Portland >Food & Dining > Christies Restaurant
5507 N Lombard St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720345.583205 -122.725730
Neighborhoods: North Portland Neighborhood Services, Portsmouth
best kept secret in north portland – I am somewhat new to this area and have tried several of the local restaraunts and Christies is by far my favorite so far . We have eaten here on many a different occasion , times of day ,& days of the week .I have been here in large groups(8-10)and by my self .I was surprised at how large the portions were for the price (very resonable).The steaks here are some of the best i've ever eaten the prime rib and clam chowder though only sold on Friday and Saturday way out does its self .
I was told the chowder here is awsome and having tried chowder not only all over Oregon but all up and down the west coast I would have to agree .I would highly recommend that if you are looking for a place to eat with excellent food and good priceing that you give these guys a try . the atmosphere is family friendly and the food is as good if not better than what grandma use to make
Horrible Service and Food – First, I would just like to say that this is my first time rating any type of service. I felt that it was impossible not to rate the poor service I experienced at this restaurant.
I was excited to go to Christies tonight, because I like the idea of supporting St. Johns. I was part of a group of 4 people. We went in and waited for at least 2-3 minutes at the front door for someone to at least acknowledge that we had entered the building. We just seated ourselves after a while. I would like to add that there were only 2 tables occupied at the time.
We all ordered burgers, my brother in law and myself ordered the inside out burger. When we received our food, we both cut our burger in half to discover a nasty surprise, both burgers were uncooked. I would like to add I don't mean slightly pink, I mean as if the ground beef had just been taken out of the package, center was red and still cold.
I thought the burger is huge so even though I think they should have took more care to cook it, I will just ask for them to recook it. After our server dropped off the plates, she didn't even bother to ask if I or anyone else would like more water or anything else. I had to wave her down to get more water and to get the burgers recooked.
The server didn't even apologize for the burgers being red and uncooked. She simply said, they are thick burgers after all. (Is that supposed to make me feel better?) So she takes back the burgers. A few minutes later, we receive the burgers again. I check my burger to see if the burger is actually cooked. The patty was cooked for the most part except some areas that were still red and cold. I proceeded to ask the server for them to burn the meat, extremely well done.
The server takes back the plate and I would also like to add that the patty had been cut in half as well as the bun so when they recooked it they just took the patty off of the bun and "cooked" it some more and gave it back. She brings back the burger the last time, the patty and the bun were pretty much just a wreck. I assembled my burger and it seemed pretty well cooked at this time. I began to finally eat my burger. I got about 3/4 complete when I realized it was still partially uncooked. ( I mean how can you screw up burnt?)
So I just left the last portion of the burger. Also by the time my plate had been shuffled back and forth to and from the kitchen, my fries were cold. The fries weren't really that tasty anyway so I left them there as well. We were given the check without even an (I'm sorry that your food could have poisoned you or anything) I didn't ask for the burgers to be comped, but I would think since the burgers were $9.95 each, they could have at a minimum took care of at least one. We left there feeling so dissatisfied that our table didn't leave a tip, which is big, because we always leave a tip.
So to sum up the story unless you want your insides on the outside of you I recommend you not get the inside out burger or at least think twice before coming to this restaurant.
Best Food. Ever. – My fiance (now wife) and I went here on a whim about six months ago, using a coupon we had purchased online. We like to try new restaurants and we often drove by Christies. Our first time there we were absolutely floored with how good the food was. I think I ordered the turkey dinner. We decided to go back a second time a few weeks later and again, same good service, same great food (I think I ordered the ravioli this time).
Because of the wedding we were planning we were realizing that catering can be quite expensive. Figuring Christies would be just as expensive as the next guy ($20+ a person) we weren't even going to ask, but figured what the heck. It turns out it doesn't hurt to ask! Using the awesome ravioli meal as a benchmark we got an awesome deal. Bulk foods like pasta and salad work wonders on your wedding food budget! People never talk about the food at a wedding unless it's REALLY good or REALLY bad. Well, it's been about 2 weeks since we've been married and I still have family calling me asking what catering company we had.
Highly recommended. Don't miss out on this Portland gem.
Ants in my soft drink? – On June 25, 2009, we had lunch at 11:45 am and both of our drink glasses (Coke and Diet Coke) both had 5 or 6 drowned ants floating on top of each glass.
Unfortunately we didn't notice until several gulps later (through straws thank god).
Our drinks were immediately replaced with an apology, and the replacement drinks were ant free, it soured out desire to eat our meals without worrying about what might be there too.
The most unfortunately part was the waitress (pleasant lady) simply commented...."Oh, you know, it's that time of year when the ants are everywhere."
I'll never be able to drink a soft drink again without inspecting it.
To be fair, my burger was delicious.
Refreshing Change – We just had dinner here for the first time and were pleased to finally receive some good service. We've had some horrible customer service at other restaurants lately so we were very happy to have Pat as our server at Christie's. She was attentive to our every need.
The food was good and prepared in a timely manner. The place was spotless! I would definitely recommend giving it a try.
Girls' Satisfied for Lunch! – We had a very enjoyable lunch. It even kept us quiet when the food arrived!
A feat in and of itself. ALL of us had something different- and EVERYTHING was great! I get our seldom since we've had a little one, so I was really looking forward to this. The service was fast (and we were there from 11:45 - 12:45) ,the food came out hot, including my fries, the sandwich meat was definately cooked there- not presliced- I had the reuben which had the perfect amount of dressing and sauerkraut and cheese, and the marbled rye was a nice touch. My co-workers tried the raspberry tea- not too sweet, the breakfast New Orelans french toast was perfectly toasted and beatifully presented, the cobb salad was loaded, BLT had plenty of fillings and crisp warm bacon. and two of the girls had burgers: one with mushrooms and one stuffed. The meat was definitely fresh. All of the portions were huge - three had to take to go boxes. Water glasses clean- tables were bussed quickly when customers left, glasses of drinks refilled promptly. I was very impressed - especially after reading other reviews before we went!
The desserts looked incredible. We had a gift certificate to use, so we were lucky to begin with, but were pleasantly surprised and will surely return!
very nice – nice place. unlike the previous reviewer, i love the burgers! i usually order mine w/out the bun but they are always flame broiled,juicy and "big" sometimes too much meat i think. several of us eat there on our lunch hour and always enjoy the food and the people. always welcoming and they do a great job. i am really writing about their mexican food buffet though....awesome! they have it once a month but we write it on our calendar! the best!!!! they have great mexican food..believe it or not! they even make homemade tortillas for the occasion. so far have been to two both excellent! all made from scratch i have yet to encounter anything from a can.( even the mushrooms! ) lol the best meatlof sandwiches on the planet! and beautiful large salads.
Great place for breakfast but the burgers are disappointing – I had to think a long time on writing this review because I have heard such incredible things about Christies. I believe personally that I owe it to anyone who is reading to help them decide where to spend thier hard earned money deserves honesty. First I want to say the wait staff are incredible they get the food to you quickly and always smiling and never an empty glass. My group went in for lunch. The coffee is good and the special new orleans french toast was made perfect my girlfriend loved it. I unfortunately order the special mushroom imperial burger. The burger came out very bland and unseasoned using the red onions to compensate for the lack of meat in this $8.95 burger. The mushrooms were canned and overcooked and not a lot of cheese on the burger. The french fries were obviously frozen and flash fried using store bought. Just not the quality meal you would expect for spending a great deal above other restaurants.Its my opinion whomever was the mid day chef should stick with making breakfasts. I highly recommend this place if you are going for breakfast but nothing from the burger menu. Im sorry Christies if you are reading this but your chef really needs to go back to the basics of what makes a good hamburger and it should start with 80/20 ground chuck especially for the price being charged. I hope this review will help those reading it in making thier decision.
best food in n.portland – ok where to begin well i have been told about this restaurant now from several friends and family members and i finally gave it a shot. what a pleasant experience! from the outside a little difficult to see and you almost miss it which is why i always drive by and dont stop! but once you do go in its very pleasant.
not at all stuffy or unwelcoming,in fact quite the opposite. i have now been in on three different occasions and plan to make this a regular stop for all meals. its cozy,friendly,and the food has been top notch every time. i had the prime rib last weekend..superb! it was the most flavorful and tender rib i have ever had. my husband had a ribeye.. cooked to perfection! flavorfull and juicy..the veggies were fresh green beans with added goodies! awesome! they were busy and we still got personable service, feeling as if we were the only ones there. the manager even came out to check on our meals and welcomed us back! the chicken marasala was absolutely the best anywhere,again a variety of fresh veggies that were great! my husband even ate them! he had a shrimp pasta that was fabulous..breakfast ? the same great food ! the bacon is really good,the omelets are beautiful and tasty and again,great service! i love this place and will continue to enjoy the many different choices on the menu. my inlaws drive from vancouver to eat here! its no wonder.
i really appreciate the quality and find the prices low for the food served. love it loveit love it
Great food for a great price – About time North Portland had a "go to" restaurant. This is a place you could take anyone. The menu is diverse enough that there is something to please everyone.
Good old fashioned comfort food, along with fantastic steaks and seafood. I went last week with a large group of people and we had a wonderful meal. What was especially nice was how perfectly cooked everything was. Six of the nine of us ordered their NY steak with shrimp scampi special and every one of us got our meat the way we asked for it to be cooked. I actually ordered it rare and it came out perfectly grilled and a beautiful pink in the middle....(ok, I get a little carried away when talking about steak). The salad was fresh, the vegetables tasted like they were picked that day, and real mashed potatoes ....yummmmmy! Others in our group had the stuffed salmon and turkey dishes. The stuffed salmon was awesome and the turkey was good too. The portions were generous enough that we didn't have room for desert but the display case was full of really tempting treats.
All in all, a good experience. We would definetly go back.
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