Higgins Restaurant & Bar

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$31 to $50
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Organic
At Higgins we are fortunate to be situated in one of the world’s most fertile, productive and diverse agricultural regions
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D
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was fabulous. I had roasted vegetable risotto and each bite was wonderful. Our service was not good. Despite a reservation, we waited 20 minutes as our table was not yet empty. Then the waiter came by 15 minutes later to take our order. My experiences before have always included great food and perfect service. It was a special birthday meal and we were disappointed.

B
Portland
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation online for the bar. We were placed in a quiet location against the wall which I appreciated as opposed to a table by the door. We split a green salad with hazelnuts and blue cheese, a vegetable tart and the " Pig Plate". The pig plate had a slice of tender and perfectly cooked pork loin, a pork belly, a slice of thick bacon and a pork sausage over roasted fingerling potatoes. Desert was warm gingerbread with vanilla ice cream. They had run out of the rum raisin which was fine with me as I prefer vanilla. We also had spiced chocolate pudding with Chantilly cream. It was a very good meal, a nice atmosphere in which we could hear each other speak. Higgins is a lovely old Portland place to go to for any occasion.

SL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated a birthday and had wonderful food and service. Our waiter had been there since Higgins opened and answered all our questions about the food. A great time!

AS
Portland
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My companion and I shared the Brussels spout appetizer, which was disappointing - mushy and tasteless. Everything else, though, was delicious - beet salad, mussels and ling cod. Great service at the bar.

LH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful juxaposition of flavors and textures! Unique use of ingredients and beautiful presentation. Higgins showcases creativity and deep knowledge of local fare and tastes. The veteran servers add expertise with a bit of fun. Congrats to Greg and all the staff for staying at the top of your game for 30 years!

DD
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Higgins was awesome as usual, with knowledgeable waiters and great local food and drink!
Don

BW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely lunch at Higgins. The dining room retains its 1994 ambience, which I personally dig. The food was very good - I had a pork and duck terrine sandwich that was nice. The cranberry apple pandowdy for dessert was a highlight. Service was excellent.
Would 100% go again.

M
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Higgins seems to be from the outside and interesting Portland Bistro with Northwest accent. However I personally found the food extremely lacking in quality and flavor and execution. One Shining point about Higgins was the service from numerous waitstaff and Care in wine and wine service. It was fun to interact with the numerous waiters about different wines that were available and the restaurant as well as Portland in general. Service far exceeds the food quality.

TD
Jackson Hole
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always such an enjoyable evening. Perhaps the best service in town!

DM
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HIggins Restaurant is always outstanding. We recommend it to anyone who asks where to dine in Portland.
It's our go-to restaurant for celebrations and regular dinners alike. Now a Portland institution, it has never lost its innovative edge nor its commitment to local farmers. Wonderful!

OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebration of fruits of the forest to benefit the James Beard market was wonderful. Have been enjoying this short season offering for 21+ years. I’m always pleased at the creative incorporation of wild mushrooms into a menu. And of course the accompanying local wines, consistently outstanding, too. The service is friendly, professional and attentive. It remains my favorite classy restaurant.

AR
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiter was knowledgeable and charming and the food was excellent. Fun evenjng

OT
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kami did an excellent job of describing the menu & giving recommendations. Very good food!

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 5 course mushroom meal was delightful and one of the best meals I have had in the city.
The service was spot on and perfectly timed.
Higgins out did themselves this time.

CK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Higgins was terrific. The food was fabulous, the service was better than fabulous, and the table was quiet and comfortable. One thing I would recommend, though, is to NOT bring children. The staff knocked themselves out to make my 6-year-old granddaughter comfortable and find something she would eat, but the menu just isn't really geared for children.

G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Portland institution deserves its stellar reputation and long-standing popularity (since 1994). Menu ranges from Italian-influenced to excellent fish/meat offerings--everything locally sourced and delicious. My husband ordered the dry-aged rib-eye steak, which he (a steak-lover) proclaimed the best he has ever eaten; I ordered duck confit, which is customarily comes with breast and leg; when I told server I preferred dark meat, I was graciously provided with two legs instead of the breast--exquisite and perfectly cooked and seasoned. Higgins is renowned for its craft beer list and also offers a large wine selection featuring Oregon's excellent wines. A delightful evening--we could not get restaurant seats as our reservation was made on short notice, but dining in the bar is great, too--comfortable and lively.

BK
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Though it was pricey, the portions were just right. Glass choices for Pinot were limited, and not the one I would have ordered had I had more options. The restaurant was cold. The service was excellent, and timed perfectly. I would return anytime.

I
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so perfect, as well as our server Raymond. He was kind and thoughtful, for he brought out two cookies with candles for our 1 yr anniversary. The pork was delicious and turned into butter in my mouth. The price was at no concern to me because the food and service was so excellent and beyond my expectations. I will come back and be a dedicated guest and fan of Higgins. Thank you for making one important night seem like a dream come true.

a
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, although a bit spicier than we expected. Service was outstanding and the waiter was very helpful and accommodating. Lovely spot!

SG
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love Higgins bar! Great spot for after work drink and a bite. The food is very good. Make sure to pay attention when you order/hear about specials as you can order for main dining menu in the bar and prices vary greatly between the two.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Great service, friendly and helpful but not intrusive, no rushing even though it was nearing closing. Food was excellent; waiter gave good descriptions and recommendations.

KJ
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us all enjoyed our meals, the setting and high quality of service.

JZ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Well. We were able to get a last-minute reservation no problem. On a Saturday night. That should have told us something to begin with.

The ambiance was very nice. Took the staff a little longer than I would have liked to come and greet us once we were seated. It was after 9pm. So one would have thought that perhaps we might be “hungry?”

The server was polite, but aloof. And the overview of the evenings specials was nice - we ordered two of those and two other entrees along with soup and the Caprese Salad special for the evening.

My steak was bland and slightly over cooked. No flavor whatsoever. I had to add salt to everything. The carrots were just crispy enough. And the fingerling potatoes had some sort of spice that made them taste sweet. Not sure what that was all about. Not worth the $37 or 47 I paid for it at all.

My son ordered the Tuna special - his words: “It was just plain BORING.” And not worth $27 or 37. Just didn’t make any kind of positive impression on us.

The vegan dish - root veggies and carrots - was pretty good, but for $18.00?

We had high expectations to say the least. But were disappointed.

Not worth the over $225 spent for a family of four with one glass of wine.

KC
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food. The best service in town. Extensive wine and beer list. Excellent!

P
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was great but the noise level was too high!!!

H
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Anniversary with excellent service out waiter from Australia

WC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at the bar and Brandan the bartender was great!

R
Portland
74 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always perfect there. Ambience. Food. And Service. Love this place

TE
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Higgins is very dependable, you can also expect a get a high level of service, great presentation and always delicious food. The mussels were yummy and toned down on the spice especially for me.

KC
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire group had a fantastic meal here, from appetizers all the way through dessert and after dinner drinks. Service is truly outstanding as well. Can't recommend highly enough.

T
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I ordered one of the evening's specials - the seafood entree. Unfortunately, the salmon was overcooked (dry actually) the vegetables were luke warm and also overcooked (charred in places).

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Service was great but the food lacked seasoning. You could tell the kitchen has technique, but needs to use salt and pepper!

JA
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Portland, amazing food, incredible service! Not ideal for kids, but they accommodated by 11 year old with a simple pasta and cheese entree and we very kind to him. Otherwise, menu is not for kids. If you seek the famous burger, you must sit in bar, they won't serve it in dining room.

You must order charcuterie, amazing.

NP
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our experience was pleasant: the cocktails were delicious; the food was good, if a bit unremarkable; the service was timely and efficient.

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the Meal was very good from start to finish, the portion size large but not overwhelming and the quality of the food was excellent, i would recommend it to anyone looking for fine dining at a cozy, busy restaurant. The list of wine and cocktails both impressive and intriguing. We did not have dessert.

MB
Philadelphia
408 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were a party of eight, and had a nice table with good service. Good variety of choices. When we divided the check at the end of the night, we found the price to be quite reasonable. Would recommend to others and would certainly return as well.

CM
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy old school. Delicious shellfish stew. Charlie great waiter

D
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, thoughtfully prepared. Service is great and friendly. We felt like a welcomed guest.

BM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Higgins is the epitome of Portland dining: Casual but elegant, diverse group of diners, great service, intimate dining spaces, great seasonal food. Always a good choice for lunch, diner or drinks. And has been for years!!!

E
Portland
437 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was excellent. We had two salads and four entrees. Each one was very tasty, particularly the seafood stew and pork loin.

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