Portland >Restaurants > Widmer Gasthaus
955 N Russell St, Portland, OR | Directions 9722745.541098 -122.677087
Neighborhoods: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Eliot
Conveniently located on the yellow line, Widmer Gasthaus continues a strong German tradition with a Hefeweizen always on tap, a classic wooden décor, and plenty of hearty sausages and pretzels on the menu.
In spite of its somewhat far-out location, this local beer-brewing behemoth’s North Portland Gasthaus Pub is predictably packed with brew lovers enjoying Fondue pretzels, Amber Ale-braised kielbasa, and of course, the fruits of the tap. Gluten free diners, the GF menu considerately includes both food and beer.
Great Beer & Food – We've been here a few times and Widmer Gasthaus consistently delivers. They have a varied menu from pretzels (with or without a cheese sauce dip) to burgers, sausage samplers and schnitzel (pork or chicken). They also make wonderful mashed potatoes in-house as well.
Fine crafted suds, burgers and brats keep this brewpub bustling. – In Short
Nestled in the historic Smithson & McKay Brothers Building near the Fremont Bridge, this popular establishment features a vast main dining area. The decor includes brick and wood elements, with vintage German pub signs on the walls. Emphasis is on brews like the famous Hefeweizen, IPA, Widberry and seasonal beers. The menu has German-style dishes like schnitzel, sausages and spaetzle as well as traditional American pub grub.
Only place for a decent Widmer. – Widmer does not produce a regular release beer worth purchasing, in my opinion. The seasonals are good, but thats about it. But, that is what is so great about the Gasthaus, there are many beers available and they are much better than anything they put in the bottle. The food is very good, whether you have the sausage, saurbraten, schnitzel, etc. there is no wrong choice. The service is also very good. I love going there and will continue to do so. Just please don't waste your time/money on Hefeweizen and Drop Top.
Pleasant suprise – After a really long hard day we tried this restaurant for the first time and it was everything I'd been looking for since moving to Oregon in the way of authentic German food. The food was fantastic, the waitress was extremely attentive, and it was comfortable enough to relax and feel like I got a lot for the total bill. The parking was easier than expected and I would definitely recommend this to those looking for this type of food.
FANTASTIC, FUN PLACE – We have found a true jewel of gastronomic pleasures! In addition to sampling some of the great beers, we were blown away by the excellent food...to say nothing of the great service. The atmosphere is brew-pub--very enjoyable and made more so by the attentive service. Great value for your $$$. The excellence of the BEER CHEESE SOUP should be enjoyed by all. A great place to enjoy a meal with friends!!!!
Poor Service – We've given this restraunt three tries, and every time come away disappointed. The service is awful, the wait staff is unfriendly, and the food is just so-so. Our waitress didn't refill drinks, didn't check on us after giving us the food, and was down right rude. Not a good experience at all. There are definetly better restraunts out there for the same price and quality of food.
German or American style, beer & food! – The food, be it pub grub or German food is amazing. This is the only truly great Sauerbraten in Oregon and it is amazing! All the sausages have deep flavor (try the appetizer to taste them all) and the Schnitzels are tasty and lean (though occaisionally overbreaded). The beers are special, especially the Drop Top Amber. Hey, take the brewery tour if you can. A fun place to go, just wish there was a place to smoke there. The service is friendly without being cloying.
Great Food and Fantastic Beer – This is a fantastic place with a great menu. My family and I ate there the other night and we had a great meal for a fair price. The beer was awesome! The staff had lots of choices to reccomend, but I reverted back to Drop Top and my wife went back to Hefeweizen. She said, "I don't remember it ever tasting better." Drop Top is my favorite new beer so I will be back.
Good food and good drinks – If you can find the place, it's a really nice place with really good German food and the obviously great beer.
Very relaxing – This is one of the best pubs/bars I've been to in the entire NW. I'm from the East Coast and the only piece of scenery that was missing was the snow.
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