Portland >Food & Dining > Echo Restaurant
2225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721245.539423 -122.661857
Neighborhoods: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Eliot
Not a favorite, but wouldn't avoid it – I've been eating here for a couple years. I try to stick to the standard menu items. I think they have rifled through several chefs since my first time because anything besides the standard items depends on the time of year. Summers A year ago it was great! The menu was full of life, local ingredients, flavorful, nice portions and lovely service. Over the last 6 months service has taken a dip, the food is mediocre at best and the menu is lacking any luster. Stick with Echo staples: Mac & Cheese, Beet Salad, Crab Dip. Great Happy Hour type place, would bring a date to impress.
innovative takes on classic food, the burger, the mac'n'cheese – I see that they are at it again...a new kitchen staff and a new menu. I know some of the cats that work here and they told of upcoming changes to the menu... I was a little nervous as new staff can ruin everything, but they are keeping many of their tried and true classics. I had the new saffron shrimp rissotto and was delighted--although there was alot of rice. I was told they brought back a previous "killer dessert" and was given a chunk of bananna-bread bread pudding with chocolate and topped with caramel and ice cream...mmmmm.
Great Atmosphere, Terrific Food, Fabulous Value – The food is lovely, both dinner companion and I have enjoyed Echo now three times and each time we order something different. It has yet to provide anything but outstanding service, perfectly portioned food, and is a terrific value. The last visit, we both ordered a full meal, and shared a dessert for under $40. Even the water is a taste treat (cucumber infused). Go! It is a subdued atmosphere, very good service, and a nice place to unwind.
I like Echo – Echo is one of my favorite places to go. The food, atmosphere, cocktails, wine and service are all welcome in this area of town in which I feel there is a dearth of good restaurants. The nicest thing about Echo is that it is a place you can go for almost any occasion. The menu has inexpensive items like mac and cheese, a really good burger, (the best burger I've had, actually) and always a few good veggie items. You can also "go big" and get steak and seafood, funky small plates, good dessert and espresso, and it's a lot cheaper than the downtown spots. It's also open late, has a full bar, and is actually a place you can go at 11 PM and get a decent glass of wine.
The other curious thing about Echo is that the service is actually good. This coming from someone who seems to get bad service EVERYWHERE in this town. I know that most servers don't like being servers, but I've been to Echo close to a dozen times, and the service is always consistent, they actually seem glad to have you there, pay attention to your experience, and listen to your critiques. I haven't loved every single thing I've ordered, but I enjoy the ever changing menu, and respect the bold choices of the kitchen. With the exception of one girl who's not our favorite, Echo has the true staff of love. I have to be honest, usually my "utility" restaurants have been larger, more corporate places due to the consistency of the food, and service, but Echo is a small neighborhood place that you can go all the time. It's almost like the servers there LIKE being servers, amazing.
A Perrenial Favorite – Echo has many things to enjoy - the building is historic, well lit, and decorated appropriately; the servers are super knowledgeable, accommodating and un intrusive; the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly; the cocktails are delicious and nostalgic (try the Echo Pimm's Cup with dinner and a true Bellini at brunch); but the real reason to come is the food. I love seasonal, rotating menus anchored by a few signature dishes and Echo delivers. You will never run out of things to try because the menu is consistently inventive. The culinary experience of the kitchen staff is exemplified by the variety of expertly crafted dishes. I recently had a Thai green curry that rivaled any of the excellent Thai restaurants, of which there are many, in Portland. If comfort is what I'm craving, I can rely upon the amazingly decadent macaroni and cheese or the memorable Echo burger (w/ blue cheese). Echo uses the same local beef that I have seen on the menus of top Portland restaurants for double the cost. The portions are not huge, which is a welcome respite in our super-sized world, but I'm confident that if I wanted more, they would be happy to supply. The rotating menu may mean that some things are not completely worked out, but I can greatly appreciate a kitchen that takes risks. The real risk would be to not give Echo a try.
this reataurant is overrated! – The service was slow at best . They charged us 1.50 for 7 stale tortilla chips and the food was generally terrible if you have half a pallete. Both of us are industry veterens and were sorely dissapointed in the food. the cost of the raw ingredients vs. what was charged for the final product just was wrong. And Gazpacho is not made from canned tomatoes!!! But it is here.
Best cocktails in North East Portland, service with style and great conversation – [My initial expedition to the land of restaurant reviews! :)]
As connoisseurs of assorted drinks from round the world, my friend and I consider ourselves somewhat hard to impress?and Echo Restaurant is indeed impressive. With an ambience that is at once sophisticated, yet delightfully tranquil, Vi and I felt right at home. Seated at the spacious bar, we absorbed the atmosphere while growing acquainted with Dylan, the bartender (who wholly merits classification as a 'cocktail-artist?) and the intriguing TK (the owner).
After listing some of the dinner and drink specials, then taking our order, the artist-known-as-Dylan then proceeded to create an ambrosia of blackberries, raspberries, ice and pear-vodka that looked beyond divine and infernally tempting. Temptation won out and Vi and I are now ardent devotees of (pear-vodka) -Raspberry Rickies.
Now also at the top of the Delicious-List is Echo's macaroni and cheese. Three cheeses, perfectly done macaroni....wow, and it?s never the same twice. Since our initial adventure of the palate, we have become quite the regulars, bringing friends and family occasionally?yet always having a great time.
Possessed with friendly and personable staff, great decor, divine ambience as well the best bartender in Portland, Echo restaurant is an experience not to be missed.
Great neighborhood joint – Went to Echo the other night on my way home and will be making a stop more often. I was always a bit curious and am glad I gave it a try. It's small enough to feel "neighborhoodie" and comfortable. We just had drinks and apps there - I had the goatcheese tart and it was divine. My friend had the oysters and said they were great. I was impressed that there were actually a number of items I was debating between. Our drinks were prompt and stiff and the vibe was definitely good in there.
Didn't capture my heart – I went to Echo for the first time on Valentine's Day. During my first few minutes there, I was pleased with the well-designed space and a friendly greeter. The menu was different for the holiday, but the waitress did not explain how it worked or give us much indication of what was good even when we asked, (perhaps our later reservation meant she was tired???) While my dinner was unique and flavorful, my husband's was not. The drafty and cold room meant that I had to wear my coat the whole time. A good sized insect was in my drink, some of the plates were dirty, and although the plates and silverware were eclectic, they were obviously cheap. With prices like this, I feel like I should be paying for an experience, not just good food. Probably would not go back.
Worth a try – When I walked in I was quite surprised and pleased at the candle lit, vintage, artsy atmosphere (although it is a lot smaller than I had expected). I tried their "Dark & Stormy" and loved it! One downside was we came early when it was quiet and got a nice table but were later asked to move to a two person table to make room for others. One waitress was very sweet (the one with the awesome tatoo) the other seemed quite snooty but didn't ruin the evening. It was fun to discover the water was cucumber flavored. A bit of a shock but not a bad one. Also I couldn't help but notice that even though the place was packed, my husband was one of two men in the entire place. The food was good! Don't expect a lot though. I ordered the ribs and they were so great we shared them. All in all it is definately worth trying at least once.
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