Portland >Bars & Clubs > Holman's Restaurant
15 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.522504 -122.637360
Neighborhoods: Buckman, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
You have to love Holman's for the unabashed dive that it is, and also for the Bloody Mary bar. Great proximity to the Laurelhurst Theater, strong drinks, daily happy hour (4-7pm) and a whiskey club ensure a steady stream of loyal patrons.
Holman's is a neighborhood dive with an exceptional whisky collection. Head here if you prefer your whisky smokey--with a lot of peat. Then return the next morning for their build-your-own Bloody Mary bar on Sunday.
Best Bar Tenders – So, I come to Holman's to escape the coolness of the neighborhood, like I have been for the last five years. I have a drink and eat some great food (try the French dip!) So, I came in on Monday night and sat at the bar. My Bartender Rob was unlike any in the neighborhood. He was nice, cute, funny, spoke of good politics. And very eager to serve me... this all is a very uncommon trait in bars these days (especially in this neighborhood. blah!!!!) Most bartenders are so "cool" that you have to like be a hipsterass to get semi and I do mean semi good service. Just when I thought all was lost, Holman's saved the day once again. Most bartenders at Holman's are cool and by cool, I mean not too cool to serve you like you deserve.
Friday Night Blues Show Rocked the house! – Hadnt been into Holmans in awhile & stopped in on Friday night & had a great time. They had blues playing which I learned they have every Friday night & the place was going off! People were even standing up & dancing in the isles! I had a great time & even got a chance to try those Mac & Cheese things that everyones always talking about. Look forward to next week when I was told by one of the servers that the music will be on the back patio.
Not a Terrible place for a drink and cheap burger. – So a friend and i went here bc its right across the way from the Laurel Theatre. The reviews on here were pretty harsh. It is a bar. It is a bar that serves food. It was alright, i mean, it went with the cheap drinks. The wait staff was real nice, but in a bar, the wait staff never has to be "real nice." The eatable food goes with the cheap drinks in an atmosphere that is easy enough to chat and be kinda loud, but its busy enough that its ok to yell.
Its not a bad place give it a shot if you are in the local.
Classicaly Poor – Tried once for a late night bite. Poor service, dirty booths, oddly trashy crowd (and I live in the neighborhood) and horrific food. I took a glance into the kitchen and was reminded of a scene from Saw II. A classic example of what is wrong with far too many Portland restaurants.
Perhaps their dinner time situation is different, but I am not going to bother to find out.
Bloody Mary Sunday is the reason to eat here – Holman's is not a place to go for a nice dinner out or even lunch. However, the Bloody Mary Sunday here cannot be beat. You pick the vodka and they let you do the rest. The shots are generous (I have had to ask for a tall glass because mine was too strong!) and the choices for bloody mary mixin' are plentiful. They have every kind of mix you could want, all the trimmings from onions to asapagus to worcester to tabasco and more. The food here is so-so except for a few choice items, like the cheesy brats and the home potatoes, which are loaded with seasoning and peppers. Go after a hard night of partying Saturday night for some yummy Bloody Marys and big plates of food. Go later in the day if possible (breakfast is served most of the day on Sunday) because the crowd is big earlier in the morning. The service here can be slow, so I always sit in the bar where you can simply wave to the bartender when you need a refill on your bloody mary.
Horrible and slow – Three of us came in around 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 06 and sat ourselves at the back patio. The patio is very nice and that is the only thing good about this place. Evidently we just missed quite a breakfast rush. Many tables were un-bussed and remained that way for over an hour. Our server was un-attentive and did not get one of our orders right. A table of six next to us did not get any of there orders correctly either. My friend and I ordered chicken fried steak and it was very tough and had little flavor (and at $9.95 this is absolutely not worth it, even though it is quite large). My other friend had a garden burger and a salad (salad is extra as the burgers come ala carte). The lettuce was frozen. We had to ask repeatedly for more coffee and water and when we were done the server didn't ask us how our meal was. After we finished our meal we finally went in to pay our tab after waiting outside for about 15 minutes with no sign or our server. We than had to listed to her complain to the cook about how a "customer" wanted his food cooked, very unprofessional. We will never go back.
Cool vinyl and a late-night menu make this a fixture among Portland's watering holes. – In Short
The atmospheres here range from an old-school bar with retro blue-vinyl bar stools to a vinyl-themed dining room to a more formal dining room with tall windows fronting the street. There's also a nice patio out back. The menu covers the all-American basics, from pasta and sandwiches to surf and turf. The patty melt is a perfectly gooey combination of a burger topped with grilled onions and Russian dressing, served on grilled rye bread.
Come in the mornings – I don't know about the afternoon/evening crowd, but the breakfasts here are the reason to come here. The chicken fried steak is friggin huge and even though it's not the best I've had, it is definitely worth the pricetag just from sheer quantity. The garbage omelette is great too. This place is good for watching a game in the afternoon but the service can be spotty. It's much better in the morning when they're serving more of the neighborhood crowd. I'd sit outdoors if it ain't raining, the interior can get a bit smokey depending on who's around. Definitely has a great feel for hangover food that'll perk you up for the rest of the day; if that doesn't work, have a vanilla stoli screwdriver. If you're a morning drinker or an alcoholic, this place can be your personal breakfast heaven. For the lunch crew, the patty melt isn't to die for, but it's enough to at least get a foot run over or something for.
Worst dinner ever! – A group of 3 of us had dinner there last Sunday, after hearing that they had great food. I don't know about the past, but the food and service there now are just horrible. My pop was flat, and the waitress didn't apologize or try to exchange it. The cobb salad was full of brown soggy lettuce, the chicken-fried steak was tough and gristly, with way too much gloppy paste-like gravy, and the worst was the 1/2 pound burger, cooked to death until it was dry as cardboard with no seasoning at all, served with undercooked fries dripping in grease. Our server disappeared after bringing our food and we never got the check. The only redeeming moment was after the meal when I spun the wheel and got my salad free of charge.
to make it better: fry it – I went to Holman's last night after a party in the neighborhood and it was the perfect post-drunk place to eat at 3am. It wasn't crowded at all, it had a great local feel. The waitress was nice, prompt, hot, and put up with us being drunk. My Reuben was decent, and the coffee did the trick, but the crowning glory of this establishment is the Fried Mac & Cheese appetizer. yes, that's right. FRIED MAC & CHEESE. It's as amazing as it probaby is bad for you, but of course we didn't care. I wouldn't eat it, or at Holman's, every night, but it's definitely a new addition to my list of potential neighborhood haunts for late night food.
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