Clarke's Restaurant Bar
Clarke's Restaurant Bar

Clarke's Restaurant Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://clarkesrestaurant.net/
  • Phone: 5036362667
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: M-Th 5:00pm-8:00pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Clarke
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: CLARKE"S has three private dining rooms that can be used individually or in combination for up to 75 people. Each room is ADA accessible. Please contact us for group dining information at laurie@clarkesrestaurant.net
  • Private Party Contact: Laurie or Jonathan Clarke 5036362667

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Avenue A & B
  • Public Transit: Trimet bus - Lake Oswego transit center is 5 blocks away.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot directly outside of front door.
A word from Clarke's Restaurant Bar
A "neighborhood gem" in Lake Oswego, this "excellent" New American is beloved by locals for its upmarket cuisine (think lobster risotto and free-range chicken) offered with Pacific NW wines at a "good price"; quality service and setting qualify it as one of "the best" in the area - ZAGAT
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Clarke's Restaurant Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (12)special occasion (9)romantic (9)notable wine list (4)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Highly satisfying and pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Outstanding food, cheerfully served in split orders(My husband and I generally eat half portions and find them just right). Service polished, helpful but not disruptive with constant queries. The king salmon was interestingly spiced and cooked as we like it. Bottle price for wine very reasonable. Overall too expensive for frequent visits but well worth it for occasional use. We would definitely recommend Clark's to anyone who appreciates a classy but very comfortable atmosphere along with the excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    Skippy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    To begin with, everyone there was nice so it is hard to give a low rating for service. However it took forever to order and it took even longer to get our meal. The same applied for every table around us. That being said, the salmon was dry and the risotto was just okay. The Ceasar Salad was nicely done though. In the end we determined that we wouldn't go back, especially when you consider the cost. There are better options out there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Local Restaurant
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We enjoy this restaurant for special occasions and on theater nights. It is located very close to the Lakewood Theater. Great food, service and prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SALTY
    foodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I think the chef should taste his food before sending it out. He likes SALT!! 3 of the 4 dishes we could even get through them. Had to RUN for ice cream…..Across the street….
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre
    Burbsdiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Large dinner party and booked through open table and requested prvate space if available, they assessed a room fee even though the restaurant was empty and said they had tried to call to confirm that a fee was ok although never rec'd a call. Announcement was made in front of entire dinner party of "there is an added fee for the private room" which was rather embarrasing as a host, I would have objected to an additional fee particularly since the restaurant was empty but did not want to embarrass myself or my guests.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Pals
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is wonderful, always. The service is excellent and the ambience great. We highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Clarke's is a restaurant to love. The food is great - professionally prepared, plated and served. Deserts are scrumptious. My favorite in LO.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently very good
    rickVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We eat here a few times a year ever since they opened years ago and have always had good to excellent food. The menu is not large but we always find a few things we really like. The wine list is reasonably priced. Not sure why it isn't more crowded; maybe because it is a bit off the street and tends to be quiet. It remains one of the best Lake Oswego restaurants despite increasing competition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster risotto <3
    Foodyourlifedependsonit
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This is the 2nd time I've dined at Clarke's and I again chose the Lobster risotto. It did not disappoint. I also had their caesar salad and it was equally tasty. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in Lake Oswego
    KascadeKat
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our entire meal from start to finish was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    cades52
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Having not dined at Clarke's in quite some time I was delighted to experience the same high quality food that I had remembered. The service was top notch. We dined at the restaurant during an evening when there was a competing community function, so consequently the restaurant was extremely quiet. I highly recommend Clarke's if you are looking for high quality food and wine, with a mid-priced menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good
    izzy
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Always a good experience here, although on a Tuesday night we were the only people in the place. That was a little strange, but service was great, and food as always was top notch. Follow us on twitter for more reviews: @foodandcork
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  • Good overall experience
    Jeff
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The lobster / shrimp risotto was the best I've had. This certainly made for a great food experience. There were 6 people at our table and when we ordered drinks there was a little confusion about vodkas, and when she brought the drinks out she gave us the wrong drink, but we sorted it out. It's a little bit of a pet peeve when someone doesn't take notes and tries to remember everyone's order. That being said, the food and atmosphere was excellent and I will be going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great experience.
    Rmsrvce
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We have been to clarkes many times and it never disappoints. The food is always fresh, well-prepared and delicious. We highly recommend Clarkes for everything from burgers to risotto. Always great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very quiet, food was bland
    JNOW
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I really wanted to like Clarks. Our server was so nice and eager to please. The appetizer was good (Melting Camembert Fritters). Our dinners were just not great. The risotto with the Shrimp and Lobster Risotto was undercooked (but there was so much seafood included so if cooked right worth the money). My husband's duck was bland. Desserts were good. Also they did a fun Pinot flight but one of the samples was corked and had to be sent back.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 47 reviews are from the Clarke's Restaurant Bar reviews archive.
  • A wonderful meal.
    downhomeguy
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We were headed to the theater and decided to use the coupon that Clarke's provides to season ticket holders. We had a wonderful meal. I had the shrimp and lobster risotto and my friend had the salmon. They were both excellent paired with a choice of pinot gris and chardonnay we made excellent choices. Service was very good. A great choice for dinner in downtown Lake Oswego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent first experience
    Smde
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Great food, nice wine list and fantastic service. The place is very cozy as well. The My Maine lobster and shrimp risotto is their specialty, it's amazing! First time here and I'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • clarke's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    as always the food was excellent. my wife loves the table olive bread, works well for me as I can remove mine and share with her We usually do happy hour here, great, changing menu with a perfectly done burger and truffle fries always "on", so a full dinner is a nice treat Certainly not the fault of the restaurant, but with only 3 tables filled (we were early) the threesome next to us spent the entire time discussing the one ladies' partner who had just gone thru a very lingering, painful death.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed Elegance
    LAX2pdx
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food is of the highest quality and prepared without pretense. We sat at the bar on a Saturday for an early dinner and ordered burgers, truffled fries and red wine. All were exactly right and delicious. I especially like the way Clarke's has created several sophisticated "rooms" rather than one large cavernous space. And yet, the atmosphere felt airy and open. I highly recommend Clarke's for both an intimate dinner and a larger special occasion party. Can't wait to go back to try items on the dinner menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food & service - cramped
    NewtVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food and service were outstanding Seating is a bit cramped and it's a bit noisy with other tables
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We enjoy going to Clarke's for dinner before theater. Good food and service. We have been regulars for several years and don't plan to stop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • discriminodineVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Extremely enjoyable and relaxed; service was reliable and welcoming; the shrimp and lobster risotto was excellent as was the swordfish and the flourless chocolate cake for dessert was quite good as well; the wines were 25% off on Wednesday and quite good as well
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Nugget
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    I loved celebrating my birthday with dinner at Clarke's! Had never been there before but will definitely return and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappoints
    RvanVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We have never been disappointed with a meal at Clarke's. Food is interesting, beautifully executed and delicious! The service is friendly and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good experience
    enthusiastic2share
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Clarke's has been a long time special occasion experience for us. The food is excellent, beautifully presented and always exhibits certain creativity. Among the most favorites are the Caesar Salad (the best ever) and the Lobster Risotto. The dessert menu as it changes periodically is delightful. We highly recommend Clarke's for an evening of pure pleasure.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a little slow
    EOAmerica
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    No fault to be found, but as things transpired, everything was just a little slow--so we ended up unable to get to our play. We kicked back and just decided to relax and enjoy some suddenly free time. A wonderful evening--we were totally coddled. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect, as always!
    HollisFamily
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Clarke's is a go-to restaurant for our family for special occassions including birthdays and anniversaries. Their food is alway delicious (especially the risotto!) and the service is top rate. We drive all the way from Troutdale just to dine here and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clarke's is always great
    RvanVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Delicious food, always beautifully prepared, Interesting dishes and great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Things in a Small Package
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Some of the best things in life come in small packages. Clarke's is one of these things. A menu that is to the point, everything I've tried on it tastes great. Atmosphere is relaxed and staff is a pleasure. Highly recommended hideaway of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real good but not GREAT....
    Wanttobewowed
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We love the atmosphere, the attention from the wait staff and the food. While the food was good, since we know how to make this at home, we would rather have more of an adventure with our food. We like to try new sauces, new tastes, new ways to do things. I would say that our first 2 times here were pretty good (with the first time being Real good), but honestly, do something you can't do at home. My honey had a reduction sauce on his plate with his steak but it was a very small pool and he would have rather had it all over the steak. The gratin potatoes could have used a bit of sauce on top. We loved the choc torte at the end though. Well done on that! We will be going elsewhere. Thanks!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    Todd
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The service was great and the food is excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Food is exceptional and service is also. The restaurant is warm with nice decore and is the perfect special occasion place as well as for a regular evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm atmosphere, delicious food!
    PDXfoodie
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    My spouse and I had a great experience at Clarke's. We came in for happy hour and enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. The chef clearly pays attention to detail - the food is creative and very mouth-watering (the burger was lean and tasty, the quiche melts in your mouth!). The staff are friendly and the service is top notch. You can tell they have a lot of regulars and everyone who was there seemed to enjoy themselves. We'll be back to try dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    RvanVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Our Christmas Eve dinner was one of the best we have ever had. Chef Jonathan always does an outstanding job but the sauce on the steak this evening took it to another level. We are never disappointed atvClarke's . The staff is wonderful and the food is always interesting and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot to dine with friends
    Bromjess
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Great environment for a night out with 2 friends. Quiet atmosphere...but not too quiet that we felt overheard by other tables or a bother to other diners with our conversation and laughter. The bar serves nicely mixed drinks. The wine list is small, but well selected. Our group of 4 diners is picky, but we all found something on the menu we liked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    ShanBu
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Clarke's always delivers great food a wine. Best risotto around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dining experience.
    annieturner
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Wonderful food, all prepared with such flair and deicious favour. Service excellant. Cosy atmosphere and pleasing decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Server lacked experience and
    vandyVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Server lacked experience and skill. She forgot to mention a special. Food is loaded with too much salt!!!! It's very tasty, though the natural taste of the food is hidden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant comfort
    Crowurks
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Clarke's has great food, a wonderful wine list, not too many choices but always delicious, and well-prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keep it special
    Roland
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Small intimate atmosphere, with great food and wine and friendly service makes Clarke's the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with small group of friends. No rush, no hurry, excellent food and attention to detail makes for a excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.