Portland >Food & Dining > Graze
939 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.529863 -122.681512
Sat 7am-2:30pm, 4pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Pearl, Neighbors West - Northwest
Bad customer service. – Went in for the first time because of the recommendations. I looked at the menu online and when we got to the restaurant, there weren't as many tapas as listed online. The food was okay. The shortribs were a little bland. I ordered a large shortrib to go for my husband and when I got home, found a small order. When I called the restaurant back, the woman that answered the phone didn't offer to do anything for me. She told me she would talk to my server and if there was a mistake will correct it in the future. I was really upset and called back to tell her I was overcharged for the shortribs. She then offered to have another small one for me to pick up. I live a half an hour away.
All in all its small things like these that could leave a bad taste in your mouth!
Chic, comfortable restaurant and bar in the heart of the Pearl District serves gourmet small plates, signature cocktails and weekend brunch. – In Short
The expansive restaurant's soaring glass walls curve around the corner lot and open to two street-side patios. The interior is modern, elegant and relaxed, featuring black chairs, white-clothed tables with burgundy napkins and an exhibition station where the chef garnishes each plate. The seasonal menu proffers dishes such as smoked trout and fennel salad, eggplant marinara rolled around herbed ricotta and fried Willapa Bay oysters. Sweets include a made-to-order fresh fruit Napoleon.
Calamari rocks! Excellent drink menu! – Gotta love this place-sit, chat (outdoor seating!) great drinks and above all-outstanding food. We came fairly early for dinner and shared many things-as the restaurant is a small plates format-and really had a great time. Definitely go for the asparagus, calamari, and fried oysters (the best I have had in Portland). But don't miss bartender Cecily for a great time at happy hour. I hear they are opening for brunch on the 9th on September.......with old skool cocktails on the menu and a wicked chow selection.....can't wait!
And the pony picture rocks!
Visit soon – This restaurant recently opened, and should be quickly visited before the crowds get there.
Small plates, 2 of each dish for a party of 8. Garlic fries, calamari, eggplant crepes, bacon on lettuce wedge, smoked trout, flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce - let's see, what else did we have. Cannot remember but would recommend the dish if I could.
Good wine list, reasonably priced, but a little limited. One of two reasons I do not give this restaurant a "10." The other is that I would want to see it operate in a crowded condition before I guarantee satisfaction.
But you ought to go see for yourself.
Great food and wine pairing, knowledgeable servers. – Wow, what a great place, food was special and wine pairing with Oregon wines that really made for a special evening. The Tapas portions let all of us eat what we wanted and then share with others their tasty delights! Servers made the night better with their food and wine knowledge, would definately go back with friends and recommend you try it!
Doing it right... – Can't think of anything better than gathering up a group of friends and coming to Graze for pass-around great dishes. I've been in several times since the opening and the food, which was wonderful to start with, keeps getting better. It's a friendly, elegant, clean space for those with a sophisticated, but not pretentious palate. The drinks are fab. Graze is the pearl of the Pearl.
Great new hangout. The wine list is very well priced, with emphasis given to the best of the local wines. Obviously, someone here knows wine. Can't wait for brunch service:-)
Great small dishes! – Graze was great! I especially loved the eggplant rolls and the polenta cakes. The Caesar salad was probably the best in the Pearl. We had a bottle of white wine, Fidelitas M100, and it was served cold and crisp, and was excellent. This meal was so good that we have been back twice already once with friends and once on the way home from work for a small bite. If you order from the bar, be sure to try a Streetcar or the drink with hibiscus infused vodka and honey liqueur; but be careful because it packs a wallop: see, I cant even remember the name of that drink!
Spice it up!! – I'm a local chef/restuarateur who lives in the area and have been waiting for what seemed like an eternity for someone -- anyone, PLEASE!! -- to take over the space vacated by the hapless, hopeless and clueless "Nina's Place".
I visited during the first week of business (I know -- I should know better) and tried the steak bites and the hazelnut chicken satay. The steak bites were OK -- perfectly cooked medium-rare -- but the peppercorn sauce was seriously lacking in the key ingedient. The satay, bite-sized pieces of grilled chicken on a skewer with a sprinkling of ground hazelnuts, lacked any seasoning at all, as far as I could tell. So bland and uninspired that I only had a few bites. What I had envisioned, and what could have been wonderful, was a toasted filbert take on the traditional spicy Asian marinade/sauce with garlic and chiles.
I'll visit again soon, based on the positive reviews that I've read here, and hope that my initial experience can be chalked up to opening-week jitters.
Best of luck to all of you at Graze!
Very nice wine list, BTW. Interesting, well-chosen selections, decent prices, and top-notch stemware.
Truffle Fries, Hoebeer, Love & Joy – I have eaten here several times since the recent opening. The particular strengths are the quality of the food and drink, and the small-plate group-friendly approach. Several dishes were very good to start with, and seem to be steadily improving to superb. The atmosphere is causal but elegant, with linens on the tables, freshly ground pepper and fancy salt, and reliably excellent service.
The only downside is that it is easy to accumulate a significant bill if you spend several leisurely hours here with your friends - but it IS in the pearl, and those hours were lovely. If, like myself, you're cheap, the happy hour menu is what you want - smaller portions, but several of the the same delicious dishes.
Special mention should be made of the eggplant & polenta plates, which are unexpectedly yummy - the eggplant is cooked just right, neither soggy nor stiff but just caramelized. The polenta is the best I've ever had!
The Best Tapas and Drinks In Portland – I went here with hopes of finding a good restaurant with a different (read: cheaper with better food) approach to fine dining in an area saturated with snooty eateries and was blown away. First of all, the drinks are incredible (ask Sicily for a marionberry martini) and the wine list are first rate. Also, the wine per bottle prices are reasonable, especially by Pearl standards. Secondly, the food is outstanding. We've had the "steak bites") that is a large enough portion to satisfy most appetites) and combined with the best asparagus in town and the truffle fries, it will bring you back to try more items. And for a new place, the wait staff couldn't be more knowledgable and friendly. For something different, and better, in the Pearl you can't go wrong coming here.
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