Alu Wine Bar & Lounge

★★★★★
  • 2831 NE Martin Luther King Bl.

    Portland, OR 97212

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  • 503-262-9463

About Alu Wine Bar & Lounge

Hours
Tuesday - Thursday 5pm-11pm Friday - Saturday 5pm - Midnight
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We booked a 6-top with an hour's notice to celebrate a birthday on a Friday night. It was our second foray to Alu. The hostess seated us at the biggest table in the place (could seat 8-12 depending upon your intimacy), in the front window

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★★★★★

We booked a 6-top with an hour's notice to celebrate a birthday on a Friday night. It was our second foray to Alu. The hostess seated us at the biggest table in the place (could seat 8-12 depending upon your intimacy), in the front window

Pros: adventurous food, amazingly compassionate staff

Cons: none that I can think of

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I am an Alu regular, I eat and drink here alone and with friends 1 - 3 nights a week, weeknights and weekends, and I have seen a broad spectrum of the things that go on.

First, I will say that the staff are some of the friendliest in

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★★★★★

I am an Alu regular, I eat and drink here alone and with friends 1 - 3 nights a week, weeknights and weekends, and I have seen a broad spectrum of the things that go on.

First, I will say that the staff are some of the friendliest in

Pros: fantastic service, food, drinks, etc

Cons: can be a bit of a wait for food and drinks

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Used a coupon on an exploratory date night with my lovely wife. She had heard good things from co-workers who are foodies. Candidly, I was skeptical. From the moment I entered the killer front door, it was obvious someone with fantastic

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★★★★★

Used a coupon on an exploratory date night with my lovely wife. She had heard good things from co-workers who are foodies. Candidly, I was skeptical. From the moment I entered the killer front door, it was obvious someone with fantastic

Pros: Fabulous food, great prices, excellent service

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We went on a recommendation from a person who attended Alu's opening night. My first visit was pleasant, and I wanted to return. We had friends visiting from out of town, thinking about relocating to Portland, so we took them to Alu...told

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★★★★★

We went on a recommendation from a person who attended Alu's opening night. My first visit was pleasant, and I wanted to return. We had friends visiting from out of town, thinking about relocating to Portland, so we took them to Alu...told

Pros: Just okay for a city filled with great restaurants

Cons: Arrogance a prerequisite for the staff

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I have gone to ALU several times loved the food, top chef, great atmosphere but one of the times that I went I was unimpressed by one of the "owners" apparently this owner has been axed and there is a sole owner now that has done an

3
★★★★★

I have gone to ALU several times loved the food, top chef, great atmosphere but one of the times that I went I was unimpressed by one of the "owners" apparently this owner has been axed and there is a sole owner now that has done an

Pros: The food is AMAZING!!! Great service, great wine and drinks!

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The service was attentive (VERY) and prompt. The decor is tasteful and trendy, oddly matched with the music (Patsy Cline, J. Cash), but it works. The food was excellent and priced appropriately, but the outline of the menu somewhat

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★★★★★

The service was attentive (VERY) and prompt. The decor is tasteful and trendy, oddly matched with the music (Patsy Cline, J. Cash), but it works. The food was excellent and priced appropriately, but the outline of the menu somewhat

Pros: Excellent wine selection

Cons: Confusing menu

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We had the most fantastic time at Alu. My friends had told me about it and I finally stopped in to have a drink with them this weekend. Hip, hip, hip. Loved the live music and the ambience. I read some of the reviews before writing my own and I have to say the service I received was great!! They were busy and our server was on the move the whole time, refilling our waters, asking for orders before our drinks were empty, it was nice. I'll be back..........I'm so glad I finally went :)

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★★★★★

We had the most fantastic time at Alu. My friends had told me about it and I finally stopped in to have a drink with them this weekend. Hip, hip, hip. Loved the live music and the ambience. I read some of the reviews before writing my own and I have to say the service I received was great!! They were busy and our server was on the move the whole time, refilling our waters, asking for orders before our drinks were empty, it was nice. I'll be back..........I'm so glad I finally went :)

Pros: ambience, wine selection

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We went to Alu last weekend; it was busy and I was blown away by the complete package, which was actually made possible by our server. She was outstanding. Knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, answered all our questions, made us feel at home, recommended the perfect pairings, on-it! The bartender came over at one point to change our candle, and charmed us with his wit and friendliness. My husband and I go out at least twice a week, and it is rare to find such quality: from the ambiance to the food/drink, and especially the service. I will definitely be back. I highly recommend Alu.

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★★★★★

We went to Alu last weekend; it was busy and I was blown away by the complete package, which was actually made possible by our server. She was outstanding. Knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, answered all our questions, made us feel at home, recommended the perfect pairings, on-it! The bartender came over at one point to change our candle, and charmed us with his wit and friendliness. My husband and I go out at least twice a week, and it is rare to find such quality: from the ambiance to the food/drink, and especially the service. I will definitely be back. I highly recommend Alu.

Pros: service, complete package

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I had a great time at Alu with friends last week. Cozy space, romantic and fun. I'd love to see it stick around the neighborhood! Our server was delightful and bubbly and the bubbly we drank was even more impressive. Great wine list.

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★★★★★

I had a great time at Alu with friends last week. Cozy space, romantic and fun. I'd love to see it stick around the neighborhood! Our server was delightful and bubbly and the bubbly we drank was even more impressive. Great wine list.

Pros: Great atmosphere, superb wine list

Cons: Small venue, limited menu

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Worst experience ever and what a rude staff.. with all the great restaurants in town I would not recommend this place. Ridiculous staff and I'd be surprised if this place lasts though the year... Great space but it they really need to realize this is Portland...not NY!

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst experience ever and what a rude staff.. with all the great restaurants in town I would not recommend this place. Ridiculous staff and I'd be surprised if this place lasts though the year... Great space but it they really need to realize this is Portland...not NY!

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I hesitate to give this a 5 star because I don't want it to be taken over by the crowds....but hey....it is SUCH a great place! The chef came from Pok-Pok....and he is AMAZING....the atmosphere is hip and beautiful/seductive/romantic all at the same time...wonderful wine and beer selection...great service (I sat upstairs). I am a tough critic.....I only let the word out because Portland turns over way too many restaurants and I want Alu to be around for the long haul....it's my new favorite!

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★★★★★

I hesitate to give this a 5 star because I don't want it to be taken over by the crowds....but hey....it is SUCH a great place! The chef came from Pok-Pok....and he is AMAZING....the atmosphere is hip and beautiful/seductive/romantic all at the same time...wonderful wine and beer selection...great service (I sat upstairs). I am a tough critic.....I only let the word out because Portland turns over way too many restaurants and I want Alu to be around for the long haul....it's my new favorite!

Pros: FOOD...ambience, live music, nice bartenders

Cons: parking is a little tough...

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Had an excellent meal here; server was attentive and cognizant of the fact that we had theater tickets; a good choice if you are going to the Schnitz.

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★★★★☆

Had an excellent meal here; server was attentive and cognizant of the fact that we had theater tickets; a good choice if you are going to the Schnitz.

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