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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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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

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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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipErinC (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 12, 2016

Excellent food!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on April 7, 2016

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

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vipWaimeawahine (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 6, 2016

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

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Sunshine (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2016

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

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Sunshine (Portland)
4.0  Dined 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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EricaA (Portland)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined 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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viptmzd (Portland)
2.0  Dined 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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Jabs (Portland)
5.0  Dined 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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Mjb123 (Portland)
2.0  Dined 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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Ctwi (Portland)
5.0  Dined 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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YummyFoodNomNom (Portland)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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vipEsperanza (Portland)
3.0  Dined 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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foodeater (Portland)
4.0  Dined 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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vipNorm (Portland)
5.0  Dined 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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wineandine (Portland)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
1.0  Dined 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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vipNickS0521 (Portland)
4.0  Dined 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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vipDatenight (Portland)
4.0  Dined 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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Adiner (Portland)
5.0  Dined 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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vipWaimeawahine (Portland)
4.0  Dined 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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viplocally1 (Portland)
3.0  Dined 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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Nana (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2016

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

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FoodLovey (Seattle)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined 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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Jeff (Portland)
5.0  Dined 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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melia (Portland)
4.0  Dined 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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