Gruner
Gruner

Gruner

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.grunerpdx.com/
  • Phone: (503) 241-7163
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Pay with OpenTable,Visa
  • Cuisine: German, Austrian
  • Executive Chef: Chris Israel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Erin Wulff at 805-886-4166
  • Private Party Facilities: The Glacier Room is a private room available for your next business dinner or special event. Custom menus available.
  • Private Party Contact: Erin Wulff 805-886-4166

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alder Street
  • Public Transit: Streetcar at 11th and Alder, #15 bus at 11th and Alder, MAX stop at Galleria/SW 10th and Morrison.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are three parking garages all within a block of the restaurant, as well as street parking, which is metered until 7:00pm.
A word from Gruner
Grüner is an adventure through the Alps and along the Danube River which begins in the Black Forest and ends at the Black Sea. As it passes through Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Romania, an alternate Europe emerges, with a hearty, earthier culinary tradition favoring savory, dill, caraway seeds, crème fraîche, horseradish and paprika as opposed to the more familiar southern flavors of garlic, basil, olive oil, fennel seeds and tomato. This rich variety of cuisines is woven together by seasons and mountains and rivers—much like the Pacific Northwest.
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Gruner reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)special occasion (36)notable wine list (29)neighborhood gem (26)romantic (18)good for groups (15)hot spot (13)great for outdoor dining (8)great for lunch (7)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great food, very kind staff, service was slow
    Peanut
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I love the staff, I love the food, we did have to wait 30 minutes to be seated after our reservation but impacting the speed of other customers is tricky and unpredictable. We did get a few free snacks while we waited. I did not enjoy the coleslaw with the Salmon but the Salmon was excellent. I love the deviled eggs and the potato cheese balls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we tried won't be back
    Junior
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Appetizers very good, service good, strong wine menu, entrees (sausage) undercooked. Very limited menu. Sides very limited. Glad we tried it but given all the other choices in Portland, we won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting & yummy food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Had a great dinner with friends. Yummy food & wine and a relaxing ambiance. Staff was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Was dying to try the hamburger but they don't serve it in the restaurant. Thankfully, we had our 9 year old with us, and they make an exception for kids! Hamburger was incredible, but be prepared to feel like you've eaten a small bowl of grease. Rest of what we had was really tasty too, including shaved delicata squash salad, lots of wild mushrooms, and perfectly cooked dumplings. Very pleased with the wine list - refreshing to see something different for a change, including Alsatian, Swiss and German.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    AllisonG
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I met up with a few of my close friends for dinner and we had a really great experience. The drinks were delicious, the food was amazing and the service was top notch. I have a few food allergies and the waiter was very patient & very knowledgeable about the menu. I ordered the braised lamb dish and it was so tender that it practically dissolved in my mouth. Amazing flavor. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    pilot4food
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I had a really nice dinner there on Saturday. The bratwurst were excellent with strong flavors and the service was attentive and efficient. The food is a unique blend of German flavors with a distinct Portland spin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • German food
    rattlebrain
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Gruner offers beautifully prepared food in a German style that's uncommon on the west coast. The menu relies heavily on meat, but I was particularly enchanted with their vegetables, notably the tasty cabbage. Good cask wine, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • julie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Looking forward to my next visit to Portland and Gruner!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ambiance, Amazing Food
    lydia1VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here for dinner per the recommendation of a friend. We are new to Portland and are used to the stellar dining options we had in Chicago. We went to Kask first, located next to Gruner. The mixologists are fun to watch and the bar has a speakeasy feel to it. Great spot or a pre or post dinner drink. Then we walked next door to Gruner for dinner. The homemade bratwurst was amazing, as was the porkchop and the pretzel bread. Our server was very friendly and helpful. We loved Gruner and highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced, under-flavored, no good
    nineVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The title says it all. Save your money and go elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Kelly
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Gruner is no longer a favorite. We made reservations, but were sat in the very back, extremely close to another table. Our server never mentioned any specials or recommendations. We ordered drinks, appetizers, starters and main courses. Our appetizers were skipped all together, our starters came, but no plates for our food. Our drinks finally came after the starters. We asked about appetizers, expecting them first, waiter apologized that he completely forgot them. By then, we decided to just have one of appetizers, the deviled eggs. They were dry and rubbery. I ordered a second drink before my main course, it arrived after I was done eating. The menu is impossible to read without reading glasses. The lighting is poor, restaurant loud.
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  • Fantastisch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent authentic food. Well matched wine list. Fantastic cocktails. Friendly knowledgeable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    There is a lot of attention to detail at Gruner. The food ultimately is a little mundane for the price. Excellent spaetzel, great sausages, tasty ravioli and the crotquettes were excellent. The pork chop was, well a pork chop for too much money. Nothing interesting or remarkable about the pork chop. All in all good food but maybe a bit overpriced for the lack of originality or flare in the food itself.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    Nana
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went for the burger that we saw advertised in the Oregonian only to find out it was only served at the bar or outside during the evenings and it was too hot for us to eat outside so we ate inside and ordered of the menu and had a fabulous meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So delicious
    holycabbagelettuceprayVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Global influence and some fiiiiiiiiine meat. Perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No burger in the dining area?
    Tydes2k
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    How can a place that gets awarded best burger in Portland, not serve the burger on the menu? You have to sit in bar to get it? Very frustrating dinning experience and the waitress wasn't accommodating at all. GRUNER, please add the burger ASAP!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table for four had a great time
    Babba
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was delicious. Service was good. On the pricy side for beers. Especially since they aren't anything super special. Will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bonus
    meeat
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    A bonus that there is an Austrian/central Euro gem in Portland. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JeanneMarieVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We always stop over in Portland, great food town that it is, when driving the west coast specifically to eat dinner at this modern, German-inspired brasserie. My husband loves the egg appetizer and any of the pork dishes. I had a seasonal tomato soup with dill and an Oregon tuna with purslane. It's not easy to make grilled tuna memorable, but this was that perfect combination of high quality seafood in a simple, but well conceived, slightly different presentation. A glass of excellent Sylvaner Wine, the right breads, a tasty plum desert sort of like a clafoutis, well everything was simply delicious as it has been on our every visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wouldn't go back
    Judi
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went with 6 people and only 2 of us liked our food. Over rated in the Oregonian. High priced for what you get. Only checked outdoor dining because I had to put something to send this review. Was not impressed with anything and will not go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    Coffeefoodbike
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went to Gruner based on tour guide recommendation. Everything I had was delicious. I ordered the ricotta gnocchi as an appetizer and the German sausage and bratwurst as the main entree. Not a big beer fan, but the beer the waiter recommended was good also. Overall a great experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portlanders are so very lucky...
    fudluvingPDXr
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    ...and I say this because we have easy access to a plethora of great restaurants of all types. My wife and I wanted to try someplace "new to us" for our anniversary, and Grüner came to mind. This restaurant seems to stand out in many of the local reviews. For our first time dining here, our expectations were met. They were not pretentious, and neither were our fellow diners. The service staff was friendly and efficient. Grüner changes their menu seasonally since we ordered off their "summer menu". I like that in a restaurant, whether weekly, monthly or seasonally... changes make for differing taste experiences depending on when you stop in. Our over-all experience was good and we will dine at Grüner again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    Valda
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The 5 of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The staff was gracious and the food delicious! Tables roomy and seating very comfortable. Simple, thoughtfully designed, pleasing space.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jsalVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Went here for dinner. I had the foie gras torchon (excellent) and the bratwurst and sausage entree (very good). Service was friendly and attentive. The place was nice and chic.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't sleep on the pretzel bread
    SSSSVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We really liked it; especially the pretzel bread. Definitely recommend the schwenkbraten. And the fruit salad with duck.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Salad
    luckiestdave
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went there hearing their Gruner salad was amazing and wasn't disappointed. The pretzel served with the meal was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious.
    Letssleeponit
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent food. The service was catering without being overwhelming. They even brought out candles to set an evening mood which was superb. The check came in a German book. It was a great experience! All for a really decent price. I loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Treywall1
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Everything was fantastic--food, service, room. Adam, our server, was awesome and Greg the Somm was on point as usual. Great job all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste of Europe
    Lucygal
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had the spaetzle with Black Forest ham- fabulous! Reminded me of family heritage and not easy to find true German/ Alpine food in a city like Portland. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    SamAdamsVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The best deviled eggs. Service that is friendly and knowledgeable. Food that is savory and clean and innovative. Great outdoor sidewalk seating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    jmathiesen
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife went here for our anniversary and were treated to a great dinner. the staff was friendly and the service was top notch
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome service, great food
    YumyumgivemesomeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Cocktails were interesting, food for one if us was amazing and great for the other (pork tenderloin was overcooked, sauerkraut was over salted), but the best part was the service. Our server was beyond knowledgable and yet didn't make us ever feel dumb for our many questions! Super nice guy, plus great teamwork overall with the entire staff. Best service we have had in a long time! Good job Team Gruner! P.s. the pretzel roll is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    John73
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    From the appetizer to the salad to the main dishes, the food was excellent! Subtle, fresh flavors that were not only interesting, but just plain delicious. Even the cocktails were great. In a city of many, many great restaurants, Gruner is one of the best.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Great food
    BruPubBru
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good selection of beers and wine. A little noisy. Both our meals were exceptional. Service was quick and congenial. Definitely would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    First things first our waitress and all the other back up service staff were the best. This was our third visit for dinner and has never disappointed. Although the wine list is limited as far as wines we are familiar with the one that our waitress suggested was very good! I have not forgotten the food - we are self defined foodies and every thing we had was delicious! We live in Everett Wa and probably get to portland twice a year. That says a lot more for our return visits.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 581 reviews are from the Gruner reviews archive.
  • Great service, overall good food
    SomethingPretentiousVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Service was superb, most food was spectacular. We really enjoyed the croquettes and the liptauer apps, the Alsatian pizza and charceuterie plate were all awesome. The quail was a super entrée, but the bratwurst were not exceptional. For a place claiming to be Alpine cuisine, their desserts were less than stellar. I love new cuisine, however, maybe just go back to your spin on some great classics like linzertorte, strudel, or Black Forest cake. The whole region is known for great sweets, however, the blueberry and the other dessert we had were awful.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The salmon beet salad was to delicious I return within two weeks with friends. We all ate small plates but the waiter didn't rush us out and we had a nice long visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Stephanie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our book club met at Gruner and all of us greatly enjoyed the food (the salmon, pork chop, and spaetzle were big hits in the group) and loved the variety of wines available. The service was very good and the only con that happened was that there were a couple items no longer available on the menu and it was only 7pm. Our waiter did mention that was unusual and that they were having a busy night and happened to not prep enough for those items.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, but not memorable
    Mariah
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I thought the food was all very good and there were lots of menu items that I wanted to try. However, I was hoping that the whole experience would be a bit more unique. The menu was German/Central European inspired, but there weren't any dishes that I had never seen before. The ambience was nice and tasteful, but also not unique. It was also very expensive, which I guess is typical of a restaurant in that location, but there are so many great reasonably priced restaurants in portland that I hate to pay too much for a meal!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great food, great service...
    WayfaringFoodie
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was fantastic (amazing appetizers), and the server was even better. She felt like the entrees were taking too long so brought out an additional appetizer. We had not noticed nor did we think that it was taking very long but we really appreciated it. The only complaint we had was that the wine list was overpriced. One of the things that makes Gruner Veltliners amazing is their high quality at a low price point. Gruner's cheapest Gruner was $50. Next time we will bring wine with us. There will definitely be a next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.