Their Portland Dining Month menu was exquisite, and we split another small plate (the tomato brûlée) which was fantastic. Good cocktails, nice wine list, and enjoyed the space. Will definitely be back to try the full menu.
Our server was very rude, your typical Portland snob who most likely isn’t from Portland. Very unfortunate considering how delicious the food was. His exceptionally poor attitude stood out in comparison to another server who helped bring out our food last night. I dined in with my boyfriend and a two other friends for dining month, of course. Here is what baffles me....I was told that I had to choose my dessert while I placed my order for dinner and I couldn’t change my mind because the chefs needed to know now. I usually don’t waste my time with writing reviews but thought I’d share Incase anyone else appreciates good food along with great service. My friends and I all agreed that this dude was probably just having a bad night, BUT we also all agreed that your non related work “issues” should be left at the door. You don’t need to take you problems out on the guest who will be tipping you for your time man.... probably won’t be back. I can find great food and excellent service elsewhere in Portland.
Portland dining month menu was good, but.... My friend and I shared so we had one of everything. The shrimp toast was very good! The cannelloni was good. The beef entree was too similar in flavor to the cannelloni and the turnip brick was tasteless. Loved the cauliflower.
The dining month menu was excellent, quality of the food superb, house wineof rose and Tuscan blend were excellent as was the friendly service. Overall, a five-star experience.
The food was excellent! The service was very prompt and the waitress was very friendly! The kitchen ended up getting pretty backed up and we ended up waiting a extra long time for our main entrees but they were well worth the wait and the staff was very apologetic about it.
We had a great Portland Restaurant Month meal. Thank you!
Portland Dining Month- the shrimp toast was stellar! The matcha ice cream dessert was also particularly well composed, with candied ginger and bright citrus highlights.
A note to the quality of service: they were extremely busy but the server still found time to ask the manager to raise the light level for us. After 7 they dim the lights substantially, at least in the back seating area, and so we really appreciated getting them turned back up so we could see to eat.
Server #6 was rude, ordering felt rushed, almost like ordering at a fast food place. We had been looking forward to go to aviary for a long time and I chose to surprise my wife for our anniversary. I was shocked by the server’s attitude, but did not bring it up because I did not want to spoil the evening with my wife. He only changed his overall attitude when we told him we recognized him from a different restaurant. I don’t what the deal was maybe the influx of people with Portland dinning month makes the job more boring and repetitive, but in an industry that is ruled by customer loyalty and reputation there are no excuses for rude behavior towards customers. My reservation through opentable had special instructions because we were celebrating our 4th year wedding anniversary, but the service we received did not make us feel special. Last year we went to little bird and they gave us two glasses of free Champagne to celebrate. At the end server #6 made a huge math mistake when he closed our tab. He only charged us for 50% of the total amount of the check. I had to stand up and go talk to him about his mistake. I think that the restaurant manager and Cheff need to take this feedback to heart and talk to him. I would not want someone like this representing my brand.
The food was delicious, the service has a lot of opportunities to be improved
Even though I had reservations for five days, I was ushered into the back dining area that resembled a garage. It was cold. The bench seat was uncomfortable. Took forever for them to bring my dessert, which was not at all a complicated labor-intensive dish. Food was good though.
We chose this as one of our Portland dining month selections and it did not disappoint. The food was creative and delicious. We enjoyed all of the selections. My husband and I ordered all the choices on the set menu so we could try everything. My favorites were the shrimp toast and my chocolate cherry dessert. It was definitely a fun and tasty experience.
Server brought me the wrong beverage, plates were set down in front of the wrong person each of the three courses. I wouldn’t care about this but they didn’t ask which was whose, and paid little attention initially when we said they weren’t our dish; seemed like they were focused on the description of the dish. Those were small issues, not a big deal.
The shrimp toast was amazing, the main courses were good, and the dessert was yum - good balance of sweet and bitter.
Last, it was SUPER loud. Some of the diners (maybe alcohol-fueled) were SO loud we struggled to hear each other. I get that the preference for restaurants is all metal/high ceilings/nothing to absorb noise, but this was worse than most. Kind of a shame.
Absolutely delicious, excellent service great experience.
Great food and great experience... we had a great time!!!
I visited Aviary for Portland Dining Month and theirs was my favorite dining month offering so far, including last year when I was first introduced to PDM.
The variety of tastes and textures was exceptional. I loved the gentle crispness of the toast used for the shrimp toast and the charred cauliflower was amazing! Also loved the perfectly cooked, buttery salmon and the candied lemon with the matcha ice cream and shortbread, but overall, every dish (we tried all 6) was really special. Portions were just perfect.
So thoughtful and tasty! Also the Portland dining month is a steal!!!
We ate off the special March menu and it was excellent. 3 superbly prepared courses.
Great fine dining experience, with excellent food and terrific service. Atmosphere is well appointed. Staff were very friendly and attentive. This was my fourth visit, and I've loved each time!
It's become a tradition now to always check out Aviary for PDX Dining month because it's a guarantee that they would not disappoint! Out of the restaurants I've been able to check out for Dining Month in the past 3 years, the best value and quality were always constant here. My boyfriend and I had 1 of each course, and all were delightful.
Quiet and nice place..would recommend chrispy pig ears and shrimp toast especially. No kids menu though.. great for young couples or older couples whose kids are away..
The Tomato Brule was amazing. Each bite was excellent!
We had a fabulous experience in Aviary. It was branded as Asian-Pacific Northwestern fusion food and is the best execution of such style we had so far. The innovative use of traditional ingredients give the dishes new depth of flavor. Plating is also quite pleasant. The service was very good as well. The interior decoration borders on the minimalism but wasn't inadequate. We will definitely return.
This was my #1 pick for Portland's Dining Out Month and they didn't disappoint. While there was a bit of a wait to get our orders in, it was completely worth it. I plan on returning to explore the other tempting items on the menu.
Every time I come here I enjoy the food such creative mix of flavors with an Asian influence without ever going Fusion. Don't miss out on getting the pig ear dish.
Came here for the Portland Dining Month special, which was a great way to try this restaurant at relatively low expense. We both started with the Shrimp Toast, which is not to be missed -- wonderful combination of flavors that makes me want to go back again. Then I had the short ribs with hoisin glaze while my date had the butter-poached salmon; not sure which I liked better, but both were delicious. We didn't really care about dessert at that point, but the house-made ice cream was good, and not too heavy. The server (whose name I don't recall) was very good, and she seemed to have a good knowledge of both the food and the wine menu.
Excellent inventive food and service. Great place for a nice evening out with friends. New dishes keep it fresh and inviting
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.
I like the possibility to choose the course plates, but I don’t had any excellent/remarkable dish and the desert was too ordinary :/
Great service; well prepared, quality, creative and interesting food, but maybe just a little too creative with the flavors of some of the items; good wine; maybe a little noisy; I would dine there again
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.
Great date, amazing food
Great food and amazing service and care from the kitchen, bartender, and servers.
It was our first time at Aviary and everything we ordered was delicious! From the oxtail and short rib to the charred octopus! I even enjoyed my “comfort and joy” drink. Definitely a must eat in Portland.
It was just okay. Expected more for the press it gets. Scallops were almost raw and that was a turn-off.
Amazing food and service. Thank you for a complimentary anniversary drink it made it extra special!
The bao was amazing! Also really enjoyed the four cup chicken , the short rib, and my cocktail. Would definitely go again, especially for happy hour.
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!