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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.
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!
Food not hot, one dinner delivered very late
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!)
Attentive service and superb food. I just wish it was closer.
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.
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.
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!
You must sit at the bar to order off the happy hour menu. :(
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!
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!
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.
We did not really enjoy the food and the table was so uncomfortable because it was facing the kitchen.
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.
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!
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.
Besaws is awesome. Great food, very nice service, comfortable and inviting space. It is a Portland classic and does not disappoint. Highly recommended.
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!
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!
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.
Great service and food.
We enjoyed a very special Birthday dinner at Besaw's. Food was great and service was stellar. Can't wait to come back
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.
Delicious French silk pie and the butterscotch pudding was a big hit.
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.:(
Attentive staff, delicious food and the space is cozy and comforting.
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.
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.
Great service, very accommodating, good ambience, and excellent food and drinks.
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
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.
Great service, thanks for keeping the meatloaf on the menu!
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.
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...
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.
Really nice booth, intimate place in a lively atmosphere. Good acoustics so we were able to have conversations. Waiter was excellent, knowledgeable. Something on the menu for everyone, great craft cocktails and wine choices. Also enjoyed the solo club next door before dinner.
Went for Valentine’s Day dinner and wondering if Besaw’s is under new (or no) management these days? Biggest offense was when we ordered 2 glasses of wine. After waiting 15 minutes, the couple that sat down after us and ordered two mixed drinks, after us, were served. Waiter completely ignored us as he delivered drinks and then proceeded to take their order. After I made a comment about the drinks snafu, it still took several more minutes to get the drinks. Remember, Two. Glasses. Of. Wine. Sheesh, that’s really my only criteria, food can suck (more on that later) and service after a drink can be slooooow, but if I have that first drink you can treat me like crap.
So on to food, actually not a whole lot to say. I ordered duck confit. Came out super salty and on the dry side. Was it duck jerky? Also red potatoes as a side but it seemed like there should have been some kind of sauce? Nope, just some cooked potatoes.
The one bright side, at least someone recognized the screw up because they cut our bill in half. So there is that. But I would have thought a manager might have stopped by to check on us??
So anyway, best of luck to future eaters!
Drinks were great. Main course (brisket) was so fatty and rich it was almost inedible. Super disappointed overall. Good for breakfast, maybe not dinner.
Server and kitchen messed up 3 of 6 orders and said it was because there were too many modifications. Server also forgot several things including coming to take our order and beverages we ordered. Service is never really stellar the last three visits.
Great experience as usual.
Food and drinks were excellent.
We had the pork shoulder which was tender and wonderful and then the shrimp and steak—also excellent.