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3 Doors Down
3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.3doorsdowncafe.com
  • Email: reservations@3doorsdowncafe.com
  • Phone: (503) 236-6886
  • Hours of Operation:

    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Bar 11:00 pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Closed Mondays

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary American, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: David Marth
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SE 37th Avenue at Hawthorne
  • Public Transit: Tri-Met Bus Route #14, Bicycle Oasis at SE Hawthorne and 36th, 10 minute cab ride from Portland city center
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from 3 Doors Down
Inclusive from the moment you grace the doorway, 3 Doors Down has a keen acumen for speeding up your wind down, flipping the switch from maddening day to welcoming respite. A playful, thoughtful, and engaging dining experience begins with the dynamic wine list (including prosecco on tap and barrel to bar wines by the glass), flowing effortlessly to the inventive starters, big bowls of pasta and shellfish, perfectly grilled fish and meats and our spaghetti and meatball Sunday suppers. 3 Doors Down offers a doff of the hat to Mother Italy and a harmonious affair with locally procured Pacific Northwest and American cuisine. Come in, sit down, and eat! Reservations are for dining only.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "We stop in at least twice a month, sometimes more often. Great food, and even better staff. Attentive, knowledgeable, welcoming. They know their stuff, and can accommodate even the most challenging food restrictions. Always delivering a masterpiece! Eager for my next trip back. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The chicken liver page is the best in portland. I had the vodka sauce pasta. Superb. Mjy wife had a very good halibut. Desert was sumptuous."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "3 Doors Down always greats you with a smile, excellent knowledge about their menu, suggestions should you need them because you are overwhelmed with their fabulous menu, and a great calm yet uplifting ambiance. As in you can kick back or get a little rowdy. It was a great spot for a birthday gathering! They also keep true to your reservation and try to accommodate your special requests---I know, because I ask for particular tables!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Small and snug. Outstanding food and service. Lengthy wine list covering most regions of the world Will be in our rotation of preferred restaurants"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I've heard amazing things about this restaurant and, while it was very good, I wasn't blown away. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable, the food was very good with perfect bread for the table (although I prefer balsamic and olive oil instead of hummus with the bread) and my dish (a seafood dish like cioppino over pasta) was solid but slightly bland and one of the mussels tasted "off". The ambience was nice with warm colors and candles but we felt a little cramped and had to move our tables ourselves to be able to sit in the chairs. All in all a good experience with a few minor flaws that prompted 4 instead of 5 stars."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We went with friends taking advantage of a 3 course meal for $29.00. Everyone in our party was very satisfied with the offering."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My spouse and I tried this Portland neighborhood spot for an early dinner before a show. We were the first to dine at 5pm. We ordered a risotto and bolognese dish that was nicely prepared, hot from the kitchen and very tasty. Smoked beets were a small but good appetizer to start and the banana crème pie was an excellent way to finish the meal. I would come back again when in Portland and have a craving for more excellent pasta."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "In the Hawthorne District, everything we tried was perfect. On Sunday, try their spaghetti and meatball special. The meatballs are simmered all day."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Needed a good meal out, as it had been awhile, so I decided to finally check out Three Doors Down cafe... Jackie (sp?) was our server, and she was a delight - very friendly, always there to fill our wine glasses, and gave us just the right amount of attention. I'm a firm believer that, aside from the food, it's the service that seperates the very good/great restaurants from the good ones... We never felt rushed, courses came out at a nice pace, finished dishes were removed promptly, and our water glasses were always kept full. We devoured: the gnocchi, crustini, shared a caesar salad, seafood fetuccini, short ribs, bocca negra, tiramisu, a bottle of cab, and a port with dessert... Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Though I'd been to 3 Doors Down several times for happy hour before, this was my first time for dinner & my date's first time at all. We both had an excellent experience. Jeff was very attentive and knowledgeable, the food was amazing! Probably would have given 5 stars if not for the quite loud environment. It's got great subtle lighting, which I thought was perfect for a date, it was just hard to hear each other at times. We were there on a weekend night in the midst of dinner rush, however, and given the restaurant's layout the noise factor really couldn't be helped. In any event, a great dinner spot & an awesome happy hour!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "3 Doors Down had been recommended many years ago, and the rating on OpenTable got us to finally go. We went during Portland Dining Month, and tried all different dishes, so we had a broad variety of items. The food was good, nothing wrong with it, but it wasn't great. I don't think we will go back. Too many other restaurants that are better."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Ben was our waiter this evening. He was very knowledgeable of the cocktails, wine and menu. Four of us ordered the special dining out month menu and it was delicious. The fifth person in our party had the pork loin and it looked amazing. The special cocktail of the evening was delicious, the wine choice went well with the meal. Three Doors is small and intimate but friendly and neighborhood oriented. This was my second time to eat here, and all of our party agreed they would return for another meal. It was a very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We went for restaurant month and got a reservation within 45 min of booking. Loved everything about the place but especially the food!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Loved 3 doors down. Tried it with Portland Dinning month and was not disappointed. Loved the eggplant fritters with spicy tomato. The service was outstanding. Would recommend this restaurant to friends. One drawback parking in the Hawthorn area is the pits!