Portland >Food & Dining > Acadia - A New Orleans Bistro
1303 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721245.548339 -122.652697
Neighborhoods: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Sabin
Hmmm, really heading downhill – We have for a while considered Acadia a regular "go-to" place for dinner; a stand-by if you will for a good tasty dinner, but it has passed a point for us, and not a good one. The menu has shrunk, the food has become starchy and blah - the excitement that drew us here a few years ago has faded.
It's a sad thing too, they used to be a great little gem, but I think we've had our last dinner at Acadia. The staff is friendly, but the food and fare aren't worth the trouble.
Until they turn things around, I suggest you save your time and money and go elsewhere for dinner.
Sorry Acadia, I wish it were different, but you've lost your luster in a BIG way.
Acadia could be a winner – Overall a fun place. The southern theme was nice for a change. Acadia seems to have a knack for cocktails - evident by the fact that they ran out of two concoctions before we arrived (annoying since the restaurants requested that I accept a late seating because we were a large group.)
Excellent service. Average quality food for this genre. My crawfish appetizer while packed with crawfish had no particular flavor and would have improved greatly with some cocktail sauce or an interesting dressing. The softshell crab was unique with a remoulade that had just the right level of spice. A unique item for Portland menus. My entree, the Blackened puppydrum hit my mouth with a lot of salt and while it did have cajun seasoning, the saltiness detracted greatly. The bread pudding fell far short of what it could have been and needs to lose the whip cream and the overly sweet caramel sauce. (A more moist buttery bourbon sauce would have put it over the top.)
While I am not sure which item was the cause, I was uncomfortable all night after this dinner with something causing an unpleasant taste to come back in my mouth (like garlic or tomato based sauce or old cooking oil). The extremely high sugar content of the dessert also made me feel unwell shortly after eating it and I am not diabetic. I eat out a lot and this is not normal for me.
I really like this place, and with some adjustments I think it could be 5 stars.
Still fabulous in the big easy – Consistently wonderful food, friendly service, knowledgeable staff and just an all around great experience!
OMG. – Oh! My! Gosh! Wonderful. The food is to die for here. The fried soft shell crab in jalapeno remoulade was sweet, spicy, crunchy, and seasalty fresh. Also do dessert. Gooey butter cake! Rad.
superb service and delicious cuisine – Perfect experience. The servers were extremely professional and generous. The food was flavorful. The wines were rich. The beer was unique. Nice experience.
best place in pdx – The ambiance/lighting = fantastic and cozy. No kids - great to have an adult dining experience. The waitress masterfully and unstressfully handled the entire place. She was attentive, not overly intrusive or chatty. She let us enjoy our dinner, have a long time between courses, but kept an eye on us to make sure the pauses weren't too long - perfect. Also, we asked for several recommendations throughout the meal and she gave us excellent options. The food was divine. The jambalaya was fantastic and my friend's pork was thoroughly enjoyed. Bread was warm and fresh. Food was served hot and plentiful. The bread pudding is to die for - except this trip it seemed microwaved hot. Homemade ice creams were a nice touch. Delicious flavors.
Five stars with no hesitation – You can tell when a restaurant can take a simple salad of fresh greens, crumbled egg and a bright mustard vinaigrette and elevate it to something you simply can't stop eating that they know what they're doing. Every dish we ordered was just dynamite. We got the bronzed black drum fish with crab, artichoke and potatoes, as well as the pork chop. Both dishes were unquestionable winners. I've found that restaurant pork chops can veer all over the place - this one was a bullseye, with smokey-sour onions, maple notes, and small jalapeno cornbreads. Awesome. Can't wait to go back!
Great place for a nice dinner – I live near this restaurant but waited months to try it because the menu didn't appeal to me. I was clearly missing out, because the food was amazing! Everything about the catfish plate was great. The atmosphere was also warm and romantic. I'm already thinking about going back...
so i am in portland on business and a friend of mine suggests this little bistro that only serves lunch on wednesday so we went. it is kinda small and really quaint, there is a cool little bar and a bunch of tables. the place was packed, so i was pretty sure it was a good idea. and was it! the food was amazing and the service spectacular. we ordered lunch and a woman (whom i believe was an owner) asked us if we wanted wine with our lunch and we said sure did she have any reccommendations, to which she did and it was perfect! a nice gigondas, which went really well with the ground tenderloin poorboy. the desert was also fantastic, a red velvet cake. there were only two waitpeople and i am not sure which one was supposed to be ours, so we had two, as did everyone else. the service was amazing! i would eat here every wednesday or any day for that matter, if i just didn't live 275 miles away. great job guys!
Below Average At Best! – The location was ok in a nice Northeast neighborhood, but I can't say too much good stuff about the food or service. I has sent back a seafood dish because I felt it was overcooked, then was told by one of the owners (Adam) that the dish was suppose to be served like that and that there was nothing wrong with it. After some unfriendly resistance from the owner, they did get me a new plate which I felt was much better than the first one, but I guess customer service is not a strong point with these people. I will not be revisting this place anytime soon and definately will not recommend it to any of my personal friends or strangers for that matter.
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