About Besaw's

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!

1545 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Northwest, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
NW Raleigh Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 228-2619

Website:
http://www.besaws.com/

Catering:
We offer off-site catering! Please email : contact@besaws.com

Executive Chef:
Dustin Clark

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

Private Dining

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!

Besaw's Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
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Neighborhood Gem (10)
Casual (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Fun (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Healthy (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My girlfriends and I came for a pre-holiday breakfast. Some of the ladies are vegan and vegetarian, so Besaw’s was the perfect venue. There were lots of delicious and hearty dishes to choose from. Service was excellent. Our waitress was prompt and attentive. Besaw’s never disappoints!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We visited Besaw's for their Thanksgiving specials and thought it was wonderful! Our reservation said we had outdoor seating, but the person at the front said they would never do that us and found us indoor seating! We had a friendly server and delicious food! Our turkey dinner was exactly what we were looking for!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner at Besaw's. The service staff was very friendly and accommodating. The wine and beer choices suited both of us. I loved the presentation of their turkey dinner...literally heaped in the middle of the plate. I know that doesn't sound appetizing, but it works so well! Each bite was the perfect blend of potatoes, gravy, stuffing, wonderful cranberry sauce, and, of course, turkey. Yum! The food on both of our plates was warm, but not hot. It was not worth bothering the staff, but made me wonder if the plates were pre-served and waiting. Not a pleasant thought and I hope I am wrong...but the food should have been much hotter. I have two additional thoughts. Regarding the value of the meal, charging $4 for two Parkerhouse rolls seems chintzy. Rolls are standard fare for a Thanksgiving plate, and to have an a la carte charge for them just didn't sit well. Also, we ooh'ed and ah'ed at the desserts that passed us. We saw exactly what was being served. We both chose the beautiful cranberry-decorated cheesecake and asked that it be boxed to enjoy later in the evening at home...and instead enjoyed a after-dinner drink to finish our meal. Imagine our disappointment at home when we opened our boxes. Each had the tiniest sliver of cheesecake. It looked like one serving had been sliced in half and one of each half placed in a box. It was obvious and disappointing...because what could we say once we were home. Dampened my enthusiasm as I questioned their integrity...for what would have been an almost perfect experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had the most delicious and delightful Thanksgiving ever while dining at Besaws. We loved it so much that we want to go back for Christmas Eve dinner (and breakfast in between of course!).

Tags: Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Healthy, Fun, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for thanksgiving and it was the best meal. The prime rib was perfect and the service was as well. Will go again soon.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Authentic
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great food. Nothing bad to say. Would only critique the portion sizes. I got the fried chicken dinner which was awesome, and a lot of food. My boyfriend got the Chili rilleno dinner and it was quite small in comparison to my order. Everything else was perfect.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food was great. Very tasty and a great variety. Staff welcoming and service driven

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The food was tasty but a little too salty and the steak didn't taste like the best quality, it was hard an chewy (cooked medium), I was hoping for something a little more tender for $26

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Long Cod was phenomenal!

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a great time mostly because of our awesome waiter. The noise level was too loud. We were a group of 5 women friends who get together once a month for lunch. Not sure if we will come back here because we were not able to visit, just too loud. Our waiter was the most awesome!!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had a great experience across the board, service was great and food was awesome.
Robert

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Always good food, great drinks and attentive service. Been going for years, the new location is beautiful!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

AMAZING! service was great, the staff was friendly. The return of the meatloaf is a must try! Their seasonal entrees sounded and tasted fantastic. This restaurant has now made my favorite list. check them out! I put moderate noise buuut we had a party of 13, so we might have been the reason for the increase in volume. :) This place is great!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I have been several times now and every time it is wonderful!! Great service and awesome food. Love to go with my family and anytime friends come into town. Great breakfast and brunch!!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Pleasant place. Food was good. What I liked best was the noise level,i.e., quiet. But I think that was because it was a very slow Friday night. Not a lot of people there.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Besaws looked to me like sort of a chain restaurant, but was anything but. Our server was great, and the food was excellent. It's a huge place: maybe that led to the chain appearance. If I lived in Portland I'd probably become a Besaws regular.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Fried razer clams were not “pan fried razor clams” but rather deep fried chopped up clams, like popcorn shrimp. Very disappointed. Other items seemed overpriced, but one person said the burger was fine.

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Besaw's used to be my favorite restaurant, but since the move they have lost most of the ambiance and quality I loved. The food was good, but nothing special, they removed longtime favorites like meatloaf and chicken and waffles and the service was fine, but not stellar like before.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

This is an amazing Portland restaurant. The food is constantly delicious and the atmosphere is charming (take a look at the hand painted wallpaper. This is a must for anyone going to Portland or for all the locals

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We've been to this restaurant several times and enjoy it. This was the first time that we chose to eat outside - it was wonderful - perfect temperative - felt like an upscale picnic.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Beesaw's was a perfect Sunday night spot to have dinner in the patio with friends! The food was amazing with nearly all fresh-local ingredients. The cocktails were good, especially the rootbeer old fashion.

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Organic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent food and the outdoor seating is lovely at night. Appreciated the dog-friendly patio as well!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

It wasn't as good as previously but it's now your basic pub fare. Not sure about the chef who is supposed to be a celebrity. Very basic, not creative so we opted out of dinner & only had a meat board & sparkling rose. Wouldn't return.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I found Besaw's on Google Maps and read the description, liked it and thought we should check it out. Awesome venue, service and food. All quality fresh and delicious. Highly recommended!

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 31, 2017

There were six of us. We came to Beasts before a Moda Center concert. All of us were really impressed at the quality of food. EVERYTHING was great. I had the pork chop which was cooked to perfection with a peach jam glaze. Amazing! They were very accommodating with my wife's gluten free diet. Everybody was raving about their appetizers and main courses. We will most definitely will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Seasonal
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Picked up roses for my wife at Sammy's Flowers then made dinner reservation just to be sure for 7:30pm. Called ahead while driving to Besaw's and host Beth answered. Asked her if it would be possible to leave her the flowers at the desk and present them to my wife after she was sat and settled in. Beth said, "YES we can do that!" After I arrived Beth shuffled quickly to the store entrance and sauntered me to a back table she "thought seemed romantic." After I sat down I showed Beth a photo of my wife so she knew who she looked like from the street. Once Beth noticed her coming from the car, she made eye contact accross the room with me. Thumbs up between the two of us indicated she was just about here. Beth showed my wife to the table. Once my wife settled in, flowers arrived with complimentary bubbles. Made for a relaxing and fun impromptu getaway. Thanks for taking the interest in making something so mundane as just another anniversary seem like it was our first. We loved the old Besaw's and it's good to know we're are going to like the new one as well! Oh, and I think I mentioned Beth's name a few times, but she's the bee's knees in my book.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We were here for dinner on our annual visit to Portland. I would rate it high average among the restaurants we have tried here. My husband found the fried chicken excellent; my onion tart was good but not particularly memorable. Good mixed drinks. Excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Had pizza, asparagus, and a glass of rose. Waiter was excellent. Everything tasted great!!

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We won dinner for 2 via The Inn at Northrup Station and the entire experience was fabulous! The service was top notch, drinks expertly created, food was prepared perfectly and the weather was great for outdoor seating.
Thank you!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Our brunch at Besaw's on July 4th was great! From the cocktails to the fresh ingredients, the food and drink offerings were varied and delicious. And the staff was very accommodating as some members of our party ambled in a bit later than our reservation time. The high ceilings created an airy ambiance further emphasized by open air dining in the good weather. Thank you, Besaw's!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Loved the old Besaw's and mourned its demise, but the new location works very nicely. The restaurant is physically attractive and very comfortable. We visited the evening of July 3 and it was, I suspect, much quieter than normal nights. Service was outstanding, and the food/drinks were as good as ever. Parking was easy peasy. Going back soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Good food, nice atmosphere and friendly service. Enjoyed our first experience.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Our waitress was amazing! She was knowledgeable, fast, and entertaining. We had a large party for a birthday and we were early and they were ready within minutes for us, yet still ahead of our actual reservation time. Overall impressed from start to finish.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 27, 2017

My husband and I had a courthouse wedding and reserved our dinner party for 15 and Besaw's. Our experience could not have been more perfect for what we wanted. They gave us a line of tables on the side next to the open patio and they had the walls open for us to enjoy the beautiful summer evening! The servicers were phenomenal, going above and beyond with impeccable service. Everyone was raving about their drinks and the food, and the restaurant even provided us with a surprise round of celebratory drinks to cheers to our wedding!

Besaw's really made our unconventional wedding day special!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Went for a business retirement brunch of 15 people. I did make reservations ahead of time and they were ready for us. We had some additional people show up and the friendly staff added another table without issue. Good customer service and good tasting food that is generous in size. I will go back and I recommend the place.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Simply amazing fried chicken!

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 18, 2017

love being able to make reservations! great when accompanied by older parents

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 16, 2017

This was our first visit to Besaw's, which we greatly anticipated since it has been in business such a long time. Except for the butterscotch pudding and ginger snap cookies, we were uniformly disappointed in our food. Perhaps it's because we're vegetarians. Our dining companion, who had been to Besaw's before, liked her meal. We found the mac and cheese, the pizza and the grilled asparagus uniformly bland and uninteresting. Our waitress was attentive, the atmosphere was pleasant, but at the prices Besaw's charges, we came away unhappy.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Tried the porchetta this time and found it too fatty (preferred the pork chop that was on the menu before), otherwise the asparagus risotto and the salad and salmon dish my husband had were excellent.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Everything was great - service and food. My only complaint was the mussels - they were very small and the coconut milk/broth it came with was very bland.

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