Portland >Food & Dining > Meriwether's Restaurant
2601 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721045.537023 -122.705677
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Northwest District
Not worth the money! – What a disappointment and a waste of money! I went there because I liked the idea of food "from the farm to the table." I could not imagine fresh food could be so tasteless. I ordered the roasted "Valley" chicken and my fiancee had the wild salmon. The service was slow and our food took forever to arrive. Both dishes were bland and the presentation was boring, definitely overpriced and mediocre cuisine. The wine list was unimpressive.
What is outrageous is that they charge Pearl District prices and yet they are located in the not so nice industrial area of NW Portland. The decor is elegant but old fashioned, kind of outdated, and definitely not trendy or stylish (perhaps is oriented to the older crowd?). Parking is convenient and the patio is very nice (but we couldn't sit there because they had a business dinner of some sort).
Bottom line: If you want to treat yourself to a nice upscale restaurant, go to Oba or Andina (amazing place, check out my review on this one, if you wish) or somewhere like that. I hope this helps!
Gotta check it out – Outdoor space is huge and unique--felt like I was in Europe. Appetizers were amazing, best part was unique and incredible sauces. The Pinot Gris was the best I've ever had. The servers were attentive and friendly. Best place I've eaten in Portland in a long time. Only a few French restaurants have compared in terms of quality.
Happy Hour – Excellent items on the happy hour menu to help get away from the same ol thing at other locations.
Very cozy bar and outside seating
Wonderful Everything – I recently visited Meriwether for the first time and was very impressed. The fireplace was roaring, staff was welcoming and attentive and the food was EXCELLENT! The food was fresh and very creative. I loved the creations, everything was unique. Don't let the past few reviews scare you and give this cozy spot a try. I look forward to visiting Meriwether again.
Very disappointing – I used to come here occasionally a few years ago. I always through it was decent, but not great. I went there recently for the first time in a few years and was very disappointed. The food was not good and price was way too high. Even though there were only a couple other tables occupied in the whole restaurant, service was some of the worst I have experienced in a long time. Plus, since we had >6 people, a large tip was automatically included on the bill. I would have requested a refund, or some form of discount, but since I was not with a large party and didn?t want to make a scene.
High price, high expectations... low results! – The only good thing about this place is the patio. The service and the food don't fit. Chef after chef they don't get it right. Give up.
Farm fresh cuisine served in a charming space. – In Short
Inside a historic building on the outskirts of the Northwest neighborhood, Meriwether's creates a country-inn ambience with large stone fireplaces, antique light fixtures and an airy garden patio out back. Farm-to-table cuisine featuring seasonal produce from the restaurant's own Skyline Farm is the focus here. Inspired starters like a roasted beet salad with feta cheese, spiced coconut, almonds, and pomegranate dressing set meals off on a good foot; heartier offerings - like a fava bean risotto or smoked paprika chicken - come from the Grains and Mains portion of the menu.
Good food, rude hostess, don't count on outdoor seating – 9 AM:
"So, table for two?"
"No, six. Outside please." (six people all present)
"Outside is reserved for a private event."
"I think we'll have to go somewhere else ... the inside isn't great for the two year old ..."
"You can come back at 1pm."
Unrealistically pricey food; beautiful building and patio – Another new chef as of June 2008. Prices are inappropriate: $35 for a ribeye steak (that's ribeye, not filet), $15 for a bowl of fish stew, $20 for risotto with green peas, $14 for a bacon cheeseburger.
On the lunch menu, spaghetti with a fresh tomato sauce is $16. Seriously. The food tastes pretty good, but the prices for relatively common dishes have become insulting. The chopped salad for $14 contains one slice of chopped bacon, about two ounces of chicken, and maybe an ounce of ham. It does arrive with two deviled egg halves, however, that are quite tasty.
Otherwise, the outdoor garden is more beautiful than ever, and their cocktails are about the same price as you'd expect in any upscale venue. I'll continue to enjoy drinks in the garden, but will dine elsewhere.
Service is generally excellent.
Management?? – Spendy, trendy menu in a BEAUTIFUL space- expected a romantic evening. Turned out to be very disppointed. Our waitress,( who I overheard was a manager- why is she waiting tables when there seemed to be twenty other people dressed like her all milling around?) acted more like a diner server- as she was very short with her responses and not a lot of knowledge about the wine. Plus I had a hard time getting her attention when we needed bread, a steak knife, stuff like that. My husband's steak was almost cold by the time he cut into it, and my salmon was dry, even with the skin on.
I know they have had a lot of turn over with the loss of their last chef, but I guess I feel that when I am paying over $30 an entree, (and up to $14 a glass for wine, even WHITE!) I should still get what I am paying for and be treated to a fine dining expereience with good service. All in all, I felt like I was at a place that likes itself more than it should. I would say that if you want an equally beautiful patio AND decent service, go to RIcardo's in Lake Oswego instead.
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