EaT: An Oyster Bar

★★★★☆
  • 3808 N Williams Ave 122

    Portland, OR 97227

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  • 503-281-1222

About EaT: An Oyster Bar

Hours
Sat: 11:30am-12am, 11:30am-10pm, Sun: 10am-10pm, 11:30am-10pm, Mon-Thu: 11:30am-10pm, Fri: 11:30am-12am

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Great creole/southern style food in a nice space that is both open and cozy. Friendly, quirky, stylish, and delicious!

3
★★★★★

Great creole/southern style food in a nice space that is both open and cozy. Friendly, quirky, stylish, and delicious!

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Ordered two half dozens and a po-boy. The food was tasty, BUT....there was no cocktail or mignonette sauce for the oysters??? Very plain presentation. The po-boy was delicious but kinda on the small side. No salt and pepper was provided

3
★★★★★

Ordered two half dozens and a po-boy. The food was tasty, BUT....there was no cocktail or mignonette sauce for the oysters??? Very plain presentation. The po-boy was delicious but kinda on the small side. No salt and pepper was provided

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I was really surprised by a recent review about a particular server. We had her and she was really nice and attentive. In fact, I would say that about half the time that I go to EAT, she our server. We never had any problems.

But that's not the reason I am writing a review. I just love this place and wanted to say that I think it's great. I just wish that the menu was a little bit bigger.

1
★★★☆☆

I was really surprised by a recent review about a particular server. We had her and she was really nice and attentive. In fact, I would say that about half the time that I go to EAT, she our server. We never had any problems.

But that's not the reason I am writing a review. I just love this place and wanted to say that I think it's great. I just wish that the menu was a little bit bigger.

Pros: delicious oysters

Cons: not a lot of seating

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What a great place! Just love that there is a place to get authentic food like this in the NW!

The server, Adrian, walked us through each menu item and was very pleasant and a pleasure! Thanks again!

2
★★★★★

What a great place! Just love that there is a place to get authentic food like this in the NW!

The server, Adrian, walked us through each menu item and was very pleasant and a pleasure! Thanks again!

Pros: atmosphere, oysters

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My wife and I are regulars, and we love this place. Oysters are fresh, delicous, and beyond reasonable. This town was really missing a down-home southern food/oyster restaurant (elswhere oysters are overpriced and uninspired). As service industry insiders, we're not quite sure what the owners do besides sit at the bar and sample their wine stock, but they are lucky enough to have employees that really care about the food they serve and the business they represent. From the cute and sassy bartenders/servers to the alabama hailing manager, we always feel well taken care of and genuinely appreciated. We love the food, and we love the way we are treated here.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I are regulars, and we love this place. Oysters are fresh, delicous, and beyond reasonable. This town was really missing a down-home southern food/oyster restaurant (elswhere oysters are overpriced and uninspired). As service industry insiders, we're not quite sure what the owners do besides sit at the bar and sample their wine stock, but they are lucky enough to have employees that really care about the food they serve and the business they represent. From the cute and sassy bartenders/servers to the alabama hailing manager, we always feel well taken care of and genuinely appreciated. We love the food, and we love the way we are treated here.

Pros: cute, personable service, yummy food

Cons: bad live music

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I'm acquainted with the owners, and just LOVE the food and atmosphere. But the hungover waitress with the huge lower back tattoo (only mentioned as an identifier) is possibly the worst server EVER. And simply one of the most rude people i have ever encountered anywhere. Her disdaine is clearly intentional. Must be her favorite season, because the narcissists are in bloom. ;-P

2
★★★★☆

I'm acquainted with the owners, and just LOVE the food and atmosphere. But the hungover waitress with the huge lower back tattoo (only mentioned as an identifier) is possibly the worst server EVER. And simply one of the most rude people i have ever encountered anywhere. Her disdaine is clearly intentional. Must be her favorite season, because the narcissists are in bloom. ;-P

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We ventured to Eat for a recent birthday dinner, looking for good food and not looking to spend lots of $$. We made out on both counts. My Gumbo was excellent - fresh, spicy and delivered quickly (in spite of the full tables). But I digress - first off we ordered a dozen oysters. They were off the charts perfect. Super fresh, very clean and expertly shucked. And did I mention the healthy selection - my favorites were the Chelsea Gems. We were very very happy. My boyfriend ordered the Etouffee - he was breathing fire but thought it was worth it. The drinks we ordered were nothing to write home about but that's cool. The 10oz pint of Trumer lager was cold, served in an icy mug. Needless to say I'm looking forward to our next meal at Eat.

2
★★★★☆

We ventured to Eat for a recent birthday dinner, looking for good food and not looking to spend lots of $$. We made out on both counts. My Gumbo was excellent - fresh, spicy and delivered quickly (in spite of the full tables). But I digress - first off we ordered a dozen oysters. They were off the charts perfect. Super fresh, very clean and expertly shucked. And did I mention the healthy selection - my favorites were the Chelsea Gems. We were very very happy. My boyfriend ordered the Etouffee - he was breathing fire but thought it was worth it. The drinks we ordered were nothing to write home about but that's cool. The 10oz pint of Trumer lager was cold, served in an icy mug. Needless to say I'm looking forward to our next meal at Eat.

Pros: Tasty faire, authentic & relaxed

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I've been about four times now and despite the great food, the service is consistently mediocre. Last night the waitress looked up at me when I walked in, made eye contact, and I said hello. No reaction. A group of four came in soon after and she went and waited on them first. Then she took my order: two oyster shooters to start. She made bloody marys for the group first, an about fifteen minutes later, I went up to the bar to remind her of my shooters. She seemed completely hungover. Food's always good, though the fries could stand less grease. Po-boys are the real deal. Oysters have always been good there.

1
★★★☆☆

I've been about four times now and despite the great food, the service is consistently mediocre. Last night the waitress looked up at me when I walked in, made eye contact, and I said hello. No reaction. A group of four came in soon after and she went and waited on them first. Then she took my order: two oyster shooters to start. She made bloody marys for the group first, an about fifteen minutes later, I went up to the bar to remind her of my shooters. She seemed completely hungover. Food's always good, though the fries could stand less grease. Po-boys are the real deal. Oysters have always been good there.

Pros: Great po-boys

Cons: indifferent and/or lousy service

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great fresh oysters and lots of other great fried southern food. The atmosphere is fun and a good place to go for food and drings.

4
★★★★☆

great fresh oysters and lots of other great fried southern food. The atmosphere is fun and a good place to go for food and drings.

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My husband & I went to Eat last night. Our first impression was how cold the lower part of the restaurant was that you walk into (and where about 1/2 the tables are). The only table in the upper part was covered in flies (likely due to the sticky stuff on the table that hadn't been wiped off), so we shooed them away & had to sit there. I ordered the special, "fresh" smoked salmon & shrimp jambalaya ($15) and my hubby got a cat fish po'boy. My jambalaya was the worst thing ever - I never complain but I was forced to, I just couldn't bring myself to pay for this horrible dish. The jambalaya had zero sauce, it was just rice & scallions. The smoked salmon was not fresh & it was incredibly fatty (never seen this in my life!). I bit into several pieces and had to spit them out. The shrimp were so old & hard they almost crumbled. I felt insulted they were passing this off for $15 when it was obvious it was left over ingredients they needed to just get rid of. Even had my hubby try it to be sure I wasn't being too critical. The waitress did offer to replace it with something else but by then I figured it safer to not have to pay for it than get another thing off the menu with sub-par ingredients. My hubby liked his po'boy & collard greens ok. Will not be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband & I went to Eat last night. Our first impression was how cold the lower part of the restaurant was that you walk into (and where about 1/2 the tables are). The only table in the upper part was covered in flies (likely due to the sticky stuff on the table that hadn't been wiped off), so we shooed them away & had to sit there. I ordered the special, "fresh" smoked salmon & shrimp jambalaya ($15) and my hubby got a cat fish po'boy. My jambalaya was the worst thing ever - I never complain but I was forced to, I just couldn't bring myself to pay for this horrible dish. The jambalaya had zero sauce, it was just rice & scallions. The smoked salmon was not fresh & it was incredibly fatty (never seen this in my life!). I bit into several pieces and had to spit them out. The shrimp were so old & hard they almost crumbled. I felt insulted they were passing this off for $15 when it was obvious it was left over ingredients they needed to just get rid of. Even had my hubby try it to be sure I wasn't being too critical. The waitress did offer to replace it with something else but by then I figured it safer to not have to pay for it than get another thing off the menu with sub-par ingredients. My hubby liked his po'boy & collard greens ok. Will not be going back.

Pros: Decent wine selection

Cons: Horrible food, flies

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We dashed in here for some lunch and to get out of the rain. The bf had a Oyster Po'Boy, and I had a Cat Fish Po'Boy...both super good!...We swapped half way though so we could try both. The fries were tasty as well. The beer was ice cold and real good, but really don't dig the tiny little glasses...like maybe use pint size glasses.

2
★★★★☆

We dashed in here for some lunch and to get out of the rain. The bf had a Oyster Po'Boy, and I had a Cat Fish Po'Boy...both super good!...We swapped half way though so we could try both. The fries were tasty as well. The beer was ice cold and real good, but really don't dig the tiny little glasses...like maybe use pint size glasses.

Pros: It's nice to be able to get some fresh Oysters close to home

Cons: Whats with the baby glasses of beer.

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I am visiting from out town and my God Father suggested it. We loved every bit of it! Fried oysters, okra, gumbo, frog legs, the red beans and rice, you name it and it was GREAT! I think about it everyday and will surely go back several times before I go back to GA. Try it for yourself and form your own review. I'm with the other reviewer, "Popeye's?" Get a life, the place is new, not perfect, but REALLY GOOD!

2
★★★★☆

I am visiting from out town and my God Father suggested it. We loved every bit of it! Fried oysters, okra, gumbo, frog legs, the red beans and rice, you name it and it was GREAT! I think about it everyday and will surely go back several times before I go back to GA. Try it for yourself and form your own review. I'm with the other reviewer, "Popeye's?" Get a life, the place is new, not perfect, but REALLY GOOD!

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I've been to EaT several times, and I've been consistently impressed. The food was well prepared, the servers were personable, and the drinks were great. Any restaurant with a giant list of whiskey is okay in my book - and their sazerac is amazingly delicious. Their menu is somewhat on the small side - po'boys, etoufee, and jambalaya are delicious but I would have liked some green stuff that wasn't deep fried. Their list of sides were good, too - deepfried okra and housemade sausage were perfectly made.
Overall, I'm very glad this place opened - the best deal on oysters in town, and they will likely get even better as they're open longer ( I think they only opened a few months ago?). I might have to go try the frog legs tonight - I'm feeling adventurous.

2
★★★★★

I've been to EaT several times, and I've been consistently impressed. The food was well prepared, the servers were personable, and the drinks were great. Any restaurant with a giant list of whiskey is okay in my book - and their sazerac is amazingly delicious. Their menu is somewhat on the small side - po'boys, etoufee, and jambalaya are delicious but I would have liked some green stuff that wasn't deep fried. Their list of sides were good, too - deepfried okra and housemade sausage were perfectly made.
Overall, I'm very glad this place opened - the best deal on oysters in town, and they will likely get even better as they're open longer ( I think they only opened a few months ago?). I might have to go try the frog legs tonight - I'm feeling adventurous.

Pros: oysters, yum food

Cons: street parking sometimes scarce

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I had good service, and have been there several times. They make the best gin fizz around and the Shrimp Etoufee is awesome, and don't miss the fried Okra, despite what other reviewers have said. You can't get fresher oysters anywhere in town, and the prices can't be beat for the quality and variety of oysters. I'll eat there again for sure.

2
★★★★★

I had good service, and have been there several times. They make the best gin fizz around and the Shrimp Etoufee is awesome, and don't miss the fried Okra, despite what other reviewers have said. You can't get fresher oysters anywhere in town, and the prices can't be beat for the quality and variety of oysters. I'll eat there again for sure.

Pros: Great prices for the quality of the food

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The restaurant has a fun atmosphere, but that can only get you so far. I found the servers to be the worst ever. They did not know what was on the menu and took over 20 minutes to bring our drinks even though the place was dead. We waited for 30 minutes for our check only to find out the server left for the night. As for the food, it was cold and lacked the flavors that you tend to get when dining in a New Orleans style restaurant. The po' boy sandwich had more sauce on it than shrimp. It must have been sitting for a while as well because the bun was awful soggy. The fried pickles were extra cold and salty. I do have to say the black eyed peas were good, but very bland. We did not get a chance to try the oysters because our first try at this restaurant was to eat the cooked food that wouldn't get us sick. I don't trust this place with handling raw oysters.

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★☆☆☆☆

The restaurant has a fun atmosphere, but that can only get you so far. I found the servers to be the worst ever. They did not know what was on the menu and took over 20 minutes to bring our drinks even though the place was dead. We waited for 30 minutes for our check only to find out the server left for the night. As for the food, it was cold and lacked the flavors that you tend to get when dining in a New Orleans style restaurant. The po' boy sandwich had more sauce on it than shrimp. It must have been sitting for a while as well because the bun was awful soggy. The fried pickles were extra cold and salty. I do have to say the black eyed peas were good, but very bland. We did not get a chance to try the oysters because our first try at this restaurant was to eat the cooked food that wouldn't get us sick. I don't trust this place with handling raw oysters.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Service, Food

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I dont usually write reviews but when I noticed the several poor ratings... I had to say something. My husband and I have gone to EaT a handful of times and usually brings friends/family. It is becoming a steadfast place when we want to go out and dont want to spend a lot of money. The atmosphere is simple... it is unpretentious and just plain cool. We think the menu is awesome. If you really enjoy oysters, they can not be beat. We love the oysters rockefeller although we wish they had more baked oyster options. I also love the po boy's... the roast beef is sooo good. Sometimes I get the Et toufle, also delicious. The sides are interesting and different, frog legs, fried pickles, fried okra... we have tried them all and cant say a bad thing. Gin fizz's.. also delicious. I will have to agree with another review that the service is lacking. The times we have been there, we have to wait a bit for our drinks, etc.. They seem to be understaffed. With that being said, we are a bit lenient as they are a new restaurant and well, we like their food. So.. give it a shot and like us, it just might become your "we're in a recession" night out.
Side note, Popeye's??? Really? Get serious people!

2
★★★★★

I dont usually write reviews but when I noticed the several poor ratings... I had to say something. My husband and I have gone to EaT a handful of times and usually brings friends/family. It is becoming a steadfast place when we want to go out and dont want to spend a lot of money. The atmosphere is simple... it is unpretentious and just plain cool. We think the menu is awesome. If you really enjoy oysters, they can not be beat. We love the oysters rockefeller although we wish they had more baked oyster options. I also love the po boy's... the roast beef is sooo good. Sometimes I get the Et toufle, also delicious. The sides are interesting and different, frog legs, fried pickles, fried okra... we have tried them all and cant say a bad thing. Gin fizz's.. also delicious. I will have to agree with another review that the service is lacking. The times we have been there, we have to wait a bit for our drinks, etc.. They seem to be understaffed. With that being said, we are a bit lenient as they are a new restaurant and well, we like their food. So.. give it a shot and like us, it just might become your "we're in a recession" night out.
Side note, Popeye's??? Really? Get serious people!

Pros: Menu, location, price, drinks, oysters

Cons: Service

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I took my in-laws here after reading a really good review in the Star and several other places. We tried some of the reccomendations and the results were scary: fried pickles were salty to the point of being inedible. Oil pooled in the bottom of the Denny's-style bowl. My SUPER LOW KEY family actually spoke up to say that they didn't like them, and the server just shrugged and left them on the table. I will admit that she was well-versed on the menu terms, but that's really the only thing nice we could say. We had to beg for service, including drink refills and check (I had to pretend to go to the bathroom and actually ask her to come to the table). I ordered a Po-boy--tasteless-beyond-the-salt and uninspired. My family all ordered jambalaya, which, for 12 dollars, was a laughable portion for a grown man (and, oddly, not tomatoey, or, like anything I ever associated with Jambalaya, for that matter). And, to boot, we sat at the "bottom" of the restaurant so we froze the whole time. Even the homemade hot sauce sucked. Bottom line: Save your bucks and go to popeye's---they know New Orleans.

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★☆☆☆☆

I took my in-laws here after reading a really good review in the Star and several other places. We tried some of the reccomendations and the results were scary: fried pickles were salty to the point of being inedible. Oil pooled in the bottom of the Denny's-style bowl. My SUPER LOW KEY family actually spoke up to say that they didn't like them, and the server just shrugged and left them on the table. I will admit that she was well-versed on the menu terms, but that's really the only thing nice we could say. We had to beg for service, including drink refills and check (I had to pretend to go to the bathroom and actually ask her to come to the table). I ordered a Po-boy--tasteless-beyond-the-salt and uninspired. My family all ordered jambalaya, which, for 12 dollars, was a laughable portion for a grown man (and, oddly, not tomatoey, or, like anything I ever associated with Jambalaya, for that matter). And, to boot, we sat at the "bottom" of the restaurant so we froze the whole time. Even the homemade hot sauce sucked. Bottom line: Save your bucks and go to popeye's---they know New Orleans.

Pros: Sweet locale

Cons: Everything that matters

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There was nothing about this restaurant that was good; from the drinks to the food to the wait staff, there is nothing positive I can say about this restaurant. The shrimp po-boy came with exactly 5 shrimp and the portion size was very small. The jambalaya was "mushy" and when I complained to the wait staff she did not acknowledge my complaint and simply stated, "That is the way it is supposed to be". Having had jambalaya at other local restaurants and none of them being of "paste" consistency I disagreed; I did not eat any of my dinner that night. There are other "Southern" fare inspired restaurants in the Portland area that are more authentic and worth trying out. I was excited about trying a new Southern inspired restaurant, but unfortunately, I will not be returning to EaT.

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★☆☆☆☆

There was nothing about this restaurant that was good; from the drinks to the food to the wait staff, there is nothing positive I can say about this restaurant. The shrimp po-boy came with exactly 5 shrimp and the portion size was very small. The jambalaya was "mushy" and when I complained to the wait staff she did not acknowledge my complaint and simply stated, "That is the way it is supposed to be". Having had jambalaya at other local restaurants and none of them being of "paste" consistency I disagreed; I did not eat any of my dinner that night. There are other "Southern" fare inspired restaurants in the Portland area that are more authentic and worth trying out. I was excited about trying a new Southern inspired restaurant, but unfortunately, I will not be returning to EaT.

Cons: Nothing positive to say

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What a wonderful addition to Portland. I have been to EaT several times and have tried almost everything on the menu. I have no complaints. They have many different kinds of fresh oysters and ice cold beer. You couldn't ask for anything more. Cocktails and atmosphere are great. Sandwiches are fantasic and you can't pass on the frog legs. It is a must for anyone looking for a cool new place.

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★★★★★

What a wonderful addition to Portland. I have been to EaT several times and have tried almost everything on the menu. I have no complaints. They have many different kinds of fresh oysters and ice cold beer. You couldn't ask for anything more. Cocktails and atmosphere are great. Sandwiches are fantasic and you can't pass on the frog legs. It is a must for anyone looking for a cool new place.

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You can tell that the owners of this restaurant are inexperienced... have you ever heard of a restaurant that doesn't have coffee? The converted industrial building makes and interesting atmosphere for a restaurant, but it's cold inside. The server's suggestion when I asked for something warm to drink on that very cold day was "well, I could bring you soup". Riiiiiiiiight. The food was also very salty. They would have to change quite a few things about the service to entice me back in.

1
★★☆☆☆

You can tell that the owners of this restaurant are inexperienced... have you ever heard of a restaurant that doesn't have coffee? The converted industrial building makes and interesting atmosphere for a restaurant, but it's cold inside. The server's suggestion when I asked for something warm to drink on that very cold day was "well, I could bring you soup". Riiiiiiiiight. The food was also very salty. They would have to change quite a few things about the service to entice me back in.

 

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