We were amazed at the food and the wine pairing, the presentation, and wonderful flavors. The staff were just fabulous explaining things, answering questions, and seemed to truly enjoy their work and the great atmosphere themselves. A terrific go-to place for birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions. We'll be back!
Wanted to take daughter and son-in-layout for a unique dinner in Portland. Found Holdfast, and it turned out to be everything we expected. Unique concept and service. Three sittings of eight, 5:30, 7:00, and 8:30. Small, gourmet plates with wine pairing. Friendly and attentive service. Each course, explained. Unique flavors. This is really a spot for serious foodies. Loved the place setting drawer in front of each seat. Use all the knives and forks you need. Wines well paired with foods.
Do it. Just go. Its really good and I love the bar style seating. Watching the prep is half the fun.
We enjoyed the total experience. We will be back often.
One of the best meals I've ever had (#5 ever). Every dish is delicious and it's a great value (especially coming from San Francisco prices). The sort of place that fine-dining aficionados would love and people who've never experienced fine-dining would also love.
We had an incredible experience at Holdfast. The food was outstanding and Ty, the wine director specifically was a joy to interact with.
For me, best dining experience in Portland. Been here twice and was exquisite both times. Simplicity and complexity combine for an understated but superb setting.
Amazing food, excellent service. I will make a trip to Portland again just to eat here!
The rating is based on the food. Perhaps it was an off menu, or I've been spoiled by all the great restaurants in Detroit, but the food was subpar. I wouldn't even say average for a tasting menu. There was 1 dish out of 9 that wowed me. For tastings, I expect to be wowed by at least 3 and have a hard time picking a favourite. There was really only one dish that stood out.
The services was phenomenal and staff were great. Wine pairings were perfect!
The nine course menu with wine pairings was excellent. Highly recommend it. I do wish the chefs were a little more engaged with those guests at the chef’s counter. I also recommend instructions be clearly given to guests on what to look for when arriving by Lyft or Uber. We almost panicked that we were at the wrong place when we arrived because we did not see anything that said Holdfast.
Best meal of great dinners in Portland. Unique, complex dishes. Wines were good; outshined by the food. Perfect meal, all dishes were featuring a variety of ingredients used in unexpected ways. Small, intimate space. This restaurant is a project of passion, and it shows. Michelin Star quality. Go here, you won’t regret it. Go to the neighboring bar.. weird but good cocktails!
Holdfast was an amazing experience. The staff is helpful and attentive. We had a 7-course meal (menu attached) with wine pairings. The portions were small but we both left full after the dinner. We were sat around the chef's cooking area and it was good to see the food being prepared. I'd highly recommend this place.
Inventive food with great service.
best meal i had whilst visiting pdx!
I loved everything about this restaurant, the food, the ambiance, the staff, the service, everything. They offer both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic pairing options, which is not very common in fine dining but for a non-wine drinker like myself, I think it's very thoughtful. The whole ambiance is more intimate and welcoming, just like going to a friend's place for dinner. The staff and chefs are very attentive and did a great job explaining the food and the wine/beverage that goes with each course. Another big plus about the restaurant is their hassle-free pricing structure, one fixed price that include everything, no additional cost for the pairing and gratuity included already.
So much fun! Well-paced tasting menu with attentive and gracious service.
Amazing food and excellent wine pairings. A bit pricey, but worth it!
One of the best meals of my life
Expensive & worth it. You have to be open to new flavors & know that the menu when you are booking will not be the same when you go.
Interesting wines are matched with the courses & enhance each other very nicely.
The food was amazing and quite creative. The staff was attentive and great at answering questions about the food and wine.
This place is simply incredible. The food will blow your mind, the service is impeccable. The only draw back is also potentially a strength. It's a small and intimate environment, which I presume is normally wonderful, but I found myself straining to hear people next to me due to a table of very loud people. My hearing isn't great so maybe this isn't an issue anyone else had. We will be back regardless!
The tasting menu was by far one of the best that my wife and I have ever had. The dishes were very inventive and exceptional in taste. The wine pairings were perfectly paired. Come early so you can enjoy one of their craft cocktails in there bar next door.
It was a beautiful evening. The meal was extraordinary, each course was a work of art. I would absolutely recommend.
This was our first “experience” with Holdfast. And it truly was an eating “experience”. Wonderful time. Each course was so innovative and delicious, service was personal and exceptional and the way diners came and went over the evening was well done. No one felt hurried. We will definitely return for another eating experience!
A true level up for Portland dining.
Literally one of the best meals I have had in decades. Although it pays homage to both Noma and Relais, Holdfast is its own place. Every single dish was a delight to savor with fine and complex flavors. The wine pairings were reserved - food is the priority and the wines complimented the food without ever overpowering it. The descriptions of each course were, happily, not overly precious, but when I asked for more detail on ingredients or preparation, it was provided with pleasure.
Although every course was truly interesting and absolutely delicious, Holdfast did not appear to be attempting to shock with novelty or experimentation. While the 9 courses were appropriately modest in size, they were more than adequate in total to leave perfectly sated but not uncomfortable.
Finally, while a friend described this restaurant as expensive I thought it was actually great value for the quality and relative to other "foody" restaurants aspiring to this caliber in Brooklyn or Los Angeles. I will return!
Absolutely amazing food experience. Unique food combinations expertly prepared. The wine pairings were spot on
Yes. Cutting edge culinary experience in Portland. Great technique, great space.
We had an amazing dinner at Holdfast. Definitely in the top 3 meals ever and we are foodie people. Service was wonderful and the variety of dishes was perfect. My only comment is that when we went it was a special menu to celebrate their 6th anniversary and the price was $60/person more. This was not noted on OpenTable or on their website so it was a little bit of a surprise. We're sure it was because of the cavier. (which was great even to this non-cavier eater) We do feel that we got a good value even with the increased price. We would definitely like to return to this special place.
Still one of the most fun dining experiences in Portland. Super innovative food and wine pairing with really friendly staff.
Food was excellent, staff were lovely and super helpful! My one and only small complaint was that we had an earlier dinner reservation (7pm) and as we were finishing our meal, the 8:30 reservations were getting started. It wasn't very appetizing to be enjoying dessert while a pungent fish course was being served to other guests. Other than that everything was great!
Very intimate - I think there are only 11 seats. The chef prepares everything in front of you. Great atmosphere and service. Out of the 9 courses, 8 were A+. Incredible dining experience.
Not even sure how to begin when literally EVERYTHING is perfect! I have never in my life enjoyed a dining experience of this caliber. NOTE: I've dined at French Laundry! There is a bar next door to the restaurant, which actually was such a great way to start the evening. DEADSHOTPDX should be a destination drinking experience. We were individually ushered into the private dining area and that's when the fireworks started. It's a 9 course meal. The food is unbelievably gorgeous, creative, inventive, sarcastic, relevant, and TASTY! The service is OUTSTANDING! I wanted for nothing! I am a vegatarian/vegan and they will accommodate your request with notice. There is a ton of alcohol served through the meal, all wonderful and perfect. My husband had the non-alcoholic pairing and it was exceptional as well. The only drawback is that you only 1 1/2 hours to dine and I wish I had at least another half an hour. Honestly, I cannot rave enough about this place. Just go~! Blow your own mind!
great food, service and experience. Fun to see a chef guided dinning experience in Portland. Would 100% recommend. Food is unique, thoughtful and delicious. Wine pairing is excellent as well.
Incredible!! Amazing service, delicious food, and wonderful wine pairings.
Every moment was thoughtful and engaging. The hospitality, knowledge, and care put into every word and action made Holdfast a place I will always return when in Portland. If you are within 200 miles, go to Holdfast.
We’ve been to several pricks fixe restaurants and Holdfast ranks with the best of them. Each dish brought a flavor explosion to my mouth. The servers and chefs were friendly and engaging. We’ll be returning.
This was easily the best dining experience I've had in Portland. The service was great and the food was amazing. The same team runs Deadshot, the bar next door, as well, and I recommend taking some time to get a cocktail and chat with the bartenders.
Service is amazing. Having a front tow seat to the chef and food prep action is like watching a ballet. So much talent and a deep understanding of good and what goes well together. The attention to texture and taste are superb.
Great dining experience all around. Food was fabulous and service was sincere and friendly. The little take home bag of bread — with recipe — was an especially nice touch. Highly recommended.