Portland >Food & Dining > Rose's Restaurant & Bakery
838 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721045.528909 -122.698475
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Northwest District
Mama Rose, where are you? – I went to the original roses during high school in 1960s continuing until original roses 23rd ave closing. The old Roses was known for their desserts, ruebens and many new york style deli offerings such as chopped chicken livers and chicken salad served with bagels. It was delicious. Always went on weekends before concerts etc. Coming from San Francisco I was thrilled to find Roses, back then.
Well, you can never go home again. That roses is gone, replaced with a cheap copycat version. At least they brought back the original rueben,(well sort of) otherwise what a joke. Cakes baked at "Beaverton Bakery" dry, tasteless and way overpriced! Its become a chain. So disappointing for those of us who remember the original "Roses" on 23rd ave.
My girlfriend and I eat breakfast/lunch at Roses on average of 3-4 times per month. Overall, I would have to say that the food is consistently good and service is good as well. One Sunday breakfast outing however was a very bad experience. Having worked as a server/bartender I understand how it can be difficult to give great service when you are "slammed". We were seated promptly in the lounge despite the large crowd. On our way to the table we clearly heard the bartender say to the hostess, "no more!" This should have been an omen to us. Again, I want to stress that 90% of the time the service is very good. However, when a restaurant is extremely busy and you still receive great service that is most impressive as a consumer. We were seated and waited about 5 minutes before we were greeted. When the server did arrive we placed our drink and breakfast order right away. After waiting over 30 minutes our food finally arrived. The server apologized and indicated that our food had been taken somewhere else. Looking at our plates I realized that both of my girlfriend and I were given wheat toast instead of sourdough. At this point neither of us cared. During the 30 minute waiting period it would have been nice if the server had kept us posted as to what was happening. Instead, we were ignored. Once the food arrived the server only came over to see how our food was when I happened to make eye contact with them. My thought was that our food was taken by another server and then returned. So instead of one table getting bad service there were now 2. This was a very bad experience. I still want to stress that this was a rare example of poor service at an establishment where the service is usually great; in my opinion.
love all the comments..... – Very interesting comments as I love reviewing them. I read the one about Beaverton Bakery and being a long time Portlander I had to call and find out what this was all about. First, I have dined at Rose's over the last 20 years and have almost always enjoyed my meal and service (I say almost, cause like any restaurant it is not always perfect) and the desserts have always been special. So, I called the operations manager for the company and asked him about beaverton bakery, Rose's desserts and who makes them! He confirmed that they work with local baker's to make their desserts, all are delivered fresh daily and have been that way for a long time. He said they work closely with the bakers and they bake only to Rose's specifications and Rose's goal is to deliver a variety of fresh, creative and Rose's famous desserts daily. He said the costs were too high to bake everything onsite and that he considers the local bakers an extension of Rose's as they have total control over the quality and design. So I say to the beaverton bakery comment person....who cares who bakes the desserts as long as they are fresh and taste great. I suspect Roses does not use beaverton anymore and that a beaverton bakery person wrote the comment. Let's be real with these comments, I mean really think about it! Do you go to Starbucks or Peetes coffee and complain about the scone or coffee cakes not being made on site? NO!!
Rose's is a great restaurant, has been for a long time in Portland and I am sure it will be for a long time to come.
Way to go Rose's..... – I recently visited Rose's on 23rd and had a great experience all the way around! I had the orginal Ruben and it was tasty and too big to finish and my wife had your taco salad, the salad was perfect. The server (i think her name was erin) was very friendly and happy! In a time where price is always a concern, we were happy to have a great meal at a fair price.
VERY SAD DAY – I am not one to complain openly, but after my recent experience at Rose's Restaurant -in Sherwood - I felt that I had no choice to express my opinion - and that of my group of ladies that used to frequent Rose's at least once or twice a month. First, there was a revised menu with higher prices across the board and then the classic desserts - in particular the 6 or 7 seven layer cakes, are now half the size, but PRICED the same. This is nothing but a Rip Off! Who are they fooling? I read the recent review about people worrying about calories; great, then do what we have always done - order one dessert and split it! Sorry, but none of us will be coming back again to be Ripped Off by greedy new owners! It's a sad day!
Dessert, Just Dessert – I was really upset when I sent my Mom to Citysearch to check out Rose's for when she came into town, and she told me about this review that said they get all their desserts from another bakery called Beaverton. So I called. I got some Rose's staff person (no manager was available). They said, yes, they outsource their baking, and ALWAYS have since re-opening 7 years ago! They said that they have their baking done not by Beaverton Bakery any longer, but that any recipe ever made for Rose's was a recipe original from Rose who opened the place I guess in the 1950's (I'm to young for that), and that you can't get them anywhere else. They assured me that while they have made some of their slices smaller due to a demand by diet-conscious people (who are these people and why are they ruining my just desserts?), that the cake is the same, always will be. So I for one will not ever boycott, I'll keep coming back for my fix. Thanks for straightening that out, Rose's. I'll be in this week for my Raspberry Poppyseed cake. Boo on you other reviewer.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES! – I have been living in Denver the past year, and decided to dine once again at Rose's on our return. What a disappointment! What has happened in a few short months? REALLY higher prices plus an obvious drop off in quality and service. My wife and I ate lunch at the Beaverton/Hillsboro location. My "world famous" Reuben was a disaster; the corn beef was very dry and appeared to have been fried to a crisp! There was so much 1000 Island Dressing in the `sandwich, it was impossible to eat. Plus, any self-respecting Deli regular would have been appalled at seeing the "Kosher Dill" that accompanied my sandwich. A tiny sliver of a stale, limp pickle. Come on, at least get the pickle right. My wife's Chicken Caesar was actually fairly tasty, but unfortunately, the disappointment over the $!2 Reuben was the focus. We also overheard some complaints from other tables, so I don't think our experience was an exception. At least our server was cordial and prompt. Higher prices and poorer quality are not a formula for success. Sorry, but the "bloom" is definitely off Rose's.
Some misconceptions – Well, the specialty says hamburgers; so not correct. The hamburgers are dry and fairly tasteless. The ruebens bring people back daily - or at least weekly and they've got the best fish and chips I've ever tasted! The cakes are through beaverton bakery as aforementioned - but the recipes are special to rose's so you won't find the same cake any where else. The salads are HUGE so bring an appetite. They recently revamped the menu but the favs. are all still there, if you've never been - I reccommend going for breakfast - anything on the menu you'll enjoy. The other items are kind of iffy and there doesn't seem to be a ton of consistency within the prep, but you'll usually get something which is satisfactory for not a whole lot of money.
THEY'VE Sheisted us!!!!!!!!!!! – Okay. So i cajolled one of the waitstaff to tell me where they got their FABULOUS cakes, because all of portland knows they dont make the cakes in house. She told me that they had BEAVERTON BAKERY making all their delicious goodies, including the cinnamon rolls. I KNOW!, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??????
anyhoo, she also informed me that the bakery owners recently decided to go with another bakery. ( she wouldn't say which ) so basically, from now on if you go to a Roses's you are going to be paying for a piece of cake that totally cannot rival up to what us regulars shamelessly love.
I say we all should BOYCOTT ROSES DELI'S from now on. Or, just go to BEAVERTON BAKERY ( 12375 SW Broadway St, Beaverton, Or 97005 ) . I checked out their website, and they have simalar cakes starting at just $16 !!!!!! what a deal! I miss my cake, and i've heard others say the same.
Shame on you Roses Deli for getting us hooked then yankin the chain away! Shame on You!!!!!!!!
Always awesome! – I don't know what the negative reviewers are smoking, but I LOVE Rose's! I've been there many many times and love it. I usually get the grilled chicken sandwich and it's always delicious. My fiance regularly gets their Reuben on dark rye and is always amazed at how good it is. We've never had a problem with service, and other than slightly over-priced cheesecake for the size you get, I have no complaints about any of their multiple locations that I've eaten at. So like I said, those who have negative reviews are just haters. Go experience it for yourself!
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