Clarklewis Restaurant

★★★☆☆
Innovative creations and industrial cool make this Bruce Carey-owned restaurant one of the most inspired spots in town.
  • 1001 SE Water Ave 160

    Portland, OR 97214

    Cross street: Southeast Taylor Street

    Map & Directions
  • 503-235-2294

3.4318 132
Hi! Sign in to let us know how Clarklewis Restaurant was?
Write a Review
  « Previous 1 3
.

One of favorite spots for dining. Knew their chef in Cali where he was famous in Oakland. Happy for having a chance to enjoy his cuisine in Portland. The place is noted for its quality/price ratio. Very high.

2
★★★★★

One of favorite spots for dining. Knew their chef in Cali where he was famous in Oakland. Happy for having a chance to enjoy his cuisine in Portland. The place is noted for its quality/price ratio. Very high.

Pros: great food and service

Cons: filled up on weekends

.

One of favorite spots for dining. Knew their chef in Cali where he was famous in Oakland. Happy for having a chance to enjoy his cuisine in Portland. The place is noted for its quality/price ratio. Very high.

2
★★★★★

One of favorite spots for dining. Knew their chef in Cali where he was famous in Oakland. Happy for having a chance to enjoy his cuisine in Portland. The place is noted for its quality/price ratio. Very high.

Pros: great food and service

Cons: filled up on weekends

.

Honestly, after a meal at Clark Lewis, I could have died and gone to heaven. We started off with cocktails: hot toddy and a Honey. The honey was zingy with just enough tequila and citrus to get you buzzing and eager to start the first course. An artisan cheese plate of goat cheese from MN and two selections from Oregon melted in my mouth. Rouge Valley Blue paired nicely with the delicate quince paste. Next, the beet terrine was layered with blue cheese and drizzled with a sweet balsamic vinaigrette and crisp braeburn apples. Divine. Our main entree came with such anticipation. I ordered the blackened cod. The cod was plump with a crispy outer layer which paired nicely with the hearty squash gratin. Sauteed collards were not bitter and melded harmoniously with my gratin. Spices from the fish did not overwhelm the accompaniments. Husband ordered the New York steak, which seems tender enough to cut with a butter knife. A stolen fingerling potato was fluffy on the inside and a crispy skin. Not done yet! Dark chocolate budino was laced with fresh whipped creme and caramel drizzle. Decadent chocolate custard with the chewy walnut blondie was an excellent finale to a deliciously perfect dinner.

2
★★★★★

Honestly, after a meal at Clark Lewis, I could have died and gone to heaven. We started off with cocktails: hot toddy and a Honey. The honey was zingy with just enough tequila and citrus to get you buzzing and eager to start the first course. An artisan cheese plate of goat cheese from MN and two selections from Oregon melted in my mouth. Rouge Valley Blue paired nicely with the delicate quince paste. Next, the beet terrine was layered with blue cheese and drizzled with a sweet balsamic vinaigrette and crisp braeburn apples. Divine. Our main entree came with such anticipation. I ordered the blackened cod. The cod was plump with a crispy outer layer which paired nicely with the hearty squash gratin. Sauteed collards were not bitter and melded harmoniously with my gratin. Spices from the fish did not overwhelm the accompaniments. Husband ordered the New York steak, which seems tender enough to cut with a butter knife. A stolen fingerling potato was fluffy on the inside and a crispy skin. Not done yet! Dark chocolate budino was laced with fresh whipped creme and caramel drizzle. Decadent chocolate custard with the chewy walnut blondie was an excellent finale to a deliciously perfect dinner.

Pros: stellar service, farm fresh ingredients

Cons: price

.

This place had refreshingly good service. I was pleasantly surprised since I really can't find many places where the servers/bartenders don't ignore you. We sat at the bar and had three or four great apps. The mozzarella grilled cheese type of item was great, the cheese plate was good (although a bit small), especially the marcona almonds, the pasta was nice, and the fried green tomatoes amazing, although they needed a little bit more of the sauce (more than a smear) since it was sooo tasty. The bartender was busy but still very nice and didn't forget about us. As far as the drinks, I know it's happy hour so they are cheaper but I couldn't taste the alcohol. The juice tastes fresh, so maybe because of the cost they skimp a little on the booze, but it wasn't such a big deal. I would just get a straight martini or beer or wine next time since you know what you are getting. But I still got a tiny buzz from 2 drinks, so I know there was something in there! I like how they have a variety of prices for happy hour so you can spend 10$ or 30$, depending on what you are looking for. Either way, I think you will be pleased. I can't wait to come back for dinner!!

2
★★★★★

This place had refreshingly good service. I was pleasantly surprised since I really can't find many places where the servers/bartenders don't ignore you. We sat at the bar and had three or four great apps. The mozzarella grilled cheese type of item was great, the cheese plate was good (although a bit small), especially the marcona almonds, the pasta was nice, and the fried green tomatoes amazing, although they needed a little bit more of the sauce (more than a smear) since it was sooo tasty. The bartender was busy but still very nice and didn't forget about us. As far as the drinks, I know it's happy hour so they are cheaper but I couldn't taste the alcohol. The juice tastes fresh, so maybe because of the cost they skimp a little on the booze, but it wasn't such a big deal. I would just get a straight martini or beer or wine next time since you know what you are getting. But I still got a tiny buzz from 2 drinks, so I know there was something in there! I like how they have a variety of prices for happy hour so you can spend 10$ or 30$, depending on what you are looking for. Either way, I think you will be pleased. I can't wait to come back for dinner!!

Pros: Great Food and Service

Cons: Weak but tasty drinks

.

I had heard that for a large group they offer a chef's menu, which I was worried about since I don't eat a lot of meat. But it was truly the most delicious meal I've had! Basically, the chef's menu consists of a seemingly constant flow of amazing food. A few different salads... a couple pastas, (the crab pasta was the most flavorful dish I had ever had), then the entres, and desserts. The sad thing is I filled up too early to have much room for dessert. Which I guess means I'll just have to go back! I liked that we got to taste a little bit of everything on the menu. And even for someone who doesn't eat much meat, I fell in love with the grilled leg of lamb. I'm excited to see what new dishes this season brings.

2
★★★★★

I had heard that for a large group they offer a chef's menu, which I was worried about since I don't eat a lot of meat. But it was truly the most delicious meal I've had! Basically, the chef's menu consists of a seemingly constant flow of amazing food. A few different salads... a couple pastas, (the crab pasta was the most flavorful dish I had ever had), then the entres, and desserts. The sad thing is I filled up too early to have much room for dessert. Which I guess means I'll just have to go back! I liked that we got to taste a little bit of everything on the menu. And even for someone who doesn't eat much meat, I fell in love with the grilled leg of lamb. I'm excited to see what new dishes this season brings.

Pros: fantastic space, fantastic food

Cons: filled up too soon...

.

This was my first time to Clarklewis, and I can't wait to go back. I went with a group of friends for happy hour. We ordered and re-ordered item after item. Couldn't get enough of the olives, the cheese, the salads... all of it! Great food, great wine, and a warm and friendly staff. What a joy. Love this place.

2
★★★★★

This was my first time to Clarklewis, and I can't wait to go back. I went with a group of friends for happy hour. We ordered and re-ordered item after item. Couldn't get enough of the olives, the cheese, the salads... all of it! Great food, great wine, and a warm and friendly staff. What a joy. Love this place.

Pros: lovely staff and great food

Cons: too cold out to open the garage doors

.

I find this restaurant to be the perfect balance of casual and class. I enjoy the fact that I don't have to dress up to step foot in there, yet there is a level of sophistication and care that makes me want to! The servers are kind, and seem proud of where they work. The food always surprises me with what ever is fresh and in season, in such an perfect mix of flavors. And I always seem to leave the restaurant with a new favorite wine. Big fan. Will keep coming back and recommending it!

2
★★★★★

I find this restaurant to be the perfect balance of casual and class. I enjoy the fact that I don't have to dress up to step foot in there, yet there is a level of sophistication and care that makes me want to! The servers are kind, and seem proud of where they work. The food always surprises me with what ever is fresh and in season, in such an perfect mix of flavors. And I always seem to leave the restaurant with a new favorite wine. Big fan. Will keep coming back and recommending it!

Pros: amazing/ creative dishes

Cons: fresh campfire smell from the wood burning stove

.

We've eaten there a few times meeting friends as well as with small children, and the meals have all been excellent.

2
★★★★★

We've eaten there a few times meeting friends as well as with small children, and the meals have all been excellent.

Pros: food

Cons: none

.

I meant have not tasted a thing. Dominique

0
★☆☆☆☆

I meant have not tasted a thing. Dominique

.

I'm at the restaurant right now for valentines day and have been waiting for 43 minutes on an 830pm reservation. So far have tasted a thing so its pretty crappy so far. I'll write more later that is if we get a table. Dominique

0
★☆☆☆☆

I'm at the restaurant right now for valentines day and have been waiting for 43 minutes on an 830pm reservation. So far have tasted a thing so its pretty crappy so far. I'll write more later that is if we get a table. Dominique

.

Seated in record time. 53 minutes past reservation time. Stay tuned. There's more to come.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Seated in record time. 53 minutes past reservation time. Stay tuned. There's more to come.

.

So after waiting for almost an hour (with reservation) we finally were seated. Service was spectacular. Lulu our server was excellent and was there for our every needs. Food was awesome. Everything was above par except for the unacceptable wait. If you have the time the service makes up for it. I would try them again but hopefully next time it won't take as long to be seated. Dominique

2
★★★★★

So after waiting for almost an hour (with reservation) we finally were seated. Service was spectacular. Lulu our server was excellent and was there for our every needs. Food was awesome. Everything was above par except for the unacceptable wait. If you have the time the service makes up for it. I would try them again but hopefully next time it won't take as long to be seated. Dominique

.

This restaurant is tucked away in the SE Waterfront area. The room is beautiful and modern, and the menu contains all sorts of delicious and innovative foods- like radishes and unsalted butter (who would think that would be good- it is!), or various types of fresh pasta. It's quite pricey, but the food is worth it. The drinks are also delicious!

4
★★★★☆

This restaurant is tucked away in the SE Waterfront area. The room is beautiful and modern, and the menu contains all sorts of delicious and innovative foods- like radishes and unsalted butter (who would think that would be good- it is!), or various types of fresh pasta. It's quite pricey, but the food is worth it. The drinks are also delicious!

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

My husband and I took my mother-in-law here for a special after Mother's Day dinner. I'm so glad we did. The food was delicious and inventive, the decor was simple and beautiful, with an urban feel. The service was attentive, but not too much so, just right. My MIL was totally impressed, and felt very special that we took her to such a nice place. I noticed they have a happy hour, I'll definitely be going back!

2
★★★★☆

My husband and I took my mother-in-law here for a special after Mother's Day dinner. I'm so glad we did. The food was delicious and inventive, the decor was simple and beautiful, with an urban feel. The service was attentive, but not too much so, just right. My MIL was totally impressed, and felt very special that we took her to such a nice place. I noticed they have a happy hour, I'll definitely be going back!

.

I just tried out their happy hour for the first time ever! The food was a great deal and tasty. Drinks were nicely priced. The best deal being a martini for i think $3 or $4 bucks. Try the lamb sandwich, the mac + cheese, some spiced nuts and a butter lettuce salad. We loved every bite and spent under $30.00 plus tip for a nice little dinner before a movie. Also parking was easy. I am glad they have happy hour now. I can afford to eat there more often.

2
★★★★☆

I just tried out their happy hour for the first time ever! The food was a great deal and tasty. Drinks were nicely priced. The best deal being a martini for i think $3 or $4 bucks. Try the lamb sandwich, the mac + cheese, some spiced nuts and a butter lettuce salad. We loved every bite and spent under $30.00 plus tip for a nice little dinner before a movie. Also parking was easy. I am glad they have happy hour now. I can afford to eat there more often.

.

Wow, what went wrong? We used to have good times. great wine, good food, here. We loved the urban decor and cool management and wait staff. Then got busy for a while and finally got back to Clark Lewis. I had planned to bring a bunch of guests there over the next few months so it was an incentive to check it out and remind myself of why I liked the place. I'm so glad I did.It was awful. Everything seems different. First the wine was expensive and bad- so bad we couldn't drink a couple of the glasses! There goes $30 down the drain. (who is their sommalier?). Tried to talk to the manager about the wine, pleasantly as I really thought he'd be interested in the feedback (especially at the prices he was charging). But I guess that wasn't his idea of service, he told me what I should do with my opinions. (Honestly, I'm not an idiot when it comes to wine). We left there shocked at the treatment we received by the manager, and finding that the quality had deteriorated a lot. We're not going back, and certainly not taking anyone else there. Sorry to post this bad review, but I think people should at least get the feedback.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Wow, what went wrong? We used to have good times. great wine, good food, here. We loved the urban decor and cool management and wait staff. Then got busy for a while and finally got back to Clark Lewis. I had planned to bring a bunch of guests there over the next few months so it was an incentive to check it out and remind myself of why I liked the place. I'm so glad I did.It was awful. Everything seems different. First the wine was expensive and bad- so bad we couldn't drink a couple of the glasses! There goes $30 down the drain. (who is their sommalier?). Tried to talk to the manager about the wine, pleasantly as I really thought he'd be interested in the feedback (especially at the prices he was charging). But I guess that wasn't his idea of service, he told me what I should do with my opinions. (Honestly, I'm not an idiot when it comes to wine). We left there shocked at the treatment we received by the manager, and finding that the quality had deteriorated a lot. We're not going back, and certainly not taking anyone else there. Sorry to post this bad review, but I think people should at least get the feedback.

Pros: nice edgy urban decor

Cons: awful manager, overpriced food and wine

.

