Park Kitchen

★★★★☆
  • 422 NW 8th Ave D

    Portland, OR 97209

    Cross street: Northwest Flanders Street

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  • 503-223-7275

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Just spent $600+ for 5. Great service and drinks. Food was poor so thank goodness for having the friends and drinks to make it okay. Not worth the money.

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★★★★★

Just spent $600+ for 5. Great service and drinks. Food was poor so thank goodness for having the friends and drinks to make it okay. Not worth the money.

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Wow. We strayed from our usual collection of awesome PDX restaurants for a birthday dinner at PK with our group of five. Bad idea.

We waited about ten minutes for the server to say hello, so we ordered two glasses of wine and an

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★★★★★

Wow. We strayed from our usual collection of awesome PDX restaurants for a birthday dinner at PK with our group of five. Bad idea.

We waited about ten minutes for the server to say hello, so we ordered two glasses of wine and an

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Have to say I have not had such a bad dinning experience in a long time. Slightly creative takes on NW style of food. Small portions, very overpriced. My dad is a vegetarian but they had no veggie options on the menu. The recommended

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★★★★★

Have to say I have not had such a bad dinning experience in a long time. Slightly creative takes on NW style of food. Small portions, very overpriced. My dad is a vegetarian but they had no veggie options on the menu. The recommended

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This is my first review, and I feel compelled to let people know about my experience at Park Kitchen. I specifically made this reservation to take my mother who was in town for the weekend. I am a complete foodie, and have been to the best of the best in Portland (Beast, Bluehour, Paley??s, etc.). Park Kitchen, regardless of everything I heard about the menu being wonderful and focused on local ingredients, was unfortunately a huge disappointment. We ordered a bottle of wine to start, and then ordered the $50 small/large plate sampler, thinking we would get to try a wider variety of rather than ordering individual entrees. The menu was chosen by the chef, which is a fun idea, I give them that. The portions, however, were ridiculously small (two cold salads were eaten in five bites, the cracker dish had three crackers), and every single one of the dishes delivered had the same rhubarb sauce, making every dish taste similar (I was completely surprised that the chef chose to do this). Ugh. Despite all of this, the worst part of the while night was that each extremely small course still took 15-20 minutes to get (on a slow Thursday night). On top of that, no bread/crackers or anything is served complimentary. That is a huge mistake with the miniscule portions and hefty prices. In the end, I left Park Kitchen still hungry, with a pounding headache from drinking 2 glasses of wine before they even served the first course.
With all of the outstanding restaurants in Portland, I will not be visiting Park Kitchen again. They just are not trying hard enough, and will never be able to keep up with the competition in this wonderful "foodie" city of ours.

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★★☆☆☆

This is my first review, and I feel compelled to let people know about my experience at Park Kitchen. I specifically made this reservation to take my mother who was in town for the weekend. I am a complete foodie, and have been to the best of the best in Portland (Beast, Bluehour, Paley??s, etc.). Park Kitchen, regardless of everything I heard about the menu being wonderful and focused on local ingredients, was unfortunately a huge disappointment. We ordered a bottle of wine to start, and then ordered the $50 small/large plate sampler, thinking we would get to try a wider variety of rather than ordering individual entrees. The menu was chosen by the chef, which is a fun idea, I give them that. The portions, however, were ridiculously small (two cold salads were eaten in five bites, the cracker dish had three crackers), and every single one of the dishes delivered had the same rhubarb sauce, making every dish taste similar (I was completely surprised that the chef chose to do this). Ugh. Despite all of this, the worst part of the while night was that each extremely small course still took 15-20 minutes to get (on a slow Thursday night). On top of that, no bread/crackers or anything is served complimentary. That is a huge mistake with the miniscule portions and hefty prices. In the end, I left Park Kitchen still hungry, with a pounding headache from drinking 2 glasses of wine before they even served the first course.
With all of the outstanding restaurants in Portland, I will not be visiting Park Kitchen again. They just are not trying hard enough, and will never be able to keep up with the competition in this wonderful "foodie" city of ours.

Pros: Great location in the Park Blocks

Cons: Prices/Portions/Service Style

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We had a phenomenal 10 person dinner and it was unbelievably fun with great food and, as always, great people at Park Kitchen. The pork: unreal. The lamb chops: great. The flank steak salad: as typical, on point. The bld orange salad: crisp, clean and refreshing. Oh, and how was the Sticky Date Pudding? Ridiculously good, maybe the best dessert I've had.

I never post on sites like this, but I wanted to give credit where credit is due.

Park Kitchen is a first class place with an easy-going atmosphere. With the great people and the seasonal menu changes, we always keep it on the top of our list.

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★★★★★

We had a phenomenal 10 person dinner and it was unbelievably fun with great food and, as always, great people at Park Kitchen. The pork: unreal. The lamb chops: great. The flank steak salad: as typical, on point. The bld orange salad: crisp, clean and refreshing. Oh, and how was the Sticky Date Pudding? Ridiculously good, maybe the best dessert I've had.

I never post on sites like this, but I wanted to give credit where credit is due.

Park Kitchen is a first class place with an easy-going atmosphere. With the great people and the seasonal menu changes, we always keep it on the top of our list.

Pros: Great Location, Great People, Great Food

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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Park Kitchen turned out to be the biggest disappointment of our trip to Portland. Indeed, my expectations were high due to the reviews I've read on Citysearch and the recommendations of friends who have dined there. Perhaps it was just an off night, or perhaps we ordered the least interesting entrees, but the food was mediocre at best. Our waiter was knowledgeable and recommended a delicious bottle of syrah. The terrine appetizer was good but not great, and a signature salad suggested by the waiter turned out to be far from innovative; it was frankly bland. But I was shocked when my lamb entree arrived, and the lamb, hidden among tepid sauteed potatoes and turnip croquettes, consisted of one--ONE-- four-bite chop. One of the reasons I ordered the dish was that the gentleman sitting at an adjacent table had ordered the same entree earlier, and his portion of lamb was immense. I called the waiter over who apologized but did nothing to correct the problem except bring another slice of the terrine I had earlier as an appetizer. Been, there; done that. I dine out often and never complain about the cost of food in a restaurant, but the dish was overpriced and a huge disappointment, not only from the small portion of lamb but by the pedestrian seasoning and preparation. Nothing interesting, delicious, or innovative here. Would I dine there again? No. Will I recommend the restaurant to friends? No. Not when there are so many other restaurants in Portland that are far superior. If you decided to go, I hope your experience is better than mine; it has to be.

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★★☆☆☆

Park Kitchen turned out to be the biggest disappointment of our trip to Portland. Indeed, my expectations were high due to the reviews I've read on Citysearch and the recommendations of friends who have dined there. Perhaps it was just an off night, or perhaps we ordered the least interesting entrees, but the food was mediocre at best. Our waiter was knowledgeable and recommended a delicious bottle of syrah. The terrine appetizer was good but not great, and a signature salad suggested by the waiter turned out to be far from innovative; it was frankly bland. But I was shocked when my lamb entree arrived, and the lamb, hidden among tepid sauteed potatoes and turnip croquettes, consisted of one--ONE-- four-bite chop. One of the reasons I ordered the dish was that the gentleman sitting at an adjacent table had ordered the same entree earlier, and his portion of lamb was immense. I called the waiter over who apologized but did nothing to correct the problem except bring another slice of the terrine I had earlier as an appetizer. Been, there; done that. I dine out often and never complain about the cost of food in a restaurant, but the dish was overpriced and a huge disappointment, not only from the small portion of lamb but by the pedestrian seasoning and preparation. Nothing interesting, delicious, or innovative here. Would I dine there again? No. Will I recommend the restaurant to friends? No. Not when there are so many other restaurants in Portland that are far superior. If you decided to go, I hope your experience is better than mine; it has to be.

Pros: Friendly staff, intimate setting, good wine list

Cons: Mediocre food

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For my money Park Kitchen and Paley's Place are the best restaurants in Portland. Wow, what flavors! In three visits to Park Kitchen two have been spectacular - both when I left my menu in the Chef's hands and enjoyed it with a nice bottle of wine from their well thought out list (including some great half bottles). The key to Park Kitchen is being willing to try different things and not necessarily choosing dishes that may look safe on the menu - many of the dishes I loved would not have caught my eye based on the ingredients but the flavors went so well together they almost defy description. Without a doubt I will be back to Park Kitchen at least four times per year to sample the Chef's Menu for all seasons. Bravo to Park Kitchen!

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★★★★★

For my money Park Kitchen and Paley's Place are the best restaurants in Portland. Wow, what flavors! In three visits to Park Kitchen two have been spectacular - both when I left my menu in the Chef's hands and enjoyed it with a nice bottle of wine from their well thought out list (including some great half bottles). The key to Park Kitchen is being willing to try different things and not necessarily choosing dishes that may look safe on the menu - many of the dishes I loved would not have caught my eye based on the ingredients but the flavors went so well together they almost defy description. Without a doubt I will be back to Park Kitchen at least four times per year to sample the Chef's Menu for all seasons. Bravo to Park Kitchen!

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My partner and I keep Park Kitchen in our rotation of favorite spots, along with Clyde Common, Le Pigeon, Beast, DOC, etc. The food at PK is always a surprising but perfect mix of flavors. Always fresh and seasonal. The cocktails are superb - and they can even mix interesting mocktails by request - savory or sweet - which seems too tall an order for the other chi-chi bars in town. The desserts are fantastic. The staff may be my favorite part of the Park Kitchen experience. They always make us feel welcomed and special. They are obviously food geeks, but aren't obnoxious about it. Best service in town, by far. We'll be eating here tonight for our anniversary. I can't wait.

