Meriwether's Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 2601 NW Vaughn St

    Portland, OR 97210

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  • 503-228-1250

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Meriwether's food and customer attitude is so atrocious that it would be a perfect candidate for Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares"...except Meriwether's is so far gone that even Mr. Ramsay couldn't help it.\r
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After 4 glasses of wine

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★★★★★

Meriwether's food and customer attitude is so atrocious that it would be a perfect candidate for Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares"...except Meriwether's is so far gone that even Mr. Ramsay couldn't help it.\r
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After 4 glasses of wine

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Very disappointing. I went back after going a year ago after mixed reviews. The service was horrible. What should have been an hour or 1.5 hour meal was 3.5 hours from the time we sat down. The waitress forgot at least one thing each

3
★★★★★

Very disappointing. I went back after going a year ago after mixed reviews. The service was horrible. What should have been an hour or 1.5 hour meal was 3.5 hours from the time we sat down. The waitress forgot at least one thing each

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We have been visiting MW's for as long as it has been open, 7 years. We have had some memorable times and some that have been challenging when it comes to overall experiences. Unfortunately, I have to write this review as I promise you

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★★★★★

We have been visiting MW's for as long as it has been open, 7 years. We have had some memorable times and some that have been challenging when it comes to overall experiences. Unfortunately, I have to write this review as I promise you

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Chose this place for our 25th wedding anniversary - big mistake. All because of the food - it was very expensive and ranged from bland/uninspiring to just wierd. E.g. Crab risotto looked like a bowl of rice pudding with 2 minute pieces

3
★★★★★

Chose this place for our 25th wedding anniversary - big mistake. All because of the food - it was very expensive and ranged from bland/uninspiring to just wierd. E.g. Crab risotto looked like a bowl of rice pudding with 2 minute pieces

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I mailnly came to Meriwether's becasue the weather was good, they have nice outdoor seating and I wanted to take a friend out to lunch. We ordered a sangria; it looked pretty enough, with cherries and strawberries and blueberries floating in it; however, it was basically cheap whtite wine, watered down with soda. We sent it back, got a version without soda, not much better; our "salad with scallops and hummus" were 2 seared medium size scallops on a tablespoon of hummus, topped with a handfull of ( delicious and fresh ) greens. We asked for bread,, but that was not part of the deal.. That's it..our bill, without tip , was $50! I was still hungry when I left.

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★☆☆☆☆

I mailnly came to Meriwether's becasue the weather was good, they have nice outdoor seating and I wanted to take a friend out to lunch. We ordered a sangria; it looked pretty enough, with cherries and strawberries and blueberries floating in it; however, it was basically cheap whtite wine, watered down with soda. We sent it back, got a version without soda, not much better; our "salad with scallops and hummus" were 2 seared medium size scallops on a tablespoon of hummus, topped with a handfull of ( delicious and fresh ) greens. We asked for bread,, but that was not part of the deal.. That's it..our bill, without tip , was $50! I was still hungry when I left.

Pros: nice outdoor seating area, good service

Cons: small portions, lousy sangria, way overpriced

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This was a super place to dine when it was a French cuisine restaurant. When Meriwether's opened there was a lot of to-do on the TV including about the wonderful food. Previously I've been to and not cared for the bar as most of the seating is for people with extra long legs. Yes, I am short, but even with my 3.5 inch spikes, which I wear intentionally to overcome the problem, my feet were dangling at least 3 inches above the floor. I finally did dinner there last night with three friends. Unless they change chefs I won't intentionally go back. Every item we tried was way too salty including the lamb, the fresh fish, and even and especially the bread and the fresh vegetable appetizers! Two of us tried three different red wines having requested something like a Cab or Merlot; all were awful. The service was good. The accommodating waitress had to replace twice items that were opposite of what we ordered including "no salt please" on the fries and my decaf expresso was not decaf after all. I'd give zero stars if I could.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was a super place to dine when it was a French cuisine restaurant. When Meriwether's opened there was a lot of to-do on the TV including about the wonderful food. Previously I've been to and not cared for the bar as most of the seating is for people with extra long legs. Yes, I am short, but even with my 3.5 inch spikes, which I wear intentionally to overcome the problem, my feet were dangling at least 3 inches above the floor. I finally did dinner there last night with three friends. Unless they change chefs I won't intentionally go back. Every item we tried was way too salty including the lamb, the fresh fish, and even and especially the bread and the fresh vegetable appetizers! Two of us tried three different red wines having requested something like a Cab or Merlot; all were awful. The service was good. The accommodating waitress had to replace twice items that were opposite of what we ordered including "no salt please" on the fries and my decaf expresso was not decaf after all. I'd give zero stars if I could.

Pros: lovely decor and patio and easy parking

Cons: food is way too salty and bar is not short people friendly

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Had a lovely dinner with my family here over the holidays. Very easy to make reservations, wonderful atmosphere, and great food. I loved the beet salad and chicken that I had, and we all left feeling satiated and well served.
We'll be back.

2
★★★★☆

Had a lovely dinner with my family here over the holidays. Very easy to make reservations, wonderful atmosphere, and great food. I loved the beet salad and chicken that I had, and we all left feeling satiated and well served.
We'll be back.

Pros: warm, friendly

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What a disappointment and a waste of money! I went there because I liked the idea of food "from the farm to the table." I could not imagine fresh food could be so tasteless. I ordered the roasted "Valley" chicken and my fiancee had the wild salmon. The service was slow and our food took forever to arrive. Both dishes were bland and the presentation was boring, definitely overpriced and mediocre cuisine. The wine list was unimpressive.
What is outrageous is that they charge Pearl District prices and yet they are located in the not so nice industrial area of NW Portland. The decor is elegant but old fashioned, kind of outdated, and definitely not trendy or stylish (perhaps is oriented to the older crowd?). Parking is convenient and the patio is very nice (but we couldn't sit there because they had a business dinner of some sort).
Bottom line: If you want to treat yourself to a nice upscale restaurant, go to Oba or Andina (amazing place, check out my review on this one, if you wish) or somewhere like that. I hope this helps!

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★☆☆☆☆

What a disappointment and a waste of money! I went there because I liked the idea of food "from the farm to the table." I could not imagine fresh food could be so tasteless. I ordered the roasted "Valley" chicken and my fiancee had the wild salmon. The service was slow and our food took forever to arrive. Both dishes were bland and the presentation was boring, definitely overpriced and mediocre cuisine. The wine list was unimpressive.
What is outrageous is that they charge Pearl District prices and yet they are located in the not so nice industrial area of NW Portland. The decor is elegant but old fashioned, kind of outdated, and definitely not trendy or stylish (perhaps is oriented to the older crowd?). Parking is convenient and the patio is very nice (but we couldn't sit there because they had a business dinner of some sort).
Bottom line: If you want to treat yourself to a nice upscale restaurant, go to Oba or Andina (amazing place, check out my review on this one, if you wish) or somewhere like that. I hope this helps!

Pros: Easy parking, nice patio

Cons: Overpriced, insipid food, slow service, ugly neighborhood

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Outdoor space is huge and unique--felt like I was in Europe. Appetizers were amazing, best part was unique and incredible sauces. The Pinot Gris was the best I've ever had. The servers were attentive and friendly. Best place I've eaten in Portland in a long time. Only a few French restaurants have compared in terms of quality.

