Portland >Food & Dining > Southpark Seafood Grill & Wine Bar
901 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.517942 -122.682374
Mon-Thurs 11:30am-midnight; Fri 11:30am-1am; Sat 11am-1am; Sun 11am-11pm
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
I go to Southpark for two things--fresh oysters and happy hour in the summer, because you can sit outside along quiet SW 9th Avenue. The adjoining wine bar's a cute downtown date night spot for a glass or two.
Rude and Unprofessional Management – Third time at this restaurant and last! Had dinner reservations for a party of 6 at 6 PM and was told I had to tender the table back by 7:20 PM as they had another reservation. I told them it was fine as we had a show to attend to at the Schnitzer. What I was not predicting is that the other 2 couples would be caught in traffic, one of the steaks was not cooked correctly and had to be sent back, our waitress, who was very nice, was very busy with other customers and could not provide a fast service. Before we knew it, it was 7:00 PM when we finished dinner. We ordered desert around 7:10 PM and before it was served and by 7:30 one of the managers came to our table with an attitude to tell us we had to leave because they needed the table. What a rude and unprofessional way to handle the situation! I am a firm believer of "it's not what you say, but how you say it." This is the first time in my life I have been told I have to leave by a certain time. What this restaurant should learn is that we can't predict certain situations (like horrible traffic jams, raw, uncooked food and slow service). I encourage this restaurant to never do this again to any customers as now there are 3 very unhappy couples that will never set foot on this restaurant. Believe me, the are are so many wonderful restaurants out there and this one will not be in our list anymore. To the waitress that served us - I feel bad because the person that paid the bill did not leave a tip. I know the dissapointment was not caused by you, but the rude manager that ruined our dinner experience.
On the edge of great. – What's nice about South Park is many-fold. It always has a solid wine list with interesting choices made by someone who is obviously paying attention to the global and local wine business. Service is always solid, well-paced and executed by professionals. The menu is interesting, mature, and remains modern enough; exceution is always solid and thoughtful. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, not unlike an homage to European bistro and cafe spaces, but upon closer inspection, it falls apart as dated, and this is my biggest gripe. The mural, that covers the North wall (while clearly laboured), reminds me of late 80's Napa-wine-craze art; It doesn't lend credibility to the restaurant. Likewise, the Ikea-looking lights above the bar harken to a college dorm more than a bistrot or gastro-pub. They detract from the gorgeous wood of the floor and horse-shoe bar. I imagine warm beige walls with muted lighting, which might make the bar and floor pop and be the focal point, as wood work of that much quality should be. Also, antique ceiling fans in the wine bar area would be sharp. On my last visit my server was able to read my pace and needs with ease and was very pleasant. However, a spill on the floor next to my table from a passing server went untended throughout my visit. (To be fair, I only ever have dined and sipped in the wine bar, never the main dining room.)
even grandma likes it – I stumbled into southpark last week while shopping downtown with my mother and grandmother. We were blown away, the lunch menu was great even my picky eighty year old grandma was pleased. Intersesting wine list and our server greg was charming. ill be back for dinner.
Reserve a booth – I went to Southpark for my first time and Enjoyed the cuisine. I made my reservations 2 weeks in advance and ask for a booth because i was on a first date and wanted to have a LITTLE privacy. When we got there we were seated at the SMALLEST table i have ever seen. Other than that the service was amazing and Enjoyed there selection of wine. I will go back but i will Demand a booth.
wonderful experience – I work nearby yet had never been, so on a whim my coworker and I went to Southpark for lunch today. I had what was by far the best hamburger I've had since moving to Portland. I'm in heaven right now.
Great late lunch place – I stopped by at 2pm to have some lunch. It was very relaxing and no crowds. My server recommended the Italian "Sub" sandwich. I thought it odd to have this on the menu, but went for it. It was so flavorfull and tasty. The bread was fresh, tender and just the perfect outside crust. Give it a try.
Great Ambience – The thing I liked most about SP was it's ambience. Being there made us feel like we were really "out on the town". The food was good enough for me. The Duck Risotto with cranberries was delicious and unique. The bar staff was professional, efficient, and friendly. The Oysters were fresh and the wine was perfectly paired. The bar staff gets two thumbs up!
underwhelmed and overcharged – Southpark is, well, just o.k. I went to their bar recently and was very underwhelmed. One of the things I look at is the wine glasses... they weren't rimless... and the crowd was very "suburbia" mixed with people who think they are all that. I've had better food dishes in the area -- and the waitstaff was very unattentive and uninterested.
Always great. – We went to Southpark last night for the third time. The first two I ate in the main restaurant, and the food was amazing. I love the wine list! It is so clever. Last night we grabbed a bite in the wine bar. I ordered the cheeseburger and it was by far the best burger I have had in a LONG time. Absolutely delicious. Great service. Great wine.
Great Wine Bar and Seafood – Relaxing ambience, plenty of tables. The food was good but I especially like the presentation. Big bar and several wine flights. There were a lot of interesting looking seafood dishes, although I had a filet, which was very good. A nice bar seating are is availaible for those not willing to wait for a table and its non-smoking.
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