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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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
4 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
41 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
41 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
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
9 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
3 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
41 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
12 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
34 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great job again, been twice and both times great

T
Portland
41 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.

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