Portland >Food & Dining > Alessandro's Italian Restaurant and Bar
301 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720445.518273 -122.675539
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
Out of this world seafood. – I had a fantastic meal! Try the Halibut piccata it was very fresh and cooked perfectly. I've eaten here a few times and have never been disappointed. There are many wonderful dishes offered here. The service was excellent too. Ask to be seated at Elio's table. He is one of the best and I've eaten all of over the world. I strongly recommend this restaurant especially during the week for a romantic or just a relaxed evening.
Clean restaurant, easy MAX access, decent food – Three of us ate dinner at Alessandro's on 8/30/07 and despite other reviews you might read here, the food is just fine. I've eaten in quite a few Italian restaurants and I find Alessandro's to be on par with Bugatti's and Macaroni Grill. My only complaint is that it took awhile to get the check (we were on schedule--dinner, then a movie).
I'd return here for another meal.
Bland is Right~ – Hmmmm buyer beware: went here for Sunday happy hour with low expectations and they were certainly lowered. I eat out a ton as I travel for business - this was one of the worst. I got Linguine al Pesto, more like Linguine no Taste-o. No garlic, low salt, slimely linguine. My gf got clams in basically water and canned tomatoes. It's a shame cuz the inside looked cool and the music was good. Service was fine. Try Mama Mia instead if you're craving good value Happy hour on sunday. Or eat some Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee.
Elderly People Who's Taste Spuds Have Died Would Like This Place – I had a bad feeling about this place just by looking at the menu. None of the items even looked remotely interesting. After spending 10 minutes reading and re-reading the menu, not having an idea of what boring sounding dish to order, I finally ordered some garlic bread and a sausage pasta dish. Seriously, the garlic bread didn't have any garlic on it. It was butter, basil and parmesan cheese on two slices of toasted French bread. As for the sausage and pasta, it was really bland. I was bored after 5 of 6 bites and only ate half the meal. My date's seafood alfedo pasta was a little bit better than what I ordered but I couldn've made these meals better at home easily for a 1/3 of the cost. By the end of the meal I was angry that I choose to eat there.
The service was OK. I wasn't even asked if I would like anything to drink besides water, which I did. From there on they were slow to refill the water.
Definitely go somewhere else if you want Italian.
Bland, boring food in horrible decor. – If you like your food bland, this is your place. Both the cioppino and veal we had tonight were pretty much without taste. The clam appetizer came with roughly 10 small clams and also had very little taste.
We skipped desert after this, as I didn't expect it to be even mediocre.
Service was okay, but nothing special.
The decor has to go - quickly - there is a statue on one wall that looks like a blow-up doll.
Portland has lots of good restaurants - every singe one of them is better than Alessandro's.
Penny Wise and a Pound Foolish! – My wife and I had the recent experience of being told that they would not honor a gift certificate that was purchased for my wife for her birthday last year and was about to expire. They said that they would not even extend it an extra day!
We have eaten there 3 times in the last year and have either forgotten the gift certicficate, or the bill exeded the value so much that we paid another way. We have previously considered it one of the better restaurants in town. We will not be returning, nor will my father-in-law who purchased the GC. He has always eaten there when he comes to town (3-4 times per year). There are several restaurants wtihin walking distance that offer much better customer service and understand retaining long term customers. We estimate that our family spent between $900-1200 last year and will recieve no more.
This decision not to extend the expiration date was decided by both the owner and manager of the establishment. I am very surprised by this, I have worked for many years here in Portland in the restaurant business and all of the ones that I have had the pleasure to work for would have handled it a different way.
When I stated that I would not be returning, the manager said "we sold 2 1/2 million dollars last year".This was said as if to say that they do not need our business. I know that they do not need our business, I am only sorry that I contributed to it in the past.
R& M Corwin
I love it! – This is one of my favorite restaurants. I love their steak and fish entrees. Pasta is pretty good too. I've never had a bad experience there. Prices are very reasonable, and entrees come with a choice of soup or salad. The side dish ravioli are delicious.
A V-day to Remember! – My boyfriend and I spent out first valentines day here at Alessandro's. It was an amazing experience and lovely dinner. From the moment you enter through the door, you almost transcend into a small Italian corner bistro. They offered traditional, yet delicious Valentines day 4 course dinner. Champagne and yummy chocolate covered strawberries topped off a seductive evening. The staff was timely and curtious, yet they respected our privacy on the particular evening. The restaurant manager came by, ensuring our dinner was up to our expectations. I highly recommend Alessandro's for Valentines day or any day.
Horrible food – This was once a fine restaurant, but on a recent visit, I was sad to discover it has gone completely downhill. The food was awful: salad drenched in bad dressing, pasta was mediocre (although portions were huge), and one entree we had to send back because the meat had spoiled! Deserts were just so-so as well. The prices are way too high for this low quality food. Service was pleasant but slow.
Great romantic restaurant – I went here for my birthday this year, and it was a very good experience. The atmosphere is very romantic, and the music is enjoyable also. The waiters/waitresses are very nice. I think the menu is pretty impressive too. Their wine and beer selection is very good. The bartenders recommended us great drinks and mixed them up very well. The bill is reasonable too.
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