Portland >Food & Dining > Equinox Restaurant & Bar
830 N Shaver St, Portland, OR | Directions 9722745.551899 -122.675112
Neighborhoods: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Boise
Just off of Mississippi Ave tucked around the corner is this delightful restaurant. The interior was lively and our server was on-the-spot and helpful with recommendations. Calamari was perfect and not chewy, the butternut squash pasta special was flavorful and well balanced and the chicken was so tasty I wish I had a bigger stomach! During warmer months they have a great patio for alfresco dining.
Example: great place for good bread – Can't wait for summer so I can go back to their lovely patio. I've always had attentive, friendly service and delish food here.
Great food on a great patio – We had a great meal on their wonderful patio. The ambiance is great; the patio is nicely lit and has heaters to keep you warm. The food was excellent; highly recommend both the spicey pumpkin soup and the risotto. Also, ask the bartender to make you a coffee martini; it was her first try and it was the best I have ever had. Excellent service, including a recommendation for a great hike we took the next day.
Not quite hitting the mark. – I went to dinner here last night after having appetizers on their patio last week. The appetizers were so good that I wanted to try the dinner menu. I'll start with the cocktails we had last week. I had a Basilberry which was a strawberry/basil based cocktail. It was OK, not too sweet but a little bland. We had the mushroom wonton appetizer and that was REALLY good. I returned last night and ordered the mushroom wonton appetizer again and it was even better this time around. I think last week we were served a portion that had been sitting under the heat lamps for a while. Last night's portion tasted and looked freshly prepared. The outer wonton was crunchy, the filling of mushrooms and other goodies was very tasty and the dipping sauce is fabulous. I ordered the Summer Pillow for dinner. It is a puff pastry square filled with vegies and other tasties. It was good but was floating in a sauce that was overwhelming. It was sort of a sweet, almost enchilada tasting sort of thing and was too much for the delicate pastry. That and the asparagus used for the filling was woody. I had the banana wontons for dessert and they were off the mark as well. The filling was supposed to be rum soaked bananas but it was bland and the dipping sauce was coconut milk straight out of a can with no flavor and no consistency. Thus it was difficult to get any on the wonton and keep it on the wonton, it just ran off. They are trying some really nice ideas but just missing the mark with the flavors and the consistency of the sauces, with the exception of the mushroom wonton appetizer which was off the hook. On the positive side, the patio was a delightful place to sit and eat, even on a cool evening and the staff and service were exceptional. It might deserve second chance as so many others have given it very positive reviews.
A favorite for breakfast or dinner – Equinox has fabulous and tasty dinners but I tend to go there for breakfast as it's close to home and makes a nice walk or bike ride. There breakfast menu is very reasonably priced, the food is not fancy but prepared very well. The service has always been quite good, and becaue Equinox is sort of large and around the corner from Mississippi, it seems like I never have to wait for a table. Nice!
I've had several very impressive dinners there, too -- exotic, yummy and nicely spicy. Once had an amazing chocolate cayenne pot-de-creme. To die for!!
First thought in summer – When the sun finally comes out, Equinox is one of the first places I want to head. I was delighted to learn that one of our dinner 10 crowd has had never been and has chosen it for tonight. The food is cooked in the NW tradition. Prices are fair. But you can't beat the atmosphere of sitting on the patio drinking a glass of wine, laughing with friends.
Great food great atmosphere – We were looking for a romantic place for our 27th anniversary, read the reviews and thought we would try it. It isn't that romantic but the food is fantastic. This is the first reasturant that we thought was as good as Higgins,downtown,but Equinox is in the area, hurray. The service was informative,attentive and friendly. One of the best things is the atmosphere. Being able to carry on a conversation without having to shout to be heard seems to be a unique find these days,we found it here. Everything we ordered was fantastic from the calmari to the beet salad to the steak with hollandaise. We went with the lemon chiffon cake recomended buy our server,who had asked the dessert chef, it was a perfect end to a wonderful meal.
We are looking forward to warm weather and being able to eat outside.
Fantastic find-family dinner or romantic evening – We have eaten here several times. Every time has been fantastic. The food is great and the atmosphere is fun. We have brought children here and then also had a romantic dinner without kids. We love the unique flavors, great value and friendly and helpful staff. Don't miss the yummy desserts and the great coffee drinks!
The menu just changed for the season and it's all wonderful.
Finally- food with real flavor! – Equinox is one of the best restaurants I have been to in Portland in a very long time. We had the ravioli with smoked mozzerella and the risotto, both of which were excellent. The raviolo sauce tasted homemade, with capers, the cheese was smoky and memorable. The risotto was richly flavored. Besides that, the drinks were good, patio is beautiful and the server was great. Worth every penny.
Fantastic!!!! – I haven't been to this restaurant for dinner in quite awhile. A friend and I walked there last night around 8:30pm and everything was fabulous! I've had pork twice recently at other restaurants that was overdone and tough. My Pork Loin Lemon Cilantro dish last night was incredible - the watermelon cocktails were refreshing and fun - and the cheesecake was very unique and delicious. The best thing is, I now know I can bring my boyfriend on my next trip back because the draft beer list has such a range of choices from Walking Man, TG, Laurelwood and his new favorite, Hoegaarden. Prices were not unreasonable and the service was very prompt, friendly and offered us good advice regarding our choices.
Yikes! – When we first arrived we asked if we were allowed to have dogs on the patio. The waiter looked at our two dogs and said rather curtly, "I will have to ask the owner, usually lap dogs are ok." So we waited and the owner came out, she was supper friendly and explained as long as they stayed out of the landscape that it would be ok. This was the best part of our experience. As far as the food was concerned, the description that came to mind while sitting there after our meal was, "glorified diner food for yuppies." The menu made it sound as if we were going to receive this amazing innovative meal. But when it arrived and we tasted it my partner and I were both disappointed. Good service could have made us forget about our average tasting food but the service was more disappointing. Our meal was dropped off and we were never checked back on. We needed ketchup and salt and pepper and non of these things were offered. After we were finished eating we sat waiting for our check for twenty-five minutes before finally asking the hostess to track down our server. I would not recommend this place, as it is pricey and you do not get what you pay for.
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