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clarklewis Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.clarklewispdx.com
  • Email: info@clarklewispdx.com
  • Phone: (503) 235-2294
  • Hours of Operation: Serving
    LUNCH: monday thru friday 11.30- 2.00
    DINNER: monday thru saturday 5.30- late
    HAPPY HOUR: mon thru sat 4.30- 6.30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Dolan Lane
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: The KINDLING ROOM is our intimate and dramatic private room available for up to 24 seated guest for dinner and up to 40 for standing cocktail reception.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taylor
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: clarklewis has 6 spaces available all day, directly in front of the restaurant. The Eastbank Commerce Center (where clarklewis is located) has 72 spots open from 6:00pm to close; these spaces are reserved during the day.
A word from clarklewis
A bustling eatery in the central eastside industrial district serving Italian inspired local, organic, seasonal, sustainable fare. clarklewis has received many honors since opening, including restaurant of the year (the Oregonian), 10 most notable new restaurants of 2004 (Wall Street Journal) and 10 hottest new restaurants of the year (msn.com) Dinner reservations are highly recommended, however most evenings we have walk-in availability on a first come first served
basis. Bar counter space is first come first served as well. Online booking available up to a party of 6.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Great experience. Awesome food. You are very well attended to."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Fresh herbs, local fare, excellent quality, measured portions, perfectly prepared, shining presentation, exceptional service, attention to detail noted."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We were there to celebrate a birthday. After being seated, our server took our drink order. We were not ready to order when she returned so asked for a couple of minutes. We waited more than 10 minutes for her to come back, finally flagged down another staffer. We were virtually ignored for the remainder of our meal, as diners around us who ordered after us got their orders. Two of us were sharing an entree, it came in a single plate undivided. Empty tea glasses for 10+ minutes after requesting refills. Ordered dessert to,share, it was plunked down in front of one diner. Very disappointing, we won't be back."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Unfortunately I cannot remember her name however our server was one of the best i have had in Portland. Bamboo tattoo on arm, request her. Took my wife for her birthday and we had a great time."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Bad (and inattentive) service unfortunately marred our experience at an otherwise good restaurant."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "The restaurant works on all levels. More of an adult restaurant, industrial setting, hard surfaces, so noisy. This is not a problem for us. First class restaurant. Look forward to returning."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "If you like prompt service, clarklewis is the place to go."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Year after year this place delivers. There were four in our party and all want to return for the $55 tasting menu."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Clarklewis has perfect service. They never brought a plate until both of us were finished with the previous course and the plates were cleared. I didn't feel rushed like I do at some other places. They really have their timing down and know how to anticipate needs. The food was good, but nothing extraordinary. I was not happy that we were seated right next to the front door, as there were better tables available when we arrived, but such is life. I'd recommend Clarklewis and I'd love to give them another try in the near future."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "They have a great chef in the open kitchen. I ordered the sunchoke and mustard greens salad ($10) which was delectable. The halibut ($29) was cooked perfectly and the mushroom risotto was not heavy at all. Both items were very nicely presented. The portion was the right size for me but my husband felt it could have been larger. The water glasses were kept full and we had two very attentive servers. I was glad I could get a late reservation last minute on a Friday night. We left the restaurant at 10:30pm and were not made to feel rushed by anyone. I feel confident that this restaurant is consistently good. We will return when we want to treat ourselves."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Clarklewis is always a favorite. This is the first time we took kids, and it was great. Two families with 3 kids total--well behaved and polite. The restaurant is naturally loud with an open kitchen and open dining. The staff was great and they had no issues in accommodating a children's request for simple pasta. Well done."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I had the steak my date had the halibut, both were excellent. Wine list was extensive and included a full range of sections."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I'm visiting Portland for the first time, attending a business convention. My colleague picked up this place because of some of the reviews we found on Open Table. What a great surprise. We were both very impressed from the moment we walked inside. The smells coming from the open kitchen were delicious. We were seated immediately and our waiter was friendly, knowledgable of the wine menu, and very attentive. Our food was delicious from our salads to the main course. The wine we picked up was a local Pinot Noir and simply delicious. Our bill came to less than $200 well worth it. Would come back here in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We ordered three dishes to be divided for the two of us. As requested they came one after the other. The kitchen had divided them for us. In our sixties, this was ample food for us. Younger folks will order more food. Our meal was very well prepared, and presented. Paper table top above a white table cloth was annoying because it overlapped oddly (not a big deal). The restaurant is in an old warehouse with garage doors along one side. Every surface is hard, the kitchen is open. Every sound is bright and reverberates. For me the background bright sharp noise is over the top and distracting from the conversation and the food. If you are young or hard of hearing, it might be fine. But the food was fabulous."