Incredible food. As you sit right next to the kitchen it is like being in a cooking show.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Important business meeting but...
You'd never know it! We decided to have an important business meeting to introduce a new concept and team. We had heard great things about DOC. The weather was great so we ended up sitting outside. The team at DOC took over from their recommending we shose from the menu or they could serve up their planned menu for the evening. We took their recommendations including wine and felt like we were in a cafe setting and not a business session. Marvelous food. We had the manager select the wine and he follow a progression that improved with each bottle! We start with a great French Rose and ended with a marvelous Italian red. I can't remember how many in between...
I travel and enterain I found the quality exception at a great price.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun times at DOC
The food was very good. We decided to get the tasting plate. The plates were small, but they added up over time and it ended up being a lot of food. We sat on the front patio and had a wonderful evening. It was definitely an evening to remember.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
An intimate dining experience
It was her birthday. She is a bit of an oenophile with a discriminating palate. We wanted a quiet place where we could enjoy a private table for two. DOC was perfect and she was made happy!
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
A good experience except one detail
Food and drink-wise, this place has become one of my top five restaurants in Portland. And overall, we received really good service. Our only complaint is that when I arrived (ahead of my group), the server didn't walk me to our table, but rather, she nodded to the back and informed me that our table was the last one on the right; it's always in the details that make a something great.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place nails it when it comes to dinner. They have really set up a unique experience for their guests. You really felt like you had discovered a secret location being that you enter through the kitchen before making it to your table. I loved that I was eating a high class meal while listening to hip hop artist Atmosphere. Seems like it should not work but it does. The food was absolutely incredible. These are very talented chefs. The waitstaff was very attentive and gave us recommendations for other places based on the dishes that we enjoyed the most. Another hidden gem in NE that really reminds you what upscale dining is supposed to be.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best negroni ever and the tasting menu was so Devine. How do they do it in that tiny open kitchen? Love DOC! Our favorite in a neighborhood full of fabulous places.
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
DOC is a perfect place for celebrating a special occasion, entertaining friends or family, or escaping the kitchen night....The quaint dining room and open kitchen feels like you are at home with a private chef preparing you a great meal. The food and wine pairings and the quality and attention to detail made this a memorable evening....Everything was delicious, save room for unique dessert combinations. On the short list of "must go back!"
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to DOC for the first time and fell in love. The smallness of the place was intriguing. We had their preset 5-course dinner and wine match and everything was delicious. The staff was attentive but not overbearing. Highly recommend the place.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
I loved romantic gem, tucked
I loved romantic gem, tucked snugly within the bosom of this wonderfully revitalized neighborhood. It offered the perfect mix of wonderful food, attentive service with an ambience of pleasure all around. We had the flat iron steak and salmon and they were both tender and succulent.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
A complete delight!
Dined there twice now and DOC has been extraordinary experience. Loved it all, especially the unanticipated adventures with the food and the eclectic, yet perfect, choices of wines that come with the meals. The service was nearly flawless as the staff moved throughout the small room, never too far away and never too near. Cutlery was added and removed as needed, wine was refreshed promptly, questions were answered, hot stuff was hot, cold stuff was cold. The speed may be a bit slow for some, bit it was just right for me. Some children may not be comfortable since most of the experience is about the food and wine and the conversations among happy people. A complete delight!
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Food and Service
This was a great intimate spot that had an amazing menu that was above and beyond the descriptions. My boyfriend and I did the food and wine pairing menu and we were blown away. The foods was literally as good as it was when I was in Italy and the wine pairing couldn't be more perfect. This is very fit for foodies, not for somebody wanting to go to Olive Garden. The service was awesome and we felt very pampered in this tiny cute place. I will for sure go again and will recommend to all my friends. Great for a small group and even better for a romantic dinner.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for celebrating!
This place is just awesome for making a night special. Everything about it is personal and unique. The chefs are right there, makes you feel like they are cooking for you. The room is so small you feel like they opened up the joint just for your table. The food is unique with the freshest ingrediants - very thoughtfully prepared. Lots of smiles, everyone there seems to be there for a special reason. Possibly the best date place ever!
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A unique treasure on NE 30th
We experienced - and savored - delectable offerings in a five course tasters menu consisting of fresh seasonal ingredients in unique combinations. Everything was expertly prepared, beautifully presented and served by a gracious and professional staff. The ambience is intimate and welcoming . DOC offers patrons a remarkable evening filled with amazing food in a cozy setting which makes it an absolute treasure hidden away on NE 30th!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
As different reviewers noted, you enter through the front door and you are in the kitchen. From our seats, we could see them prepare all of our dishes. It was a lesson on economizing space, and efficiency in movement. Loved all of it. The service and food were fantastic. Would definitely come here again
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I visit D.O.C. on birthdays and this year for our anniversary. The food is always amazing and the staff is friendly and very knowledgable. Local ingredients are always used and I enjoy every bite.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
the middle path to fine dining
Refined but unpretentious. Surprising flavors and combinations but not just for the sake of ostentation. The most provincial and the most urbane will find equal satisfaction.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Did not disappoint!!!
