Paragon - Portland
Paragon - Portland

Paragon - Portland

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://paragonrestaurant.com/home.portland
  • Phone: 5038335060x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Monday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Bar Menu: Sunday - Monday: until 11:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: until 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: until 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Rocky Smith
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site Catering Available.
  • Entertainment: DJ Music ( Light House Jazz ) Thursday thru Saturday 9:00 pm to 12:00 pm. Live Music ( Acoustic Latin Flamenco Guitar ) Sundays 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th Ave
  • Public Transit: Streetcar Drop-off on 10th & Hoyt St.
    Bus Drop-off at 14th & Glisan
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking Available, Also Public Lot Parking Between NW 12th & 13th Ave. & Between NW Glisan & Hoyt St.
A word from Paragon - Portland
Paragon is a neighborhood gastropub serving ingredient-driven, honest food, craft beers, unique cocktails and eclectic wines. This trendy Portland restaurant seamlessly combines an art gallery setting with an urban alehouse, creating the perfect neighborhood spot for mingling at the bar or enjoying a cozy dinner with friends at a booth in the corner. The approachable cuisine is grounded in the familiar with new twists and variations that keep things interesting.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Paragon - Portland reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (14)great for lunch (12)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (7)good for groups (7)special occasion (6)great for outdoor dining (6)romantic (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Lunch
    Klassnayadevka
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    First time here for lunch and I liked it better than dinner I think! Gorgeous day out so we were able to sit outside. Usually paragon is loud but sitting outside and it being lunch time, it wasn't loud at all. Out server was great! Attentive while not hovering. Can't wait to come back for lunch of brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now More Casual
    AlmsfpdxVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Paragon has scaled back to a more tavern-like theme and it seems to be working well. Much more of a neighborhood restaurant fell then in the past. Had a business dinner for 6 and my clients from New Orleans loved it....especially the pot roast. Wish the had more Oregon wines.. Pet Peeve: they charge $1 per extra anchovy on the Ceaser Salad. Poor idea for a restaurant with meals at their price point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jbemory
    Jbemory
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Love Paragon. High end with not too high end prices. I always feel like I'm getting the best service, the best food, and at a reasonable price. I have been to Paragon probably 8 times, no complaints, no bad experiences. Always looking forward for a reason to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's Nice Place for a Meal
    lanouriture
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I like Paragon very much, but having worked in a restaurant for several years in my youth, I'm also a tough critic. As such, my three star ratings shouldn't be taken as too negative. By my standards, I can think of very few restaurants that provide outstanding service. The service at Paragon is good and pleasant and I'll certainly eat there again. Overall, this is a good place to take friends or a date when you want to go somewhere that's upscale but not too pretentious. The ambiance is nice and the restaurant is not quite as loud as some of its deafening peers when it gets busy. There's no air conditioning, so on a hot summer night, the inside of the restaurant can get pretty warm. Overall, it's a very nice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot in the Pearl
    dulcie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We dined here with a friend who lives a few blocks away. Very friendly and accommodating staff. We sat outdoors on a lovely evening. Our server was friendly, and the food was good. Even better, there were no questions asked when our friend asked them to open the bottle she had brought. We found this unusual and a very nice aspect of this neighborhood spot. Would definitely go here again the next time we are in Portland.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, but bad meal
    judy
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The restaurant is attractive, good waitstaff, quick service, easy to find and park. My lunch (halibut) was not good. The breading overwhelmed the halibut, so I peeled it off and probably had less than four tablespoons of fish. A huge pile of fries accompanied the fish, which were ok, but the meal was dry and rather bland. My friend said her blackened salmon sandwitch was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty food and Cool Atmosphere
    TheRedLady
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was my second time at Paragon. My husband and I love the food - we've never been disappointed in any appetizers, main courses, sides, or desserts we have ordered. I love the short rib roast beef! The cocktails are tasty and inventive. The décor and atmosphere make this a fun place to go for date night or a night out with friends. It's especially nice in the summer when the windows are open and you can sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long Standing Restaurant
    RovingFoodie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We ate on three different occassions thinking one was just a bad night. First time mussels smelled bad tried one and did not eat. When we told server the mussels were bad she asked if we would like some others, but we were not trusting of them at that point. you could smell these from 10 feet away. Waitstaff very nonchalant. This last occassion The salmon supposed to have crispy skin. Half was crispy the other half not cooked at all. The salad w/ blue cheese was okay except the blue cheese tasted off like soap or worse. Brisket was tender but no flavor, little salt seemed to help. The dessert chocolate cake and asked for the nights special, coconut ice cream. The cake was dry and at 7:00 p.m. your out of the special dessert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot & Miserable
    Fish224VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We are regulars at this restaurant - and normally love it - but last night when we went the air conditioning was not keeping up with the heat, and the place was miserable. Everyone was complaining - and leaving early. We nicely suggested to the manager to go across the street and buy a few fans, which would have solved the problem. His reply...."if I buy fans, what would I do with them the nine months of the year when it isn't hot here?" For less than a hundred bucks he could have made the it comfortable, and probably sold several hundred dollars more in food just last night. I learned the place is owned by a big corporation - which explains this kind of silly anti-customer thinking. Too bad - otherwise the food and service was great!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date Night
    ChicagoGonePDX17VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Began with the mixed greens salad and my partner had the calamari. Salad was wonderful- lightly dressed, apples and blue cheese gave it a sweet bite respectively. Calamari had 2 dipping sauces--partner loved the jalapeño jam and I enjoyed the finger soy. For entrees, I had the halibut on special and it was absolutely delicious. Fish was tender and the set beneath of grape tomatoes, pickled green beans and corn aioli was just delightful. Partner' dish however was supposed to be this spicy hot italian sausage with papparadlle---it was bland, boring, and not spicy whatsoever. Waitress said that the chef was inconsistent and so maybe that's why the food wasn't "on". Creme brûlée was the worst I've ever had...topping had no crunch at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner or Lunch Spot
    go2thetune
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere, great service, great drinks. All around great spot to eat and be. Several groups in the restaurant and the bar filled up after the dinner rush.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No more booths
    happyeater
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This restaurant too has removed several of its booths. This seems to be a trend. I don't like it. Booths are comfy and give a feeling of privacy and personal space. Bring them back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 234 reviews are from the Paragon - Portland reviews archive.
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    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Halibut was extremely dry and had no taste. Vegetables were overcooked too. Small portion but I guess that is okay since wasn't good anyway.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paragon
    gdlkbl
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had a nice dinner and the waiter was great. Food was good with nice presentation. Loved the Bourbon Banana Bread Pudding!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Below Average Service
    PortlandEaterVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Food was good...although they've dropped their Gorgonzola cheesecake and, because of that, we'll likely never return as it was a happy hour and appetizer favorite of ours. Service, however, was horrendous. Waitress was dismissive and incredibly unfriendly when we weren't immediately prepared to order or requested any additional assistance such as more water or table service. She went away for long periods of time and wandered back at her leisure and was seriously detached from making any sort of friendly connection with us. Sat in bar...evening of First Thursday (6/5).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    Schloty
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Sat at one of the outside tables. Friendly staff and great food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Experience
    Entertainer
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Last minute reservation, able to accommodate, out of town guest impressed with the friendliness of all who we encountered. Attentive to the table. Informative lunch recommendations. Impeccable service, limited wait time for our meals. Food was the perfect temperature and proportions were right sized.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    StLeSi
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were very happy with our dinner here at Paragon. We started with the chicken wings and Brussels sprouts, both excellent. The Mac n Cheese is creamy and good, and my halibut was cooked perfectly! Our only complaint was that everything was a touch too salty. Otherwise, great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed this place. Everything about it was nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sweetpeaVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Love their roasted chicken. Hope they never change the recipe! We can't get enough of it!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud for conversation
    eatsout
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Four of us went to Paragon on a Saturday evening for their three course meal, part of Portland's dining out month. The first course was a delicate, attractive dish with asparagus and poached egg. The main course was sweet potato gnocchi with pears and gorgonzola sauce. It was far too sweet with too little gorgonzola to inject a contrasting flavor. Dessert was lemon curd with a small spoonful of pureed rhubarb. OK, but something we could have made at home. The meal was acceptable, but we wished the restaurant would have "stepped it up" a bit for March's dining event. Service was fast and professional. Our main complaint was the noise level, which made it almost impossible to talk to each another at our small table.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portland Restaurant Month
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My date and I were excited to try this restaurant on a busy Friday night. We were seated quickly. It was an either or when choosing the salad and entree and no choice for dessert. We both found the food fair. Nothing to get excited about. Wait staff was very attentive and friendly. I think it would be better for Happy Hour.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Service EVAH!
    lunashell
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Dining Month entree choices included a fish, a vegetarian and a meat option. We added several drinks; these were amongst the best cocktails that I have ever had. They were creative and beautiful and really delicious. Our favorite was the "RainCity Raindrop" which we had at dessert. It included rose syrup and rose petal garnish and was yummy/desserty. Jamie, our server, was perfect. We never had to ask for any replacement flatware or water. She brought us extra plates (just because she is so smart and paid attention to how we were sharing.) At the end of our lovely meal she actually had the bar split our cocktail into two glasses. Thank you Jamie for being, hands down, the best damn server in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunately, our food (though
    Birthday
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Unfortunately, our food (though good) was very, very slow to come out and our appetizers and salad were completely missed : (
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - skewed to younger folk
    curwenVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We ate there fairly early in the evening (6pm) which is probably why I gave it only 3 stars for ambiance. The service was very good (both waitress and busboys) and the food was excellent. My pot roast was spot on. However my only negative-ish comment may just be my imaginative but we were seated in a section away from the bar (just us initially) and then a few other couples - all of whom were older than the 20-ish/30-ish crowd in the bar and the lower level. As I say, it might just be my imagination. but I did get the impression that they didn't feel older folks really suited their chosen demographic.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ah well
    jennabee
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    There was some issue in the kitchen...our dinner was sweeter than our dessert. But they replaced our meal with something else and corrected the bill. What can you do? It happens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Dining Month Choice
    anonVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Went for dining month to check this place out. The food was mostly mediocre with a few exceptions. The asparagus salad with poached egg was well executed and a good concept. The coconut gazpacho was also quite good. My cod was over cooked and dried out, though I noticed a better execution at the next table. My dish should have never left the kitchen. My dining companion had the sweet potato gnocchi. It was quite gummy and just very off. The pears did not pair well with it. The lemon curd dessert was fine. The butterscotch pudding was awful and gritty and by far the worst rendition of that dish that I have ever been served in my life. Service was very slow but friendly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • next time, just drinks
    Sierra
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was typical bar food. Nothing amazing. My mac and cheese had clearly been reheated. It was oily and tasted nothing like rosemary. The drinks were amazing though, and we would totally go back for just drinks.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and good service
    damanda
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was very good. Very creative using fresh ingredients. Only complain, we both let feeling overly bloated after eating a lot, but not an overwhelmingly large amount of food. We think it could have been overly salted. This is a tiny nit as it's nonetheless incredible hard to balance pleasing the foodie and the typical American consumer who needs a high salt content. Nonetheless it was delicious and we would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for Girlfriend Reunion
    PeasOnMoss
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Met with high school girlfriends to enjoy the PDM tasting menu. Overall, the selection was nice, and a la carte menu was still available. Specific items were a little bit salty - but generally nicely assembled and seasoned. Gnocchi was a little pasty, but the sauce was nice and pears were sweet. Butterscotch pudding dessert was richly sweet - almost too much but definitely met expectations. Recommend for a group where palates vary - they offered everything from short rib to grilled cheese sandwiches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprising find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Didn't hear much about this place before going but it was very good. Red grape gezpacho was delicious. Braised short rib tender, rich & huge. Sweet potato gnocchi a little too dense and sweet with the poached pears. The richness of both main courses made the rich desserts - lemon curd and butterscotch pudding - almost too much. Overall delicious food, but a tad heavy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Month Set Menu
    pdxcake
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We went as part of Portland Dining month, which has a smaller set menu. The meat options my fellow diners got looked good, but the vegetarian main course was much too sweet, and added to the grape gazpacho, it was like the whole meal was three courses of dessert. That might appeal to some people, but wasn't what I wanted in my night out. The drinks were good and the service, though slow, seemed good as well. Bottom line, I think they do a better job with the non-vegetarian options.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dining month quantity low
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My dish didn't have much relative to the price. I got 2 lamb chops and the menu said rack of lamb. 26 dollars. I would've expected an actual rack of at least 3 or more.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot
    Foodieinpdx
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    This is a great restaurant. The service was fantastic, the wine was wonderful, & the food was good. Large portions for the amount paid. Only complaint is the food was a little salty, but overall it was good. Would go back & eat again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An old standby
    BonefinderVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We frequent Portland about once a year over the last 8 or so years and we always stop for lunch here. We have always been pleased with the menu, food and service. Our waitperson was exceptional. Portions served are great for sharing .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always, well worth it
    KayKal
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    We sat in the bar by the fireplace and as it was a Monday night, the place was subdued. We enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere. Service was good albeit a little over attentive. We had the calamari & fennel starter - sautéed rather than fried - and it was great. The risotto was wonderful. We will definitely dine again as they are always a treat to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The service was outstanding. I forget out server's name, she is the best waitress I have had inPortland.the drinks were good but the food was not that great especially for the price. If they are going to charge $20 plus for their entrees I would expect higher quality food. Otherwise our dining experience was great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Puzzling menu choices
    PetePumaVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    The chef is making some interesting pairing choices. Like calamari with fried lemons (Which I'm told by the server is a "Love it or hate it" item). Like kale and roasted cauliflower salad with a citrus vinaigrette that misses the mark. Same for the arcadia mixed greens with granny smith apples and a puzzlingly unappealing walnut vinaigrette. I get that that they're trying to be different/avant garde, etc. But it just wasn's working, at least for those dishes. I'm told this place was one of the original Hot Spots of the Pearl District back in the day, and that their Happy Hour is still quite lively. Certainly pleasant enough, but in a town (and a district) with so many choices, I can't see seeking this place out again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    After hearing about this restaurant for some time, thought we'd try it on a Saturday night. Not much to talk about. One plate of prime rib was room temperature, very poor quality for the $$. Hamburgers were good as was the kale salad with chicken added. Would not recommend.
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  • Good,Just not for special occasions
    HappyFatty
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I love the Paragon and frequent it often. It's a fun place to go have a glass of wine or a cocktail and try out there yummy grilled cheese or anything from there bar menu and you won't be disappointed. I did make the mistake of making reservations here for Valentines dinner though... not so smart on my part. The dining area was filled with the noise from the crowded bar which included "Staying Alive" by the Beegee's... not exactly romantic. Our server seemed like she wished she was out with her date for the night and our meal was disappointing (I had the lamb). I won't be dining here again unless it's on the bar side were all that hustle and bustle add to the experience and I know I'm going to be happy with my meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic