Cerulean

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30 reviews
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Wine Bar
The inspiration behind Cerulean Wine's tasting room in the Pearl was an Enoteca in Montalcino and a Caffe in Florence - a place to enjoy good friends, good food, and good wine. Cerulean serves wines from our organic estate vineyards in the Columbia Gorge. To pair with our wines, we also have a selection of local snacks, charcuterie, and cheeses, which will change regularly as we make new finds at the Farmers Market each weekend.

Cerulean is a unique space in the Pearl, as it blends an old-world winery and cafe with a modern art gallery and artist studio space. We have an outdoor deck and sidewalk seating, and kids are welcome.
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AH
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Girls night tasting wine! We had a great space in the lounge area to feel privacy, and the service was amazing! Wednesday night staff is my favorite and I never want anyone else! The only criticism is that it is set up for summer, not a cozy winter or chilly evening spot. At least not tonight. I am sure they add a different ambience for cooler evenings.

See you next time!

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Winery with fantastic Oregon Wines. We enjoyed ourselves, and it seemed that we were the only ones that didn't want to sit at the bar and drink, but that's okay. :-)

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Portland
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great people, low rush, loved the local wines & prices.

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SE
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This should NOT be on Portland Dining Month!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic for many occasions. Great atmosphere. Love the tall ceilings and exposure. Staff very friendly and helpful.
Need a big fireplace in there!

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C
Grand Rapids
24 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Stopped in at this quiet, unassuming location to find a local wine tasting room with some very good food. The place was not very crowded but given the quality of the food it really should be doing better. Wine sampling was good and the free proseco was a nice touch.

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j
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cerulean is a fantastic find in the North Pearl. Wonderful casual dining and wine bar that features excellent options from the restaurant's winery. I was happy to find full dinner menu with unique gourmet small to medium plate options all within a fun art gallery space. Great ambience! We are excited to bookmark this place for future group events.

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F
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful find! Lovely wine, delicious food and great atmosphere with terrific service all at a reasonable price. Couldn't ask for more!

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c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The soup special was the best item we ordered. The french bread was fabulous -- we could have eaten a lot more if we hadn't been so full. Ravioli and cheese board delicious! The only negative was the sparkling water. It came in a glass, as opposed to a bottle that could be poured.

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p
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time visit. Needed a short walk from the apartment and Cerulean was right across the street. A Wednesday night early dinner (5:15 pm) so our party of 4 had a choice of seating. Service was quick and very friendly. Drinks were on time as was the appetizers and the entrees. All in the party commented on the range of appetizers and their unique flavors - especially the deviled eggs and the mushrooms. Three diners had the lamb sliders and the remaining diner had the breast of chicken. Portions were more than adequate and all were done to perfection.

Would definitely return.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Better food, served more creatively would help a lot.

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S
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each of us had a different dish and they were all excellent. Lamb, steak and chicken. I would definitely go back. Also their own wine was delicious

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Portland
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

A very limited happy hour menu - not at all what they had online. Very few diners and only one server/bartender who paid scant attention to us. She forgot to bring ordered food and gave us an incorrect bill. The place has potential, but it wasn't a fabulous experience.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious great place to start the night with yummy drinks and apps😍

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Portland
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Staff was very helpful and attentive. Food however was a disappointment. Drinks were good, would return for a glass of wine or a drink but not for dinner.

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space to dine on delicious food , sample wines , and wander rows of local artists

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Portland
29 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great Portland dining month menu. Quirky place with art gallery- saw tons of people show up with yoga mats while we were having dinner- then they curtained off the gallery section. Nice place to lounge and drinks in the bar.

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M
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Might have been a little short-staffed the night we were there (a Thursday), the bartender ended up being our server and was pretty busy. There was also a Paint Nite event going on the same night that we didn't know about in advance, which may have contributed.

I ordered the entree-size spinach ravioli with the vegetarian marinara sauce; I received three ravioli and the non-vegetarian sauce (which just meant I couldn't share with my vegetarian wife), and the ravioli was a touch more al dente than I would have expected. There is an appetizer version of this dish on the menu, which must consist of fewer than three ravioli (? if not, then maybe I got the appetizer version by mistake?). The flavor was very good, in either case.

I also had a couple of margaritas, which were excellent. The poor bartender had to make the drinks and also wait on a couple tables (that I could see), but the quality of the drinks was apparently unaffected.

My wife had a glass of the Cerulean brand Tempranillo, with which we were both unfamiliar; neither of us was certain that the wine she got was actually the Tempranillo (she thought it might have been the red blend), but the scent had a distinctly metallic overtone and the flavor was less robust than I would expect for a Tempranillo (may just be because it was a 2012, grown at their Underwood, WA vineyard).

Prices very reasonable, for the location, and the space is comfortable and conducive to conversation. We'll be back soon, just to see if the service and food issues were an anomaly.

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PA
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely evening at Cerulean. We've enjoyed their wines for years, but this was our first time at the Portland restaurant / wine bar. Food, drinks, service and atmosphere were all very good.

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k
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I think this is a wine bar for happy hour more than a restaurant. The room has 20+ foot ceilings, there are couches for having a drink and conversation, and there is an adjoining art studio. With this much space noise is not a problem and it is easy to hear each other talk. There is a menu of course, and we went for Portland Restaurant Month. It looks like there was a bartender and one waiter. The bartender was our waiter. He worked hard but that is a big assignment.
The owners also own the Naked Winery in Hood River and their wines were featured, although overpriced in my opinion ($9/glass). There were a few bottled beers, and cocktails.
One person in our group of four ordered a martini with an olive, but they were out of olives. Two of us ordered the first course of soup, and the amount of soup in the two bowls was very different (one bowl full, the other half-full or half-empty :). The food was good. Prosciutto wrapped chicken breast very tasty and well presented, beef bourguignon overcooked so there were barely any distinguishable ingredients or sauce but also tasty and accompanied with a nice serving of scalloped potatoes. Deserts were excellent.

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CJ
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The night I visited was busy. Only 2 bartenders, who were also the waitstaff, service was a bit slow. Long wait for the food. But, was absolutely delicious when it finally arrived. Appetizer, main dish, and dessert consistently well prepared. No weak links. Make a great French 75, one of the few restaurants that do. Very interesting atmosphere. Somewhere I would visit occasionally rather than frequently.

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G
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Strange art gallery setting with dining as an afterthought. Our waitress was cheerful enough but never really listened, and we got tired of repeating ourselves. The bar area could be a cool hangout but the wine was just so so.

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R
Portland
94 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had never been here before so the special caught our attention plus they had an early opening. The offer of a four course meal at a very reasonable price had our attention. We were pleasantly surprised at how good it was. We started with a sour then had mushrooms and deviled eggs followed by steelhead salmon and all were cooked to perfection, tasty and most enjoyable. Dessert was outstanding, too. To start they gave us a complimentary prosecco which we followed with wines that were delightful. The best part was the service, as Alexis took great care of us. Just realize that this is a former warehouse space which is not warm and inviting but the people are and the food is wonderful. I would highly recommend this spot for anything they offer.

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited this restaurant for the first time for a Valentine's Day dinner and found it very charming. We were surprised to find the combination of a winery with good food and an art gallery all in one. Although somewhat starkly decorated, the space is smaller and intimate and nicely lighted and great for conversation. There are tables as well as spaces with comfortable furniture for relaxing. The food was very good as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant as a place for a great glass of Cerulean wine, nice romantic meal, or small gathering with friends.

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JR
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Cerulean for a friday night dinner. It was a bit early so not too many patrons were eating, but 10 or so sitting at the wine bar. The bartender told us to take any seat we wanted, and we moved over near the art gallery, to get a look at the paintings, and stay away from the door draft, if there was one. The Chef came over and told us about the daily specials, and the server took our drink orders promptly. From then on it was one pleasant surprise after another. The Chef made direct recommendations based off of our preferences, the cocktails were perfect, the wine pared with dinner (Spinach and Gruyere Ravioli for the wife, and Hanger Steak for me) was excellent, and dessert recommendation of bread pudding with coffee was delectable. Neither my wife or I would ever choose bread pudding as a dessert, and seeing our hesitation, the Chef was confident that we would like it, so he brought to the table for us to make our own decision. So happy that he did, as it was unlike any bread pudding I have had before. I would gladly recommend this to anyone looking for a pleasant and enjoyable evening out at a small gem of a restaurant. On top of that the art gallery was enjoyable, and one artist was working at the studio that night, and was happy to discuss his current work with us.

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HV
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We learned of the Cerulean because we were invited to a special event there. Since we were traveling from out-of-town and the event didn't start until 7:30, we decided to make reservations for dinner. We were a group of 7. Some of us ordered full entrees and others had salads and appetizers, but all of us were pleased with our meals. Service was excellent as well. Lovely interesting atmosphere as well with all of the artwork displayed.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Alexis is fantastic! Make sure you go when she's there. So charming and helpful. Thanks!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Entered an empty restaurant with boxes stewn around and no inviting place to sit and eat, hence we left

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L
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was so good, I came back 2 days later with friends so they could all enjoy. Both the salmon and the beef were amazing. Wines are really good as well. Service was excellent. The space is also an art studio so there is a lot to see and the tables are situated in nooks. They have a great bar and sofa and chairs for sitting around and doing work. They are open late as well. The chocolate hazelnut tort was eye-closed yum!

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t
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great Portland Dining Month find. Within walking distance for us. The reclaimed warehouse decor is the perfect setting for this art studio, restaurant, and wine bar. We ordered both Portland Dining menu offerings for all three courses and the Cerulean wine pairings. We were not disappointed in anything we were presented. I'm not a foodie, so I won't try to describe each plate or the finer points of the wines. Just wanted to recognize the Chef and Cerulean Wines for an enjoyable evening.

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