Portland >Food & Dining > Original Halibuts
2525 Ne Alberta St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.559171 -122.639357
Sun-Mon: 11:30am-10pm, Tue-Fri: 11:30am-12am
Neighborhoods: Concordia, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Nothing fancy about Halibut's, but it's a reliable stop when you're in the Alberta hood and simply must have good, fresh fish 'n chips. All orders can be made GF, just ask. Great food and drink specials on the happy hour menu, offered daily 3-6pm.
Bartender from Hell - - Today
I went to Halibuts last weekend with a couple of friends. The food was actually very good and they also had a great band playing that night. The entire experience was ruined by a staff member there that called herself the "lead bartender." At first she seemed like a normal, yet slightly indifferent, bartender/server (she also took our order). However, when a friend and I went to pay we noticed that our entire credit card number was on the receipt instead of the last four digits, when we asked her about this she proceeded to tell us that she didn't like our attitudes from the beginning and even if we scratch out the numbers on our receipts (which I was doing at the time) she can just print out another one and have our entire number again if she wanted. When we told her we would not be coming back she said she didn't want to see our F-ing faces in there again anyway. I have never been treated like this in any business establishment and am shocked that a person of this caliber was made "lead" anything. I will NEVER return to Halibuts and will tell anyone that asks that the food is not worth putting up with the staff!!!!
AWESOME!!! – Delicious.... Definitely will be going back again and again for the food. So happy I found this place.
Perfect fish, perfect fries, and I love the cocktail sauce – Went on a Tuesday with a co-worker for lunch, it was the only place I could find chowder not on a Friday....neighborhood was quaint, I loved the relaxed but nicely decorated vibe, medium sized place was cozy. Service was quick, friendly, and the recommendations were spot-on. My friend had the chowder (excellent and scalding hot) and I had halibut and fries. Came with fresh lemon, great tartar (dill, not sweet) and a side of cocktail sauce that was so perfectly spicy with horseradish (and I wonder if there was a pinch of wasabi?) that it made me add a shrimp cocktail to my order. Oh, the fries were really crispy, and thick-cut at the same time. Super good. I don't know why everyone complaining about prices, I went on CitySearch and looked at several places seafood prices, and all were comparable. Seafood is expensive. If you want beef or chicken, go elsewhere. I was 100% satisfied with my order, the atmosphere, and yes, the "overbearing, cynical, brash owner" was there and served us, which was a nice touch, by a nice gentleman. Some of those 2 year old reviews need to be taken with a grain of salt. Seasoned, prefer
Great Prawns & Chips. – The place has great prawns and great long island iced tea. Great blues music. Although the interiors can use some remodeling or buffing up. It is somewhat dark and it does not look that clean. Maybe change the paint and the flooring.
Best local fish & chips – I have been searching for decent (not even great, mind you) fish and chips in Portland for over a decade and, with the exception of some English pubs, have been sorely disappointed. My wife and I stumbled in to Halibuts for lunch during a recent winter storm (we needed to get out of the house, even if just for lunch) and enjoyed one of the best meals of fish and chips I have had in a long while. Yes, it is a little more expensive than McM's or a pub, but the quality of the fish along with the light, crispiness of the batter make for much better fare. We had a great conversation with the owner and quickly sensed his passion for what he does and the pride he takes in doing it well. We will defintely be back.
music beer and fish – I like going here just for the bar atmosphere music and food... The posters and knick knacks around the bar are interesting, easy to get a seat and maybe you wait a bit but if you really are in a hurry go to McDonalds instead just relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Terry Robb on Thursdays is well worth a trip to Halibuts
Great crispy fish! – While I agree that the food is overpriced, you cannot beat the crispy hot yumminess of these halibut morsels and their potato counterparts. YUM!
yummy fish – this place has dang good fish and attractive employees. not attractive enough to make me want to spend so much money but it's good. food is way overpriced but the yuppies won't mind. i heard the owner is a jer k but the food is good so i don't care. probably some of the best fried fish in the city, worth checking out.
A complete rip-off – I went on a lazy, sunny afternoon to Halibut's with a friend. We were there for lunch and found the prices outrageous. $9 for a half order of fish and chips, which consisted of two of the tiniest pieces of fried fish we've ever seen and perhaps a handful and a half of fries. A full order would have been $16. For lunch? Are you kidding me? Those are insane prices. And the food wasn't even very good. My catfish was mediocre at best and my friend's halibut was like something from Denny's. The fries were completely average, just fries. The owner/chef was there and he is totally obnoxious and annoying, he kept interrupting our order and trying to upsell us. Give me a break. Don't waste your time and money on this place. I've since been told Corbett's Fish house is much better and can't wait to try it. And as my friend pointed out, you can get really good fish and chips at Burgerville for $5.50. Thumbs down to Halibut's.
Sorry Beavton Babe, but the food here was a total rip. Burgerville's fish and chips was about as good and cheaper too!
GREAT FISH & MUSIC – Really good fish EVERYTIME and fine music MOST of the time!!! A great place, but hard to find parking.
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