Three Doors Down Cafe

★★★★★
Hawthorne's darling for divine Italian-influenced dishes in a shabby-chic setting.
  • 1429 SE 37th Ave

    Portland, OR 97214

    Cross street: Hawthorne Boulevard

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  • 503-236-6886

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I've eaten here many times, and the food and service is always consistently good. Great restaurant.

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I've eaten here many times, and the food and service is always consistently good. Great restaurant.

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Making things from scratch is great and Three Doors Down does that but I'm not sure the flavors are there. Dishes were all just ok for me. They' re either too bland or over salted. Service is excellent and the space is warm and inviting.

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Making things from scratch is great and Three Doors Down does that but I'm not sure the flavors are there. Dishes were all just ok for me. They' re either too bland or over salted. Service is excellent and the space is warm and inviting.

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My spouse and I used to frequent this restaurant on a regular basis, usually on Saturday. We decided to go on a Wednesday and were thoroughly disappointed. I ordered the flank steak with creamed spinach and my spouse had the pork sugo.

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My spouse and I used to frequent this restaurant on a regular basis, usually on Saturday. We decided to go on a Wednesday and were thoroughly disappointed. I ordered the flank steak with creamed spinach and my spouse had the pork sugo.

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We went to TDD on a Wednesday night, were seated promptly and our waitress was great - attentive, polite, professional. We ordered the "New Old Fashioned" and it was simply the best bourbon drink I've had in a Portland restaraunt.\r
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We went to TDD on a Wednesday night, were seated promptly and our waitress was great - attentive, polite, professional. We ordered the "New Old Fashioned" and it was simply the best bourbon drink I've had in a Portland restaraunt.\r
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After a friend told me to give Three Doors Down Cafe a try. The Cafe has a diverse wine list of some good local and import labels. The server recommended a Saumur Champagny by the glass. My guest and I agreed to give that one a go. Our

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After a friend told me to give Three Doors Down Cafe a try. The Cafe has a diverse wine list of some good local and import labels. The server recommended a Saumur Champagny by the glass. My guest and I agreed to give that one a go. Our

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Do not know where to start, i am not inot ambiance its portland just want good food and simple consistant dishes. I try most restaurants at least 3-4 times before writing them off list. The food here is simply ok nothing really memorable

3
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Do not know where to start, i am not inot ambiance its portland just want good food and simple consistant dishes. I try most restaurants at least 3-4 times before writing them off list. The food here is simply ok nothing really memorable

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I just don't get this restaurant. The food is definitely good. However, they just don't get customer service. I called on a weekend night, per the instructions on the website, and the gentleman who answered the phone seemed mostly

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I just don't get this restaurant. The food is definitely good. However, they just don't get customer service. I called on a weekend night, per the instructions on the website, and the gentleman who answered the phone seemed mostly

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Great service, wine list and food. Good place to meet friends and catch up.

3
★★★★★

Great service, wine list and food. Good place to meet friends and catch up.

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I love this place. I like to take out of town visitors here to show them a perfect example of a great portland restaurant. The servers are always friendly and inviting without coming across as fake. I can say that I've tried most the

3
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I love this place. I like to take out of town visitors here to show them a perfect example of a great portland restaurant. The servers are always friendly and inviting without coming across as fake. I can say that I've tried most the

Pros: excellent & friendly staff, creative dishes, consistent bar.

Cons: sometimes there are completely obnoxious customers.

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the recent "reviews" by "Terriek," "Coffee Guy" and "Portlandnewbie" (no kidding!) makes one wonder what "coffee guy" slipped into their lattes before writing their obviously choreographed (and anonymous)reviews. i hope their angst over

3
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the recent "reviews" by "Terriek," "Coffee Guy" and "Portlandnewbie" (no kidding!) makes one wonder what "coffee guy" slipped into their lattes before writing their obviously choreographed (and anonymous)reviews. i hope their angst over

Pros: Friendly Neighborhood Service; Creative Menu; Killer Drinks

Cons: If any, they have escaped me

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One of the things I really like about Three Doors Down is the fact that the ingredients are fresh, and the menu changes according to what is available. So when I recently ordered this salad: Red Leaf, Roasted Beets, Orange Slices, Caveman

3
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One of the things I really like about Three Doors Down is the fact that the ingredients are fresh, and the menu changes according to what is available. So when I recently ordered this salad: Red Leaf, Roasted Beets, Orange Slices, Caveman

Pros: Variety of Food & Drink, Knowledge of Servers & Bartenders

Cons: I can't go but once a week, drat!

