Higgins Restaurant & Bar
Higgins Restaurant & Bar

Higgins Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://higginsportland.com/
  • Phone: 5032229070
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:00pm
    Dinner: M-Sa 5:00pm-10:30pm
    Dinner: Su 4:00pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary French / American, Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SW Jefferson St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Higgins Restaurant & Bar
At Higgins we are fortunate to be situated in one of the world’s most fertile, productive and diverse agricultural regions
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Higgins Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
205 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (145)special occasion (114)notable wine list (82)romantic (73)neighborhood gem (67)great for lunch (27)good for groups (21)vibrant bar scene (19)hot spot (7)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • a special place
    Patrick
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A well balanced menu with plenty of vegetarian options. Superb service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Many people including me think this is the best restaurant in Portland. I came here with a friend whom Ihadn't seen in three months. Everthing sbout the evening was just right: setting quiet enough and pleasant, service perfect (there when you want it, not when you don't), food impeccable. Great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Higgins
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Wonderful place to dine downtown PDX.....but if busy, the noise level can be excessive and a difficult distraction to an otherwise great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • irthday Dinner
    TunaView
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I booked dinner at Higgins to help celebrate my wife's birthday; it was our first time. The restaurants lively atmosphere is a bit louder than I prefer, but I like the energy. The menu, drink and specials choices all sounded great; we had some difficulty making our choices. Our starters and mains were beautifully prepared, presented and delicious. We didn't have room for dessert, but our server gave us a brief tutorial about dessert libations for us to try when we come back to try the desert menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flawless
    KCinPDX
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great food, great drinks, personable/warm/knowledgeable service - Higgins keeps impressing year after year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Recommended by our guide as one of Portland's best; not the case unfortunately. The food was pretty average. Service was okay. We both had the sole special that wasn't so special- did not taste as fresh as the fish we had another establishment across the river. JUst an overall disappointing experience....maybe just an off night for them.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cold and Raw
    Soapy
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Ordered the vegan pasta. Pasta was undercooked, beans and veggies were hard. Broth was barely warm. They nuked it for another minute or so but still the worst pasta I have had anywhere in years.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rselby
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Somehow, the food is always far better and more interesting than the menu. I always have a fabulous dinner at Higgins, even when I'm not sure what to order. Consistently, it's one of Portland's best, both in terms of food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good reputation deserved
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First time dining at Higgins. Overall, very enjoyable experience as I was led to believe it would be by all the online reviews. My husband's steak was mouthwateringly delicious (he shared a bite). I ordered the cod with polenta, as did our two dining companions. It was good but a little bland both in taste and presentation. The polenta was white, same as the cod, almost couldn't differentiate the two. Loved the salad and bread. The wait staff was friendly, professional and unobtrusive for which I give them high marks. I would dine at Higgins again and recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion
    spicijulezz
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My partner and I dined at Higgins for a special occasion, and i'd been looking forward to the visit for some time. It was as wonderful as I had hoped!! The charcuterie plate that i'd so been looking forward to was fantastic, the entrees were beautifully presented, mouth watering and completely delectable. The service was attentive but unobtrusive and the descriptions given regarding the dishes were able to steer us to the best choices for our palates. Can't wait to dine with you again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grandiex3
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had wonderful service. We were late--we called and they were very nice and said they would seat us anytime we could get there. Our waiter was extremely nice and very helpful with the menu. Our food was delicious. What more could I say
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    CiaoBellaVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This was my first time to Higgins, but a frequently visited spot by a former Portland resident. Based on her past experiences we were very excited about our dining experience, unfortunately our expectations were dashed by mediocre service and okay food. Two of us had tuna, one had the salmon, and one a soup and salad. All items were good, but not anything to rave about. The homemade ice cream was perhaps the highlight of the meal. The restaurant was extremely noisy and we could not hear each other talk.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Portland: a high bar
    Crocodilian
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had a very good meal at Higgins. Good service, nicely prepared food, a fair bill for a good meal. Nothing wrong with it at all. So what's the problem? The problem is that Portland's food culture is so outstanding that Higgins "very good" is kinda like a "B" at Harvard, "nice, but there's better around the corner". So I had their lamb dinner, which was very nice, a mix of a lamb chop and a merguez lamb sausage, and it was plenty good. But the thing is-- I had had the lamb three ways plate an Vitaly Paley's "Imperial", perhaps five blocks away, a few weeks ago. And its outstanding, mouthwatering, something you dream of afterwards. I_liked_ Higgins . . . but I won't think of it later and dream about the next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    ML2475
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Higgins is one of my favorite restaurants! It's a must go place when I visit Portland. Food is fresh, seasonal & perfectly prepared. Service is finely tuned...just enough attention without hovering. Thanks you, Higgins, for consistent, excellent dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    SteinPen
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This is a great spot for pre-show eats, the staff is helpful when they know you have limited time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CarolfayVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My first choice for a pre-symphony dinner. Dishes are always imaginative, well prepared and presented, and service is knowledgeable but not intrusive. Higgins is a class act.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful service; meh food
    FinnLady
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Higgins has a wonderful atmosphere and excellent, professional service. I dined with two friends. The food was fine but not outstanding for the prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eatingthrulife
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A Portland institution for business lunches or lunch with special friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still the Best
    Siena83
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Higgins never disappoints. Terrific, fresh, innovative food and excellent, knowledgable service make it one of Oregon's best restauants year in and year out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took a chance - were well rewarded
    svenman7
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Even with Open Table help, it is hard to pick a place for that one night when you are in from (way) out of town. We took a chance on Higgins and were well rewarded. Courteous and well trained staff, good timing on the part of our server and the food delivery. Ordered a nice bottle of Pinot, being in Oregon, and were delighted. Salads were creative, bread was fresh and delicious and the entrees were well-presented, well-proportioned and tasty. We'd go back, as their bar next door looked like a fun place, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but too noisy to talk
    Rusty
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Higgins has always had very good to excellent food from its first month. Perhaps some acoustic tile on the ceiling would help the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A classic in Portland
    TGF58VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I had dinner at Higgins with a small group of work colleagues. As always, the food here was very good -- I would recommend the Magret and duck dish -- as good as you will find in Portland. The heirloom tomatoes appetizer was also quite good. The service was not as "personalized" as I've experience before but that could be due to the fact that we had a group of 10 making it harder to "break in" through the conversation. I would definitely highly recommend Higgins.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extraordinary
    Marbor
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I read the reviews and looked at the menu and wine list before making a reservation. The menu and wine list looked great. The reviews were mixed, but we decided to take a chance. The food, wine, and ambience all exceeded our expectations. Our waiter John was professional, knowledgeable, and fun. I can't wait to return to Portland and eat at Higgins again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing!
    hydratia
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I think I'm in love. Our table of six had a marvelous dinner. Our waiter was generous and helpful and the food was delicious. I had the special spinach salad and the steak. Just glorious. Can't afford to do this every night, but for a special occasion (we were hosting Cycle Oregon riders post-ride) it is perfect. Thank you Higgins!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Evening @ Higgins
    CKMan
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a fine evening @ Higgins in mid-September. Our meals were fresh and beautifully prepared. The staff was attentive & friendly. Higgins was one of the first restaurants to pioneer the farm to fork concept and they still do a ferric job of sourcing fresh local produce with locally procured fish and meats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice and delicious
    ToughLove
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    One of us had the special of the day--delightfully flavor-FULL salmon creation. Definitely a 5 star event. Other had whole pig platter (or whatever it's called)--that could use more interesting flavoring and substitute some ham/bacon concoction for the pork belly. Service overall was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Speciality Menu
    1whoknows
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Higgins offers a variety of creative entrees and salads that are fresh and very tasty with excellent service as well. A wonderful Portland tradition!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre- Theatre Dinner
    JohnB
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Arrived at 5:30p so plenty of time to enjoy dinner at Higgins before our 7:30 show. Greeted promptly and seated by a very gracious host. Our waiter saw to our every need and was intimately familiar with bar and menu items. Drinks, appetizer, salad and entre were delivered leisurely but well within our 90 min window. It was a perfect beginning to a spectacular evening. Looking forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Higgins Portland Oregon
    Luvgreatfood1
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great restaurant. Had a nice quiet dinner with appetizers, main course, and drinks. Service was excellent, food was really really good. They have a great beer list that is second to none. Dessert was absolutely perfect. We will be back. I will say that we arrived for dinner at about 5:30 and by the time we left which was about 7:30 it was quite loud, but not to an annoying level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice interior & attentive staff
    anondiner
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Nice intimate setting that wasn't crammed with tables. The waiter was very friendly and attentive. Food was very tasty, but the steak I ordered was not as exciting or as flavorful as the cod my husband ordered. Overall it was a very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic - As Always
    Schu
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Another wonderful dining experience! The food along with it's presentation is always second to none. The service...FANTASTIC!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • None
    Winsome
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great service and food. Very attractive. The specials of the day added to an already good menu selections. Accommodated gluten free requests easily
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive service, terrific food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great for gluten and dairy-free needs. Personable, non-intrusive wait staff and delicious, natural-tasting food free of cloying sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • world class
    radbo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    From wonderful service to an interesting, well-thought-out menu, the experience could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Nice ambiance
    IVU7VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was fine, but buckwheat appetizer wasn't that interesting. Good beer and wine choices. Take care to double check your bill: we were overcharged, but took care of this before departing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overly fussy presentations
    Hardtoplease
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    So much going on the entree was lost. Mashed potatoes looked and tasted like instant. (Surely not?) Fish properly cooked. Service was attentive without overwhelming.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Combines best of old and new
    mauikane
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great wood-paneled old style dining room with a staff so attentive every need is taken care of before you even know you need it. The menu and food preparation are very 21st century with the best and freshest of ingredients, imaginatively combined. Can't wait to try it again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, service not so great
    Jean
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Higgins has been my "go to" restaurant because I can always count on fabulous food and impeccable service. Food was fabulous as usual, but service was a disappointment. Our waiter disappeared about half way through the meal and others filled in (after we requested things) until he re-appeared in time to give us the bill. We waited a long time between staff showing up at our table. Unusual for this restaurant and I certainly hope it isn't a trend, as having a great meal goes hand in hand with having the meal served in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • downtownpatron
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Love Higgins! Food was very good...not as good as last time, but well received and enjoyed. I had the shrimp salad with buttermilk bun. Didn't eat the bun, too much white starch...but, your other bread is delicious with the olive oil. The ice cream is beyond belief...especially the chocolate!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Brought a group of out of town guests. Food was good but the service was poor. It took us an hour for our order to be taken. Too long.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic