Portland >Food & Dining > Stanich's
4915 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721345.548398 -122.612484
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Central northeast Neighbors Incorporated, Cully
Slow and Filthy - We Stopped Eating @ Stanich's – Back in 2007 we were new to the area and looking for a great burger joint. Stanich's was recommended and we think the burgers are great - but we stopped going to Stanich's altogether.
The burgers are great but the place is filthy. You can get past that when you consider that the food comes hot off the grill and goes onto a fresh waxed paper in a basket.
BUT - my husband ordered milk no less than 10 times and all but one time it was sour/spoiled and once even had lumps in it.
We tried the fries several times and what arrived was a pile of limp, oil laden potatoes.
The service is slow. The food comes out slowly. The place is filthy. But we overlooked those things, skipped the fries and carried in extra napkins. We just wanted to have a good burger.
Eventually, though, we just couldn't overlook the lack of personal hygiene and rude wait staff. The last time we went to Stanich's the waitress that brought our beverages had dirty fingernails and was carrying the glasses by the tops.
Has Been – It used to be a great burger joint, I used to really enjoy it. Over time I have taken many business people and out of town guests, and of course family and friends. Must have been there 150 times or more in 20+ years. This year in particular, each of the few times I have been there, the service especially from the wait staff, has absolutely underwhelmed our group with an almost complete lack of effort or a conveyed sense that the place itself is more important than the customer. Unless there is a 180 degree attitude shift, its over. It cost more than it should, the burger takes 45+ minutes even on a slow night, the side of fries is very hit n miss, one order nice long strings of potatoes, the next time lengths shorter than your little finger. They used to refill your soda in a wink, now it's hard to get their attention. Cheers to the cooks - they're trying, jeers to those on the wait staff that cared less about us.
We'll make it your way--if we listen to what you want – Five of us decided to eat at Amalfi's tonight but when we arrived there, we found that they were closed for vacation. Nearby was Stanich's---a place that two members of our party had eaten before. It definitely has that casual, come on in and take care of yourself because we're too busy. By that I mean that someone yelled across the room, "How many are there?" "Over there's a place." The waitress didn't seem to understand "No onions" on one order and the french fries looked and tasted like they had been twice cooked. It would have been nice if the tables had the grease scrubbed off and if we had been asked if we needed anything---like more napkins and a knife to cut the hamburgers in half. The hamburgers were good but the thickness of the meat was far surpassed by the lettuce, tomato, and 1/4 of an onion stacked on top. It's not a place I would go out of my way to eat a hamburger at.
NOT APOLOGETIC ENOUGH – I've eaten at Staniches since the 80's and have never experienced such lousy service ANYWHERE! After we waited an hour for our food, not one time did anyone come by to say they were sorry for the wait or even offer water or a complimentary beverage. While the burger was consistent, I felt compelled to call them to let them know how disappointed I was. There only response was that they had two workers who did not show up for work. When I asked how that excused someone who walked passed our table numerous times from saying, "sorry for the wait" is beyond me. The lady on the phone did apologize but said, they could not compensate for the long wait. I would think the "great man who started and ran" Staniches for so many years is rolling around in his grave right now to hear these kinds of excuses. SHAME ON YOU STANICH staff.
Hamburger Heaven – I don't often get a hamburger craving, but when I do...this is where I go. The Burgers are awesome!
Beautiful day, Lousy service – Today was a beautiful Saturday and we wanted a good burger so we took the drive across town. There was a couple out side and 1 family inside yet we could get NO service. we watched in amazement as the waitress put glasses in a cooler and then out again. Still no service. Sorry to say we walked out not knowing if the burgers were still good or not. Sorry Staniches you need to rethink service in the future.
Still The Greatest Burger In Town – I have been craving a good burger and remembered that about 10 years ago we really loved a burger from there. It is about a 30 mile trip one way but it was SO WORTH IT!!!. The burger was just perfect. Our waitress Stefanie Stanich (yep her family owns it) was super. Very pleasent, informative, and polite. I had read some other reviews about it being dirty ect...thisis NOT the case. The place is a tavern/bar that serves a super burger. If you are looking for something like Red Robin you will be disappointed. If what you want is good fried, a super burger and a couple of beers for $20.00 Then this is the place to go. I will go back for sure!!!
Great food as always! Still love the nastalgia! – I have been going to Stanich's since I was 15 in 1985.
I have been to many so called great burger joints around the country who claim to have the best and not one of them compares to Stanich's!
I have taken several friends and family members there and all of them have all loved it and are now hooked. Some of them often beg for me to take them back there.
As for all of you who gave Stanich's a bad mark, poo on you! You don't know how to lighten up and enjoy the finer things in life. Sometimes that can be found in a quaint place like Stanich's.
So, lighten will ya! Stanich's will always be the burger place of choice. I won't have it any other way!
Thanks Steve, family and crew for always helping me to certainly enjoy it!
Overrated... Very Much So. – I went here after not having gone for years. My Lord what a dump. Anyone who tells you "You've GOT to get a Stanich burger once" is wrong; you don't have put your standards in the toilet just to eat at some filthy little tavern. The waitress we had was a real... you know exactly what I want to write. She was awful, rude, slow, and snappy.
It may have been a staple thirty years ago, but I can assure you it is certainly not a staple anymore.
AWESOME – Lots of people complain....most of them live in Beaverton area, have 2.2 kids and an awesome golden lab. If you want a great hamburger come on down. If you expect Red Robin don't show up.
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