We haven't been to all the restaurants in Portland (not yet ;) but this place is definitely our very favorite so far. The menu was very impressive, food wonderful, and the staff was very professional, polite, and well familiar with every single detail on the menu. Great experience! Just booked another dinner for a party of 10 as I want all our friends from San Francisco see that we have better food here in Portland, and for less money!

2
★★★★★

We haven't been to all the restaurants in Portland (not yet ;) but this place is definitely our very favorite so far. The menu was very impressive, food wonderful, and the staff was very professional, polite, and well familiar with every single detail on the menu. Great experience! Just booked another dinner for a party of 10 as I want all our friends from San Francisco see that we have better food here in Portland, and for less money!

.

My friends and I decided on a whim to meet after work and enjoy a great meal, we are total food snobs and knew that clarklewis would not disappoint. We attacked the drink menu first and my choice the French Leave. Sparkling and fresh, a simple and classic mix of lillet and soda and syrup. Delish! It was indicative of what this place does best- they keep things simple yet inspired and let the ingredients sing. We decided right away to each order the chef's special this way we could get down to gabbing and not labor over the menu. I would highly recommend doing this with a few friends - it is easy to share everything and in the end you basically have sampled half of the menu in one shot. By far the standouts were the Roasted Beets with almonds and salsa cruda, the Ravioli - with fresh ricotta and wild mushrooms- with plenty of meaty hedgehog and trumpet mushrooms and the olive oil poached sturgeon. We were surprised and delighted with the honey glazed pork and flagelot beans with insane caramelized onions that might as well be candy. This dish had all the flavors of down home ham and baked beans but was much more sophisticated. Last but not least - we ended the meal with three deserts- we left the lemon semifreddo untouched - but it had tough competition - the chocolate tipsy cake was taken to another level with the addition of butterscotch prunes (who would have guessed! ) and tiny pillows of meringue - but it was the apple fritters with brown butter ice cream that we are still talking about. We met there at six and lingered until nine, the staff was that great blend of casual and competent, the place was lit up with tons of candles and we really had a great time.

2
★★★★★

My friends and I decided on a whim to meet after work and enjoy a great meal, we are total food snobs and knew that clarklewis would not disappoint. We attacked the drink menu first and my choice the French Leave. Sparkling and fresh, a simple and classic mix of lillet and soda and syrup. Delish! It was indicative of what this place does best- they keep things simple yet inspired and let the ingredients sing. We decided right away to each order the chef's special this way we could get down to gabbing and not labor over the menu. I would highly recommend doing this with a few friends - it is easy to share everything and in the end you basically have sampled half of the menu in one shot. By far the standouts were the Roasted Beets with almonds and salsa cruda, the Ravioli - with fresh ricotta and wild mushrooms- with plenty of meaty hedgehog and trumpet mushrooms and the olive oil poached sturgeon. We were surprised and delighted with the honey glazed pork and flagelot beans with insane caramelized onions that might as well be candy. This dish had all the flavors of down home ham and baked beans but was much more sophisticated. Last but not least - we ended the meal with three deserts- we left the lemon semifreddo untouched - but it had tough competition - the chocolate tipsy cake was taken to another level with the addition of butterscotch prunes (who would have guessed! ) and tiny pillows of meringue - but it was the apple fritters with brown butter ice cream that we are still talking about. We met there at six and lingered until nine, the staff was that great blend of casual and competent, the place was lit up with tons of candles and we really had a great time.

Pros: Beautiful, east-side, fresh farm food

Cons: Clunky water pitchers-luke warm water

.

The food here was good, the service was very low key and attentive, but the ongoing cooking with the wood fire left us coughing and smelling like wood smoke. Perhaps this is not a problem in the summer with the windows there open.
I would not go back due to the smoke however.

3
★★★☆☆

The food here was good, the service was very low key and attentive, but the ongoing cooking with the wood fire left us coughing and smelling like wood smoke. Perhaps this is not a problem in the summer with the windows there open.
I would not go back due to the smoke however.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

Dinner this past weekend was to die for. We started the night with a little bit of everything. We had many things from the starters and salads. Shared a pasta course and all had entree's. My favorite was my partner's tuna with chick peas. A must - is an order of Tipsy cake. Cute name for a serious dessert. We ordered so much food we should have invited more people. Although a group of 4 cleaned our plates. This place is worth the trip.

2
★★★★★

Dinner this past weekend was to die for. We started the night with a little bit of everything. We had many things from the starters and salads. Shared a pasta course and all had entree's. My favorite was my partner's tuna with chick peas. A must - is an order of Tipsy cake. Cute name for a serious dessert. We ordered so much food we should have invited more people. Although a group of 4 cleaned our plates. This place is worth the trip.

Pros: good service. Thumbs up.

.

My boyfriend and I had a very mediocre meal at clarklewis. Everything but the food was great - we were able to get in at 6:00 on a Thursday without any wait (later than that and the restaurant started getting very full.) The ambiance is lovely, with hundreds of of candles, and the waitstaff was attentive although their descriptions of the food were a bit over the top. The homemade bread and the cocktail I tried (grapefruit and tequila with honey) was excellent. However, when the food came it was disappointing. The shrimp bisque was overwhelmingly shrimpy, although the texture and portion size were good. The endive salad was all right, although a bit oniony. The pasta dish I ordered (taglietelle with mushrooms) was severely undercooked - the noodles were rubbery - and tasted overwhelmingly buttery. My boyfriend ordered the pork schnitzel, which he said was all right but not remarkable. We skipped desert, although I did have a very acidic espresso. Overall not worth the price.

1
★★☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I had a very mediocre meal at clarklewis. Everything but the food was great - we were able to get in at 6:00 on a Thursday without any wait (later than that and the restaurant started getting very full.) The ambiance is lovely, with hundreds of of candles, and the waitstaff was attentive although their descriptions of the food were a bit over the top. The homemade bread and the cocktail I tried (grapefruit and tequila with honey) was excellent. However, when the food came it was disappointing. The shrimp bisque was overwhelmingly shrimpy, although the texture and portion size were good. The endive salad was all right, although a bit oniony. The pasta dish I ordered (taglietelle with mushrooms) was severely undercooked - the noodles were rubbery - and tasted overwhelmingly buttery. My boyfriend ordered the pork schnitzel, which he said was all right but not remarkable. We skipped desert, although I did have a very acidic espresso. Overall not worth the price.

Pros: great ambience, excellent cocktails

Cons: food is mediocre or downright lousy

.

My boyfriend and I made a reservation on a Saturday night for dinner. We arrived on time, and still had to wait for a table. I think we ended up waiting about 15-20 minutes. I may be picky, but I really don't like waiting especially when you make a reservation. But that may just be me. The table we sat at was WAY to close to the others next to it. The "ambiance" is nice, if you can get over dining with your neighbor. The menu isn't anything spectacular, small and overpriced. I ordered a pasta dish, but 20 minutes after we placed our order they came back and said they couldn't make it. So I was stuck with a goat cheese ravioli which made my stomach ache afterwards. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone, but it's not horrible if you must try it out. My suggestion would be to head down the street to the Montage.

1
★★☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I made a reservation on a Saturday night for dinner. We arrived on time, and still had to wait for a table. I think we ended up waiting about 15-20 minutes. I may be picky, but I really don't like waiting especially when you make a reservation. But that may just be me. The table we sat at was WAY to close to the others next to it. The "ambiance" is nice, if you can get over dining with your neighbor. The menu isn't anything spectacular, small and overpriced. I ordered a pasta dish, but 20 minutes after we placed our order they came back and said they couldn't make it. So I was stuck with a goat cheese ravioli which made my stomach ache afterwards. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone, but it's not horrible if you must try it out. My suggestion would be to head down the street to the Montage.

.

We went here with our 2 yr old daughter for an early dinner. The waitstaff was attentive, the food was divine. Portions were small, not your typical humongous generic meal. Food was presented artfully and tasted unique and exquisite. With the smaller sized portions we could enjoy more variety. I can't wait to go back.

2
★★★★★

We went here with our 2 yr old daughter for an early dinner. The waitstaff was attentive, the food was divine. Portions were small, not your typical humongous generic meal. Food was presented artfully and tasted unique and exquisite. With the smaller sized portions we could enjoy more variety. I can't wait to go back.

Pros: ambience, food presentation, service, unique experience

Cons: none

.

I've wanted to try ClarkLewis for quite some time. I finally got a chance last night and I was quite disappointed. On the up side, the ambience is good. The place smells great and feels warm and cozy. It's pretty loud, but otherwise good. Now, for the downside. I had flatiron steak, at $29. The food was cold and the amount of food served was remarkably small. I also had a glass of wine....at $14. My son-in-law ordered the ravioli....at $18. Again, we were amazed by how little food was provided, especially for the money. The service was fair, but not great. I could go on, but in short, this place is way to proud of their mediocre offering.

1
★★☆☆☆

I've wanted to try ClarkLewis for quite some time. I finally got a chance last night and I was quite disappointed. On the up side, the ambience is good. The place smells great and feels warm and cozy. It's pretty loud, but otherwise good. Now, for the downside. I had flatiron steak, at $29. The food was cold and the amount of food served was remarkably small. I also had a glass of wine....at $14. My son-in-law ordered the ravioli....at $18. Again, we were amazed by how little food was provided, especially for the money. The service was fair, but not great. I could go on, but in short, this place is way to proud of their mediocre offering.

Pros: nice ambience

Cons: overpriced, mediocre food and service

.

The food and service were both right on. The menu has a lot to offer. The pasta should not be missed. And the desserts are a dream.
Make reservations for one of the window seats. Or sit at the cozy bar.

2
★★★★☆

The food and service were both right on. The menu has a lot to offer. The pasta should not be missed. And the desserts are a dream.
Make reservations for one of the window seats. Or sit at the cozy bar.

.

I'm tired of bad service. Where the hell is that guy? I'll let others talk up the food. But I'm writting this to strike back at Clarklewis for ignoring us for two hours.

I ate at Le Pigion the other day and it was so nice to find a person who was present with us, understood our needs and then deleivered all night long. Dining out is supposed to be an experience not just a meal.

At ClarkLewis the guy took our order and then we never saw him again. Oh we saw him--but he appeared to have tunnel vision. Do they not train servers to scan the the dining room as they walk by? (Isn't that common sense?) We specifically asked him to help us with pairings of small plates to share --this seemed to stun him into saying something like "it's all good."

Come on Clarklewis, get it together. There are plenty of great places to eat. In this town the food is at a level where people like me are going to find the resturants that have good food, as you do, and then set themselves apart by raising the the level of their service. Give us an evening that is memorable--there is nothing worse then a night out that concludes with everybody agreeing how bad the service was.

2
★★★★☆

I'm tired of bad service. Where the hell is that guy? I'll let others talk up the food. But I'm writting this to strike back at Clarklewis for ignoring us for two hours.

I ate at Le Pigion the other day and it was so nice to find a person who was present with us, understood our needs and then deleivered all night long. Dining out is supposed to be an experience not just a meal.

At ClarkLewis the guy took our order and then we never saw him again. Oh we saw him--but he appeared to have tunnel vision. Do they not train servers to scan the the dining room as they walk by? (Isn't that common sense?) We specifically asked him to help us with pairings of small plates to share --this seemed to stun him into saying something like "it's all good."

Come on Clarklewis, get it together. There are plenty of great places to eat. In this town the food is at a level where people like me are going to find the resturants that have good food, as you do, and then set themselves apart by raising the the level of their service. Give us an evening that is memorable--there is nothing worse then a night out that concludes with everybody agreeing how bad the service was.

Pros: Good food, urban eastside industrial experience

Cons: bad bad service

.

I went there about two weeks ago with 5 other friends and everything was fabulous! My husband and I had yummy roasted manila clams and bruscetta with figs/proscuito as appatizers, along with a beet salad. I tried my friend Kara's grilled salmon with heirloom tomatoes and avo, Wow. I had the pork loin with roasted peaches. The pork was good but those peaches were to die for! The atmosphere was hip/modern with a touch of elegance. Our server did a great job of answering our questions(crostone?) and, for the most part,making sure our needs were met.

The desserts were my favorite part. I honestly had to restrain myself from licking the plates. I strongly recommend the almond crepe with pears and pear sorbet or the nectarine blackberry cobbler. My fork wandered to almost everyone's plate at some point and I was hard pressed to find one thing that I wouldn't recommend.

2
★★★★★

I went there about two weeks ago with 5 other friends and everything was fabulous! My husband and I had yummy roasted manila clams and bruscetta with figs/proscuito as appatizers, along with a beet salad. I tried my friend Kara's grilled salmon with heirloom tomatoes and avo, Wow. I had the pork loin with roasted peaches. The pork was good but those peaches were to die for! The atmosphere was hip/modern with a touch of elegance. Our server did a great job of answering our questions(crostone?) and, for the most part,making sure our needs were met.

The desserts were my favorite part. I honestly had to restrain myself from licking the plates. I strongly recommend the almond crepe with pears and pear sorbet or the nectarine blackberry cobbler. My fork wandered to almost everyone's plate at some point and I was hard pressed to find one thing that I wouldn't recommend.

Pros: Dessert!

Cons: Wrong side of the river.

.

Came to clarklewis late on a Friday night. Found the food to be stellar. The quality of ingredients, the ambience and the helpful and friendly wait-staff, led me to say that it was the best meal I have had in Portland. Though i do not live in town, I have eaten my way around the restaurants of Portland on various work trips. The meal at clarklewis was certainly on the top for dinners. The risotto with salame, cranberry beans and parmesan was the best risotto I've ever had. More like an italian fried rice, it was the first risotto at a restaurant or at home that I've wanted to eat every bite on my plate and wouldn't have turned away another plate.

2
★★★★★

Came to clarklewis late on a Friday night. Found the food to be stellar. The quality of ingredients, the ambience and the helpful and friendly wait-staff, led me to say that it was the best meal I have had in Portland. Though i do not live in town, I have eaten my way around the restaurants of Portland on various work trips. The meal at clarklewis was certainly on the top for dinners. The risotto with salame, cranberry beans and parmesan was the best risotto I've ever had. More like an italian fried rice, it was the first risotto at a restaurant or at home that I've wanted to eat every bite on my plate and wouldn't have turned away another plate.

.

This place has great cocktails, good domestic and imported beer and wine list, not to mention great decor and atmosphere. Great place for after work gatherings and I haven't even mentioned the food yet...which by the way is fantastic. A must during the summertime when they open up the huge bay windows for indoor-outdoor dining.

4
★★★★☆

This place has great cocktails, good domestic and imported beer and wine list, not to mention great decor and atmosphere. Great place for after work gatherings and I haven't even mentioned the food yet...which by the way is fantastic. A must during the summertime when they open up the huge bay windows for indoor-outdoor dining.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

The venue itself is beautiful. A converted warehouse space with huge windows and a nice ambience. We did the family style tasting menu which was recommended by the waitress and supposed to be a sampling of the chef's choice. The pasta was amazing--handmade and with wonderful, fresh and local ingredients. Aside from the pasta and desserts (which were also superb and made on the premises with in season fruits), I was underwhelmed. The lamb was quite fatty and the halibut and skate were drenched in butter. It's always a bad sign in a fancy restaurant when the taste of butter overwhelms the flavor of a supposedly fresh piece of fish. The rest of the dishes--salads and various antipasta type plates were also unforgettable. I would recommend this place for the pasta, desserts and nice ambience.

1
★★★☆☆

The venue itself is beautiful. A converted warehouse space with huge windows and a nice ambience. We did the family style tasting menu which was recommended by the waitress and supposed to be a sampling of the chef's choice. The pasta was amazing--handmade and with wonderful, fresh and local ingredients. Aside from the pasta and desserts (which were also superb and made on the premises with in season fruits), I was underwhelmed. The lamb was quite fatty and the halibut and skate were drenched in butter. It's always a bad sign in a fancy restaurant when the taste of butter overwhelms the flavor of a supposedly fresh piece of fish. The rest of the dishes--salads and various antipasta type plates were also unforgettable. I would recommend this place for the pasta, desserts and nice ambience.

Pros: dessert, pasta and ambience

Cons: meat and fish--spotty service

.

I love this place! Tonight was the perfect night for the roll up doors and industrial elegance clarklewis offers. I walked over the bridge and landed on Water Street. Called a friend for a drink and wound up staying for dinner. We split the blue lake bean salad with toasted hazelnuts and the cucumber salad proudly primped up with plain ol nancy's yogurt and dill. super simple and amazing. We had heard good things about the seafood so we went for the sturgeon with leeks and shallot cream. WHOA! Every around us had pasta piled up in front of them and that looked good too- but we were already stuffed and wanted to put the desserts to the test - too stuffed maybe next time!

2
★★★★☆

I love this place! Tonight was the perfect night for the roll up doors and industrial elegance clarklewis offers. I walked over the bridge and landed on Water Street. Called a friend for a drink and wound up staying for dinner. We split the blue lake bean salad with toasted hazelnuts and the cucumber salad proudly primped up with plain ol nancy's yogurt and dill. super simple and amazing. We had heard good things about the seafood so we went for the sturgeon with leeks and shallot cream. WHOA! Every around us had pasta piled up in front of them and that looked good too- but we were already stuffed and wanted to put the desserts to the test - too stuffed maybe next time!

.

lets stop talking about what once was. clarklewis seems to be more about the food and less about the drama and hot air of years past- and has finally settled splendidly. the only thing i miss about the former regime's menu was the chef's special, which was not only a welcoming initiation to the food, but a steal of a deal. go with friends, order lots of small plates, share a pasta and a fish dish for sure and stay for dessert. i have been known to have throw down fights with friends over the radishes, which I believe are the best summer starter one could ever have. sure, your paying for the plating and the amazing lump of butter and pinch of salt, but nothing else is as fresh and crisp - especially with a glass of rose. don't whine about the price just eat it already. you really cannot go wrong with the fish here- the halibut is often simply placed on a mound of light greens to the most extraordinary effect. i won't bore anyone with a menu play by play- because it is my feeling that clarklewis is about inspired food and inspired choices, order what sounds good and it will be good. very very good.

2
★★★★★

lets stop talking about what once was. clarklewis seems to be more about the food and less about the drama and hot air of years past- and has finally settled splendidly. the only thing i miss about the former regime's menu was the chef's special, which was not only a welcoming initiation to the food, but a steal of a deal. go with friends, order lots of small plates, share a pasta and a fish dish for sure and stay for dessert. i have been known to have throw down fights with friends over the radishes, which I believe are the best summer starter one could ever have. sure, your paying for the plating and the amazing lump of butter and pinch of salt, but nothing else is as fresh and crisp - especially with a glass of rose. don't whine about the price just eat it already. you really cannot go wrong with the fish here- the halibut is often simply placed on a mound of light greens to the most extraordinary effect. i won't bore anyone with a menu play by play- because it is my feeling that clarklewis is about inspired food and inspired choices, order what sounds good and it will be good. very very good.

Pros: industrial south east charm, inspired fresh ingredients, informed staff

.

This has got to be the best food in town and watching the kitchen
feverishly creating it- is a great show. It was a little hot while we were there, but they had the garage doors open and a nice breeze made it bearable. I will be back!

2
★★★★☆

This has got to be the best food in town and watching the kitchen
feverishly creating it- is a great show. It was a little hot while we were there, but they had the garage doors open and a nice breeze made it bearable. I will be back!

.

I have been to clarklewis a few times over the past 3 months and I have to say - it is CRAZY GOOD! This past month has been the best clarklewis has ever been. The food speaks for itself so there is no need for me to write a lengthy review. Service is wonderful. The staff really know what they are serving. Just get your self over there! They really know how to make food.

2
★★★★★

I have been to clarklewis a few times over the past 3 months and I have to say - it is CRAZY GOOD! This past month has been the best clarklewis has ever been. The food speaks for itself so there is no need for me to write a lengthy review. Service is wonderful. The staff really know what they are serving. Just get your self over there! They really know how to make food.

Pros: amazing food, location, the train

Cons: no happy hour

.

Wow. I was ready to be impressed. I had been to clarklewis before and was taking my friends from out of town for a portland treat. Was i ever let down. The salads were too salty, with either too much dressing or just bittter to start. Next, the pasta - it was really pork strogonof - out of a can - that's about the flavor it had. I also had the misfortune of ordering the sea bass and my friends the steak. The sea bass was overseasoned and overcooked. We almost ordered the chef's menu - and I'm almost glad we didn't. The service was excellent - unfortunately, that was the only thing that was. Food comparable to McMinniman's - and even then...
What happened to clarklewis!!!!???
It used to be so good. Won't be going again sadly.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Wow. I was ready to be impressed. I had been to clarklewis before and was taking my friends from out of town for a portland treat. Was i ever let down. The salads were too salty, with either too much dressing or just bittter to start. Next, the pasta - it was really pork strogonof - out of a can - that's about the flavor it had. I also had the misfortune of ordering the sea bass and my friends the steak. The sea bass was overseasoned and overcooked. We almost ordered the chef's menu - and I'm almost glad we didn't. The service was excellent - unfortunately, that was the only thing that was. Food comparable to McMinniman's - and even then...
What happened to clarklewis!!!!???
It used to be so good. Won't be going again sadly.

Pros: excellent service, friendly

Cons: food. which is the point.

.

After reading some of the latter reviews of ClarkLewis here, I was a little worried that we might fall victim to bad service when we dined there recently. However, we had fabulous service. Our server told us about the tasters menu, which--for $56 per person--is actually a great deal. Since each person at the table, gets a different tasters dinner, the four people in my group were able to sample 16 different dishes. Our server brought out the food at perfectly timed intervals and was able to explain each dish.

I only have 2 criticisms...first off, the wine list was a bit expensive. For example, you can purchase a glass of Sokol Blosser's Meditrina for $12--which I could not bring myself to do since I paid only $10 for the bottle I had at home.

My second criticism deals with the facility. ClarkLewis is truly a cool urban restaurant and is fabulous on warm evenings when they can open the side doors/windows. However, they could use more lighting when the sun sets. Towards the end of the evening, we could barely see what was on our plates!

2
★★★★☆

After reading some of the latter reviews of ClarkLewis here, I was a little worried that we might fall victim to bad service when we dined there recently. However, we had fabulous service. Our server told us about the tasters menu, which--for $56 per person--is actually a great deal. Since each person at the table, gets a different tasters dinner, the four people in my group were able to sample 16 different dishes. Our server brought out the food at perfectly timed intervals and was able to explain each dish.

I only have 2 criticisms...first off, the wine list was a bit expensive. For example, you can purchase a glass of Sokol Blosser's Meditrina for $12--which I could not bring myself to do since I paid only $10 for the bottle I had at home.

My second criticism deals with the facility. ClarkLewis is truly a cool urban restaurant and is fabulous on warm evenings when they can open the side doors/windows. However, they could use more lighting when the sun sets. Towards the end of the evening, we could barely see what was on our plates!

Pros: Delicious food, trendy fun spot

Cons: The wine list is too expensive, can get very dark in the evening.

.

I was lucky to visit clarklewis this past Wednesday. We had taken my visiting niece to OMSI and after spending hours there were just famished and decided to pop in at clarklewis for dinner. They were very busy and we were so worried we would not get seated quickly. The host was gracious and very accomodating she got us seated and wait was not long. This is where the fun began. Cocktails and wine for the grown ups and a "summer fruit cooler" for the niece. She was in heaven and so were we. Our sever a tall slender fellow was wonderful. He recommened a chef's course and made other suggestions. All of which were just right and pleased our palates to no end. Then on to desserts - which ended up being among the tastiest treats in town.

We cannot wait to go back. Although next time I will make reservations to be sure I get a table by the window. This is the perfect summer spot! Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

I was lucky to visit clarklewis this past Wednesday. We had taken my visiting niece to OMSI and after spending hours there were just famished and decided to pop in at clarklewis for dinner. They were very busy and we were so worried we would not get seated quickly. The host was gracious and very accomodating she got us seated and wait was not long. This is where the fun began. Cocktails and wine for the grown ups and a "summer fruit cooler" for the niece. She was in heaven and so were we. Our sever a tall slender fellow was wonderful. He recommened a chef's course and made other suggestions. All of which were just right and pleased our palates to no end. Then on to desserts - which ended up being among the tastiest treats in town.

We cannot wait to go back. Although next time I will make reservations to be sure I get a table by the window. This is the perfect summer spot! Highly recommended.

.

Clark lewis is nasty. The food is salty, the atmosphere is noisy, and the chairs are uncomfortable. Plus the prices sre soooo overpriced. There are so many other places to eat in Portland so don't waste your time or your money.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Clark lewis is nasty. The food is salty, the atmosphere is noisy, and the chairs are uncomfortable. Plus the prices sre soooo overpriced. There are so many other places to eat in Portland so don't waste your time or your money.

.

I had dinner here last night with my college sorority sisters. We get together monthly and try out different restaurants. From the moment we arrived - it was clear that this was a disaster. The Maitre'd was arrogant, unprofessional, and unbelievably rude. One of our party was just recovering from surgery, and could only eat specific things - so when she asked what was in the dish, he replied with an incredibly sarcastic answer. At one point they came and removed our plates, even though 3 of us were still eating. When we tried to stop them - they just kept heading for the kitchen. The young man mixing the salads saw what happened, and went to summon the Maitre'd - who arrived at our table with the words (and I quote) "What's YOUR problem?" It went downhill from there - ending with the padding of the bill. The menu listed only one Chardonney by the glass (lousy wine - $11 per glass), and the bill reflected several glasses at $14 each) Terrible, terrible, service - and it couldn't be overcome by the mediocre food. Portland has WAY too many great restaurants to bother here.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I had dinner here last night with my college sorority sisters. We get together monthly and try out different restaurants. From the moment we arrived - it was clear that this was a disaster. The Maitre'd was arrogant, unprofessional, and unbelievably rude. One of our party was just recovering from surgery, and could only eat specific things - so when she asked what was in the dish, he replied with an incredibly sarcastic answer. At one point they came and removed our plates, even though 3 of us were still eating. When we tried to stop them - they just kept heading for the kitchen. The young man mixing the salads saw what happened, and went to summon the Maitre'd - who arrived at our table with the words (and I quote) "What's YOUR problem?" It went downhill from there - ending with the padding of the bill. The menu listed only one Chardonney by the glass (lousy wine - $11 per glass), and the bill reflected several glasses at $14 each) Terrible, terrible, service - and it couldn't be overcome by the mediocre food. Portland has WAY too many great restaurants to bother here.

.

Best meal I've had in years. If you're with a group try the Chef's meal, it allows you to try several different items and they are all wonderful. Cost is up there, but for a meal this good it's worth it.

5
★★★★★

Best meal I've had in years. If you're with a group try the Chef's meal, it allows you to try several different items and they are all wonderful. Cost is up there, but for a meal this good it's worth it.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

I just celebrated my birthday here with friends and family. I loved the understated coolness of the place and the fact that no one was going to dare sing happy birthday to me. Birthdays can sometimes be a drag but Everything was just right and super memorable!

We had a wonderful time sharing our meal - we ordered family style. I would not have changed a thing and I look forward to coming back very soon!

2
★★★★★

I just celebrated my birthday here with friends and family. I loved the understated coolness of the place and the fact that no one was going to dare sing happy birthday to me. Birthdays can sometimes be a drag but Everything was just right and super memorable!

We had a wonderful time sharing our meal - we ordered family style. I would not have changed a thing and I look forward to coming back very soon!

Pros: Family Style meals to share, great service and good cocktails

.

First off the building and idea of the place is very cool. Very intimate and hip. But it stops there. We had a party of 15 and with that there is gratuity figured into the bill. What gratuity really means is your waiter will pay NO attention to you because she is already getting her tip. Never once did she fill our water glasses and not once ask us if we wanted a drink. She was rude and very slow. Second, we asked for some bread and at the end of the meal the bill came and they charged us $8 for bread! She gave me some excuse that they charge for bread because of the olive oil... huh that's a first. Third, we brought a cake in for a birthday event. Clarklewis charges $5 per slice to serve. And the most important reason to not go to this restaurant.... the food is way way overpriced. I ordered a full order of ravioli's and what came was 4 small pieces drenched in butter for a whopping $20. It was not at all good. Don't bother going to this place. Rude service, horrible food and oh don't forget about the bread....

0
★☆☆☆☆

First off the building and idea of the place is very cool. Very intimate and hip. But it stops there. We had a party of 15 and with that there is gratuity figured into the bill. What gratuity really means is your waiter will pay NO attention to you because she is already getting her tip. Never once did she fill our water glasses and not once ask us if we wanted a drink. She was rude and very slow. Second, we asked for some bread and at the end of the meal the bill came and they charged us $8 for bread! She gave me some excuse that they charge for bread because of the olive oil... huh that's a first. Third, we brought a cake in for a birthday event. Clarklewis charges $5 per slice to serve. And the most important reason to not go to this restaurant.... the food is way way overpriced. I ordered a full order of ravioli's and what came was 4 small pieces drenched in butter for a whopping $20. It was not at all good. Don't bother going to this place. Rude service, horrible food and oh don't forget about the bread....

Pros: Intimate place

Cons: Rude service and overpriced food

.

I just love lunch at clarkLewis. The food is always delicious. They offer a nice selection of sandwiches, salads and soups. Which for some reason is always so hard to find. There is also parking out front and you get seated right away. No complaints here! See you on the East Side!

2
★★★★★

I just love lunch at clarkLewis. The food is always delicious. They offer a nice selection of sandwiches, salads and soups. Which for some reason is always so hard to find. There is also parking out front and you get seated right away. No complaints here! See you on the East Side!

Pros: Easy Parking/ good food

Cons: No music

.

Tried the Sunday Night Dinners with a group of friends last night and I was very disappointed. We warned ahead of time to "bring cash" so I had great expectations of a very elegant evening. While the menu was creative and well planned, the execution of the entire evening left a very sour taste in my mouth. The poor service was most prevalant, but because we were a group we were forced to pay gratuity. Services you would expect at this price range that weren't included were: You have to stand in line for drinks, serve your own coffee and desert, glasses aren't picked up after your drinks are finished, you aren't brought new plates or silverware for new courses. (we were served crusty bread and olive oil in the middle of the meal and no new plate arrived) We were told appetizers were included, our side of the table never received them, we were told wine was coming, never saw it. We brought our guest of honor a special bottle of wine, and they charged $12 to open it! Also, it was over an hour before dinner started and there were huge gaps in the course servings. Very disappointing, and don't even get me started on the horrible chairs, like something you'd find at a buffet style restaurant, no wonder they leave the lights off. PS - the FLAN WAS OUTSTANDING - the evening's saving grace.

1
★★★☆☆

Tried the Sunday Night Dinners with a group of friends last night and I was very disappointed. We warned ahead of time to "bring cash" so I had great expectations of a very elegant evening. While the menu was creative and well planned, the execution of the entire evening left a very sour taste in my mouth. The poor service was most prevalant, but because we were a group we were forced to pay gratuity. Services you would expect at this price range that weren't included were: You have to stand in line for drinks, serve your own coffee and desert, glasses aren't picked up after your drinks are finished, you aren't brought new plates or silverware for new courses. (we were served crusty bread and olive oil in the middle of the meal and no new plate arrived) We were told appetizers were included, our side of the table never received them, we were told wine was coming, never saw it. We brought our guest of honor a special bottle of wine, and they charged $12 to open it! Also, it was over an hour before dinner started and there were huge gaps in the course servings. Very disappointing, and don't even get me started on the horrible chairs, like something you'd find at a buffet style restaurant, no wonder they leave the lights off. PS - the FLAN WAS OUTSTANDING - the evening's saving grace.

Pros: Parking is good

Cons: service

.

Food is delicious. The downside...
1. The room is terrible; Home Depot meets arts and crafts. This place would do well to hire a restaurant designer. If your unfortunate enough to be seated at the banquette you will be a full 1 foot below your partner in the chair on the otherside of the table. And if your unfortunate enough to be seated in the chairs be ready for severe discomfort.
2. Service - unprofessional, indifferent. Courses came out very fast or not fast enough. Waiter, though pleasant enough, seemed to have never actually waited tables before. Host was downright indifferent.
3. Exhaust - for some reason the night I ate there the kitchen seemed to be venting into the dining room. We walked out smelling of black cod; lets hope the dry cleaning I'll have to pay for will be able to remove the smell.

2
★★★★☆

Food is delicious. The downside...
1. The room is terrible; Home Depot meets arts and crafts. This place would do well to hire a restaurant designer. If your unfortunate enough to be seated at the banquette you will be a full 1 foot below your partner in the chair on the otherside of the table. And if your unfortunate enough to be seated in the chairs be ready for severe discomfort.
2. Service - unprofessional, indifferent. Courses came out very fast or not fast enough. Waiter, though pleasant enough, seemed to have never actually waited tables before. Host was downright indifferent.
3. Exhaust - for some reason the night I ate there the kitchen seemed to be venting into the dining room. We walked out smelling of black cod; lets hope the dry cleaning I'll have to pay for will be able to remove the smell.

Pros: Food

Cons: Room and Service

.

We went there for our anniversary. Have heard many great words from our friends about this place. So expectations were high. The room was so dark, that they bring you a small flash light so we could actualy read our menu. Servants had too much attitude. We also had to feel our water glasses from the water pitcher provided for the table. I din't think it was "classy" for the restaurant with such image and reputation. The food was ok, but portions were super small. Definetely overpriced. Very average cervice.

1
★★★☆☆

We went there for our anniversary. Have heard many great words from our friends about this place. So expectations were high. The room was so dark, that they bring you a small flash light so we could actualy read our menu. Servants had too much attitude. We also had to feel our water glasses from the water pitcher provided for the table. I din't think it was "classy" for the restaurant with such image and reputation. The food was ok, but portions were super small. Definetely overpriced. Very average cervice.

.

When our friends from out of town told me where we were going, I was a little scared with all the bad reviews. But when I arrived I was pleasently surprised. We had a drink at the bar to start and the bartender there gave great pours and mixed some of the best drinks my wife and I have had in Portland. We were seated near the kitchen for dinner, and the chairs were a little uncomfortable I'm 220lb, so maybe they weren't designed for me. But the environment was great. The waiter took a few more minutes then I usually like to take our drink order but they just sat 4 new tables in his section right after we sat down so that was fine. When we ordered everyone at my group had descided to share the meal family style. The portion size was great just enough to really wet your appetite for the next course. We had an appitizor course, pasta course, entree course, and a desert course. And at the end of the meal we were all stuffed and walked away very excited about our next visit to Clarklewis. If you are thinking of going there with just 2 people I would tell you to order a Chef's Menu rather than from the menu. But if you go with a group of 4 or more order away from the great seasonal and local menu. EVERYTHING IS GREAT!!!!

2
★★★★★

When our friends from out of town told me where we were going, I was a little scared with all the bad reviews. But when I arrived I was pleasently surprised. We had a drink at the bar to start and the bartender there gave great pours and mixed some of the best drinks my wife and I have had in Portland. We were seated near the kitchen for dinner, and the chairs were a little uncomfortable I'm 220lb, so maybe they weren't designed for me. But the environment was great. The waiter took a few more minutes then I usually like to take our drink order but they just sat 4 new tables in his section right after we sat down so that was fine. When we ordered everyone at my group had descided to share the meal family style. The portion size was great just enough to really wet your appetite for the next course. We had an appitizor course, pasta course, entree course, and a desert course. And at the end of the meal we were all stuffed and walked away very excited about our next visit to Clarklewis. If you are thinking of going there with just 2 people I would tell you to order a Chef's Menu rather than from the menu. But if you go with a group of 4 or more order away from the great seasonal and local menu. EVERYTHING IS GREAT!!!!

Pros: Food was outstanding and Great Environment and Not Too Loud to have great conversation

.

After reading numerous accolades about Clarklewis, I decided to try it out for my birthday with family members. The ambiance was what we expected. However, what I believe makes a great restaurant is the entire package, and ClarkLewis did not deliver when it came to service. Besides the fact it is extremely dark, we requested flashlights to read the menu. The server and hostess, brought us three different flashlights (after numerous requests) and the batteries died in each one, we finally gave up and used the candles to read the menu. I read somewhere that the waitstaff has extensive training with wines. Our server must have missed that day. First he forgot to pour a taste to the person who ordered the wine. Then we ordered a second bottle, and he poured it directly into our glasses!! We are not wine snobs, and we were appauled. The entire experience was a disaster. I was hesitant on writing this review, but after speaking with numerous peers, and co-workers who have eaten at the restaurant, all had similar experiences. The food is good, but the service is horrible. It is not worth your money.

1
★★★☆☆

After reading numerous accolades about Clarklewis, I decided to try it out for my birthday with family members. The ambiance was what we expected. However, what I believe makes a great restaurant is the entire package, and ClarkLewis did not deliver when it came to service. Besides the fact it is extremely dark, we requested flashlights to read the menu. The server and hostess, brought us three different flashlights (after numerous requests) and the batteries died in each one, we finally gave up and used the candles to read the menu. I read somewhere that the waitstaff has extensive training with wines. Our server must have missed that day. First he forgot to pour a taste to the person who ordered the wine. Then we ordered a second bottle, and he poured it directly into our glasses!! We are not wine snobs, and we were appauled. The entire experience was a disaster. I was hesitant on writing this review, but after speaking with numerous peers, and co-workers who have eaten at the restaurant, all had similar experiences. The food is good, but the service is horrible. It is not worth your money.

.

My wife and I went to Clark Lewis with some friends over the weekend and we were less than impressed. The decor and ambiance are very chic and we found the service to be fine, but the food was not. First, the portions are very small. I shared a scallop appetizer (large) that contained two scallops. Second, the food is very salty. Don't know why, but that is the main theme. Third, it's overpriced for what you're getting. For example, I was stunned when I realized that the bread we were ordering (because our food portions were so small) was approximately $5 for a small and $8 for a large bread!!! And the cost was different if you wanted butter or olive oil. RIDICULOUS!! I can understand if a restaurant wants to charge their COST for items such as bread, but to mark it up just as they would any dish is just miserly.
Fourth, the seats are very uncomfortable to sit in for a long period of time.
We will not be returning to ClarkLewis.

1
★★★☆☆

My wife and I went to Clark Lewis with some friends over the weekend and we were less than impressed. The decor and ambiance are very chic and we found the service to be fine, but the food was not. First, the portions are very small. I shared a scallop appetizer (large) that contained two scallops. Second, the food is very salty. Don't know why, but that is the main theme. Third, it's overpriced for what you're getting. For example, I was stunned when I realized that the bread we were ordering (because our food portions were so small) was approximately $5 for a small and $8 for a large bread!!! And the cost was different if you wanted butter or olive oil. RIDICULOUS!! I can understand if a restaurant wants to charge their COST for items such as bread, but to mark it up just as they would any dish is just miserly.
Fourth, the seats are very uncomfortable to sit in for a long period of time.
We will not be returning to ClarkLewis.

.

My wife and I just ate at Clarklewis a week ago and really enjoyed it. This was our first time here, and after reading several of the reviews, thought I should give my two cents. We really enjoyed everything. We hail from LA. and have been in the restaurant industry for 17 years. The prices we thought where reasonable(compared to LA). The food was very nicely prepared. The service was very professional. Not overly freindly in a "Hey there, how ya doin'"hokey sort of way, but profesional and efficient. The one negative, for us, were the desserts. They where very sweet and not as creative as the rest of the menu. But I find that at most restaurants actually. Or maybe I'm just a dessert snob. I would gladly go back and recommend this restaurant to others.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I just ate at Clarklewis a week ago and really enjoyed it. This was our first time here, and after reading several of the reviews, thought I should give my two cents. We really enjoyed everything. We hail from LA. and have been in the restaurant industry for 17 years. The prices we thought where reasonable(compared to LA). The food was very nicely prepared. The service was very professional. Not overly freindly in a "Hey there, how ya doin'"hokey sort of way, but profesional and efficient. The one negative, for us, were the desserts. They where very sweet and not as creative as the rest of the menu. But I find that at most restaurants actually. Or maybe I'm just a dessert snob. I would gladly go back and recommend this restaurant to others.

Editorial from

Located in a converted warehouse with a striking open kitchen, this modern, industrial restaurant turns out seasonal cooking on an ever-changing menu, which reads like a Portland Farmers Market shopping list: Worden Hill pork, SuDan Farm…

 

Wait, you're the expert.

If you've been to or used Clarklewis Restaurant, leave a review.

It's easy, only takes a couple of minutes and you'll help thousands make an informed decision.



Write a Review