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★★★★★

My partner and I keep Park Kitchen in our rotation of favorite spots, along with Clyde Common, Le Pigeon, Beast, DOC, etc. The food at PK is always a surprising but perfect mix of flavors. Always fresh and seasonal. The cocktails are superb - and they can even mix interesting mocktails by request - savory or sweet - which seems too tall an order for the other chi-chi bars in town. The desserts are fantastic. The staff may be my favorite part of the Park Kitchen experience. They always make us feel welcomed and special. They are obviously food geeks, but aren't obnoxious about it. Best service in town, by far. We'll be eating here tonight for our anniversary. I can't wait.

Pros: watching the bocce courts in the summer

Cons: tight quarters

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Le Pigeon, Toro Bravo, Fenouil - all worth it. Park Kitchen was not. It's been on my list for awhile, and when we arrived at Le Pigeon last night and discovered they were experiencing a power outage, we opted for PK instead. Very little about the experience was positive. The menu seemed poorly planned and overly full, leaving you to wonder how much to order (big plates vs. small plates) and which of the items were their best. The service was not great, but I often forgive poor service because things just might be off on the night you're there. Plates and utensils were whisked away too quickly - often before we had finished eating!

My main complaint was with the food (as it should be). Out of the 8 dishes we tried, not one was great, and most weren't even close to mediocre. I'm pretty positive the mushrooms in the matsutake/leek/cauliflower small plate were just shitakes, but regardless, this dish had NO flavor. I can appreciate the simple art of roasting vegetables to let their true flavors shine, but most things need the assistance of a few basic additions - olive oil, salt? The cut of meat in the pork dish seemed to be whatever was on sale at Safeway - tough and fatty. The chickpea fries were a good idea, but the execution was off - the taste wasn't all that interesting and they were a bit soggy (which might have been due to the length of time they sat on the pick-up shelf....I noticed fries sitting up there, wondered if they were ours, and sure enough - 10 minutes later they were picked up and brought to us!). We also waited 45 min between having appetizer plates cleared and receiving our main dishes. Not a crime, but not the sign of a well-orchestrated kitchen, either.

Anyway - I will never go back. I've been to worse restaurants, sure, but I've also been to a great many superior ones in Portland. Don't waste a good meal on this place! It may have been better a year or more ago, but the local food critics need to revisit it and update their reviews.

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★☆☆☆☆

Le Pigeon, Toro Bravo, Fenouil - all worth it. Park Kitchen was not. It's been on my list for awhile, and when we arrived at Le Pigeon last night and discovered they were experiencing a power outage, we opted for PK instead. Very little about the experience was positive. The menu seemed poorly planned and overly full, leaving you to wonder how much to order (big plates vs. small plates) and which of the items were their best. The service was not great, but I often forgive poor service because things just might be off on the night you're there. Plates and utensils were whisked away too quickly - often before we had finished eating!

My main complaint was with the food (as it should be). Out of the 8 dishes we tried, not one was great, and most weren't even close to mediocre. I'm pretty positive the mushrooms in the matsutake/leek/cauliflower small plate were just shitakes, but regardless, this dish had NO flavor. I can appreciate the simple art of roasting vegetables to let their true flavors shine, but most things need the assistance of a few basic additions - olive oil, salt? The cut of meat in the pork dish seemed to be whatever was on sale at Safeway - tough and fatty. The chickpea fries were a good idea, but the execution was off - the taste wasn't all that interesting and they were a bit soggy (which might have been due to the length of time they sat on the pick-up shelf....I noticed fries sitting up there, wondered if they were ours, and sure enough - 10 minutes later they were picked up and brought to us!). We also waited 45 min between having appetizer plates cleared and receiving our main dishes. Not a crime, but not the sign of a well-orchestrated kitchen, either.

Anyway - I will never go back. I've been to worse restaurants, sure, but I've also been to a great many superior ones in Portland. Don't waste a good meal on this place! It may have been better a year or more ago, but the local food critics need to revisit it and update their reviews.

Pros: the wine was good; I liked the open kitchen arrangement

Cons: food, service, value, menu

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So, all end with a two digit number. All praise the ambience, but slam the service. Hmmmmm...could be a disgruntled applicant that never got a call back? Come on citysearch, you should be sniffing these people out. Park Kitchen is always packed, always great, even though the place is too small and out of the way. If you are going to tag a place three times, next time, don't leave so many breadcrumbs...

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★★★★★

So, all end with a two digit number. All praise the ambience, but slam the service. Hmmmmm...could be a disgruntled applicant that never got a call back? Come on citysearch, you should be sniffing these people out. Park Kitchen is always packed, always great, even though the place is too small and out of the way. If you are going to tag a place three times, next time, don't leave so many breadcrumbs...

Pros: Everything

Cons: anonymous lurkers who can't cover their tracks

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If you are seeing a show at the Keller then Park Kitchen is the place to go beforehand. They make really good drinks and the bacon wrapped dates are to die for! Parking is a bear but you are downtown - take MAX. They have a great appetizer menu and make a really good burger.

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★★★★☆

If you are seeing a show at the Keller then Park Kitchen is the place to go beforehand. They make really good drinks and the bacon wrapped dates are to die for! Parking is a bear but you are downtown - take MAX. They have a great appetizer menu and make a really good burger.

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uncaring service, arrogant, middle-range food and too overpriced for the unpleasant experience!
would not recommend to anyone.
portland doesn't need this kind of a resturant reputation!

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★☆☆☆☆

uncaring service, arrogant, middle-range food and too overpriced for the unpleasant experience!
would not recommend to anyone.
portland doesn't need this kind of a resturant reputation!

Pros: ambience

Cons: poor service, blah food

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Deciding to splurge on my birthday, having heard so much press about Park Kitchen AND knowing that they support local growers I decided to try lunch on Friday, September 19. I arrived at a little after 1 and walked around a little trying to find someone who could seat me. No one seemed to e managing the front of the house so I sat at the bar. After being ignored by the bartender for a while I finally got her attention and let her know I would be having lunch.
Not an auspicious start, but hey, I was in a good mood, it was my birthday.
When I finally got some attention I ordered a martini, straight up. Not too complicated, right? When it was put in front of me the bartender walked into the back of the restaurant. One taste told me it had been poured into a warm glass. Another server walked by in back of me and I asked him for some ice. I should have asked for a new drink but everyone seemed to be so INTENT on avoiding guests.
When the bartender/server finally came back I asked about some ingredients in one of the dishes I was interested in. She didn't know what was in the dish so she went back to find out. Good she went to find out - bad she didn't know in the first place. Usually, restaurants have a server meeting prior to opening for the day to let them know about the dished being served.
OK, let's get to the food. I was in the mood for a rustic lunch and decided on the terrine and the duck confit.
The terrine was flat tasting and I honestly could not taste any of the ingredients described on the menu. The duck was ok, but nothing special and I actually have bought duck at New Seasons that was tastier and better cooked.
So, not a great birthday gift to myself. Perhaps Portland has a lower food and service standard than the other places I have eaten around the world.

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★☆☆☆☆

Deciding to splurge on my birthday, having heard so much press about Park Kitchen AND knowing that they support local growers I decided to try lunch on Friday, September 19. I arrived at a little after 1 and walked around a little trying to find someone who could seat me. No one seemed to e managing the front of the house so I sat at the bar. After being ignored by the bartender for a while I finally got her attention and let her know I would be having lunch.
Not an auspicious start, but hey, I was in a good mood, it was my birthday.
When I finally got some attention I ordered a martini, straight up. Not too complicated, right? When it was put in front of me the bartender walked into the back of the restaurant. One taste told me it had been poured into a warm glass. Another server walked by in back of me and I asked him for some ice. I should have asked for a new drink but everyone seemed to be so INTENT on avoiding guests.
When the bartender/server finally came back I asked about some ingredients in one of the dishes I was interested in. She didn't know what was in the dish so she went back to find out. Good she went to find out - bad she didn't know in the first place. Usually, restaurants have a server meeting prior to opening for the day to let them know about the dished being served.
OK, let's get to the food. I was in the mood for a rustic lunch and decided on the terrine and the duck confit.
The terrine was flat tasting and I honestly could not taste any of the ingredients described on the menu. The duck was ok, but nothing special and I actually have bought duck at New Seasons that was tastier and better cooked.
So, not a great birthday gift to myself. Perhaps Portland has a lower food and service standard than the other places I have eaten around the world.

Pros: Pretty park setting

Cons: bad service, mediocre food

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We were walking through the Pearl enjoying this wonderful September in Portland when we seen this cosy looking place. It looked nice, elite and romantic so we went in. It was packed. Seating in the front, bar in the middle and seating in the back with an open kitchen. The smell coming from the kitchen in the back was overwhelming and we sat down on the bar. The waiter was extremely arrogant and unfriendly. I might not look very rich but I love spending a lot of money on high quality food and drink. After living in Italy, Austria and Germany I am actually a bit spoiled.
After having a (for Portland completely overpriced but) nicely poured pint we decided no to eat because the bar tender was so snooty. Definitely not going back there

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★★☆☆☆

We were walking through the Pearl enjoying this wonderful September in Portland when we seen this cosy looking place. It looked nice, elite and romantic so we went in. It was packed. Seating in the front, bar in the middle and seating in the back with an open kitchen. The smell coming from the kitchen in the back was overwhelming and we sat down on the bar. The waiter was extremely arrogant and unfriendly. I might not look very rich but I love spending a lot of money on high quality food and drink. After living in Italy, Austria and Germany I am actually a bit spoiled.
After having a (for Portland completely overpriced but) nicely poured pint we decided no to eat because the bar tender was so snooty. Definitely not going back there

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Overpriced, snooty service

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Park Kitchen is by far one of the restaurants you have to go to in Portland! My fiancee and I went for lunch on a recent vacation and were blown away by the food, service, and friendly staff. First the food: Wow! I had the buckwheat pappardelle with lamb and rapini and my fiancee had the duck confit with sweet pea spatzle and carrots. The food here is inventive, fresh, and delicious, full of passion and love. It's not just going some place to eat, but is actually an entire experience. The service was great and the staff was very friendly in telling us other places to visit in Portland. The atmosphere here is not stuffy at all, but friendly and laid-back. We spent about $45 for 2 soups, 2 entrees, and tip which was totally worth the experience you get here. Park Kitchen is so good, we had to go back another day just to get dessert which was also amazing. I had the pistachio turnovers with rosewater icecream and strawberries, while my fiancee got the dulce de leche with rhubarb. Yum! We just can't wait to go back there and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone with a desire to experience a culinary adventure of the palate and senses.

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★★★★★

Park Kitchen is by far one of the restaurants you have to go to in Portland! My fiancee and I went for lunch on a recent vacation and were blown away by the food, service, and friendly staff. First the food: Wow! I had the buckwheat pappardelle with lamb and rapini and my fiancee had the duck confit with sweet pea spatzle and carrots. The food here is inventive, fresh, and delicious, full of passion and love. It's not just going some place to eat, but is actually an entire experience. The service was great and the staff was very friendly in telling us other places to visit in Portland. The atmosphere here is not stuffy at all, but friendly and laid-back. We spent about $45 for 2 soups, 2 entrees, and tip which was totally worth the experience you get here. Park Kitchen is so good, we had to go back another day just to get dessert which was also amazing. I had the pistachio turnovers with rosewater icecream and strawberries, while my fiancee got the dulce de leche with rhubarb. Yum! We just can't wait to go back there and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone with a desire to experience a culinary adventure of the palate and senses.

Pros: inventive food, great overall experience

Cons: none I can think of

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Upon the recommendation of friends we tried Park Kitchen on Friday night with another couple. As I had not heard of Park Kitchen, I researched it on Citysearch. I liked the reviews - mostly very positive - and I emailed for the current menu. Upon receipt of the menu my wife & I agreed that it was "interesting". We are not overly adventurous in our dining and were not sure what we would enjoy based on the menu. We actually considered changing to a new restaurant - but that would be too boring so we decided to leave our comfort zone for an evening - thank goodness we did!

Everyone had a fabulous evening. Our waitress was excellent - very helpful w/out being overbearing. As we were out of our comfort zone - I relied on the waitress for suggestions - and she was a great help. The ladies started with cocktails suggested by the waitress. One of the ladies did not enjoy the cocktail - so without hesitation the waitress took it back, brought her another drink that she loved and did not charge us for the first drink. My friend & I each brought a bottle of wine to enjoy ($20 corkage)

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★★★★★

Upon the recommendation of friends we tried Park Kitchen on Friday night with another couple. As I had not heard of Park Kitchen, I researched it on Citysearch. I liked the reviews - mostly very positive - and I emailed for the current menu. Upon receipt of the menu my wife & I agreed that it was "interesting". We are not overly adventurous in our dining and were not sure what we would enjoy based on the menu. We actually considered changing to a new restaurant - but that would be too boring so we decided to leave our comfort zone for an evening - thank goodness we did!

Everyone had a fabulous evening. Our waitress was excellent - very helpful w/out being overbearing. As we were out of our comfort zone - I relied on the waitress for suggestions - and she was a great help. The ladies started with cocktails suggested by the waitress. One of the ladies did not enjoy the cocktail - so without hesitation the waitress took it back, brought her another drink that she loved and did not charge us for the first drink. My friend & I each brought a bottle of wine to enjoy ($20 corkage)

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We love GREAT food and service and found it here on our two visits over the last three months. We were somewhat hesitant the 1st time (February 16th) due to a few comments read on Portland City Search; however we experienced nothing but outstanding food preparation and service (a great balance of attention without hovering); we sat at a counter looking directly into the kitchen food preparation area and enjoyed watching the process of meal preparation and presentation. On our 2nd visit (April 15th), we arrived early and were promptly seated and presented with a specially printed menu calling attention to our special occasion. The menu offerings were creative and different on each visit; the ?Cooks Choice? was a great experience and a chance for a sampling of the various full offerings. We have no issues with ?special diets?; we dine out for a chance to experience new selections and really great cooking and service, and we found just that at the Park Kitchen.

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★★★★★

We love GREAT food and service and found it here on our two visits over the last three months. We were somewhat hesitant the 1st time (February 16th) due to a few comments read on Portland City Search; however we experienced nothing but outstanding food preparation and service (a great balance of attention without hovering); we sat at a counter looking directly into the kitchen food preparation area and enjoyed watching the process of meal preparation and presentation. On our 2nd visit (April 15th), we arrived early and were promptly seated and presented with a specially printed menu calling attention to our special occasion. The menu offerings were creative and different on each visit; the ?Cooks Choice? was a great experience and a chance for a sampling of the various full offerings. We have no issues with ?special diets?; we dine out for a chance to experience new selections and really great cooking and service, and we found just that at the Park Kitchen.

Pros: Food preparation/presentation and Service (balanced)

Cons: Parking; meters are read up until 7 pm (even on Saturday); lighten up Portland

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My husband and I had a gift certificate for this restaurant. We were really looking forward to going as we heard such great recommendations. Boy were we disapointed. We called ahead of time, as I have food allergies, to make sure that they could accomidate, they assured us they could. Upon arrival we were given a totally separate menu than that emailed to us earlier in the day. I was only able to order maybe 3-4 items on the entire menu. The chef was NOT willing to change anything. Of course, this is his right as a chef, but we were initially told otherwise. The food that we ordered was AWFUL!!!! Totally unrecognizable as food! We picked a bit at our dinners and ordered a bottle of wine. The wine was the best part of the meal. We felt also that the servers, although appeared pleasant, were a bit condescending. Not really at all helpful. I will never go back to this very expensive restaurant, nor will I recommend it to anyone!

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I had a gift certificate for this restaurant. We were really looking forward to going as we heard such great recommendations. Boy were we disapointed. We called ahead of time, as I have food allergies, to make sure that they could accomidate, they assured us they could. Upon arrival we were given a totally separate menu than that emailed to us earlier in the day. I was only able to order maybe 3-4 items on the entire menu. The chef was NOT willing to change anything. Of course, this is his right as a chef, but we were initially told otherwise. The food that we ordered was AWFUL!!!! Totally unrecognizable as food! We picked a bit at our dinners and ordered a bottle of wine. The wine was the best part of the meal. We felt also that the servers, although appeared pleasant, were a bit condescending. Not really at all helpful. I will never go back to this very expensive restaurant, nor will I recommend it to anyone!

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I highly recommend Park Kitchen for business or personal dinners and lunches.

My husband and I and three guests, including a four year old and an eighteen year old, went to Park Kitchen to celebrate our twelve year anniversary. The meal was amazing and service was attentive. The staff customized a vegan meal for one diner, and a pasta dish for the four year old. The rest of us ordered off the menu. Chickpea fries and green salads for appetizers and entrees of pork, lamb and duck which were all excellent. I ordered the lamb which was an unusual cut, close to the bone and perfectly cooked, surrounded by gigante beans and a poblano mole. I had a few bites of the duck, which is always beautifully prepared. And never even got close to the pork because the eighteen year old loved it so much.

We picked Park Kitchen to celebrate this event because it has always impressed me. They have great seasonal menus, food from Portland Farmers Market vendors, and staff who truly care about customers. And, they?re kid friendly. Although it?s not on the menu, they make an excellent pasta for kids and some of the more accessible appetizers have expanded our son?s food horizons.

The portions are similar in size and price to other fine dining restaurants. As is the conviction in the kitchen to maintain high standards. When we?ve asked for menu modifications in the past, we?ve respected the kitchen?s professional opinion on whether the change should be made, or whether we should order a different item.

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★★★★★

I highly recommend Park Kitchen for business or personal dinners and lunches.

My husband and I and three guests, including a four year old and an eighteen year old, went to Park Kitchen to celebrate our twelve year anniversary. The meal was amazing and service was attentive. The staff customized a vegan meal for one diner, and a pasta dish for the four year old. The rest of us ordered off the menu. Chickpea fries and green salads for appetizers and entrees of pork, lamb and duck which were all excellent. I ordered the lamb which was an unusual cut, close to the bone and perfectly cooked, surrounded by gigante beans and a poblano mole. I had a few bites of the duck, which is always beautifully prepared. And never even got close to the pork because the eighteen year old loved it so much.

We picked Park Kitchen to celebrate this event because it has always impressed me. They have great seasonal menus, food from Portland Farmers Market vendors, and staff who truly care about customers. And, they?re kid friendly. Although it?s not on the menu, they make an excellent pasta for kids and some of the more accessible appetizers have expanded our son?s food horizons.

The portions are similar in size and price to other fine dining restaurants. As is the conviction in the kitchen to maintain high standards. When we?ve asked for menu modifications in the past, we?ve respected the kitchen?s professional opinion on whether the change should be made, or whether we should order a different item.

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I went to dinner at Park Kitchen on the recommendation of the review "ten best restaurants in Portland" in a recent Portland Monthly. We reserved a table ahead of time and when we got there were offered a cramped table in the bar. We preferred to wait 30mins for a table in the restaurant. The female bar tender was attentive but the service deteriorated in the restaurant. We waited 30 mins for our dishes and when we inquired about the wait were told we could order bread (extra cost!) The place was noisy ( expected somewhat as small and busy dining area situated in the kitchen) but very warm (no air conditioning) The dishes were presented in an appetizing way but my husband's duck entree was extremely tough. My pork belly starter was very fatty. I would not go back or recommend the place to friends - and I have eaten at many Portland restaurants.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to dinner at Park Kitchen on the recommendation of the review "ten best restaurants in Portland" in a recent Portland Monthly. We reserved a table ahead of time and when we got there were offered a cramped table in the bar. We preferred to wait 30mins for a table in the restaurant. The female bar tender was attentive but the service deteriorated in the restaurant. We waited 30 mins for our dishes and when we inquired about the wait were told we could order bread (extra cost!) The place was noisy ( expected somewhat as small and busy dining area situated in the kitchen) but very warm (no air conditioning) The dishes were presented in an appetizing way but my husband's duck entree was extremely tough. My pork belly starter was very fatty. I would not go back or recommend the place to friends - and I have eaten at many Portland restaurants.

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I went to Park Kitchen for the first time last night with my wife and another couple who had made the reservation. I looked on City Search for reviews before going and went with trepidation because of the reviews preponderance of reviews with one or two stars. We found the service to be excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. We chose the Chef's Choice for dinner. Several previous reviewers had been disappointed in the size of the portions, with the Chef's Choice that was not a problem. We had four wonderful cold small plates, several hot small plates and several large plates. The standouts were a cold grilled calamari salad, the chickpeas fries, flat iron steak w/ blue cheese, sliced duck breast with buckwheat spatzel and a rabbit hindquarter that melted off the bone. The only exceptions to excellence were the deserts in which the pastries were dry. We were all very happy with our service and enjoyed the variety of tastes and flavors provided by the chef.

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★★★★★

I went to Park Kitchen for the first time last night with my wife and another couple who had made the reservation. I looked on City Search for reviews before going and went with trepidation because of the reviews preponderance of reviews with one or two stars. We found the service to be excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. We chose the Chef's Choice for dinner. Several previous reviewers had been disappointed in the size of the portions, with the Chef's Choice that was not a problem. We had four wonderful cold small plates, several hot small plates and several large plates. The standouts were a cold grilled calamari salad, the chickpeas fries, flat iron steak w/ blue cheese, sliced duck breast with buckwheat spatzel and a rabbit hindquarter that melted off the bone. The only exceptions to excellence were the deserts in which the pastries were dry. We were all very happy with our service and enjoyed the variety of tastes and flavors provided by the chef.

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I picked Park Kitchen for a very special meeting of two groups of people, and the restaurant turned it into a stressful occasion.

For starters, a few in our party of seven were five minutes late. I recognize that this is our fault, but we were told to sit and read the menu while we waited so that we would be done with our meal when the restaurant "needed the table back." I know that restaurants operate on volume, but it was empty, and I have never been given a time limit before -- Would we be kicked out if we ate too leisurely or hurried all night? -- it set an unnecessary tone.

Then we sat down in a wave of heat. The temperature of the restaurant was literally 85 degrees -- there was a thermostat on the wall -- 10 degrees warmer than outside. We asked about the air conditioning and were told that the air only worked well in the private room.

During the meal, the din in the restaurant was so loud that our table essentially split in two so that we could hear each other. I know that restaurants don't have much control over this, but I wish I knew going in that the dining room would get so noisy.

After the meal, the restaurant messed up the check. To avoid awkwardness, we had prearranged with the restaurant to have the check split between the two groups, but they forgot. And when we (again) requested a split check, they assigned the automatic gratuity to one of the checks but left it off and didn't tell us that we had to add it, so we were left trying to figure out why $50 was missing. What should have been a discreet end to the meal became a 10-minute ordeal.

On the bright side, the food was delicious, although that also had its drama. They refused to cook the steak more than medium-rare because they didn't think it would have a good texture, even though that's exactly how we wanted it. I appreciate a cook having pride in his or her work, but isn't the customer the one eating it?

Overall, good food, but too many miscues for the money.

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★★☆☆☆

I picked Park Kitchen for a very special meeting of two groups of people, and the restaurant turned it into a stressful occasion.

For starters, a few in our party of seven were five minutes late. I recognize that this is our fault, but we were told to sit and read the menu while we waited so that we would be done with our meal when the restaurant "needed the table back." I know that restaurants operate on volume, but it was empty, and I have never been given a time limit before -- Would we be kicked out if we ate too leisurely or hurried all night? -- it set an unnecessary tone.

Then we sat down in a wave of heat. The temperature of the restaurant was literally 85 degrees -- there was a thermostat on the wall -- 10 degrees warmer than outside. We asked about the air conditioning and were told that the air only worked well in the private room.

During the meal, the din in the restaurant was so loud that our table essentially split in two so that we could hear each other. I know that restaurants don't have much control over this, but I wish I knew going in that the dining room would get so noisy.

After the meal, the restaurant messed up the check. To avoid awkwardness, we had prearranged with the restaurant to have the check split between the two groups, but they forgot. And when we (again) requested a split check, they assigned the automatic gratuity to one of the checks but left it off and didn't tell us that we had to add it, so we were left trying to figure out why $50 was missing. What should have been a discreet end to the meal became a 10-minute ordeal.

On the bright side, the food was delicious, although that also had its drama. They refused to cook the steak more than medium-rare because they didn't think it would have a good texture, even though that's exactly how we wanted it. I appreciate a cook having pride in his or her work, but isn't the customer the one eating it?

Overall, good food, but too many miscues for the money.

Pros: Food

Cons: Everything else

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I have to agree with the reviewer from 8/18. My boyfriend and I were just there for dinner and were surprised by a few points. First, the entrees were familiar sounding dishes but the waitress didn't seem to know much about the details about the accompanying sides and after telling us about one of the dishes, had to come back to correct the information, not just a little bit, but completely and we had to change our selection. They don't have a HUGE menu so this was a bit annoying. Second, the food itself was adequate, only. Third, we were surprised by how small the portions were for entrees that were $25.00. I know that ingredients and preparation skills determine prices and not just portion sizes, but the ingredients were fresh but not novel, the preparations not complex, so I am still wondering why, after we spent over $100 for a dinner for two on appetizers, entrees and desserts, we left hungry. I'd say this place could be great if they could lower their prices while improving the quality of their dishes. Having a better informed staff wouldn't hurt either.

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★★☆☆☆

I have to agree with the reviewer from 8/18. My boyfriend and I were just there for dinner and were surprised by a few points. First, the entrees were familiar sounding dishes but the waitress didn't seem to know much about the details about the accompanying sides and after telling us about one of the dishes, had to come back to correct the information, not just a little bit, but completely and we had to change our selection. They don't have a HUGE menu so this was a bit annoying. Second, the food itself was adequate, only. Third, we were surprised by how small the portions were for entrees that were $25.00. I know that ingredients and preparation skills determine prices and not just portion sizes, but the ingredients were fresh but not novel, the preparations not complex, so I am still wondering why, after we spent over $100 for a dinner for two on appetizers, entrees and desserts, we left hungry. I'd say this place could be great if they could lower their prices while improving the quality of their dishes. Having a better informed staff wouldn't hurt either.

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We went to Park Kitchen based on it's stellar reputation and on the good word of some friends. The attitude of the wait staff was luke warm at best. They appeared to be somewhat put out to seat us, talk to us, take our order. The menu had a nice assortment of light summer fair. The food was average. I asked if they could cook the steak on the steak salad to medium as opposed to medium rare and the waitress said she had to check because it was all cooked before hand and chilled. She came back with great news....they could cook it to medium, thanks for the favor! Nothing terribly original nor descript. One thing that really shocked me was that we ordered a fish stew and they charged $3.50 for 3 pieces of bread. Is it not customary to serve bread with stew? And to charge for it?????? The meal, the service and the ambience left me feeling disappointed and certainly not eager to return. There are way too many excellent choices in Portland to waste my time on Park Kitchen.

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★★☆☆☆

We went to Park Kitchen based on it's stellar reputation and on the good word of some friends. The attitude of the wait staff was luke warm at best. They appeared to be somewhat put out to seat us, talk to us, take our order. The menu had a nice assortment of light summer fair. The food was average. I asked if they could cook the steak on the steak salad to medium as opposed to medium rare and the waitress said she had to check because it was all cooked before hand and chilled. She came back with great news....they could cook it to medium, thanks for the favor! Nothing terribly original nor descript. One thing that really shocked me was that we ordered a fish stew and they charged $3.50 for 3 pieces of bread. Is it not customary to serve bread with stew? And to charge for it?????? The meal, the service and the ambience left me feeling disappointed and certainly not eager to return. There are way too many excellent choices in Portland to waste my time on Park Kitchen.

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A friend who knows food claimed to have had one of his all time favorite meals here not long ago. I went with a group of friends last night, expecting something innovative and was amazed by the poor quality of the food and service both. To begin with, our irritating waiter arrived to take our drink order. He brought the bottle of wine to our table promptly, but didn't open it. After 10 minutes, I mentioned to another staff member that we wanted to do more than look at the bottle, and to please open it and bring glasses. Later in the meal, our waiter became a near constant intrusive presence. He would literally interrupt conversation at the table while we were eating to ask if we had any questions, and when we did, he had laughably un helpful responses... asked about the "olive oil souffle" on the dessert menu, he told us, repeatedly, that the oil didn't really contribute flavor, but "added to the lightness of the affair". His nasal yell of "pardon my reach" didn't help as he repeatedly passed his arm an inch from my face in order to give food to one of my dining companions, even after the table behind us emptied and he could have easily gone around.
Food was similarly dissappointing, oversalted and muddled, with everything on the plate tasting the same, soft, salty and blended. I couldn't tell the tripe from the morels in my small plate of pasta, and whatever the green vegetable once was on the plate with my lamb, (chop, small and absurdly fatty, "hash" salty & mushy), it had been stewed beyond recognition in the same salty brown sauce. Really, the meal had more to say about winter in eastern europe than spring in portland!
Desert of pecan creampuffs were hard and dry, seemingly stale! And for all that fabulous service, an 18% tip was added to the bill because we were a "huge" group... of 6. Honestly, I can not believe I just ate at the same place people have been raving about! This was the worst "expensive" meal I've ever had.

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★★☆☆☆

A friend who knows food claimed to have had one of his all time favorite meals here not long ago. I went with a group of friends last night, expecting something innovative and was amazed by the poor quality of the food and service both. To begin with, our irritating waiter arrived to take our drink order. He brought the bottle of wine to our table promptly, but didn't open it. After 10 minutes, I mentioned to another staff member that we wanted to do more than look at the bottle, and to please open it and bring glasses. Later in the meal, our waiter became a near constant intrusive presence. He would literally interrupt conversation at the table while we were eating to ask if we had any questions, and when we did, he had laughably un helpful responses... asked about the "olive oil souffle" on the dessert menu, he told us, repeatedly, that the oil didn't really contribute flavor, but "added to the lightness of the affair". His nasal yell of "pardon my reach" didn't help as he repeatedly passed his arm an inch from my face in order to give food to one of my dining companions, even after the table behind us emptied and he could have easily gone around.
Food was similarly dissappointing, oversalted and muddled, with everything on the plate tasting the same, soft, salty and blended. I couldn't tell the tripe from the morels in my small plate of pasta, and whatever the green vegetable once was on the plate with my lamb, (chop, small and absurdly fatty, "hash" salty & mushy), it had been stewed beyond recognition in the same salty brown sauce. Really, the meal had more to say about winter in eastern europe than spring in portland!
Desert of pecan creampuffs were hard and dry, seemingly stale! And for all that fabulous service, an 18% tip was added to the bill because we were a "huge" group... of 6. Honestly, I can not believe I just ate at the same place people have been raving about! This was the worst "expensive" meal I've ever had.

Pros: nice location, pleasant atmosphere

Cons: everything else... $$$, food, service

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It has been over a year since my friends and I have had a chance to re-visit Park Kitchen, and I just want to say, Scott Dolich and his staff still has what it takes to be considered the best restaurant in Portland. We went last night for First Thursday, and even though we did not call ahead for a reservation, their staff was extremely gracious and accomodating and after drinks on the patio, we moved inside for dinner and it was superb, from start to finish. We enjoyed the Chef's Tasting menu, and the service of the courses was impeccable. Thank You Park Kitchen for making a gorgeous spring day in Downtown Portland even better with a flawless meal from start to finish.

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★★★★★

It has been over a year since my friends and I have had a chance to re-visit Park Kitchen, and I just want to say, Scott Dolich and his staff still has what it takes to be considered the best restaurant in Portland. We went last night for First Thursday, and even though we did not call ahead for a reservation, their staff was extremely gracious and accomodating and after drinks on the patio, we moved inside for dinner and it was superb, from start to finish. We enjoyed the Chef's Tasting menu, and the service of the courses was impeccable. Thank You Park Kitchen for making a gorgeous spring day in Downtown Portland even better with a flawless meal from start to finish.

Pros: Exprienced Professionals who know how to do it right

Cons: tables too close together, otherwise, fine

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Wow. This was awful. I am a server and I am usually extra "patient" with food service and tip exceptionally well because I understand how difficult the food industry is. We were sat right away, but didn't recieve water for ten minutes. Usually water comes quickly. We waited to order drinks even longer...like 17 minutes after recieving the water. Then we ordered drinks and food after I asked someone to take our order. Some of the food came about forty minutes later. Other parts of our order didn't. Its rude to begin eating while others are waiting, so we all waited to eat together. We waited for ANOTHER 25 more minutes, then the last of the food came out. Then our drinks came. Then appetizers in the middle of our main meal, oh, but it was the wrong appetizer. I never got my drink- oh wait, after our food was all cleared and no plates were left on the table--- then, our waitress informed us that my ginger ale two hours late was on the house. Oh YIPPIE! It was almost as if someone took our order and did a word jumble, everything came out in stages completely out of order. Nothing was served to the right person! Who wants drinks once their meal is served and four glasses of water later? The waitress did not exist through out the meal, only to take our money in the end. It was absolutely AWFUL, BAD, THE WORST, MOST HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. No kidding, seriously. Do not go there, waste of money. My salad tasted like cheap fresh express salad greens with olive oil on it. The portion sizes are ridiculous for any human being who is not anorexic. The price scale is misleading, as each plate it between $6-$30, yet most people coud eat MULTIPLE PLATES, even little vegetarians like myself. I am in awe of how terrible this was. In fact, I am shocked. I can't wait to tell all my friends and coworkers how goofy the service was and also just how disorganized the meal was.

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★☆☆☆☆

Wow. This was awful. I am a server and I am usually extra "patient" with food service and tip exceptionally well because I understand how difficult the food industry is. We were sat right away, but didn't recieve water for ten minutes. Usually water comes quickly. We waited to order drinks even longer...like 17 minutes after recieving the water. Then we ordered drinks and food after I asked someone to take our order. Some of the food came about forty minutes later. Other parts of our order didn't. Its rude to begin eating while others are waiting, so we all waited to eat together. We waited for ANOTHER 25 more minutes, then the last of the food came out. Then our drinks came. Then appetizers in the middle of our main meal, oh, but it was the wrong appetizer. I never got my drink- oh wait, after our food was all cleared and no plates were left on the table--- then, our waitress informed us that my ginger ale two hours late was on the house. Oh YIPPIE! It was almost as if someone took our order and did a word jumble, everything came out in stages completely out of order. Nothing was served to the right person! Who wants drinks once their meal is served and four glasses of water later? The waitress did not exist through out the meal, only to take our money in the end. It was absolutely AWFUL, BAD, THE WORST, MOST HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. No kidding, seriously. Do not go there, waste of money. My salad tasted like cheap fresh express salad greens with olive oil on it. The portion sizes are ridiculous for any human being who is not anorexic. The price scale is misleading, as each plate it between $6-$30, yet most people coud eat MULTIPLE PLATES, even little vegetarians like myself. I am in awe of how terrible this was. In fact, I am shocked. I can't wait to tell all my friends and coworkers how goofy the service was and also just how disorganized the meal was.

Pros: Nothing.

Cons: SLOW, GROSS, OVERPRICED, SNOTTY STAFF. I can go on...

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Our table wasn't available when we arrived for our reservations, though anyone who dines frequently can understand how this happens, especially on weekends. We were unexpectedly rewarded for our patience (a mere 15-20 minutes, and we weren't in a hurry - besides - we had cocktails!) with a complimentry order of their magical chickpea fries and squash (?) katsup. A whimsical friend insisted we order the chefs tasting menu and left our wine selections up to the discretion of our endearingly scattered-looking, yet somehow "on-it" server. The standouts include a clam and blood-orange salad, the afore mentioned chickpea fries, a perfectly prepared lamb stew, and a special lemon-pudding cake. Many of the combinations were unexpected, though thankfully, the majority of them worked. Despite all of the negativity regarding service in previous reveiws, I must say, our server and his team took great care of us. You could easily tell that all service staff we encountered genuinely wanted us to have an amazing experience.
Throw your caution (and credit card) to the wind and try the chefs tasting menu!

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★★★★★

Our table wasn't available when we arrived for our reservations, though anyone who dines frequently can understand how this happens, especially on weekends. We were unexpectedly rewarded for our patience (a mere 15-20 minutes, and we weren't in a hurry - besides - we had cocktails!) with a complimentry order of their magical chickpea fries and squash (?) katsup. A whimsical friend insisted we order the chefs tasting menu and left our wine selections up to the discretion of our endearingly scattered-looking, yet somehow "on-it" server. The standouts include a clam and blood-orange salad, the afore mentioned chickpea fries, a perfectly prepared lamb stew, and a special lemon-pudding cake. Many of the combinations were unexpected, though thankfully, the majority of them worked. Despite all of the negativity regarding service in previous reveiws, I must say, our server and his team took great care of us. You could easily tell that all service staff we encountered genuinely wanted us to have an amazing experience.
Throw your caution (and credit card) to the wind and try the chefs tasting menu!

Pros: Creative flavor combinations, friendly service, chickpea fries!!

Cons: The intimately sized dining room was perhaps a bit too intimate

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Go there knowing you should be venturesome, because although the menu changes frequently, chances are you'll be hard-pressed to find terribly something familiar to fall back on. No problem there. I had two small plates: duck skin salad, which is made precious mostly by the diminutive nature of the serving, and braised pork belly in shredded and marinated beets -- quite savory if just as fatty as you expect it to be.

But the food could have been teleported from The French Laundry and I would have still eaten it with my teeth on edge. We were seated quckly enough, and someone arrived to take our drink order within a few minutes. Then we waited 40 minutes, with not a word from the waiter, until he returned to say they were out of mint and thus couldn't make the mohito one person in our party had ordered. No real apology -- the waiter just stood there with an attitude like he would do us the honor of taking another request. Then, in a mere 20 additional minutes, our drink orders arrived.

At that point we put in our dinner orders, three of us ordering two small plates and the fourth an entree. Our first plates arrived quickly -- each of which was four or five bites worth. But they must have thought we wanted to chew them really thoroughly, because the second plates and the entree were easily another 40 minutes arriving. Again, no one checked in, apologized or explained: we got the sense that both the waiter and the bartender felt they were much too cool to stoop to something so declasse as an apology.

So if you're looking for a very leisurely time, and a service technique that makes you gratefully welcome the arrival of even the tiniest portions of food, Park Kitchen is the place for you.

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★★☆☆☆

Go there knowing you should be venturesome, because although the menu changes frequently, chances are you'll be hard-pressed to find terribly something familiar to fall back on. No problem there. I had two small plates: duck skin salad, which is made precious mostly by the diminutive nature of the serving, and braised pork belly in shredded and marinated beets -- quite savory if just as fatty as you expect it to be.

But the food could have been teleported from The French Laundry and I would have still eaten it with my teeth on edge. We were seated quckly enough, and someone arrived to take our drink order within a few minutes. Then we waited 40 minutes, with not a word from the waiter, until he returned to say they were out of mint and thus couldn't make the mohito one person in our party had ordered. No real apology -- the waiter just stood there with an attitude like he would do us the honor of taking another request. Then, in a mere 20 additional minutes, our drink orders arrived.

At that point we put in our dinner orders, three of us ordering two small plates and the fourth an entree. Our first plates arrived quickly -- each of which was four or five bites worth. But they must have thought we wanted to chew them really thoroughly, because the second plates and the entree were easily another 40 minutes arriving. Again, no one checked in, apologized or explained: we got the sense that both the waiter and the bartender felt they were much too cool to stoop to something so declasse as an apology.

So if you're looking for a very leisurely time, and a service technique that makes you gratefully welcome the arrival of even the tiniest portions of food, Park Kitchen is the place for you.

Pros: Culinary creatively

Cons: A belief in the pleasures of s-l-o-o-o-w food

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My friend suggested we go to Park Kitchen the other night and I was very hesitant. I read a few bad reviews recently and suggested we go somewhere else. My friend insisted that I check it out. I thought it was good. Our server was friendly and he seemed to know what he was talking about. The food was great and I had a couple of cool cocktails. Try that Kamakazi thing. Maybe those folks came on a bad night but I can't imagine this place messing something up that badly. I will definitely be back.

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★★★★☆

My friend suggested we go to Park Kitchen the other night and I was very hesitant. I read a few bad reviews recently and suggested we go somewhere else. My friend insisted that I check it out. I thought it was good. Our server was friendly and he seemed to know what he was talking about. The food was great and I had a couple of cool cocktails. Try that Kamakazi thing. Maybe those folks came on a bad night but I can't imagine this place messing something up that badly. I will definitely be back.

Pros: Cocktails, booths

Cons: Maybe a little spendy

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Avoid this restaurant. Despite haveing a reservation had to wait nearly 30 minutes for our table and then the service really got bad. Wait staff scrupulously avoided all eye contact. They failed to remove dirty glasses from bar drinks, food did not arrive for nearly an hour and then was not proper temperature. Confusion among wait staff regarding what had or had not been brought to the table and on and on. There are too many wonderful places to eat in Portland to give this dive another try.

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★★☆☆☆

Avoid this restaurant. Despite haveing a reservation had to wait nearly 30 minutes for our table and then the service really got bad. Wait staff scrupulously avoided all eye contact. They failed to remove dirty glasses from bar drinks, food did not arrive for nearly an hour and then was not proper temperature. Confusion among wait staff regarding what had or had not been brought to the table and on and on. There are too many wonderful places to eat in Portland to give this dive another try.

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Service was awful. Food was cold, or not depending. Bathrooms were dirty and out of towels. Wait staff was really good at avoiding eye contact. I have dined there many times and this was not the restauarant I've told people to go to, what happened?

0
★☆☆☆☆

Service was awful. Food was cold, or not depending. Bathrooms were dirty and out of towels. Wait staff was really good at avoiding eye contact. I have dined there many times and this was not the restauarant I've told people to go to, what happened?

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This was our first time to Park Kitchen, after reading great reviews in the Oregonian. It is really hard to explain how disappointing this restaurant is. You can choose from SMALL plates hot or cold and LARGE plates. The wait person explained that SMALL means REALLY SMALL and LARGE means average. We selected the Braised Pork Belly Stew (four 1/2 inch squares of pork surrounded by drizzled "stew" $10.00), Dungeness Crab (presented beutifully, a large cone shaped pile in the middle of a SMALL plate, oops thats not crab its chopped and shredded cauliflower mixed with some crab) , Bread (my gawd, three paper thin slices of Ken's Bakery bread each probably about 1oz for $4.00, there was a lovely dish of olive oil with two olives, that make a loaf of bread about $80.00), the LARGE plates we had were the local lamb which to the chefs credit was cooked beutifully and the Pork plate which admittedly was 3oz's of the best tasting pork i've had in a long time. I figure the LARGE plate dishes priced at $24.00 brings the meat cost to about $284 per lb. At that price it should be good. Dessert, Coffee and Cardamon Pannacotta, outstanding and chocolate torte, average.
When we arrived we were served with room temp water in tall glasses, very chic. After ordering our food when asked for a cola and glass of ice with water the waiter said "of course right away". This truely was the last time he set foot back at our table from then on he was doting on several other tables that were spending far more money on liquer and wine and i'm sure building the waiters tip, we were written off. The serving person was the only bright spot in an otherwise dismal service. We would have left no tip except that would have punished the server. When we asked about the Cardamon he went to the kitchen and got a sample to bring back so we could smell and taste the spice.
Overall i have spoken to several people today, and they told me i should have asked them they had very similar experiences. Waste of $$$

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★☆☆☆☆

This was our first time to Park Kitchen, after reading great reviews in the Oregonian. It is really hard to explain how disappointing this restaurant is. You can choose from SMALL plates hot or cold and LARGE plates. The wait person explained that SMALL means REALLY SMALL and LARGE means average. We selected the Braised Pork Belly Stew (four 1/2 inch squares of pork surrounded by drizzled "stew" $10.00), Dungeness Crab (presented beutifully, a large cone shaped pile in the middle of a SMALL plate, oops thats not crab its chopped and shredded cauliflower mixed with some crab) , Bread (my gawd, three paper thin slices of Ken's Bakery bread each probably about 1oz for $4.00, there was a lovely dish of olive oil with two olives, that make a loaf of bread about $80.00), the LARGE plates we had were the local lamb which to the chefs credit was cooked beutifully and the Pork plate which admittedly was 3oz's of the best tasting pork i've had in a long time. I figure the LARGE plate dishes priced at $24.00 brings the meat cost to about $284 per lb. At that price it should be good. Dessert, Coffee and Cardamon Pannacotta, outstanding and chocolate torte, average.
When we arrived we were served with room temp water in tall glasses, very chic. After ordering our food when asked for a cola and glass of ice with water the waiter said "of course right away". This truely was the last time he set foot back at our table from then on he was doting on several other tables that were spending far more money on liquer and wine and i'm sure building the waiters tip, we were written off. The serving person was the only bright spot in an otherwise dismal service. We would have left no tip except that would have punished the server. When we asked about the Cardamon he went to the kitchen and got a sample to bring back so we could smell and taste the spice.
Overall i have spoken to several people today, and they told me i should have asked them they had very similar experiences. Waste of $$$

Pros: Great flavors, nice location, convienent

Cons: No service, plan to eat before or after going

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I went to this restaurant with high hopes but was supremely disappointed upon arrival. After waiting at the bar when our reserved table was not "ready" we finally left after a painful 1+ hour wait. Reservations are reservations and nobody wants to sit at a bar all night when they specifically reserved a table. Unfortunately, the server seemed pre-occupied with other customers and actually sat them ahead of us. Could it be that we were a mixed race couple??? Who can say, but I'd not recommend this establishment to anybody, period.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to this restaurant with high hopes but was supremely disappointed upon arrival. After waiting at the bar when our reserved table was not "ready" we finally left after a painful 1+ hour wait. Reservations are reservations and nobody wants to sit at a bar all night when they specifically reserved a table. Unfortunately, the server seemed pre-occupied with other customers and actually sat them ahead of us. Could it be that we were a mixed race couple??? Who can say, but I'd not recommend this establishment to anybody, period.

Pros: easy to find on the north park blocks.

Cons: you won't get served!

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I've eaten here twice and both times were a letdown. PK makes up for a lack of real flavor by piling a ton of salt on everything. This style of NW cuisine is abundant in p-town and there are far better alternatives.

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★★★☆☆

I've eaten here twice and both times were a letdown. PK makes up for a lack of real flavor by piling a ton of salt on everything. This style of NW cuisine is abundant in p-town and there are far better alternatives.

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Yes, I'm sure you've seen this review before, but I really mean it this time. The food was just okay, pretty good, but I can find fresher and more delicious NW cuisine at a handful of places that will also be polite to me while I am there. The waiter inquired if we were "dining with us this evening, or just snacking". In other words, if we were spending money or wasting his time. I guess a sixty dollar meal at Park Kitchen is considered a snack, man I wish I grew up with his family, because after we placed our order of two cocktails, two appetizers and one entree to share he did not say another word to us all evening other than the obligatory "dessert?". He could not even bear to look us in the eye, our twelve dollar tip was just not worth the time to be polite. Well, needless to say we did not indulge in dessert and I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves a great dining experience, there is much better out there!

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★★☆☆☆

Yes, I'm sure you've seen this review before, but I really mean it this time. The food was just okay, pretty good, but I can find fresher and more delicious NW cuisine at a handful of places that will also be polite to me while I am there. The waiter inquired if we were "dining with us this evening, or just snacking". In other words, if we were spending money or wasting his time. I guess a sixty dollar meal at Park Kitchen is considered a snack, man I wish I grew up with his family, because after we placed our order of two cocktails, two appetizers and one entree to share he did not say another word to us all evening other than the obligatory "dessert?". He could not even bear to look us in the eye, our twelve dollar tip was just not worth the time to be polite. Well, needless to say we did not indulge in dessert and I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves a great dining experience, there is much better out there!

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Yesterday, we were down in P-town for some R & R and booked Park Kitchen for dinner. From other reviews, it seemed like it would be a great choice, but for the $$ it was very disappointing. Our waitress had far too many tables and she didn't seem to have any support staff to help refill water, remove plates, deliver food, etc. Due to her other tables, we did not find out that the restaurant was not serving certain items on the menu until close to 20 minutes after we arrived and our minds were essentially made up. Our starters were decent - the cod fritters were very tasty and the $4 bread/crackers were pretty good, but nothing special and would have been free at most any other restaurant. Our main dishes were worse... I had the sliced duck with polenta & green beans. The polenta was the best thing on the plate. The duck was tough and about 20 degrees colder than the polenta & beans, which made it unappetizing and the beans tasted like they came out of a can. My husband's dinner - albacore tuna with white & green beans was just bland... the fish & sauce were so "delicate" that our palates barely detected any seasoning. We would have relayed our disappointment to our server, if she appeared while we were attempting to eat it... to her credit, she was busy, but she didn't return until we had both pushed our plates away. We can't report anything about dessert, because we couldn't bear another mediocre item... hopefully something better is going on there.

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★★☆☆☆

Yesterday, we were down in P-town for some R & R and booked Park Kitchen for dinner. From other reviews, it seemed like it would be a great choice, but for the $$ it was very disappointing. Our waitress had far too many tables and she didn't seem to have any support staff to help refill water, remove plates, deliver food, etc. Due to her other tables, we did not find out that the restaurant was not serving certain items on the menu until close to 20 minutes after we arrived and our minds were essentially made up. Our starters were decent - the cod fritters were very tasty and the $4 bread/crackers were pretty good, but nothing special and would have been free at most any other restaurant. Our main dishes were worse... I had the sliced duck with polenta & green beans. The polenta was the best thing on the plate. The duck was tough and about 20 degrees colder than the polenta & beans, which made it unappetizing and the beans tasted like they came out of a can. My husband's dinner - albacore tuna with white & green beans was just bland... the fish & sauce were so "delicate" that our palates barely detected any seasoning. We would have relayed our disappointment to our server, if she appeared while we were attempting to eat it... to her credit, she was busy, but she didn't return until we had both pushed our plates away. We can't report anything about dessert, because we couldn't bear another mediocre item... hopefully something better is going on there.

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Good grief! Get over the angst, sit down and enjoy the meal. Add value! Don't let the bill limit you and do go for the whole meal experience. Start with an appetizer, add a salad, splurge on the entree, and close with desert. Wine you have to do, or perhaps a cocktail overlooking the park. It's beautiful during the spring and fall so be sure to get a sidewalk table to watch the bloom or bocce ball across the way. My favorite past time is to sit at the bar and simply converse with the good folks, both staff and customers alike. Don't knock it, try it! Dare to try the pork and beans? How about chowder with real clams in the shell? There are four or five places I'd spend my money on and PK is at the top.

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★★★★★

Good grief! Get over the angst, sit down and enjoy the meal. Add value! Don't let the bill limit you and do go for the whole meal experience. Start with an appetizer, add a salad, splurge on the entree, and close with desert. Wine you have to do, or perhaps a cocktail overlooking the park. It's beautiful during the spring and fall so be sure to get a sidewalk table to watch the bloom or bocce ball across the way. My favorite past time is to sit at the bar and simply converse with the good folks, both staff and customers alike. Don't knock it, try it! Dare to try the pork and beans? How about chowder with real clams in the shell? There are four or five places I'd spend my money on and PK is at the top.

Pros: The park, the food, the setting,,,

Cons: What no brunch on the weekends? I miss the oyster hangtown fry...

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It was my husband's and my anniversary last Friday night and we enjoyed the most amazing meal at Park Kitchen. We called ahead to order a vegetarian "tasting menu" and were blown away with each and every dish. We had another couple with us who are not vegetarian and they enjoyed it as much as we did. Some of the dishes are on their regular menu and many were created just for us. We began with 4 cold starters - highlights here were a beet/goat cheese bruschetta, green bean salad and wheatberry couscous. Followed were 4 hot small plates 2 of which may very well have been some of the best stuff I've ever put in my mouth - a delicious creamy artichoke soup that I could have guzzled gallons of and a potato gnocchi sauteed in brown butter and served with a sweet corn sauce that I could have kept eating to the point of oblivion. I think the gnocchi is on their regular menu and we'll be back for that! We had two entrees that were delicious followed by 4 (!) desserts. Although stuffed to the brim, we found the room to enjoy a fennel cake (the table's favorite, if pressed to pick only one), some kind of berry pie/pastry, peach sorbet and an unusual but delicious spicy chocolately creamy mousse.
This was the best anniversary dinner yet! Such a pleasure to get creative, "gourmet" types of vegetarian dishes beyond the usual ethnic, veggie mix, pasta offerings we settle for most the time. The service was friendly and attentive, we sat inside, but where the door is open to the outside and it was lovely.
Love-love-loved my meal and overall experience here. If you're a vegetarian - make this one of your destinations!

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★★★★★

It was my husband's and my anniversary last Friday night and we enjoyed the most amazing meal at Park Kitchen. We called ahead to order a vegetarian "tasting menu" and were blown away with each and every dish. We had another couple with us who are not vegetarian and they enjoyed it as much as we did. Some of the dishes are on their regular menu and many were created just for us. We began with 4 cold starters - highlights here were a beet/goat cheese bruschetta, green bean salad and wheatberry couscous. Followed were 4 hot small plates 2 of which may very well have been some of the best stuff I've ever put in my mouth - a delicious creamy artichoke soup that I could have guzzled gallons of and a potato gnocchi sauteed in brown butter and served with a sweet corn sauce that I could have kept eating to the point of oblivion. I think the gnocchi is on their regular menu and we'll be back for that! We had two entrees that were delicious followed by 4 (!) desserts. Although stuffed to the brim, we found the room to enjoy a fennel cake (the table's favorite, if pressed to pick only one), some kind of berry pie/pastry, peach sorbet and an unusual but delicious spicy chocolately creamy mousse.
This was the best anniversary dinner yet! Such a pleasure to get creative, "gourmet" types of vegetarian dishes beyond the usual ethnic, veggie mix, pasta offerings we settle for most the time. The service was friendly and attentive, we sat inside, but where the door is open to the outside and it was lovely.
Love-love-loved my meal and overall experience here. If you're a vegetarian - make this one of your destinations!

Pros: Vegetarian options

Cons: none for me!

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A change from the usual Portland fare. They gladly accomodate any special dietary requirements (like vegan or gluten-free) with a little bit of advance notice. We enjoyed a tasting menu full of fun, fresh, light dishes and some wonderful wine selections. The servers were very knowledgeable about the food and wines. My only misgiving was the quite slow service--hoping we just got them on a bad night! We'll definitely be returning.

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★★★★☆

A change from the usual Portland fare. They gladly accomodate any special dietary requirements (like vegan or gluten-free) with a little bit of advance notice. We enjoyed a tasting menu full of fun, fresh, light dishes and some wonderful wine selections. The servers were very knowledgeable about the food and wines. My only misgiving was the quite slow service--hoping we just got them on a bad night! We'll definitely be returning.

Pros: fresh and innovative food, pleasant urban atmosphere, friendly servers

Cons: a bit slow even with reservations

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I love the food, the atmosphere, the scale of the space. I always have great meals, this was the first restaurant we stumbled into when we moved to Portland. My only caveat, I wish the staff were warmer. We have been mulitple times, have had the same waitress and get good service, the reason I don't say great is that we have had the same server everytime we go but why she doesn't ever remember us or welcome us back is just plain wrong. It seems a little haughty in such an intimate space.

2
★★★★☆

I love the food, the atmosphere, the scale of the space. I always have great meals, this was the first restaurant we stumbled into when we moved to Portland. My only caveat, I wish the staff were warmer. We have been mulitple times, have had the same waitress and get good service, the reason I don't say great is that we have had the same server everytime we go but why she doesn't ever remember us or welcome us back is just plain wrong. It seems a little haughty in such an intimate space.

Pros: great food, fantastic atmosphere

Cons: haughty service

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I have been to Park Kitchen several times for brunch, lunch, dinner, and one private extended dinner experience. Every time has been outstanding. If you miss having brunch here, I am sorry. It was incredible. Do not pass it by though for lunch and/or dinner. The menu changes more than any restaurant that I have ever been to, but always includes top quality ingredients and combinations. The staff also adds so much to the experience. Park Kitchen should be on the top of the list for any foodie!!!

2
★★★★★

I have been to Park Kitchen several times for brunch, lunch, dinner, and one private extended dinner experience. Every time has been outstanding. If you miss having brunch here, I am sorry. It was incredible. Do not pass it by though for lunch and/or dinner. The menu changes more than any restaurant that I have ever been to, but always includes top quality ingredients and combinations. The staff also adds so much to the experience. Park Kitchen should be on the top of the list for any foodie!!!

Pros: Menu, Service, Value

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A disappointing and expense experience. Portion size is small, food over seasoned (too salty). I ordered the sole - and it was soggy and salty. We ordered a chickpea fries appetizer, they were good (here is where salt does work), but expense for the 15 +/- fries you will receive for 8 bucks

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★☆☆☆☆

A disappointing and expense experience. Portion size is small, food over seasoned (too salty). I ordered the sole - and it was soggy and salty. We ordered a chickpea fries appetizer, they were good (here is where salt does work), but expense for the 15 +/- fries you will receive for 8 bucks

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I've been eating here for two years. Love the consistently fresh, inventive menus and the local ingredients. Can't get enough of the creative libations -- always one for whatever mood I'm in. Service is casual, knowledgable, and professional. Winelist is affordable and interesting. The new pastry chef is a genius. This is my favorite group of talented food experts in the city.

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★★★★★

I've been eating here for two years. Love the consistently fresh, inventive menus and the local ingredients. Can't get enough of the creative libations -- always one for whatever mood I'm in. Service is casual, knowledgable, and professional. Winelist is affordable and interesting. The new pastry chef is a genius. This is my favorite group of talented food experts in the city.

Pros: food, drinks, not trendy

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I took my 19 year old daughters out there for brunch recently. We arrived just as they were closing. They were very gracious in letting us come in and serving us, even though they were basically closed. The food was fantastic and very creative. Presentation was done well, but not at the expense of the food quality. Very nice place to eat.

2
★★★★★

I took my 19 year old daughters out there for brunch recently. We arrived just as they were closing. They were very gracious in letting us come in and serving us, even though they were basically closed. The food was fantastic and very creative. Presentation was done well, but not at the expense of the food quality. Very nice place to eat.

Pros: great food, nice service, good location

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This is a restaurant that doesn't try to be something it's not. Its casual and easy atmosphere is just right, and the food--while not stellar--is above average and creative. They aren't pretentious, and the waitstaff has always been professional and courteous. Sitting outside, right on the Park Blocks in the late evening is a nice touch. It's not without problems: it gets really loud, can be very hot if you're seated in the back near the kitchen, and it's a little claustrophobic since they try to cram too many tables into the space (I want more elbow and leg room). The bar is fantastic, but they do seem a little disorganized at times.

2
★★★★☆

This is a restaurant that doesn't try to be something it's not. Its casual and easy atmosphere is just right, and the food--while not stellar--is above average and creative. They aren't pretentious, and the waitstaff has always been professional and courteous. Sitting outside, right on the Park Blocks in the late evening is a nice touch. It's not without problems: it gets really loud, can be very hot if you're seated in the back near the kitchen, and it's a little claustrophobic since they try to cram too many tables into the space (I want more elbow and leg room). The bar is fantastic, but they do seem a little disorganized at times.

Pros: Location, Good value, Ambiance

Cons: Cramped Quarters, Loud, Need better AC

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I am a concierge at a top downtown hotel. I have one restaurant that, without a doubt, stands head and shoulders above the rest (and thats not just limited to Portland). Cocktails are tasty and Their wine list is inexpensive without being cheap (great wines at a very reasonable price). Now for the really amazing stufftheir food. I always recommend the duck, the smell alone was good enough to make one vegetarian fall of the wagon during her stay. (Entrees are under $20) The small plates change but their crab and artichoke salad I could eat every day. Service is attentive and anyone who would say it is slow doesnt understand that dinner should be an event and shouldnt be over in just an hour. Lingerdrinkand save room for their amazing desserts.

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★★★★★

I am a concierge at a top downtown hotel. I have one restaurant that, without a doubt, stands head and shoulders above the rest (and thats not just limited to Portland). Cocktails are tasty and Their wine list is inexpensive without being cheap (great wines at a very reasonable price). Now for the really amazing stufftheir food. I always recommend the duck, the smell alone was good enough to make one vegetarian fall of the wagon during her stay. (Entrees are under $20) The small plates change but their crab and artichoke salad I could eat every day. Service is attentive and anyone who would say it is slow doesnt understand that dinner should be an event and shouldnt be over in just an hour. Lingerdrinkand save room for their amazing desserts.

Pros: Food, Attention to detail, Service

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Dining last night at Park Kitchen was a huge disappointment - the food was definately forgettable. Drinks were waterey and poorly made. The capon in buttermilk was redolent of extra crispy at the Cornels place. The duck was overdone and tasteless, the salads were limp. The catalin pasta was overcooked, and the flavors such a jumble that it ended up being utterly undistinguished. The salt-cod fritters could have been made by Gortons. Over all, the staff and the food tried to be trendy, but ended up being pretentious and over-done. The menu is a mish-mash of mostly incompatable ingredients thrown together in an attempt to be trend setting - and they are - setting the trend for very bad dining in Portland. Please do not waste your time and money here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Dining last night at Park Kitchen was a huge disappointment - the food was definately forgettable. Drinks were waterey and poorly made. The capon in buttermilk was redolent of extra crispy at the Cornels place. The duck was overdone and tasteless, the salads were limp. The catalin pasta was overcooked, and the flavors such a jumble that it ended up being utterly undistinguished. The salt-cod fritters could have been made by Gortons. Over all, the staff and the food tried to be trendy, but ended up being pretentious and over-done. The menu is a mish-mash of mostly incompatable ingredients thrown together in an attempt to be trend setting - and they are - setting the trend for very bad dining in Portland. Please do not waste your time and money here.

Pros: Service, Wine List

Cons: Bad Drinks, Bad Food, Very Pretentious

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We visited Park Kitchen on a Saturday morning. There was only a few other people in the restuarant other than us, but the waiters were unable to handle it. The couple next to us never received their juice, and a messed up order. We had to wait for service, no coffee refills, etc.. Our waiter ran around like a chicken with his head cut off and he was only taking care of 3 tables of 2 people each. I also felt the brunch menu was too funky. Weird combinations of food. They need a couple of basics on the menu with their flair. The french toast w/pears that I read so much about was not even on the menu. We love northwest cuisine & great high class food, but the service here was terrible, and nothing on the brunch menu was appealing.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We visited Park Kitchen on a Saturday morning. There was only a few other people in the restuarant other than us, but the waiters were unable to handle it. The couple next to us never received their juice, and a messed up order. We had to wait for service, no coffee refills, etc.. Our waiter ran around like a chicken with his head cut off and he was only taking care of 3 tables of 2 people each. I also felt the brunch menu was too funky. Weird combinations of food. They need a couple of basics on the menu with their flair. The french toast w/pears that I read so much about was not even on the menu. We love northwest cuisine & great high class food, but the service here was terrible, and nothing on the brunch menu was appealing.

Pros: location, fresh squeezed juice

Cons: terrible service, limited menu, below-average food

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Due to an early Sunday morning errand, we found ourselves searching for a downtown restaurant for breakfast. The Pearl District has so many that we started there. About the time we were going to give up we found the Park Kitchen. I had read reviews of it and wanted to try it. We split an order of French Toast with apples and had a side order of bacon. It was totally sublime. We can't wait to go back for lunch or dinner. It is eclectic, fun and excellent cuisine.

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★★★★★

Due to an early Sunday morning errand, we found ourselves searching for a downtown restaurant for breakfast. The Pearl District has so many that we started there. About the time we were going to give up we found the Park Kitchen. I had read reviews of it and wanted to try it. We split an order of French Toast with apples and had a side order of bacon. It was totally sublime. We can't wait to go back for lunch or dinner. It is eclectic, fun and excellent cuisine.

Pros: attentive server, split orders, fun decor

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Long a favorite for cozy, romantic suppers, Park Kitchen has evolved into one of the Pearl District's best spots for inspirational lunches. The narrow room, fronted by a garage door, which opens during warm weather months to accommodate…

 

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