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
Gone Are the Glory Days – After our recent visit to 50 Plates, I think it won't be around much longer. I couldn't agree more with reviewer ronna1963: this place has lost it. We used to dine here fairly regularly and really enjoyed not only the menu but the service and staff, too. Last time in we didn't see a single familiar (or even friendly) face. Nearly all of our old favorites were gone from the menu as well. I was in the mood for my old "go to" the Golden Gate halibut, but I was told by my waitress, "I've never heard of that dish." Well, dear, I have had it at least 5 times and I can tell you that it did exist! The menu was boring in its presentation and delivery. 4/4 dishes ordered at the table were merely so-so: venison, mushroom beef, shrimp and grits, and ham salad. The entire experience was very mediocre from top to bottom. Sorry, 50 Plates, you've changed.
50 Plates has lost it. – I used to love 50 plates and have eaten here often. Four of us had dinner recently and all agreed it wouldn't be worth going back to. Nothing exceptionaly horrible, but nothing great either. Bar has limited brands, so you probably won't get your favorite top shelf. The food used to taste like REALLY good comfort food with a gourmet twist. They've lost it somehow, and there were several items that used to be favorites aren't on the menu. They don't do a very good job of describing some of their items either. "Mac & Cheese w/chicken" actually had chicken pate type meat stuffed into a rigatoni noodle. It wasn't awful - just not great either. Maybe if they offered more than 8 noodles we might have gotten into it. One of the side dishes came right out of the freezer and "oops, they forgot to microwave it before putting it on our plate". The dessert came and was entirely not what we ordered either. Oops, again. The service was just ok took. Maybe they were having a bad night but I can't see why I'd go back when there are so many places in town that do a fantastic job!
love, love, love! – I've been coming here regularly for a while, and my experience has never been anything but wonderful. The staff is knowledgeable and always friendly. The menu is outstanding; comforting yet creative. The chef's specials are delicious, when they do them... And don't get me started on the cocktails! JP is a mixologist with an eye for detail and a great respect for the classics. It always delights me to find a great Negroni!
So go! You won't be disappointed!
Cewed up food found under napkin! – I am really usually not one to complain about things but our experience with our meal was beyond gross! Towards the end of our meal my husband looks at the bread plate and notices something under the linen they wrap the bread in. Surprise surprise, it was a bar napkin with chewed up food in it (obviously not ours). That wasn't the worst part (well maybe it was), what was worst was the reaction of the staff.
We bring it to our waitresses attention and she said how gross it was. I ask if they change the linen on the bread plates between services, she mumbled something about how that would be too expensive so no. She comes back with an apology from magagement. The Manager who served our food did not come to the table to appologize or offer to comp anything. I asked the server if our drinks could be comped, she said she would have to ask. 10 minutes later the manager came over to our table and said it was against the law to buy drinks and offered desert. Sorry if we did not feel like desert after finding chewed up food in our bread bowl. Then he offerred $5 off our meal. My husband and I find humor in things and were cracking jokes among ourselves and he actually said at least you guys are laughing (would he rather us be yelling). I know the business enough to know that if he was any sort of GM he would have comped at least a meal if not everything to try to prevent a review like this one! The fact I had to ask for anything was almost embarassing.
Anyway, least to say I am going to write a similar letter to the health department to let them know they reuse bread plates without washing them!
FYI, the mac and cheese was actually pretty tasty, as were the fries, the pizza was so so.
50 Plates - All Hype No Substance – As a chef and former general manager of fine dining establishments in San Francisco, Mallorca, South Beach and British Columbia I was intrigued by this concept and decided to dine at 50 Plates while visiting a friend in Portland.
To be honest and descriptive: the service was extremely amateur as my waiter could not describe several of the dishes that I asked about and even told us that the portions were "extremely small and really will not fill you up unless you order a lot of them."
However, that was just one of five waiters who were supposedly looking after our table but whom all failed to refill our water glasses even one time between them and basically did nothing but ask us to order more food.
As for the food: I used to live in North Carolina and had a friend who owned a restaurant in Chapel Hill that is consistently rated by the New York Times as one of the best "Southern Food" restaurants going. Let's just say that the so-called southern specialities such as pulled pork, gumbo and various other dishes that 50 Plates tries to pull off lack anything remotely close to flavor and consistency.
To close, my experience at this restaurant is only one of many, but as a long-time hospitality industry professional who loves good food, convivial ambience and quality service I could never recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Great Place for Happy Hour – I think this is a great place for happy hour. It has both food and drinks and it's not overly expensive.
50 Plates = Outstanding Service and Good Food – My wife and I dined at 50 Plates on a Friday night. We had impeccable service from our waiter, Chad. He was professional, knowledgeable, and fast. Our food overall was good. I was not a fan of the chili that I ordered: it tasted like a can of chili on overcooked spaghetti. I guess I should have gone with the recommended halibut. My wife's scallops dish was absolutely outstanding, however, which was what the waiter recommended as one of the best dishes.
We will definitely be back to 50 Plates.
My new fav – Love the menu. Unique and prices are very do able. Try the cheesy poofs and waffle chicken slider!
nice place, unique menu – This is a fun place to go. They food is generally pretty good, a little over priced. The menu has a lot of funky things on it so its not a good place for picky eaters.
Sub-par – I met a friend at 50 plates a few months ago and was disapointed. I had chicken and waffles both arrived cold and mushy. We had other dishes, but they were not worth remmebering. With a ton of other great Portland resturants around I won't need to go back.
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