Aviary

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1185 reviews
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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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Portland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must be a new chef because this place was amazing and has upped its game since my last visit a few years ago. Definitely put this on your list.

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Portland
60 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Aviary previously but not for some time. I had seen them advertise lobster rolls on Wednesdays and we finally had an opportunity to indulge! We were NOT disappointed! Scrumptious! You must go to Aviary!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a spectacular dinner at Aviary. Would highly recommend

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a
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely treat! I was delight on every sensory level.
The food is innovative, fresh and delicious. Beautiful and exceedingly creative.
The staff were all friendly, engaging and informed about all the ingredients and methods of the cooking.
The ambiance was sweet and cozy and hip.

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AT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious with great service! One of Portland’s best dining experiences

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb (eggplant and Wednesday lobster roll were the winners), drinks were delish (margaritas for a hot evening refresher) and service was a delight.

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SN
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adventurous food. All so flavorful. Knowledgeable staff. Very accommodating . We ate outside because it was pleasant and cool.
Inside looked Portland chic and matched the aviary theme.. very nice and hip

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Portland
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food is trying too hard. A weird asian fusion.... the restaurant was half empty on a sunny Friday evening

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SD
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s great entertainment to sit at the chef’s counter! Food was fantastic; atmosphere fun and a little quirky. Chef Pliner turns out well-developed, creative dishes that are truly outstanding with a complexity of flavors that is complementary, not over-complicated. We will definitely be back.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here from my birthday and enjoyed the different flavors from one item to the next, the explanation of the staff, and her willingness to even share the recipe of a salad was so warm and inviting.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved everything our meal! From drinks to tempura green beans to pigs ear, everything on the menu is amazing. Definitely recommend to anyone willing to try out of the box flavors.

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We had come here a couple years back and loved it, for Restaurant Week. Came back and were underwhelmed. First the noise, far more of a din than "energetic." I kind of liked my meal, my wife did not -- felt they are trying too hard to be exotic. The foie gras bao were interesting but not great. The salad was ok. We ordered the venison shank, but it was so heavily flavored by the braise that you couldn't tell it was venison and the flavor overwhelmed the accompaniments. Not sure where the tapenade was supposed to fit in that mix, either. Anyhow, they initially got our wine order wrong, brought the wrong entre to the next table (we couldn't help but hear -- that was a date from hell), never brought the requested desert menu, were very very slow, and, at the end, my wife caught our waitperson's eye three times, waving her credit card, but the waitron didn't get to us for something like 15 minutes.

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MF
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and staff great! Will be going back often........
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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Truly one of the best meals we've eaten in a long, long time. What made it more incredible was how the staff made us feel special, as we celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary at Aviary.

This was our first time to the restaurant, and from the moment we walked in, my wife and I were treated wonderfully. Our host (who was also our waiter and I didn't catch his name), seated us and brought two glasses of champagne to our table. We knew then we were in for a treat and they didn't disappoint.

We started with a fois gras hum bao appetizer with hoisin caramel sauce that was so tasty. They also served us bread and bagna cauda, which were individual slices of bread accompanied with a buttery sauce with a hint of anchovy. So delicious, and we were just getting warmed up.

We then split a bowl of chestnut soup with roasted Brussel sprout leaves, crème fraîche, maple brown butter, and salted duck egg. We had never tasted a soup so rich, creamy and flavorful.

For dinner, my wife had pan fried trout, one her favorite fishes. This was cooked perfectly, light and flakey, with absolutely no bones. I had flat iron steak with a medley of flavors that leave a pleasant aftertaste.

Even though we were both pretty full, we just couldn't skip dessert. We shared a chocolate miso torte straddled by coffee ice cream --homemade coffee ice cream. It was creamy and the my wife said it was the best she's had. That's her favorite flavor, and it makes other notable ice creams pale by comparison.

All throughout the meal, our waiter checked with us frequently, and the chef came out a few times to introduce various dishes. I noticed that kitchen staff is calm, not hurried, and you can see the level of attention and detail they put into every dish. It shows!

Two hours later, it was time for us to go. On our way out, I went over to the chef and told her what an awesome night we had. Aviary is one of the top restaurants in Portland, and now I know why. We'll be back again soon

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r
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lobster roll which was amazing! And authentic!! Also had the Japanese eggplant and tempura green beans - all delicious. Even the Bagna Cauda was incredible. Service couldn't have been better. All around great experience and my dining companion and I agreed that we want to go back to Aviary.

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A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this tucked away gem! Lobster rolls are amazing!

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Portland
29 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Lobster Wednesday, also enjoyed oysters, duck 🦆 liver toast and the tempura green beans. Amazing chocolate deserts to wrap up a perfect meal. Go! Enjoy! Bon Apetit!

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Portland
50 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We ate at Aviary during Portland dining month. The chestnut soup was excellent, as was the butter dip for the bread. The hoisin brisket was less successful, though meltingly tender. Very good desserts (lemon tart and chocolate cake). There seemed to be holdups in the kitchen as often the waiters were gathered at the serving counter, waiting for dishes to appear, and there was a long wait between courses.

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Went for the last night of Dining Month. We were seated in a back area that the waitress said was usually for private parties. There is a roll up glass door leading to a garden area. The garden area is just a mess of weeds. It looked terrible. As well, at that time of the day the sun is blinding coming through that glass door even with the shade. It was difficult to talk to my friend as looking at her meant I was looking right into the sun. The entire party wondered why they wouldn't either do something with the garden area or put up a darker screen.

The food was excellent, though as well as the service. It was a bit pricey, a $12 bottle of wine for $45 was steep. The food was good, portions were ok.

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S
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent helpful service, incredible food, beautiful relaxed ambiance. I will return again with friends.

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L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Kusshi oysters with tomato granite was an excellent start—fresh and bright. The chestnut soup was one of the best things I’ve eaten in a long time. Initially, I was disappointed that the kitchen was out of the skate wing (so hard to find on a menu) but the steelhead fillet layed in a pool of soubise was incredible. I finished with the lemon tart and cardamom ice cream...sublime. My wife’s chocolate dessert was intensely chocolatey.

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BT
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first tume there was during the Portland dining month. We both had the $33 priz fixe menu, having both of the two choices for each course. Gravlax was fresh and great, but the chestnut soup was wonderful. The hoisin brazed brisket was a nice variation from typical servings. But the skate wing was outstanding, such a treat on the W coast. Both desserts were tasty and a good finish, chocolate miso torte and citrus tarte.
Excellent first visit, will definitely go back.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! The ambiance is relaxed. The food was very good, however far overpriced for what you get out of it. Would come back for desert and drinks but not for dinner.

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A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very creative. Food was delicious. Kind servers. Good drinks.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was everything we were hoping for from Portland Dining Month. Excellent service and presentation; delicious, innovative dishes; not too loud so we could carry on a conversation. We will definitely be back!

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Portland
21 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a meal!
2 of us did the 3 courses for $33 the other two ordered off the menu! I gave them 5 Stars because that’s all I was allowed to give. If I could’ve I would have given 10 Stars.

We started with drinks, appetizers, entree’s and then dessert! From the Margarita, Chestnut Soup, Skate Ming Fish and finished with Lemon Tart! This dining experience was AMAZING!

The waiter and rest of the staff in the front of the house to The chef and other kitchen staff you are to be commended for the presentation, flavors, ambiance and professionalism. This restaurant did not disappoint matter of fact AVIARY YOU ROCK!

We will be back soon!

Dave and Steve

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An excellent meal, some of which was part of the Portland Dining Month menu. The wine list has many excellent and inexpensive bottles. Looking forward to trying their cocktails on my next visit!

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our group of friends love PDX Dining month so we are able to experience great places like Aviary. We were met with a warm and inviting greeting, making us feel very welcomed. Our server(s) we’re very patient with us, diligently answering all of our questions, and kindly guiding us when we found it hard to decide. Everything was absolutely impeccable and delicious. Looking forward to my next visit.

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NG
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible combinations of ingredients to make visual and very tasty food. Enjoyed everything about our dining experience.

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FT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for PDX Dining Months, an opportunity for any restaurant to showcase their menu and creativity. and to attract new customers. This was our first visit to the Aviary. We did stick to the fixed menu. The good, there were options for appetizer, entree and desert. The not so good, one of each of the options only convinced. The chestnut soup, beef brisket and chocolate miso tort were the winners, even with about 1/3rd of the brisket being fat. The gravlax sandwich was at best uninspired, the skate wing mushy (did not finish the dish!), and the lemon tart was just not appealing. Also, $15 for half a sip of a so-so chardonnay, steep! All in all, ~$100 for 2 with tips can not be considered fair value. We wont be back.

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NB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was warm and friendly. Food was excellent. Other patrons were a tad bit loud.

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ZK
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food (the skate was amazing!) and service (our waiter was super attentive and helpful)! Thank you!

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K
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the 3 courses for $33 special in March. It was great! Sitting at the counter was fun as we were able to watch how everything came together.

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AF
New England
68 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another adventure into PDM - far from our home location, but worth the journey. Extremely creative menu and bar. The Chestnut soup with brussels sprouts, crème fraîche, maple brown butter and salted duck egg was to die for, as were the Pan fried skate wing with herbed soubise, green beans, Meyer lemon and black olive oil and the Hoisin glazed beef brisket, macaroni salad croquette, tomato confit, cumin and sour mango powder. A real gem - knowledgeable and friendly staff - rock stars in the kitchen.

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JM
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the Portland dining month menu and very good wine. None of us had been there before but all agreed that we enjoyed the experience. I was early and waited in bar area for my party. Their happy hour looked good. I would definitely go back for a happy hour visit too.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We participated in the Portland Dining Month and it was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Timely service, delicious food and a great deal for portland dining month.

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N
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful flavor palette. Creative food pairings. Great service.

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P
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Aviary was rated very highly in the Portland Restaurant month and we’d not been before. We discovered why the top rating: service was excellent, able to get a reservation that evening, food was very tasty and well prepared.
A most pleasant evening- we’ll surely return and sing the praises for Aviary!
Thabks

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S
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was superb. We arrived at 5:15 and the service was poor. The restaurant was not yet busy. Other servers explained to their clients what was in the food. Ours did not. But the food was so good that we will return.

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