Portland >Catering > Carlyle Restaurant Llc
1632 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.535469 -122.688457
Neighborhoods: Northwest District, Neighbors West - Northwest
classy looking place – this place is very classy, but a little sleepy. We met here for cocktails pre-dinner, so can't comment on the food, but it looked like it would be very good, though a little pricey.
The cocktails were well prepared and they have a nice wine list.
Great meal – One of Portland's best. The type of place you will never be disappointed in the food. The cocktails were also perfect, my only complaint is that with the great food, and great wine and great cocktails... The beer list needs some real wor;, it shouldn't be an afterthought in this town or at a restaurant of this quality.
Management is a bit lost – I did have a bit of a complaint; only to my husband of course about the Manager on duty. He walked around like he was the biggest grouch ever.
Our new favorite – We have been at Carlyle before and made a long overdue visit again just last week. My wife had the scallops and commented that they were probably the best she ever had (she should know; that's all she orders!). For myself, the lamb was even better.
Carlyle remains at the top of our list for service, food and ambiance. It is a real hidden gem--cozy and a real 'big city' vibe in execution of food and cocktails without the 'big city' attitude. We loved it and will make it there more often. Hopefully my review will not prohibit us from getting a table in the future!
Disappointed – Four of us were looking forward to a lovely meal in a beautiful restaurant.
The Tonic was bad in my Gin and Tonic. The "house" Tonic was no better.
$28 for 3 large scallops in a little sauce and corn. Not another piece of food on the plate.
Portions were small and expensive.
The worst part was the other woman ordered a burger, medium. It was literally raw. Sent it back, it was raw again. Nobody ever offered to bring her anything else. Of course we weren't charged for it, but why would we be-it was raw and unedible. The fries were abundant and I'm sure frozen and nothing special. She went home and had dinner at home! Nobody really cared.
3 Very Salty and Expensive Dishes – My husband and I don't get to eat out at 4+ star restaurants very often. So, for our 4 year anniversary we choose Carlyle because the City Search ratings. We were very disappointed. The host was rude, our waiter ignored us, and worst of all the expensive food was WAY TOO SALTY.
We started off with the Lobster Risotto and Bread Service. The bread was wonderful...too bad you have to pay $4 to get a tiny loaf of bread. The Lobster Risotto was very good; a little heavy on the garlic, but cooked nicely.
I had the Rabbit and my husband had the NY Strip Steak. Both meals were extremely salty; especially the rabbit. I tried to catch our waiter’s attention for ever to send the rabbit back, with no luck despite the very small dinning room. Finally the host noticed that we weren't eating so he came over and asked if I was done. I asked if I could have a new rabbit because this one was too salty for me. He was very rude and proceeded to ask weather the meat itself was too salty or the sides. Considering that everything is piled together I didn't know! He took it away and came back a few minutes later saying that he spoke with the chef and all the rabbit is from the same batch so I should order something else. So, I decided to try the chicken.
While we were waiting for my chicken, we had finished our drinks and were just sitting there. The host came over and took away my empty glass without even asking if I wanted another. Our waiter hadn't even made eye contact since he delivered our food. My husband was done with his steak, we had no drinks, no bread, and no one was offering us a thing.
Finally, my chicken came. Guess what?! Yep, really salty. Better than the rabbit, but I would bet money the chicken they use is injected with salt water...icky.
After I finished we got a desert menu. I was looking forward the espresso Pot-de-Cream that was listed on the website, but it wasn't on the dessert menu we received. So, we left and got ice cream somewhere else.
Overall, the atmosphere is very cozy and romantic, but on a hot summer day it gets very stuff in the small space. The food is good compared to a cheap place, but for an upscale restaurant with the high ratings Carlyle has, it was very disappointing at left us feeling we should have gone to Red Star or somewhere else.
I know I wrote a book, but I wanted to explain why I only gave them only one star.
Sleek and Tasty – Business dinner with some very picky East-Coasters. Everyone agreed this place is a winner. One guest raved about his Manhattan with the fresh brandied cherries, and the oysters we all shared. My scallops with the bacon-corn succotash and vermouth sauce were incredible, as was the creamy leek soup with tempura lobster I started with. Only glich in an otherwise perfect evening was being told that the wine we wanted more of was "unavailable".
wow – we have had the good fortune of dining at many of the best restaurants in the world - chez panisse in berekley , the french laundrey in yountville, vetri in philadelphia, prune in NYC, and l'atelier joel robuchon in paris - carlyle held it's own against them all. we could not have been more impressed. yum. well done!
It's alright.... – My husband I dined here for our one month wedding anniversary. We went on a Saturday night at 9 p.m. and the dining room was clearning out. After 10 minutes of our arrival, the entire dining room cleared out. I will say the bar area looked like a more happening scene. Anyways, I've been to super fancy places and this was up there on the fancy facility list but the food was good, not GREAT, outstanding, superb. The wine selection was disappointing. We were looking for more Cabs but realized that there were only Pinot Noirs on the list....yes, I know this is Pacific Northwest, but come on....have a little bit more of a selection. Anyways, I can't complain too much, the food was good, service was excellent, and the place is nice.
Ahead of the curve; fine dining in the most unexpected location – I've been to Carlyle twice now. Everything there that I tasted was excellent. I'll write a more detailed review after my next visit, but if you want to have a fine dining experience and sip on some masterfully crafted cocktails, then go to Carlyle. My only complaint is that the place is expensive, and the portions are on the smaller side, but that's how a lot of these posh, fine restaurants are. As long as you know that going in, you won't be disappointed with your experience here.
Entree suggestion: If you're skiddish about ordering something you aren't too sure about, the pappardelle is always a safe and delicious bet. Most of the menu items are modified or rotated every so often.
What's funny is that the restaurant is in the middle of a bunch of warehouses, almost under the high freeway overpass. It's still the pearl, but this makes it easy to park anywhere for dinner. I'm sure that the rest of the pearl will spread to this area in the coming years, but for now I feel like I know about something that some other people are missing out on.
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