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★★★★★

Outdoor space is huge and unique--felt like I was in Europe. Appetizers were amazing, best part was unique and incredible sauces. The Pinot Gris was the best I've ever had. The servers were attentive and friendly. Best place I've eaten in Portland in a long time. Only a few French restaurants have compared in terms of quality.

Pros: Great patio, awesome food and drinks

Cons: A bit pricey, but happy hour 3-6 p.m.

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Excellent items on the happy hour menu to help get away from the same ol thing at other locations.
Very cozy bar and outside seating

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★★★★☆

Excellent items on the happy hour menu to help get away from the same ol thing at other locations.
Very cozy bar and outside seating

Pros: Interesting items

Cons: Service can be a bit snooty

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I recently visited Meriwether for the first time and was very impressed. The fireplace was roaring, staff was welcoming and attentive and the food was EXCELLENT! The food was fresh and very creative. I loved the creations, everything was unique. Don't let the past few reviews scare you and give this cozy spot a try. I look forward to visiting Meriwether again.

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★★★★★

I recently visited Meriwether for the first time and was very impressed. The fireplace was roaring, staff was welcoming and attentive and the food was EXCELLENT! The food was fresh and very creative. I loved the creations, everything was unique. Don't let the past few reviews scare you and give this cozy spot a try. I look forward to visiting Meriwether again.

Pros: Inventive and unique recipes, cozy, fireplace, parking lot, everything!

Cons: Restaurant is a little off of the beaten path

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I used to come here occasionally a few years ago. I always through it was decent, but not great. I went there recently for the first time in a few years and was very disappointed. The food was not good and price was way too high. Even though there were only a couple other tables occupied in the whole restaurant, service was some of the worst I have experienced in a long time. Plus, since we had >6 people, a large tip was automatically included on the bill. I would have requested a refund, or some form of discount, but since I was not with a large party and didn?t want to make a scene.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to come here occasionally a few years ago. I always through it was decent, but not great. I went there recently for the first time in a few years and was very disappointed. The food was not good and price was way too high. Even though there were only a couple other tables occupied in the whole restaurant, service was some of the worst I have experienced in a long time. Plus, since we had >6 people, a large tip was automatically included on the bill. I would have requested a refund, or some form of discount, but since I was not with a large party and didn?t want to make a scene.

Pros: Outdoor seating is nice, everything else is poor.

Cons: Food, service, prices.

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At Meriwether's they have an amazing outdoor seating area. It is set in a beautiful lush garden setting. The food was good, the service a little slow, but for a nice outside summer lunch it was worth the laid back atmosphere.

3
★★★☆☆

At Meriwether's they have an amazing outdoor seating area. It is set in a beautiful lush garden setting. The food was good, the service a little slow, but for a nice outside summer lunch it was worth the laid back atmosphere.

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I have been to this establishment several times. The service is spotty and the food at times is fabulous and other times it comes out cold. The bloody mary is terrific and they have a parking lot so parking is easy. They have a terrific patio seating area for when the weather is good.

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★★★☆☆

I have been to this establishment several times. The service is spotty and the food at times is fabulous and other times it comes out cold. The bloody mary is terrific and they have a parking lot so parking is easy. They have a terrific patio seating area for when the weather is good.

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The only good thing about this place is the patio. The service and the food don't fit. Chef after chef they don't get it right. Give up.

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★★☆☆☆

The only good thing about this place is the patio. The service and the food don't fit. Chef after chef they don't get it right. Give up.

Pros: Patio

Cons: Everything else

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9 AM:
"So, table for two?"
"No, six. Outside please." (six people all present)
"Outside is reserved for a private event."
"I think we'll have to go somewhere else ... the inside isn't great for the two year old ..."
"You can come back at 1pm."
.... wow.

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★★☆☆☆

9 AM:
"So, table for two?"
"No, six. Outside please." (six people all present)
"Outside is reserved for a private event."
"I think we'll have to go somewhere else ... the inside isn't great for the two year old ..."
"You can come back at 1pm."
.... wow.

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Another new chef as of June 2008. Prices are inappropriate: $35 for a ribeye steak (that's ribeye, not filet), $15 for a bowl of fish stew, $20 for risotto with green peas, $14 for a bacon cheeseburger.

On the lunch menu, spaghetti with a fresh tomato sauce is $16. Seriously. The food tastes pretty good, but the prices for relatively common dishes have become insulting. The chopped salad for $14 contains one slice of chopped bacon, about two ounces of chicken, and maybe an ounce of ham. It does arrive with two deviled egg halves, however, that are quite tasty.

Otherwise, the outdoor garden is more beautiful than ever, and their cocktails are about the same price as you'd expect in any upscale venue. I'll continue to enjoy drinks in the garden, but will dine elsewhere.

Service is generally excellent.

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★★★☆☆

Another new chef as of June 2008. Prices are inappropriate: $35 for a ribeye steak (that's ribeye, not filet), $15 for a bowl of fish stew, $20 for risotto with green peas, $14 for a bacon cheeseburger.

On the lunch menu, spaghetti with a fresh tomato sauce is $16. Seriously. The food tastes pretty good, but the prices for relatively common dishes have become insulting. The chopped salad for $14 contains one slice of chopped bacon, about two ounces of chicken, and maybe an ounce of ham. It does arrive with two deviled egg halves, however, that are quite tasty.

Otherwise, the outdoor garden is more beautiful than ever, and their cocktails are about the same price as you'd expect in any upscale venue. I'll continue to enjoy drinks in the garden, but will dine elsewhere.

Service is generally excellent.

Pros: Beautiful setting, good service

Cons: Food is too expensive for the quality

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Spendy, trendy menu in a BEAUTIFUL space- expected a romantic evening. Turned out to be very disppointed. Our waitress,( who I overheard was a manager- why is she waiting tables when there seemed to be twenty other people dressed like her all milling around?) acted more like a diner server- as she was very short with her responses and not a lot of knowledge about the wine. Plus I had a hard time getting her attention when we needed bread, a steak knife, stuff like that. My husband's steak was almost cold by the time he cut into it, and my salmon was dry, even with the skin on.
I know they have had a lot of turn over with the loss of their last chef, but I guess I feel that when I am paying over $30 an entree, (and up to $14 a glass for wine, even WHITE!) I should still get what I am paying for and be treated to a fine dining expereience with good service. All in all, I felt like I was at a place that likes itself more than it should. I would say that if you want an equally beautiful patio AND decent service, go to RIcardo's in Lake Oswego instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

Spendy, trendy menu in a BEAUTIFUL space- expected a romantic evening. Turned out to be very disppointed. Our waitress,( who I overheard was a manager- why is she waiting tables when there seemed to be twenty other people dressed like her all milling around?) acted more like a diner server- as she was very short with her responses and not a lot of knowledge about the wine. Plus I had a hard time getting her attention when we needed bread, a steak knife, stuff like that. My husband's steak was almost cold by the time he cut into it, and my salmon was dry, even with the skin on.
I know they have had a lot of turn over with the loss of their last chef, but I guess I feel that when I am paying over $30 an entree, (and up to $14 a glass for wine, even WHITE!) I should still get what I am paying for and be treated to a fine dining expereience with good service. All in all, I felt like I was at a place that likes itself more than it should. I would say that if you want an equally beautiful patio AND decent service, go to RIcardo's in Lake Oswego instead.

Pros: patio

Cons: service and price

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We liked that Meriwether's is located on the fringes of NW, bordering train tracks and industrial buildings which reminded us nostalgically of the "old NW" we tend to prefer. I'd reserved a table online only the day before and wrote the comment that it was our 10-year anniversary dinner. We were welcomed at the door with "happy anniversary" and were shown to a very nice semi-private table. Although we rarely treat ourselves to a dinner as fine as this, my partner has cooked in "haute cuisine" kitchens for years and we consider ourselves blue-collar foodies. My partner remarked that "there wasn't one mistake on the plates", meaning that in addition to his venison wellington with foie gras and my roasted duck being cooked perfectly, every garnish and ladle of sauce was there for a reason and proportioned exactly right. The ambiance was darkened, candlelit, and romantic, but still relaxed. The service was impressively good. Nothing at all went wrong! We will definitely be back for the next special occasion.

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★★★★★

We liked that Meriwether's is located on the fringes of NW, bordering train tracks and industrial buildings which reminded us nostalgically of the "old NW" we tend to prefer. I'd reserved a table online only the day before and wrote the comment that it was our 10-year anniversary dinner. We were welcomed at the door with "happy anniversary" and were shown to a very nice semi-private table. Although we rarely treat ourselves to a dinner as fine as this, my partner has cooked in "haute cuisine" kitchens for years and we consider ourselves blue-collar foodies. My partner remarked that "there wasn't one mistake on the plates", meaning that in addition to his venison wellington with foie gras and my roasted duck being cooked perfectly, every garnish and ladle of sauce was there for a reason and proportioned exactly right. The ambiance was darkened, candlelit, and romantic, but still relaxed. The service was impressively good. Nothing at all went wrong! We will definitely be back for the next special occasion.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Location, Service

Cons: None

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We thougt we'd try this northwest restaurant and were very disappointed. There are many other fine restaurants in Potland, try another place.

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★☆☆☆☆

We thougt we'd try this northwest restaurant and were very disappointed. There are many other fine restaurants in Potland, try another place.

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I'm not an exotic eater, relying on the breakfast staples of scrambled eggs/bacon or quiche with fruit.. and I wasn't disappointed. I can't really review anything more epicurean than that (blush).

I visited in all seasons, my favorite being when it's warm enough to sit outside on the patio about 11:00 or so. Just beautiful. My least favorite is the "main floor" which lacks the intimacy of the upper level or the ambiance of the patio.. but the food continues to be great wherever you sit.

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★★★★★

I'm not an exotic eater, relying on the breakfast staples of scrambled eggs/bacon or quiche with fruit.. and I wasn't disappointed. I can't really review anything more epicurean than that (blush).

I visited in all seasons, my favorite being when it's warm enough to sit outside on the patio about 11:00 or so. Just beautiful. My least favorite is the "main floor" which lacks the intimacy of the upper level or the ambiance of the patio.. but the food continues to be great wherever you sit.

Pros: They take reservations.. and it's on the TriMet bus line.

Cons: Kind of out of the way for downtown Metro dwellers

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I had a 50 person party there. It was fabulous except they did not follow directions and charged our bill three times. It messed up our credit cards for some time! We since have gotten them much business but we don't feel recognized. We love the garden, outside seating. The food is good sometimes but it changes too much. We would eat there once a week if they brought back the food we liked, like the duck.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had a 50 person party there. It was fabulous except they did not follow directions and charged our bill three times. It messed up our credit cards for some time! We since have gotten them much business but we don't feel recognized. We love the garden, outside seating. The food is good sometimes but it changes too much. We would eat there once a week if they brought back the food we liked, like the duck.

Pros: The garden!

Cons: The menu changes too much

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went for the first time on 8/27. the steak was awful- dry and bitter. shocked that a classy restaurant should fail so badly. maybe it was an off night, but the chef should monitor what comes out of the kitchen

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★☆☆☆☆

went for the first time on 8/27. the steak was awful- dry and bitter. shocked that a classy restaurant should fail so badly. maybe it was an off night, but the chef should monitor what comes out of the kitchen

Pros: soup

Cons: entree

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I went to Meriwethers for the first time over the weekend. I must say I had mixed feeling going in after reading the mixed reviews on various sites, but was blown away. We were seated shortly after arriving in the bar area (no reservations.) Our server was very nice, attentive, and informative about the drinks and the food menu. We perused the drink menu and were told of the infused vodka selections and the 'Drink of the Day' option, which on Sat was strawberry infused vodka with strawberry juice and topped with prosecco. Very delightful. A rhubarb martini was ordered by my husband and was awesome. It was subtle and fresh without the overload of sugar that many places drown their martinis with. We were informed of the food specials and were excited to try the razor clams. It was excellent, served with some slaw type topping and celery root remoulade. The pasta dishes are all made in house so we had to split the gnocci upon the waiters recommendation. Outstanding. Light and pillowy with extreme flavor and very rich. I ordered the sturgeon, another special, and my husband had the hanger steak, a house specialty served with bone marrow. The stugeon was served over spaetzle and was possibly the best sturgeon dish I have ever had. The hanger steak was a perfect medium rare and the bone marrow is such a nice treat. Would have enjoyed something other that fries with the dish, but that's how they serve it. We had another round of martinis and can only assume they used fresh glasses, but probably wouldn't have cared if they reused our old ones. With the great food, drinks, and service, something so minimal shouldn't be used as distraction. The chocolate pecan torte was big and rich enough to share. I highly recommend trying this place and making a personal judgement instead of relying on sites to decide for you. Will definitely be returning.

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★★★★★

I went to Meriwethers for the first time over the weekend. I must say I had mixed feeling going in after reading the mixed reviews on various sites, but was blown away. We were seated shortly after arriving in the bar area (no reservations.) Our server was very nice, attentive, and informative about the drinks and the food menu. We perused the drink menu and were told of the infused vodka selections and the 'Drink of the Day' option, which on Sat was strawberry infused vodka with strawberry juice and topped with prosecco. Very delightful. A rhubarb martini was ordered by my husband and was awesome. It was subtle and fresh without the overload of sugar that many places drown their martinis with. We were informed of the food specials and were excited to try the razor clams. It was excellent, served with some slaw type topping and celery root remoulade. The pasta dishes are all made in house so we had to split the gnocci upon the waiters recommendation. Outstanding. Light and pillowy with extreme flavor and very rich. I ordered the sturgeon, another special, and my husband had the hanger steak, a house specialty served with bone marrow. The stugeon was served over spaetzle and was possibly the best sturgeon dish I have ever had. The hanger steak was a perfect medium rare and the bone marrow is such a nice treat. Would have enjoyed something other that fries with the dish, but that's how they serve it. We had another round of martinis and can only assume they used fresh glasses, but probably wouldn't have cared if they reused our old ones. With the great food, drinks, and service, something so minimal shouldn't be used as distraction. The chocolate pecan torte was big and rich enough to share. I highly recommend trying this place and making a personal judgement instead of relying on sites to decide for you. Will definitely be returning.

Pros: Food, drinks, service

Cons: Noisy in the bar

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We went to Meriwether's last Friday - we were looking for a nice outdoor patio (the weather was supposed to be good & I recalled they had done a good job with their outdoor space - but hadn't been there in well over a year.
We arrived around 6 - there were a few people sitting in the outdoor covered tent, but we sat at one of the open tables near the fire pit thing. After sitting there for around 10 - 15 minutes unserved we assumed we must be in the wrong area - maybe they weren't serving that space? There were no less than 5 servers at the outdoor wait station at one point - all looking at us - no one came to take our order, or inquire if we were waiting for a table or inform us that we were in the wrong spot or anything.
So we went inside - it looked like the weather was going to turn, so no great loss.
Sat at the bar and the bartender was friendly and served us right away. But when I ordered my second martini (Stoli up with a twist) I was blown away.
He shook it up and then proceeded to pour the martini into the SAME GLASS I HAD JUST FINISHED!! He reached in, removed my previous twist, poured away and plopped a new twist in. Didn't even shake out the dregs from the last one.
First of all, any bartender should know that a martini needs to be served in a CHILLED glass. I could forgive a room temp glass, but the SAME glass? In all my years of drinking martinis, I've never seen this - even in the most divey place.
We didn't order food - it's a good thing - they probably serve the dessert on the same plate as your entree after scraping off the scraps.
Don't waste your time here.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Meriwether's last Friday - we were looking for a nice outdoor patio (the weather was supposed to be good & I recalled they had done a good job with their outdoor space - but hadn't been there in well over a year.
We arrived around 6 - there were a few people sitting in the outdoor covered tent, but we sat at one of the open tables near the fire pit thing. After sitting there for around 10 - 15 minutes unserved we assumed we must be in the wrong area - maybe they weren't serving that space? There were no less than 5 servers at the outdoor wait station at one point - all looking at us - no one came to take our order, or inquire if we were waiting for a table or inform us that we were in the wrong spot or anything.
So we went inside - it looked like the weather was going to turn, so no great loss.
Sat at the bar and the bartender was friendly and served us right away. But when I ordered my second martini (Stoli up with a twist) I was blown away.
He shook it up and then proceeded to pour the martini into the SAME GLASS I HAD JUST FINISHED!! He reached in, removed my previous twist, poured away and plopped a new twist in. Didn't even shake out the dregs from the last one.
First of all, any bartender should know that a martini needs to be served in a CHILLED glass. I could forgive a room temp glass, but the SAME glass? In all my years of drinking martinis, I've never seen this - even in the most divey place.
We didn't order food - it's a good thing - they probably serve the dessert on the same plate as your entree after scraping off the scraps.
Don't waste your time here.

Cons: Poor service, incompetant bar staff

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Had tried Meriwethers for dinner a few weeks ago after seeing their reviews and the server convinced us to come back and try brunch. We came on Mothers Day and what a nice surprise! There were six of us and we were seated really quickly. Ordered the quiche (quite a large helping) and my dad ordered a wonderful salmon benedict. The server, who I believe was Daniel?? was surprisingly calm for as many people as they had in the restaurant. The presentation on the food was nice (a salad with the quiche). The only negative comment was that the potatoes could have been hot instead of lukewarm to cool and something for the kids to play with would have been nice. It is nice that we have found another new brunch spot in northwest Portland.

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★★★★★

Had tried Meriwethers for dinner a few weeks ago after seeing their reviews and the server convinced us to come back and try brunch. We came on Mothers Day and what a nice surprise! There were six of us and we were seated really quickly. Ordered the quiche (quite a large helping) and my dad ordered a wonderful salmon benedict. The server, who I believe was Daniel?? was surprisingly calm for as many people as they had in the restaurant. The presentation on the food was nice (a salad with the quiche). The only negative comment was that the potatoes could have been hot instead of lukewarm to cool and something for the kids to play with would have been nice. It is nice that we have found another new brunch spot in northwest Portland.

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This was my very first Mother's day brunch with my own family, and I was really looking forward to Meriwether's brunch fare. I had read a good review by Manning and felt this would be a good choice of venue. What a mistake! My own entree came with a large shell in the very soupy poached egg dish. When the server took the dish away and promised to return with a new one, I waited 20-25 minutes only to be informed that the kitchen was really busy and it would take a really long time to make my replacement eggs. So I was given 2 cold scones instead. Everyone else's meal at my table was disappointing as well, with lukewarm to cold entrees on extremely hot plates! Kind of funny, actually, that part. We were seated at 9:15am, before the rush, so it seems odd that all our dishes would come out in such a disatifactory manner. I was charged full price for my botched entree and found the entire experience a huge letdown. Our party of 8 will not be returning to Meriwether's ever and feel that the attractive setting did not make up for the over-priced, badly served food and think that management should do much better at ensuring a happy ending for all its customers. Too much $$$ was spent and my first mother's brunch a disastrous affair. As my grandfather so aptly put it, " We would have had a better time at Elmer's Pancake house", where the food would have been hot and the coffee would not have cost $2.50 a cup!"

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★★☆☆☆

This was my very first Mother's day brunch with my own family, and I was really looking forward to Meriwether's brunch fare. I had read a good review by Manning and felt this would be a good choice of venue. What a mistake! My own entree came with a large shell in the very soupy poached egg dish. When the server took the dish away and promised to return with a new one, I waited 20-25 minutes only to be informed that the kitchen was really busy and it would take a really long time to make my replacement eggs. So I was given 2 cold scones instead. Everyone else's meal at my table was disappointing as well, with lukewarm to cold entrees on extremely hot plates! Kind of funny, actually, that part. We were seated at 9:15am, before the rush, so it seems odd that all our dishes would come out in such a disatifactory manner. I was charged full price for my botched entree and found the entire experience a huge letdown. Our party of 8 will not be returning to Meriwether's ever and feel that the attractive setting did not make up for the over-priced, badly served food and think that management should do much better at ensuring a happy ending for all its customers. Too much $$$ was spent and my first mother's brunch a disastrous affair. As my grandfather so aptly put it, " We would have had a better time at Elmer's Pancake house", where the food would have been hot and the coffee would not have cost $2.50 a cup!"

Pros: attractive setting

Cons: cold food and bad customer service

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We took our mother here for Mother's Day. We were disappointed by cold food, large pieces of eggshell in one of our party's egg dish, forgotten scones and runny+watery poached eggs. The dish with the eggshells was promptly removed by our server, with promises of a new dish to replace it. However, the dish never materialized and we still ended up paying for it. The reason we came here today was due to a good review in the paper but we did not see any evidence warranting such high praise. We did have a good server, but she was sadly stretched throughout the restaurant and unable to be a good liaison between us and a sadly-lacking kitchen. Very disappointed and embarassed to have treated our mother to such a meal.

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★★★☆☆

We took our mother here for Mother's Day. We were disappointed by cold food, large pieces of eggshell in one of our party's egg dish, forgotten scones and runny+watery poached eggs. The dish with the eggshells was promptly removed by our server, with promises of a new dish to replace it. However, the dish never materialized and we still ended up paying for it. The reason we came here today was due to a good review in the paper but we did not see any evidence warranting such high praise. We did have a good server, but she was sadly stretched throughout the restaurant and unable to be a good liaison between us and a sadly-lacking kitchen. Very disappointed and embarassed to have treated our mother to such a meal.

Pros: a nice server

Cons: cold food, not enough servers

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I was at the restaurant a week ago and getting ready to enjoy my meal when the person at a table next to mine found a bolt in their dessert. A metal bolt. Surprisingly, they calmly informed their server about it. In response, the restaurant agreed not to charge them for the dessert. That's it. They said that since they ate the rest of their meal, they should have to pay for the rest, regardless of what they found. Needless to say, they were upset and so was I; with prices this high, this is no way to take care of customers. While the food was good, our server was clueless about wine and slow. I won't be coming back.

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★★☆☆☆

I was at the restaurant a week ago and getting ready to enjoy my meal when the person at a table next to mine found a bolt in their dessert. A metal bolt. Surprisingly, they calmly informed their server about it. In response, the restaurant agreed not to charge them for the dessert. That's it. They said that since they ate the rest of their meal, they should have to pay for the rest, regardless of what they found. Needless to say, they were upset and so was I; with prices this high, this is no way to take care of customers. While the food was good, our server was clueless about wine and slow. I won't be coming back.

Pros: the chef

Cons: A metal bolt in the dessert, untrained servers, treatment of customers

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The last time I was there: Puzzling night with long wait times between courses of small plates, reported as a kitchen error. However, an hour from soup to pasta was a bit much to endure. It puzzled me why the oysters and salad was not moved up when the hot dishes were delayed. It was before Mother's Day and not at all busy with more than adequate staff. Sadly my wine and water glasses went unfilled too!

The last time I was there: Compliments to the chef! Tommy Habetz did well tonight when I had a small plate meal of an awesome winter green salad with smoked trout topped with almonds and shaved reggiano. Soon after the crab cakes on a bed of arugula and butter nut squash ravioli and it was more than I had anticipated. And of course, a couple of glasses of Pinot Noir added to the fill. Oh! I had a generous bowl of tomato bisque too! Very delicious! Obviously there was no room for dessert. Well done Renee, you have found the perfect combination of location with ample parking; cool decor with a beautiful garden; and excellent food and a chef to match.

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★★★☆☆

The last time I was there: Puzzling night with long wait times between courses of small plates, reported as a kitchen error. However, an hour from soup to pasta was a bit much to endure. It puzzled me why the oysters and salad was not moved up when the hot dishes were delayed. It was before Mother's Day and not at all busy with more than adequate staff. Sadly my wine and water glasses went unfilled too!

The last time I was there: Compliments to the chef! Tommy Habetz did well tonight when I had a small plate meal of an awesome winter green salad with smoked trout topped with almonds and shaved reggiano. Soon after the crab cakes on a bed of arugula and butter nut squash ravioli and it was more than I had anticipated. And of course, a couple of glasses of Pinot Noir added to the fill. Oh! I had a generous bowl of tomato bisque too! Very delicious! Obviously there was no room for dessert. Well done Renee, you have found the perfect combination of location with ample parking; cool decor with a beautiful garden; and excellent food and a chef to match.

Pros: Ample parking, appreciative owners, great decor with ambience, awesome food!

Cons: No Creme Brulee? Dining floor and kitchen can be uncoordinated at times.

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For those who haven't heard, star chef Tommy Habetz of defunct Gotham bldg tavern is now at Meriwether's. We've always loved the hearty fare and casual/elegant feel. Now, with Tommy's changes to the menu, I think the food has just taken a wonderful step up a notch. Chicken liver ravioli and braised spare rib was really, really good. The cassoulet sounded wonderful, but not enough people at dinner to try everything. Plus, any place that serves Abbot's table by the glass is a favorite of mine.

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★★★★★

For those who haven't heard, star chef Tommy Habetz of defunct Gotham bldg tavern is now at Meriwether's. We've always loved the hearty fare and casual/elegant feel. Now, with Tommy's changes to the menu, I think the food has just taken a wonderful step up a notch. Chicken liver ravioli and braised spare rib was really, really good. The cassoulet sounded wonderful, but not enough people at dinner to try everything. Plus, any place that serves Abbot's table by the glass is a favorite of mine.

Pros: Elegant, but hearty. Kids probably OK in the bar area where it is more noisy.

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My wife and I have 2 kids and have only been able to get out to a nice dinner alone twice in the past two years. We decided on Meriwether's because we had so many great meals there in the past. We will not be going back.

We went late on a Sunday night, shortly before they closed, which, understandably is a bummer for the staff, but they are open untill 9pm on Sundays - so regardless if we showed up at 8:59, they should have given us the same service you'd expect any time. We were sat down and told "I will run into the kitchen and let them know someone's here so late" which was a bad sign, then handed menus and immediately asked if we knew what we wanted. Needless to say the rest of the meal was very rushed and we were handed a bill before finishing and not offered dessert. The food was as good as we remembered, but for that price ($100 for 2 meals and a modest bottle of wine) we expected much better service.

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★★★☆☆

My wife and I have 2 kids and have only been able to get out to a nice dinner alone twice in the past two years. We decided on Meriwether's because we had so many great meals there in the past. We will not be going back.

We went late on a Sunday night, shortly before they closed, which, understandably is a bummer for the staff, but they are open untill 9pm on Sundays - so regardless if we showed up at 8:59, they should have given us the same service you'd expect any time. We were sat down and told "I will run into the kitchen and let them know someone's here so late" which was a bad sign, then handed menus and immediately asked if we knew what we wanted. Needless to say the rest of the meal was very rushed and we were handed a bill before finishing and not offered dessert. The food was as good as we remembered, but for that price ($100 for 2 meals and a modest bottle of wine) we expected much better service.

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Bad Service

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I attended an amazing Oktoberfest party in the outside garden space of this restaurant. Wow! The waiters were all dressed up in costumes, the place decorated as if you were in Germany (even a strolling accordian player named glen whom I would like to set up with my mother). The beer garden with sausages, cheeses etc. and the dinner were all great. The waitstaff was patient, despite the fact that 80 or so of us showed up at once. I will definitely come back. What a party!

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★★★★★

I attended an amazing Oktoberfest party in the outside garden space of this restaurant. Wow! The waiters were all dressed up in costumes, the place decorated as if you were in Germany (even a strolling accordian player named glen whom I would like to set up with my mother). The beer garden with sausages, cheeses etc. and the dinner were all great. The waitstaff was patient, despite the fact that 80 or so of us showed up at once. I will definitely come back. What a party!

Pros: Fall garden

Cons: Did not get accordian players number for my mom

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Myself and some business associates some time ago visited this restaurant for dinner in which we had high hopes for. Good location with plenty of parking, which is rare for NW Portland. We sat in their lovely garden by the fountain. We were greeted by a very nice waiter, however when we ordered the Filet we recieved New Yorks instead. Still a great cut of meat, however I guess the chef had run out of Filet's and didn't think we would notice. I bit shady to me and I wonder what's going on in the back of the kitchen. I've hoped they have improved since visiting a few months ago!

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★★☆☆☆

Myself and some business associates some time ago visited this restaurant for dinner in which we had high hopes for. Good location with plenty of parking, which is rare for NW Portland. We sat in their lovely garden by the fountain. We were greeted by a very nice waiter, however when we ordered the Filet we recieved New Yorks instead. Still a great cut of meat, however I guess the chef had run out of Filet's and didn't think we would notice. I bit shady to me and I wonder what's going on in the back of the kitchen. I've hoped they have improved since visiting a few months ago!

Pros: Nice Garden, Waitstaff

Cons: Management, Kitchen

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We reserved the restaurant for an event involving about 50 people. We had a contract yet were charged extra for items included in the contract. The service was NOT as agreed to in the contract. Many small inconveniences and irritants, too numerous to go into, that on their own would be insignignificant but as a total were completely unacceptable. We asked for a quiet setting, were promised quiet but it was very noisy. No accomodation was made for our request. If they couldn't do it the way we wanted, why agree to it in the first place?
Once we were committed to holding our event there, we were constantly reminded by the owner that Meriwether's is a restaurant first so we would come second to their restaurant customers. Then why schedule events there? By then, of course, it was too late to make other arrangements.
Finally, and most galling, we had asked at least twice if there would be any events in the area that would conflict with our event. We were reassured thet there were none. Yet, on the day of the event, our guests could not even approach the restaurant, much less park in the lot, because of a city-wide bike ride that the owners knew all about, it being an annual event. Their only concern was that their employees were able to make travel arrangements. They blew off our concerns about our guests: "well, there is on street parking all over NW Portland." Well, we had some elderly guests to accomodate. We had to contact our guests and tell them about the conflict and to change their plans.
While the event came off well, working with the Meriwethers owner and staff was difficult and frustrating. They rarely responded to our inquiries and have never replied to our request to reconcile the final bill.
While this a charming setting, this is most definitely NOT the place for a special party. Your service will be very poor and you will not get what you are promised.

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★☆☆☆☆

We reserved the restaurant for an event involving about 50 people. We had a contract yet were charged extra for items included in the contract. The service was NOT as agreed to in the contract. Many small inconveniences and irritants, too numerous to go into, that on their own would be insignignificant but as a total were completely unacceptable. We asked for a quiet setting, were promised quiet but it was very noisy. No accomodation was made for our request. If they couldn't do it the way we wanted, why agree to it in the first place?
Once we were committed to holding our event there, we were constantly reminded by the owner that Meriwether's is a restaurant first so we would come second to their restaurant customers. Then why schedule events there? By then, of course, it was too late to make other arrangements.
Finally, and most galling, we had asked at least twice if there would be any events in the area that would conflict with our event. We were reassured thet there were none. Yet, on the day of the event, our guests could not even approach the restaurant, much less park in the lot, because of a city-wide bike ride that the owners knew all about, it being an annual event. Their only concern was that their employees were able to make travel arrangements. They blew off our concerns about our guests: "well, there is on street parking all over NW Portland." Well, we had some elderly guests to accomodate. We had to contact our guests and tell them about the conflict and to change their plans.
While the event came off well, working with the Meriwethers owner and staff was difficult and frustrating. They rarely responded to our inquiries and have never replied to our request to reconcile the final bill.
While this a charming setting, this is most definitely NOT the place for a special party. Your service will be very poor and you will not get what you are promised.

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Thanks again for nailing another great business meeting. Regardless of the reviews coming from what seems to be ex-employees, Meriwethers has upped the standards for fine dining in Portland. Our server, John B. (a current law student), understands the difference between friendly and polished service, and blends them both perfectly. The timing of the food and wine, the presentation, and the descriptions were executed with flair. Dinner, as always; was flavorful and unique, one of my partners had the Cassolet, claiming it was the best he'd had in years. We finished off the meal by sharing a variety of desserts, one of which was a spin off of the original "Ice Cream Sandwich" which blew us all way. Overall, great staff, wonderful chef, and beautiful surroundings.

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★★★★☆

Thanks again for nailing another great business meeting. Regardless of the reviews coming from what seems to be ex-employees, Meriwethers has upped the standards for fine dining in Portland. Our server, John B. (a current law student), understands the difference between friendly and polished service, and blends them both perfectly. The timing of the food and wine, the presentation, and the descriptions were executed with flair. Dinner, as always; was flavorful and unique, one of my partners had the Cassolet, claiming it was the best he'd had in years. We finished off the meal by sharing a variety of desserts, one of which was a spin off of the original "Ice Cream Sandwich" which blew us all way. Overall, great staff, wonderful chef, and beautiful surroundings.

Pros: Top notch staff, wonderful food.

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Matt brown is a freekin funny guy, the food was ok but the bartender and waitstaff more then made up for it, the only downside I have to the place was the blonde hostess she was rude and just plain not nice to us or the people that were head of us. We have been in before and the host guy is funny and he love to talk to people..... get rid of the blonde girl and you place will be perfect.....

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★★★★☆

Matt brown is a freekin funny guy, the food was ok but the bartender and waitstaff more then made up for it, the only downside I have to the place was the blonde hostess she was rude and just plain not nice to us or the people that were head of us. We have been in before and the host guy is funny and he love to talk to people..... get rid of the blonde girl and you place will be perfect.....

Pros: Great bar staff and wait staff

Cons: Rude blonde hostess

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We actually happened by the place on Friday evening and were going to just stop in, but there was such a crowd outside waiting we just made a note of the name and looked them up on the net. We were apprehensive about trying the place, what with all the mediocre and poor reviews here. We decided to give it a try anyway and happy that we did. Hats off to Daniel D. for a wonderful breakfast. My wife and I were promptly seated and Daniel was very attentive during our Saturday morning visit. The food was of the highest quality and the hand formed rosemary turkey sausage was perfectly seasoned and complemented our eggs and potatoes. There was a bit of a wait, however the food was a perfect temperature when served and it gave us a chance to listen to the birds in the garden that surrounded us. On a short weekend visit to Portland over Labor Day weekend we took a chance on Meriwethers Restaurant which could easily be renamed the Paradise Patio. We were seated next to the fountain and my wife who is an avid gardener was spellbound and giddy. It was such a pleasant experience that we will absolutely return on our next visit.

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★★★★★

We actually happened by the place on Friday evening and were going to just stop in, but there was such a crowd outside waiting we just made a note of the name and looked them up on the net. We were apprehensive about trying the place, what with all the mediocre and poor reviews here. We decided to give it a try anyway and happy that we did. Hats off to Daniel D. for a wonderful breakfast. My wife and I were promptly seated and Daniel was very attentive during our Saturday morning visit. The food was of the highest quality and the hand formed rosemary turkey sausage was perfectly seasoned and complemented our eggs and potatoes. There was a bit of a wait, however the food was a perfect temperature when served and it gave us a chance to listen to the birds in the garden that surrounded us. On a short weekend visit to Portland over Labor Day weekend we took a chance on Meriwethers Restaurant which could easily be renamed the Paradise Patio. We were seated next to the fountain and my wife who is an avid gardener was spellbound and giddy. It was such a pleasant experience that we will absolutely return on our next visit.

Pros: Fantastic atmosphere, very relaxing

Cons: Food delivery a little slow

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I have both positive and negative comments about Meriwether's. It is a nice restaurant with an appealing atmosphere inside and out. The outdoor area is lovely however we couldn't get to it because the entrance for a wheelchair was blocked by musician's equipment so we ate inside. The service was fine and the food and wine were very good but I don't think all this justifies the hefty prices for meager portions. We ordered a cheese plate for $12 that included 6 thin crostini slices, 1/8 of an apple, 3 VERY small pieces of cheese and about 6 toasted walnut pieces. I had the $18 mushroom torte which was delicious but wouldn't have covered 1/3 of a tea saucer, I think it consisted of 4-5 bites. Each of our 4 had something different and each was pleased with the flavor except one whose food was dried out. One of us got a salad that was also disappointing, it was merely the outside leaves of bib lettuce, hollow in the middle, drizzled with balsamic & oil with some fig & cherry pieces around the outside. I concluded that you are paying more for the artistic nature of the menu items than the content. Most of the wines by the glass are $8+. I am a small person with a light appetite so I usually take a good portion of my restaurant meals home to enjoy later. Not only did I share the salad & appetizer, ate my dinner and had a dessert (which I usually NEVER have room for), I left not full and was hungry again a little later.

In summary, I would not go back here. For the $200+ we spent we could have received an equally tasty meal elsewhere and received satisfying portions, maybe not always as artistically presented, but still nice and that isn't what I choose to pay the majority of the price for when I dine out.

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★★★★☆

I have both positive and negative comments about Meriwether's. It is a nice restaurant with an appealing atmosphere inside and out. The outdoor area is lovely however we couldn't get to it because the entrance for a wheelchair was blocked by musician's equipment so we ate inside. The service was fine and the food and wine were very good but I don't think all this justifies the hefty prices for meager portions. We ordered a cheese plate for $12 that included 6 thin crostini slices, 1/8 of an apple, 3 VERY small pieces of cheese and about 6 toasted walnut pieces. I had the $18 mushroom torte which was delicious but wouldn't have covered 1/3 of a tea saucer, I think it consisted of 4-5 bites. Each of our 4 had something different and each was pleased with the flavor except one whose food was dried out. One of us got a salad that was also disappointing, it was merely the outside leaves of bib lettuce, hollow in the middle, drizzled with balsamic & oil with some fig & cherry pieces around the outside. I concluded that you are paying more for the artistic nature of the menu items than the content. Most of the wines by the glass are $8+. I am a small person with a light appetite so I usually take a good portion of my restaurant meals home to enjoy later. Not only did I share the salad & appetizer, ate my dinner and had a dessert (which I usually NEVER have room for), I left not full and was hungry again a little later.

In summary, I would not go back here. For the $200+ we spent we could have received an equally tasty meal elsewhere and received satisfying portions, maybe not always as artistically presented, but still nice and that isn't what I choose to pay the majority of the price for when I dine out.

Pros: Tasty food, decent service

Cons: WAY too much $ for what you get

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Happened upon Meriwethers while staying at a friends house in Northwest Portland. Coming from San Francisco (dining heaven) my friends and I are pretty tough critics. The last few times I visited Portland, I was unimpressed by any of the restaurants. My friends told me about the garden but I never imagined it would look like the Garden of Eden! I have never seen a space like this in all of California! After we were seated, they even brought us a drink quickly! Friendly server but could have known more about the wine list. All-in-all a great experience. When I return to Portland, I will definitely be back.

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★★★★★

Happened upon Meriwethers while staying at a friends house in Northwest Portland. Coming from San Francisco (dining heaven) my friends and I are pretty tough critics. The last few times I visited Portland, I was unimpressed by any of the restaurants. My friends told me about the garden but I never imagined it would look like the Garden of Eden! I have never seen a space like this in all of California! After we were seated, they even brought us a drink quickly! Friendly server but could have known more about the wine list. All-in-all a great experience. When I return to Portland, I will definitely be back.

Pros: Quick Drink, Service, Garden

Cons: More Extensive Wine List

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I thought that this place was very good and has great outdoor seating. The prices were just a little high but for the food and presentation it wasn't that bad! We went on a Wednesday night around 6 or so and everyone was outside with seating still avaliable for us. The service was very pleasant and efficient with no bad remarks to be made. All together I will definitely be returning with my friends to enjoy great food and wonderful atmosphere.!

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★★★★☆

I thought that this place was very good and has great outdoor seating. The prices were just a little high but for the food and presentation it wasn't that bad! We went on a Wednesday night around 6 or so and everyone was outside with seating still avaliable for us. The service was very pleasant and efficient with no bad remarks to be made. All together I will definitely be returning with my friends to enjoy great food and wonderful atmosphere.!

Pros: Great staff with perfect timing on drinks and food, wonderful atmosphere

Cons: Just a little pricey, thats all

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It's a shame that the service is so slow, rude, and inefficient at Meriwether's because they really do have a beautiful garden and pretty decent food. I recently had brunch there with a few friends. We were greeted by a rude and disrespectful hostess, who explained that it would be at least a 45 minute wait for a table, despite our reservations. Her tone led us to believe that she would rather we left, so as to avoid making her go to any trouble. Once seated (after having waited at the bar for 45 minutes without ONCE being asked our drink orders), our waiter explained, rudely again (must be a pre-requisite for the job), that he was extremely busy so he would do his best to give us good service, but that he "couldn't promise anything." Well, he was right. Our waters were never re-filled, he couldn't explain any items on the menu, the wait for our food was over an hour, and once it came, one of our guests received the wrong item. When he asked for the item he had actually ordered, the waiter tried to convince him how good the substitue order actually was. When he asked again for his original item (he is allergic to one of the ingredients), the waiter let out a sigh and stormed off. Our guest received his food when the waiter brought the bill. The food, despite the wait, is decent and the prices aren't too bad considering the fresh ingredients, although the drink menu is extremely overpriced. The garden setting is quite beautiful, as is the interior dining room. However, none of these attributes can make up for the horrific service, as you will most certainly leave with a bad taste in your mouth. Until this glaring service problem is fixed, neither my friends nor I will be returning. It's a shame because Meriwether's has such potential.

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★★☆☆☆

It's a shame that the service is so slow, rude, and inefficient at Meriwether's because they really do have a beautiful garden and pretty decent food. I recently had brunch there with a few friends. We were greeted by a rude and disrespectful hostess, who explained that it would be at least a 45 minute wait for a table, despite our reservations. Her tone led us to believe that she would rather we left, so as to avoid making her go to any trouble. Once seated (after having waited at the bar for 45 minutes without ONCE being asked our drink orders), our waiter explained, rudely again (must be a pre-requisite for the job), that he was extremely busy so he would do his best to give us good service, but that he "couldn't promise anything." Well, he was right. Our waters were never re-filled, he couldn't explain any items on the menu, the wait for our food was over an hour, and once it came, one of our guests received the wrong item. When he asked for the item he had actually ordered, the waiter tried to convince him how good the substitue order actually was. When he asked again for his original item (he is allergic to one of the ingredients), the waiter let out a sigh and stormed off. Our guest received his food when the waiter brought the bill. The food, despite the wait, is decent and the prices aren't too bad considering the fresh ingredients, although the drink menu is extremely overpriced. The garden setting is quite beautiful, as is the interior dining room. However, none of these attributes can make up for the horrific service, as you will most certainly leave with a bad taste in your mouth. Until this glaring service problem is fixed, neither my friends nor I will be returning. It's a shame because Meriwether's has such potential.

Pros: Beautiful setting, decent food

Cons: Extremely rude wait staff and hostess, long wait for food

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I had heard so much about this place from several friends but never got a chance to check it out. I am not from Portland and did not know the old restaurant that used to reside there. Eight of us had drinks, dinner (and after dinner drinks around the fireplace in the garden). The food was great! The server (I think her name was Laura?) went out of her way to help us have a great time. Service is lacking at so many other spots around Portland but not the case here. Ignore if you have heard otherwise. I tried it myself and came away happy.

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★★★★★

I had heard so much about this place from several friends but never got a chance to check it out. I am not from Portland and did not know the old restaurant that used to reside there. Eight of us had drinks, dinner (and after dinner drinks around the fireplace in the garden). The food was great! The server (I think her name was Laura?) went out of her way to help us have a great time. Service is lacking at so many other spots around Portland but not the case here. Ignore if you have heard otherwise. I tried it myself and came away happy.

Pros: Food, Garden, Firepit

Cons: Cranky host

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Glad to see Meriwether's picking things up a notch again. Had a few too many mistakes over the past six months, but suggested to my boss that we give it a try for our work party. Couldn't have been more impressed! The staff quickly adjusted our jump from 14 to 17 people around the fireplace gazebo, and management made sure we were comfortable in such a tight place. Our waiter, one of the best we've had in Portland, read the group well, described specials with flair, and timed our four course meal beautifully. The food arrived hot (a plus for this place), with a nice plate presentation, and ingredients that were well thought out. Kudos to the chef! Give this place a try if you have had spotty food or service in the past, they have stepped up to the plate and delivered a home run pitch. We will certainly be back!

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★★★★★

Glad to see Meriwether's picking things up a notch again. Had a few too many mistakes over the past six months, but suggested to my boss that we give it a try for our work party. Couldn't have been more impressed! The staff quickly adjusted our jump from 14 to 17 people around the fireplace gazebo, and management made sure we were comfortable in such a tight place. Our waiter, one of the best we've had in Portland, read the group well, described specials with flair, and timed our four course meal beautifully. The food arrived hot (a plus for this place), with a nice plate presentation, and ingredients that were well thought out. Kudos to the chef! Give this place a try if you have had spotty food or service in the past, they have stepped up to the plate and delivered a home run pitch. We will certainly be back!

Pros: Incredible Garden, Friendly, Attentive Service

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Meriwether's used to be our favorite place but they've slipped a bit. They've gone through 3 chefs in the last year and boy can you tell the difference. They are in transition and I hope they come back up to par. The atmosphere is to die for so I hope they don't waste too much time getting back to thier core mission of good food.

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★★★☆☆

Meriwether's used to be our favorite place but they've slipped a bit. They've gone through 3 chefs in the last year and boy can you tell the difference. They are in transition and I hope they come back up to par. The atmosphere is to die for so I hope they don't waste too much time getting back to thier core mission of good food.

Pros: outside dinning, atmospher overall

Cons: transitional sous chef, mediocre service

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Been in for lunch several times and finally decided to try dinner. For a great steak I usually go to the Ringside restaurant. I ordered the New York steak. The flavor and quality beat the Ringside hands-down. Our server recommended some interesting wines which turned out to be great choices. Sitting in front of the fireplace was nice also. Surprised and satisfied with the whole experience.

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★★★★★

Been in for lunch several times and finally decided to try dinner. For a great steak I usually go to the Ringside restaurant. I ordered the New York steak. The flavor and quality beat the Ringside hands-down. Our server recommended some interesting wines which turned out to be great choices. Sitting in front of the fireplace was nice also. Surprised and satisfied with the whole experience.

Pros: Parking, Food, Wines

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The place is neat, with the fireplace and multi-level dining room and a killer patio so I hear, but it just seems so pricey for such mediocre fare and small portions. One in our party tried the Ahi, which he said was tasty after he sent it back because the rice dish served with it was room temperature, the next day said member of our party spent the day close to a restroom. Perhaps a coincidence, but unacceptable for a $20 entree that looked more like a $12 affair.
Maybe living in such a great restaurant city has warped my expectations, but I just don't get all the hype around this place.

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★★☆☆☆

The place is neat, with the fireplace and multi-level dining room and a killer patio so I hear, but it just seems so pricey for such mediocre fare and small portions. One in our party tried the Ahi, which he said was tasty after he sent it back because the rice dish served with it was room temperature, the next day said member of our party spent the day close to a restroom. Perhaps a coincidence, but unacceptable for a $20 entree that looked more like a $12 affair.
Maybe living in such a great restaurant city has warped my expectations, but I just don't get all the hype around this place.

Pros: Parking, Beautiful setting

Cons: expensive, nothing special, spotty service

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Since this restaurant was highly recommended by a friend, we tried their breakfast menu. The restaurant was not crowded, maybe about a dozen diners, but we waited for about 30 minutes for our eggs benedicts. The portions were ridiculously small for the price. Eggs benedict is always hearty and fulfilling but Meriwether's version looked like we ordered bruschetta. The one highlight was the corn cheddar grits, delicious.

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★☆☆☆☆

Since this restaurant was highly recommended by a friend, we tried their breakfast menu. The restaurant was not crowded, maybe about a dozen diners, but we waited for about 30 minutes for our eggs benedicts. The portions were ridiculously small for the price. Eggs benedict is always hearty and fulfilling but Meriwether's version looked like we ordered bruschetta. The one highlight was the corn cheddar grits, delicious.

Pros: corn cheddar grits

Cons: waiting time for food, portions, prices

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These guys took a reservation for 17 with grace, managing to politely inquire when I booked what kind of event it was and [eh-hem] how I planned to take care of the bill. While that may have been a turn-off for some, I appreciated the question since it helped avoid uncomfortable lurching for the bill by well-intentioned relatives at our post-wedding dinner. The service was just right - attentive and friendly but not overbearing or pushy. The food was fabulous. Not the usual fare you expect [and get bored with] at other pseudo-nice restaurants, but really some unusual dishes and wonderful flavor combinations. The kitchen easily accommodated vegetarian requests a little different than the one vegetarian option offered on the menu. Ambience was perfect, toothe place isnt over-decorated or embellished. An airy feel with small flower arrangements on the tables was just right for an elegant evening.

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★★★★★

These guys took a reservation for 17 with grace, managing to politely inquire when I booked what kind of event it was and [eh-hem] how I planned to take care of the bill. While that may have been a turn-off for some, I appreciated the question since it helped avoid uncomfortable lurching for the bill by well-intentioned relatives at our post-wedding dinner. The service was just right - attentive and friendly but not overbearing or pushy. The food was fabulous. Not the usual fare you expect [and get bored with] at other pseudo-nice restaurants, but really some unusual dishes and wonderful flavor combinations. The kitchen easily accommodated vegetarian requests a little different than the one vegetarian option offered on the menu. Ambience was perfect, toothe place isnt over-decorated or embellished. An airy feel with small flower arrangements on the tables was just right for an elegant evening.

Pros: parking, food, service

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I attended a large birthday party in the dining room at Meriwethers. Having never been there I was surprised to see what they had done to my most favorite "haunt" L'Auberge (and I forgot they had a huge parking lot). Unbelievable! Amazing food, friendly people and unbelievably organized for such a large crowd. To serve 75 of us so smoothly...can't think of another event location I have been to in Portland that pulled it off so well.

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★★★★★

I attended a large birthday party in the dining room at Meriwethers. Having never been there I was surprised to see what they had done to my most favorite "haunt" L'Auberge (and I forgot they had a huge parking lot). Unbelievable! Amazing food, friendly people and unbelievably organized for such a large crowd. To serve 75 of us so smoothly...can't think of another event location I have been to in Portland that pulled it off so well.

Pros: Organized, Friendly, Food

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Meriwether's is located in a historic building on the edge of Northwest Portland's shopping area. The menu changes dramatically based on what's fresh and the chef's inspiration, and much of the produce comes from the restaurant's own…

 

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