Portland >Food & Dining > Fratelli Ristorante & Bar
1230 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.527150 -122.683866
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Pearl
Has been a favorite of mine for years. I'd recommend the
Bruschette with shaved NY strip, mascarpone, boschetto, truffle oil, to start with it makes my mouth so happy! The pastas are always divine and the atmospher is romantic and the service fabulous.
Spot on. This place is the perfect backdrop for a romantic date. Olive oil is unreal, Food is beautifully done | 5 out of 5 on this place. Go. sit and Enjoy!
This was our third visit to Fratelli Ristorante & Bar over the years, it will certainly be out last. The menu was terribly limited, the service was spotty and the food (lasagna in my case) was the worse impression of Italian food that I have ever been served â?¦ more like hamburger helper with a piece of cheese on top. Salads came straight from Trader Joes baby green and deserts were a joke. Once a good restaurant, no more.
Great Ambiance, Great Food – Had a fantastic dinner here. Desserts were to die for. Can't wait to go back!
nice yet casual. – went to the happy hour tongiht. really enjoyed the food and my cocktail. will be back to check out dinner!
Best Italian cuisine in Portland! – Wow! Fratelli's is everything you could want in an authentic Italian restaurant. We recently dined there with a couple of friends and were delighted with absolutely everything that came to our table. Each of our meals was distinctly different and full of flavor. They use fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The Chef (Paul) has been there for 12 years and is really talented. We recently moved back to Portland after being away for 10 years and remembered this place being good....but it is even better than we remembered. We can't wait to go back.
Specifically recommend: Weppler greens, marinated olives, Steak, Ravioli,and the Chicken wrapped in Prosciutto. The Prix Fix menu is delightful.
Our server Topher was wonderful and fun to talk to.
For dessert: Panna cotta, affogato and the chocolates were amazing
One of my two favorite restaurants! – I am a very good cook. I only eat at places where the food is vastly superior to what I can produce. Enter Fratelli.
Their happy hour (4:30 - 6 PM EVERYDAY!) is the best in Portland. They have numerous $5 plates and drinks that are excellent. They also produce the best pizzas (and the most authentic) in all of Portland, and during happy hour, they are only $5. Check out their menu! Also, if you are pregnant or can't drink, ask the bartender to make you a juice concoction. With their juice press and creative bartenders, you will get something VERY tasty. Their cocktails are excellent.. The "Cello Drop" is $5 and has their house made limoncella with Gray Goose Vodka.
Their regular menu has several things of note:
Wild Boar. Steak. Ravioli. Authentic Italian pizzas. Their house marinated olives are fantastic!
Consistently Outstanding – The decor and ambiance is just right: not too casual but not trying to put on any undue airs. The food is outstanding: fresh, expertly prepared and wonderfully balanced, offering a lot of options towards creating a wonderful, satisfying 3 or 4 course meal. Their fish special is almost always worth a try. Awesome pasta dishes, and their unique take on lasagna is a delight. Great desserts, a very accomplished bar and a comprehensive wine list just add to the pleasure. We're frequent Fratelli patrons (at least twice per month over the course of 2009) and have enjoyed every single visit. Highest recommendation.
Italian bar creates a rustic Pearl District refuge. – Fratelli’s well-heeled overflow crowd spills into this rustic-meets-modern-bar when the dining room fills. In the adjacent, low-lit bar, patrons perch themselves on tall stools and order from a menu influenced by the wood-fired oven and authentic Italian flavors. Pizzettes, porchetta sliders and bruschetta topped with shaved beef, mascarpone and truffle oil make regular appearances at the sleek counter bar as do handsome twenty-and-thirty somethings who seek a quiet meal in a district dotted with see-and-be-seen spots.
What Happened? – This restaurant used to be one of my favorites, but my husband and I dined here recently and it was terrible. First, it took over an hour for the main course to be served even though there were only about 4 other tables occupied in the whole place (now I know why). My fettucine w/scallops was lukewarm, the fettucine was undercooked, the scallops overcooked (all 2 of them), and the sauce tasted like it came from a can. The roasted vegetable side was 75% onion. My husband had the sausage dish and said it tasted like a Costco hot dog. For dessert I had a chocolate hazlenut torta that was obviously a frozen food service item (if it wasn't, it sure tasted like it). My husband had ice cream which was freezer burnt. Finally, it was my birthday so when my husband called for reservations he asked if they could bring out my dessert with a candle. Didn't happen.
We're both wondering if the restaurant is under new ownership because it's nothing like the place we'd been enjoying great meals at for many years.
Girlfriend says, "Best birthday ever!" Thank you Fratelli! – I recently took my girlfriend to Fratelli for her birthday and we couldn't have left happier. Starting in the bar, we had tasty whiskey cocktails while conversing with the animated bartender and other patrons. When we finished those, the staff brought us to our table in the dining room and transferred the tab for us. All together we had gnocchi, ravioli, sausage, and braised lamb with a recommended bottle of wine by our server who was fun, knowledgeable and there when we needed him but pleasantly not when we didn't. Deciding to have a night cap instead of desert, we retired back to the bar. The staff transferred our tab once more. Thanks! We left very full, a little tipsy and very happy; the sausage being our favorite food. If I'm forced to make a complaint, it would be that we found a very small piece of bone in the lamb dish. Regardless, the service, ambiance and quality of fare was more than expected for how little the bill was. We'll be back very soon.
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