3 Doors Down
3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.3doorsdowncafe.com/
  • Phone: 5032366886
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Bar 11:00 pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Closed Mondays

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Marth
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SE 37th Avenue at Hawthorne
  • Public Transit: Tri-Met Bus Route #14, Bicycle Oasis at SE Hawthorne and 36th, 10 minute cab ride from Portland city center
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from 3 Doors Down
Inclusive from the moment you grace the doorway, 3 Doors Down has a keen acumen for speeding up your wind down, flipping the switch from maddening day to welcoming respite. A playful, thoughtful, and engaging dining experience begins with the dynamic wine list (including prosecco on tap and barrel to bar wines by the glass), flowing effortlessly to the inventive starters, big bowls of pasta and shellfish, perfectly grilled fish and meats and our spaghetti and meatball Sunday suppers. 3 Doors Down offers a doff of the hat to Mother Italy and a harmonious affair with locally procured Pacific Northwest and American cuisine. Come in, sit down, and eat! Reservations are for dining only.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
3 Doors Down reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (29)special occasion (22)notable wine list (15)romantic (13)vibrant bar scene (5)great for outdoor dining (5)hot spot (5)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Fabulous vodka sauce pasta!
    PDXPump
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    We had a wonderful dinner! Most of us got the vodka sauce pasta with sausage and were extremely happy with our choice. The service was kind, accommodating and all around fantastic. Great salads to start, wonderful fresh bread to begin...it was a lovely evening! We came on a Tuesday, and it was not crowded and very relaxing. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous dinner!
    JandM
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Had a great dinner at 3 Doors Down. food was excellent - my entree came out wrong and our waiter had it fixed and back to me within a few minutes. Still a very noisy restaurant - but the food and service are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the $
    wonderwindypdxVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    The atmosphere here is nice, service is great....very friendly! The food however was not that great. I ordered the scallops, which were cooked to perfection but were swimming in a brown basil cream sauce that was too heavy, especially for scallops, and just too much. The salads we had were both nice but the pasta entree Bolognese was not very flavorful. Didn't particularly care for their drink special which was called mary ann something...a take on a Bloody Mary. Too sweet for us. Too many great restaurants in PDX, we won't be back here.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had their wonderful chicken
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    We had their wonderful chicken liver pate followed by two pasta dishes. All were tremendous. We always get outstanding service at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every time family comes to town...
    SEResidentVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    3DD is a must visit. Hands Down the best that the Hawthorne area has to offer. They manage both lively and romantic, and their food is unmatched.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always perfectly consistent!
    swedebee
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    When I go out for dinner with close friends that I adore, we go here. The food is always perfect, the service is beyond compare, and the staff bend over backwards to make your evening just as perfect as they can. Our server brought wine tastes before we settled on our choice, he brought a soup sample to taste and when the steak was a little too blue, our server swiftly brought it to the kitchen and returned perfectly cooked and freshly replated. In all the years I have been coming in, I cannot recall an imperfect evening. This little gem if often overlooked for newer restaurants, but it really is one of the best in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    3 Doors Down never fails to offer great food and service. This is a place you can feel comfortable bringing picky friends from out of town. My favorite is the pork chop. I believe it is brined - oh - so good. My husbands favorite is the seafood fra diavolo over pasta. And we always get the bibb lettuce salad - Yum!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • To die for
    Lulu
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Run, don't walk to 3 Doors Down in August to order the pan-seared, grilled peach appetizer in an amazing sauce. Every bite is divine!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always on our top favorites list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Noise level is quite high,and the air-conditioning was a little extreme, but shawls were provided for those in need. That was a nice touch. It's a great SE neighborhood restaurant. We have never gone away disappointed., and have recommended it many times to friends. Our two favorite pasta dishes are: the" fresh prawns, sea scallops, mussels & clams in a traditional spicy fra diavolo sauce of plum tomatoes, chili flakes, kalamata olives, cherry peppers & fettuccine" and "the plum tomatoes, vodka, cream, chili flake & sweet italian sausage with tortiglione."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner!
    cherylrc
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    The wait staff at this restaurant are so nice and accommodating. I love it that they are fine with everyone sharing and that they even remember to provide serving utensils for the shared dishes. The pork chop entree was so amazing and the banana cream pie was unusual but extremely popular with our table. i am never surprised that this restaurant has lasted so long in such a fickle business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Chef and The Bartender
    HappyValleyDave
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Have eaten here many times in the last few years and the cocktails (best Mai Tai ever for example), the food (pasta with sweet Italian sausage in red sauce is always excellent) and the genuinely friendly service are what keep me coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring a sweater
    eatdrinkyumVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    The experience was all right (Ben is an amazing waiter) but bring a sweater or two or four. Apparently their A/C has 2 modes, on or off. When it's on, the dining room is freezing; when it's off, the kitchen is sweltering. They do have a limited number of thin pashminas but can run out of them so there's no guarantee you'll get one.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem, reviews don't match quality
    ozziepdx
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    The first restaurant I ever dined at when I arrived in Portland 12 years ago, and it remains my favorite. While it never receives the buzz of the newest food find, the dinners here rival anything in Portland. Seasonal cocktails are highlighted. The pasta dishes could be the best in town but it's hard to get beyond the signature vodka pasta with spicy sausage - it's addictive. I've been disappointed with steaks at El Gaucho, but never here at a more reasonable price. The seafood is always top notch while salads and appetizers are fresh and plentiful. The steamed mussels or scallops are outstanding. Order the house made Banana Creme Pie with caramel, I truly believe it's the best dessert in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was a little disappointed
    RB4775
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Was a little disappointed since it was our 46th anniversary and I wrote it down on our reservation as well as telling our waitress and didn't receive a free dessert or anything.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Steamer clam appetizer was
    Foodzebu
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Steamer clam appetizer was outstanding. Brined Carlton Pork Chop was tender and delicious; accompanying green vegetables and mashed potatoes made the dish a generous comfort entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They consistently have a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    They consistently have a great scallop appetizer and a really good fish entre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good service. Consistent
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Good food, good service. Consistent as always. Been coming here for years and we love it. Chicken liver pate is the best in town. Vodka sauce pasta is superb. Pork tenderloin and pork chops a regreat when they are on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't miss at 3 Doors Down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    While it may be very easy to miss since it's not right on Hawethorne, 3 Doors Down is worth the find. Food is always excellent and service is even better! I've never left anything but fully satisfied by the entire experience. Best tiramisu ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing appetizers, okay pasta
    iggley
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    We took two out-of-town guests here for the Dining Month special. The appetizers were incredible, 5 stars all the way. The lamb pasta had nice flavoring with a touch of mint in the light ragu, but the vegetarian pasta just wasn't very good. With fried capers, artichokes, and parmesan, it could have been incredible with a drier preparation, but it came in a salty broth, and we were very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Our reservation was ready for us upon our arrival. Our male waiter was very informative on the food and beverages and the service was very good. The food was very good. The only negative comment was the noise level was high generated by fellow diners. However, we would certainly return to try different food dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • party of 6...
    eastsideeater
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    I know we were a loud bunch, and I appreciated how kind everyone was towards us regardless! it was a wonderful meal with fabulous service and great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reserved table 2 weeks in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    reserved table 2 weeks in advance thru Open Table, requested window table and they sat us in back of room right by kitchen door. had to ask for window table - there were 2 tanles sitting un occupied
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Jabeka
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    Great spot for upscale dining, fun bar with bold stand out DRINK EAT DRINK. Happy hour specials and cocktail of the day on tap. Dinner was amazing; thick pork chop was memorable; tender seafood with pasta was outstanding, bread fresh and chewy with a white bean savory spread. Last minute reservation change landed us in the more open space at entrance; ambiance not quite the same as the main dining area, but we were happy to be seated on a busy Wednesday night. Recommended stop!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    We each tried our the 3 course meal offered during June and both of us had a wonderful meal. Our waiter Jeff was courteous and knowledgeable and did not hover too much, but was always nearby if we needed him
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality & Consistency
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    3 Doors Down remains a high-quality, neighborhood gem. The service is friendly and knowledgeable and the food is divine. The decor is very pleasing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    They were quite busy for early on a Saturday night, and it never let up while we were there. The food was quite yummy, and the service was great, just right. It was perfect for date night, it was not noisy, so one could hear who one was with. The food seemed fresh and was cooked well. They have creative cocktails and a great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above average food, great service,
    Siciliano
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    The food was presented well and tasted good; however the lamb ragu pasta was overpowering with mint flavor. Not what I expected, but it did taste better once I realized that it was too much mint that was a miss in this dish. The eggplant caprese was good, but needs to be seasoned more. The cannoli were well done desserts (not quite to Sicilian grandmother standards) but they need to drain the ricotta more to get a thicker, creamy, less liquified texture. Service was great. Wine list was agreeable, but inside was too loud.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food off Hawthorne
    RebeccaVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    The halibut was amazing, cooked to perfection and the starters and pasta were great. The canoli is the best in town and the wine options are pretty good from solid budget wines to special occasion wines.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    TimK
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Great food and wine. We very much enjoyed dining at 3 Doors Down. Wonderful attention to detail. They helped us order a wine that fit our tastes and the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining
    De137eVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Wonderful food and drinks (try the blood orange sour) . Limited sidewalk seating but great for people watching. Food is yummy! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    sdmay44
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    We have been going here for years and they continue to create super interesting and high quality small plates. They do offer a few main courses, but we prefer to order about 2 small plates per person for all to share and get such wonder variety for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    One of the best Italian restaurants in Portland. Great attentive service and awesome food. The pasta with vodka sauce and sweet Italian sausage is my favorite. Pork chops; NY steaks and halibut cooked to perfection. There is nothing we did not like. Here usually once a week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice experience
    mollyandsparky
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    we enjoyed our dinner so much. piping hot, well prepared entrees. great drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dark, noisy, and delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    At peak hours, this place really buzzes. So if you're looking for a great conversation over dinner, this ain't the place. Nor should should you take your older glasses-wearing relatives here, unless they're prepared to squint in low light. But make no mistake, the kitchen knows what it's doing. Fish and fowl cooked to perfection. Vibrant side dishes and pastas, all well-presented. This is one of the best modern Italian restaurants in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Lou99
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    I would have given the restaurant a 5 star if it were not for the slow service. We were virtually ignored for the first 20 minutes after we had been seated and it wasn't until we complained that the manager took over. After that the service was impeccable. The food was amazing and the experience overall was good enough that I would give it another chance. As an aside, they appeared to be shorthanded and the manager insisted on comping all of our drinks (4 glasses of wine between us).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Pasta and lots of Love!
    JimnPaulVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    The staff and food at 3 Doors Down never disappoints! We love to go there for the fresh pasta and great drinks! If you want something a bit meatier, try the brined pork chop...It's a melt in your mouth piece of happy pork!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A definite place to go
    Happytoreview
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Outstanding place to go. Do yourself a favor and have dinner here.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife and I stumbled upon
    Digiwave
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    My wife and I stumbled upon 3 Doors Down while visiting Portland 2 years ago. We had never heard of it had no idea we were going to have such terrific food. Our next trip to Portland this past weekend had 3 Doors Down as a top priority for one of our dinners and it was well worth it. I want to mention our great server, Zac, who was fantastic, extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wines and even went out of his way to try and find us some plastic utensils so we could take a slice of their banana cream pie back to our hotel. If yo live in Portland and haven't tried 3 Doors Down or if you ever take a trip there, you must try 3 Door Down as it is well worth it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had an excellent dinner
    JandM
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    We had an excellent dinner - great food, wine and service. We hadn't been to 3DD in a couple years as it is just too loud - hard to have a conversation with all the noise. Will for sure be going back - would be nice if they could do something about how loud it is, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3 Doors Down is one of my
    suscon
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    3 Doors Down is one of my favorite places when in PDX. This restaurant consistently provides excellent food, service, and ambiance. One of the persons who ate at this establishment on this evening is also a foodie and comes from a big city replete with great restaurants--she loved 3DD as well. I recommend this restaurant with only one reservation, which has been the same: they need to place some kind of noise absorbent material on the walls as it gets too loud inside. That qualification should not deter someone from looking for an excellent dining experience, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic