Wild Abandon

★★★★☆
Friendly, ultra-cozy, romantic & festive, serving brunch, dinner, happy hour, wine, cocktails, and stellar desserts!
  • 2411 Se Belmont St

    Portland, OR 97214

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  • 503-232-4458

About Wild Abandon

Hours
Mon-Thu 4:30pm-9pm; Fri 4:30pm-10pm; Sat 5:30pm-10pm; Sun 5:30pm-9pm; Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4:30pm-6:30pm: Sat-Sun 9am-2pm
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After a terrible experience at Juniors, the lovely staff at Wild Abandon saved my birthday brunch by being polite, accommodating and serving me delicious, creative and affordable food. Love this place.

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★★★★★

After a terrible experience at Juniors, the lovely staff at Wild Abandon saved my birthday brunch by being polite, accommodating and serving me delicious, creative and affordable food. Love this place.

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First I'll start off by saying that the waiter was very kind, and the atmosphere here is very cozy and somewhat romantic. This was our second time here, going on a strong recommendation from our friends. The first time we went, we were underwhelmed, but we thought we'd give it a second chance. Well, the second outing was equally as unimpressive.

It is not as thought the food is bad, it just isn't good. Some other reviewer questioned whether any of the people giving this restaurant great reviews can cook, and I guess I resonate with that response. I can't imagine anyone who knows and understands cooking being impressed with this restaurant.

We started with the mushroom appetizer, which was kind of good, but something one of my football buddies would be capable of crafting. My wife's risotto ($17.00), while again, was not terrible, tasted like it came out of a box, albeit perhaps one of the better instant risottos that one can get at Whole Foods. I had the deep fried oysters. Imagine a plate with 6 or 8 deep fried oysters (yep, something any talentless cook could make) with plain steamed rice and vegetables on the side. It was completely, entirely and thoroughly uninteresting. Not bad, just lacking in any intriguing qualities whatsoever, and pretty steeply priced at $20.00. The veggies and rice were literally just steamed, no seasoning, nada. Something I expect to see next to my chicken balls at a hole-in-the-wall American-Chinese food joint.

I guess the real stinger was the bill, which came to $67.00; $44.00 of which was for the food. There are so, so many places one can eat in Portland that will serve much better food at much better prices, just throw a rock in any direction and you'll find one. The food at the Wild Abandon is along the lines of hotel convention food, or something you'd get at the Elk's Lodge. I guess I would have been cool with it if it cost $25.00, instead of $44.00.

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★★☆☆☆

First I'll start off by saying that the waiter was very kind, and the atmosphere here is very cozy and somewhat romantic. This was our second time here, going on a strong recommendation from our friends. The first time we went, we were underwhelmed, but we thought we'd give it a second chance. Well, the second outing was equally as unimpressive.

It is not as thought the food is bad, it just isn't good. Some other reviewer questioned whether any of the people giving this restaurant great reviews can cook, and I guess I resonate with that response. I can't imagine anyone who knows and understands cooking being impressed with this restaurant.

We started with the mushroom appetizer, which was kind of good, but something one of my football buddies would be capable of crafting. My wife's risotto ($17.00), while again, was not terrible, tasted like it came out of a box, albeit perhaps one of the better instant risottos that one can get at Whole Foods. I had the deep fried oysters. Imagine a plate with 6 or 8 deep fried oysters (yep, something any talentless cook could make) with plain steamed rice and vegetables on the side. It was completely, entirely and thoroughly uninteresting. Not bad, just lacking in any intriguing qualities whatsoever, and pretty steeply priced at $20.00. The veggies and rice were literally just steamed, no seasoning, nada. Something I expect to see next to my chicken balls at a hole-in-the-wall American-Chinese food joint.

I guess the real stinger was the bill, which came to $67.00; $44.00 of which was for the food. There are so, so many places one can eat in Portland that will serve much better food at much better prices, just throw a rock in any direction and you'll find one. The food at the Wild Abandon is along the lines of hotel convention food, or something you'd get at the Elk's Lodge. I guess I would have been cool with it if it cost $25.00, instead of $44.00.

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My 3 friends and I went to eat at Wild Abandon on a recommendation from a friend, but she did mention the service was bad. We thought we would give it a try anyway. Yikes, she wasn't kidding. We sat inside while waiting for a patio table and realized it smelled like dirty wet towels. Gross! We asked to order drinks while we waited and were told a bus boy might get to us. Finally a waiter came to take our drink orders. My husband asked about the merlot and the waiter smugly said he didn't drink merlots by choice. What? I don't care if you like merlot, your job is to sell and recommend things on the menu. When we finally got out to the patio it was quite nice. The food was OK, but not amazing enough for me to want to go back. The service was very slow and we had to remind them a few times to bring water, our salad, hot sauce, etc. We eat out almost everyday and we like to patronize local business, but this is a place we will not go again.

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★★☆☆☆

My 3 friends and I went to eat at Wild Abandon on a recommendation from a friend, but she did mention the service was bad. We thought we would give it a try anyway. Yikes, she wasn't kidding. We sat inside while waiting for a patio table and realized it smelled like dirty wet towels. Gross! We asked to order drinks while we waited and were told a bus boy might get to us. Finally a waiter came to take our drink orders. My husband asked about the merlot and the waiter smugly said he didn't drink merlots by choice. What? I don't care if you like merlot, your job is to sell and recommend things on the menu. When we finally got out to the patio it was quite nice. The food was OK, but not amazing enough for me to want to go back. The service was very slow and we had to remind them a few times to bring water, our salad, hot sauce, etc. We eat out almost everyday and we like to patronize local business, but this is a place we will not go again.

Pros: Nice patio

Cons: The inside smells and slow disinterested service

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Perfect happy hour or breakfast spot. Get there early for a seat and don't be shy to order something you haven't had before, they have a way of making everything on the menu delicious.

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★★★★☆

Perfect happy hour or breakfast spot. Get there early for a seat and don't be shy to order something you haven't had before, they have a way of making everything on the menu delicious.

Pros: great service and organic fare

Cons: space is a little tight for the busier hours

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Wild Abandon is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. I usually go for brunch or lunch. It's usually busy on the weekends, but a real treat if you can get a table.

I love their salads - fresh ingredients and very tasty!

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★★★★☆

Wild Abandon is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. I usually go for brunch or lunch. It's usually busy on the weekends, but a real treat if you can get a table.

I love their salads - fresh ingredients and very tasty!

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I had the best Cioppino and my dining partner had a fabulous spicy pasta dish. from the service to the coffee and everything in between was stellar. I would recommend Wild Abandon to anyone without hesitation

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★★★★★

I had the best Cioppino and my dining partner had a fabulous spicy pasta dish. from the service to the coffee and everything in between was stellar. I would recommend Wild Abandon to anyone without hesitation

Pros: amazing food

Cons: close quarters

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Wild Abandon is one of my favorites in Portland, and its been appreciated by both guests and friends. The pulled pork hash on the brunch menu is excellent, and their vegan and vegetarian options (brunch and dinner) have received good reviews from friends. Its nice that vegans have the option of more than one dish.

The sides at dinner (especially the different potato dishes) are excellent. With one exception, the service has always been great, although low-key. (The one exception was a time they said there were short staffed due to someone calling in sick at the last minute -- I've been back multiple times since and it hasn't been a problem, so I'm inclined to believe that really was the problem.)

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★★★★☆

Wild Abandon is one of my favorites in Portland, and its been appreciated by both guests and friends. The pulled pork hash on the brunch menu is excellent, and their vegan and vegetarian options (brunch and dinner) have received good reviews from friends. Its nice that vegans have the option of more than one dish.

The sides at dinner (especially the different potato dishes) are excellent. With one exception, the service has always been great, although low-key. (The one exception was a time they said there were short staffed due to someone calling in sick at the last minute -- I've been back multiple times since and it hasn't been a problem, so I'm inclined to believe that really was the problem.)

Pros: Brunch, Wine, Martinis, Vegan options

Cons: wish they allowed dogs on the patio

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We had a great meal at the Wild Abandon. Our first time, good food, nice environment, relaxing spot. I Recommend the Braised Chicken (aka "P.. au Fou" - Citysearch censures the "P" word regardless of it's meaning) and the Pasta Vongole. For a good time & good value visit Wild Abandon.

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★★★★☆

We had a great meal at the Wild Abandon. Our first time, good food, nice environment, relaxing spot. I Recommend the Braised Chicken (aka "P.. au Fou" - Citysearch censures the "P" word regardless of it's meaning) and the Pasta Vongole. For a good time & good value visit Wild Abandon.

Pros: Environment

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A friend and I have been here twice.. Once for dinner and once for breakfast. Both times we have eaten on the terrace. Waiting for a server to come to your table and greet you and serve water is ridiculous. Both times we have had servers that are just lame. So uninterested in doing their jobs. No one smiles or seems to feel any rush whatsoever to make sure the customer is taken care of. I will say this food is good, but the service just doesn't cut it. I'll never go back and won't recommend it.

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★★☆☆☆

A friend and I have been here twice.. Once for dinner and once for breakfast. Both times we have eaten on the terrace. Waiting for a server to come to your table and greet you and serve water is ridiculous. Both times we have had servers that are just lame. So uninterested in doing their jobs. No one smiles or seems to feel any rush whatsoever to make sure the customer is taken care of. I will say this food is good, but the service just doesn't cut it. I'll never go back and won't recommend it.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Servers, wait time

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A wonderful place to eat that is not too expensive. intimate and small but a lovelyy atmosphere and a fun place to meet to discuss and solve all the problems in the world

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★★★★☆

A wonderful place to eat that is not too expensive. intimate and small but a lovelyy atmosphere and a fun place to meet to discuss and solve all the problems in the world

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We have been hearing great reviews about Wild Abandon and finally had a chance to eat there this weekend. The food, ambiance, and service were all exceptional. Our waiter had great recommendations and we ended up with a crab and asparagus appetizer, the crab risotto and a stuffed chicken breast for dinner, and the tiramisu for desert. Everything was outstanding, but if I had to pick one thing the crab risotto would have to be the highlight of the meal. The prices were also very reasonable and the wine selection was great with lots of choices under $30. We will definitely be back!

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★★★★★

We have been hearing great reviews about Wild Abandon and finally had a chance to eat there this weekend. The food, ambiance, and service were all exceptional. Our waiter had great recommendations and we ended up with a crab and asparagus appetizer, the crab risotto and a stuffed chicken breast for dinner, and the tiramisu for desert. Everything was outstanding, but if I had to pick one thing the crab risotto would have to be the highlight of the meal. The prices were also very reasonable and the wine selection was great with lots of choices under $30. We will definitely be back!

Pros: Great Service, Amazing Food, try the Crab Risotto!

Cons: none

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I read the reviews. I think the people freaking out about how this place serves up "one of the dreamiest examples of risotto I've ever had the pleasure to taste" are smokin' rock and working the grill. Seriously. Do you cook? I guarantee you go down to the store and pick up a $1 sack of risotto with some bacon and you'll do better. Why do I need a pound of butter and a salty waiter to serve me up bar food that really should cost $1? I wish I could write $1 with extra large font to stress how ridiculous and pretentious the jerks that write this menu must be. That is all for now.

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★☆☆☆☆

I read the reviews. I think the people freaking out about how this place serves up "one of the dreamiest examples of risotto I've ever had the pleasure to taste" are smokin' rock and working the grill. Seriously. Do you cook? I guarantee you go down to the store and pick up a $1 sack of risotto with some bacon and you'll do better. Why do I need a pound of butter and a salty waiter to serve me up bar food that really should cost $1? I wish I could write $1 with extra large font to stress how ridiculous and pretentious the jerks that write this menu must be. That is all for now.

