The Woodsman Tavern
4537 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
The Woodsman Tavern
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://woodsmantavern.com/
- Phone: (971) 373-8264
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Oyster Hour daily 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Monday: Oyster Hour All Night/ "Meatloaf Mondays"
Tuesday: Woodsman Fried Chicken
Wedensday: Woodsman Fajita's
- Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American
- Executive Chef: Andrew Gregory
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine
- Cross Street: 46th Avenue
- Public Transit: Portland Trimet bus line #4 Division/Fessenden stops at 45th and SE Division (stop ID 1465).
- Parking: Street Parking
- Parking Details: Parking is on-street or in the parking lot located on the corner of SE Division Street and 45th Avenue next to Stumptown Coffee.
A word from The Woodsman Tavern
The Woodsman Tavern is a neighborhood gathering place for good food, good drinks and good company. Located on upper Division Street in Southeast Portland, the restaurant serves American food with classic European influences and features a raw bar, extensive beer and cocktail offerings and a European-influenced wine list.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
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The Woodsman Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since July 27, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelEnergetic
fit for foodies (105)neighborhood gem (87)special occasion (46)hot spot (41)notable wine list (33)great for brunch (31)romantic (29)vibrant bar scene (25)good for groups (21)great for outdoor dining (7)late-night find (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
- Does not disappointCM77VIPDined on 11/22/2014Great food & service. Interesting menu & great wine list!Special Features:
- Good, but...GregWDined on 11/21/2014Maybe I'm getting jaded by all the great restaurants in Portland. I had dinner here a couple nights ago solo. This was my first time back to Woodsman in a while after two previous visits. I found the food good, but not memorable (I had the seafood cocktail, which was quite good; but the braised brisket was just okay IMO). Several things bugged me, not at all unique to this establishment. Could there be enough light on the table to actually read the menus without holding up a candle or smartphone? And the lack of any acoustical absorption makes the noise level uncomfortable. And, how about those very uncomfortable chairs? I'll probably come back here at some point, but I'm more enamored with the sister restaurant, Ava Gene's, down the street, and others.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- interesting findOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/21/2014We heard about this restutant through TV interview with Grim cast noting it one of their favorites in Pdx. The menu had good and Interesting options I took my husband here for his birthday dinner and found it a fun dinner good wine, disappointed with so few local wines and the noise level so loud made it difficult to hear each other talk.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Over-salted, uninspiringMilesDined on 11/20/2014Good tasting, memorable food requires a thoughtful approach when building up the recipe. Unfortunately, the brisket and other items we had here don't have that. The Woodsman's 'cover-up' for bland food is salt, and plenty of it. True, the carrot cake was divine, and many of us enjoyed the pork, but there were too many dishes which were disappointing. I would resort to Ava Gene's (having the same owner) as a celebratory getaway.
- slowOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/19/2014Five for dinner with reservations on a Wednesday evening. Arriving around 6:20 we were seated promptly and our drink and appetizer order was taken. Drinks and appetizers came quickly, and that is the last time that I can use that particular adverb in this review. Long story short, we sat talking until around 8:30 when our waiter came by offering some bread, asking if he could refresh our drinks, and acknowledging that things were running slowly--because the steak one of us had ordered had a long fire time (it had been ordered blood rare; I suspect we'd be there still if it had been ordered it medium). When it finally arrived, the food was fine. The cocktails were fine as well. The wait staff was fine. There are, however, a lot of restaurants in Portland that are happy to see a group willing to drop $300 for dinner for 5, and many of them do not require one to sit patiently waiting a couple of hours for burgers and a steak. We'll be found at one of them the next time.
