Portland >Food & Dining > Alameda Brewing Co
4765 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721345.548345 -122.613591
Sunday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 12:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Cully, Central northeast Neighbors Incorporated
wannabe funk creates pain in the trunk – From the blank stares and sullen silence of the wait staff to the harsh faux-industrial corrugated-metal and cinder-block decor, this place is far from welcoming or comfortable. Hey folks, if you reclaim an ugly, utilitarian building from its industrial purpose and turn it into a pub, it's known as 'funky.' However, if you build ugly from scratch, on purpose, miles from any industrial district, you're known as 'stupid.' Also can we get a witness on the seemingly Guantanamo-inspired wooden-slat backs of the booth seating? Because they're TORTURE! Imagine some 2-inch rocking-chair runners spaced 2 inches apart, for you to lean your back against. My companion resorted to slouching against the cinder-block wall. Not a good sign if cold cinder blocks are more comfortable than the device you've built for the presumable purpose of sitting. Oh but it's so arty. Illuminated from underneath, the slat seat-back across the table from you disorients your eyes, while the one behind you clearly showcases the various dust-bunnies and women's hair that's fallen down in there. Didn't think of that, eh? And then of course, you can clearly see and hear the people in the next booth, so you can always listen in on their chatter if the two TVs blaring sports coverage don't provide enough annoying distraction from conversation with the people you came here with. The food was competently executed. The beer was competently brewed and served. Nothing I can't get elsewhere.
Best Rootbeer, poor service. – On one of the few times we've eaten at the brewhouse was especially memorable, there was
a booth open, but the waiter didn't want to let us have it, but we got it anyway, then he told us that
was the end of the good service, and we would have bad service from then on. Boy was he
right! I ordered a burger, it was over cooked, and dry, I finally got another gal to get me some
mayo, as he never dropped by our table after dropping off our food to check on us. The fries used to be so good, but now they are just average. The rootbeer is the best, I have to say, but the service is
not good. I guess they figure they are going to be busy reguardless, so why give good service!
Beer is good, food is bad – I live nearby this restaurant, but I have only visited it a few times. The first time I went, right after it opened, I had high hopes. The beer was tasty enough, but the food I ordered was ok at best. On my next trip, same experience. I thought'd I'd give the place one more try because the beer is nice enough and the atmosphere fine. I ordered a turkey sandwich with cranberry spread thinking there wasn't much the kitchen could do to make that taste too bad. I was wrong. The bread was dry as was the turkey, the "cranberry' was nearly impossible to see, one of the worst sandwiches I have ever had. Even though I could walk here easily from home, I will not go back unless I hear their food has become a lot better.
This hospitable brewery on an up-and-coming stretch of NE Fremont holds its own as a restaurant too. – In Short
The pub has a spacious, refectory feel, with long tables, artistic booths and a simple stretch of bar, all made of blond wood. Behind the bar, big metal brewing vats are on display. Pleasant outside tables look across Fremont Street to a residential neighborhood. The beers span a range of styles. A long wine list and basic cocktails round out the libations. Lunches and dinners feature fresh, tasty standards like salads, pasta and quesadillas.
Give the onion rings a miss – This place is a good place for pub grub. Pass on the onion rings, though - they're greasy and flavorless.
A Complete Debacle – Worst evening out ever! My friend had to send her filet back 3 times and eat her cold potatoes and vegetables with a butter knife. Then the manager had the gall to ask her to pay for "half of the meal, because she ate half." We had to argue with him about what a crappy meal we had. What a joke! Not going there again--EVER! Have been there before and loved it, but after such poor customer service... SAD.
LOVE THIS PLACE!! – If you're looking for a micro brewer, look no further, especially if you are thinking about Laurelwood (PASS). They have the best burgers and beer. they are kid friendly and fun! Outside service may be slower but still worth it.
Above average pub grub – After an exhausting 13-hour workday, my husband and I wandered in to Alameda around 10:15 on a weeknight. Although the place was nearly deserted, we were still able to get food and there was none of that "we're kicking you out" mentality that you get at so many other places at closing time. Plus, the entire menu was still available. Had fried oysters; husband had turkey pot pie. Food was generously portioned and tasty. More choices than your average beer place. We'll be back!
Get the nachos! Service is so-so – Alameda's small nacho plate is one of the best deals in Portland - it's a heaping pile of chips, beans, cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos. The menu is eclectic but good and the Black Bear Stout (nitro) is an excellent beer. On the down side, the service is only so-so. We've taken family and friends here many times and we love the happy hours, when a plate of nachos and the spinach salad work wonders with a couple of signature beers.
Great beer & location - food not so good – The Alameda Brewhouse is in my neighborhood and we like to walk over with neighbors to get dinner. We appreciate the service, love to sit outdoors and enjoy the beer. The food, on the other hand, is not the reason to visit. The menu tries too hard to be eclectic and and they rarely serve something that's not too greasy, cold, etc. They just need to spend the same amount of time and care on their food as they do their beer.
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