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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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