Portland >Food & Dining > 50 Plates
333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721045.525616 -122.684386
Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:30-3:00
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00-9:00. Friday-Saturday: 5:00-10:00
Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday 3:00-6:00; 9:00-close. Friday-Saturday: 3:00-6:00; 10:00-close. Sunday: 4:00-close.
Neighborhoods: Pearl, Neighbors West - Northwest
Good Food (not great)...Bad Service...Big disappointment – We went out to dinner to celebrate our son's return from college on the east coast...it was the first time we dined as a family since Christmas break. What started out as a great evening soon soured. Mainly it was the accumulation of small things that added up to one big disappointment. The appetizers arrived before the drinks. After the appetizers, the plates and silverware were removed but no replacements were brought so when the bread basket arrived there was no way to eat it. The second round of drinks never arrived...when the waiter finally figured it out, AFTER our meal, we to him to forget it. The waiter never check back after the our dinner was served...I ate my entire dinner without a knife. My son had his heart set on dessert but waiter was no where to be seen. Then we waited forever for the check to arrive. The restaurant was hot and the acoustics poor. Also, had unisex restrooms...a big turn off for me. I'm a woman...I want a woman's room. I can think of many fine Portland restaurants I wish we would have gone instead. The evening ended on a down note (and it cost $150.00)...we won't be going back.
what a great time – A friend and I were taking in the Pearl district on Friday night and stopped by 50 plates for a drink and a snack. I gotta tell these bartenders know there stuff. Very few places in Portland know how to make a sazerac, and these guys nailed it. They also had a special rye manhattan on the menu which was outstanding. We had a few snacks, the tuna poke and mushrooms, both were great. Fun time, I'll be back.
49 Plates Too Many – We dined for the first time on a Friday night. We had no reservation and were going to sit in the small bar when the hostess approached us and offered us a table in the restaurant that had just been made available through a cancellation. Great start. Best part.
I ordered a Mai Tai. If 50 Plates represents 50 states, the Mai Tai must hve represented Indiana (no offense to Hossiers). It was terrible and tasted like a mix between Amaretto and maraschino cherries. No warm-breeze memories of Hawaii whatsoever.
Next came a well arranged tray of sourdough dinner rolls...that had been microvwaved to warm them. Tearing into the one we tried was a competiton. Who could tear off a piece and not slam their elbow into the tables next to us. Warm bread is an excellent start to a meal. Microwaved bread is an insult to bakers everywhere.
All things considered, dinner was mediocre at best. The Manhattan clam chowder with clams, mussels and fish (more of a fish stew) was very good. The ahi tuna wrap was dry vs. crisp and too big. It fell apart as we ate it.
The crab jalapeno poppers had no pop. They could have been crab celery poppers. The dirty rice beigneits were nothing like beignets, they were Arancini, italian rice b@lls. Crips but gloopy inside.
I didnt finish my cocktail (perhaps a first for me) nor any of the small plates, soup or sandwich. I can not recommend 50 Plates to anyone and wouldn't return, especially given all the great restaurants there are to try in Portland.
Great food; unforgivable manager – A dear friend and I met here one Friday evening for dinner. The decor was interesting, but pleasant. The service for the first part of the evening was impeccable. We ordered the fish special of the evening, which was true cod with clam chowder mashed potatoes. Unbelievable. Who would have thought to put all of the flavors of clam chowder in mashed potatoes? It more than worked; it was heavenly.
We had wine, dinner, desert and fantastic conversation. After that the evening took a turn for the worse. Whom we assumed to be the manager, awkwardly approached our table while we were deep in conversation. (He never introduced himself and at first we though he was another guest.) He said that if we weren?t ordering anymore food that we would need to leave because their tables have a two hour time limit. We both looked at him in shock. I assume he picked up on it because he told us we could go to the bar if we still needed more time to talk. We were so put off by his rudeness that we just left.
We had parked in a nearby parking garage and when I paid the parking fees as I drove out, it turns out that I had only been parked for an hour and a half. This means that we were only at our table for an hour and twenty minutes at the most. I guess that we were so shocked by his rudeness that we didn?t even think about the fact that we hadn?t exceeded our limit.
I will never go back.
Tasty comfort food – it's like Denny's with a collar. My favorite was the slider made with chicken and waffles. Named after the original Roscoes in the ATL. A bit spendy but good for a nice night out.
Jury is still out – Been to 50 plates three times - once for lunch, once for dinner and once for breakfast.
Menu: interesting, could use a bit more descriptions, though - what you get is definitely different (for the better) than what you see on the menu
Lunch: Service was very very very slow. Placed my order nearly 40 minutes ago and no food yet. I was just about to walk out the door when the food arrived. No sense going elsewhere now since I don't have much time. The food was worth the wait though - yum. I was so impressed, I even ordered desert :)
Dinner: second trip with two other out of town guests (finally after a memorable lunch.) Service was top notch today. Very attentive, friendly and fast. I like that. My friends ordered the mini burgers - they were fantastic and very impressed. My dish lacked taste/creativity - I ordered another and it too was a bit of a let down. Deserts were fantastic again.
Breakfast - my friends wanted to visit 50 plates again -this time for breakfast. Well, not much to say here as there is really not much of a breakfast service here. Very very very limited menu and you can't even sit in the dining room (seating limited to bar area). We ended up going to Mother's Bistro. 50 Plates, if you're going to open for breakfast, do it right or don't do it at all.
Overall, I think 50 Plates is worth visiting. I get the feeling they are still growing and learning - so I look for consistency to improve. I'll stop by for lunch in a couple of months.
Wow i still had money left in my wallet!!! – I couldn't believe my girlfriend and I got that service, that quality of food, that atmosphere....oh and did I mention three courses, a bottle of wine, and an espresso for under a hundred bucks (that's right for both of us!!!). Even the manager was accommodating. The concept really brings you back to the good old days when Americans had something to be proud of. Now Portland has something new in the heart of the Pearl to be proud of...Welcome 50 Plates!!!
A Nice Addition to the Pearl – I recently went to 50 plates for the first time. It has a great atmosphere, friendly service and a unique menu. I agree with a previous poster that the bread choices were kind of lame. I had a biscuit which was decent, but I wish it had been served warm. For dinner I had an R & R salad which was good and a slider(I forgot the name but it was basically a Kobe cheeseburger) which was fantastic. For dessert I had the Faux Hose(I had to misspell this because citysearch doesn't allow the h*s word):) which were a dressed up version of the childhood snack. They were good, but more of a novelty than a "to die for" dessert. Overall, not the best restaurant in town but it's definitely worth a visit.
Don't go... – 50 Plates was a great restaurant. No longer. They recently fired their executive chef for "economic" reasons. The word does start with an "e", but is not "economic". "ego" seems to fit better. The owners did not like all of the attention that the chef was getting, so they sacked him. Who is going to build the next menu? Who is going to ensure that the food that reaches customers is the quality they expect? The owners?
Going forward my money will be going to businesses that are loyal to those who made them successful. Obviously, that will not be 50 Plates. How about you?
From Kobe Beef to Giant Chocolate cake... – 50 Plates is my new favorite restaurant. They have a dish called "the Steakhouse Trifecta" that I could eat every day. Kobe beef, caeser salad, and a potato dish with cheese and bacon stuffed in the center. Small portions of each but big on flavor. The desserts are mouthwatering to even think of. The brown sugar ice cream served with the chocolate cake...both brilliant and amazing separate or together. Not to mention the Mojito of the Moment...love it!
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