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So, we made a reservation, upon arrival we were told to wait until a table came open only to see someone without a reservation take our table - BAD! Then, we ordered a bottle of wine - took 15 minutes to get it! BAD! Then we ordered the

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So, we made a reservation, upon arrival we were told to wait until a table came open only to see someone without a reservation take our table - BAD! Then, we ordered a bottle of wine - took 15 minutes to get it! BAD! Then we ordered the

Pros: ???

Cons: Beet Salad with barely any Beets

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I've now eaten at 3DD three times over the past year. It has gotten progressively worse to the point where I won't dine here anymore. I agree about the surly hostess. Go back to LA! Service was friendly but too slow. Food came before

3
★★★★★

I've now eaten at 3DD three times over the past year. It has gotten progressively worse to the point where I won't dine here anymore. I agree about the surly hostess. Go back to LA! Service was friendly but too slow. Food came before

Pros: Nice server

Cons: Mediocre food, bad attitude, slow service, parking

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The hostess was rude; our food arrived before our wine; and when we were asked at the end of the meal how everything was, we mentioned our disappointment in one of the courses (we had less than one full beet on our beet salad) and the

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The hostess was rude; our food arrived before our wine; and when we were asked at the end of the meal how everything was, we mentioned our disappointment in one of the courses (we had less than one full beet on our beet salad) and the

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Service and Attitude

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I had heard so much good stuff about this restaurant, and since its tucked away location, had passed it by for years. Once we finally went to check it out, we were dissappointed tremendously. My linguine tasted EXACTLY like Cambpells

3
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I had heard so much good stuff about this restaurant, and since its tucked away location, had passed it by for years. Once we finally went to check it out, we were dissappointed tremendously. My linguine tasted EXACTLY like Cambpells

Pros: ?

Cons: no parking, crowded, tables lop-sided

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atmosphere, service price, quality, went last night and will return soon.

3
★★★★★

atmosphere, service price, quality, went last night and will return soon.

Pros: Happy Hour all night Tue. to Thur.

Cons: so you park down the street

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We love the casualness and feel comfortable just having a bunch of appetizers and some wine for dinner. They are easy going and willing to go the extra mile to please. Great date place, too!

3
★★★★★

We love the casualness and feel comfortable just having a bunch of appetizers and some wine for dinner. They are easy going and willing to go the extra mile to please. Great date place, too!

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I have just discovered Three Doors Down and I think it is a great place to eat and drink. The servers are knowledgeable and friendly, the food is generous and filling and the drinks are strong and balanced. The Plum Tomato and Vodka sauce is one of those dishes you will crave after you try it, very unique. Nice servers and bartenders. Excellent seafood, try the scallops and the steamers. New Old Fashioned, best I've had. Love it, love it, love it!!!

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I have just discovered Three Doors Down and I think it is a great place to eat and drink. The servers are knowledgeable and friendly, the food is generous and filling and the drinks are strong and balanced. The Plum Tomato and Vodka sauce is one of those dishes you will crave after you try it, very unique. Nice servers and bartenders. Excellent seafood, try the scallops and the steamers. New Old Fashioned, best I've had. Love it, love it, love it!!!

Pros: Plum tomatoes with vodka and cream. Stiff drinks!

Cons: Closed Mondays

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I have frequented 3DD since my husband and I moved to Portland in 2003. It just keeps getting better! I'm a creature of habit, so I typically enjoy their wonderful, spicy seafood fra diavlo (outrageous portions). I recently branched out and tried the pork tenderloin and couldn't believe that I wasn't ordering that for the past five years. I am never disappointed with what I get, and it's often more food than I can ever finish.

3DD recently started hosting happy hour in the later evening (8:30), and we have been stopping by more frequently since that started. They have fantastic menu items that remind me of food back home on the East Coast. So far, I have enjoyed Kathy's beautiful Stromboli, meatballs under a thick layer of fresh motzarella, delicious fingerling potatoes, and my personal favorite, a zuppa di mussels that calls to me on the nights I don't go in. They also have a cocktail menu for happy hour that does not disappoint. There is typically a specialty cocktail each night. All of their cocktails are made with super fresh ingredients (I have often been there while the bar staff juices fruit to keep up with the evening's demand). Nothing beats fresh ingredients in a cocktail. Nothing. The pours are generous and the bar staff is hands-down Portland's finest.

This restaurant is a neighborhood gem and is a class act all the way. It is our go-to restaurant to celebrate special occasions as well as the fact that, well, it's Wednesday. The atmosphere is dimly-lit, with lots of candles, quiet music, and a wait staff that truly helps you have a fantastic evening, whether you're in for a multi-course dinner or a quick bite during happy hour.

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I have frequented 3DD since my husband and I moved to Portland in 2003. It just keeps getting better! I'm a creature of habit, so I typically enjoy their wonderful, spicy seafood fra diavlo (outrageous portions). I recently branched out and tried the pork tenderloin and couldn't believe that I wasn't ordering that for the past five years. I am never disappointed with what I get, and it's often more food than I can ever finish.

3DD recently started hosting happy hour in the later evening (8:30), and we have been stopping by more frequently since that started. They have fantastic menu items that remind me of food back home on the East Coast. So far, I have enjoyed Kathy's beautiful Stromboli, meatballs under a thick layer of fresh motzarella, delicious fingerling potatoes, and my personal favorite, a zuppa di mussels that calls to me on the nights I don't go in. They also have a cocktail menu for happy hour that does not disappoint. There is typically a specialty cocktail each night. All of their cocktails are made with super fresh ingredients (I have often been there while the bar staff juices fruit to keep up with the evening's demand). Nothing beats fresh ingredients in a cocktail. Nothing. The pours are generous and the bar staff is hands-down Portland's finest.

This restaurant is a neighborhood gem and is a class act all the way. It is our go-to restaurant to celebrate special occasions as well as the fact that, well, it's Wednesday. The atmosphere is dimly-lit, with lots of candles, quiet music, and a wait staff that truly helps you have a fantastic evening, whether you're in for a multi-course dinner or a quick bite during happy hour.

Pros: Ambience, staff, food, yummy cocktails

Cons: Parking (neighborhood streets are narrow, but worth fighting for a spot)

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I have had this place in my restaurant rotation for years because it is so solid.
Food, service and atmosphere are always spot on. Matt (bartender) knows a lot about scotch.
It always feels like home.

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I have had this place in my restaurant rotation for years because it is so solid.
Food, service and atmosphere are always spot on. Matt (bartender) knows a lot about scotch.
It always feels like home.

Pros: Consistent, reasonably priced wine list

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My date and I were both disappointed with this restaurant. Everything from the service to the quality of food was average and not what we both expected given the price of the meals. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a good meal at a good price.

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My date and I were both disappointed with this restaurant. Everything from the service to the quality of food was average and not what we both expected given the price of the meals. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a good meal at a good price.

Pros: Seated promptly

Cons: the taste and portion of food does not warrant the high prices

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My wife and our friends went here last Saturday evening. I must agree with the other reviewers that the atmosphere was wonderful and the service was outstanding. The food was pretty good but far from the best in town. The prices and portions were not great compared to similar restaurants in town. You can definitely do better.

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My wife and our friends went here last Saturday evening. I must agree with the other reviewers that the atmosphere was wonderful and the service was outstanding. The food was pretty good but far from the best in town. The prices and portions were not great compared to similar restaurants in town. You can definitely do better.

Pros: great service

Cons: High prices and small portions

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I can't imagine anyone writing a negative review about this place! IT'S AMAZING! The food is consistantly delicious, the wine menu is fabulous, and the service is great! This is the place we go when we get a babysitter for our kids. (by the way... the first time we went we had 2 of our small well-behaved kids, and they were very accomodating, although this is not a place to bring kids)

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I can't imagine anyone writing a negative review about this place! IT'S AMAZING! The food is consistantly delicious, the wine menu is fabulous, and the service is great! This is the place we go when we get a babysitter for our kids. (by the way... the first time we went we had 2 of our small well-behaved kids, and they were very accomodating, although this is not a place to bring kids)

Pros: great ambience, service, food, and wine

Cons: parking on hawthorne

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This place is a very unique coffee house, not only are you able to sit and relax while drinking you mocha, if your hungry you can order a meal and not be dissapointed!

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This place is a very unique coffee house, not only are you able to sit and relax while drinking you mocha, if your hungry you can order a meal and not be dissapointed!

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The food and service here were excellent. I loved the bean dip that came with the bread, it was delicious, and so much more interesting than the usual oil and vinegar. The ambience is romantic and intimate. Oh, and the entrees were great too.

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The food and service here were excellent. I loved the bean dip that came with the bread, it was delicious, and so much more interesting than the usual oil and vinegar. The ambience is romantic and intimate. Oh, and the entrees were great too.

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This place is always busy. It is good home cooking rustic Italian that has been served up for years. The tomato cream sauce is fantastic. Service is good and the wine list is quite extensive.

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This place is always busy. It is good home cooking rustic Italian that has been served up for years. The tomato cream sauce is fantastic. Service is good and the wine list is quite extensive.

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The food quality is outstanding - fresh, tasty, flavorful, etc. The wine list long and very interesting - several good choices at the $20-$25 a bottle level. The place is comfortable but could be a little noisy. Finally, the service is professional and friendly. Bottom line: a perfect restaurant without the fake pretension and the higher than your wallet prices. Cheers! Only drawback is their "no reservations" system, so the wait for tables could be long on the weekends.

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The food quality is outstanding - fresh, tasty, flavorful, etc. The wine list long and very interesting - several good choices at the $20-$25 a bottle level. The place is comfortable but could be a little noisy. Finally, the service is professional and friendly. Bottom line: a perfect restaurant without the fake pretension and the higher than your wallet prices. Cheers! Only drawback is their "no reservations" system, so the wait for tables could be long on the weekends.

Pros: Quality of food, professional service, and wine selection.

Cons: Do not accept reservations

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My husband and I went to 3doors down for Valentine's Day. We had a small wait before we were seated for our reservation. The host seemed a bit overwhelmed, but he remained friendly. Our server was excellent! He knew the menu very well and was confident in his recommendations, which I can always appreciate. The entrees were great. Their Tiramisu is one of the BEST I've ever had!!!!

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My husband and I went to 3doors down for Valentine's Day. We had a small wait before we were seated for our reservation. The host seemed a bit overwhelmed, but he remained friendly. Our server was excellent! He knew the menu very well and was confident in his recommendations, which I can always appreciate. The entrees were great. Their Tiramisu is one of the BEST I've ever had!!!!

Pros: food, service, TIRAMISU

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The food is definitely good, and our server was top notch, but I found the bar waiting area very cramped with absolutely no room to move about, and since the restaurant is not really separated from the bar the whole place was extremely loud. I couldn't speak with our friends across the table without yelling, and I couldn't hear what they were saying. The parking is very limited because you're in a residential neighborhood and off of Division. Plan to spend some time looking for an open spot to park and if you're looking for a quiet romatic place, this isn't it.

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The food is definitely good, and our server was top notch, but I found the bar waiting area very cramped with absolutely no room to move about, and since the restaurant is not really separated from the bar the whole place was extremely loud. I couldn't speak with our friends across the table without yelling, and I couldn't hear what they were saying. The parking is very limited because you're in a residential neighborhood and off of Division. Plan to spend some time looking for an open spot to park and if you're looking for a quiet romatic place, this isn't it.

Pros: Great food

Cons: parking, noise level, limited seating while waiting

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I don't usually review restaurants but after having dinner at 3 Doors Down I felt compelled. I come from a family of chefs and grew up in NYC. I have my standards for what's good....
The service was excellent (Mara), the menu had something for everyone and the food was delicious (I had the Rigatoni in Vodka Cream Sauce with Italian sausage..... A bit spicy but very good). Great selection of wines! The atmosphere was romantic. We went for a birthday celebration and everyone raved. The place was packed! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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I don't usually review restaurants but after having dinner at 3 Doors Down I felt compelled. I come from a family of chefs and grew up in NYC. I have my standards for what's good....
The service was excellent (Mara), the menu had something for everyone and the food was delicious (I had the Rigatoni in Vodka Cream Sauce with Italian sausage..... A bit spicy but very good). Great selection of wines! The atmosphere was romantic. We went for a birthday celebration and everyone raved. The place was packed! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Great Service, food and wine list....Get early or make reservations...Our server was very friendly and his suggestions were spot on. Their meatballs (made of veal, pork and beef) are to die for.

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Great Service, food and wine list....Get early or make reservations...Our server was very friendly and his suggestions were spot on. Their meatballs (made of veal, pork and beef) are to die for.

Pros: Food

Cons: Busy, if you consider that a con

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I admit it up front: I love 3 Doors Down. Every meal I've had there has been truly excellent. I highly recommend the penne pasta with vodka sauce, and any grilled meat entree. The staff are friendly, personable, and impeccably professional. Salads are unique and well executed. Desserts are so great - their banana cream pie is the best I've ever had! All this in a warm, glowing, candle-lit environment ... Perfection!

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I admit it up front: I love 3 Doors Down. Every meal I've had there has been truly excellent. I highly recommend the penne pasta with vodka sauce, and any grilled meat entree. The staff are friendly, personable, and impeccably professional. Salads are unique and well executed. Desserts are so great - their banana cream pie is the best I've ever had! All this in a warm, glowing, candle-lit environment ... Perfection!

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I love this place. The service was Amazing, and the food tasty. W/O reservations our party of 4 was seated in 20 min. Our server suggested the perfect wine for our dining selections too! I will be back!

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I love this place. The service was Amazing, and the food tasty. W/O reservations our party of 4 was seated in 20 min. Our server suggested the perfect wine for our dining selections too! I will be back!

Pros: Service and Food

Cons: Parking

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To the reviewer who thinks the east coast has the best food in the world please go back and enjoy your food. We don't need any more east coast snobby implants out here in the west. Take your polluted minds and your pretentious air back to skid row New or should I say Sewer Jersey and eat your "fresh" fish out of the Hudson river. Oh by the way the Italian food is good in Jersey when prepared by the Mofia..or maybe I'll let them read your review since New York's cuisine is far superior over Italy's or any other country in Europe.

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To the reviewer who thinks the east coast has the best food in the world please go back and enjoy your food. We don't need any more east coast snobby implants out here in the west. Take your polluted minds and your pretentious air back to skid row New or should I say Sewer Jersey and eat your "fresh" fish out of the Hudson river. Oh by the way the Italian food is good in Jersey when prepared by the Mofia..or maybe I'll let them read your review since New York's cuisine is far superior over Italy's or any other country in Europe.

Pros: On the west coast

Cons: some people from the east coast eat here

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We grew up in Jersey. Some may consider that a negative... and you are right in many ways. But, the food in New Jersey and New York is the best in the world. Not opinion... fact. And there are not many places in Portland that can even compete with old world Italian cuisine... 3 Doors Down can and does.

They had a fantastic anti-pasta made not with the usual ham slice, peppers and olives... but with fantastic prosciutto, capicola and REAL mozzarella. The gnocchi with sausage was fantastic

3 Doors Down really deserves a night out.

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We grew up in Jersey. Some may consider that a negative... and you are right in many ways. But, the food in New Jersey and New York is the best in the world. Not opinion... fact. And there are not many places in Portland that can even compete with old world Italian cuisine... 3 Doors Down can and does.

They had a fantastic anti-pasta made not with the usual ham slice, peppers and olives... but with fantastic prosciutto, capicola and REAL mozzarella. The gnocchi with sausage was fantastic

3 Doors Down really deserves a night out.

Pros: Dishes, service, prices

Cons: Hard to find - off the beaten path.

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This is our standby, great restaurant we go to when we want a fantastic meal. The service is always superb, the food is always super tasty, and I can always find a glass of wine that needs to be consumed.

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This is our standby, great restaurant we go to when we want a fantastic meal. The service is always superb, the food is always super tasty, and I can always find a glass of wine that needs to be consumed.

Pros: Great food, generous portions

Cons: No reservations, parking

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The small staff at 3 Doors Down clearly wants everyone to have a stellar experience. They turned a potentially negative situation into a positive. After delicious bread with their house white bean and rosemary spread, followed by an outstanding Caesar salad and a memorable spinach salad, my seafood fra diavolo was disappointing. The presentation was gorgeous - brimming with clams, mussels, scallops and shrimp, but unfortunately, there was an undeniably gritty texture. I'm sure this isn't the norm, but when serving clams night after night, this is bound to happen once in a great while. The accommodating wait staff could not have been more professional about this gaffe. While we dined on my date's tasty tuna puttanesca, the staff quickly prepared their other house specialty - the fantastic, famed, vodka penne with Italian sausage. The meal was topped off by the greatest piece of tiramisu I've ever consumed. Our server was prompt with clearing, checking in, making suggestions on both food and wine, as well as crumbing. An incredible value, Three Doors Down makes our 'short list.'

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The small staff at 3 Doors Down clearly wants everyone to have a stellar experience. They turned a potentially negative situation into a positive. After delicious bread with their house white bean and rosemary spread, followed by an outstanding Caesar salad and a memorable spinach salad, my seafood fra diavolo was disappointing. The presentation was gorgeous - brimming with clams, mussels, scallops and shrimp, but unfortunately, there was an undeniably gritty texture. I'm sure this isn't the norm, but when serving clams night after night, this is bound to happen once in a great while. The accommodating wait staff could not have been more professional about this gaffe. While we dined on my date's tasty tuna puttanesca, the staff quickly prepared their other house specialty - the fantastic, famed, vodka penne with Italian sausage. The meal was topped off by the greatest piece of tiramisu I've ever consumed. Our server was prompt with clearing, checking in, making suggestions on both food and wine, as well as crumbing. An incredible value, Three Doors Down makes our 'short list.'

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dMy wife and i found this place here and thought that this would be a nice place to have our annaversery dinner. We were the fist to arrive and got good service. I ordered the seafood special that the waitress reccomended and my wife ordered a past dish. The past dish reminded us of hamburger helper and would has been allot more appealing if it had not of come with frozen peas. My meal looked allot better, it had lots of seafood in a red spicy sauce. Every thing was great until about 9:00 that evening and then at 12:00 mid night it all came bck up. I have an iron stomach and have never had anything like this happen to me before. 06/06/2007

Ron

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dMy wife and i found this place here and thought that this would be a nice place to have our annaversery dinner. We were the fist to arrive and got good service. I ordered the seafood special that the waitress reccomended and my wife ordered a past dish. The past dish reminded us of hamburger helper and would has been allot more appealing if it had not of come with frozen peas. My meal looked allot better, it had lots of seafood in a red spicy sauce. Every thing was great until about 9:00 that evening and then at 12:00 mid night it all came bck up. I have an iron stomach and have never had anything like this happen to me before. 06/06/2007

Ron

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the food was sooooo mediocre! i don't get all the hype about this restaurant. if it was only my plate, i would let it go as being inconsistant, but so was my date's. they were so ununique that i didn't even remember what we had the next day. the service was great, though.

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the food was sooooo mediocre! i don't get all the hype about this restaurant. if it was only my plate, i would let it go as being inconsistant, but so was my date's. they were so ununique that i didn't even remember what we had the next day. the service was great, though.

Pros: service

Cons: boring food

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My husband and I had a great meal at 3 Doors Down! The food, service and atmosphere was awesome. Our waitress was great! We highly recommend this place for others to try.

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My husband and I had a great meal at 3 Doors Down! The food, service and atmosphere was awesome. Our waitress was great! We highly recommend this place for others to try.

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Delicious food. Worth the visit. They don't take reservations, and it can be a little noisy at times. We didn't want to wait for a table, so we opted for the bar. The gnocchi is pure heaven. I didn't know pasta could taste like that.

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Delicious food. Worth the visit. They don't take reservations, and it can be a little noisy at times. We didn't want to wait for a table, so we opted for the bar. The gnocchi is pure heaven. I didn't know pasta could taste like that.

Pros: Great food, good drinks, knowledgable service

Cons: Long waits, no reservations.

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Delicious food, must try. Can't make reservations, but has a great little bar to have a pre-dinner cocktail or glass of wine while you wait.

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Delicious food, must try. Can't make reservations, but has a great little bar to have a pre-dinner cocktail or glass of wine while you wait.

Pros: great menu

Cons: no reservations

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We've been here several times now since discovering it last year. The food has always been excellent, service is impeccable and the atmosphere is classy but comfortable. This is one of the few restaurants in PDX that I would recommend without hesitations to anyone. The mussels starter (from the bar menu) are always a good choice for an appetizer and a couple times they were transcendent. The pork chops is like nothing I've tasted before - very juicy and tender - think filet mignon but with more flavor. The pasta with spicy sausage is another great bet. The ingredients are always fresh and top quality. The service is attentive but not intrusive. They have a full bar and always have an interesting microbrew to try. The tiramisu is as good as I've had.

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We've been here several times now since discovering it last year. The food has always been excellent, service is impeccable and the atmosphere is classy but comfortable. This is one of the few restaurants in PDX that I would recommend without hesitations to anyone. The mussels starter (from the bar menu) are always a good choice for an appetizer and a couple times they were transcendent. The pork chops is like nothing I've tasted before - very juicy and tender - think filet mignon but with more flavor. The pasta with spicy sausage is another great bet. The ingredients are always fresh and top quality. The service is attentive but not intrusive. They have a full bar and always have an interesting microbrew to try. The tiramisu is as good as I've had.

Pros: Food, service, ambiance

Cons: a bit pricey, but worth it

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Took some friends there recently who had just returned from three weeks in Italy and they said this meal was better than all but one of their meals in Italy! We were so impressed with the food and the service and compared to other restaurants in this class, the prices are reasonable. We called at 5:30 and put our names on the list for later and waited maybe 10 minutes for a table when we got there at 7:00 which was fine. Our salads were lovely and the porkchops and vodka penne were amazing! Great seasonal cocktails too! All in all a great experience and we'll be back!

2
★★★★★

Took some friends there recently who had just returned from three weeks in Italy and they said this meal was better than all but one of their meals in Italy! We were so impressed with the food and the service and compared to other restaurants in this class, the prices are reasonable. We called at 5:30 and put our names on the list for later and waited maybe 10 minutes for a table when we got there at 7:00 which was fine. Our salads were lovely and the porkchops and vodka penne were amazing! Great seasonal cocktails too! All in all a great experience and we'll be back!

Pros: Food (Vodka Penne!), Service

Cons: No Reservations

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The best thing about 3 doors down cafe, besides the consistently good food, the hum of diners packed in for a good meal any day of the week and the phenomenally priced and varied wine list is the service. These guys are pros. They are always on top of their game, friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and skilled. I have eaten many times at the neighborhood cafe and eventhough they don't know me by name someone always welcomes be back as if I'm family. They do get busy and the food takes time - the roasted chicken isn't pre-cooked, the sauces are all made to order and each dish is plated by one of two guys. Treat yourself to a great meal with awesome, unpretentious service and be sure to speak up if anything isn't to your liking. This house is flexible, professional and truely down home.

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★★★★☆

The best thing about 3 doors down cafe, besides the consistently good food, the hum of diners packed in for a good meal any day of the week and the phenomenally priced and varied wine list is the service. These guys are pros. They are always on top of their game, friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and skilled. I have eaten many times at the neighborhood cafe and eventhough they don't know me by name someone always welcomes be back as if I'm family. They do get busy and the food takes time - the roasted chicken isn't pre-cooked, the sauces are all made to order and each dish is plated by one of two guys. Treat yourself to a great meal with awesome, unpretentious service and be sure to speak up if anything isn't to your liking. This house is flexible, professional and truely down home.

Pros: best wine list in town, knowledgeable staff, solid service and food

Cons: you're not the only one

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I had heard so many great things about 3 Door Down that I selected the restaurant for our my office team outing. There were 8 of us. Our reservation was for 7pm on a Tuesday night. Our dinner was not served until 9:15pm. My water glass sat empty for 30 minutes. We had to ask the server multiple times to take our drink and dinner orders. The server acknowledged that it was taking a long time for us to get our meals. She said she would "take care of it". When we finally finished dinner, at 10pm, everyone declined desserts. However, the server brought 2 anyway. We were really trying to get home. Everyone was very disappointed, especially those who had been there before. If you are considering bringing 8 people or more to this restaurant, I would think again.

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★★☆☆☆

I had heard so many great things about 3 Door Down that I selected the restaurant for our my office team outing. There were 8 of us. Our reservation was for 7pm on a Tuesday night. Our dinner was not served until 9:15pm. My water glass sat empty for 30 minutes. We had to ask the server multiple times to take our drink and dinner orders. The server acknowledged that it was taking a long time for us to get our meals. She said she would "take care of it". When we finally finished dinner, at 10pm, everyone declined desserts. However, the server brought 2 anyway. We were really trying to get home. Everyone was very disappointed, especially those who had been there before. If you are considering bringing 8 people or more to this restaurant, I would think again.

Pros: Great food!

Cons: Takes 2 hours to get it!

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Had to pleasure to be taken here for my Birthday celebration with good friends. Had a great meal with dessert. Service was very attentive and we got all the bread we wanted. Seating was prompt. If I have a choice I'll go back here for another birthday celebration!!

2
★★★★★

Had to pleasure to be taken here for my Birthday celebration with good friends. Had a great meal with dessert. Service was very attentive and we got all the bread we wanted. Seating was prompt. If I have a choice I'll go back here for another birthday celebration!!

Pros: Great food.

Cons: Parking scares. Did have to go around the corner.

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We ate there last night (Wednesday) at a table in the bar. It was so noisy we coudn't hear ourselves think. I walked through the dining room on the way to the restroom and it was just as bad in there. It used to be a cozy restaurant before the remodel, but now it's noisy.

We had a crostini appetizer that was uninspiring and bland. This took 45 minutes to come out. Another 40 minutes later, our dinners finally arrived. I had the vodka pasta, which was excellent, but my companion had the diavolo pasta and it was spicier than he had ordered. It was also blazing hot temperature-wise, which made us suspect it had been under a heat lamp or microwaved while they prepared my dish. He had to wait a good 10 minutes for it to cool off enough to eat.

The worst part was the waiter came by and apologized about the wait and offered to refill my companion's wine while we waited. We took that to be an offer to comp the wine as a result of the long wait, but when the bill arrived, he'd charged us for the wine. We were not impressed.

1
★★★☆☆

We ate there last night (Wednesday) at a table in the bar. It was so noisy we coudn't hear ourselves think. I walked through the dining room on the way to the restroom and it was just as bad in there. It used to be a cozy restaurant before the remodel, but now it's noisy.

We had a crostini appetizer that was uninspiring and bland. This took 45 minutes to come out. Another 40 minutes later, our dinners finally arrived. I had the vodka pasta, which was excellent, but my companion had the diavolo pasta and it was spicier than he had ordered. It was also blazing hot temperature-wise, which made us suspect it had been under a heat lamp or microwaved while they prepared my dish. He had to wait a good 10 minutes for it to cool off enough to eat.

The worst part was the waiter came by and apologized about the wait and offered to refill my companion's wine while we waited. We took that to be an offer to comp the wine as a result of the long wait, but when the bill arrived, he'd charged us for the wine. We were not impressed.

Pros: food

Cons: ambience, wait for food

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Had dinner here last night and man was that place busy. Wall to wall people, but the kind and attentive staff was right on it, everything. The food took a bit of time, but my dish (Vodka Pasta) was worth the wait. Overall, a great staff and great food and it is no wonder why this place was so crowded.

2
★★★★★

Had dinner here last night and man was that place busy. Wall to wall people, but the kind and attentive staff was right on it, everything. The food took a bit of time, but my dish (Vodka Pasta) was worth the wait. Overall, a great staff and great food and it is no wonder why this place was so crowded.

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My husband and I took our parents to this place. The server was rude and irriated with us from the begining. She didn't like that my husband asked questions about the menu. (Go figure.) The people in our group outnumbered the peices of bread we received and after 1 1/2 hours, I received a bland plate of undercooked pasta. My second time eating there and I have NO desire to ever return. Average or below food with a snotty attitude. NO THANKS!

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I took our parents to this place. The server was rude and irriated with us from the begining. She didn't like that my husband asked questions about the menu. (Go figure.) The people in our group outnumbered the peices of bread we received and after 1 1/2 hours, I received a bland plate of undercooked pasta. My second time eating there and I have NO desire to ever return. Average or below food with a snotty attitude. NO THANKS!

Pros: Nice cocktail server

Cons: Crowded, rude service, long wait

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This neighborhood Italian bistro offers a classic menu in a stone and glass room; the space can get noisy but that adds to the lively feel. There's a pleasant bar if you desire just a small bite or need to wait for a table, and bartenders…

 

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