decarli

4.6
1710 reviews
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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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MM
Denver
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 1

Looking for a great restaurant for a birthday celebration with family... This was not it. Way too dark and noisy.. Took two hours to get our food and no one ever came to check on us or refill drinks.

ML
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The appetizers were creative and tasty but I was underwhelmed with my chicken entree-- the eggplant and okra were mushy and the entire dish was just not good. Really enjoyed the cocktails, the wine selection and the ambiance despite the very many children present. Service was ok. With so many restaurants to choose from on the east side, I doubt we'd make the trip again to eat here.

BH
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Slow Slow Slow. Seemed significantly understaffed. Our server was very experienced but very overwhelmed.
What should have been 45 - 60 minute experience took twice as long.
The food was as usual very good.

h
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A small but amazing menu. The food is spectacular. My only complaint about decarli is the noise level. It was hard to have a conversation with someone across the table. All you need is one rowdy party two tables over and the evening is kinda shot. Go early if noise is an issue for you.

GR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh made pasta, special appetizers each day, wonderful flavors. Cooks are amazing, atmosphere special and they are always glad you are there

Highly recommend

N
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good options for g-free and d-free allergies including meat and fish. Wine list is very good with reasonably-priced Brunello for those who like Italian.

EM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food and ambiance was good. Service was a bit slow--5+ minutes to get a glass or wine after we ordered; food took longer than anticipated. Lively and somewhat loud space which was not an ideal match for a business dinner we had.

Would certainly recommend it to others ! Thank you.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite neighborhood restaurant love the people there always work hard to do a nice job

D
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible. Finally just asked for boxes to take food home after drinks never ordered 15 minutes earlier never arrived. It appears this restaurant has gone downhill

LM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great rotating and seasonally produced menu that's well executed. Front of the house staff is knowledgeable, helpful, and efficient. Will be back!

KS
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, wine and service. Very creative, solid menu. It was hard to pick from so many good choices.

d
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decarli never disappoints!
The Appetizers, cocktails, entree’s and dessert is always spot on! The flavors, presentation and value are all top notch!
Our waiter was Mark and he is always the best, very attentive and making the dining experience always the best!
We will be back!

BB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall our food was delicious. We got the polenta fries and bruschetta to start. The homemade ricotta was to die for. I also ordered the tomato and pesto salad which was very fresh and delicious. The only complaint I have is that my chicken for my entree was a little dry and the dish was a bit salty overall. My husband ordered the short ribs with spetzle and that was so tender and flavorful, kind of jealous I didn’t get that ha. The service was great and we will definitely be back!

n
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cheesecake after dinner was incredible! The short ribs is a must. Split the Ceaser before your meal, you won’t regret it!

D
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. This is the best restaurant on the entire west side of town. Don’t miss the rib meet on spatzle. I can not believe how great the food is here. If it was downtown it would have been more for less.

JE
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good as usual. The service was friendly but glacially slow.

h
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Menu had many amazing choices and it was hard to decide. the Mussels were a very good appetizer. I would definitely recommend Declari. It was a quiet atmosphere when we were there; however it was not a very busy time at 5PM on a warm sunny Saturday.

SD
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were very good. The room is uncomfortably loud when busy. Quiet conversation? Romantic? NO. Go for the food.

BB
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good overall

L
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most authentic Italian food in the area. The meat is prepared so well it made me wish I ordered 3 more dishes. The wine they offer pairs so nicely with the food. Now THE PIZZA, as an Italian it is the only pizza I have tasted in this area that is so incredibly similar to the pizza you’d have in Firenze. Incredible!

CM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service. will defintely be back.

My husband is craving the gelato

AG
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in on a Sunday night, and it was a full house, so reservation is key. Despite that, service was warm and prompt and our waiter (didn’t catch his name) didn’t seem rushed. He spent time going over the menu, answered our questions, and made suggestions, which a couple of us took him up on. Only downside was that it was very noisy, and I had to lean in very close to hear my dinner companions.

We started off with oysters on the half shell (hammer-something) which had no grit, were very fresh and creamy, and very good plain or with the mignonette. I had a bite of the tomato pesto salad my friends were sharing, so good! I also got the spicy mango margarita, which I want to be part of my life. It was nostalgic of Mexican candy.
I ended up getting the beet salad and cazuela. The salad was good, kind of like a fruit salad, though that’s not quite what I look for in a beet salad. The cazuela was smoky and excellent, and I want to go about recreating it!
Bf got the short ribs with spaetzle and was very happy. The beef was tender and he was very intrigued with the spaetzle, which he’d never had before.
The other person got the king salmon. She found it a bit too salty, but bf and I had a taste and thought it was excellent. Very moist and tender, with a good flake.

