Altabira City Tavern

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367 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
All Patio and Bar seating is available on a first come first served basis only. Reservation are available in the Dining Room.
Situated on the top floor of the Hotel Eastlund, Altabira City Tavern is an American beer-centric restaurant and bar by Portland chef/restaurateur, David Machado. The restaurant is perched high above Portland’s fast-growing Lloyd District on the city’s East Side. With sweeping views of downtown, Altabira City Tavern offers smart pairings of food and drink in a modern yet casual setting. Altabira features 16 tap handles of local craft beers, plus select European and Northwest wines and locally distilled spirits. Altabira’s dining room seats 50, the spacious rectangular bar seats 34. A gorgeous patio — with windbreaks, heaters and fire pits — accommodates 100. Five stunning private dining and meeting rooms — including the 3,400 square foot Cosmopolitan Grand Ballroom— feature floor to ceiling windows and breathtaking views.
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Portland
93 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This was our first time here. The restaurant is on the top floor of a nicer modern hotel by the convention center. Parking can be tough as there is primarily just street-side or valet. The dining area surrounds the bar and all seats have a decent view. The staff is friendly, helpful and timely. Our meals started out with very nice appetizers that were tasty, but, the main courses lacked flavor and just seemed blah. Prices were about average although probably not worth the it for a blah main dish. I could recommend this place for drinks and small plates... probably not for fine dining.

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AH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I wouldn't come back here on the night of a Blazers game again. It seemed like the restaurant completely forgot to plan for this and had maybe 3 people serving tables. Which would have been understandable and I would have looked past it if the server themself bothered to explain or apologize... we got forgotten about completely once food came out (this was after it had taken 15-20 minutes to even get a drink order in), had to rush and blurt out our orders before they ran off again when they did come, and we had to bother someone who wasn't even our server for the check.

I'm willing to give Altabira another shot if they improve their staffing and training.

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KB
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot to celebrate my 24 year old son’s birthday. Coincided with a Blazers playoff game which was ideal. All ages had a blast. We’ve been back many times and will continue to do so.

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EA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were all wonderful. Both of us ordered the halibut special, which was delicious & we shared the peanut butter bomb desert - we would both happily return just for desert again! All in all it was a great experience.

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X
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Very cool atmosphere but very noisy at lunch. I could barely hear my dining partners. Food is ok. They try to make it fancy, but it’s really just okay. Service was okay but not friendly and our group received their food at random.

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RH
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

A pleasant experience. The food was adequate. The patio view was ok. Service was great. Good place to meet up with others in the Lloyd District.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our company is from the SF Bay Area and we were in Portland for a tradeshow and we had a team dinner here afterwards and it was spectacular! Food was bomb, service was impeccable, and the view and ambiance were amazing! I’d fly back to Portland just to come to this restaurant again! Amazing!

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T
New Mexico
46 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend for dinner Thursday evening. Very busy but we got excellent service. Had a well prepared halibut and green salad. Waiter suggested a good wine choice.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, beautiful view, wonderful ambiance. Convenient to convention center. I would recommend and I would return.

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great drinks. Fun setting. Good food. Check out the bathrooms!

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LO
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I like this restaurant because of the amazing views, as well as the fact that they have valet so you don't have to drive around searching for parking!

The service is so-so. This was my second time at this restaurant, and both times our server barely gave us an opportunity to peruse the menu before asking for our orders. As soon as we sat down she was asking what we wanted to drink, and she did the same with our food. We all felt really rushed!

One of my friends and I ordered the Taggliatelle and there was something grainy in the sauce that we kept biting into. My friend returned hers in exchange for a chicken entree. I just powered through mine! My other friend had a salad.

For dessert I had the Pineapple Upside Down Cake which was delicious. One of my friends had the Creme Brulee Trio and really enjoyed the Lemon Ginger one.

The first time I went here, it was nice and quiet and we were able to have a conversation. However, this time around it was quite loud which probably had to do with the fact that we had an early dinner so it was close to happy hour.

I think the terrace is worth checking out in the Summer.

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G
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We made a lunch reservation on Open Table.
When my friend arrived (she got there first), there was absolutely no one at the reception desk. So she sat on the bench by the elevator. When I arrived, we waited another 5-10 minutes, despite a server telling us that "the young lady" would arrive momentarily. When she finally did arrive, she told us that we were so late that she'd already given our table away. Not that big a deal (other tables available), but I resent being labeled as late when there was no one greeting diners for at least 15 minutes.
The chowder was great. The view is nice. Very convenient to the Convention Center events.

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GR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Came for a business lunch right at 11:30 when it opened. We were here until about 1...mainly because service took 30 minutes at a time to come visit with us to see how things were, to get orders, to bring the check.

It was fairly disappointing for the service, but it's likely just the lunch crowd. Great place to go when you have time, but not if you're in a rush.

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in a lively atmosphere with nice views of the city. Great place to eat before a short walk to Moda Center.

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MF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, impressive atmosphere for a business lunch.

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SG
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Other than disappointment over the 1/3 full establishment seating our reservation in a low view, noisy area it was solved by a move to the bar. Once we had the bartenders attention we were showered with suggestions and service. Food wasn't excellent but really good.

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DH
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE this place. The whole this is kind of magic - with its views, nice staff, hip ambience and DELICIOUS food. The Caesar Salad with fried capers is something I could eat every day. Outstanding entries and desserts too. I am hooked.

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great. Its a wonderful lunch spot.

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GP
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying in the hotel, and after returning from an event near by had a late (9PM) dinner. The view is awesome, the food was spectacular and the service was great. Third time there and it will not be our last.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We waited quite a while once seated to even be acknowledged. Then waited forever for order. It was busy due to a concert that night so we were on a time restraint too. It was wonderful food and worth the wait but we were only able to order one drink during dinner because our waitress never came back. Mixed review. Yummy food bad service....

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C
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Altabira. food is good and the view is special. Service exceptional.

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NE
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good beer menu and food is delicious. We arrived before the crowd going to the Blazers game cleared out. Once they were gone we were able to converse easily.

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RW
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

It was our first time visiting this place. We ordered a salad that came with a hair in it. The other dishes we ordered (Pork chop and brussel sprouts with bacon taste so-so. The restaurant did take the charge of the Salad out of our bill, but overall we don't feel like going back ..

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Good service, beautiful view, great date spot.

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RF
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was a little loud to sit and chat but that isn't what that place is all about.

We brought our own bottle and it was older. The cork broke off however the bar tender decanted the bottle and served it to us. Very nice.

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AJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Too loud, not enough menu choices, chef unwilling to alter anything, not very accommodating, not enough food for the price. We won’t be back

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PC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Our server was very knowledgeable and polite. We had a hair in our dessert and did not enjoy our appetizer or entrees. Disappointed with the selection of food and the taste was not to our liking. Very disappointed and will not return or recommend.

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CJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

As indicated on my reservation, it was my birthday. This was never acknowledged, nor were we given a window table as requested (we were seated on a walkway near the bar). Also, there were (non-diners) at the bar, standing directly behind us, that were incredibly loud (as was the entire restaurant). And service was slow. Food was decent to good.

PS: $8 for pints of beer? Ridiculous!

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VA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was fast and friendly, and the ambience upbeat, clean, and contemporary. A bit loud near the bar - not a particularly intimate feel to the place - but it did quiet down after happy hour(s). It's a funny neighborhood for restaurants - mostly fast-food places - and I wasn't sure what to expect given that the restaurant is located upstairs in a hotel that looks, from the outside, a bit dated, but was pleasantly surprised. The food was very good, plenty of variety and not just run-of-the-mill options. A great place to take a group for dinner near the convention center. In warmer weather the terrace would be nice. Great views from inside too!

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LW
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service even with the packed room. We had a window table - great - but were seated by a huge group, so it was hard to hear anything. Altogether I’d return.

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RM
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

A little louder than expected for a romantic dinner, and the portions just slightly smaller than anticipated for tavern style. But excellent flavor and menu, along with a great view.

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AS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Portland Dining Month and also to celebrate my daughter's birthday. All the staff were so friendly and took great care of us--to include surprising my daughter with a birthday candle on her dessert. And did I say that the food was fabulous!! This place is one of my favorites for lunch, Happy Hour, and now dinner!

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FC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good environment, good food and drinks, but I don't agree with the mandatory tip on each person of $10

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DD
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good with a fairly limited menu. The Caesar salad was unusual but outstanding! It was quite noisy when we were there, but the ambience improved when the city lights came on. The view was very pretty. We will definitely try it again.

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A
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Do you know you can order things off the bar menu in the restaurant too?

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OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went in before seeing Michelle Obama speak at the Moda Center and so did most of the rest of the crowd. Our waiter was FANTASTIC and handled the volume like a champ. Our steaks were perfectly cooked and delicious and my pineapple upside down cake was the perfect ending to my delightful meal.

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The atmosphere at Altabira is amazing, the view is gorgeous and the facility has a nice vibe. The menu is extremely small, which wouldn't be bad if the food was excellent, but I felt like it was only sub par. The server was very nice, but it took forever for us to order, and once we finally got our food it was a significant amount of time before we saw him again to order dessert and get the check. He only came back once to see if we needed anything and the whole lunch took a lot longer than I had expected due to the slow service. Overall not a terrible experience, there are just better options out there.

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ZN
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I went to Altabira Tavern for Portland Dining month and did not have a good experience. I hate when restaurants sign up for Portland Dining Month and then do a crappy job. Its an opportunity to exhibit your food and space and if you do a good job I might come back or recommend you. Instead the food tasted like it was out of a can, our server was a not very helpful and was a little rude. I am glad I only spent $33 because I would not come back to spend the $20-$30 on a full entrée

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OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time and were thrilled to discover this treasure of a dining experience with a view!

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GA
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently a great experience with great food and a wonderful vibe. It's always a sure thing for me.

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