Great new find in Wilf's!
The food, service and wine list all great. waiter was great. they have live music in the bar area and it was far enough away to not be too loud and close enough to enjoy. loved it.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Worth checking out
My husband and I both had seafood/fish entrees and they were prepared perfectly. Not over dry or undercooked. The side dishes were tasty as well. The green beans were cooked al dente and that is how I like them. Service was stellar. Reasonably priced wine list. The over sized chairs are some what cumbersome. The ambience feels somewhat in the past like 40-50 years ago, which you either like or don't care for. One issue is the band. They may not play your taste in music and if not, it can make the experience less inviting.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very enjoyable evening at Wilf's Music (Tom Grant and band) were outstanding. Service (waiter) was great. Receptionist (John) was delightful. Food needs improvement. I liked my crab salad though, but my husband was disappointed with his pasta dish. Vesper's Martini was luscious.
Will definitely return and recommend this classic spot to friends and family.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceptional, attentive, personal
Exceptional, attentive, personal service without being intrusive.
The food was precisely prepared, flavorful without being overbearing, beautifully presented without being showy, and nicely balanced. We both agreed Wilf's is our new favorite place in Portland. A great dining experience.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Dining Experiance Ever!!
Probably THE best dining experience of my life. John the host made our day! He was hilarious, informative, professional, and did I mention fabulous? Lol the food was amazing!! I had the French onion soup, steak Diane, then the Oreo cake for dessert... Everything at this place is made there, not frozen in the back. Local, sustainable, fresh made food... Even the ginger ale is made there! I would definitely go back on a special occasion since the prices were very high and I'm a poor college student. But again we had an AMAZING TIME!!!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We go to Wilf's about every 6 weeks, and have consistently had a very good experience. The mushroom bread pudding is really unique and a great appetizer. I had the salmon and my spouse had the halibut, which were both prepared very well. The service is very high quality, and the bar makes good cocktails.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved our dinner at Wilf's! My filet was delicious and the mashed potatoes were so good. My granddaughter really enjoyed the Banana's Foster. The staff was very attentive to our needs. We will definitely be back!
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner and Jazz
I surprised my husband on his birthday. Really everything was perfect from the friendly and engaging staff to great cocktails and truly delicious dinner. We sat in high backed elegant and comfy chairs, enjoyed live jazz with guest Katerina on sax and vocals and marveled that we hadn't come here more often. We go out several times a month and are particular about the quality of food we consume. We also appreciate good wine and drinks. I can rarely rave about all aspects of a dining experience but Wilfs gets high marks. Thanks all for a great night out!
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food. Great service. Good, live music. Ambiance of times past.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fine Dining Delivered
Quality of food and service was superb. Premium cost was well rewarded.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love This Place!
This was our third time there and we will be going back again and again. The food is outstanding and the service is even better. Everyone there has personality and the decor is tastefully done. The Steak Diane melts in your mouth. On some nights there is live music but make sure you check if there is a cover charge (if you don't want to pay for one) before you go.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently Solid Experience
We have liked it so much in the past that we brought another couple this time. We all started with the mushroom bread pudding, which continues to be remarkable. We also shared the kale salad and tableside caesar salad. Two of us had tableside New York steaks, plus a salmon entree and seafood pasta. All were prepared quite well. For dessert, we shared two of the mango cakes a la mode, which were very remarkable. A great meal with a very good jazz band as well.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet Get Away
Out for a quiet, early dinner. Very good food and professional service.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the humor of the manager
Love the humor of the manager and our server. All four entrees were delicious
6/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Over the top service food excellent just right on noise even when great jazz started playing. Great place, you will have to pay for all this geeat service and food, so save up for that special night.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
An incredible experience
The food was great, the ambience very relaxing, and the service was impeccable.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wilf's I will go again
First time visit, I will go back again. Food was very good, staff was friendly,prompt and attentive. Always fun with table side preparations. Friends we took to dinner mentioned.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food and Music!
A lovely evening was had by all. Excellent service. A Portland landmark. Don't miss it.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Find in a Train Station
Located at Portland's Union Station, Wilf's was a short cab ride from our downtown hotel. We had a fine evening in this venue reminiscent of a 1940s supper club, complete with live music from a jazz trio after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday night. Our waiter was attentive, and his manager, John, even more so. This place aims to please. John not only checked on our satisfaction throughout the evening (we were there for over two hours enjoying the courses and music), he even tossed our Caesar salad beside our table while relating the story of its origins. We asked him to tell us the origins of Steak Diane, and he promised to reveal the story of Cherries Jubilee and Bananas Foster when we return. He is a man who loves his job, and it shows.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Manager & staff were very
Manager & staff were very friendly & quite accommodating. Excellent menu choices. We enjoyed our meal very much.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We liked the food and service
We liked the food and service but the air conditioning was too much. Very cold. My husband had to go outside to warm up. We will go back but put on more layers
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food, service and atmosphere were awesome. The steak I ordered was cooked table side. The salad was also prepared table side. This restaurant offers something for everyone.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went to Wilf's to visit with a friend who was leaving in a few hours on Amtrak. Wilf's is in the Union Station building, so it was perfect for her. Lunch was delicious and I'm sure the meal would have taken only an hour had we not stretched it out to visit.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favourites
We have enjoyed the food and wonderful service at Wilf's twice now and have had great experiences both times. John, the manager, is very active in making the dining experience interesting and informative. I appreciate the organic and natural foods prepared simply but deliciously. My husband and I really enjoy the jazz performers after dinner. We can linger over our coffee and dessert and really unwind as we listen to some great music.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining at its best
The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. The halibut with mash potatoes and cherry sauce was very good. The appetizers of salmon cakes was very moist. The salmon was cooked to perfection. The service was on point.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quite before music
My wife and I have been having marriage issues and we wanted a quite place to just reconnect without kids. The setting was romantic being part of the historic union station with lovely furniture and lighting. Plus the service was impeccable which allowed us to just enjoy the moment and the delicious food. I hope our positive Wilf's experience will help rebuild our relationship. Thank you Wilf's :-)
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Balance Food/Service/Ambiance
Candidly, we come for the food, though the service is always excellent and the music is a great addition. We started with the bread pudding - an absolute must. We also split a simple salad. My spouse had the wild king salmon, and I had the rib eye. Both were cooked as requested and were delicious. The portions are sized right, the cocktails are prepared well and the wines by the glass are good pairings.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always top notch.
I've been to Wilf's many times and have never been disappointed. I always order the Caesar salad prepared tableside.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best spot for a romantic dinner
We loved this restaurant the service was excellent. The table side preparation of Cesar Salad was fun and delicious.Great ambiance
and service. Just a quiet party with friends. Cherries Jubilee was exotic and delicious.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Northwest Dining at it's best
Fresh ingredients, creative combinations and attentive service combine to make dining at Wilf's an experience to savor. Regular live music adds to the old-world ambiance provided by Portland's historic train station. Perfect for an unrushed, romantic evening.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the Greatest dinners ever
My wife and I celebrated our 26th anniversary by having dinner at Wilf's. We had never been there before, and it was one of my parents favorite restaurants 40 years ago. Truffle bread pudding as an appetizer???? Sounded strange to me-but the waiter, Michael, suggested it, so we tried it. I thought it would be sweet, but no it was sauteed mushrooms over a truffle with an awesome sauce. Delicious. Obviously, I am not a foodie, but it was REALLY good. We went on a Wednesday night, so bottles of wine were 30% off-we had two of the same kind. My wife really liked it. We had caeser salads prepared at our table by John, the Manager, while he told us the origins of the caesar salad. My wife had Steak Diane also prepared tableside. Nice.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
There are so many great places to eat in Portland. Though the good was good iota was not worth the out of sight prices. Staff was good but pretentious. Parking is impossible to find. The only reason I went was to see my favorite band.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food & service
I love the energy of this place - comfortable chairs & live Jazz. I definitely will return to try more dishes. The table side caesar salad was amazing and the service was incredible. A great place to go for special occasion or to just hang with friends. The dining room is part of the live entertainment, so if you want more privacy while dining ask to be seated near the back of the room.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We go often and always have a really good experience. The service is excellent and the bar makes delicious cocktails. The menu is just the right size. It is large enough to have choices, yet has a number that is easy to choose among. We started with the mixed green salad and the heirloom tomato salad. My spouse had the pasta dish and I had the filet. All of the food was really good and the suggested wine pairings were quite good.
9/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Well worth it
I love restaurants and going out. Seldom do I find one which makes me happy to have been there. Wilf's is the exception and what anyone would hope for in a dining experience. Fantastic all around from Manager to waiter, for food and entertainment of a fine dining experience WIlf's is it.
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
I have dined there for many
I have dined there for many years and have always had excellent food and service. I would recommend Wilf's fo anyone.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great evening at Wilf's
The staff outdid themselves again. The food prepared at our table was delicious with a running comentary by the preparer on how the dishes got their names. It was perfect. The food is always excellent and the ambience is lovely. However, the service by the staff is what makes Wilf's stand out. They are so welcoming, funny, helpful and very attentive. Always such a treat to go there.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The wait was comical, wonderful and low key, not stuffy as you would expect for a higher priced meal. The band melded with the surroundings with their humor and were very enjoyable without being too loud for the Thursday night attendance. The food was done well and we enjoyed every bite.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for any occasion
We had a great time as two couples talking among ourselves for about an hour and then listening to great music for the next hour. We started by sharing the savory bread pudding, which is a must order. We also each had the french onion soup . . . delicious. The four of us had the pasta special, the fish special, the boar special and the double pork chop. We also started with cocktails and ordered a Washington Syrah with dinner. We split the crisp for dessert, which is always classic.
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was a night without scheduled
This was a night without scheduled entertainment. We planned this so we could talk. Gets a bit noisey when entertainment begins
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
15 years and still terrific!
We've been frequenting Wilf's for over 15 years and will continue to do so in the years to come. It's consistently excellent.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely seating. Went on a Tuesday. Boyfriend had Steak Diane and the Maître d told us a story as he cooked table side
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We hadn't been to Wilf's for several years and were glad to see that the quality of food and service had not changed. We had a wonderful evening celebrating our anniversary. The wait staff and John the maitre d' make everyone feel very special. We definately won't stay away so long this time!!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and Jazz
Went on a Friday night for dinner with friends, great atmosphere with live Jazz music playing in the bar!
Dinner was yummy and the table side service was a nice touch. Great bottle of red wine for under $30, amazing!
We will be back again sometime soon
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wilfs - a special place to dine
A restaurant that sets itself apart - good food and service with a flair!. An elegant place to take a date, or a special family member.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The wife and I a wonderful
The wife and I a wonderful time and enjoyed the amazing staff. Wilf's personifies the true meaning of taking care of its customer's to the fullest. The location takes you back to the time when the train was faster than the horse.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great mix of older styling, live jazz and modern food menu. The service was terrific. You feel taken care of. If you have not been here before, try it!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Birthday indeed!
We have visited Wilf's before for the jazz and never been disappointed, so chose it for a birthday dinner to enjoy the music as well as dinner. The menu is tout Portland, local, sustainable, organic all over, and our dinner was outstanding. From the moment we walked in, service was impeccable, from maitre d' John as well as an attentive, friendly but not overly familiar staff. They even got the evening's singer to tackle a song she had never sung before as a birthday special. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up, and tip these people well! They deserve it!
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Great Spot!
My parents and I went to Wilf's for dinner just before the opera last Friday night. What a great experience! The service is amazing, the food is succulent and the atmosphere is perfect for a wonderful dinner! I highly recommend the table-side dinner options! The stories alone that come with this service are worth the price of dinner. Thanks for a perfect evening!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Top Notch Service
If you want top-notch service and excellent food, this is your place. Expect to pay a bit more than average for Portland, and expect it to be fairly loud when the live music is going. Overall, our experience with a group of five was very enjoyable. The service was far above average.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM