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: 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
- 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 WinnerHot Spot
- Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
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The Woodsman Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
152 reviews since June 2, 2014
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fit for foodies (107)neighborhood gem (86)special occasion (62)hot spot (43)notable wine list (34)vibrant bar scene (32)romantic (31)great for brunch (28)good for groups (25)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (8)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (2)Show More
- 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.
- 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:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/11/2014Two words: SMOKED MUSSELS! Order them, and you will be in mouth heaven.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food, very noisy!LynneR912VIPDined on 9/9/2014Sat 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:
- Woodsman Seafood Tower, a favoriteFlipDined on 9/9/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OutstandingmemaDined on 9/7/2014My 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:
- Friday at the WoodsmanOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/5/2014All 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:
- Good food and service butjalgerDined on 9/5/2014Seats are uncomfortable and music is awful and loud.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ENJOYED ITDeweyDined on 8/31/2014Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- PleasedFoodeeDined on 8/31/2014Food and drinks were great. We would not hesitate to go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Enjoyed the WoodsmanOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/31/2014Friends 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:
- FoodXxxxxxxxDined on 8/31/2014Unfortunately, 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.
- Rustic chicmtf419VIPDined on 8/31/2014I 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.
- Why all the fuss?OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 8/30/2014Much 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:
- Great food and cocktailsGregPDXDined on 8/27/2014The service here is fantastic! The food is adventuresome. The ham plate is especially lovely. And the true mixologist cocktails are wonderful.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good food service attentiveDoctorDined on 8/25/2014IMO 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:
- Creative menu. Bit too retro?diner1361Dined on 8/22/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/22/2014a 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:
- Really AmazingEater10000VIPDined on 8/17/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- finally and amazinggrandobservationsDined on 8/13/2014It 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 nowSpecial Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/13/2014Fantastic 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Woodsman is a gemnwfoodieDined on 8/12/2014I've been to the Woodsman more than a couple dozen times since it's opened and it just gets better with age.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/11/2014great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worth ItPinotguyDined on 8/10/2014Check 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful food, but...bellyfulDined on 8/10/2014We 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 workSpecial Features:
- Don't tell.MaddylewDined on 8/9/2014Took 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:
- birthdayDined on 8/5/2014Way 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.
- FoodieLisDined on 8/2/2014Delicious 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent foodHillsborofoodiesDined on 7/31/2014Our 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Too loudFamnightVIPDined on 7/29/2014Great resturant but too loud. I couldn't hear the people sitting at our table.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 45 minute wait after orderingparadocsDined on 7/27/2014Made 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.
- 3rd time - great food, slow serviceFoodWineProfDined on 7/26/2014We'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:
- Loved it!LovegoodfoodDined on 7/25/2014This 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:
- Tastebuds and ear drums buzzing!travelingtastebudsDined on 7/24/2014The 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:
- Good but not greattwn2Dined on 7/22/2014I 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: