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Urban Fondue
Urban Fondue

Urban Fondue Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.urbanfondue.com
  • Phone: (503) 242-1400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Kennedy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service catering available. Menu includes Northwest influenced cuisine. Fondue catering also available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Urban Fondue offer a semi-private dining area that seats up to 12 people. Large party seating for up to 60 people available.
  • Private Party Contact: Carla Byrum (503) 242-1400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street parking. There is a parking garage at 23rd NW Flanders ( 2 Blocks up 1 block over..
A word from Urban Fondue
Urban Fondue offers a unique perspective to fondue dining. From the indulgent cuisine, and boldly delicious and extensive martini selections, to the chic and smoldering decor and expert and personable service, Urban Fondue is a feast for the senses. Enjoy house made cheese fondue, succulent meat entrees cooked "fondue" style and delectable dessert fondues accompanied with side dishes such as polenta and grilled artichokes.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a great time at Urban fondue. The food was delicious, and with the many choices we each had a completely different entrée. The brie and gorgonzola was the table favorite for the cheese fondue as was the cognac caramel for dessert. As always, a great time at Urban fondue."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Urban Fondue was a very pleasant experience! We had an amazing waiter who was very detailed and thorough with his service, he checked on us consistently, made recommendations and kept the Bartini drinks flowing! The only complaint I can make is that for a hot day outside and a hot meal, it was pretty hot in the building. It would have been nice to have A/C on. Aside from that the food and service were superior."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The restaurant is nestled in a nice park of downtown (Pearl District). We were sat right away, but took some time for the server. The server was nice, but talked to fast and did not explain how things would happen or the options very well. The food was nice, but the dipping sauces were lacking taste. We were told that you could fit 4-5 items in a pot at a time, but only given one fondue fork. Price was a bit higher that we expedited. It was a nice place to visit, do not see ourselves visiting it again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have visited quite a few fondu spots and this place is my second favorite (first being in CA). At Urban Fondue we had some great food, a comfortable booth, great service, and over all a good time. The one complaint about the food was the amount of cheese fondu was skimpy. My other (more significant food is the restaurant was way too hot! Turn on the A/C you guys are way too classy of a restaurant to be making your upscale clients sweat like mad. If you need to add a couple dollars to your food prices to get the job done, then do it. Just get the climate under control. I Docked your Ambiance and Overall score for this reason alone."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had a 930 reservation and the service was good but the restaurant was hotter inside than it was outside. Yes we dined on the hottest day of the summer thus far but they had only a couple boxed fans and it made the environment very uncomfortable to enjoy our even more hot food that was being served to us."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Almost everything was great, even the look of the place. However each table basically has an extra oven at it, making it less desirable in summer."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I was extremely disappointed to have to eat in what seemed like a sauna, and have our food delivered by sweaty servers! We had invited friends to join us for dinner but we arrived first and found out that the restaurant was extremely hot inside. Upon asking the Manager if their air conditioning had gone out, his response of "no, it's just that hot out, was very disconcerting. When our guests arrived I apologized profusely about the "sauna experience" we were about to encounter. With the expense of the meal, I would expect that the restaurant would do something about the comfort of their guests. When we left the restaurant my shirt was embarrassingly drenched from my shoulders to my waist! I won't be eating at that restaurant again!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This was a 36th birthday celebration which we invited two other couples out with us. There was no air conditioning and it was a 90+ degree day, you just don't think to ask if a place has air conditioning. The entire meal was so uncomfortably warm that we barely spoke to one another, and forget trying to enjoy a cocktail all we wanted was water. The next disappointment came when we all decided to get steak and lobster and much to our surprise there was no lobster! However bad this particular experience was my other half and I would like to come back during a cooler time of the year and give it a second chance, unfortunately I don't think our guest will be joining us on the next adventure. The bright spot of the night was the nice staff."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went there for her birthday and we both absolutely loved it. The food is wonderful and our waiter Shawn was very nice and very helpful. My only complaint is that the dining room gets pretty warm on a summer day. They should really think about investing in a better A/C unit."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I have been to a competitor and must say that the menu and food was overall the best I had ever had! Will return in the future!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The cheese course and cocktails were great. The entree course was pretty good. Dessert was pretty disappointing though. The chocolate wasn't very rich, and some of the dippers were lame (dried apricots? Why?). Also, we told our waiter about a but allergy, but he forgot and brought us peanut butter cookie dough on the dessert tray and acted like it wasn't a big deal when we pointed it out."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "First visit here. Used a Groupon for a three-course meal for two; even with the Groupon I feel like I overpaid for mediocre food and a medicare dining experience. Meager food portions, flimsy cookware, and the inability to change/control the cooking temperatures makes this an establishment I do not plan on returning to."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Reservations were for 7:30 and we didn't get in until 8:00. Sat at the both by the front door which was nice but hot day hot restaurant. I can't remember the waiters name but he was outstanding!!!!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Done the big-box fondue place but it has gotten too expensive. The three course meal here was perfect in size and quality. Our server was wonderful and patient. The tables are pretty small if at one for two but waiters juggled and made it all fit. My only suggestions - more options for dipping cheese besides bread - they had gluten free bread but raw veggies are great and just as cheap! Same with chocolate - skip the ultra sweet donuts and the cookie dough and put in more fruit or plain pound cake. Not nearly enough dippers for the amount of chocolate but we were so full by then didn't care. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "It was about 85+ degrees in the restaurant. we considered leaving, asked if they could do anything about it and they said no. The waiters were even fanning themselves. Food was good, several mistakes were made in our order, main entree as well as dessert. The correct items were brought out, but the replacement dessert took so long we nearly finished the other dessert ordered. But, the food is decent, would make for a nice date night. Lots of better places in Portland though"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My husband and I went for date night and were very disappointed. The food was mediocre at best, the restaurant is in desperate need of updating, and there was a spill that the waiter only half cleaned and I was left to clean the rest. We have eaten at many places from Florida to Washington and this is on the bottom of our list."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The restaurant was crowded with Groupon customers. We were seated right away. While the food was good and the service was very good, the restaurant was in desperate need of updating. Tacky carpet, ugly wall color, and a portion of the ceiling in unpainted plywood. Nice. I won't be going back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had a groupon for the Fondue Experience. First time we have ever been there. Parking was a pain of course, but that is normal for the area. Once inside, the tiny place is very quaint. The staff is wonderful--our waitress was the best. Loved the Gorgonzola/Brie fondue--to die for. The entrees and dessert are top of the line as well. I would recommend this place to people looking for a unique night out. I just wish the tables were bigger so you would have more room for everything. I kept thinking we would knock something off the table at some point as it was so crowded with everything."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Though we arrived a few minutes early, it took 20 minutes to find a parking spot making us late, and it was just a 1 hour spot so I had to walk 5 blocks in the middle of dinner to move it. So bring your walking shoes and enjoy the rest of the pearl before dinner, take a bus, come extra early, google search a close garage or lot to park in. The restaurant itself is not large, but the food was really good, and unique. The waiter was very friendly and informative, with what works well together. The atmosphere was not too loud and had a romantic mood. I would go again, if I was planning to do some shopping nearby, it would have been nice to know that there was not close parking available, but otherwise it was great!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We have been to Urban Fondue many times and keep going back. However, we seem to forget that the restaurant does not have air conditioning and on a sweltering day it's a tad warm. We made the mistake of visiting on a day where the temps outside were 97 degrees and with two cooking pots and a glass of wine or two things got a little warm. Service was wonderful and food was great, especially the brie and gorgonzola fondue. Great drink menu as well. I recommend Urban Fondue on a moderately warm to cool day."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My husband and I do not get downtown as often as we'd like, but when we are able to hit up Urban Fondue, we never regret it. Vince has been working there for a long timewhen obviously shows he likes the company enough to stay their long term. He is so friendly and goes out of his way to make sure the experience is special. We both left this last time saying we need to make sure we get down there more often!! Food is amazing and it is very reasonably priced."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The Ruby Port cheese is AMAZING, along with all the other food and drinks!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I would likely have never tried Urban Fondue as it's in an area of town that I don't enjoy much. And I am so happy that I tried it regardless. The service was very helpful, accommodating, and friendly. Our waiter, Shawn, was great. My partner and I each ordered a drink from their list and were highly impressed. Those bartenders have skill! We had the Fondue Experience, which is a three course option. First, we got a bacon-tomato-basil cheese fondue, which we enthusiastically devoured. It was AMAZING. Combined with our drinks, I wanted to shout from the rooftops that I LOVE this meal. The entrees and desert were phenomenal as well, though I hold that the cheese was the star. I will be both recommending and returning to Urban Fondue."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The restaurant is dirty. The food is sparse. It has been over a year since we have been here. It has gone significantly downhill since last time!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I purchased a groupon for this dining experience. Upon arriving we were seated quickly, we had a reservation, the waitress was great and spent time with us explaining the menu, telling us her favorite items and suggestions, etc. We ordered our food and were ready to get started. The first course came out and was delicious. The main course arrived shortly after we finished our appetizer. We were pretty impressed with the selection of meats and seafoods we had at our fingertips but upon cooking some lobster tails and scallops the smell was overwhelming and the fish was no good. No discount was offered and the overall dining experience went downhill. At 9p we were asked to leave our table because the next reservation had arrived."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We have visited 3 times and each was different than the other. We had a Groupon for each visit as I went with others. The 1st and 3rd visit, it came with a side item, when I. Inquired on time 2 I was told no and when I ordered mashed potatoes he said it would be 20min. Hmm never mind. We ordered some mock drinks ( they are good) sometimes unlimited refills and some times like our last visit, this comes with 1 refill. Sometimes you get a nice array of veggies sometimes no. Our last visit my 1 carrot was a thin slice smaller than a pair of tweezers. The cheese fondue was cold. I guess it's OK but not worth the price at full price and very inconsistent. Also, the booth seating is very uncomfortable. Too low to the ground. Willpass"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Friendly attentive staff. Food was amazing!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "If you like cheesy goodness this the place for you. Oh and they have chocolate to finish the mission."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Very fun and interesting place to dine. The prices are a bit high, but you can taylor the meal to fit your budget. Great meal!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Hubster and I went here on a Groupon. We enjoy dining, but had not tried fondue. The staff was very helpful in assisting us with making choices and providing tips for enjoying the experience (especially the hot pot). We found the food delicious and the staff was very focused on providing an excellent dining experience. We already have a reservation in place for the coming week! Even the parking in NW Portland can't dissuade us from becoming regulars. Of special note - I ordered a martini, but had not yet sipped it. While talking our waiter found out mangos trigger anaphylactic shock and quickly whisked away my drink and had a new one made to ensure I was not accidently exposed to mango juice. Very thoughtful and appreciated."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had a three course meal via Groupon. The cheese fondues were WONDERFUL. The kids loved the dessert fondues most, and we all enjoyed the main course as well. Our waiter was excellent: efficient, attentive, knowledgeable. We sat in one of the plush booths and the kids loved the pillows. Very pleased with the whole experience and would highly recommend to anyone. You need time to eat here if you do a three course. Very worth it."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Amazing food, tons of great choices, staff is always very attentive and helpful!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I wanted to choose a tasty and unique restaurant for my boyfriend's birthday and figured I'd give urban fondue a shot. Prices were good in comparison to your rival, the melting pot, but still a little high. Understandable for the ambience and the experience. Our server Ryan was friendly and recommended his favorites (which was nice since there are many options). Requested a booth on open table and none were available when we came in, but we were accommodated with the seats in the back, which we enjoyed. Food was good, definitely plentiful. only thing I would say that I wish could have been done was honoring the groupon deal. It was expired and I mainly chose urban fondue as a result of coming across it on groupon. Other than that, great!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Very accommodating reservation was for 5:15, we didn't plan well for parking and were 15 minutes late. They gave us a courtesy call to see if we were on our way. Food good service fine."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Especially enjoyed the ruby port cheese fondue. The desert was a delightful surprise too!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We took our twins there for their 11th birthday. We spoke to the waiter several times about their peanut allergy and be sure we didn't get anything with peanuts or peanut butter. So they brought out a special birthday dessert with peanut butter filled pretzels! We told the waiter they were filled with peanut butter and he said he didn't know what was inside. What else is typically in a nugget shaped pretzel?"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Fabulous food, every bite was special. The waiter was knowledgeable, helpful, and considerate. I suggest paying the extra for the steak, since you are already in for a fancy meal you might as well make it sublime. But there is not a bad entree in the bunch, and they all come with such a delightful assortment of sauces as to excite any palate."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This was one of the best environments for my wife and I to enjoy on a Monday night. Great Martini's and Wine to complement a very relaxing dinner that lasted 2 and half hours. Great company and the general manager was very engaging about the menu and the history of the restaurant. Thanks."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Urban Fondue was perfect for an early dinner date with my hubby. It was quiet, intimate and the atmosphere was perfect. The wait staff were great as well answering any questions we had. Can't wait to eat there again, the sauces they provided were flavorful and delicious with the meats and veggies we ordered."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The port wine cheese fondue was incredibly good. The Urban platter with seafood, beef, chicken, etc was mundane, even with all those sauces. I would go back for the cheese fondue and dessert."
    Dined on 6/6/2014