- Highs and lowsRavenousDined on 11/16/2014The food was either really good or really off. Oysters were phenomenal. Burgers, Brussels sprouts, and hush puppies were divine takes on classics. But the beet salad w olives and feta and the rice puff dessert, in all their uniqueness, were bland. Nice ambience and lovely staff and service. I'd go back but would be more selective about menu items.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food across the board, very good serviceLive2eatVIPDined on 11/16/20145 of us had dinner. Between us we had beer, wine and cocktails, all of which were great. The cocktails are inventive and delicious. A dozen oysters started us off - perfect. The shrimp hush puppies were so-so. The pot of chicken liver/foie gras, however, was fantastic. Hamburger, trout, and pork were great and plentiful. Only negative: lighting is too low for our 50+ year old eyes. We had to pull out the trusty phone flash light. It was a super fun place and a special night.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious FoodShermcindyDined on 11/16/2014Six of us headed to the Woodsman for dinner the other night. A few of us had never been before. The ambiance was very warm and inviting for a cold winter night. Our server was extremely knowledgable about the menu and recommended wonderful dishes. Everyone loved everything from the Crab Rolls to the smoked Trout and the Ham Plates to the Pork Cutlet. The food was served in the perfect amount of time and our server made sure that we had everything we needed throughout the night. Would highly recommend going here if you haven't already and even if you have!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Super Impressed with The Woodsman TavernOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/16/2014In a city full of pretentious restaurants, The Woodsman Tavern stands wonderfully apart. The location, the decor, the staff and of course the food and drinks all combine to give patrons a warm and glowing feeling as they take it all in. Bravo Woodsman!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Terribly dissapointing. My first and last time.LovediningDined on 11/15/2014When we arrived they sat us in wooden school desk chairs, so uncomfortable! I ordered the steak and it was the smallest piece of beef I have ever had at a restaurant. Skirt steak is an inexpensive cut of beef. For the price I paid I would have expected a larger portion, and the sides need to be purchased separately. I had a baked potato, the price was outrageous. It tasted fine not incredible. My husband's trout though boneless, had scales! Big no-no. The service was good but not remarkable. I heard so many great things, maybe that is why my dissapointment was so great. I was going to bring my mother the week of Thanksgiving, when she came to visit, however Portland has many more choices.
- Never disappointed.salient777Dined on 11/8/2014We have been here several times and have never been disappointed . We love their creativity with the vegetable dishes.Special Features:
- Onthetown2Dined on 11/8/2014Our party shared a sampling of dishes and found the food tasty, interesting and well prepared. The service was superb and we had a very good table. Half the restaurant is a bar, so as the night progressed the noise got very loud. We recommend the fries, beet salad, hush puppies, brussell sprouts (although a little sweet), radicchio salad and the ham and biscuits. I would have preferred the trout not swimming in broth. The menu could be expanded. Thank you for a delightful evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DeliciousBarbVIPDined on 11/8/2014What a delightful and enjoyable evening, enjoying delicious food and service. We will be back!Special Features:
- Wood familyWoodDined on 11/3/2014Great place to celebrate a 25th birthday! Good food, wine and atmosphere. Love the retro paintings of mountainsSpecial Features:
- ExcellentSeafoodLoverDined on 10/30/2014Wonderful dinner. Seafood was the highlight, especially the smoked muscles. Our server answered all our questions regarding wine list and menu, plus was very nice. Our daughter now lives on the east coast and was shocked how extensive the wine list was for a Portland restaurant. Will definitely go back so we can order the seafood tower. Would recommend a booth.Special Features:
- JamesDined on 10/26/2014Had a fantastic meal with friends here. The best part is that we didn't feel pressured to clear our table since it was a busy Saturday morning. Much appreciated!Special Features:
- Always CharmingKatzDined on 10/26/2014I love brunching at the Woodsman! My last visit I ordered a side of bacon and it was dripping with hot bacon fat. I prefer it gets drained and maybe patted dry, but the food overall is always fantastic!Special Features:
- Great staplemlb123Dined on 10/25/2014I have enjoyed each visit. My only suggestion is they remove the two top next to the wait station. It's kind of floating in the middle of the room and for the ambiance and price point, that would be a horrible table. LUCKILY, the hostess redirected us to a wall table. Whew! My steak was excellent. The pork seemed a little fatty, yet perhaps it was the breading... Regardless, I think of the Woodsman has a great staple. My experience was positive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not impressed with the serviceebbyDined on 10/25/2014Let the restaurant hostess know that I would be at my reservation the day before when she called. Due to an accident and traffic, we ended up 15 minutes late for our reservation. The hostess called at the 8 min late mark and I let her know about the traffic and accident. She called again 5 mintues after that to let me know there was another reservation for our table in an hour and 45 minutes. We arrived 2 minutes after the second call, hurried to table to eat and release the table. The restaurant made no adjustment. We waited for 15 minutes before anyone came to our table to take our drink order. From there service was a slow crawl. During dessert they asked to move us to the bar to make way for their next reservation. I won't ever return.
- Enjoyable brunchlefty3382Dined on 10/19/2014Had brunch on a Sunday with 2 others. The wait staff was very pleasant. The food and drinks were good. Both my dining partners had bloody mary's which they loved and the smoked salmon with pickled veggies, cream cheese and bread. Both were very satisfied. I had the biscuits and gravy with a friend egg on top. I thought the portioning for my dish was a bit small, but after a couple brunch cocktails to go with it I was pleasantly satisfied. The noise level was a bit higher than ideal, but we were sitting next to a large table of boisterous women who were quite loud. Overall a very pleasant dining experience. I've never had dinner there, but I would definitely recommend for brunch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DivineEatenMuchDined on 10/18/2014Everything was wonderful including the food, service, wine and atmosphere. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that thoroughly enjoys a robust dining experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent dining experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/17/2014Had a wonderful meal at the Woodsman Tavern. The food was excellent, the atmosphere pleasant, and the service was prompt and attentive. Really enjoyable experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious, design-yPendletorDined on 10/17/2014Great meal with my ladyfriend. Our waitress was helpful and attentive, the drinks were amazing, and the food was out of this world. Trout with crazy water. It's a bit pricey, but I suppose I should have expected that.Special Features:
- Good for grazingCfdaffianadoDined on 10/16/2014Very noisy. Great veggies and salads. Awful old rubbery tasting seafood cocktail ? Pre- prepared?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Guests Want SodaOban1VIPDined on 10/16/2014The Woodsman is a very nice neighborhood restaurant, This is the second time I have been to the restaurant and again it was very awkward at the table when someone in our party wanted to order a soda, I would think serving their guests and making them feel comfortable would be the goal of the restaurant, Instead of this pretentious notion that they and their restaurant are just to good to serve beverages many guests would like to consume,Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing Brussel Sprout saladwednesdaynightdinnersDined on 10/15/2014we were very excited to go to the woodsmen and unfortunately the only thing that was amazing was the Brussels sprout salad, it was incredible. The seating was uncomfortable, our server didn't even greet us before asking us for a drink order, the food was good but not great and way over priced for the quality. we felt rushed by our server and had to ask for things multiple times. We did find the bar tender to be charming, she was friendly and welcoming. we probably will not eat there againSpecial Features:
- Good because of good companyOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 10/14/2014Went there on a Wednesday night fairly early in the evening. The food was very good - skirt steak eas cooked to perfection. The ham left a little to be desired. You would think that it would be hard to get a ham and potato dinner underwhelming. But, the ham was thinly sliced, quite salty and served over a small amount of vegetable. It was like they went down to the local delecatesin and bought some sandwich meat and put it on the veggies. Oh, but they twirled it uo a little do it looked like a bigger portion. We ordered some of the oysters, but our server forgot to bring them to the table. Since the oysters didn't come it allowed for a lot of down time enjoying our drinks that did come.Special Features:
- Not as good as it was.SwsermenoVIPDined on 10/12/2014Hadn't been here in awhile. The dining room was pretty much empty on a Sunday night. We were not given a drink menu and had to request one. The waitress spilled water all over our table and never came back to clean it up, even though she acknowledged that she made a mess. There were no specials that night and the menu was pretty small. The brussels,sprouts appetizer was great, the burger and pork cutlet wer just okay.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Woodsman Tavern = heavenBreakfastClubDined on 10/5/2014This is a great location on the east side. If you live in the neighborhood I am completely jealous. On the upside it has kept my weight down. Our breakfast crew adore this location, the food and the staff. And not necessarily in the order. Get the scrapple, you will not be disappointed. The cold brew salmon was amazing. Silky smooth and not the salty stuff you get used to having from the grocery store. The staff handled our large group (8) with ease. Cannot say enough good things about them and their food. Go there. Now.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Woodsman continues to deliverPDXLoverDined on 10/4/2014Had a nice romantic dinner with my girl last week. We were seated before asking to be moved to an open booth and the request was met with a smile. Sommelier recommended a great Beaujolais and we had a delicious sampling of oysters, salads and starters, finishing with the trout in crazywater, which we shared. Service was great but casual (as it should be in a spot like this) and we lingered for a while over that last glass of wine. The Woodsman is still worth a visit, especially since the quality of food is exceptional and it's a much easier last-minute reservation to get compared to Sorenson's newer spot down the street. I'll be back again and again.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 10/4/2014Nice outdoor seating, great cocktails and food, and friendly and helpful service. I especially liked the ham plate, plum and smoked beet salad, and peach cobbler with gouda and mascarpone. I didn't really care for the grilled cauliflower. The steak and chicken were also quite good. I will definitely be back!Special Features:
- Classic NorthwestJenniferDined on 9/28/2014Woodsman is the classic NW experience. The food is totally unique with unusual combinations of fresh and local ingredients. I love the smokey flavor imparted to most their dishes. I also manage to try new dishes because their menu is always changing and interesting. It is the perfect place to bring out of towners so they can experience the more unique and quirky side of Portland. Woodsman has excellent cocktails, that if you are not careful you will spend more on drinks than you will on dinner. Love the ambiance but not a good place for large groups or older people with hearing impairment because it is super loud. However, when you desire loud and energetic this is a fun place.Special Features:
- Excellent Vibe & FoodOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/27/2014Last minute decision to come here for dinner. Were able to secure a reservation and we were not disappointed. The ham and cheese fritters were outstanding! Loved the vibe!Special Features:
- excellent bourbon!OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 9/26/2014The bourbon tasting was excellent, and the bourbon steward knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. While the food was good, the waiter was not.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great restaurantPdxfoodieDined on 9/24/2014Loved the decor. The oyster shooters were fresh & tasty, the ham & biscuit just melted in my mouth! Great wine selection. I felt the entrees were slightly overpriced, but overall would recommend this restaurant to friends!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AmazingeviltroutsVIPDined on 9/20/2014The Woodsman Tavern is one of Portland's finest. It makes one just happy to live here.Special Features:
- Love this placeFineDinahDined on 9/20/2014We have had brunch many times here. The menu of items is always interesting and everything ordered to date has been quite delicious. Oyster offerings are first rate. The baked pancake is a great dessert for sharing! Presentation is high quality and the staff know their food and beverage offerings well. The cocktails are unique and taste wonderful - instead of "weird" as some establishments' cocktails that try too hard to be different. The noise level can be distracting when the restaurant is full which does make conversation more challenging. Other than that, this is a Saturday morning favorite!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Happy happy hourHerpibnessDined on 9/16/2014This was our first trip to the Woodsman. We were looking for a special place for dinner for our anniversary, and we had heard good things, so we gave it a try. Let me say first that I was rather put off by the prices listed, $3.50 for a single oyster on the half shell? But I ignored my hesitations & dug in. Happy hour has a lovely feature, wherein there are some oysters priced at a mere (!) $2 each. The oysters were quite delicious, served with a light mignonette. Next we tried a ham plate, and as ham goes, this might have been the best either of us had ever had. Served shaved, with a freshly grilled biscuit (also splendid) and some perfectly ordinary but still yummy collards. Tuesday is fried chicken night, don't miss it!Special Features:
- Great BrunchMikeDined on 9/14/2014Wonderful oysters, creative brunch items and personalized service.Special Features:
- Good food but noisyFromthehoodDined on 9/13/2014I like the Woodsman Tavern very much. The food is very good. As a matter of fact, it is the best restaurant close to my house. I have been there more a dozen times but the noise levels are absurd. I took my mother who is 83 and the sounds in the tavern gave her a headache and it gave me a headache too and I am relatively young. I asked the staff to turn the music down because between the kitchen sounds, bar sounds, the talking of the patrons - I am sure the noise levels exceeded OSHA standards for noise exposure (I am not kidding).....and we were there at 5:30.....Special Features: