Portland >Food & Dining > Clyde Common
1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.522033 -122.681442
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
Located in the heart of downtown Portland and inside Portland's renowned Ace Hotel, we offer a warm, friendly, and common table environment and have a unique European and Northwest inspired menu and wine list. Please visit our website for our full menu.
Great room, great food, great service, great cocktails, great vibe. Order whatever you like since it would be hard to go wrong. Happy hour cocktails are a steal at just 5 bucks Monday - Friday 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
While most will justifiably rave about the multinationally-inspired menu, the bar--with Mr. Jeffrey Morgenthaler at the helm--deserves equal praise. Try the B.M.O.C., a fresh take on a whiskey-ginger, with bourbon, raw ginger syrup, bitters and soda.
Even if you aren’t normally a cocktail person (Huh? What?) order one of hottie bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s creations—the barrel-aged Negroni is a perfect accompaniment to the beautiful people-watching. PS: Now serving brunch on weekends--think black trumpet mushroom quiche, buttermilk waffles with chicken-fried quail, and beignets with maple cream.
Clyde Common is anything but! They serve excellent food and amazing cocktails. There's a daily punch, a whole slew of awesome and super nice bartenders and on Sunday Happy Hour starts at 3pm. Cheers indeed!
Great Food, average service – I really thought the food was great. It seems very inventive and freshly original. Even items that I don't particularly like (like beets) were good in the preparation. No complaints there. I ate all of my hen (?) and wanted another one! The rest of my party really enjoyed their burgers. They say they are the best burgers in town.
Now, as far as the service, that's another thing. I'm not saying that the service is bad. What I'm saying is that there was no warmth. I don't think she ever smiled at us or really looked as us. It was just kinda blah, like robotic. If the table gets cleared and nothing goes wrong, then I guess it's okay. I just feel like the experience would have been much more top notch had the server acted like she wanted to be there.
I do have to mention though, there was a guy bartender who I asked for a taste of something. He was really friendly and excited about telling me about the product. Maybe I should sit at the bar next time.
Great food, great service, great ambience – I go to Clyde a lot. Why? Let me list the many reasons. The food is awesome and it changes enough to never bore without being weird. And although some people have problems with the communal dining I find it refreshing to talk to people I don’t know or ignore them depending on my mood. Did I mention the lunch menu? By far one of the best lunches in town – real food without being pretentious or heavy and the prices are really reasonable. Close enough to downtown for an easy walk – and close to Powell’s and Nordstrom! And the staff – I have read the reviews and see complaints about service. For all of the times that I am there I have always had friendly, courteous, and helpful service. Who knows? There can always be bad days and it’s too often that people say the bad stuff and the good stuff gets left on the table. No pun intended. The bar rocks and desserts are sublime.
Fabulous Food, Great Variety and Gracious Hosts – Clyde Common accomodated our party of 9 with gracious, friendly and helpful service. Our server Joanna knew the menu, was not afraid to offer helpful suggestions and was attentive without being annoying. Highlights included the starters, we loved the pea puree, popcorn and salads. The steak was incredible and my personal favorite with the fried egg, a soft boiled egg that is then breaded and fried. An excellent egg is always a sign of a great kitchen.
Always Delivers – I've been going to The Clyde Common quite regularly now since they opened and this is my second review (is it ok to write two reviews about your favorite restaurant?). As a chef I find Clyde Commons menu to be "The" most innovative fare in Portland. It's always different, entertaining, and it's always delicious. Great service at the Clyde Common as well. Recently we had dinner upstairs for the first time, if you can get a table for two on the upper level it's phenomenal; even if you have to wait at the bar for a cocktail or two, it's worth the wait. Keep up the great work.
spendy but trendy – Felt like a "beautiful person" just for eating here. the ambiance is clean and very well designed. the food was fairly typical trend-of-the-moment local eating american cuisine. Service was friendly and helpful. Would only go back for the bar. The drinks are real stand-out, tasty and strong! Overall the price was too high for the quality of the food. Felt like we were paying for a trend and not substance.
Eh. It was okay. – Lunch at Clyde Common was average. The food wasn't outstanding (I had the manila clams and husband had a burger). I did have an interesting soda concoction- some sort of ginger lemonade- it was fairly tasty. The atmosphere downstairs was casual for lunch with the large table and people sitting around you. I'm glad we went early because I certainly would have felt a bit uncomfortable eating and talking with a stranger staring at us. I didn't get a chance to check out the upstairs. The service was very good and I suppose if I plan on going somewhere for the service and not for the food, I would return. I just didn't feel like our lunch was worth $30. I thought it was a bit strange that bread with butter/salt had a $2 charge as a side- that's a bit ridiculous. I would return if I wasn't paying for it. ;) I do love stumptown right (almost) next door.
Overpriced for not such great quality – We got warm recommedations for this place, but it didn't live up to our expectations. We paid $20 for pork belly with beans, which was just a piece of bacon, which gave me stomach ache for two days (too much fat I assume). The dishes sure looked traditional, but the prices were not accordingly.
Eh - Not Superb But Not Terrible Either – We were skeptical after reading so many negative reviews but were pleasantly surprised after our experience. I won't jump at the chance to go again but like I said above - it wasn't the worst place I've eaten. The ambiance was a little different and the set up in the dining room "cafeteria style" meaning you can be seated with other random people. They do have separate tables upstairs if you don't prefer sharing your conversation with strangers and would like a more intimate experience. The menu was rather ecclectic ranging from beef tongue to spaghettini to roast rabbit and pork shoulder. Everything we ordered was very good though. Service was also pretty good - no problems there like I read in other posts. It is rather spendy which is my only complaint - $74.00 for two people for sodas and an entree.
All hype, no service – I went with a group of friends for a good bye party. We were told that groups were restricted to 12 only so had to disinvite 2 people only to have 5 -6 empty seats next to us all evening. In addition, there were other empty tables. It took over half an hour to get drinks, including water, over an hour to get salads. When asking questions about the wine list I was told by the waiter that he "didn't have time to chit chat about wine". The food was okay but not out of the ordinary. We had to remind the wait staff twice that one member of the party was still waiting for her entree.
For a restaurant in Portland, the local selection of wines was disappointingly small and limited. The food not impressive enough to go back and the service extremely slow and disinterested. Overall, not a place I would recommend or go back to.
Unique'; A+ for originality, but means some hits and misses – Had the occasion to go here three times over a short time period. I think the menus were different each time. A good place to sample some unique combinations, appetizers and cocktails; which means you might find something you really like, or it might just be a miss. Some are standard tapas fare like codfish cakes, and others are more adventurous. They certainly get points for effort and creativity. Service was adequate at the bar, and good in the dining areas. I didn't get the sense that the service was inattentive, but appropriately inobtrusive. I'm not a big fan of communal dining, but there is some nice small group seating upstairs. Would definitely go again.
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