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Aviary

#243 of 3,305 Restaurants in Portland
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1733 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 (17th Street and 18th Street)
(503) 287-2400
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located in the Alberta Arts district of Northeast Portland, Aviary...
Located in the Alberta Arts district of Northeast Portland, Aviary combines industrial design with local art, reclaimed wood from the original site, and locally crafted lighting. With a chef's counter, communal table and a seasonal patio. Three co-chefs, Sarah Pliner, Jasper Shen, and Kat Whitehead, collaborate on an eclectic menu of small plates inspired by France and Asia. Leah Moorhead's wine list draws from boutique wineries in France and the Pacific Northwest with a cocktail list with seasonal infusions.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Family-style fusion gastronomy at its finest

"What kind of restaurant is it?" was the question I was asked by friends before we went. Well, that's hard to say, even after a wonderful meal there with my family. Foie gras hum bao, beet and asparagus salad, crispy pigs ear, all were an amazing collection of textures, tastes and spicing. They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
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Beaverton, Oregon
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Beaverton, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

"What kind of restaurant is it?" was the question I was asked by friends before we went. Well, that's hard to say, even after a wonderful meal there with my family. Foie gras hum bao, beet and asparagus salad, crispy pigs ear, all were an amazing collection of textures, tastes and spicing. They prefer family-style sharing (although they don't seem... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A very trendy restaurant in the new upcoming area of Alberta. We got late dinner reservations and went there as a foursome. Overall the food was delicious, service was good but no changes from anything on the menu, fair enough from the chef, but leaving a hot sauce off something due to a customers request is not going to ruin... More 

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Portland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My food was good but not great. My salmon was a little burned on the skin and the dungeness crab chawanmushi with bone marrow, sea urchin, asian pear, snap peas and truffle vinaigrette was one of the most inventive dished I have ever tried. The food is inventive and playful. Small portions but very high quality ingredients and preparation. Service... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The food gets the 5 stars. Atmosphere is average Portland. All 6 dishes on the $29 March Dining menu were attractively served, tasted superb, and were on the regular menu. Our beers were reasonably priced ($5 pints). Portions were sensibly sized. I would never have paired cauliflower with salmon, but it worked extremely well. The kitchen let all the ingredients... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We had high hopes for this well reviewed little restaurant on Alberta. No such luck last night feasting on Portland dining month special fixed menu. Definitely for the adventurous, the Asian fusion menu is not for everybody. The chawanmushi although tasty, sans the sea urchin, was served warm and very gelatinous. Didn't set up my stomach for the other 2... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Went to Aviary having read primarily very good reviews. We sat at the Chef's Table which turned out to be a neutral choice. There is a very high counter that blocks the diner's view of the kitchen so unfortunately the only thing you get to see are piles of books. We shared cocktails which were pretty good and five plates.... More 

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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We've been meaning to try Aviary for awhile, and now I'm sorry it took us so long to visit this neighborhood gem of a restaurant. Our server was excellent, helpful and friendly. He was our "guide" to the menu and portion sizes and was able to describe each dish in a way we could almost taste his words. The drinks... More 

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Hermosa Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We had a great experience for dinner. It has been a couple of years my last visit. But I wanted to take a good friend out this trip to Portland and I did not regret taking her here. Firstly, our server was excellent: very helpful, friendly, and great attitude. I wish I remembered his name, but he was knowledgeable about... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Creative, fun, and noteworthy. As it was my first time in, I went with the recommendations of my waitress; for my appetizer, the newly added sea urchin, and for my entrée, the coconut rice with fried pork ear, Japanese sausage, and fresh greens and herbs, and to finish the meal, pear bread pudding. All for $35 Thoroughly enjoyed every bit... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

I went twice during Happy Hour. The wine selection was really good (& I am a little picky), the food was really good & Ross, the bartender, was exactly what/who a bartender should be. And if you go solo, as I did, being able to play solitaire is a plus!

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Additional Information about Aviary

Address: 1733 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Phone Number: (503) 287-2400
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 29 - 31
Cuisine: French

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1733 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
    (17th Street and 18th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: (503) 287-2400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 29 - 31
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Located in the Alberta Arts district of Northeast Portland, Aviary combines industrial design with local art, reclaimed wood from the original site, and locally crafted lighting. With a chef's counter, communal table and a seasonal patio. Three co-chefs, Sarah Pliner, Jasper Shen, and Kat Whitehead, collaborate on an eclectic menu of small plates inspired by France and Asia. Leah Moorhead's wine list draws from boutique wineries in France and the Pacific Northwest with a cocktail list with seasonal infusions.
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?