Portland >Food & Dining > Giorgio's
1131 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.527313 -122.683013
Tue-Thu 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm;
Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-11pm;
Neighborhoods: Pearl, Neighbors West - Northwest
DO NOT RECOMMEND – My husband and I went to Giorgio's last week and we were very unimpressed. The restaurant was not that busy but we had to wait forever for our food. A group of 3 and another person came in after us and received their food before us and had left before our food came. No explanation as to why, no apologies, and my meal tasted like it had been sitting around for awhile. We had both basically finished our glasses of wine before our meals came and no offer was made to get a second glass. Also, the salad advertised gorgonzola cheese, and that was not the cheese served. Needless to say the waitress got a very poor tip and we will not be back.
Refined Italian dining and a romantic bistro setting attracts Pearl District diners. – In Short
Small tables, rich wood floors, golden brocade and leather banquettes are mixed with vintage posters, striking a balance between a classy, timeless ambience and contemporary style. The simple, elegant ambience draws a serious crowd of epicureans and upscale couples. Entrees include lamb with arugula, roasted cardoncello mushrooms and young fennel, seared to highlight the freshness of the meat. Closers include the ever-changing menu of homemade sorbets in refreshing flavors like cantaloupe.
Fresh Italian – If you like McDonald's, don't go here. If you like artificial flavors, don't go here. If, however, you like fresh flavors, handmade pasta, and good service, GO HERE. I agree with other reviews: if you don't like good food you will not like Giorgio's. You know who you are. I was almost scared away by the negative reviews - don't be. Follow your instincts straight to NW 10th and Hoyt. My husband and I are both vegetarians and found 2 entrees and numerous starters from which to choose. Handmade gnocchi was fabulous. The desserts were also amazing - try the panna cotta, with a hint of white chocolate. My only warning is that you may want to request a table in the corner to avoid the busy right-of-way. However, we were seated in this busy section and were not bothered - the busyness was entertaining, not distracting or invasive.
Best business lunch in town – Giorgio's food is fantastic. Period. This is by far the best place to bring clients for an upscale (very expensive) lunch. Start to finish, every little morsel is perfect. Now where is everyone? I hope they don't discontinue their lunch service because it always seems to be slow.
Keep up the good work!!!
Great food outside in the shade. – This place was a haven while searching for a precious outdoor table in the Pearl without being singed in the afternoon sun. The waitress, Micheala, was very nice and the food was awesome. Interesting cocktails made this charming restaurant feel like our own private, sidewalk lounge. The hen was yummy and the tables outside were nice and shady.
Fantastic! A great restaurant for foodies (but not for everyone) – I live in Seattle but have been to Giorgio's approximately 10 times when in Portland on vacation and business. The combination of phenomenal food, friendly atmosphere, elegance, and intimate size make it a more enjoyable combination than any restaurant in Seattle. Each of my visits has been a great experience -- from the first time 18 months ago when my wife & I ate with snow falling under the street lights outside our table by a window, to the latest visit a few weeks ago, when my 2 colleagues from Seattle praised me for taking them to the best restaurant they'd ever visited.
The menu is completely seasonal and based on what is fresh each day. Preparations are delicate, perfect, and beautifully presented. As the editorial review notes, it is basically French-style preparation of modern Italian dishes. The dishes are imaginative and creative; I am always surprised and delighted to try the new ideas they are presenting that I've never seen before.
The kitchen is very accommodating -- if you ask, they can recommend changes to items on the menu to suit your taste. For instance, there are always 1 or 2 vegetarian entrees, but they will gladly consider ways to prepare meat-based items in a vegetarian alternative. The wine list is excellent and reasonably priced for the selections. They feature a number of well-selected wines; the local Oregon selections (such as Lemelson, one of my favorites) are particularly good. Service is friendly, helpful, and efficient.
Why are there some bad reviews? Giorgio's is only for foodies, that is, people who love beautiful, creative, and delicious food and are willing to pay for it. Those who want a fast dinner (good food takes time), a large dinner (French/Italian style is elegant and small), a cheap dinner (immaculate & fresh preparation is expensive) or who expect "standard" dishes (Giorgio's showcases creativity) will be disappointed. It is a place only for people who love great food.
WONDERFUL ITALIAN EXPERIENCE – Giorgios is an intimate Italian restaurant. The food and wine are authentic. This is one of our favorite spots for a romantic dinner or impressing out-of-towners. The food is very well priced for both quality and quantity. The wine list is impressive with many wonderful options but is a little pricier. Excellent service and attention to detail.
Insanely, mouth-wateringly delicious – I have heard/read many great reviews about this place and the new chief who was trained under Thomas Keller. We went for Valentine's Day. It was fabulous! Excellent service. Incredible flavor. Knowledgable staff. Cute little bar to have a quick martini before dinner. I am already planning my next visit so we can taste more plates. The wild boar pappardelle is to DIE FOR. I wanted to pick my plate up and lick it and my friend's as well. Perfectly cooked pasta and meat sauce. aaahhhh....yummmm
Great Food - Great Service – One of our favorite places in Portland. If you have a special occassion and want to have a great time - this is the place. Always great service!
Worst Dining Experience – The lighted wreaths in the window caught my eye. Very expensive for what you get. I enjoyed a small complimentary taste of soup. The apple salad was tastless. I didn't eat it and was not charged. I ordered medium well beef. It was medium well on the edge. I ate the edge. There were a few small bites of potato & carrot. There was a small complimentary mushroom ravioli that was good. The lemon tart with honey sorbet was good. Expensive. Not worth it.
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