Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd
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Ned Ludd

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://nedluddpdx.com/
  • Phone: 5032886900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Dinner: Wed-Sun 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Brunch reservations accepted for parties of 6 or more

    Starting Monday 4/29 we will be closing our regular dinner service Mondays & Tuesdays to host private and special events. Thank you
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Jason French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We will provide a Ned Ludd experience designed for your specific event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Ned Ludd is available for buyout for private parties mondays and tuesdays. email: reservations@nedluddpdx.com
  • Private Party Contact: Jullia Kim 5032886900

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Failing
  • Public Transit: Trimet stops #5907 & #5906
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a small private lot. Street parking is also available on Failing, Garfield, and MLK.
A word from Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd is an American Craft Kitchen located in the Historic NE King Neighborhood. Chef/Owner Jason French offers foods cooked exclusively in a wood fired oven. We are committed to products sourced from local and regional purveyors. Our food is simple, rustic and meant to satisfy those who seek an authentic Northwest meal. The food, service and ambiance work together in an effort to offer a unique and casual Portland culinary experience. We are fortunate to live within an amazing network of passionate and committed farmers, foragers and craft producers. We hope you will join us to celebrate the bounty of the Greater Portland food community!
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Ned Ludd reviews from OpenTable diners
  • I have been to Ned Ludd more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    I have been to Ned Ludd more than a few times, especially in spring/summer/fall when the seasonal NW produce really shines. The wood fired oven brings out such incredible flavors. I don't drink alcohol, but the house made sodas have been great, especially the nettle soda from my most recent visit. The wine list seems to have a good selection of local and international wines. The ambiance is great, and really shows off the Luddite aesthetic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Artistic achievement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    The 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    Pros: quirky atmosphere & tasty local food Cons: - A full drink was taken away that we didn't like and we were still charged for it. The server seemed put out by being a server and don't think they smiled once. - Smaller then typical portions, had appetizer and entree and left hungry. - Quite a sad beer list considering all the great local brews Portland has to offer. There's too many great restaurants in Portland to go back to this one.
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  • GREAT food. Really enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    GREAT 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anticipation
    Crab
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Had been interested in dining at this restaurant for some time and found it to be over rated sadly. Decent service with the exception of wait staff unable to get me a knife that would cut through the lamb that had too much sinew and greens that were undercooked. Nice nettle soup, though we felt we shouldn't have had to ask for a piece of bread to accompany it. Same feeling regarding the mussels. Why no bread? Over all, good ingredients with medium preparation
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall Nice Experience
    popgirl
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    The food tasted good and the presentation of the dishes, even better. Attentive wait staff. The decor is fun, and a bit interesting. The noise level got to be high a couple of times although the restaurant was not full.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my top restaurants
    VegPlease
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    One 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The waiter was knowledgable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The waiter was knowledgable and attentive, the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'd only dined at Ned Ludd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    I'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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The chef is front and center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    The 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good meal with good friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Very creative Easter special meal with three choices for each of five courses. Limited wine list. Good cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing as always. Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Amazing as always. Perfect portions, very creative menu. Truly enjoyable Easter meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Mistake
    stickyfilm
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    The 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Four of us (2 couples) met
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Four 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our food was really good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Our food was really good, the atmosphere is fun. Our server was a bit pretentious. She acted annoyed every time she came to the table and we didn't stop talking immediately to pay attention to her. And she took my wine glass before I had had that last sip. Bad form! Otherwise, a fun place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Smoked onions blew my mind
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Amazing! They make you feel like you belong there, and the food is incredible. The introduction of smoked onions was creative and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a lovely experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything appears to be made
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Everything 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ned Ludd is my favorite Portland
    LestrinaTheGrape
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    Ned 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The atmosphere, food and service
    varestarauntreviewVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    The 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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Meal. Skip Dessert.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • For a good time, call Ned Ludd
    Squirrel
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    I went to Ned Ludd very near its opening. "It's called WHAT!!?? It's WHERE!!??? Over the years, I've been there often, many times with out-of-towners. They and I have never not been impressed with the quality of food, the warmth and knowledgability of the servers. I have never had a bad moment at this place. Please, Jason et al, keep doing what you do. You are in the pleasure business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, super knowledgable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    Great food, super knowledgable staff. We had allergen issues 1 Gluten and 1 lactose, they were very accomodating. Will certainly be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Although the meal was magnificant,
    vandyVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    Although the meal was magnificant, the environment was much less so. The cooking/kitchen area has a big venting problem! Our clothing reeked of fried foods. We had to put every stitch of clothes into the laundry bin!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entrees were pretty good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    Entrees were pretty good. Appetizers (charcuterie plate and seafood plate) were small for the price and tired looking. Dessert was outstanding. I would come back for the chocolate chip cookie dessert, but that is about it.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Nice atmosphere and knowledgable
