This isn't our favorite restaurant but it is usually pretty accessible on weekend nights when other places are busy. The food it good but not great. The tater tots are actually very good. They have a variety of food that can accommodate different tastes. It is usually easy to accommodate a larger group. The service is good and the fireplace is nice on cold nights.
They lost four customers for life from us!
I had gone a few times to Raccoon Lodge before, but only for beer.
Last night we decided to try out the Happy Hour. When we sat down we asked our waiter Ben C. about the cost of subbing garden burgers for the regular burgers, as two us have dietary restrictions. I was told no charge (same thing I was told the day before when I called) so we ordered. Food was nothing special. Service was semi lacking. But the real kicker was when the bill came we were charged WAY more for our "special" burger, despite the fact that I had previously asked about if there would be a charge, and I even said if there was a charge I would order something else when I ordered!
I then brought it to our servers attention and basically was told 'tough luck'. I then mentioned I had inquired if there would be this charge when we sat down and wanted to know if he would remove it. The short answer was a very cold "nope". All four of us were very surprised by the poor service and the lack of friendliness.
I thought maybe he was just having an off night, so I called the next day and spoke with the manager Lisa K. I told her what happened, semi expecting her to apologize and to say something along the lines of "Come in and I will give you a partial refund." or "I am so sorry you had a lousy experience, I hope you give us another try." Instead I got a "I'll let Ben know someone complained." Nothing more.
There is a lot of good food and great service in Portland. I have been to many MANY restaurants whos waiters and managers stand behind what they say and want to give a good experience to their customers. Raccoon Lodge on Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. is defiantly NOT worth a visit.
Save your time and money, and go somewhere else.
Pros: Didnt have an pros last night...
Cons: Bad service!!!!
We went with some trepidation after reading the other reviews, but we had a very pleasant experience. Granted, the place was practically empty when we were there, so maybe that had something to do with the great service. The food was very good and was generously portioned. The only downside I could see was that things were very overpriced. For example, on the appetizer menu, $12.95 for nachos. I felt that the experience was comparable to eating at a McMineman's, but spendier. I don't think we'll go back, but only because we can have the same experience for cheaper elsewhere. Oh, and I expected a lot more cute raccoon paraphernalia and there was little!
Pros: Fast, friendly service, good food, decent atmosphere
Cons: Food overpriced
I hate to do a review based on one visit, but that appears to be what several negative ones were. I went the other night for the first time in a year or so. The service was excellent, accommodating our custom requests.
The food isn't anything special, but just what you'd expect from a modern pub.
Pros: Family friendly, decent pub grub
Why do we keep giving this place another chance? Last visit we had to walk out after waiting in vain for service. Visit before that the kids melted down when dinner order was "lost" by staff. I had to get up and ask twice before anyone realized.
The menu always looks good with creative specials too.
This place should be a gold mine with lines every night, but they now use cheaper food ingredients and have high staff turnover. Service is consistently inconsistent and usually poor. They are not prepared on busy nights. Exterior seating is nice but expect a huge wait for food or beverage.
Pros: Tasty microbrews, good layout and setting
Cons: Always poor service, surly staff & food quality has slipped
I visit this place from time to time and returned last week to try out a few beers. If you have not tried any of their specialty beers you should. Many types of craft beers that are quite unique and tasty.
Unlike another poster, I have never had any problem with the service at Raccoon Lodge. Like any restaurant sometimes it looks like they need more help than they have but that could just be the time of day. But I have yet to recieve poor or slow service.
I also like the variety of the menu, seems that every time I visit there is something on the specials menu that looks (and is) good.
Pros: Great variety of beers
After watching my beer sit for ten minutes while my idiot (server) chatted up a co-sloucher, I refused the beer and went across the street for some FRESH beer.
I've been there before. The service always bad. Always regret going.
Really, the beer is barely average.
VERY expensive. Entres are well over ten bucks.
You are not welcome and it's just a question of how much you'll put up with before you leave.
The place has that stench of failed business. I wonder what the building will be used for next ?
Cons: You feel like an idiot for going
Raccoon Lodge and Brew Pub offers some of the best beer brewed in Oregon. For those who rate brew pubs based on crayon count per table, there are other places you'll enjoy. Yes, it takes a while to get food in the restaurant upstairs...This isn't Chucky Cheese with beer! However, the downstairs Den is a cozy, adult-friendly, environment . The happy hour menu provides a great selection of inexpensive tastey pub fare, all of the standard Lodge brews, plus a number of specialty beers not available in the upstairs bar. Happy hour offerings in the Den are currently available all day Saturday and Sunday. A special note to lovers of tart/sour Belgian-style beers, Ron brews the best!
Pros: Fantastic beers and adult-friendly Den
Cons: Limited parking area
I dine out probably 3-4 times a week & like to try different restaurants. My daughter & I decided to give the Raccoon Lodge a try on a Monday since they have a free kids meal special on Mondays. They had the WORST service that I have ever experienced in my entier life at ANY restaurant. After being having been seated, it was 15 minutes before the waiter finally made an appearance at our table to take our order. He introduced himself by saying "well, do you have a plan?" He absolutely had absolutely NO personality! I ordered the Mahi and requested that the sour cream and guac be left off, and he responded, "Are you sure that you want that?" After taking our order, it was another 15 minutes before the drinks showed up. I noticed that a couple that had arrived shortly after us got up an left because they hadn't be waited on after 20 minutes. We waited 30 minutes for the food, and it was brough out by one of the table runners and not our waiter. I requested a side of Salsa with my meal - the runner said she'd be right back with it and then never came back. Our waiter NEVER ONCE checked on us to make sure that everything was OK. Luckily the order was correct and the food was very good, but we could have used a few extra condiments that we didn't get a chance to ask for. We waited for 20 minutes after the meal was finished for the waiter to bring the bill. He didn't - he was too busy tending the bar the whole time. I asked the hostess if a manager could be sent to our table so I could mention the lousy service. Waited another 10 minutes, no manager showed up. I finally walked up the bar and requested the bill. The waiter remarked that he was sorry about the delay, it was because they were so busy. Funny thing is for the first 45 minutes I was there they were not that busy at all. Since I can't deal with that kind of poor customer service, I will NEVER EVER return. It's too bad because the food really was good.
Pros: Good food, nice atmosphere
Cons: HORRIBLE Service
Not sure what the problem was with the other reviewers. This is not a fast food joint, it's a brewpub. Take some time to savor your beer. The servers were always accomodating when I asked them to bring the kids' food first. Great salad. Servings are huge! Kid's menu provides large portions. Friendly witty staff...
Pros: Good Food, Good Beer, Sparkling Clean, Great Fries!
I have never been to the Raccoon Lodge However I did frequent their booth during the recent Oregon Beer Festival on the waterfront this past weekend .The Food I ordered 3 days running was their BBQ bricuist. Yummy ,it's was mighty tasty to me . Plus with the HUGE crowds the service was good . I assume that they also serve BBQ at their restaurant . I would recommend this place based upon the BBQ that they served during this Huge Event .
Pros: This was on the Waterfront
Cons: Know nothing about their Restaurant
A fellow from work told me he had had perhaps the best burger ever at the Raccoon Lodge. Since we often trade eating tips over our "cafeteria" lunch, I decided to see if his tips could hold water for me one more time, as he has always been on the mark... I was not disappointed.
We were seated quickly and politely, and the waiter was on our table in a moment with menus and water even though they were quite busy. I spied a seasonal brew and asked for a pint. The waiter promptly asked me if I would first like a taste of the "seasonal brew" they offered as it was quite unique, and I accepted. He saved me the price of a brew I was not fond of. The brew ultimately did I order was terrific, and so was the second style.
The atmosphere was good. We found it clean and crisp. There were several families sitting around us making normal background noises, but we noticed we could converse at normal voice levels with one another due to the "private" acoustics which seemed to surround our booth.
The burger was absolutely terrific, right down to the Kaiser roll style fresh bun. You could taste the beef! The fries served with the Cheeseburger were abundant, but were gone before I wanted them them to be. Adding to the experience, the restrooms were clean. We have had so much less for more than twice the price recently , I suggest you give the Raccoon Lodge a shot soon!
Pros: Food, service, brews, honest wait staff
Cons: Parking lot was nearly full...
We've been going to the Raccoon Lodge for at least 2 years now and my kids, husband and I love it there. We actually go there once or twice a week. They are always super nice to our kids and we enjoy the fam atmosphere. We don't go there to have lamb and shellfish of corse but when we want a burger, beer and have the kids ,it's where we go. The service has never been unsatisfactory and we haven't been disapointed with what we've ordered. We go for beer and nachos and occasionaly a cocktail when we don't have the kids. We have lived in the neifhborhood for a couple of years and I haven't found a better "local" portland biz to take my family to. Thanks to all of you, d
We have been here three times now and keep hoping services improves. Turns out it doesn't. The waitstaff is usually pretty nice, just incredibly slow. The food falls somewhere in the middle. Good variety but nothing really stands out as being amazing. The beer is actually pretty good and the seasonal beer is usually the best. There are too many better restaurants in Portland with better service to go here.
Pros: beer garden, good beer, fireplace
Cons: slow service
I have eaten upstairs at this place a handful of times (not my choice but its in my neighborhodd) and I have had some beers in the basement section.
All in all this place is neither a friendly place to be served, nor is it worth the money.
First the upstairs- the menu is pure Denny's as somewhat described it. The fries are those unfrozen wedges, the burger meat has hard things in it, the ribs are no better than a hormel product. I would like to say that the grilled cheese sandwiches are fine for the kids but my small children dont even like this place because it has scary taxidermy on the walls.
Thats all well and good but I had an issue with the male bartender in the lower part of the restaurant when I was having beer with a friend of mine who will remain nameless.
Between us we had maybe a 25-30 dollar which I gladly offered to pick up. It comes out to me and its more like 60 dollars which was so poorly itemized that I could barely read it. I tried pointing out the discrepancy to this server and he made some comment about whether I had had too much to drink. The fact is I was maybe close to the legal limit and would be driving home very soon and so I didnt challenge him. His tone became hostile in a hurry and I decided to instead leave and never return.
Fact is- its a nothing establishment anyway so everything worked out ok but for the little scam they are running there.
We've been here several times and its all good. Nice decor. One of a kind-not a chain restaurant.
Comfortable. Food is Good not Fantastic but not bad. Bear is Great. We've always had good service
and quick seating because there are so many. Its a large room with a real lodge feeling with the deer head
over the large fireplace. We've had many parties here. I'll go again.
My husband and I tried this place out last night, because we live nearby and I had not been there for a few years. When we walked in, we were directed by a sign to wait to be seated, and a hostess did not appear for about five minutes. From what I could tell, this is considered a very family friendly place (mostly because I have to admit, I guided the hostess away from seating us near a couple tables with about 4 screaming children.). I found our waitress to be very attentive, the food below average, but my husband loved the beer. The service was quick, which was impressive given how busy it was last night. I have heard many favorable comments about the french fries, and I totally disagree. They were very oily, and not seasoned.
Pros: Good wait staff, Beer
Cons: French Fries - Ick!, hostess
My mom has always wanted to go here because every time we drive by she remarks, "That place looks awfully cozy!" But I'd read all the bad reviews on citysearch, and so I always nixed the idea. But this time she finally talked me into going, and I actually had a really great experience! I'm particularly picky about restaurants because I'm majoring in Restaurant Management at Cornell's Hotel School, and critiquing restaurants is part of what I do. But the atmosphere was really cozy, our server was extremely welcoming and friendly (and she sat us in a booth, even though she could have just as well a sat us at a two-top to save the booths for bigger parties), and the food was surprisingly decent for a brewpub. I ordered the grilled Mahi Mahi... it wasn't the best I'd ever had, but the presentation and the taste were better than some fish dishes I've eaten in Jake's or at supposedly "fine dining" restaurants in NYC. Overall, I was really satisfied with our experience. I don't deny that others may have had a less-than-pleasant experience here, but give it a chance! Our server was so friendly and accommodating, and my stout was fantastic and smooth (don't try the Raspberry Wheat Ale though -- it tastes like fruit juice).
Pros: Ambience (fireplace!!!), friendly service, good food and beer
Cons: there are such bad reviews of it on citysearch!
I lived in Portland my whole life, and I have yet to find a better, more welcoming place.
In the bar, aka "the Den", the bartender is friendly, and stays on top of things.
My boyfriend and I went in there every week, and everytime, we were greeted, and he familiarizes himself with the customers, what they order, their names. Everytime we went, he knew what we liked and loved to keep a good conversation on the slow nights.
The food is promt, and delicious!
I give the Raccoon FIVE STARS because of the great service/servers, and there well made food and drinks!
Pros: Service, prompt. Food, delicious. Employees, friendliest in town!
Cons: Bigger parking so more people can come to enjoy
On a recent Saturday afternoon in late June, my family and I visited the Raccoon Lodge. Until recently, it has been a local favorite of ours. We found that the outdoor patio was closed, even though the weather was perfect, and the tables were out for service. The G.M. (Bill Ward, according to the website) was unhelpful, and it was the waitress who assured us we could be served outside. I took my child to the restroom to wash his hands, and received 1st degree burns on both my hand and his poor little hands form the water coming out of the tap! I had only flicked on the water, and was scalded instantaneously. [We went to a local Urgent Care facility for treatment, and have documentation that burns were induced.] I approached the G.M., and told him in no uncertain terms that the water was far too hot, and that it needed to be adjusted or inspected before someone else was injured. The ---hole looked straight through me, and said something to the effect of, 'OK, thanks.' No apology, or even a feint of sympathy. He then stood at the kitchen, and did not follow up the problem at all.
I would encourage all individuals, and especially families, to avoid this place at all costs. Go elsewhere, for your own safety.
Food is good, but oh my the wait staff. They ignore you, stare at you blankly, or if you get their attention, they act as if you are an imposition rather than the reason they are even in the darn building--Service, anyone???
As I said, the food is good, but not anything above and beyond any local beer and burger spot.
Also, kid friendly--ha! The wait staff would just as soon run a kid over as serve them.
My first visit was in November. It was a decent experience. The beer is nothing great, the food is just average, and this place is not cheap. I decided to go back this past Sunday. The bartender was a gray haired lady, looked like she was easily in her 50's. She seemed alright. I had two beers before I came there about an hour previous. She gave me their cherry ale. Very good! The more I talked to her, she was very verbal with myself and others. Normally what she said would be offensive, but didn't bother me. I was just surprised to hear a bartender calling drinks "dirty $lut" and such. Half way through my drink she asked how I was. I said "I'm less sober now" and smiled. She said "that is not something you want to say to a bartender." Good god, am I slurring? Do I appear drunk? NO. Have a sense of humor lady. After my beer, I asked for another. Nope, after my comment, she said I was too intoxicated and I was cut off. AFTER ONE BEER? Ok fine, give me my tab. Not worth the argument. She had trouble getting paper into the credit card machine, and I happened to have cash. Then she comes back and says "well, you seem alright, I will server you another." Hell no. After what you just said to me? I'M DONE. I paid her, NO TIP, and I will NEVER return to this place. I have made jokes to other bartenders, but she is the first to take me seriously and cut me off after one drink. Fine, they don't need my business. I would write to Art (the owner), but I'm sure he already knows what she is like. Art, your older gray haired female bartender is the reason you will never get my business again, nor a recommendation to your brewpub.
