Portland >Food & Dining > Three Doors Down Cafe
1429 SE 37th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.512226 -122.625993
Neighborhoods: Sunnyside, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Consistently the best pasta in the hood and still some if the best in town. That's If you can stop eating the white bean spread n bread.
This neighborhood favorite just keeps on going, serving consistently good Italian food to loyal regulars and a stylish older crowd that seems worlds away from the rest of the carefree Hawthorne rabble. Go for happy hour, it's one of the best, and it's all night Tue, Wed, Thu and Sunday. I always get the same thing--white bean spread, Bibb lettuce and bacon salad, penne with vodka and sausage, Manhattan.
My favorite after-work Friday night place to eat and drink – One of the things I really like about Three Doors Down is the fact that the ingredients are fresh, and the menu changes according to what is available. So when I recently ordered this salad: Red Leaf, Roasted Beets, Orange Slices, Caveman Blue Cheese, and Citrus Vinaigrette, I wondered if it would still be there on another visit. I found that it was when I came back the next week--hooray-- and not one thing about it disappointed me either time. As I ate each bite of firm, mildly sweet beet, perfectly combined on my fork with a bit of each of the other ingredients, I kept thinking, "Wow! This is so good. It tastes great. It's crisp and cold. I'm so happy that I've discovered roasted beets!"
That first time I ate the roasted beet salad, I had a nightly special entree to complete my meal, a fish called skate surrounded with lentils, celery root, shitake mushrooms, pancetta, and truffle cream. My drink, a Manhattan, sort of blew me out of the water. I'd never had one before and found the combination of sherry, vermouth and bourbon astounding.
The second time I ordered the roasted beet salad, I also had an exquisitely creamy, robust appetizer with it, the Oregon Mushrooms, Madeira Cream Sauce, and Goat Cheese Crouton. My drink on this visit was a fine cocktail of house-made fig liqueur, prosecco and a lemon twist--yummy. Talk about perfection poured atop a thick, finely crisped crouton! My gosh, I'm going back again soon and have another one! I bet it'll still be on the menu.
Three Doors Down – So, we made a reservation, upon arrival we were told to wait until a table came open only to see someone without a reservation take our table - BAD! Then, we ordered a bottle of wine - took 15 minutes to get it! BAD! Then we ordered the Beet Salad - it literally (I counted) had 3 small slivers of a beet - BAD! When I told the waitress about the lack of beets in the beet salad she went and told the Chef only for him to tell us - "if you wanted more beets you need to ask for more beets" BAD! How rude! I dine out almost 3 times a week and will NEVER go there again!
3 Doors Down...hill – I've now eaten at 3DD three times over the past year. It has gotten progressively worse to the point where I won't dine here anymore. I agree about the surly hostess. Go back to LA! Service was friendly but too slow. Food came before wine. Didn't have the wine I chose so they recommended a more expensive one. "Beet salad" was almost entirely greens. "Where's the beet?!" Penne was very ordinary. Too many really good restaurants in Portland to waste your time and money here.
Very Disappointing – The hostess was rude; our food arrived before our wine; and when we were asked at the end of the meal how everything was, we mentioned our disappointment in one of the courses (we had less than one full beet on our beet salad) and the report back from the kitchen was that we should have told them earlier.
There are too many really good restaurants in Portland to go back to this barely average one, and we'll be sure to let all of our friends know about our experience as well.
Don't get it. – I had heard so much good stuff about this restaurant, and since its tucked away location, had passed it by for years. Once we finally went to check it out, we were dissappointed tremendously. My linguine tasted EXACTLY like Cambpells Chicken noodle soup. My friend swears by their desserts, but we didn't order, it was not comfortable. We felt like we were rubbung elbows with the people at the table next to us. Not my taste.
THE BEST REVIEWS ARE RIGHT! – atmosphere, service price, quality, went last night and will return soon.
Great for aps and drinks! – We love the casualness and feel comfortable just having a bunch of appetizers and some wine for dinner. They are easy going and willing to go the extra mile to please. Great date place, too!
Love this place – I have just discovered Three Doors Down and I think it is a great place to eat and drink. The servers are knowledgeable and friendly, the food is generous and filling and the drinks are strong and balanced. The Plum Tomato and Vodka sauce is one of those dishes you will crave after you try it, very unique. Nice servers and bartenders. Excellent seafood, try the scallops and the steamers. New Old Fashioned, best I've had. Love it, love it, love it!!!
Fantastic Neighborhood Restaurant, Now with Happy Hour! – I have frequented 3DD since my husband and I moved to Portland in 2003. It just keeps getting better! I'm a creature of habit, so I typically enjoy their wonderful, spicy seafood fra diavlo (outrageous portions). I recently branched out and tried the pork tenderloin and couldn't believe that I wasn't ordering that for the past five years. I am never disappointed with what I get, and it's often more food than I can ever finish.
3DD recently started hosting happy hour all night Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, and we have been stopping by more frequently since that started. They have fantastic menu items that remind me of food back home on the East Coast. So far, I have enjoyed Kathy's beautiful Stromboli, meatballs under a thick layer of fresh motzarella, delicious fingerling potatoes, and my personal favorite, a zuppa di mare that calls to me on the nights I don't go in. The creamy mac and cheese is also phenominal. They also have a cocktail menu for happy hour that does not disappoint. There is typically a specialty cocktail each night. All of their cocktails are made with super fresh ingredients (I have often been there while the bar staff juices fruit to keep up with the evening's demand). Nothing beats fresh ingredients in a cocktail. Nothing. The pours are generous and the bar staff is hands-down Portland's finest.
This restaurant is a neighborhood gem and is a class act all the way. It is our go-to restaurant to celebrate special occasions as well as the fact that, well, it's Wednesday. The atmosphere is dimly-lit, with lots of candles, quiet music, and a wait staff that truly helps you have a fantastic evening, whether you're in for a multi-course dinner or a quick bite during happy hour.
Solid – I have had this place in my restaurant rotation for years because it is so solid.
Food, service and atmosphere are always spot on. Matt (bartender) knows a lot about scotch.
It always feels like home.
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