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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T
Portland
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a wonderful restaurant to meet with friends and share the various delicious dishes offered. The chicken skin salad, hen of the woods mushrooms preparation and braised short ribs were the big hits. However, the Japanese eggplant and octopus are also not to be missed. One of the great aspects about the Aviary is that you can actually have a lively discussion and everyone at your table can hear you. Great drinks menu also.

LR
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gift from our kids, this was our first Aviary experience and we loved it! Excellent, personalized service. Portion sizes just right with a clear focus on subtle blends of tastes. We will definitely return!

c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was subpar, service was severely lacking, and price was outrageous for the quality and quantity. What a disappointment.

CC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was very good although portions were small (for $80 I expected more). The service was excellent. The space itself is small so not very private. We enjoyed it but was too expensive overall.

SC
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

New Years Eve dinner. I would have preferred ordering off the menu, as opposed to price fixe. I understand that it was probably easier for the kitchen to only have a limited menu.

TK
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve. Amazing dinner with wine pairing. Service was excellent. Each time we eat here it is the best meal of the year.

e
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good - pricey but worth it for happy hour. Loved the food and service but the dinner entrees are pricey. I like happy hour pricing for the basics and supplementing with a few dinner dishes

PS
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, well lit, super friendly staff, and simply incredible food.

SF
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem among gems in Northeast Portland. There are only winners on their menu. Each menu item is handcrafted. The bar is a craft bar. Excellent drinks and a well thought out wine list. Pricing is very reasonable for the level of food, drink, and service. Parking was easy.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our evening. Very pleasant service, innovative food. We are not vegetarian Abd did not order it but nice to see they had a compelling vegetarian tasting menu. Happy hour snacks are tasty, also can highly recommend the rattlesnake (or some kind of serpent!) cocktail with rye and absinthe. Thanks, Aviary, we appreciate you. :)

b
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Aviary is the most underrated restaurant in Portland. It is fantastic every time. I cannot think of another eating experience in Portland like it.

OF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

World-class dining in a casual atmosphere. We came into town on Christmas Eve and in the last hour the bistro was open the chefs and staff served us with real care and even joy! Fantastic food and service. Where we are from, this would never happen on Christmas Eve.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

b
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Main dishes are a very strange fussion of Asian and French food. Overall everything is sweet except for the dessert which is salty.

JH
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aviary is the total package: excellent food, caring professional service, and quiet-yet-festive ambiance. Truly creative combinations that nevertheless satisfy with hearty flavors and generous portions -especially generous for a small plates menu. Though it is hard to single out a favorite dish, the octopus with ricotta pudding and bitter brocollini astounded us. The hen of the woods mushroom dish and lamb plate were also outstanding. Our vegan and Gluten-free companions could not have been happier with the silken tofu. We did not get to dessert, but the duck-liver beignets we had as appetizers made us feel like people with an "eat dessert first" policy. We'll return again and again, no doubt.

T
Portland
40 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent meal and fantastic service. Lobster Roll Wednesdays is always fun. Lobster Roll & Jo-Jo's for $20.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

u
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First-class dining experience. We both had the vegetarian tasting menu. All four courses were delicious, with the Hen of the Woods mushroom dish being the standout. Nice ambiance. Attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff. Overall, an excellent and very enjoyable meal. Will definitely return!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bite was delicious!

V
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Aviary during their Vegetarian feast with a special tasting menu. Every course was delicious, the drink pairings were great, and service was excellent. Can't believe I hadn't come to Aviary before, but I'll absolutely return.

EE
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great job again, been twice and both times great

T
Portland
40 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
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
25 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
52 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
2 reviews
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

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