2926 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.559005 -122.635351
They do it best! – WOW - what more can I say. We met friends for dinner who had been here before and had raved and said we really must try it. Are we glad we did? You bet. The service, the food, the wines - all were spot on. Our server was genuine, gracious and so glad to see our friends again, and then made us feel like we were home too - she is working in the right place at the right time. The food -- we had the Chefs whim, which everyone should try - every course was delicious and unique...the kitchen melds food from the farmer to the fork and does an outstanding job. YUM --- You will need reservations on the busy nights, or do like we did and go on a Wednesday when it's not quite as busy -- one of the best damn dinners in Portland - north, south east or west. And the cherry bourbon sour -- another delight. Don't miss out - grab some friends or your SO and go have a fabulous experience.
The artsy outpost serves innovative fare alongside inspired cocktails. – In Short
This Alberta Art's locale exudes a romantic vibe and offbeat style with bright red walls, glowing red teardrop lamps and velvet window curtains. Adults of all ages dine at the oyster bar, next to the big windows or at intimate tables toward the back of the restaurant. Raw oysters, from Penn Cove to Hog Island, are the pearls here. Executive Chef Laurel Gunderson also makes everything from crispy veal sweetbreads to savory desserts like a mole gelato.
Amazing food & service – We dine out often and this has become our favorite restaurant. If you like fresh oyster shooters, you found your spot.
The menu offers something for everyone.....Excellent drinks, The bartender is awesome. Fantastic service. The owner is usually there to welcome you with a wonderful smile.
Terrible customer service and small – Do not bother going to a place that is small, freezing, in the middle of summer and rude to its clientele. Their attitude is more appropriate to a third world pizza hut, refusing to accomodate customers in terms of their patio is not existent, they have nowhere to sit outside, oh they did not set it up yet, it' almost August, when will they? their citysearch ad says outdoor patio. They refuse then, to turn down the blasting arctic airconditioner, even though there are only 6 people in the whole place, at the bar and you want to eat. We will NEVER go there again and will tell all our friends what a sh___y attitude and place this is
Great Restaurant – Good oysters, good menu, great food, good wine list, good location to get away from downtown. Oh and nice atmosphere and service.
good drinks, nice staff, awesome bathroom art! – We went here last night for dinner. The owner and staff were nice, and the atmosphere was casual yet classy. I had the sea bass, which was delicious. The beet salad was also yum. I had a Rosemary's baby drink, which was rosemary infused gin and house bloody mary mix. it was really good. For dessert the S'More can't be beat. It's just like a campfire smore, but better....and more fancy.
In one of the bathrooms is the coolest painting of a dog e-v-e-r. You should go just to see this painting!
Wonderful! – This is the best restaurant in Portland! The seasonal menu is something to look forward to every change of season! My favorite is the ever changing soups!
A bit pretentious and poor food quality – I have been to many upscale restaurants and was very disappointed in this one especially after all of the rave reviews. The food was mediocre. The place is cramped...I could hear the conversation of the couple a few tables away, not to mention the ones right next to us. The inside also looks messy and unkempt. The food wasn't very warm when it arrived to us. I guess coming in on a Last Thursday isn't a good idea. I will never come back again. I prefer and highly recommend Blue Hour, Fenouil and Ten 01.
Don't overlook the fabulous hamburgers!!! And the fries? To die for! – God I love this place! My boyfriend and I live in the neighborhood and have eaten there several times. If you want to know where the best hamburger is in town, it's here--delicious, blue cheese, bacon, and served on a ciabatta bread. And the fries? They serve them with this remoulade sauce that is so very very delicious--we always ask for more. I don't care for oysters, but my boyfriend says they are good. The bartender is great, too. Oh yes, they make great martinis, too!
Treat yourself to a truly culinary experience - Take a chance on Chef's Whim – We've been to ASOBG several times, but this time my wife and I wanted to try something a little different, so we sat down for the Chef's Whim. Now typically we find these "random" entree dinners to be a mix of a few stars from the menu, combined with a few more average offerings; not this time - we were happily stunned. The experience started with an appetizer (pickled oyster, fried oyster, and a tuna wrapped delight) paired with a well matched sparkling white wine that managed to tease out more flavor from each taste; were the tastes themselves not enough, both the artful presentation and the orchestrated eating order made this first dish very memorable.
Second through fourth courses were all equally wonderful, each bringing a new flavor and texture combination into play. A beet, goat cheese, and mandarin salad, followed by gnocci and poached egg, topped with bacon and black truffels, chased with a perfectly seared scallop (these are hard to get right) on lentels in a liver reduction. Each dish perfectly sized to no overwhelm, and each matched well with a different wine. The last dish of the five was by far the most "out of the park" and has left a lasting impression on both me and my wife; duck topped with seared foi grois.
There are many restaurants that compete with ASOBG, many with higher prices, many with much more pomp and circumstance (we tend to eat out a bit). If you want a truly memorable dining experience, and one not too expensive, take a risk and put your dinner selection in the hands of the chef at ASOBG, it will not leave anyone with an appreciation of fine food and drink wanting.
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