This a terrific restaurant! Seriously good food and drink that is superbly and skillfully prepared. My wife and I lucked into it on the recommendation of a bellman when we recently arrived starving at our Portland hotel at 8:30pm. It was so good we made sure to return a week later after road tripping around Oregon. Annie Cuggino was a culinary heavy-hitter in New York City working for Danny Meyer before landing in Portland and it shows here. She's assembled a charming, warm, dark wood bar with tables and booths that opens into a modest sized restaurant. The bartending was experienced and skillful. Our drinks, Old Fashions and Vodka Gimlets, were righteous pours and delicious.The salads are creative and superb. A chanterelle flatbread was rich and delicious. The cioppino was full of seafood in a nicely spiced tomato broth. Be sure to ask for some grilled peasant bread to sop up the sauce. You'll want to. And and apple cobbler for dessert was absolutely scrumptious. The waitstaff both evenings were bright, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, especially Emmanuel whose friendliness and culinary knowledge were truly impressive. There were a few moments where things could have been more attentive, but during the pandemic every restaurant is somewhat short staffed. Otherwise, they were utterly delightful and friendly. Prices are not inexpensive, but the food is worth it. Even with all its very fine restaurants, Portland is fortunate to have this one. Great place, and Annie Cuggino clearly knows what she's doing. It really shows.
Some old friends were coming up to Portland and were available to to join us for dinner. The catch was they announced that the were now totally Vegan. Thanks to Trip Advisor I was led to the Blossoming Lotus. We asked that they feed us the dishes that they were most proud of for an agreed upon price. Our wait person was excellent and the chef came out to discuss her preparation of a wonderful Brussels Sprouts with teriyaki sauce with our guests. My spouse and I enjoy the meal even though we are omnivores, and our guest raved about the restaurant and the meal.
Industrial chic atmosphere was surprisingly warm but fittingly the food stole the show. Tapas-style small dishes were fun for our group of four to share and savor. Everything we tried was so delicious. Attentive but inobstrusive service ensured the dishes kept coming and our glasses were always full.
My daughter and I dined at Mucca last night and tried the $95 six course Chef’s Tasting.. They don’t have a printed menu; we were told that they would email it to us that evening, but we haven’t received it yet. We especially liked the octopus and the scallops. The wine pairing was reasonably priced at $65 and the quantity was generous. Overall, the food and service were good.
Very memorable dinner. We were a group of 14, celebrating a milestone birthday. The chef was very flexible with the menu, customising to everyone's taste. The philo wrapped prawns were very memorable, among the starters, as well as the steak, lamb, striped sea bass, etc. I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. Service was impeccable. One of the best dining experiences in the last 15 years, while visiting Portland.
We hadn't been to Andina since soon after it opened and this time we had friends join us. What a superb meal and experience we had. We wanted to be sure we got out at a certain time to get to a concert and the waitstaff did a superb job in making that happen without our feeling rushed. Every dish was spectacularly delicious. I had the Peruvian rice dish with shellfish and my wife had grilled hen as a main course. Both were magnificent. All of us shared appetizers and while all were outstanding I would say the grilled cauliflower and empanadas were all-time great. Beautiful atmosphere, beautiful presentation and phenomenal food! And the Peruvian brownie for dessert - wow! So glad we returned.
Lechon is an incredible restaurant. We visited on a Friday evening, so it was really crowded. We had a reservation so we still got seated in a timely manner. The restaurant was very crowded, so it took a while for our server to get around to us, but after we ordered the food came very fast. We ordered a salad, a flat iron steak entrée and dessert. Every segment of our meal was incredible. The salad was very creative and well fused with numerous elements, the entrée was well plated and had amazing flavor. The dessert was outstanding. This was an amazing dining experience, with great service in an amazing atmosphere.
Wonderful spot for brunch. Noted it was my daughter's birthday when making the reservation, and the staff went out of it's way to wish her a happy birthday, and brought a biscuit with a candle to her. Very nice touch. Food was outstanding. Our table had one Farro Sanders, two Fetch's, one Everything Naughty and a side of raspberry jammers. Everything was well cooked and super tasty. Nice sized portions. We sat outside in the garden area, which had nice tables with umbrellas to shade is from the sun. Overall, a really nice dining experience. Will definitely return.
After relaxing and getting mellow at Knot Springs, my boyfriend and I were looking to quench our appetites before hitting the OMSI and do a little touring around Portland. We stopped by here since we've heard amazing and rave reviews about this place, and tbh the photos look bomb af. We came during the lunch rush but were super lucky to be seated relatively quickly as there was space at the bar, and we didn't mind where we sat as long as we sat. Our server/bartender was warm and welcoming, giving us an appropriate amount of time to look over the menu and answer our questions if we had any. I ended up getting the chicken and waffles to satisfy my sweet tooth, while my boyfriend got the cajun scramble. The wait time to get the food wasn't so bad, and boy did we dig in when we got it! The chicken was fried to perfection, and the waffles were soft, sweet, and melted in your mouth. Mixed together was just the combo I needed! I also had a bite of the cajun scramble, and man was it flavorful! The spices with the creamy cheddar cheese grits and andouille sausage were such delicious. Coming from the South (Texas, y'all), we really couldn't complain much. I will say if you can, definitely reserve a table cause this place can get packed!
From Powell Books we slogged through the light rain to this deli. It's not a Jewish-style deli like Carnegie or Katz's, but a Whole Foods-type of food stations where you walk up to the counter and place your order. Being absolutely jam-packed, waiting for your order and also finding a table are not easy. Because of all the chaos, I just ordered a bowl of mushroom soup which was tasty and full of mushrooms. I would go again but only if not crowded.
My daughter and son-in-law just purchased a house in the area, and this was our first time here. Lovely atmosphere and friendly (although not very prompt) service. Ordered the eggs Benedict ($16.75). Very good! Also ordered the risotto cakes & eggs ($16.75) and baked eggs a la Francaise ($15.50) and all our breakfast entrees were excellent.. Also ordered a side of lemon pancakes w/poached pear ($14.25) and done of us liked it. Just really odd flavor. Coffee was very good. 3 adults for brunch (no alcohol, just drip coffee) and the bill was $78 without tip.
We made last minute reservations on Dec 23rd fir my hubby s 60th bday. The restaurant that we originally had booked closed due to the weather. It was great at this restaurant stayed open and they were plenty of folks dining there is so many places or scared of the weather. We had great service starting from calling to get the reservation, calling to make sure they were still open, being seated and we had a great wait person. Our food was delicious especially the clam chowder! The fresh warm bread was yummy and they brought a second plate without a charge(which is an anomaly these days)! My risotto was unbelievably good. My husband loved his bread pudding for dessert. Great overall experience and will definitely be back
Didn’t realize how huge this restaurant was. Don’t be fooled though. As big as it is, it’s super crowded and you will have to wait. Reservations are accepted via Resy.com and thankfully we made one. Upon arrival we were greeted by the hostess and didn’t have to wait very long for our table of two. The ambiance is great, the food is good and service exceptional. We came for brunch, and they had pretty much all the popular brunch items (omelets, scrambles, etc.) The mimosas are a great deal, and we’re glad we went with the smaller size, which was plenty and super boozy. Overall, a pleasant experience and would definitely go back again.
Very popular restaurant in Portland, for 2 of us we waited less than 2 minutes for an inside seat on. Saturday at 930am. It was very highly recommended by the hotel we were staying, and within walking distance (3 minute walk from The Mark Spencer Hotel). Food was good, the service was excellent and served very fast and hot. The cheese hash browns were very good.
Good service and vibes. Presentation was good and fish OK. The top layer of the cauliflower appetizer was delicious but the bottom half was submerged in too much sweet sauce. The sushi rolls also had a sweet undertone to them but overall a good experience.
Each and every bite was absolutley fantastic. Both myself and my wife thoroughly enjoyed our meal. You can tell the chef is extremely talented as you could taste so many flavors and textures in each bite. Both my wife and myself have dined at multiple michelin star (including 3 stars) and this was on par with the best. Highly recommended. My only complaint to the meal was the wine pouring - we ordered the reserve wine pairings and you could tell the server/sommelier was purposefully pouring smallest portions absolutely possible... well below average... felt a bit ripped off... oh well, life goes on..
Be prepared to wait! We waited 75 minutes for a table for two at 12:00pm on a Sunday and the line wrapped around the block. Fortunately we were prepared for this and didn’t mind at all. We wandered over to Grand Central Bakery across the street and had coffee and pasties while we waited. Once our table was ready, we were greeted and put in an order within 10 minutes of seating. Our meals came out within 10 minutes — huge, huge portions. Very tasty! Lots of vegetarian options. Classic diner vibes, don’t expect anything fancy. Rancheros and their house hot sauce with the perfect over easy eggs was 10/10.
Breakfast for four was a casual affair. When we arrived at 9.00 am there were only a couple of tables occupied. Some two hours later, it was filling quickly. Two waffles and two eggs Benedict accompanied by coffees was the fare chosen. All present enjoyed their choices and there were no negative comments. Full marks to Milo’s as well as the attentive staff. This is a casual environment but food and service are taken seriously. Well done!
These were probably the worse Oysters I have ever had, I do hope they were frozen prebreaded I would hope they couldn't have ruined a fresh Oyster that bad. If any kind of taste it would have been after taste' which was my lady friend's comment. Halibut fish and chips were excellent. The hostess and servers were excellent, and the ambience was also excellent. I would recommend going there, just don't get the Oysters.
Dinner at Piazza Italia is a delicious event. We dined early and even so the entire restaurant was filled with all of us who had reserved seating. It is an intimate spot so be sure to plan ahead. Our server was very attentive and friendly, the variety of pasta dishes was wonderful and there were interesting salads and antipasti. My pasta was cooked perfectly and the pesto sauce delicious, mushrooms and shrimp aplenty. Tiramisu for dessert was our choice and it was a generous portion and very tasty. I can hardly wait to return.
Offers unique twists on Thai favorites. I had basil fried rice with crispy trout. It was very good. There are specials for food and drinks. The cocktails were large. Really enjoyed this meal. One thing to be aware of: this is a small space. They do have a good wait list system but very little waiting room and the main dining area stays chilly this time of year with folks coming and going. Prepare for this and you will be happy and full!
We had a 45 minute wait on a Monday night at 7:30 pm, but they text you when your table is ready so we easily passed the time at Powell's books which is 2 blocks away. Food was worth the wait. The pretzel appetizer with Monterey jack cheese and mustard dip was very good. The pub burger was delicious. The requested medium steak on my Steak Frites came out much closer to well, but was still tender and nicely seasoned. Garlic fries come with a garlic sauce and shredded cheese - the garlic is potent. The Caesar salad was very good and can be served with steak or fried chicken - the homemade potato chips instead of croutons was a fun and tasty change. Unfortunately, they were out of their only cider and out of the vodka slushies the night we went, but the vodka spiked marionberry lemonade and the Fresh Squeezed IPA hit the spot.
Almost the entire experience was outstanding. The only difficulty was in finding the access to the restaurant (not clear from street signage)! Otherwise, we were greeted, made to feel welcome, and seated at a booth. Even though we reserved for an early dinner (5pm) all of the window seats were already taken! Everything we ordered was tasty and the portions were generous: Scallop Crudo, Arugula & Berry Salad, Ahi Poke Stack, Yellowfin Tuna Nicoise.
Higgins Restaurant is located walking distance from Portland’s symphony and play house giving patrons a very good choice for meeting up after a show. The atmosphere has two spacious large rooms with a hint of class and a mishap of substituting brown butcher paper for tablecloths. The drink menu is remarkable for its variety. The menu is fixed yet many specials are available. The staff are very attentive and friendly. We enjoyed liver moussette, mushroom samosas, 8 oz tenderloin, a glass of Va Piano wine and Virgin Moscow Mule. The meat and liver were too salty. The cost was a whopping $140. So, it is a good choice when one has the ability to cover the expenses.
Nostran is a must on any serious food maven in Portland. The creativity and brilliant execution are close to perfection. We had a grilled calamari and garbanzo bean salad followed by shrimp ravioli and a phenomenally flavorful flat iron steak. What did not work is the service. When making a reservation and entering the restaurant the aloof staff clarified that a 20 percent COVID service fee would be added to our bill replacing the need for a gratuity. Along with the 90 minute time limit on our access to the table it left a slightly sour taste in my mouth. Then our drinks showed up well after our appetizer and we had to mount a campaign to get our wine delivered prior to our pasta course. My son's pasta dish came missing the promised prosciutto. INCENTIVE PAY incents good service. Is it possible that service suffers when compensation is not linked to good service. Nostrana has relazed it's COVID restrictions and had every reservation filled without an empty table all night. It's time to drop the mandatory service fee. If the service merits I'll be happy to offer a 20 percent gratuity but that needs to be earned not mandatory.
Went last night. Birthday for the wife. The booth was the one I had asked for in advance, the bouquet of flowers was perfect as I had requested. On the table as we arrived. Greeters knew she was the birthday girl and made mention of the fact. We had a 15% off birthday coupon The Ringside sends to those that signup. We brought two bottles of wine (there is the standard corkage fee) and the wine steward did a great job with our bottle. The onion rings were stunning as usual. The rib eye and the medallions were perfectly prepared along with the baked potato and generous amounts of trimmings. The house-made peanut butter ice cream was stellar, you must ask for it and cross your fingers they have extra available. It is standard on their lava cake I think. Great ambiance. Quiet enough to have a serious or romantic conversation. Ooo la la. Service is stellar, five stars. Food is stellar as well. Great places for a quality meal, a memorable meal, a special event. Been coming for 50 years and have never had less than a 5-star experience. An institution because of their greatness.
We've been here twice now, and I was worried we'd disappoint our friends who we had talked up the restaurant when we took them the second time--that it wouldn't live up to the incredible experience we had the first. I needn't have been concerned. From the moment we arrived we felt taken care of. Cocktails came out quickly (and were delicious, and inventive: I had the Ox Blood), the food was cooked to perfection and full of flavor, (radicchio salad, maple brined pork chop, short ribs, papas bravas, and the cassoulet, which was a surprise hit), and dessert was tasty, though probably not AS spectacular as everything else. I'd definitely go back.
We arrived had reservations on Saturday night. Departures bar/terrace seemed packed but the restaurant was not as busy. We waited a long time before our server finally came to greet us. We were a bit disappointed in how long it took someone to even attend to us. He was very nice and asked if we wanted to move to a terrace seating, which we accepted. The ambiance was cool and chic. The vibe was very fresh. Our server walked us through the menu after we shared our restrictions (we are vegetarian). We couldn’t quite figure out what was happening because as attentive as he was, he seemed very forgetful too. The service was delayed but not enough to complain. It helped us pace out our meal. We ordered: Heirloom Tomatoes & Stone fruit salad: coal roasted shallot, Serrano chili, pine nut Cham dressing. We were underwhelmed with this entire dish! The peaches/nectarines were bland and dry, no flavor and not juicy. The combination didn’t satisfy by any means. The Cucumber avocado roll was typical, and nothing extraordinary. Mahogany Noodles: chili glaze, truffle marinated crispy tofu, sweet pepper, shiitake, rabe. This is as our favorite dish! It was delicious! We found it curious and funny, because at the time of ordering and at the time of being served, the server stressed 5 pieces of tofu. The dish literally came with 5 pieces of tofu. The drinks were very good and made well. We ordered Tasha Macho (their version of a Moscow mule) and 75-ish (their version of a French 75). We liked them so much we ended up ordering a second round, which we typically do not so. Well mix/made and consistent. We don’t like sweet cocktails and these defiantly were not. All in all, a great place to check out, but we experienced super slow service. Our server was Daniel who was very friendly and helpful but also very busy.
We went to Caffe Mingo on our first night in Portland, and loved it. We had the Caesar and Insalata di Octopus salads to start. And for entree, my wife had the Braised Beef with Penne Pasta, and I had the Braised Rabbit. Absolutely delicious, and one of the best meals we had on our 17 night trip.
We chose to have dinner with friends here because our food at our last visit was so good. Thankfully, we had a reservation as the parking lot and the restaurant were both pretty full when we arrived at 6:30! Both our friends had the trout which they both liked, and my husband had the swordfish entree which he said was quite good, and only commented that the amount of fish was a bit small for the price, and I had the crab cakes which were pretty good also. Because of the perfectly round shape of the crab cakes, I wondered if they were pre-made elsewhere, and heated and served at the restaurant. They were crispy on the outside and soft inside which I like. They willingly substituted white rice instead of the mashed potatoes due to the dairy products used in those, and the slaw that came with the cakes as well as the broccoli all added to my enjoyment of the entree. Our server was great and the restaurant was quiet enough that we could easily visit with these friends and be heard.