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Beast
Beast

Beast Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.beastpdx.com
  • Phone: (503) 841-6968
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 6:00 pm and 8:45 pm seatings.

    Sunday Dinner: 7:00 pm seating.

    Sunday Brunch: 10:00 am and 12:00 pm seatings.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Naomi Pomeroy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Killingsworth
  • Public Transit: NE Portland, just off the corner of NE 30th Ave & Killingsworth St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There's plenty of parking on the surrounding neighborhood streets.
A word from Beast
BEAST features the bounty of the Northwest with French inspiration in mind. A six-course prix-fixe dinner is offered five nights a week. The menu changes Wednesday and remains the same for the rest of the week based upon the ingredients of the season. A four-course prix-fixe brunch is offered every Sunday.

Wine pairings are available for dinner and brunch. As our menu changes weekly, so do they.

Because of our small kitchen and a set menu, we don't have the staff and resources to tailor each course to individual dining restrictions. We are able to make an exception for allergies if given advance notice.

A credit card is required to secure all reservations. We have a 24-hour cancellation policy for parties up to five people and a 48-hour cancellation policy for parties of six or more. Any cancellations within the aforementioned timeframes will result in a $75 charge per person.
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Diner Reviews
  • "A truly unique dining experience. With set sittings, courses, and communal seating, it feels more like a dinner party at a great chef's house than a trip to a restaurant. The food and wine pairings are unbelievable. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I had heard a lot about Beast and so my expectations were high. It was incredible though and so I did not leave disappointed. Great food, awesome service, and they even remembered that I had mentioned it was my friend's birthday and put a candle on the last course!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Epic dinner that definitely lived up to the hype. Plan to take your time and enjoy an amazing meal! Yum!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We loved the ambiance, staff, and food. Naomi Pomeroy is a boss!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Incredible cuisine. Naomi is so friendly and an amazing chef. Love watching her work. The service was great and really enjoyed the wine pairings. The price is actually very fair for the quality, and the wine pairing is not only tasty, but extremely affordable as well."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a great Sunday brunch experience. The food was fantastic and served without being overly chummy."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Thoroly enjoyed our experience. It was beyond our expectations and can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The service was great, food was good but the chairs were very uncomfortable, music was too loud. It was hard to hear the wait staff describe our food. The wine pours were very small, it should have been called a "wine tasting" and very expensive for what we got. The mirrors on the wall should be dropped down so that the people facing the wall can see the food preparation. Mediocre at best."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food was amazing but the chairs have to be the most uncomfortable chairs in town.."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our dining experience was one of those moments where we did not do enough research as we were looking for a more intimate dining experience for our anniversary. The multiple course meal was a bit over the top as two of the courses had up to seven items so my palate could not saver or explore the offerings. The beet soup was sublime and, ultimately, my favorite course. We will go again but with different expectations."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Read about this restaurant and just had to try it. You would recognize the chef from "Top Chef Masters". An elegant 6 course meal from beginning to end with obscure, delicious wine pairings. I wish I was there right now. We sat outside on a warm summer night in Portland. Knowledgeable, gracious staff. Make sure to have a cocktail across the street, first, where they spin romantic vinyl records. A great way to spend a 15th anniversary."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Communal tables, open kitchen, brilliant female chef - for real foodies. Do the wine pairing. Hope for great, fun table mates. Our table was great"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Amazing food, took me by surprise from the first course. They had me eating food I don't normally like because they were so appropriately placed in the meal. I highly recommend trying it at least once"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Truly a marvelous experience. Every bite was a delight. Enjoy your meal with the wine pairings - you won't regret it!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Culinary experience of a life time! A true bucket list experience for foodies! The chef is a genius and the wait staff are first class. My only complaint is the chairs are very uncomfortable for a long sitting. Dinner takes about 2.5 hours and it would have been even more pleasurable if my chair wasn't so rock hard!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "easily one of the top restaurants in the USA. outstanding parings, interesting and very well prepared dishes. i cannot be more positive on this place"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A truly memorable meal! Excellent food, service - made my husband's 41st very special. Well worth the price and lives up to its reputation!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Wonderful food, but the experience was (no pun intended) undermined by the extreme discomfort of the chairs. They are too short from front to back to rest more than your tailbone. Dear Beast, please invest in new seats, even benches would be more comfortable."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "What an outstanding brunch! Great food, delicious wine pairing, and fantastic service! Thank you to my favorite Portland brunch spot so far. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We finally had right timing to plan a brunch at Beast! Each course included pork and was amazing and delicious. The experience was not lost on our party of 5. Every bite , every mouthful was exquisite and we discussed the food for better part of the most enjoyable and happy meal! Fortunately I requested accommodation upon making reservation for a vegetarian in our party. And that was brilliant and accommodated. Looking forward to next visit PDX in the Fall an doing a dinner for sure, an an opportunity to meet Chef Naomi."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Although Beast had been recommended to me by foodie friends, I never seemed to get there. Reviews have led me to have high expectations for this restaurant and I can happily say they were met on my recent visit there. Every course was unique in taste. I particularly enjoyed the duck confit, probably the best I have had. The simple salad that followed was a lovely counterpoint. There were seven courses and no misses. Felt a bit stuffed after, but happy."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I have wanted to eat at this restaurant for a long time, I read many reviews and our experience of the restaurant certainly lived up to the praise they have gathered over the years. Not only was the food excellent, but sitting at a communal tables gave us the opportunity to speak to other couples and only added to the enjoyment."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "BEAST is a small, neighborhood gem of a place. You can tell that the food carries more weight than the myriad of awards she haphazardly places on one of her shelves. Our tastebuds were dancing with each course and the best part was that we paid half the price of what we normally would if we were in SF for such high quality food. Notable dishes: foie gras bon bons, main course of pork and strawberry cheesecake dessert."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food is the focus and it does not disappoint. Every bite holds something new. I ate dishes I normally would scoff at and was blown away by how delicious they were (I'm looking at you, chicken liver mousse). I am not a wealthy man so it took my tenth wedding anniversary to get me to drop the cash to come here and while it was the most expensive meal I have ever had, it lived up to my expectations. Not much more you could ask for—except maybe more comfortable chairs. I am a fairly large fella (6'3" 200lbs) so the tiny chairs were a bit of a challenge but they certainly would not deter me from going again. My bank account, however, will deter from visiting again for a while. That's okay; it's an experience worth waiting for. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I've never had anything like the food I had at Beast. The flavors were perfect with one another and made everyone at the table say something to the effect of "wow". You didn't want any of your dishes to end! It was also lovely to have the different wines to go with each dish. I would DEFINITELY go here, again! "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "So, if you haven't already heard that Ms Pomeroy was awarded with a James Beard award for Best Chef, Northwest, then now you realize what a gem we have here in P-Town. Beast is for foodies, true. But, I took my mom (true Foodie), daughters (21 & 16, wanna be Foodies) and ex husband (Foodie by default) and we all had a wonderful time. The service was gracious and top notch. The meal, incredible. If you were on the fence about whether Beast is worth it, and you enjoy places like Ned Ludd, then go. Just go."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I really enjoyed the fresh ingredients that were served and the effort that went into preparing the dishes. I will eat here again. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Visiting from Los Angeles where we have variety of dining experiences, we were looking for something different. We found it at Beast. The staff was knowledgable, the presentation was outstanding and chef Naomi Pomeroy visited with us. What a wonderful experience. We would go back in heartbeat!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Beast during our honeymoon. A friendly gentleman at a "Taste of Portland" event a few days earlier recommended this gem to us - and we are so glad we took his advice. Every dish was crafted perfectly. Every review I have read has raved about the charcuterie plate and everyone is so right! I loved the steak tartar on a lardo cracker and topped with quail egg - it is something I have always wanted to try. I also enjoyed the quail dish - the stuffing was so flavorful. I have to admit that I was kind of intimidated when I read that quail was on the menu but it was presented to us in an approachable way - "don't be afraid to use your hands!" We also enjoyed Naomi Pomeroy's bar across the street!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Had Mother's Day brunch, and everything from the moment we arrived was perfect. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have previously been to Beast for dinner on several occasions and have enjoyed it immensely. This was the first time going for brunch and I was not disappointed. The dishes were well thought out and prepared and scrumptious! The wine pairings were perfectly matched as well. I would highly recommend and look forward to returning to truly one of Portland's best restaurants."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is an "experience" restaurant, best appreciated by fine food lovers who "know", and others open to new experiences. Communal dining (can be fun if you have the right blend) on uncomfortable chairs (Oui Oui! C'est Francais!) in a small little place off of 30th & Killingsworth. Be serious about dining here; there's a $75 charge to cancel within a 24 hr window. That said, -- there's a reason and if you were holding a dinner party and procuring only the finest ingredients etc., -- you too would want an exact headcount. And Voila! you have it-- a dinner party, and an evening to savor with some of the best haute cuisine Portland offers! Congrats to Naomi -James Beard award winner best chef PNW! WE ARE SO PROUD! "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed our feast at Beast for my foodie daughter's 21st Birthday! It was a culinary adventure that satisfied our desire for dishes we've never had before. Most of the food was exceptional with the exception of a beet salad. The beets were extremely salty and I noticed most of the diners at our communal table left them behind. Save for that one course (out of six) we all scoured our plates! The other disappointment I would venture to mention was the wine pairing. The size of the pour was about a quarter of a glass which wasn't a tragedy because we didn't like most of them anyway. We felt that the wine at $35 was a poor value. But the food was mostly wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "In my top 3 foodie experiences of all-time, each dish on this six-course tasting menu was beautifully executed. The service was impeccable, and the feel of the restaurant was fun, but romantic and quaint. Definitely get the french-press coffee with dessert, and enjoy making new friends at your table seating."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Fantastic in every way - Service, Presentation, Food. One of the more fondly memorable meals of my life. Exceeded lofty expectations. Simply A Must!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Everything was delicious and highly creative. Beautiful presentations like no other in Portland. Portions were very generous and we were plenty full by the end. I think my biggest complaint would be not the restaurant itself but the unfriendly people attending the dinner. It is a COMMUNAL table. Please don't go to a communal dinner if you aren't willing to open up and make some acquaintances. I was very uncomfortable with these people across the table looking around at other people and whispering to each other the whole night. They made no attempt whatsoever to get to know anyone else. There were a few more friendly folks but overall it was a challenge trying to make conversation and to just not feel awkward with the whole situation. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Beast isn't for everyone: you have to enjoy communal tables and eat whatever they choose to serve you. But everything is familiar, accessible, prepared with care, lots of delicious flavor, and beautifully plated. It's classic NW "french" with nary a kombu, smoke or kimchee in sight. We enjoyed the wine pairings, even with a shocking 5:1 white/rose to red ratio. Semi-dry white with cheese? It worked! I can see why some rave and some are underwhelmed: next time you have some extra cash to spend, you'll just have to go and see for yourself. (But let's talk about those chairs: Is Beast giving diners the finger by not retiring them after countless complaints over the years?)"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The food was absolutely amazing and the wait staff were very nice and very knowledgeable about the food and wine. It was neat to be in the center of the kitchen and watch them plate everything up. The portions were just right but I have to say that I was so full when I left that I felt overly stuffed. My husband thought the portions were fine."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Dining here is a wonderful, fun experience. The food is one part of the amazing experience. The fun of sharing that joy with friends and or other community members is the unexpected highlight ! For me, this is what great food is all about."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This was our second time at Beast, our first was for dinner and this time we tried the brunch. The food was amazing and we had a great time with our table mates, a good crowd and overall amazing experience. We plan to go each time we get up to Portland."
    Dined on 4/13/2014