    MaryPat
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    Nice atmosphere and knowledgable waitress. I thought the menu was very limited and also pretentious. There were only two meat selections and they were out of one of them. I ordered the cod and it was only OK.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a fabulous dinner from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Had a fabulous dinner from cocktails to dessert and coffee. We will certainly go back there soon! Everyone at our table loved their fish preparations - whole boneless trout to steelhead. The small plates were a huge hit with everyone, especially the pickles and heavenly roasted vegetables. Our fruit in light pastry was a lovely way to end the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • I appreciate the ambition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    I appreciate the ambition of Ned Ludd: both in design and in food. Service was excellent, and my salad of toasted farro was outstanding; extremely flavor forward, distinct and bright. As a vegetarian, I might not go back to Ned Ludd, but this is probably more about me scrutinizing the menu then the menu being at fault. I liked the space and the high ceilings, but found the attempts at "haphazard charm" overly designed. The pews are fun, but very uncomfortable and I actually sat on my puffy coat because I was feeling odd vertigo looking up at the waiter and my spouse. Thank you for a memorable birthday.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would like to see a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Would like to see a little more entree selection. 3 fish entrees and one meat entree felt limiting to me as a non fish person. Being back the meat pie!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ned Ludd Fail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Major service fail, although the food that we did have was pretty good. It started out well with some excellent cocktails, then we ordered the beets and arugula to share. We wanted some bread, but had to wait 10 minutes (and pay $5) for the crispy flatbread, which seemed to be the only bread option. Not what we really wanted. But we made the best of it and enjoyed the wine while waiting for our main dishes. When they came, mine was not what I ordered. Major fail - I had even discussed in detail with the waiter the dish that I ordered, yet he apparently put in a completely different order. That meant another lengthy wait, with no apologies, and no refills on my empty wine glass, and finally we just asked for the check and bailed. Too bad.
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  • Needs a little something
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Named one of Portland Monthly's best new restaurants of 2012, I thought this would rank among some of the best meals I've had in Portland. Unfortunately, the meal left our group with something to be desired. Flavor. We shared several small plates in an effort to try as much of the menu as possible. The recurring comment? "This is really good and fresh, but it needs something. It is just kind of bland." The charcuterie plate was primarily pate and pate-like substances. The mussels were just a little too fishy smelling and tasting. The best thing we ate was the farro salad.Would I go here again? Probably not considering all the other amazing places left to try in Portland.
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  • Try the meatball or lamb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Try the meatball or lamb dish if you're in soon. Trout wasn't great. Brussel sprouts are nice, squash was boring, salads were great. I would call this a must visit.
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    fit for foodies
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  • After reading the reviews,
    dunfine
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    After reading the reviews, I expected much more. First, this is not a date place. It is loud and the tables are packed closely together. The food was just that - food. We ordered the kale and brussel sprouts for appetizers. Kale was good and had a good balance. The sprouts were somewhat charred and the spices were in there somewhere. It was difficult to taste anything other than something hot to the mouth. For the main, we ordered trout and sole. Trout was fair to good at best. Sole, I prefer the menus description to the actual meal. There was no flavor in the watered down cream on top of a tasteless sole. This entree was extremely bland. And finally the wine, the fancy names on the list are only to intrigue you to spend money.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my second time to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    This was my second time to Ned Ludd and a far departure from my first time. Our salads were prepared with care but the oven roasted Brussel sprouts where charred to the point of being black. We had to pick away the ash to eat them. Also the oven roasted squash was burnt black as well and we had the scrape away the skin from the bottom and the ash from the top to eat just the middle. The trout was way overlooked not moist at all which was a shame because the trout on m first visit was so amazing that was why I returned. The lamb was so under cooked we could not cut it with our knife even though it was suppose to be medium rare. Our waitress did not inquire why our entrees sat untouched. She just cleared and presented the bill.
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  • Everything was very well done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Everything was very well done and very resonably priced. The charcuterie board was outstanding and I love a good carignane. I highly recommend. I wish they carried more meat dishes, but flavors were very well executed all around.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Did not live up to accolades
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    We heard accolades about Ned Ludd, but the food we had was so mediocre, we were quite surprised. The squash was not fully cooked and the spices did nothing but ruin the taste. The brusselsprouts were burned to a crisp, black. The best taste came from the iced tea, and that came in a tiny glass with too much ice.
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  • Great place, awesome staff.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Great place, awesome staff. Seeing the way the cooks/owner enjoy their work and what amazing food they put out! A litle on the spendiy side but worth it for the taste and energy of the place.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for the Valentines Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Went for the Valentines Day special meal- wish I'd kept the menu as I won't get it all quite right. Wine pairings were intelligently done and complemented the duck breast, beef with anise coating nicely. Appetizer of dehydrated kale paired with prosciutto was inspired. Valentines mood music was a plus. Handled gluten and dairy freeness with poise.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • really a restaurant for meat
    Micozzi
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    really a restaurant for meat eaters. My partner & I enjoyed the food but the vegetarian prtions were a fraction of the meat portions. I cant recommend this reatuarant for those who lean on the side of a non meat diet. But the food is deicious. thanks for asking! Maria
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We tried 5 different items.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    We tried 5 different items. All pretty good except we didn't like the brussel sprouts, the pork was excellent. The ambiance and the service were great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate