Twenty First Avenue Bar-Grill

★★★☆☆

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I've been here a few times, and this was the worst... but also the last! I realize they are busy during peak hours (happy hour, etc), but management should staff appropriately or else this crap happens! My party of 6 sat on the patio-

3
★★★★★

I've been here a few times, and this was the worst... but also the last! I realize they are busy during peak hours (happy hour, etc), but management should staff appropriately or else this crap happens! My party of 6 sat on the patio-

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This place is horrible. I actually went into this place last night after work after looking up a decent bar online. I should've read the reviews... When I sat down I was greeted with a, "oh, so do you want a drink or something?" with her

3
★★★★★

This place is horrible. I actually went into this place last night after work after looking up a decent bar online. I should've read the reviews... When I sat down I was greeted with a, "oh, so do you want a drink or something?" with her

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The restaurant side of 21st Bar and Grill is pretty decent, featuring artwork by local artists hung nicely on the walls. However, the bar side is indeed pretty divvy. Forget about that and head straight back to the deck. Their patio is AMAZING!

On to the rest... Ok, I don't mind dive bars, I fit in just as well there as I do at a nice restaurant in The Pearl. It sounds like some of the previous reviewers (is it more than one, or just someone who has a serious beef with the owner) may not enjoy dive bars. The weird thing is, once you make it past the deteriorating bar to the patio out back, it's like walking into a completely different place. It's really peaceful and nice. They have an amazing Koi pond, with a waterfall and incredible japanese style landscaping... Picture drinking a beer, and/or having a burger in the Japanese Gardens.

The wait staff was very pleasant to me (on the patio). However, I did witness the bartender yelling at a customer inside, I don't know if she had a legitimate beef or not. But like I said, forget the inside and head straight back to the patio. You will love it... Unless you hate beautiful things, good food, nature, and an escape from the hustle and bustle just outside the building. In that case, I doubt you're happy anywhere.

Cheers!

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★★★★☆

The restaurant side of 21st Bar and Grill is pretty decent, featuring artwork by local artists hung nicely on the walls. However, the bar side is indeed pretty divvy. Forget about that and head straight back to the deck. Their patio is AMAZING!

On to the rest... Ok, I don't mind dive bars, I fit in just as well there as I do at a nice restaurant in The Pearl. It sounds like some of the previous reviewers (is it more than one, or just someone who has a serious beef with the owner) may not enjoy dive bars. The weird thing is, once you make it past the deteriorating bar to the patio out back, it's like walking into a completely different place. It's really peaceful and nice. They have an amazing Koi pond, with a waterfall and incredible japanese style landscaping... Picture drinking a beer, and/or having a burger in the Japanese Gardens.

The wait staff was very pleasant to me (on the patio). However, I did witness the bartender yelling at a customer inside, I don't know if she had a legitimate beef or not. But like I said, forget the inside and head straight back to the patio. You will love it... Unless you hate beautiful things, good food, nature, and an escape from the hustle and bustle just outside the building. In that case, I doubt you're happy anywhere.

Cheers!

Pros: Amazing back patio, good food & drinks, friendly wait staff.

Cons: The inside needs a makeover, the bartender needs a timeout.

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Listen, I eat out all the time. I was hoping for a simple dive bar with simple food. What I got was all bad attitude, no service, a burger with a hair in it, waitstaff that didn't care, and yelled at when I asked for something else off the menu.

Don't waste your time at the 21st Ave Bar and Grill. Plenty of other dives around NW.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Listen, I eat out all the time. I was hoping for a simple dive bar with simple food. What I got was all bad attitude, no service, a burger with a hair in it, waitstaff that didn't care, and yelled at when I asked for something else off the menu.

Don't waste your time at the 21st Ave Bar and Grill. Plenty of other dives around NW.

Pros: don't bother

Cons: get new ownership

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If you hate good times, great service, and good food then this is the place for you.

In a nutshell, I have given this place three chances, and they have struck out. Every time I have gone into this desolate hole in the wall I am repeatedly appalled by my experience. The worst part has to be the service. I am curious as to why this staff is troubled by the sight of customers. I have been berated about anything from drink & food orders being too complicated (that is placing a drink & food order) to apparently not given acceptable forms of payment. I?m sorry that I don?t open a tab everywhere I go.

But there is good news about the 21st Avenue Bar & Grill. It is next to other decent places. Go across the street and save the anxiety that comes from stepping through these doors.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you hate good times, great service, and good food then this is the place for you.

In a nutshell, I have given this place three chances, and they have struck out. Every time I have gone into this desolate hole in the wall I am repeatedly appalled by my experience. The worst part has to be the service. I am curious as to why this staff is troubled by the sight of customers. I have been berated about anything from drink & food orders being too complicated (that is placing a drink & food order) to apparently not given acceptable forms of payment. I?m sorry that I don?t open a tab everywhere I go.

But there is good news about the 21st Avenue Bar & Grill. It is next to other decent places. Go across the street and save the anxiety that comes from stepping through these doors.

Pros: They have beer...?

Cons: Service is unacceptable

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This wouldn't be a bad place if the owner/management would never go into it again. I think the owner and managers are under some sort of belief that 21av bar is located on Rodeo drive LA and they are better than all the customers. The beer is fine it's hard to screw that up, the food is all deep fried nasty bar food so if you are into that.... Basically shocked on how horrible the owner and managers handle themselves around paying customers. I would suggest that you don?t give your money to these people I would literally feel better flushing it down the toilet.

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★☆☆☆☆

This wouldn't be a bad place if the owner/management would never go into it again. I think the owner and managers are under some sort of belief that 21av bar is located on Rodeo drive LA and they are better than all the customers. The beer is fine it's hard to screw that up, the food is all deep fried nasty bar food so if you are into that.... Basically shocked on how horrible the owner and managers handle themselves around paying customers. I would suggest that you don?t give your money to these people I would literally feel better flushing it down the toilet.

Pros: You can leave

Cons: Owner

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I like the food here but I am repeatably disappointed in the customer service. It takes a long time to get the food and the atmoshere is dark, smoky and dingy.
Can't recommend it.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I like the food here but I am repeatably disappointed in the customer service. It takes a long time to get the food and the atmoshere is dark, smoky and dingy.
Can't recommend it.

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This is a great place considering it looks like a dive bar from the outside. The smoking section is, in fact, a little dive-y, but the other half is more upscale, giving you the option to go with either environment. The patio is one of the best in NW Portland. It doesn't seem like the kind of place that would have good food, but the menu ROCKS. I have never had a bad meal at the place. The drinks are strong and the bartenders nice. The owners seem nice enough; maybe a little frat-boyish but thats OK. Another reviewer rails the owner so hard they appear to be a furious ex-employee or jilted lover or something.

The only thing I would caution is it can get really crowded late at night on a weekend, but that might be because its usually open later than other bars around it.

2
★★★★★

This is a great place considering it looks like a dive bar from the outside. The smoking section is, in fact, a little dive-y, but the other half is more upscale, giving you the option to go with either environment. The patio is one of the best in NW Portland. It doesn't seem like the kind of place that would have good food, but the menu ROCKS. I have never had a bad meal at the place. The drinks are strong and the bartenders nice. The owners seem nice enough; maybe a little frat-boyish but thats OK. Another reviewer rails the owner so hard they appear to be a furious ex-employee or jilted lover or something.

The only thing I would caution is it can get really crowded late at night on a weekend, but that might be because its usually open later than other bars around it.

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Poor management, lazy service and inconsisent recipes.The owner should either learn the behavior of a host to his guests and a supervisor to his staff or (likely a better idea) go into a business that doesn't require direct contact with his clientele and hire a staff manager for his employees....to the benefit of all. Service is spotty and the food mediocre. It is unfair to his customers and staff when he refuses to accept the responsibilities of ownership. He is clearly in it only for the money and none of the fun or privilege of being a small business owner.
All of this serves to explain the poor quality in every level and it will come as no surprise when failure will result in closure or the sale of the business to more deserving, caring and knowledgeable party.

