Portland >Arts & Entertainment > Sapphire Hotel
5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721545.511928 -122.611372
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Mt. Tabor
Dark red walls + candlelit tables + a whole menu full of bubbly concoctions = your dream date. The space was once home to an early Portland brothel, so you know there are sexy vibes in the ether.
Once a brothel, now a place to secretly rendezvous with that special someone. Maybe even cozy up on the same side of the table eating off of the same plate. Dark, romantic yet noisy -no one will over hear your secret declarations of love or lust.
I just brought my wife here, romance and old world charm in this hidden little gem off the beaten track. A vintage 20's atmosphere sets this place off with a live 3 piece band and unreal food. This place is a must on your to eat list.)
Really great! – Good Food , nice cocktails, hip interior!This is the perfect place to go for a gal's night out! Our server was even engaging to my friend from NYC who was so excited that this was our first destination in Portland! I highly recommend it!
Consistently great food & value – I have eaten at the Sapphire many, many times and have always enjoyed a great meal, as well as some very interesting cocktails to sip alongside! The service has always been friendly and the staff knows the product - cause I'm one of those tons of questions guests - We always get the stuffed dates for an appetizer, and usually whatever the server suggests for the specialty cocktail and for the entree, and we have never been disappointed!
Snoty server – We went as a recommendation of a friend. Only to find out, it was dark and kinda dirty. Our server wasn't very pleasant, seemed as though she didn't enjoy her job and we were an annoyance. We, I'm sorry to say, will never visit the Sapphire Hotel again.
A definite do. Great happy hour! – Great little place tucked away at the edges of Hawthorne! Quaint, dark, inexpensive, and tasty food. Matchbooks are available like toothpicks and mints at the door. Love it! Wish their happy hour was earlier, but a great place to go nonetheless. Delicious food.
nice lights and menu – try the cheese plate. i will go back here again and again.
Great happy hour menu – Great food! Love the atmosphere! Yummy drinks! Especially enjoy their happy hour specials. Service could be a bit better but love going there.
cozy and cool – my favorite little spot in portland. the food is not deep fried pub food. candles and and velvet, loves it!
SKIP IT! – I met a friend recently at Sapphire for the first time. I was the only one in the place when I arrived at 4:30 on a Sunday. I was promptly greeted and given a menu. My friend arrived and we waited about 10 minutes to be able to order our drinks as two other couples had come in. We drank our drinks and talked and did not see the waitress for AT LEAST another 20 minutes - well, we saw her, serving all the other tables. We were absolutely unable to get her attention and we were sitting approx. 3 feet from the bar which she passed by 700 times. Finally, after raising my hand as if to answer a 3rd grade question, she came over and stared at us blankly - I asked if we could order some food to which the reply was "sure". We orderd 2 salads and 2 apps. Then, the real wait began. We waited 1 hr. and 10 minutes for those food items while every single table in the entire restaurant flipped at least once. After flagging the waitress down again, she quickly came over, didn't ask what we needed and said "your order's coming up" - and walked away.....uh, ok, but we actually wanted to order another drink. We managed to flag her down, again, and get our 2nd set of drinks. FINALLY the food arrived. We had 2 house salads, blackened chicken and a hummus plate (not a meal you'd think would take over an hour). The food was so-so at best. Plain salad greens with a couple pieces of parmesan and 4 candied walnuts that tasted like they were from a bin at Winco. The chicken was fine, but the special honey mustard sauce was just that, only with ground musard - OoooOOOh, how gourmet. The hummus plate would have been redeaming had the bread not been stale enough to scarecely be called bread, but more 'crackers'. We then paid over $40 and will not be back. We were flabbergasted, I was embarrassed for having suggested it and we couldn't believe our dining experience. Customer service is DEAD in Portland and 'artistic' decor does not subplant the need to simply treat your customers well. Oh, and for crying out loud - get a screen door. The place was FILLED with flies! Eeewwwwww
Great place, bad breakfast – I think these guys should stick to what they do best; happy hour, light dinner and great drinks. Although our waitress was very sweet, attentive, and thorough, the eggs we undercooked, the ham was really, really salty and overcooked, and the lemon crepes were waaaaay too sweet. Add in a few 'endless champagnes', (brilliant marketing, however - only three of us had the champagne) you have a bad breakfast for four at $78 - and that's before the tip. In all, this is one of my favorite places in town for nightime fun but I likely will not be back for morning fare.
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