Lincoln Restaurant
Lincoln Restaurant

Lincoln Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lincolnpdx.com/
  • Phone: (503) 288-6200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jenn Louis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: David Welch 5032886200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NE Failing St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Lincoln Restaurant
Lincoln is a balance between old and new, modern and classic, rustic and refined, casual and formal, everyday and special occasion. Lincoln offers an honest expression of Portland cuisine – direct and elemental yet sophisticated. The front of the house warmth is delivered by a team of seasoned local professionals who focus specifically on genuine and attentive service. The food is simple, not fussy. The food is direct in style, flavor and presentation. Seasonal fare on the changing menu concentrates on what is grown in the Pacific Northwest. What’s listed on the menu is what's delivered on the plate.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Lincoln Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)neighborhood gem (37)special occasion (22)notable wine list (13)romantic (13)hot spot (12)good for groups (7)vibrant bar scene (5)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • I Wish I'd Been Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    There was nothing inherently wrong with my dining experience, but I left he resturant unimpressed. I had one night to eat out when visiting Portland and have my patronage to Lincoln due to its supposed emphasis on Northwest cuisine. Unfortunately, the $100 tab was composed of dishes that felt incomplete and uninspired. I spoke with the bartenders and wait staff I was given the impression that my dining experience was not thier top priority. The menu rotates and I was apparently there on a Saturdat night when no one felt inspired.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Clients night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We had a godd time with our client and his wife. They seemed to enjoyed themselves as well as we did. It was a special time when the chef came to talk with us at our table. It was an overall fun night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit was disappointing
    scfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Based on our first experience we took friends on our second visit and were severely disappointed. The service was pleasant, but spotty. Our drink order took forever and when it arrived two of the four drinks were wrong. There was a promise to take the drink cost off the bill, but ultimately this did not happen. Ordering took ages and we had to stop the waiter to ask to take orders. Finally, even though the food was elegantly described on the menu, the dishes did not live up to the hipe. One member of our party did not even eat their main course and the rest of the meals fell flat. The initial appetizers and bread were accompanied with strange spreads, that even our adventurous appetites could not enjoy. Overall, it was one of the most disappointing meals that we have had in a very long time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great restaurant
    Enjoy
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Food was creative and delicious. Service friendly and efficient. Great wine list. Chef Jenn a force in the restaurant industry. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dining experience
    MsMini
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We ate at Lincoln this past week and had a great experience. The service, ambiance and food were superb. For starters we had the octopus salad and it was fantastic. The entree of Lamb's neck was excellent as my husband attested to. Lastly, the chocolate dessert with caramel and sea salt put the finishing touches on a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great restaurant but.....
    Datenight
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We made two bad choices for our palates and unfortunately they were the main course. Salads were good but we ordered Pancetta and Pigs Ears with Risotto and a Brined Lamb Neck. We like to be adventurous but should have thought about it. I know Pancetta is fatty and what sounds good about a brined lamb neck? Both were quite salty and the lamb was presented in a bowl with broth and just didn't have much eye appeal. Lamb was tender but was just not a meat or preparation that did much for us. Put this partly on us, we should have had the chicken or the steak but two wiffs make for a forgettable experience. Lincoln has a great neighborhood energy and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy to return
    Eater10000VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It had been awhile since we were at Lincoln, so it was time (beyond time) to return. We started with the bread, the highlight of which are the accompaniments. My spouse loved the Gorgonzola butter, and I really liked the walnut honey spread. My spouse had a simple salad and I had the speck soup. It was very good and rich with an abundance of speck. For entrees, I had the octopus bolognese with mint; it was super, super tasty. Wow! My spouse had the farro risotto, which had great flavors and a superb mouthfeel. We had the salted carmel ice cream in a sundae, which was perfectly sized for our appetite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner at Lincoln
    wcs3
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had another great dinner at Lincoln recently, and had three out-of-towners with us (two from NYC): everyone was impressed with the imaginative menu offerings and the quality of the food! We had a nice variety of small plates/salads, of main courses, and of desserts, plus cocktails and wine - all very good. Lincoln has been a wonderful place to eat for the five years we have been coming; we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find on Wiliams Ave
    aaronfldr
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Lincoln combines a relaxed atmosphere with creative cooking and great ingredien...the small plates are varied and in some cases daring, the entrees are great as are the desserts This restaurant deserves a visit by you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    LocalFav
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants! You can pick out anything on their ever changing menu and its always excellent. Was pleasantly surprised when the owner poured me a bit more of a lovely pinor noir they had so I could enjoy some wine with my dessert- very thoughtful and generous of them! Thank you :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food to Perfection
    TerriK
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The delicate details and unique ingredients that go into the food here are a labor of love and skill. The menu says it all with each item a culinary experience. The flavors were divine in all courses we tried. Lincoln is excellent. Worth our trip from San Francisco to try it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Decaf coffee?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Meal and service were good. Only issue was that there was no decaf coffee in the house as apparently someone forgot to order it in.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jerryuinpdx
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    inventive and always-changing menu. Absolutely delicious food and great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How Unique
    Idaho
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Casual or formal what a great spot . Awesome, unique choices, lamb and albacore were amazing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Lincoln
    chairqueen
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Fabulous Food, lovely place! I brought friends from Alaska here, and they loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great neighborhood spot! Great drinks, food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guruhari
    Guruhari
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Jenn Louis and crew will not let you down. The creativity and innovation in food are commendable. And it's not overly pretentious which is what I really like. Set back in an authentic Portland neighborhood you can just sit and enjoy some very tasty foods with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been coming since they opened
    Threeinarow
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Lincoln just gets better and better as Jenn continues to innovate with her superb, often changing menus. It just gets more and more delicious. Who knew lamb neck could be so tasty?--Jenn I'd say! What doesn't change is the superb service, the friendly, comfortable ambiance, and the overall dining experience. In Portland's ocean of great dining options Lincoln continues to stand out. If you're looking for great food, attentive but not intrusive service you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First-timer
    seaysideVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I were in Portland visiting our daughter and her family. We selected the Lincoln for a dinner to celebrate the promotion of her husband. Our dining experience was everything we hoped for. We shared several small plates and several large plates... trying a wide variety of items. Our server timed delivery of our selections perfectly! Everything was superb, but the favorite dish was the oven roasted chicken. We'll be back when we return to Portland next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alaskans visiting for a honeymoon.
    Alaskanabroad
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had lamb tartare, beef tongue, ribeye, and sheep cheese desser plate. Everything was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in our Portland trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We are from NYC visiting my daughter who lives in No Portland. We are foodies and have been going to great local restaurants and making amazing meals from the farmer's market and my daughter's garden. But the meal that stands out is the one we had at Lincoln, fresh, inventive, and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for out-of-town guests
    catinpdx
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We don't get to Lincoln as often as we'd like, but we make it a point to take out-of-town guests there, if those folks care about good food and a fresh Oregon/Portland vibe. The wait staff is always very congenial but never too intrusive, the food is always delicious -- usually quite unusual and surprising too. On our latest visit we had to ask for the definitions of several items, and when we tried them we were delighted. We've also given gift certificates to friends, for special occasions. Lincoln is a special place -- you should go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    inthebiz
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We love Lincoln. The warm hospitality is a wonderful counterpoint to the indifferent norm that is Portland restaurant service these days. The food is always interesting and delicious. Jenn Louis is a great host and regularly visits the dining room to say hello and check on guests. This is extremely rare these days and makes for a great experience. As guests, we always feel appreciated and well-taken care of. Thank you Jenn, David and staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently fantastic
    gourmandrewVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    If I'm not mistaken, the owner/chef of this restaurant was lauded several years back as "new, exciting, James Beard" type stuff. Well I think the same things still apply. This restaurant is absolutely fantastic. Creative, delicious food that is not precious or painstakingly difficult to absorb with fancy ingredients or over-the-top presentation. Likewise the interior is understated and easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    the food was excellent as was the service, the chef did a great job on all dishes!!! would recommend to all my food friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 309 reviews are from the Lincoln Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Good but not great
    Mistyrain1
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I heard so much about Lincoln but didn't get a chance to dine there until last week. Portland has so many great restaurants I think this one fell into the ok category for me. We had one of the two most expensive meals on the menu; lamb neck and albacore. They were well prepared, but nothing that will stand out in my mind (or taste buds). I would like to go back and try other meals on the menu. May be order small plates. I want to give it another try, but for now it was just good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find in North Portland
    Stella
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The staff was very welcoming, the food was beautifully prepared and inventive, the bartender created great drinks. I would recommend v. highly for a wonderful and romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lincoln Never Disappoints
    James
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our party of four had an excellent dinner on Saturday night. The special salmon tartare was a hit. We ordered pasta, lamb, chicken, and liked it all. Their unique take on onion rings are delicious and addictive. The blueberry, frangipane tart was a revelation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pdxdiner
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great experience. Food outstanding and service excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Richard G.
    roadyrich
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Lincoln is a gem. The food was exceptional as was the service. It is a treat for me when you are greeted by the owner. This was my first time there, and we brought some friends that were visiting us from Oakland, CA. They are foodies like us and loved every dish we had. Lincoln will stay on our short list of restaurants to come back to. Thanks for a wonderful evening!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    BadBear
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We enjoyed all aspects of our dinner, especially a visit to our table by the head chef and owner (a fantastic person).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Selection of Entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Had not been before and was very pleased with our food and great service. Used Passport card to save $20 on our $150 bill. Thanks for a nice meal Lincoln.
    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.
  • Interesting Menu
    bgwagsVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We went to Lincoln because it was highly recommended by our foodie friends. We had an enjoyable dining experience. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hmmmm
    RYZ2UVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Slow service. Appetizers came out at different times. Fried vegetable appetizers were so salty you could barely eat them. Flatbread was great. Pasta undercooked. Chicken was great. When I asked about the CDP's the waiter didn't know and suggested the bartender assist us. If you're pushing wine at $70 or more per bottle, get some basic knowledge on your menu. I used an app on my phone and picked a decent bottle. All in all with all the new highly rated restaurants in the Portland food scene, there's no reason for us to go back. We've enjoyed it in the past but it was just "off" and for the price, "off" doesn't work.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great For Business Dinner
    Hungryguypdx
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Took out-of-town client to Lincoln for dinner. Great food; terrific service! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    viet616
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Very much appreciated the way familiar flavors were prepared in different ways. Delicious! Add great service and drinks on top and it was a memorable celebratory meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious celebration dinner
    hmmm
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    interesting and delicious food and moderately priced for such a fine meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious
    jazz
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    i began with a pilsner beer, my partner shared an italian white with a friend, and another friend had an ameretto sour. we shared the romaine salad, and i had the shrimp pasta, while my partner had the salmon pasta with black rice. the food was incredible. our friends had the lamb and pork dishes, plus starters of onion rings, and the foie gras parfait, rabbit liver mousse, pig ear, cured duck breast and guanciale. 3 of us had the hot fudge sundae, and one had the burnt strawberry dessert. amy was our server and she was amazing. very funny and efficient. due to the restaurant offering foie gras, 2 of us won't be returning. this is a rule we live by, otherwise it was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not good
    MehpdxVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Wow this place has gone downhill. How is this place/chef Jen even affiliated with mainstream culinary media is beyond me. First of all, the service was slow and unfriendly even though there was hardly anyone there. Have you ever heard of Zuni cafe in san francisico ? The 47% chicken dish completely tries (and fails) to copy it. Roast chicken, shoestring potatoes and greens. The greens had zero dressing, the fries were completely Overfried and the chicken was well browned in some spots but gelatinous and nasty in others. The coffee was worse than diner coffee. I hate to be this harsh but for $100+ you gotta do better than that.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening!
    Bailey
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Arrived a bit late but was seated right away and greeted as if we came every week. Service was friendly and all our questions were answered regarding food. Osso Bucco amazing as was our entire dining experience. Will make Lincoln our new #1 choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.