Portland >Food & Dining > Fish Grotto
1035 Sw Stark St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.522270 -122.681991
Sun & Mon 5pm to 9pm
Tues through Sat 5pm to 10pm
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
Unprofessional Staff – This evening, I had the unfortunate opportunity to experience the poorly trained and unprofessional door staff at this establishment. Not only did they assault my friend on a public street, but they assaulted me as well. While my friend was overly imparied, with certainity, i was not and, in fact, was trying to difuse the situation. The staff's reaction? To physicalyl restrain me on a public street all the while claiming that they controlled it as well as the bar. My several hundered dollars/month will be spent some place else. If you chose to patronize this establishment, just make sure that you treat the doormen as gods, otherwise you too might be assaulted.
Excellent food and service a stones throw from Jake's... – My sister and I happened upon this place one night a few months back when it would have taken us an hour to get seated at Jakes. We were not impressed by the look of the restaurant from outside but the customers who were leaving just as we arrived to look at the menu gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up. They seemed like regulars. The inside is lovely and warm. Very intimate. Thoughout the evening we had very courteous and informed service. We requested assistance in picking out our meals and wine and were not disappointed at all. My hazelnut crusted halibut was simply wonderful and our vegetable/bread and cheese fondue appetizer was also very good. Paired with our wine the meal was delicious and worth every penny. I am not sure why they aren't busier. I would love to go back!
First Time, but not the Last Time!!! – I called to make a reservations, and the manager was very professional and fully answered my questions. I made dinner reservations, and she told me that they would put us in a "special table". My wife and I showed up early, and they had our comfy table ready to go for us. It was roomy, so we could sit side by side. As we walked in, it took a minute for our eyes to adjust to the dimness. The atmosphere to this eatery has a darker style setting, helping towards a calm mood. Dark wood is what you see all around, giving an older sturdy "classic" feel to it. There are two main areas to the restaurant, one near the front doors and the other is to the side of the bar.
The hostess was nice, and the waiter had a good attitude. The menu has a fair selection. We started off with an order of "Calamari", which was hot and crispy with half rings and half ends. Perfect!! Rings for the lady while I ate the ends. The dipping sauce was good, too. I ordered the "Marionberry Salmon." It's a salmon piece with a marionberry and pinot noir sauce, sided with seasoned roasted potatoes and asparagus. The salmon was good, and as the sauce was not overpowering, it took a good sense to locate it. But, it did fit well. The potatoes were seasoned well, and the asparagus tender. My wife's "Prawns", on the other hand, were suppose to be regular fried, but they only had enough for a few regular. It was substituted with half "Coconut Prawns". The prawns were over cooked, but they did had good flavor. The rest of the plate was plain french fries, lots of them. If it had less fries, and another small side, than the price would have been justified. But, my wife mentions that the tarter sauce was great, with a lemon zest flavor.
This little downtown Portland's seafood eatery is a great way to enjoy an evening. Parking is is street side, so park where you can.
Because of how the staff carried themselves, and for the flavor of the foods, we will be back, and soon.
This quiet harbor off the bustling Stark Street scene offers a cozy setting for conversation, cocktails and fresh seafood. – In Short
Dark wood nautical-style banisters combine with leopard-print carpeting to balance galley-kitsch with hipster class in the intimately arranged dining space. Fresh, local seafood dominates the menu. Crab-stuffed mushroom caps ooze with buttery flavor an the tangy Swiss fondue is for perfect dipping steamed vegetables. Drizzled with a sweet blackberry sauce, the salmon is a favorite among regulars. Seafood linguine showcases fresh scallops and shrimp atop al dente bed of pasta.
Worth trying! – Went there for our anniversary, it was totally dead. However, we received great service and good food. Our waiter made it a fun evening and we got special attention since it was so slow while we were there. I wouldn't say it was the best place ever, but it was nice and I would recommend for sure. I would definately go there again.
Great little place! – I took a friend to dinner here recently & we had a wonderful time! Oddly, we were the ONLY customers in the small dining room at 8:30pm on a Friday night, but we didn't mind one bit. The one woman show (hostess/bartender/waitress) who runs the place was wonderful, and she served up excellent martinis as well as a lovely dinner presentation. The fondue appetizer was fun, the seafood was very fresh and well prepared, they had a solid wine list, and desert was excellent. It shares a building with several popular gay bars, but we never heard the bar music or noise in the restaurant. We'll definitely return the next time we need a nice, upscale meal before hitting the bars.
MUST READ>>> – Must have clam chowder! everything went perfect for my wife and I; my Jamblaya was moist and left a lingering warmth upon my palate; the salmon with baby bokchoy and purple potatoes were as good as you will find; will return again!!! Thanks, Jill for all your attention.
yuck! – I cant belive this place made it on the top 10!
My husband and I ate there once and we were both very dissapointed. it was overpriced, the ambiance was horrible. It was so small and quiet. The bartender was our server, when we could get her attention. we were cramped in this little half booth, so close to another couple I felt like we should be including them in our conversation. I would never eat there again, especially on a special occassion.
Horrible Service – I called this place a month before Valentines day and set up a reservation for my wife and I. We had heard great things about the resteraunt and both wanted to try it out. When I called to confirm my reservation the day of, the gentleman (or not) on the phone informed me I had no reservation afterall. The insencere and uninterested tone of the man was unbelievable!!! In addition to that he made no effort to remedy the situation and try and get us in. We ended up having to wait over an hour to eat at another restaurant that night and pretty much screwed up our entire plans for the evening. I heard they have good food here, too bad I will never go back to try it nor want to. I will never recommend this place to anyone I know!!!
Still Great! – Being relatively new to town, it is nice to have found the Fish Grotto. We've enjoyed ourselves several times there now, and plan on returning. The food is always fresh, and the service is casual but excellent. The Grotto probably has the best looking dining room in town- it's comfortable and inviting and has worked for us on our anniversary as well as when we've grabbed a quick bite with our kid. It feels like a real restaurant, quite unlike many of Portland's "hottest" places.
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