Portland >Arts & Entertainment > Saucebox Cafe & Bar
214 SW Broadway, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.522379 -122.677852
Mon-Fri 4:30pm-close; Sat-Sun 5pm-close
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
Intimate but lively, Saucebox reminds me of Miso Izakaya from ATL and features awesome sushi.
Love this place.) late night burger is rockin! fries are off the hook and you can even catch Gus Van S. on the turntables if your lucky.)
The sauce box is a big glass room with all the liquor in it. Cute. They have a great happy hour, though I'm more impressed by the food than the staff. I'll keep coming back though, whenever I miss New York. Very trendy crowd.
HotBox – So fun to go into a place with so much energy. Saturday night in this place was electric and cool. We had a late dinner and as we were walking out decided to stay and watch the video djs show. Can't really put my finger on why this place works because it kind of feels like low production, city gritty staff kind of hanging out but holding it together. I would have ordered another drink had my waiter come by sooner but the place was busy. We had a nice dinner in their dining room but how strange to go from a quiet room into their bar with so much going on. Two very different experiences but both were enjoyable. Was a fun night.
Very Good Place – This is one of my favorite spots in town. It is my fallback. I like trying new restaurants, but I go to this one when I have friends in town or just want a comfort meal. I was at The Saucebox last night and had another great dinner. Chicken and gingko nut skewers?? I didn't even know gingko nuts existed. It was crazy delicious. Drinks are always good. Happy hour is awesome but I usually eat in their white room away from the bar scene. Servers are always so nice to me :) Nice place.
Always Good – This place as been around for awhile and I used to go on a regular basis and it was always good. I had not been there for some time and I just went and again very very good. Happy hour is a good time and dinner as well was excellent . I will continue to be a long time customer. Thanks for the many years of good service.
best place in PORTLAND – SAUCEBOX this is my 3rd time going there this week love it the food rocks the ppl rock an the bartenders are the best its great to see creative ppl enjoying what they do i would go there 7 days a week if i could you cant go wrong there im mean u have to be doing something right to be open over 15 yrs i bring everyone my company flys in to town to SBX an they love it
An Old Fave! – Went last night and had a nice time. New menu items are awesome, but miss a few of my old standbys. I had the burger which was very tasty just wish it was bigger like the ones they used to do. Can't really go wrong with their happy hour menu. It is cheap, cheap, cheap and big. I miss the salad rolls and spring rolls, but haven't made it through the entire menu yet to figure out my new favorites. Whoever is in the kitchen now is doing some exciting stuff. I work down the street and hang out at the bar quite a bit. The bartenders are truly awesome. Sean is my favorite. The place has been around forever. It is worth a try. I love it.
bad weird – man saucebox is weird.
it was almost like if aliens decided to open a bar but their only knowledge of human civilization is from television signals of food network that they have been intercepting. the layout of the place is strange, and not in a 'lol quirky portland' way; it is unusual in that people walking from the bar to the rear of the restaurant have a fairly decent view of men urinating in the bathroom. also, lots of weird mirrors everywhere, which would be uncomfortable if you had had a few and were just looking for the urinal.
the food is weird, i don't mean that in a "I LIKE DENNY'S, WHUT IS THIS?" kind of way, but i've never heard of a restaurant making a burger super rare unless it was requested. my girlfriend's happy hour lamburger was so rare she got the willies halfway through eating it and couldn't finish. mine failed to materialize until after we had been seated and through 4 appetizers after more than an hour. when i finally got mine, it was cooked all the way through, but i could have gotten something for the same price, with more flavor, less pretense, and ten times quicker at burgerville.
while waiting for my burger, i had two orders of fries, which were good if aggressively salted. the kimchi ketchup was awesome. milady had their cucumber noodle salad, which had an unnerving gravelly crunch to it (sugar? nuts? sand?), and the sweet pickles which were not bad.
service was the weirdest part of it, the waitress we had seemed to be on either stimulants or pure terror. she was just way too chipper and seemed to have a hard time taking "no" for an answer. the other waitress that was helping her out gave most of our food to the diners at the table next to us. we had a lot of alone time, which was nice because the waitress was so scary. the pickles look like little shark egg casings if you hold them in front of the candle.
everything (2 burgers, 2 drinks, & 4 appetizers) was $25, which is middle of the road for portland happy hour, but writing this an hour later, i am still hungry and feel a little nervous after the atmosphere.
based on my experience, i personally couldn't recommend it. judging by the other reviews, though, it seems like only 1 out of 10 had a similar experience, so odds are you'd have a more pleasant time there.
Awsome time for New Years Eve – Went out for New Years Eve with friends. The music was GREAT( downtempo electronic ). The crowd was a mix of twenty somethings up to us old 40 year olds. Well dressed and friendly. Food was good, but they ran out of a couple of items by 9:45pm on New Years eve?? Thought they would not run out that early in the evening. Service was great and the cocktail menu was extensive and had good variety. This was my first time there and I will go back again in the future.
Interesting Menu, Nice Night Out – My wife and I had a great dinner here last week. The food was memorable and most importantly, delicious.
We started off with a couple of great cocktails. Then for an appetizer we had the special; quail with a pineapple glaze. It was very good.
Then we shared the shu mai; which was really, really good.
We ordered two entrees, Java Salmon and the Peking pork dish, and we shared them. They were both very good. I really liked the spiciness of the Salmon dish, not too much. Just right.
The dessert menu looked a little out there for me. Not sure about "Asian" desserts. I like good ole chocolate cake or a sundae. We decided to just have a glass of wine after dinner. We were enjoying being there.
The room was nice and romantic. It was a little bit loud in the restaurant, but the waiter adjusted the volume of the music to our liking.
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