Portland >Food & Dining > Rose & Thistle Pub
2314 NE Broadway, Portland, OR | Directions 9723245.534918 -122.641830
Neighborhoods: Sullivan's Gulch, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
The rousing atmosphere of Rose & Thistle during soccer (football?) matches reminds me of my bartending days in Edinburgh. The rustic Caledonian interior is as reminiscent of Scotland as the fish & chips and haggis on the menu--which is a late night blessing, available until the 2:30am bar close.
Lots of dark and cozy nooks and crannies, plenty of ales on tap, pretty darned good Scotch eggs, hefty burgers and a heated patio make this popular Scottish pub worth a stop, especially if your kilt (or worse, what's under it) is frozen stiff on a frigid winter’s night.
The management just changed February 2013. They fired all the staff for not bonding with the new manager and the place is now a waste of money. Don't bother unless you like short drinks, mediocre food made with poor ingredients and lousy service. Too bad. It used to be a good place to eat but not anymore.
Friendly neighborhood bar with a great patio. Always good beers on tap and consistently good pub fare.
Love this place – I have been coming here since Bobby converted it from the stinky Broadway Tavern. It has come along way and it has always been one of my favorite places in NEP. I will continue to come here as Marty & staff are solid and accommodating people. And the food is damn good too.
Good beer, good service – I just sort of stumbled upon this place about a week ago since Thatch (down the road) had closed early. A friend I was with suggested we check this place out and I'm glad we did.
Beer selection was more than ample and the staff was friendly and helpful. The back patio was one of the best I've been to (not a great view, just a cool place to hang out). The food was pretty good too. I plan on going back soon.
Exactly what I was looking for!!! – Went there with a date, left with a whole lot more! had a great meal (i recommend the fish and chips). Drank until the hottie behind the bar told me it was closin' time. The music was just right, the smoking patio was heated and cozy, and the late night menu rules! what can i say; i loved it!
"Huh?" – We have enjoyed the Rose & Thistle?s food on a previous evening. Last night we decided to meet a friend for a later dinner. As the bar area filled with patrons, the wait staff began seating the overflow in the dining area. Luckily we had finished our meal, were relaxing and conversing. Suddenly we began to smell the stench of cigarette smoke coming from the next table. Upon leaving, we asked the hostess if this was a common practice?allowing people to smoke in the dining room. Her reply was, ?When the bar fills up patrons, smoking or non-smoking, go into the dining room.? We were disappointed with the response and will only continue to patronize Irish Pubs that have regard for their customers.
What happened...??? this used to be a great place! – After being what I would consider a once-a-week regular 5 or 6 years back I returned to check out the old place a couple of weeks back. It hasn't changed much, still the same old nicotine stained bric-a-brac solidly screwed to the walls. The dartboard has been moved to the front of the bar where a second entrance door used to be.
I was surprised to see a new deck in the beer garden albeit blocked off but there was still ample seating out-back regardless. I understand the former owner has passed away and it appears the good service that I had been used to passed away with him. I sat outside in the beer garden for over 20 minutes waiting for a friend to turn up when I realized the waitress had neglected to show up in a time manner too.
Never the less that did not bother me as I was looking forward to what I always considered the be the best fish and chips in Portland. What arrived sadly was far from the best fish and chips in town. The chips were sparse, greasy and the fish tasted metallic. I couldn't finish my meal. The layer of grime on the vinegar bottles didn't make things any more appetizing. Luckily the pint I had was on par with what I have expected.
I'm afraid to say the service was very poor, maybe I got them on a bad day but the waitress was not at all friendly and even rolled her eyes when I asked her if she could split the bill for me and my friend. I had to go inside to pay for my meal in the end and the young lady behind the bar didn't seem any more friendlier.
This is one Portland institution I will not be returning to any time soon.
Honest Pours, Great Staff – We've been here twice and it's a great watering hole... The happy hour beers are only $3 and the pour is right on - no cheater glasses here! I saw the fish and chips go by over and over, and without a doubt they look right tasty... We stick to the pub grub call the "Scotch Egg" which is a hard boiled egg covered with sausage and deep fried crispy brown - Mein Gott it soaks up the beer buzz and gets you ready for more!!! Sunny patio and jocular patrons. A real down home place.
OK Pub Spoiled by the Music – This is an OK attempt to create a pub in North America. The Boddingtons was average. Atmosphere good except for one major downside?awful music playing much too loud, rendering pub-type conversation impossible. If it has to be left on, simply turn it down and the atmosphere will improve 100%. Pubs aren?t places for swinging singles with blaring music.
Unbelievable service and fish and chips!!!! – The Rose&Thistle is THE best place to eat fish and chips, and the staff is great. I just moved into the neighborhood, and I plan to return. Thanks!
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