Portland >Food & Dining > Paley's Place
1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.531431 -122.694378
Mon-Thu 5:30pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Northwest District, Neighbors West - Northwest
An oldie but a goodie. One of the first places I ate while visiting PDX nearly 20 years ago. And while my more recent visits may not be as fine as I remember back in the day it is still a lovely place to have a meal. The tasting menu is a good value as is the well priced happy hour ($2 - $9) offered daily 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Don't miss the oxtail, the oysters, the cassoulet or the seasonal fish.
Paley's Place, the oldest of Iron Chef Vitaly Paley's ventures (see also Imperial and Portland's Penny Diner), remains a romantic favorite for its dedication to excellence and cutting edge cuisine.
Vitaly Paley, one of the godfathers of the Portland restaurant scene, continues to quick away, quietly and masterfully, in this understated but refined restaurant, a favorite for birthdays and anniversaries.
Give a word association test to Portland diners and “date night” will immediately elicit “Paley’s” in 80-90 percent of respondents. (Okay, so that’s an unofficial estimate, but I’m pretty confident about it.) This is the spot to splash out on beef--the Wagyu tartare and New York strip steak are completely justified decadence.
A true Portland institution, Paley's is a must-try for any PDX foodie or visitor. Try the housemade charcuterie with a glass of Pinot Noir or the sweetbreads with artichoke hearts.
Great???...Not really!!! – I went there for dinner last night and totally concur with previous reviews....what is the big deal about Paleys place???
The food was not bad , but just ok. All of us at our table concurred...the appetizers and desserts were the best part of the meal and they were just OK...not great. The ribeye steak that I had for the main course was overpriced and just blah. El Gaucho, a restaurant I had visited a just few days earlier blew my Paley's Place steak away!!! The pork and new york steak which the rest of the table had was equally uninspired. The sauteed greens were soggy and the onion rings were downright greasy.
We came to the conclusion that some legends die hard. This restaurant may have been the Portland "good-food" standard years ago, but today, with all of the new exciting restaurants in town, Paley's Place now pales by comparison.
What a dissapointment! – I can't believe that people really enjoy this restaurant. I have eaten there 3 times and was totally unimpressed. Went there for Thanksgiving a couple of years ago and it was terrible, Turkey was dry, stuffing was awful.
There are so many better restaurants in Portland. Bluehour, Merriweathers, Papa Haydn's to name a few.
Such a huge disappointment – I was so excited when a friend of mine invited me to dinner at Paley's Place. I sifted through the reviews and was looking forward to it. I found the food be be very average for the price. My particular entree, sweetbreads and pork belly, was so small I left the place hungry. This after having an appetizer and dessert. I totally understand the concept of European portions, however, for the price one pays, the portions are ridiculous. Much better restaurants in Portland.
Not a Romantic Place at all – We walked in and there was no sitting area while you wait for your seat. The table in front had power bars for sale, which to me is a turn off coming into a so called omantic restaurant. We were seated way in the back room which was like a closet. The atmosphere was very plain for romance, and so very very noisy. We ended up tipping the waiter and leaving before our drinks even came. We went to Ringside on Burnside and it was the best meal I have ever had by far!!!!
Victorian-home-turned resto loves Northwest regional fare. – From its front porch seating to its intimate dining room and a tiny bar with deep red banquettes and soft-toned walls, this veteran restaurant is at once casual and elegant. Northwest neighbors with a deep appreciation for local food and wine frequent this inviting restaurant for white tablecloth dining devoid of pretense. The Southern French and Northern Italian-influenced menus express the seasons in dishes such as a starter of poached green garlic shoots crowned with a soft egg mimosa and a spit-roasted pork shoulder served with pork and beans and a crispy pork skin and apple salad.
Disappointing evening at Paley's – I took out of town guests to Paley's based on previous good experiences there. However, this visit was a disappointment, and I was embarassed to have recommended this restaurant to my guests. Each issue on its own would not have been a big deal, but together they made for a disappointing evening. We had a reservation, yet we waited 40 minutes for our table. The bar was full, so we spent the time constantly shuffling out of someone's way. And the drinks we ordered to while away the time didn't come until after we were seated. When our table was ready, we were seated between a table with a crying baby and a table with a large group of 15. The room was so loud that most of our dinner conversation was, "Huh? What did you say?" Both our server and a busperson knocked over a drink on the table, once spilling a drink on my guest. Our server took our orders only to return 15 minutes later to tell us they were out of those dishes. We ended up ordering dishes we didn't really want. There was nothing wrong with the food, but it wasn't exceptional either.
Maybe they were having a bad night, but with a bill of $450 for 4 people, I won't take the risk again. We went to Le Pigeon the next night for a wonderful meal at half the price.
The Dining Standard in Portland and the NW! – Everything was remarkable. Kimberly Paley greeted us at the door and it was like meeting a long time family friend. The atmosphere was picturesque, the service was warm and attentive. The food is definitely the best in Portland thus far. The only thing remotely wrong with the whole picture is that when you go to places like that "oyster" place on Alberta Street , you expect the same standards and welcoming attitude. Paley's is definitely untouchable in all areas of fine dining experiences.
Terrible service. – For the hype and the prices, this place disappointed. The waitress was so unbelievably rude and snobby. Our food was tasty, but nothing outstanding and my fish was oversalted.
Unfriendly, Unprofessional and Arrogant – My first visit to Paley's was nothing special. The food was good, although very small portions and our server was pretty unfriendly. The menu also states "all substitutions will be kindly denied". Pretty arrogant and unaccommodating.
Unfortunately, I decided to give them another try.
We spent the majority of our visit listening to the wait staff consistently complain about their customers in the
dining room. One situation in particular regarding a drink being sent back, kept the staff bickering and complaining about the customer all night. All over a little drink. I felt like saying: "Hey just make the guy another drink and move on".
Perfect Evening – Thanks
Great Food, Great Service, Great night, Warm Hospitality, Great Decor
Escargot & Crab Salad were excellent.
Glad we came.
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