Never going back. I will never go back here. We went to celebrate a friend's birthday tonight and were looking forward to some delicious drinks and snacks. Initially the server treated us like she was doing us a huge a favor by coming by out table and taking our order. Eventually our freinds arrived and it seemed like all was well. After the food arrived a few of us stepped outside to see a friends dog, and the overly-hip waitress told the remaining party at the table that we had "walked out on the bill" and they would have to pay for it. For a place that has "be patient" posted all over the bar, including the menus, I would think the staff might follow their own advice. I approached the server and told her I was sorry she had the impression we had left and was responded to with a smarmy smirk. It is not worth going here. There is nothing special about being treated like you are in the way and untrustworthy.
collosso is awesome.
Collosso is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland!
It does take a while to get your food, but it's totally worth it-- the waitress told me everything is made from scratch.
I don't understand why everyone thinks it's dirty there, maybe because it's so dark? Come on, the darkness is part of what makes it so cool (and romantic).
I love how it feels like an authentic European restaurant. The service isn't overdone and fake like most nice restaurants in town. My waitress got us what we needed and didn't come around every few minutes bothering us. She wasn't wearing a fake smile or trying to get us to order more stuff.
I think the only reason other reviewers have had a problem with this place is that they really just wanted to eat at the Portland City Grill, where the food is all pre-made, the servers only care about you because they want to make money off of you, and the place is brand new and shiny but seriously lacking any character.
Not worth the one star required for a review. Too bad you can't give zero stars because this place deserves it. It's been a while since I've been to Colosso and I'm not sure when new management took over but it is definitely not the cute place I remember. I mean really, am I remembering the right place? This place is seriously dirty. The staff here is pretty much the bad side of Portland, lazy and dirty. We went in and didn't get service for a while. If it wasn't for the other customer we would've thought they were closed. The food was just ok but the waitress was so deplorable and so disinterested in serving customers it really makes you forget 'just ok' food. At first I thought I just had one bad experience here but then I talked to some people about it and read the other reviews on here and I know it's not just me. There are so many awesome (and clean) places in town I don't understand why anyone would go here a second time - unless you're one of the staff members that just go to hang out instead of work.
They don't accept restaurant(dot)com coupons anymore!!!.
We went to Collosso for dinner tonight and had a horrible experience. Apparently it's under new management and short story don't bother going.
We walked in and waited to be seated, but noone ever came to help us. The waitress wasn't friendly, no one ever asked us if we wanted a second drink. The tables are indeed sticky, the oil and vinegar containers had a filthy layer of cheesy (hopefully) something or another on them. We sat with napkins crumpled on our plates trying to make eye contact and finally had to get up and ask for the check.
We had (still have I guess) a Restaurant(dot)com coupon for the place. The new owner doesn't accept them. We made a stink, I gave him the option to either accept it or lose a customer. He said no.
To top it all off the menu has changed significanlty and the food wasn't even that great.
We Agree, What Happened to Collosso?. We have stopped by Collosso on our way to Winterhawks games over the last couple of years and have noticed a definite declilne in service, and cleanliness. The salt, pepper, oil and vinegar shakers were absolutely grimey. Since the restaurant just opened at 5 p.m. and we were the 1st diners at the table, it could not have been the last customers. The table was sticky and dirty. Service was sloooooow. The place has always been dark, but we could not help feel the place was filthy because of the impression left at our table. We do not plan to go back for quite some time, if ever.
