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4605 Northeast Fremont Street
Portland, OR 97213
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Fusion / Eclectic
$30 and under
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Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 1:00am
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Fusion / Eclectic, Asian, Global, International
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies)
Bus #75 & #24
We are located in a residential neighborhood with ample, free street parking.
A word from smallwares
Smallwares is a forty-seat restaurant with an open kitchen. We serve small plates of inauthentic Asian cuisine meant to be shared, and eclectic wine, sake and cocktails.
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Fit for Foodies
We went there for Portland Dining
Month and tried the 3-course vegan options with wine pairings. The food was excellent, and the service was great. A lovely experience!"
Dined on 3/7/2014
With so many choices in Portland
for foodies, this will be my last stop here. Some of the plates were fantastic! I loved the dashi and duck egg. The drinks were good. However, the larger plates were bland and boring. The noodles, were mediocre. The pork sandwich was what I would expect from a food cart. The waitress was nice, albeit a little akward. The seating was way too close to others."
Dined on 3/4/2014
With so many items to choose from,
it's hard to focus on a just a few. We had grilled lobster, radicchio salad and an amazing kale salad that all blended together beautifully. Already looking forward to next time."
Dined on 3/3/2014
Wishing I had more room to try
everything on the menu. Though I have been to Smallwares a couple of times, the menu is has changed for seasonality and availability. The tempura fried kale is my staple! We shared that along with the ox tail…which was falling off the bone delicious and full of complex flavors. I will be back again and again as there is always something on the menu that intrigues me. I'd never cook any of this at home or even attempt it… therefore I'm leaving this beautiful creativity to the expert chef at Smallwares."
Dined on 3/1/2014
After reading a few raves about
Smallwares, I was excited to try it out. We took 2 friends from out of town to show an example of the fabulous Portland food scene. None of us were impressed. Of 4 dishes, only the radicchio salad was outstanding. The others were yawners. We ordered vegetarian dishes, so I'm not commenting on the seafood and meat items. Few if any local wines appeared on the printed list, almost all overpriced. A list of regional wines was written on a white board without prices. On the plus side: very comfortable and visually appealing room."
Dined on 2/26/2014
This was my first time at
Smallwares, where I brought an out of town date. Sashimi was excellent, good start. Wine list good, enjoyed a glass which complimented the food. Heard should not miss the fried kale.... hey, what doesn't taste good when deep fried? The crab noodle soup sounded with shrimp balls sounded good for a fish lover.... but everything was SO salty! The broth for the soup was basically inedible for me since it was so briny. My date and I had to run off to the theater, so there wasn't time for anything else. Later that evening, my hands were swollen from the sodium retention and when my date dropped me off, I had to invite him in for a big drink of water!"
Dined on 2/15/2014
This was a great experience for
us. The waitress answered all of our questions wile making us feel at home and at ease."
Dined on 2/14/2014
small portions at an inflated
price, taking advantage of the fact that it was valentine's day, the food was very tasty, but highly inadequate amounts"
Dined on 2/14/2014
Food was great, service was great.
The space feels a bit cold, I personally like the energy of tasty and alder. Would definitely recommend."
Dined on 2/13/2014
This restaurant is cute and the
bar looks nice. The food is flavorful but is often a bit too strong in flavors. The octopus salad was done well except for the dressing was too salty and had too much sesame or some strong flavor. The apple kimchi was awesome. The steal head was great...probably the best dish we tried. Drinks were good, love the sake menu. My issue with this place is the bathroom. I really have a problem with restaurants that have a shared bathroom with other businesses. This one especially because you have to walk outside and down a ways before getting to the two single bathrooms. I was totally freezing and was not happy about any of that. It may be silly but I consider all things when analyzing the dining experience."
Dined on 1/25/2014
Wonderful evening with truly
unique and delicious food! Interesting flavors and textures, yet remaining true to the ingredients. A real jewel!"
Dined on 1/23/2014
Smallwares is a charming, cozy in
the back room (empty in the front) spot for light dining. Small plates were interesting but not very satisfying and we left with a feeling that we hadn't really had dinner. Liked the fireplace in the back, enjoyed the feeling you could stay a while and not be rushed off. But as for the food choices: not interesting enough, or substantial enough, to bring us back. Maybe a couple salad plus entree offerings would be a good idea."
Dined on 1/23/2014
We heard about this restaurant and
finally were able to go! We were not disappointed! The three different kinds of kim-chee were out of this world! We loved the apple kim-chee the best! The sweet of the apple with a little heat and spice was a great and creative combination. The portions were just right so you could try many things and not get over full on one entree. Great place to experiment and go out on a date!"