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Hadn't been here since last year's Portland Dining Month. That's unfortunate as this is such a great place. Everything was perfect and Charmaine's service was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "my husband and I went for our 11 year anniversary and this place was top notch! what a great way to celebrate a special occasion. The server put us a glass of bubbles and told us happy anniversary. She took such great care of us and had great food recommendations. The food was superb and the service was outstanding! they go out of their way to make you feel special."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Brought friends from out of town to a restaurant we remembered favorably for its interesting ambience and great food. While the food was still very good, the noise level made it almost impossible to talk with our friends, whom we hadn't seen in a long time."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The food was out of this world, as usual, and the service was impeccable and exceeded expectations. The only drawback was the loud noise level, due in part to a very large talkative party in the bar section, and because of all the hard surfaces (walls, ceiling, floor). Still not as loud as Les Halles in NYC! An all-over wonderful dining experience. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We usually don't do this, but we haven't been married 35 years before either. We told our wonderful server, Karen, that we had walked to clarklewis (we just moved to downtown Portland for 6 months while our new house is being completed) and that it was our 35th anniversary. Karen and the staff of clarklewis made it a memorable night and we much appreciate it. We decided to sample the tasting/chef's menu - great choice for anyone anytime - and they all worked hard to make it a great night. Thanks everyone! We will return soon!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "we were out for my husband's birthday. we decided to order the chef's tasting menu and it was wonderul. the service was so great and we really couldn't have asked for a better experience. wonderful food and atmosphere. great restaurant for any occasion."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "You can't go wrong with clarklewis - the food and atmosphere on a Saturday night were both buzzing. The ingredients were top quality and the attention to detail pretty good. The very fresh halibut was flaky and moist and served on beautifully cooked risotto and vegetables. All the meat dishes were tasty and satisfying. The desserts were unusual enough to be interesting but still comforting and tasty; Meyer lemon trifle and chocolate hazelnut mousse."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Wait staff were very attentive. Food was delicious. Kitchen uses a wood oven so the place smells wonderful, and in the summer the garage style windows open up which would be cool. Be prepared for smaller than average portions, especially if you select for the pre fixe menu. A little overpriced, and quite loud. Overall experience was that this is a sweet once in a while place."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Again, we were able to have a fantastic dining experience at ClarkLewis. We went for the $29 March dinner special and it exceeded expectations. All three courses were extremely good and the lamb bolognese was a definite do over. The dessert was just right...a piece of pound cake coated with chocolate and a small scoop of delicious ice cream. ClarkLewis is becoming our go to restaurant of choice."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We went with our adult children during Portland Dining Month and loved the food, beginning with an arugula salad. The main dish was supposed to be on pasta, and the server was very willing to suggest options (polenta) so the gluten-free among us could still take advantage of the Portland Dining Month pricing. The braised Cattail Creek lamb Bolognese was superb, perfectly spiced, and possibly even better on the cheesy polenta than with pasta. Two of us had to work to avoid the gluten in the cake surrounded by espresso chocolate mousse, but the rich chocolate was worth it. Portions were perfect; I left feeling satisfied but not stuffed, and the wine complemented the meal. The noise impeded the flow of conversation, though, even on Tuesday."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I definitely enjoyed dinner but would return to dine at off hours since the warehouse design of the restaurant ends up being really noisy at peak hours."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The open kitchen is a mistake for this restaurant as good food safety practices are very lacking. Salad prep is done with bare hands as well as plating the numerous ingredients. Tasting of ingredients appears to be optional by the person preparing the salad. Cookies are arranged on serving plates with bare hands. Leftovers and extra food is placed on a central counter and left for the kitchen help and servers to eat either by fingers, grabbing a forkful or placing some on a plate. Chefs arrange food with their fingers and feel free to lick them afterwards. Salad ingredients are placed into storage containers at the end of the day with bare fingers.... no gloves or spatula... and it's okay to wipe your nose with the back of your hand."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food was good, service was great, and the time spent in the restaurant was fantastic. I'd definitely go back to explore more of the menu!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "This was my 2nd time eating at clarklewis. The food was memorable this time. The pasta was fantastic, we had a great waiter and a very enjoyable evening! I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We had a great time at Clarklewis. The lamb Bolognese is amazing. Great service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Space is really really noisy on a busy night! Conversing with your dining partner is a bit like a verizon ad: "Can you hear me now?""
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We headed to Clarklewis for our anniversary upon the recommendation of a longtime Portlander and it was everything it should have been. We were told to choose the tasting menu and it was exactly what I would tell anyone who goes there for the first time to do. The portions were generous, the service was really really good, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The dining area looks like it would be very noisy but with we never felt like it was too loud and we were able to have an intimate dinner without feeling like we were stuck in a library. We enjoyed eating a meal that was fresh and creative without being weird; while each dish was very good, the New York steak and pastas were our favorites of the night. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was so delicious and unique. Very energetic happening place."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Hadn't been to CL in awhile...enjoyed a nice meal with the hubster. Split a salad and starter, both had a full sized pasta dish. Love the focus on fresh and sustainable ingredients. Service was a tad slow but we weren't in a hurry."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "this was my first visit, but my boyfriend had been there before. I thought the place was great I am vegan and they accommodated me no problem"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I found clarklewis with a quick google search for farm to table restaurants in Portland. I was so pleased with everything I ordered. I am still dreaming of that lamb shank cooked to perfection. The only reason I gave ambiance 4 stars was because of the cloud of smoke that hit me as I walked in the door. But what can you do when there is an open kitchen plan next to the waiting area. Once seated it was no longer a problem. The waitstaff was knowledgeable and acutely passionate about the dishes when describing the menu. Such a lovely place, I would not hesitate to come back when celebrating in Portland again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I went there for a weekend celebration of valentines day. We had a reservation for 8:30 and were seated on time in a good seat. The restaurant is dimly lit and smells of the cooking fire that looks to be used in the kitchen (smells great). My wife ordered wine and I had a cocktail, both of which were delicious! We ended up ordering the chefs tasting which lets you sample about 70% of the items on the menu. Every item was delicious but I would especially recommend the pork cheek as an appetizer and the panna cotta as a dessert. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went for valentines day and we will be back for any occasion. The food was great the service was better and the ambience was the best! It has a great combination upscale dinning with the converted warehouse feel combined wood fired flare. The open kitchen is a great part of this restraints character. You can tell that passion for food, service, and ambience is the name of the game at this Portland eatery. Oh! And don't forget to order off their cocktail list, it is fantastic!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Clarklewis again and again delivers the whole package--great food and great service at a great price. And that's why I keep going! There's nothing particularly avant garde about their food other than the incorporation of interesting ingredients; however, I find their food to consist of high grade ingredients that are thoughtfully put together in a way that brings joy to the hungry heart. I've tried so many of their appetizers from salads to beef tartare to the hen leg confit to the baby octopus in squid ink...everything has been amazing. Their in-house made pasta is always delicious and the entrees--you really can't go wrong though I particularly enjoy their sole, lamb, and beef entrees. Clarklewis is truly a gem."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "clarklewis was a great dinner spot for my husband and i visiting seattle. I would highly recommend it"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We've eaten here many times over the past several years and never had a less than stellar experience. This time was no different. Lunch or dinner, the menu is thoughtful and delicious. Ambiance is low key industrial hip and very inviting. Wait staff is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Great wine list and cocktails, fresh local, farm to table ingredients with seasonal focus. The kitchen is creative and exacting whether it's starters or dessert; meat, seafood, pasta or vegetarian. This is reliable go-to dining for us in Portland. We can always get in, even at the last minute, and have a wonderful meal. Well worth it any time."
    Dined on 1/31/2014