Pros: It's a brewpub
Cons: Expensive, not worth the price, staff is not very friendly, very unhappy with bartender
had a relatively good time on this past sunday, good beer (try the creek-very tasty), fries are great with the reasberry sauce. The problem as we saw it was that we got stuck in a overly full section compared to the others and watched as the manager was too preoccupied to help his server. service was adequate to good, with the exception that we seemed to wait a while for refills, dessert and for our plates to be cleared. Meanwhile, we started to notice that our server-we are still wondering how the manager could not have seen his server was a bit busy and helped out...we could have had our dessert and gotten through the meeting in much less time than it took, instead the manager seemed to follow our server from place to place. Why can't you clear the table or get us refills if our server is busy instead of following him?
Pros: good beer and fries
Cons: management seemingly unwilling to help staff through a rush
This was the worst restaurant experience I have ever had. I am not exaggerating. The manager was incredibly rude. After my daughter found two hairs in her club sandwich, we politely brought it to the attention of the manager. His response was to tell us that if we didn't like it we should leave! He was rude to me in front of my children. The waitperson did not offer us our choice of a place to sit. And, on a Friday night at 5 p.m. this brew pub had no stout! The waitperson said they had just run out, but could not offer any other stout, even in bottles. It seems that on a cold, rainy, late fall Friday night, they could at least offer a bottled stout. I would be able to understand running out of stout on a Sunday, after heavy crowds. Not at 5 p.m. on a Friday. From what I have read about The Raccoon in other City Search reviews, this place clearly suffers from a management problem. I recommend that you avoid going here. Burgerville would be a far more pleasant experience, and their fries are just as good, maybe better. Burgerville management is also better.
Cons: Rude manager, superficial wait staff, no choice of table, unpleasant lighting
The first time my wife and I ventured to the Raccoon Lodge, we were surprized by the Mango Wheat. This seasonal offering even pleased my wife's non-beer drinking palate. It almost offset the incredibly slow service and cold, dull burgers. We later came back with our son and his grandmother, and were incredibly disappointed. The service was slow and SURLY! Our server took close to an hour to bring out our food, and the beer didn't appear for the first 20 minutes. I was deeply unsatisfied with the Belgian Triple, a warm, poor substitute for the missing Mango Wheat, (the downside to seasonal selections). The burgers were again cold, (possibly due to sitting for that hour?) and the server even chillier. Bringing a cold burger to a child after an hour wait does not make for a well behaved child, and I really don't need my server to give me parenting tips while delivering underwhelming food. After speaking to the manager, who was of no help, we decided that the best we'd do was to wait a year for the Mango Wheat to come back, order a Growler to go and get better burgers and better service at a drive-thru. Don't waste (a lot) of your time.
Pros: The Tropic-ale. Wait until August
Cons: Just about everything else. Poor service, boring and cold food. Overpriced.
After reading the other reviews, I wasn't expecting much at the Racoon Lodge. However, I found the food to be better than average for brewpub food, and the beer was fantastic. I don't know if other reviewers just went at busy times, on the cook's bad days, or what, but I found the Racoon to be better than Widmer and worth returning for happy hour and with groups. All five of us had different entrees, and they were all done well. The buffalo wings appetizer and brownie sundae dessert were great too. Try the mango wheat seasonal beer for something new and interesting.
I love the atmosphere at the Raccoon Lodge. Everything, including the open kitchen, big fireplace and friendly staff made me very comfortable. The beers were pretty decent with the Imperial IPA being my favorite. The onion rings were just slightly under fried, leaving a little raw batter flavor and texture. The beer cheese soup was pretty good, perhaps even the best part of the meal. My girlfriend ordered fish and chips, which were ok, but nowhere near as good as they should be. The big dissapointment of the night was my "filet" which wasn't even a filet at all. I ordered it medium (I only order medium-rare from actual steakhouses that know how to cook) and it came out medium-well. I didn't mind, it will still be tender right? Wrong! Very tough to eat and no flavor. For the first time in years I actually used steak sauce.
Pros: Good Service, Food Presentation
Cons: mediocre food at best, a little spendy
In a word, HORRIBLE. We had reservations for 15. We asked for separate billings several times but were told that was not an option. The Manager came out and was rude and arrogant. He told us that his waitress would not be able to make separate bills. The billing came in one amount and was a total nightmare to figure out. The meals were way too expensive considering that there was not even any bread or salad to go with the meals and they were all lukewarm at best. The waitress did not return to even refill coffee or water and if the bill had not included the gratuity of 18%, we would not have given any tip. THE MEALTOTALLY UNSATISFACTORY. THE SERVICENONEXISTANT. This was a very large group and the bill was substantial. WE WILL NEVER TO COME TO YOUR RESTAURANT AGAIN OR RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE.
Cons: PRICES, SERVICE, ATTITUDE
I reserved tables upstairs for my Red Hat group. We asked for separate checks and were not granted that. Taking care of the tab for the group was a nightmare and then we were told if we had asked (which we did) when we first sat down they would have accommodated us. Pros: Easy reservations, nice fireplace. Cons: expensive, poor service, small portions along with no salad or bread. Only reason a tip was left was because it was on the bill due to a large group. If the service had been good would I go again or recommend the Raccoon Lodge and Brew Pub? Absolutely Not!
Pros: Nice fireplace, Prompt reservations
Cons: Bad service, below average food, expensive
My wife had their raspberry beer at the brewers fest so we wanted to try the restaurant. Most of the reviews were very negative, but we decided to give it a shot. To sum up, the beer was great (raspberry for my wife and I had the IPA), the food was good (bbq burger and cobb salad). We brought our two girls and the kid's menu was generous as well. OUr service was great as well. The only negative was they were out of growlers so we were unable to purchase beer to go. We would highly recommend visiting this brewpub.
Pros: beer, food, service
I was discouraged by some of the reviews, and although the description is a little outdated I enjoyed dining at the Raccoon Lodge. The server I had was nice and competent. He was efficient and accomadating. One of the nice things about this restaurant is that you can make requests or substituations to get exactly what you want. The beer is really tasty and they have a good range from light to dark. Decor a little scary though!
Pros: Kid-friendly, Good Beer
This place has the slowest service I have ever encountered... terrible food as well and cold fries.
Cons: , cold fries, terrible food
If you plan on going to the Raccoon Lodge I would nto reccomend going when you are hungry. My Girlfriend and I went and ordered a side of fries and two burgers. Our fries took about 30 minutes to get to us and even though our waiter kept telling us our food would be to us shortly, it still took an additional 45 minutes. Even though the food was good its not worth the wait. The serivce is horrible and I will never go here again.
Cons: , MicroBrews, Service
My husband, three kids (8, 6, and 5), and myself went there based on some of the online reviews we had read about the establishment... the problem is when you have young children the wost thing that can happen is slow service... the orders were lost for the two oldest burgers... the chicken strips for th youngest never came and when our (the adult's) food finally arrived almost an hour later... it was not even what we ordered.
We could of somewhat understood if the place was crowded... but there was hardly anyone there... it seemed that the wait staff had competely forgotten their function.
We won't be going back to the Raccoon Lodge.
Cons: , inattentive waitress
I have never encountered an establishment with slower, more absent minded service in my life... it took over 90 minutes to serve 4 people in a virtually empty resteraunt: 2 burgers, an order of onion rings, a chicken sandwich, salad and 4 warm beers... very disappointing... but at least we had good reason to understand why there was ample parking and seating... who would want to come back for more?
Also... the bucket of onion rings is anything but a bucket... it isn't even a pail... not even a bowl... more like a small cup.
Pros: Parking (wonder why?), Seating (wonder why?)
Cons: , Cold Food, Warm Beer
We found the menu on the website very interesting. We ordered the "bucket" of onion rings and got a very small version of a bucket. It was more like a large mug. We also ordered all of the sauces listed on the menu. They were bland and uninteresting. We will not be going back.
My family tried Raccoon Lodge based on (the obviously out-of-date) glowing reviews of this establishment... even thought the place was hardly crowded... we had to wait for hours to be served a dinner for 3 people comprised of a couple of burgers, onion rings, and a salad... the wait staff seemed distracted... losing our order more than once only to have our food arrive cold and beer arrive warm.
This place is definitely not a do over for our family.
Pros: plenty of parking, plenty of seating
Cons: , cold food, warm beer
An hour after ordering our food our server returned to inquire about what it was we had ordered again... another hour later she returned with the food... but forgot what it was I had ordered two hours ago... finally after 2.5 hours my salad arrived... and a not very good salad at that... if you are in no hurry, are not hungry, and need nothing to drink... this is the place for you... otherwise you are better off dining anywhere but the raccoon lodge.
the rating on citysearh is in no way indicative of how poor the service is at this place.
Pros: ample parking
Cons: , mediocre food, avg quality microbrew
It took two hours for our meals to arrive. But the server forgot what my boyfriend had ordered, so he and I ended up splitting my meal. The server also forgot my daughter's order and our beverages. The atmosphere was nice, but the service was awful! The "Bucket" of onion rings was closer to a cup. Very disappointing.
I loved coming here! Everything from the service to the atmosphere created a wonderful dining experience for me and my girlfriend. I tried their IPA and it was so smooth. I had the philly steak and cheese, which I highly recommend and my girlfriend had the French Dip, which she says, "hit the spot." I think it would be a wonderful place to bring kids and have a family outing. Go here for decent eating and drinks for a reasonable price.
Pros: Good food, Good drinks, Great service
The first time we went here, we had a dissappointing experience. But after calling them about it they invited us back and promised to rectify the situation.
And they definately followed through! The vegetarian selection is really great! The options are not yet listed in the menu, but if you ask, they will provide! The "Riblet" sandwich was amazing! I plan to go back for the "Herb Crusted Fillet" Parmesean. These are Gardenburger brand items and they are really good!
Pros: Excellent Fries, Good Beer
A spacious place with a great outdoor seating area for those warm months. The beer is fantastic with a new 6th seasonal tap changing every few months. The food selection varies from sandwiches to steaks to fish. Never too crowded.
Pros: Great beer, great food, good people
I agree fantastic fries, personal favorite, beer battered, love the raspberry habanero dipping sauce!! I have not been dissappointed with any of the food I have eaten there.
True to its rep, the Raccoon serves great fries with tasty dipping sauces. The restaurant also does cocktails well (you don't have to be a beer drinker to enjoy an alcoholic beverage here), and tosses a mean salad -- the Cobb is my favorite. A recent pork-loin rotisserie sandwich (a "du jour" kind of item) was less than stellar, but everything else has been good so far. Atmosphere is convivial, relaxed. Smoking section is well separated from non-smoking (different floors, I think), so there's little if any second-hand smoke upstairs.
Pros: comfy atmosphere, good drinks, great fries
Cons: acoustics a bit noisy
Found this outfit when we couldn't find a Denneys or a Sharis for a quick bite to eat late at night. The place was still buzzing with a lot of happy looking folks enjoying themselves, creating a quite a buzz. We had some sandwiches and soup in a bread, which were both tasty and hearty. Because of the crowd the service and the food was a bit slow, but the service was quite friendly. Ambience was pretty nice, with multi-level setting and TVs scattered at many corners. Parking can be hard to find at times.
Pros: Ambience, service
Cons: crowd, parking
I love eating the Raccoon Lodge's fries--I'm not a fan of traditional (regular) potato fries, so I get their sweet potato fries instead. Not to mention you can get tater tots! I also love the variety of dipping sauces. The Lodge definitely has the best fries in town.