Portland >Food & Dining > Bush Garden
900 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.519720 -122.681339
Tuesday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Tuesday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
Gone Downhill! STAY AWAY! – My family and I have been going to this restaurant for 13 years. We loved it. Tonight we went there for my daughter's birthday. Wow! What has happened to this fixture of downtown Portland. The ownership must have changed. Listen to this -- all new:
- They have a $15 dollar minimum per person
- They add 18% tip automatically for parties of 5 or more
- Don't get too comfortable in the tatami rooms. They kick you out after 2 hours.
- Service is poor.
- Prices have risen sharply.
- No more authentic Japanese waitresses. They are American and they wear slacks.
- The food was cold and not nearly as good. Our veggie bento (which used to be great) was inedible.
- The bathrooms are dirty.
And after spending quite a bit of money, they don't even validate $2 worth of parking.
This place used to be great. WE'LL NEVER GO BACK AGAIN. Very sad.
best ramen in town – A lot of people consider this restaurant for its sushi and its dinners, but few have discovered its great ramen.
A couple blocks away is another restaurant that has a very extensive ramen menu. However its stock is made from a powder mix, and the meat is often overcooked.
They use a real pork broth. The noodles are bouncey and flavorful. The pork and fishcake are excellent too! The ramen seems to be served just on the lunch menu and the latenight bar menu.
Gross has really gone dowbn hill – My husband and I had show tickets downtown one Friday evening, so we decided to make a night of it, and eat downtown as well. We had eaten at the restaurant when we were dating several years ago, and thought it would be nice to go there again. We made a reservation, but upon arrival, they were not required.
We choose a table rather than the enclosed dining room. The outward appearance of the sitting areas were sorta dismal. We ordered appetizers, which were pretty good except that our dinner arrived before we even had a chance to finish the appetizers. I had ordered a Halibut/Teriyaki dinner which smelled fishy at arrival. Note: Fresh fish does not smell fishy!! Fortunately, I still had some appetizer to eat. The waitress did not come back to the table until she brought the check. The lavatory was disgusting. Note to self, check out the lavatory before ordering. We will never return....
Great Food – This is the place to go for great food on a Sunday when most good sushi bars are closed.
The soft shell crab is very good as is all the sushi I've tried.
The non sushi food here is great also.
What a huge disappointment!!! – I had family coming into town so I made reservations for a private room. We were all looking forward to an evening of great food and a nice quiet place to visit. To make a long story short we waited an extremely long time for a server to arrive let alone take a drink order. Once our food came it was cold, not luke warm...COLD. Not to mention there was a spider in our salad. The manager was quite indifferent and didn't make any attempt to make things better. We told her we refused to pay full price for the cold food. -- This used to be a great place, I think they've had an ownership change in the last year and it is definitely headed downhill fast. It's too bad...it used to be such a great place. I WON'T BE BACK!
Great Atmosphere with average food – My eating experiences have not been great in Portland due to the horrible service that I generally recieve at the cities restraunts. So, I was VERY happy to have received excellent service at this restraunt. The food wasn't great. Being a vegetarian I was dissapointed with the options. There is a vegetarian plate that includes fried tofu, 4 pieces of sushi, fried veggies, and a veggie noodle bowl. I am not a huge fan of fried food and was looking forward to more sushi, but there wasn't much available. I would, however, go back for the service and the atmosphere. The private rooms are fun, comfortable, and romantic.
Time-warped kitsch makes for fun sushi eating. – In Short
Trickling falls decorate the entry into a land of sushi that has yet to emerge from the '80s. Adding to the kitsch factor are the private rooms with cushions, tatami mats and low tables. Generously portioned fresh fish draws sushiheads, while live New Orleans style jazz brings the music set. Tunas are always delicious--ask for Toro or Hawaiian varieties. The beef teriyaki is delivered sizzling on a molten-hot lava rock.
Below average sushi and bad service!! – The tatami rooms are a nice idea, but the food was not very good. The sushi was too tightly pressed and the rice overcooked, the gyoza lacked taste and the texture was awful. I expected better food from the decent reviews, but was dissapointed in the end.
Yummy & fun! – After driving past Mio Sushi where nearly a dozen people were waiting outside, my boyfriend and I drove down to Bush Garden because we knew there wouldn't be a wait. Within five minutes of sitting down at the bar, we were eating tempura and popping edamame into our hungry mouths. Bush Garden's sushi bar also boasts a TV, which Mio Sushi does not have, and we enjoyed watching Jurassic Park III with captioning. The food is yummy, the service is quick, and prices are decent. Give it a try!
Freshest sushi in town – I'm from Seattle, and I'm used to the Pike Place Market, where fresh fish is an everyday occurance. While living in Portland I've tried several sushi places. Many were decent, but failed my expectations of my memories of Japan's sister city Seattle. That's until I went to Bush Garden. This was incredible fresh fish, with generous pieces to boot. The inagi (eel) was fabulous, the salmon, tuna, tiger prawn and califonia rolls exceeded my expectations. Rachel Ray from "40 dollars a day" on the food network, also gave this sushi joint a try while filming here in Portland, and loved it!
Make sure to ask about lunch specials, you'll get more for your money.
Here's the catch:The service was stand offish, and anything by friendly.
Bottomline: Best sushi in town, but questionable service.
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