Besaw's

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A Portland institution since 1903, Besaw’s has reopened its doors two blocks from its original locale, reintroducing its blend of contemporary Pacific Northwest cuisine and impeccable service standards. The new location offers gorgeous custom wallpaper (an homage to their old garden) and timeless design (you'll also quietly appreciate the sound-absorbing panels hidden behind the pressed tin ceiling tiles.) Serving classic dishes from meatloaf to perfectly cooked roasts, and using the best products from local farmers - Executive Chef Dustin Clark (formally of Wildwood) and his team consistently delight and impress the palate. Besaw's IS bona fide comfort food and a proud staple of the dining scene in Portland.

With our sister bar, The Solo Club, next door and shared delightful patio space, we accept reservations for parties of 1 to 400!
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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was INCREDIBLE! Food was amazing too.

PF
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service.

PC
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Personally I was let down by the menu due to lack of options and not very appealing. We actually decided not to have dinner & had only a drink which seemed watered down but then I guess that depends on how people like their drinks & an appetizer of melon wrapped with prosciutto which was not good, very salty & prosciutto was like jerky. The little treat the waitress gave us at the end, which was made with graham cracker & mascarpone cheese was actually very good. I use to go to the old Besaw's that was on 21st years ago quite often while working for Consolidated Freightways. Then the menu was wonderful so we were excited to go but it was a let down.

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

The dinner at Besaw’s is a hidden treasure. Great service, great food. Recommend Besaw’s to anyone who appreciates high quality fare at a reasonable price. We have utilized them for several events as well as just dining out. And better yet they are a privately owned local business. Farm fresh, local, delicious, comfortable, classic.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I really wanted to love the new Besaw’s, as we loved this restaurant when it was in its original location. The ambiance was very nice; however our server (who was new) was fairly abrasive. She didn’t know anything about wine, and suggested that all white wine tastes the same to her, which was dismaying since we were prepared to order an expensive bottle. Fortunately the manager intervened and was able to help us find a great bottle. Also, the menu didn’t match the restaurant’s web site, which led to some disappointments (no more fried chicken, no beet salad). The food we did have was good, and I would go back just for their Parker House rolls. I’d like to see Besaw’s stick around, but there’s definitely room for improvement on a service level.

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

Food and ambience were lovely, but our server Aaron made experience truly memorable. THANK YOU!

MF
Memphis
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wait staff were very competent and friendly.


We were very pleased with the experience and will suggest the restaurant to friends who visit the area.

GE
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was disappointing. The dish with the raviollis was terribly undercooked and hard like cardboard. It was also way too salty with too many capers. The salad of different types of lettuce was over dressed and just shoved onto the plate. The soup was great though. The drinks were fine. The service was good.

I have been coming to Besaw's for 30 years and this was the worst meal I have ever had.

Thank you,
Gerry O'Scannlain

L
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a nice evening. Three ladies shared a beet salad and a mixed green. Then we shared two entrees, both delicious, the hangar steak and the salmon. The waiter recommended the Ken Wright Cellars Pinot noir, which was excellent. The crowd was light, but overall great.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our burgers, shared a very tasty beet salad with goat cheese and pecans and mint. Excellent.
Good beer with our meal. A very fun date with my hub!

JN
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great dinner at Besaws. The atmosphere is awesome, the staff were incredibly friendly and the food was delicious. I took a work colleague visiting from another state here and he really enjoyed his experience as well.

e
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Besaw's is always good. I had a relaxed dinner with an old friend and the staff was engaging and personable. Food was excellent, as well. Besaw's is reliable and wonderful.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Keep finding fancy names and descriptors for dishes but the end result isn't what it used to be (2017).

OT
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We had requested an outside table but there was a private party so we ate inside food was really good the ambiance not so much inside -great service

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waitress was attentive and other servers as well. Not loud at all so my friends and I could have a conversation and hear each other. Food was amazing!

c
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dining area was spacious and noise level low enough to comfortably visit with others at the table. Wait staff was excellent and attentive without being bothersome. Food was good to excellent. Alaskan Prawn ravioli starter was quite expensive and flavor bland. The pork schnitzel was a bit dry and very bland. Really needed to be seasoned. The bit of herbed tomato sauce beneath it helped flavor it. Nice wine selections.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the hanger steak with curried kale and smoked potatoes - best meal I've had in years. This is coming from someone that's eaten in Tel Aviv, London, Milan and all across the west coast as well as throughout Portland in that time span. Wonderful!

M
Portland
48 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. Nice weather = pleasant outdoor dining.

O
San Diego
62 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here, but will not be the last. This is a new version of a very old Portland restaurant; it's in a rather contemporary building, but the ambiance in the restaurant was mixed and very pleasant. Tin tiles on the very high ceiling, dark wood with bar, booths and tables modest in size making it a relaxed, comfortable space. Attentive service but not overbearing. Innovative cocktail menu. Menu was not extensive, but was unique; I had the pan seared halibut and my wife, the bacon-wrapped bay shrimp and chicken roulade--both excellent. Prices were appropriate, in our view and given the overall experience, certainly a good value for a fine dining experience. It was a delightful evening and we will return.

CL
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meatloaf was amazing!! The service was great as well

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with friends. Excellent food, beverages and service. Have come here many, many times for breakfast but this was the first for dinner. Will definitely do it again,

t
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance. We'll be back!

MA
Portland
40 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and cocktails! Not very many vegetarian options, but at least they were creative and delicious!

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always top notch. The service is friendly, prompt, and helpful. Great spot to celebrate something!

EE
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My son treated his mom to a Saturday Mother’s Day dinner at Besaws. They honored our special request for a quiet corner. We were seated quickly. Our 3 entrees were creative and delicious. We look forward to another visit.

BK
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for dinner and we weren’t disappointed. From the popcorn shrimp salad to start to the steak and pork shoulder; it was all delicious. And service was helpful and attentive.
The atmosphere in their new location is also pretty amazing. They captured the old while embracing the new. It was a beautiful night so there was Inside and outside seating, but we loved our spacious and private booth. Will return!

MV
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been to Besaw's three times for breakfast, and it's always been a very good experience. This was our first dinner with them, and they didn't disappoint. (Plus, we chose Besaw's for dinner, because they were one of about two dozen restaurants in the area that were supporting the annual Dining Out for Life PDX charity drive. Thanks, Besaw's!)

F
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food not hot, one dinner delivered very late

WM
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service and superb food. I just wish it was closer.

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice waitstaff, but the entree took 4Evah to arrive! No kddin...we were thumb twiddling for half an hour after we finished the appetizers. Food was pretty good. Not outstanding. Ambiance was fair. Hard surfaces + lots of people=harsh noise levels. Overall oksy but Im
Not real excited about returning.

LA
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at Besaw’s. Drinks were good, meal was great—meatloaf was the best and fish entrees were fresh and interesting. Everything was very good. Atmosphere was like a neighborhood place.

p
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the ambiance, location and food. The servers were nice but the food took way too long to arrive! Not sure why. We didn't say anything - but were about to - when two glasses of wine were delivered to our table as an apology for the slow service. So, perhaps the kitchen was having a slow night. In any case, this was an exception. We'll be back!

GB
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You must sit at the bar to order off the happy hour menu. :(

g
Portland
65 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had somehow never been to this gem of a restaurant, but decided to give it a try. It has a nice neighborhood feel to it. Service was great. Two of our party had the Portland Dining Month prix fixe 3-course meal, with roasted brussel sprouts, coq au vin and dessert. I had the charcuterie plate. Everything was well prepared and very tasty. We will be back!

OT
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While our food was delicious and drinks were solid, the best part of the evening was our service, which was incredibly gracious and accommodating. Props to these dedicated staff for dealing with my high-maintenance group with such patience and charm. Thank you!

PM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful experience. Service was outstanding, very friendly and efficient. Knowledgable staff when asking questions. Food was excellent, especially since this was during Restaurant Month. Servings were very reasonable for the price. We would definitely consider going back as regular customers.

TH
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We did not really enjoy the food and the table was so uncomfortable because it was facing the kitchen.

R
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall it was a good experience. I had a reservation which I definitely recommend before going there. We had a table close to the entrance and it was a bit cold. The noise level was moderate to high as well. And they didn’t have mojito’s.

The food was very good. The service was very good and quick.

Overall, it was a good experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Fabulous food. Service was super slow and a little sloppy but everyone was friendly. Food was outrageously good. My husband and I each had different chicken dishes and they were VASTLY different, from flavor to texture. Food was rich, not too heavy, complex, even the martini I had was made exceptionally well!

MA
Portland
40 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had bad timing in that we had a large group and placed our orders just as the kitchen was getting slammed. Though we had allowed ourselves two hours before a show down the street, things got tight and we barely made it in time. Our wait staff was wonderful in trying to make it all work out. The food was fabulous and we will definitely be back. We will just pay more attention next time and get our orders in earlier if we are with a large group.

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