Collosso rocks!!. I own a business accross the street from this place. I don't usually go out for drink very often. But when I do, Collosso is the place for me. The bartender recognized me since the 2nd time I went there. Also now I don't even have to order my drinks any more. He always knows the kinda drinks I like and I have never been disappointed at all. The food was good too, I had a couple different kinds of appetizers. I haven't had bad any food yet. I've been in food business for all my life, I know good food when I see one. ;o) If you go there and don't know what to drink, just ask Ricky for the drink that the owner of Thai Pod always get, you won't be disappointed, trust me. When I recommend something to anybody, I don't lie. ;oP
sparse staff, alcoholic manager, inconsistent, filthy. collosso is just down the street from my apartment and i used to enjoy a nice beverage after a long day of work. my friends and often met up at collosso to decompress from the week. we have, thankfully, found a new and much improved drinking hole. the food and drinks are okay but everything else is so inconsistent, not to mention dirty. (i would recommend holding you bladder until you get home as the bathrooms are dark , sticky, and smell of urine.) the restaurant is way understaffed and therefore the food and drinks are late, forgotten, or wrong. the manager who who is he is gods gift to cocktails comes to work drunk and/or high and pays no attention to the frantic servers. he is too buys showing off in front of the cute girls at the bar. this place needs more quality staff, a major scrubdown, and a new game plan. whoever owns this joint needs to get a clue.
Worst Restaurant in Portland.
Wow, I had much higher expectations of this place. We went on a Friday night last minute and were sat promptly. The wait staff did take a long time to come take a drink order but since they were busy we didn't worry too much. I ordered water only and getting that was like pulling teeth. The menu is extremely limited but we all chose something for dinner, I ordered a beet salad and everyone else ordered an appetizer and a dinner. The first appetizer came out 40 minutes later and was given to just one person at our table, two people had ordered the same dish. We were not sure if we should start eating or wait but the individual with the food just started. about 40 minutes later my pathetic small super expensive salad came out, at that time they asked the other individual who ordered the same appetizer if the waitress had mentioned that they were out of the dish he ordered over an hour ago . We said no, at that time we were extremely frustrated because we had been there over an hour and had gotten two dishes 40 minutes apart from each other. My buddy ordered another dish and she assured us it would come out with the other food. 35 minutes later one of the dinners arrived, 20 minutes later the next one arrived. i was done with my salad already and my buddy had no dinner. We were completely ignored, no one came to check, no one refilled my water and no one refilled drinks. 30 minutes later we asked about the last dinner that still had not shown up and they assured us it would be right out. The staff was so snotty and short that it made asking painful. Needless to say the dinner never came out and we ended up leaving.
Short of the story is; there are too many great restaurants to behave this way. I can get better service at Kennedy School and that isn't saying much.
My recommendation: Find somewhere else to eat....
Mmmmm, cocktails. Yes, of course tapas are good. Tortilla espanola, toasted almonds, olives -- all yummy in my tummy. However, the one thing that makes this great tapas joint HIGHLY recommended are the totally fabulous cocktails. The bloody marys have capers in them and the frilly drinks are beyond incredible. I have not met a drink on their menu I haven't LOVED. One cocktail has orange blossom water and tastes like my long-lost drink from heaven. The service is well, true to form. They are a bit hands off and not incredibly friendly, but it reminds me of Spain -- polite w/out imposing. Also, big parties fit comfortably in the side room. I'm like homer w/ donuts around this place.
Great Food, Great Drinks, Fine Service.. I'm confused by all the negative comments here. I live not far from Collosso and have been there at least a half a dozen times, and I've never had a bad experience! The service has always been friendly and timely. The food is delicious, alittle pricey maybe, but worth it. Last time I ate at Collosso I had a ceaser salad and empanadas, both really tasty. Another time I had the spanish frittata - an excellent egg dish better than anything Ive had at one of Portlands numerous brunch joints. One best things about Collosso tho, is the cocktail list...they feature infused vodkas, and a number of truly original drinks. The Beetbox, a beet infused vodka drink with hibiscus water and pineapple, is my favorite, even though I'm usually just a straight whisky drinker! I had a another that involved stumptown espresso w/ infused vodka and godiva liquor, and theres even one with warm coconut milk and cranberry juice. The bartenders always been super friendly and once enthusiastically described the infusing process to me. THe atmosphere is cool too, dark and romanatica with red velvet and huge white candles. Highly Recommended!
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