The Woodsman Tavern
The Woodsman Tavern

The Woodsman Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://woodsmantavern.com/
  • Phone: 9713738264x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Oyster Hour daily 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Gregory
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Woodsman Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
155 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (106)neighborhood gem (85)special occasion (64)hot spot (43)romantic (32)vibrant bar scene (31)notable wine list (29)great for brunch (28)good for groups (27)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (8)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Happy happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    Mike
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Wonderful oysters, creative brunch items and personalized service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but noisy
    Fromthehood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Two words: SMOKED MUSSELS! Order them, and you will be in mouth heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, very noisy!
    LynneR912VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Sat outside because having a conversation inside was too, too hard. The food was outstanding as was the service and our waiter (Doug) provided travel tips for the Oregon coast that were spot on - kudos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Woodsman Seafood Tower, a favorite
    Flip
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We are big fans of the Woodsman Tavern and particularly the incredible Cold Seafood Tower. Plenty enough for 4 to share, the tower has the freshest seasonal seafood. On our latest visit we had a variety of Oregon and Washington oysters, house smoked mussels, albacore tuna, and bay shrimp salad. Two sides of grilled broccoli and chanterelles and padron peppers made for a wonderful meal. The service is friendly and attentive. The waiter recommended an excellent white wine that was paired well with the seafood and stayed in our budget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    mema
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My daughter and I went to the Woodsman Tavern for Sunday brunch. From the moment we stepped foot inside we were happy and it just got better. The Blood Mary was everything I had hope for. Plates were overflowing with yumminess. We are planning to go back in October!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday at the Woodsman
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    All food was overall was great. Fresh oysters and smoked mussles were wonderful. I had the lamb dish and although it was wonderful, the two tiny pieces of lamb steak left me feeling like a paid a small fortune for not much moe than a tease. My wife complained that salt level in everything was too high. I'd say it was riding the line- could have been a bit less. Definetely not more! For dessert, the cheesy apriot torte was really good. But they ran out of the paired port wine that would have doubtlessly made the angels sing. The recommended next best didn't do it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service but
    jalger
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Seats are uncomfortable and music is awful and loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ENJOYED IT
    Dewey
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great Oyster selection, food was very good, service great. Nice job with pairings. Enjoyed the classic country music. While not loud, the acoustics of the place makes conversation sometimes difficult. Little pricey, but will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased
    Foodee
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food and drinks were great. We would not hesitate to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the Woodsman
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Friends from out of town recommended the Woodsman to us…and we live here! The food was great and the service personnel were friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    Xxxxxxxx
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Unfortunately, I made a special request for crispy bacon on the BLT and had to have it returned. Then some of the bacon was burned. The bread was extremely greasy. The staff did comp the meal which was appreciated. The waitress was as accommodating as she could. I probably will never return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rustic chic
    mtf419VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I booked The Woodsman for brunch because it appeared on an Eater list of underrated brunch spots. Its brunch menu is somewhat limited, and some of the dinner items are carried over (for instance, oysters). It does offer a substantial cocktail list, though at 10 am, we weren't quite up for alcoholic beverages. The carrot cake and pancake were outstanding. Unlike many "high end" Portland brunch spots, they use real maple syrup and don't charge extra for it. Deliciously salted butter is also in plentiful supply.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why all the fuss?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Much has been written about this restaurant, and it continues to get rave reviews (Portland Monthly just rated it one of 3 best places for fried chicken). My experience, however, was disappointing. The appetizers were very good, but entrees average at best. Three of us had the Half chicken special for dinner; all were overcooked and dry. Skip the stuffed tomato, too. Nice wine list. The biggest issue was the noise level. There were 6 of us at the table, and you could not hear one end to the other. It was not possible for the table to have a conversation without all speaking loudly, which apparently is what everyone else in the place had to do as well. Our table was also under a speaker playing music that, eventually, was turned down.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and cocktails
    GregPDX
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The service here is fantastic! The food is adventuresome. The ham plate is especially lovely. And the true mixologist cocktails are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food service attentive
    Doctor
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    IMO its very Overpriced.Quality was very good .I am all for paying for that but for the selection and the quantity,its too much money when very comparative places are available for less. Its a millennium gen place. I do not think I will return. $15 for a 'shot' of wine is ridiculous when an offered taster sample was actually the same quantity.Impressive non the less but so much is out there in Portland. Its trendy, comfortable and neighborhood chic. worth it possibly for some and as I said, I am no cheapskate. Don't misunderstand me....I applaud the people for their effort. The Restaurant biz is the toughest I can tell you from experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative menu. Bit too retro?
