decarli

4.6
1509 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
decarli restaurant is where rustic meets modern. Chef/owner, Paul DeCarli, pulls from his Swiss-Italian roots to create a menu that reflects his heritage as well as combine local Northwest ingredients. Polenta fries with gorgonzola butter, mussels in fennel-saffron cream sauce, and espresso-braised shortribs are just a few of the many "must-haves.” Soaring open beam ceilings with rustic brick walls add to the ambiance of this 1924 historic building.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(503) 641-3223
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Paul DeCarli
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Farmington
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Parking details
There is street parking in front of the restaurant. Also, to the right there is plenty of off-street parking as well as a small public lot.
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Public transit
Watson and Farmington both offer bus stops within a block of the restaurant. MAX is 3 blocks away.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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KH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming here for over 8 years now and I have never been disappointed. Last weekend was no different, the grilled octopus was absolutely perfect as well as the short ribs (always a delight and an absolute must-have). The staff was so very attentive and I felt very much welcomed and taken care off. If you are having trouble with your coat hanging options just let the seating host know and he/she will take care of it for you. And never worry about feeling rushed and having to leave even though the bill will be brought as soon as the dishes are cleared nobody is going to rush out the door, so sit back and enjoy your espresso after your mail and continue your conversation as you were home.

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PH
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have been here for Happy Hour and dinner and have never been disappointed in the food or service. Not a location for conversation as both the bar and dining room are very loud.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect location for a birthday dinner. A little spendy for normal eating out but will return for normal dinners and special occasions.

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D
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Short ribs and brick chicken are favorites. Fabulous dessert salted caramel cheesecake. Only concern is the noise level, but meal was worth listening to others enjoying their meals, too.😉

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went for an anniversary celebration and they were quite accommodating.

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D
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Decarlis.....been going for years and will surely go again.

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KF
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Maybe we came in the wrong week, or they just serve too unusual of items for us. I was excited to have some Italian pasta because I had heard they had gluten free. The choices were octopus and I believe shark or the one I settled for which was fennel sausage and I don't like fennel or usually eat sausage. Thankfully, I didn't notice the fennel much but the sauce was really salty. Pasta portion is small for $20. My husband said the steak was tough 🙁

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CM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

love love love decarli. consistently delicious food and wonderful atmosphere

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j
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Horrible service.... food fair. Chicken dish undercooked and took 15 mins to return. Bread service dropped in front of me without the thought of putting in center of table. Not planning on returning here anytime soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Took awhile before anyone greeted our table. Then our salad was delivered and we waiting awhile before getting plates to eat it.

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KA
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food here is always excellent. We decided to be adventurous this time and ordered the calamari appetizer. None of the 5 of us in our party had ever tasted it except deep fried. Unfortunately, none of us liked this unusual recipe which was extremely briney, fishy tasting. Be prepared for that if you dare to try it.

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B
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here a lot and every friend we’ve taken has loved the food and the embiance and service.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is not as good as it use to be years ago. My husbands food was not hot and the chicken dish that is always excellent was just ok. Not a lot of flavor.

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R
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Decarli's - have since the day they opened. Shortribs are a must try at least once.

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SG
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Unimpressive. The PDX food scene is only 5 miles away. The difference between Beaverton and Portlandia is huge.

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MV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the everything about this place! Food and drinks were amazing as well as the service. The vibe was great as well felt like you were at a restaurant in Dtwn Portland! Who knew this was in Beaverton!

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DG
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, the food at Decarli was superb. They had just introduced their winter menu, and everything was outstanding. We went with the server's wine recommendation, and it was perfect, as usual. Speaking of the service, it was up to Decarli's usual high standards.
We have never had a bad experience at Decarli - Other than being a bit noisy, it is one of the best restaurants in all of Metro Portland.

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ML
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lighting is just too dark... can’t even see your menu...

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DO
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Been going here several years. I’ve tried a lot of dishes which are all good but the signature short ribs are the reason I keep going back. It’s the only fine dining restaurant on the West side of Portland. The happy hour is always active but I always eat in the dining area. Love the place really. My only negative is that it would be nice if they considered ways to diminish the chatter. It’s very difficult to carry on a conversation due to the “noise” level.

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TF
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with this restaurant.
Compliments to the chef for all five of our delicious dinners!

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K
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Decarli multiple times, always impressed. I love their new seasonal items on the menu, the service is always great.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was terrific, For the appetizer, we had the Cazuela and we shared a tossed green salad. The bread was very good. For the main entre, we did the short rib and the spaghetti with shrimp. For the dessert, we had the Buttermilk Panna Cotta with huckleberries.

The service was very good, we had plenty of time to talk and enjoy each course. The host was very welcoming and made sure we were comfortable and settled in nicely before passing us off to the wait staff. The one slight complaint I had was it was a little bit noisy. Probably because the dining room is open directly to the bar, but it did not distract for an overall excellent experience.

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CF
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love DeCarli's! They change their menu so you can always expect something new to try. Everything I've had here is yummy! Close to home for those of us that live on the westside and don't want to deal with traffic and parking downtown.

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KS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it everytime I go there. Great food, great service, wonderful staff

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MT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 5 friends got together for a fun Friday night dinner at Decarli's. We had a wonderful evening. The ambiance was warm and inviting. The food was delicious. The service was excellent. We will definitely be back!

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CG
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is consistent, very good! We always have great service with wonderful waitstaff, and our waiter Josh was particularly awesome this evening!

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our very favorites! Amazing food and service without going downtown. Decent street parking. I highly recommend the bread pudding for dessert it’s the best I’ve ever had!

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OT
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a solid restaurant in every way. Food is always excellent and our server was superb and so sweet. Noise level is right up there because of the bricks and big glass windows. We’ll be back.

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JO
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dining experience. It was my birthday and the staff made me feel so special. We will be back!

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GZ
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We came to your restaurant as a celebration for my daughters birthday. Her birthday was acknowledged when we checked in. Then nothing.
I was also disappointed because the table water wasn't filtered. 😑

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WK
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

First of all let me say I normally love this restaurant and would give it 5 stars across the board.

1. We ordered drinks and our meal, salads and entree’s. When the salads were delivered we were not offered bread or fresh ground pepper for the salads. I had to flag down our wait server to request bread. I have never had to do this before and I noticed another table with the same issue. Unless there is a major shortage of bread that I am unaware of, I think the restaurant needs to correct this issue.

2. I ordered the King Salmon. It was prepared perfectly. My issue was the size of the portion, at the most 3-4 ounces. Not a good value for the money. My date ordered a pasta dish. I understand what al dente is, but this was so undercooked it was ridiculous.

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MM
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. Conversation at our table was somewhat limited by background noise.

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c
Portland
68 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again this restaurant has not disappointed us. Our date night was very special. Ashley waited on us in the restaurant and our bartender (sorry didn't get his name) were great. Wonderful service. The menu selections were great. One of us had spaghetti that was the best she's ever had in her life. My husband had rigatonni which was really great. Dessert was apple crisp!! Highly recommend this restaurant. Make reservations as it gets very crowded.

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HL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was my first time there. I had a special dish prepared for Beaverton Restaurant Week. It was nothing special and I was a little disappointed. I also had pizza, which was very good, especially the crust. The regular dinner menu entrees run $20 - $30. I didn't have any of them but they sounded tantalizing with some unique touches. The wine list was extensive, old and new world, but only a few were available by the glass. It was quite noisy once the place got past half full. The service was excellent!

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P
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Starting with killer polenta fries into salads and main dishes, everything was delicious and the service attentive. Definitely a "go back."

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Wondering if the cooking staff has changed over, extremely heavy on the salt so much so I had to send my meal back, it was also undercooked.

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MH
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This time we had an 830 PM reservation, which made for a sparse crowd, This helped tremendously with the normally high volume of the main dining room. We were able to have a pleasant conversation without yelling, and our dinner was relaxed and comfortable. As usual, the service and food were outstanding. I've never had a bad meal here, only issues with the noise. I find it interesting that after all the negative comments on noise levels, they've still not done a thing to mitigate it. There are several easy things they could do. What are they waiting for?

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CC
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent drinks and food. Service was great. Kudos for the chef for some amazing entrees.

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m
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. My salmon was a little under cooked for what I asked but still delicious.

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We really like this restaurant!
Unfortunately our entrees were cold and had to be redone! I am sure this was a one of a kind situation:)

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