The Woodsman Tavern
Wonderful food and service,Wonderful food and service, ambience is what makes Portland a special place for foodies and business traveleres. My out of country guests said the food was better than most places they had been while traveling. We also really enjoyed sampling the creative and yummy cocktails....6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was a little salty, butFood was a little salty, but overall the presentation and the portion was decent and tasted delicious. I would recommend this place for anyone looking for a great northwestern cuisine. Everything was fresh and simple. I enjoy the trouts, salmon, oysters and shellfish and the salad options. We were getting full and would usually share a dessert, but all four of us each got a dessert and they were amazing!!!
We'll be back.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMNot just wooded fareI embarrassingly expected The Woodsman to serve, well, beasts from the woods. We ordered the seafood tower, the trout, a couple of sides, and a salad. I was blown away...totally! The seafood was amazing. I normally do not like trout, but this was extraordinary. The skin on one side was crispy, the flesh was moist, and the seasoning perfect. The sides were really interesting as well, you can't go wrong with any of them. I especially like the barley, the asparagus, and the beets. We've been back already. Love it!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat restaurantKnowledgeable and helpful waitstaff, great food, especially the smoked trout. Not a restaurant one goes to to economize.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMUnique restaurant in a localUnique restaurant in a local neighborhood. Loved the ambiance and "theme" of the servers. Great menu choice with unique entrees. If I live in Portland area I'd be a regular.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe trout was awesome!The trout in crazy water was delicious. I highly recommend it!6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAniversaryEverything was excellent. Oysters on the half shell were to die for.
My second plate of sausage and shell fish in a broth was a bit too salty.
The roasted half chicken was so good, but my wife couldn't get thru half of it. Our only real complaint was our to-go bag contained someone else's food (not this chicken). This made our next night's dinner at home confusing at best.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMExceeded my ExpectationsI read several reviews on Yelp that commented how small the portions were at this place. I would have to disagree completely. There was no shortage of food and it was incredible. I would come back here in a second.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMHoppingGreat food and service. If we go again I will definitely call and request a BOOTH. Seated at a table we were literally surrounded by noise.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMloved itWe had a wonderful experience at the Woodsman Tavern whilst celebrating my fiance's 30th birthday. The service was impeccable, the ambiance delightful and the experience unforgettable. We feel so fortunate to have this gem in our neighborhood, we'll be back again and again.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMA definite MUST!We waited to come here due to the hype and hipster vibe it came with. However, once we finally made it here....we were very impressed and pleasantly surprised with the every aspect of this place. We ordered the Octopus, Shrimp salad, ribs, and Beet slaw. Everything was superb! We will be back :)5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMVery GoodOverall, the food was very good. We could have done without the heads on the shrimp and the Swiss Steak was a tad gristly but everything else was wonderful. We especially loved having the coffee made right at our table.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThank you!Awesome food, great service. I recommend the pickle back shot...several of them.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing!!!Food and drinks were exceptional. Doug our server was excellent. Try the Omaha Sour5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA Gem!The Woodsman offers tasty cocktails to start the evening with a selection of local oysters -- who knew how many different flavors you could taste in an oyster! When we sat at our table, two complimentary glasses of champagne awaited us (it was our wedding anniversary). So classy and memorable. The waitress was knowledgeable and willing to offer suggestions for wine pairings and food selection. The food, as always, was creative, inspired, and bursting with delicious flavor. The staff are remarkably friendly and informative about drink and food choices, but in an appropriate way, not in an intrusive manner.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMRivals some of the best!The freshness and quality of the ingredients could not be any better, and the flavors are imaginative yet extremely accessible. Rivals St Jack in culinary skill, but still in the "new school" category when compared to places like Higgins and Pazzo. HIGHLY recommended! My only negative criticism is that the chairs are very bizarre and almost uncomfortable, but somehow I got used to them.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMlove this place - always alove this place - always a favorite - you cant go wrong with the food- the menu is always changing so its always fun to see what they have in store!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMOur daughter and son-in-lawOur daughter and son-in-law gave us a giftcard for the Woodsman and it had also been on my list of restaurants to try. We got in right away and had a great time. Everyone was very friendly and the food was wonderful.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMEvery dish was excellent butEvery dish was excellent but minimal. Kale salad fabulous but only a few bites for the price. Spendy. Wonderful fish dish with broth and no bread to enjoy it. No amenities. Excellent octopus and potatoes. Excellent staff. Week night experience. I imagine it to be quite lively on week ends.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMgrreat food, good drinks,grreat food, good drinks, very reasonable. desserts were fantastic!4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMShow 'em how it's done!Fantastic service and food. I am from the NW and have always been perplexed that there are not that many restaurants that mix seafood offerings with meat/game. Thank you for this place! And thank you for homemade churros. Could've eaten a platter full.
Next time, we will be sure to make reservations sooner. The drafting chairs, while cute, did a number on my back. I'll be sure to request a booth when we come in May.
Oh, and the service....best in Portland. Hands down. Super attentive, never hovering. whoever is training your FOH is VERY good at their job. Bravo.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service is excellent;The service is excellent; but the place is too loud. Almost impossible to hear our guests speaking.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMI wish I lived nearby; I'dI wish I lived nearby; I'd be here all the time! There's such a good vibe here - good food, everyone so accomodating and making you feel welcome . As Michelin says, worth a detour.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had the burger which wasWe had the burger which was absolutely fabulous. Ditto for the brussels sprouts. Yum!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food - creative menuGreat food - creative menu and the staff explained the unknowns very well. Some unique options and some delicious standards. Lovely atmosphere - classy and upscale without going overboard. Dressy or casual seem equally welcomed. Great windows for letting in the Portland sunshine. Service was great aside from a lack of attention to our drinks - cocktail glasses sat empty and entrees arrived before someone asked if we would like another drink. But that didn't tarnish the experience. Would definitely go back again and try more of the menu.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary dinnerSpecial occasion dining, we went for our anniversary dinner. Greeted and given champagne when our table wasn't quite ready. Waited at the bar and had constant attention from the staff. Friendly attentive with out ever being annoying. Ordered amazing Brussels sprout salad and seafood tower. Amazing display of fresh and delicious food. Drinks were spot on. Highly recommended!4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMHeard about this place forHeard about this place for months. Finally got to go with 2 other couples. All 6 of us had a great experience. From the raw bar to the domestic ham sampler to the main courses, perfect.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is great food and serviceThis is great food and service (which is hard to find in Portland). We will return!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall, we had a very niceOverall, we had a very nice evening. I felt I made the wrong menu choice. I had the Lamb Saddle, which was flavorful, but I thought overpriced for the portion size. I saw other patrons with two of the other menu choices I was considering, the pork chop and the hamburger, both of which were much more sizable portions for less money. I appreciate lamb is a more expensive meat and the presentation required more effort, but $32 dollars is the price of finer steaks other places and because of the fat ring on the outside, there simply wasn't much meat.I would probably go back, but order something else.
Service was excellent.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMService was great and theService was great and the food was better. Excellent beer and wine selection.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent, unique food, includingExcellent, unique food, including the desserts. Limited bar drinks - not even a Cosmo!!3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWorth a try. Good food, goodWorth a try. Good food, good service, good wine. Second time dining there, and both times have been worth it.3/18/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a wonderful dining experience.Had a wonderful dining experience. Food was fresh and simply prepared. Knowledgeable, yet unobtrusive wait staff. Nice wine list. No corkage fee if you have a bottle of their wine in addition to your own. Only downside was the chairs. Rather uncomfortable, reminded me of elementary school.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMReservation system a bit weirdBeen there a number of times. Food is always excellent. Service can be inconsistent. I am doing this review about the multiple calls about my reservation, including a call to my wife which went into her voice mail. Essentially the woman told her that they would release the table if I was a no-show. My daughter was in fact there but they wouldn't seat her until I arrived, which I did 15 minutes after the scheduled reservation. Then I was informed by Open Table that Woodsman said I was a "no show"! When my wife made this reservation she was limited to certain hours because I guess the restaurant "reserves" tables for walk ins! Kind of strange, especially given the many calls we got either confirming or warning us about our reservation!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great meal with someWe had a great meal with some out of town relatives. They were very impressed, and loved the seafood bar! My mussels were the best I have EVER had! Also, our server was excellent, helping me find something for my 5 year old. He was attentive but not too pesky, and met our requests. And some were not easy....melted butter instead of cocktail sauce, DONE! Definitely will recommend The Woodsman!3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGood wine! Good Food!Great wine list without gouging you!!! Love the food, service, experience!3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMLumberjacks should be flatteredWow, This place was one of my best meals ever in Portland. Earthy, comfortable vibe with a strong focus on quality ingredients presented in a simple way. Wine list focused on terroir driven wines with a great representation of southern Europe. Seafood was a real high point. I definately have a new favorite.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM