Portland >Food & Dining > Starky's
2913 SE Stark St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.519597 -122.635578
Neighborhoods: Kerns, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Starky's could probably use a makeover, but the loyal crowds that flock here love it like it is, especially the sizeable patio and popular Sunday Brunch with $8 all you can drink champagne add-on. Mondays and Tuesdays are $5 burger & fries nights.
Service in the bar tonight was HORRIBLE.
During the past year, I have enjoyed treating myself to a Monte Cristo and a few cocktails at Starky’s once a week. I think (as customers go) I am quiet, polite, appreciative, and a good tipper. The servers at Starky’s are friendly and make me feel comfortable.
But not tonight.
The attractive, tall, and slender server in the bar area greeted me, served me a cocktail, and quickly forgot I was there. With other customers, he hugged them, chatted with them, laughed with them, and brought them additional cocktails. With me, I sat there for at least 20 minutes after finishing my first cocktail waiting for the server to ask me if I wanted to order food or order another cocktail.
The service, unfortunately, never improved.
I was so disappointed with the server that I chose to get up from my table and pay the bartender the approximate amount of my bill (plus a modest tip) and leave (that is, cut my losses).
I have never before had a discussion with a restaurant server about poor service and was afraid my words tonight might have been too harsh on this occasion.
If I could have left without leaving any tip at all, I would have. The service was simply that bad.
Service is. Outstandingly BAD – Never have I been ton a place in my life where it has been ok for the bartender to call one of the patrons a derogatory name in front of a large group of people. One have I ever ben anywhere where the wait staff walks up and grunts at you instead of asking hat you would like to order. How is this OK?? How can a business like this expect. To. Stay in business. It is apparent as well that unless you know one of the bartenders you will not get served.
Profanity and Temper tantrums – Food was good and the bartender really cared. The manager "Bubba" was a short hot tempered woman. She belittled customers and her staff and constantly used profanity. We will never return to this place.
the perfect place! – i have been in the industry for years(and years, and years.....lol) and walking in to this place is great! it is very clean and has obviously been maintained nicely. great chairs and white table cloths, nice dim lighting. i think they should print new menus, but the menu items are great-totally solid. super gay waiter was cute and entertaining, but knew when to disappear. he made up for his lack of fundamentals(as far as fine dining is concerned) by being attentive and helpful(and hey, its a nice joint but is NOT super fine dining nor is it trying to be). the food was great, timely, generous and exactly what i expected from the menu. all around awesome experience....well done guys! would go back any time!!
Best staff and best value – My partner and I have frequented Starky?s and I must say that the food has always been amazing. The staff and owners have created an atmosphere that is welcoming and the food quality is top notch. Starky?s is in a league of it's own.
SERVICE - The wait staff will be delighted to give you the inside scoop on the menu.
WINES - A very nice wine list, mostly known labels, and good. The many wines-by-the-glass are healthy pours, with prices to match (Same can be said for the cocktails).
BOTTOM LINE - The food and service are First Class. Starky?s is without a doubt one of the best local restaurants in Portland.
Worst Corned Beef Dinner ever served in the Western Hemisphere – My partner and I went to Starky's with 18 other Metro Prime Timers on St Patricks Day(March 17, 2008). We were hoping for a non-smoking, pleasant dinner. We did not have a pleasant dinner. When we were seated there were baskets of bread on the table. The bread was never replenished nor was the butter. At the beginning of the evening the server said that the 'other' server. was out for back surgery. There ought not to have been an explanation; they should have recruited another server for the occasion. Starky's problems in getting staff SHOULD NOT BE OF CONCERN to the customer.
My partner and I ordered salad. His salad never came nor did the one for the person across from us. The corned beef was the 'fattiest' I have ever seen. We really like corned beef and have it often. The cabbage was terrible -- cooked to mush on the outside, raw inside. One imagines that they simply threw heads of cabbage into a vats of boiling water. Water glasses were not refilled. Beer drinkers were given second shrift; lucrative cocktail drinkers were favored.
The server spent far too much time being 'cute' and flirting with the customers rather than providing decent customer service. The mere act of being Gay does not qualify him for the work he is supposed to be doing.The server seemed to have little or no training and no understanding the skillset involved in being a competent waiter.
Starky's is not too far from our house and now that it is non-smoking we hoped to frequent it. After our experience my partner refuses to return. If Starky's plans to expand its customer base they will need to focus on getting a competent wait staff. The terrible corned beef dinner is an apparent anomaly as food from the regular menu is usually adequate. I cannot remember worse service any other place in Portland where I've lived for the past 30 years.
The little place won me over – My boyfriend and I decided to go there for my 21st birthday lunch. I am new around here and it looked little, I didnt really expect to much. Boy was I wrong! As soon as I walked in and saw the dinner room, it had already passed my standards. Our waitor was awesome, and so was our food and drinks. I cant remember what my boyfriend got, but I got a chicken pasta dish that was fabulous... and my first apple-martini was good too. Our waitor also send me home with a huge slice of chocolate cake for my birthday. I can't wait to go back!
Fun neighborhood restaurant with outstanding food – Have dined here twice in a week on a recommendation from others. Found it delightful, friendly staff, knowledgeable about their signature dishes. Reaonable and comfortable. First visit was a solid 10, with superb service and great food. Second visit, was on a weekend, and service was less than stellar, but food was superb. The Shallot Chicken is the closest thing to a fine romance I have had in a meal. Something that is not on the menu that a friend suggested I ask for, is the Wilted Spinach Salad. It is absolutely decadent. Decent wine selection and pretty good prices. Great for a casual date.
Great place! – New menu, new comfy chairs, newer owners. Sunday brunch cannot be beat! Great value, super sweet staff, and yummy desserts. The steaks are cooked to perfection. Plus this is a place you can still "sit in the smoking section". Great date place....straight-friendly too. I would not recommend this place for children.... get a sitter.
A place to visit – This is a place to take someone special, gay or otherwise. It is sure to please.
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