Lemongrass

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The food is fairly good. The service is terrible.

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★★★☆☆

The food is fairly good. The service is terrible.

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Definitely not the best pad thai in portland, but if you're not willing to travel to Khun Pic's it'll do. Keep in mind that this place has built its reputation on its ability to throw chilis into its food and not actual culinary skills. Not okay with spicy thai food, stay away.

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★★★☆☆

Definitely not the best pad thai in portland, but if you're not willing to travel to Khun Pic's it'll do. Keep in mind that this place has built its reputation on its ability to throw chilis into its food and not actual culinary skills. Not okay with spicy thai food, stay away.

Pros: Spice

Cons: Spice

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Excellent Thai food in a charming remodeled house off the beaten path. A must for Thai food lovers, but be careful about how spicy you want your dish, as they will deliver. If you don't have a cast iron tongue you may do well to ask for the lowest spicy degree they offer and you'll enjoy your meal.

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★★★★★

Excellent Thai food in a charming remodeled house off the beaten path. A must for Thai food lovers, but be careful about how spicy you want your dish, as they will deliver. If you don't have a cast iron tongue you may do well to ask for the lowest spicy degree they offer and you'll enjoy your meal.

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this place has decent thai food. They have pretty good curries and noodle dishes. We often order it for families after their births at Alma Birth Center.

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★★★☆☆

this place has decent thai food. They have pretty good curries and noodle dishes. We often order it for families after their births at Alma Birth Center.

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having eaten at nearly twenty thai places in portland i have given up going any where else. shelly the chef....is a chef! there is not an item on the menue that does not blow the socks off of every thing else you have ever had elsewhere. the next best in PDX is a mere B as she composes rather than cooks each dish. she will remove something from the menue if the available ingredients are not up to par. nowhere else will you find dishes that astound you every time you dine there, each item has masterful mystery to it. the pad thai is smokey, the pad kee moa is red and complex rather than the brown weak gravies found elsewhere. you will rub your legs together like a cricket in delight at each bite. try her and you will wonder what is every one else trying to feed us and call it thai food! treat yourself to this on a first date and you will certainly get a second.

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★★★★★

having eaten at nearly twenty thai places in portland i have given up going any where else. shelly the chef....is a chef! there is not an item on the menue that does not blow the socks off of every thing else you have ever had elsewhere. the next best in PDX is a mere B as she composes rather than cooks each dish. she will remove something from the menue if the available ingredients are not up to par. nowhere else will you find dishes that astound you every time you dine there, each item has masterful mystery to it. the pad thai is smokey, the pad kee moa is red and complex rather than the brown weak gravies found elsewhere. you will rub your legs together like a cricket in delight at each bite. try her and you will wonder what is every one else trying to feed us and call it thai food! treat yourself to this on a first date and you will certainly get a second.

Pros: off the wall excellent examples of real thai cooking

Cons: sometimes long, but worth it wait

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I love the old house this restaurant resides in. It is not very big so if going on a Saturday or Friday night prepare for a wait, but it is worth it. They have a large spice rating and just a 4 is pretty hot, be careful of your tongue ;)

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★★★★☆

I love the old house this restaurant resides in. It is not very big so if going on a Saturday or Friday night prepare for a wait, but it is worth it. They have a large spice rating and just a 4 is pretty hot, be careful of your tongue ;)

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I no longer live in portland, but when i come to town this is one of my "must do's". The food is fantastic, but the lack of customer service has made it almost impossible to enjoy this restaurant. They have horrible hours and are closed FAR TOO OFTEN. Many times i have come to town to find that they are closed because they are on vacation, closed for remodel, or closed just to be closed. They are highly unreliable. However, on the off chance that u can actually get in...u will enjoy the food. Oh, and if u were thinking about getting an order to go...make sure that u check their jacked up policy on that too. U can only order to-go for 1 hour prior to the business opening, and if u hop on one foot in a circle for 32 seconds. Good luck, and happy eating.

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★★★☆☆

I no longer live in portland, but when i come to town this is one of my "must do's". The food is fantastic, but the lack of customer service has made it almost impossible to enjoy this restaurant. They have horrible hours and are closed FAR TOO OFTEN. Many times i have come to town to find that they are closed because they are on vacation, closed for remodel, or closed just to be closed. They are highly unreliable. However, on the off chance that u can actually get in...u will enjoy the food. Oh, and if u were thinking about getting an order to go...make sure that u check their jacked up policy on that too. U can only order to-go for 1 hour prior to the business opening, and if u hop on one foot in a circle for 32 seconds. Good luck, and happy eating.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Finding a time when the restaurant is open

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Best thai food in the WORLD!!! well, probably better in Thailand. But their pad thai is off the hook!!!

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★★★★★

Best thai food in the WORLD!!! well, probably better in Thailand. But their pad thai is off the hook!!!

Pros: best food ever!

Cons: small place

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We have been eating here for over five years. The food is exceptionally delicous and it is a very romantic atmosphere. When we first started going, the place would be packed on a Friday or Saturday night. The wait at times would be an hour, but the food was well worth the wait. Now days, the wait is less than 10 minutes and the food is still delicious.

The service can be slow, but does not lack in quality. If you are one who needs attentive, quick, and constant service... then go to AppleBees or another corporate chain where each server only has 3 tables. If you can be patient and enjoy the person or people that accompanied you, then you will have quite the pleasant experience.

Also, they DO accept reservations. I believe the summary says they do not, but they are more than willing to accept reservations.

Also... try the garden rolls. They are made fresh, so they run out quickly... you have to get there around 6 to get the chance to order them. They are delicious.

Cash and Checks only, no credit cards.

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★★★★★

We have been eating here for over five years. The food is exceptionally delicous and it is a very romantic atmosphere. When we first started going, the place would be packed on a Friday or Saturday night. The wait at times would be an hour, but the food was well worth the wait. Now days, the wait is less than 10 minutes and the food is still delicious.

The service can be slow, but does not lack in quality. If you are one who needs attentive, quick, and constant service... then go to AppleBees or another corporate chain where each server only has 3 tables. If you can be patient and enjoy the person or people that accompanied you, then you will have quite the pleasant experience.

Also, they DO accept reservations. I believe the summary says they do not, but they are more than willing to accept reservations.

Also... try the garden rolls. They are made fresh, so they run out quickly... you have to get there around 6 to get the chance to order them. They are delicious.

Cash and Checks only, no credit cards.

Pros: Delicious pad thai and garden rolls

Cons: none

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We've gone here for a few years and the food and service is good and consistent. We usually order the curry noodles and pad thai. It's a cute, clean and homey atmosphere. We also have leftovers from the large portions they deliver.

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★★★★☆

We've gone here for a few years and the food and service is good and consistent. We usually order the curry noodles and pad thai. It's a cute, clean and homey atmosphere. We also have leftovers from the large portions they deliver.

Pros: Delicious large portions of food for a good price, great customer service

Cons: Can get stuffy in the summers

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My husband and I went here on a solid recommendation and were very disapointed. Maybe I'm overly sensative when it comes to cleanliness, but the inside of the charming Victorian home-turned restaurant looked as though it needed a thorough cleaning. The walls and floor are spattered with food/drips and the decor is old and worn. The service was poor (one person for the entire restaurant on a Friday night) and the food mediocre at best. Actually, the tom kah gai (spelling?) soup was awful - tasted and looked as though something was curdled in it. Not at all like variations I've had elsewhere. All evening I was continually amazed at how this place could have come so highly recommended. I've been to thai food all over portland and there are countless others that far exceed this place. Oh, and on a final note, the menu is very overpriced.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I went here on a solid recommendation and were very disapointed. Maybe I'm overly sensative when it comes to cleanliness, but the inside of the charming Victorian home-turned restaurant looked as though it needed a thorough cleaning. The walls and floor are spattered with food/drips and the decor is old and worn. The service was poor (one person for the entire restaurant on a Friday night) and the food mediocre at best. Actually, the tom kah gai (spelling?) soup was awful - tasted and looked as though something was curdled in it. Not at all like variations I've had elsewhere. All evening I was continually amazed at how this place could have come so highly recommended. I've been to thai food all over portland and there are countless others that far exceed this place. Oh, and on a final note, the menu is very overpriced.

Pros: none

Cons: ambiance, service, food

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Portland is overflowing with thai food. This is one of the thai places well worth trying. It has a lovely atmosphere--the restaurant is in an old Portland home. The staff is very friendly (it's a family run operation). The dinner service can be slow if the restaurant is full because of the limited staff (lunch is usually quicker). Be very conservative with how hot you order your food. I know several people who enjoy hot food but can not comfortably eat anything above a rating of 1 or 1.5

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★★★★☆

Portland is overflowing with thai food. This is one of the thai places well worth trying. It has a lovely atmosphere--the restaurant is in an old Portland home. The staff is very friendly (it's a family run operation). The dinner service can be slow if the restaurant is full because of the limited staff (lunch is usually quicker). Be very conservative with how hot you order your food. I know several people who enjoy hot food but can not comfortably eat anything above a rating of 1 or 1.5

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I got Lemon Leaf delivered to my office from Delivered Dish. The food was absolutely delicious. We were feeding about 7 people and everything was labeled and the driver was really cool. I love Thai food and I am really glad I found this hidden gem on the Delivered Dish web site. Lemon Leaf is my new "go to" Thai Place. They will be seeing me any my staff a lot,

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★★★★★

I got Lemon Leaf delivered to my office from Delivered Dish. The food was absolutely delicious. We were feeding about 7 people and everything was labeled and the driver was really cool. I love Thai food and I am really glad I found this hidden gem on the Delivered Dish web site. Lemon Leaf is my new "go to" Thai Place. They will be seeing me any my staff a lot,

Pros: Delivery

Cons: None

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I am a Portland native and military retiree who has had his fair share of Thai food from the country as well as from people from Thailand and the food here was wonderful. We arrived just after they opened for the night and were greeted by the sole waiter who was happy, friendly, and immediately made us welcome. Each subsequent person arriving received the same warm greeting, which seemed to throw some off guard as if this shouldn't happen at a restaurant. The waiter made sure we understood what the heat levels meant that we asked for. As we were 1 of 3 tables occupied it was easy for him to keep up with water ( he left us a pitcher-smart, unlike most places)and jasmine tea refills. As the place filled up we saw him less and less but it would have been easy to get his attention if needed. Our food came out, Padh Thai and Yellow Curry Chicken, about 5 min apart. The food temperature was hot.
If you want fast service, and waiter serving only you and one other table then go somewhere else. This is a place for people that can enjoy each others company and have time to wait for a meal that is worth the wait.

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★★★★★

I am a Portland native and military retiree who has had his fair share of Thai food from the country as well as from people from Thailand and the food here was wonderful. We arrived just after they opened for the night and were greeted by the sole waiter who was happy, friendly, and immediately made us welcome. Each subsequent person arriving received the same warm greeting, which seemed to throw some off guard as if this shouldn't happen at a restaurant. The waiter made sure we understood what the heat levels meant that we asked for. As we were 1 of 3 tables occupied it was easy for him to keep up with water ( he left us a pitcher-smart, unlike most places)and jasmine tea refills. As the place filled up we saw him less and less but it would have been easy to get his attention if needed. Our food came out, Padh Thai and Yellow Curry Chicken, about 5 min apart. The food temperature was hot.
If you want fast service, and waiter serving only you and one other table then go somewhere else. This is a place for people that can enjoy each others company and have time to wait for a meal that is worth the wait.

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This restaurant is by far the best and only Thai food restaurant in the Pacific NW! I first ate at Lemongrass at their first location on - I think - Glisan Blvd. about 13 years ago or so. If you're looking for first rate service (and I'm a total service appreciative person) then don't bother, if you're looking for the most incredible, authentic, full of flavor Thai food then this is your place. First you have the restaurant in an old victorian style home: totally cool, run by the owner and sole chef, Shelly, and most times she has only one employee: host, waiter, server and busser all in one - hence the not so stellar service. If you can get past the slow service at times then you're in for a Thai treat like you've never experienced. I live in Vancouver, and would rather not have to drive into Portland to go to dinner, but as my husband and I ate tonight with another couple we realized that we have been settling for less than excellance with our Thai food experiences. The Lemongrass flavor is stellar, the spice is HOT (and there's the all important "tray of death" if you need it hotter), the portions are more than enough, and you can't find a better Phad Thai Noodle dish anywhere, which is the staple of Thai food, think about it - they all taste like ketchup - not at Lemongrass. The curries are amazing, the spicy fried rice - yum, the garlic/basil dishes- mouthwatering, Shelly is a goddess!!! Thank you for your superior cooking skills and mastery of your homeland cuisine and thank you for bringing yor culinary excellence to Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas. You opened my tastebuds to another form of Asian food and in my world the only Asian food. Thank you, thank you, thank you Shelly........

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★★★★★

This restaurant is by far the best and only Thai food restaurant in the Pacific NW! I first ate at Lemongrass at their first location on - I think - Glisan Blvd. about 13 years ago or so. If you're looking for first rate service (and I'm a total service appreciative person) then don't bother, if you're looking for the most incredible, authentic, full of flavor Thai food then this is your place. First you have the restaurant in an old victorian style home: totally cool, run by the owner and sole chef, Shelly, and most times she has only one employee: host, waiter, server and busser all in one - hence the not so stellar service. If you can get past the slow service at times then you're in for a Thai treat like you've never experienced. I live in Vancouver, and would rather not have to drive into Portland to go to dinner, but as my husband and I ate tonight with another couple we realized that we have been settling for less than excellance with our Thai food experiences. The Lemongrass flavor is stellar, the spice is HOT (and there's the all important "tray of death" if you need it hotter), the portions are more than enough, and you can't find a better Phad Thai Noodle dish anywhere, which is the staple of Thai food, think about it - they all taste like ketchup - not at Lemongrass. The curries are amazing, the spicy fried rice - yum, the garlic/basil dishes- mouthwatering, Shelly is a goddess!!! Thank you for your superior cooking skills and mastery of your homeland cuisine and thank you for bringing yor culinary excellence to Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas. You opened my tastebuds to another form of Asian food and in my world the only Asian food. Thank you, thank you, thank you Shelly........

Pros: excellence of food, flavor, spice, authentic Thai food, none better anywehre!!!

Cons: if you can get past the slower service you'll never find better Thai food, I promise!!!!

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I love their pad thai. My spice level is 3 and it's just perfect! Food is consistently good everything I go there. Supurb!

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★★★★★

I love their pad thai. My spice level is 3 and it's just perfect! Food is consistently good everything I go there. Supurb!

Pros: Food

Cons: They don't take credit cards

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I have been three times now and each time I found the service to be exceptionally gracious. The restaurant itself is in a NE neighborhood Victorian home decorated simply in neutral shades which provide a casual yet elegant atmosphere. The food is made to order fresh and you can chose your own level of spice "heat" from mild to very, very hot. I recommend the salad to start which is especially a treat if you have never had a Thai salad. Holding your lettuce leaf in hand, wrap up the spicey chicken ingredients and it eat burrito style. Delicious. For dinner order a variety and share. The peanut sauce is excellent!

This is the best Thai food my husband and I have ever had.

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★★★★★

I have been three times now and each time I found the service to be exceptionally gracious. The restaurant itself is in a NE neighborhood Victorian home decorated simply in neutral shades which provide a casual yet elegant atmosphere. The food is made to order fresh and you can chose your own level of spice "heat" from mild to very, very hot. I recommend the salad to start which is especially a treat if you have never had a Thai salad. Holding your lettuce leaf in hand, wrap up the spicey chicken ingredients and it eat burrito style. Delicious. For dinner order a variety and share. The peanut sauce is excellent!

This is the best Thai food my husband and I have ever had.

Pros: Friendliest people, nice ambience, best Thai food - ever!

Cons: You must pay by cash or check and find parking on street.

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Whenever I'm feeling flush -- because it's a bit spendier than most Thai places here -- I head to Lemongrass. There is simply no comparison between LG and Typhoon (inexplicably overrated) and the rest. I try mightily to vary the order but can't stay away from the curries! As someone else pointed out, they're the rarely experienced fresh curries, hand-pounded by owner/cook Shelley in a mortar and pestle. And they taste it. Incredibly robust and flavorful. I do occasionally weaken from the green/red/yellow curries to order a fried rice or a paid see-ew (not on the menu but available if you ask) or a pad thai -- all superior examples of artful Thai cooking. The deep-fried tofu appetizer is wonderfully satisfying too. The restaurant's housed in a charming old Victorian. The service, admittedly slow and spotty sometimes, has improved with the new server. (A rather creepy, hostile server worked there for quite awhile - thank god he's gone.) Two minor drawbacks: (a) the Thai iced tea is indeed way too small, served in a juice glass as somebody mentioned. I don't know why this is the case. And (2) any newbie must be careful about ordering heat levels. The restaurant boasts 1-20 but even a ZERO rating has some heat. A .5 is equivalent to medium heat and a 1 is hot. I can't believe anybody could order anything beyond a 2, certainly not a 6 or 12 or 18! You'd have to call the fire department. It would make more sense to simply say mild, medium, hot, and incinerating. Incidentally, the owner's sister has the other really great Thai restaurant in town, Kuhn Pic (I think it's spelled) near 34th & Belmont in SE. Also always worth a visit, though the waits tend to be longer than at Lemongrass. I've had 35+ years of eating Thai food on the East and West coasts.

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★★★★★

Whenever I'm feeling flush -- because it's a bit spendier than most Thai places here -- I head to Lemongrass. There is simply no comparison between LG and Typhoon (inexplicably overrated) and the rest. I try mightily to vary the order but can't stay away from the curries! As someone else pointed out, they're the rarely experienced fresh curries, hand-pounded by owner/cook Shelley in a mortar and pestle. And they taste it. Incredibly robust and flavorful. I do occasionally weaken from the green/red/yellow curries to order a fried rice or a paid see-ew (not on the menu but available if you ask) or a pad thai -- all superior examples of artful Thai cooking. The deep-fried tofu appetizer is wonderfully satisfying too. The restaurant's housed in a charming old Victorian. The service, admittedly slow and spotty sometimes, has improved with the new server. (A rather creepy, hostile server worked there for quite awhile - thank god he's gone.) Two minor drawbacks: (a) the Thai iced tea is indeed way too small, served in a juice glass as somebody mentioned. I don't know why this is the case. And (2) any newbie must be careful about ordering heat levels. The restaurant boasts 1-20 but even a ZERO rating has some heat. A .5 is equivalent to medium heat and a 1 is hot. I can't believe anybody could order anything beyond a 2, certainly not a 6 or 12 or 18! You'd have to call the fire department. It would make more sense to simply say mild, medium, hot, and incinerating. Incidentally, the owner's sister has the other really great Thai restaurant in town, Kuhn Pic (I think it's spelled) near 34th & Belmont in SE. Also always worth a visit, though the waits tend to be longer than at Lemongrass. I've had 35+ years of eating Thai food on the East and West coasts.

Pros: The food is superb, consistently

Cons: Thai ice tea served in a juice glass - yikes! Spice levels can be challenging!

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Sorry that other reviewer had a bad experience--he/she must be a sour person who just doesn't get it. The slow service is part of the home-made charm. The food is stellar! Walking into The Lemongrass is like entering a spa: luxuriant aromas, and a room full of sweating people--from the spice of course!

This is one of the few Thai restaurants where the chef HAND-POUNDS the curry pastes in a mortar & pestle. Her flavors are unique and have way more dimension than a run-of-the mill Thai place (most Thai restaurants use pre-fab commercial curry pastes.)

The higher prices reflect the superior calibre of the food. You simply cannot get quality like this anywhere else. I live in San Diego. When I travel to Portland, a visit to The Lemongrass is mandatory. I do not bother with Thai food in San Diego because it won't compare with what I can get at The Lemongrass.

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★★★★★

Sorry that other reviewer had a bad experience--he/she must be a sour person who just doesn't get it. The slow service is part of the home-made charm. The food is stellar! Walking into The Lemongrass is like entering a spa: luxuriant aromas, and a room full of sweating people--from the spice of course!

This is one of the few Thai restaurants where the chef HAND-POUNDS the curry pastes in a mortar & pestle. Her flavors are unique and have way more dimension than a run-of-the mill Thai place (most Thai restaurants use pre-fab commercial curry pastes.)

The higher prices reflect the superior calibre of the food. You simply cannot get quality like this anywhere else. I live in San Diego. When I travel to Portland, a visit to The Lemongrass is mandatory. I do not bother with Thai food in San Diego because it won't compare with what I can get at The Lemongrass.

Pros: The Best Thai food

Cons: negligible

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The food is exquisite. Fresh, delicate balances of flavor. They're not afraid to turn the heat on the dishes! Unfortunately Lemongrass is also painfully understaffed. The poor service undermines an otherwise excellent experience. I certainly don't mind waiting for anything (at the door, for the food to arrive to the table, etc) but it's unfortunate when you can go 25 minutes without even catching sight of the server again.

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★★★★☆

The food is exquisite. Fresh, delicate balances of flavor. They're not afraid to turn the heat on the dishes! Unfortunately Lemongrass is also painfully understaffed. The poor service undermines an otherwise excellent experience. I certainly don't mind waiting for anything (at the door, for the food to arrive to the table, etc) but it's unfortunate when you can go 25 minutes without even catching sight of the server again.

Pros: everything on the menu!

Cons: understaffed=poor service

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Don't stop here for lunch or dinner if you are in a hurry! The food took a while, but that was because it was cooked to order and was exceedingly fresh, hot, and delicious!! The service was friendly and helpful. The drink glasses were small, but were refilled often. The jasmine tea was wonderful. The noodles were fresh and the Tom Ka soup was scrumptious. I like my Thai Food HOT, lots of Thai restaurants are disappointing in that their Hot is Medium at best. Lemongrass has truly hot, flavorful, fresh food. I was satified with number 2 on my soup and number 3 on my meal. I will be going back and will recommend to family and friends. The only caveat is that you have to be patient as the food preparation takes time, but it is well worth the wait.

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★★★★★

Don't stop here for lunch or dinner if you are in a hurry! The food took a while, but that was because it was cooked to order and was exceedingly fresh, hot, and delicious!! The service was friendly and helpful. The drink glasses were small, but were refilled often. The jasmine tea was wonderful. The noodles were fresh and the Tom Ka soup was scrumptious. I like my Thai Food HOT, lots of Thai restaurants are disappointing in that their Hot is Medium at best. Lemongrass has truly hot, flavorful, fresh food. I was satified with number 2 on my soup and number 3 on my meal. I will be going back and will recommend to family and friends. The only caveat is that you have to be patient as the food preparation takes time, but it is well worth the wait.

Pros: Friendly, Fresh, HOT

Cons: Not a quick lunch

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While the food at Lemongrass is good, the portions and pricing are out of whack. I've never seen a smaller Thai Iced Tea... it was in a juice glass! The service was border line and the server a bit over the top for my liking, calling out to other tables, "Hey, are you waiting for the men? Opps... sorry." The old, east side home is nice, but the cooler in the middle of the dining room tends to detract from the antiques. The patio wasn't open yet because of, "Yellowjackets... I don't want to get sued! Enough, I'll never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

While the food at Lemongrass is good, the portions and pricing are out of whack. I've never seen a smaller Thai Iced Tea... it was in a juice glass! The service was border line and the server a bit over the top for my liking, calling out to other tables, "Hey, are you waiting for the men? Opps... sorry." The old, east side home is nice, but the cooler in the middle of the dining room tends to detract from the antiques. The patio wasn't open yet because of, "Yellowjackets... I don't want to get sued! Enough, I'll never go back.

Pros: Food

Cons: Over priced, Service, Portions

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Lemongrass has lost its pioneering role in PDX. Lots of empty tables Saturday at 7PM. Yet, long waits- the only server for the 15 or so tables is also Maitre de and bus boy...

Fried tofu, fishcakes and papaya salad appetizers were good, but worth maybe a 7.0. Pad Kee Mao, and Pad Thai were unimpressive: bland, mealy, lacking imagination. But- beef remnants in a vegetarian dish! Unforgivable at these prices.
A fish dish fared better- colorful vegies, nice blend of tastes.

The service? Good conversations made us forgot that the food took forever to arrive (we did self serve for water and plate removal.)

A word about Lemongrass's reputation for "hot": Hot Thai needs to be flavorful otherwise it's just a competition schtick: who can take it the hottest...

Sorry, Lemongrass, you defined excellent Thai in the past, but the crown has moved somewhere else in PDX... Junior Marbles

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★★☆☆☆

Lemongrass has lost its pioneering role in PDX. Lots of empty tables Saturday at 7PM. Yet, long waits- the only server for the 15 or so tables is also Maitre de and bus boy...

Fried tofu, fishcakes and papaya salad appetizers were good, but worth maybe a 7.0. Pad Kee Mao, and Pad Thai were unimpressive: bland, mealy, lacking imagination. But- beef remnants in a vegetarian dish! Unforgivable at these prices.
A fish dish fared better- colorful vegies, nice blend of tastes.

The service? Good conversations made us forgot that the food took forever to arrive (we did self serve for water and plate removal.)

A word about Lemongrass's reputation for "hot": Hot Thai needs to be flavorful otherwise it's just a competition schtick: who can take it the hottest...

Sorry, Lemongrass, you defined excellent Thai in the past, but the crown has moved somewhere else in PDX... Junior Marbles

Pros: some fish dishes, some appetizers, cosy Victorian

Cons: noodle dishes, meat in veget. dishes, service-what service?

