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
209 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (151)special occasion (120)notable wine list (86)romantic (84)neighborhood gem (69)great for lunch (30)vibrant bar scene (23)good for groups (21)late-night find (8)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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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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    • 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
    IVU7
    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
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    • 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.
    • Food
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • As the sun is going down......
    fudgbug
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    You might be seated at a table so that when the sun is going down, the sun reflects off of the building across the street and staight in to your eyes so have a pair of sunglasses handy. The service was excellent! We have had better meals in Portland.
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  • Very disappointing
    surprised
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I have always loved Higgins for its food and great service . . . but not this time. I had their special cod and found the presentation OK but the food was tasteless, all of it. My wife ordered one of the sandwich specials but got the other one, a salmon salad sandwich. It was served on hard, crisp bread that would not allow you to pick it up and eat because if you tried to bite into it the salmon salad would squish out of it. We tried to get the servers attention but he was too busy taking other orders and never came around to see if we were happy with the food. By the time he was aware of us it was way too late. As we left, we got no recognition from the manager and host who were both standing at the host station near the front door.
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  • Shocked & Disappointed
    CWrightVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have eaten here many times before and the food and service have always been amazing. Well that appears to have changed. I had the worst steak I have ever eaten. It was overcooked and the toughest least flavor of any steak I have ever eaten. And I paid $48 for something I only could eat half of, could have made three times the steak at home, with a decent demi glaze to boot. Even the fingerling potatoes were not cooked properly if cooked at all. After a year of living in New York, with less than great food, I expected a great deal more from my former home town.
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  • Not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    For the high prices you would expect this place to really have outstanding service, presentation, and taste. The service was great but the presentation was nothing exceptional and food itself was honestly not that great. The seafood was very underwhelming. I've heard you should avoid dinner and go for the burgers at lunch time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Higgins restaurant and bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We ate one night in the bar and then in the restaurant. The food was awesome both nights. When we are next in Portland we will be sure to dine there again. Our waiter in the restaurant was a true professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great place, but we found ourselves stuck between 2 large parties that were so,loud we couldn't talk across our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very nice dinner
    Imamajan
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I had a very tasty and enjoyable meal at Higgins. Food was very good, service was excellent. Unfortunately dessert was a disappointment. I had to return my first choice--a brioche peach concoction--which was inedible. It was chewy and tasteless. My second choice--a blueberry crisp-- was only satisfactory. There wasn't much crisp. Still all in all I had a nice meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    thoughtitoverVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Trendy places come and go. Higgins remains my favorite restaurant in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Cheap But Worth It
    CallmlVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Higgins is understated elegance in almost all ways: food , service, decor. The service was impeccable, never intrusive but always available at the right time. The only downer was the diamond-drenched couple next to us who thought it permissible to go to a nice restaurant in shorts and T-shirts. But I guess that's not the fault of the restaurant....or is it?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • slobek
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very good overall restaurant for special occasion>like Anniversary..Dinner /We celebrate 50 years of marriage!!.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    downtownpatron
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I was wanting a quiet place that was elegant for lunch. I have eaten at Higgins before, so I knew it was good. A friend of mine joined me for lunch, and we both had MARVELOUS meals. The waiter was excellent, but not hovering over us, so he was very aware of our needs, without interrupting. I had a martini, my friend had tuna over couscous...done perfectly, and I had ling cod over cornmeal with vegetables. The bread was excellent as well as the olive oil. We both had dessert...mine was chocolate, and his was something with a crust and ice cream on the side. Very delicious. We were so impressed with the whole scene and the food!!! Excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellente'
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Fabulous meal of salmon and pork specials with a wonderful Malbec red. Our waiter John was delightful, efficient, and toured us through our dining experience as the professional he is. And the almond cake with mushroom ice cream... please! Higgins is fun, can be a bit loud, and the window table was perfect for our date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant in Portland
    gcminVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Spent a few days in Portland on vacation and went to Higgih's based upon online recommendations. While some complain about portion size we don't understand that - we shared a delicious bowl of mussels (great broth but not served with the proper bread for dipping) and both had local tuna. Beautifully prepared and cooked differently as we like different degrees of wellness (rare vs. medium). No room for dessert which is unusual. A bit pricey but very worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner & drinks
    DrinkyVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We have dined at Higgins 3-4 times in the last two years and it has been a wonderful experience each time. We brought out of town guests for dinner on a Monday night. They were duly impressed. One of our guests has serious allergies to several foods, and her needs were accommodated very well. It is somewhat pricey, but worth it for the quality of the food, drink and service. Lovely vegetarian and seafood options. Nicely crafted cocktails. What's not to love?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Varied menu that changes regularly
    hanifenmv
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had a very nice evening at Higgins. Our food was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. I had the Cod with polenta and romescue sauce and my wife had the bucatini. Both of us felt our choices were excellent and the portions were properly sized and the price point was fairly priced. We expecially like that the chef changes the menu regularly and keeps things interesting. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • go to the bar
    sandL
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Dining room is casual elegance but often busy. So go to the bar say if it is Saturday around 8p. Have a drink and ask if you can stay there cause you like the atmosphere. They'll put on a white table cloth and you will have all the food experience from the dining room and great service without a wait. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Zabear
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Delicious Pacific Northwest dining. The cod was delicious. Zagats rating was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some hits and some misses
    Foodism
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We have enjoyed the attached (but with a separate entrance) bar, so decided to try the restaurant. The atmosphere is pleasantly refined but unpretentious. The wine list is pleasing. We started with the charcuterie board, which had been a favorite in the bar. It lived up to pleasant memories. The fish stew was good but not great. It did have an abundant amount of seafood, although the salmon was overlooked to me. The real miss was the risotto dish. There isn't much to say about it that could be positive. The risotto itself was bland with a somewhat disappointing texture. The real puzzler of the dish was the almost totally raw vegetables in the risotto, including huge chunks of raw onion (literally quartered golf ball sized onions...raw).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food and Service
    Dapper
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great salad - very fresh. The whole pig dinner was very good and not as overwhelming as it sounds. Attentive service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent and creative
    maxfishes
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food is always creative, tasty and enjoyable. The service was excellent. The detracting element is the noise! To fully appreciate the quality of the meal it would be nice to have a calmer setting. I know not being of the current generation that noise seems to be an attraction, perhaps, they have too many years of loud music. I am not certain what can be done to remedy this and it will not limit our frequency of visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pastrami hugely disappointing
    PlainJane23
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    While the service and ambience here are fine, the food does not live up to its price or reputation. The gazpacho soup I ordered was purely cold tomato paste: no veggies visible whatsoever. The pastrami was cold, Cheese meagre, and the meat lacked any seasoning whatsoever. My husbands hamburger was just fine, but then you can get a good burger just about anywhere for $15.
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