Altabira City Tavern

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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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OT
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Good service interesting menu. A bit pricey

MR
Portland
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently a great spot to dine. I always know I can bring guests to Altabira and we will have an excellent experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Came here with 12 friends for my birthday. The service was good - they were ready right when we came in and sat us at a table with a nice view. It did somewhat feel like we were crammed into a corner of the restaurant, though. The food was sub-par. Not nearly as good as I’d expected...the flavors just weren’t there. Bland & unrefined. For this reason I won’t be coming back, there are many places with much better food in Portland. Expected more for the price. Drinks were delish.

L
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Starters and entrees were impressive. We had a group of 5 with a cross section of both. Service was excellent and we are planning to come back.

AN
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single dish from appetizer thru dessert was delicious... over the top delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Less than impressed. We had reservations as we were celebrating a birthday with friends from out of town. I had made a point to call in advance day of to arrange to have a bottle of champagne waiting at the table when we arrived. Since the restaurant didn’t open until 4pm, I left a message as the greeting instructed to do. When we arrived, our table was not ready which also meant, no champagne at the table. I had discreetly excused myself to notify the host to please have a bottle delivered. He told me price, which I hadn’t asked, I confirmed and 10 mins later our waiter arrives empty handed and asked the table if we had asked for brut. I gave him a look to carry-on and bring to table. So much for that surprise. The whole experience was unprofessional and awkward. The night did not improve. Grossly understaffed and extremely long wait time. We easily could have spent more on cocktails, but our server was spread so thin.

RT
London
16 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I booked in advance and requested a window table for quiet and more privacy yet was told on arrival that no window tables were available. What’s the point if advance booking and return visits if you can’t be accommodated?

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great for our mother/daughter dinner before a concert. We had a wonderful experience and server!

c
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We went to Altibira for a birthday. The wait staff was slow, unfriendly and they don’t even do anything for Birthdays! Would not recommend this place if you are wanting good service or to celebrate any special occasion. Will not be returning.

DR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately the lobster risotto was without a hint of lobster and the short ribs, while delicious were served Luke warm. The view is great!

NC
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I would recommend the rooftop bar. The night we ate in the dining room. it was busy. Our waitress was not very attentive. Service was slow.

RP
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Altabira provided delicious food & excellent service at our celebratory group lunch (12 at our table). I will be back!

NO
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good news: The good views of Downtown Portland, the Convention Center, and the West Hills are mostly NOT diminished by the tall, newly-constructed convention center hotel.

The food and libations menus are as inviting as ever.

a
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was such a great lunch break after a nice hike in the morning. My friends loves the food and sitting outside was so nice and the music was great.

KP
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful evening. We were a group of 11. The service was prompt and attentive, the wine suggestions were spot-on and the food, was as always, delicious. From the risotto, to the steaks and shepherd's Pie, we all enjoyed our food.

SK
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tried to sit outside but the lighting was awful. Felt like you were sitting in a hockey rink.

LK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

After visiting Altabira a few times on the rooftop, my birthday experience on a Saturday night was more than shocking. They didn't have enough servers on staff and we received less than adequate service and long waiting on everything from drinks to giving our food order. Must have been an off night.

K
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere -

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place to eat before an event at the Moda Center!

JF
London
76 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fortunately some good things never change… Good vibes and atmosphere with stellar view of the city at night… Fantastic preparation of chicken dinner I always get … My favorite server Heather waited on us and she is very poised and professional with a great personality.

SF
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Menu descriptions are distant from the reality of the over priced food. Odd and overpowering sauces used to hide mediocre quality meats. Super noisey with slow, disengaged service.

SK
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the salad niçoise. It was delicious, but it was very small! I think for the price a little more tuna, potatoes & green beans should have been included with the entree. Next time I would get that, but include a starter with my meal! The other three members of our party had a salad and two sandwiches. I was the only one who finished my meal! I’ll definitely return!

S
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Busy Saturday night, had requested a table by the window and the fact it was an 18th birthday celebration but was not noted, did get a city view but not by the window. A lot of the menu items were sold out, which was strange as we had a 6pm reservation. Not a lot of choice for vegetarians. Server was super, no complaints there although one of our party's food was given to a different table so they had to wait for their entree.

Had a better experience for lunch mid-week.

SR
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a weekend business trip to Portland and we ate at Altabira the first night. We enjoyed it so much that we came back the next two nights! Great food at reasonable prices like you would find at a local restaurant. No ridiculous hotel markup here. The noise level is high, but there is quiet (unreservable) seating outdoors. We were staying at the Hotel Eastland, which was also perfect for our needs. It's an easy walk to the Convention Center and Moda Center.

j
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A great place to have a lunch with views of the city

BB
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

Although food and service were both terrific, be sure to check your bill carefully. We noticed once we arrived home that we had been charged for three desserts (we shared just one). I emailed management, along with a photo of the receipt, yet got no response. An extra $18 in their pocket.....

NN
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

When i arrived for my reservation we asked to sit outside. I had no idea who my waiter was and finally went into the restaurant and took menus off a random table. My date and I had noticed a table next to the window with a good view, except it needed to be cleaned. I walked into the restaurant and asked a random waiter to clean the table for us so that we can switch. He said that’s okay. I went back to sit down with my date and then noticed a couple walked in, they went towards the dirty table and asked a waiter walking by to clear the table for them and she said oh yes right away and they sat down. Pretty frustrating seeing as I made a reservation, I had asked a waiter well before they arrived, and there was no apology for the mix up. I probably could have cleaned the table myself but I felt weird about it. The service was terrible I probably won’t make a reservation ever again. Unless you want to basically do their job for them, this isn’t the right place for you and a date.

SC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Altabira was recommended by a trusted friend and was completely worthy of her praises. Great wait staff, delicious food, convenient location and a wonderful ambiance.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing view, great food & cocktails & close to the Moda Center.

DO
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and customer service was excellent. I"ll come again.

SS
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made this reservation a couple months ago knowing we needed something close to Moda. We were on time (early) and someone was yelling at everyone arriving that there was an hour wait time up at altabira. We just went up anyway because we had a reservation. Sat down and ordered wine and an appetizer before looking over the rest of the menu. We decided to leave when our order hadn’t arrived for more than 30 minutes. It was crowded loud and slow. It wasn’t our servers fault. Everyone needs to work out kinks or not seat so many people if the staff can’t handle it.

1
Portland
192 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Friends get together. Wonderful city view from ythe roof top patio. Food is always consistant.

NU
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT atmosphere, GREAT service, and GREAT food!! Love this place! Don't miss out!

EB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice view although the building is not all that tall. Nice to be outside but the inside has big windows and is spacious as well. The drinks are great, ha! They don't skimp on them. And the food was delicious. It's not cheap but the quality matches the pricing so I didn't feel like I was taken advantage of. Great place!

R
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful evening sitting outside in the early evening with a delicious dinner, thank you~

SO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went on a Friday night.

Problem was not enough servers or runners on.

The menu sounded great. But the Food was nowhere near a 5 star - 2 meals came out cold. Server was happy to replace but everyone else was finished by the time the replacements came.

Desserts looked better than they tasted. Even the sodas were almost flat. First time there - with all of the fantastic places in Portland to eat probably won’t be back.

Disappointing but we Enjoyed the view though.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We’ve been here a few times. This time the food was cold and didn’t taste the same as before. We got the prime ribs. Also the staff is not very friendly. Staff was rude about my toddler walking around next to our table.

GS
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fine restaurant except too noisy for business discussions

TK
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food, but you're also paying for the exceptional view -- so pricey compared to less glam locations. Service can be very slow, especially for larger groups. We were seated 15 minutes after our reservation time and waited another 45 minutes from the time we ordered until food arrived, which is a deal-breaker for working stiffs who need to get back to the office. Two in our group had to ask for their lunch to immediately be put in a take-out box so they could get back to the office for meetings. To be fair, this was the worst experience we've had, but don't plan on getting in and out in an hour!

m
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Never intend to bring a group back, as service was so slow.

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