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.
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.
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!
We had a spectacular dinner at Aviary. Would highly recommend
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.
Always delicious with great service! One of Portland’s best dining experiences
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.
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
The food is trying too hard. A weird asian fusion.... the restaurant was half empty on a sunny Friday evening
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food and staff great! Will be going back often........
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
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.
Love this tucked away gem! Lobster rolls are amazing!
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!
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.
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.
Excellent helpful service, incredible food, beautiful relaxed ambiance. I will return again with friends.
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.
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.
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.
Very creative. Food was delicious. Kind servers. Good drinks.
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!
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
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!
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.
Incredible combinations of ingredients to make visual and very tasty food. Enjoyed everything about our dining experience.
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.
Service was warm and friendly. Food was excellent. Other patrons were a tad bit loud.
Great food (the skate was amazing!) and service (our waiter was super attentive and helpful)! Thank you!
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.
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.
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.
We participated in the Portland Dining Month and it was great!
Timely service, delicious food and a great deal for portland dining month.
Wonderful flavor palette. Creative food pairings. Great service.
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!
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.