod entree, served with Manilla clams and a coconut broth. Delicious!

The space was comfortable and enjoyable, although on the noisier side. It wasn't a problem for us, but notable.

All in all, a very nice evening. We have been before, and will return.

DN
Austin
28 reviews