Besaw's

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329 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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), classics dishes such as Meatloaf and Chicken & Waffles, and new twists including the coveted Zucchini Bread French Toast. Besaw's is bona fide comfort food and a 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(503) 228-2619
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dustin Clark
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Catering
We offer off-site catering! Please email : contact@besaws.com
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Cross street
NW Raleigh Street
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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. Please contact us for more information about reserving our private dining room!

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What 329 People Are Saying
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JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have recreated the old Besaw's with a modern touch. Everything was perfect from the time we walked in the door until exit. The hostess was accommodating in seating us at a table conducive for a business meeting, the waitress was extremely professional and everything from the bar and kitchen was prepared to perfection.

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EJ
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in Portland in my opinion. Such interesting elevated food with special twists that make it luscious and satisfying. The interior is beautiful and matches the food. Service is perfect.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting friends for a great night together

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EB
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was empty for 7:30 on a Saturday night. There was 80s music blaring over our table, but our server graciously turned it down when asked. The food was fine but not memorable.

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I miss the old Besaw's. Obviously their focus has turned more to dinner than their previous specialty of breakfast/lunch. I still haven't had an amazing breakfast at this old Portland favorite and miss some of the items on their old menu, which makes me sad. But this was the first time trying their dinner, which was much better experience than brunch. Some items were great, some were ok, but all were cooked well which can't be said for the brunch. Love Solo Club next door. And will come back again for dinner.

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b
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely space and not busy. As anyone knows from their brunch crowd, this place always draws a long line in the morning. Dinner and happy hour are an undiscovered gem!

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SG
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I wouldn’t order anything but a burger if I went here again. The scallops tasted old and the hush puppies were raw inside, looked like brown rocks.
And they were the most expensive thing on the menu. Not impressed!
The drinks from the bar were good!

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i
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent. As a non alcohol drinker I appreciated the mocktail options. I love it when my drink choices include more than soda or lemonade.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice they change up the menu a lot and have some real tasty options.

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C
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small, nicely selected menu. Eclectic wine list, had a wine we had never had before. Lots of fun.

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BD
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Besaw's it our "go to" special place, so we go there often. The servers are the best The food is good, although the cuts of meat (I had steak, my SO had lamb) was a bit tough/gristly,but the appetizers are fabulous.

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the pork shoulder, but the turnips were cold. The hangar steak was rather chewy, but the creamed greens with bread crumbs and carmelized onions that came with it made the dinner worthwhile. Loved them. I’m sorry to say that the Walla Walla onion rings are cut so smalll - like shoestrings - that they lose the great onion flavor. We will give it another go because we enjoyed the patio dining.

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AV
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't go wrong with brunch at Besaw. The booth for 6 is really amazing -- so easy to talk and comfortable!

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MN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Our meals took forever to arrive— and when they did the lamb was raw and the pork was cold and the items did not go well together— very disappointed

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AK
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lots of other restaurants in the area were very crowded but we were able to enjoy our dinner there with no wait. The seasonal pizza was amazing and the standard menu items were all delicious, as always!

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p
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed with Besaw's. The cheese platter was more of a fruit and cheese platter. I requested a substitution of potatoes instead of the turnips and still received the turnips. My friend had the virgin margarita and it was like orange juice. Finally, it was rather warm in the restaurant. Either the air conditioning was broken or they didn't bother turning it on.

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ML
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

As always great food and great service attitude. Been many times at new and old. Food service was extremely sloooowwwww. Worst I've ever experienced at your restaurant. Will definitely come back again but this was not your best day.

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KL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

It was really the worst service I have had in over twenty years in a restaurant. I even emailed Besaws privately and let them know. I let them know I sent it to them directly because as a business owner I know that I would not want it on Yelp or Google and I was respecting. But no one ever bothered to respond to the email. So oh well. Hopefully they get it together over there.

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M
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, food was excellent...and don’t pass us the rolls with honey butter!

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TF
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit, and we were thoroughly impressed with the level of service we received! The food was absolutely amazing and the overall experience was superb! We will definitely be going back in the near future!

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SS
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every month we get together with a friend for dinner. Good food, good conversation, etc. We've been doing this for over five years & I have to say that of all the great restaurants we've visited, Besaw's definitely ranks in the top five. The service was perfect, and the food was perfectly delicious. These are great people and they make the dining experience great as well. If I could give more than five stars, I would.

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P
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Besaws is a great reinvented neighborhood institution and it continues to be a good option with nicely seasoned, well-prepared food. Our concern was in the limited presence of vegetables on the menu, both as vegetarian options, but perhaps more so in the presence of vegetables as part of the main dishes. With four of us, including one vegetarian, we shared two main dishes and used sides to have more vegetables in our selection. The service and atmosphere were great.

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DM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the quiet of the restaurant, but we had early dinner and it wasn't busy. Would probably be noisier under other circumstances.

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S
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken fabulous as usual...crab cake delicious...mac & cheese Spivey but creamy & tasty!

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BA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We had excellent service from friendly and appropriately attentive staff. Food was disappointing. One dish over salted (pasta), one meh (burger) and nothing but the side of greens was hot. Server gets bonus points for quickly addressing the only item we complained about which was cold onion rings. I think the timing on our order just got messed up somehow. We’ve had better meals here in the past, so won’t let this experience deter us from a return in the future.

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d
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I do not like carrot juice, but the master cleanse is one of the best cocktails I have ever had! I have been to Besaw’s for lunch and dinner. Never been disappointed.

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GF
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brought my wife for a Mother's Day dinner. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Not a large menu, but what they have is delicious.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was FANtastic. Best restaurant dinner meal I have had. Period. Wait service was wonderful- our waitress was lovely. Thank you for making my Birthday dinner amazing!

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OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food

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Portland
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday with friends at Breakfast. Knowledgeable and friendly server. Great variety on the menu, plus they accommodated special requests. Highly recommend !!!

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BD
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite Portland restaurant, for many reasons. We've been Besaw's enthusiasts from the first time we ate there... even before they moved to the new, awesome, location! The service is wonderful and appropriately attentive, and the food ... OMG!!! Beyond delicious! Always creative too! One of our little "gifts back" is to bring our own wine (a very good wine ...), have a glass each, then make sure there's plenty left so we can thank them in a tangible, yummy way!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josh was incredible. Super helpful and didn’t make us feel terrible for our health needs.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're on vacation from Alabama, celebrating our wedding anniversary and wanted something affordable and homely. This place hit the spot. We got the fried chicken and meatloaf and both were outstanding. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food.

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LB
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, drinks, and great service!

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FT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The food arrived a bit too fast but that only allowed us more time to enjoy the rest of the menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thank you for a lovely night out with our kids

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BR
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have had the brunch at Besaw's, which is excellent, and wanted to try out there dinner menu. Went during the 3 courses for $33 and had an excellent meal. Service was prompt and friendly. Will go back another time.

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Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was my first trip to the new location. It’s not the restaurant I remember. The food was expensive and mediocre. Not worth the money. I won’t be back. There are so many good restaurants in Portland these days. Besaw’s needs to take it up a notch.

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S
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This food hits you over the head. Not at all subtle. Was not impressed by the wine server as he did not know what grapes were included in the deep dark rose wine that was served as part of the wine pairing with the menu. Not my cup of tea. Would go back for a burger and onion rings, which looked good if asked to by a friend. Nothing to really complain about otherwise.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food, ambiance, and the comfort of the booth was all amazing. Only gripe was that the food seemed just a tad over seasoned on all dishes, otherwise it was great!

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