Ava Gene's

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 10 publications
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10 expert recommendations


Bon Appétit

The vegetables you’ll dream about (seriously). Full review →


Condé Nast Traveler

Chef Joshua McFadden elevates the humble vegetable at his obsessively seasonal trattoria with standout dishes like a celery and sunchoke salad with Parmesan cheese, lemon, and almonds. Full review →


Fodor's Tick Choice

Chef Joshua McFadden draws on regional, home-style recipes from throughout Italy, but focuses on local produce. Full review →


Frommer's 34

The sophisticated, Italian-inspired cooking at this contemporary trattoria is delicious, satisfying, and inventive, without being overly complicated. For a fun treat, sit at the chef’s counter. Full review →


Gayot 15.0

Ava Gene's has maintained its foodie reputation and remains one of the few Portland establishments requiring an advance reservation. Full review →



With its warmly-lit ambiance, intimate seating, and extensive list of regional Italian wine, amari, and grappa, Ava Gene’s makes an ideal date spot. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

Renowned trattoria-inspired eatery owned by Duane Sorenson, who founded Stumptown Coffee. Full review →


On the Grid

Sure, a lot of Portland restaurants take advantage of the abundance of local producers putting out quality ingredients, but Chef Joshua McFadden really lets these amazing ingredients steer the ship. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

Large groups can order from a family-style menu, which starts with fritti misti and features fusilli or cavatelli with sausage, misticanza, and burrata. For dessert? Gelato, panna cotta,... Full review →



This resident of Richmond’s ‘restaurant row’ provides “a unique experience for foodies” with its pricey but “mind-blowing” presentations of seasonal, old-world Italian cuisine. Full review →

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