Besaw's

★★★☆☆
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503-228-2619

2301 NW Savier St

Portland, OR

97210

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is the placet to go if you are looking for a great breakfast in Nortwest Portland. The services is excellent and the staff is ready to accomodate your needs. I take my parents here every time the visit from out of town.

4
★★★★☆

is the placet to go if you are looking for a great breakfast in Nortwest Portland. The services is excellent and the staff is ready to accomodate your needs. I take my parents here every time the visit from out of town.

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Besaw's is a very cute and trendy spot on NW 23rd. I have been there for breakfast, and lunch. Their Breakfasts are great. The coffee robust and fresh. The lunch menu has a nice variety. The Besaw burger is very good. The place is pretty small so there can be a wait, I have always waited when necessary.I will go back.

4
★★★★☆

Besaw's is a very cute and trendy spot on NW 23rd. I have been there for breakfast, and lunch. Their Breakfasts are great. The coffee robust and fresh. The lunch menu has a nice variety. The Besaw burger is very good. The place is pretty small so there can be a wait, I have always waited when necessary.I will go back.

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The food is delicious, the service is great, and the atmosphere is perfect. Our favorite new breakast place! Try the parfait - yogurt, honey and pistachios.

5
★★★★★

The food is delicious, the service is great, and the atmosphere is perfect. Our favorite new breakast place! Try the parfait - yogurt, honey and pistachios.

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I went here for the first time for breakfast. They were packed at 8:20am on Sunday, but we got a seat in the covered patio (mostly warmed by half-working heaters). My omelet was ok, but there was only cheese on half of it

3
★★★☆☆

I went here for the first time for breakfast. They were packed at 8:20am on Sunday, but we got a seat in the covered patio (mostly warmed by half-working heaters). My omelet was ok, but there was only cheese on half of it

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So Besaw's has always been good, but the more we go there, the less we feel like the wait is worth it. The place is packed and you are right next to everyone else, they might as well make 1 long table throughout the whole restaurant. Not sure about the food vs prices, food is good but not EXCELLENT and the svc is only good 1/2 the time.

3
★★★☆☆

So Besaw's has always been good, but the more we go there, the less we feel like the wait is worth it. The place is packed and you are right next to everyone else, they might as well make 1 long table throughout the whole restaurant. Not sure about the food vs prices, food is good but not EXCELLENT and the svc is only good 1/2 the time.

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It's been awhile since I've been there but Besaw's never disappoints. The apple sausage is delicious and you get a ton a food for the price. I went later in the afternoon to avoid the crowd.

4
★★★★☆

It's been awhile since I've been there but Besaw's never disappoints. The apple sausage is delicious and you get a ton a food for the price. I went later in the afternoon to avoid the crowd.

Pros: Fun atmosphere and delicious food

Cons: Parking

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I enjoyed my experience here on a weekday morning. Awesome breakfast food. Since another staple for Portland, which sold pancakes "by the acre," closed its doors, this is my new favorite for the Northwest area. It's amazing what you find when venturing out. Service was quick, food was good. My rating is four stars, which means I think it is one of the best in Portland.

4
★★★★☆

I enjoyed my experience here on a weekday morning. Awesome breakfast food. Since another staple for Portland, which sold pancakes "by the acre," closed its doors, this is my new favorite for the Northwest area. It's amazing what you find when venturing out. Service was quick, food was good. My rating is four stars, which means I think it is one of the best in Portland.

Pros: Good breakfast food

Cons: none this visit

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I got to Portland a few months ago and was searching for a relaxed spot to have some great, no-nonsense food with good service. Several friends, locals and otherwise, recommended Besaws. I have been here, now, no less than 10 times since arriving this Summer and have always left happy and ready to return. I've been for brunch as well as dinner and though the menus are quite a departure from the other, both have consistently been fantastic. Besaws makes me feel like I'm at home. A restaurant that can do that is certainly a restaurant to visit regularly. Thanks, Besaws.

4
★★★★☆

I got to Portland a few months ago and was searching for a relaxed spot to have some great, no-nonsense food with good service. Several friends, locals and otherwise, recommended Besaws. I have been here, now, no less than 10 times since arriving this Summer and have always left happy and ready to return. I've been for brunch as well as dinner and though the menus are quite a departure from the other, both have consistently been fantastic. Besaws makes me feel like I'm at home. A restaurant that can do that is certainly a restaurant to visit regularly. Thanks, Besaws.

Pros: great service & food

Cons: sometimes a little wait, especially on the weekends

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The only reason that I tasted any of what I ordered was that I had not eaten anything prior to it arrival at the table. But, the whole thing started when a couple who came up after us went in and got seated, I asked what's going on. She said we weren't on the list. She nicely assured me that we would go next, no matter what. I will always wonder if our name had been ignored, crossed off in error or pronounced incorrectly and/or so softly that we didn't hear it as we patiently waited on the sidewalk for 15-20 minutes.

We followed the blonde-haired guy with the soft-shaped handlebar mustache inside and out onto the sort of enclosed patio. He walked so quickly that we didn't get even a wisp of any ambience the regular room might have. I immediately noticed that a group of eight who had gone inside way before still had not ordered, and then that a group of four came in to be seated after us. I also noticed that the couple who had been seated right ahead of us (who had walked up to the door after us) had not ordered. So I decided if either of those two large groups had their orders taken before us, we'd excuse ourselves and leave.

That didn't happen, thank goodness, so we ordered. I got the two-egg breakfast with bacon and substituted a pancake for the toast--it comes with rosemary-garlic roasted potatoes and honey-cured bacon. He got a hamburger and substituted the potatoes for potato chips. A $10 burger with potato chips! He also ordered a Coke which took forever to arrive and then was taken by the guy who seated us to the table with the eight people. He blamed his mistake on the fact that he was still sort of new.

Good grief. New folks ought to try even harder. He certainly had a bias at the front door, walking out and looking and making eye contact only to his right or straight south on NW 23rd, as he announced names. With city traffic sounds all around on a typically busy Saturday, he should have been louder and looked all directions.

The food came quicker than I thought it would. I knew I was in trouble when I cut into the pancake. I've never felt that texture in a pancake. He knew he was in trouble when he saw the grease on the plate beneath the burger and the grease-soaked brioche bun. Both of us ate because we were very hungry, but neither one of us enjoyed it very much. The honey-cured bacon can only be described as fried to a practically-burned-crisp. The potatoes were tasteless--no rosemary, no garlic flavors anywhere.

I'm the reason we stopped there--I'd walked by before and seen the crowds, so I figured it must be good. Why else would so many people be going there? Well, I'm here to tell you, I will never again be lured into a place by a crowd of strangers. I'll rely on actual people that I know who eat at establishments before I decide to give them a try.

