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“A tragic decline since last year: Cold food unappealingly prepared”
Review of DRAKE

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Ranked #11 of 471 Restaurants in Bend
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 10 - US$ 35
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Franklin
Description: DRAKE is an authentic neighborhood joint serving up creative and inspired comfort food in downtown Bend, OR. DRAKE's Chef Ryley is reinventing American classics with a modern, fresh flair. Specialties include daily fresh fish and risotto specials, mussels and fries, poutine and an array of burgers, salads, small plates and sides. DRAKE serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. Take in the view from over-sized windows on the iconic corner of NW Wall Street and NW Franklin Avenue in downtown Bend. On warm days enjoy prime outdoor seating on the bustling sidewalk. Inside, you'll enjoy a diner inspired ambiance with a beautiful hand crafted bar, an open kitchen with front row counter seating and comfortable booths. We are passionate about hospitality and we insist on delivering sincerity to every guest, every time. We want you to have a great experience at DRAKE from beginning to end, that’s our mission and that’s why we love this business. We gladly accept online or phone reservations and walk in diners. Please do not hesitate to call us to discuss your reservation needs.
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Having been to Drake in previous years, and having found the food very good, we returned to a warm welcome and a delightful server. The heirloom tomato salad and macaroni & cheese (both starters) were excellent. Fried chicken was very good. There ended the positive food experience: The hamburger- clearly superior and tasteful meat-was smothered in an avalanche of cheese (sauce???) that looked as if it came from a cheez whiz can rather than from fresh Tillamook. The burger was almost entirely hidden and the cheese flow was an appetite suppressant just to look at it and the sauce was cold. The net effect was to soak the untoasted hamburger bun into a dish-rag like sodden mess. The finishing effect was that the burger was barely warm. The attending fries were over salted, limp and cold. We asked for fresh fries--happily accommodated--whose salt content made them inedible. This was the WORST burger and fries I have ever had- hands down.

The signature shrimp and grits dish was luke warm, a genuine tragedy. The shrimp were obviously fresh and the grits were pillow-fluffy but the absence of heat (as if the meal had been sitting too long, though the restaurant wasn't crowded) was discouraging and detracted from the positive experiences we hoped for.

And the pork schnitzel was also not hot.

A final point: We greatly praised the salads and our wonderful server passed this message on to the manager. Given the quiet of the restaurant, it would have served him well from a customer-centric standpoint to stop by the table personally to thank us for coming and wish us bon appetit. Nothing!

The experience was emotionally, gustatorily, and sensorily a gravely disappointing experience and left us feeling as cold about Drake as the food served to us.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Being a local, I try to stay away from the touristy spots downtown during peak seasons. This place however is not one I avoid. Food is always very good and service is always friendly and timely. If it's slammed with folks from the Valley or wherever, I will wait in line unless it's hideous. They are usually pretty quick but if the diners aren't in a hurry to leave, there's no sense in putting pressure on the staff. I'll come back another day as usual. Make sure you try the fried pickles. Quite tasty but don't burn your mouth.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Good menu selection, good beer, good service. Fried chicken, gnocchi really good. Great people watching

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Once a week, every week, our choice for a shopping lunch. Inventive selections and truly wonderful soups. I mean all of them.

It is casual but the ingredients are not. Never rushed, always friendly.

We adore this!

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

Walked in at 5:30 without a Reservation and we were happy to sit at the Bar. I had the very good salmon special and daughter had a burger that she liked. Good menu selection. Fast courteous service. Nice atmosphere. Fair prices.

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Thank Lynn H
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