Holdfast Dining

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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. Minors are allowed during our 5:30 seating, but not past that time slot, sorry for any inconvenience.
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AT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best dining experience I have ever had. The food was amazing and the staff was fabulous. Can't wait to go back.

MR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! We had one of the best dinners of our lives at Holdfast. So fun sitting in an intimate setting watching the chefs do their magic. The entire team is very knowledgeable and treated us like royalty. The food was beautifully selected, prepared, and presented. The wine pairing was phenomenal. Great way to try new foods that you would never order otherwise. Highly recommend and we'll be back soon, hopefully!

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As repeat customers it was as amazing and wonderful as past dinners!! Highly recommended!

FF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I love the idea of innovative tasting menus in intimate spaces . Holdfast has a really cool atmosphere, great service and good food. But for a place that describes its cuisine as clean and primitive, the dishes seemed overly complicated with a lot of tortured ingredients. And while the wine pairings were good, the pours were tiny... not enough to last through 2 courses.

TD
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Holdfast was a delightful meal. The stand out was the "coconut curry" over soft shelled crab. The celery root tacos with trout row was also great. The beef Tartar and Beef Belly were amazingly rich and right at the line of overwhelming but I am so glad I got to experience both dishes.

STRONGLY recommend to anyone who is looking to do something a little different. We like to get 1 wine paring and 1 juice paring. The beet-cherry is juice was delicious.

K
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holdfast experience was as I hoped. Each dish was exceptional and varied. The wine pairings and non-alcohol versions complemented the dishes well. Staff presented and shared insights on the dishes in a kind manner. A truly memorable experience.

JG
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you have a special night coming up, put Holdfast on your calendar.

You will have a great interaction with the chef, sous chef, and sommelier and have a fantastic experience!

I just took my fiancee there for her birthday, and we had a fantastic time!

MB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorite spots to go for a special occasion! We are always incredibly impressed with the innovative and delicious menu the Holdfast team comes up with every time, awesome wines to pair with it and amazing service. They always make us feel at home and we can't wait to go back again soon. Also, if you don't drink wine their non-alcoholic pairing is also really, really good and they have been really accommodating anytime we bring someone in with dietary restrictions. I really couldn't recommend Holdfast enough!

TN
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. The tasting menu really had some unique flavors. Excellent wine pairings. Would definitely go again!

ON
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved every bite! Great experience! It was my birthday celebration, could not wish for a better birthday dinne.

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

This place over-complicates food to the point that it no longer tastes good. They take quality high end ingredients, and insist on transforming them into unappetizing purees, chips, and foams. Food is not actually cooked to order, but plates are created around the chefs counter and some items are merely warmed up. We found this place to be extremely disappointing and overpriced.

LD
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Portland! Always creative, always delicious.

T
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an all around amazing experience from start to finish. Every single bite was superb. At the end of the meal they added a few small touches that were special and unique. Truly enjoyed this experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Each course was on point. Service was warm, friendly and informative. Wine pairings were interesting, delicious and well matched. Amount of food was perfect, but I wanted to eat everything again! Bravo!!!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the most unique dining experience we have enjoyed in a very long time.

WC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second experience here was just as great as our first. Although we first visited Holdfast at their "winery" location, their new location is just as nice and offers the intimate, thoughtful, and masterfully prepared courses we love. The wine parings offered unique, sometimes obscure, but always delicious accompaniments to the fine and delicate dishes. A wonderful experience that is pricy, but worth it. Love the prix fixe offering as it removes all decision making from the guest. Shed your inhibitions and go where the chefs want to take you and enjoy it as though it was a hike in the forrest or stroll on a secluded stretch of beach.

L
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was super-interesting and tasty. The drink pairings were great. It was a really fun experience.

MY
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely fantastic dinner. The food was amazing and staff excellent!!

JL
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive cuisine expertly prepared and beautifully plated. Perfect wine pairings with each course. Approachable, affable chef/owners who are glad to share their insights as they assemble the dishes. Pricey, but well worth it!

TH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experiences I have ever had and nothing comes close.

RC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service, incredible food with regard to preparation, flavors, and presentation. A memorable dining experience!

KH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

F
Cleveland
51 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

D
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Do it. Just go. Its really good and I love the bar style seating. Watching the prep is half the fun.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the total experience. We will be back often.

TW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

YN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible experience at Holdfast. The food was outstanding and Ty, the wine director specifically was a joy to interact with.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service. I will make a trip to Portland again just to eat here!

k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

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!

PL
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

D
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive food with great service.

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best meal i had whilst visiting pdx!

h
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun! Well-paced tasting menu with attentive and gracious service.

RT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent wine pairings. A bit pricey, but worth it!

T
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals of my life

SA
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.