Dined on 1/10/2014
I can't believe Smallwares is on
Portland best restaurant list, their food is terrible! Either too salty or no flavor at all! The chefs tried so hard to deconstruct Asian fusion dishes, however...they fail big time. Wrong mix of flavor and texture, the ingredients that they used are not complementing each other. I've traveled all over the world and had a chanced tasted all kind of foods around the world over the years. Anyway, whoever created the dishes are just bad ideas overall!! Such a disappointment :) sad"
Dined on 1/4/2014
Started with a wonderful octopus
salad, but then the disappointments... A pairing of the "signature dish', the Fried Kale plus the Chicken Lollipops. The top half of the Kale, was fantastic, but for a salty fish sauce lover the bottom half was not edible, a salty soggy cold very salty brine, we actually poured off but could still only taste salt. Next, looks are deceiving the Lollipops are bland with no 'fusion' at all and the sauce would loose a taste test to any burger joints (mayo ketchup) fry sauce. The worst part... with a couple left on the plate the server states "ya, we have those for customers that are not adventitious and don't understand our food". Problem is I do, and the Lollipops fail the test, so did the Kale."
Dined on 1/11/2014
Smallwares is a treat for complex
thoughtful food. The menu descriptions are only a clue to excitement waiting in flavor combinations - ask the wait staff for more info because the menu won't tell you what is actually what. The drink menu seems to be more informative than the food card. (you get where the profit is.) Two of the three big common tables are too wide to comfortably talk across - so ask for a real table if you don't enjoy yelling with your mouth full or have any hearing loss."
Dined on 1/4/2014
Really nice place, very trendy and
an excellent wait staff. The food is not good. We ordered three plates and two were soaked in fish oil and salt. The ox tongue is excellent but the other two were forgettable."
Dined on 12/27/2013
amazing food. excellent service.
knowledgable waitress. a tight ship. one of the best meals ever."
Dined on 12/31/2013
More misses than hits with my
party of four. The clams and chorizo was a miss as was the soba noodles. I'd like more fresh greens on the menu. The raddichio salad, while crispy, was weighed down by the peanut sauce. The concept and tapa-style is cool."
Dined on 12/23/2013
We needed some help deciphering
the menu; everything was fantastically prepared. Will definitely return."
Dined on 12/21/2013
Smallwares has the most
interesting dishes, and such a variety. It's a real treat."
Dined on 12/18/2013
We all really enjoyed the fair. It
was like none other and we did not leave a bit on the plate. Yum!"
Dined on 12/14/2013
Even in Portland few restaurants
seem to nail it with every dish served. We had the chicken lollipops, fried kale, black cod, short rib and oxtail curry. Each was attractively plated and delicious. We sat in the barwares section next to the fireplace. Our first visit will be the first of many."
Dined on 11/23/2013
I've been on a mission to try a
new restaurant each week, but smalwares is a place I'd love to return to, and soon. Every dish we tried was perfect - the flavors, presentation & execution. The drinks were also great - strong and well balanced flavors."
Dined on 11/16/2013
quality food, great wine,
excellent service, fresh & farm-focused."
Dined on 11/14/2013
Love the kale, scallops, and the
oxtail! Although, the server did not recommend that I get rice with the oxtail curry because it was very rich. I wished they had roti to go with the oxtail instead. Also, the dessert did not pair with the Asian flair of the food. There should have been some sort of fried plantains or mango with sticky rice dessert. I ended up going to a Cuban place around the corner to get some dessert."
Dined on 11/10/2013
Loved the food here. It was
definitely very busy on a Friday night, but we were able to get a table quickly."
Dined on 11/2/2013
A great selection of small dishes
that focus on Japanese fusion flavors. Nice cocktails, interesting wine and beer and sake list. We made a full dinner with about 11 dishes for 3 people. We ordered mostly vegetarian and seafood, with the exception of the tasty short rib. Favorites were the kimchee selection, the excellent fried 6-minute egg, sweet raw scallops with yuzu aioli, and the potato salad. Desserts were no letdown, although a little more corn flavor would be nice in the silky and not-too-rich pot de crême with caramel sauce. Atmosphere is pleasantly minimalist with a lot of black. We prefer the bar area as it feels a bit cozier than the front. Very friendly and helpful service."
