Portland >Food & Dining > Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille
515 SW Carolina St, Portland, OR | Directions 9723945.478598 -122.672795
Neighborhoods: Southwest Neighborhoods Incorporated, Corbet - Terwilliger - Lair Hill
Gotto Love the Aloha – The wait staff is always friendly and food portions are very island style (huge). The everyday menu is always great and there Kalua Pig and other weekly specials are delicious. They have music on Saturday in the back room which is when we try and go which makes the experience all that more Island style. Great mixed drinks as well.
Not good – I was born and raised in Honolulu, and I know what good Hawaiian food should taste like. This is definately not it. I have lived in Portland for 12 years and have given Bamboo Grove a try several times, hoping that the taste and quality would improve. Not a chance. The food is the same as it was when I first tried it a few years ago. Hamburger steak is my thing, and Bamboo Grove's version has bland, tough meat and wierd gravy that is way too sweet. The kahlua pork is way too fatty, the ribs are stringy, tough, and have barely any meat, the chicken dishes are mediocre at best. The noodles are just plain awful. My company has catered meals from this place twice, and I have tried very hard to persuade them otherwise both times. I just cannot stand the food here. With places that care about the quality of their food, like Aloha Grill in Tualatin and Ohana's on Sandy, I have no need to order takeout from Bamboo Grove ever again.
What happened?! – My wife and I used to frequent Bamboo Grove (and prior to that Noho's) at least once a month. We went for lunch today for the first time with our 3-year-old expecting to reaquaint ourselves with a favorite. We arrived right as they were opening and were greeted by a very pleasant waitress who was great. From the activity in the kitchen in appeared that the cooks were busy prepping for a large catering job and the smells of grilled chicking entering the dining room were awsome. After ordering our past favorites (korean chicken and teriyaki chicken) we waited for a bit for lunch. Once our order finally arrived, the waitress apologized for the wait and we dug in. I was disappointed from the very first bite as the chicken was rubbery to the point that it was tough to chew. I would say that it was overcooked, but that would be an understatement, and it almost appeared that it was precooked (maybe even the night before) and then reheated with the sauce and onions, ending up with bite size pieces of white meat that were impossible to down without the aid of plenty of water and extra teriyaki. My wife complained of the same thing, and when I tried a bite of her korean chicken, the sauce tasted the same as my teriyaki. I hoped that the macaroni salad (all-time best!) would in some part redeem the meal, but even that recipe had changed and it was a let down. From the start it seemed that the importance was placed on preparing for the catering job rather than the customers in the restaurant.
The only redeeming things about this experiance (thus the 2 stars) were that my daughter loved the Shoyu Franks and rice, and that the waitress was very nice and attentive, so much so that I didn't want to complain to her about the meal. I can only hope that things will turn around, but doubt that we will be back anytime soon to see.
yummy plates, chill atmosphere – I enjoy Bamboo Grove every few months and the food is always grubbing. I love Aunty Shoyu's Chicken. The service and atmosphere fit like a glove, never uptight. Check out the drink menu... a nice mix of tropical cocktails. Live music often, (Thursday thru Saturday I think.) Lunch time gets busy but they open the patio when the weather's nice. A taste of Aloha in the sometimes gloomy PNW!
Disappointed – Went there about 3 weeks ago for the first time and the food was delicious, large servings, and great service. We were hoping for the same the other night but was sadly disappointed. The table was dirty when we were seated, the serving size was very small compared to the previous trip and the food was not hot. We were half way through eating our meal before the drinks arrived. And to top it off the waitress would not come back to take our money so we left it on the table and she had the gall to come after us in the pouring rain stating we had not paid enough. Well, maybe she should use a calculator because after having to go back in she discovered she was wrong and there was actually a 15% tip that was undeserving. We really loved the place after our first visit but this last time left us not wanting to go back again for fear of another unpleasant experience.
A little bit of Aloha – There are a lot of Hawaiian restaurants to choose from in Portland and Vancouver, which has been great - no complaining. As a Hawai`i transplant, Kawika's Bamboo Grove is my favorite. Thursday night live Hawaiian music with Kaloku Holt and Friday's Francis Du make me feel back at home. This place probably has the best kalua pork in town, no joke. The shoyu chicken is a little sweet from my families recipe, but I still eat 'em up!
Like Hawaii in Portland! – We make a run for the Bamboo Grille at least once a month. Their Kahluah Pork is to die for! Their stir fry is perfectly done. And don't miss out on the wonderful Mai Tais! We haven't had a single disapointment.
The atmosphere is Tropical Island. We always enjoy the live entertainment on Saturday evenings, and even get surprised by a Hula Dancer sometimes!
Last week we took our very elderly parents there for a 66th Wedding anniversay and they were treated like royalty. The Hawaiian Band even played "Tiny Bubbles" and the "Hawaiian Wedding Song" for them.
This isn't a fancy restaurant, but it is definately a fun one with excellant food and service. Put on your Hawaiian shirt, and your flip-flops and head over there for a great dinner!
Very good hawaiian food. Great live music – My family and I went to the Bamboo grove on Saturday for my birthday and mothers day and had a wonderful dinner. There were 8 of us and everyone tried something different and none of us were disappointed. We had reservations and arrived 15 minutes early and were seated immediately. Our waiter was fast and friendly. We also really enjoyed the live Hawaiian music. We have been to Hawaii several times and the food at this restaurant was very authentic. We will definately go back.
excellent shoyu chicken bento, great value – About once a month, I get a craving for this place- the shoyu chicken, beef teriyaki, and teriyaki pork bentos are some of my favorites. Yakisoba noodles are also good. I usually order a small plate and its plenty of food. I've also used Bamboo Grove for catering and everyone always raves about how good the food is. Highly recommended.
Great Catering – This restaurant catered my wedding reception 4 years ago and people still talk about the great food we served. Most wedding food is pretty blah, and expensive but that was not our experience. People actually took all the remaining food home in togo boxes. They also provided alcohol servers to pour wine I purchased from a wholesaler. I would definetly use them again for catering business.
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