We went for the 1st time back in Oct. to celebrate our anniversary. We have been looking for a reason to return. Having family in town was a great reason! Another great dinner! All 5 of us did the prefixed meal and the wine pairings and it was fabulous!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
When the restaurant was full the noise level made it difficult to converse easily, otherwise the restaurant was great
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
#1 restaurant in Portland
We are amazed that there were tables open in this fabulous restaurant. After eating our way through Portland for a week this was definitely the best meal. Food is creative, fresh and interesting. Our wine pairings were perfectly matched and we bought a bottle to bring home. We both ordered the tasting menu but our meals were completely different giving us a chance to taste more of there amazing food. We had been to Portland 2 years ago and this restaurant has been consistently excellent.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a winner
Everyone I take here always says its one of the top five restaurants they've been to...if not the best....and I hang out with foodies. I even had a friend still talking about the Chef's tasting menu six months after he'd been, and he's from LA. Not to be missed.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our special meal place
my wife and I always live DOC for a special meal out. the tasting menu option is great!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very unique charming restaurant,
Very unique charming restaurant, small in scale with big ideas as to what a taste experience should really be about. Did not disappoint! Creative blend of ingredients resulting in subtle flavors specific to each dish. Ambience is nice and relaxed, no rushing by the staff who provide excellent attention. Caution as to cost and to noise level. Very loud party nearly shattered the mood, but they left early and problem was solved. Think of this as a destination for a lingering, late night dinner ,European style. Excellent wines too.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, excellent service
We went for a birthday dinner, and DOC did not dissappoint. The tasting menu and wine pairings were incredible, and we were well taken care of by attentive and knowledgable wait staff. The food was outstanding - will definitely save up our pennies to come back here again.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Darling restaurant, lovely food!
Me and my mother attended this place as our last night of a road trip. Walking through the kitchen and being able to watch the chefs cook was a fun treat. We did the five course taster, and it was great to get to try a little of everything. Fresh and inventive, we almost needed to be rolled out of there!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Feels like being in Europe.
DOC is amazing. The restaurant is small and cozy, the kitchen tiny, and they turn out miraculous food. The dishes are original, flavorful and well proportioned, very good wine pairing. Our table of four shared all the dishes and there were a couple, such as the risotto, that were hard to share, but it was good to save room for the beautiful desserts. Terrific wait staff. I can't wait to go again.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply but deliciously prepared farm-fresh food - just the way Italian should be.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
still loving this place
I've been going to DOC for a few years now and am still loving it as much today as I was back then. Great food, great wine. I prefer sitting outside as the temperature inside never seems quite right. If you catch them on a good summer evening, it's perfection.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were celebrating my birthday, so decided to splurge and get the chefs menu. Everything they brought us was good, if not amazing. We ordered the wine pairing to go w dinner and were impressed with the staffs extensive knowledge about Italian wines. Our whole meal lasted 3 hours, and we left so happy and satisfied.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service was outstanding! Some of the best we have had in Portland, by far. Risotto rivaled what we ate last month in Italy. Only reason I cannot give 5 stars is because it was so hot in the restaurant. It got slightly unbearable toward the end. It was not hot outside but because you sit in the same room as the kitchen, the oven and stove warm the room. We will be back for sure but will try the winter.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food and terrific service!
We went to DOC after having been there for a Classic Wines Winemaker dinner a couple of years ago, and very much enjoyed our experience a second time!
We did the chef's tasting paired with wines -- that is the way to go! We tried things we wouldn't have ordered otherwise but were thrilled with, and the wines they chose paired perfectly with our dishes. I only wish I'd saved more room for dessert!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best meals I've had in t
Outstanding. Everything was cooked perfectly and it was fun watching the cooks prepare the food in the open kitchen. The flat iron steak had a flavor to it that I've rarely experiences with that kind of steak. Only complaint is that the waitress was a little snooty. Other than that, the service was great!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Almost Beyond Description
I have tried to describe to fellow foodies how magnificently distinctive the food and wine is at DOC, without much success. Suffice it to say you cannot be disappointed by this place, unless your taste buds are no longer functioning. And when the waiter says he will select the wines for each course that you order (giving you at least two to choose from), trust him -- he knows what he’s doing. We ate outdoors on a fine mid-September evening, so I cannot comment on the noise level of the restaurant itself.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
DOC is a very charming small neighborhood restaurant with a European feel.
You enter through the kitchen, cooks on your right, scullery on your left, dining
straight ahead. The food is very good to excellent. The wine list
is extensive, but pricey. The place is small, and can be very noisy. Even sitting side-by-side,
we have problems hearing each other, but then we are old, quiet people. If you are young
extroverts, you may like the loud talking. There are outdoor tables as well.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is my favorite restaurant
This is my favorite restaurant in Portland!! Great food, wine and vibe and perfect presentation by Austin!
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food, service and vibe at DOC
Went to DOC with another couple. Did the 4 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Great chance to taste everything. They worked within our food issues (no seafood for 1 person). The food was excellent, large pours of wine, great attentive service. The food was interesting without being odd. Picky eaters even enjoyed! A hit.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have eaten here twice and both times the food was spectacular. Atmosphere feels like a neighborhood bistro, but the food makes it so much more. Small, intimate and charming with the focus on food and service. You won't be disappointed!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
DOC's taster's menu was an experience. My wife and I celebrated our recent anniversary at this tiny, neighborhood gem. We requested the taster's menu (chef's choice) with all of the wine parings, and we were wow'ed and amazed by the culinary experience. I don't think I've appreciated such an array of delicious wines as I did that evening. Every dish was skillfully prepared, properly paced, and absolutely delicious. Our server was knowledgeable and added to the ambiance of the restaurant which, with its open kitchen in the front and very exclusive seating, made us feel like we were in Paris.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The fixed menu is the way to go. Great value and perfectly portioned.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply the Best
Just discovered DOC about a year ago and have returned multiple times. The food is better than any in Portland, and one of the best restaurants we've been to in the world. The wine pairings are amazing. We always go with the chef's choice and share everything. The five courses are essentially ten because they bring two choices for each course. The only disappointment is when a loud group of Portlanders that don't know how to be heard except by screaming enter the room. Will continue to return again and again, but will avoid the busiest of days.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the experience.
This is a tiny place and worth the experience. The oyster appetizer, olives and breads were great. The salmon dish was good and the egg on the lasagna was an interesting surprise. It is a bit noisy so not the best place for a totally romantic evening.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Date night at DOC
We enjoy the food and ambience at DOC, but our last visit was marred by a very large and noisy group. We could barely hear one another. This restaurant is not set up for crowds like this. It was not pleasant once they all got there. I wish I could have checked to see just who they were serving that evening.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best in the Portland
Super place with an outstanding tasting menu wine pairing to match. Don't miss this place.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Inspired tasting menu
This was my first trip to DOC and it was excellent. We had the tasting menu with the wine pourings. Not only did we get to sample multiple dishes, both of us had separate dishes and wine for each course. This enabled us to trade off and try most of the dishes on the menu by the end of the evening. All of the dishes were excellent, particularly the salads, pasta courses and the desserts. The only drawback was that the restaurant was noisy to the point of making conversation difficult. But we had a large, boisterous, table of celebrants next to us, which may have responsible for the din. We'll definitely go back!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Let the chef take care of you, do the 5-course tasting menu for $60 per person. We didn't do the wine pairings, but we did buy a bottle of Tempernillo to go with our meal. All the food was outstanding and we got to try a little of everything from the menu. This was a wonderful dining experience that I will never forget.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding culinary experience
This was the second time dining at DOC - both experiences were unbelievable. I would highly recommend the tasting menu with the wine pairing. The food was absolutely delicious and the wine was from outstanding. The servers are highly knowledgeable about the food and wine as well as extremely friendly. Food and wine just kept arriving over and over again. The dessert was exquisite. I will definitely be back.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Even Food I Don't Like I Liked!
We went to DOC to celebrate my spouse's 50th birthday. It was a celebration from the beginning to the end as the tasting menu with wine parings surprised us both and delighted our senses with each course. Service was spectacular, ambiance agreeable, and they served me two foods I generally do not like (oysters for an appetizer, salmon for a main) that, well, about which I rave.
There were lots of happy people around us enjoying food and the company of their companions. Really, it could not have been better. Less expensive, yes. Better, no.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best dining experiences we've had in a long time. Wait staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. Food and wine was excellent! I normally don't do reviews, but don't miss out on a great dining experience at DOC.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Tasting menu
I went to the DOC with 4 others, we decided to do the tasting menu. We basically were able to try most everything on the menu. It was a great meal. The desserts were amazing. And we all left feeling very full. I will come back again
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
we made it to DOC which we had heard wonderful things about. It was worth the wait. From the moment we entered through their kitchen to the final bite of dessert it was a unique dining experience. The food was delicious and creative. The only reason I marked the service down a bit is that we felt a bit rushed by our server. In other words, he didn't make us feel that questions or requests for more explanation of the many courses that made up the tasting menu or wine pairings would be welcome. There was a brief, hurried naming of each and that was it! I don't know if it's always this rushed or if it was an especially busy evening. In any event, we look forward to returning to DOC!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM