I've been to Bluehour several times--sometimes for cocktails & appetizers and more times for dinner. Bluehour is consistently great on all accounts. The decor & ambiance are elegant and inviting and the service is top notch. Everything I've tasted at Bluehour is exquisite. I've traveled the world and eaten at many wonderful restaurants and Bluehour is in my top 10 of the best.
Yes, it is expensive but not outrageously so and it's definitely worth a trip for a special occasion.
Went there for happy hour. Our waiter was very rude. Manager was nice. Food was good.
Great place for a date.
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bluehour is my neighborhood restaurant and I am probably there way too much, but its a Portland favorite. The food is consistently well executed and flavorful [I want to roll in the black truffle gnocchi sauce] and the staff warm and welcoming. My favorites include the salmon tartar, bacon wrapped scallops, and anything that Chef Drew has as a special [fried green tomatoes with fried oysters last summer were amazing]. The bar menu is also a good find, with great pasta and an excellent fondue. And one of the best burgers in town.
The only negatives that I can think of are a rather pedestrian wine list [but that is changing for the better] and tough parking in the Pearl [which is why they have a valet!].
Go and enjoy the food and the great people. And avoid the attitude and wanna be folks that tend to inhabit the bar on the weekends with their turned up shirt collars, loud voices and taste for Tiajuana Speed Balls.
Pros: ambience, food, waitstaff
Cons: parking [so use the valet!], crowded bar
yummy food and great atmosphere! i heard happy hour is amazing, but we liked it for a special ocassion.
Pros: great atmosphere in the pearl
Cons: no parking
When ever I have friends in town I take them here. The bacon wrapped scallops alone are worth the trip.
Pros: service is wonderful
Blue Hour is a Portland staple. Everyone who visits I take them there and they are thoroughly impressed.
I love the potato gnocchi and bacon wrapped scallops.
Pros: Beautiful interior, fab service, great fare
Cons: Can get crowded
The food was ok but pricey but the service was way too slow. To the point that I felt our table was ignored. While I find it annoying to be constantly approached, come on - 30 minutes after the entree came and there we no checking back. A quick check back could have made all the difference as one in our party had undercooked meat. A quick fix ordinarily.
Pros: Appetizers were good, food was generally good
Cons: service, not so hot
best birthday party experience with a group at a restaurant in portland!
I have never been for dinner because it's a bit pricey, but the happy hour is really nice. Not a lot of drink selections, but the food is well priced and of great quality.
*Blue Hour Burger
*Terribly expensive outside of Happy Hour
*Sacrificed comfort to be ultra-modern
*Happy Hour Meatball is blah
Overall, if you go for the Blue Hour Burger or Happy Hour, it can be worth it. Any other reason you're going and you may be wishing you had saved your money.
Pros: Blue Hour Burger.
Cons: A little too modern to be comfortable. Snobby atmosphere.
Stopped into Portland, from out of town, and had a light dinner in their bar area. This was my second time eating here and it was even better than the first. The food keeps getting better! They had a special that night of calamari, served with arugula, and capers, and lemon. It was amazing and even better than fresh calamari I've had in Italy. Definitely a must for all diners! Try it while they still have it on their menu!
Pros: amazing dishes
Cons: busy and had to wait for a table in the bar
I had their new cocktail - the "Magnolia" and then I had another. I'm usually skeptical of fruity drinks, but this was the perfect combination; nothing "sticky-sweet" about it... instead a nice balance of fresh peaches and lime juice. It went perfectly with the Tuna Tartare. I think this may be the perfect summer combination.
Pros: try the "magnolia" - the perfect spring cocktail
Cons: busy bar, but that made it fun
i had a few people meet me after work for happy hour and it was great! they just switched their happy hour menus, so now you get 50% off everything on the bar menu! i had the steak frites with a salad and was perfectly full for dinner, and it only cost me $9.00! we were hoping to sit on the patio, as there had been a hint of sun this week, but not the day we were there, so that was the only "con." can't wait for this weather to change. i have a feeling we'll be spending lots of happy hours on the patio here!
Pros: 1/2 off their bar menu for happy hour
Cons: still too cold to sit on the patio
We stopped in to Bluehour on a busy Friday night without reservations. The Hostess and (I'm assuming) Manager were very friendly and let us know they could accommodate us "right away." We are from out of town, and as a party of 5, we thought we'd have to wait, but they quickly opened up a 4-top table, and turned it into a round that was perfect for us girls to sit around and catch up. I'm a vegetarian, which in a lot of places means I get a pasta primavera as the vegie option... not here. I had the Risotto Cakes with lentils and fresh vegetables, and I've been craving them ever since. They were truly excuisite. My friends all ordered the fresh fish, (I think a Monkfish) and one had the "chef's recommended menu." You'd think we were a table of guys by the way we cleaned our plates. It truly was amazing.
I think the nicest thing was that we felt so welcome... not as in being in someone's restaurant, but rather being in someone's home. So gracious, attentive, and FRIENDLY! For such a classy place, the true class shows in the attitudes of the stuff. THANK YOU BLUEHOUR!
Pros: fantastic servers who made us feel truly welcome.
Cons: the bread & butter are too good.
I am not usually someone who complains about a restaurant or some one who actually sends their food back, but tonight I am that person.
We went out for date night at the BlueHour. It was a romantic setting but as for service and food I am very disappointed. Our server only talked to us twice, to get our drink order and our food order. My main entre sat in front of me for 40 minutes and not once did some come by and ask if our food was good. Finally the manager came by and asked and he was very accommodating.
For a restaurant that is priced as it is and brings the clientele in that it does, I expected rich tasting food (instead of bland) and quality service instead of being ignored.
Cons: Bland food-bad service
I go to brunch with friends every Sunday. We have our favorite spots, but celebrating a birthday last Sunday we decided to make reservations at Bluehour. It was busy but not crazy. It was unlike our other brunch spots mainly because it was calm and quiet. I'm used to waiters running around and other brunch goers trying to get my table after already waiting 30 minutes or more. Bluehour was the opposite of all that. It was relaxing. Waiters are respectful and let you take your time ordering. We sat at our table forever. It was definitely long and leisurely. It had all my favorites, pancakes, waffles, eggs benedict, bloody marys, etc. It is a pretty standard menu for being such a fancy place. Prices weren't bad. A little more expensive than your neighborhood joints, but then you don't feel like you are at your neighborhood joint. The food was satisfying and cooked well. I still will be going to my other crazy brunch spots but this is a nice alternative when I just want a quiet, no hassle place to go. Its made it on my list.
Pros: Quiet and Relaxing
Cons: Only one New York TImes in the house!
My good friend wanted to attend the special "Tea Time" that they have on the weekends for her Birthday present-so we went.We had to wait even though I had made resvs way ahead of time-but we were finally seated.she gave us a choice of teas listed but when I asked for help-not a big tea drinker myself-she just said -"it depends on what you like"[no help]We then read a list of things that came with the tea to eat-which sounded good but when she brought out the tray of tiny bits of things to eat- -about 6 small bites a piece--the bread was stale and dry-and none of the bites were very good-and of course we had come hungry-and left hungry--all for 50.00 plus tip![After drinking the tea -no one ever came around to offer us more tea or even hot water].For such a highly touted restaurant--I was soo disapointed-I won't be back .
Pros: Ambience is nice
Cons: very slow service
There was a wait for our reservation, but it was worth it. Valentine's day at this place really impressed my date. The food and service were awesome. The room was packed with well dressed, beautiful people and my girlfriend was definitely into it. They didn't have our favorite Champagne, but the wine list otherwise was comprehensive. It was a memorable evening. It was fun.
Pros: Food, drinks and scene
Cons: reservation wait
Fried picholine olives, antipasto, margherita pizza, caesar, oysters, FONDUE, FONDUE, FONDUE. Sit near the door for the best people watching. Life is Delicious.
I want to thank the Bluehour staff for making me look like some kind of BIG SHOT last night. I really had one of the best dinners of my life. Everything was perfect and my wife was blown away by all the attention.
Pros: Mike the server
I go to Blue Hour continually, and am usually a huge fan, but i have to say i am so tired of the management there! THEY ARE HORRIBLE! So rude and inconsiderate. they always recognize me as a VIP, but most recently, TOM has been continually rude and disrespectful, and it's drives me crazy to see the way they talk to their employees. they treat their staff like they're worthless, and it's awful. Im so glad to see that the assistant manager, RON, is gone, because he was never even nice to us. He was always rude and snooty. He never made eye contact, and constantly over spoke me in conversation, and interupted us when commenting.
I have been going to Bluehour for years. I've had birthdays there. My wife and I were engaged there and recently spent election night there. The place really delivers for special occasions, but as a regular hang out, it just feels like home. The staff knows my name and really seems to care about the customer.
I often get a burger and Caesar salad. They are both delicious treats after work. The happy hour is pretty good as well. I recommend giving it a try.
Pros: Food, Drinks, Atmosphere
Looking for a last minute restaurant for my wife's birthday. Wow, did this exceed every expectation I had. Staff was very accommodating, food was outlandish and overall experience was really something special. This is NOT a cheap restaurant. Expect to drop $150 for 2 plus drinks, but well worth it. Even the desert was out of this world. Definitely an 5 Star restaurant.
Had a great time, a little pretentious but I had a great time, friday night is the night to go! If you want to make it during the week, the happy hour is great!
I dined at Bluehour this weekend for the first time in 2 years. I must say the dinner was even better than I had remembered. We were greeted by a lovely host who sat us on time for our reservation with a friendly smile. Our server was very attentive and helpful with suggestions that improved our dinner. Even though there are many new places to go, Bluehour still delivers interesting, fresh cuisine. My husband and I enjoyed two amazing pastas as well as the New York Steak with Short Rib and the Vegetarian Flan. Everything was cooked perfectly to our liking.
My husband and I will be recommending Bluehour to all of our friends! The food and service made it a memorable evening!
Pros: Incredible Service and Fantastic Food
Cons: Recommend Reservations
I used to live in NYC and I have to say that this place could hold its own if it were in The City. The food is delicious, service impeccable and it reminds me of how I didn't have to leave absolutely everything behind by moving to Portland. I love the big city and obviously the people who own this place do too. More restaurants like this please!! I love it!
Pros: Food, Service and Ambiance
Cons: First Thursday Bimbos
Looks like pdx peeps are hot and cold on this place, but I love it. Food is decadent, service is professional and the decor is unlike any other place in the city. I can't afford to eat here regularly, but try to rotate it in a couple of times a year. I hear the bar is a scene, but I'm not really into scenes.
I support the right to serve foie gras, so for that reason I also like to support this place, besides what the angry vegans say. sorry, that's not very PC of me.
All in all, I say try bluehour, as it is a portland institution and they seem to take what they do seriously.
Pros: elegant and decedent
Cons: can be a barbie crowd and often a line for the bathrooms
I was given the challenging task of entertaining my firm's clients from the East Coast for dinner. As many of you know, East Coast diners have high expectations of food and service. I made a reservation at Bluehour. From the great wine selections provided by the sommelier to the diverse menu to the tasty desserts, our entire dinner was phenomenal. My guests were very demanding on the staff, and they delivered very accommodating service. I highly recommend this restaurant for business entertaining. The food and service impress and exceed expectation for the most discerning diner.
Pros: Food and Service
Cons: Casual attire not recommended
I dined at this restaurant for the first (and last time) this weekend with a large group of friends. When I joined my group, I found the host to be prompt and friendly in seating me. For starters, I had a berry cocktail called the Bramble. It had too much ice, little alcohol & was bland on the flavor. It was a $10 watered down KoolAid. Next, I had a mixed green salad that was fair at best. The greens were bitter and the vinagrette was boring. It looked like it was plated in a cafeteria. My entree was a king salmon dish. The fish was cooked properly but the presentation and flavor was lacking. I could barely taste a hint of wasabi in the crust and got the feeling it was mass produced under a broiler. I tried a bite of my friend's chocolate crepes that was great! I wish I ordered that for dinner! Our waiter took our orders effectively but seemed to be absent and inattentive. He was not worth the 18% gratuity. The music was too loud, and it was difficult to hear others at my table. For a place that is touted as being memorable and special, Blue Hour is anything but. that.
Pros: Decor and host
Cons: Food, wait staff and ambience
I thought that this restaurant was exremely over priced for the quality of food we received. They were out of a number of things on the menu. My husband food was cold, and tasted like it had sat under the heat lamp for a half an hour. My food as well my friend tasted like we could have made it out of a Rice-A-Roni box. I do not recommend this restaurant. I will say that it is a beautiful restaurant, but that not what makes a great restaurant. It's the food!!!!
Great place for dinner with out of town guests you want to impress. Food was spot on and great wine list. Had a great waiter who made our night. Love waiters who know what they are doing and not intrusive! We'll be back. Although not inexpensive, prices are pretty reasonable for what you are getting.
If you are looking for a place to have that perfect after work drink, definately give Blue Hour a try. We walked in to an extremely busy scene, but were immediately greeted by a very handsomely dressed host, who later turned out to be the general manager. Though the main dining room is stunning, with light flooding through the 12' high windows, and its unique chandeliers, we ended up grabbing one of the many intimate cafe tables in the bar. Not only was the staff attentive, efficient, and friendly, they also serve one heck of a cocktail! We were having such a good time talking and people watching, we ordered the ceasare salad and salmon tartare. The ceasare was crisp with a wonderful dressing, and the salmon tartare deserves a medal! All in all, if the bar/cafe was that good, you can bet that we will be returning for the full treatment in the main dining room. You have got to try this place!
I have to say, for a town that is brimming with excellent cuisine and snug places to sip cocktails, this is the best of them all. I have been coming here for the last year, and my visits seem to become more frequent with every delicious bite, and well mixed cocktail. This is a rarity for me, as usually the charm of a place has a short shelf life, but I find the attention to detail, sweet and familiar staff, and well selected cuisine to be well worth the repeat trips. This is not just a place to come and show yourself off, though it's great for that too, this is a place to come, and try everything on the menu at least once, and then keep coming back for more!
What a parade! I have never seen so many people "going for it" in one place. I knew The Pearl District was the place for all the fancy, pretty people, but this has got to be the epic center of it all. It was beyond crowded, but I was told First Thursday is always crowded. The food and drinks were good and surprisingly timely given the number of people they were serving. I recommend trying this place out. Pure fun and people watching!
Seeing a host of fruit flys in the bottome of my cognac, )Hennessy VSOP I walked to the bar to complain and his reply was "oh, fruit-flys, that's a common bar problem." To his credit he did offer me and my companions a free drink but that wasn't enough to overcome what was a poor dining experience at Blue Hour.
First, when I ordered a glass of the Pinot, the waitress made sure to tell me that it was $20 per glass. I said I know, it was printed on the menu and I was wondering if I looked as if I couldn't afford the $20 or what. We ordered the Salmon Tartar for appetizer but it never came. The waitress had forgot it. She offered to take it off the bill and we had it after our main course, which was just as well because it was fresh and delicious and made up for a lackluster entree. (I had the gnocchi)
All in all a disappointing experience. The restaurant trys so hard to be swank and thee place see and be seen. That might be o.k. if you're into that. But it's too bad the service and the food can't live up to the reputation as being one of Portland's best places to dine.
my wife and i were recently in portland from san francisco, we were treated to a wonderful dinner at bluehour by our friends who live in portland. the experience was amazing, the food, the service and the atmosphere were all excellent. my wife loved the oysters and her striped bass. i would have to say it was one of our best dinning experiences. we will definitely return when we visit portland again.
I live in the neighborhood and work next door. I'm there almost everyday. I've grown to think of Bluehour as my living room. My glamourous and delicious living room with an endless supply of great people watching.
See and be seen at Blue Hour. The wait staff is snooty and service is mediocre at best. The food is good and imaginative but you can get the same thing at a number of restaurants around town. During the busy evening dinner hour the restaurant is loud and almost impossible to carry on a quiet intimate conversation with your guests. Good but certainly not the best in Portland.
Pros: The place to see and be seen in Portland
Cons: Wait staff and parking
On a recent and rare sunny afternoon in Portland, I found myself lucky enough to snag a seat on the Bluehour patio. I have to say, this is the best place to be for delicious cocktails and cheap eats during happy hour in the city. Sitting there, watching the world go by, wonderful!
We had a lovely meal with friends visiting from New York who are extreme foodies and we always get nervous to hang out with them in a restaurant. We figured we should bring them to what we think is the best restaurant in Portland. We were right. Bluehour did not disappoint. Dinner was wonderful and service was just right. Our NYC friends cleaned their plates and we sent them home with stories to share of a great time and great place to dine in Portland. We will be back for dinner soon.
A recent dinner for an annual girls night out became unpleasant as we (and several other diners) were pressured out of the restaurant. The restuarant booked late reservations (probably to keep full as late as possible), despite a late night charity dinner later that evening. We were not told this even though we made our reservation for 8:30pm. As the evening progressed, it was apparent that something was going a - a sound check and feather centerpieces?!? Our server tried to be accomodating, but the management kept hovering about and looking at our plates to see if we were almost done. At first it was a slight annoyance, but it became tense and nerve wracking. We had to ask to talk to the manager, and his totally insincere and weak attempt to make things "right" didn't work. He was obviously more concerned about the charity patrons who were arriving. We don't plan on going back, despite the good food. Good service for ALL should be the priority - not just $$$$.
Bluehour is the best place in Portland! Hands down. Service, food, atmosphere and location are all in Bluehour's favor. I dine here regularly. Sometimes for a deal at happy hour, but most of the time for dinners with friends and first dates. This place always impresses me!
My boyfriend and I were not impressed with Bluehour the night we went there for dinner. The place was WAY too crowded and the table they sat us in was so small and right in the middle of the room. Unfortunately we were not able to have a conversation that evening because it was so hard to hear. We were practically screaming at each other. Our waiter was rude and non-existent. The food was decent enough, but I would like to enjoy everything. The decor is pretty to look at, but does that really make a great restaurant? If I am going to go out for a nice dinner, I would rather go somewhere where you can actually hear the people you are dining with, and the waitstaff is more attentive. I just can't see what all the hype is about.
One of my favorite places in Portland, not because it is the homecoming queen of pdx restaurants but because their happy hour is KILLER! There can be nothing better than sitting on the deck watching the world go by with a pile of crispy fries and a burger, nothing can wash the work day away better than a perfect cocktail or a glass of rose. It is the best deal in town - especially since the quality is so ridiculously high. Even though I am just a regular gal - I always feel special here.
Pros: Happy Hour, Specialty Drinks, Burger!, Oysters, Champagne
Cons: Can get crowded...
Decided bluehour would be a classy place to take my girlfriend and her mother for brunch. Was most definitely not disappointed. Service was perfect, everyone felt pampered without the server being overbearing (big pet peeve) and the food was delicious. Waffles were light and fluffy, my steak and eggs were delightful. My girlfriend's mother had a good time and I was able to make a great impression on her. Thanks bluehour!
Pros: Service, Food
Rencently dined on a Monday night. Host argued reservation was not in his book. Please take it up with your phone operator on Friday afternoons, not us. 8:15 pm and no other tables occupied and no one at the bar or in the lounge area. The service was professional and seamless. Although the food was a different story. Four small pieces of room temperature duck.on bland polenta and 3 carrots and a parsnip does not consistute at $28 price tag. If you want to charge these prices in PDX, please do, but value and attention to detail must be a consideration. The gnocchi were beautiful pillows, but void of black truffles and once again a bland and room temperature sauce. The wine list was also prices a bit too high.
Pros: Ambiance, Service, Location
Cons: Food...What happened????