    diner1361
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was very good. The staff was attentive and service prompt. There was however a lot of the menu I would not bother with. It seemed to be retro with a contemporary twist. The trout dinner was Very good. Breaded pork cutlets like you have never had or imagined. It was Great. But I've had much better pork dinners.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    a bit loud and slow service at first due to "oyster hour" but overall, the service was friendly and food great, a lively setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really Amazing
    Eater10000VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had come for dinner a couple of times, so we decided to try brunch. Wow! We started with the smoked mussels, which are really, really addictive. We had some bloody marys before the main course, which had just about the right level of spice. For entrees, we had the eggs benedict, a couple of biscuits and the pancakes. EVERYTHING was delicious! The service was probably the best we have had at a brunch. Woodsman is a first class experience at any time of day. We will return for the biscuit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • finally and amazing
    grandobservations
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    It has been this long to go to the Woodsman, I kept hearing all about the shellfish, which I can't consume, so i dragged my feet, what no one was mentioning was the HAM, the grilled peaches, and the amazing steak. I want to eat there monthly if possible now
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Fantastic Food! Great Variety, Amazing Industrial (Think Restoration Hardware) Decor. The space is very noisy however and this was a distraction as conversations were difficult without raised voices. If this could be remedied via some improved acoustical additions I would be a regular. As it stands I would only meet with loud friends and not clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Woodsman is a gem
    nwfoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I've been to the Woodsman more than a couple dozen times since it's opened and it just gets better with age.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    great service and food. unfortunately we were under the blower for the AC and it was very cold on a very hot night. it was also quite loud and tough for the 80+ year olds in our party to hear our conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth It
    Pinotguy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Check out the Woodsman Tavern for ultra fresh seafood, starters and sides with scintillating flavors, and rock solid and imaginative mains. Rustic yet classy setting, a casual vibe with impeccable service, and Best of all it's out of the hustle and bustle of the Pearl District or downtown. It can be crowded, but show up early, or wait in line, or make reservations (not available everywhere in this town) and you're going to have a great dining experience. Chef Jason Barikowski elevated the cuisine here, but the new team seems to be keeping up the great tradition of terrific food. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, but...
    bellyful
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We are frequent diners at Woodsman Tavern. However, times have been changing and it hasn't been for the better. We like Woodsman's food but the music level has gotten out of hand. Far, far too loud. Also, our last TWO visits we reserved a table through OpenTable. For the first one I called to confirm they got it, as we had a large-ish party and we needed specific seating (two of our party can't sit at the 'school' chairs). I got phone confirmation that our seating request would be honored, but when we arrived ALL the large tables were full. Second visit (w/OpenTable conf.). Again, NO TABLES available. Reservation was for 20 min after opening. Waited for an hour for our table to be ready. Food = great. Sound = painful. Service=needs work
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't tell.
    Maddylew
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Took a friend here for birthday brunch. Wanted to be sure we had a nice table' so made reservations. Would not have needed them, but I love being able to have the option. Servers were great. We didn't feel rushed. Oysters were fabulous. Rest of the brunch was good. Been here for dinner before and it was outstanding. I will go back for brunch. The noise level is a bit high. Not sure they can do anything about that.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Way to noisey, we ate in 45 minutes just to get out of there. Food expensive, very little service and they even messed up our bill. Had been in the restaurant business for 35 years and have never heard of charging for bread and butter. We will never go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieLis
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Delicious drinks & food. Cozy ambience. I started with the Kentucky Special, a tasty bourbon drink. Excellent drink menu! I had the whole trout & it was cooked perfectly, not dry. Moist & very flavorful! The wine pairing picked by the bartender was a perfect match. My husband tried the steak & it too was cooked perfectly & delicious! Will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Hillsborofoodies
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our party of three enjoyed our food especially the ham plate and trout. Service was excellent with attentive friendly wait staff. However, we did not like the music which was so loud we could hardly hear one another. We asked the hostess to turn the music down which she promptly did. We all enjoyed the meal and would come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    FamnightVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great resturant but too loud. I couldn't hear the people sitting at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 45 minute wait after ordering
    paradocs
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Made reservations and were seated promptly but it took 45 mins to get our lunch. The food was not worth the wait. The french toast was thickly cut, dry and like eating hunks of stale bread. No eggy goodness here. The bacon was cooked too hot. It was hard, acrid and not tasty. The hamburger was stewed in grease and loaded with a greasy sauce. The amount of fat dripping off was impressive! Taters were fried smashed baked and greasy. No ambiance in the place, uncomfortable wierd chairs, bad acoustics. Bummed out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3rd time - great food, slow service
    FoodWineProf
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We've been to Woodsman about 5 times, 3 of those 5, including Saturday (7/26) we've had extremely slow service... like waiting 15-20 minutes for a menu, and then another 45 minutes for any food to arrive, we had to ask for a biscuit to tide us over, we were a party of 3 with a 10:15 AM reservation for breakfast, and the restaurant was not full, and no outside tables were in use. You will enjoy the food and atmosphere, just don't count on getting waited on or served under an hour. The other two times we had reasonable wait times, they are never in a rush, but we had totally acceptable times for a lovely meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was our first evening out during our vacation to Portland. Read a lot about this place and it definitely lived up to the buzz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tastebuds and ear drums buzzing!
    travelingtastebuds
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was good and hit all the right notes, but the noise level was off-putting. We had a 6PM reservation and were seated in the booth next to a party of six who had already hit the HH menu so they were having a good time, and who can blame them? Being from out of town, I should have vetted the Yelp reviews before making a reservation. We did enjoy our meal, but would have savored it more had we been able to converse with our dining companions. I'm guessing here, but I suspect the decibel level exceeds acceptable standards. Not sure what they could do to lessen the dB levels, but at least advise the staff that they may have hearing loss from working there and provide earplugs to protect their hearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great
    twn2
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I had previously been to this restaurant twice for brunch and lunch and was impressed both times. For dinner, the smoked mussels were excellent. The salad, hamburger and 'chicken special' were well prepared but not remarkable. The room was acoustically live which made conversation a little challenging. I'll return for brunch.The service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jakes knew his wines. Great waiter!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Have booked another reservation for August 8th..That says it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just wow!
    Eater10000VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We had a great experience about 2 weeks ago, so we decided to return. Everything, especially the service, was excellent. Every person seemed happy to see us and were very friendly. We started with some oysters, deviled eggs and french fries. The deviled eggs, in particular, are superb. We had a peach & cucumber salad next . . . delicious. For entrees, we had the salmon & the meatloaf. Both dishes were really good. We wanted to have dessert, though we were way too full! It was a great experience . . . again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unremarkable, save for 1 issue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    So many other remarkable establishments in Portland I probably won't bother to return. Should have read online reviews. Some complimented the atmosphere; compared to other upscale tavern restaurants, the atmosphere is so-so. The food was ok. Early dinner & already out of items on the sparse menu. Temper any anticipation over cocktails if you are a vodka drinker: they carry just 2 types of vodka & neither represent local distilleries. Think twice before you go with a large party to celebrate a happy event, as your joyous voices may echo in the cavernous facility. Difficult to hear one another just across the table. You'd think the staff would be aware of that fact, but our waiter felt obliged to shush us on behalf of a nearby table
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place for brunch
    FineDinah
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I haven't been disappointed yet. Their in-house charcuterie (bacon, Canadian bacon, etc.) is fabulous, their potatoes are perfectly cooked and very tasty - unlike how bland most breakfast potatoes are. The cocktails are first class and wonderful tasting without over-attempting to concoct weird infusions just to be trendy. We split the baked pancake for "dessert" and I'm still thinking about that days after eating there - it was heavenly! Zach has been our waiter twice now and he's a total professional, knows his food and beverages and is incredibly personable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate