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Iorio Restaurant
Iorio Restaurant
  • Address:
    912 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
    Portland, OR 97214
    Southeast Portland
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Iorio Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ioriorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (503) 445-4716
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Christopher R Thompson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering:

  • Private Party Contact: Hilary Benson (503) 445-4716

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th & Hawthorne
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Iorio Restaurant
EST 2005 Traditional, homestyle Italian food. Named BEST RESTAURANT 2010. Chef/owned and operated by Hilary & Chris Thompson.
The Oregonian: a destination for home-style southern Italian cooking.
10best.com: Welcome to heaven.
Vanguard: Truly extraordinary food.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Went to Iorio for our anniversary last Sunday. We got one of the romantic window seats, which are very popular. They had a fellow playing the guitar, which helped provide a very romantic and special vibe. We started with a salad we split, which we recommend, of butter lettuce, a light lemon dressing, assiago cheese and fried onion strings. Our server recommended we eat it like a lettuce wrap, which was fun and different. It was delicious! My wife ordered the seafood special, which included salmon, shrimp, some delicious kale and mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, the salmon was a bit dry and did not have much flavor, but the rest of the dish was good. I had the lamb rague over fettucini, a very hearty and generous dish."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The gnocchi is the best I've ever eaten. Likewise, the calamari app was perfect. I have spent most of my life surrounded by chefs. So often I am disappointed when dining out, because my food experiences are so great at home with family and friends. The pasta dish with manila clams and kale was delicious. The chicken ravioli dish was rated top notch by my party. The fresh salmon was seared and served stacked on several large prawns, fresh asparagus, and topped with crispy leek straws; a presentation that wowed all of us. Again, perfectly prepared and moist. There was a live guitarist playing in the background. We will return to this newly found restaurant."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "They are always great working with diners who haved food allergies! If you make an OpenTable reservation, be sure to mention the allergies on your comments, and they'll be prepared with options for you! :-) And the food is always very tasty!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food and service were very good. However, it was quite noisy. Not good for intimate conversations. A little pricey for a neighborhood Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Service was better than average i did put a special note on my reservation and it was followed perfectly. I will return again."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We loved the service. Special Gnocchi and Ravioli were excellent. Gelato was not, skip it. The music was ok but I would've preferred something else. They need a more extensive beer list and they could probably leave off PBR. They do have a kids menu and if your kids are well behaved it would be very appropriate."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Our top Italian restaurant in Portland. Have recommended it to many."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This was a wonderful recommendation from people we trust to find us fantastic food at a very reasonable price. It has been hard to find a great Italian place, which has been unusual for such a foodie city. We are all set now!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "always great food and the wine pairs well. one of our favorite spots"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We live in Eugene and found Iorio by accident the first time. We walked in because it was close to a comedy show we were attending. We had the best dinner and truly enjoyed the whole experience from the food to the service. We made reservations the next time we were in Portland and the meal and the service was excellent. Whenever we are in Portland, we will definitely find the time to have dinner again at Iorio's. I highly recommend this restaurant, the food is excellent and service is excellent as well."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed the ribeye-stuffed ravioli very much, and the braised pork shoulder was excellent. The flourless chocolate cake with vanilla gelato was the perfect finish to a wonderful meal. Service was prompt and attentive."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We wanted to try everything on the menu! The food was so fresh and clearly scratch prepared. Perfectly pared flavors. My wife had the braised pork and I had the special chicken ravioli with creamy pesto! We shared! The desserts were delicious as well. Perfect night out for our 32nd anniversary. They made us feel special!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "No issues with the OpenTable reservation, even with changing the reservation three times to accommodate the seven in our party. Our waitress was attentive, responsive, informative, and had great suggestions for dinners and wine selection. The service was just outstanding. This place reminds me of a few places I have been in the Boston Italian district. Fresh ingredients, homemade fresh Italian pasta and delicious pizza. We arrived at 5:15 pm since we had a 2 year old with us and was delightful through the entire meal. The waitress brought snacks and activities to keep her busy. As tables filled we were not pressed or rushed to process us out the door in any manor. Great food, great friends and fantastic experience, we will be back!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Iorio's is one of our favorite restaurants and this is where we chose to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary. Everyone on the staff was warm and accommodating, helping us celebrate this special day. Even waiters who weren't serving us had something sweet to say - or to ask how we make a marriage last so long! We even got our favorite table in spite of the fact that we couldn't ask for anything specific with Open Table. The food is great because it always is, the service is excellent without being stiff, and the atmosphere is romantic and grown-up but not formal. Iorio's is one of those places where you never seem to feel over- or under-dressed. There are a lot of fancy places to celebrate but Iorio's is our neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I had been to Iorio before but it had been a year or so- I thought it was even better- we loved our food and the bottle of wine was perfect with what we had.i look forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "As always, great food, great offerings on a great menu, and very great service. Melissa is the best!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The service and food are great! We will make it a weekly constitution!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had an awesome birthday dinner party! We are regulars and invited 4 friends to join us for their first Iorio experience. They loved it as much we did! Wonderful food & beverages, service and atmosphere. We always dine early (5pmish) in order to get a table and have plenty of time to enjoy ourselves. Iorio caters to food allergies (gf, vegetarian, etc), and the quality is SUPERB. Truly is our favorite Italian restaurant in PDX!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food was great and service was prompt. The location is somewhat off the beaten path, but we had planned to make a special trip to get to the restaurant anyway. My parents have eaten here several times and raved about the food. Would have loved to have tried a dessert, but we had already made plans to try a new ice cream place in the Alphabet District."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It's a place for Foodies. Really enjoyed the Lemon Cello Coolers and the creamy polenta. The cheese plate is a must. The noise level is high, so don't plan to carry on much conversation across the table."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A never miss restaurant. We have enjoyed eating at IORIO several times, with family, out of town guests or just good friends. The menu is balanced so that the meat, fish and vegetable eaters are all offered really good options to choose from. On our last visit we had two carnivores, one vegetarian and two picky eaters. All were pleased."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We love this restaurant, have had many positive experiences here both going solo or taking friends. Service is always friendly, efficient and non-intrusive. Food is always excellent. Bonus points for catering to gluten-free options, although you would never know you were eating gluten-free. This is just a very special place."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our waiter was new and tried hard, but clearly not up to speed. Our $9 cocktails were made without carbonation and the waiters solution was to bring us a glass of mixer that was carbonated? Now what? The seafood special was not up to the Iorio standards. Other courses from the menu we had were very good. Wine list was good and our selection was quite good. Probably won't rush back to Iorio, but maybe sometime in the future."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "From the focccacio with butternut squash spread stuffed with fresh roasted garlic, to the beets thinly sliced and layered in dolce Gorgonzola, to the fresh gnocchi in slow cooked bolognese to the creme brûlée baked with fresh Oregon cherries -- it was exceptional. Attention comfortable service. Reasonable prices"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We like to eat at Iorio: first of all, the food is really very good and the service is very competent and friendly. The total experience is akin to eating at the home of a good friend who is also a wonderful cook. You will never leave hungry or unhappy."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The restaurant meets all the expectations of someone who grew up in Brooklyn NY and frequented Italian restaurants. It is fresh, wholesome, abundant well prepared and served food. In fact, count on taking half it home with you in their very recyclable containers. I recently had the beet salad--two different beets, crispy greens, cheese and an herb. It was delicious. The only negative does not relate to the food which is varied enough for a vegetarian to have plenty of choices. The room can be a bit noisy at times but the wonderful guitarist's playing helped dispel this annoyance."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Iorio is not a fancy place, but the food is excellent and the service is good. We have eaten here twice, and both times we left feeling very good about the experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "always good food and great service the extra effort by the staff makes this a winner everytime"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Romantic atmosphere with lovely classical guitarist Sunday evening. Excellent service with informative and friendly waiters. Nice presentation, portion sizes are generous, and food is very well seasoned."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We purposefully set out to explore new dining experiences and struck gold. My only complaint: Too much food! Oh. Wait. Maybe that's because I ordered too much? Pizza as an appetizer? What could go wrong? Highly recommended. Was pretty noisy, but it was Saturday evening and there were two large parties. We will be going back. Didn't get to sample near enough of their menu."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was my third time at Iorio and as always it was superb. Everything from the service to the food to the ambience. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for consistent, delicious, tasty, cuisine."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is among the best places to eat in Portland, hands down. Fantastic dishes, good service, and owners who care about the food and the people at their restaurant. I've never been disappointed by a meal here. This is a place you introduce to your good friends and where you bring your loved ones from out of town to sample the best of the Portland restaurant scene. The offerings are delicious, accessible, and satisfying. Others may not see Iorio as kid-friendly because they don't hand out crayons and paper placemats for coloring. But if you have kids age eight or so and up who are good eaters, you'll find something they will like here (that's what my kids said, anyway). I hope Iorio is around for many, many years to come."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. The food is incredible across the entire menu, rich without being too heavy and very well balanced. I really apreciate how attentive they are to gluten allergies. I have celiac yet can confidently eat almost everything they serve. The calamari and gnocchi are especially fantastic. If that wasn't enough, their staff is wonderful and every person from the host to the chef is dedicated to each diner having a thoroughly enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I was very disappointed by the lack of quality of the food at Iorio. Went for my birthday and left wishing I had picked a different restaurant that I know to be exceptional in Portland, since there are many to choose from, rather than trying some place new that did not live up to its advertised hype!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Every time we visit Portland we have dinner at Iorio's. The food tastes like mom made it, or better! The staff is friendly and the ambiance is warm and intimate. I always order one of the pasta dishes because they are so flavorful and satisfying. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "There was 7 of us between the ages of 18 to 78 years old. Everyone talked about what they wanted to try the next time they came. I personally had the slow cooked pork and polenta, it was an amazing dish. This place is so good ! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for great Italian food. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Basically good. 2 issues.all the plates were rimmed with pesto for decorations and dessert was a weak link.staff was very good as was management"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My husband can't eat gluten or dairy, so Italian food doesn't figure into our routine as much these days...but Iorio's is a wonderful find! They were incredibly accommodating--our server checked on all our orders to make sure that they were safe to eat...and best of all, it was incredibly delicious! We'll definitely be coming back. Also, the wine list was superb."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "As empty-nesters, we dine out relatively often. Finding Iorio was a real treat because they have the perfect combination of great food, friendly service, and a nice vibe. The "Preserved" Lemon Chicken needs a new name - there's nothing about it that fits the connotation of preserved - instead it was delicious (and not even very lemon-y). The Eggplant Parmesan was some of the best we've had in years."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "What a great find... this spot was charming, the service was wonderful, the food was phenomenal. Would go back in an instant! Make sure to try the gnocchi of the day, and the pork dish was otherworldly. The whole staff made our celebration even more special that I'd thought possible."
    Dined on 5/28/2014