Portland >Food & Dining > Lemongrass
1705 NE Couch St, Portland, OR | Directions 9723245.523829 -122.648314
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Kerns
Thai dining doesn't get any cozier than this genteel husband and wife-run restaurant set in a beautifully renovated Victorian tucked snugly into a residential neighborhood a block off Burnside. Classic curries and noodle dishes are fresh and deliciously executed and the service is always gracious. Perfect for date night, but don't be in a rush, because service is relaxed.
Good But Not Great – The food is fairly good. The service is terrible.
Enh – Definitely not the best pad thai in portland, but if you're not willing to travel to Khun Pic's it'll do. Keep in mind that this place has built its reputation on its ability to throw chilis into its food and not actual culinary skills. Not okay with spicy thai food, stay away.
best in portland bar none – having eaten at nearly twenty thai places in portland i have given up going any where else. shelly the chef....is a chef! there is not an item on the menue that does not blow the socks off of every thing else you have ever had elsewhere. the next best in PDX is a mere B as she composes rather than cooks each dish. she will remove something from the menue if the available ingredients are not up to par. nowhere else will you find dishes that astound you every time you dine there, each item has masterful mystery to it. the pad thai is smokey, the pad kee moa is red and complex rather than the brown weak gravies found elsewhere. you will rub your legs together like a cricket in delight at each bite. try her and you will wonder what is every one else trying to feed us and call it thai food! treat yourself to this on a first date and you will certainly get a second.
Fantastic Food, Horrible Service – I no longer live in portland, but when i come to town this is one of my "must do's". The food is fantastic, but the lack of customer service has made it almost impossible to enjoy this restaurant. They have horrible hours and are closed FAR TOO OFTEN. Many times i have come to town to find that they are closed because they are on vacation, closed for remodel, or closed just to be closed. They are highly unreliable. However, on the off chance that u can actually get in...u will enjoy the food. Oh, and if u were thinking about getting an order to go...make sure that u check their jacked up policy on that too. U can only order to-go for 1 hour prior to the business opening, and if u hop on one foot in a circle for 32 seconds. Good luck, and happy eating.
SEARCH NO MORE!! – Best thai food in the WORLD!!! well, probably better in Thailand. But their pad thai is off the hook!!!
Portland's best Pad Thai – We have been eating here for over five years. The food is exceptionally delicous and it is a very romantic atmosphere. When we first started going, the place would be packed on a Friday or Saturday night. The wait at times would be an hour, but the food was well worth the wait. Now days, the wait is less than 10 minutes and the food is still delicious.
The service can be slow, but does not lack in quality. If you are one who needs attentive, quick, and constant service... then go to AppleBees or another corporate chain where each server only has 3 tables. If you can be patient and enjoy the person or people that accompanied you, then you will have quite the pleasant experience.
Also, they DO accept reservations. I believe the summary says they do not, but they are more than willing to accept reservations.
Also... try the garden rolls. They are made fresh, so they run out quickly... you have to get there around 6 to get the chance to order them. They are delicious.
Cash and Checks only, no credit cards.
Some of the best Thai food in Portland – We've gone here for a few years and the food and service is good and consistent. We usually order the curry noodles and pad thai. It's a cute, clean and homey atmosphere. We also have leftovers from the large portions they deliver.
Major Let Down – My husband and I went here on a solid recommendation and were very disapointed. Maybe I'm overly sensative when it comes to cleanliness, but the inside of the charming Victorian home-turned restaurant looked as though it needed a thorough cleaning. The walls and floor are spattered with food/drips and the decor is old and worn. The service was poor (one person for the entire restaurant on a Friday night) and the food mediocre at best. Actually, the tom kah gai (spelling?) soup was awful - tasted and looked as though something was curdled in it. Not at all like variations I've had elsewhere. All evening I was continually amazed at how this place could have come so highly recommended. I've been to thai food all over portland and there are countless others that far exceed this place. Oh, and on a final note, the menu is very overpriced.
Great Thai Food! Delivered – I got Lemon Leaf delivered to my office from Delivered Dish. The food was absolutely delicious. We were feeding about 7 people and everything was labeled and the driver was really cool. I love Thai food and I am really glad I found this hidden gem on the Delivered Dish web site. Lemon Leaf is my new "go to" Thai Place. They will be seeing me any my staff a lot,
Best way to enjoy Thai...enjoy the company of those you are with – I am a Portland native and military retiree who has had his fair share of Thai food from the country as well as from people from Thailand and the food here was wonderful. We arrived just after they opened for the night and were greeted by the sole waiter who was happy, friendly, and immediately made us welcome. Each subsequent person arriving received the same warm greeting, which seemed to throw some off guard as if this shouldn't happen at a restaurant. The waiter made sure we understood what the heat levels meant that we asked for. As we were 1 of 3 tables occupied it was easy for him to keep up with water ( he left us a pitcher-smart, unlike most places)and jasmine tea refills. As the place filled up we saw him less and less but it would have been easy to get his attention if needed. Our food came out, Padh Thai and Yellow Curry Chicken, about 5 min apart. The food temperature was hot.
If you want fast service, and waiter serving only you and one other table then go somewhere else. This is a place for people that can enjoy each others company and have time to wait for a meal that is worth the wait.
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