Avo

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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 852 People Are Saying
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Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. The meals were phenomenal. Best Italian in the city by far

OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable as always. This place is so special. My husband and I go often and I always make sure it is on the restaurant list for out of town guests. Service is as amazing as their food. Pasta is perfect as are the meatballs. Can’t go wrong with any dish though. The newly renovated space is fresh and elegant.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Everything was so good our plates were completely cleaned!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal served impeccably. Every suggestion from our waiter was amazing and right on. Love this restaurant.

f
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and meal. Great new enclosed old courtyard

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service in a beautiful but laid back environment. I’m looking forward to going back!

g
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and great experience as always!

3
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Yummy food but a bit pricier than we anticipated. Definitely try the charred octopus app!

BH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avo is my favorite Italian restaurant. There's always something new and delicious to try. I love the meatball appetizer and all the housemade pasta dishes.

N
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good but the temperature of the food was not hot. Because of the recent construction you were hit with the smell of paint when you walk in the door. Getting through the door was difficult also because of the construction. It is a very high step to get in and out and not particularly safe for elderly people. Perhaps once the construction is all completed and they fix the entryway and they can serve the food hot, this would likely be a Five star restaurant.

B
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Newly renovated Avo is definitely worth a visit. All our dishes were up to expectations or better and service was crisp.

J
New Orleans
41 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love avo for date night - and love the new renovation!

OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s a comfortable place and it’s not noisy . you can hear yourself talk. There’s a wonderful space between tables. I hope they don’t change that

JW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avo never disappoints. Fantastic service, great food, and a killer atmosphere.

S
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
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 on September 13, 2019
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
10 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.

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