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Ava's Kitchen & Bar, Kenilworth, NJ

Ava's Kitchen & Bar

4.6
4.6
314 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Pizza Bar, American

  • Hours of operation

    Kitchen Hours Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (908) 946-2827

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Attilio Guarino & Nick DeRosa

  • Neighborhood

    Kenilworth

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 314 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Gastro Pub

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  1. m

    mammysue

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ava’s never disappoints! The ambiance is so comfortable and casual, which we love. We shared the fried artichoke appetizer, a pizza, and pasta dish, and all were delicious! My husband liked his IPA and the Malbec I ordered was excellent. Service was terrific. Will surely be back soon!
  2. SK

    SamanthaK

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant!
  3. D

    Danielle

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ava's is ALWAYS fantastic across the board- atmosphere, food, cocktails, service, etc.
  4. L

    Like2eat

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The spicy vodka pasta was just too spicy. Couldnt eat it.
  5. c

    carmar

    New York Area

    75 reviews

    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! The food is excellent, especially the pizzas.
  6. EK

    ElizabethK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    $21 for a meal for a 10 month old left a poor taste in our mouth. Rather inconsiderate not to mention the baby sat on my lap the whole time because they do not offer high chairs.
  7. NA

    NicoleA

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wilson is the absolute best!!! The food is amazing as well.
  8. m

    michellek

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Waitress did crack a smile and appeared impatient - like she was doing us a favor.I have no issue paying $$$$ for drinks but they should have a decent pour - bring stingy with the pour will NEVER bring me back. Who has a dessert menu and does not offer coffee /tea/espresso? Not all but offer at least one! To many other options to waste time going back here. One and done. No value for the money.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, drinks even better and my friends and I played a card game while having drinks after the food
  10. M

    Mitxa

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The appetizers and the pizza were good. The main courses were terrible and over priced. We ordered the chicken parm and the Spaguetti carbonara. The chicken cutlet was really thin and dry and didn't even come with pasta. The spaguetti carbonara was terrible. It came in an appetizer plate (for over $20) and it tasted horrible. It had no sauce and the prosciutto was chewy and fatty. Also, both meals had a very strong taste of pecorino Romano cheese (or another strong cheese; not parmesan), which was not necessary at all. It tasted like the smell of feet and ruined the meal. Will not be coming back. The reviews were not accurate, in my opinion.
  11. GC

    GretaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Asked for extra red sauce. Waiter said he would be fired if he gave us that. Seems ridiculous.
  12. RO

    ROBIN

    New York Area

    807 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    807 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really great chopped salad. The fried calamari /zucchini combo ($17) was just okay, lots of zucchini not a lot of calamari. I asked for additional sauce (to add red pepper flakes to) because I enjoy it spicy and my spouse like's it mild. Waiter nodded but never brought the additional sauce. I read another recent review where the waiter said he would get fired if he brought extra sauce. I will not be ordering that appetizer again so it doesn't much matter. The pizza was excellent, great taste and texture to the dough. And our grilled chicken parmesan was also a delicious choice. My only negative comment was that 3 iced teas cost $19. To charge $6 plus for a medium sized iced tea, glass, half filled with ice, and not offer one refill is a bit much. Next time I will opt for water.
  13. M

    Manunz

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVE AVA'S!!!! You can never go wrong with any of the delicious dishes and cocktails!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our food and service. It’s a cozy place. My one complaint is that there was a couple next to us (the only other people in the whole back room) that ordered something that they didn’t realize had meat on it and they were vegetarian. They asked to get something else, the waitress took the item and all seemed well until the waitress returned with the item boxed and ready to go home with them. The customer said they didn’t want it and wouldn’t eat it, but the manager insisted that she still pay for the item in addition to what she ordered in place of it. The manager argued with this couple right next to us for at least 5-6 minutes while we were trying to enjoy our meal. I actually had to ask if they could please stop. They went on a few more minutes and finally manager left with customer angry and upset. All of this over a $20 meal. I liked the place, but seeing how they treat their customers, I don’t plan on returning. There are plenty of other places to try.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Great drinks and good food—and the staff are very nice.
  16. JP

    JPMCranford

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience.
  17. L

    Leopardlady888

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous food!… creative and delicious pizzas… loved the grilled romaine too! Excellent server!
  18. DN

    DonnaN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food-Pizza-great-drinks-on the expensive side-but overall will go back.
  19. JD

    JamesD

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Love this place - great food, great drinks/beer selection. I only rated it lower on ambience because it was really dark at our table and hard to see the menu.
  20. LT

    LisaT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Ava’s is always terrific. Delicious food. Wonderful margaritas and old fashions.
  21. L

    Leec

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ava’s never disappoints. We don’t live very close but go quite often nonetheless. We are real foodies and I am in the business and could not recommend Ava’s more highly.
  22. KK

    KenK

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As always, great food. The best pizza ever!
  23. E

    Erinoelle

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great girls night out !
  24. W

    nanaW

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food always consistently delicious, drinks outstanding
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food, drinks & beer selection in the area!!!
  26. LT

    LeonardT

    Naples

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Tacos and pizza were outstaning. Service was great
  27. PC

    PeterC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They came highly recommended…and didn’t disappoint!
  28. AT

    AmberT

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ava’s is consistently delicious with wonderful service. They switch up the menu per season so you will always have yummy new food to choose from. The service and the food are unbeatable for the area! Highly recommend!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I had a great time at this restaurant. The chorizo pizza was awesome. The service was good and quick. This place is a little pricey though with my wife plain pie coming in at 19$ and drinks also on the high side. They don't have high chairs so keep that in mind if your bringing your kids. A big draw for me was the 36 beers on tap but not one stout or porter and they don't do beer flights which were all big disappointments.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Number 1 place to go out with friends and family. You can never go wrong with ordering any of the brick oven pizzas. The ambiance and vibes are amazing and the inside is very rustic feeling.
  31. w

    westie18

    New York Area

    99 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Pizzas are excellent! Charred crust and interesting toppings . The alcoholic offerings- wine, beer, booze- are extensive!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food; fast service; great drinks menu
  33. AS

    AmyS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    GREAT on tap beer menu! We enjoyed all the options, many of which were NJ and that's nice!
  34. JH

    JohnnyH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was excellent. They had a nice, varied beer/cider menu as well as an extension libations menu.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been seeing the food & cocktails on Instagram and wanted to check it out. Appetizers came out rather quickly and were delicious. We had the burrata and the calamari that also had fried zucchini (my husband is obsessed with fried zucchini, most places serve frozen, but this is was def fresh!). Then I have shared the corn pizza (something different) and the chicken parm. My husband is still talking about the chicken parm, which means we’ll be back soon!
  36. L

    Lukshen

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonder why I don’t go more often!
  37. K

    Keanna

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place for a girls night out! Will definitely go back with friends!
  38. RS

    RonS

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Service was great.
  39. KD

    KristyD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Ava’s last night and it was wonderful! The burrata appetizer was delicious, as well as the the pasta carbonara. Next time I’m trying the brick oven pizza. Can’t wait to go back!
  40. JC

    JustinC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date spot or place to go with a group of people. Pizza is awesome especially if you like the well done char of a brick oven. Local beers and specialty drinks rotate all the time

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 4.6 stars by 314 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Ava's Kitchen & Bar

1 N 21st St, Kenilworth, NJ 07033-1615

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kenilworth

  • Hours of operation

    Kitchen Hours Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Pizza Bar, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Attilio Guarino & Nick DeRosa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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