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We so enjoyed our experience at 3 Doors Down. We took advantage of Portland Dining Month and the menu was delicious and satisfying. Our server was attentive and when she erred on one of our entrees, she quickly made adjustments and was apologetic. The restaurant was very accommodating to my 93 year old mother, even though we did have to wait about 10 minutes before a table was ready. The noise level is a bit high but we will definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "First time here w/pals, decided to try the Dining Month menu. Nice atmosphere, good cocktails, delicious food. . .we'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "After almost 10 years we returned back only to remember how great this place was. We will not wait that long again to return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "There are several places in Portland that have this acoustic problem, and it really ruins your dining experience. The noise level is incredible. We had to almost yell to hear each other speak. The food was ok, but honestly folks I make chicken liver pate as good as if not better than that I had at 3 Doors Down. We both had fettucine with seafood in white sauce: the pasta was undercooked, and the sauce was like water. It was a very busy Friday night, and even with a reservation we had a short wait. But the service is very good and friendly. I'll try it again on a day or at a time that it's not so busy before I give up on it."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Everything was very good, the risotto was phenomenal. That alone will bring me back to try some more of the menu."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Something new......eggplant fritters. Yum. We would not have thought to order this but it was part of the 3 course dining special for March. The wait staff is wonderful. Of course the pugliese bread and bean spread are worth the trip anyway.."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Hopefully they take care of your table even if you r a family going out for bday dinner we spend the same and don't stay long"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A fantastic dining experience! The waitstaff was superb, not to mention the fantastic food! I would highly recommend trying this gem in the Hawthorne District!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "... The pork lion was so moist and flavorful, beautifully presented. So was my entree of shellfish, only I asked for a red sauce to go with my glass of wine and it was dynamite. The pasta was al dente and so well prepared and paired. Of course, the grilled Caesar was a superb starter and large enough to share."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "When I need a restaurant that I know will be reliably good, I recommend 3 Doors Down. Maybe that's because the menu doesn't change too often. The pasta here is always delicious and I can always count on the Amalfi cocktail to be spot on with its fresh thyme. My companion enjoyed the sea bass (Oregon not Chilean). The special pasta with Stilton cheese was great as was my friends spicy seafood diablo pasta. Love this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The place is loud--not enough soft materials to absorb the noise. I had the pork tenderloin with coffee and cocoa rub, which was really amazing. Hubs had the Bolognese which he said was only average, although he said the pasta seemed to be hand rolled and was delicious. The tiramisu was good, rich and very rummy. Overall, I thought it was a good place and I might go back. But, I truly despise overpriced wine lists. I thought the wine prices were quite ridiculous. I paid $26 for a 1/2 bottle of Willamette Chardonnay - that is ridiculous! And, she did not tell me when I ordered it, only once it was at the table and she had her corkscrew in it already. Booooo. I think I will try Accanto next time I am in the 'hood."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Had a great dinner at 3 Doors Down. food was excellent - my entree came out wrong and our waiter had it fixed and back to me within a few minutes. Still a very noisy restaurant - but the food and service are great!"
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Our anniversary and this was the place we went because we are never disappointed. Servers are great as is the food. They have my favorite drink, a blood orange sour. What more can I say but support this gem!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Fresh ingredients , quiet setting, good ambience, interesting preparations."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Haven't been here in quite some time and was pleasantly surprised that it has held up so well over the years. Delicious food chosen from an interesting menu. My gluten-free diet was no problem at all--they were well versed in how to prepare the dishes to my needs. They even had gluten-free pasta but I didn't order it. Would definitely go here again."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Consistently Good food, good service and in a great "happening" neighborhood."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The vodka sauce pasta was superb as usuanl. My wife had the days special, which on this day was spagetti and meatballs. They were good. We always start with the chicken liver pate, the best in Portland. We are regulars to 3 doors down."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "One of my favorite places: excellent service and food. Five star restaurant. I still have one minor complaint: the inside could use some sound absorbing material as it gets really loud in there. Other than than, one of my favorite places in PDX."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "This restaurant has a pleasant appearance, clean lines, warm colors, but noisy. The servers were very friendly and professional. We choose to eat in the bar as there was a noisy large table that made dining in the main dining room unbearable. Therefore the service that was provided by the bar tender was a bit slow. Although he was terrific. The food was the real star of the show. I had the vodka pasta which has a spectacular sauce and tender, spicy sausage. I would go back for this dish."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Good fare, accommodating staff and excellent service."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Pate' outstanding. Muscles, Clams, Shrimp fettuccini delicious!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "This restaurant hits the nail on the head in every possible way, fantastic food and service, and overall comfortable and memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Simply put, this is a great small / local restaurant. Servers are excellent, helpful and friendly. They know the menu and wines. The food has always been good. We usually enjoy the seafood and pasta options. But, on this visit I tried the chicken and it was also quite good. My only complaint was that the sauce was a bit over salted for my taste. The wife's sausage and tagliatelle were fantastic. Wine selections are numerous and there are some really good values. This is a consistently good Italian place we enjoy and will be come back to (again and again.)"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We had a marvelous meal. Tasty trout toast. Exceptional radicchio salad. Cocktails were scrumptious. The main courses were shared between my husband and myself. We couldn't decide which was better - the cod or shrimp special. The wait staff were knowledgable and welcoming. A great evening."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The food and service is always amazing at 3 Doors Down. Never leave this place disappointed! Thank you!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Everytime we return to Portland we are dissapointed if we leave not having eaten at 3 Doors Down. It was one of my favorite restaurants when I lived here, and is filled with wonderful memories of wonderful friends, great food, and a familiarness that feels like home. It is not to be missed. Dispite the difficulty in finiding parking in the Hawthorne Area. But, where can you go on 21st or 23rd and find a place to park?"
    Dined on 12/13/2013