There is a little terras on the sidewalk that looked very cozy. I might like to come back to sit there for drinks and a light meal. I would like to come back here, anyway, but maybe at a time it would be less busy.

DP
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our recent visit to Decarli. Everything was delicious.
The short ribs are to die for. Enjoyed our wait staff - pleasant and
knowledgable. Great ambiance - good vibe. So happy to have
this dining experience in our own back yard! Can't wait to return!

C
Portland
74 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decarli has the best soup anywhere, always something different and always delicious. Tagliatelle with pork bolognese was great. Cappuccinos to finish. Mark provided perfect service. So lucky to have Decarli in the neighborhood!

D
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

After reading the reviews my wife and I decided to try Decarli for ourselves. We should have been warned off about the noise. The cacophonous blast hit us as soon we entered the restaurant. To be honest, it was downright painful. We were warmly greeted and taken to our table. It was a small table, set for two but we still couldn’t carry on a decent conversation because of the din. Our waiter arrived after a while and was very pleasant. He took our beverage order and then disappeared...for some time. After about fifteen minutes he returned with our drinks and took our order. After a long wait, he returned with some bread — by this time we were quite hungry. After nearly thirty minutes after we sat down our salads arrived. Both the beet salad and caesar salad were very good. But, thank goodness for the bread, because it took quite a while more until our entrees were served. My steak was quite good as was the vegetable ragu that accompanied it. My wife ordered the vegetarian pasta which was excellent, except for the fact that it was on the cold side. As the servers (ours included) were constantly scurrying about, I can only assume that the problems were due to short staffing and disorder in the kitchen. All-in-all, we had a good meal but will not likely return to Decarli.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food very good but plating was slow...ended up have dessert comped due delay in bringing food to table. This was something friends of ours had also had issues with. The place reflects noise rather heavily.

r
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The polenta fries were down right decedent and the squid ink pasta (I forgot the name) with shrimp was amazing. My wife loved the gnocchi which they made vegetarian for her by leaving out the pancetta. I had a lemon dessert with mint and blackberries the flavors of which worked far better than I expected and I'd already expected it to be excellent after the great meal. Our server was awesome and did a great job taking care of us. I will be back for more.

EF
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food and atmosphere. Could use a few more menu options at times.

OT
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Not likely to return. Greeting from host seemed as though we were bothering him. Our waiter seemed disappointed we didnt order dessert and then took over 15 minutes to deliver the check. Short ribs were very fatty and I couldnt eat nearly 1/3 of my entree because I dont eat big chunks of fat. We used to rave about the food and service at Decarli. Not what we had come to expect from past experience. There are too many choices to put up with attitude and poor quality.

SS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went here for our first wedding anniversary and it was wonderful. Our food was delicious, the service was great, and the bartender even knew how to make a cocktail I had been wanting to try but couldn't find anywhere else (a Corpse Reviver no. 2). It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely be recommending it to our friends and family.

a
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We love the chicken dish but last time we went it was not good. Chicken was burned and hard from the outside and I thought it was a bone but it was not! Service was nice. I asked the waitress why it look different and she explained that they keep changing it every day but we went at least 4 times the look changes true but tastes were pretty darn good till the last one.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always exceptional.

LI
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter recommended an excellent wine to go with the entrees we picked out and our meal was cooked to perfection.

L
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There's nothing bad I can say. Everything was excellent and our waitress was fun and attentive which made the experience that much better. When I made the reservation I said it was for a date night and then surprised us with a yummy S'mores dessert on the house!!! Nice touch!

PE
Portland
29 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lighting is poor. Restaurant is always very cold.

P
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was good, tasty short ribs.
Won’t be going back again as the restaurant is jut too loud.
Hard surfaces everywhere ~ reverberating sound.

V
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Reservation for 5 though OpenTable, and we were seated immediately. The birthday gal had the squid ink black noodles and clams, said it was delicious. I had duck ragu ... very yum! Everyone else enjoyed the gnocchi. We were all really pleased with the nosh, as each entree (that we ordered) was around $20 to $22, so reasonable prices. While the restaurant has great decor, the sound level is a high, making quiet conversation a bit difficult. But the excellent food makes it worth the drive to Beaverton.

JG
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again a great meal!!

MD
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, gluten free options are not a problem (they adapt everything), the service wzs excellent as well. We’ve been at decarli’s before & we’ll definetely go back.

DA
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very attentive wait staff. It was a great date place!

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