Portland >Restaurants > Clarklewis Restaurant
1001 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.515356 -122.666083
Neighborhoods: Buckman, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
A long time favorite for a romantic dinner or classy HH. I concur with Allison the lamb ragu is wonderful and a $5 Gin martini with extra olives during HH, makes this a winner no matter what time of night I'm there!
With its low ceilings, flickery votives everywhere and intimate loft-like ambiance, this is one of the sexiest dining rooms in the city. They also mix A+ cocktails and have one of the best happy hours around--$5 gimlets and lots of tasty snacks for $6 and under. Which makes it a sexy AND very affordable date night if you go before 6:30pm.
Romantically lit, tucked away in an inconspicuous building with a wonderful seasonal menu. Perfect date night!
I had the good fortune to throw down one night here with a friend and Clarklewis got it all right. The service was attentive, friendly, charming even but not excessive, the food was great-pork shoulder slow roasted in their oven, the cheese plate was ridiculous, caviar, wine...too bad I wasn't out on a date. I've been back a couple times since and just love the quality of the food and the atmosphere makes me 'feel cool', kind of an odd hike to the bathroom, though. Well, it's nice, so who's complaining?
I must be the lucky patron who ate cooking from a one-handed – The food was absolutely boring and tasteless. I'm not sure what all the hype is about with this restaurant. Its in a warehouse with paper table covers. For the price, you pay it's not even close to being worth it, here is why. With a group of four of us, the most appealing thing about this rest. was the company and the atmosphere is nice and inviting there. The lamb is tasteless and was a lot like prime rib. No seasoning and boring. The chicken dish was a thigh on ...wait for it..mash potato's. Oh wait, sorry for $20 it was puree, excuse me, how could I mistake the two. I'm sorry but I've had this dish at Shari's and it's unimaginative and again very boring (note repetitive theme here). For my dish, I swear I was served hamburger helper. It was lamb (um doubtful) on noodles with a bland red sauce. Yucko. Please get a chef who can cook with two hands or at least has more than 2 taste buds. For the price we paid, I could of used that money to get my stomach pumped. Sorry but this restaurant is not good unless you're on a doctor prescribed bland diet.
challenges my assumptions about food and spirits – One of favorite spots for dining. Knew their chef in Cali where he was famous in Oakland. Happy for having a chance to enjoy his cuisine in Portland. The place is noted for its quality/price ratio. Very high.
Best Meal of 2009 – Honestly, after a meal at Clark Lewis, I could have died and gone to heaven. We started off with cocktails: hot toddy and a Honey. The honey was zingy with just enough tequila and citrus to get you buzzing and eager to start the first course. An artisan cheese plate of goat cheese from MN and two selections from Oregon melted in my mouth. Rouge Valley Blue paired nicely with the delicate quince paste. Next, the beet terrine was layered with blue cheese and drizzled with a sweet balsamic vinaigrette and crisp braeburn apples. Divine. Our main entree came with such anticipation. I ordered the blackened cod. The cod was plump with a crispy outer layer which paired nicely with the hearty squash gratin. Sauteed collards were not bitter and melded harmoniously with my gratin. Spices from the fish did not overwhelm the accompaniments. Husband ordered the New York steak, which seems tender enough to cut with a butter knife. A stolen fingerling potato was fluffy on the inside and a crispy skin. Not done yet! Dark chocolate budino was laced with fresh whipped creme and caramel drizzle. Decadent chocolate custard with the chewy walnut blondie was an excellent finale to a deliciously perfect dinner.
Great Happy Hour! – This place had refreshingly good service. I was pleasantly surprised since I really can't find many places where the servers/bartenders don't ignore you. We sat at the bar and had three or four great apps. The mozzarella grilled cheese type of item was great, the cheese plate was good (although a bit small), especially the marcona almonds, the pasta was nice, and the fried green tomatoes amazing, although they needed a little bit more of the sauce (more than a smear) since it was sooo tasty. The bartender was busy but still very nice and didn't forget about us. As far as the drinks, I know it's happy hour so they are cheaper but I couldn't taste the alcohol. The juice tastes fresh, so maybe because of the cost they skimp a little on the booze, but it wasn't such a big deal. I would just get a straight martini or beer or wine next time since you know what you are getting. But I still got a tiny buzz from 2 drinks, so I know there was something in there! I like how they have a variety of prices for happy hour so you can spend 10$ or 30$, depending on what you are looking for. Either way, I think you will be pleased. I can't wait to come back for dinner!!
Inner Eastside restaurant serves seasonally driven fare. – A wall of garage doors and industrial-style atmosphere hint at this restaurant’s former life as a warehouse. A copper partition splits the dim-lit bar and dining room, making space for office workers to unwind at the bar and for couples to dine at white-tableclothed tables overlooking the kitchen and wood fire grill. Grilled foods are the focus here from a spit-roasted chicken to a bruschetta staring grilled pears, arugula, toasted walnuts and Parmesan cheese. For lighter appetites, there are small pasta plates such as a tagliatelle dressed with a winter pesto. A whimsical dessert selection includes chocolate espresso cake served with doughnut hole ice cream.
new favorite spot! – I had heard that for a large group they offer a chef's menu, which I was worried about since I don't eat a lot of meat. But it was truly the most delicious meal I've had! Basically, the chef's menu consists of a seemingly constant flow of amazing food. A few different salads... a couple pastas, (the crab pasta was the most flavorful dish I had ever had), then the entrées, and desserts. The sad thing is I filled up too early to have much room for dessert. Which I guess means I'll just have to go back! I liked that we got to taste a little bit of everything on the menu. And even for someone who doesn't eat much meat, I fell in love with the grilled leg of lamb. I'm excited to see what new dishes this season brings.
warm & friendly – This was my first time to Clarklewis, and I can't wait to go back. I went with a group of friends for happy hour. We ordered and re-ordered item after item. Couldn't get enough of the olives, the cheese, the salads... all of it! Great food, great wine, and a warm and friendly staff. What a joy. Love this place.
Great Mood, Great food. – I find this restaurant to be the perfect balance of casual and class. I enjoy the fact that I don't have to dress up to step foot in there, yet there is a level of sophistication and care that makes me want to! The servers are kind, and seem proud of where they work. The food always surprises me with what ever is fresh and in season, in such an perfect mix of flavors. And I always seem to leave the restaurant with a new favorite wine. Big fan. Will keep coming back and recommending it!
Sublime – We've eaten there a few times meeting friends as well as with small children, and the meals have all been excellent.
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