The Aviary - Abbotsford

4.2
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34 reviews
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$40 and under
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Gastro Pub
We've created a contemporary and eclectic menu inspired by classic pub fare and perfect for enjoying with a few drinks. Good produce put together simply and with flair.

Midweek and Sunday dining is a relaxed affair with Fridays and Saturdays kicking up a livelier pace. Casual dining is available in the bar, beer garden and kerbside.

Dining is available midday through to 10pm and reservations are strongly recommended. Please be aware that some of our dining is on high tables. If this is an issue please make note of this on your booking.
What 34 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
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4.3
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Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

10/10! Atmosphere, food, staff, everything! We had a large catchup for 14 plus 5 kids, and everything was perfect. Kids meals, vegan friendly, gluten free friendly, meat lovers friendly. Plus their Saturday Session drinking prices made it easy to stay longer!

OT
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have our annual family lunch at the Aviary as its such a great place for us to all meet due to the location (right next to train and tram stops).

The staff are absolutely amazing and so attentive without being painful.
The menu has a good choice of options from amazing steaks to good old chicken parma and they easily catered to our variety of dietary needs.
May have to make our annual lunches more often so we can return sooner!

OT
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love it here! Super dog friendly! Thanks for tolerating so many noisy Dachshunds yesterday!

OT
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We made a booking for Monday lunch which was accepted and received a confirmation email. We arrived to find the Aviary Hotel was not open for lunch or open at all on Monday before 4pm. Then received this follow up email to review a lunch that did not and could not occur. It was embarrassing to be out in the street meeting people who we had invited to lunch to not have a venue.

OT
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was stuck with the impossible task, find a venue the day before the Christmas break for a 25+ lunch for the team.
I called this venue up and they were very booked but went above and beyond to help.
I was blown away at how beautiful this place was, the outdoor area was amazing, food and cocktails jugs were awesome!
Will be back for more, that's for sure

OT
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was great, but for a group of 12 to be told we couldn't pay individually by Credit Card, when the place was quiet, leaves us considering if we will come back.

Table service was excellent - great knowledge of the food and remembered everyone's order and where they sat.

OT
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

staff provided an exceptional service

OT
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We booked online, and I called the day before the reservation to confirm and update our table number. When we arrived they did NOT have our reservation. Lucky a free table come up in the garden, which we squeezed onto.
I addressed the reservation screw up with the manager on at the time and he was super apologetic and provided a complimentary bottle of wine. He stopped by the table a few times to check in too. Great food, great atmosphere, great cocktails. Would recommend.

OT
Dined on 20 August 2017
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and ambience. It's a great neighbour pub with an exciting menu and happy hour from 5-8pm on a Saturday night. This was our first visit but we will be back.

OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2017
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Missed every count-
Food- undercooked and overpriced
Service-rude
Ambience- it was freezing inside
Wine - would not open a fresh bottle of Pinot as they had a 3 day old one half full.

OT
Dined on 7 May 2017
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Need to go back and try more of the starters and small plates....It all looked awesome!!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were so lovely. Food was absolutely amazing! We really enjoyed ourselves!

OT
Dined on 20 February 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I ordered the BBQ Lamb Ribs w/warmed hummus, harissa, carrot, cumin & corriander salad from the small plate selection for $20. It was cooked & served to perfection. Plenty of food on the plate. The taste and texture was sublime. Highly recommend trying this dish. The service was impeccable. Had a young waitress who was vibrant, sweet, catered to us perfectly & knew just what drink to recommend. The atmosphere was warm,cosy & quiet + decor was spot on. Loved this place.

OT
Dined on 15 January 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time there and thoroughly enjoyed the meal. we were 2 couples celebrating a birthday at a Sunday lunch so pretty quiet overall, music a bit loud for us, but then we're older!

Shared a couple of small plate as starters:coke fried chicken,so juicy & tasty & crisp; also saganaki - can't beat this delicious cheese. Then we went on to burgers w fries - fried chicken w chipotle mayo was divine as were the New York and Aviary. All delicious.

Fabulous service to boot and lovely cocktails :)

OT
Dined on 14 December 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here for a casual dinner with mates for the Tuesday steak night. The steaks were brilliant and the staff were very helpful and friendly.

OT
Dined on 11 December 2016
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, good service

OT
Dined on 31 October 2016
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great little pub and is way above pub food standard will be back

OT
Dined on 7 September 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place to eat and have a chat. Nice ambience and staff.

OT
Dined on 23 July 2016
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Unusual lack of service last night, especially considering it wasn't busy. Usually the service in the dining area is attentive, whereas last night we had to hunt down someone for a while to order drinks. Let's just put it down to a one off.

OT
Dined on 22 July 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great affordable food, would defiantly recommend for a dinner for 2 or a few drinks after work.

OT
Dined on 20 July 2016
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

First time at The Aviary, enjoyed the atmosphere, great sharing plates and a good menu with many options

OT
Dined on 25 June 2016
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The Aviary has great food, and the staff are always on top of the service. It can be a little loud if you want to chat, but we love eating there.

AF
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Experienced fantastic service from the crew at the Aviary. Food was superb at a very affordable price, considering it was located in the city. Would definitely come back for a second visit. Beer and coffee was top notch!

OT
Dined on 18 November 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was relaxed yet a nice date atmosphere. Good food and service - ticked all the boxes.

OT
Dined on 8 August 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrific food

OT
Dined on 9 July 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, perfect for after work drinks. Food was amazing & good sizes. Staff were very knowledgeable & friendly. Great night out

OT
Dined on 20 June 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

food was very good & just different enough to make really enjoyable. Location is great being in the heart of Richmond. Staff were great in particular our waitress who was nothing short of perfect

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Dined on 4 June 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Pretty good menu to suit all tastes and not going to break the bank. Daily specials at $16 with a glass of wine make for a cheap lunch. Some nice craft beer on tap and a well constructed wine list although as the cheapest bottle is $50, it's getting up there. Service was attentive and unobtrusive. All in all a good spot for all occasions.

OT
Dined on 30 May 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The Aviary is one of a few local bars in our area that we had been meaning to try. The food and service certainly exceeded our expectations. The wait staff were friendly but efficient, and the food was fantastic. There was a good vibe with quite a mixed crowd, and our night was thoroughly enjoyable. Will definitely be back.

OT
Dined on 6 May 2015
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Was an old favourite with imaginative food - Has now changed. = food okay - more pubbie. Table service slow which was surprising it was so quiet.Wine we ordered not avaliable so limited to one option which was average.

OT
Dined on 5 April 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really nice centrally located venue with a great menu. It was a great find - we'll be back!

OT
Dined on 22 December 2014
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were a group of 12 and, at the end of the night, everyone was very complimentary of the food and the venue. My only real criticism would be the lack of vegetarian options, especially after we were told, initially, that they had sold out of the "large plate" salad - the only vegetarian option for a main.Fortunately, one of the staff checked with the kitchen and they found that they still had some available. Other than that one hiccup, everything was great.

OT
Dined on 13 December 2014
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and setting :)

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Dined on 10 December 2014
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food , made with talent and care and great service.. Though a relatively hip bar restaurant it was still perfect for our small party of different age groups.. Staff were friendly and helped make our dinner party run smoothly . Share plates and meals made sure everyone was happy . Nacho ball s were a hit .