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clarklewis Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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: Kyo Koo
  • 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, 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNorthwest
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Our first visit to Clarklewis was superb-so we returned for our anniversary.We ordered the arugula salad which was salted. The tuna pasta we shared was very good - tasted fresh made and the flavors were delicate. Entrees, I ordered lamb with fennel/zucchini. The lamb was flavorless and raw in the center. My husband order the pave steak, medium. The steak arrive tartar or ahi style: seared on the very outer edge, raw and fleshy in the center. When he tried to cut the steak it was sinewy and tough. We don't ever send food back because a) we don't want anyone messing with our food and b) by the time the steak would be cooked, I would have been done with my dinner and he would have eaten alone. They should get it right the first time."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Beet and smoked salmon first course was yummy. Loved the tuna. Wine recommendation was excellent"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The food was very creative and good. However, the greeter and server staff did not look very happy, didn't smile at all, and were very aloof. Overall, disappointing compared to previous reviews."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Went this week when friends were all free. Weren't focused on food, just wanted to get together quick and ended up at cl. Decided on chef tasting menu (freakish bargain at $55 for absolutely ever y thing) again not for the food, but bc it was quick and we could get back to catching up fast. Huge surprise in how We got almost every thing on the menu, stuff we'd never order and how fun it was to share. Service was friendly and extra-ish. Only thing kitchen was out of was tartar - my fave. .. and somehow the kitchen yielded one for us. So much food, We took home three boxes. Not snobby, but have every right to be. You wanna treat your folks, Your staff, your out of town pals. .. this is your venue."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This restaurant was highly recommended to us while on a tour of Oregon's Pinot country …..it did not disappoint. we all left commenting on how fabulous every dish was."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I ordered the tomato salad for $11 and it looked like half a salad. Two other people at my table ordered the same thing and we joked that they must have split it into three portions. It was the kind of salad that someone on a serious, serious diet would need to eat but, come on people, tomatoes aren't that expensive right now."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Clarklewis never disappoints. My salmon was cooked perfectly and the arugula salad with parmesan cheese was fantastic! I have been coming here 1-2 times a year since they opened and have never had a bad meal. Initially, we ordered the several courses fixed price dinner and always were impressed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The salmon was delicious, and ur server was very good. My husband asked that his salmon be cooked through and through and it was. I asked for my salmon to bea bit undercooked and it was. Very good overall."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Thank you Clarklewis! I made dinner reservations online and mentioned we'd like a nice table because we were celebrating our 25th wedding ann. Our waiter came with a glass of champagne for all of us!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "After a hectic day and early evening, it was nice to relax at clarklewis and be served well with good food. Our friends had never been there and enjoyed it very much."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "With the doors open and many trucks going by, it is hard to converse. However, the food and service were great. Would go back again."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This location is very noisy - trains, trucks, etc., but the food combinations are unusual and tasty. Found an unusal wine to have - an Italian cabernet franc."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The kitchen and server were overwhelmed with a modest crowd at lunch. Very slow to get food to the table. It is clearly an industrial area with trucks and trains roaring by. Not a great place for a business lunch because of all the noise."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Thought we would try clarklewis for dinner, as we have the Passport Card, yet had never been! So glad we did--great steak, excellent "greens" and the card helped make it more affordable. We'd go back. For us very selective diners, that is quite a compliment."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Truly exquisite food in this converted warehouse. Had the bruschetta appie & loved it. Full of flavor & sharing size. We both went for fish - one the salmon and the other the tuna - and each was prepared perfectly. Cooked to perfection, complimented with veggies and sauces/purees that added bursts of compatible flavors. (Mary Brent was on fish this night!) Were able to get a half bottle of the Cristom Pinot Noir we wanted - perfect for the two of us. Desserts were superb too - sorbet for her and carrot cake for me - best I ever had & portions that hit Cinderella Zone - Just Right. Service was impressive. A staff member heard a guest at the table near us drop a spoon and immediately arrived with a replacement - no need to ask!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "used to be a restaurant with a variety of small plates. unhappily, changes to a below average "normal" restaurant"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Hadn't been in for a while and was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and tasty everything was. The service was good and the food arrived promptly. A nice evening."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I dined on June 11, at 5:45, within the time frame for 1000 points. I only received 100 points ( for an overpriced meal)"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We have been three times before and this again was one of the best meals to be had in Portland. Great attentive service, fantastic halibut and a bottle of Italian white recommended to us which we had never had before and was fantastic. We will be back again."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "What a great place to spend to lunch with parents visiting from out of town. Food was awesome and we loved the smell of the wood stove. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The food, service and ambience are wonderful. The salmon with morel mushrooms was perfectly cooked. The cold soup was a great starter. Karen our server was knowledgable, fast and friendly. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Server was very accommodating to my dietary restrictions, and the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have an excellent dinner, mostly due to the great food, and service. They can open one side of the restaurant to the street, and because it was a beautiful night, this added to the enjoyment. Their wood-fired oven also adds a rustic and pleasing aroma to the place!