Portland Prime
Portland Prime

Portland Prime

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://portlandprime.net/
  • Phone: 5032236200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 11pm, Friday: 4pm - 12pm, Saturday: 3pm-12pm, Sunday: 3pm -9pm
    Happy hour: Monday-Friday from 3pm-6:30pm Sunday 11:30am-5pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Prime Rib
  • Executive Chef: Greg Samples
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The crown jewel of Portland Prime is our Estate Room. An alluringly elegant and spacious private dining facility that captures the already sophisticated ambiance of the restaurant and blends it harmoniously with handsome cedar racks filled with an unsurpassed selection of our finest wines.
  • Private Party Contact: Sheena Wituschek 8772370712
  • Entertainment: Featuring live Jazz music Thurs 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Fridays 6:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturdays feat. Mel Brown Trio 7:30pm - 11:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd & Pine
  • Public Transit: Portland's Light Rail (MAX) stops 2 blocks away on 1st & Oak.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $7 valet parking with validation.
A word from Portland Prime
Today's Interpretation of a Traditional Fish, Chop and Steakhouse; Only Portland Prime's recalls the simpler place and time of the Great American Fish, Chop and Steakhouses. Visitors become lifetime guests because Portland Prime's recalls the warmth, memories and flavors they know and love. At Portland Prime, Guests savor their dining experience and enjoy wonderfully reasonable prices as well.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Portland Prime reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (63)romantic (45)notable wine list (24)fit for foodies (22)good for groups (17)vibrant bar scene (17)neighborhood gem (14)great for lunch (12)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • One of Portland's Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Each time we visit Portland I take my son to a new steak house. Portland Prime is the best, by far. Outstanding experience on all levels. Service was amazing and the food was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a great meal with a wonderful waitress on Saturday evening. The steak was amazingly tender and the brussel sprouts were a good companion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We came to dinner on a special occasion which I specified in the open table comments for my husband's birthday. No mention of the birthday at all. When we checked in, the receptionist told me that I did not have a reservation. The rest of our party had already been seated. Open kitchen is a huge distraction, creates terrible noise and you can see the chefs kidding around with each other, like high school. The Lobster Tempura was ghastly, tails were soaked in butter and then deep fried, meat was mushy. The rest of the lobster looked like a BLOB. That was a $41 entree. Service was average, we waited for quite some time for drink refills. The bill for 5 came out to over $300. Do not waste your hard earned money on this bad food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Date Spot
    GregM
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The wife and I enjoyed a nice steak dinner on our date night at Portland Prime. Everything was very good, though, we noted that the crab that was used in the Steak Oscar lacked flavor and had that 'previously frozen' taste to it. A little disappointing, but not the end of the world. Mixed drinks from the bar were stellar. Service was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Business Lunch Spot!
    joeknows2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is a favorite business lunch spot for me! Can rely in great food, service and ambiance. I ususally get the blackened salmon cesar salad.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B-day
    Danny
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Salads were excellent we both ordered the prime rib, hers medium mine medium rare, hers very good mine little tough, for the price thought it should of been better
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I was charged 3 dollars to replace the mashed potatoes that came with my steak with a baked one due to dairy allergy. One would think the baked potato would cost 3 dollars less. The food was tasty but will not be going back due to the extra charge.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food!
    Prime
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was great. I had the best prime rib ever.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicous Prime Rib
    NancyJ
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I went to Portland Prime with Prime Rib in mind. It was very good! My husband had a smoked salmon pasta which he also like.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary
    wilksgirl57
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We started in the bar and met family for a drink, then went to the restaurant for dinner. We were first sat near the kitchen and asked to move. Not a problem! Great time except my hubby's rib eye was thin and tough. My food was great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pretty meh
    saroofio
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Wife and I decided to go here because there was a groupon available. Ordered the rib eye and added a lobster tail. Steak was just"okay". Nothing to rave about. Ordered medium rare, came out medium. Glad we had the groupon. Definitely not a 38$ steak. Probably would not recommend to a friend but worth a try if you use the groupon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never again!
    Wendy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were celebrating my birthday, I am a Champagne drinker. When I ordered a glass of Champagne, I was told they had none. How could a upper class restauraunt like Portland Prime not has Champagne? I will not go there again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The best calamari I've ever had. The filet was so tender that I just needed a table knife. Live music was top-notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, so-so service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food was excellent. Our waiter seemed a bit overwhelmed due to the fact that he had the majority of the tables in the restaurant. Getting drinks took a particularly long time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Experience
    CTag
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had the best time, fantastic food, exceptional service. Please try their 5 onion soup, it was yummy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed the jazz (Tony Pacini) more than the food. The meat is toooo expensive for what was served. Liked the people who worked there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our 25th Anniversary Dinner
    Gulli5
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We tried Portland Prime for the first time for our anniversary. It was an excellent choice to celebrate this milestone. Even though it is spendy, it was worth it. The food was amazing - there wasn't an item we were even slightly dissatisfied with- and so was the ambience. Our waiter gave us just the right amount of attention and privacy. He was superb. We will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    One of my favourite places to dine for special occasions. They do Prime Rib perfectly. Love the Martinis. The service is awesome - all needs anticipated. The old Multnomah hotel (now Embassy Suites) is so unique and beautiful. It is a real treat to be there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    at the price point that they are charging, i would consider the service and food mediocre. i can get far better, especially steak, for similar (or slightly less) money at other restaurants.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for my birthday
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My dad surprised me and called in a gift certificate to Portland Prime for my birthday. I was beyond happy with the service I received from the hostess staff and how accommodating they were. The steaks we got were pretty good, my filet was very tender but my partner's was a bit overpriced for the quality of his NY steak. The desserts were pretty good but the prices were still high. My server wasn't as attentive to us as I felt she should've been. I was much more impressed with the hostess staff than the waitress. Overall a good night and I enjoyed my birthday dinner a lot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We bought a groupon and it was well worth it! The food was delicious and the service was great as well. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so great
    Lc24
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was cold & not great! I expected more from this restaurant. Drinks are over priced!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch Visit
    questionable
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    our group was small and we were seated at a booth - I began to smell gas and notified the waitress - she didn't respond and walked away. It was an odd visit as usually the servers are pretty friendly and social. We had to ask about the specials and when we sat down, immediately noticed the water glass had ketchup stains on the outside - I'm not too picky, but definitely need a clean glass!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    CottygirlVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    While in Portland for a weekend getaway we came across Portland Prime when searching for a place to have dinner. We arrived early for our reservation so went into the bar for a cocktail. The bar is very cool; great ambiance and with the live music definitely a place we would go back to just for a drink. Dinner was great! We both ordered the rib eye steak which came perfectly prepared and deliciously seasoned, and you can't beat the price for the portion size. We both had leftovers. Our waitress (I wish I could remember her name) was terrific. She was attentive and friendly and helpful in making our dinner selections. She confided in us at the end of dinner that it was her first night. We never would have guessed. We'll go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    First time to this restaurant and it was way beyond expectations the best steak I have ever had service outstsanding the wine list tops this is a perfect place for a romantic night out or a celebration. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Every Time
    niseyVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Another fabulous dinner at PP! Love that it's quiet and you can talk. Oysters were excellent as we're the steaks. Groupon or not it's sooooo worth it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for special occasion
    Happydiner
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Our waiter was awesome. The food was good but a bit high priced to go on a regular basis. It was nice that they split a salad for us. Perfect portion to share. Drinks were too high for quality. Expected fresh grapefruit juice, not canned, for a greyhound at $9.25. Other than that a really nice experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go to Portland Prime for date night
    Mary
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We went to Portland Prime for my birthday. The food was excellent. I had the scallop and shrimp over risotto meal and my husband had the short ribs. Both dishes were prepared very well and the portion size was good. The shrimp and scallops were very large and cooked to perfection. The short ribs were melt in your mouth. I hear that they have good music in the bar, and plan to go back for happy hour. They are attached to the Embasy Suites hotel which brings in clientelle. The wine list is extensive and they made a good martini. I liked how the resturant was decorated and lit. It felt like a very special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special occasion
    huntlucky
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 1st anniversary here. Our appetizer (the lightly breaded shrimp) and meals were delicious (I had the prime rib, she had seafood alfredo), and our waiter was kind and knowledgeable. Also, the chocolate lava cake we shared for dessert was to die for.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Roots
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    THe food was excellant and the service was very good!!! We would reccomend Prime .
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambience Notable
    Judy
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This restaurant has a formal and elegant feel, yet relaxed. All four of our entree's were different but delicious. The salmon and halibut were perfectly cooked and my husband said his chicken had a wonderful flavor. The four of us split 2 wedge salads which we all thought would be better if they had not drizzled balsamic vinegar over them. Only other suggestion is that for the high price, a vegetable and starch could be included with all main dishes. Only other complaint is that the restaurant was nearly empty and we like it there because they don't have blaring music. But they seated the other 2 groups right next to us-one of which was a loud group of men, so our conversation was not so easy. otherwise, a very nice place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable visit
    NewbiePortlandian
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Promptly seated for a 730pm reservation, but the restaurant wasn't packed. Our waiter, Laramy (sp?), was friendly but hit/miss on attentiveness. He came by the table and offered to refill our wine, but I had already helped myself to the bottle we had purchased. We were informed that the prime rib was sold out which was a little disappointing, but the other options were fine. My wife enjoyed her petite filet, and I had ribeye, both cooked to order and served with a scoop of mashed potatoes and asparagus. I personally like mashed potatoes with chunks so I'm glad they weren't whipped, but that may not be to everyone's liking. The waiter did come by in time to put in our order for the chocolate lava cake, however it arrived slightly overdone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary dinner at Portland Prime. We had received an "anniversary" coupon, which we used and very much appreciated! Our only disappointment was that by 6:00pm when we arrived, they were already out of Prime Rib, which was what we had looked forward to! The rib eye steak was very good; but not prime rib.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melt in Your Mouth Steaks
    Happy13
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I am a real foodie and my Husband and I decided to spend our 23rd Anniversary celebrating at Portland Prime. We had never been there. We both had the petite filet. I can honestly say this is 1 of the 3 most flavorful steaks I have ever eaten. And Ruth Chris is NOT in my top 3!! This meat was out of sight good. I appreciated that it came with mashed potatoes and a few asparagus sprigs. Of course we ordered additional sides, but I would be dissappointed to get a beautiful steak and have it sitting all lonely on a plate, as is with most upscale meateries. Very romantic! Oh and nice selection of wines by the glass!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LOVE IT!
    NM86
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This was our first time at Portland Prime and it was AMAZING! The rib eye was on point! Everything was great, even the drinks! We had set reservations, but that wasn't needed on a Sunday evening as we got seated right away!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience could have been better
    martl3y
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious! We ordered the crab dip, prime rib, and ribeye steak. I personally had the prime rib and thought it had great flavor. The crab dip made you want more it was so good. I felt like the food is what would make us eat there again, I personally did not appreciate the service. Our server would not come back to our table for 15 minutes at a time and it was quite frustrating at times, especially when we wanted to get our check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    troubadourVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a great experience upon walking in the door. We were quickly and politely greeted. Our waiter was attentive and the steaks were excellent. The chocolate molten lava cake was incredible and the perfect end to a terrific dinner.
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  • We had a great time!
    Will52Melis
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Seafood and Lamb was cooked perfectly. We will return again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2eat
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We were seated promptly. Water and menus received. Bar order given and delivered in a very reasonable length of time. We ordered one salad to share, Ceasar salad brought to us on two plates and definitely was plenty for two and was very tasty. We also enjoyed the bread even if it was a bit garlicky. The main course arrived and was very good. The scallops were exceptional. Too full for dessert. Not a cheap meal but very good and the service was not only prompt but friendly so don't know why we saw complaints on-line unless some people are just very hard to please or maybe they have a new cook.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hello? We're here. Hello?
    OrdinaryAwesome
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Bottom line, the food was just decent, and the server was... Nice. As we arrived, we were absolutely neglected, with no host to greet us, or the other two small groups in the same boat. We were all wondering if anyone would come, and began to joke about it for over 5 minutes. The host showed up and explained they were "short-staffed" that evening. His manager was annoyed, when we commented about the short-staffing - he knew the host was not being honest. We sat. We waited. After 13 more minutes we were met by our server. She was nice, but overly chatty with every table, making others wait as she set random food down to just talk. Another 45 for food to arrive. Trying to leave? Keep waiting, you'll get your bill eventually.
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