Finally, I didn't think it was possible to find such bad food in Portland at a local establishment. I've been proven wrong, woefully wrong.

1
★☆☆☆☆

The only reason that I tasted any of what I ordered was that I had not eaten anything prior to it arrival at the table. But, the whole thing started when a couple who came up after us went in and got seated, I asked what's going on. She said we weren't on the list. She nicely assured me that we would go next, no matter what. I will always wonder if our name had been ignored, crossed off in error or pronounced incorrectly and/or so softly that we didn't hear it as we patiently waited on the sidewalk for 15-20 minutes.

We followed the blonde-haired guy with the soft-shaped handlebar mustache inside and out onto the sort of enclosed patio. He walked so quickly that we didn't get even a wisp of any ambience the regular room might have. I immediately noticed that a group of eight who had gone inside way before still had not ordered, and then that a group of four came in to be seated after us. I also noticed that the couple who had been seated right ahead of us (who had walked up to the door after us) had not ordered. So I decided if either of those two large groups had their orders taken before us, we'd excuse ourselves and leave.

That didn't happen, thank goodness, so we ordered. I got the two-egg breakfast with bacon and substituted a pancake for the toast--it comes with rosemary-garlic roasted potatoes and honey-cured bacon. He got a hamburger and substituted the potatoes for potato chips. A $10 burger with potato chips! He also ordered a Coke which took forever to arrive and then was taken by the guy who seated us to the table with the eight people. He blamed his mistake on the fact that he was still sort of new.

Good grief. New folks ought to try even harder. He certainly had a bias at the front door, walking out and looking and making eye contact only to his right or straight south on NW 23rd, as he announced names. With city traffic sounds all around on a typically busy Saturday, he should have been louder and looked all directions.

The food came quicker than I thought it would. I knew I was in trouble when I cut into the pancake. I've never felt that texture in a pancake. He knew he was in trouble when he saw the grease on the plate beneath the burger and the grease-soaked brioche bun. Both of us ate because we were very hungry, but neither one of us enjoyed it very much. The honey-cured bacon can only be described as fried to a practically-burned-crisp. The potatoes were tasteless--no rosemary, no garlic flavors anywhere.

I'm the reason we stopped there--I'd walked by before and seen the crowds, so I figured it must be good. Why else would so many people be going there? Well, I'm here to tell you, I will never again be lured into a place by a crowd of strangers. I'll rely on actual people that I know who eat at establishments before I decide to give them a try.

Finally, I didn't think it was possible to find such bad food in Portland at a local establishment. I've been proven wrong, woefully wrong.

Pros: It's in my neighborhood and on the 15 bus line

Cons: Pancakes, bacon, rosemary potatoes, front of the house staff

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My husband and I wanted breakfast food on a Saturday at 1pm. There was still a lingering brunch crowd but we were still seated and attended to by the waiter very promptly. I ordered the Salmon scramble and my husband ordered the avocado omellete. Both dishes were quite delicious and we were both stuffed at the end. I wish I had room for dessert but was much too full to eat another bite. I was also able to drink 4 cups of coffee which were yummy to the tummy. We'll definitely be stopping by again especially to try the waffles & the forest mushroom omelette.

5
★★★★★

My husband and I wanted breakfast food on a Saturday at 1pm. There was still a lingering brunch crowd but we were still seated and attended to by the waiter very promptly. I ordered the Salmon scramble and my husband ordered the avocado omellete. Both dishes were quite delicious and we were both stuffed at the end. I wish I had room for dessert but was much too full to eat another bite. I was also able to drink 4 cups of coffee which were yummy to the tummy. We'll definitely be stopping by again especially to try the waffles & the forest mushroom omelette.

Pros: Quick service, good food, quaint atmosphere

Cons: Crowds

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A few girlfriends and I went here to catch up on gossip etc. We came at the end of the brunch crowd and was seated within 10 minutes of arriving (Monday, Federal Holiday, around 1 pm). I ordered the curry potato soup and whole wheat toast. The curry soup was thick and hearty and had enough heat to warm my chilly body and the thick soft toast added a much needed crunch to the meal. For $4.75 (plus tip), the friendly service and tight knit table setting was an affordable way to hear gossip and catch up with girlfriends. Highly recommended. Next time, I'm getting the Belgium waffle!

4
★★★★☆

A few girlfriends and I went here to catch up on gossip etc. We came at the end of the brunch crowd and was seated within 10 minutes of arriving (Monday, Federal Holiday, around 1 pm). I ordered the curry potato soup and whole wheat toast. The curry soup was thick and hearty and had enough heat to warm my chilly body and the thick soft toast added a much needed crunch to the meal. For $4.75 (plus tip), the friendly service and tight knit table setting was an affordable way to hear gossip and catch up with girlfriends. Highly recommended. Next time, I'm getting the Belgium waffle!

Pros: food, quality, service, prices!!!

Cons: only 2 cards per table, parking, small restaurant/ tight quarters

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Overall had a great experience from start to finish! Very affordable and reliable!

Thank you! I will be back!

5
★★★★★

Overall had a great experience from start to finish! Very affordable and reliable!

Thank you! I will be back!

Pros: Incredible experience

Cons: None

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I think that the atmosphere was very nice, wait staff friendly. I went there specifically to try their "chicken and waffles", which were highly recommended by a friend. I couldn't even eat it. The chicken was too crispy and greasy and the waffles had no flavor. Maybe it's just that I don't like the combo, but I really couldn't even eat the two things separately. I would go back, but this time for breakfast.

3
★★★☆☆

I think that the atmosphere was very nice, wait staff friendly. I went there specifically to try their "chicken and waffles", which were highly recommended by a friend. I couldn't even eat it. The chicken was too crispy and greasy and the waffles had no flavor. Maybe it's just that I don't like the combo, but I really couldn't even eat the two things separately. I would go back, but this time for breakfast.

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We went there for dinner last night. I used to love this restaurant but I will never go back. The beet salad was hot and a syrupy mess. The wine wasn't brought to the table until after the salad was served. My salmon (which I ordered rare) was completely overcooked and the olive/tomato/asparagus accompanying it seemed totally random and salty. My husband's pork tenderloin was overcooked to the point of being extremely difficult to chew. Topping it off, the bread was stale!

Never again will I go to Besaw's, which is sad because it is a neighborhood institution.

1
★☆☆☆☆

We went there for dinner last night. I used to love this restaurant but I will never go back. The beet salad was hot and a syrupy mess. The wine wasn't brought to the table until after the salad was served. My salmon (which I ordered rare) was completely overcooked and the olive/tomato/asparagus accompanying it seemed totally random and salty. My husband's pork tenderloin was overcooked to the point of being extremely difficult to chew. Topping it off, the bread was stale!

Never again will I go to Besaw's, which is sad because it is a neighborhood institution.

Pros: location

Cons: everything else

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i got seriously the worst tea of my life there. how does one mess up tea? it took forever to get it because it was "brewing" and all I got was light yellow water that tasted like astringent. and we couldn't find the waitress to complain and ask for new tea at ALL. not going back.
while my boyfriend went to find our waitress to fix the tea i watched the women next to me wait and wait for their check before finally giving up and going to the front to try and pay. so it wasn't just a fluke that i had less than stellar service.

1
★☆☆☆☆

i got seriously the worst tea of my life there. how does one mess up tea? it took forever to get it because it was "brewing" and all I got was light yellow water that tasted like astringent. and we couldn't find the waitress to complain and ask for new tea at ALL. not going back.
while my boyfriend went to find our waitress to fix the tea i watched the women next to me wait and wait for their check before finally giving up and going to the front to try and pay. so it wasn't just a fluke that i had less than stellar service.

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With a dear friend in town and an unusually late Tuesday night, we were in the market for a very late recovery breakfast. While I generally stay on the eastside, I was prompted by a coworker to check out Besaw's as they serve breakfast everyday until 3:00pm. Sweet Jesus. I had such an absoutely fantastic experience, my girl friend is laughing as I write this now... It was fairly busy for a weekday, but none the less, the hostess was all over it, my server Eleanor was hilarious and on point, even the busser was a dream. KInd, efficient and smiling??? Now let me talk about the food... I barely know where to start. Bloody Mary. Delicious. Best damn Huevos ever. We shared banana-pecan pancakes and pork apple sausage. So fricking good. So adieu, thank you Besaw's for making my day when it was least expected. Remarkably unbelievable. I'll be back with more friends in tow.

5
★★★★★

With a dear friend in town and an unusually late Tuesday night, we were in the market for a very late recovery breakfast. While I generally stay on the eastside, I was prompted by a coworker to check out Besaw's as they serve breakfast everyday until 3:00pm. Sweet Jesus. I had such an absoutely fantastic experience, my girl friend is laughing as I write this now... It was fairly busy for a weekday, but none the less, the hostess was all over it, my server Eleanor was hilarious and on point, even the busser was a dream. KInd, efficient and smiling??? Now let me talk about the food... I barely know where to start. Bloody Mary. Delicious. Best damn Huevos ever. We shared banana-pecan pancakes and pork apple sausage. So fricking good. So adieu, thank you Besaw's for making my day when it was least expected. Remarkably unbelievable. I'll be back with more friends in tow.

Pros: food. service. food. service. food.

Cons: a bit noisy

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I called them about 30 mintues before I showed up and they had a cute little table all set up for me and my 8 friends! Its a tiny restaurant so I thought I would have to wait. We chatted with the hostess for a minute and she was great with my friend's baby. Our server (Richard?) was professional and fast. Food was awesome! (I really liked my salmon scramble)
Can't understand what these negative reviews are all about--we had a fantastic time and will tell all of our friends!

4
★★★★☆

I called them about 30 mintues before I showed up and they had a cute little table all set up for me and my 8 friends! Its a tiny restaurant so I thought I would have to wait. We chatted with the hostess for a minute and she was great with my friend's baby. Our server (Richard?) was professional and fast. Food was awesome! (I really liked my salmon scramble)
Can't understand what these negative reviews are all about--we had a fantastic time and will tell all of our friends!

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My wife and I visit Portland from Seattle often. Last week we were in town and decided to eat at Besaw?s for dinner. This was our first time and it was pretty good.
The server was great, very funny, and full of energy.
The drinks were the best cocktails we have ever had!!! They were perfect.
The food was good, it didn?t meet up to the service and drinks, but was good.
We stayed for a bit, and just hung out. Had some cake and coffee and enjoyed our time with each other.
All and all, very nice. We think we have found our new drinking spot in Portland.

4
★★★★☆

My wife and I visit Portland from Seattle often. Last week we were in town and decided to eat at Besaw?s for dinner. This was our first time and it was pretty good.
The server was great, very funny, and full of energy.
The drinks were the best cocktails we have ever had!!! They were perfect.
The food was good, it didn?t meet up to the service and drinks, but was good.
We stayed for a bit, and just hung out. Had some cake and coffee and enjoyed our time with each other.
All and all, very nice. We think we have found our new drinking spot in Portland.

Pros: Cocktails

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I went in for breakfast this Sunday and was blown away by the amazing service. The wait was on the long side (about 30 minutes), but it is a small restaurant and they seemed to be very busy. They brought out some waffles for those of us waiting and the free coffee outside made the wait tolerable. When it was our turn to be seated the hostess and the waitress were both very friendly, our food was delivered quickly and piping hot (I ordered the salmon omlet and my friend got the eggs benedict), and the atmosphere was great. Long wait, but I'll be going back soon!

5
★★★★★

I went in for breakfast this Sunday and was blown away by the amazing service. The wait was on the long side (about 30 minutes), but it is a small restaurant and they seemed to be very busy. They brought out some waffles for those of us waiting and the free coffee outside made the wait tolerable. When it was our turn to be seated the hostess and the waitress were both very friendly, our food was delivered quickly and piping hot (I ordered the salmon omlet and my friend got the eggs benedict), and the atmosphere was great. Long wait, but I'll be going back soon!

Pros: Great food, friendly staff

Cons: Be prepared to wait a bit

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We have been to Besaw's numerous times for breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday and typically, we have had great service. We are always prepared to wait but today I felt our wait was unnecessarily long (1 hour) and our complaint was not handled well by the hostess. We just missed a large turnover of tables and were the next table of 4 to be seated. However, rather than seating us they chose to seat a group of 5 that had just arrived (we at this point had been there 45 minutes). The group of 5 had made a reservation for 6 but their other person did not show up. Rather than putting them in line with the rest of those who could not make a reservation (parties less than 6) they honored their reservation. This probably seems a bit petty but for such a small place it doesn't seem fair for different rules to apply to different groups people. Then, a group of 4 arrived and were seated because they were part of a group of 8 (and could make a reservation) even though their entire party was not there. I spoke to the hostess after seeing the group of 4 get seated and rather than letting me explain why I was upset she rudely cut me off saying we would get the next table.

Once we were seated and food and service was great and we were out in about 30 minutes. But given my experience I will likely try some place new next time.

3
★★★☆☆

We have been to Besaw's numerous times for breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday and typically, we have had great service. We are always prepared to wait but today I felt our wait was unnecessarily long (1 hour) and our complaint was not handled well by the hostess. We just missed a large turnover of tables and were the next table of 4 to be seated. However, rather than seating us they chose to seat a group of 5 that had just arrived (we at this point had been there 45 minutes). The group of 5 had made a reservation for 6 but their other person did not show up. Rather than putting them in line with the rest of those who could not make a reservation (parties less than 6) they honored their reservation. This probably seems a bit petty but for such a small place it doesn't seem fair for different rules to apply to different groups people. Then, a group of 4 arrived and were seated because they were part of a group of 8 (and could make a reservation) even though their entire party was not there. I spoke to the hostess after seeing the group of 4 get seated and rather than letting me explain why I was upset she rudely cut me off saying we would get the next table.

Once we were seated and food and service was great and we were out in about 30 minutes. But given my experience I will likely try some place new next time.

Pros: Once you are seated, the food and service are good

Cons: Too long of wait

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I moved to Portland just a couple weeks ago, and was hanging out at a local bar by my apartment a few days ago. Not being very familiar with the neighborhood yet, I asked my bartender to recommend somewhere for dinner, simple but... indicative?... of the city and area. She suggested Besaw's. When I arrived, I realized they were about ten minutes from closing. Nonetheless, they seemed incredibly pleasant and happy to serve. The cook even came out and chatted with me about the specials for the night, of which I had the ribeye roulad (not sure of the spelling), which was delicious, apparently local organic beef rolled with spinach, goat cheese and grilled onions. The bartender (I sat at the bar) was very friendly and suggested a great cocktail of whiskey, soda, dried cherries and more. Really dug this place, staff is friendly and entertaining, apparently all-local ingredients (or at least mostly) and the bar is beautiful and classic. Recommended.

5
★★★★★

I moved to Portland just a couple weeks ago, and was hanging out at a local bar by my apartment a few days ago. Not being very familiar with the neighborhood yet, I asked my bartender to recommend somewhere for dinner, simple but... indicative?... of the city and area. She suggested Besaw's. When I arrived, I realized they were about ten minutes from closing. Nonetheless, they seemed incredibly pleasant and happy to serve. The cook even came out and chatted with me about the specials for the night, of which I had the ribeye roulad (not sure of the spelling), which was delicious, apparently local organic beef rolled with spinach, goat cheese and grilled onions. The bartender (I sat at the bar) was very friendly and suggested a great cocktail of whiskey, soda, dried cherries and more. Really dug this place, staff is friendly and entertaining, apparently all-local ingredients (or at least mostly) and the bar is beautiful and classic. Recommended.

Pros: Great staff, food and prices

Cons: None that I saw

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We wanted to try Besaws for dinner because we like the owner, but the service was horrendous and the food was lousy. The server never checked on us, never filled our water glass, was always in a rush (even though the restaurant was empty), and was basically snooty the whole time. The meatloaf wrapped in bacon (which he recommended) was so bad I couldn't even eat it, and the "bacon" was pure fat. It was basically strips of lard. My date's salmon was fishy, and both our vegetables were undercooked. If this was an episode of "Top Chef", the waiter and cook would have been sent home immediately!! Just an overall HORRIBLE dining experience. Of course, the waiter didn't ask how the meal was when he took my plate away as he obviously didn't want to hear my feedback. I didn't give it to him because he obviously didn't care, so I'm giving it here to save people the trouble of going here.

1
★☆☆☆☆

We wanted to try Besaws for dinner because we like the owner, but the service was horrendous and the food was lousy. The server never checked on us, never filled our water glass, was always in a rush (even though the restaurant was empty), and was basically snooty the whole time. The meatloaf wrapped in bacon (which he recommended) was so bad I couldn't even eat it, and the "bacon" was pure fat. It was basically strips of lard. My date's salmon was fishy, and both our vegetables were undercooked. If this was an episode of "Top Chef", the waiter and cook would have been sent home immediately!! Just an overall HORRIBLE dining experience. Of course, the waiter didn't ask how the meal was when he took my plate away as he obviously didn't want to hear my feedback. I didn't give it to him because he obviously didn't care, so I'm giving it here to save people the trouble of going here.

Pros: outdoor seating

Cons: service, food, what else is there?

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This was a very bad experience. We had a very rude and unproffessional waitress. We had to return their Bloody Mary's we ordered for brunch because they were not made correctly. (Folks, I'm not picky and would drink mostly anything, but could not do this bizarre brew they had served.) The waitress said that they would not take the drinks back because that would be a waste. We were floored and asked to talk to the manager; the manager came 20 minutes later and insulted us further by coming up to us and immediatley said "what were you guys expecting", we simply said a Bloody Mary. The check came another 20 minutes later and the drinks were on the tab! We paid in full just to get out of that place. The manager came to follow us out and gave us an unusual smirk and said that they had put too much lime juice in it--but yet we still got charged for them. This was the short version because believe me they were very offensive and it left a sour taste in my mouth. In fact, I had the Farmer's Hash and that was oily and undercooked. If you want bad food and even worse service - than Besaw's is your place. It really is too bad because it's in a very charming area of Portland.

1
★☆☆☆☆

This was a very bad experience. We had a very rude and unproffessional waitress. We had to return their Bloody Mary's we ordered for brunch because they were not made correctly. (Folks, I'm not picky and would drink mostly anything, but could not do this bizarre brew they had served.) The waitress said that they would not take the drinks back because that would be a waste. We were floored and asked to talk to the manager; the manager came 20 minutes later and insulted us further by coming up to us and immediatley said "what were you guys expecting", we simply said a Bloody Mary. The check came another 20 minutes later and the drinks were on the tab! We paid in full just to get out of that place. The manager came to follow us out and gave us an unusual smirk and said that they had put too much lime juice in it--but yet we still got charged for them. This was the short version because believe me they were very offensive and it left a sour taste in my mouth. In fact, I had the Farmer's Hash and that was oily and undercooked. If you want bad food and even worse service - than Besaw's is your place. It really is too bad because it's in a very charming area of Portland.

Pros: Location

Cons: Very bad food and the worst customer service, rude and unprofessional.

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service was slow and the wait was over an hour. Food was cold, and it took only 5 minutes to get our food. How does food get cold when it took only 5 minutes to get to the table/ Waitress was rude and very cold. There are a lot better places in Portland to get brunch then this place.

1
★☆☆☆☆

service was slow and the wait was over an hour. Food was cold, and it took only 5 minutes to get our food. How does food get cold when it took only 5 minutes to get to the table/ Waitress was rude and very cold. There are a lot better places in Portland to get brunch then this place.

Pros: none

Cons: cold food and rude waitresses

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The food here is good, however the wait is so not worth it. There is no where in the world where you should have to wait an hour to be seating for brunch... It's sad cause like i said the food is good.

3
★★★☆☆

The food here is good, however the wait is so not worth it. There is no where in the world where you should have to wait an hour to be seating for brunch... It's sad cause like i said the food is good.

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Went with my friend this morning. Hadn't been in a long time as we had been weary since new ownership took place. The hostess was so rude. Granted she was busy but rude and scary. We asked if we could sit at the bar and she said she would have to check with all of the people ahead of us first. As we proceeded to wait the next 1/2 hour, and all the bar stools were empty, she told people inquiring about the wait "it's going to be a long time". Not very professional to discourage clients. In addition, she would come outside screaming the next party and the repeat the name over and over and then cross their name out in a huff. Meanwhile tables inside sat empty and uncleared. When we were finally up and were seated, guests came in and sat at the bar without even waiting. Another group also passed by and were being seated outside and I heard the woman say "there's an empty 4 top right there, why do we have to sit outside under the heaters." Our waitress was great and the bloody marys were awesome but the prices have gone up, the wait is too long and the new owner is losing money and customers. I'll be returning to the Daily Cafe, Blue Hour, and Everett St. Bistro before I ever return to Besaws. Guess I was weary for a reason.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Went with my friend this morning. Hadn't been in a long time as we had been weary since new ownership took place. The hostess was so rude. Granted she was busy but rude and scary. We asked if we could sit at the bar and she said she would have to check with all of the people ahead of us first. As we proceeded to wait the next 1/2 hour, and all the bar stools were empty, she told people inquiring about the wait "it's going to be a long time". Not very professional to discourage clients. In addition, she would come outside screaming the next party and the repeat the name over and over and then cross their name out in a huff. Meanwhile tables inside sat empty and uncleared. When we were finally up and were seated, guests came in and sat at the bar without even waiting. Another group also passed by and were being seated outside and I heard the woman say "there's an empty 4 top right there, why do we have to sit outside under the heaters." Our waitress was great and the bloody marys were awesome but the prices have gone up, the wait is too long and the new owner is losing money and customers. I'll be returning to the Daily Cafe, Blue Hour, and Everett St. Bistro before I ever return to Besaws. Guess I was weary for a reason.

Pros: Bloody Marys

Cons: Scary Hostess

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Sure, you're probably going to have to wait. Know that. Relax. Enjoy their complimentary coffee outside, and the nice hostess will usually bring those who are willing to brave the elements some warm waffles to nibble on. I have a weekend breakfast at Besaws 3 or 4 times a month and have yet to be let down. The service is warm and friendly, the environment charmingly cramped yet comfortable, and the specials are to die for. Creative scrambles, perfect omlettes, a selection of benedicts, apple fritter french toast, pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting - I'm drooling as I type. I confess - I've only had their breakfast......but it is oh so heavenly and I've yet to find anything consistently better.

5
★★★★★

Sure, you're probably going to have to wait. Know that. Relax. Enjoy their complimentary coffee outside, and the nice hostess will usually bring those who are willing to brave the elements some warm waffles to nibble on. I have a weekend breakfast at Besaws 3 or 4 times a month and have yet to be let down. The service is warm and friendly, the environment charmingly cramped yet comfortable, and the specials are to die for. Creative scrambles, perfect omlettes, a selection of benedicts, apple fritter french toast, pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting - I'm drooling as I type. I confess - I've only had their breakfast......but it is oh so heavenly and I've yet to find anything consistently better.

Pros: Delicious brunchy treats, friendly service

Cons: small place = lengthy weekend waits

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This use to be one of my favorite breakfast spots because the flavors were very inovative and their potatoes and egg dishes were delicious, unfortunately the last couple of times I have been in has not been very inspiring. I thought it may have been just a one time problem so we went back again a couple of months later. But the food still lacked any flavor. Sorry, we will probably not be back since it is a little spendy for only so, so food.

3
★★★☆☆

This use to be one of my favorite breakfast spots because the flavors were very inovative and their potatoes and egg dishes were delicious, unfortunately the last couple of times I have been in has not been very inspiring. I thought it may have been just a one time problem so we went back again a couple of months later. But the food still lacked any flavor. Sorry, we will probably not be back since it is a little spendy for only so, so food.

Pros: location

Cons: flavor of food

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It take a lot to get on our 'weekly' list, but Besaw's is right at the top.
The food is creative and tasty - splendid mixtures of Brie, Smoked Salmon and Rosemary often work their way in to the dishes. The service is exceptional and always friendly - our 2 year old daughter has always been welcome.

The restaurant's layout is cozy, not crowded. Be sure to get there early as the reviews are well known and the list can get a list can get a little long. Mercifully, those cold wet mornings are kept at bay with free coffee.

We recently tried a dinner meal... stick to what Besaw's is known for - their fantastic breakfast and brunches!

5
★★★★★

It take a lot to get on our 'weekly' list, but Besaw's is right at the top.
The food is creative and tasty - splendid mixtures of Brie, Smoked Salmon and Rosemary often work their way in to the dishes. The service is exceptional and always friendly - our 2 year old daughter has always been welcome.

The restaurant's layout is cozy, not crowded. Be sure to get there early as the reviews are well known and the list can get a list can get a little long. Mercifully, those cold wet mornings are kept at bay with free coffee.

We recently tried a dinner meal... stick to what Besaw's is known for - their fantastic breakfast and brunches!

Pros: Breakfast, Brunch, Interesting mixes of tastes in dishes, Bloody Marry's, Friendly, Fast

Cons: Line can get a little long, Dinners just not up to par.

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Fantastic food, and very sweet service. I go there regularly and enjoy it everytime! I appreciate having it in the neighborhood.

4
★★★★☆

Fantastic food, and very sweet service. I go there regularly and enjoy it everytime! I appreciate having it in the neighborhood.

Pros: food, atmosphere

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We were at Besaw's around 10:30am for a late breakfast, and the food was awesome. I had the tofu scramble (yum!) and my husband ordered one of the steak dishes. He found the size of the steak to be quite generous. Our waitress didn't check on us - we asked a busser for more coffee. She did, however, drop off the check when we were about halfway through our meals. And as soon as I set my fork down, she pounced to take my plate away. Since about half the tables in the place were available, I'd hoped for a nice and leisurely breakfast. The food was tasty and priced well, but I won't come back when I'm wanting some leisure time!

4
★★★★☆

We were at Besaw's around 10:30am for a late breakfast, and the food was awesome. I had the tofu scramble (yum!) and my husband ordered one of the steak dishes. He found the size of the steak to be quite generous. Our waitress didn't check on us - we asked a busser for more coffee. She did, however, drop off the check when we were about halfway through our meals. And as soon as I set my fork down, she pounced to take my plate away. Since about half the tables in the place were available, I'd hoped for a nice and leisurely breakfast. The food was tasty and priced well, but I won't come back when I'm wanting some leisure time!

Pros: price and value, free-range meat

Cons: rushed service

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Though Trendy-third is not usually my scene, one place I WILL be returning to is Besaw's. My wife and I came upon it one Sunday afternoon while shopping, and despite standing in a line out the door for half an hour (time well spent, I might add), once inside we were greeted by a cheery hostess and a crew of servers who, despite the packed crowds, managed to maneuver and dart among the throngs and still remain chipper and conversational. Our personal server (Teresa?) was prompt and friendly, and strongly recommended that day's omelette, and I completely agreed after tasting it. My wife had crab cake Benedicts, which were obviously made in-house and delicious. Along with wonderful Bloody Mary's and the overall pleasant ambience that surprised us in such a packed house, I assure we will be back for lunch and dinner.

5
★★★★★

Though Trendy-third is not usually my scene, one place I WILL be returning to is Besaw's. My wife and I came upon it one Sunday afternoon while shopping, and despite standing in a line out the door for half an hour (time well spent, I might add), once inside we were greeted by a cheery hostess and a crew of servers who, despite the packed crowds, managed to maneuver and dart among the throngs and still remain chipper and conversational. Our personal server (Teresa?) was prompt and friendly, and strongly recommended that day's omelette, and I completely agreed after tasting it. My wife had crab cake Benedicts, which were obviously made in-house and delicious. Along with wonderful Bloody Mary's and the overall pleasant ambience that surprised us in such a packed house, I assure we will be back for lunch and dinner.

Pros: great service, great food, great ambience

Cons: popular on weekends

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Besaw's used to be one of my favorite places for a good brunch, lunch or dinner. I think the restaraunt was sold recently and it shows. Today's Besaw's is run by a bunch of young clique-type hipsters that mainly cater to their friends who are always there hanging out. If you're not in their inner circle, don't expect prompt service or warm food from the often hung-over club kids running the joint. If you do go, don't sit close to the kitchen unless you want to hear the cooks combine new and exiting strings of swear-words.

2
★★☆☆☆

Besaw's used to be one of my favorite places for a good brunch, lunch or dinner. I think the restaraunt was sold recently and it shows. Today's Besaw's is run by a bunch of young clique-type hipsters that mainly cater to their friends who are always there hanging out. If you're not in their inner circle, don't expect prompt service or warm food from the often hung-over club kids running the joint. If you do go, don't sit close to the kitchen unless you want to hear the cooks combine new and exiting strings of swear-words.

Cons: Service, attitude, Cold food

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The service was friendly, very friendly. However, the food was bland and boring. We waited about 1/2 hour on a Saturday morning. The coffee outside was nice. The food got to our table in less than 5 minutes, so I was absolutely shocked that the potatoes and toast were cold! How does that happen?? The bread they use is horrible--right off the shelf from Thriftway, it appears. The eggs were very average. I hear they are best known for their Bloody Mary's. Maybe I would have liked it more if I had been drunk.... I really don't get it. The next morning I was at Mother's. Now that's a breakfast place! Or just a couple blocks away is the Stepping Stone, great food with a fun attitude, and quite powerful bloody marys!

1
★☆☆☆☆

The service was friendly, very friendly. However, the food was bland and boring. We waited about 1/2 hour on a Saturday morning. The coffee outside was nice. The food got to our table in less than 5 minutes, so I was absolutely shocked that the potatoes and toast were cold! How does that happen?? The bread they use is horrible--right off the shelf from Thriftway, it appears. The eggs were very average. I hear they are best known for their Bloody Mary's. Maybe I would have liked it more if I had been drunk.... I really don't get it. The next morning I was at Mother's. Now that's a breakfast place! Or just a couple blocks away is the Stepping Stone, great food with a fun attitude, and quite powerful bloody marys!

Pros: Service

Cons: Bland, boring, cold food; crowded; not worth it!

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Despite having often heard Besaw's describes as a favorite Portland institution, I recently experienced a breakfast so unappealing that it prompted me to write this review. The atmosphere, rumored to be charming, is in fact nothing special. More importantly the food ranged from mediocre to poor. Portland is home to at least a dozen better places to eat brunch. Seriously, don't waste your time at Besaw's.

2
★★☆☆☆

Despite having often heard Besaw's describes as a favorite Portland institution, I recently experienced a breakfast so unappealing that it prompted me to write this review. The atmosphere, rumored to be charming, is in fact nothing special. More importantly the food ranged from mediocre to poor. Portland is home to at least a dozen better places to eat brunch. Seriously, don't waste your time at Besaw's.

Pros: nice London waiter

Cons: THE FOOD!, long waits

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After just moving to Portland, I've been a little overwhelmed getting my footing. Following a recommendation I found myself at Besaw's in NW to recoup with a weekend breakfast. Not only did I have an amazing meal, I was completely stunned at not only the volume of customers, but the attenitive service that was given. The hostess was great and my server gave me all sorts of bonus tips on the city as well, but I must say I was floored by one of the best bussers of all time. Just wanted to share my appreciation for making me feel at home. I'll be back.

5
★★★★★

After just moving to Portland, I've been a little overwhelmed getting my footing. Following a recommendation I found myself at Besaw's in NW to recoup with a weekend breakfast. Not only did I have an amazing meal, I was completely stunned at not only the volume of customers, but the attenitive service that was given. The hostess was great and my server gave me all sorts of bonus tips on the city as well, but I must say I was floored by one of the best bussers of all time. Just wanted to share my appreciation for making me feel at home. I'll be back.

Pros: yummy, yummy food, fun, helpful staff, good people watching

Cons: crowded on weekends

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I have gone to Besaw's for brunch faithfully for the past 5 years, and I'm afraid I have just eaten my last. My french toast was bland and cold, my husband's eggs over-cooked (which the chefs tried to hide by piling with cheese). The service was awful. I'm afraid Besaw's was just not what it used to be, which was a great place to eat wonderful comfort food.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I have gone to Besaw's for brunch faithfully for the past 5 years, and I'm afraid I have just eaten my last. My french toast was bland and cold, my husband's eggs over-cooked (which the chefs tried to hide by piling with cheese). The service was awful. I'm afraid Besaw's was just not what it used to be, which was a great place to eat wonderful comfort food.

Pros: cheap, nice ambiance

Cons: service, food

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After hearing about the legendary Besaw's breakfast menu from no less than 10 of my friends, I finally went last weekend and was happy to find that it exceeded all my expectations. I could not find a single thing on their breakfast menu that didn't sound mouth-wateringly delicious. The belgian waffle with raspberry compote & thick, lucious whipped cream on top was fantastic, as was the prosciutto/feta/sundried tomato/basil scramble my dining partner had. I also highly recommend their espresso drinks - I had the Cafe Allison, a latte with chocolate, hazelnut & cinnamon...and was surprised to find it a VERY delicious treat. Most breakfast places do watery or over-flavored versions of coffee shop favorites, but Besaw's actually gets it right.

5
★★★★★

After hearing about the legendary Besaw's breakfast menu from no less than 10 of my friends, I finally went last weekend and was happy to find that it exceeded all my expectations. I could not find a single thing on their breakfast menu that didn't sound mouth-wateringly delicious. The belgian waffle with raspberry compote & thick, lucious whipped cream on top was fantastic, as was the prosciutto/feta/sundried tomato/basil scramble my dining partner had. I also highly recommend their espresso drinks - I had the Cafe Allison, a latte with chocolate, hazelnut & cinnamon...and was surprised to find it a VERY delicious treat. Most breakfast places do watery or over-flavored versions of coffee shop favorites, but Besaw's actually gets it right.

Pros: Great selection, Reasonbly priced, Excellent espresso

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Either a line is forming out the door or you'll have to wait at least 5-10 minutes. Be patient, it's good. If you're phobic of sitting close to others - beware. It's crowded & loud. Besaw's has been around for a long while and has a history behind it. Read the literature while you wait. The menu selection isn't huge, but it's good. You'll smile with every bite. Many places on 23rd have a reputation of being exceptional just BECAUSE they're on 23rd. However, this place deserves it's reputation. It's tiny and not much to look at outside or inside, but don't let snobbery detour you elsewhere. Yumm. . .

4
★★★★☆

Either a line is forming out the door or you'll have to wait at least 5-10 minutes. Be patient, it's good. If you're phobic of sitting close to others - beware. It's crowded & loud. Besaw's has been around for a long while and has a history behind it. Read the literature while you wait. The menu selection isn't huge, but it's good. You'll smile with every bite. Many places on 23rd have a reputation of being exceptional just BECAUSE they're on 23rd. However, this place deserves it's reputation. It's tiny and not much to look at outside or inside, but don't let snobbery detour you elsewhere. Yumm. . .

Pros: eggs benedict, tastey, brunch on Sunday

Cons: , waiting, small menu

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I came to Besaw's a number of times during 2003 whne I lived closer to town. I got great service and fabulous food. The Lunch specials were awesome, soups were wonderful, and the servers were friendly and seemed happy. This time, the food was not good. We had regular menu items, not even specials, and they were not near the standard I came to expect in 2003. The dinners were tasteless ands the plates looked sloppy... no presentation at all! The server was good, but didn't seem as happy to be there as before. Why the drastic changes???

2
★★☆☆☆

I came to Besaw's a number of times during 2003 whne I lived closer to town. I got great service and fabulous food. The Lunch specials were awesome, soups were wonderful, and the servers were friendly and seemed happy. This time, the food was not good. We had regular menu items, not even specials, and they were not near the standard I came to expect in 2003. The dinners were tasteless ands the plates looked sloppy... no presentation at all! The server was good, but didn't seem as happy to be there as before. Why the drastic changes???

Pros: Nice Servers

Cons: , boring lunch specials, Not what it once was!

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A nine dollar egg breakfast meant 2 very small eggs, a small portion of cold, rubbery potatoes that tasted DAYS old, 2 pieces of thin, generic wheat wonder-bread style toast that was so cold the butter didn't melt when applied. My bowl of oatmeal was large, hot, and gluey. The coffee was some of the worst I've had, and the service was very close to being rude. Our server never asked how our food was, barely made an effort to crack a smile, and the guy who refilled our coffee did so by banging the pot on the table but never saying a word. By the time we left, the place was packed, and I have no idea why. I can't say a single nice thing about this place.

1
★☆☆☆☆

A nine dollar egg breakfast meant 2 very small eggs, a small portion of cold, rubbery potatoes that tasted DAYS old, 2 pieces of thin, generic wheat wonder-bread style toast that was so cold the butter didn't melt when applied. My bowl of oatmeal was large, hot, and gluey. The coffee was some of the worst I've had, and the service was very close to being rude. Our server never asked how our food was, barely made an effort to crack a smile, and the guy who refilled our coffee did so by banging the pot on the table but never saying a word. By the time we left, the place was packed, and I have no idea why. I can't say a single nice thing about this place.

Cons: , Poor quality food, Apathetic service

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...we cannot understand how this common grill with premium prices attracts any following: the cuisine is un-creative; the food is heavy-handed, often oily; the atmosphere neither notable nor especially comfy-cozy. certainly, try it yourself (though Besaw's is no "bargain", even for brunch) and ask yourself, "compared to what?" yes, there was a time, back then - even on trendy-third, when there were not so many bistros to have a satisfying lunch or enjoy fine dining. apparently, Besaw's best meal was "yesterday". in other words, c'est passe... let's Move On :-/

1
★☆☆☆☆

...we cannot understand how this common grill with premium prices attracts any following: the cuisine is un-creative; the food is heavy-handed, often oily; the atmosphere neither notable nor especially comfy-cozy. certainly, try it yourself (though Besaw's is no "bargain", even for brunch) and ask yourself, "compared to what?" yes, there was a time, back then - even on trendy-third, when there were not so many bistros to have a satisfying lunch or enjoy fine dining. apparently, Besaw's best meal was "yesterday". in other words, c'est passe... let's Move On :-/

Pros: location

Cons: , prices, ambience

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The place to go for good, solid comfort food. Plates are huge - you can easilly split a breakfast or dinner plates between two and the waitress won't look at you meanly. Food is tasty, and, in a rarity for Portland, well seasoned (is there some kind of anti salt lobby in this town?) and well prepared. Somewhat limited menu for dinner - but given the galley-sized kitchen, not surprising. Go early on weekends though - no breakfast is worth waiting for more than fifteen minutes.

4
★★★★☆

The place to go for good, solid comfort food. Plates are huge - you can easilly split a breakfast or dinner plates between two and the waitress won't look at you meanly. Food is tasty, and, in a rarity for Portland, well seasoned (is there some kind of anti salt lobby in this town?) and well prepared. Somewhat limited menu for dinner - but given the galley-sized kitchen, not surprising. Go early on weekends though - no breakfast is worth waiting for more than fifteen minutes.

Pros: well crafted food, tasty - well seasoned, cozy

Cons: Huge lines at b'fast, somewhat limited menu

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I think the place has become a fad of sorts for the locals of NW portland to go on the weekends for breakfast. I am probably going to go there this morning actually, (though I live in beaverton). But not because I want to hang out with the yuppie crowds that are there, becasue I want some of thier awesome garlic breakfast Spuds, and a spicy breakfast burrito or two, and maybe some of that apple-sausage...its really good.

All in All, the place is "OK" But they could improve in a lot of areas.

Make reservations before going, period. Otherwise you will have to stand out in the cold/rain while you wait, as there is no waiting area other than a single chair near the doorway. They are aware of the folks waiting ourside though, and bring out free coffee and waffles.

4
★★★★☆

I think the place has become a fad of sorts for the locals of NW portland to go on the weekends for breakfast. I am probably going to go there this morning actually, (though I live in beaverton). But not because I want to hang out with the yuppie crowds that are there, becasue I want some of thier awesome garlic breakfast Spuds, and a spicy breakfast burrito or two, and maybe some of that apple-sausage...its really good.

All in All, the place is "OK" But they could improve in a lot of areas.

Make reservations before going, period. Otherwise you will have to stand out in the cold/rain while you wait, as there is no waiting area other than a single chair near the doorway. They are aware of the folks waiting ourside though, and bring out free coffee and waffles.

Pros: booze, Off-beat, Eklectic menu

Cons: very small, Loud, mediocre service

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It is a very popular place, but I have no idea why. The food is mediocre at best. The service was terrible. I waited almost 30 minutes for a table of two, while countless people who came after me, who obviously knew the waitresses, owners, etc. were seated before me. I had no idea I needed to know people to get a seat in a public restaurant!! I waited almost 15 min to get my check... overall it has nothing to offer. There are many more worthwhile places to eat in Portland.

1
★☆☆☆☆

It is a very popular place, but I have no idea why. The food is mediocre at best. The service was terrible. I waited almost 30 minutes for a table of two, while countless people who came after me, who obviously knew the waitresses, owners, etc. were seated before me. I had no idea I needed to know people to get a seat in a public restaurant!! I waited almost 15 min to get my check... overall it has nothing to offer. There are many more worthwhile places to eat in Portland.

Cons: terrible service, mediocre food, over priced

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apparently the raters are not breakfast folks in the true sense. the service and the quality of food in this establishment cannot in my judgment be beaten by any other restaurant. It is to be noted that the John Street Cafe in the St Johns area is not even listed in the top ten. this is a big mistake. previously the owners operated the Tabor Hill Cafe on SE Hawthorne and many people who went there return many times to the John Street Cafe.

5
★★★★★

apparently the raters are not breakfast folks in the true sense. the service and the quality of food in this establishment cannot in my judgment be beaten by any other restaurant. It is to be noted that the John Street Cafe in the St Johns area is not even listed in the top ten. this is a big mistake. previously the owners operated the Tabor Hill Cafe on SE Hawthorne and many people who went there return many times to the John Street Cafe.

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My family and I went to Besaw for breakfast celebrating a recent retirement!! We had reservations for the six of us, and were seated quickly, thank goodness, because it was raining outside! The service was great, fast and friendly, the menu was hearty food with interesting and unique flavors, that you will not find at other places for brunch... although crowded it was a wonderful happy atmosphere and the food was great! It is nice to see the old places with so much history in Portland doing well!

5
★★★★★

My family and I went to Besaw for breakfast celebrating a recent retirement!! We had reservations for the six of us, and were seated quickly, thank goodness, because it was raining outside! The service was great, fast and friendly, the menu was hearty food with interesting and unique flavors, that you will not find at other places for brunch... although crowded it was a wonderful happy atmosphere and the food was great! It is nice to see the old places with so much history in Portland doing well!

Pros: friendly, comfortable, fast

Cons: crowded, loud, on street parking

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I'd eat here on any given day, but I don't understand the popularity. Some breakfast places that sport high prices and long lines at least have some signature dishes; the offerings here are standard menu fare. Again, what they have is good, but not creative or great. Uh, go for the scrambled eggs I guess.

4
★★★★☆

I'd eat here on any given day, but I don't understand the popularity. Some breakfast places that sport high prices and long lines at least have some signature dishes; the offerings here are standard menu fare. Again, what they have is good, but not creative or great. Uh, go for the scrambled eggs I guess.

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We are new to the Portland area and we were driving around and saw this palce and were we greatful to find it. My Wife and I got tthe NY Strip Steak, it came with soem Chipolte Butter and Mashed potatoes and vegi's tit was fantastic, then we shared a Tirimsui for dessert, good stuff and very resaonable for the price you paid. NICE NEIGHBORHOOD. WILL BE GOING BACK ON A REGULAR BASIS. Service was excellent!!! DONT EAT HERE I DONT WANT IT TO GET TO BUSY FOR WHEN I COME BACK. J/K LOVE AND YOU MUST TRY IT...

5
★★★★★

We are new to the Portland area and we were driving around and saw this palce and were we greatful to find it. My Wife and I got tthe NY Strip Steak, it came with soem Chipolte Butter and Mashed potatoes and vegi's tit was fantastic, then we shared a Tirimsui for dessert, good stuff and very resaonable for the price you paid. NICE NEIGHBORHOOD. WILL BE GOING BACK ON A REGULAR BASIS. Service was excellent!!! DONT EAT HERE I DONT WANT IT TO GET TO BUSY FOR WHEN I COME BACK. J/K LOVE AND YOU MUST TRY IT...

Cons: Needs more Parking

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On Tuesday's they have a dinner for two selection for $35.99 which includes wine, soup, salad, entree and dessert. All fantastic and you have several of each item to choose from. Loved the red wine, enjoyed the chili very much, the salads were simple yet exactly what was needed and wonderful dinners. ost of us had the blackened catfish. Although not traditional it was very good. Very fresh and a large serving over sweet potatos and green beans with a pear chutney. One ofther had the pesto shrip and he enjoyed it. We all went for the brown betty which was superb. I have to say, an amazing meal for a great price and the chef served most of the dishes to us. Seems like a really good guy and gave my fiancee a hard time for skipping one course. Highly recommend, great local feel and selection of comfort food.

5
★★★★★

On Tuesday's they have a dinner for two selection for $35.99 which includes wine, soup, salad, entree and dessert. All fantastic and you have several of each item to choose from. Loved the red wine, enjoyed the chili very much, the salads were simple yet exactly what was needed and wonderful dinners. ost of us had the blackened catfish. Although not traditional it was very good. Very fresh and a large serving over sweet potatos and green beans with a pear chutney. One ofther had the pesto shrip and he enjoyed it. We all went for the brown betty which was superb. I have to say, an amazing meal for a great price and the chef served most of the dishes to us. Seems like a really good guy and gave my fiancee a hard time for skipping one course. Highly recommend, great local feel and selection of comfort food.

Pros: service, chef, Tueday night meal

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A lovely, historic spot for a leisurely breakfast, casual lunch or cozy family dinner, Besaw's maintains fresh charm. It's a place with leagues of neighborhood regulars, who return again and again for fine versions of homey classics such…

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