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: 5033524030
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Thirsty Lion at Washington Square reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (68)good for groups (57)great for lunch (55)neighborhood gem (46)vibrant bar scene (46)hot spot (41)fit for foodies (38)late-night find (26)special occasion (25)kid-friendly (23)romantic (10)great for brunch (10)notable wine list (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
  • 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
  • Great Service!
    BrunchVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    They called me the day of our reservation to confirm and to ask us of we preferred indoor or outdoor. This is the first time a restaurant ove been to using open table did this. They also had the gluten free menu ready for one of our guests. They read the open table notes and are great. I wish I could say every open table restaurant had this kind of service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loveit
    carolynpdx43
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I probably eat here 2 or 3 times a month. The food is great. Always great service. It gets crowded at noon do we try to arrive by 1130. Little bit noisy for my taste but we manage by requesting a booth along the back wall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Son 21st birthday
    Kimmie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Had a great time for my sons 21 birthday just wish he had not gone out the night before he a bit of a hang over..
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    There were only 3 tables with people at them when we arrived (so like 20+?) open tables and the hostess was going to seat us pretty much right on top of another table for 2. I asked immediately if we could sit somewhere else. She did seat us at the other end - far away - until she sat another couple directly next to us (practically AT our table) about 30 min later. She also told us we could order from the happy hour menu and apparently they don't have happy hour on the weekends. Our server was good. Food was good. Alcoholic drinks are VERY weak. Also, there was a Milwaukie Brewers baseball game playing on the outdoor speakers instead of music which was ridiculous. So we had to sit and listen to a boring baseball game along w/ commercials.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We keep going back
    Alinpdx
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    TL fits well in this space...suburbia. Food is generally decent. Service is friendly. Prices are reasonable. Over the years we have visited 10times which says they must be doing something right.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The noise has been quelled.
    Grubbin
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The music was not as loud as our previous visits, making for a much nicer dining experience. I observed most of the other diners having lively conversation and enjoying each other's company. Past visits required everyone to shout so loud over the deafening music they couldn't hear each other. This time it was pleasant background and everyone at our table could hear each other. Thank you for listening to the feedback. We'll definitely be back sooner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A MUST
    dine2nite
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great seasonal menu choices. All of the food is fresh and delicious. The stacked enchiladas are fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My experience
    whitecake
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    It was wonderful per usual. We sat outside and had a fantastic server and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, quality service.
    Birthdaygals
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We were there for happy hour and enjoyed the patio dining. My dinner was just okay, while my guests thoroughly enjoyed theirs. They were out of a few items for drinks on the menu, which was disappointing. It was a very warm day and we looked forward to their cocktails. I'd been here before for dinner and was anxious to get back for some of the same. It was okay. Not great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always
    MeMeVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Food was good, and the wait staff is always friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    SnoopanneVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Great happy hour menu, excellent service and servers can easily split up the bill (1/4 Callifornia Roll,etc.) so that there's no huge math hassle at the end!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Shelby
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We’ve eaten here many times for lunch and really enjoyed their salads, soups, and sandwiches. This was our first time for dinner. My wife ordered salmon and it, along with the green beans had very little flavor. My order of ribs was very tough and had small soft bones in it. Good lunch spot, but I can't recommend it for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Fun!
    CarolynOVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We did not get to the restaurant till 8:30 pm. But our table was ready and waiting. Food and service was great. Very upbeat bar and fun! Very much "The place to be!"
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food..
    thekid
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Food was great, beer list is fantastic, and for once, actually an affordable night out at a place with local, oregon wine!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Wasn't disappointed. Good food and service. Make sure you get a reservation first! It's BUSY!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Review
    quality
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We ordered 2 burgers well done. Mine was like eating charcoal, not edible, and the other was still pink in the middle.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • stick to pub grub
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Went for options outside the traditional pub fare offered. Ceviche scallops tasted like boiled prawns and scallops were a small portion of so - so cooked shellfish on a huge pile of rice. Should have stuck to pub grub.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    McKensy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great atmosphere and friendly staff. I made our reservation online and were seated early. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The Ahi Tuna salad is awesome, tuna is always perfectly prepared and the flavors are fantastic
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 463 reviews are from the Thirsty Lion at Washington Square reviews archive.
  • Great Dinner with a Friend
    cheers2beers
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We really enjoyed having a nice outdoor area to enjoy dinner. The food was excellent and the wonderful selection of beers is always a hit for me!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.