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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Portland Prime reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (62)romantic (38)notable wine list (25)good for groups (20)fit for foodies (20)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
  • Second time's a charm
    mirmal
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Took my niece for dinner. Great restaurant. It's my second time to be here. Note: Voodoo donuts is close by!!! The onion rings were great! Not so happy about the Ahi--seemed a bit overcooked in the middle. Service was good--waiter was polite and courteous :) Will consider going again on my next trip to Portland.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service, Great Experience
    Trillium03
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a really great experience! Food was good and service was excellent - really top notch. Our reservation was at 5:30 on a Saturday, and when we arrived, they let us select our table since the restaurant was fairly empty. But by the time we left at 7:15 pm, the energy level was much higher and the restaurant was almost full. Great for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit spendy, but excellent!
    lakesmiley
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Portland Prime may be a little on the expensive side, but the food and service are worth it if you're looking for a quiet, elegant dinner out. My dining companion had the double cut pork chop with an apple cider glaze...outstanding! The chop was cook perfectly. My beef tenderloin was also superb and cooked perfectly. Served with mashed potatoes and asparagus, both meals were very satisfying. We also shared a Caesar salad that was served on chilled plates...nice touch! I haven't had a salad served on a chilled plate in years. Bravo Portland Prime. Service at this restaurant was impeccable and provided by gentlemen in white dinner jackets. Our waiter was attentive and professional. Overall an elegant and delicious experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • laredomac
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Portland Prime is a very nice restaurant at one of the oldest elegant hotels in Portland (presently Embassy Suites). It is independent of the hotel and not totality a hotel restaurant. The food was quite good, even though somewhat limited in selection. The service was very good, however, the waiter was somewhat plastic and "corporate" in his response to questions. We had prime rib which was 28 day aged, very consistent, smooth, quite tasty, but somewhat dry. (Do not consider my reserved comment on aged beef because the jury is still out on whether I like the dry smoother flavor than a more juicy non-aged beef.) The Portland Prime is moderately expensive and consistent with the price. Other fine Portland restaurants exceed in quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night out
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Someone greeted us right as we walked in the restaurant. We were early so we went into the bar to have have an appetizer and cocktails. Server in bar seemed like he didn't really want to be there, we had to keep asking questions to draw out of him items on menu. All items he did recommend were all on the high end. We had to ask him his name. Waitress in restaurant was pleasant, she introduced her self. acted like she wasn't aware we had already been in the bar and had appetizer. Again we had to draw out answers to menu. For the cost of the meal it was okay, no wow factor with the food or service.
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  • Old fashioned elegance
    HelensOpine
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We have been to Prime before and always enjoy the ambiance, service, and food. It's in the mode of old time elegance, very modernly updated. Wandering the attached lobby of the Embassy Suites is a treat, too. We will definitely keep Prime on our preferred restaurant list for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place for Birthday Dinner
    PowerliftingCoach
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We don't eat out very often but, like expensive, high-end restaurants when we do. We have eaten at Portland Prime before. Every experience has been great. Clean, beautiful, setting with outstanding service and food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    Cidkids
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went for an anniversary dinner....had the filet...excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing meal, great environment
    jdevg
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    One of the best meals I had Portland. The steak was amazing, the gratin potatoes were wonderful. Wonderful wine list, wonderful setting. Great place for groups or a romantic dinner for groups or a romantic dinner for two. The service was amazing our waiter was very knowledgeable, charismatic, and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Prime Rib
    Candace
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our service was great. The waiter was attentive, the wedge salad was delicious and the prime rib was outstanding. We rarely choose a steak house for an evening out. This was a nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food
    mmaniyah
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Best prime rib ever. Our service was a bit slow when we arrived but then it picked up and was great. Drinks were delicious and everyones food was great. They even brought my husband a piece of cake for his birthday. Very sweet
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Night Out Gone Sour
    pacgirlVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We have dined here before, the food is always great. BUT our experience with the wait staff was ?????. The server was really off that night, we have had the person before. In the past it was fine, but we had to ask several times "just waiting for the beer we ordered". My husband had two pints of beer and we had to ask each time. We left with a SOUR taste about ever returning there again. NOTE: I always give a restaurant and staff a pass if needed, but spending this amount of money with that poor of service just was SAD.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • CONTINUES to be one of the best....
    TheColonelVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    ......and certainly one of the best steak houses in Portland. Ive eaten here many times and while it is pricy it is well worth it. Our service this visit was impeccable- couldn't ask for better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was incredible
    Jenng
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Definitely would return. The food was great and the service was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    Pdxfoodie
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I enjoyed the meal. I was celebrating a special occasion (Birthday) and I noted it in the reservation and told the host on our arrival. Nothing was done and I was greatly disappointed. Not even a Happy a Birthday from the server. For the food, we started out with the steak bites that were very good and tender. We had the main filet (cooked a little too rare) and short ribs which were too fatty. It was fine but I would not go back. I would definitely make Meriwrthers or Ruth Chris my first choice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find!
    Karen
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Portland Prime. The dining room was a bit noisy but not enough to spoil our conversation. Decor was stylish and homey, very comfortable. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and had great suggestions for wine and food. The steak was good and the crab cakes with pineapple relish were awesome. Had to use my fingers to wipe the plate clean of the creme brulee. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    yumpdx
    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.
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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.
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    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
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    • Ambiance
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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
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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
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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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  • 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.
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    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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 692 reviews are from the Portland Prime reviews archive.
  • 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