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About Aviary

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.

1733 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cross Street:
17th Street and 18th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 287-2400

Website:
http://www.aviarypdx.com/

Catering:
Contact us for more information.

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Aviary Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (31)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Special Occasion (24)
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Good for a Date (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Local Ingredients (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Seasonal (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Casual (8)
Romantic (8)
Cozy (7)
Fun (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tapas (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 3 days ago

After conflicting reports we decided the try this place.
I was beyond our expectations. Very good service,friendly and well informed.
Food fit for foodies, nice combinations of sauces.
Strongly recommend artichoke,scallops and octopus.
Wine list was the weakest spot, but we still managed to find a good wine for a reasonable price.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Very refined food with Japanese influence .
Really outstanding in Portland ...

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

All dishes are surprisingly good, esp shrimp toast (really creative)

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Disappointed with the service this time around. She was super nice and things came out fast enought, but the usual knowledge of the menu wasn't there. She couldn't tell me much about the wine. She mainly just told us what was popular on the menu. In the past, the server was passionate about food, would steer us to interesting things and geek out on the food nuance. Sadly that was gone this time.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Small but well focused menu. Great vegetarian tasting menu as an option. Very sure hands in the kitchen. Venison medallions with root vegetables were terrific. Good,
relaxed service. They sent out sparking wine and dessert for our anniversary celebration.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food and WINE were very expensive, quantity on the plate was limited. Apparently they had a big group there (somewhere in the back) and the service was terrible. I was told my steak would take longer, but it took twice as long as the waiter said. An hour is too long to wait especially when the visible customers were few. This restaurant is trying too hard to be slick gourmet and they missed the mark in my opinion.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fabulous food and service. Gets noisy at times. Will be back for more yummy food!

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

just fabulous!! food was sublime. great and very relaxed ambiance, which i was positively surprised about.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Small plates and entrees, both equally good. Attentive service, creative and tasty dishes.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I fell in love with this restaurant from Portland dining month a while ago. Their 3 course menu was the most thoughtful and delightful out of all the ones I got the chance to try (which included some like Papa Haydn, Departure, and Fogo de Chao), so I was excited to visit them again for normal dining. I saw the silken tofu on instagram, and knew I had to order it. The 4 cup chicken was an item that I saw was new as well, so I figured it would be worth a try. My date had the foie gras hum bao and lamb. All our dishes were great, but none left a strong impression, except when the hoisin sauce flavor would be a little bit too dominating in the foie gras and tofu dishes. The restaurant is still one of my favorite Portland gems, and I recommend it for anyone wanting to have a nice little dinner while out on Alberta.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was excellent, the service was cold and unfriendly. Although we did not know at the time, I will remember they allow you to bring in a bottle of wine from outside--nice perk!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We love Aviary! It is the first restaurant that we go to when we visit Portland. Had one visit a couple of years ago that was not as magical as other times, but this occasion was one of the best meals ever. Best steak ever. 4 cup chicken was awesome. And the Shrimp toast made me moan. Seriously.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great Beer, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food is great nouveau cuisine

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Very interesting and great tasting small plates. Loved the tofu dish and roasted artichoke dish. Flat iron steak over Douglas fir also very good and very Oregon. Server made excellent recommendations and took excellent care of us. Definitely would recommend and can’t wait to try more of the menu!

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The roasted carrot and black lentil salad that I had was beautiful to look at, rich in texture, and simply delicious. It was the best vegetable dish I've ever had. It was a truly inventive, flavorful, outstanding meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Such a fun dining experience! I was seated at the chef's counter and was able to see the work first hand! I had the flank steak with bone marrow and potatoes...man, so buttery and filled with happiness (also I was hungry). They do let the steak rest (as you should) and it so worth it. I had a lavender house made soda; it was a great palette cleanser; love the taste. I also had a hum bao with foie gras. Yes, you can say " I had a hum bao with foie gras" and it was good! Something that I would have never expected to try.

This place is a foodie's dream; they are creative, different, but just do food really really really well! You will not be disappointed. I will say, if you are the hamburger ordering type or like "traditional pasta" this place might be a little much for you, open your mouth to new adventures! Think of this place as uniting unusual ingredients and flavors that just work! They didn't win get a James Beard nom for nothin.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We tried the vegetarian tasting menu! Glad we found this restaurant during our stay in portland. One if the best vegetarian menu i have ever had. Creative in the way textures and flavours are mixed. Highly recommend for the vegetarian tasting menu. But i am sure all the dishes are as good as well!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Superb, as usual. Definitely rates in the top 3 Portland restaurants.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Eclectic food selection with interesting combination of flavors.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This is an excellent restaurant: very inventive food choices, with a mixture of some unusual flavors and ingredients. Everyone should try the crispy pig ear dish; sounds a bit ghoulish but very tasty. We loved the roasted carrots and black lentils, the tempura green beans, and the pork short ribs. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. My only reservation: the choice of red wines by the glass is very limited. We really didn't care for our blended Pinot Noir or blended Merlot, and would have liked more choice. On the other hand, the Sauvignon Blanc was great.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing food! They need to stock more foie gras hum bao since they know they run out if it by 7pm every night.

Tags: Seasonal, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

It’s a rare occasion that every single dish is spectacular. We particularly liked the charred octopus accompanied by the most amazing ricotta cheese circle. I rate this establishment as one of the best meals ever and fairly priced also. The portions were perfect for sharing. A long list of mostly French wines, several Spanish with a few local Pinot Noirs. Our server was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Don’t miss this place.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The service is great, good drinks and overall experience. This is a great special occasion place with a good vibe. I have some food allergies and this limited me to 2 items on the menu. For that reason it isn't a good fit for me but my friend enjoyed it. So so on amount of food to cost.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our second visit and with the same couple, just to verify it REALLY was as good as we remembered! And yes it is.... Tried even a few more dishes, all shared, all plates scraped clean of the delicate sauces and sophisticated flavors. Thanks team Aviary!

Tags: Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I have enjoyed this restaurant in the past but this meal was an extreme disappointment. From a snotty and incompetent server to average (at best) cuisine with an incredibly long wait between courses, I can not, in any regard, recommend this establishment any longer. I will not return.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent, creative cuisine at a fair price. Two couples can order say 4 smaller plates and 4 larger plates plus desert and make essentially their own tasting menu. The portions are good for sharing. I'm not an expert on the Portland food scene, but Aviary certainly does the city proud in the eyes of visitors.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Booked here with no foreknowledge of the restaurant...because it is close to my daughter's house. Was absolutely blown away by the food. Best meal of 2017!! Tuna crudo was fresh and delicate. Tempura green beans were savory/spicy/crispy. Charred octopus was perfectly cooked and the molten cheese a perfect accompaniment. Steak over douglas fir had just the right amount of pine/smoky flavor, and kurabata ribs were absolutely succulent. Lemon-rosemary meringue dessert was perfect ending. Sharing all the dishes allowed us all to enjoy every flavor. Thanks Aviary, we'll be back!!

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This was our second time eating at Aviary. The food was amazing once again; however, we were disappointed with the service we received this time. The waiters were slow coming to our table, never asked us about if we wanted another drink, and we sat with empty glasses of water or any other beverage before even finishing our meal. It seems as if the waiters were overwhelmed, or were not particularly interested in our table of two. I was especially disappointed since we had such great service the first time we ate there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Fantastic meal as always - Aviary is a worthy long-term dining establishment in Portland!

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Birthday occasion; three people, pretty serious foodies. Superb 'happy hour' till 7, a full meal in itself, with excellent vegetarian tapas -- Japanese eggplant, tempura'ed green beans, terrific banh mi and pulled pork. This easily could be a full high-quality dinner. Entree of curried goat and plank steak. Excellent service; everyone really on the ball. We sat on porch/patio in cool summer evening; inside is a bit more stark and concrete; ambient noise better outside than inside. Certainly will go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Vegan, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We called and were told to schedule via open table. The only available table for us was at 9:15PM and we agreed in spite of it being significantly later than we'd wanted. It was the only time available, and we really wanted to eat at Aviary.

When we showed up, the place was empty other than a four top. The lights were on and it looked and felt like they were getting ready to close up. It seemed like the "create a line outside to give the impression of being busy" approach. Open table is a good resource. But when it is used by a restaurant inappropriately to create an impression of being busy, it doesn't sit well with customers in a city ripe with amazing places to dine. Instead of speaking to an eager host who is excited to have you, we were shooed away to open table so that the impression could be created of exclusivity and busyness.

In the end, we spent about $200. The food was great and the service was as well, but when we felt like we were duped to start off, the taste lingered.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was good, but I was disappointed in the limited options for a person like myself who needs to eat gluten free.

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Dishes were interesting but not great. Service was slow and the place was not full.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We have been to Aviarymany times but this visit was the best. Food was creative, fresh and perfectly presented. Wines were well paired for the menu. All in all one of the best portland food experiences

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Second time at the aviary, and my second five star review. Does NOT disappoint!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Had a friend visiting from out of town. Love this place and they delivered as usual. Right around the block from me.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Healthy
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 16, 2017

One of the best meals I have ever eaten! The food was!inventive and delicious, and the service was stellar. Can't wait to come back.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Very creative menu! combining ingredients I had not dreamed would work so well together.
No green salad choices, but beet and asparagus like you have never seen or tasted.
No spoon to soak up the unique sauces for each of our 6 plates....they were yummy!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Awesome as always. Love Aviary!

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Aviary provides stunning meals...every single time we have gone there. This visit seemed even more amazing....such creative dishes, such care of presentation, knowledgeable staff. The whole evening was picture perfect....the four of us dined like kings and walked out raving about
what a delightful time we had. Thank you Aviary!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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