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great service,food, and atmosphere I had the spaghetti and the salmon bruschetta "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My husband and I were celebating a special occasion and dined here on a recommendation of a colleague. It was superb from start to finish! The food was creative, fresh and fabulous. The service was impeccable. And the experience was so pleasing that I brought an entire team of executives back for dinner after I workshop I was hosting. Both experiences were standout. Definitely on my list of 'best spots'!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The service and food were excellent! We had a party of 5 and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Our lunch, the blue plate special, was fabulous from beginning to end. It is apparent that great care is taken in the good prep. It was perfect and delicious. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The Chef's family style was incredibly good. When we first arrived we were hesitant to dive in as we all wanted different entree's, but when our server informed us we would be pretty much getting the entire menu we dove in. There was more than enough food and everything was really good. I had never opted for family style before, but I would definitely do it again!."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We came for a Birthday dinner for 5 people. We did the "Chef's Special" for $55 per person. The amount and quality of EVERYTHING was outstanding. We all believe it is the best dining experience we have ever had! I was particularly struck by the collaborative effort of the Wait staff. We had at least 5 or 6 people serving us, giving us fresh plates and silverware, delivering our dishes the moment they were ready (we ate "family style" and had 18 different food selections), filling water glasses...... They were unobtrusive, but always there....which is a magical balance to acheive! We loved the ambiance, and the ability to be inside and outside at the same time, due to the open side of the building! All in all, a perfect evening! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Very competent food. Service was not well coordinated. OK but not great experience when compared to other options in Portland."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I chose this place for a special occasion due to great past experiences but was disappointed this time around. The food was good but not great. The entree portions were small and left us still hungry. The main problem was with our server, who started out ok but then disappeared after our appetizers were cleared. We waited forever to get an order in for a second round of drinks. Then didn't receive them until after we finished our entrees! My dad even ate his dish really slowly so he could enjoy some of it with a glass of wine...which appeared after our plates were cleared. After dessert, the bill was slapped down on the table as if we had done something wrong! We left the place totally confused as to what had happened. Sad for Clarklewis."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Second visit to Portland and second to Clark-Lewis. The restaurant is housed in an old warehouse in one of the warehouse districts east of the river. Architecturally, it is minimal and modern. The service is always spot on and we have never been sitting idly waiting. Even on this visit when the desserts were taking a little longer than normal, our service dropped them off and said that they were comped since they were taking so long. The menu changes daily and the food is always very well done and presented. Certainly worth the trip."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My wife and I went to clarklewis to celebrate her birthday and had a wonderful time. The server was great. He showed up at all the right times and let us enjoy our evening. The only downside was that the restaurant was overly loud (open windows to street + overhead music + close tables) and my wife and I felt like we were yelling to each other even sitting adjacent to each other and not across the table. Overall our experience was great and would definitely recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Without question one of the best restaurants in Portland, and for the value, one of the best restaurants in all of the Pacific Northwest. Food is brilliant. Ambience is comfortable and cool. The farm to table concept was pioneered by these guys, they have taken it to a whole new level. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was great. Wine overpriced, but helpful staff helped us pick the right bottle. But the room was opened up on both sides and is made largely of concrete; consequently, between the traffic, the train, the loud music and raucous diners, the noise level was exhausting. And this was a Wednesday! In addition, there were tiny white things floating in the air -- dust from the nearby industrial yard? bugs? blown seeds or other plant material? some of each? I would go back, but with earplugs, and plan to learn ESL first."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We sat down on time, with a reservation. T'was the last time service was acceptable. It took several minutes to get water, longer to get our beverage order taken. Then 15 more minutes for beverages to arrive, 5 more minutes before we could order. By then, we'd been there 25-30 minutes. It was an hour and a half from our being seated before the food actually arrived. They apologized and said a large group in the private dining room was causing delays. If that room was reserved for a special group, the restaurant knew about it in advance and should have increased staff for the evening or told us when we made our reservation that they would be unable to promise reasonable service. A plate of free cookies didn't make up for this!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I had the salmon which was cooked perfectly! We really enjoyed the lamb dish as well as the prawn pasta dish. We were not blown away by the other pasta dish we ordered... I believe it had Copa in it? I absolutely love the decor and ambience of ClarkLewis. I can't wait to sit in the open area facing the street! I believe our server's name was Ellis. She was great!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Simply put, we enjoyed everything about our dinner at Clarklewis, the drinks, the food and our waiter who was both entertaining, attentive and knowledgeable. We shared 2 starters and a risotto entree. All were tasty, interesting and unique. Will definitely be back again and again!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A recent outing of three ladies saw us selecting Salmon, Halibut and Pork. All three were wonderfully prepared, but when the picky lady that ordered pork was less than pleased, Steve insisted on having something else prepared for her. (I finished her pork and thought it was very good). She was pleased with the Risotto dish that was offered as a replacement. This in itself was caring service but Steve went beyond that and refused to bill us for either of her selections. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Frequently have business lunch here because of great food, service and location. Gets a little noisy, but still able to communicate easily."
    Dined on 5/16/2014