Saucebox
Saucebox

Saucebox

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.saucebox.com/
  • Phone: (503) 241-3393
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Five nights a week. Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Friday: 4:30pm - 2:00am; Saturday: 5:00pm - 2am; Closed Sunday and Monday, except for large group private events.

    Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Tuesday through Friday, Saturday 5:00 to 6:00 pm (open at 5:00 on Saturdays)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Pan-Asian, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Alex Diestra
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, 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, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live DJ's Nightly. Please visit http://www.saucebox.com/dj.html for all current residents and nights.
  • Special Events: Event Coordinator: Alice Wagner-Stout
    parties@saucebox.com
    503.241.3393

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SW Pine
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Saucebox
Established in 1995, Saucebox has maintained its reputation in the city as the place for the finest Pan-Asian and Pacific Island cuisine. The menu pulls from a wealth of bold and authentic flavors. Fruit infusions, elixirs and our notable "liquor laboratory" are also specialties of the house.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Saucebox reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)special occasion (20)vibrant bar scene (20)romantic (17)hot spot (13)late-night find (12)neighborhood gem (11)good for groups (8)great for outdoor dining (4)notable wine list (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great food, atmosphere, and staff!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Waiter was very pleasant, and the atmosphere was romantic yet upbeat! The food and drinks were amazing! Great experience and will definitely go back! The best Kobe beef entree I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion
    seb1
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Made reservations for early dinner for party of 8. Asked for 5, gave me 4:30. They don't open until 5. So awkward start (had to wait out in rain) but service was great and we had enjoyable experience once we were inside and seated. Spider roll a favorite. Accommodated allergy needs. Upscale trendy decor and vibe. We were not in main room so noise was not an issue. asian/sushi. Fun drink menu---the Best Drink was all that.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying New Things
    MissMolly53
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    My husband and i along with our friends like to try places we have never been. We found Saucebox to be a nice dining experience. It was a bit noisy and we were seated near the window which was a bit chilly. Our server Nick was great, making suggestions which were all really tasty. We had Sushi and they had a few different rolls we found most enjoyable. I would go back! Oh and my Kiffer Lime martini was REALLY GOOD.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Asian Fusion
    vickiet
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Enjoyed a nice evening exploring the flavors of Asian and beyond. Atmosphere was active and interesting. The fresh flavors from the Miso to the Salmon were excellent. Service was attentive and well informed. The music in the background was energetic and fresh, however, I would dial down the volume just a bit as it was hard to talk across the table and be heard. Just a small negative in an overall great night of dining. Made for a fun 21st Birthday celebration!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Willy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent food, service and great spot in the heart of Downtown!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth it
    Beenaround
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The ambiance is energetic and cool, the bar is fabulous. Nice to have a tablecloth and private table, which is sometimes hard to find in portland any more. Food was interesting and delicious. Concentrate on the small plates. Service was cheerful, but a little slow. Great spot for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but elegant
    foodfuninPDX
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I will start with the positives first. The ambiance is classy, romantic & sheik! The drink menu is tremendous & the sake is outstanding! However you will pay for all of this. My only complaints are, the portions were very small for the prices & the noise level of the D.J. on a Saturday night was not conducive to conversations at the table. Nothing more annoying than having to practically yell at the person across the table from you. Killed the romance a bit. Also the dinner portion of the menu was very limited. 5 entree's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night of Errors
    bramcee
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    There were several mix-ups through out the night...the first being about 45-60min for our appetizers to arrive. Apparently our order was taken to another table and was eaten before realizing the mistake. Once we finally got our appetizers, the remaining food came out relatively fast. The dessert we ordered wasn't available unbeknownst to the waiter so he offered us another one on the house. The waiter was very apologetic and comped ~$25 off our bill. The food was superb and this was the first time the service was sub-par. We'll be back again despite the service...the food is that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PoshBox
    Courtney
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Swagger all the way. The servers were very knowledgeable, great drink suggestions. Cocktails were fantastically yummy, and the food was TO DIE FOR!!!!! Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Girl's Night!
    imnotcooking
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We were four long-time friends out to catch up and decided to dine "outside of the box" and not go to Olive Garden or Applebees again! So glad we did. Two of the girls had the ribs and said they were fabulous, one had the pork shank and also said it was great. I had the 3 cup chicken and although it looked beautiful and was cooked just right (very moist) it was pretty bland. We had fun cocktails too. All in all I would recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, good times
    artjamacVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My friends and I enjoyed the experience. Had some dim sum items and salmon entrees. The dinner entrees took a while to bring it out, but the food were good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware Asian Fusion!
    Good
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I should have followed my gut and said no to Asian fusion which too often disappoints, but the reviews were very good and it was close by so we decided to give it a try. Nice, classy interior, however, Nike was having a group dinner upstairs (no walls), using a mic it was incredibly loud and obnoxious. Everyone was complaining & our waiter tried to quiet them down to no avail. Waiter was good (can't remember his name), but food was bland and very disappointing. Had 4 small plates and 1 entree - none were great. Salt & pepper shrimp were tasteless and shrimp were mushy. Sweet potato spring rolls, potstickers & steamed crab buns were just ok, nothing special. Rice noodle curry had the most flavor but noodles were very sparse. Save your money!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service and Food
    GoodEats
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The server Nick was very knowledgeable about the whole menu and was very accommodating. The cocktails were tasty and the food was delicious. The food taste exceeded my expectations (I am used to hole in the wall Asian food establishments).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere
    SteveS
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great food and great atmosphere. A very nice downtown Portland dining spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, food & drinks.
    wednesdaynightdiner
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had excellent service, the food was amazing, drink menu was extensive and delicious and the wine list did not disappoint. I would recommend this restaurant to others and I will be back. We always dine out on Wednesday nights and I was happy to find that the energy in this restaurant was a bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food, A Must Try
    New2PDX
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have always been curious to try Saucebox just by the reviews I have read online and its intriguing storefront on Broadway. We went for my sister in laws birthday this past weekend and we were completely blown away. The atmosphere was beautiful, cozy, yet modern--the service was impeccable, and the food was incredible. The wives split an array of sushi and the husbands each had the short ribs (which were to die for). We will def. be back again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ehhh...it was okay.
    TannernTara
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The restaurant was highly recommended by our hotel staff. The tables were way too close together. I could elbow the other diners and the server couldn't talk to a table without having his backside in another table's faces. The cocktails were tasty, food was okay, the server did his job -but nothing more. We had the dim sum platter and the ahi appetizer. The only thing that was really good was the sushi. T
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Asian Food
    Zach
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Overall very good experience. Loved the Yuca chips instead of bread. Softshell crab sliders & ceviche were great starters. Wines Pork Shank was incredible. Only complaint would be to put less sauce on the sushi roll. Staff was very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glad I Finally Tried It
    JYTraveler
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I've heard about this restaurant for a long time, but somehow had never been there. The food and service were superb. I had the Javanese Salmon and my husband had the pork shank. Both were cooked to perfection, with elegant, subtle flavors. The dashi broth on the brussels sprouts was worth going back for even if I had nothing else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special place with special food.
    Eagles
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Loved the ambience, the wait staff, the food. Perfect spot for dining with someone you love.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, spotty service
    Fuji
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I've been going here for many years. The food and drinks are still excellent, but the service seems to have slipped. We didn't get our drinks until after food had arrived and the timing of the food arrival was not good. So, I still highly recommend Saucebox for the food, but know there is a chance you will have a less crisp service than you would expect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great downtown Portland spot
    LoveDowntownPortland
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent food - can enjoy just with starters - main meal was awesome. Bar drink menu is 4 pages !!!! Had dinner and really enjoyed food, atmosphere and downtown Portland scene
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    Ozdiaz
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always wondered about this place and we finally went in from Baileys pub across the street. Food was good, service well done and an overall good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, will return!
    CertExecChef
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food is excellent. It is completely chef created and has pan Asian fusion influences. Service is top notch, the staff is extremely professional and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • only for drinks, if at all
    love2eatglobally
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    the sushi was old and fishy tasting, the chicken was all but inedible, the oysters were just on the edge......they were "in between" times when they offer desserts and it was expensive..... I would not go go here to eat only to drink, and even then it was more trendy than comfortable. Had a better meal at a cart for 20% of the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply amazing.
    Jengood
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I stumbled upon your website while looking for a good dinner spot, made reservations and then was there that night. All I have to say is my husband and I were shocked! The food was mind blowing. The service was on point, and the scene was super cute. I've already recommended it to everyone I know that lives here and we will be returning next time we visit. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 361 reviews are from the Saucebox reviews archive.
  • One of those go-to spots
    Nickal
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Recommend for drinks, recommend for food, recommend for service. You get what you pay for, and it is an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience at Sbx
    JessStallone
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I've been here many times for multiple occasions and I've always had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moosh
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I loved the creativity in all the different cocktails! The food was great too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    DavidRS4VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food at Saucebox was great! I was walking by and it caught my eye so I decided to stop by for dinner. They had Aqua Panna which I like and I ordered the appetizer platter. Everything on the platter was great! I saw they had a small burger on their "Happy hour" menu. I tried to order it but I was told that it was 2 min past happy hour and the chef would not make it. I had already had a $40 check for 1 person - they could have accommodated me and served me the small burger even though it was 2 min past the time. Also I sat down 30 min before the happy hour was over and requested the menu to look at. The waiter was polite and service was good otherwise. If you are in Portland make sure to try their food - its worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The mainstay of broadway
    Unicoffee
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This a place that could become our go-to date night winner. Saucebox has a great concept with their Portland twist on dim sum traditions. The portions are great and beverages creative. They deserve a spot on your short list for great night out spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was great
    NightOwl
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went for a bachelorette party and we weren't the only ones! On a Saturday they were super busy. The waiters were so nice and the drinks were as delicious as they looked (and they looked amazing!) A bit noisy, but like I said they were packed. Over all, it was a great experience. [:
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    YourChef
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We followed our server, Raylan's recommendations and had the Asian cucumber salad, pork sarong, and softshell crab steam buns. All were excellent. We were still hungry and ordered the sbx chicken wings, which were only average. I don't recommend them, but I do highly recommend going to Saucebox.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Bad exerpience. music is so loud you cant carry a conversation. Food had a funky taste and did not eat it. Resturant was practically empty and service was super slow. We asked for the check and got it 15 minutes later and then it took 15 minutes to process. Very expensive for bad tasting food
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Nuts4food
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Interesting menu, fresh and fun location. Loud bar scene but worth it for the food. My 82 year old mom wasn't too keen on the stairs to the second level as it was very dark.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My 40th
    jdmama
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I had a wonderful 40th b day with 10 amazing women. They are all still talking about the food as well as the wonderful service and feel of the space. We will come back again. Thank you for making by birthday so special!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Asian Food with an Attitude
    bigwindsVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Saucebox is great Asian Fusion food, great service, great drinks in a hip environment near the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland. Great for business dinners with foods for all ethnic types. The drink list is great the whiskey tasting was fun! A great place to build relationships while in Portland.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my 28th birthday
    gr8t
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I love love saucebox. I love the low lighting and the music choice. I loved our waiter. He was awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and staff uninspiring
    GWMM
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Had several sushi menu items, hamachi sashimi was awful...very fishy. The rest was just okay. Was very disappointed overall.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Where Happy Hour turns into Dinner+
    wowjavie
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I made reservations at Saucebox for Happy Hour with friends. We requested a window booth in the back portion of the restaurant where it was a bit quieter so we could catch up. Two cocktails and some apps later, we were wanting to stay for dinner as well. The waiters were extremely accommodating to our requests and the food they kept bring was divine. I love any Bruce Carey Restaurant, and Saucebox is not exception! Note: the music can be quite a bit louder in the front and upstairs portion of the restaurant - request the back if you want it a bit quieter. They will accommodate you if they can!)
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.