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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in 2020 with Aviary! We are serving a 4 course menu and optional wine pairing. $80 per person, and wine pairing for $40 per person. Visit our website for the menu, or call us at 503-287-2400.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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EE
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great job again, been twice and both times great

T
Portland
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal as chef Sarah is always adding new dishes, and leaving a few favorites. The new dish we had at this visit was the Big Eye Tuna tartare, and the old favorite was the flat iron steak. Delicious.

JD
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Some very unusual dishes with great flavors. I highly recommend this place.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was creative, thoughtful, perfectly executed, and the server was attentive and helpful. One of the best meals we’ve had in Portland. Go. Go now.

KF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten at Aviary a number of times with my wife, large groups and friends! Aviary is always AMAZING! A real taste bud treasure with the many delicious and interesting foods prepared and offered! The cocktails and wine selection are delicious and interesting, service is always top-notch-timely & not over bearing. Food prepared by the chef and staff is delicious! Thanks, Kevin

DS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A wonderful dining experience with very good food and very well thought out wine pairings. A top notch staff took very good care of us and provided us with great service and helped make our first visit to Portland a very pleasurable experience.

D
Portland
50 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A delicious meal. We shared small plates before the entrees. My wife enjoyed the halibut and the pig ears were great. A nice environment at the restaurant. We'll be back.

KM
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really inventive food choices and beautiful presentation. A bit loud right by the kitchen but still a memory we will cherish. Highly recommend

M
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit exceeded expectations from enticing web page, it was nice to catch glimpses of Chef Sarah at the open kitchen style. Like an aviary, the scene was calming yet exciting, with its stellar service and variety of just lovely food! My GF and I shared 6 delicious small plates, including the Wed-only lobster roll -yes you want it- plus a near perfect cocktail from their happy hour collection. If you can't decide on which dessert to order, just eye your neighbor's table and point, we were all delighted by their tasty treatment of Fall apples! We'll be back...

CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We recently enjoyed our anniversary dinner here. Our server was very professional, engaging, friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about the food- very much appreciated. Each course from our appetizers to the entrees were delicious and executed perfectly. The Duck pate toasts were unlike any we had had before, more like a fried pastry dumpling, crispy and so delicious especially paired well with the fresh herb garnish. The beef fat poached halibut was moist, flavorful accompanied by warm lentils and a silky hollandaise, this dish hit on every note. My husband had a very well prepared and deconstructed pork belly and duck style terrine that was outstanding. Our only miss was the maple panna cotta. It was more soft set in texture and tart in taste than used to for this Italian cooked cream dessert. We thought the bacon jam also overpowered it, but did like the fresh nectarines to add freshness and texture to the dish. We highly enjoyed our dinner at Aviary and appreciate the craftsmanship of the cuisine and hospitable service. We gladly recommend and will return.

ZA
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Me and my partner had the vegetarian tasting menu, and it was phenomenal! Terrific value for the price point as well. Service was exceptional, and the drinks were had were amazing as well. Did not disappoint!

AG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an absolute HOME RUN! Highly, highly recommended. Every dish was wonderful, service was on point, everything a pleasure. Will be back when we are next in Portland.

JA
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah Pliner is always amazing !! I took my 9 year old grandson on a food adventure date, and he was so in love with the pig's ears coconut rice dish and their bahn mi burger !! Aviary never disappoints !!! Thank YOU Sarah......!!!!!!

RA
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Bread was never brought to our table and the servers were not always available when needed buuuuuuut the food was AMAZING, the staff were very charming and the atmosphere was lovely!

J
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We think the creativity and tastiness of the food at Aviary is spectacular and one of the best in Portland.

SL
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered had such wonderful flavors. There was nothing that was even just okay. We will definitely be back.

KK
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very creative menu. Fun to explore different options.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was super delectable and service outstanding

d
Tulsa
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal, delicious food. We shared several plates which were smallish but extremely well curated. Pricey but tasty.

c
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My second time here in the past 5 years. I remembered it being amazing and they did not disappoint. Although it was only a Thursday night the place was completely empty which I don't totally understand but nevertheless, the food is incredible.

B
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

I would recommend just because food is different . I put 3 stars for food because liver where partially raw in my dish.It was too warm inside the restaurant .

t
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful evening. Sat outdoors in the courtyard area and decided to do the four-course tasting menu along with a bottle of wine...it was all wonderful. Incredible flavors, beautiful presentation, attentive service. We will be back!

W
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating at Aviary. It's one of the few restaurants that I always feel has served me something really special and leaves me with great satisfaction and pleasure.

c
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed the vegetarian entree Hen of the Tree Mushroom and the seafood entree Charred Octopus. Both were perfectly prepared and exquisite in taste. The mushrooms were indeed the "star" of the first dish but tastily complimented by the pureed fennel, spaghetti squash and cherry ponzu. The charred octopus of the second dish was tender and perfectly charred and the accompanying broccoli rabe and ricotta pudding were flavorful without overshadowing the octopus.

SC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for a date! The food is delicious and prices very reasonable.

E
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was great as always. I love the tempura green beans. They also make a fine old fashion.

A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! So fresh! The lobster rolls are AMAZING! Highly recommend this establishment.

KS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently the best restaurant in PDX, and that is saying something.

D
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible dining experience. The staff was super helpful, nice, and knowledgeable. The food was amazing and inventive. We will definitely be back.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food suited to our tastes and interests

I
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Hum Bau and tempura beans appetizers Halibut and Veal Schnitzel we’re likewise outstanding main courses
Since there are so many excellent smaller plates I like if possible to go with party of 4 in order to taste several of the smaller offerings

DP
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing lobster roll Wednesday for the win! Excellent service friendly staff. A good place for great food.

e
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fresh food prepared in delicious and unique ways and always great new cocktails from the bar. The service is exceptional, the best I’ve ever experienced In Portland. And the prices are surprisingly reasonable.

T
Portland
36 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always inventive dishes and excellent service. Chef puts together flavors that simply sing in your mouth.

j
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! Food was creative, unique, flavorful & amazing. All of our dishes were vegetarian. Prices were affordable & the quality of food priceless. Weather was perfect so we ate on the patio. The service was fantastic. Everyone was welcoming & knowledgeable. I can't wait to go back.

F
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

My husband and I were staying within walking distance to Aviary while visiting Portland for the first time (we are from DC). We were impressed by the creative menu. I ordered the Halibut Poached in Beef Fat - it was the best treatment of that fish I have ever had! A thick moist perfectly cooked piece of halibut with black lentils (my fave), spring onion, yuzu hollandaise and lobster jus. Amazing! It was lobster Tuesday featuring lobster rolls and other lobster inspired or enhanced dishes.

The prices were beyond casual dining but foodies on vacation or special occasions are a perfect excuse for your tastebuds to be amazed at Aviary - especially on Lobster Tuesday.

w
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Attentive, I rushed service with knowledgeable staff. Beautiful plating presentation in addition to delicious interesting flavor combinations. Ceviche, halibut poached in beef fat and both pea + cantaloupe and beet frisée salads were outstanding. Disappointed to see octopus and veal on menu for ethical reasons.

KR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a 5star food experience. An extremely talented chef! You must eat here.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Inventive dishes. Always exciting.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very innovative menu. Come here if you like creative food thoughtfully prepared

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