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Davis Street Tavern

4.1
457 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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The Davis Street Tavern in Portland serves up fine dining comfort foods and cocktails in an industrial space. Guests can stop in for lunch and dinner or come for happy hour specials on appetizers and drinks.

The Davis Street Tavern features a range of sophisticated menu options, including Goose Point oysters, a charcuterie board and marinated mixed olives to start things off. From there, dive into entrées like velvety mac ‘n' cheese, lamb ragu, pan seared halibut and much more. Make sure to check out the Davis Street Tavern specialties such as the lamb burger or the local Angus beef burger. Ask about the drink specials or add a cheeky monkey cocktail or sake to complete the meal.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 11:30am- 11:00pm;
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Phone number
(503) 505-5050
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Handford
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Private party facilities
Davis Street Tavern is available for private events, banquets and dinners for up to 40 guests on our mezzanine and 70 guests in our main dining room. The restaurant can also host groups as large as 200 using the entire restaurant.
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Private party contact
Christopher Handford: (844) 776-5619
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
NW 5th Avenue
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Parking details
Ample parking is available with a large parking lot across the street and behind the restaurant.
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Public transit
On the Yellow and Green Max lines. 4 Blocks from the Red and Blue Max lines
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Special events & promotions
With over 3,500 square feet available and 3 separate dining areas, Davis Street Tavern is available to host your next special event for up to 250 people.

Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.1
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3.7
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 12, 2016

Excellent food!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2016

The bar has better atmosphere than the restaurant which is kind of quiet with low energy.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2016

Went early for Happy Hour. Great choices on both dinner and bar menu. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2016

Tried the crab bisque at the recommendation of a co-worker. It is Fabulous!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2016

Food was really good. I Want to go back and try other things on the menu. Waiter was very nice but food service was a little slow. Loved the ambiance!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2016

Met some friends for dinner and was the first to arrive. Staff seated me quickly, made sure to let me know how my friend in a wheelchair should get in and handed me a wine list. As my friends arrived they were quickly seated without needing to flag them over.

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4.0Dined on February 29, 2016

We had a large group and the staff handled us well. Food is great here. One of my fave under-the-radar spots downtown.

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4.0Dined on February 29, 2016

Great staff, atmosphere and menu. Thankfully there's no bacon on the menu, that's refreshing for a change. This was our second experience here.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2016

Terrible server. When I asked about wine for the pork belly entree, he just said "white wine with white meat" .and when my husband asked about a wine for his crab risotto he said "any white will be good. " NOT the help you want from a supposedly higher end restaurant. He clearly knew nothing about wine.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2016

Enjoyed a lovely evening at Davis Street. Beet salad was large and very good. The risotto was delicious. Very filling. Had read reviews about how loud the restaurant is and would have to concur, but it is a tavern with a bar and televisions close by, so I think that is to be expected in a way. The high ceilings probably add to the noise factor, but that interior provided a very cool vibe. We will return!

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2016

A lot of restaurants give you way to much to eat but that wasn't the case here. We shared a salad and entree. The entree was certainly not big enough to share maybe not enough for one. Very small portions here. The food was good but not worth the price.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2016

The name does it a disservice. I needed a reservation for 10 on relatively short notice and went with DST because it had an available reservation at the right time. I was expecting a bar and pool tables but was greeted by a much more elegant environment.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2016

Great experience as usual. Tasty appetizers and wonderful risotto. I always order oysters since they are so fresh and delicious. Also they change up their beverage menu from time to time which is exciting.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2016

Fun evening for our daughter's 17th birthday dinner with friends. Great service and food that pleased both teens and parents. Not overly fancy but nice for a very special occasion.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2016

I ordered an expensive bowl of soup and had to ask for salt/pepper and bread. My dining mate had a delicious looking lunch and was happy.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

It was nice to see that there were some new items on the menu - we went on Valentine’s Day and there was a special menu. I really enjoyed the crab bisque - ALWAYS - and the pork dish was spicy and yummy!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

My partner and I had a lovely Valentine's dinner at Davis Street Tavern. Food and drink pairings were fun. Service was attentive but not overbearing. We were able to have quiet conversations without being overwhelmed by noise. Definitely will be back.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

We dined at DST on Valentine's Day. It was our first visit and we were NOT disappointed. It was a Sunday evening and apparently they are not normally open on Sunday. So this was the reason for their "special" holiday dinner menu. It was a very small and limited menu but the choices were nice a fish, poultry, beef and one other entree item. (?). They had three appetizer choices and one dessert trio. We started our evening with a cocktail but their whisky options were limited, but the lemon drop....yummy. We ordered the crab bisque to share (it was amazing) and the presentation original. They place a portion cup of crab in the middle of the bowl and then pour the cream bisque around it, this done at table side; the waiter said its on their regular menu daily. We both ordered the halibut with a beet purée and Bok Choy. It too was absolutely delicious but honestly we both wished their was a bit more on the plate. The portion was very small and the beet purée was more of a smear with a bite of Bok Choy. This did however leave room for us to enjoy dessert....maybe that was their plan. The dessert was a shared plate by us. A small custard cup of Creme brûlée, half a slice of bread pudding with a dallop of ice cream and 2 chocolate truffles. The plate was beautiful and delicious as well. The ambience is very pleasing with low lightening and nicely placed tables with piano music piped in. I would say more of a hip Tavern. Our wait staff was very attentive and friendly. We wouldn't eat here nightly as the entrée are in the mid $25.00 range but it's a nice date night choice. We plan to go back and try the daily menu options.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2016

We were super disappointed that they changed their menu for Valentine's Day and only offered a couple choices for dinner. We ended up just grabbing a drink because nothing on the menu looked appetizing unfortunately. The normal menu looked so good online. We will be back another time.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2016

Took my mom to dinner there because she wants to try new Portland resaturants. I had the NY York and Caesar Salad and she had the pan seared halibut. The steak was cooked perfectly and the mashed potatoes were excellent. My moms halibut was slightly under seasoned, but overall it was a great meal. Will definitely be coming back, but bringing my wife next time.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2016

Seated quickly, staff friendly and helpful, not too busy but looks like happy hours could be. This is a wonderfully restored old heavy timber building between China town and the heart of the Pearl.... seems overlooked by some headed for the "hot-spots". The food was quite good although the menu is somewhat limited. Prices were reasonable. We would definitely go there again.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2016

I regularly bring guests to DST for lunch. The service and food are consistently excellent! The setting is comfortable and is quiet enough to carry on a conversation. The menu is diverse and I have yet to order anything that I have not enjoyed. In particular I'd point you to the steak frites, fish tacos or chopped salad--all delicious. (The crab bisque soup, and mac and cheese are awesome also!) The staff is attentive but perfectly so and never intrusive. Come down to Old Town and try DST--you won't be disappointed!

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2016

Next time I go I will ask for a booth or a quieter table. We were seated in the bar area so it was pretty noisy. I had made a reservation but was not asked by the host where I would like to sit. I was compliant and sat in the bar area. But later I realized they had a quieter area in another room. The chef was willing to change the menu up a little for me. The food was very good. I had clams in a white wine broth served with h a delicious bread for dipping in the broth.

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3.0Dined on January 16, 2016

The charcuterie was a great order, but the meals were small. It was good, but not for the price.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2016

We had an excellent meal and our server took really good care of us.

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2016

Our party of 6 enjoyed a post holiday dinner at at this great find. The menu is somewhat limited, but all the dishes we ordered were outstanding. Great cocktails, oysters on the half shell, and the charcuterie were standouts.
We arrived about 10-15 minutes ahead of our reservation time and were seated, but we didn't receive any type of service until our actual reservation time. We would have all enjoyed a cocktail while looking through the menu during that time. The other issue we had, was that we were seated between 2 very large parties, making it extremely difficult to have much conversation at our table.
I would absolutely return, as we all enjoyed the food and drinks, but would make sure that our seating arrangement was more acceptable.

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2.0Dined on January 8, 2016

This was my first visit to the Tavern and I was disappointed. The reviews I read had me invite out of town guest to join us. The place is lovely but it went downhill from there. The wait for our food seemed long. My risotto was cold, 2 of the others said their food was just okay, 1 really enjoyed his. After having my friends have two spectacular meals at Andina and Little Bird...a low-key Friday night at a tavern seemed like a nice idea change of pace. It was not what I hoped.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2015

This was our third time at the Davis Street Tavern. It's a great place. Good food, good service. The Mac and Cheese is a highlight. A very welcoming environment. DST has become one of our favorite places in PDX and is a must visit for Roseland and Star Theatre pre-show drinks.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

This was one of the best NYE dinners we've had in Portland. Great drinks, food and service.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2015

Unfortunately, the lamb ragu did not have much lamb. When the waiter was notified of this problem, he said he would tell the chef. That's not good enough for a $23.00 dish. Someone should have addressed this issue. Don't think I will hurry back.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2015

Excellent, timely and friendly service for group of 11 women after an artist's talk a local Augen Gallery. Had not eaten at Davis Street Tavern in several years and we all were pleasantly surprised. Great salads!

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1.0Dined on December 11, 2015

It was a Friday night, place not busy at all but it still took an hour for 4 burgers, Mac and cheese and a salad to come out. Server asked how our party would like the lamb burger cooked, we requested medium. Lamb burger came out burnt and over cooked.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2015

Came here with my wife on a weekday night for dinner.
It's a nice little restaurant with a cool bar. We shared the clams and the steak. Everything was tasty and well prepared. The only small complaint is that the steak as a bit too charred on the outside, for my wife's taste, but other than that, it was tender and juicy (and I have no problem with a bit of burnt flavor).
Service was very good.
We had the bread pudding with caramel ice cream for dessert. Yummy.

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4.0Dined on December 4, 2015

Every bite of food was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2015

We had a great meal at the Davis Street Tavern tonight. The scallops were terrific. The beard pudding dessert with salted caramel gelato was good to the last bite. I also had a wonderful cocktail called a Amour Fou which featured vodka, lemon, absinth wash and egg white. It was light and so flavorful. The ambiance was terrific, too. And what made it all turn out so well was the excellent service from Aaryn. She made recommendations on all our selections and her recommendations were perfect!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2015

I brought a work team of 15 people to dinner on a Wednesday night. We had a great table in the back room all by ourselves. Everyone enjoyed the wine, beer, food and service. I will definitely have more meals here.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2015

Excellent food - for two, recommend each getting salad and sharing an entree for a lite supper (add dessert :-). Good happy hour menu too. Nice selection of local brews.

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1.0Dined on October 17, 2015

Awful menu. Poor selection of food.

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3.0Dined on October 8, 2015

Some friends and I visited for dinner prior to a gig at the Roseland Theatre down the road. I had the scallop main which was so mean in size it looked like a starter, they were delicious there was just not enough. The others in our party ordered the New York strip, which was not a strip at all but more a hunk of meat so thick it could not possibly cook through in a reasonable time so our 'medium' steak had to be returned for further cooking. At $33 a portion this is quite simply unacceptable. I would go back for lunch and for drinks because its a nice place with good proximity to Roseland but not again for dinner!! There is a good choice of wine by the glass. We didn't have dessert so I have nothing to say about that.

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2.0Dined on October 8, 2015

We were eagerly looking forward to Davis' Fall Scallops, but this year the preparation/ quality and/or freshness was not the same as the past two years. And 3 Scallops cannot possibly be considered "a meal." If they simply served a little bread, pasta or potato this could not possibly impact the profit margin for Davis and would greatly enhance the customer's enjoyment of the meal. Our "meal" consisted of the 3 (inferior) Scallops, literally only a tablespoon of creamed corn, 2 pea pods and a "smudge" of blueberry décor- not enough to get one's fork around. The service was excellent and the cocktails were very good, but the food... oh dear, how sad !

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