Avo

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Avo is a chef-owned restaurant from New Orleans-born chef Nick Lama, a third-generation Sicilian. “Avo” is an Italian word that translates as “grandfather” or “ancestor”. The menu at Avo is inspired by family recipes but served with a fresh perspective. Classics like meatballs and lasagna are standards, with inventive takes on many dishes like octopus. While the food is Italian-focused, many ingredients are Southern-grown and locally harvested.

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New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Menu seemed s bit truncated perhaps because of construction. Still had a slight smell of paint in the newly enclosed dining area. Having said that the food was inventive and delicious and service from Melissa was excellent. The Friday LA Dining Week menu could have included a seafood entree for pescatarians but my complaints are minor. Really enjoyed the food!

RS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The new renovation is terrific. Great service from Victoria!

N
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food, service and value were very good. We shall return. The only reason I downgraded the ambiance was that they are renovating the courtyard. We could smell the construction materials. Not to worry because the construction will be done soon (end of 9/2019).

BG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Avo is consistently one of the best restaurants in New Orleans of any kind. The only reason that ambiance got four stars and not five is that they are just completing the renovation of their formerly outdoor courtyard and there is a large curtain between the indoor dining room and the new construction.
About the food - My wife had a halloumi and watermelon appetizer - unexpected, absoutely delicious, and tasted both strange and comforting at the same time. I had their carpaccio - the meat was positively silky and was perfectly balanced by two little quenelles of eggplant caponata. They also used some foamed aioli - it was so creamy that I would have spread it on my shoe and eaten it!
We also had the grilled octopus and a bowl of perfect squid ink linguini with clams. Frankly, I would never have paired squid ink linguini (minerally and unctuous at the same time) with steamed clams - and I would be oh so wrong...
The service is charming - the staff has tasted everything, including the wines and their suggestions were spot on. Thanks you Avo - we'll be back and we'll bring friends!

AV
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, congenial, knowledgeable staff.
Very accommodating, happy personnel.
Despite the renovation of the patio, mobility and service were very good.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant was undergoing some renovations. That is reason for the 4 star rating on ambience.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Some of the best calamari I’ve eaten! Cute little restaurant with great service and a friendly atmosphere

L
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Very nice staff. Delicious food. What more can you say. I loved every bite!!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waited 30 minutes past my reservation time for a table. It would have been nice while waiting to be offered something to drink from the bar. Otherwise the coolinary menu was very good.

KP
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AVO was a wonderful food experience. Everything from the starters, ravioli and dessert were wonderful! Service was excellent and the meal was enjoyed by all four. We will definitely go again and would highly recommend to all. Highly suggest any of the pasta dishes. Chef Nick Lama has done a magnificent job. The patio is under construction and once complete will be fantastic. The four in my party all enjoyed a wonderful meal and experience.

OT
New Orleans
40 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Anniversary! AVO is outstanding, from the service to the food. The chef/owner took time from his busy kitchen to come to our table to wish us Happy Anniversary! Highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service!

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was poor at best. We had a trainer waitress who could barely decipher the menu items. Food menu was Not only short but very little variety. Our appetizer had a beer batter more appropriate for an ale house. Our wine is served by the glass was in disparate proportion mine having half of my wife's. The venue is nice but the manager and apparent owner were just sitting back oblivious to our table even though the whole restaurant probably sits 30 people and we the first guests. We love eating in New Orleans because of a wide variety of cuisine And we have many choices so it is easy to lose faith in a restaurant with one venture. Maybe deserves only one star.

CB
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super great food!!

JM
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I have been a fan of Avo for a while. The food and service has always been wonderful, and this time was no different. Disappointed with the new renovation of the restaurant though - it used to have a very cozy and romantic vibe, particularly with their magical courtyard. However, the update feels a bit cheesy and generic - it was actually a bit off-putting. Although I love the food, I don't think I would go out of my way to go back.

TT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible authentic Italian/Sicilian dining experience ! Food, service, drinks and ambiance were fantastic !

MD
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted something close by and planned at the last minute and it was all great!

CC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally some of the best food we’ve ever had. Could have ordered everything on the menu. Service was great, small quiet interior.

JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and the bartenders were awesome. We have loved all of Emeril's restaurants and he has done it again with this one. I had the Lamb Papperdelle and my husband had the Squid Ink pasta with crab. Both were outstanding and the cocktails were so very delicious too! Can't wait to go back!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was outstanding

LD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous
One of my fave restaurants!!!🥰

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Beware of the “outside “ tables. They are covered basically in an air conditioned tent, but if it’s really hot outside, the AC cannot keep up.

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to try Avo for a while now, and last night I finally had the chance to. The food was outstanding, and the waitstaff were well educated on the menu. I will definitely be back!

I
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The octopus and stone fruit salad were a great start to dinner. The veal saltimbucco was perfect, the gulf fish refreshing, light and delicious, and as always, the lasagna was amazing! We can’t wait to come back again!

j
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and service

DG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Service and ambiance were very pleasant. But the food and cocktails were very disappointing. We started with a panzanella that was very sub-par and uninspired. It featured romaine and cherry tomatoes and almost a Caesar dressing. Two parties ordered a very expensive soft shell crab risotto that was inedible...overcooked inside and bready outside.

Overall disappointing and would not return.

CC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, wonderful service and lovely ambiance. Fabulous as usual!

f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely and already have. We look forward to returning and bringing friends or family.

L
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The ambiance is nice and romantic, but the music is a bit loud and not conducive to a quiet meal. The only complaint was the breadstick served in the appetizer - it was the hardest ever! And once you broke it, it actually didn't taste quite fresh. The lasagna was delicious and the fish was superb. Service was top-notch.

HD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for any occasion

C
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meatballs are great, pasta is fresh, and the cocktails are perfectly crafted. Over time the lasagna and charred octopus have consistently remained on the menu and are must order items.

c
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this little gem while visiting in New Orleans. Excellent food and drinks. Entres we had included a deliscious gulf red fish and one of their house made pastas with perfectly prepared shrimps! Highly recommend
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HR
New Orleans
38 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Noisy disruptive diners sat by us made it a less enjoyable meal

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was fantastic and nice elegant service. Overall the ambiance is good, but the pictures of the outside bricked in patio are misleading- it’s actually a covered patio with AC units. You can see the bricks and candles through the clear panels in the cover but it’s not an open air dining experience and if you’re expecting that it’s disappointing. Again though, the food was excellent and worth dining here. Great pastas. I’d be back but might want to sit at the bar.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex our server was great.
Loved the grilled peach app and the barbecue octopus!
Great meal

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! Flavorful and beautifully presented. Nice wine menu and good value.

A
Milwaukee
58 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute small restaurant with big flavors. Highly personable and attentive servers who readily described each dish in detail. A must try in Uptown.

MB
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go - to in the neighborhood. Love the friendly vibe at the bar. We usually eat at the bar but got a table for New Year’s. They always have mezcal for my husband and nice rosé for me. Definitely recommend!

CC
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live Uptown and it’s our favorite place to dine!

k
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another lovely meal at Avo. Their service and food is wonderful. Made it extra special for celebrating a birthday too!

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