Holdfast Dining

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291 Reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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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T
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JL
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

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
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
27 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive food with great service.

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best meal i had whilst visiting pdx!

h
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

T
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals of my life

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

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.

R
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and quite creative. The staff was attentive and great at answering questions about the food and wine.

EJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

OT
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful evening. The meal was extraordinary, each course was a work of art. I would absolutely recommend.

C
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true level up for Portland dining.

i
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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!

MB
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food experience. Unique food combinations expertly prepared. The wine pairings were spot on

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes. Cutting edge culinary experience in Portland. Great technique, great space.

DJ
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of the most fun dining experiences in Portland. Super innovative food and wine pairing with really friendly staff.

EB
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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