Portland >Food & Dining > Doc Restaurant
5519 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.563064 -122.635064
Neighborhoods: Concordia, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
One of the premier meals in Portland – I visited DOC despite opinions of some of the reviews on here, and to be honest found them grossly inconsistent with my experience. While the space is small and the kitchen and dining area are one and the same, in no way did it effect the quality of our meal. In fact, one in our party commented about the laid-back, attentive style of those cooking the food-even comparing it to articles and shows on the style of Thomas Keller's kitchens in Napa.
A good thing ot keep in mind is that PDX is not NYC, and that DOC is not Gaucho or even Paley's-but that doesn't mean that service is not great, despite its lack of stuffy formality. The personal attention was outstanding and contributed completly to the dining experience. Also, they were willing to communicate with us to ensure that our dining experience was up to apr in every way, rather than assuming that they knew exactly what we were expecitng at each moment. It was a refreshing change from the ghostly lurkers that populate some other well-regarded restaurants.
And the food-the four of us DID partake in the tasting menu, and we were able to try the entire menu as a group. Each of us recieved our own dish for every course other than Bread/Olives, and whenever possible we each recieved something different. This was a true attempt at a "tasting menu," not just using the term interchangably with prix fixe. The wines that were poured, as reccomended by the wine expert (som?), were not only a perfect match, but unique. Both couples at the table have large cellars, and we were all amazed at the new varietals and styles that were able to try in a single meal.
All in all, one of the best dining experiences in Portland. The attention to ingredients was strikingly similar to a Paley's or Higgins, the service was top knotch, and the really unique chracter of the space as well as the food and neighborhood make it an establishment that I would highly reccomend.
needs some fine tuning – My friends and I were in a few days ago and went with the tasting menu and there were a few gliches. I am hoping the owners read these reviews so they can iron a few things out. The first course, antipasti, served on one plate for four people did not have enough food for 4 people. There were 4 rillettes, that were kinda over greasy/fatty and needed salt, but nothing else on the plate was for 4. There were only 3 SMALL pieces of cheese so we had to divide them so there was enough for the 4th person. When served the soup, one bowl was placed on the table for everyone to share. Now, I really like my friends, but a communal soup bowl is pushing it, thankfully we were all healthy at the time. We did ask about it and they brought us ramikens that WE sat there and divided out.
I could go on, but the real issue was that there was not enough food. We were each paying $50 and I did not feel that I got my monies worth. And our dining experience was constantly interrupted by us having to stop and figure out how to best share the food so everyone got something. A suggestion on the cheese course would be to offer TWO pieces of bread cut in two -so 4 small per plate- we got 1 piece of bread and decided we would each keep our own piece bread and we passed the dish on. It was just not well planned or executed.
I really wanted to like this place, I was very excited to go, but I left hungry and under-whelmed. I hate to say it, but it just wasn't worth the money. I really hope this place works it out, If you are reading this, you should go give them a try, just don't get the tasting menu.
I was expecting so much better! – I had a great experience at "Beast" 1 block from D.O.C.. I had heard great reviews on D.O.C. and all I can say it is a "Beast wanna be" restaurant without the class of the waiters and the quality of the food. It was noisy, the service was mediocre. Waiters were reciting their little "lyrics" and the food was so so so so bla. Very expensive for what it was! I will definitly return to "Beast"! Please, try to be original in your own way!
Wonderful food, charming atmosphere – My husband and I just stumbled upon DOC and had a wonderful meal there. Our waitress was very nice and the food was just delicious - every course very fresh. My husband said his lamb was some of the most tender meat he had ever tasted. Even the coffee was noteworthy - brewed in such a way that - as our waitress told us - it drinks more like a tea. Just wonderful. Definitely a new favorite. And, while it is pricey, it's worth it. Our dinner for two, shared appetizer, wine, 2 desserts and coffee came to $110 with tip. Reasonable for a very nice meal or special occasion.
Great service but missingsome key peices – Come on guys, Cold Plates. Was there last week (not Valintines day). Never had been there before but pass by everyday on my way to work so decided i should support a local eatery. Sat down and we decided to indulge in the 5 course tasting menu with the wine paring.
My first dish was mutton with mushrooms. All the Key Peices were there nice flavor and all but the food was cold. I thought perhaps they went out on a limb an were serving a cold meat salad. I have had them before and am not against them. But the lamb fat just is not so good cold.
Second course was citrus rissoto. AGAIN cold, it was put on a cold dish that just saped the food of its heat. I thought it was just simple citrus rissoto but aparently there were supposed to be porcini in there. Dont recall seeing any.
Third course pork loin, not cold but getting there. was not very flovorfull either.
The food was cooked well and i think the flavor would have been there if it was hot when it arrived at our table. My girlfriend thought the same thing. She had the one hot item the Manicoti, just lacked flavor though.
We were presented with some quite nice wines, not all that well paired but nice to drink so it was fine.
The service was prompt, knowlegable and friendly
The place has a great vibe. Overall enjoyed myself except when i got the bill. (i knew it was comming)
Come on Citrus Rissoto course for a 50 dollar tasting menu. I'm thinking 25 cents for a 10 dollar course.
I might consider giving them a second try but would only go in for and entree and glass of wine. 100 per person wine and courses not worth the money.
Wonderful experience – Great wine list that is very reasonably priced, the quality and freshness of the food was unsurpassed. Poached tuna starter, beef cheeks with melon, perfectly cooked porcini-pancetta risotto, wonderful lamb shamk with sweet and sour husk tomato relish, OH AND THE RABBIT KIDNEYS. Wonderful preparation of such an under utlized part with dandelion greens, fresh shell beans and ciopolinni onions. Two thumbs way up.......
This mom-and-pop styled Italian restaurant creates a barrier-free dining experience. – In Short
A quick walk through this open kitchen delivers diners into one of Portland's most charming dining rooms. Elegant black glass chandeliers, cream-colored walls, and a small cluster of tables create an intimate setting, perfect for a special occasion as well as a casual evening out. Chef Greg Perrault's precise cuisine approaches perfection in dishes like an heirloom tomatoes salad dressed with mozzarella and fragrant bush basil, and a tender squid starter stuffed with bread, lemon, and parsley. The Italian-influenced menu might also feature a toothsome risotto, as well as main courses like a fork-tender red-banded rock cod set atop cherry tomatoes and drizzled with parsley lemon sauce.
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