Ava's Kitchen & Bar

4.7
192 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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Leec
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and exceptionally tasty food and drinks. Best Old Fashioned around and the beer list is phenomenal! Always a pleasurable experience both for dining and service.

MD
vipMaryannD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a great meal.

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vipBrianC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The boar stew was amazing!

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vipDuque
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great time- pizza and cocktails are legit. Bartender Wilson is the man! f

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MarioM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Music was too loud. Need more tables for large parties in the dining room .

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YoliE
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food !! Cocktails are DELICIOUS!! Super friendly staff !

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GaryS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Eva’s!!

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vipChrisKB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed and fun and always delicious food. Service is also attentive and is knowledgeable about the food and menu.

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vipPaulW
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We arrived at Ava’s 15 minutes before our reservation and were promptly seated. All good. Once seated and before we got water or a specials menu, the hostess abruptly came over and said “you have to leave in 90 minutes, we have another reservation”, which shocked all of us. The open table reservation noted that, but it was completely not polite. The ambiance was very nice and beer selection decent. We ordered and surprisingly the food came out in about 5 minutes. The two pizzas were very disappointing and the spicy chicken sandwich tasted below fast food quality. It was like all the food was already made and just flash heated in the brick oven. The pizzas crust was all burnt and the chicken sandwich was burnt and very dry. The worst was our server Ian who could never be found. When he actually talked to us his response was always the same, “no”. Whether it was to get a side of honey or ranch, the answer was always “I have nothing for you”. The service really ruined the evening, not welcoming at all. First and last time going to Ava’s, extremely disappointing!

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vipnanaW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!!! Mixologist is beyond, highly recommend

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DavidN
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming old world tavern atmosphere. You won't find a better wood fired pizza. A smart, focused number of food offerings on the menu and the selection of bourbon, tequila, etc. was outstanding. Skilled mixologists. The bartender's choice option was fun for the adventurous. Choose a spirit, shaken or stirred, rocks or up, and flavor profile and a surprise drink arrives at your table. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and had a passion for the food and drink being offered.

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SheriF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, waiter very attentive and knowledgeable

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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vipPATRICKK
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great find. Excellent cocktails, beer, and spirits lists, and every food item we ordered was interesting and delicious. Servers were friendly and attentive, and the bar/restaurant had a trendy, but welcoming feel to it. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza with inventive and tasty cocktails snd a wide array of other food choices. Wish we lived closer we would be weekly visitors.

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DianeH
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to Ava’s several times and brought guests who were “first timers”. They loved it as much as we do. Great food and great service with a New York bar vibe. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! The service was great and pizza was amazing!!

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Yellowcat
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great place for drinks and food. Stick to the pizzas. Sharing plates are hit or miss.

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MelEats
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The menu felt limited but everything we ordered was delicious! Loved the grilled romaine, got the speck pizza and pesto, both crispy and cheesy and delicious. Lentil soup was A-mazing. Seafood pasta was perfectly al dente. Cocktails were creative and tasty. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, we were seated in the back room so it was very quiet.

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CoriJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ava’s is our spot. We love it so much as a family or a date night. Cozy vibes, excellent drink menu, and the food is spectacular.

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Smitty63
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is outstanding and the service is very good. It is a little noisy if you are trying to have a conversation and it is a little pricy. That being said I've there 3 times in the last 6 weeks so I guess it must be pretty good. Pizza is amazing!!

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vipMapleDad
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So consistently awesome, amazing food and even better staff. Drinks were A+ and an amazing draught beer selection. Can't wait to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Usually great but not tonight. Pros: pizza was really good as usual.
Cons: Carbonara was really salty. The bacon has enough salt in it but they added a ton which made it unpleasant. Service wasn’t great. It seemed you had 1 person only working this big room so he is going to be moving quickly and things will be missed or delayed. Ordered the first beer to be told 15 min later they were having issues with it. Just picked a random second beer that took another 15 min to get. My refill of the beer was quick. Pizza took a while to get because my got sent to the wrong table but nothing was said to me and I did notice it was sent to the wrong table because the people at the table were confused. Watching other tables get pizza and it was quick for them to get after they ordered but not for me tonight. Quickest part was getting the box and the check which took in total 5 min.

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tfitz695
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pizza. The beet salad is fabulous. Extensive beer list and cool cocktails. Very nice service.

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BrianP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Waaay too expensive for pizza and some drinks. Dropped $360 including tip for 4 people. Yikes!!

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vipDebbiD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we were there and we loved it!!

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JimR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small menu, but really good food. Quality service from the bar. I will be back.

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vipNicole28
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The place to go for creative food and cocktails.

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Scooter
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food from appetizers to pizza were awesome.. wait staff is always friendly and helpful

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

If you want burnt pizza, place to go

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KT123
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I had been wanting to try Ava's for a while and it didnt disappoint. It definitely is pricey, and the menu is a little limited, but what food they do have is really great. They had some vegan options which was really helpful and a really great cocktail list. Our waiter was awesome so made the dining experience more fun! We did go with someone who was hard of hearing and it was not ideal for him. There was a live band, but overall the space just carries noise.

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Leec
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything from the food to the cocktails to the service were outstanding. The place has a great vipe. I would have preferred the music to be a little softer so we could talk more easily, but it did not do anything to lessen the outstanding experience. This place is a home run!

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vipCindyE
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The menu is very limited. Asked our waiter Ian for a cup of tea because it was freezing in the restaurant. They didn't have any. Really?

3 Appetizers we got were small. The bar pie was the best item even though the crust was burnt. Only 6 slices in the pie. Only 1 dessert too - Pumpkin bread pudding. My friend doesnt like pumpkin so she was out.

Not worth the money $81.00 with tip and we had only 3 waters.

Sorry won't be back.

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TamieS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with two girlfriends/mom friends. It was their first time but I've been there many times. My friends loved the drinks and wine. They couldn't get enough of the fried artichokes, rice balls and clam toast. Great singer in the bar area too!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, cocktails and pizza!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Server was/acted drunk, but food was amazing!

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Scooter
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Pizza.. staff and service are great

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JCNJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. The pizza is pricey for its size but it’s excellent. Service was good too

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 192 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.