Portland >Food & Dining > Mint
816 N Russell, Portland, OR | Directions 9722745.540937 -122.675067
Neighborhoods: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Eliot
Avoid after work – Went to have a drink and a cigarettte, were ignored by waiter as we sat at our table on the deck, in the corner, surrounded by yuppies and the after work crowd (totally square and boring) no ashtrays, even though we were told we can smoke there, not a single person was smoking, so we went inside, to get service, at least and ordered delicious but overpriced drinks. We also ordered the fried calamari app for $5.00 and it came soggy and greasy, we returned it and it came back dark, soggy and greasy. They did not charge us for it.
Food was great, Service was the worst I have ever seen. We have been there 3 times, just to see if there is an imporvement in service. Servers and bartenders were rude. – Food was great, but the service was horrible. We have been there 3 times, just to see if there could be improvement in service. No such luck, all three times the service was extremely slow and the servers and bartenders were rude. The 3rd time we went there we took guests from Balboa Island with us, so I pulled our server aside when we first arrived and told her about our two previous experiences, hoping they wold do everything possible to keep our business. It didn't happen, service was absolutely terrible, very slow, rude and the bartender and server never smiled. It was like we were bothering them. I gave 0 tip and wrote on my receipt that food was great, but the service did not justify 1 cent. The owner and management need to get this taken care of immediately or they will have no customers at all. Good food or not, people will not put up with it. I'm not going back.
Unpleasant dinner – People who want to check out the scene and enjoy cocktails may have fun at this place. It is not the place for people who expect good food and service. We had the worst overpriced salad, too spicy appetizers, and mushy, non-special ?Kobe? beef hamburger. We had to wait long time to get served, and it was really an unpleasant experience. We regretted that we did not go to the restaurants next door or down the street. We will not go back.
Fun Place / Poor Service – Mint has fun drinks and is a great place to meet friends. However, the service is horrible. I keep hoping it will get better but it hasn't. One server in particular can be so rude it's almost comical and has now become a part of the atmosphere--so we laugh and ignore her.
None-the-less, it is worth checking out and deciding for yourself.
Yummi drinks!! – Went to Mint/820 with a friend to catch up and it was exactly what I was hoping for! Service was friendly and quick, not to mention the incredible choice of drinks! It was dark but not to dark, perfect for a friendly gathering or a romantic date.
Mint is yummy, but out of the way – This restaurant is in an odd setting, a trendy street near the Rose Quarter, where there isn't much else around. The location is the downfall for this place, because it isn't near anything else in Portland so you have to make a special trip just to go there. That being said, it's worth it! The drinks are delish (being made at next door martini bar 820) with a lot of selection and natural ingrediants. The food was really good, I had the ahi tuna and it wasn't overdone, as a lot of restaurants tend to do to tuna. The service was quick and the restaurant was small and cozy, good for romance. Trendy decor tops off the dark ambiance.
Always a good time – Great drinks and one of the best patios in Portland. The food is solid and while the service isn't the best in town it certainly is more than adequate and friendly.
Designer cocktails and Nuevo-Latino food in the hip Interstate industrial district. – Elegant leather banquettes and swaths of mirrored walls meet up with a menu of fusion food to make this Mississippi neighborhood restaurant as well deserving of accolades as the adjacent watering hole, 820. Behind the bar, local mixologists perfect their craft in Guava Cosmos and a Nutty Manhattan laced with nocello. From the kitchen, a globally-influenced menu caters to a range of palates with a tender lamb burger topped with a mint chimichurri, steak empanadas sided with radish salsa, and signature desserts such as cinnamon infused caramel chocolate fondue served with pound cake and fresh fruit.
Lousy service makes for terrible experience – We went to Mint for a friend's birthday. As more people arrived and ordered different drinks, the birthday girl and another friend discovered that they had been served the wrong drinks The server agreed to bring them each a new drink and told us to go ahead and keep the ones that were wrongly served. When the bill came, we were charged for both of the drinks that were brought to replace the wrong ones. The manager refused to pay for both but "agreed" to pay for one. Not only was that a problem, but the service was terribly slow. I waited for at least 12-15 minutes to receive my drink after I ordered it. The service was painfully slow and it was not a busy night. Nonetheless, my friend had a horrible birthday experience
Great for before or after a Rose Garden event – The proximity of Mint to the Rose Garden makes it a perfect place to stop in for a drink before or after a concert, lecture, or Blazers game. While the monster truck crowd may find it too foofy, people of varied interests (like myself) will find it an ideal start or end to the evening. The signature drinks and the tasty appetizers (the sweet potato fries are more than addictive) are consistently good. Dinner is quite good as well; I simply prefer this place for drinks and a starter. Lucy's Sidecar and Bella are recent faves, but the signature 816 is always a good bet. It is true that the trendy crowd and the occasional bridge-and-tunneler can invade the place at times, but for the most part, Mint manages to maintain a laid-back, relaxing vibe.
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