Portland >Food & Dining > Lauro Kitchen
3377 SE Division St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720245.504855 -122.629778
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Richmond
Did not live up to the hype – My husband and I finally made it to Lauro! We had heard great things are were really looking forward to it. Sadly, we were disappointed. While the starter salad rocked (nice Caesar-style), the entrees were really unremarkable. I got a chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese and a piquant sauce. It should have been amazing but it wasn't. My husband got a seafood pasta that was just okay too. The wine was just okay. The dessert was unremarkable. We might go back if it were in our neighborhood and cost a lot less, but we won't be back. Too many good restaurants in Portland to waste time and money with the mediocre ones (even the highly hyped mediocre ones).
Perfect Evening – Our first visit to Lauro was for our Valentines' dinner. We were a bit worried after reading some of the reviews here. When we arrived, the hostess made a special effort to sit us at a lovely table - even though there were 2 lesser tables available. Our server was a delight! We began the evening with wonderful cocktails and an amazing scallop and leek salad. The only disappointment was they ran out of the crab risotto special - but the paella and the lamb dishes were scrumptious. It was a truly romantic and exceptional dinner - we will be back!
Top dishes for reasonable price – Had a wonderful evening eating at the bar overlooking the kitchen and getting "free" tips on how their amazing dishes are prepared. The food was wonderful, original and very well priced for the quality. Will be back very soon!
Used to be good – Used to go to Lauro about 2/mth. Went for a lunch and it took 30 miniutes for the cook to put the friggin pizza in the oven. I had to get it to go.
All the time, the "chef" who is supposed to be managing the kitchen was hangin out at the bar. Can't she flirt on her own time? The worst part is that I e-mailed the restaurant about my complaint and never heard back. I guess they don't care about service or their repeat customers.
Disappointed – My wife and I were very excited to check this restaurant out as we've been planning on going for a while. We arrived and the atmosphere and pre-dinner drinks were great. The menu and specials sounded awesome however things went downhill from here. The mussel appetizer was very good, not great, but good. The salads arrived about an hour (yes, an hour) after the appetizer. Such a delay is unacceptable, and the salads were decent, but not flavored appropriately and nothing to write home about. The biggest disappointment was our entree. We ordered a special of steelhead served over herb risotto. The steelhead was prepared well, however the risotto was more like cafeteria rice. Very wet, not flavorful and devoid of everything except a sparse sprinkle of DRIED herbs. It was really more of a wet, underdone rice than it was risotto. Definitely a huge disappointment for $19. We won't be back and would suggest that you spend your money at one of the more reliable (and incredible) restaurants that Portland has to offer
Usually dependable, but definitely not tonight! – Usually it is very reliable and one of my top special occasion places to go. Always warm, inviting atmosphere and service, and the food is always solid, if not impressive. Went on Father's Day with our college daughter, who somehow had never been there before. Was really looking forward to a good meal, but the Seafood Paella I ordered, and the Salmon Ravioli our daughter ordered, both tasted incredibly salty. I couldn't even finish almost half of my dish, which is a very unusual occurrence for me! I let the waitress know, but didn't get much of a response. Well, we had room for dessert, which was pretty good--rhubard cobbler with ginger ice cream, although the scoop of ice cream was tiny! Our daughter summed it up--"won't be back." My wife and I will probably come back, but not for awhile.
warm, reasonably priced, interesting and varied food – Firstly, I'd like to say that they do take reservations. Your review says that they don't, but I just made them on a Friday morning at 10:00.
We have been there twice. Once it was mediocre, and the second time it was wonderful. We had a beef stew and the fish. Both were spiced nicely and cooked perfectly. The first time I had the paella. It was o.k., but maybe I expected too much. Also, we were squeezed in by the door, which sort of dampened our enthusiam. As I said though, they do take reservations now, so I don't expect that to happen again.
The spices were strong but balanced, the wine was great. We are going back for my birthday and taking the (older) kids.
High Quality, Reasonable Price – I have had the pleasure of dining at Lauro twice now, and I not been disappointed either time. The first time I had a chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese and greens, with a delectable sauce and very fresh green beans. It was one of the best meals I have had in a restaurant in a long time! My friend dining with me ordered the hamburger and fries, which were outstanding. The freshness and quality of the ingredients they use at Lauro is what makes it one of the best restaurants in Portland. The careful preparation of every component of the meal makes the most of the fresh, flavorful ingredients they use. I tried my friend?s hamburger and fries and returned to Lauro for lunch when I had a ?Hamburger craving." I was not disappointed on my return, this time I enjoyed eating outside and sipping lemonade while waiting for my lunch. Lauro is a very popular restaurant, moderately priced and high quality food. If you want to eat there on busy nights, be prepared to wait, but it is worth it.
Overall Great Food - Way too expensive Wine – I have been to Lauro many times and have enjoyed it 90% of the time. Even after a vacation to the mediteranian region, I was still impressed by their honest REAL food.
Your entrees are fairly priced however, your wines are WAY TOO MUCH MONEY. Please, be reasonable on your wine pricing and markup. Afterall, all you are doing is pouring it into a glass.
Average food, bad service – When I drop $80-$100 on a meal for two I expect the food to be very good or even fabulous. I found Lauro to be exceptionally mediocre. My salad was an odd mixture of fruit and vegetables and the flavors didn't really complement eachother. My husband, however, really enjoyed his salad. Of course that was after they brought the wrong one initially and got huffy when we asked for the one he'd ordered. Our server rarely came to our table, and seemed annoyed toward the end of our meal when we ordered desert. I think he was the bartender and was covering tables in someone's absence as well as making drinks for the room. While I am sympathetic to his stress, it negatively affected the overall mood of our meal. Overall, nothing was absolutely terrible, but I have many restaurants that I would choose over this one.
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