Portland >Food & Dining > The Roxy
1121 SW Stark St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.522543 -122.682637
Tuesday To Sunday From 12:00 AM To 12:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
The Roxy boasts typical diner fare with an atypical amount of flair, twenty-four hours a day. Unlike most Portland joints, The Roxy doesn't serve beer, making it a welcome home to sober up after the bar, or a cool hang out if you weren't ever allowed in the bar in the first place.
Totally worth a visit! The interior resembles a mix of Church of Elvis meets retro flea market finds, throw in a large dose of Portland quirkiness - loved it! You would be remiss if you didn't read through the entire menu. The food was good diner food, the coffee definitely not up to Portland par but the baby bottle half-n-half dispensers eased the disappointment with their tacky humor.
24 Hours and a Great Jukebox – This place is not really that exceptional, but if you are looking for a 24 hour place this is a good one to go to. The food is unexceptional in that you could easily make it at home for much cheaper, but it hits the spot. The jukebox has a great selection! Their fries are always nice and crisp. Its a funky little space with a huge jesus statue donning a neon lighted halo on one wall. I've come here occasionally over the years, and it does seem like their service has gotten much better and more attentive over some time, but still nothing to really write home about. Definitely fun once in a while.
what else do you want? – I've only been going to the Roxy for a few months, but i can't think of one bad thing about the place. I've been reading and actually have even heard from someone I know that the service was bad, but it has always been good when i have went. Though I have never been there at night, usually just on sunday morning/afternoon as a hangover cure, so maybe it's different then. As far as some of the other complaints I read, I just don't get it. High prices? You can get awesome biscuits and gravy for like 3 or 4 bucks. I haven't really noticed anything on the menu that's over like 8. Closed on mondays? You kidding me, one day a week? How many places in Portland can you go that's open 24 hours any day of the week? The Roxy, is great: Sweet jukebox; Mindless self indulgence, Iggy Pop, Ramones. Cool decor, all the pulp fiction stuff and the giant Jesus crucifix statue on the wall. Good food, I have yet to try lunch, but their greasy breakfast food and coffee is #1 after a heavy night of drinking. All in all, just don't go in there expecting fine dining. It's a cool place in a cool city.
Big, Fat, Heart Attack Special Is Where It's At! – The owner of the place is cooky, cool and friendly with an razor wit edge. You want to like her but then I've seen her chase people down (literally) for not leaving a tip for her server. A whole lot drastic! Would you want to know someone who easily snaps? Perhaps, it could be entertaining. All things considered, 'The Lovely Suzanne' is fun and friendly. Years ago it appears founder Suzanne turned the business over to her daughter to manage, service got better but atmosphere and fun factor dropped. Owner Suzanne would stand at the door and seat you wearing a purple bee-hive wig, funky retro glasses and shouting loudly. She would have so much fun giving everyone who walked through the door a hard time with 'pet names' and other silly stuff. She was the reason friends and I visited. She was crass, a bit rude and all in the name of being very busy, having fun and keeping it light. Where is she now?
I love their food in the classic greasy spoon USA style. Bad for you but soo good for you at the same time! It's apparent that the small, narrow place does a good business for all ages, from street kids to gay club hoppers but in the end, the atmosphere has changed over the years to reflect a bland, day-in-day out feeling. No longer are the days of fun. This place still has charm but not like it did once before. How do you get it back? Owner Suzanne needs to spend more time in the drivers seat and less time out shopping around the world. We all miss her.
Horrible Experience – We just moved here from the mid-west and had some friends from way out of time come in to visit. We trying to show them the Portland experience. Once we ended up in this diner, we became so apologetic and try to convince them that Oregonians are not all such horrible a-holes. The serving staff was downright nasty. When the 4 of us initially walked in, they gave us nasty looks and looked put out to have to seat us. They screamed at my buddy for walking up to the bar to get his check after it was failed to be delivered in him and the server didn't respond to his attempts to catch her attention. The waitress started yelling at our friends for standing up and putting on their coats (in which they we told they needed sit back down because they were in the server's way) and for "congregating" because they were walking down the aisle o nthe way out. All this after my all too kind friend gave a 40% tip! The servers were way to stressed for the 8 tables they collectively shared. Ihorrible, embarassing experience; we will never go back!!!
Editorial review is WAY out of date – I've been eating at the Roxy as a treat (too much of a good thing will give you a coronary, you know) since I moved to Portland five years ago. I absolutely love this place and the food is really great for those of us who enjoy the occasional heart attack special! Our first grader thinks that their blueberry pancakes are food nirvana, we almost always start with the cheese fries, and it's one of the only restaurants in town that I've been able to find a really good cold roast beef sandwich with all the trimmings. Their menu covers the gamut of tastes and even those watching their calories can get a salad made to their needs. The Italian sodas are loads of fun and don't forget to bring money for the jukebox! We rarely leave without at least one box of left-overs and the trick to eating here is to really not try to clean your plate. Obviously a good choice for a late-night booze soak-up, it's amazingly kid-friendly as well and we tend to go in the early evening and then walk over to Powell's. We love the decor and try to sit in a different spot each time to read the autographed photos on the walls. Oprah and Tom Jones are two that stand out as seriously funny. Kids (and adults) who are overly sheltered and unaware of how "WEIRD" Portland can be might be in for a major shock, but The Roxy is really one of the icons of why Portland is such a fantastically colorful city; a great place to bring out of town guests. It's also one of the few beyond Shari's and the Original Hotcake and Steak House that has a 24 hour menu and serves traditional "greasy spoon diner" food. I've always found the staff to be accommodating, quick and more interesting to talk to than most. As a note: the editorial review is so far out of date it's sad. The menu changed a few years back and took out all the celebrity names, so a double stack is just that...a double stack of pancakes. It's one of the few things that I really wish hadn't changed, but I could see how it might have been necessary.
24 hour 4-star dining with a down-home attitude and cheap prices! – While the fine establishment does not serve alcohol, it will, however, serve you a meal so rich in flavor that you will not need such mind-altering substances to enjoy life! With quality meals that rival any 4, or 5, star restaurant in the city, The Roxy, somehow, manages to maintain prices that appeal to the general populous. Within the menu you will find typical American comfort food with a twist of elegance that not only caters everyday people, but an up-scale crowd as well.
On top of this, each staff member has gone through rigorous training and a competitive hiring process to ensure each patron at The Roxy not only gets the treatment they deserve, but the respect they are entitled to.
Pros: Exquisite service, impeccable timing, and amazing food
Cons: Closed Mondays
Comfortable Diner – My boyfriend and I came here after romping around The Pearl on a friday night trying to find some good food. We have a passion for little hole in the walls and this diner, 2 blocks north of The Pearl caught our eye. The food wasnt "spectacular" by any means, but was definitely tasty. The people in the restaruant were friendly and I thought the waitress was very nice. There were lots of interesting things to look at on the walls and plenty of conversation starters.
Its one of those places that you'll hate or love it. I say try it before you judge it.
Prompt service, good food, caring staff. A place to go with friends or make friends! – Many restaurants referred to as an institution serve institutional food, but this can't be said of The Roxy. An established menu offering something for everyone from meat eaters to vegetarians alike. The staff is friendly, and they go out of their way to make sure you're happy with your meal. I recommend the bacon double cheeseburger as the best burger in Portland! All menu items are served 24 hours a day, and for those on a budget they even serve single pancakes. I can be a picky eater at times, and the restaurant has always accommodated special requests without a fuss getting the order right on the first try.
The Roxy can cure any hangover – I live in NW Portland and frequent the Roxy. Anytime late night partying has got me down, I can go to the Roxy, have a huge, grease-dripping meatburger and feel right again. I have had almost everything on the menu but I certainly have my favorite: The Avocado Cheeseburger with a side of fries and chocolate milk. Also, the Lord of the Fries (a massive plate of fries covered in chili and cheese) is a great snack to split with a friend or two. They give you a small carafe of coffee when you order coffee which greatly appeals to a caffiene junkie like myself. As for the service, they have always been friendly to me and my friends. Chris and April especially are very friendly and will come and chat with me when they aren't too busy. My only complaint about the Roxy is that they are closed on Mondays, because when you've had "a case of the Mondays" you really need the Roxy. This is a total greasy spoon and not a place you're going to find "high dining" but it's absolutely one of my most favorite places to go.
Used to be better – I used to go to the Roxy after late night concerts and things would get crazy with all the drunks in there. It was a grand time. The food wasn't too bad either. The last time I was in there after a concert, we actually got in troubled for being too loud. Since when are you not able to have group karoake in a dive at 2 in the morning?
The food went downhill, and the service is scary sometimes. I might still go if I really needed a late night dose of grease.
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