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Ava's Kitchen & Bar, Kenilworth, NJ

Ava's Kitchen & Bar

4.7
4.7
260 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

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

What 260 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Gastro Pub

  • New Jersey - North

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. KK

    KenK

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food.
  2. d

    dougs

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food. Very expensive drinks and awful pour on the wine by the glass program. They should re-evaluate their offering to add more for the same price. A glass of 4.5oz of Substance wine was $14.00. Ouch.
  3. JB

    JaniceB

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 5. We ordered several different pizzas and they were all superb! The specialty cocktails were also excellent. The food is wonderful, the staff is friendly and efficient, and the restaurant has a very cool vibe. We will definitely be back!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ava’s is a great place! It’s got all you need if you are looking for a place with a fun vibe with great drinks ( shout out to Kane & Wilson the best in the biz) and amazing food!! We only wish we lived closer because we would be there everyday!!
  5. JB

    JerryB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was ok. Seems to be more emphasis on selling drinks than the food. No option for kids- it's kind of sad that they would be unwilling to make a pasta with red sauce for a child. That's a choice made by management to discourage families.
  6. FD

    FrancescaD

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food, but they charged us two extra drinks and when we told them, they took them off, but zero apologies. In addition the charged us cocktails prices for two virgin drinks. Great place overall, but the experience was a bit disappointing
  7. K

    Katie

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is by the far the best pizza I’ve ever had. And I used to live in Hoboken where there are many choices :)
  8. n

    njdevs

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and cocktails have a nice unique twist Service was very attentive Mike was great
  9. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Shared apps and pizzas, all excellent. As were the drinks and service
  10. RK

    RachelK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food
  11. EG

    EvanG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had a great table, possibly due to the reservation. Casual but attentive service, the food was exceptional, drinks with delicious and surprising.
  12. KK

    KenK

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.just a bit loud.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was phenomenal. Beautiful space and good food.
  14. RV

    RobertV

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very delicious appetizers. We loved the Spiedini all Romana. Great to try new libations. Fun but a little loud
  15. L

    Lukshen

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Always great food and service. Music is way too loud.
  16. IM

    IllanaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great dinner Like the main room better
  17. SR

    ShirleyR

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Ava’s for pizza their burgers are great salad was good and they change up menus atmosphere and music and service us always great
  18. CK

    ChrisKB

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat to go to Ava’s. The service is outstanding and helpful. The food is always delicious and satisfying. The cocktails always reflect the seasonal blend of ingredients. Selection of Beer, bourbons and other spirits is extensive.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Delicious and fun. Made even better by the live music!
  20. L

    Leec

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always worth it!
  21. NR

    NickR

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite. Wilson and Kaitlin behind the bar are creative pros. Food is always killer, tonight loved the Chorizo and King Murphy pizzas, along with a couple of Cinco de Mayo specials. Sat at the bar, place was buzzing all night as it should be!
  22. E

    Eileenk

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love going to Ava’s. The cocktail selection is fantastic - every drink is amazing. The King Murphy pie and the grilled romaine are our go to every time. Highly highly recommend - you will not be disappointed!!!
  23. A

    johnA

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time, it won’t be our last. Ate at bar, excellent food, outstanding drink selections, wonderful service
  24. S

    Sean

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, pizza and drinks. The menu changes so we always have a different, enjoyable meal.
  25. K

    Kathleen

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We sat outside and it was very quiet. Inside was certainly louder. Food was amazing all around and service was good! Will definitely be back and will definitely recommend to others.
  26. SW

    SteveW

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food, we ate all tapas style and everything was awesome. The cocktails were absolutely top notch, great creativity to and well executed. Overall a great date night
  27. C

    Cosmicneil

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to go and have a beer (or 50). Incredible beer, whiskey, scotch and bourbon lists. Pizza is perfect. Love this place.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Everything was good . Only negative is the menu is limited and they aren’t flexible with small adjustments to dishes Also why wasn’t my reservation eligible for points ?
  29. J

    Joseph

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood
  30. K

    Kristen

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Delicious food in a great atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and our server was excellent!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and service!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very dark, loud environment. Ordered a beer that I couldn’t drink. Still charged. Expensive pizza night.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service
  35. GU

    GUrent

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Unique and wonderful pizzas.
  36. CK

    ChrisKB

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great in every way! Last night they had entertainment which was a first for us to experience there!
  37. SK

    SamanthaK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always
  38. A

    Accountant78

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick service, yummy food (Baked Rigatoni is a must try), and the drinks were pretty good. The noise level could get loud at some points if there’s a sports event on. Overall, I recommend it for a good night out.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent but pricey
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great pizza and a great variety of cocktails, IPAs, bourbon, tequlia etc. Hostess is clueless sent us away because of no reservations and seats at the bar. I literally went to my car and booked a reso on open table for 15 minutes later. Not sure how that happens. It worked out for us, but others were turned away too. She needed a lesson in hospitality.

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 260 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

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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