Ava's Kitchen & Bar

4.7
96 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Tucked around a cozy corner just off the Boulevard in downtown Kenilworth, New Jersey lies a place that lives to meet all of your quality food and beverage needs. Ava’s Kitchen & Bar features a wood burning brick oven that churns out thin crackly-crusted pizzas with a flavor and texture that is like no other. Our mission is to re-imagine the possibilities of what pizza can be by looking back to the techniques of our ancestors. The use of lengthy fermentation, sourdough starters, stone ground local flours and other local seasonal ingredients.
Ava’s is here to provide our patrons with a warm, energetic environment to enjoy everything from a business luncheon to a late-night snack. Our warm, inviting bar and dining area will immediately transform your day and make you want to relax and unwind. Along with 32 beers on tap, soulful wines by the glass and an extensive list of craft whisky, spirits and cocktails there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Mother’s day! Was wonderful -great food and service. My drink was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding pizza and New Jersey craft beers.

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CoriJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to or order takeout at Ava’s every week. It’s our favorite restaurant. They did an outstanding job as usual on Mother’s Day.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Services and food all good, menu is small, burgers very good

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite pizza in NJ hands down! Attilio does an awesone job with the wood fired brick oven, making creative pies that taste fabulous. Must try os the "Murphy" w soppresata, smoked mozz, ricotta and hot honey. Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff is on point. Will return

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vipDanK
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ordered the pesto pasta main dish and it was an extremely small portion. The chicken parm comes without sides so at $20 it felt too expensive for what you receive as well. Drink menu is nice. In all, everything on the food side is about $5 too expensive. Also, I called out that it was my friend’s birthday and asked if they could do something special; they did nothing. I’d likely only return if I was invited by someone else, but wouldn’t make it a point to return.

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Paul
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great little place. The selection of beer and drinks was good and the menu, while small was well done. The service was star of the night. Our waiter was on point all night and added to the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pleasantly surprised that they do a Taco Tuesday special

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vipBeamer
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Our server was great he tried his best service was delayed because it was very busy but I got my dinner about 10 minutes before my wife got hers. The food was very tasty. They just have to become more efficient. Noise level was very high lots of kids

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Well I hate to do this but it is justified. AVA’s was our favorite restaurant , either dined in or took out once a week since it opened. Amazing pizza , very unique artisan style dishes. However. This week was my last. The service was extremely disappointing. I ordered a plain ‘red’ pie. After about 45 minutes the waiter said it will be right out. An hour passed I’m sorry it will be coming out soon. I overheard the people next to me place the same order. There’s came out in about 10 minutes. Next 1 hour 30 minutes passed by they brought me dessert. No pie. After exactly 1 hour 40 I got up in disgust and left. Never got the pie. I have always tipped between 20-25%
Never going back Don’t BS me if you made a mistake

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible experience with a variety of dishes and drinks. Everything from seafood to some of the best pizza I have ever had. Went had a party of 8 and ordered a lot of plates for variety and enjoyed everything.

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KenK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best food places in NJ. The best pizza ever, great drinks and ambiance. It can’t be beat.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new menu!! Fabulous cocktails!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pizza and food, great atmosphere, fantastic service! Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails!

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Rose
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here 2 times so far and each time has been great. The first time was a date night, and the 2nd was to see close friends for my bday. Drinks are always great, and the food is always spot on. Portions are great, the pizza is a must - even if it’s plain or pepperoni although they do have several different toppings.

If you like tequila and a little sweetness, try the rosemary’s baby cocktail!

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Some of the best pizza in New Jersey

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PeteB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent pizza and neat atmosphere, interesting drink selections.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. This is the perfect place to go with friends. Although the menu is on the smaller side, there’s most likely something for everyone. The beer selection is great and there’s so many good cocktails! I’ve been here about 6 times and it’s never disappointed me! With the warmer weather coming, I’m excited to sit outside in front of the beautiful lights.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Made a 930 reservation to go to the restaurant they had 10 o’clock available as well. When we arrived at 9:27 we were told to wait a minute they would had already done last call. The waitress then told us that they closed at 9:30 even though the menu advertise 10 o’clock and I asked her about open table and she told me she would tell the owner. We came for the menu that was on open table and more surprised to find out that it was taco night and nothing on the menu was available. To top it off everyone at the restaurant had the attitude that we were putting them out by arriving at 930. I would Advise everyone to go someplace else

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vipLana
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best pizza in NJ! The menu is always changing but everything on it should be tried. Drinks are creative and delicious. You can’t have just one. I highly recommend Ava’s.

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Patrick
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Overpriced. Not friendly young kid server. No exceptions to the way they make their ours. Burnt crust.
Won't be back

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Shurjo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Love the "share plates" tapas style. And the beers are very friendly - something for every beer lover. Would recommend a visit for sure.

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vipDiana
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Ava’s. Favorite drink is the STONE FENCE. Apps are delicious but could be a little bigger portions. Love the pizza but no deviations leaves fewer choices. Always a great experience otherwise

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vipMonicaC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been going to Ava's since they opened. The food the service and drinks are amazing. Best pizza and mixologist in union county.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was terrific and the food was amazing as usual!

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ava's in Kenilworth is our favorite spot to go for delicious pizza, appetizers and cocktails.

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RareDateNightDiners
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great craft ipas and cocktails .... enjoyed the pizza second time having and it was tremendous !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Galentines ! The server was AMAZING THE FOOD EXQUISITE! Color me impressed!

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iLoveFood
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Ava’s never disappoints. Food, service, and cleanliness get 5 stars across the board.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all around as always.

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Kitty
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Family went for dinner. Avas clearly wasn’t following covid capacity rules ...but we could live with that. But my chicken parm was absolutely awful. Chicken tasted like rubber. Server asked if she could do anything I asked for bread to dip in the sauce. She said sorry but they don’t give our bread (even though a piece came with the mussels we ordered )...nothing was taken off the meal that was inedible. Our server was great minus the bread issue but the place is very overpriced for mediocre food. Won’t be going back any time soon.

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FranklinB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding beer selection and excellent pizza!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had no problem making a reservation online and were seated immediately even on a busy Saturday night during a pandemic. However, they had hand sanitizers at every table and plexiglas dividing the center tables of the room. Our mussels appetizer was absolutely amazing and came out fairly quick. We did notice a big gap in between our appetizer and entree serving (we ordered all at once), however the owner acknowledged and apologized to us for the long wait, so he said the next round of drinks were on him. Although we were lucky enough to not have been starving, we appreciated they came to us and let us know there was a slight back up.

We had 2 of the brick oven pies and they were perfection, 10/10.
The ambience speaks for itself because we love small rustic vibe places with genuinely great food.

Would definitely come back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Cannot wait to come back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The restaurant was very full and tables were definitely not 6 ft apart. Food was

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and fresh!!!

FAQs

Ava's Kitchen & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 946-2827.

Ava's Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 96 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.