Portland >Food & Dining > Paragon Restaurant & Bar Portland
1309 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.527294 -122.684545
Neighborhoods: Pearl, Neighbors West - Northwest
Paragon has the best beet salad in Portland. You know how I know? I hate beets and love this salad. Go figure. Warm fireplace in the back, great for meetings, free wifi, excellent service and prices are right on point for what you get.
Food is marginal, FOA needs to be replaced (unfriendly hostess) We all smelled like the truffle fries after the family and I left. Needs some help.
The food is good and consistent. The bar is one of the best in the city. Bob & company are some of the most innovative and knowledgeable mixmasters in the city. Whether you want a cocktail, glass of wine, or a single-malt, this is a group that can lead you to the promised land. A rare talent in today's world.
Terrible – This is wonderful restaurant located in the Pearl has great food (full menu) and a great wine select. I ambiance is also very nice; however I've been severely disappointed over the past year with the service and the attitude of the employees.
If you decide to visit Paragon, make sure you go early and go on a normally busy night out on the town. I've attempted to have dinner there on several occasions where, I've had to talk right back out without even having a seat. Why you might ask? The restaurant management team often closes the kitchen (for full menu dinning) at completely random times. My last trip on a Monday night, was one of these occasions. My date and I had a seat in the bar and informed the server that we would like dinner and we both ordered drinks. I noticed a buddy sitting in the dining room (full dinner items had just arrived). When the server returned with our drinks, I asked for the dinner menu when she informed me that they were no longer serving dinner. I asked what time they closed and was informed that the restaurant would close at 11pm. As I looked at my watch, I noted that it was 8:32. I couldn't believe that they would not server me dinner. Their 'bistro menu' is a joke. Further, the server didn't offer to get the manager, she basically provided me with an attitude and said, "Well our dining room is empty so we closed the kitchen". This this i asked, why don't they have a standard time in which they could make that call? No response. I asked, "who runs a business like that?" Her response was, "I don't know sir". She could have comp'ed my drinks and/or brought the manager over. Instead, she brought me a bill. Just terrible! I don't know how you stay in business with that attitude. I visit Paragon 1-2 times a month and I typically end up wit the same server and one would think that they would recognize me by now and maybe cook a small meal in the corner of the kitchen and simply continue cleaning the rest.
Either the management team should be dismissed or a boycott may be in store.
One of the Best Restaurants in The Pearl! – We have been going to Paragon for many years and can always count on a good experience! Love the big fireplace in the bar and the huge cozy booths in the dining area! The food is great although a little pricey. We love the grilled half chicken w/ mac & cheese and the burgers! The drinks are very tasty and the music in the bar adds to the urban vibe. They have recently painted and remodeled the bathrooms, very clean and much nicer! Would highly recommend this place! Most of their staff is great, but "Mike" has a bit of an attitude problem... just avoid him and you'll have a great time at Paragon!
My Favorite Pearl Restaurant! – My boyfriend and I have frequented Paragon many times since I was first introduced to the restaurant in 2005. Every time that we have dined at Paragon both the food and service has been excellent! I even had my 21st birthday there! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and am looking forward to many years dining at Paragon!!
Non Alcoholic Surprise – $2.50 coke w/ $.75 refill charges!! Oh my, what a happy hour surprise! Other than the sticker shock at the price of a coke, the food was fabulous and the service was good.
Avoid Unless You Like Snotty. – I am a resident of the Pearl District and have gone to Paragon many times. However, when I leave, I hardly ever leave satisfied. True, their drinks are amazing and I am sure they have nice waitstaff, but everytime I am there I get the rude or snotty ones. I feel like I have given the Paragon all the chances it deserves. Especially recently. The last time I was there was with a group of friends from out of town visiting me. I have never left a place feeling so looked down upon. Maybe I am sensitive, but then again, maybe I was treated rudely and inconsiderately. I certainly leave it to the reader to decide, but I certainly will not be going back there again.
Must try Braised PotRoast – I have been to Paragon on several occasions. We usually choose the outdoor seating as it is idea for people watching. The martini's tend to be strong, which is nice and the Braised PotRoast is amazing. It literally falls off your fork.
No longer sanitary! – I have visited Paragon for several years and was there even on opening day! The establishment is a fun place to go and the food is fairly priced....over the last year, perhaps longer, things have changed though:
- We used to feel like the place was clean and sanitary. For years we actually noticed how clean the place was....but about a year ago, maybe a year and half this changed. My visit a month ago will be my last. Dirty and sticky floors, restrooms completely nasty and dust everywhere! I do not feel good about eating at dirty places.
- At first I thought it was just me until I had a small gathering of friends who meet me from out of town once a year. Our normal meeting place is the Paragon. Even they quietly told me about how there was a sour odor throughout the establishment, the floors beneath the bar stools has had insects still ALIVE and sticking to the floor!
- One of my friends actually refused to order because she noticed the large amount of mildew and grime on the mats behind the bar. She complained the whole time, ruining my gathering...she is a little prissy and walked the entire place to find the odor....she peeked behind the bar and noticed the mats were "gross".
- AVOID THE RESTROOMS! Nasty is an understatement! I'm not talking about walking in after someone did a #2....I am talking about lack of sanitation. The toilets had rings, the mirrors were splattered, the sink was gross and the dispeners were empty....this was at lunch right after they opened!
The good news - The food is not overpriced and the service is so-so, but better than most. The cleanliness is the worst that reflects poorly on the over-all feel of this establishment....They need to have thier staff properly clean this place. Until that happens....I am scheduling our events elsewhere and my normal weekly visits will be at an place that has sanitation in mind.
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