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About Clarke's Restaurant Bar
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
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Northwest, Contemporary American, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: M-Th 5:00pm-8:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-8:30pm
Between Avenue A & B
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking lot directly outside of front door.
Trimet bus - Lake Oswego transit center is 5 blocks away.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Laurie or Jonathan Clarke: (503) 636-2667
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Clarke's Restaurant Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love the risotto, always good with plenty of lobster and shrimp. Homemade soups are always a treat as well, and their wine list includes the luscious Pamplin JRG red. Service is attentive without being obtrusive. Cappuccino makes a nice finish to a lovely meal.
Well I hadn't been to Clarkes for awhile so we went with another couple on a Wednesday night. My overall impression is that the restaurant has run out of energy. For most of the evening we were the only table.
The signature lobster risotto was good but not great and the rest of the menu was uninspiring. Service was fine although timing of the courses was hurried.
Wonderful menu. This was our first time dining here despite living in the area for many years. It was a great experience. We are a family of four and will often split meals to avoid having massive amounts of leftovers that tend to go to waste. We each ordered from the prix fixe menu and were not at all disappointed. The portions were just right, the selections delicious (trout or pasta as the main course) and we enjoyed every minute. The regular menu offers fabulous choices, too. If it had just been me and my husband, we would have enjoyed any number of the appetizers and a nice selection from their wine list. All the staff from the hostess who greeted us to the wait staff who helped us were friendly, welcoming and attentive. We noted that the restaurant has a few areas for private dining. It would be a nice venue for a small private event. We will be back.
The service was great! Food was not. The ribeye steaks were $36 and about a half inch thick. They were ordered medium rare, but that's not how they came. It's difficult to make them medium rare when they are that thin. The gnocchi was supposed to be cooked in brown butter, however it had no brown butter taste, nor was there any brown butter at the bottom of the dish. Sautéed mushrooms were ordered as a side, but didn't arrive until the meal all but eaten...it wasn't at all busy, so why did it take so long? We overheard that they recently got a new chef. Hopefully soon, the food quality gets to the level of the cost. We won't go back.
Visited on one of the hottest days of year AC OK but not great. Seating in restaurant was close compromising intimacy. Acoustics poor for privacy. Service prompt and friendly. Main entrée was well prepared and presented smartly and artistic. Over all value acceptable but not exceptional. My advise, give it a try, make up your own mind, after all the true test is will you return, I might.
It was date night for my husband and I and we had a very nice time at Clarke's. We took advantage of the $25 3-course Monday. The marionberry blueberry soup was OUT OF THIS WORLD! We both had the lobster prawn risotto....yum! And I had the lavender lemon drop....double yum!! There was a loud party of happy women in the room which got a little quieter when the door was closed...oh well. The creme brulee was as good as I've had and my husband was glad that I wasn't able to finish mine.
Service was forgettable. We arrived while place was fairly full and left with only one other table full in the main dining room. Got salad, finished then got bread, finished then got entree too much later. Salmon ravioli were way too salty, and we like salt. When we left our bread plates were still there.
We have been dining at Clarke's three/four times annually for years and have never had such a poor dining experience there.
Baked Brie and Crab appetizer: D Over baked and dry
Caesar Salad: A+
Lobster Risotto: D Under cooked and still crunchy
We certainly hope that this was just a one time occurrence.
I frequent Clarke's bar for its hamburger and truffle French fries. Clarke's knows how to cook a burger rare and they have a nice selection of Cabs. So when it came to selecting a neighborhood restaurant to celebrate my birthday with family, I chose Clarke's dining room. The dining room has a completely different menu and I was excited to try one of the many seafood offerings. That was a huge mistake. We had to send back both seafood entrees as well as the crab and brie appetizer. All three smelled "fishy" and the appetizer tasted like canned tuna and was dry as a bone -- without a sign of brie anywhere. The upside of the evening: Our server was gracious and we enjoyed visiting with couples at a nearby table. My advice --- stick to the bar menu.
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