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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AG
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative menu. Fun to explore different options.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was super delectable and service outstanding

d
Tulsa
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

E
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

D
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food suited to our tastes and interests

I
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
34 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Inventive dishes. Always exciting.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

A
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious, incredibly culinary! We went with the tasting menu, which is all vegetarian (can be vegan by request). It turned out to be one of the best meals we've had in Portland - complex flavors, beautiful plates, super fresh vegetables. Not to mention the most affordable tasting menu we've found. And the service was wonderful! More people need to eat here. That means you need to eat here.

BY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was on point!

C
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and drinks... wait staff extremely helpful in choosing meal options.. almost too many to choose from

RS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food and service to bring friends and family to.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very considerate of the disabled person in our party.

GS
Portland
76 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very innovative food and presentation. Despite high level of innovation it all worked beautifully. So it appeared the chef innovated thoughtfully and with purpose, not just for the sake of innovation.
Also the music in the room was at a perfect level, not too loud but you could definitely hear it.

PP
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whether you’re a local or just visiting PDX, yiy don’t want to miss the most interesting and thoughtfully executed menu in Oregon.

OT
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fundraiser for Reproductive Freedom! Amazing cause and amazing food with excellent service by a very sweet and handsome server! Wins all around!

p
Portland
61 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The halibut main was cooked perfectly, the Bao with foi gras was rich and delicious. Get the eggs, not matter the preparation they are always tasty. The ceviche with watermelon another great dish and the crispy Brussels sprout ‘nachos’ tasty. . Oysters plump and juicy with a watermelon granita and chocolate dessert a must.

Thoughtful flavor profiles surprises the palate and beautiful plated presentations

T
Portland
34 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, inventive food. Service is wonderful. Menu is fresh and some dishes are rotating. Great place overall.

HC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Server was very condescending and had a very strange energy... the chef made up for his lack of service on several occasions. The server didn’t know the tasting menu ingredients very well. Food was better than the service.

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