clarklewis
clarklewis

clarklewis

  • 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: Organic, Northwest
  • 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: 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
clarklewis reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (102)special occasion (61)good for groups (50)romantic (43)neighborhood gem (39)hot spot (27)notable wine list (22)great for lunch (22)late-night find (14)great for outdoor dining (12)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Trendy Industrial East Side Restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    Second time here in as many weeks. First time for dinner and the second time for lunch. Atmosphere food and service were great. Prices were about right for the quality of food and service. My only suggestion is that during lunch with the windows open the background music was not necessary. It was getting a little loud. I'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    mrsatisfied
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    As a special treat, I took my wife out to someplace new and exciting. I read the reviews on Opentable for ClarkLewis and thought we would try it out. We ordered the chef's menu and, although they said it is four courses-there were two to three items per course. The value was amazing given the wonderful array of food. This was a really special night and Charmaine, our waitress, did a fantastic job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally made it to Clarklewis
    CulinaryNirvana
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I've had Clarklewis on my culinary "bucket list" for nearly a year. We finally had opportunity to dine there this past Friday, and boy am I glad we did. Everything from the bread and cocktail to the tender angolotti and perfectly cooked jack was wonderful. My only "complaint"- I felt the radicchio in the Grilled Radicchio salad needed to be cut into smaller more manageable pieces. Yes, I had a knife and was able to cut it myself, but the rest of the salad ingredients were quite small by comparison-a little unbalanced. The staff was very attentive yet understated. We shared the Gingerbread with pumpkin butter and ganache-OMG! I am looking forward to visiting again and seeing what new delights we discover.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable
    Robin
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We ordered the chef's special tasting and it was...amazing!!! They brought out plate after plate after plate of delicious food, all of which was explained by the professional and knowledgeable service people...the ambiance is friendly and warm and the smells wafting from the kitchen are to die for...I highly recommend this restaurant if you are ready for an amazing dining experience...so wonderful....thank you clarklewis!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outrageously Good Food/Outrageously Noisy
    TheTruth
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The great food and service of this restaurant are overshadowed by the obscene noise level. My partner got hoarse shouting to me from three feet across a small two-person table! It's like eating in the dining hall of a big university, hospital, or prison where there are no noise restrictions. But if that atmosphere is your thing, this place is great because of the great food, drink, and service. The pace is slow and leisurely (just what I like when I'm into a slow dinner with lots of good conversation with my companion(s) and no rush to get somewhere else). If money is an issue, however, be aware that clarklewis is spendy (I would say overpriced, but that judgement is based as much on my income level as on the $140 price tag (including tip) for a great dinner for two including wine and lots of food). We ordered quite a few items as the portions are small compared to my big appetite and the price per item. But everything we ordered was superb, from the generally organic/sustainable ingredients, to the preparation and presentation, to the impeccable service by the waiters. The background music was perfect except for the fact that the place is just so loud that even soft, tasteful music is just one more added piece of the intensely loud background noise. I wonder if the staff and owners are aware of the noise problem, or if it's just me and my partner who have sensitive ears?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Service made the difference
    GoBucky
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Went for lunch on a cold wet day so there was plenty of seating. Whereas the lunch menu for the entres' is limited the prices seem ok. The food was nothing special but we had great service which was appreciated as we were entertaining friends from out of town.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasting menu is a great deal
    bruce
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    the items were all super delicious. only trouble was too much food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reveiw
    Rich
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Selected this venue because it is a reliable great place for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent, accessible food
    MonicainPDX
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Well-prepared seasonal menu that was creative yet still palatable to our 10-year-old daughter. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    cbui
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were very happy with our dinner at clarklewis. Dinner was great, food was delicious, service was awesome. AND did i mentioned that they have parking right next to their restaurant too? Overall our experience at clarklewis was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great food and service
    Ashstyler
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This place has been around long enough that it's always dependably good. The Crowd is a bit older usually, partly due to price and partly due to portland's ever growing foodie scene. Not as hard to get a table as it was a few years ago
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and small
    Suvide
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I recently took a friend here for her birthday and we enjoyed the terrific, if meager, food that I expect. The one wrinkle in the evening was the wholly uninspired service from our server who seemed annoyed to have our table. We were nothing but pleasant. As my friend said to me, "smiles are free", and a server will benefit financially from an engaging attitude, whether real or acted. But the food is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum!
    lovefood
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Loved the radiccio salad, would definitely order it again. Looking forward to Happy Hour on next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    Kate
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is my favorite dinner spot. If I could afford to eat here every week, I would. The tasting menu is always wonderful and a surprise. They make me like things I don't normally like or even eat. They are creative and the dishes are paced to perfection. Everyone is clearly working as a team. The atmosphere is soft, warm and rustic. Try it, you'll love it too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the visit
    whidbeygirl
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We planned a visit here on our way to Southern Oregon, and were not disappointed with the restaurant. We started in the bar, and had an excellent hors d'oeuvres suggested by our waiter with wine. That waiter turned out to be our dinner waiter and continued to be extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We ordered the sampler and loved all except the main course which just did not seem to be as good as all the other tastes. If we returned, we would just do the happy hour in the bar with nibbles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothingifnotcriticalVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    They must been having a bad night. It took us 2 hours to get our food... they apologized and gave us a credit but nothing makes up for a ruined evening.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what it used to be.
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    ClarkLewis used to be on my list of places to go in Portland. After this last couple of visits, I was disappointed. This is a beautiful time of year for fresh fruits, but the Heirloom Salad used tasteless tomatoes. Seems to be still catering to its past reputation. Did the chef change?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Go for lunch if weather is lousy
    elwyn
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great food and service, but when it is nice out they open the large windows (good!) and when the trains go by several times an hour you cannot hear each other talk (not so good). It's a noisy space, anyway, and the trains just make it unbearable. So go at night and only in bad weather if you go for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, well-designed menu
    brainstorming
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Delicious, fresh, organic, seasonal food. Converted industrial space with functional and aromatic oak-fired hearth in the open kitchen. Informed staff provides solid advise on local cheese and wines. Innovative bartender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Visit
    Goodglassofwine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First visit was a team dinner for work and had a very good experience. Decided to take my wife for a wedding anniversary based on first experience and my second visit lacked to provide me with a similar feeling. Server was off with good table side manner. Waters weren't refilled without effort. Very few smiles from the service team. Kitchen seemed to be out of sync that night. While food was good it took awhile to arrive. With all the variety of dining in Portland, Clarklewis is going to have to step up its game for me to choose to go back on my dime. It was just OK this time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another wonderful dinner
    LovejacksonVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants! Another great evening with wonderful service and fantastic dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our service was incredibly slow and we were short on time. We thought we had plenty of time until we had to wait over and hour just to be served our appetizer.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Foid and fun atmosphere
    jericksen
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Lots of energy and great food. Couldn't ask for anything more on a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best tasting menu format - Portland
    TGF58VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A few friends and I enjoyed an exceptional evening at clarklewis. We all went in on the tasting menu and not only were the various courses amazing, the format is by far the best deal in Portland! We received three different menu 1tems for each of the 4 courses, so all of us got to sample 12 different items, each with plenty more than 1 bite per person. And you can't beat the price for all that food. The pastas were favorites but every item of every course impressed all of us. I would highly recommend clarklewis to anyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    datenight
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    creative and fresh. I tried (and liked) foods that I thought I didn't like (and I like most things so my list of no foods is short and firm, or so I thought).....great service, great value for the creative and delicious "gourmet" feeling meal. The chef's taster meal was almost too much to eat and a great value. Would certainly go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous find
    Kari
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We visited for our first time on our anniversary this week. Our reservation was at 7 and we were early and they were able to seat us. The manager wished us a happy anniversary and then we were greeted by our server with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine! Service was on point,and maybe a little slow at some points. However, we were not in a hurry so it did not bother us at all. We shared an appetizer, each had a salad and an entrée. Portion sizes were appropriate ,though my husband wished for a little larger prion of his ribeye. Dessert was complimentary for our special occasion as well. We were spoiled rotten and will be back! What a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't disappoint
    mcmpdx
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    While I love the seafood at clarklewis, each time I have their pasta, it is some of the best pasta I have ever had! This week, their fresh pasta was something with crab and again it was superb. This remains one of my favorite restaurants in Portland, particularly when the weather is nice and the front windows/walls are all opened up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OTfanVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Simply outstanding. Terrific food presented beautifully by a top notch staff. Can't beat it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Order the tasting menu!
    TShlaes
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Fabulous food! Get the tasting menu and try everything on the menu. Fun to share with a small group. Great service too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot evening in Portland
    LostlusterVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Manager accommodated a move of our group of 8 in a professional manner - too hot on a rare 97 degree day. Food was simply wonderful and inventive. Warm Radicchio salad with parmesan was delicious; every entree was great. Steak person said "best steak of his life". Salmon small portion but lovely too. Love this place. Portland has a zillion restaurants. ClarkLewis is one that has stood test of time by reinventing the menu and keeping food topnotch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very uncomfortable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We did not realize that this restaurant is open air and does not use air conditioning (although they apparently have it). Plus they had a roaring fire in the kitchen that is open to the dining area. It was a very warm evening and we remember the heat far more than the food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, busy atmosphere
    Nutmeg
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food, great service. Always great seasonal items and presented nicely.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very satisfying dining experience
    katerina
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great wine list. Consistently flavorful! We hope to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CL
    11goose19VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    An old favorite of mine. Esp. during warm days when they have all the garage shutters up but it does increase the noise level from the outside. Food is well presented and prepared. The heirloom tomato salad with just a few shavings of red radish and arugula provided a nice contrast to the sweetness of heirloom tomatoes. Risotto was very good, but the caviatelli pasta was a bit disappointing. Wines by the glass are reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as always
    dreadtread
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    There's nothing on the menu that will disappoint, and although somewhat limited, the items on the wine list has been carefully selected to pair wonderfully with everything on the menu. While Clarklewis is great for the well-heeled patron, there are also suitable options for a moderately priced meal and a wonderful light dinner can easily be had by combining a few of the appetizers. The atmosphere is geared very much towards adults and only rarely is the noise level distracting, even when seated near the bar. Service is excellent and the knowledgeable staff come ready with suggestions. Farm to fork at its finest! Bon apetit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressed
    racerx
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Jaded as we may with the Portland dining scene, you have to recognize quality, attention to detail, attention to the ingredients. Attended with 4 business partners from overseas. Ordered the tasting menu, when you have large group, pretty much be ready for everything on the menu. Impressed with the salads and appetizers, it is the peak of the summer season and the heirloom tomatoes where fantastic. Pasta dishes that where plentiful and cooked to perfection, the sauces providing brilliant complement. Main dishes where fantastic. Although I was less impressed with the fish and most impressed with the pork loin. Deserts where all fantastic, again in the peak of summer berry season. All in all a wonderful evening. Masterful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing
    pdxdinner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a very mediocre meal on Friday night. The artichokes appetizer was minuscule and the outer leaves had to be thrown away. Of 4 pastas and entrees, none of us was pleased- salmon was tiny, pork was tough, lamb ragu with no lamb. Even the coffee was old. However, the strawberry shortcake was delicious. I could not recommend this restaurant to my friends. It used to be one of Portland's great. What has something happened here?
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  • Clarklewis
    portlandfoodtime
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went here for my birthday and my experience was great! The food was delicious and the staff were attentive and very nice. And they noticed I had a present on the table and brought me out desert for my birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A First Trip to clarklewis
    Pablo57VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had not been to clarklewis before and for the most part it was a good experience. We thought the menu very well thought out and our server was a total pro. Dinner was uneven at times with the best of it easily very good but then there were disappointments in the appetizers. The room works fine and yet the finish of the materials helped make the noise level energetic at minimum. We were next to a large group of business men who were definitely enjoying themselves, but then that's just bad luck and no knock on the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • David11217
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was excellent. We had only 2 complaints: there is no air conditioning (and it was a VERY hot evening) and the noise level was high. We still liked it a lot and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic