315 First St Ste 201, Lake Oswego, OR | Directions 9703445.418296 -122.664331
Nice atmosphere, great service – Finally tried Five Spice over the weekend. The food overall was good, the service was great, and the atmosphere is very pleasant. The tuna was perfectly prepared, however; I don't know why it comes with the curry that does not complement the fish well and doesn't have good flavor. The mango salsa is nice with the fish. The sturgeon was very well prepared, it comes with a black rice rissotto which is not plated well and looks unappealing, but it does taste pretty good. The creme brule was average, with the consistency varying through the dish. Overall it was a good dinner and we'll be back.
Very cool spot – Beautiful restaurant with an amazing view of the park and lake. Great menu, food tasted great and was artfully presented. Cocktails were fresh and fun. Huge wine list, and I hear the do 1/2 price wine on Sundays. I can't afford to eat here daily, but will come for special occasions.
Good food and drinks-Killer view – Really good food, a little on the spendy side. Cocktails were awesome. The view is amazing if you can grab a seat on the balcony. I'll be back :)
Not worth your time – We went on a friday night and were greeted and then left waiting for a table. They were not busy but after 10 minutes standing we asked for the manager. He seemed annoyed that we pulled him away from drinking wine and came to us and said "What do you want" with this fake brooklyn accent. What a snob. We told him we have been waiting for a table and no one has helped us. He passed us over to a staff member and went back to his wine.
The food was just ok. It was over salted and cold by the time we got it.
This is a far cry from fine dining. The manager was apathetic, staff seemed clue less and the kitchen staff needs to learn seasoning 101.
Great view, terrible service – Clearly the management team here does not care about its customers. I took my gf here for dinner and it was such a catastrophe that I would never step a foot again inside this establishment. We were pretty much the only ones here that night who got a table with a nice view. What I thought was going to be a romantic dinner turned out to be a nightmare.
Waiter brought our food out and accidently spilled the sauce from the entrée onto my gf’s dress. Mistakes happen so no reason to make a big fuss over it, but what happened next was irratating. Instead of apologizing or rushing to try and help her, the guy just stood there like a deer in headlights. I quickly grabbed my napkin and tried to wipe as much of the sauce as possible off of her before it stained. The waiter was completely dumbfounded. No apologies. I quickly sent him on his way because he obviously wasn’t helping at all.
Once we got that mess cleaned up by ourselves, I looked at her plate and since half the sauce and whatever else got on her dress the plate looked like a complete mess. If Gordan Ramsey saw the way this plate was served, he would have had a hernia. I asked for the plate to be replaced and when the plate came back it looked like the chef took the piece of meat off of the plate, threw it on another plate, poured some sauce on it and sent it back out again. Plate came back looking almost as bad as the first one did, but I didn’t want to make too big a scene because I didn’t want them to spit in our dessert. The food was mediocre at best.
After the fiasco of the spillage and the main entrée looking like it was prepared by some Hell’s Kitchen reject, we never saw our waiter again. I had to ask multiple other waiters/waitresses for our check so we could get out of there, because it was extremely uncomfortable.
A letter was sent to the General Manager of the establishment explaining how disappointed I was in the service, quality of food, and the entire experience overall. My letter had an attached photocopy of the receipt in case he wanted to see who was our waiter so proper coaching and training could be resolved. My letter also had my personal contact information in case the manager felt the need to make it right. I don’t sit around the house waiting for freebies, nor do I expect one. But at the very minimum, I expected a phone call or even a letter back saying “sorry, we messed up, hope to see you here again.” That would’ve sufficed. I did not receive a letter nor a telephone call. Nothing.
So my conclusion is that from top to bottom, no one really cares. From the management staff who sits behind closed doors and collects their bimonthly salaries to the chef who lost his love for the culinary arts, to the wait staff who was trained by barbarians, no one cares. This is an absolute joker of an establishment. Don’t take your gf/wife/fiance/significant other here, you definitely won't be getting any brownie points.
Wonderful restaurant – We eat here about twice a month, and I think it is excellent. We have the crab cakes often as an appetizer. I have had nearly ever item on the menu and have never been disappointed. If you order, for example, the chicken you don't just get the chicken - you get some chicken, some lovely raviolis, and an excellent broccoli and bacon dish. Every menu item is like this - a set of dishes that compliment each other, which makes for a really great dining experience.
And the bar is great!
"Actual" reviewer finds Five Spice pretty good – I've lived in Lake Oswego for 35 years and while Portland has tons of options to choose from for knowledgable diners, we have had very few here. I had been to Five Spice a couple times before, but not since the latest change in management and menu. Frankly, I think the Pan Asian theme was better than the current more mainstream approach.
I took my wife and mother there last night (a Saturday). We were greeted downstairs at the door as I dropped my passengers off by the hostess. The restaurant is still beautiful inside, and the bar has been given increased importance, although the multitude of large format wine bottles setting around seemed an overt attempt to impress. The place is well-staffed in numbers, though we seemed to get the junior waitperson, who was pretty tenuous. He managed to break off the cork on the bottle of '96 Rhone wine I had brought from my cellar. Still, service was pretty attentive.
The wine list is fairly extensive, with a $35 - 2,000 range, though not value-laden.
Getting to the food, we started with a cheese plate to accompany our wine which had a selection of three aromatic cheeses, along with apple slices, Marconi almonds, grapes & white wine gelee. The accompanying sliced baguette was of good quality. Following were fine but normal mixed green salads. For entrees, I had lamb chops, which were accompanied by some rissotto-stuffed piquillo peppers and what was referred to as a crepinette (various lamb bits, etc., cooked in a patty form). The flavor and preparation of all was great. The others had the sea scallops with quinoa, also very well prepared and cooked perfectly.
In summary, this establishment is not in my top tier of Portland-area restaurants, but I'm glad to have it as a LO option. Our experience would have been much bettter with of the other two waitpersons, I believe, but we were given a free desert for the cork incident. Their website, BTW, seems up to date as far as the menu and wine list.
Well-heeled suburbanites drink in the views of Lake Oswego at this popular seafood and wine bar. – In Short
This second-story restaurant-and its ample outdoor deck-overlook the city's namesake lake. Inside, a modern lodge ambiance creates a warm, welcoming setting to enjoy an Asian-influenced dish or glass of wine from their extensive wine list. Fried five spice squid served with mushu wrappers and a hoisin dipping sauce set the bar for finely flavored food. Following such shareable starters are entrees like grilled ahi tuna served with port glazed cippolini onions, sweet roasted figs, and scallion-mashed potatoes.
Excellent Cheese Flight, Huge Salad, Good Wine List – I went here with a colleague a few weeks ago for lunch. We ordered a cheese flight that was a very pretty display. Excellent Almonds. The best part was the server actually knew what the cheeses were and a bit of interesting information about them! Most places just plop the cheese in front of you and walk away. We each had a salad - mine had tuna cooked perfectly! Again a very pretty presentation. Great wine list and I was happy to see that there were a few roses on there vs just one. It was a warm day, but I wasn't in the mood for a white. All in all a good experience, a little pricey for lunch - but definitely great food, wine and service.
Unbelievable! – The restaurant is BEAUTIFUL! The wait staff seemed informed and quickly brought us our drinks. My husband was a bit un happy by all the flies INSIDE but he knew I wanted to try this place, so we stayed. Our drinks came, we ordered dinner and then the starters arrived....so far so good....but that is where it ended.....there was an insect in the broth of my dish!! Yes, you read that right, a dead insect in my food. We promptly left - we will not return and will continue to share this experience!
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