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Clarke's Restaurant Bar

3.9
231 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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A "neighborhood gem" in Lake Oswego, this "excellent" New American is beloved by locals for its upmarket cuisine (think lobster risotto and free-range chicken) offered with Pacific NW wines at a "good price"; quality service and setting qualify it as one of "the best" in the area - ZAGAT
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, Contemporary American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation

Dinner: M-Th 5:00pm-8:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-8:30pm
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Phone number
(503) 636-2667
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jonathan Clarke
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Private party facilities
Clarke's has several private rooms for lunch, dinner, and hors d'ouevres functions and banquets. Our Magnum Room seats 6-11, our Jeroboam Room up to 20, and our Main Dining Room 36. Some rooms can be combined.
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Private party contact
Laurie or Jonathan Clarke: (503) 636-2667
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Avenue A & B
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Parking details
Parking lot directly outside of front door.
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Public transit
Trimet bus - Lake Oswego transit center is 5 blocks away.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on recent ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.5
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Let me start by saying this is our favorite restaurant and we’ve been here many times. Unfortunately tonight we had bad service. My guess is that there was no manager at Clarke’s during tonight’s dinner service (7-8pm). Our server (a short-haired gentleman) was surprisingly uninterested in helping us. Once the food arrived we not only didn’t see him but had to ask a busser for assistance. We were never asked if we wanted a second drink or if we needed anything. When we asked our waiter what flavors of sorbet he had just served us he responded, “I have no idea.” 😤

The food was top shelf, as usual. We had the special dry-aged rib eye and the risotto (their speciality).

I will happily return but I encourage Clarke’s to manage their waitstaff if they’d like to keep their regulars happy.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Very disappointing. My favorite entree was scallops and that was taken off the menu. Unfortunate

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This was our first experience at Clarke's. We liked the layout/decor of the restaurant and the food was delicious. However, when paying $30+ for a plate of food, plus $50+ for a decent bottle of wine, we expected more ambience and a more upscale experience. We had to ask when our wine would be delivered, ask for more water when our glasses were empty, and it took quite a bit of time for our order to be taken or to feel like we were even noticed once we were seated. I don't know if this is typical of Clarke's, but as a 'fine dining' experience I'd rate it as average. If you want creative and fresh food cooked perfectly, Clarke's will likely meet your expectations.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We have been coming to Clarke’s for 20+ Years.
We have always enjoyed excellent service and delicious food.
This dinner was quite the opposite. Waiter seemed rushed yet the restaurant was only half full. We placed our order, meals came out with exception of one. Guests were waiting to enjoy their food and for the last plate to come out. Waiter came out and whispered to one guest that he had forgotten to place their order. To avoid any further delays a simple side salad was ordered. Hamburger was so salty it was inedible. When guest pointed this out - waiter said “should I get you another one.” This should have been an immediate offer and not something to put the guest on the spot. Quite uncomfortable. Not offer for a glass of wine or complimentary dessert for the errors and oversights.
We have a business dinner scheduled for Wednesday night. Not sure it’s a solid idea.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We came here on a gift from our boss and we are so thankful! The menu was smaller but packed with incredible options. Everything tasted wonderful and came out quickly. It was a very sweet and cozy space and we can't wait to go back!

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Clarke's restaurant is a small, intimate restaurant. I thought $24.00 for Spaghetti was expensive.
light and I mean light veal and beef - I would say sprinkled in. An angel hair pasta was used which stuck together so the pasta was very clumpy. The sauce, boring. the spaghetti was nothing special or extraordinary. I also had a green salad and typical baby green lettuce. The dressing was very tart. The olive bread was delicious. Normally I am not a bread before dinner person but it was yummy. Would have been even better if served warm! The Chef's croquette
was interesting. Warm on the outside and cold cheese inside. For one person the dinner was $37.00 for Spaghetti, mixed green baby leaf salad and a Pellegrino. EEEKKSS! The highlight of the dining experience was the host, server, bartender all in one! He was lovely. Christopher you are an amazing server and delightful. Had it not been for you I would not have stayed, probably would have sent the Spaghetti back. YOU made the evening. I won't be back but I will remember you and the attentive service you provided.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Great service and food. The private room was fantastic for a business meal.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

This was our third visit to Clarke's and third time with server, Cedar. He's a lovely person, talkative, helpful and very warm.
5 people for dinner. Two enjoyed the prix fixe dinner which included soup or salad, a main, and dessert. The other three had entrees and split some appetizers and salad. Of particular note, the complimentary arancini with a mixture of kale, cheese and rice as well as the appetizer arancini with a light tomato sauce, rice and cheese. Mains included gnocchi, pasta bolognese, paella with lobster and sturgeon with a light coconut curry, bok choy steamed in sake, and coconut rice. All diners agreed that the food was superb. I had the fish and the skin was crispy and the flesh moist and delectable. All portions were quite large and my daughter brought home leftover gnocchi for lunch the next day.
Clarke's may be pricier than other restaurants but we feel the food is very high quality and the service very attentive. We will continue to patronize them.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Unfortunately, this was a terrible experience. The wait for water was 10 minutes upon being seated. Cocktail was 10 minutes and the wrong. Appetizers, the pork was served cold and we confirmed it should have been warm. My wife’s dinner was fine but my dinner is hard to explain. Set menu I chose the Ribeye, however they served me a prime rib and the told me it was essentially the same thing. ???? Chef was having a bad night and was not interested in discussing and no adjustment was made to the check. I will not be going back.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Love this restaurant! Truly one of the best in Portland for fine dining!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Absolutely blown away with our Valentine dinner!!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a reservation for 10 and they put us in our own little room/section. It was my friend’s birthday and she said it was the best ever. Food is delish and Cedar makes an amazing Corpse Reviver II.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was outstanding and the food was good. The soup was outstanding however the sturgeon was slightly over cooked.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was excellent! Food was subpar. Horseradish mashed potatoes were far too heavy with the horseradish. Steak cooked perfectly. Dessert was pear cobbler. Topping was amazing BUT the dish was ruined with too much on what I think might have been nutmeg. Guessing it was the same person who made the potatoes and has a heavy seasoning hand.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Enjoyed surf and turf. Everything was tasty. Our 2nd time. Decent for LO.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

It’s always great to try a new restaurant and get out of your comfort zone, was really good food, but I would skip the salad and save room for dessert, sounded amazing!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The food and service was excellent. I look forward to returning.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Our waiter was very friendly and patient. Ambiance was good, except the noise coming from people walking on the hardwood floor was distracting at times. Food would've tasted much better if it was less salty.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

The food was delicious, the price rather high, but the choices exceptional. Definitely worth the drive. I'd try to go during the Happy Hour for lower costs. We had coupons from the renewal of Lake Oswego Community Theater tickets, but am glad to know Clarke's exists and would take people on a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was great. Nice menu, great dessert. They were very busy, and one had to be patient.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Solid fine dining spot in Lake O. Food always is good, and I like their wine list. We had a great waitress.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We’ve been to Clarke’s several times over the years and it’s almost always been top notch. We were recently there with friends on NY Eve and overall had an enjoyable dinner. The wait staff were very nice as usual and it was quiet enough to have a conversation without having to shout, which is a major plus. The only downside was that the special NY Eve menu was very hard to find on their web site, and we were all taken off guard by the limited meal choices (it also seemed spendier than usual). “Prix fixe” menus are fairly common on holidays, and in retrospect perhaps we should have asked about this beforehand. Nevertheless, we’d suggest that in future Clarke’s make special holiday menus like this much more obvious on their web site, e.g., by prominantly noting this on the home page (not just burying it at the bottom of the hard to spot “Other Menus” link), and also making it a point advise customers when they call to confirm their reservations.

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1.0Dined on December 30, 2017

My family went for my mother’s birthday. Scallops were raw, burger was dry, server was a snob. This place used to be great— but it has tanked in recent years. Terrible food, sorely overpriced. Will not return.

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2.0Dined on December 22, 2017

We did not have a good experience. Service was awful. Food was only mediocre, especially for the price. Maybe I'm just not accustomed to 3 scallops for $32. Maybe I'm also not accustomed to waiting 45 min to place an order.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

We reserved the private dining room for 12 of us. It was quiet, the service was excellent and the food at Clarke's is always innovative and top notch. It is my favorite neighborhood fine dining place and I was happy they could accommodate our group for our holiday celebration.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Went on a Tuesday evening and there were people in the restaurant, however it was still quiet enough to have a nice conversation (which we loved). The wait staff was attentive, but not overbearing, and the service came quickly and was timely. Absolutely delicious food, we will be back.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner with Christopher as our waiter. He was very accommodating and made sure that everything was just right!

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Consistent and delicious. Have been here several times now and always pleased with the menu selections. Likely Lake Oswego's best restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

We really like Clarke's. Very good food and excellent service. Great selection of entrées and an amazing wine selection plus fun cocktails

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

A wonderful hidden gem. Nice cozy location wonderful service and food.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Delicious food, plated very well. Service a bit slow, but very polite and nice.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food and service, nice place for dinner before the play.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

I eat Paleo and appreciated the chefs willingness to sub rice for more veggies (cauliflower) with my fish (sole). The meal was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was first rate. Great filet. Innovative cocktails.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

I had heard really good things about Clark’s restaurant. I selected this restaurant, as it was a special occasion, a birthday for my boyfriend. The food was great, the service was also really good. He wanted french fries. We were told that they were not served in the dining room. I thought that the “no french fry” rule reminded me of a private club. I was not looking for a “private club experience”. It was pretty expensive and because it seemed a little “stiff”, I will not be returning in the future. Just wasn’t as fun a place as I had hoped.

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3.0Dined on October 12, 2017

The food was just average but the prices were high. Filet, tiny, $36, could have had better at home. Excellent service. Boring interior.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Clarke's never fails to provide an amazing dining experience! Their food is always extremely tasty (especially the risotto). I appreciate the fact that their menu is always changing. My husband always gets the risotto (with prawn and lobster) and I usually try something new. This time it was the filet with roasted Brussels sprouts. I also had the roasted wild mushrooms on the side. Their portions are very generous (I made mine into two full meals). Clarke's provides a nice ambience for a celebration or a quiet date night.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

It is a pleasure to dine at Clarke's. Always a simple and delicious menu, wine, cocktails, atmosphere, and fantastic service. The perfect place for couples or family gatherings. If you've never been, be sure to try the Maine lobster risotto. You will not be disappointed.

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2017

So, so. Nothing horrible but nothing excellent. Food was decent for the price. I was disappointed by the menu choices. Nothing stood out.

Restaurant was extremely quiet for a Saturday night. So quiet that after dinner we went to another restaurant for drinks that was more lively.

Service was okay. They were attentive and helpful. The one thing that irritated me was the restaurant is of average size and when my wife and I were seated there was only 1 other couple in the restaurant. We were talking, laughing, and enjoying our date. A group of 3 came in and the host sat them at the table right next to us. Literally, their table edge is less than 24 inches from our table. At this point there are only 7 guests total in the restaurant. Plenty of open seating! Why sit them right next to us? The rest of the night my wife and I had to talk softly so we didn't feel rude to the group next to us.

Bottom line, average all around. Nothing excellent but nothing horrible either. For us, there are plenty of better options in Lake Oswego or West Linn.

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1.0Dined on September 13, 2017

Terrible ! would not recommend to anyone!
Food was awful was not fresh
Lobster Prawn Risotto was overlooked in microwave!
Waste of $95
It was my boyfriend' a birthday.

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