Ava's Kitchen & Bar

4.7
114 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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4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Paul
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
71 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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vipchristaro
New York Area
6 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
7 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
13 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

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vipCFwasthere
New York Area
26 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
2 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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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
49 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
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pleasantly surprised that they do a Taco Tuesday special

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vipBeamer
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Our server was great he tried his best service was delayed because it was very busy but I got my dinner about 10 minutes before my wife got hers. The food was very tasty. They just have to become more efficient. Noise level was very high lots of kids

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Well I hate to do this but it is justified. AVA’s was our favorite restaurant , either dined in or took out once a week since it opened. Amazing pizza , very unique artisan style dishes. However. This week was my last. The service was extremely disappointing. I ordered a plain ‘red’ pie. After about 45 minutes the waiter said it will be right out. An hour passed I’m sorry it will be coming out soon. I overheard the people next to me place the same order. There’s came out in about 10 minutes. Next 1 hour 30 minutes passed by they brought me dessert. No pie. After exactly 1 hour 40 I got up in disgust and left. Never got the pie. I have always tipped between 20-25%
Never going back Don’t BS me if you made a mistake

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible experience with a variety of dishes and drinks. Everything from seafood to some of the best pizza I have ever had. Went had a party of 8 and ordered a lot of plates for variety and enjoyed everything.

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KenK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best food places in NJ. The best pizza ever, great drinks and ambiance. It can’t be beat.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new menu!! Fabulous cocktails!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pizza and food, great atmosphere, fantastic service! Highly recommend!

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Rose
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here 2 times so far and each time has been great. The first time was a date night, and the 2nd was to see close friends for my bday. Drinks are always great, and the food is always spot on. Portions are great, the pizza is a must - even if it’s plain or pepperoni although they do have several different toppings.

If you like tequila and a little sweetness, try the rosemary’s baby cocktail!

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Some of the best pizza in New Jersey

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PeteB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent pizza and neat atmosphere, interesting drink selections.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. This is the perfect place to go with friends. Although the menu is on the smaller side, there’s most likely something for everyone. The beer selection is great and there’s so many good cocktails! I’ve been here about 6 times and it’s never disappointed me! With the warmer weather coming, I’m excited to sit outside in front of the beautiful lights.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Made a 930 reservation to go to the restaurant they had 10 o’clock available as well. When we arrived at 9:27 we were told to wait a minute they would had already done last call. The waitress then told us that they closed at 9:30 even though the menu advertise 10 o’clock and I asked her about open table and she told me she would tell the owner. We came for the menu that was on open table and more surprised to find out that it was taco night and nothing on the menu was available. To top it off everyone at the restaurant had the attitude that we were putting them out by arriving at 930. I would Advise everyone to go someplace else

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 114 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.