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“Lovely Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ava Gene's

Ava Gene's
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Ranked #86 of 4,252 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Lovely Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is our second visit to Ava Gene's and recommend it to anyone who loves Italian food. The menu is fantastic, offering many dishes that we have not encountered ofter outside of Italy. The full taste of Italian food, as interpreted by talented Northwest chefs, is offered with many appetizers, pasta dishes, mains, and side dishes. Everything we had was wonderful. The wine list has many reasonable selections by the glass or bottle. The service is excellent: knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. One hint: the later you go, the easier it is to get a table.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank esandespdx
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“Fantastic ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

Fabulous!!! Excellent service, great menu and amazing daily specials. This was a fantastic experience for our first night in portland.

Thank Farsholious
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“Fantastic Restaurant in 'Weird' Portland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2014

We had a month's notice of a trip to Portland and on a friend's advice, we wanted to book a table at Ava Gene's. It was a challenge to get a reservation even with a personal email to the manager but we managed to get one. Ava Gene's is an unassuming small restaurant in a rather cool neighbourhood just outside of downtown Portland. The staff was outstanding but I must say, rather unorthodox. Lots of tattoos, beards and jeans. But an incredible take on customer service. Well educated, caring and passionate about their food and industry. We had some of the best Italian food there ever, including trips to Italy. The outstanding dish was the burrata cheese with chorizo pinwheel pastries. I'll be recreating that at home for sure! The rabbit gnocchi was phenomenal. All in all, an incredible experience worth repeating. Thanks!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Philip M
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“Portland Favorite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2014

I highly recommend Ava Gene's. The ambiance is beautiful and the service was wonderful. The "From the Garden" section of the menu was lovely and fresh. We had the carrots with whipped ricotta and it was lovely. I had the goose breast as an entree and it was perfectly prepared. The flavors are clean and deep.

  • Visited September 2013
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“Worth a try if you have a reservation”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

Make a reservation or show up a few minutes before they open to nail a spot at the chef's table. It can get a little warm there with the open wood fire but the show is worth it. I have been here a few different times and have mixed opinions. The first time I went I loved it! The small garden appetizers were wonderful and unique and the pasta was super fresh. The few times after that I felt like the portions decreased in size, especially the pasta (main dishes) and we left slightly hungry for the prices we paid. It is definately worth a try but since I have been there a few times I probably will not be going back.

Visited January 2014
Thank Va9nessa
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