Pros: I got to sit outside with a beautiful lady

Cons: everything else

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I work at a culinary school and many of the chef instructors recommended this place.
And for good reason! I ordered the crab risotto...smoked mozarella, crispy bits of bacon and spring peas made this dish one of the dreamiest examples of risotto I've ever had the pleasure to taste.
My husband tried the pork with carmelized granny smith apples served over a to-die-for gorgonzola cheese sauce and neither of us could speak after taking our first bites....it was "eyes rolling to the back of your head" good.
Our waiter was witty and knowledgeable and the cooks helped him google a question about Aqua Man's side kick (aqua lad in case you're wondering) and he even treated us to dessert when the one we first ordered was not available. We shared a half caraf of cold red sangria on the back patio which was perfect also.

I'm not sure what the reviewer who mentioned cold sauce and bad wine experienced, but it certainly was nothing like our evening. I have to say now this is one of my FAVORITE Portland restaurants on all counts!

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★★★★★

I work at a culinary school and many of the chef instructors recommended this place.
And for good reason! I ordered the crab risotto...smoked mozarella, crispy bits of bacon and spring peas made this dish one of the dreamiest examples of risotto I've ever had the pleasure to taste.
My husband tried the pork with carmelized granny smith apples served over a to-die-for gorgonzola cheese sauce and neither of us could speak after taking our first bites....it was "eyes rolling to the back of your head" good.
Our waiter was witty and knowledgeable and the cooks helped him google a question about Aqua Man's side kick (aqua lad in case you're wondering) and he even treated us to dessert when the one we first ordered was not available. We shared a half caraf of cold red sangria on the back patio which was perfect also.

I'm not sure what the reviewer who mentioned cold sauce and bad wine experienced, but it certainly was nothing like our evening. I have to say now this is one of my FAVORITE Portland restaurants on all counts!

Pros: hip comfy atmosphere inside, great service, delicious dessert and coffee, AMAZING food

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I cook quite well, so maybe my expectations are high. I though this would be a great place to take friends from SF who were here for 1 night because of the great reviews. What a mistake. My friend ordered the pork dish w/ came w/ cold cream sauce. My guest asked if they could heat up her dish, and the second time it came back colder. Our wine, the special of the night, tasted like vinegar (like it was left open of old). We had to return. The water said nothing. My salmon tasted fine, but everything that came with it was flavorless and over salted. I tasted my friends pasta, the special of the night, and it tasted bland.

We all agreed that it wasn't good, and I will not be back. You really can't trust reviews... good or bad. The only thing that we agreed was good was my friend's drink. A wiskey sour. The rest I felt was a waste of money. I wished I would have taken my guests to a place that I had been before and knew was good.

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★☆☆☆☆

I cook quite well, so maybe my expectations are high. I though this would be a great place to take friends from SF who were here for 1 night because of the great reviews. What a mistake. My friend ordered the pork dish w/ came w/ cold cream sauce. My guest asked if they could heat up her dish, and the second time it came back colder. Our wine, the special of the night, tasted like vinegar (like it was left open of old). We had to return. The water said nothing. My salmon tasted fine, but everything that came with it was flavorless and over salted. I tasted my friends pasta, the special of the night, and it tasted bland.

We all agreed that it wasn't good, and I will not be back. You really can't trust reviews... good or bad. The only thing that we agreed was good was my friend's drink. A wiskey sour. The rest I felt was a waste of money. I wished I would have taken my guests to a place that I had been before and knew was good.

Pros: Cool light fixtures. Strong drinks.

Cons: Pricey, food flavorless, over salty, no attention paid to quality

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This place has a great atmosphere. It's small, and a bit cozy, but nothing to really cramp your style. The service is great, and the food is always scrumptious and delightful. The menu seems to always be changing with the seasons, and the pasta sauces make what mama made seem like nothing. My go-to dish is the Ziti Ziti which is so rich there is no way you'll finish the whole portion, but there homemade ravioli is certainly something to write home about. The prices are a little high, but if you are lucky, they have buy one, get one free coupons that seem to pop up in local newpapers and what not.

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★★★★★

This place has a great atmosphere. It's small, and a bit cozy, but nothing to really cramp your style. The service is great, and the food is always scrumptious and delightful. The menu seems to always be changing with the seasons, and the pasta sauces make what mama made seem like nothing. My go-to dish is the Ziti Ziti which is so rich there is no way you'll finish the whole portion, but there homemade ravioli is certainly something to write home about. The prices are a little high, but if you are lucky, they have buy one, get one free coupons that seem to pop up in local newpapers and what not.

Pros: Food, service, waiters that actually smile

Cons: Nada

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We went with a party of 30 for happy hour, and given the reviews, I was expecting a nightmare. Not the case at all. Our server was prompt, our food delicious (try the shrimp mazatlan, it's to die for), and our drinks ice cold. I don't have a single complaint, and I can't wait to go back for a full meal.

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★★★★★

We went with a party of 30 for happy hour, and given the reviews, I was expecting a nightmare. Not the case at all. Our server was prompt, our food delicious (try the shrimp mazatlan, it's to die for), and our drinks ice cold. I don't have a single complaint, and I can't wait to go back for a full meal.

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As I entered Wild Abandon for dinner, My girlfriend and I were "greeted" by an uninterested host with a vacuous stare, looking through my eyes at the wall behind us. Since he made no contact and didn't say anything, I said "table for two?" To which he replied by grabbing menus and moving to a table. Not even a "come hither" motion. Not a "right this way". He just sauntered over to a table with his head down.

Being that Wild Abandon's happy hour ends at 6:30, I was surprised to get no happy hour menus, but full dinner menus, at a quarter to six. He checked his cell phone, said "oh", then brought us happy hour menus without saying anything else. About 20 minutes later, a couple sat down next to us, and they recieved no happy hour menus from the same host. Did he forget already? I really doubt it.

We waited a good five minutes for drinks, and I ordered a Vodka Cran, though I swear it was just the "Cran".

I ordered the Red Velvet Burger, which was actually really good, but the "Pasta Semplice" my girlfriend ordered was awful, tasteless, and bland. And it's pretty hard to completely screw up simple pasta, especially by undercooking. Even Ragu makes a better marinara sauce.

Considering our experiences with the host, I had better hopes for our waitress. I admit, she was a little nicer, if anything. She smiled, and filled our water once. (Though the glasses were empty most of the time.) My girlfriend told the waitress that her food wasn't that good, and luckily she didn't charge us for it, but she just handed us the bill without saying sorry or anything.

And sure, I may sound snobby in this review, but we were being very polite and considerate at dinner regarding the circumstances.

I like what Wild Abandon is trying to do, but they are providing horrible service and food compared to what the rest of Portland is doing. Atmosphere isn't everything, Wild Abandon, so can you please get over your quirky look and provide some quality?

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★☆☆☆☆

As I entered Wild Abandon for dinner, My girlfriend and I were "greeted" by an uninterested host with a vacuous stare, looking through my eyes at the wall behind us. Since he made no contact and didn't say anything, I said "table for two?" To which he replied by grabbing menus and moving to a table. Not even a "come hither" motion. Not a "right this way". He just sauntered over to a table with his head down.

Being that Wild Abandon's happy hour ends at 6:30, I was surprised to get no happy hour menus, but full dinner menus, at a quarter to six. He checked his cell phone, said "oh", then brought us happy hour menus without saying anything else. About 20 minutes later, a couple sat down next to us, and they recieved no happy hour menus from the same host. Did he forget already? I really doubt it.

We waited a good five minutes for drinks, and I ordered a Vodka Cran, though I swear it was just the "Cran".

I ordered the Red Velvet Burger, which was actually really good, but the "Pasta Semplice" my girlfriend ordered was awful, tasteless, and bland. And it's pretty hard to completely screw up simple pasta, especially by undercooking. Even Ragu makes a better marinara sauce.

Considering our experiences with the host, I had better hopes for our waitress. I admit, she was a little nicer, if anything. She smiled, and filled our water once. (Though the glasses were empty most of the time.) My girlfriend told the waitress that her food wasn't that good, and luckily she didn't charge us for it, but she just handed us the bill without saying sorry or anything.

And sure, I may sound snobby in this review, but we were being very polite and considerate at dinner regarding the circumstances.

I like what Wild Abandon is trying to do, but they are providing horrible service and food compared to what the rest of Portland is doing. Atmosphere isn't everything, Wild Abandon, so can you please get over your quirky look and provide some quality?

Pros: Patio area is romantic and wonderful.

Cons: Rude service, horrible food (aside from their torta and burgers), and bad vibe in general.

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I've had the same experience every time I've gone to Wild Abandon- maybe 8 or 9 times over the last 2 years. Really great, creative food. REALLY HORRIBLE SERVICE. Our male waiter (I think it's Michael) seems to go out of his way to be rude and condescending, and to act as though he has a thousand better things to do help us. He doesn't let us finish our sentences when we're talking.

Last night he forgot our drinks and garlic bread, had the dishwasher (nice guy though!) take our order because he was too busy, and then acted rudely when we asked about our drinks 45 minutes later. We talked to a female waitress but she was equally as rude. When they finally brought the drinks, there were no apologies or smiles.

It was the last straw. There are plenty of other restaurants with good food and also good service. Until they get a reputation for actually being nice to their customers, I'm done with that place.

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★★★☆☆

I've had the same experience every time I've gone to Wild Abandon- maybe 8 or 9 times over the last 2 years. Really great, creative food. REALLY HORRIBLE SERVICE. Our male waiter (I think it's Michael) seems to go out of his way to be rude and condescending, and to act as though he has a thousand better things to do help us. He doesn't let us finish our sentences when we're talking.

Last night he forgot our drinks and garlic bread, had the dishwasher (nice guy though!) take our order because he was too busy, and then acted rudely when we asked about our drinks 45 minutes later. We talked to a female waitress but she was equally as rude. When they finally brought the drinks, there were no apologies or smiles.

It was the last straw. There are plenty of other restaurants with good food and also good service. Until they get a reputation for actually being nice to their customers, I'm done with that place.

Pros: great food, beautiful patio

Cons: worst service I've ever had, expensive

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not at all in a rush when we were first seated. appetizers fine. request for more bread ignored or more likely forgotten .wrong drink brought , we said nothing oh well we were all in a good mood nice night sitting outside so who cares, then asked about ingredients in curry, pretty and sweet waitress did not know took a guess (she had had it once) made no attempt to find out, ditto on vegetable side of evening(i guess it is asparagus) until i pressed the issue turns out there were other options oh well. we are still happy relaxed whatever, siting with nice view of trees enjoying eachother glad at least they are not trying to turn tables quickly . then waited waited waited at least an hour and a half after we placed our orders (and had moved inside due to night chill falling) servers sweet apologetic food fine temperature not even but flavor good and whatever. no one complained dinner pretty good dessert oh oh vey not agian wrong drink again this time we spoke up dessert good asked about tres leche cake she went checked to see what mils were init forgot to mention marscapone cheese which we almost did not discover as she forgot cake. flourless choclate cake port an tres leche cake delicious but was a little put out she did not tell us about cheese as i am pregnant and admittedly paranoid about what cheeses i am eating. well they did graciously and without prompting from us take appetizers and many drinks off of our bill with the explanation that they had group of 20(prom) and things are not normally like that. i believe that to a certain extent but our experience was so over the top ridiculous that i cannot imagine it being so isolated an incident , most annoying to me was the servers lack of knowledge no problem but lack of interest in finding out what food she was serving . whew glad we are out of there but all in all had a good time (great company)!

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★★★☆☆

not at all in a rush when we were first seated. appetizers fine. request for more bread ignored or more likely forgotten .wrong drink brought , we said nothing oh well we were all in a good mood nice night sitting outside so who cares, then asked about ingredients in curry, pretty and sweet waitress did not know took a guess (she had had it once) made no attempt to find out, ditto on vegetable side of evening(i guess it is asparagus) until i pressed the issue turns out there were other options oh well. we are still happy relaxed whatever, siting with nice view of trees enjoying eachother glad at least they are not trying to turn tables quickly . then waited waited waited at least an hour and a half after we placed our orders (and had moved inside due to night chill falling) servers sweet apologetic food fine temperature not even but flavor good and whatever. no one complained dinner pretty good dessert oh oh vey not agian wrong drink again this time we spoke up dessert good asked about tres leche cake she went checked to see what mils were init forgot to mention marscapone cheese which we almost did not discover as she forgot cake. flourless choclate cake port an tres leche cake delicious but was a little put out she did not tell us about cheese as i am pregnant and admittedly paranoid about what cheeses i am eating. well they did graciously and without prompting from us take appetizers and many drinks off of our bill with the explanation that they had group of 20(prom) and things are not normally like that. i believe that to a certain extent but our experience was so over the top ridiculous that i cannot imagine it being so isolated an incident , most annoying to me was the servers lack of knowledge no problem but lack of interest in finding out what food she was serving . whew glad we are out of there but all in all had a good time (great company)!

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I've been to Wild Abandon a handful of times now and the food has always been excellent. Sometimes the service is a little poky (but that's what you get for having only one server, and it's a small place), but it's always been worth the wait (and nothing I haven't experienced in other restaurants). Try the Willamette Dream Salad: it has a light, lemony dressing and sweet currants and tangy goat cheese. Mmmm. And the Penne is really cheesy and good.

They used to have a baked brie appetizer served with cinnamon glazed pears and currants and candied pecans and toast points. It was wonderful, so I'm not sure why they took it off the menu. be sure to save room for the Tres Leches Cake!

Whenever we are looking for a restaurant that is off the beaten path, we avoid those yucky chain restaurants and head to Wild Abandon!

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★★★★★

I've been to Wild Abandon a handful of times now and the food has always been excellent. Sometimes the service is a little poky (but that's what you get for having only one server, and it's a small place), but it's always been worth the wait (and nothing I haven't experienced in other restaurants). Try the Willamette Dream Salad: it has a light, lemony dressing and sweet currants and tangy goat cheese. Mmmm. And the Penne is really cheesy and good.

They used to have a baked brie appetizer served with cinnamon glazed pears and currants and candied pecans and toast points. It was wonderful, so I'm not sure why they took it off the menu. be sure to save room for the Tres Leches Cake!

Whenever we are looking for a restaurant that is off the beaten path, we avoid those yucky chain restaurants and head to Wild Abandon!

Pros: atmosphere, good food, excellent tres leches cake

Cons: they don't have ice (I like Ice in my water), small place so sometimes a wait

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Go during happy hour (ends @ 6:30). Get a bloody mary, the red velvet provolone cheeseburger w/ scalloped potatoes on side, a willamette dream salad, and just about anything else. The brunch is also super duper awesome. The dinner delivers without pretension. I have been so many times, I lost count. I've never left unsatisfied, and I have converted many others to the cult of Wild Abandon. Eat, drink, and go home happy.

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★★★★★

Go during happy hour (ends @ 6:30). Get a bloody mary, the red velvet provolone cheeseburger w/ scalloped potatoes on side, a willamette dream salad, and just about anything else. The brunch is also super duper awesome. The dinner delivers without pretension. I have been so many times, I lost count. I've never left unsatisfied, and I have converted many others to the cult of Wild Abandon. Eat, drink, and go home happy.

Pros: Patio, brunch, happy hour, bloody mary, service

Cons: cramped, slow

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We have never had anything less than excellent service. A quaint and romantic place where we take all of our out of town guests. The Food is fresh and the ambiance is delightful. IF someone had a bad experience here then it had to be a fluke since we have been coming here for years with extreme satisfaction.

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★★★★★

We have never had anything less than excellent service. A quaint and romantic place where we take all of our out of town guests. The Food is fresh and the ambiance is delightful. IF someone had a bad experience here then it had to be a fluke since we have been coming here for years with extreme satisfaction.

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Twice I've been here. Once this last summer seated on the patio and just a couple nights ago during happy hour. In the summer we had the "Dream" salad which was quite tasty and sides of their very delicious au gratin potatoes. Other than the fact that we had to be near smokers (we are very much allergic) we had a romantic and pleasant dining experience. The other night we went for happy hour and though I had a hankering for their au gratin & salad I wanted to try their baked ziti. My partner had the burger and was mildly disappointed that it didn't come with fries but whatever. Her burger though had a good texture and decent flavor. She said she'd get it again, which is a good sign with her. I had as mentioned the ziti and I have to say IT'S THE BEST MEAL I'VE HAD ALL YEAR! Buttery breadcrumbs on top of a creamy 3 cheese sauce that was savory and not too overpowering on the cream factor. Portobello mushrooms along with tender scallops made this one of the most memorable dishes of my life. I'm craving it now even. So damn good! The service was a bit slow but not horrible and it was romanitc enough inside to just relax and sit back anyway. A 10!

*****UPDATE***** 9/5/08
We went back for brunch for the 1st time last week. Their coffee was the worst I've had in years! So bring your own from Stumptown or anywhere else because really that coffee was so bad! Other than that the breakfast was great. Roasted potatoes perfectly simple & flavorful, generous portions of eggs with veggies & yummy toast. A solid menu & I only wish they had rye bread as a toast option too. Anyway all was fine, but for the love of gawd do not get the coffee.

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★★★★☆

Twice I've been here. Once this last summer seated on the patio and just a couple nights ago during happy hour. In the summer we had the "Dream" salad which was quite tasty and sides of their very delicious au gratin potatoes. Other than the fact that we had to be near smokers (we are very much allergic) we had a romantic and pleasant dining experience. The other night we went for happy hour and though I had a hankering for their au gratin & salad I wanted to try their baked ziti. My partner had the burger and was mildly disappointed that it didn't come with fries but whatever. Her burger though had a good texture and decent flavor. She said she'd get it again, which is a good sign with her. I had as mentioned the ziti and I have to say IT'S THE BEST MEAL I'VE HAD ALL YEAR! Buttery breadcrumbs on top of a creamy 3 cheese sauce that was savory and not too overpowering on the cream factor. Portobello mushrooms along with tender scallops made this one of the most memorable dishes of my life. I'm craving it now even. So damn good! The service was a bit slow but not horrible and it was romanitc enough inside to just relax and sit back anyway. A 10!

*****UPDATE***** 9/5/08
We went back for brunch for the 1st time last week. Their coffee was the worst I've had in years! So bring your own from Stumptown or anywhere else because really that coffee was so bad! Other than that the breakfast was great. Roasted potatoes perfectly simple & flavorful, generous portions of eggs with veggies & yummy toast. A solid menu & I only wish they had rye bread as a toast option too. Anyway all was fine, but for the love of gawd do not get the coffee.

Pros: Great food all around

Cons: bad coffee. Real bad!

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Seated immediately. Order taken in a reasonable amount of time. My girlfriend asked the waiter if the sangria had fruit in it "yes, we make it in house". No, there was no fruit..and it wasn't very good, but it came in a timely manner. However, the food took f o r e v e r to arrive. I think I missed a couple holidays while I was waiting. Did I mention slow service? After about an hour, we asked if the appetizer was still coming.. at which point the waiter dissapeared, and brought the appetizer 15 minutes later. When the two of us arrived, there were several tables available. But for some reason, we were the last to be served as we watched people who came an hour after us recieve their food, and eat, then leave.. This kept us wondering if we had been forgotten. There seems to be no order as to "first come, first serve" at this place. Also, there is no definition between smoking and non smoking areas. I would guess that the small kitchen is the bottleneck in this operation, but the service needs some work as well. OK food though, and vegetarian options available.

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★★☆☆☆

Seated immediately. Order taken in a reasonable amount of time. My girlfriend asked the waiter if the sangria had fruit in it "yes, we make it in house". No, there was no fruit..and it wasn't very good, but it came in a timely manner. However, the food took f o r e v e r to arrive. I think I missed a couple holidays while I was waiting. Did I mention slow service? After about an hour, we asked if the appetizer was still coming.. at which point the waiter dissapeared, and brought the appetizer 15 minutes later. When the two of us arrived, there were several tables available. But for some reason, we were the last to be served as we watched people who came an hour after us recieve their food, and eat, then leave.. This kept us wondering if we had been forgotten. There seems to be no order as to "first come, first serve" at this place. Also, there is no definition between smoking and non smoking areas. I would guess that the small kitchen is the bottleneck in this operation, but the service needs some work as well. OK food though, and vegetarian options available.

Pros: great ambiance

Cons: sloooooooow service.

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The inside the restaurant is relatively small, but the patio is much bigger (seat about 60 people). The kitchen may not be big enough when it's full. We went there on a lovely Friday and we could see that the patio was nearly full. Water came fast and we ordered almost immediately. But the food took a loooong time. But once the food arrived, it was all good. The chicken mazlan was amazing and I loved my chicken stuffed with goat cheese, tomato, and spinatch, with white wine sauce with tomatoes and grapes. It was decadent. Their tiramisu is one of the best I've ever had. I would give them 5 stars if it weren't for the slow service. Once I put my credit card on the table and got waitress' attention, it still took 30 minutes before she brought out the check, and that's after asking for it twice. Overall, it was a fantastic meal!!!

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★★★★☆

The inside the restaurant is relatively small, but the patio is much bigger (seat about 60 people). The kitchen may not be big enough when it's full. We went there on a lovely Friday and we could see that the patio was nearly full. Water came fast and we ordered almost immediately. But the food took a loooong time. But once the food arrived, it was all good. The chicken mazlan was amazing and I loved my chicken stuffed with goat cheese, tomato, and spinatch, with white wine sauce with tomatoes and grapes. It was decadent. Their tiramisu is one of the best I've ever had. I would give them 5 stars if it weren't for the slow service. Once I put my credit card on the table and got waitress' attention, it still took 30 minutes before she brought out the check, and that's after asking for it twice. Overall, it was a fantastic meal!!!

Pros: Food, the friendly owner

Cons: Slow service, noisy

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Eclectic, cozy, warm, friendly. EXCELLENT, fresh food. Absolutely the best chicken! Tres leches cake is a must! Desserts can be ordered ahead of time for birthday parties, to go, etc.

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★★★★★

Eclectic, cozy, warm, friendly. EXCELLENT, fresh food. Absolutely the best chicken! Tres leches cake is a must! Desserts can be ordered ahead of time for birthday parties, to go, etc.

Pros: FOOD, ambiance, value, parking, friendly

Cons: Service is a bit slow

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To be fair we went to Wild Abandon on a (rare) lovely Friday evening. The restaurant was crowded so allowances must be made.

It took a reasonable length of time for us (party of four) to be seated - but then we were abandoned and ignored by the wait staff. It took a half hour before anyone deigned to take our orders, and an hour and twenty minutes to finally get the food. During that hour we managed to flag down a waiter and ask for bread. The first time he delivered one small serving for four people. A second request did get enough to go around.

We had to make do with the leavings of the previous guests as to napkins and silverware. The table had not been reset after those people left. Two of us had cloth napkins, one a paper napkin, and the forth no napkin at all until I went to the kitchen and helped myself.

The food was good. Three of us had ziti ziti pasta with scallops in a cheesy creamy sauce. The forth had the stroganoff, which she pronounced "good"

I cannot imagine ever going back.

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★★☆☆☆

To be fair we went to Wild Abandon on a (rare) lovely Friday evening. The restaurant was crowded so allowances must be made.

It took a reasonable length of time for us (party of four) to be seated - but then we were abandoned and ignored by the wait staff. It took a half hour before anyone deigned to take our orders, and an hour and twenty minutes to finally get the food. During that hour we managed to flag down a waiter and ask for bread. The first time he delivered one small serving for four people. A second request did get enough to go around.

We had to make do with the leavings of the previous guests as to napkins and silverware. The table had not been reset after those people left. Two of us had cloth napkins, one a paper napkin, and the forth no napkin at all until I went to the kitchen and helped myself.

The food was good. Three of us had ziti ziti pasta with scallops in a cheesy creamy sauce. The forth had the stroganoff, which she pronounced "good"

I cannot imagine ever going back.

Pros: The food was okay.

Cons: The service atrocious, the decor early thrift shop, the sangria awful.

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We went for breakfast and sat at the patio as recommended. Our order was taken 20 minutes later. During our 45 min wait for food, we watched other people wait: for their checks, for their water, for their tabasco sauce or any sort of acknowledgement of why they were even there. After an hour, breakfast came at lunch. And as most of you know, it's hard to eat when you are angry/hungry. The eggs were uneventful, I don't remember if there was cheddar, the black beans looked like a garnish instead of part of the scramble and the salsa was as almost as good as Pace.

Don't go here for breakfast, bad service. Wild abandon it is.

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★★★☆☆

We went for breakfast and sat at the patio as recommended. Our order was taken 20 minutes later. During our 45 min wait for food, we watched other people wait: for their checks, for their water, for their tabasco sauce or any sort of acknowledgement of why they were even there. After an hour, breakfast came at lunch. And as most of you know, it's hard to eat when you are angry/hungry. The eggs were uneventful, I don't remember if there was cheddar, the black beans looked like a garnish instead of part of the scramble and the salsa was as almost as good as Pace.

Don't go here for breakfast, bad service. Wild abandon it is.

Pros: the patio

Cons: the service, the food, the waiting of the check, the non refilling of coffee, water.

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It's comfortable and condusive to conversation and no one rushes you. The wine pours are generous, the food is pretty good and reasonably priced. The pasta dishes are really good and the salads fresh.

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★★★★☆

It's comfortable and condusive to conversation and no one rushes you. The wine pours are generous, the food is pretty good and reasonably priced. The pasta dishes are really good and the salads fresh.

Pros: ambiance, food, service

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prices for food and drinks at happy are very affordable. half and full carafes of red wine and sangria also very reasonable. i love how dark and lush the atmosphere is. we just started going since the weather turned fowl but the deck is beautiful. steak is tasty and is the most expensive thing there at only $19, most dishes are $12 or so. 2 in our party got the special of lamb shanks for $12 and they raved abou it. shame that they are closed on tuesdays, it's just not a day you expect a restaurant to be closed but oh well. weird thing is that it's romantic but one night we were next to a table with a baby and they seemed just as at home as us. maybe that child was sedated or something. oh, they make a good sidecar, too.

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★★★★★

prices for food and drinks at happy are very affordable. half and full carafes of red wine and sangria also very reasonable. i love how dark and lush the atmosphere is. we just started going since the weather turned fowl but the deck is beautiful. steak is tasty and is the most expensive thing there at only $19, most dishes are $12 or so. 2 in our party got the special of lamb shanks for $12 and they raved abou it. shame that they are closed on tuesdays, it's just not a day you expect a restaurant to be closed but oh well. weird thing is that it's romantic but one night we were next to a table with a baby and they seemed just as at home as us. maybe that child was sedated or something. oh, they make a good sidecar, too.

Pros: great food/atmosphere for the value, also heard brunch was good but haven't had it

Cons: kind of small (not including patio) so it can be packed sometimes, but not usually

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Unbelievable deals for happy hour in a cozy, romantic setting...who could ask for more? Drink specials are off the hook, and the salads are the best in town. Service is standard for Portland...but they are great about larger groups.

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★★★★★

Unbelievable deals for happy hour in a cozy, romantic setting...who could ask for more? Drink specials are off the hook, and the salads are the best in town. Service is standard for Portland...but they are great about larger groups.

Pros: Great Happy Hour, Comfortable Setting

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I love this place. Very reasonably priced, good service, friendly staff, cozy/artsy environment, get seated quickly. Let's keep it our little secret, shall we? Its nice to get the same high quality dishes for our Sunday brunch outings. The chefs create tasty, healthy meals and they don't skimp on the servings. I have repeatedly received attentive service at Wild Abandon. The owner is often on site to make sure things are going swimmingly. Bon appetite.

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★★★★★

I love this place. Very reasonably priced, good service, friendly staff, cozy/artsy environment, get seated quickly. Let's keep it our little secret, shall we? Its nice to get the same high quality dishes for our Sunday brunch outings. The chefs create tasty, healthy meals and they don't skimp on the servings. I have repeatedly received attentive service at Wild Abandon. The owner is often on site to make sure things are going swimmingly. Bon appetite.

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Wild Abandon is a rare, inviting and beautiful place to eat. My boyfriend and I discovered it on our way to a formal event at the nearby Melody Ballroom and our meal there made the night even more special. It is the perfect date restaraunt, dressed up or dressed down- I can't stop telling friends about the Risotto dish with coconut milk and red and yellow pepper sauce! Desserts are very rich. Food is prepared with fresh and tasty ingredients - it is obvious that the chefs take pride in their unique creations. They offer cheaper fare during happy hour, including sauteed mushrooms and burgers, from 4-6pm. The plants on the patio create a neighborhood feel, but the dramatic interior and art of the red velvet lounge is what makes dining here such a decadent treat.

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★★★★★

Wild Abandon is a rare, inviting and beautiful place to eat. My boyfriend and I discovered it on our way to a formal event at the nearby Melody Ballroom and our meal there made the night even more special. It is the perfect date restaraunt, dressed up or dressed down- I can't stop telling friends about the Risotto dish with coconut milk and red and yellow pepper sauce! Desserts are very rich. Food is prepared with fresh and tasty ingredients - it is obvious that the chefs take pride in their unique creations. They offer cheaper fare during happy hour, including sauteed mushrooms and burgers, from 4-6pm. The plants on the patio create a neighborhood feel, but the dramatic interior and art of the red velvet lounge is what makes dining here such a decadent treat.

Pros: inviting decor, unique food, relaxing feel

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Besides having a cutting-edge menu to accommodate Portland's vanguard taste buds, Wild Abandon is a very affordable way to enjoy an early evening. Wild Abandon's happy hour menu includes great cheap eats and drinks from 4:30pm-6:30pm on weekdays minus Tuesdays. Best way to go is with a friend, chicken skewer, and a carafe of their Sangria. It'll cost you as much as a Pabst and fries at any dive bar.

PROS: Price! Quality! Patio!
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★★★★☆

Besides having a cutting-edge menu to accommodate Portland's vanguard taste buds, Wild Abandon is a very affordable way to enjoy an early evening. Wild Abandon's happy hour menu includes great cheap eats and drinks from 4:30pm-6:30pm on weekdays minus Tuesdays. Best way to go is with a friend, chicken skewer, and a carafe of their Sangria. It'll cost you as much as a Pabst and fries at any dive bar.

PROS: Price! Quality! Patio!
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Even though we are married w/ 2 kids, when it's time for 'date night' we still head to our favorite 'date' place, Wild Abandon. Very unassuming from the outside. Kind of dive looking but still makes you wonder what is inside. It's been there for at least 10 years..that's when my boyfriend, now husband, first brought me there. Wonderful homemade noveau cuisine. Homemade ravioli and other pasta, dessert to die for and an incredible ambience. The chef/ owner also serves as wait staff.

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★★★★★

Even though we are married w/ 2 kids, when it's time for 'date night' we still head to our favorite 'date' place, Wild Abandon. Very unassuming from the outside. Kind of dive looking but still makes you wonder what is inside. It's been there for at least 10 years..that's when my boyfriend, now husband, first brought me there. Wonderful homemade noveau cuisine. Homemade ravioli and other pasta, dessert to die for and an incredible ambience. The chef/ owner also serves as wait staff.

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Quaint, tiny place with red velvet booths is so cozy, welcoming and romantic! The beauty of it is that at any given point you may be surrounded with other loungers on the back porch drinking the homemade sangria (spicey)...or...you may have the entire place to yourselves and be able to feel as comfortable as you would at your own home (were it staffed by discreet and informative servers). The food is upscale comfort food, everything delicious and desserts are to die for.

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★★★★★

Quaint, tiny place with red velvet booths is so cozy, welcoming and romantic! The beauty of it is that at any given point you may be surrounded with other loungers on the back porch drinking the homemade sangria (spicey)...or...you may have the entire place to yourselves and be able to feel as comfortable as you would at your own home (were it staffed by discreet and informative servers). The food is upscale comfort food, everything delicious and desserts are to die for.

Pros: Ambience, Decor, Food

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I chose this place because of the high rating - it was #10 for pete's sake! We showed up at 6pm on a Friday and were the only people there. They served warm water, a nasty tasting sangria, and the place smelled old and musty. The food was decent, but NOT what I was expecting.

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★★☆☆☆

I chose this place because of the high rating - it was #10 for pete's sake! We showed up at 6pm on a Friday and were the only people there. They served warm water, a nasty tasting sangria, and the place smelled old and musty. The food was decent, but NOT what I was expecting.

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I went for Sunday brunch, really loved the convenience, food, atmosphere, art, and music. Would highly recommend.

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★★★★★

I went for Sunday brunch, really loved the convenience, food, atmosphere, art, and music. Would highly recommend.

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We waited about 20 minutes past our 8pm reservation time for a seat, which was understandable given it's such a tiny place. The menu offerings sounded great, but the prawn appetizer was burnt and flavorless (they removed that from the bill). The Willamette salad was pretty good, but both our entrees were horrible. My boyfriend ordered the wild salmon with jasmine rice and veggies and ate only the veggies because the salmon was overcooked and tough and the rice looked like Uncle Ben's. My chicken and dumplings were doughy and bland. I don't know how they've been in business for 8 years with food like this so I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they had an off night, although I probably won't go back.

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★★☆☆☆

We waited about 20 minutes past our 8pm reservation time for a seat, which was understandable given it's such a tiny place. The menu offerings sounded great, but the prawn appetizer was burnt and flavorless (they removed that from the bill). The Willamette salad was pretty good, but both our entrees were horrible. My boyfriend ordered the wild salmon with jasmine rice and veggies and ate only the veggies because the salmon was overcooked and tough and the rice looked like Uncle Ben's. My chicken and dumplings were doughy and bland. I don't know how they've been in business for 8 years with food like this so I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they had an off night, although I probably won't go back.

Pros: cozy, romantic, intimate

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This place is a jewel! On their menu they share their philosophy, which is that they want customers to feel free to sit for as long as they want, and order as little or was much as they want. I went with a good friend and we sat for a couple hours, had some wonderful spicey sangria, and the most decadent chocolate truffle cake and tiramisu I have every tasted. I would go back in a heartbeat, don't pass miss this Belmont treasure!

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★★★★★

This place is a jewel! On their menu they share their philosophy, which is that they want customers to feel free to sit for as long as they want, and order as little or was much as they want. I went with a good friend and we sat for a couple hours, had some wonderful spicey sangria, and the most decadent chocolate truffle cake and tiramisu I have every tasted. I would go back in a heartbeat, don't pass miss this Belmont treasure!

Pros: great mood, cute patio, friendly servers

Cons: none

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Moral of the story: choose carefully. Friend ordered pork w/ apple balsamic reduction that was wonderful. My cioppino seafood stew left much to be desired, as did the shrimp/crab cake appetizer. All of the pasta dishes on the other tables looked wonderful, however. Wines by the glass need some serious help, especially the wine from "Chili" [sic]. Atmosphere was a little too Southeast for our taste, and we love SE.

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★★★☆☆

Moral of the story: choose carefully. Friend ordered pork w/ apple balsamic reduction that was wonderful. My cioppino seafood stew left much to be desired, as did the shrimp/crab cake appetizer. All of the pasta dishes on the other tables looked wonderful, however. Wines by the glass need some serious help, especially the wine from "Chili" [sic]. Atmosphere was a little too Southeast for our taste, and we love SE.

Cons: small

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Great service, groovy atmosphere, hip servers, funky fun place to dine, definetely a Portland feelin restaurant. YUM YUM!

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★★★★★

Great service, groovy atmosphere, hip servers, funky fun place to dine, definetely a Portland feelin restaurant. YUM YUM!

 

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