Holdfast Dining

4.9
213 reviews
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$50 and over
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Holdfast is a reservations only restaurant, located at 2131 SE 11th Ave. in Portland, OR. We serve a 9 course tasting menu, with 5 paired beverages for $140 (that price is inclusive of both beverage pairing and service). We allow minors during our 5:30 seating, but not past that time slot, sorry for any inconvenience.
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience and the food was amazing.

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CM
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! My favorite meal in Portland! Farm spirit an extremely close second - no where else even compared to these too!!!

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely dinner was delicious and superbly served. Wonderful meal was expertly paired with luscious wines. Will definitely make a special trip back the next time we are in Portland. It's a gem!

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An impeccable dining experience. Loved every minute.

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DC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, inventive NW cuisine. Really unique flavors. Wonderful wine pairings. And quite reasonable for what it is. I was very impressed. Would love to return next time I am in town.

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ML
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Definitely get the wine pairings and add the caviar if that is an option. They use local ingredients for food and showcase local small wine producers as well. The food is thoughtful, interesting, and challenged the ideas I had about the way certain things are prepared. Loved it! They accommodated by dietary restrictions. Make sure you check out Deadshot next door for a cocktail after dinner!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about dining at holdfast was spectacular. The easy and welcoming vibe, the super-knowledgeable servers and engaging chefs made an already delicious birthday dinner utterly memorable. You will not leave hungry! The small, perfectly cooked and spiced plates kept getting better and the wine pairings were delicious and unusual. We can’t wait to return!

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JK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was sublime. Service was earnest and professional. Atmosphere was warm and charming. We try to get out here at least once a year.

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g
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was outstanding as was the wine pairing. We came for the earliest seating. My only problem was that as later arrivals were let in before we finished, it got quite noisy, and it was awkward at a prix-fixe dinner to have them getting their first courses as we finished.

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LK
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wine pairing was perfect! Unique dishes. Apparent a lot of thought went into each dish- presentations were impressive. Nice choice for a special outing!

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RB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dining at Holdfast was an experience that my special lady and I enjoyed very much. I doubt that we will go back, but the adventurous food was unlike any either of us have had before. The atmosphere and unique flavors were incredible.

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BD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very thoughtful and knowledgeable service. Best deal for a tasting menu. The flow of service was very nice and they pay attention to the details. I really appreciated the parting gift that had our menus and fire ticket as well as a few loaves of the bread we had with dinner.

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TC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holdfast is a Gem of a restaurant. Get in while you still can.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine pairings, excellent service. Reminded me of food in 3 star Michelin in France.

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h
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very refined menu - excellent wine pairings. If you are looking for something special and delicious, this is a very good choice. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable adding to the elevated but not pretentious experience...

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I
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a fun dining experience although not all of the dishes or wine pairings worked. The guests sit around an open kitchen (mostly just for assembling the dishes with the cooking done elsewhere) with the chefs coming around to explain each dish. We especially enjoyed the pork coppa and the honey yogurt. The pork coppa was perfectly slow cooked and the frozen yogurt in the "dipping dot" style with the honey was very refreshing.
The cod with the mustard greens and mustard seeds was just too strongly flavored with mustard and the monkfish liver dish was too salty if you add the caviar. The Wine Thieves Kisi was not drinkable at all.
The service was excellent and the chefs were very helpful in explaining each dish. Overall, a fun evening.

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the whole experience! I celebrated my birthday there with my boyfriend and it couldn't have been better. I even got a Happy Birthday card at the end of dinner, so nice!
The only thing I could say is that one of the plates was a little too salty for my taste, which made the following plates taste a little salty as well. But my boyfriend didn’t mind anyway.

I would totally recommend it for a special night! The service was perfect as well.
Can’t wait to go back to Portland and try it again.

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h
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambience was nice as everyone sat around in a u shaped bar height table that surrounded the cooking area. Welcome staff and server was super friendly and accomodating with dietary restrictions. Wine pairings were very good. My disappointment was in the food. Cod was fishy. Two of the 10 courses were duck. Deserts were good.

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an amazing experience. Not one element was left out of the thoughtful and creative presentation of the exquisite food. Holdfast should be in line to receive at least two Michelin stars!

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GH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible tasting menu that is built around seasonal ingredients and interesting food preparation techniques -- it is never fussy, esoteric or weird. The flavors are divine. You want more but are satisfied by the portions. The wine pairings subtly echo notes in the food and never overpower delicate flavors. The staff are warm and enthusiastic about the experience they create. Service is excellent without being formal. Bar seating was surprising comfortable for a two hour experience.

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed Holdfast tremendously, the food was creative and delcious and it was a unique dining experience.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top-notch creativity and luxury for foodies. 7 out of 9 courses were stellar. All were interesting. Great for very special occasions! (The succulent roast beef, with delicious fat retained on the small filet, was my fave; my wife adored the Dungeness crab with kumquat.)

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EW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a special experience! We were met at the bar and led over to the restaurant - like finding a secret room. Amazing flavors and wonderful, personal service. I can't wait to go back next time we are in town.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tasting menu. Good value. Friendly service

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i
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, creative, and artistic food. We love tasting menus, and the food was served at a nice pace along with an nice pairing of wine.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect!! best of my life! ❤️

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K
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. 9 courses and 5 wine pairings is worth every cent!

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PN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing evening. We were not ready for the quality of food and pairings. It's like fine dining at your friend's place. Very refined and not fussy. A complete hit.

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RB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as it gets in every respect — food, wine, presentation and fun

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far one of the most unique and delicious restaurants in Portland. The food is creative and tastes amazing! Every course is a sensory journey, paired perfectly with the beverage presented. I took my wife there for her birthday dinner and they went all out for us, going so far as to sending us home with their tasty steamed bread and giving her a card signed by the staff! You can’t go wrong here. Go. As soon as possible.

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VS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly an amazing food experience. It just keeps getting better and better, especially with more space and opportunity to grow in their new space. Delicious, interesting, creative ingredients, dishes, pairings, and platings. Plus, they are right there to answer any questions you might have!
It is certainly not a place I could go to regularly as it does cost a pretty penny, but it is absolutely worth saving up for to go to on a special occasion. And with their new attached bar space, Deadshot, there is an added accessibility to those to can't frequently indulge in the all-out fine dining experience. Would recommend 100%!

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SD
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely spectacular from beginning to end. The attention to detail was incomparable; the service was impeccable; and the creativity, preparation and execution of the dishes was exemplary. I can't wait to go back!

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NE
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal for my boyfriend's birthday. The Holdfast team took great care to accommodate a pregnant person in our party, and went out of their way to try and help/accomodate us when we had some unexpected changes to our plans. The staff was super friendly and the cuisine/paired drinks exceptional. The price is totally reasonable when you consider it includes food + drink + gratuity. A great experience!

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Now our Favorite restaurant

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KK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining at Holdfast's new location on SE 11th. The new place is charming, and the silverware drawers are a welcome upgrade. The food was as stellar as ever (particularly the hamachi). Holdfast remains our favorite restaurant in PDX!

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a
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, chefs wine and service. Love it.

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s
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining experience. Everything from the ambiance to the service to the food was incredibly thoughtful. Thank you so much Holdfast for a lovely time!

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SD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Holdfast several times over the last few years and I've never been disappointed. Will and Joel have this thing nailed down: hospitality and service are beyond expectations (for instance, I spilled wine on my shirt like a rookie and Will immediately appeared out of nowhere with soda water for the stain); the atmosphere allows for quiet conversation with your dining partner, or larger group discussions during each course if that's what you're into; the wine pairings are thoughtfully curated and extremely well-tailored to their respective courses; and this goes without saying, but the food is stellar. I'm thrilled that they've kept their madeleine on the menu since the beginning, as well as the honey and yogurt course -- I've spent too much time fondly thinking about both of those dishes.
A visit to Holdfast will be well worth your time and money; the experience is unforgettable.

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

Amazing for special occasions and taking a serious date. All of the waiters were impeccable in their presentation, consideration and explanations of each course. Bravo!

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DD
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

These guys have lots of stops at impressive restaurants and it shows. Great food and service.

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