Portland >Food & Dining > Veritable Quandary
1220 SW First Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720145.506251 -122.678534
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
A Portland institution, VQ is consistently great. Lunch, dinner, HH & brunch, all winners! Reservations are a good idea but not necessary. Patio season adds another very like-able quality to this spot.
Equally fetching in rain (booth-lined brick-walled bar) or shine (petunia-draped patio), this downtown favorite is perfect for a pre-theater dinner or post-theater cocktail. They also serve a picturesque brunch, particularly if you sit in the atrium.
fabulous dining experience – Our reservations were last minute and they were very accommodating.My wife and I were very pleased with the overall ambiance.The staff was knowledgeable and offered their opinion when prompted.The bus staff was on their game consistently.The cocktails were great as was the large Caesar we split. My steak was one of the best I've ever had(I was a broiler cook at a steakhouse).My wife had the seared Tombo and loved it.Our desserts were very generous and delicious accompanied by great coffee. We will be back...why did we wait so long to delight in VQ in so my passings by?We look forward to our next visit.
Great Food and Service – Quite possibly my favorite restaurant in town. Especially in summer. Thanks staff
Go with your honnnnneeeyyyy – Valentines is a great time to visit this place... but any time of the year is great!
Food is good, service is ok, watch the bill! – So I think the veggie burger is one of the best I have ever had, but why on earth doesn't it come with tomatoes? That is very bizarre to me. I had made a few modifications to the order, so when it came out without tomatoes, I thought maybe they were missing in some confusion. I mean, it is a burger, right? Lettuce and tomato (and maybe onion) is pretty much a universal standard. So I asked to have a side of tomatoes. Ok, I got 2, maybe 3 slices. With the tomatoes, it tasted much better. The side salad though, for a 2 or 3 dollar charge extra, was just greens and dressing. Nothing special and not particularly tasty. The pizza my friend got had figs, prosciutto, onions, brie, and was really good. Overall we were fairly pleased, although we waited a while for a server when we first sat down. But then we got the bill and not only did I pay for the extra salad, which I agreed to, but I was charged 2$ for the tomatoes. No one told me that there was an extra charge. Personally I think it is ridiculous to nickel-and-dime people, especially in this economy, and not even tell them about it. Not to mention that usually if a guest is upset about something, they are willing to maybe forgive the charge "just this once", but I guess its worth it to them to lose a customer over 2$. It's more of the principal of the matter. Don't nickel-and-dime your customers, and don't be deceitful. They could have made this right but they chose to ignore it. Where is the manager at times like these?
Great breakfast place – Excellent food. I always get the Eggs Benedict or the brioche french toast. The french toast is the best I have ever had. I loved the marscarpone, candied nuts, and bananas. The maple syrup was really good, not too sweet. In the summer, sitting outside on the patio with flowers all around you is wonderful. I have been here numerous times on the weekend, and have yet to experience a wait. Guess the parking discourages people venturing downtown on the weekend. Let me tell you, it is worth it.
Make Mine Mediocre – I'm not going to generalize too much because this was the first meal I've had at VQ for three years (because the last one pretty much sucked).
Let me just say that the poached eggs on our Benedicts (three of us) and those of the tables near us were close to hard boiled. We might have ignored that if there had been enough Hollandaise to make the muffins moist. 'There wasn't.
When the waiter came by to ask "how everything was" we told him politely that all the poached eggs were over-cooked. His response was to smile like a doofus and say "I'll pass that along." Fifteen minutes later the table next to us got their Benedficts and echoed our complaint. They got the same goofy smile and the promise that he'd pass along the complaint.
This is Portland, Oregon. Paying $14-16 for brunch should get you something interesting. At Veritable Quandry it gets you the kind of food you'd expect at a casino brunch on the Vegas strip... at a higher price.
Dont miss out – This restaurant has an excellent brunch menu on Saturday mornings/early afternoons. The food was amazing as well as the rich french press coffee. The service was wonderful. An overall great experience. I would recommend this to others.
1st time was great, 2nd not so good.. – the first time i went here i had a fabulous frittata made with oregon truffles and some kind of amazing cheese. the next time i went i tried to get the same frittata but when i ordered what i thought it was - i was sorely dissapointed. The old frittata had been replaced with a pretty bad replacement. This one was made with lobster mushrooms (which i had never tried and shall never again) as well as some other kind of mushroom that was tasteless. There was gobs of brie on top in an attempt to flavor it up but it still was a pretty bad meal which i did not even attempt to eat. I am still willilng to try one more time and see if the next meal will be fab or drab.
Even though its close by, don't go on show night – Had tickets to the show, I mentioned it to the reservationist, the hostess and the waiter. We had to almost run to get to the theater in time for curtain.
We made reservations for 5 at 5pm. And were kept waiting till 7:15 for the bill.
Over priced appitizers, The dessert we were told to order early, we did. And we still had to wait forever for it to arrive.
Not quite the elegant dining and theater experience we anticipated.
Hands Down - My Favorite restaurant in Portland – Great atmosphere - creative food. Friendly staff. The most lush and relaxing, garden-like patio in Portland. Burgers - great, Duck Confit Crepes - awesome! Service is always phenomenal - they don't hire amateurs here and why should they - they are a landmark restaurant. Had a really great cheese plate, server could have known a bit more about the cheeses, but overall a great presentation. Everyone from the bus boys to the hostess were super friendly and professional. Drink menu is creative; White Sangria is pretty good. Great wine list! Fair priced and a HUGE pour! Sometimes the late night menu ends a bit earlier than it should - but I'm sure they want to get rid of the drunks since they are a late night establishment and not nourish all the intoxicated people of Portland!
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