Artistic achievementThe best vegetables in Portland. Wood firing taken to artistic heights. Any time we get a night out (which is rare) we go to Ned Ludd.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGREAT food. Really enjoyedGREAT food. Really enjoyed ourselves. The only thing we noticed was that our server was a bit disaffected. It's much more fun when the service is friendly.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of my top restaurantsOne of my top restaurants in Portland! The food and the service are always top-notch, and the overall experience is cozy, unpretentious, and profoundly satisfying. Just the right mix of fancy and down to earth.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThe waiter was knowledgableThe waiter was knowledgable and attentive, the food was delicious!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThe chef is front and centerThe chef is front and center in the restaurant cooking with his wood fired oven. This makes the ambiance even more intimate. Food was fantastic all around.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMI'd only dined at Ned LuddI'd only dined at Ned Ludd once, nearly two years ago, and this most recent experience surpassed the quality I remembered. It won't take another two years to get me back at their tables.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing as always. PerfectAmazing as always. Perfect portions, very creative menu. Truly enjoyable Easter meal.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGood meal with good friendsVery creative Easter special meal with three choices for each of five courses. Limited wine list. Good cocktails.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMMy MistakeThe service was really excellent, and our server was kind enough to inform me that the pork noodles were indeed noodles made from pork skin, and my decision to order it was purely adventurousness on my part. That said, it wasn't particularly flavorful, and I would certainly shy away from that particular entree in the future. On the other hand, my wife's trout was excellent, as were the braised greens I ordered.
The decor, designed to create the appearance of a rustic barn interior or something, feels like a art directed half measure. I get it, the name of the restaurant celebrates the Ludites, who rejected modernity and technology, but I just feel surrounded by dust catchers.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMFour of us (2 couples) metFour of us (2 couples) met at Ned Ludd for a quick dinner before going to a play at Portland Playhouse. We drank some tasty rose wines and split 4-5 dishes, mostly salads & veggies and one trout. The greens and veggies were seasonal and the dressings and seasonings perfect. The plates were more than adequate for sharing 4-ways. The trout was de-boned, baked whole and delicious!. The service was very good and kept us on time - we needed to eat and square up in a little over an hour. We'll definitely be back.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMSmoked onions blew my mindAmazing! They make you feel like you belong there, and the food is incredible. The introduction of smoked onions was creative and delicious.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a lovely experience.We had a lovely experience. Attentive but not overbearing service. The clams and the game hen on the March menu were both outstanding. Our bottle of Pinot was lovely. Would come back again for a fancy dinner.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything appears to be madeEverything appears to be made in-house including the bread and pickled vegetables. Cozy and real treat. Especially if you would like to explore the closest thing to a Northwest cuisine that I am aware of.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMNed Ludd is my favorite PortlandNed Ludd is my favorite Portland restaurant. It's low key but perfect. Everything is hand made and beautifully presented. The staff is efficient and nice. The chefs don't seem capable of making mistakes. Frequently I go out to dinner and regret spending the money on food I could make at home on an off night. Ned Ludd serves complex dishes I'd never think to make and they are all perfect and flavorful and I love the relaxing pace of service.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe atmosphere, food and serviceThe atmosphere, food and service was great but the portions are a little lacking, We had two appetizers and each had an entre but we left a little hungry.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Meal. Skip Dessert.All the food was exceptionally good in both taste and presentation--except for dessert. We ordered the "chocolate chip cookie". What came was a burnt brownie in a cast iron skillet. Cute presentation but there was no getting around that is was most certainly not a chocolate chip cookie. We told the waitress that it was burnt and she said they call that "oven kissed". Hmmm. She took it back and took it off our bill. It was a shame to end with a burnt brownie. Perhaps they need to hire a pastry chef.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AM