Paley's Place

★★★★☆
  • 1204 NW 21st Ave

    Portland, OR 97209

    Cross street: Northwest Northrup Street

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  • 503-243-2403

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After reading all of the recent polarized, mixed reviews, I was anxious to try Paley's again to form my own opinion. I had eaten there years ago, and I found it OK, (B+, maybe three and a half stars). So, about a week ago, I made a

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★★★★★

After reading all of the recent polarized, mixed reviews, I was anxious to try Paley's again to form my own opinion. I had eaten there years ago, and I found it OK, (B+, maybe three and a half stars). So, about a week ago, I made a

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We had reserations for four with another couple who had dined there previously. I really enjoyed the food. I order the Escargot, beets, sauted gree, Lemon Verbena Ice Cream and a spectacular Lemon Drop. The Lemon Drop was very good. It competed with Jakes Lemon Drop that I love.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that enjoys French food.

The only draw back I had is that we sat near the cheese tray and every time the opened it up we go the aroma of cheese.

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★★★★★

We had reserations for four with another couple who had dined there previously. I really enjoyed the food. I order the Escargot, beets, sauted gree, Lemon Verbena Ice Cream and a spectacular Lemon Drop. The Lemon Drop was very good. It competed with Jakes Lemon Drop that I love.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that enjoys French food.

The only draw back I had is that we sat near the cheese tray and every time the opened it up we go the aroma of cheese.

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Talk about disappointment of the first degree - we went to Paley's after we read this was one of the few AAA 5 Star rated eating establishments in Portland. AAA got is wrong in my opinion - not even close. Cramped tables, owners didn't even make an attempt at decent decor, extremely limited menu and, at best, ordinary food. We tried several apetizers, salads, and main plates.... I'm not that good of a cook and I can honestly wip a better meal from Trader Joe's. The service was exceptional, but I would like to have a bit more to show for the $180 we paid for a dinner for two.

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★★☆☆☆

Talk about disappointment of the first degree - we went to Paley's after we read this was one of the few AAA 5 Star rated eating establishments in Portland. AAA got is wrong in my opinion - not even close. Cramped tables, owners didn't even make an attempt at decent decor, extremely limited menu and, at best, ordinary food. We tried several apetizers, salads, and main plates.... I'm not that good of a cook and I can honestly wip a better meal from Trader Joe's. The service was exceptional, but I would like to have a bit more to show for the $180 we paid for a dinner for two.

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Have been meaning to try Paley's place for a LONG time, just hasn't worked out until last night. This review is as accurate and objective as it can be.

Seated right upon arrival, 10 mins. before our 6:00 PM
reservation. Everyone there greeted us with a smile and a great attitude. Loved the initial atmosphere, dark wood furniture, tables etc. and the spacing of the tables was perfect for their efficiency and our comfort (not too close).

Service was extremely attentive but not nagging, perfect mix in my opinion. My water level was never below half and you could tell that the staff worked as a team to ensure guests were taken care of.

Menu was just a bit confusing, but nothing that couldn't be figured out. My wife had the Borscht starter and I had the Organic Spinach salad. The Borscht is a cold starter soup made with beets and was refreshing and very good. The spinach salad was extremely fresh, ample and already had the dressing mixed in ... but at a perfect ratio.

My wife ordered the pork shoulder and I had the rib eye special that is only on Saturdays. Her pork is made to order and can take up to 45 mins. ... which the server mentioned. Bread came shortly after ordering and was refreshed quickly when we finished the first basket.

After the wait for the pork, which was perfectly acceptable, we got both entrees. Her pork was served with asparagus and a butter bean salad. Pork had great flavor and it was a nice mix with the bean salad and asparagus. The pork had a bit too much fat for her, but I thought it was fine and added to the flavor of the meat. My ribeye was good sized, marbled perfectly to the point where there was virtually nothing left when done and the flavor and the sauce were tremendous. It came with a few potatoes and a small mixed grill of a couple vegetables, inc. shallots (i think). It was great!

We also ordered a side of the braised greens. They did a perfect job of braising the greens to the point where they were hot, tasteful yet not soggy or overly wilted. Would have liked maybe a bit more, but it was enough considering the dinner. Great flavor.

For desert, wife had the creme brulee which is the biggest I've seen served. I had the chocolate souffle with vanilla-honey ice cream and hazelnuts. It was incredible. The souffle melted in my mouth and was still steaming in the inside, and was perfectly paired with the ice cream and hazelnuts. Both deserts were phenomenal ... thanks Lauren! ...as was the dinner!

The only thing that took away from the great atmosphere and service, was that there was obviously some well known individual that was sitting at the end of the bar. He was joined by another couple at the bar. The staff new him and many new him so maybe he was the owner or someone else of note. Either way, as our dinner progressed, the increasing decibels of the conversation aside, the constant dropping of F-bombs became an annoyance and really took away from the nice ambiance, music and service. It gave it a more sports or pool bar feeling.

I don't hold this against Paley's place unless it was the owner or someone involved with the restaurant as I would hope he would understand this detraction. If it was just some other regular, perhaps a reminder or calling attention to it may be in order. For diners though, I am sure this is just luck of the draw and not something to hold against the restaurant.

Can't wait to go again to see if the already great experience could even get even better. Nice job!!

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★★★★☆

Have been meaning to try Paley's place for a LONG time, just hasn't worked out until last night. This review is as accurate and objective as it can be.

Seated right upon arrival, 10 mins. before our 6:00 PM
reservation. Everyone there greeted us with a smile and a great attitude. Loved the initial atmosphere, dark wood furniture, tables etc. and the spacing of the tables was perfect for their efficiency and our comfort (not too close).

Service was extremely attentive but not nagging, perfect mix in my opinion. My water level was never below half and you could tell that the staff worked as a team to ensure guests were taken care of.

Menu was just a bit confusing, but nothing that couldn't be figured out. My wife had the Borscht starter and I had the Organic Spinach salad. The Borscht is a cold starter soup made with beets and was refreshing and very good. The spinach salad was extremely fresh, ample and already had the dressing mixed in ... but at a perfect ratio.

My wife ordered the pork shoulder and I had the rib eye special that is only on Saturdays. Her pork is made to order and can take up to 45 mins. ... which the server mentioned. Bread came shortly after ordering and was refreshed quickly when we finished the first basket.

After the wait for the pork, which was perfectly acceptable, we got both entrees. Her pork was served with asparagus and a butter bean salad. Pork had great flavor and it was a nice mix with the bean salad and asparagus. The pork had a bit too much fat for her, but I thought it was fine and added to the flavor of the meat. My ribeye was good sized, marbled perfectly to the point where there was virtually nothing left when done and the flavor and the sauce were tremendous. It came with a few potatoes and a small mixed grill of a couple vegetables, inc. shallots (i think). It was great!

We also ordered a side of the braised greens. They did a perfect job of braising the greens to the point where they were hot, tasteful yet not soggy or overly wilted. Would have liked maybe a bit more, but it was enough considering the dinner. Great flavor.

For desert, wife had the creme brulee which is the biggest I've seen served. I had the chocolate souffle with vanilla-honey ice cream and hazelnuts. It was incredible. The souffle melted in my mouth and was still steaming in the inside, and was perfectly paired with the ice cream and hazelnuts. Both deserts were phenomenal ... thanks Lauren! ...as was the dinner!

The only thing that took away from the great atmosphere and service, was that there was obviously some well known individual that was sitting at the end of the bar. He was joined by another couple at the bar. The staff new him and many new him so maybe he was the owner or someone else of note. Either way, as our dinner progressed, the increasing decibels of the conversation aside, the constant dropping of F-bombs became an annoyance and really took away from the nice ambiance, music and service. It gave it a more sports or pool bar feeling.

I don't hold this against Paley's place unless it was the owner or someone involved with the restaurant as I would hope he would understand this detraction. If it was just some other regular, perhaps a reminder or calling attention to it may be in order. For diners though, I am sure this is just luck of the draw and not something to hold against the restaurant.

Can't wait to go again to see if the already great experience could even get even better. Nice job!!

Pros: Excellent Service and Food

Cons: Atmosphere?

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★☆☆☆☆

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Pros: like the neighborhood. ad;lfj

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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We were there for our wedding anniversary. (21 years :) ) My husband had champagne at the bar, I had a glass of white wine. Bartender and drinks were fantastic.

The night dissolved from there. They placed us under a spotlight, making me look awful-- I'm usually not that vain, but this light made me wince all night. They refused to adjust. My husband sweetbreads were awful and chewy, wine was terrible and my pasta was a soupy mess.

I understand that this is a NW institution, but I really don't want to back anytime soon.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were there for our wedding anniversary. (21 years :) ) My husband had champagne at the bar, I had a glass of white wine. Bartender and drinks were fantastic.

The night dissolved from there. They placed us under a spotlight, making me look awful-- I'm usually not that vain, but this light made me wince all night. They refused to adjust. My husband sweetbreads were awful and chewy, wine was terrible and my pasta was a soupy mess.

I understand that this is a NW institution, but I really don't want to back anytime soon.

Pros: like the building

Cons: Lighting, sloppy food, bad service

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I'm sad to report that I'll no longer be coming to Paley's Place. This is one of my favorite restaurants in town, and I've always had a good experience during my many visits. Last night, my wife and son and I went to celebrate Mother's Day. After being seated and ordering a drink, it took 35 minutes for the drink to come. We enjoyed our appetizers and salads. We asked if the outdoor heater above us could be turned down and it was turned off. Apparently, one diner asked for it to be turned back on, so the heater was turned on again. The hostess came to our table and told us the heater was staying on and was very rude and aggressive about it, and very confrontational. 90 minutes after being seated, with no entrees still and sweating from the heater, we left cash on the table to cover what had come so far and just left. Even when I went inside to tell them we were leaving, I stood at the hostess station for 10 minutes waiting and no one showed up. And who has an outdoor heater turned on high when it's 71 degrees outside?

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm sad to report that I'll no longer be coming to Paley's Place. This is one of my favorite restaurants in town, and I've always had a good experience during my many visits. Last night, my wife and son and I went to celebrate Mother's Day. After being seated and ordering a drink, it took 35 minutes for the drink to come. We enjoyed our appetizers and salads. We asked if the outdoor heater above us could be turned down and it was turned off. Apparently, one diner asked for it to be turned back on, so the heater was turned on again. The hostess came to our table and told us the heater was staying on and was very rude and aggressive about it, and very confrontational. 90 minutes after being seated, with no entrees still and sweating from the heater, we left cash on the table to cover what had come so far and just left. Even when I went inside to tell them we were leaving, I stood at the hostess station for 10 minutes waiting and no one showed up. And who has an outdoor heater turned on high when it's 71 degrees outside?

Pros: Excellent food, nice servers

Cons: Rude, condescending hostess. Overly warm outdoor heaters.

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I've had two of the best meals of my life here. The service is fantastic, the food is incomparable, and the atmosphere is comfortable and elegant all at the same time. Order anything and be prepared to have a great evening.

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★★★★★

I've had two of the best meals of my life here. The service is fantastic, the food is incomparable, and the atmosphere is comfortable and elegant all at the same time. Order anything and be prepared to have a great evening.

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I have eaten at Paley's now about 6 times over the past 3 years. Have never had a bad experience.

With the exception of popcorn in truffle oil served as an amuse bouche. Not that it was bad. Just didn't think it was so good.

It's pricey. I say very expensive. But if you're going out for a special occasion, it's a good bet.

On the downside, I'm pretty sure you have be over 70 to get in.

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★★★★☆

I have eaten at Paley's now about 6 times over the past 3 years. Have never had a bad experience.

With the exception of popcorn in truffle oil served as an amuse bouche. Not that it was bad. Just didn't think it was so good.

It's pricey. I say very expensive. But if you're going out for a special occasion, it's a good bet.

On the downside, I'm pretty sure you have be over 70 to get in.

Pros: Never Had a bad meal

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We each had three courses with no dessert. Food was perfect temperature, delicious and very well presented with perfect portion sizes. Service was also outstanding. We moved here a year ago from SF and were entertaining foodies up for a visit. All agreed that it was the best meal we've had in Portland and in the top 3 for the whole year.

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We each had three courses with no dessert. Food was perfect temperature, delicious and very well presented with perfect portion sizes. Service was also outstanding. We moved here a year ago from SF and were entertaining foodies up for a visit. All agreed that it was the best meal we've had in Portland and in the top 3 for the whole year.

Pros: Food was outstanding

Cons: None last night

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I am not sure why there is such a rush of bad reviews recently about this place but I am glad I didn't let them sway me from going there. We met with some friends last night and I dont really have any complaints. The food is organic & sustainable #1 - there is going to be a higher cost for just the ingredients off the start. #2 - this is not your typical american "feed lot" restaurant. Food is ment to be enjoyed and savored not stuffed down your throat as fast as possible. From the time we were seated to the time we paid our bill around 2 1/2 hours had passed & I honesly never noticed the time. Each stage of the experience was timed well as to ensure that we were able to enjoy what we already had at the table without feeling rushed. We ordered a 3 cheese dish with 2 types of goat cheeses & 1 cow milk cheese - absolutely delicious. For the main course, I went out on a limb & for the first time in my life tried steak tartare. The presentation was appetizing and inviting & the flavor was not anything that I had expected. I read a bad review about someone who reccomended El Gaucho over this place - I have eaten at El Gaucho before & while the experience was incredible, the prices were literally double what we paid at Paley's Place. The main point however is that one doesn't even compare to the other. One (El Gaucho) is a premier steak house. Paley's Place is a testament to local organic food, sustainable grown/raised & delivered to the table in a gormet setting. Other complaints were about the portion sizes. Again - this is not a place to stuff yourself. Food is to be savored & enjoyed. Let me put it this way, I am 6'6", 250lbs and I wasn't hungry when we left. I wasn't overly stuffed mind you, but I was pleasantly content.
Expect it to be pricy, but we have easily spend more $$ just going for sushi or eating out at a fondue place. Dont let the reviews turn you away, give Paley's Place a chance!

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★★★★☆

I am not sure why there is such a rush of bad reviews recently about this place but I am glad I didn't let them sway me from going there. We met with some friends last night and I dont really have any complaints. The food is organic & sustainable #1 - there is going to be a higher cost for just the ingredients off the start. #2 - this is not your typical american "feed lot" restaurant. Food is ment to be enjoyed and savored not stuffed down your throat as fast as possible. From the time we were seated to the time we paid our bill around 2 1/2 hours had passed & I honesly never noticed the time. Each stage of the experience was timed well as to ensure that we were able to enjoy what we already had at the table without feeling rushed. We ordered a 3 cheese dish with 2 types of goat cheeses & 1 cow milk cheese - absolutely delicious. For the main course, I went out on a limb & for the first time in my life tried steak tartare. The presentation was appetizing and inviting & the flavor was not anything that I had expected. I read a bad review about someone who reccomended El Gaucho over this place - I have eaten at El Gaucho before & while the experience was incredible, the prices were literally double what we paid at Paley's Place. The main point however is that one doesn't even compare to the other. One (El Gaucho) is a premier steak house. Paley's Place is a testament to local organic food, sustainable grown/raised & delivered to the table in a gormet setting. Other complaints were about the portion sizes. Again - this is not a place to stuff yourself. Food is to be savored & enjoyed. Let me put it this way, I am 6'6", 250lbs and I wasn't hungry when we left. I wasn't overly stuffed mind you, but I was pleasantly content.
Expect it to be pricy, but we have easily spend more $$ just going for sushi or eating out at a fondue place. Dont let the reviews turn you away, give Paley's Place a chance!

Pros: Great service, excellent food.

Cons: A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.

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I took in town guests to this restaurant. What a disappointment! Though the food was acceptable, the service was terrible. We waited a long time to order and when I asked the waitress for help, she make a snide remark and left us to continue waiting.
However, I won't make the mistake of coming to this restaurant again. I wrote a notice to the manager but did not get a satisfactory response. For the high price they charge for food, I should not be made to feel they are doing us a favor for having us.

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★★☆☆☆

I took in town guests to this restaurant. What a disappointment! Though the food was acceptable, the service was terrible. We waited a long time to order and when I asked the waitress for help, she make a snide remark and left us to continue waiting.
However, I won't make the mistake of coming to this restaurant again. I wrote a notice to the manager but did not get a satisfactory response. For the high price they charge for food, I should not be made to feel they are doing us a favor for having us.

Pros: Decent food

Cons: Terrible service

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I went there for dinner last night and totally concur with previous reviews....what is the big deal about Paleys place???
The food was not bad , but just ok. All of us at our table concurred...the appetizers and desserts were the best part of the meal and they were just OK...not great. The ribeye steak that I had for the main course was overpriced and just blah. El Gaucho, a restaurant I had visited a just few days earlier blew my Paley's Place steak away!!! The pork and new york steak which the rest of the table had was equally uninspired. The sauteed greens were soggy and the onion rings were downright greasy.

We came to the conclusion that some legends die hard. This restaurant may have been the Portland "good-food" standard years ago, but today, with all of the new exciting restaurants in town, Paley's Place now pales by comparison.

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★★☆☆☆

I went there for dinner last night and totally concur with previous reviews....what is the big deal about Paleys place???
The food was not bad , but just ok. All of us at our table concurred...the appetizers and desserts were the best part of the meal and they were just OK...not great. The ribeye steak that I had for the main course was overpriced and just blah. El Gaucho, a restaurant I had visited a just few days earlier blew my Paley's Place steak away!!! The pork and new york steak which the rest of the table had was equally uninspired. The sauteed greens were soggy and the onion rings were downright greasy.

We came to the conclusion that some legends die hard. This restaurant may have been the Portland "good-food" standard years ago, but today, with all of the new exciting restaurants in town, Paley's Place now pales by comparison.

Pros: Service

Cons: Food

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I can't believe that people really enjoy this restaurant. I have eaten there 3 times and was totally unimpressed. Went there for Thanksgiving a couple of years ago and it was terrible, Turkey was dry, stuffing was awful.
There are so many better restaurants in Portland. Bluehour, Merriweathers, Papa Haydn's to name a few.

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★☆☆☆☆

I can't believe that people really enjoy this restaurant. I have eaten there 3 times and was totally unimpressed. Went there for Thanksgiving a couple of years ago and it was terrible, Turkey was dry, stuffing was awful.
There are so many better restaurants in Portland. Bluehour, Merriweathers, Papa Haydn's to name a few.

Pros: None

Cons: Poorly prepared, underseasoned, bland food

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I was so excited when a friend of mine invited me to dinner at Paley's Place. I sifted through the reviews and was looking forward to it. I found the food be be very average for the price. My particular entree, sweetbreads and pork belly, was so small I left the place hungry. This after having an appetizer and dessert. I totally understand the concept of European portions, however, for the price one pays, the portions are ridiculous. Much better restaurants in Portland.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was so excited when a friend of mine invited me to dinner at Paley's Place. I sifted through the reviews and was looking forward to it. I found the food be be very average for the price. My particular entree, sweetbreads and pork belly, was so small I left the place hungry. This after having an appetizer and dessert. I totally understand the concept of European portions, however, for the price one pays, the portions are ridiculous. Much better restaurants in Portland.

Pros: cute place

Cons: tiny portions

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We walked in and there was no sitting area while you wait for your seat. The table in front had power bars for sale, which to me is a turn off coming into a so called omantic restaurant. We were seated way in the back room which was like a closet. The atmosphere was very plain for romance, and so very very noisy. We ended up tipping the waiter and leaving before our drinks even came. We went to Ringside on Burnside and it was the best meal I have ever had by far!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

We walked in and there was no sitting area while you wait for your seat. The table in front had power bars for sale, which to me is a turn off coming into a so called omantic restaurant. We were seated way in the back room which was like a closet. The atmosphere was very plain for romance, and so very very noisy. We ended up tipping the waiter and leaving before our drinks even came. We went to Ringside on Burnside and it was the best meal I have ever had by far!!!!

Cons: Very noisy and way to small

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I took out of town guests to Paley's based on previous good experiences there. However, this visit was a disappointment, and I was embarassed to have recommended this restaurant to my guests. Each issue on its own would not have been a big deal, but together they made for a disappointing evening. We had a reservation, yet we waited 40 minutes for our table. The bar was full, so we spent the time constantly shuffling out of someone's way. And the drinks we ordered to while away the time didn't come until after we were seated. When our table was ready, we were seated between a table with a crying baby and a table with a large group of 15. The room was so loud that most of our dinner conversation was, "Huh? What did you say?" Both our server and a busperson knocked over a drink on the table, once spilling a drink on my guest. Our server took our orders only to return 15 minutes later to tell us they were out of those dishes. We ended up ordering dishes we didn't really want. There was nothing wrong with the food, but it wasn't exceptional either.

Maybe they were having a bad night, but with a bill of $450 for 4 people, I won't take the risk again. We went to Le Pigeon the next night for a wonderful meal at half the price.

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★★☆☆☆

I took out of town guests to Paley's based on previous good experiences there. However, this visit was a disappointment, and I was embarassed to have recommended this restaurant to my guests. Each issue on its own would not have been a big deal, but together they made for a disappointing evening. We had a reservation, yet we waited 40 minutes for our table. The bar was full, so we spent the time constantly shuffling out of someone's way. And the drinks we ordered to while away the time didn't come until after we were seated. When our table was ready, we were seated between a table with a crying baby and a table with a large group of 15. The room was so loud that most of our dinner conversation was, "Huh? What did you say?" Both our server and a busperson knocked over a drink on the table, once spilling a drink on my guest. Our server took our orders only to return 15 minutes later to tell us they were out of those dishes. We ended up ordering dishes we didn't really want. There was nothing wrong with the food, but it wasn't exceptional either.

Maybe they were having a bad night, but with a bill of $450 for 4 people, I won't take the risk again. We went to Le Pigeon the next night for a wonderful meal at half the price.

Cons: Terrible service

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Everything was remarkable. Kimberly Paley greeted us at the door and it was like meeting a long time family friend. The atmosphere was picturesque, the service was warm and attentive. The food is definitely the best in Portland thus far. The only thing remotely wrong with the whole picture is that when you go to places like that "oyster" place on Alberta Street , you expect the same standards and welcoming attitude. Paley's is definitely untouchable in all areas of fine dining experiences.

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★★★★★

Everything was remarkable. Kimberly Paley greeted us at the door and it was like meeting a long time family friend. The atmosphere was picturesque, the service was warm and attentive. The food is definitely the best in Portland thus far. The only thing remotely wrong with the whole picture is that when you go to places like that "oyster" place on Alberta Street , you expect the same standards and welcoming attitude. Paley's is definitely untouchable in all areas of fine dining experiences.

Pros: Vitaly Paley and Kimberly Paley

Cons: Nearly every place after your visit will be a let down

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For the hype and the prices, this place disappointed. The waitress was so unbelievably rude and snobby. Our food was tasty, but nothing outstanding and my fish was oversalted.

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★★★☆☆

For the hype and the prices, this place disappointed. The waitress was so unbelievably rude and snobby. Our food was tasty, but nothing outstanding and my fish was oversalted.

Pros: cute place.

Cons: AWFUL waitstaff.

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My first visit to Paley's was nothing special. The food was good, although very small portions and our server was pretty unfriendly. The menu also states "all substitutions will be kindly denied". Pretty arrogant and unaccommodating.

Unfortunately, I decided to give them another try.

We spent the majority of our visit listening to the wait staff consistently complain about their customers in the
dining room. One situation in particular regarding a drink being sent back, kept the staff bickering and complaining about the customer all night. All over a little drink. I felt like saying: "Hey just make the guy another drink and move on".

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★☆☆☆☆

My first visit to Paley's was nothing special. The food was good, although very small portions and our server was pretty unfriendly. The menu also states "all substitutions will be kindly denied". Pretty arrogant and unaccommodating.

Unfortunately, I decided to give them another try.

We spent the majority of our visit listening to the wait staff consistently complain about their customers in the
dining room. One situation in particular regarding a drink being sent back, kept the staff bickering and complaining about the customer all night. All over a little drink. I felt like saying: "Hey just make the guy another drink and move on".

Pros: Creative Menu

Cons: Unfriendly, Unprofessional and Arrogant

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Thanks

Great Food, Great Service, Great night, Warm Hospitality, Great Decor

Escargot & Crab Salad were excellent.

Glad we came.

Company Catering!

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★★★★★

Thanks

Great Food, Great Service, Great night, Warm Hospitality, Great Decor

Escargot & Crab Salad were excellent.

Glad we came.

Company Catering!

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I went there last night with a group of 9 people. Our server was curt and unfriendly. Portions were small and I didn't care for the fact that I had to shell my own prawns. They just don't look that great heads and all on a plate not to mention there were THREE of them. Once shelled there was barely a bite. I won't be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went there last night with a group of 9 people. Our server was curt and unfriendly. Portions were small and I didn't care for the fact that I had to shell my own prawns. They just don't look that great heads and all on a plate not to mention there were THREE of them. Once shelled there was barely a bite. I won't be back.

Pros: Nice hostess

Cons: Poor service/bad presentation

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I'm shocked to see so many recent negative reviews--I love this place. I have lived in New York for years prior to living in Portland, and I've had plenty of so-called "foodie" experiences. When booking my reservation, I let them know ahead of time that my sister is vegan, and was there something special that they could do for her so that she didn't feel left out during this amazing meal with the typical salad/pasta fare usually available at non-vegan restaurants. Paley's went above and beyond, tempting even us non-vegans with amazing tastes of food! The service was fantastic, and the food was other-worldly. I can't wait to go back.

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★★★★★

I'm shocked to see so many recent negative reviews--I love this place. I have lived in New York for years prior to living in Portland, and I've had plenty of so-called "foodie" experiences. When booking my reservation, I let them know ahead of time that my sister is vegan, and was there something special that they could do for her so that she didn't feel left out during this amazing meal with the typical salad/pasta fare usually available at non-vegan restaurants. Paley's went above and beyond, tempting even us non-vegans with amazing tastes of food! The service was fantastic, and the food was other-worldly. I can't wait to go back.

Pros: Amazing food, accomodating staff, great atmosphere

Cons: People who don't know the difference between half and full orders.

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is my favorite place to go when I feel like just having an relaxing romantic dinner with my husband. We are always excited to hear about what is on the menu. We have tried something different every time we have been there and the food is exquisite. The atmosphere is like something from a movie.

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is my favorite place to go when I feel like just having an relaxing romantic dinner with my husband. We are always excited to hear about what is on the menu. We have tried something different every time we have been there and the food is exquisite. The atmosphere is like something from a movie.

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Paley's Place is so chic and romantic, definitely a special place to have a memorable meal. The staff was friendly and warm, the menu is wonderful with the highest quality local ingredients.

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Paley's Place is so chic and romantic, definitely a special place to have a memorable meal. The staff was friendly and warm, the menu is wonderful with the highest quality local ingredients.

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this is a very romantic restaurant and if you are looking for a special evening out this is the place. The atmosphere is sleek and subdued. The food is sublime. The menu changes so you never know what you are going to get. They use local NW ingredients of the highest quality and you can tell. This is the best gourmet burger in town.

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this is a very romantic restaurant and if you are looking for a special evening out this is the place. The atmosphere is sleek and subdued. The food is sublime. The menu changes so you never know what you are going to get. They use local NW ingredients of the highest quality and you can tell. This is the best gourmet burger in town.

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I thought the customer service had little to be desired. The waitress was very rude and was very unwilling to explain the menu to me. I specifically told her that I wanted to possibly share a meal because I didn't know if I could eat an entire meal by myself and I wanted to know the size of the portions. She never even mentioned that they have half and full portions. She was very curt. The menu just shows 16/32 who in the world is supposed to figure that one is for half portion and the other is full portion and the full portion is so small it looked like a half portion. It tasted good but barely filled you up. When I got the bill 100 dollars for 2. I was shocked because I felt the fish plate I ordered was a half portion and was only 16. I asked for an explanation and the manager's best waitress said that she did not do wrong in not telling me about the half portions because it is clearly evident on the menu. She said it with such attitude. The manager backed up her rude employee and even stated she was one of the best waitresses and that they are not supposed to explain to customers whats on the menu because that could offend customers. They don't even know the first thing about customer service which is the customer is always right and you don't justify errors made by your staff. I had the worst experience there. They belittled me for not reading the menu correctly. It was very very poor customer service and due to this I would never return.

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★☆☆☆☆

I thought the customer service had little to be desired. The waitress was very rude and was very unwilling to explain the menu to me. I specifically told her that I wanted to possibly share a meal because I didn't know if I could eat an entire meal by myself and I wanted to know the size of the portions. She never even mentioned that they have half and full portions. She was very curt. The menu just shows 16/32 who in the world is supposed to figure that one is for half portion and the other is full portion and the full portion is so small it looked like a half portion. It tasted good but barely filled you up. When I got the bill 100 dollars for 2. I was shocked because I felt the fish plate I ordered was a half portion and was only 16. I asked for an explanation and the manager's best waitress said that she did not do wrong in not telling me about the half portions because it is clearly evident on the menu. She said it with such attitude. The manager backed up her rude employee and even stated she was one of the best waitresses and that they are not supposed to explain to customers whats on the menu because that could offend customers. They don't even know the first thing about customer service which is the customer is always right and you don't justify errors made by your staff. I had the worst experience there. They belittled me for not reading the menu correctly. It was very very poor customer service and due to this I would never return.

Pros: FRESH FOOD

Cons: TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SMALL PORTIONS

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Dining here is sort of a strange experience. The hostess is kind of a one woman fashion show - twirling about the dining room every 10 minutes asking if everything is okay. With the exception of her interrupting, everything was fine since we only had drinks. One appetizer was excellent, the mussels, the other over seasoned crabcakes on buns (called sliders, but they should be called gaggers due to the awkward size). The tuna entree was cold and tasted fishy. Totally unappetizing. On the other hand, the halibut was delicious as was the vegetable cassoulet. The wine list and desserts were average. The bill was pretty steep for the quality.

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★★★☆☆

Dining here is sort of a strange experience. The hostess is kind of a one woman fashion show - twirling about the dining room every 10 minutes asking if everything is okay. With the exception of her interrupting, everything was fine since we only had drinks. One appetizer was excellent, the mussels, the other over seasoned crabcakes on buns (called sliders, but they should be called gaggers due to the awkward size). The tuna entree was cold and tasted fishy. Totally unappetizing. On the other hand, the halibut was delicious as was the vegetable cassoulet. The wine list and desserts were average. The bill was pretty steep for the quality.

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I ate there shortly before they closed for remodeling. The food was good, but nothing special. The service was the usual Portland substandard. The meal for two of us was more costly than it was worth.
The waiter could barely focus. He forgot to bring the wine I ordered for my entree.

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★★★☆☆

I ate there shortly before they closed for remodeling. The food was good, but nothing special. The service was the usual Portland substandard. The meal for two of us was more costly than it was worth.
The waiter could barely focus. He forgot to bring the wine I ordered for my entree.

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My wife and I moved to Portland several years ago from NYC and we are continually impressed with the quality of Portland restaurants. We went to Paleys last Sunday and were very excited to experience this so-called Portland institution. From the outset, we were disappointed. The hostess is pathetic. We arrived at the restaurant without reservations and the hostess told us it would be a 11/2 hr wait - despite the fact that there were 4-5 open tables in the restaurant. When I asked about the open table the hostess said that they were expecting those tables to be filled momentarily. We understood and went to the bar for a drink. There the bartender was equally disinterested in providing any service. We waited at the bar for 45 minutes and 3 of the tables never filled and the hostess was not interested in seating us. After 45 minutes, we left and went across the street to Wildwood. At Wildwood, we had a wonderful meal with a waiter whose passion for food and wine made the meal memorable (in a positive way). It was a stark contrast to Paleys.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I moved to Portland several years ago from NYC and we are continually impressed with the quality of Portland restaurants. We went to Paleys last Sunday and were very excited to experience this so-called Portland institution. From the outset, we were disappointed. The hostess is pathetic. We arrived at the restaurant without reservations and the hostess told us it would be a 11/2 hr wait - despite the fact that there were 4-5 open tables in the restaurant. When I asked about the open table the hostess said that they were expecting those tables to be filled momentarily. We understood and went to the bar for a drink. There the bartender was equally disinterested in providing any service. We waited at the bar for 45 minutes and 3 of the tables never filled and the hostess was not interested in seating us. After 45 minutes, we left and went across the street to Wildwood. At Wildwood, we had a wonderful meal with a waiter whose passion for food and wine made the meal memorable (in a positive way). It was a stark contrast to Paleys.

Pros: open on Sundays

Cons: everything else

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My wife and I went to Paleys Place on May 2nd. The appetizers were decent, nothing exceptional, the salads came about an Hour after we finished the appetizers, and the meal arrived about 45 minutes after we finished our salads and had finished a bottle of wine. The special pork dish the waiter raved about was tough and inedible. It was only the 3rd time in my life that I sent a meal back to the kitchen. The waiter apologized and said that the kitchen agreed there was a problem with my meal and would I like something else. I ordered the Halibut, which tasted fine but it was lukewarm. Again, it took about 20 minutes and my wife had finished her meal by the time it came. From that point on, we had a different waiter for desert, one for coffee and another one to bring us our bill. Our original waiter could not be bothered with finishing out the service. I don't think we'll be back. I don't mind spending the money if quality and service comes with it, but Paleys Place was very dissapointing. BTW, if you want a truly exceptional meal and great service, go to ROUX. They could teach Paleys Place a thing or two.

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My wife and I went to Paleys Place on May 2nd. The appetizers were decent, nothing exceptional, the salads came about an Hour after we finished the appetizers, and the meal arrived about 45 minutes after we finished our salads and had finished a bottle of wine. The special pork dish the waiter raved about was tough and inedible. It was only the 3rd time in my life that I sent a meal back to the kitchen. The waiter apologized and said that the kitchen agreed there was a problem with my meal and would I like something else. I ordered the Halibut, which tasted fine but it was lukewarm. Again, it took about 20 minutes and my wife had finished her meal by the time it came. From that point on, we had a different waiter for desert, one for coffee and another one to bring us our bill. Our original waiter could not be bothered with finishing out the service. I don't think we'll be back. I don't mind spending the money if quality and service comes with it, but Paleys Place was very dissapointing. BTW, if you want a truly exceptional meal and great service, go to ROUX. They could teach Paleys Place a thing or two.

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The wine and service were great, but other than that not worth the expencive price. My husband and I went there for our 14th anniversary. It was recommended out of National Geographic as the best restaurant in Portland. I love GOOD food, when I travel, I search for the best restaurants, I can tell you, Lorenzillos in Cabo and La Cala in Zihuatanejo are a MUST!!!! Paleys in Portland not a must. The wine was exellent and the 2 waitresses, great and fun! I had 1/2 order of the crab dish and 1/2 order halibut, these had no flavor. My husband was recommended the pork appitizer and told it would melt like butter was tough, and was not happy with his steak, he came home and made himself dinner. $240.00, not worth it. Last, did not like the setting, tables to close, not romantic.

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★★☆☆☆

The wine and service were great, but other than that not worth the expencive price. My husband and I went there for our 14th anniversary. It was recommended out of National Geographic as the best restaurant in Portland. I love GOOD food, when I travel, I search for the best restaurants, I can tell you, Lorenzillos in Cabo and La Cala in Zihuatanejo are a MUST!!!! Paleys in Portland not a must. The wine was exellent and the 2 waitresses, great and fun! I had 1/2 order of the crab dish and 1/2 order halibut, these had no flavor. My husband was recommended the pork appitizer and told it would melt like butter was tough, and was not happy with his steak, he came home and made himself dinner. $240.00, not worth it. Last, did not like the setting, tables to close, not romantic.

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I'm only a "budding foodie" as my username suggests so I'm just starting to make more adventrous culinary choices. And Paley's Place was a great place for me to expand my food horizons. Even my more reserved husband partook in the feasting. We tried dishes such as marrow, sweetbreads, and escargot (among others). Many of the dishes come in half portions so we ordered quite a few dishes and shared everything. It was a while ago that we went so I cannot comment on the tastiness of any particular dish. But in my opinion I believe all of them were probably executed well. However, my lack of comparisons is limiting to my review. There were some dishes we really enjoyed (I do particularly remember the american kobe beef being excellent) and others we did not care for (the escargot). But overall we were both very happy w/ our experience there. The service was good; nothing spectacular, but certainly not sub-par. We took our time and as stated earlier tried numersous dishes in succession (not all at once) so our experience there took about 2 (leisurely) hours. We left hoping to someday return and try more of their offerings. We did make reservations for early in the evening, right after opening so when we arrived we were some of the only patrons. But by the time we left, the place was very crowded so I strongly reccommend reservations especially if you prefer to dine later that 6 or 6:30.

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★★★★★

I'm only a "budding foodie" as my username suggests so I'm just starting to make more adventrous culinary choices. And Paley's Place was a great place for me to expand my food horizons. Even my more reserved husband partook in the feasting. We tried dishes such as marrow, sweetbreads, and escargot (among others). Many of the dishes come in half portions so we ordered quite a few dishes and shared everything. It was a while ago that we went so I cannot comment on the tastiness of any particular dish. But in my opinion I believe all of them were probably executed well. However, my lack of comparisons is limiting to my review. There were some dishes we really enjoyed (I do particularly remember the american kobe beef being excellent) and others we did not care for (the escargot). But overall we were both very happy w/ our experience there. The service was good; nothing spectacular, but certainly not sub-par. We took our time and as stated earlier tried numersous dishes in succession (not all at once) so our experience there took about 2 (leisurely) hours. We left hoping to someday return and try more of their offerings. We did make reservations for early in the evening, right after opening so when we arrived we were some of the only patrons. But by the time we left, the place was very crowded so I strongly reccommend reservations especially if you prefer to dine later that 6 or 6:30.

Pros: Good food and service, decent selection

Cons: parking could be an issue but we parked in the hospital parking

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We just arrived home from our evening out a Paleys Place and we were so disappointed. This is our second time going to Paleys and we brought two other couples. Our first time we thought the service and food were great and the atmosphere was outstanding. But tonight we did not have the same experience.
Our greatest disappointment was the waiter. He was condescending and not at all friendly. When asked questions about the menu (which is very unique) he would answer them with out details and make us feel uncomfortable for asking. As a result several of the folks in our party did not get what they thought they ordered. When we asked for a simple wine recommendation he replied, " I can go on all night about wines to serve with this dish." Again very condescending. Our second disappointment was price for the value. If you spend $36,00 per dish you expect the potatoes to be cooked. This area has many great restaurants that are less expensive where the food is even better and no drama from the wait staff.

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★★☆☆☆

We just arrived home from our evening out a Paleys Place and we were so disappointed. This is our second time going to Paleys and we brought two other couples. Our first time we thought the service and food were great and the atmosphere was outstanding. But tonight we did not have the same experience.
Our greatest disappointment was the waiter. He was condescending and not at all friendly. When asked questions about the menu (which is very unique) he would answer them with out details and make us feel uncomfortable for asking. As a result several of the folks in our party did not get what they thought they ordered. When we asked for a simple wine recommendation he replied, " I can go on all night about wines to serve with this dish." Again very condescending. Our second disappointment was price for the value. If you spend $36,00 per dish you expect the potatoes to be cooked. This area has many great restaurants that are less expensive where the food is even better and no drama from the wait staff.

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I would first off like to say that I am a total foodie and have visited some of the finish restaurants in America. I reside in San Francisco, where I find the greatest food on earth to be located. With that being said, I recently took a trip to Paleys to find out what the buzz was all about. The bulding is gorgeous and located on an incredibly eclectic street, similar to almost a 1960's Haigh Ashbury. The host(owner) was incredibly pleasant, but our waiter was horrible to say the least. He wrongly recomended the wine list, and was unsure of the three wines I had sampled off the tasting menu. My salad arrived before my girlfriend and I's wine, which is completely unexceptable. The salad was fantastic, and was a rendition of a ceaser, but with a nice lemon twist to it. Bread was amazing and crisp. Shiraz was impeccable, and although Oregon is known for their Pinot's, I ordered Duck and risotto which made the shiraz stand out that much more. The main course was one of the best pieces of duck I have ever had. Dessert was utterly fantastic, and the gorgeous deck that we sat on made the experience that much better. If it wasn't for the fact that our waiter was horrible and our table was just too small, I would have ranked this up within my favorite restaurants. I do not feel it was that overly expensive for the upscale entity that it was. I would tell anyone to try it, but be aware of the service, or lack there of.

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★★★★☆

I would first off like to say that I am a total foodie and have visited some of the finish restaurants in America. I reside in San Francisco, where I find the greatest food on earth to be located. With that being said, I recently took a trip to Paleys to find out what the buzz was all about. The bulding is gorgeous and located on an incredibly eclectic street, similar to almost a 1960's Haigh Ashbury. The host(owner) was incredibly pleasant, but our waiter was horrible to say the least. He wrongly recomended the wine list, and was unsure of the three wines I had sampled off the tasting menu. My salad arrived before my girlfriend and I's wine, which is completely unexceptable. The salad was fantastic, and was a rendition of a ceaser, but with a nice lemon twist to it. Bread was amazing and crisp. Shiraz was impeccable, and although Oregon is known for their Pinot's, I ordered Duck and risotto which made the shiraz stand out that much more. The main course was one of the best pieces of duck I have ever had. Dessert was utterly fantastic, and the gorgeous deck that we sat on made the experience that much better. If it wasn't for the fact that our waiter was horrible and our table was just too small, I would have ranked this up within my favorite restaurants. I do not feel it was that overly expensive for the upscale entity that it was. I would tell anyone to try it, but be aware of the service, or lack there of.

Pros: Eclectic Taste

Cons: Service

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Four of us went to Paley's Place for a celebration dinner on a Sunday night. The whole experience was fantastic. The service, the food, everything was top notch. The American Kobe Beef Steak Tartare & Traditional Accompaniments was the best I have ever had. Pan-Roasted Black Cod, Bacon, Manila Clam, Dungeness Crab & Vegetable Stew, Crab Aioli was very yummy as well. The rest of my party totally enjoyed their choices as well. I cannot recommend this restaurant too highly.

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★★★★★

Four of us went to Paley's Place for a celebration dinner on a Sunday night. The whole experience was fantastic. The service, the food, everything was top notch. The American Kobe Beef Steak Tartare & Traditional Accompaniments was the best I have ever had. Pan-Roasted Black Cod, Bacon, Manila Clam, Dungeness Crab & Vegetable Stew, Crab Aioli was very yummy as well. The rest of my party totally enjoyed their choices as well. I cannot recommend this restaurant too highly.

Pros: Great food, service and decor.

Cons: Lack of parking and it was rather pricey.

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My boyfriend and I found Paleys Place on accident. The first time we went there we had a very romantic evening with exquisite food. The wait staff was so nice and gave great reccomendations.
I highly suggest making reservations for an early spot on a Saturday night. That is when they serve their 30 day dry aged steaks. It melts in your mouth and every bite is an experience. If you go too late in the evening they are usually out of this. Their other food is also wonderful but this is truly an experince that must be had by all.
This is a great place for adults for small groups, special occasions or if you are just in the mood for a really nice meal. Please don't bring children. Dinners last atleast two hours and all the children we have seen there get very cranky from waiting so long since there is nothing there to amuse them.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I found Paleys Place on accident. The first time we went there we had a very romantic evening with exquisite food. The wait staff was so nice and gave great reccomendations.
I highly suggest making reservations for an early spot on a Saturday night. That is when they serve their 30 day dry aged steaks. It melts in your mouth and every bite is an experience. If you go too late in the evening they are usually out of this. Their other food is also wonderful but this is truly an experince that must be had by all.
This is a great place for adults for small groups, special occasions or if you are just in the mood for a really nice meal. Please don't bring children. Dinners last atleast two hours and all the children we have seen there get very cranky from waiting so long since there is nothing there to amuse them.

Pros: Ambience, romantic, excellent food and drinks.

Cons: Depending on the day it can be hard to find parking

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My wife suggested that we try this restaurant for our 7th wedding anniversary. We have recently moved to Portland, and don't know where the really 'great' spots are, but we saw this one in Portland Monthly and decided to give it a shot.

I am not sure if I have ever had such a great dinner.

We each splurged for a cocktail to start...not something we normally do, but I very much enjoyed my lemon drop and she really liked her martini. The waiter also promptly brought a basket of the most crusty and delicious bread I have had in a long time. The butter was a little hard to spread, as it was cold, but that's minor.

We then each had salads. I don't remember what my wife had...it was some kind of mixed green salad, but my salad was just incredible. It was similar to a hot German potato salad, but with apples in it, very thick pieces of bacon (that is cured right there in the restaurant and delicious) and topped with a vinegarette dressing, as well as a poached duck egg that mixes in with the dressing to create a unique and delicious flavor.

For the main courses, I had a 1/2 portion of the pulled pork ravioli, which also had a poached duck egg in it, and was just awesome. My wife had the pork tenderloin and cheeks, which was so very very tender. Melted in your mouth, and had a great flavor.

We finished by sharing a chocolate sufflet (sp?) that was on the house due to our anniversary. Many thanks to our waiter.

Overall, I thought that the service was great and the food better.

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★★★★★

My wife suggested that we try this restaurant for our 7th wedding anniversary. We have recently moved to Portland, and don't know where the really 'great' spots are, but we saw this one in Portland Monthly and decided to give it a shot.

I am not sure if I have ever had such a great dinner.

We each splurged for a cocktail to start...not something we normally do, but I very much enjoyed my lemon drop and she really liked her martini. The waiter also promptly brought a basket of the most crusty and delicious bread I have had in a long time. The butter was a little hard to spread, as it was cold, but that's minor.

We then each had salads. I don't remember what my wife had...it was some kind of mixed green salad, but my salad was just incredible. It was similar to a hot German potato salad, but with apples in it, very thick pieces of bacon (that is cured right there in the restaurant and delicious) and topped with a vinegarette dressing, as well as a poached duck egg that mixes in with the dressing to create a unique and delicious flavor.

For the main courses, I had a 1/2 portion of the pulled pork ravioli, which also had a poached duck egg in it, and was just awesome. My wife had the pork tenderloin and cheeks, which was so very very tender. Melted in your mouth, and had a great flavor.

We finished by sharing a chocolate sufflet (sp?) that was on the house due to our anniversary. Many thanks to our waiter.

Overall, I thought that the service was great and the food better.

Pros: Service, menu, fresh food.

Cons: Parking can be an issue, but that's the case with most good restaurants in Portland. We found a spot right in front.

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First, my fella flew in from California and I wanted to take him somewhere "special". A good friend suggested Paley's Place....thank you Lisa!! We were given a great table, and the ambiance was gorgeous. BTW, the hostess' vintage looking black dress was stunning! Back to the restaurant....my guest is a bit of a chef (home trained) and vegetarian so it's always a struggle for him to find a great fine dining experience. We ordered 3 or 4 appetizers...and then we ordered 3 different entrees in the "small" size. Brilliant idea folks! We were able to nibble so many flavors and sincerely it was a cuisine journey! The sommelier was incredible bringing us great wines and the perfect ports with the desserts we ordered.

Bravo all the way around! Next time though...I really want the red velvety corner seat on the inside left....ask for it if your making reservations....or don't! I want it available for my next visit!

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★★★★★

First, my fella flew in from California and I wanted to take him somewhere "special". A good friend suggested Paley's Place....thank you Lisa!! We were given a great table, and the ambiance was gorgeous. BTW, the hostess' vintage looking black dress was stunning! Back to the restaurant....my guest is a bit of a chef (home trained) and vegetarian so it's always a struggle for him to find a great fine dining experience. We ordered 3 or 4 appetizers...and then we ordered 3 different entrees in the "small" size. Brilliant idea folks! We were able to nibble so many flavors and sincerely it was a cuisine journey! The sommelier was incredible bringing us great wines and the perfect ports with the desserts we ordered.

Bravo all the way around! Next time though...I really want the red velvety corner seat on the inside left....ask for it if your making reservations....or don't! I want it available for my next visit!

Pros: Incredible knowledge, charming servers, perfectly astute sommelier

Cons: parking...but who cares when the food is this good....really?

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My wife and visited Portland in October. Wonderful city. We stumbled on Paley's place (right off the trolley) as a walk-in. We got seated in the bar in a nice table and we were happy to have it.

We ordered a bottle of Pinot (we were on a quest) which was very nice although our waiter was very abrupt and it seemed to take a very long time to get it.. As starters we had Venison Carpaccio, Pickled Vegetable Relish, Spicy Greens & Parmesan $16 and Dungeness Crab Beignets, Local Microgreens & Green Goddess Dressing $15 both of which were well executed. For the main course I had the fish special which was good. My wife, unfortunately, ordered the Grilled Diver Scallops, Wilted Radicchio & Brown Butter Balsamic Vinaigrette $31. What arrived were three gluey scallops drenched in lemon - ick. Throughout the meal, the waiter was kind of abrupt, though. He was arrogant and confrontational about our view of the service, coming up with the crowning comment "Since our New York times review, I cannot give the kind of service I need to" Wonder what his boss thinks about this? The restaurant tried to make up for this with comp'ed dessert wine and apologies. However, the same waiter kept coming back - it was like pouring gasoline on a fire!

If visiting Portland, be wary of this place. If you want a really great experience, go to Le Pigeon (wonderful French food) or Mccormick And Schmicks (wonderful seafood)

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★★★☆☆

My wife and visited Portland in October. Wonderful city. We stumbled on Paley's place (right off the trolley) as a walk-in. We got seated in the bar in a nice table and we were happy to have it.

We ordered a bottle of Pinot (we were on a quest) which was very nice although our waiter was very abrupt and it seemed to take a very long time to get it.. As starters we had Venison Carpaccio, Pickled Vegetable Relish, Spicy Greens & Parmesan $16 and Dungeness Crab Beignets, Local Microgreens & Green Goddess Dressing $15 both of which were well executed. For the main course I had the fish special which was good. My wife, unfortunately, ordered the Grilled Diver Scallops, Wilted Radicchio & Brown Butter Balsamic Vinaigrette $31. What arrived were three gluey scallops drenched in lemon - ick. Throughout the meal, the waiter was kind of abrupt, though. He was arrogant and confrontational about our view of the service, coming up with the crowning comment "Since our New York times review, I cannot give the kind of service I need to" Wonder what his boss thinks about this? The restaurant tried to make up for this with comp'ed dessert wine and apologies. However, the same waiter kept coming back - it was like pouring gasoline on a fire!

If visiting Portland, be wary of this place. If you want a really great experience, go to Le Pigeon (wonderful French food) or Mccormick And Schmicks (wonderful seafood)

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My wife and I dined at Paley's last night for our 23rd anniversary and while I understand that any good restaurant can have an off night, our experience was nothing like the detractors would lead you to believe. Our experience was excellent! I made reservations four days ahead of time and received a confirmation call on the afternoon of our reservation. We got to the restaurant right on time and were seated immediately-it was almost completely full. Our waiter Rick, was very professional and other than a small lag after we placed our drink order, was very attentive. He answered questions very knowledgeably, made suggestions and was very apologetic when our steak tartare appetizer was taking a while to arrive, explaining that it is made fresh to order. In my opinion, it was not long at all and was worth the wait. The rest of evening was delightful - the dishes were expertly prepared, very hot, fresh and well seasoned. When I dine, I want food with flavor and staff that is genuine and not aloof - harder to find than it should be - Paley's did not disappoint. This was probably the best meal I've ever had in Portland and we will definitely be back. Kudos Chef Paley to you and your team!

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★★★★★

My wife and I dined at Paley's last night for our 23rd anniversary and while I understand that any good restaurant can have an off night, our experience was nothing like the detractors would lead you to believe. Our experience was excellent! I made reservations four days ahead of time and received a confirmation call on the afternoon of our reservation. We got to the restaurant right on time and were seated immediately-it was almost completely full. Our waiter Rick, was very professional and other than a small lag after we placed our drink order, was very attentive. He answered questions very knowledgeably, made suggestions and was very apologetic when our steak tartare appetizer was taking a while to arrive, explaining that it is made fresh to order. In my opinion, it was not long at all and was worth the wait. The rest of evening was delightful - the dishes were expertly prepared, very hot, fresh and well seasoned. When I dine, I want food with flavor and staff that is genuine and not aloof - harder to find than it should be - Paley's did not disappoint. This was probably the best meal I've ever had in Portland and we will definitely be back. Kudos Chef Paley to you and your team!

Pros: Service, food, value for the price

Cons: Tables a little too close for romantic conversation

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I love French (food)! This restaurant satisfied all of my cravings. The price was definitely worth it; I love that you can order pomme frites as an appetizer and still feel like you are eating high class cuisine. Service was good, music was good, and food was delicious and beautiful.

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★★★★☆

I love French (food)! This restaurant satisfied all of my cravings. The price was definitely worth it; I love that you can order pomme frites as an appetizer and still feel like you are eating high class cuisine. Service was good, music was good, and food was delicious and beautiful.

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As my title suggests this place has crappy food, crappy atmosphere, crappy service, crappy parking, and crappy prices! Paley's was rated as one of the best 10 in Portland. Hmmm... Against the advice of 3 couples I know to have experienced Paley's I decided to experience it myself, with my wife (because of the rating I had read). I'm not sure where the rating came from. It must have been the varments, as varments seem to be comfortable in any environment just as long as there is a similance of food. And for the varments there is no charge, just as my $90+ disaster should have been. The meat entrees were way way way overcooked, like a rock, and I like rare to medium rare meats. How could a "chef" go wrong? The balance of the meal was blan, no taste. Their banner should read "...and we use NO SPICES". Dry 'Cream of Wheat' may be a good comparison to the flavor profile we experienced. So we thought, " while we're here (and already in agony) maybe desert will bring some life back to our tastebuds. Desert was better than the pior, yet less than what my wife can do in her little country kitchen (with SPICES). If you don't mind the feeling of being another popped corn in a box of 'Cracker Jacks' then the atmosphere will likely be just fine. My experience, hardly enough room to back out your chair to get seated at your table, and definately not romantic. You might as well be seated right along with everyone else in the house at one table. Service is not a concept here. Make a reservation, be there on time and get seated (wait, wait, wait), have your order taken (wait, wait, wait), get a cup of coffee and water (wait, wait, wait, finally after 3 attempts to get a staff member to recognize your existance), refill on coffee while waiting for sawdust tasting appetizer (wait, wait, wait, finally after 2 attempts to get a staff member to recognize your existance), , refill on coffee while waiting for entree (wait, wait, wait), finally entree, 2-1/2 hours later. $ & Parking, WRONG

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★☆☆☆☆

As my title suggests this place has crappy food, crappy atmosphere, crappy service, crappy parking, and crappy prices! Paley's was rated as one of the best 10 in Portland. Hmmm... Against the advice of 3 couples I know to have experienced Paley's I decided to experience it myself, with my wife (because of the rating I had read). I'm not sure where the rating came from. It must have been the varments, as varments seem to be comfortable in any environment just as long as there is a similance of food. And for the varments there is no charge, just as my $90+ disaster should have been. The meat entrees were way way way overcooked, like a rock, and I like rare to medium rare meats. How could a "chef" go wrong? The balance of the meal was blan, no taste. Their banner should read "...and we use NO SPICES". Dry 'Cream of Wheat' may be a good comparison to the flavor profile we experienced. So we thought, " while we're here (and already in agony) maybe desert will bring some life back to our tastebuds. Desert was better than the pior, yet less than what my wife can do in her little country kitchen (with SPICES). If you don't mind the feeling of being another popped corn in a box of 'Cracker Jacks' then the atmosphere will likely be just fine. My experience, hardly enough room to back out your chair to get seated at your table, and definately not romantic. You might as well be seated right along with everyone else in the house at one table. Service is not a concept here. Make a reservation, be there on time and get seated (wait, wait, wait), have your order taken (wait, wait, wait), get a cup of coffee and water (wait, wait, wait, finally after 3 attempts to get a staff member to recognize your existance), refill on coffee while waiting for sawdust tasting appetizer (wait, wait, wait, finally after 2 attempts to get a staff member to recognize your existance), , refill on coffee while waiting for entree (wait, wait, wait), finally entree, 2-1/2 hours later. $ & Parking, WRONG

Pros: If you like to waste time and money, this is it!

Cons: Nothing good can come from this experience.

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The restaurant would not make a 7:00 PM reservation. They said they open at 5:30 PM, will make a 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM or a 7:30 PM dinner reservation but not a 7:00 PM even though they were not booked. Further, they said that if I want to dine at 7:00 PM it won't be happening at Paley's, not just today but ever! Well, all I have to say is that a restaurant that treats the dining community in this fashion deserves to fail.

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★☆☆☆☆

The restaurant would not make a 7:00 PM reservation. They said they open at 5:30 PM, will make a 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM or a 7:30 PM dinner reservation but not a 7:00 PM even though they were not booked. Further, they said that if I want to dine at 7:00 PM it won't be happening at Paley's, not just today but ever! Well, all I have to say is that a restaurant that treats the dining community in this fashion deserves to fail.

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There are some excellent restaurants in Portland, but this is not one of them in my opinion. Our server was pretentious and inattentive. We waited thirty minutes to order, thirty minutes for bread, thirty minutes for salad and thirty minutes for the main course. Thank God it was tuesday night and they were not busy. I like to enjoy a casual dinner, but I do not like to feel ignored. The salad was a tiny, experimental combination of fine ingredients that sacrificed taste for novelty, and he main course was the size of an appetizer.

I won?t go back and I wouldn?t recommend Paley's Place for a special dinner.

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★☆☆☆☆

There are some excellent restaurants in Portland, but this is not one of them in my opinion. Our server was pretentious and inattentive. We waited thirty minutes to order, thirty minutes for bread, thirty minutes for salad and thirty minutes for the main course. Thank God it was tuesday night and they were not busy. I like to enjoy a casual dinner, but I do not like to feel ignored. The salad was a tiny, experimental combination of fine ingredients that sacrificed taste for novelty, and he main course was the size of an appetizer.

I won?t go back and I wouldn?t recommend Paley's Place for a special dinner.

Pros: 21st Street

Cons: Poor service

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Had a meal here with friends.

Cute building. Exceptional service. And food that compares - favorably - with the French Laundry and Trois gros in Roanne.

Not as elaborate a presentation - although I'm sure they are up to the task - but impeccable. The local ingredients really shine.

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★★★★★

Had a meal here with friends.

Cute building. Exceptional service. And food that compares - favorably - with the French Laundry and Trois gros in Roanne.

Not as elaborate a presentation - although I'm sure they are up to the task - but impeccable. The local ingredients really shine.

Pros: Serious food. Great place to eat it.

Cons: I just can't afford to eat like this that often.

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Wow. We called Paley's Place tonight on our way there. We had no reservations, and we were wearing jeans, but when we spoke to Kimberly on the phone she told us to come right over and she would have a cozy table in the bistro waiting for us. Wonderful. And, she did! She is the consummate hostess, warm, attentive, and gracious. Our server, Heather, was perfect as well. We were seated with perfect drinks in front of us in a matter of minutes. When we looked at the menu, there were almost too many delicious items to choose from! With Heather's help my date chose an appetizer of sauteed mushrooms, leeks, grilled flatbread and melted cheese and I chose crabmeat beignets. Oh so good. Our entrees were even better: I had the most delicious sweetbreads that I have ever eaten, and my date had duck confit and a duck wellington that was divine. We literally licked our plates clean! For dessert we had the warm chocolate souflee and the creme brulee. Although they were absolutely flawless, the creme brulee was the best I have ever had. I will be having dreams about it for weeks! Overall, eating at Paley's is like eating at your good friends house for dinner...that is if your friend was an incredible chef with impeccable taste. The staff is warm and attentive, the food and flawless, and Kimberly Paley is warm and welcoming. We will absolutely be back!

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★★★★★

Wow. We called Paley's Place tonight on our way there. We had no reservations, and we were wearing jeans, but when we spoke to Kimberly on the phone she told us to come right over and she would have a cozy table in the bistro waiting for us. Wonderful. And, she did! She is the consummate hostess, warm, attentive, and gracious. Our server, Heather, was perfect as well. We were seated with perfect drinks in front of us in a matter of minutes. When we looked at the menu, there were almost too many delicious items to choose from! With Heather's help my date chose an appetizer of sauteed mushrooms, leeks, grilled flatbread and melted cheese and I chose crabmeat beignets. Oh so good. Our entrees were even better: I had the most delicious sweetbreads that I have ever eaten, and my date had duck confit and a duck wellington that was divine. We literally licked our plates clean! For dessert we had the warm chocolate souflee and the creme brulee. Although they were absolutely flawless, the creme brulee was the best I have ever had. I will be having dreams about it for weeks! Overall, eating at Paley's is like eating at your good friends house for dinner...that is if your friend was an incredible chef with impeccable taste. The staff is warm and attentive, the food and flawless, and Kimberly Paley is warm and welcoming. We will absolutely be back!

Pros: Flawless Service, Great Ambience, Sublime food

Cons: Not even one!

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Having heard rave reviews for years, my expectations for Paley's were probably unreasonably high..... however, they managed to be exceeded. I savored a delightful meal last night at Paley's Place. The environment is casual, and warm, but the food and service - top notch. Our server made excellent suggestions and her descriptions were quite helpful - as I was wavering between several delicious-sounding items. From the inspired amuse bouche to the delectable desserts our palates were charmed. Simply put: poetic flavors and attentive service without the slightest hint of pretention.

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★★★★★

Having heard rave reviews for years, my expectations for Paley's were probably unreasonably high..... however, they managed to be exceeded. I savored a delightful meal last night at Paley's Place. The environment is casual, and warm, but the food and service - top notch. Our server made excellent suggestions and her descriptions were quite helpful - as I was wavering between several delicious-sounding items. From the inspired amuse bouche to the delectable desserts our palates were charmed. Simply put: poetic flavors and attentive service without the slightest hint of pretention.

Pros: Extensive selection of regional wines, terrific service, spectacular food

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Went for a big birthday celebration with husband. We'd heard so many good thigns about Paley's. But alas. The food was nearly inedible--seriously. A bizarre smoked mussels-in-citrus dish which was among the worst I've had in a sit-down restaurant. Rest of food completely unremarkable, though not offensive. The dessert was a mediocre slice of ginger cake, a bit too oily. The very sweet waitress reached across my plate several times to pour water--what does it take to provide basic training to wait staff? I've never wanted my money back from a restaurant before, but I was so tempted to ask. But given the other reviews, I MIGHT try once more. Maybe Mr. Paley was out sick that night.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went for a big birthday celebration with husband. We'd heard so many good thigns about Paley's. But alas. The food was nearly inedible--seriously. A bizarre smoked mussels-in-citrus dish which was among the worst I've had in a sit-down restaurant. Rest of food completely unremarkable, though not offensive. The dessert was a mediocre slice of ginger cake, a bit too oily. The very sweet waitress reached across my plate several times to pour water--what does it take to provide basic training to wait staff? I've never wanted my money back from a restaurant before, but I was so tempted to ask. But given the other reviews, I MIGHT try once more. Maybe Mr. Paley was out sick that night.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, pleasant staff, good wine list

Cons: Incompetent service, horrible food, expensive

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I have tasted the best Los Angeles, Paris, New York, London and Hong Kong have to offer and Paley's is of the same caliber as Gordon Ramsey, The French Laundry, Spaggo and Le Bernadin. How refreshing to go to a TRUE gourmet restaurant where it is all about the food itself. The atmosphere like the waitstaff are crisp, polished and unassuming which leaves the clientele to focus on the true star; the cuisine. The wine list was impressive, and every aspect of each course was startlingly flawless. Paley's is the gem of Portland and one of the truly noteworthy dining experiences of the West Coast. Well worth the price, which compared to some of Portland's other well known restaurants is actually quite reasonable.

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★★★★★

I have tasted the best Los Angeles, Paris, New York, London and Hong Kong have to offer and Paley's is of the same caliber as Gordon Ramsey, The French Laundry, Spaggo and Le Bernadin. How refreshing to go to a TRUE gourmet restaurant where it is all about the food itself. The atmosphere like the waitstaff are crisp, polished and unassuming which leaves the clientele to focus on the true star; the cuisine. The wine list was impressive, and every aspect of each course was startlingly flawless. Paley's is the gem of Portland and one of the truly noteworthy dining experiences of the West Coast. Well worth the price, which compared to some of Portland's other well known restaurants is actually quite reasonable.

Pros: Parfait!

Cons: None

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Chef Vitaly Paley's French cooking draws on the best of the Northwest bounty. Professional service with Paley's charming wife Kimberly managing the front of the house, and comfortable surroundings in a fine, old Victorian home make this a…

 

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