Thirsty Lion at Washington Square
Thirsty Lion at Washington Square

Thirsty Lion at Washington Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thirstylionpub.com/wasq
  • Phone: (503) 352-4030
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and DInner: Monday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am, Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Dean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Sports, music, videos and more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Greenburg
  • Public Transit: TriMet serves the Washington Square Mall area.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample.
A word from Thirsty Lion at Washington Square
Thirsty Lion is an entirely new pub experience. We offer a wide range of menu options, exceptional service and great music.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Thirsty Lion at Washington Square reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (50)great for outdoor dining (49)neighborhood gem (45)great for lunch (43)vibrant bar scene (38)fit for foodies (36)hot spot (33)late-night find (25)kid-friendly (20)special occasion (15)romantic (8)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (5)Show More
  • Extremely loud
    mks1978
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Server was ok not great. Food good but it was extremely loud. Requested a booth when made reservation but ended up at a four top table in the middle of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great as usual!
    MeMeVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Loved my food! The service was on, but not over bearing! Great job guys!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, beer, and atmosphere
    MikeO
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Always an excellent spot to dine. Would recommend a reservation as it is generally quite busy on the weekends.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVED OUR MEAL!
    Pumpkinest
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Not only were our meals delicious, they were moderately priced. We enjoyed everything about this place. The TVs we're not too loud so that we could actually hear ourselves talk. We wanted to go again, but, alas, we had to continue on our road trip. Our server was helpful & attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food.
    Jbean
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I went the first time because I received a coupon for a free meal for my birthday. I didn't realize it was kind of a sports bar, and I am not a big sports fan, but it was so good! I've been back several times. Everything I've eaten here has been delicious! Great customer service as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luvfood
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Can be noisy at different times of the day but if you dont mind that. Great menu full options for everyone's pallet. Great wine list. Servers are great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic Find
    RovingFoodie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Have been here many times and decised to try something new. The chicken enchilada short stack was very good. It was a bit tough to carry on a conversation with music, the World Series and Timbers soocer all on the T.V's at the same time. Server was attentive especially since this time we had 2 small children with us
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'll come back again!
    Luv2Wine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is a sports bar/restaurant. So big screen TVs everywhere and bit noisy but then your voice wouldn't be the only one who's loud. Other than that GREAT food, tasty beer and friendly & pretty waitresses with short black mini skirts ;) Great place to meet your friends or with your family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • anniversary dinner
    Shaunamomma
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great svc, great food and awesome time. Even tipped 50% cause it was so great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food quality and service?
    RoadWarrior45VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Maybe they were having a bad day, even if the place was not full when we arrived. Overall, the food was so-so with the steak being the worst choice as it was tough as shoe leather or whatever cow it came from, it dd not go down without some resultant anger issues. The service was slow/sporadic. We will go back, but it will have to be better if we will remain patrons.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This place was just OK on our most recent visit. We like the one in Hillsboro better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Meh....
    Bigums
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I've been to this place several times and can't quite figure it out. It really depends on what you're looking for at the time I guess. Eat outside where it's quieter, if you want better service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    CalGal
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The Thirsty Lion black bean and quinoa burger is the best I've had. I was appreciative that the server spoke highly of it as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • F1cart
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had a great time meeting with friends for dinner. Wait staff was great, greeters at the door,not so great. I had a reservation for 6 and when the first two arrvived the front desk help wasn't sure if they could find the reservation on the list and they basically ignored them until I got there where I had to point it out on the list. Other than that little hiccup, EXCELLENT evening, great atmosphere, and great food!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thirsty Lion
    Ual312
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The cherry glazed BBQ beef was delicious!! Enjoyed being able to watch Giants baseball on TV screens inside the dining area!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Best fish&chips since I was in England, great service, great beers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOUD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went to have a casual dinner with a couple of friends. It was so loud inside that we could barely hear each other without shouting. OpenTable calls that "energetic." We call it deafening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Ambiance was disappointing - music was so loud I couldn't hear my friends across the table, air conditioning made it too cold, and the very short black dresses on the female servers was offensive. Too bad, because the service was good and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Night out with family
    good4u
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Really enjoyed. Great food, and service was outstanding. Will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food/LOUD!!!
    IrisVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    When my insurance agent wanted to take me to lunch and suggest Thirsty Lion, I was anxious to go. A new restaurant to try! (New to me.) The service was so good, the server had a sense of humor, always a good thing. The food was great. I would have taken my leftovers with me, except I wasn't going straight home. Will I return? Probably not. Way too much noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I had seen several Thirsty Lions pop up in the Portland area and I was curious about their success. No longer. The hostess promptly seated me at a nice table of my choice in the patio area which is well designed. She cleaned the table of imperceptible debris from being outside. My waiter was prompt and friendly with his service without being intrusive. The staff seemed to enjoy working there and with each other. The food was great. I had the enchildadas and with 24 beers on tap, I was certain to have options in addition to the food which demonstrated a surprising range of cuisine from traditional English/Scottish pub fare to NW American fare. Will definitely come back when I want a solid meal at a reasonable price
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The noise level was pretty loud for as early as we were there. We had a booth, so were able to visit, but really? The music was waay too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    Kilroy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The place was hopping at 8:15 on a Friday night...which is always a good thing. The food portions were just right and everyone at our table left happy with a full belly. The only drawback was that we had to wait for service. Our server was awesome when she stopped by & she got our order 100% correct. However, it was not uncommon that we had long delays between visits to our table. Our order included appetizers as well as a main course & we had to wait quite a bit to place our order for dinner. I realize this is because almost every table was filled & I'd rather have quality food that is slow than bad food that is fast. Overall it is worthwhile & the food was great. Next time, though, I hope I don't have to wait so long between beers. :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gotomybutt
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Awesome food. Made a reservation and wasn't greeted very kindly (I'm 22) maybe that was the reason. BUT food was awesome and once waitstaff realized I was there to not just have an appetizer and water I got nice service. Would have been nice to have right off the bat but the food made up for it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once a great eatery/gone downhill
    Likes2eatgoodfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have eaten here many times and have always had good luck with the service and the food. This time, our salads were swimming in dressing, the pears were brown and no cheese was visible. This was supposed to be a pear and gorgonzola salad. Also, we had at least three different servers over the course of the evening. None of them asked us how our food was. They just placed it in front of us and then disappeared - very disappointed. Our drinks took 20 minutes to arrive after we ordered them. I will think twice about coming here to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BeckyAnn
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    In town for business and went for dinner with a group. Large restaurant with a vibrant pub atmosphere. They seated us immediately at a large round table in a central location. It was pretty loud but we could still talk as a group. Food was really good (my scallops were cooked perfectly and delicious!) and others raved about the beer cheese soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    LuvTLPVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My friends and I love to come here for our monthly Happy Hour get together. Great food with lots of wonderful options - whether you want a meal or Happy Hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I am a regular at TL - Wash Sq and have always raved about the excellent service. Not so this time because the server was slow. He was slow to bring water, take drink orders, take our dinner order, refill water, ask if we were doing okay and needed anything. After dessert, he brought our check without asking if we were done (we wanted more drinks). I had indicated on my Open Table reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and there was no acknowledgement of the birthday. I will go back to asking for Sunni because she always provides excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Cmill
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Friday night, good thing we made reservations. As always, the place was hopping! We chose outside seating which was well shaded for such a warm evening. We started with the Spicy Kale Salad. It was spicy but sooo good. It was easily shareable. Main course, I had Wild Salmon and changed the side from mashed potatoes to rice. It was moist, flavorable and VERY fresh. My husband had the ribs. The rack was so large, he brought 1/2 home. Other guests had the Southwest Chicken Salad. He enjoyed every bite. Portions were very generous. Not enough room left for a dessert. Maybe next time we'll have dessert first!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale brew pub fare
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Though I've had hits and misses with the menu, this time was a big hit. Seasonal tomato (Caprese) salad and the enchilada stack were both pretty darn awesome. Always enjoy the selection of beers and the vibe here. (Though it is LOUD, sometimes that is the mood I'm in.)
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing and delicious
    Klalib
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were spending family time and wanted an easy dinner with good food. Fantastic find, every dish was delicious. The wait staff was attentive and it was a very pleasant evening with a large group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Late Night Dinner
    JMSTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Thirsty Lion is always a good choice. The staff are smiling and welcoming, the food is good, and it's always a lively atmosphere. My pizza was perfect and hit the spot, the cobb salad was fresh and tasty, the steak salad was good and hearty, and the fish tacos were delicious. And, of course, our beer was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    likestoeatoutVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have been going to Thirsty Lion for a couple of years and it gets better every time we go. The host staff is spot on, great service and the food is beyond expectation. Specifically on the service, great teamwork, friendly servers and all of them ready to exceed what you expect. Whomever does the hiring, great work!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easy night out.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Although not familiar with the area we easily found the restaurant and were seated promptly. The service was good and the menu items selected were served tastefully presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistently delicious
    RedSoxNationVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food quality and menu choices are very good. I'm a regular here for lunch and dinner and I always find something yummy. Potato cakes on the app menu were good this time. Not the place for a quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Seared Ahi Salad
    SalesDiner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Enjoyed a very nice business lunch out on the covered patio, mid-80's and was very comfortable. The service was excellent, my Seared Ahi Salad was beautifully prepared and large enough for a dinner entree. My guest enjoyed a delightful Reuben and couldn't finish, it was very large in size! The manager visited our table to make sure we enjoyed everything, truly and great lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Normally 5 stars
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We've been over 30 times. Always great except 2 pm yesterday. The ribs were severly over cooked and too tough to chew. Sent them back, a first for us at TL, and the second batch was little improved. Honestly, considering how great their food is, we should have sent back a 2 bad time. We will certsinly go back and hope the cooks pay more attention. Thanks
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service
    Saseitz00
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    You can not ask for a better place for the food and service. I set up for a small party and a few more people arrived then expected and the servers accommodated us by making us more room in this busy restaurant and were pleased and happy to do it. Once the food came it was so delicious and the servers ensured that we always had drinks and the food was to our satisfaction. You just do not see that anymore. This is a definite go back to place for a group party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 485 reviews are from the Thirsty Lion at Washington Square reviews archive.
  • Always dependable
    Terribletom
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I brought friends here who were staying in a hotel near by. They were delighted with the Thursty Lion. We wanted a place where we could relax and catch up. Thirsty Lion was the perfect spot. Dependable food and service. When I make a reservation, I am always seated promptly. It's my place for casual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Varied menu
    Red2
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our table of 4 got different dishes, all good! I thought the scallops on special were overpriced for 4 of them. Nice to have so many choices for all tastes and ages.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic