Portland >Bars & Clubs > Radio Room
1101 Ne Alberta St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.559300 -122.654319
Neighborhoods: King, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Sit down and drink late (until 2 a.m.) and then come back early for breakfast to beat the Alberta Street crowds.
Talk about accommodating--this popular Alberta Street hangout's open every single day from 9am to 2am, has two patios, two daily happy hours, free wifi, abundant vegan and GF options, AND Clam Chowder Friday. Whoa.
Enjoyed dinner here during the Alberta Street Fair and even with all the hustle and bustle of the day our service was fantastic. The swordfish with rice and vegetables was moist and flavorful. My "fancypants" cocktail was refreshing, tart and tasty.
Still Very New And It Shows... – I'll give them a break because they've only been open for a few months. I've been about 5 times now and will probably be back, but they do need to make some changes. First off, the drinks are too expensive. The bar atmosphere is casual and nice, the bartenders friendly, wait staff is also nice when the they actually notice you and finally get to your table. Last time I was there, the cooks were being obnoxious, joking around and generally making a spectacle of themselves, which is another good reason for a closed kitchen.
Good things about the place are: Crab Cakes, Polenta Cakes, Eggplant Lasagna, soup...basically everything except for their sandwhiches are good, don't even bother ordering a hamburger, they're awful. I never knew someone could screw up a hamburger so completely. Also, last week when I diner there the fries looked and tasted like the cook had made some french fries earlier in the night and then just refried them for my order, very gross.
I think they will one day grow in to a decent place, but they are currently still working it out.
Wonderful ambience, great service, good food. – My date suggested Radio Room for dinner. He sure scored points for doing so! The atmosphere was fabulous, not cold or sterile at all. Our server was quick and very attentive. The food came quickly and was very, very good. I had the Ahi, which was perfectly rare with a yummy horseradish sauce accompanied by crisp green beans and a cheesy and lovely au gratin potatoe dish. My date ahd the steak and was very pleased with how tender it was. The prices are reasonable. We had beer, so I can't speak to the drinks, but I will try that part the next time I go there, which is a certainty.
Great Staff, Food and MUSIC – Our little guy is 19 months old. When we go out to dinner, we are looking for a place where he is welcome and where the food is better than we could make at home. Radio Room definitely fits the bill. The staff was really nice. They took time with us to chat and were really playful with our son. We were really happy with the variety on the menu and felt that the pricing was very reasonable. (We each had two drinks and dinner + kid's dinner for under $40)
One of the cool things about the Radio Room was that even though the kids are welcome, it's a place where you could definitely go on "date night." The music playing was cool yet rockin', there is a patio, an outside fireplace, and a nice dark bar.
Some of the details: Lots of bike parking...Movie projector in the bar...Vast selection of tequila and whiskey...
Really good beers on tap...Sweet happy hour menu (although we showed up about 15 minutes too late)...Booth seating...Great layout...Good pricing (Rib eye steak for $15. Burgers were $8)...and most importantly, black ceilings! Enjoy. It's a nice addition to the neighborhood.
A great addition to the Alberta neighborhood! – I've been to Radio Room several times now for drinks and appetizers and have not experienced "greasy" nor "cold" food (Except for the salad, which, I believe, was meant to be cold-- The homemade Russian dressing is awesome, by the way). It is true the cocktail menu is extensive-- Someone put some thought into these, and each that I've tried has been quite tasty, including interesting takes on old favorites. The prices aren't dirt cheap (it's true), but these are "hand-crafted" drinks with fresh juices and premium liquors. Who's complaining about such quality for a decent price (especially when there are still well drinks)? A very eclectic offering of obscure beers on tap and a limited number of wines round out the beverages. The building? Well, it used to be a gas station 50 years ago and was most recently a garage, but you wouldn't guess that now. New construction and the addition of two patios (one is upstairs, covered, and has outdoor heat-- nice views up Alberta-- and the other is downstairs around a fire pit) makes for a moderately funky place. Interesting art, comfortable booths, and non-stop projected movies in the bar also help set Radio Room apart from other Alberta joints. If anything, this is a GREAT addition to the neighborhood, because it is so totally different than anything else Alberta has to offer. I welcome the change (thanks!). For example, there is a real full-sized kitchen with real cooks cooking up real homemade food down to the dipping sauces and salad dressing, which I might have said is really great. The group we were with ordered quite a number of appetizers, and everyone ended up satisfied. The happy hour prices (on appetizers only) are very good, so ordering a variety makes for a reasonably-priced meal. I have not had an entree, but many of them looked really good (I was eying a neighbor's steak and my wife zeroed in on the vegetarian offerings). Maybe a full dinner happens next time-- This place is worth checking out.
A great place to be with friends – I've been to Radio Room a few times since it opened. If you're looking for a cool atmosphere with a great drinks menu, plus good food at a reasonable price....here's the place. It is the kind of place to get together with friends, hang out, have drinks and munch your way through the evening. RR has been quite busy each time we were there, but we always found a table. Everything is casual here -- so don't expect white gloved staff flicking away every crumb you drop. Go and RELAX, enjoy your friends, don't worry about the calories (or order a salad and soup if you must worry -- but you'll be missing out on some excellant mac n' cheese and a top cabin burger).
An excellent joint to hang out in. – I've been to the Radio Room roughly a dozen times, and had a great time each time I was there. The atmosphere has been uplifting and it seemed almost crowded each time I was there, without being too crowded, an issue I have with a couple of other favorite stomping grounds around town. I've enjoyed the food as well, usually steak and crab cakes, with a stiff gin & tonic to go with it. I've also enjoyed the meatloaf, and hamburgers at different times. The layout is unique, and though a previous reviewer found it too different for their liking, I like the separation of space while also remaining open throughout (you can feel your in an intimate section anywhere, while also never missing a friend coming through, or checking out how other folks are doing). While I go there for food and drinks, or just passing through, the bottom line and test of any good joint is whether there are plenty of customers and are they having a good time. So far this place is in no short supply of both of those qualities.
Best place to acknowledge that you are part of the automaton... – The food is bland and at least two dollars more than it should be (On most items). The drinks are over priced. The ambiance is sterile. The building is preposterous. These people, who bullied their way with shallow dreams and lots of money into an art scene that they don't understand have come way after their time with a boring restaurant that may as well have been a yacht named the U.S. Beaverton...too bad this is what the future of Alberta looks like. The service is as plastic and one-dimensional as it tries not to be. Remember when you were a kid and your parents tried to act "cool" in front of your friends, only to embarrass you and make you wish you were dead? If you did go through that awkward stage, I bet your mom's name was Radio and your dad's name was Room! Don't go there unless you're sick of eating at Chili's.
super greasy food – the place looks great and they have a LARGE drink menu but the food was terrible.....way too fatty and cold. also, the cooks were very dirty looking and kept walking thru the dining room! we won't go back
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