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Ava's Kitchen & Bar, Kenilworth, NJ

Ava's Kitchen & Bar

4.7
4.7
249 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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Booked 18 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

Menu

Soups & Salad

  • Onion Soup$7.00

    Sourdough Croutons, Gruyére

    • Spring Harvest Salad$12.00

      Kale, Carrots, Beets, Snap Peas, Tri-color Quinoa, Strawberry-balsamic Vinaigrette

      • Grilled Romaine Hearts$12.00

        Parmesan Crisps, Croutons, Caesar Dressing

        Snacks

        • House Baked Sourdough Bread$7.00

          Pasture Raised Sweet Cream Butter, Strawberry-rhubarb Jam, Local Ricotta

          • Marinated Olives$7.00

            Lemon Zest, Herbs, Olive Oil

            • House Made Pickled Vegetables$5.00

              Seasonal Assortment of Vegetables

              • Frittes$7.00

                Pecorino Romano, Truffle, Parsley

                • Panelle "Chickpea Fritters"$8.00

                  Cashew 'Ricotta' Cheese, Lemon

                  Mixed Nuts

                  $7 / ea. your Choice of

                  • Candied

                    • Spicy

                      • BBQ Smoked

                        • Dried Fruit & Chocolate

                          Share Plates

                          • Wood Fired Mac & Cheese$11.00

                            Four Cheeses, Herbed Bread Crumbs

                            • Crispy Chicken "Lollipops"$13.00

                              Trio of Sauces: Buttermilk Ranch, Pineapple Soy & Spicy Chili

                              • Pan Seared King Oyster "Scallops"$16.00

                                Baby Bok Choy, Fine Rice Noodles, Ginger-soy Broth

                                • Jumbo Rhode Island Mussels$13.00

                                  Saffron, White Wine, Touch of Cream

                                  • Chicken Fried Mushrooms$15.00

                                    Sriracha - Agave Glaze

                                    • Jerk Duck Wings$12.00

                                      Island Seasonings, Seasonal Slaw

                                      • Cheese Board$17.00

                                        Local Assortment of Aged Cheeses, Apricot Chutney, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, Sourdough Crostinis

                                        • House Made Kielbasa$15.00

                                          New Potato, Spring Onion & Asparagus Hash

                                          • Char-Grilled Octopus$23.00

                                            Asparagus, Fennel, Scallion, Ramp Chimichurri

                                            • Vegetable Curry$14.00

                                              Seasonal Assortment of Vegetables, Coconut Milk, Heirloom Brown Rice

                                              • Poutine with House Smoked Pork$19.00

                                                Cheddar Curds, Green Onions, Natural Jus

                                                • Crostini$12.00

                                                  Bone Marrow, Asparagus, Quail Egg

                                                  • Kale & Artichoke Dip$15.00

                                                    Tortilla Chips, Carrots & Celery

                                                    • Smoking Goose Charcuterie Plate$19.00

                                                      Selection of Artisanal Cured Meats, House Made Terrine, Pickled Garden Vegetables, Grilled Bread

                                                      Featured Items

                                                      • Ava's Signature Burger$18.00

                                                        Local Grass Fed Beef, More Beer Cheese, Caramelized Onion Jam, Herb Aioli Brioche Roll

                                                        • Buffalo Chicken Sandwich$16.00

                                                          Buttermilk Fried, Grilled Red Onion, Cherry Tomatoes, Shredded Romaine, Blue Cheese Dressing

                                                          Brick Oven Pizza

                                                          Authentic, Wholesome, Natural

                                                            Vegetarian

                                                            • Red

                                                              San Marzano Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Grana Padano

                                                              • 12"$15.00
                                                            • Mushroom

                                                              Assorted Forest Mushrooms, Taleggio, Truffle Oil, Fresh Thyme

                                                              • 12"$17.00
                                                            • Broccoli Rabe

                                                              Roasted Broccoli Rabe, Crushed Calabrian Chili Peppers, Pecorino Crotonese

                                                              • 12"$17.00
                                                            • White

                                                              Local Ricotta, Caciocavallo Pecorino, Fresh Garlic, Olive Oil

                                                              • 12"$16.00
                                                            • Pesto

                                                              Wild Ramp Pesto, Tomato Confit, Local Goat Cheese

                                                              • 12"$18.00
                                                            • 5 Cheese

                                                              Auricchio Provolone, Asiago, Caciocavallo, Pecorino, Fresh Mozzarella, San Marzano Tomato

                                                              • 12"$17.00

                                                            Carnivore

                                                            • Pepperoni

                                                              Niman Ranch Pepperoni, San Marzano Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella

                                                              • 12"$16.00
                                                            • Mortadella

                                                              Basil Pesto Cream Sauce, Extra Sharp Auricchio Provolone, Roasted Pistachios

                                                              • 12"$19.00
                                                            • Porchetta

                                                              Roman Style Pork Roast, Piave, Fresh Mozzarella, Italian Salsa Verde

                                                              • 12"$20.00
                                                            • Sausage

                                                              Ground Sausage, Auricchio Provolone, Long Hot Peppers, Fresh Parsley

                                                              • 12"$18.00
                                                            • Speck

                                                              Imported Speck, Smoked Mozzarella, Roasted Cipollini's, San Marzano, Parmigiano Reggiano

                                                              • 12"$19.00
                                                            • 'Nduja

                                                              Calabrian Sausage, Provola, Spring Onion, Egg, Caciocavallo

                                                              • 12"$21.00

                                                            Vegan

                                                            • Marinara

                                                              San Marzano, Fresh Garlic, Oregano, Basil

                                                              • 12"$12.00
                                                            • Spring Harvest

                                                              Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, Fresh Garlic, Cashew Ricotta, Fresh Basil

                                                              • 12"$17.00

                                                            Dessert

                                                            • Warm Seasonal Fruit Crisp, Vanilla Gelato$8.00

                                                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                              What 249 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
                                                              • 4.7Ambience
                                                              • 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

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Excellent food and service.just a bit loud.

                                                              2. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Service was phenomenal. Beautiful space and good food.

                                                              3. 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

                                                              4. 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.

                                                              5. 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

                                                              6. 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

                                                              7. CK

                                                                ChrisKB

                                                                New York Area

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                9 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.

                                                              8. 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!

                                                              9. L

                                                                Leec

                                                                New York Area

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Always worth it!

                                                              10. 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!

                                                              11. 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!!!

                                                              12. 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

                                                              13. 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.

                                                              14. 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.

                                                              15. 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

                                                              16. 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.

                                                              17. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New York Area

                                                                29 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                29 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 ?

                                                              18. J

                                                                Joseph

                                                                New York Area

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

                                                              19. 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!

                                                              20. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food was delicious and our server was excellent!

                                                              21. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great restaurant and service!!

                                                              22. 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.

                                                              23. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New York Area

                                                                1 review

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Great food and service

                                                              24. GU

                                                                GUrent

                                                                New York Area

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Unique and wonderful pizzas.

                                                              25. CK

                                                                ChrisKB

                                                                New York Area

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                10 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!

                                                              26. SK

                                                                SamanthaK

                                                                New York Area

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Amazing as always

                                                              27. A

                                                                Accountant78

                                                                New York Area

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                12 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.

                                                              28. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                Excellent but pricey

                                                              29. 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.

                                                              30. JD

                                                                JerseyD2

                                                                Naples

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 17, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great local pub with rustic vibes and friendly service. Good select of local craft beers on tap. Somewhat pricey though.

                                                              31. V

                                                                Valerie

                                                                New York Area

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Love coming to Ava’s. The food is always so good & the service is great too. Super cute place, one of my favorites.

                                                              32. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New York Area

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Our server Mike was awesome! It was our first time there and he gave us great suggestions & was really knowledgeable about the menu. Food was delicious! Our favorite appetizer was the fried artichokes & entree king Murphy pizza. The cocktails were flavorful & Cain the bartender was fun and even made a “shot” for our pregnant friend so she felt included. This was a middle point for my friends and I since we live in different parts of jersey and we said this will our spot from now on and will definitely be back.

                                                              33. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New York Area

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Very good food Beer selection was great Service was great

                                                              34. JG

                                                                JerseyGirl

                                                                New Orleans

                                                                19 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                3.0

                                                                19 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                                overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                Limited food menu and extensive liquor menu. If you are going to hangout for a few drinks in an atmosphere which is eclectic but noisy, this is your place. Service was erratic and my husband received incorrect order twice. The drink I order frequently was unavailable and the substitute suggested by wait staff was not even close to a vallid alternative. Wait staff seems to be a bunch of 20-something men in flannel hanging out who happen to come to your table, if you are lucky. Very over-rated.

                                                              35. O

                                                                Otherlevs

                                                                New York Area

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 10, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great food, service and atmosphere!

                                                              36. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New York Area

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                Delicious and great atmosphere

                                                              37. MR

                                                                MarkR

                                                                New York Area

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                great cocktails. great pizza. great times. def going back.

                                                              38. C

                                                                Chris

                                                                New York Area

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Amazing cocktails and shareable plates! Try the Keilbasa and Rice balls!

                                                              39. b

                                                                bklyngene

                                                                New York Area

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great experience from being seated early to super attentive but not overbearing service staff. Food and drinks were amazing. Will definitely be back.

                                                              40. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Philadelphia

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great food great service great drinks would highly recommend

                                                              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 249 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                              Booked 18 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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