Portland Prime
Portland Prime

Portland Prime

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://portlandprime.net/
  • Phone: (503) 223-6200
  • 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,Pay with OpenTable,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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Portland Prime reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (65)romantic (41)notable wine list (24)fit for foodies (23)good for groups (22)vibrant bar scene (14)neighborhood gem (11)great for lunch (9)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delicious food
    Shine
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I had a groupon I had to redeem for dinner only I came in during lunch the gal was nice enough to let us use it during lunch by ordering off the dinner menu. Crab cakes were amazing! My boyfriend had chicken Marsala. Lunch menu was reasonable so even without groupon I'll definitely come back for lunch
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but not great
    JFKNM
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The food here is very good. What I find odd is it seems like a steak house on the down swing. There are a bunch of caged wine holders that have no wine in them and locks. You need a code to enter the bathroom, I thought was strange for a "nice" place. The food is very good, but on the top end of what it could command for the price. I would not say don't go, but I would not recommend this.
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  • Dissatisfied
    dissat
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    For the cost of dining at your restaurant the service should be excellent as well as the food. It not only was not but it was terrible! Misty was our waitress - she had trouble taking our very simple order, got it wrong and didn't even know what was in the middle of the shrimp scampi which for $16.00 was just was skimpy! I would not recommend this place to anyone - there are many fine dining places to choose from.
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  • Excellent Everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We enjoyed excellent food, service, and ambiance. Could not have asked for anything more.
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy weekend
    kylaone
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I've been to Portland Prime before & both times used a Groupon. It's not the best Portland steakhouse, but it has a nice ambience and the food is well-done. I think the Groupon, coupled with multiple sports events, made it a very busy weekend for them. I got the filet and my boyfriend opted for the seafood risotto. Whoops, they were out of the risotto. The service staff did what they could & offered to put the seafood over mashed potatoes or fingerling potatoes, but the risotto was supposed to have truffles & crab and wouldn't be the same. So, he opted for the tenderloin. Whoops, they were out of that too. I ordered a martini. Whoops, they were out of olives. The meal was good, but apparently busy can be too much for them.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This year was a disappointment.
    lotus
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This year was a disappointment. The salad lacked most of the extra goodies (pumpkin seeds, etc.) the chop is known for. Main course was fine. We had to remind the waitress that the website stated two desserts like last year. Generally the 3 courses were not up to last year's standards (key lime pie was super). The service was the most disappointing (Sat. eve, 5:00 res, center round table against north wall), alternating between surly/pushy and forced smiley. Several times she rolled her eyes after turning away from our table. She pushed us to order for the first several minutes and then slammed the plates on the table when food arrived. Excellent service is attentive yet discreet; she was neither. She was just not classy. Music too loud.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent, however,
    CPAluv2dine
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The food was excellent, however, the service was extremely lacking.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portland Prime is Primo
    UpperLeftCoastTraveler
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Fine downtown dining in a setting of one of the classic old hotels - revitalized and renewed but keeping the ambiance of a bygone era. This is an excellent steak and chop house that provided a great special occasion experience. Staff are attentive and helpful without being intrusive. Close attention to the basics of good food with fresh and attractive presentation combined for delightful eating. And afterwards we found excellent live jazz in the lounge a perfect way to cap the evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    PilgrimTraveler
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Great place to go and have a quiet dinner with your sweetie.
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was very good. I don't think it was worth the price charged. All the steaks were over $40 and that was ala carte. I had the sea bass at $33. It came with mashed potatoes but not a salad. I shared a wedge salad which cost $10. We went to this restaurant because we had a Groupon.
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    special occasion
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  • busy and tasty
    billmart
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    A solid, classic steak house in downtown Portland. Good for special occasions and family outings, as well as business account types. A full house on a Friday evening had service running at a not optimal pace. The special Portland dining month special (3 courses for $29) was a special treat. We were originally seated at a two-top where the overhead lighting was out, making visibility difficult. After we demurred and following a wait, we were reseated, but I question trying to seat us there in the first place as it was acknowledged that others that night had a similar complaint. Oh well, as I said, it was busy and full. Still a good place for a special meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little something for everyone
    McDiner
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Much to our delight we found the Portland Prime menu had something for everyone. It has the dark rich feeling of El Gaucho, though not quite as dark. Our food was good, nice wine, decent service. It is across the street from VooDoo donuts, so depending on your preferences, that could be a positive or a negative.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was exceptional
    LaurelVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We had a business dinner with 7 at our table and the waiter was extremely helpful and did an excellent job. The food was very good and the Calamari was one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Filet Mignon to die for
    octopusblonde
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    I ordered the Prime Rib and it was quite juicy and good, but then I tasted my husband's Filet and wished I'd ordered that! Wow, now that's a nice steak!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Fellforthehype
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My server was awesome and my food was good. Next time I will actually try the steak in this steakhouse!
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    fit for foodies
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  • 2nd try
    BirthdayDinner
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We loved the steak and mushrooms but the pork and sea bass were a disappointment. Large pork portion but was dry; sea bass portion very small smothered in mash potatoes that were much to salty. Taste was very good but very salty; greek salad good but again much to much salt. Waiter remembered us and was great.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant with Prime cut meat
    staylor21
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We have been here many times. Recently the service and food was not up to par. However, I definitely recommend the calamari; it is the best I have tasted. The steaks here are usually pretty good and are below the price you would find at El Gaucho and Ruth's Chris. The restaurant itself is nicely done and clean making for a nice ambiance.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair, but good with a deal..
    SteakSteakSteak
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We went in to use a Groupon and glad we did. Took us 10 minutes to even get a host to notice us. They only had 4 other tables at the time and took another 10 for anyone to come to our table. Drinks were good, steaks were cooked to order. We liked the other steakhouse that rhymes with Booths Hiss way better for our money.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Best dinner I have had in Portland. Service was iffy and slightly annoying. Pretty spendy, but worth it if money is standing in the way of you and a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow service, decent food
    irishdave
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Service was slow, restaurant had about 7 tables occupied, so service issues should not be caused by crowds. 15 Minutes for drinks, vodka and sprite so it was not complicated. Bread was finally served at end of meal, despite being told it was on the way a couple of times. Prime rib and braised short ribs were good but a bit expensive. On your events page on your website your vendor, syndical, is comlaining about past due invoices. Doesn't give a good impression to people checking your website.
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  • Not as I remembered
    pdxtaxguy
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    On Feb 23, 2014 a party of four celebrated a special occasion at Portland Prime based on numerous past visits. As expected the food was good and service was very good. The main complaint was that the menu on the Open Table site was not the same as the restaurant. The ONLY vegetable offered was asparagus in balsamic dressing. There was no Creamed Corn, no Sizzling Mushrooms, no Creamed Spinach, and no Green Beans with Almondine. Only asparagus was available. No soups were listed but were available if asked. In addition the price on the menu was higher than that shown on Open Table. This was not the Portland Prime of previous happy memories. Two of our party had eaten at Ringside two nights earlier for a lower price and excellent food.
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    special occasion
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  • Great food and quiet ambience!
    Luv0urDates
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Our server was fabulous and the food was superb! $44 for a steak seemed a bit exorbitant but it was a good steak.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The staff was very mindful of the reason for the reservation and made every effort to assure the special person was attended to. The portions were plentiful, well prepared, and delivered to the table in a timely manner. I will definitely return in the future. Great job everyone!!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Anniversary hit
    BirthdayDinner
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Steaks were flavorful with little fat Cooked just as requested Salads and vegetables were perfect Mushrooms melted in your mouth Lots of food Price high but worth it This restaurant exceeds Morton's and El Gouchos
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Mccpdx
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Our service was great and food was fantastic . The drinks hit the spot .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fine. The restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Food was fine. The restaurant wasn't very full but they place our group of 5 right next to a large, loud party. Very difficult to hear. They also ran out of coffee which is something i just can't imagine. How hard it is to go to Safeway or some other place and get coffee in an emergency.
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  • amazecray
    richinOr
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food outstanding, service on point, impeccable across the board...
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    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced
    Mose0103
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was good but not for the price that you pay. I ordered the filet mignon, lobster tail and mash potatoes. First of all my steak and lobster tail was over cooked Also it was too loud and when I would try to ask the server for something she couldn't hear me. Overall this restaurant was equal to a black Angus but with higher prices
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    romantic, notable wine list
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  • A too fast treat
    SP111
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Our main course arrived before we had finished our starter. In other words we were rushed into the second course. Dining at Portland Prime was intended to be a special treat but the whole thing was over in an hour so it was way too short. If we ever eat there again (unlikely) we will order the starter and enjoy that before ordering the main. On the plus side the beef (rib of) was excellent and one of the sides was very good but the other was greasy and unpleasant. Also there were insufficient "green" choices among the sides. All in all it was a fairly expensive but not very enjoyable experience.
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  • fun visit
    mrtadrv
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We went on the day after Valentines Day and found our dinner and the experience very pleasing. Our waiter was excellent and helpful. Our food was excellent. On top of this, our wine selection turned out to be perfect. Great time. I found it fairly spendy but worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food with a Price
    Uso33
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food is very good but comes with a price tag. I would definitely recommend as a special occasion only because how pricey it is. That said, you won't be disappointed in the eats but very light in the pocket book.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Service, Good food
    foodlover1974
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A bit pricey, but good food and good service. My wife and I enjoyed our time together while dining on valentines Day.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy but slow
    AB1102
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food, great wine list. Great for a special occasion, but on busy nights like Fridays, Saturdays, or holidays like Valentine's Day the service is really slow. Still, very much worth it. Really amazing food! Also, the homemade garlic butter is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • presentation-not so much
    Golfer64
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Celebrated valentines day with my wife. First time at Portland Prime. Had a drink at the bar before dining. What was good.... hostess was very accommodating holding our table after our reservation time. Food had great flavor and our server was excellent when we had to wait a little longer than planned to receive our meal. Not so good-- food presentation was none existent...steak and potatoes on individual plates that you paid for separately without a vegetable. Lastly, my drink glasses changed sizes 3 times from the bar to the table...from very small at the bar to standard then back again. For the money ($180 for 2 people), my wife and I expected more. Probably will not be back.
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  • We had a horrible experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a horrible experience. I made my reservation 2 months in advance. The place was only half capacity and when I asked to move from the seating, that felt like you were in the kitchen, to one less noisy they told me I could not. When my food arrived , well the flavor was decent but I imagine it would have been out of this world had any of our food been at least warm. Then I was told I could not use my groupon when there clearly were No exclusions on it! but a date expiration. {it was valentines day) This was supposed to be a special night and it turned into a Horror. We Will never set foot in here again!!!!!!
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  • Very Enjoyable Valentine's Dinner
    Marc
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My partner and I recently enjoyed a visit to Portland and our Valentine's evening dinner at Portland Prime. The ambience was just right for us - simple, classic supper club style. Not the best first impression at the door (hostess), but it got much better. Our meal was well prepared with an excellent filet for my partner. And even though I'm vegetarian, the salad selection and side dishes (mac & cheese, asparagus, potato) are more than enough and of good quality. The stand out for us was our server, Patty. She read us perfectly, adjusted to fit our leisurely pace for dining, and was right on point throughout the evening. Thank you!
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  • Overpriced for what I got
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The place means well but if I'm going to pay Ruth Chris prices I think I'll go there instead. Operates to much like a cheap steakhouse and meat cuts were compared to outback.. I would like. To give portland prime another try sometime to see if my opinion could change someday. The employees were friendly
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  • Great Experience
    Roger
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was great and our server was very attentive to our needs!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Evening
    Golfergirl
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We always seem to get wonderful wait staff - funny, professional and familiar with all the offerings. The prime rib was prepared to perfection and generous enough that I brought half of it home.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just okay
    croixthis
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    For the price...the appetizers were more proportionate than the meals. The food was ok, but on the small side. The server was ok, but he could've been better. The wine and drink lists had plenty of options and we're reasonably priced. The experience wasn't bad and I can say I've been there but it is not some place that will make the top 5 for a return visit.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.