Besaw's

4.6
346 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) 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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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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What 346 People Are Saying
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Portland
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic and the food was perfect from drinks through dessert.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went here for a Friday night date. Once we walked in, the ambiance felt a bit off. The server was nice and the food was good but extremely unfulfilling. We left still hungry and having to buy snacks at the grocery store. I think this place has a lot of potential but it felt like there is just something missing.

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LC
Portland
61 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had company from out of town and chose Besaw’s as a specie treat. Truly enjoyed everything

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LB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff made sure everything was lovely. They bought us drinks while we waited for our table and that really set the tone for the entire evening. Our food was delicious the ambiance delightful.

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SO
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second year in a row that we went to Besaw's for Thanksgiving. The environment is always uplifting and positive. The food is never a disappointment and the drinks have the perfect balance of alcohol and other ingredients. I have a gluten allergy and they always accommodate my needs and the fear of getting sick is removed from thought. Thank you Besaw's for being open and taking care of all of your patrons on Thanksgiving. Cheers, Shawn and Dom

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good experience

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EL
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were four of us and we had wonderful dinners. It was a Saturday night, and there were very few people there which was puzzling. The cost is a little high for the amount of food you get, but it is still very tasty. I would recommend it as a romantic or quiet spot to have a special dinner.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere and staff. Our group ordered the rockfish (excellent) duck confit (pretty good, this was a gluten free and dairy free version of the dish) and I ordered the mushroom lasagna, which was disappointing. The greens were bitter and lasagna was grainy. For 23 dollars, I was disappointed

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s
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Extremely inattentive and slow service for not being busy. Seared tuna was okay. Burger was good. Brisket was decent, but almost half the serving was fat.

Overall, prices seemed high for the quality of food and we felt forgotten for most of the meal. Lackluster and missing that charm we’ve experienced in the past.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A few years ago I dined at the old location, and had been thinking about that meal since. inrecommend it to everyone I know going to Portland (I’m from Vancouver, Canada). On this return trip, we _had_ to make time for Besaw’s. Jenny made our night into a very memorable experience, with her care and her recommendations. The rockfish, and mushroom lasagna were simply decadent, and the root beer old fashioned made the perfect liquid dessert. Thank you!

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DB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I was quite upset when the staff at Bee Saw's did nothing for my birthday. My husband has never mentioned to a restaurant before that it was my birthday. The one time he makes a special effort to write it down in Open Table that we are going out to dinner because it is his wife's birthday, and there was no acknowledgement. Do you think he will waste his time again to mention my birthday? I don't think so.

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CP
Portland
65 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Lots of hype for this restaurant and sometimes it is so busy, but honestly it’s just not that good.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent (food, service, etc.0 except I do not understand why some (so many) restaurants are compelled to play loud music. It makes it difficult to hear others at your table and to have a conversation without yelling. At Besaw's, it was rap music! So not relaxing, just annoying. I asked them to turn the music down (don't think they did) and to be moved to another quieter place in the restaurant.

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Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just flew in from the Midwest... lovely evening to start our stay in Portland! The staff were great, food excellent and company superb!

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MM
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

i thought it was misleading the happy hour could only be had at the bar top, i thought the food was delicious but a bit over priced. my main course wasnt but we got a cheese app and meat app and they were $15 and very little food for the price. our waitress was wonderful.

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EG
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time at the “new” location for dinner. Food and service were great, and the music was fun—some funk streaming channel. Only negative was a sense of being mildly rushed through the appetizer and first course. Fairly expensive, so definitely look to it again for another celebration event.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
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
5 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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Hawaii
28 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
39 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
13 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
Portland
7 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
12 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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