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★☆☆☆☆

Poor management, lazy service and inconsisent recipes.The owner should either learn the behavior of a host to his guests and a supervisor to his staff or (likely a better idea) go into a business that doesn't require direct contact with his clientele and hire a staff manager for his employees....to the benefit of all. Service is spotty and the food mediocre. It is unfair to his customers and staff when he refuses to accept the responsibilities of ownership. He is clearly in it only for the money and none of the fun or privilege of being a small business owner.
All of this serves to explain the poor quality in every level and it will come as no surprise when failure will result in closure or the sale of the business to more deserving, caring and knowledgeable party.

Pros: the back patio

Cons: everything else

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If you are looking for a quiet, low-key romantic bar to get a cocktail, this isn't the place for you. However, when you want to hang out at a neighorhood bar that offers very good food (especially as far as bar food goes - the steaks are excellent), great drinks, video poker, or a great singles scene (they are the only bar open after 1AM on Portland's bustling 21st Ave) - then I strongly recommend stopping by.

2
★★★★☆

If you are looking for a quiet, low-key romantic bar to get a cocktail, this isn't the place for you. However, when you want to hang out at a neighorhood bar that offers very good food (especially as far as bar food goes - the steaks are excellent), great drinks, video poker, or a great singles scene (they are the only bar open after 1AM on Portland's bustling 21st Ave) - then I strongly recommend stopping by.

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The hamburger was average, but definately not the best in portland as I read in reviews. Service was super slow for a football Saturday, and the older man who helped us was kind of rude. Jalepeno poppers were hot and decent, but a bit greasy from not hot enough oil. Not too many OSU fans though, so it was hard to get our game on a big television.

2
★★★★☆

The hamburger was average, but definately not the best in portland as I read in reviews. Service was super slow for a football Saturday, and the older man who helped us was kind of rude. Jalepeno poppers were hot and decent, but a bit greasy from not hot enough oil. Not too many OSU fans though, so it was hard to get our game on a big television.

Pros: Not terribly crowded, decent food

Cons: Off kilter service, not enough screens

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The food here is good, but after the owner/manager was incredibly rude to our party I will never return again. He SCREAMED at us and we walked out it was so bad. Do NOT go to this place, the service is so lousy that it's not worth it. The owner has NO concept of what customer service is all about.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The food here is good, but after the owner/manager was incredibly rude to our party I will never return again. He SCREAMED at us and we walked out it was so bad. Do NOT go to this place, the service is so lousy that it's not worth it. The owner has NO concept of what customer service is all about.

Pros: okay food

Cons: extremely rude manage, got yelled at, felt bad for waitress

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Been going to this place for years, I own a business in the neighborhood. Since it switched to this establishment, I have seen better service at a truck stop. Granted, it is a bar. But come on, the service is awful and the owner does not care about customers. Too bad, we used to go to Seafood Mama (old name) at least 2x weekly...

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★★☆☆☆

Been going to this place for years, I own a business in the neighborhood. Since it switched to this establishment, I have seen better service at a truck stop. Granted, it is a bar. But come on, the service is awful and the owner does not care about customers. Too bad, we used to go to Seafood Mama (old name) at least 2x weekly...

Cons: rude staff, bad service

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I don't agree with any of the bad reviews! I have never had bad service or had a manager be rude to me or witnessed it. They have a great and cheap happy hour menu. This place also gets jam packed at night in NW. One of the only bars able to stay open late. Gotta try it out!!!

2
★★★★☆

I don't agree with any of the bad reviews! I have never had bad service or had a manager be rude to me or witnessed it. They have a great and cheap happy hour menu. This place also gets jam packed at night in NW. One of the only bars able to stay open late. Gotta try it out!!!

