Grand Central Lanes

★★☆☆☆
  • 829 Se 9th Ave # 202

    Portland, OR 97214

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  • 503-236-2695

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When the owner used the shooting death of his front door bouncer in order pimp this place as a safe place to go and bring the kiddies ... well you know it is owned by a lowlife. "Hey, we are having drink specials this weekend, come on

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★★★★★

When the owner used the shooting death of his front door bouncer in order pimp this place as a safe place to go and bring the kiddies ... well you know it is owned by a lowlife. "Hey, we are having drink specials this weekend, come on

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ok but not my favorite place to go. Not the best if you have kid either. I do like what they have done with the place but not for me i guess.

3
★★★★★

ok but not my favorite place to go. Not the best if you have kid either. I do like what they have done with the place but not for me i guess.

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Our team department went here for an outing and our experience was professional and fun from the start! I spoke with a very friendly event planner who was there to answer questions and onsite the day of our company event to make sure everything ran smoothly. The food was excellent, we got our own meeting room area and then had reserved lanes! It was perfect company fun!

5
★★★★★

Our team department went here for an outing and our experience was professional and fun from the start! I spoke with a very friendly event planner who was there to answer questions and onsite the day of our company event to make sure everything ran smoothly. The food was excellent, we got our own meeting room area and then had reserved lanes! It was perfect company fun!

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I've been to birthday parties here and they are always fun. The atmosphere is low key and cool, the drinks are great. It's reasonably priced (for what it is) and I always leave happy.

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★★★★☆

I've been to birthday parties here and they are always fun. The atmosphere is low key and cool, the drinks are great. It's reasonably priced (for what it is) and I always leave happy.

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I have been to this place a couple of times and I always enjoy the bowling, mainly because I go there to bowl. I like the atmosphere, but if you are looking for a non upscale bowling night that is not pricey don't go here. I just attended for the first time on Saturday and lanes are $42 an hour. I'm writing today not because of the bowling, but because of the dj experience I just had. On the website it misleads you by stating that they have a weekend dj playing 80s,90s, and.... After our bowling experience tonight we went upstairs expecting what the website said and got the wackest 90's techno experience I have heard in a long time. After talking with a person on staff apparently this is because this is a "30's crowd" and they don't want to compete with their other businesses (Barracuda, etc.). As someone who is 29 I still say it is unacceptable. When we left after an hour of listening to that nonsense people were basically jokingly ballroom dancing because the music was wack. So long story short, this is a fun establishment for bowling, the food is great, but don't go upstairs for the nightclub. Go upstairs to drink or play pool.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been to this place a couple of times and I always enjoy the bowling, mainly because I go there to bowl. I like the atmosphere, but if you are looking for a non upscale bowling night that is not pricey don't go here. I just attended for the first time on Saturday and lanes are $42 an hour. I'm writing today not because of the bowling, but because of the dj experience I just had. On the website it misleads you by stating that they have a weekend dj playing 80s,90s, and.... After our bowling experience tonight we went upstairs expecting what the website said and got the wackest 90's techno experience I have heard in a long time. After talking with a person on staff apparently this is because this is a "30's crowd" and they don't want to compete with their other businesses (Barracuda, etc.). As someone who is 29 I still say it is unacceptable. When we left after an hour of listening to that nonsense people were basically jokingly ballroom dancing because the music was wack. So long story short, this is a fun establishment for bowling, the food is great, but don't go upstairs for the nightclub. Go upstairs to drink or play pool.

Pros: Good food and it is fun to bowl

Cons: The club

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came with a group; service was bad from the start. The server at the lanes was extremely rude and made it quite clear that we were encrouching on her break time. There to celebrate a birthday,
everyone was having a good time, the Birthday boy was assulted by 4 bouncers after given his second drink. He was not intoxicated and deserved no such treatment. If you are not in the mood to press charges I would not visit this venue! we left before our 2 games were up!

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★☆☆☆☆

came with a group; service was bad from the start. The server at the lanes was extremely rude and made it quite clear that we were encrouching on her break time. There to celebrate a birthday,
everyone was having a good time, the Birthday boy was assulted by 4 bouncers after given his second drink. He was not intoxicated and deserved no such treatment. If you are not in the mood to press charges I would not visit this venue! we left before our 2 games were up!

Pros: BOWLING

Cons: SERVICE, PROFESSIONALISM, BULLIES!

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It is so encouraging to see there are more and more establishments in Portland that actually enforce a dress code. Their desire to create a bowling alley that doesn't feel like those places you are used to is reflected in every little detail of this establishment, from the good food to the beautiful and classy interior. It is about time this town realized that jeans are not acceptable at the symphony and a collared shirt is appropriate for a night out. Well done.

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★★★★★

It is so encouraging to see there are more and more establishments in Portland that actually enforce a dress code. Their desire to create a bowling alley that doesn't feel like those places you are used to is reflected in every little detail of this establishment, from the good food to the beautiful and classy interior. It is about time this town realized that jeans are not acceptable at the symphony and a collared shirt is appropriate for a night out. Well done.

Pros: Beautiful interior, classy atmosphere

Cons: Prices may be high for some

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This place is fun for people who aren't really into bowling. The big screens are neat and their attempt to moderinze bowling is pretty cool but they fall short with their high prices and staff. The place is ran by a bunch of people who don't know the basic rules of bowling. My husband was walking to the lane to throw his b@ll when a staff member walked right infront of him. We saw this happen quite a few times. Um, hello? They do not, in anyway control their patrons. There was a large groups (about 20 teenagers) four lanes down from us that were out of control. Four to six teens throwing b@lls at the same time, on the same lane, playing with bumpers, dancing and walking down the lanes to get b@lls out of the gutter. My b@ll got stuck in the machine and the woman who helped me looked panicked for a moment. It's a bit expensive for sure and the staff seems to think that they are blessing you with their presence but it would be fun for a night of adult drinking, food and fun out in the city if you are looking for a one stop shop. I doubt that they make their money on repeat customers.
BTW: when I review a bowling alley, I should be able to right the world b@lls.

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★★★☆☆

This place is fun for people who aren't really into bowling. The big screens are neat and their attempt to moderinze bowling is pretty cool but they fall short with their high prices and staff. The place is ran by a bunch of people who don't know the basic rules of bowling. My husband was walking to the lane to throw his b@ll when a staff member walked right infront of him. We saw this happen quite a few times. Um, hello? They do not, in anyway control their patrons. There was a large groups (about 20 teenagers) four lanes down from us that were out of control. Four to six teens throwing b@lls at the same time, on the same lane, playing with bumpers, dancing and walking down the lanes to get b@lls out of the gutter. My b@ll got stuck in the machine and the woman who helped me looked panicked for a moment. It's a bit expensive for sure and the staff seems to think that they are blessing you with their presence but it would be fun for a night of adult drinking, food and fun out in the city if you are looking for a one stop shop. I doubt that they make their money on repeat customers.
BTW: when I review a bowling alley, I should be able to right the world b@lls.

Pros: cool atmosphere, cool for kids

Cons: expensive, poor staff, poor concept of how to run a bowling alley

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I thought it would be fun to take my family of 4 there for New Years Eve. I called a few days before and was told first come first serve unless we reserved a room and spent minimum $300! So - on NYE I called at 6pm and was told they weren't that busy yet and we should come on in for bowling and dinner. We got there by 6:30 and went to reserve our bowling lane before we ate dinner. The bowling desk told us we would not have a chance to bowl b/c minors weren't allowed after 9 and all the lanes were booked until then. I told her to put our name on anyway in case someone left or didn't show up. She did and we went to the restaurant to have dinner. We were all set to enjoy our dinner but instead - after we ordered and our drinks came, we were told we could bowl and that we had ONE hour. So now we had to eat our meal on very uncomfortable couch that didn't fit four people and bowl. We were 2 frames away from finishing our game when our "hour" was up. We asked if we could finish the game and were told yes by our waitress but no by the front desk. A family of 4 had 2 soft drinks, 2 beers and 4 sandwiches plus 1 hour of bowling for $120!!! We were not pleased and we will not go back. Sunset Lanes in Beaverton just did a remodel and it is way better! The wait staff we encountered were very nice, but there is a miscommunication b/w the mgmt and the bowling desk. They still have some kinks to work out! Sunset Lanes for us from now on! PS the fish and chips were heavy, greasy, and the tartar sauce was thin and flavorless. Sliders were dry, Reuban was mediocre and not worth the calories! Too pricey - not customer oriented. Will not go back!

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★☆☆☆☆

I thought it would be fun to take my family of 4 there for New Years Eve. I called a few days before and was told first come first serve unless we reserved a room and spent minimum $300! So - on NYE I called at 6pm and was told they weren't that busy yet and we should come on in for bowling and dinner. We got there by 6:30 and went to reserve our bowling lane before we ate dinner. The bowling desk told us we would not have a chance to bowl b/c minors weren't allowed after 9 and all the lanes were booked until then. I told her to put our name on anyway in case someone left or didn't show up. She did and we went to the restaurant to have dinner. We were all set to enjoy our dinner but instead - after we ordered and our drinks came, we were told we could bowl and that we had ONE hour. So now we had to eat our meal on very uncomfortable couch that didn't fit four people and bowl. We were 2 frames away from finishing our game when our "hour" was up. We asked if we could finish the game and were told yes by our waitress but no by the front desk. A family of 4 had 2 soft drinks, 2 beers and 4 sandwiches plus 1 hour of bowling for $120!!! We were not pleased and we will not go back. Sunset Lanes in Beaverton just did a remodel and it is way better! The wait staff we encountered were very nice, but there is a miscommunication b/w the mgmt and the bowling desk. They still have some kinks to work out! Sunset Lanes for us from now on! PS the fish and chips were heavy, greasy, and the tartar sauce was thin and flavorless. Sliders were dry, Reuban was mediocre and not worth the calories! Too pricey - not customer oriented. Will not go back!

Pros: Good fries and friendly waitstaff

Cons: Miscommunication and average food that cost way too much

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Really enjoyed the big screen for the football game. The food was yummy.... The bartender was knowlegable and friendly. Will definitely go back..... hope to see ya there...

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★★★★★

Really enjoyed the big screen for the football game. The food was yummy.... The bartender was knowlegable and friendly. Will definitely go back..... hope to see ya there...

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My friend that came alone was wearing shorts and was not allowed to enter. The rest of us went in without him to find at least ten other people wearing shorts! This was rediculous and discrimatory. The servise was horrible, even though there were very few other people there. The staff was NOT nice, helpful, or at anytime welcoming. Prices are high but this expectable because of the somewhat classy atmosphere. On the upside, bowling was fun and we were allowed to requests songs to listen to and watch on the bigscreens.

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★★☆☆☆

My friend that came alone was wearing shorts and was not allowed to enter. The rest of us went in without him to find at least ten other people wearing shorts! This was rediculous and discrimatory. The servise was horrible, even though there were very few other people there. The staff was NOT nice, helpful, or at anytime welcoming. Prices are high but this expectable because of the somewhat classy atmosphere. On the upside, bowling was fun and we were allowed to requests songs to listen to and watch on the bigscreens.

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I've given Grand Central a couple chances and have been disappointed every time. It's always a fun time- the food is fine, the lanes are great, and I love the huge TV screens with... eclectic.... music videos (Miley Cyrus followed by Dave Matthews and then Vanilla Ice? Really?). But it's really expensive and the service is TERRIBLE. This seems like the kind of place that needs to be able to handle large parties, but it's always a fiasco and the staff doesn't seem knowledgeable or competent enough to handle it. It's hard to find seating for happy hour even when the restaurant is deserted (you can only order off the HH menu in very specific places) and last time I was there a server complained to me about the tip someone else in our party left him. I recommend going at an off time so the prices are cheaper, and eating at Sparky?s Pizza outside where the food and service is much better.

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★★☆☆☆

I've given Grand Central a couple chances and have been disappointed every time. It's always a fun time- the food is fine, the lanes are great, and I love the huge TV screens with... eclectic.... music videos (Miley Cyrus followed by Dave Matthews and then Vanilla Ice? Really?). But it's really expensive and the service is TERRIBLE. This seems like the kind of place that needs to be able to handle large parties, but it's always a fiasco and the staff doesn't seem knowledgeable or competent enough to handle it. It's hard to find seating for happy hour even when the restaurant is deserted (you can only order off the HH menu in very specific places) and last time I was there a server complained to me about the tip someone else in our party left him. I recommend going at an off time so the prices are cheaper, and eating at Sparky?s Pizza outside where the food and service is much better.

Pros: Easy parking, Great lanes, Music videos

Cons: Bad service, Too expensive

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Went to check it out on a Friday night, got there went to the upstairs bar and sat and waited for approx. 10 min before the monotoned personality calling himself a bartender asked if we'd been helped yet. Mind you, there were 3 people sitting at the bar and not much else going on. Asked what he recommeded? He was annoyed with question so we just ordered beer. Sat for one drink and left. The atmospere was lame and the staff didn't want to be there. So neither did we. Doesn't fit the SE scene. Not welcoming and not fun! The big screens playing sports or videos over the bowling alley's was cool though.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to check it out on a Friday night, got there went to the upstairs bar and sat and waited for approx. 10 min before the monotoned personality calling himself a bartender asked if we'd been helped yet. Mind you, there were 3 people sitting at the bar and not much else going on. Asked what he recommeded? He was annoyed with question so we just ordered beer. Sat for one drink and left. The atmospere was lame and the staff didn't want to be there. So neither did we. Doesn't fit the SE scene. Not welcoming and not fun! The big screens playing sports or videos over the bowling alley's was cool though.

Pros: Nice lanes

Cons: Bad service, melencholy atmosphere, unwelcoming

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My company tried to book a party and they were very rude and treated us like they could not care if we booked with them or not. They would only accomodate up to 40 bowlers for our party. They wouldnt even give us the option of renting more lanes. Our party was going to have close to 75 participants. The President of our company even tried to call to help us figure out their horrible quote and pricing, but he got so frustrated with the person, he hung up on them. No one could help us answer the simplest questions and not one employee or Manager made the slightest effort to save us as a customer. They honestly did not care if we booked or party there or not. I will never step foot near that place again and I will always tell everyone what a horrible experience it was trying to work with them.

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★☆☆☆☆

My company tried to book a party and they were very rude and treated us like they could not care if we booked with them or not. They would only accomodate up to 40 bowlers for our party. They wouldnt even give us the option of renting more lanes. Our party was going to have close to 75 participants. The President of our company even tried to call to help us figure out their horrible quote and pricing, but he got so frustrated with the person, he hung up on them. No one could help us answer the simplest questions and not one employee or Manager made the slightest effort to save us as a customer. They honestly did not care if we booked or party there or not. I will never step foot near that place again and I will always tell everyone what a horrible experience it was trying to work with them.

Pros: ABSOLUTELY NONE

Cons: RUDE SNOBBY EMPLOYEES

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This place is insanely expensive! I'm not cheap, especially when it's someone's birthday and I'm expecting to splurge, but I'm also not going to pay $50 per hour per lane for bowling. I was with a handful of people, so we wanted two lanes. I got there at 5:30pm to put my name down, and they didn't have anything available until 8. Convenient, since the prices skyrocket at 8. I didn't notice this until they called me, however, so we waited for our lanes for hours, drinking their super expensive beer. We would have had to pay $96 (plus $3/each for shoes) for 1 hour of bowling. Who on earth is willing to pay that?! Last I checked, Donald Trump and Oprah didn't live in Portland. Ridiculous.

A couple came in and (if they hadn't left with their mouths hanging open in shock) they would have had to pay $27 each for an hour of bowling! At most places you'll pay $5 tops. The food and drinks are also very expensive, and the food is not so good. The "spinach and artichoke dip" (if you can call it that) was gross, and everyone thought it was hummus.

Also, the owners are blatantly r@cist (you can't use the actual word on citysearch)! There is a sign on the door with Grand Central's lengthy dress code, which includes "no excessively baggy pants or shirts," "no sports logos," "no sweats," and best of all--"no 'do rags"! Can you believe these people?!

I was excited about Grand Central, but it's honestly not worth it. You would be better off going to a nice place for food and drinks and going bowling at Hollywood Bowl, Interstate Lanes, the one on Powell, wherever. Or try Big Al's in Vancouver (www.ilovebigals). The bowling there is expensive during prime hours, but it's still $10 less than GCL. If you DO decide to check out GCL, avoid weekend days, arrive at least two hours early to put your name down, and make sure you'll be bowling BEFORE 8pm when the prices jump the highest. And don't say I didn't warn you!

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is insanely expensive! I'm not cheap, especially when it's someone's birthday and I'm expecting to splurge, but I'm also not going to pay $50 per hour per lane for bowling. I was with a handful of people, so we wanted two lanes. I got there at 5:30pm to put my name down, and they didn't have anything available until 8. Convenient, since the prices skyrocket at 8. I didn't notice this until they called me, however, so we waited for our lanes for hours, drinking their super expensive beer. We would have had to pay $96 (plus $3/each for shoes) for 1 hour of bowling. Who on earth is willing to pay that?! Last I checked, Donald Trump and Oprah didn't live in Portland. Ridiculous.

A couple came in and (if they hadn't left with their mouths hanging open in shock) they would have had to pay $27 each for an hour of bowling! At most places you'll pay $5 tops. The food and drinks are also very expensive, and the food is not so good. The "spinach and artichoke dip" (if you can call it that) was gross, and everyone thought it was hummus.

Also, the owners are blatantly r@cist (you can't use the actual word on citysearch)! There is a sign on the door with Grand Central's lengthy dress code, which includes "no excessively baggy pants or shirts," "no sports logos," "no sweats," and best of all--"no 'do rags"! Can you believe these people?!

I was excited about Grand Central, but it's honestly not worth it. You would be better off going to a nice place for food and drinks and going bowling at Hollywood Bowl, Interstate Lanes, the one on Powell, wherever. Or try Big Al's in Vancouver (www.ilovebigals). The bowling there is expensive during prime hours, but it's still $10 less than GCL. If you DO decide to check out GCL, avoid weekend days, arrive at least two hours early to put your name down, and make sure you'll be bowling BEFORE 8pm when the prices jump the highest. And don't say I didn't warn you!

Pros: cool interior/lounge areas, 22-oz. beers

Cons: PRICE, WAIT

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Overage blond check in girl was so rude, dressing in her low cut shirt that show her wrinkle chest. If she is hot I'll look at it but she jus and stupid slutttte. That charge us 42 buck per hr. For bowelling and 18percent tips. Wtf. We did not order no dame food just 8 of us with 5 people play the 3 remains to watch the game. So one hr. For 66 buck w/ no food or Drinks

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★☆☆☆☆

Overage blond check in girl was so rude, dressing in her low cut shirt that show her wrinkle chest. If she is hot I'll look at it but she jus and stupid slutttte. That charge us 42 buck per hr. For bowelling and 18percent tips. Wtf. We did not order no dame food just 8 of us with 5 people play the 3 remains to watch the game. So one hr. For 66 buck w/ no food or Drinks

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I went to Grand Central on Easter Sundy with a couple friends after our frisbee golf game was rained out. I didn't know I would be in for such a surprise! First I was struck by how nice it was. Plasma TVs everywhere, nice bar, what seemed to be 30 foot TV screens at the end of the lanes, billiards tables, etc...both upstairs and downstairs were very well put together and it all just seemed to flow nicely. Second was the price: 3 games for 3 adults with shoe rental was $42. Wow that's cheap!!! The third aspect is how nice the lanes are...I'm no probowler, but these were nice. This is a place to take your children, your friends, your family, whomever you want, all will have a good time. This is the best bowling in Portland.

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★★★★★

I went to Grand Central on Easter Sundy with a couple friends after our frisbee golf game was rained out. I didn't know I would be in for such a surprise! First I was struck by how nice it was. Plasma TVs everywhere, nice bar, what seemed to be 30 foot TV screens at the end of the lanes, billiards tables, etc...both upstairs and downstairs were very well put together and it all just seemed to flow nicely. Second was the price: 3 games for 3 adults with shoe rental was $42. Wow that's cheap!!! The third aspect is how nice the lanes are...I'm no probowler, but these were nice. This is a place to take your children, your friends, your family, whomever you want, all will have a good time. This is the best bowling in Portland.

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Not gonna happen. This is a failed concept, period. I LOVE bowling, and dining at restaurants, but this is WAY over priced bowling with "Denny's" type food. They are trying to package it up in a "nice" atmosphere. I'm sorry, but I'm an avid bowler, and one who makes good money for that matter.... and I don't need the yuppie bowling alley. Give me lanes and a good ball, that's the Portland game. And there are many facilities available throughout the metro area that are still, "Old school." Sorry you spent so much money on your plan, but we're going to bowl the way we always have. SIMPLY! and to have FUN!
Even the "yuppies" are probably not going to buy into this one.
Best of luck.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not gonna happen. This is a failed concept, period. I LOVE bowling, and dining at restaurants, but this is WAY over priced bowling with "Denny's" type food. They are trying to package it up in a "nice" atmosphere. I'm sorry, but I'm an avid bowler, and one who makes good money for that matter.... and I don't need the yuppie bowling alley. Give me lanes and a good ball, that's the Portland game. And there are many facilities available throughout the metro area that are still, "Old school." Sorry you spent so much money on your plan, but we're going to bowl the way we always have. SIMPLY! and to have FUN!
Even the "yuppies" are probably not going to buy into this one.
Best of luck.

Pros: Nice couch

Cons: over priced lanes and sub-par everything else

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We just celebrated our sons 5th birthday at Grand Central and had a great time! I tried to book this party at several other bowling places in town; only to be lumped in to a weekend spot in some trashy, smoke filled, 12 kid minimum mess with a set menu and tons of rules.
John was so nice when I called. He explained that it was $25.00 per hour per lane. Not bad. A full menu is available so we could just decide what we wanted to order when we got there. We did not have to come up with a total guest count as we were paying per hour. John called the day before and asked if I had any questions. it was really nice.
We brought a cake for our son and our server Will took care of the rest. He was really nice about recomending food options and keeping drinks coming for the adults. Our kids were running around and having a great time. Not once did I feel like this was a snobbish bowling alley. If any thing it was nice to have a server who was attentive and available. Much better than trying to go to a bar to get food and drinks while a bunch of kids are going crazy. We will be back to bowl with our little boy.
Bartender...a little less than helpful. everyone else, great!

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★★★★☆

We just celebrated our sons 5th birthday at Grand Central and had a great time! I tried to book this party at several other bowling places in town; only to be lumped in to a weekend spot in some trashy, smoke filled, 12 kid minimum mess with a set menu and tons of rules.
John was so nice when I called. He explained that it was $25.00 per hour per lane. Not bad. A full menu is available so we could just decide what we wanted to order when we got there. We did not have to come up with a total guest count as we were paying per hour. John called the day before and asked if I had any questions. it was really nice.
We brought a cake for our son and our server Will took care of the rest. He was really nice about recomending food options and keeping drinks coming for the adults. Our kids were running around and having a great time. Not once did I feel like this was a snobbish bowling alley. If any thing it was nice to have a server who was attentive and available. Much better than trying to go to a bar to get food and drinks while a bunch of kids are going crazy. We will be back to bowl with our little boy.
Bartender...a little less than helpful. everyone else, great!

Pros: clean, great service, new updated lanes, kid friendly in the afternoon.

Cons: bartender, made it hard to transfer one round to our tab in the bowling alley!

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Okay, so, after reading the other reviews I find most of my fellow Portlanders are VERY wrong regarding Grand Central. I welcome the new and modern! The food was priced reasonably as well as delicious! I found the bowling prices reasonable and the service was fine. I appreciate the non-smoking environment, loved the music and had a great time! Gone are the days of the blue shag cartpeting, league bowlers and dollar games, thank God!

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★★★★☆

Okay, so, after reading the other reviews I find most of my fellow Portlanders are VERY wrong regarding Grand Central. I welcome the new and modern! The food was priced reasonably as well as delicious! I found the bowling prices reasonable and the service was fine. I appreciate the non-smoking environment, loved the music and had a great time! Gone are the days of the blue shag cartpeting, league bowlers and dollar games, thank God!

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Let me start by saying that I was thrilled when I found out that the Grand Central Lanes was going to re-open. I am a native Portlander and love it when unique businesses are brought back to life in the city.

Last night my friends and I decided to take our inagural trip to the new Grand Central Lanes, but what a disappointment. We arrived a little after 5pm to a (mostly) empty dining room. It took several minutes to have anyone greet us, and several more to get our menus. After ordering some beverages, we waited a good 15 minutes to receive them. Since we had a time-line to meet in order to get to our lane at the reserved time (don't even get me started on this one), we had to abandon our dining table before our food even arrived. It was then brought to us and placed on the coffee table that we shared with the lane across from us. The lack of seating in each lane made for a cramped and uncomfortable dining experience, all for food that was just average and too expensive for what it was. Remind me to NEVER AGAIN pay to eat food on my lap.

The atmosphere is really nice at Grand Central. The leather couches and mood-lighting are appealing to the customer who is experiencing this place for the first time. However, once you try and actually USE the establishment, it is a huge let-down. The cramped quarters in each bowling lane make it impossible to maneuver around your food and friends. The music is pretty terrible. The huge televisions playing in-your-face-sporting events give the place a Vegas, Stanfords, sports-bar kinda feel. I think they could have done without all the televisions and put that 20K towards a better DJ or reduced bowling prices.

At the end of the night, the four of us ended-up spending upwards of $140 on dinner and 2 games of bowling. It's pretty safe to say that none of us will be going back, and we will certainly not be recommending this place to anyone else.

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★☆☆☆☆

Let me start by saying that I was thrilled when I found out that the Grand Central Lanes was going to re-open. I am a native Portlander and love it when unique businesses are brought back to life in the city.

Last night my friends and I decided to take our inagural trip to the new Grand Central Lanes, but what a disappointment. We arrived a little after 5pm to a (mostly) empty dining room. It took several minutes to have anyone greet us, and several more to get our menus. After ordering some beverages, we waited a good 15 minutes to receive them. Since we had a time-line to meet in order to get to our lane at the reserved time (don't even get me started on this one), we had to abandon our dining table before our food even arrived. It was then brought to us and placed on the coffee table that we shared with the lane across from us. The lack of seating in each lane made for a cramped and uncomfortable dining experience, all for food that was just average and too expensive for what it was. Remind me to NEVER AGAIN pay to eat food on my lap.

The atmosphere is really nice at Grand Central. The leather couches and mood-lighting are appealing to the customer who is experiencing this place for the first time. However, once you try and actually USE the establishment, it is a huge let-down. The cramped quarters in each bowling lane make it impossible to maneuver around your food and friends. The music is pretty terrible. The huge televisions playing in-your-face-sporting events give the place a Vegas, Stanfords, sports-bar kinda feel. I think they could have done without all the televisions and put that 20K towards a better DJ or reduced bowling prices.

At the end of the night, the four of us ended-up spending upwards of $140 on dinner and 2 games of bowling. It's pretty safe to say that none of us will be going back, and we will certainly not be recommending this place to anyone else.

Pros: Atmosphere is Pretty Nice

Cons: Pricing, Service, Comfortability, Dining Experience

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Just got back from there - will never return. They charged us $66 for two games. (four people) Their justification? This is how much it costs to reserve a lane for 2-hours. We reserved the lane over the phone and was never given the option to pay-per-game. When we were done, with 40 minutes left on the clock, we were informed that they do not offer refunds for time not used. When we politely asked for a manager and, again, politely explained our situation we were given a flippant response, "boy, that IS terrible!". Pressing the issue, stating that we were really unhappy and that, given the situation (them being a new business and us being new customers) we feel it's only right that we pay the per-game charge (would have been $44 ), we were, again, given a flippant response. The only compensation offered (after some polite pressure) was a discount coupon for a future visit. Worthless to anyone in my party.

The food was better than the average bowling alley fare (at sit-down restaurant prices), but served in cramp conditions - we had to eat on our laps in the alley, after being told we would "lose our reservation" if we weren't in the lane 20 minutes early. Boy, do i wish we had only known that if we just lost our reservation we would have saved $22. Never again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Just got back from there - will never return. They charged us $66 for two games. (four people) Their justification? This is how much it costs to reserve a lane for 2-hours. We reserved the lane over the phone and was never given the option to pay-per-game. When we were done, with 40 minutes left on the clock, we were informed that they do not offer refunds for time not used. When we politely asked for a manager and, again, politely explained our situation we were given a flippant response, "boy, that IS terrible!". Pressing the issue, stating that we were really unhappy and that, given the situation (them being a new business and us being new customers) we feel it's only right that we pay the per-game charge (would have been $44 ), we were, again, given a flippant response. The only compensation offered (after some polite pressure) was a discount coupon for a future visit. Worthless to anyone in my party.

The food was better than the average bowling alley fare (at sit-down restaurant prices), but served in cramp conditions - we had to eat on our laps in the alley, after being told we would "lose our reservation" if we weren't in the lane 20 minutes early. Boy, do i wish we had only known that if we just lost our reservation we would have saved $22. Never again.

Pros: above average atmosphere for a bowling alley

Cons: over priced, flippant management, crowded lanes, rushed atmosphere

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I went for the first time to this place and had a great time. The food is expensive, depending on what you pick. My boyfriend and I are on a tight budget and shared a delicious pizza for $9. The cheapest beer is $4. The bowling costs (depending on the time of day) $24-$30 an hour. The bowling alley is really something to see. A variety of music, playing videos on gigantic screens on the back wall of the alley. Dim with flourescent lights lining the lanes makes for an interesting game. This place would be perfect for a party or a big group going out to have fun. If you're not ready to spend a little cash, then this is not the place for you, but a nice treat every once and awhile.

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★★★★☆

I went for the first time to this place and had a great time. The food is expensive, depending on what you pick. My boyfriend and I are on a tight budget and shared a delicious pizza for $9. The cheapest beer is $4. The bowling costs (depending on the time of day) $24-$30 an hour. The bowling alley is really something to see. A variety of music, playing videos on gigantic screens on the back wall of the alley. Dim with flourescent lights lining the lanes makes for an interesting game. This place would be perfect for a party or a big group going out to have fun. If you're not ready to spend a little cash, then this is not the place for you, but a nice treat every once and awhile.

Pros: ambience, food, music

Cons: price

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while the pool tables and clean bowling areas and cocktails are appetizing, the food is terribly tasteless and room-temperature, and the prices are just too high for what you get. plus, the "new, updated" bowling software is slower, wastes more of the bowler's time, and is guaranteed to fail at least 5 times in a hour, making 2 games/hour impossible. unless you like overpriced compost for food and beavertronians, i wouldn't recommend grand central lanes. hollywood bowl is actually more palatable.

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★☆☆☆☆

while the pool tables and clean bowling areas and cocktails are appetizing, the food is terribly tasteless and room-temperature, and the prices are just too high for what you get. plus, the "new, updated" bowling software is slower, wastes more of the bowler's time, and is guaranteed to fail at least 5 times in a hour, making 2 games/hour impossible. unless you like overpriced compost for food and beavertronians, i wouldn't recommend grand central lanes. hollywood bowl is actually more palatable.

Pros: tasty, well-made cocktails

Cons: beaver-tronian clientele and tasteless, overpriced food

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What is with the horrible beer selection. I mean I would understand if I was in a real bowling alley and would expect to bowl some frames with a pitcher of pbr or rainer. But this place with it's "secret service" type security personnel in suits and earpieces is serving up by far one of the worst tap selections in town (one of the beers being Coors!!). Oh but don't fret they do have PBR on tap for a small price of 4 bucks..what the??? After seeing the draft beer I thought maybe they would redeem themselves with the bottle beer...but alas, I might even say the selection was worse (again coors and numerous miller products). I think this place actually prides themselves on the "group" drinks they serve up in fishbowls equipped with six straws. As far as the bowling is concerned..yes, it looks nice, but can pretty much be summed up as a club with novelty bowling.
I don't see myself returning to bowl there again...Back to Interstate Lanes!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

What is with the horrible beer selection. I mean I would understand if I was in a real bowling alley and would expect to bowl some frames with a pitcher of pbr or rainer. But this place with it's "secret service" type security personnel in suits and earpieces is serving up by far one of the worst tap selections in town (one of the beers being Coors!!). Oh but don't fret they do have PBR on tap for a small price of 4 bucks..what the??? After seeing the draft beer I thought maybe they would redeem themselves with the bottle beer...but alas, I might even say the selection was worse (again coors and numerous miller products). I think this place actually prides themselves on the "group" drinks they serve up in fishbowls equipped with six straws. As far as the bowling is concerned..yes, it looks nice, but can pretty much be summed up as a club with novelty bowling.
I don't see myself returning to bowl there again...Back to Interstate Lanes!!!

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I was impressed with the design and schematics, as well as the flat screen tv?s and comfy couches. The concept is great: trendy bar, overlooking bowling alley. One can sip a cocktail, watch some football or participate in a bowling league.

The selection on the menu was up to par, but overpriced. A bit upscale for bowling alley food, as I would rather eat at a trendy restaurant in the Pearl, than spend $10.95 on small portion of a Chinese Chicken Salad. Perhaps happy hour is your best bet.

In the end, I was disappointed as my debit card was charged $183.00, when my tab was a whopping total of $33.00. Someone profited an extra $150 dollars that night! The bank is now taking care of the mistake, or should I call it a scam?

My advice: check out happy hour and pay in cash!

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★★☆☆☆

I was impressed with the design and schematics, as well as the flat screen tv?s and comfy couches. The concept is great: trendy bar, overlooking bowling alley. One can sip a cocktail, watch some football or participate in a bowling league.

The selection on the menu was up to par, but overpriced. A bit upscale for bowling alley food, as I would rather eat at a trendy restaurant in the Pearl, than spend $10.95 on small portion of a Chinese Chicken Salad. Perhaps happy hour is your best bet.

In the end, I was disappointed as my debit card was charged $183.00, when my tab was a whopping total of $33.00. Someone profited an extra $150 dollars that night! The bank is now taking care of the mistake, or should I call it a scam?

My advice: check out happy hour and pay in cash!

Pros: Large space with good customer service

Cons: Overpriced food and beverage

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Alright, dammit. I wanted this to go better than it did. I wanted the NEW Grand Central to be a place where I could wander in, bowl, have a drink or two, and generally enjoy the close-in SE location. Alas; it's no good. At all.

I have some pretty serious nostalgia for this place for totally retarded but nevertheless compelling reasons. And I could not be more delighted with the rehab the outside of the building has undergone since its closure some years back. However, the choads who handled the inside are wankers to the max.

The general consensus was that this place looked like someone had turned the Doug Fir into a bowling alley with less character and the most wretched soundtrack ever to have blared out of speakers. In the course of the 2 hours we were there we were subjected to: The Human League (tolerable), Barenaked Ladies (awful), Dave Matthews (unforgivable), Lifehouse (ditto), Blues Traveler (likewise), Devo (fine), Ah-Ha (totally acceptable), and Belinda Carlyle (meh). What moron selected this playlist?? Mother-of-God.

The multi-colored runway lights were annoying, and the giant screens should have been put to use in some better way than providing video accompaniment to aforementioned musical ear-rapine. Like playing "The Big Lebowski" and "Kingpin" on a continuous loop. Which is really the only use they could reasonably be put to.

The bowling was ri-donk-ulously expensive, the service was pushy and over-attentive, (tried to take my beer away before i'd finished it. she's lucky she didn't draw back a bloody stump) the whole "VIP" lounge thing was utterly retarded, and even after all that, the ****ing bowling mechanism itself had pretty serious recurring errors which bit into our hour of bowling enough to cause some of our players to be unable to complete their 10th frame. Weeeeeak.

SO! Its back to the Hollywood Bowl which has a comfortably dive-y feel and karaoke. Screw you GC. Screw you all the way down the alley.

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★☆☆☆☆

Alright, dammit. I wanted this to go better than it did. I wanted the NEW Grand Central to be a place where I could wander in, bowl, have a drink or two, and generally enjoy the close-in SE location. Alas; it's no good. At all.

I have some pretty serious nostalgia for this place for totally retarded but nevertheless compelling reasons. And I could not be more delighted with the rehab the outside of the building has undergone since its closure some years back. However, the choads who handled the inside are wankers to the max.

The general consensus was that this place looked like someone had turned the Doug Fir into a bowling alley with less character and the most wretched soundtrack ever to have blared out of speakers. In the course of the 2 hours we were there we were subjected to: The Human League (tolerable), Barenaked Ladies (awful), Dave Matthews (unforgivable), Lifehouse (ditto), Blues Traveler (likewise), Devo (fine), Ah-Ha (totally acceptable), and Belinda Carlyle (meh). What moron selected this playlist?? Mother-of-God.

The multi-colored runway lights were annoying, and the giant screens should have been put to use in some better way than providing video accompaniment to aforementioned musical ear-rapine. Like playing "The Big Lebowski" and "Kingpin" on a continuous loop. Which is really the only use they could reasonably be put to.

The bowling was ri-donk-ulously expensive, the service was pushy and over-attentive, (tried to take my beer away before i'd finished it. she's lucky she didn't draw back a bloody stump) the whole "VIP" lounge thing was utterly retarded, and even after all that, the ****ing bowling mechanism itself had pretty serious recurring errors which bit into our hour of bowling enough to cause some of our players to be unable to complete their 10th frame. Weeeeeak.

SO! Its back to the Hollywood Bowl which has a comfortably dive-y feel and karaoke. Screw you GC. Screw you all the way down the alley.

Pros: None to speak of

Cons: Waste of space in a killer location

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STAY AWAY!!! This place is way to full of it's self. Ok, yeah you re-vamped what use to be a great bowling alley but you managed to turn it into some strange cross of small bowling alley and an snobby night club.

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★☆☆☆☆

STAY AWAY!!! This place is way to full of it's self. Ok, yeah you re-vamped what use to be a great bowling alley but you managed to turn it into some strange cross of small bowling alley and an snobby night club.

Pros: They have PBR on tap, no smoking, clean

Cons: Read the review...

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I walked by the building on my way to work every morning, waiting with anticipation for it's opening. I went one evening by myself just to test the waters and was met with several disappointments. First of all, there seems to be very little value for the money and they didn't even have iced tea on the menu. Whoever heard of a restaurant with no iced tea? The second time I had the pear and gorgonzola salad, which was good but the portion size was lacking. With an iced tea, which they had on the second visit, and a tip, the bill was $15. There were no less than 2 supervisors on the floor, walking around with that stupid little earphone, showing no emotion and looking like the Gestapo. That was very uncomfortable for me. The best part of the whole experience was the server. She was very friendly and acted like she liked her job. I decided to give it one more try and on the third visit I was met at the door by security telling me I couldn't go in with my nap sack. Well, I choose not to drive a car and where was I going to put it? They refused to let me in and made me feel like I was some sort of riff raff. There was also a ridiculous dress code posted in the lobby and by the looks of it, anything less than business casual was unacceptable. OK folks. First of all, this is Portland, not Vegas, and the people running the show need to wake up to that. It's also smackdab in the middle of a seedy neighborhood and even if it was in the Pearl District, you still don't do that. I've never been refused service anywhere in Portland because of the way I was dressed or because I had a nap sack. Rest assured that I will never go back and will be telling all my friends about the experience. I'll be watching to see how long it takes for them to bite the dust.

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★☆☆☆☆

I walked by the building on my way to work every morning, waiting with anticipation for it's opening. I went one evening by myself just to test the waters and was met with several disappointments. First of all, there seems to be very little value for the money and they didn't even have iced tea on the menu. Whoever heard of a restaurant with no iced tea? The second time I had the pear and gorgonzola salad, which was good but the portion size was lacking. With an iced tea, which they had on the second visit, and a tip, the bill was $15. There were no less than 2 supervisors on the floor, walking around with that stupid little earphone, showing no emotion and looking like the Gestapo. That was very uncomfortable for me. The best part of the whole experience was the server. She was very friendly and acted like she liked her job. I decided to give it one more try and on the third visit I was met at the door by security telling me I couldn't go in with my nap sack. Well, I choose not to drive a car and where was I going to put it? They refused to let me in and made me feel like I was some sort of riff raff. There was also a ridiculous dress code posted in the lobby and by the looks of it, anything less than business casual was unacceptable. OK folks. First of all, this is Portland, not Vegas, and the people running the show need to wake up to that. It's also smackdab in the middle of a seedy neighborhood and even if it was in the Pearl District, you still don't do that. I've never been refused service anywhere in Portland because of the way I was dressed or because I had a nap sack. Rest assured that I will never go back and will be telling all my friends about the experience. I'll be watching to see how long it takes for them to bite the dust.

Pros: Can't think of any

Cons: Pricey, small portions,

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When I first heard that Grand Central was reopening I was extremely excited. But what a let down!!!!! I knew as soon as I walked in I was in for a big disappointment.
First of all, it's very overpriced, $60 for one lane for one hour, and when the one hour is up, your game is immediately pulled whether you've finished or not. I had one frame left when it was cut off. I complained and was told it was my fault for not finishing on time, regardless of the fact they had started the time before the entire party arrived and they had agreed to wait.
The wait staff is pushy and annoying, I got carded several times, after having to show my ID to get in and having a stamp on my hand. The bowling area itself is very distracting, at the end of the lanes are gigantic screens which play really horrible music videos, (by horrible, I mean music from every genre, all of which was bad) and the lanes are lined with flashing lights.
I arrived here with a very large party, we were situated next to some couches that had been roped off, since we had a large party we asked if we could spill over into that area and we're told "yes, for $200, thats that VIP lounge." The "lounge" consists of two couches, whatta deal.

I was very disappointed with my entire experience there and wouldn't go again, nor would I recommend it to anyone!

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★☆☆☆☆

When I first heard that Grand Central was reopening I was extremely excited. But what a let down!!!!! I knew as soon as I walked in I was in for a big disappointment.
First of all, it's very overpriced, $60 for one lane for one hour, and when the one hour is up, your game is immediately pulled whether you've finished or not. I had one frame left when it was cut off. I complained and was told it was my fault for not finishing on time, regardless of the fact they had started the time before the entire party arrived and they had agreed to wait.
The wait staff is pushy and annoying, I got carded several times, after having to show my ID to get in and having a stamp on my hand. The bowling area itself is very distracting, at the end of the lanes are gigantic screens which play really horrible music videos, (by horrible, I mean music from every genre, all of which was bad) and the lanes are lined with flashing lights.
I arrived here with a very large party, we were situated next to some couches that had been roped off, since we had a large party we asked if we could spill over into that area and we're told "yes, for $200, thats that VIP lounge." The "lounge" consists of two couches, whatta deal.

I was very disappointed with my entire experience there and wouldn't go again, nor would I recommend it to anyone!

Pros: none

Cons: Pushy waitstaff, long waits for lanes, expensive

 

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