Portland >Food & Dining > Mint
816 N Russell, Portland, OR | Directions 9722745.540937 -122.675067
Neighborhoods: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Eliot
First visit back to Mint in four years and what a disappointment! The avocado daiquiri is not what it used to be. The food is heavy, greasy with not a lot of flavor. My green beans were served on a black square plate that looked like it came from 1990 with at least five white chips all over it. Gordon Ramsay would have lost his mind if his food was served to him on a chipped plate.
The restaurant need a good cleaning, you can see the dust in the light fixtures throughout the restaurant..
In general it was a big let down from how the restaurant used to be. Either they are doing so well they don't care or they aren't doing well and don't care any more
great! – The lamb burgers were all that and proved up to the many positive things I've heard the last two years. barkeep comped us a couple (kinda bizarre) cocktails on a slow night and was attentive without being pushy. Nice date place or if you just want a low key evening and good grub.
Good Service, Bad Food, We both got sick! – Went for happy hour in bar. I had fish and chips. Fish a bit too fishy after first bite. Probably a few days old. Potato and Sweet Potato fries were limp and greasy. Result of oil not hot enough. My "chips" were no longer than 1-1/2 inches and mostly just the ends of sliced potatoes. Looked like the bottom of the bag! Two hours later we were both sick. Gastrointestinal distress if catch my meaning. Also, $3.50 is no great deal for a 10oz. draft beer. Very disappointed. Won't return.
Mixed Reviews – Ok, here is my first review when I had a good experience: I really liked this place. The happy hour apps are nice and the drinks are tasty. The bartender guy (Jason maybe?) is really nice and I really enjoyed everything. I thought the sweet potato fries were perfectly crispy. They were nice and hot and served with a perfect dipping sauce. The "spicy" caesar is really good too. I would definitely go back to this place. It's not like many places in Portland where the servers ignore you and expect 20%. This place is more "normal" in that regard. Check it out!
Ok, now here is another review that I would like to share with you since I went there again and the experience was quite different: I went there with some friends late at night, and even though we ordered food when they were slowing down, it took forever. Also, we could never find our server to get more drinks. When someone came to our table, we tried to order a drink but he said that he doesn't take drink orders because he's not a server. He seemed kind of annoyed and then agreed to tell the server. I don't know what happened with the communication because I am pretty sure we ordered a beer. So maybe 10 minutes later, a martini is served by the bewildered server. Anyways, I don't know what happened with that, but the point is that we could have ordered two extra rounds in the amount of time we were there if we had actually come in contact with our server. It's not that he was rude or anything, just okay I guess. I find it hard to find anywhere with nice servers. It's all just blah. And this time the sweet potato fries were COLD! They must have been sitting out. The chicken skewers were good though.
horrible service – 820: Good happy hour prices, food, drinks and atmosphere, but I will avoid this place like the plague. Our server apparently hated us from the time we walked in. No idea why! We practically had to beg for drinks. We stayed past happy hour and spent well over $100 because we were enjoying each others company, but in this economy I hope that their management realizes that this is not acceptable. Bummer! I thought I was going to love it there!
Friendly service, amazing drinks, awesome food – Mint has some of the tastiest "foo-foo" drinks I've found. Definitely a spot for the occasional treat and not a once a week kind of place, but well worth the cost. Plus, you have to love a place that has a once a week (Wed) happy hour from 4pm until close! All the food we tried as tasty, especially the chocolate croissant pudding with their freshly made mint ice cream on top. If you're having a bad day grab a couple girlfriends and go have a couple drinks and the pudding and you will seriously forget what had you bummed!
great drinks – Went on a Friday for Happy Hour. We were surprised to find that the drinks and happy hour appetizers were reasonably priced. The sweet potato fries were excellent and I suggest The Bella for a great drink experience. Atmosphere was a little "trendy" but not pretentious. Definitely would like to return to try more drinks and order dinner.
Loved it! – I'd heard about Mint because my brother-in-law bought Lucy's, Mint's Mixologist, book "Hip Sips" and we were loving all the great recipes. You can get a lot of the same drinks at Mint as well as new and exciting ones.
I have now been only once - going again tonight - and the food was great and the drinks were even better! I met my mom there just in time to catch the tail end of happy hour and stayed for dinner and dessert. If you can make it during Happy Hour, it's a really great deal. They have both drinks and food on their Happy Hour menu. It was a lot easier to get into the Restaurant and they have the Happy Hour menu as well. Seating in the restaurant was very open and it didn't start filling up until about 7:00.
We tried several different drinks and menu items and everything was wonderful! The server we had was very nice and helpful as well. We thought she did a great job!
I highly recommend Mint to anyone that likes interesting and delicious drinks and great food. And don't forget to pick-up the book "Hip Sips" the next time you visit or at your local bookstore, it's worth every penny!
Food Just OK. Service was bad. – Food was OK - Not Great. Service was BAD. So, I do like I always do, and you should too. If service is bad, don't leave a tip. They did not earn a tip. How many times do you think it would take until the server figured it out. Bad Service = No tip. Things would change fast.
First time experience....We will be back – First of all, we were very worried about going after reading the reviews about bad service and meals. Well let me tell you, we had no reservation, a party of 5 with 2 teenagers, got greeted and seated immediately. Once at our table, our server got to us promptly and was very helpful with our selections of drinks, starters, and our meals. The food was fantastic, the drinks were great, and the staff was all very attentive. We had a great time. I have to say, I don't enjoy doing the "downtown scene" too much, but our first experience will bring me back to that side of town. If you go, definately save room for dessert. The chocolate croissant pudding and the fondue were outstanding. And also ask for Jennifer. She was amazing and a big part of why we will go back. The Mint deserves more positive reviews. It just goes to show that you shouldn't base your plans on what someone else may have found disappointing.
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