Ava's Kitchen & Bar

4.6
160 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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

If you want burnt pizza, place to go

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KT123
1 review
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
2 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
21 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
3 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!

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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
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Pizza.. staff and service are great

JC
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

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Delicious
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fun place to eat. food is very good and great beers avialibe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Pizzas were outstanding and the specialty cocktails were fabulous. A great place to have a casual dinner with family and friends

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viptruefoodie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool spot. Amazing food and great staff.

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KathyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Something was off. The drinks were not served in the appropriate glass, a martini and whiskey sour both served in a cordial glass. The broccoli raab and sausage dish was nothing like it has been the last several times (which had been delish). Pizza was very good.
Hopefully just an off night.

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DTCP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoors, great drinks, great service and great food

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks. Extensive rye and bourbon list. Pizza is great! I had the Red...it was sooo good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and our waiter was terrific! Glad we made reservations - sat down straight away.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Wish menu had just a regular pub prefer. Could not eat the bread since it had aioli that was too spicy for me. Was not crowded on a Saturday night. Think if they toned down prices and menu options they would be.

Beer was good!

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Izabel
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Pizzas are really good. Bread pudding is very good but would be even better if comes with ice cream

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Third time we’ve been, third time with the same waiter - server is usually fine, but had an off night this time. Forgot an order and long delay in finally getting the order. Food is delicious, but pricey for the quantity.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place!

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NikkiB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal provided to us by attentive, happy staff! The restaurant was comfortable, the food was delicious and our cocktails were perfectly crafted!

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timeless115
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always love Ava's..... Every item on the menu is delicious.

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TripleAces
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience. The food was excellent as was the service and staff. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Chicken Parmigiana I have ever eaten.

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jodib
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Avas seriously has the best pizza and some of the most amazing food in the area of not all of NJ

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and so were the drinks. Staff was friendly. The only thing is, I wish they had more than one dessert option as I was not a big fan of the bread pudding.

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vipemja
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Delicious pizza!!

Limited wine selection but lots of spirits, which isn't my things so maybe the review would be better if it were.

Cute, rustic feel but super hard seating. Could use some cushions.

Nice, chill sort of place in an area without too many choices.

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BillyM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat by the bar which we like to do. Awesome bartenders who can’t do enough for you. Really outstanding service. Best drinks and pizzas we’ve ever had. Love this place.

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SteveB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome, service was too. Plus there was a great vibe. Loved it. The pizza is great, excellent bourbon and whiskey list too.

Go now… and go again

AL
vipAmyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really good food- the veggie starters and pizza were very tasty. Our server Mike was really friendly, engaging and attentive. Minor drawback was the noise level- we sat inside and had to yell to hear each other. Was still a really nice night with friends.

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vipNelsonM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner (Ian) took care of us due to short staff issues and did an awesome job! This is one of my favorite local restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, Love Wilson the bartender, love everything about this place. Will be back with my friends again soon.

BC
BrianC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As slways great tasty food with friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

One of our go to spots. Ava’s has great food and even better cocktails. We can’t go without getting a Speck pie.

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Brett
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely exceptional experience - both dining and imbibing! The menu highlighted seasonal and local items and the craft beers on tap were all delicious.

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missbedish
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great beer choices…. Pizza delicious… the vegetable based appetizers outstanding… along with an upbeat vibe

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MarkK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizzas were very tasty and it's hard to find wood fired thin crust. The bread pudding was a great finish. But what I really appreciated was the extensive beer list, focusing on NJ beers. Our server also did a great job. We'll be back.

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NicoleG
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance. Great cocktail list too!

KK
KenK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for any occasion. The food is awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We were very disappointed with our night out at Avas, once a favorite we will not be back. The service and and kitchen were so behind that I received my meal 15 minutes before my spouse. We all know this is poor service I was done eating before they got their meal. Families came in after us and received all their food as we waited and waited. So disappointed in what was once a special treat.

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 160 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.