Ava's Kitchen & Bar

4.7
129 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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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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.

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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
15 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!

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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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Ava’s is know for its pizza. We tried 4 different ones and weren’t impressed with any. The dough was the best part, where it wasn’t burned.

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vipJsfirst
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was great. Most of the dishes were absolutely delicious. The chickpea cakes were a bit overdone. Our only real complaint, though, was the volume of the music. It was hard to have a conversation while we were enjoying the great food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Time limit of 90 minutes for a party of 4, which would be okay but the food came out very slowly. It would also be better to provide that info at the time of reservation, not upon seating the party. It was understandable during covid, but at full capacity, a bit of flexibility on timing should return.

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Paul
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was very timely without being overbearing and the food and beer are very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went on a random Wednesday. Service and food was great. The food is fairly priced. However the beer selection, which is great btw, was abit overpriced. Other than that I would highly recommend coming here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the neighborhood. This is our go to place for great food, drinks and service!!!

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vipAlvinK
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Ava's has great pizza. A little expensive, but worth the money.

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WendyJ
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal ambience! Will definitely go back again!

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Jade
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The place is beautiful. The food was okay. They don’t offer a side of marinara with your pizza though. Just a heads up.

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vipchristaro
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

1st time back since -pre-pandemic. Food was great (pizzas better than we remembered). They no longer are doing beer flights which was disappointing--one of the things we liked best about Ava's as they have a great selection of beers we like to try. Also they told us when we sat down that there was a 90 minute limit which was fine. But we waited for our food for almost 70 minutes--and then when they brought it, they reminded us of the 90 minute limit. Then, at almost the 90 minute mark, they asked if we wanted another round of drinks. Ha!

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KenK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in NJ. The mushroom salad only had about 3 mushrooms? Nice ambiance and fantastic pizza.

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vipDianeB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

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vipCFwasthere
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our go-to place. Great pizza. Awesome burgers. Chicken parm - yum! And the drinks.......

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ChristineF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality fresh food. Excellent beer selection.

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CaterinaD
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing! Great waiters great beer awesome people.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Pizza. Great drinks

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TaraD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great service! Loved the specialty cocktails we all got with our dinner. I definitely want to go back!

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vipBetty
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

The servers and chefs do not wear masks. NJ still has a mask mandate.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always consistently awesome!

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vipJJMeeko
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The kitchen lost our ticket for our dinner so it took a while. Also there was no option to add anything to any dish and the waitress was not so nice about it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Mother’s day! Was wonderful -great food and service. My drink was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding pizza and New Jersey craft beers.

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CoriJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to or order takeout at Ava’s every week. It’s our favorite restaurant. They did an outstanding job as usual on Mother’s Day.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Services and food all good, menu is small, burgers very good

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite pizza in NJ hands down! Attilio does an awesone job with the wood fired brick oven, making creative pies that taste fabulous. Must try os the "Murphy" w soppresata, smoked mozz, ricotta and hot honey. Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff is on point. Will return

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vipLorraineM
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I want to call this place a hidden gem because it really is. The staff is super friendly and the food was outstanding. It's a great place to go on a weeknight or on the week ends with friends. Highly recommend.

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vipDanK
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ordered the pesto pasta main dish and it was an extremely small portion. The chicken parm comes without sides so at $20 it felt too expensive for what you receive as well. Drink menu is nice. In all, everything on the food side is about $5 too expensive. Also, I called out that it was my friend’s birthday and asked if they could do something special; they did nothing. I’d likely only return if I was invited by someone else, but wouldn’t make it a point to return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was lackluster and indifferent. Questions were answered with shrugs and vague responses. Pizza was amazing. Cute cozy atmosphere. I just want to feel a little more love or even just helpfulness. We will definitely go back because the food and atmosphere are some of the best in this cool restaurant desert of Union County.

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Paul
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great little place. The selection of beer and drinks was good and the menu, while small was well done. The service was star of the night. Our waiter was on point all night and added to the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love this place and can’t wait to come back.

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 129 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.