Portland >Food & Dining > 23 Hoyt
529 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR | Directions 9721045.526844 -122.698647
Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Northwest District, Neighbors West - Northwest
This sleek spot has one of the neighborhood's best happy hours--choose from five inventive $6 cocktails (can't go wrong with the Planter's Punch) and then gorge yourself on dishes like lamb meatballs, mushrooms ragu with polenta, tempura green beans, fries with sour dill aioli and bacon deviled eggs, none of which are over $6.
Rockfish with nettle pesto and fingerling potatoes, the pork chop with mustard spaetzle, black pepper sausage and parnsip puree. Delirious good food followed up with the perfect dessert; warm chocolate cake with olive oil ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce! Organic elegance and our waiter was delightful and attentive. Dinner on a Monday was easy to get into but later in the week a reservation is a good idea and HH is always crowded.
Less than satisfying.... – We made a reservation for 8 and were seated promptly upon arrival. The wait staff overall was very polite, and the drinks and appetizers were fine. After we finished our appetizers, however, we had to wait for OVER ONE HOUR for our food. Moreover, each dish had its own problem... and we ordered EIGHT of them, mind you. My burger was burnt and dry, someone else's rib eye was undercooked. The lamb shanks and arugula were too salty. Filet mignon was lukewarm and bland. I'd go on, but you get the picture.
I think they need to spend less time with image and presentation and pay more attention to the execution of the main dishes themselves. Overall disappointing and not sure I'd want to try it again for over $35 per person.
Too bad... – The menu feels like putting on a formal gown to go to a wal-mart. 4 deep fried dishes and deviled eggs? The concept is a corrupt and retarded brainchild of a man with too much money and not enough taste. It's as if he accidentally dipped a fish stick in caviar and then built a restaurant. A total waste.
Great food and nice ambience – My wife and I ate here on Oct 24, Sat. We were encouraged by citysearch reviews but were a little confused by the menu - a mix of fine dining items and some bar food items. We were seated upstairs away from the crowd downstairs - the music was a little loud but the food and service were excellent. Good wine selection. I had the sable fish - melted in your mouth and my wife had the steak. Great date night....would come back again.
New American tap couples sophistication with gastropub fare. – This modern tavern’s soaring ficus trees, woodsy antler chandeliers and salon-style wall hangings create an upscale casual ambience befitting its chic clientele. Hip studio dwellers and clusters of well-heeled twenty-somethings snack on bar bites of deviled eggs, fried green beans and onion rings served with a caper and red onion aioli in the posh bar. In the secluded second-floor mezzanine, Northwest neighbors from moneyed West Hills residents to young, twitterpated couples enjoy American classics like iceberg wedge salads, steak and fries and five-layer chocolate cake.
Friday lunch – Had lunch with friends on a Friday afternoon. After being seated, it took several minutes for one of the two servers to ask if I wanted a beverage while waiting for my other friends to arrive. After they all did, it was another several minutes before she came to take our order.
My food-mac and cheese was only ok. Quite dry with big hunks of unmelted cheese-no creaminess at all. Friend said her tuna salad was good, but tuna was cooked well done, as was the ahi on the sandwich of my other friend. Server indicated it was cooked rare and seared only on the outside-not the case. The caesar salad (listed on menu as Zefiro's) was the most disappointing after having it at both Zefiro and the previous incarnation of 23Hoyt. Limp lettuce, a few croutons and too much dressing, no parmesan at all.
Overall, I was quite disappointed. I had been here before the menu changed and it was outstanding. The new head chef was there, so I am not sure why the food wasn't better. The last thing was that both bathrooms were out of soap-was the lunch rush that big that they were out at 1:00? I hope they can work out the lackluster service and food-I would like to see them stick around.
NoPo Special – Recently went for first time visit to 23 Hoyt. Food was spectacular, high quality, nice proportions, and tasty. We had the whole gamet of courses: Appetizers, Oysters on Half Shell with Minonette, and the Scallops with mushrooms, in which they were seared perfect. Salad course we had the Ahi Salad and the Beet Salad. Ahi was thinly sliced and everything comlimented the Ahi, wish there was a little more green apple served with Beet Salad, but that is being very picky; it was delicous. For entrees we had the Steelhead which was nice and moist and the Halibut which melted in your mouth. For dessert we shared the coconut cake which was delicate and a nice Tawny Port with a small serving of vanilla bean ice cream that the kitchen provided as a special treat upon request, which brought out the caramel in the tawny port. GREAT EVENING!!!
love the food! – I just went in to 23Hoyt and realized that Portland could be missing out on the best food in town. I mean, we were there for an early dinner, and it was pretty busy, but there should be a line out the door! I'm always amazed. High quality/ amazing favor. Why doesn't everyone know this?
And it definitely helps that the service is always great!
Under The Radar – For such a great place, it seems to live under the radar. I always get a great table. I have never had a problem getting in. I love the food and service. I wonder when the masses are going to discover this place. The atmosphere is lovely. It is one of my better finds.
New to the Hood – I just moved into The Westerly and so happy to have a neighborhood restaurant I like this much. The bar is really comfy and the happy hour and bar menu are inexpensive with good choices. I like their burger quite a bit and after a couple of drinks I can just walk home. I am going to try JoBar next. I just love the Northwest neighborhood. You can walk everywhere.
We had a great time. It was hard to get a reservation but they had a no cancellation policy for the night and a $25 cancellation fee if one did, but after being told that this policy was only for New Year's Eve due to its craziness and the restaurant often receiving "no shows" on New Year's Eve's of the past, we found it acceptable and understandable, but it always bothers me to be asked for a credit card to secure a restaurant reservation. I have experienced this at New York restaurants but not in Portland. In any case, the food was delicious, the room was nice and the evening overall was very pleasant. I would recommend this restaurant to friends, but choose somewhere else to go on major holidays if you don't want to be bothered with the strict reservation policies. Try the chicken dish. It was heavenly.
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