My second favorite restaurant in Portland (after Le Pigeon). This casual bistro takes food seriously without being the least bit stuffy. I love sitting at the counter opposite the kitchen staff who are friendly and always answer your questions with humor and friendliness. The current chef, has been there for more than a year. He's a calm presence, meticulous as he composes each plate. I had two salads as it turned out--an updated Caesar with baby romaine, crunchy croutons, grand padana and smoked cod . Then I tried the halibut, which was served with sturdy local greens (even baby kale), tiny white beans, strawberries, a square of halibut with a pistachio crust, in a refreshing white balsamic dressing. This is perfect for a warm evening. My friend had spring greens, paper thin pickled radish, sunflower seeds, grana padana, and tea leaf vinaigrette, with a small , pan seared half-chicken with snap pea, chèvre and wild rice. She was not much of a drinker and had one glass of local Pinot Noir while I sampled a delicious Oregon rose. This is the kind of thoughtful, superbly executed fresh food that is immensely appealing. Bar Avignon never disappoints.
What a great little restaurant. We came from out of town for a concert, and this place came highly recommended from a friend, and boy were they right. Not a huge menu, which I like. I find the food tends to be better when there is less on the menu. And our server was so kind and genuine. It would be a regular spot for us if we lived here.
We're fans of chicken liver pate, and their is really lovely, with a more mousse-like texture than some and superior bread products. The pickled huckleberries put us over the moon.
And their wine selections are thoughtful, well matched to the food.
Our group of five had a lovely time at Bar Avignon and a lot of it is due to the outstanding staff there. We'd arrived early for our reservation, but were able to get a table outside, while it was still balmy, and we enjoyed cocktails and and delicious apps (a mix of vegetarian and meat), but the hostess found us a table indoors before it became chilly. The service was well-paced, not too much too soon, and every dish was just right. We were in Portland just for the weekend and this dinner was a very pleasant finish to a beautiful day doing a wine tour. Would definitely consider going there again on future visits!
Wonderful tastes from Nettle Risotto, Vamali Cheese, Capicolla, Mussels
Went here with a friend I don’t see very often Nice window table and very attentive staff. Stayed for hours talking and never got any vibe that we should leave. Food good, menu a bit limited.
We visit nice restaurants once a month or so, so I am not a frequent visitor of restaurants where the plates are $25-30. I was really looking forward to trying Bar Avignon based on recommendations. I loved the atmosphere -- lively, cozy, warm, nice lighting! A few things happened which greatly affected my overall experience: they had changed out a wine on the list without updating the menu, and had a rather small selection of wines by the glass. The server couldn't answer my question regarding the dish I had, which led me to choosing something that I ultimately wasn't happy with and had to pick apart (My husband loved his dish through and through, however!) I thought the service, menu and atmosphere felt more like a nice bistro than a high end dining experience.
Wonderful food and attentive service. Bar Avignon never disappoints.
Our experience at Bar Avignon was fabulous!! The space is wonderful, the food and wine and cocktails were delicious, and the service was terrific! We were visiting PDX from Seattle for our anniversary and found Bar Avignon in the Portland's Best Restaurants magazine. Had no idea what to expect and it surpassed our expectations! We will definitely be back on our next trip!
Night in and night out, Bar Avignon delivers. Seasonal menus that take advantage of what is fresh and available. I’ve been coming here for over a decade and this place is still in my top 5 of any restaurants to recommend in Portland.
Saturday was spot on from Cocktails to Appetizers to Salads and Entrees. The staff here are seasoned pros and the quality shows.
Excellent seasonal food in a cozy environment with great service. They have a room in the back with a large table for groups. The two non-alcoholic cocktails offered on the menu were both delicious. When we went, the Pork Coppa and the Halibut salad were both on point-- innovative without being fussy and with a touch of comfort. The chocolate cremeaux we got for dessert was a bit grainy with not enough contrast to the chocolate for my taste, but that was the only part of our several course meal that I wasn't completely satisfied with.
Bar Avignon has thoughtful and helpful staff, and a nice happy hour menu.
Loved the food, ambiance and the attentive, gracious staff. Our server was especially helpful in selecting a wine. A bit pricey considering the more casual vibe but we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
I love Bar Avignon! Granted we live walking distance but the local and fresh food and service is outstanding. Menu is always changing so every time is a new experience. The owners Nancy and Randy are great, they know our names and make us feel as if we are visiting friends. Great for any occasion, highly recommend :))
The food was amazing. Great place to take family. Also good music.
The new menu was delicious in all respects -- pasta, which we shared; mussels -- delicious; halibut (I think) with greens and chickpeas; perfect Gorgonzola dolce. And really nice wine by the glass. Our server was just attentive enough. It was great to have a special meal with a special friend, celebrating, belatedly, a special birthday.
Out meal was wonderful as always, service was great. Out server helped us pick out a great bottle of wine. Wish we lived closer so we could come in more often.
I've never had a bad experience here. It is always delicious.
Worth the wait. Bar Avignon has been on my list for awhile and finally was able to go. It is a very small restaurant but they have a great bar, a private large table in the back you can rent out and all of the servers and hostess were very friendly, attentive and informative. For us it was the right mix of being there enough, while not being overbearing. The food was great. We had the soup, mushroom risotto, pork chop and pot de creme for dessert. I will definitely be back. Oh and the cocktails and wine were excellent. I recommend the Roxy's sour.
Charming spot with attentive and quality service. Menu is diverse and just upscale enough. Great choices on the 3 for $33 many for dining month.
