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Ava Gene's

3377 Southeast Division Street
Portland, OR 97202

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(971) 229-0571


  • Sunday: 4:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Monday: 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thursday: 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Friday: 5:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday: 4:30 am - 11:00 pm

Cuisine: Italian Restaurants

4.9 of 5.0 from 48 reviews

price range:$26 to $50

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  • Gnat B.Pasta is super fresh. One of the best linguini and clams I've ever had. They have house negroni in a bottle.

    55555 by Gnat B.

  • Oremo LTry the Gnocchi. The honey provides a sweetness that I loved.

    55555 by Oremo L

  • Bari S.Best garlic bread I have EVER had.

    55555 by Bari S.

  • Timothy J.Everything !!!!!

    55555 by Timothy J.

  • Sara J.You can't go wrong with any of the pastas on the menu. Also loved the Panna Cotta last time I was there. A great recommendation by our very helpful waitress.

    55555 by Sara J.

  • PorterI always try to get something different. You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. My favorite salads have nuts and cheeses. Get the fried rabbit if you have a chance.

    55555 by Porter

  • Duane K.Delicious food and a lovely atmosphere. Ava Gene's never disappoints.

    55555 by Duane K.

  • Paula B.Smart, insightful servers, amazing cheese, salads and non-standard pasta dishes.

    55555 by Paula B.

  • Scott R.Don't ignore the salad section of the menu, which includes complex flavors that still let the ingredients shine.

    55555 by Scott R.

  • John JThe rabbit is great! Don't skip the salad course.

    55555 by John J

  • SaraGet the Pane with sheep cheese! Amazing 😍

    55555 by Sara

  • Leon R.Quality Italian good in portlanf

    55555 by Leon R.

  • Mike B.For a special occasion.

    55555 by Mike B.

  • Josh HFoccosia and pea with bread

    55555 by Josh H

  • Anna Marie STomato toast!

    33333 by Anna Marie S

  • Benjamin C.Great wine paired with garlic bread. Pastas were delicious!

    55555 by Benjamin C.

  • Barrett P.Freakin awesome, always! Plates are just the right size for sharing a few bites each.. Order everything. Or a few things twice!

    55555 by Barrett P.

  • Mike TI actually enjoyed the cucumber salad more than the pasta.

    55555 by Mike T

  • Kushal D.Really incentive and delicious vegetable options! And the blonde redhead cocktail is a solid Old Fashioned remix.

    55555 by Kushal D.

  • sheela t.Panna cotta with berries was homey and sublime.

    55555 by sheela t.

  • sheela t.Piatti di verdure, egg, lemon, tonnato

    55555 by sheela t.

  • sheela t.Spaghetti with artichoke and sea beans

    55555 by sheela t.

  • Melissa L.Another fantastic restaurant from Duane Sorenson. Focus is on Italian food with the vegetable dishes often being the stars. The atmosphere is casual, comfy and lively. The service is excellent.

    55555 by Melissa L.

  • Jenn ParkOrganic wines are goooood!!

    55555 by Jenn Park

  • Eric L.Wow. Just Wow. Unique and memorable.

    55555 by Eric L.

  • MLO84Double down on the giardinis and pane options. Mains are great too but salads and bruschettas are A+

    55555 by MLO84

  • catherine D.We ordered three of the garden items. All excellent. Plus I got the pasta that sounded good. It was fantastic. Later I heard detailed descriptions of dishes. All sounded wonderful

    55555 by catherine D.

  • Dietra EvansThe best dinner spot in Portland- methinks

    55555 by Dietra Evans

  • Zack J.Tell them you want membership in the Ava Genius Club. It's 20% off for tourists. #protip

    55555 by Zack J.

  • Sarah R.Get the burrata

    55555 by Sarah R.

  • MLO84Late night reservations have the added perk of being able to take home a gratis loaf of bread from Roman Candle Bakery...just in case you aren't already full.

    55555 by MLO84

  • EpicuriousYou can dine on house-made primi and a board of dishes "from the garden" like carrots with quinoa, cashews, and honey vinegar or celery topped with almonds, dates, and parmigiano.

    55555 by Epicurious

  • Talia G.Try a bunch of the "vegetable dishes" and the burrata. Such fresh and good food!

    55555 by Talia G.

  • Kelly G.MY FAVORITE !!

    55555 by Kelly G.

  • Ricky E.Never have had a disappointing meal here. The pane is great. Need to get burrata. The peanut gelato is in my PDX 'ice cream' bracket. The lamb ragu is magic.

    55555 by Ricky E.

  • Tyler M.Everything is amazing, one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been too!

    55555 by Tyler M.

  • Chefs FeedNong Poonsukwattana, chef of Nong's Khao Man Gai, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Pasta.

    55555 by Chefs Feed

  • Sarah S.We are obsessed with this place! Order everything you can! We’re still dreaming about the Fava Toast, Garganelli, Cavatelli, Lamb Leg, and the Broccoli.

    55555 by Sarah S.

  • FrozendonutIt's insanely hot at the counter in front of the oven. Sit elsewhere if you can.

    33333 by Frozendonut

  • Travel + LeisureAt this trattoria-inspired spot, chef Joshua McFadden turns out Italian dishes such as rabbit agnolotti with chicory and striped bass with duck-egg mayonnaise.

    55555 by Travel + Leisure

  • Karen M.Meatball Monday! Live it, love it.

    55555 by Karen M.

  • alison c.Amazing amazing amazing!!!

    55555 by alison c.

  • Steven Aawesome beet salad

    55555 by Steven A

  • LaurenAbsolutely delicious! We got the little gems salad, the ragu and the Ossobuco- you cannot go wrong with any of these. Yum!

    55555 by Lauren

  • Jamie JAn atmospheric Italian-American restaurant, with the look, feel, and fantastic food that you’d expect at the buzziest Brooklyn hot spot.

    55555 by Jamie J

  • J.M. BThe menu has a glossary, and the waiters prefer you read it rather than ask them questions.

    33333 by J.M. B

  • Daren R.Love this spot. It's a win whether you come with a group and order a varied menu or post at the bar and vibe and sip on a Fight Kat. Dope staff all the way around as well.

    55555 by Daren R.

  • GNTLMNFavorite restaurant in Portland. Bon Appetit Magazine just ranked it #5 on their list of best new restaurants of 2013. Food and service are meticulous, all locally sourced, and very reasonably priced.

    55555 by GNTLMN

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