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Block and Tackle, Formerly Wafu
Block and Tackle, Formerly Wafu

Block and Tackle, Formerly Wafu Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blockandtacklepdx.com
  • Phone: (503) 236-0205
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday to Sunday: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Trent Pierce
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 31st
  • Public Transit: #4 bus line one block away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking as well as a parking lot available for use free of charge, adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Block and Tackle, Formerly Wafu
Headed by Chef Trent Pierce, a third generation seafood chef, Block and Tackle is his vision of Casual Local Seafood. The menu features a combination of classics, like Shrimp Louis and Clam Chowder with homemade Oyster Crackers, as well as Trent’s own Seafood creations. Fresh Oysters, Seafood Charcuterie and amazing cocktails make Block and Tackle a must for Portland Diners.

For a modernist approach to seafood, visit Chef Trent Pierce's acclaimed Roe, also located at this address.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful oysters and great main course with an attentive waitstaff made for a memorable meal."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I was pretty excited to see a restaurant specializing in fish amidst the bustle of Division St.. I noticed that it was fairly basic fare with a price tag that was a bit high, so I was wary, but thought I'd give it a shot. We started with an appetizer of dirty corn and the grilled caesar salad. The dirty corn was especially lovely with some nice spice. The grilled caesar was about what you'd expect. My wife had the rockfish and chips and said the fish was extremely greasy and the batter underwhelming. Our friend and I both had the clams and fries. The clams were tasty, but not what we'd expect given the price. The fries were also just OK. The service was great, as is the ambience - we loved the chalk drawings along one wall."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Really more of an shellfish bar than seafood restaurant. That being said, the oysters were fresh and delicious, the clams were nicely seasoned and succulent, the shrimps perfectly grilled, but there was a real lack of fish entrées. The halibut fish and chips were excellent, deep fried, but not greasy, and the meat was moist, sweet, and flaky tender. The service was attentive, yet not intrusive, it was friendly, competent and available. I will go back but more for an oyster, beer, calamari happy hour than for dinner..."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "For a place this size, service could be better. It didnt seem super busy when we were there so I would expect dirty plates to be cleared more frequently. Starters were the standouts: dirty corn, oyster shooters, Crab louie. Seafood cocktail was average. While the roll and oysters were great, the delicate flavor of the oysters were overshadowed by too much whole grain mustard on the po boy. I would go back as i see potential....."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We came here for dinner, but when we realized everything was fried decided to return later for a lunch meal. We had some tasty calamari (not too breaded!) and lovely cocktails to hold us over."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The seafood cocktail (shrimp, scallop, calamari, cocktail sauce, avocado) was super tasty. The grilled oysters with chilli-lime butter was also really good. The happy hour prices could be a bit cheaper and when I ordered the grilled oysters, the waitress said the happy hour $1 off didn't apply to those oysters. The happy hour menu states: $1.00 off all oysters in house...hmm ok. I chose not to argue the point and she wasn't rude about it or anything. The fried calamari was decent. I had one drink as well and I split the bill w/ my friend and still paid $35.50 (for happy hour). I will definitely go back and recommend this place to others. I also look forward to trying Roe in the back one of these days. Very much a foodie place. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "we went thinking they had a special brunch for Mothers Day. Not true. We ordered and got our drinks and appetizers and my husband suddenly got ill and we had to take our food to go. When we got home my entrée of chowder was missing. I don't know if we were charged for it, but I was very disappointed."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Waitress and hostess were friendly and attentive, food was fantastic (oysters, crab louie and seared cod special), but the service was really slow. It was a busy night, but it took about 45mins to get our entree and about 20mins for a half dozen oysters on the half shell. Perhaps they were short staffed? I'll be back, but it won't be on my short list in that neighborhood. There are so many other options nearby. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We arrived at B&T Friday night to a bottleneck of people in/around the front door. We had reservations so were seated at a tight little table with barely enough room for an appetizer and two salad plates. Very cramped, especially with the tall group-style bar tables directly around us. Not the most relaxing of setting for two people, but a fun place to park it with a group of friends if you sat up high/at the bar. Wish our hostess would have mentioned bar seating; there was plenty, and we would have rather had that vantage point. More our mistake than hers, however. Servers were fantastic... The food was fresh and flavorful; the shrimp and cod dishes we had were cooked perfectly, and a nice rendition of calamari, but not phenomenal. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We were able to make a same-day reservation - yay! My Crab Louie salad was excellent. We both loved the fried cauliflower, too. We ran into some friends who had their kids with them, so it works for families, too. The menu is quite intriguing. I want to go back. We had to park almost three blocks away, but I'd say it was worth it."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "After an enjoyable yet overpriced meal, we attempted to go back to their bar attached and were stopped by one of the chefs and asked if we were looking for the restroom. We replied, no we were going to check out the bar that our server told us about. He quickly replied that the area was full, only 18 seats and they were reservations only. We said we just wanted to look then, to see if we wanted to come back another time. He said no, we were not allowed back there but if we came back tomorrow during the day he could show us the area. Needless to say we will not be darkening their door again. I felt as if we were trying to sneak into some back room cult; even after the server had told us it was a bar of sorts. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Block and Tackle is uniquely Portland. Great oysters, great seafood selections, great beer and wine, great service in a typically funky Portland setting."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We were comped the few items we did receive after a 2 hour wait to get served at our table. The management did recognize the difficulty we had with a new waiter and several incorrect orders as well as an incorrect bill, but there is a greater problem there than just the server. The food, I received fresh oysters instead of grilled - they were fresh and good just not ordered. We requested cauliflower without chilies - they came with chilies but the cauliflower was good if you like chilies. The fish and chips arrived for one in our party - she said it was hot and good. We finally gave up on our food, left and had ice cream at salt and straw for dinner. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The peel, crispy shrimp dish was devious! The fish and chips were the best I have had in a long time. Our service was excellent and the drinks were perfect! Thanks for an evening of delightful dining."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The first time I came here my girlfriend and I ordered each item on their happy hour. It came in at around $45 and was delicious. We had a great time sampling everything while enjoying wine and cocktails. The staff is always attentive, accommodating and knowledgeable. I have been back several time since, and while I haven't gotten many entree's I would still recommend this place as the atmosphere, staff, and food that I have tried have all hit their mark."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "So we went to Block & Tackle 3 wknds in a row! Not intentionally, it just happened. We first went for drinks & appetizers and sat at the bar. Classic cocktails exquisitely made by Kevin and the best grilled oysters, ever. The second visit we made a point of going back so we could experience dinner and we were as impressed by our first visit that we quickly made reservations for 6 and brought friends. The farm table is a lovely spot to dine and we quickly engaged with the party sitting next to us and again everything about Block & Tackle was spot on. An absolute must try for anyone that loves the freshest seafood available, classic cocktails, a nice wine list and local brews and service that is stellar."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I thought it was FINE but I doubt I would seek it out again as a destination restaurant. Most of the previous reviews raved about all the seafood options. Maybe they've changed their menu since the previous reviews were written, but most of the menu consisted of options like Fish&Chips, PoBoy sandwiches, fries, more fried food. There was only one salad. The clam chowder had butter swimming on the top. Calamari was good. Brussel sprouts were good. There were two specials (sturgeon and minced seafood on linguine). Sturgeon was very good. Overall, fairly ordinary."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great dinner out, excellent food, nice atmosphere. Good place to have a leisurely dinner and hang put and talk afterward. Loved the Key Lime pie!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "After reading other reviews, I ordered fish and chips and a salad. Other than fried capers, the salad was unimaginative. Fish and chips were comparable to any other in town- for a fish focused restaurant, I was expecting something special. Not worthy of a reservation."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Loved Wafu but not this. The first dish of brussel sprouts & lardon was very good. However, the fish dishes were disappointing. I am not sure how a few large shreds of undressed ice berg qualify as slaw. The chef's take on Remoulade sauce was disappointing. It was killed by red pepper flakes (and having eaten at enough places in NOLA - that would not fly). The clams and linguine were also ruined by a heavy hand with chili flakes. And in looking at passing plates it seems the chef suffers from either a fixation on chili flakes or a lack of imagination. It was clear throughout out our meal that the focus of the house is selling alcoholic beverages & not food. Every server interaction included a sales pitch for drinks. I will not return."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Reservation for 7PM not honored until 7:20. Hostess unwilling to comp a drink or appetizer. Seated near the door...at a table in traffic lane. Food is upscale pub grub. If you go, use it for the happy hour."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Must try the Seafood Cocktail under Small Plates! Great atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We arrived for our 7:00 pm reservation for our monthly date night and were finished with our dinner by 7:30. We ordered a second drink and stretched it out over a dessert... which would have been better with coffee if the experience lasted a little longer. The food was very good, and speed is a hard thing to complain about, but dropping $150 in 45 minutes is more of a Vegas experience than a special date night out. We would go back for lunch, or maybe with friends when its more comfortable to fight rushed service, but definitely not for date night."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Brought out of town (vegetarian) friends here over the long weekend! Were all anticipating a great meal. Block and Tackle totally delivered! Three of us had the outstanding fish and chips (the other had the excellent cod sandwich). Between us we sampled the seafood cocktail, a variety of oysters on the half shell, a couple of oyster shooters and a fresh; delicious green salad. We enjoyed cocktails, beer and wine among us. The only disappointment was the butterscotch pudding which we shared. While quite tasty, it could use more butterscotch flavor. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. We are all still talking about the perfect fish and chips. Best in town! We will be back and we 'll be bringing more friends!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My sweetheart and I decided to check out Block & Tackle, as it had a decent write-up in Willamette Week. We were "satisfied" but less than impressed. The ambiance is almost lacking, menu selection quite limited, and the menu is pricey vis-a-vis the price/value relationship in my opinion. I had the mussels and fries; she had scallops. The food was good, but not exceptionally so. Given the restaurant was quite busy, I can understand the lack of superior service by the wait staff."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I thought the food was very good. Service was very good. We had reservations, it was a little busy and we were offered a free beverage while we waited. The wait was not too long and once seated all food was delivered in a timely manner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was very fresh and delicious and the service was quite good. We made a reservation and found, when we arrived, that we were to sit at a long table with others and we had to sit across from each other. We don't like to sit across from each other and asked if we could sit next to each other and were told we would have to move to the bar. Other than that the evening was very enjoyable."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Seriously this is a great spot, interesting menu. Our problem? We did not fancy the flavors of the dishes we tried... Mackerel, cod sandwich...but that was us. I would still encourage you to give it a try. If you like oysters, you have to go."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The wait for our entrees was a little long, but worth the wait. Something needs to be improved in that area for me to go back there or to a number of other good restaurants on Division. It took me 15 minutes to find a parking place on the street. The construction of numerous apartments/condos in close proximity made it worse, but I can't imagine what will happen when those folks move in."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Seafood menu was more interesting than many other Portland restaurants. Our grilled oysters and fish and chips were excellent."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Initially we were seated upfront, which I'd recommend against-too dark and no energy.. We asked to be moved further into the restaurant. We ended up at two of the six chefs seats - which were excellent. The service at those seats comes from the bartender and was fantastic. I'd recommend siting there, the cool bar or the community table. All the food was excellent and not rushed. Will definitely return and also plan to visit during their happy hour, which sounds excellent as well."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "I was enthusiastic about eating at Block and Tackle since I had heard so many good things. The room was half empty when we arrived and it took a few minutes to be greeted. Our table was fine. Our server was fine - as attentive as she needed to be (which wasn't very much). The main problem was with the food. We all had fish and chips at our 4 top and the fish was great but the chips were too salty to eat. Now I get it, I like salt, I like salty chips but these were bordering on inedible. And for 16 bucks, which is spendy here for that dish, it would have been nice to eat all of it. If you like fish and chips, order it but request specifically they go easy on the salt."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "I was so pleasantly surprised with the quality and unique selection. Small, intimate, lively ambiance--fun kitchen seating to watch all the excitement and everything being prepared. Definitely a must-try for seafood lovers!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I can't wait to go back to Block & Tackle. Their seafood stew over israeli coucous in a tomoto broth had beautiful fresh herbs over the top for an incredible combination of flavors. Their veggie sides like roasted brussel sprouts with bacon and fried cauliflower were perfectly cooked and so delicious. I also appreciate their portion sizes which were ample (I like to eat and I don't like small restaurant portions!). The service was right on the mark. Thank you!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Our first time back there since Wafu closed down. I'll miss Wafu but totally loved B+T!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The hostess and server were both very friendly, welcoming and attentive and the atmosphere was wonderful for a date night. It also seems like a nice place to go with a small group of friends. It hurts to pay almost $3 per oyster on the half-shell, but they were delicious and so worth it. They have $1 off options for happy hour so I will definitely go back for that. Tasty cocktails and the Lifeguard's Stew was amazing."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal but had two real issues with the ambience. Our table was by the front door and as people came in and out we got blasts of cold air. We ate rapidly as our food barely stayed warm on the table. Do not accept this table! Block and Tackle, you should station a greeter outside with a heat lamp to deal with guests who arrive and want to put their names on a wait list. Don't diminish the dining experience for your paying guests."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Everything we had was excellent. Clam chowder a must. Fish and chips lightly battered and moist and delicious fries. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "A great place to meet on a Sunday evening. The four of us split the special, a Clam Bake, and several entrees. It was relaxing and we did not feel like we were rushed."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Great location. Superior service. Happy hour 4 to 6. Broad oyster selection. Sea food cocktail of shrimp, scallop and squid, ling cod sandwich, other bites to share(skip the mackerel), expensive wine list. Shares a wine list with co restaurant, Roe"
    Dined on 11/27/2013