Special thanks to the host for seating us early.
We enjoyed our Portland Dining Month meal. The surprise of the night was how good the Rabbit Pot Pie was. Only one of us ordered it but more of us should have! My preference would be for the watercress soup to be served cold; hot just didn't seem right. All in all it was a nice meal with good friends.
March dining. Service was great, food underwhelming.
It was great!
We were seated at the bar, which I thought was going to be less pleasant than sitting at a table, but I am so glad we were seated where we were. The staff was extremely friendly and even though our server was constantly busy, he still tried to make small talk with us as he was preparing drinks in front of us. The risotto and the rabbit pot pie had such wonderful deep flavors that we were disappointed we ordered off the Portland Dining Month menu instead of the normal menu, because you get smaller portions when ordering the dining month entrees. We will be going back for both of these dishes, and the friendly service.
Bar Avignon is extremely consistent with great food, service, ambiance, and value. It is one of our top 5 PDX restaurants
Great, friendly staff and the food was amazing. We both had the duck "pot Pie" which was really just wonderful duck stew with a square puff pastry floating in the middle. It was excellent. Also good wine selection at reasonable prices.
Great food and great service. Enjoyed sitting at the counter and watching everyone do their part in an amazing way!
Unfortunately using open table; we were not made aware of the payment restrictions ie only 2 cards per table and no separate checks; as it was a ladies group ; it was a bit of an issue
I decided to come for an early dinner during Portland Dining Month. Since I usually eat later, I wasn't particularly hungry when I arrived, which was lucky since it was happy hour. I had a very nice house wine and a half dozen oysters ($1 each!!), which were quite small but oh-so-delicious, followed by some warm marinated olives. After yet another HH appetizer, the charcuterie of the day, I was ready for another glass of wine and dinner. I ordered the soup, which was delicious, beautiful, and light, followed by the rabbit pot pie. It was very hearty, with lots of rabbit and a lovely puff pastry crust on top. I am not a great fan of dessert, but the chocolate pot au feu was a perfect ending to the meal. The only less than perfect parts of the evening were that I was seated in front of the door and was hit by a cold draft each time it was opened, and that a woman came in half way through my meal covered in perfume to the point that I could hardly stand it. As far as the seat, I should have asked to me moved, and as to the second, I would have asked to be moved if I wasn't mid-entree. Neither of those was the restaurant's fault, though. The food was just perfect, and the staff were uniformly friendly, helpful, and efficient. Not an inexpensive evening, even with PDM prices, but worth it. I'll definitely be back!
Always a gem!
Lovely evening and great meal. Went for dining month and loved the food.
Delicious food, and fantastic bartender. Always a favorite!
Wonderful food and amazing service. Space is a little small but great ambience.
We were a couple of foodies at Bar Avignon for the first timeto enjoy the Portland Restaurant Month prix fixe menu. We drove all the way across town from Aloha in rush hour traffic (only took 30 minutes - don't be scared!) and it was worth it!! We had a lovely time - great food, excellent and accommodating service, charming atmosphere. Our meals were delicious and inventive, made with fresh, local ingredients. (We know they were local because we ran into the owners next day at the Portland Farmers' Market!) Adjustments to suit our dietary needs were cheerfully accommodated. The spinach/watercress/mint puree soup was fresh, subtle and delicious. Rabbit pot pie was delicate and warming. The pork chop with polenta was manly yet tender. Pot de creme and and panna cotta were both outstanding - the first deeply, richly, rewardingly chocolate; the second a delicate custard topped with apple butter and granola. At our request, they came up with a wine flight to match each of our dinner choices as well as our personal wine palates. Perfect. We recommend Bar Avignon highly, and plan to make that 30 minute drive again soon!
Solo in Portland for three days, I ate at Bar Avignon two evenings out of three. The counter seat has to be the best seat in the house, especially if you are eating alone. Friendly, attentive service from every member of the staff. Excellent food and lively local ambiance. My duck confit caesar with butter lettuce was a dish to be remembered. I have eaten here on a number of occasions when I was in town with friends and family. If I lived in the neighborhood, this would be my local and I’d eat here once a week without fail. Brilliant! And if you ever wondered about Amaro, this is the place to try it.
We've dined here several times and it continues to be a place we will return to again and again. A summary would be great food with great service in a friendly setting. Topping it off is an excellent cocktail and wine list.
Tried this place for Portland dining month. There were plusses and minuses to me. I didn't like the really intimate seating arrangement. It was awkward knowing everyone can hear what you are saying and vice versa. Intimate but not really intimate, awkward. Also, we were in and out in an hour, thus it felt rushed. Everything was overly prompt. That said the food was good and the wine good, and I bet the cocktails are good. If I did go back I'd maybe go for happy hour at the bar or something.
Great service from a genuinely friendly, and knowledgeable staff. Excellent food. Cozy, upscale casual atmosphere. Extensive wine list and carefully crafted fine cocktails. We had a seat at the counter to watch the kitchen, and had a fantastic evening trying the coursed dinner for Portland dining month. We will be back for some of the beautiful dishes we saw prepared for the regular menu.
We came for Portland Dining Month and were not disappointed. The rabbit was so good that I wish I could eat it everyday. The restaurant is cozy and we were sat at the bar, but we were entertained by watching the cooks prep all the food. We will definitely be returning.
My family went for Portland Dining Month. What a wonderful place, excellent service, a very nice ambience, and excellent food. It had a feeling of my cousins' homes in France. Definitely a place we will visit again.