Dined on 10/28/2013
Drove down from Seattle, secured a
reservation with open table, highly recommended from several friends. Stellar bar, found a fab Cremant to pair with our dinner. I little disappointed in the oysters, we both felt the oysters were overwhelmed by the fish sauce. The kale was excellent, with a slight sweet, salty, crunchy execution. The clams were delicious with the chorizo and broth, could of included a few more rice cakes, which we could count on one hand. Our favorite dish was the stellar hamachi starter, paper thin sliced hamachi, nestled atop creme fraiche and chili jam, excellant finish with the crunch of the fried shallots. Will stop by for happy hour again."
Dined on 10/26/2013
A group of four of us ate here,
for the first time, on Sunday. We sat in the Barwares side and ordered a variety of dishes to share and every one of them was delicious. Our wait-person was very helpful, giving our group tasters of Sake and describing the various dishes to us. Don't forget to ask about the specials, we tried one that was described as "poor man's porridge" and it was great! We noticed that Barwares has a late night Happy Hour from 10pm-1am so we are going to keep that in mind."
Dined on 10/21/2013
The octopus was delicious. The
kale was crunchy, interesting, a bit of a punch in the face with salt. We had the popcorn panna cotta. Possibly the best dessert I've had."
Dined on 10/20/2013
This is a fun place with really
good food. I've eaten there twice, once on a date night with my husband and once on a girls' night out (at my suggestion). I'm not a foodie, but I enjoyed the interesting food combinations and beautiful presentation. If it's your first visit, be sure to ask the waiter to explain how the menu works...it's simple, but if you don't know, you won't be able to order well."
Dined on 10/19/2013
Dined here with friends, the
cocktails were very good. The fried Kale is not to be missed. We ordered a bit of everything, and there wasn't a bad dish among them. Winners were the beef + plums, mustard seeds, cashews,and the fried Kale. I think the lobster mushrooms was just so-so. I'd come back again!"
Dined on 10/6/2013
There are no words for the meal we
ate at Smallwares. We got the tasting menu and set our price. The tempura kale with fish sauce and bacon blew my mind. The egg custard mapo dofu was beautiful. The custard had the texture of silken tofu with a deep rich flavor. They had the best octopus salad I have had in years. Each morsel of octopus was so tender you could cut it with a look. I highly recommend this place to everyone. The price is decent and the alcohol list is done by flavor profile so it is easy to pick something out if you're not sure what you want."
Dined on 9/28/2013
We all loved the variety of items
offered -- some of course more than others but all delicious in their own way. The service was attentive although it did take a very long time to get our last dish -- the ramen noodles. Good drinks - albeit different than other restaurants. Will definitely return and put it on my recommended list It was great that we could make a reservation even for a party of four"
Dined on 10/5/2013
They made the worst error right
off the bat; they left us waiting without drinks in our hands for long time. We had the menus and drank an entire bottle of water waiting for drinks and watching the bartender chat with customers. Food took quite a long time as well, so long we added plates because we were getting seriously hungry then the rest came in a rush and we had too much. Savey dinners order wine as servers can pour it and the deep fried kale, which is wonderful, interesting, filling, and a comes quickly so that you won't mind a longer wait for the rest. The other food was enjoyable though not interesting enough to bring us back now that we know the tricks. Service is friendly and it's a loud but nice atmosphere, the kind we like."
Dined on 10/5/2013
Had heard from a friend it was
great place. Parking wasn't bad. Thursday night. Glad I made reservations. Very user friendly web page. Depending on what you get the portions are small or large. If you're really hungry, ask! Took my girlfriend and her sister. All loved it. We will be going again. Prices decent. Bar bill always adds extra. Nice crowd. All walks of life. Staff seems to know the right time to ask if you need anything. I always like that."
Dined on 10/4/2013
Food was wonderful and fun. Great
place to share many small dishes"
Dined on 10/4/2013
This restaurant needs more variety
w/ flavors. Everything has fish sauce, or might as well because it's so overwhelming that you think it's in the dishes it's not. I won't return. Uncomfortable chairs."
Dined on 7/15/2013
My wife and I tried Smallwares for
the first time. We were blown away by the bold flavors and spicy combinations of food. The Padron peppers were especially good. The clams in black bean sauce also exceeded expections. We will be back."
Dined on 9/15/2013
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Plan your next party here
Smallwares and Barwares are two spaces perfect for your next private event! Huge windows fill the space with natural light
to add to Smallwares’ modern and sleek look. Chef Johanna Ware’s inauthentic Asian cuisine is among the best in the city, and she is delighted to offer your party unique cuisine
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