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There were waiting parties blocking the door. An insignificant paper sign near the entrance warned the observant not to attempt payment with credit cards -- Luckily, I'm a CitySearch man. Opening the door, you enter into the inadequate waiting area, gaining a full, unromantic view of a busy kitchen. No one ever greeted or acknowledged our presence, which slowly ate at my patience. I discovered -- To my horror -- a podium, white printer paper and green crayon for writing a name on the waiting list. I did.

I waited 45 minutes. A gentleman sat us, wisely refusing to serve hotter food than a 4 out of 10. Grrr -- I ordered a 4, soon realizing that this was the best and hottest Thai food I had ever eaten. I had it bumped to a 10.

Nowhere in the city comes close to this place if you like it hot.

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★★★★★

There were waiting parties blocking the door. An insignificant paper sign near the entrance warned the observant not to attempt payment with credit cards -- Luckily, I'm a CitySearch man. Opening the door, you enter into the inadequate waiting area, gaining a full, unromantic view of a busy kitchen. No one ever greeted or acknowledged our presence, which slowly ate at my patience. I discovered -- To my horror -- a podium, white printer paper and green crayon for writing a name on the waiting list. I did.

I waited 45 minutes. A gentleman sat us, wisely refusing to serve hotter food than a 4 out of 10. Grrr -- I ordered a 4, soon realizing that this was the best and hottest Thai food I had ever eaten. I had it bumped to a 10.

Nowhere in the city comes close to this place if you like it hot.

Pros: Hotest food anywhere, Great food, Friendly staff

Cons: Service

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After reading rave reviews about this place, a friend and I (avid thai fans) decided to try it out. We were bitterly disappointed. The only way I can describe the thai noodles is buttery. It was as if they had friend the noddles in oil and egg, then covered them in butter. There was no spice, no sauce, no taste! If we even wanted to order anything else the ridiculously high prices made us steer clear. Dont recommend if you have ever had decent thai food before!

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★☆☆☆☆

After reading rave reviews about this place, a friend and I (avid thai fans) decided to try it out. We were bitterly disappointed. The only way I can describe the thai noodles is buttery. It was as if they had friend the noddles in oil and egg, then covered them in butter. There was no spice, no sauce, no taste! If we even wanted to order anything else the ridiculously high prices made us steer clear. Dont recommend if you have ever had decent thai food before!

Cons: no taste, no debit/credit, no service

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The service was slow and not good. The food was so greasy and way to much money for what it was. The waiter forgot our App. and drinks. Food came plate by plate, 20min. between first and last dish.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service was slow and not good. The food was so greasy and way to much money for what it was. The waiter forgot our App. and drinks. Food came plate by plate, 20min. between first and last dish.

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Six years separated my first visit from the second and third visit. I felt very comfortable with dining alone once for lunch and once for dinner. The Thai food was unpretentious and very well done. Very standard dishes and a lack of Seafood kept this from being top drawer. All in all not to shabby.

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★★★★☆

Six years separated my first visit from the second and third visit. I felt very comfortable with dining alone once for lunch and once for dinner. The Thai food was unpretentious and very well done. Very standard dishes and a lack of Seafood kept this from being top drawer. All in all not to shabby.

Pros: Dishes well made, nice and pleasant, service OK

Cons: Nothing special, lack of seafood

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After reading the great reviews on Citysearch, I was excited to try Lemongrass. We arrived on a Friday for lunch. Although only three tables had people, we had to wait to be seated. Then, the server placed us at the most cramped table and threw two very dog-eared menus our way. After waiting 10 minutes with no sign of our server and seeing everybody else still waiting for food, we left. Our server wasn't even around to say good-bye. As we exited, we heard clanging and shouting in the kitchen. What's up with this place?

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★☆☆☆☆

After reading the great reviews on Citysearch, I was excited to try Lemongrass. We arrived on a Friday for lunch. Although only three tables had people, we had to wait to be seated. Then, the server placed us at the most cramped table and threw two very dog-eared menus our way. After waiting 10 minutes with no sign of our server and seeing everybody else still waiting for food, we left. Our server wasn't even around to say good-bye. As we exited, we heard clanging and shouting in the kitchen. What's up with this place?

Pros: Interesting Location

Cons: No service, long waits for food, bad attitude

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The food and service in this place is just awesome. Anyone who professes to love Thai food HAS to try this place at least once. I guarantee you will be hooked.

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★★★★★

The food and service in this place is just awesome. Anyone who professes to love Thai food HAS to try this place at least once. I guarantee you will be hooked.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

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Hands down this is my favorite Thai restaurant anywhere. I'm from San Francisco and first dined at Lemongrass about five years ago on spontaneous weekend trip to Portland with friends. We stumbled onto this place from a suggestion in a travel guide book. The restaurant is small and quaint so go early; regardless it is worth the wait.

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★★★★★

Hands down this is my favorite Thai restaurant anywhere. I'm from San Francisco and first dined at Lemongrass about five years ago on spontaneous weekend trip to Portland with friends. We stumbled onto this place from a suggestion in a travel guide book. The restaurant is small and quaint so go early; regardless it is worth the wait.

Pros: Best Thai Ever., Worth the wait.

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I have been to Thailand 6 times....Lemongrass has the best Thai food in town. Hell, if Lemongrass was in Bangkok instead of Portland it would probably be the best food in that city as well. It's crowded, the service borders on flat out awful, the decor is not so good...but the food.... once you taste the food you will forgive all else. The tom yum is the best I have ever eaten...

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★★★★★

I have been to Thailand 6 times....Lemongrass has the best Thai food in town. Hell, if Lemongrass was in Bangkok instead of Portland it would probably be the best food in that city as well. It's crowded, the service borders on flat out awful, the decor is not so good...but the food.... once you taste the food you will forgive all else. The tom yum is the best I have ever eaten...

Pros: Amazing Food, Amazing Food, Amazing Food

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My husband and I had wonderful experience in our first visit, so we went back early July with 2 more couples. It was a Friday nights, 2 days before their annual monthly shutdown. Normally we could pick ingredients in dishes, but that night NOTHING else was available other than chicken! They probably were cleaning up the fridge and were ready to go on vacation. The server was inexperienced - he ran back to the kitchen everytime after we asked a question. Not sure if we would recommend to others this time.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I had wonderful experience in our first visit, so we went back early July with 2 more couples. It was a Friday nights, 2 days before their annual monthly shutdown. Normally we could pick ingredients in dishes, but that night NOTHING else was available other than chicken! They probably were cleaning up the fridge and were ready to go on vacation. The server was inexperienced - he ran back to the kitchen everytime after we asked a question. Not sure if we would recommend to others this time.

Pros: Good Pad Thai

Cons: Limited hours

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Lemon Grass should be #1 in the Thai Food category. I've been eating at Lemon Grass from the time it first opened and have never had a bad dish. They always use the freshest of ingredients. I have gone to most of the other restaurants listed and none compare to Lemon Grass for consistency and fresh ingredients.

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★★★★★

Lemon Grass should be #1 in the Thai Food category. I've been eating at Lemon Grass from the time it first opened and have never had a bad dish. They always use the freshest of ingredients. I have gone to most of the other restaurants listed and none compare to Lemon Grass for consistency and fresh ingredients.

Pros: Fresh ingredients, flavors consistent, good portions

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Best Thai food in Portland.

Worst service in Portland.

What are your priorities?

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★★★★☆

Best Thai food in Portland.

Worst service in Portland.

What are your priorities?

Pros: Quality

Cons: Service

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I'm one to handle the hottest of the hot, but the spice level here is unmatched. We ordered Chili Chicken and were warned to start at the medium spice level, but we went for the hot...wow! Fish cakes were a bit bland. Prices are too high, and the Thai coffee/tea portions are ridiculously small. Wait time was exxxtremmmmelllly slow, however, service was very friendly. No debit and credit cards, come on join the millennium. Host became aggravated that I couldn't find the place, maybe mention that I'm looking for a house with a difficult to read sign, rather than a traditional business front. Overall, one of the better Thai offerings in PDX.

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★★★★☆

I'm one to handle the hottest of the hot, but the spice level here is unmatched. We ordered Chili Chicken and were warned to start at the medium spice level, but we went for the hot...wow! Fish cakes were a bit bland. Prices are too high, and the Thai coffee/tea portions are ridiculously small. Wait time was exxxtremmmmelllly slow, however, service was very friendly. No debit and credit cards, come on join the millennium. Host became aggravated that I couldn't find the place, maybe mention that I'm looking for a house with a difficult to read sign, rather than a traditional business front. Overall, one of the better Thai offerings in PDX.

Pros: spicy

Cons: coffee/tea, prices, wait time: food/table

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This restaurant may have a thai owner but the cuisine leans more to pan asian than thai. If that does not bother you then it can lead to a memorable meal. The vermicelli pad thai noodles should have vibrant nam pla acidity that is balanced by peanutty sweetness. However, their pad thai is more akin to the garnish on a vietnamese charcol dish.

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★★★☆☆

This restaurant may have a thai owner but the cuisine leans more to pan asian than thai. If that does not bother you then it can lead to a memorable meal. The vermicelli pad thai noodles should have vibrant nam pla acidity that is balanced by peanutty sweetness. However, their pad thai is more akin to the garnish on a vietnamese charcol dish.

Pros: spicey, inventive

Cons: few "thai" favorites, small portions

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If I hadn't expected Lemongrass to be "the best Thai food" in Portland I would have found the meal acceptable. Not that I would have gone back. I had heard about Lemongrass's incredible food but always with a caveat about the long wait. We arrived early and were seated and served promptly. The drinks were good but miniaturized; the Garden rolls were fresh and generous, the Tom Yum Soup was passable, and the mains were bland and disappointing. I had heard about the spiciness of Lemongrass and assumed that the dishes would be authentically Thai, with crisp, spicy flavors counteracting musky sweet ones. Instead, the peppers seemed a solitary afterthought. After hearing all the hype about hotness, we were shocked to find three stars too mild. Maybe I hit the restaurant on a bad night. I'll stick to Baan Thai, E-san and Khun Pic's Bahn, where the flavor never falters.

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★★★☆☆

If I hadn't expected Lemongrass to be "the best Thai food" in Portland I would have found the meal acceptable. Not that I would have gone back. I had heard about Lemongrass's incredible food but always with a caveat about the long wait. We arrived early and were seated and served promptly. The drinks were good but miniaturized; the Garden rolls were fresh and generous, the Tom Yum Soup was passable, and the mains were bland and disappointing. I had heard about the spiciness of Lemongrass and assumed that the dishes would be authentically Thai, with crisp, spicy flavors counteracting musky sweet ones. Instead, the peppers seemed a solitary afterthought. After hearing all the hype about hotness, we were shocked to find three stars too mild. Maybe I hit the restaurant on a bad night. I'll stick to Baan Thai, E-san and Khun Pic's Bahn, where the flavor never falters.

Pros: Beautiful Dining Area, Fresh Garden Rolls, Decent Service

Cons: Overpriced, Stingy with Tofu, Flavor-poor

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This place is HOT! HOT! HOT! The food, great. The service, great. The beer, great. The atmosphere, great. Authentic Thai cuisine, yes- it's great! Lemongrass is a 'family'-run restuarant...it feels like going over to a friend's house for dinner! And the food is prepared fresh-to-order by a talented Thai chef and she often comes out of the kitchen with smiles and warnings of ordering anything above a 3 on the Spicy Scale. HIGHLY Recomended.

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★★★★★

This place is HOT! HOT! HOT! The food, great. The service, great. The beer, great. The atmosphere, great. Authentic Thai cuisine, yes- it's great! Lemongrass is a 'family'-run restuarant...it feels like going over to a friend's house for dinner! And the food is prepared fresh-to-order by a talented Thai chef and she often comes out of the kitchen with smiles and warnings of ordering anything above a 3 on the Spicy Scale. HIGHLY Recomended.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

Cons: The Price, Wait at peak hours

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This IS the best and only Thai food in Portland. The flavors are very complex and multidimensional. The one woman cook makes everything fresh and you can tell by the flavors. You can get any heat level you like from non to fire. The service is very friendly and the ambience is welcoming. And the pricing is provides very high value. I highly recommend going to Lemon Grass. Order extra so you can take home leftovers.

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★★★★★

This IS the best and only Thai food in Portland. The flavors are very complex and multidimensional. The one woman cook makes everything fresh and you can tell by the flavors. You can get any heat level you like from non to fire. The service is very friendly and the ambience is welcoming. And the pricing is provides very high value. I highly recommend going to Lemon Grass. Order extra so you can take home leftovers.

Pros: great flavors, great value, great Thai

Cons: only one in town

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Great food, as good or better than any other Thai place in town, including Typhoon! (Actually, the only places I've been that exceed it are Arun's in Chicago, arguably the best Thai in the country, and Ring of Fire in Eugene, a fabulous place if you ever get the opportunity.) However, Lemongrass has a great setting in a beautiful big house with a nice interior and great back yard.

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★★★★☆

Great food, as good or better than any other Thai place in town, including Typhoon! (Actually, the only places I've been that exceed it are Arun's in Chicago, arguably the best Thai in the country, and Ring of Fire in Eugene, a fabulous place if you ever get the opportunity.) However, Lemongrass has a great setting in a beautiful big house with a nice interior and great back yard.

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I compare all other Thai restaurants I eat at to Lemongrass and have yet to find one that measures up. I was very surprised to read some of the poor reviews regarding the food, but not so surprised about the waiter.

I love their pad thai and their soups are so flavorful and yummy! The dining area was nice, but extremely crowded and loud. The waiter wasn't rude, but he wasn't very attentive (at least to us).

THE FACT THAT THEY DON'T TAKE CREDIT CARDS IS A PAIN!!!! One of us had to leave to get cash.

I can hardly wait to try some of the other Thai places that I have been reading about on this site. A good new one is Thai Garden on SE 122/off of Stark.

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★★★★☆

I compare all other Thai restaurants I eat at to Lemongrass and have yet to find one that measures up. I was very surprised to read some of the poor reviews regarding the food, but not so surprised about the waiter.

I love their pad thai and their soups are so flavorful and yummy! The dining area was nice, but extremely crowded and loud. The waiter wasn't rude, but he wasn't very attentive (at least to us).

THE FACT THAT THEY DON'T TAKE CREDIT CARDS IS A PAIN!!!! One of us had to leave to get cash.

I can hardly wait to try some of the other Thai places that I have been reading about on this site. A good new one is Thai Garden on SE 122/off of Stark.

Pros: Flavorful food

Cons: Cash only, Crowded and loud, Long waits

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I've tried almost every Thai restaurant in town. After hearing all the stories I expected a lot of Lemon Grass... Well I found out for myself: service is bad, the food is good but way too hot and the prices are too high for bad service with very small drinks and chipped plates.

Overrated! Try Thai kitchen in Beaverton for a hidden gem, no waiting and better service/food for a good price.

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★★☆☆☆

I've tried almost every Thai restaurant in town. After hearing all the stories I expected a lot of Lemon Grass... Well I found out for myself: service is bad, the food is good but way too hot and the prices are too high for bad service with very small drinks and chipped plates.

Overrated! Try Thai kitchen in Beaverton for a hidden gem, no waiting and better service/food for a good price.

Pros: Good taste

Cons: Too hot!, Too expensive, Bad service

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This Thai restaurant housed on the main floor of a charming Victorian is a good choice for vegetarians who like plenty of heat with their tofu. The service is famously erratic, it's a cash-only establishment, and the 1-20 spice scale is…

 

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