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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.
Portland, OR 97211
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
17th Street and 18th Street
$30 and under
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Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Aviary Ratings and Reviews
I ate at the chef's counter. The operation was fluid and on point. At the suggestion of my server I ordered the tomato brulee with fresh mozzarella which was a marvel of concentrated flavor with a pleasant crunch to the brulee crust. There was wonderful herbed olive oil applied to the plate as a counterpoint.
I also had the house-made Oxtail cannelloni with white beans and it was savory and plush and very satisfying. Rutabaga sweetness a root vegetable sweetness combined nicely with the crispness of the daikon radish.
The garnacha was the perfect wine selection to accompany the food choices, from the offerings available by the glass.
The cranberry tart with blood orange was the bright and intense without being heavy, an excellent way to finish my early evening meal before heading to the Portland Jazz Festival.
Me and my wife went here for Valentines Day. They had a prix fixe menu for the night. It was very fancy, but also very pretentious. Really interesting flavor combinations, but nothing that left me wanting more. The best part of the meal for me was the green tea mouse.
Food was ok, wine selection decent but not great. Unfortunately, I was still hungry after a 3 course meal and only had desert left to fill up on. Ate it all, as it was actually the biggest portion of the 4 course meal, which is the opposite of how I like it after dropping 200 bucks for two peoples Valentine's dinner. I left with an upset stomach after it was all said and done due to eating a good but large and sweet desert so I could satisfy my hunger. To be honest, this is the 3rd restaurant in Portland we have tried due to good reviews and the third time we have left hungry and about 200 bucks less in our pockets. We will be sticking with steakhouses we know are good from now on. These trendy gourmet places are borderline theft in our humble opinions and we will be surprised if they last through the next recession. But, perhaps there are enough trendy libtards who have moved to Portland from California to keep places like this afloat. This is nothing personal about Aviary, it's more of a reflection of what Portland has become, especially over the last 10 years. Sad....I'm just happy I grew up here and got to enjoy it in it's Glory days. It's all downhill from here.
Attention to the quality of the food was undermined by a general cold haugthiness projected by greeters and waiters. Aviary doesn't seem to understand that everyone knows how to cook - technical, even creative competence is easy to find. It's what around the food that makes or breaks meals. Will not return.
I had such a great evening here. Food was beautifully served and absolutely delicious! We tried eggplant, oysters as appetizers and scallops and venison for entry. Can recommend any of these. Loved everything! Stuff was also very professional and friendly. Thank you guys for such a good job.
My husband & I took another couple (biz assoc.) who all love great food. It was a Saturday, and we wanted to make a reservation because we were a bit limited on time. An acquaintance who also loves food recommended this place, and it did not disappoint. They have various size dishes, and we decided try to few and share. Every dish was delicious. We order to many plates (because we were hungry and couldn't decide), and even though we were full, we didn't want to waste a bite!! If you are early enough and lucky, you may get to try the foie gras Hum Bow ! OMG!
We had 4 dishes including the clay pot chicken that was the special. My favorite dish ended up being the tempura green beans. They were delicious! However, I felt that everything else sort of missed the mark. For a $100 dinner for 2, I definitely left with a feeling of regret. Probably won't be back any time soon.
Two hours into the meal, we were only just beginning our second course. The restaurant staff (everyone with the exception of our actual waiter) were very apologetic with regards to the delay of the first three courses, explaining they were having some kitchen difficulties, and in the process creating a rather slow pattern of service. A paced meal was manageable , but our waiter, while initially rather lovely, developed ample attitude throughout the long evening from sources unbeknownst to us. She brought out dessert with little explanation of its contents nor its wine pairing (a service that was scarce to begin with, and continued to dwindle throughout the evening) and a few short moments later hastily dropped the bill at the center of our table with no acknowledgement of our progress in the meal. She then proceeded to linger in such a way that it was clear we were being rushed to leave.
While the food was fabulous, and the quiet setting facilitated easy and intimate communication amongst diners, the service failed to reflect the care clearly taken in all other aspects of the dining experience. With some more professional and polished staff, the perceived value and overall experience would have increased exponentially.
This was one of the most delicious dinners I have ever had! We went for an early dinner during the week and ordered both a bunch of appetizers and two of us had dinners. The tempura green beans were spectacular! Every dish had its own distinctive flavors and sauce. Other excellent dishes were the carrots and lentils, the artichokes, the steak and the scallops. The combination of Asian and French really works here. I highly recommend this restUrNt for its interesting and delicious dishes.
We had a wonderful experience at Aviary. The ingredients in all of the dishes were very fresh and the food looked very appealing. Everything was delicious- I especially recommend the charred octopus and the four cups chicken. The oysters were a bit on the pricier side for what you pay for (you only get 4 small oysters) but were good nonetheless.
The decor for the restaurant is modern and hip yet relaxed enough to not feel stuffy and the staff were all very friendly and knowledgable about the menu. They recommend that you order family style, so about 2 dishes per person in your party. I would recommend the octopus, the chicken, the pork belly, and perhaps the tofu.
There are coat hangers which was very convenient.
This is a beautiful space and the food we had was generally good; great even. Our waitress, however, was not very attentive and seemed quite annoyed/borderline rude when I asked about entrees and sides that were prepared or could be prepared without dairy or egg. She appeared to have little interest in having a dialogue with me about the non-dairy/egg items on the menu which, for Portland, was a little surprising. I understand that restaurants get a little tired of endless requests for substitutions. But I've been asking these questions for years and this is the first time I've experienced such an immediate, visceral, negative response to a fairly simple inquiry. I had fun with my friends and enjoyed some of the sides, but I'm in no rush to revisit this restaurant.
The food was very fresh and the presentations were unique and creative. We really enjoyed everything we had, foie gras buns, oysters, scallops, and cheesecake. We didn't wait long for anything and my husband is handicapped and he was treated very respectfully, fun for a date night!
Some wonderful happy hour items and a longer timer period than most. Very attentive and helpful service. The wines are a little higher priced than some places, but the red we had was very good and happened to be from an area that our friends had stayed in while in France.
They had us with the butter, complementary and flavored with garlic and anchovy, served with the bread. Everything thereafter was superb. The menu tended to red meat the night we dined.
We ordered 5 dishes to split amongst the five of us. The flat iron steak was the carnivorous gem among standouts; we also enjoyed chili-glazed venison (not all in our party likes game), and the scallops - richer and buttery-er than what I'm used to. We ordered two plates of the latter. From the top half of the menu we tried the tempura green beans and that is probably one of the dishes I'm going to periodically crave. Also had the crispy pork belly salad and it was delicious. (Yes, that "delicious" descriptor is the theme.) Finished with one of the best desserts I've ever had, flourless chocolate torte with candied ginger and orange puree. Coffee is served in individual French-presses which was cute.
The space is kind of bland, but it's intimate and there are cute childlike bird drawings framed on the walls. We came the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so the restaurant was not particularly crowded. I'd assume when it is, and it ought to be, the noise level can go up. It is spendy, or was for us but we were there to celebrate a birthday. Really good food, if I didn't emphasize that enough.
We went to Aviary for my birthday. And, we brought along our 10 month old son... The host and server were very accommodating and did everything to make us feel right at home. The highlight of the meal were the lamb ribs with tamarind sauce and the crispy pig ears with coconut rice! Our entire meal was excellent. Thank you, Aviary Team.
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