Besaw's

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

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

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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,

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

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

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MA
Portland
37 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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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

Food not hot, one dinner delivered very late

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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LA
Las Vegas
16 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.

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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!

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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. :(

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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!

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Portland
22 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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MA
Portland
37 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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e
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Besaws is awesome. Great food, very nice service, comfortable and inviting space. It is a Portland classic and does not disappoint. Highly recommended.

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K
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience as usual. We brought our own bottle of sparkling wine and enjoyed the evening to celebrate the move we just made to the neighborhood. Always a treat to dine at the new place!

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ME
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did the Portland dining month menu and while it’s fun to get 3 course meal and try new things, it doesn’t exactly feel $33 worth. Great environment and service as always!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Tasty food, but unfortunately understaffed and under prepared for the rush of PDM. Several orders forgotten/delayed. They did comp some of them, which was nice, but still disappointing.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a very special Birthday dinner at Besaw's. Food was great and service was stellar. Can't wait to come back

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

Comfort food dressed up, new twists on old favorites like beef brisket and burgers, and an excellent cocktail and wine list to accompany. Service is always friendly, attentive but not overbearing. Always packed for breakfast and brunch but dinner is delightful. Nice place to catch up with friends.

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious French silk pie and the butterscotch pudding was a big hit.

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ML
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The server & bartender accommodated a cocktail request. Thank you, but the entree was served cold and we waited to some length between courses. Unfortunately it was not a positive memorable dining experience.:(

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OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive staff, delicious food and the space is cozy and comforting.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We came for Portland dining month, it was OK, we weren't raving about the food or service. We had been once before for brunch and the food was good but a bit pricey for what we got. For dining month they had a 3 course dinner, my partner and I got one of everything. It was good, not amazing, nothing special... The service was slow, seemed understaffed and our waitress was waiting on like every table in the restaurant. Food was lukewarm or cold when it arrived at our table and we had a very long wait between courses (even though we ordered everything at the start). The drinks were not great either - the Buoy beer tasted like Rainier and the cider was something flavored, not tasty. All in all, very meh experience and we might be back but probably not.

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FG
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We had a lovely brunch at Besaw's. There were many choices and all seven of us were happy. Eggs Benedict were the best of one of our group had ever had! Rosemary potatoes were excellent! Portion size was very large.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, very accommodating, good ambience, and excellent food and drinks.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

I have brunch here all the time and Besaws excels at brunch but I would not recommend it for dinner, it's like a different restaurant, food was not great, tiny portions no sides included with expensive maun courses and the service was the worst I've ever had at this restaurant

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend had the special: pan seared duck breast. I had the pork shoulder slow cooked in milk with fennel. Both dishes were superb. Wait staff (Jenny) was above and beyond. Great space, great food, and a great night.

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B
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, thanks for keeping the meatloaf on the menu!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Really late seating and late service on Valentine’s day. We had reservations set for 8 pm. We were seated at 8:35 pm. They told us service would be provided in 5 minutes. Waitress took our 20 minutes later. Food arrived at 9:15 pm. We ended up rushing through dinner and was late for our movie by 20 min.

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LC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Valentine's dinner at Besaw's was a let down. This was the first time I visited their new location. Unfortunately it was a disappointment this evening. I don't know if people called in sick and they were understaffed both in the kitchen and wait staff or what was happening. It could have been poor planning or diners were taking longer than expected. We were about 5 minutes late and had to wait about 10 minutes for our table. The 2 person table we were seated at was too close to the other tables. There was barely enough room for my husband to slide between tables to sit on the bench seat. When the waiter faced a table to take their order his backside was directly in the face of the neighboring table. Everyone could hear neighboring conversations which was uncomfortable at times and yet there were other times where I couldn't even hear my husband speaking due to noise level. Drinks were very tiny and it took probably 15 minutes from the time we ordered those till they arrived. Food took a full hour. We didn't order an appetizer. My husband asked what was going on & why it was taking so long. Waiter said they were doing the best they could. Manager gave us a salad due to delay, which we did appreciate. When the food got there it was very good. That was the saving grace of the night. Not sure if we will go back or not. Valentine's fail...

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a
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Terrible, terrible service. We waited 15 minutes to put our first order in. Waited another 15 minutes for our drinks. Then had to wait another 15 minutes to order food! We also had an entree that just never came, despite being told by the server that it was on the way. It was a laughably terrible experience, and we will not be returning.

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