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The manager was incredibly rude to us - I've never had someone treat me that way in a restaurant. He yelled at us like we were little kids for essen. NO WAY would I recommend this restaurant to ANYONE!! By the way, the food was mediocre. We got these chicken skewers that were really salty, the chicken on the salad was dry, and the fettuccini was runny and salty as well. The drinks were okay, but then again, it's hard to mess up gin and tonics.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The manager was incredibly rude to us - I've never had someone treat me that way in a restaurant. He yelled at us like we were little kids for essen. NO WAY would I recommend this restaurant to ANYONE!! By the way, the food was mediocre. We got these chicken skewers that were really salty, the chicken on the salad was dry, and the fettuccini was runny and salty as well. The drinks were okay, but then again, it's hard to mess up gin and tonics.

Cons: , mediocre food, awful atmosphere

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The beer selection was diverse and the drinks were properly made. The food menu was decent with good variety. The entrées were a bit expensive, but you got a lot for the price. Chicken appetizer was very good!!
Staff was very friendly and responsive. I will definitely go back here again.

2
★★★★☆

The beer selection was diverse and the drinks were properly made. The food menu was decent with good variety. The entrées were a bit expensive, but you got a lot for the price. Chicken appetizer was very good!!
Staff was very friendly and responsive. I will definitely go back here again.

Pros: Beer slection, Menu variety, Chicken appetizer

Cons: Prices

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they only care about the money....think about the people they have working there now compared to who used to work there. it used to be a fun place....the previous bartenders cared about the customers....if you want food and drinks till 2 am it's the place to go....don't expect much else.

1
★★☆☆☆

they only care about the money....think about the people they have working there now compared to who used to work there. it used to be a fun place....the previous bartenders cared about the customers....if you want food and drinks till 2 am it's the place to go....don't expect much else.

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I had a friend visiting from Michigan this evening and brought her to one of my favorite places in Portland--the 21st Avenue Bar and Grill. Our experience was less than pleasant. The "manager"/"owner" treated us with little respect and spoke to us as if we were ignorant women. The restaurant has little knowledge of what "customer service" entails. Don't waste your time!

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★☆☆☆☆

I had a friend visiting from Michigan this evening and brought her to one of my favorite places in Portland--the 21st Avenue Bar and Grill. Our experience was less than pleasant. The "manager"/"owner" treated us with little respect and spoke to us as if we were ignorant women. The restaurant has little knowledge of what "customer service" entails. Don't waste your time!

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I have been going to this place for years and it has been one of my favorites until a few nights ago. I have never been to a restaurant and treated so horrible by THE OWNER! We had a group of 8 and we were out for a laidback dinner and some drinks. When we arrived we were told it was a hassle to seat us. The owner continued to talk to us like we were children (ages 27-31) and made us feel that our business was not at all welcome. I worked in the restaurant industry for years and know this is not how you treat customers - especially loyal ones. I will not go back.

1
★★☆☆☆

I have been going to this place for years and it has been one of my favorites until a few nights ago. I have never been to a restaurant and treated so horrible by THE OWNER! We had a group of 8 and we were out for a laidback dinner and some drinks. When we arrived we were told it was a hassle to seat us. The owner continued to talk to us like we were children (ages 27-31) and made us feel that our business was not at all welcome. I worked in the restaurant industry for years and know this is not how you treat customers - especially loyal ones. I will not go back.

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The menu is not extensive, but it is delicious. The thing that makes this place the BEST is the Back Patio. Multi level decking seats a surprising number of people without feeling crowded. Can be very romantic after dark. NO TRAFFIC NOISE. Perfect for a cooling off with a good meal and cold libations on a hot summer day/evening. Bar scene is pretty crowded/ loud inside after 9 pm.

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★★★★★

The menu is not extensive, but it is delicious. The thing that makes this place the BEST is the Back Patio. Multi level decking seats a surprising number of people without feeling crowded. Can be very romantic after dark. NO TRAFFIC NOISE. Perfect for a cooling off with a good meal and cold libations on a hot summer day/evening. Bar scene is pretty crowded/ loud inside after 9 pm.

Pros: The patio is cool, no traffic noise, very friendly

Cons: problem parking

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Nice outdoor deck, removed from the traffic and bustle of NW 21st. Very casual place, and while service may not be speedy, it is friendly. This is a good place to hang out wiht a beer or glass of wine and enjoy a warm evening. Good sandwiches, simple bar & grill fare.

2
★★★★☆

Nice outdoor deck, removed from the traffic and bustle of NW 21st. Very casual place, and while service may not be speedy, it is friendly. This is a good place to hang out wiht a beer or glass of wine and enjoy a warm evening. Good sandwiches, simple bar & grill fare.

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When I think of this place I think of their great outdoor patio, and their happy hour. The patio has been updated (upgraded) to a really cozy, intimate place where you can sit next to a small pond and hear the sound of water trickling into the pond. The happy hour is good, not great. You can get a decent burger or a salad and a beer and spend little.
If you are wanting to spend a little more their portobelo mushroom sandwhich with fried onions is really good....
Try it, you most likely will come out of there have an enjoyable experience

2
★★★★★

When I think of this place I think of their great outdoor patio, and their happy hour. The patio has been updated (upgraded) to a really cozy, intimate place where you can sit next to a small pond and hear the sound of water trickling into the pond. The happy hour is good, not great. You can get a decent burger or a salad and a beer and spend little.
If you are wanting to spend a little more their portobelo mushroom sandwhich with fried onions is really good....
Try it, you most likely will come out of there have an enjoyable experience

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Went for dinner last night - my date had an avacado salad that should have been called "bowl of avacado covered with nuts" - I got the fetticuine alfredo with chicken. The chicken was in cube chunks - absolutely disgusting. It looked more like Alfredo Soup than what alfredo should look like. At the end, there was easily an inch of standing cream/cheese sauce in the bottom of the bowl. On top of that, it had a seafood taste - they clearly hadn't washed the saute pan well enough.

If you want to go for drinks and chill, its a great place to hang out. Our frozen drinks were average - actually, the pino colada was quite tasty - the daquairi was outright nasty.

Service was average - about what you'd expect.

1
★★☆☆☆

Went for dinner last night - my date had an avacado salad that should have been called "bowl of avacado covered with nuts" - I got the fetticuine alfredo with chicken. The chicken was in cube chunks - absolutely disgusting. It looked more like Alfredo Soup than what alfredo should look like. At the end, there was easily an inch of standing cream/cheese sauce in the bottom of the bowl. On top of that, it had a seafood taste - they clearly hadn't washed the saute pan well enough.

If you want to go for drinks and chill, its a great place to hang out. Our frozen drinks were average - actually, the pino colada was quite tasty - the daquairi was outright nasty.

Service was average - about what you'd expect.

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Our visit to the 21st Ave. Bar & Grill was on a very warm day so we took advantage of the lovely patio for dinner and a beer. It was a very pleasant evening. Our waitress was attentive and met our every request cheerfully. The food was wonderful! We were both quiet pleased with our choices.
I highly recomend the Baked Avocado Salad.

2
★★★★☆

Our visit to the 21st Ave. Bar & Grill was on a very warm day so we took advantage of the lovely patio for dinner and a beer. It was a very pleasant evening. Our waitress was attentive and met our every request cheerfully. The food was wonderful! We were both quiet pleased with our choices.
I highly recomend the Baked Avocado Salad.

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Nice place, tranquil setting, molds urban brick surroundings with warm wood and trickling water. Good people, good place.

2
★★★★☆

Nice place, tranquil setting, molds urban brick surroundings with warm wood and trickling water. Good people, good place.

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This is a great place to meet for after-work drinks when it's sunny out. You'd never guess it by the storefront, but it has this amazing patio out back. It's quiet and peaceful, a little oasis on NW 21st. The food's pretty good, too.

2
★★★★☆

This is a great place to meet for after-work drinks when it's sunny out. You'd never guess it by the storefront, but it has this amazing patio out back. It's quiet and peaceful, a little oasis on NW 21st. The food's pretty good, too.

Pros: great patio

 

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