Ned Ludd

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$30 and under
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Northwest
Ned Ludd is an American Craft Kitchen located in the Historic NE King Neighborhood. Chef/Owner Jason French offers foods cooked exclusively in a wood fired oven. We are committed to products sourced from local and regional purveyors. Our food is simple, rustic and meant to satisfy those who seek an authentic Northwest meal. The food, service and ambiance work together in an effort to offer a unique and casual Portland culinary experience. We are fortunate to live within an amazing network of passionate and committed farmers, foragers and craft producers. We hope you will join us to celebrate the bounty of the Greater Portland food community!
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad time at Ned Ludd, always extraordinary.

T
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a friend for her birthday, were delighted to find a parking lot, warm candlelight, lovely service and great food for dinner. We shared several small plates with great flavors and textures, then all had the 'rib' (a steak that night) over puree of root vegetables, perfectly cooked and small enough portions to finish. After dinner the staff brought our friend dessert with a birthday candle--perfect!

KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Ned Ludd is an experience in itself. The small, eclectic restaurant is a tucked away gem. The atmosphere is very inviting. The service is exceptional. The menu includes a delicious variety of Northwest dishes. We had the mushroom toast as an appetizer. That alone is reason to go to Ned Ludd. It was more than divine and I regretted offering to share it with my friend. My dinner partner had a seasonal pork dish that he said was fantastic. I had the roasted whole trout. I was looking forward to trout roasted in their wood fired oven. However, the delicate fish was so overly seasoned and dry inside I could not finish eating it. I tried scraping the thick layer of herbs (which made the fish taste incredibly salty) off, but the intense flavor of them permeated the fish. If I had had my eyes closed I would not have known I was eating fish.
I certainly would like to return to Ned Ludd to try another dish. It is a wonderful place to enjoy dinner out and I cannot assume the meal I had is indicative of the other items on the menu.

MM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Ned Ludd. My cousin was visiting for the day and wanted a “Portland foodie experience.” I am happy to say that Ned Ludd met and exceeded our expectations! The food was exceptional, the service was incredibly friendly, and no one batted an eye when we walked in with a 5 yr old. The four of us left stuffed and happy, and the bill was very reasonable.
I can’t wait to go back!

KC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ned Ludd was a fantastic dining experience for me and my out of town guests! We were having a reunion as college roommates, and I requested a special cocktail just for us. Kyle the bartender called me in advance to discuss the details and promptly after seating us, a beautiful "Rose City" cocktail arrived at our table. My friends were very impressed and happy! The food was great and is very shareable amongst family and/or friends. The mushroom toast was delicious, as was the risotto and the fresh trout. It was a perfect Portland experience, especially if you are entertaining company from other places. You can't go wrong at Ned Ludd!

DM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent porchetta and Trout dishes. The kids board was excellent. Special shoutout to the cocktails. Well done!

KW
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed our Valentines Dinner Date. Absolutely will return

d
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A staple dining experience in Portland! Great drinks, yummy food, and very chic ambiance.

OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Ned Ludd. We had our wedding reception there in 2018 so whenever I’m back in Portland, I go back. This time I brought two newcomers to Ned Ludd and both loved the food. They will be back for sure!!

d
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third time back to Ned Ludd. Every visit has been consistently great, with terrific seasonal menu changes, outstanding flavors, and friendly, knowledgeable service. We really enjoy introducing this restaurant to friends, and those that have gone on our recommendation have all raved about it! Thanks for a terrific experience!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and staff and cocktails. Bread is fantastic. They can do no wrong.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was over the top amazing thank you for making it so special

OT
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very accommodating as we changed the number and time a few times. Such a lovely time!

KT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was our favorite restaurant we visited whim in Portland. The meal and service were both excellent!!

DW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food all around. Wood-grilled veg and porchetta were highlights. Delightful, informed service. Thank you.

SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third time or so, awesome as always. Had multiple smaller dishes, one main, dessert cookie. Amazing tastes, presentation, creativity. Great service as well - present, helpful, not overbearing. Cocktail was really tasty and fun as well. Look forward to next visit.

CT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy environment with interesting menu. All the dishes we ordered were delicious.

MD
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, had the chef's choice. Kicking ourselves for not getting to Ned Ludd for so long. Amid the buzz of all the great Portland restaurants, this went below the fold too quickly on us. What a gem... Shhh....

BB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Trust me, get the mushroom bread. The place is high end in all the right places and none of the wrong ones. Nice wines, great food, nice people, but not ostentatious, and as an added bonus there wasn't anywhere for me to tip as it is baked into the bill already at a set fee. Loved it.

EA
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with many vegan options. Nice atmosphere and great service

RC
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful flavors and textures on each plate! Service friendly and patient! Ambiance casual, comfortable and relaxing! Watching the prep, cook and service team operate was fascinating. They all operated so calmly, quietly and patiently with each other and the guests. Outstanding evening all around. Thanks Ned Ludd.

J
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We came on NYE and they had a seven course tasting menu. The food was good, but not great, especially at this price point. I wouldn't return or recommend this restaurant to a friend.

V
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent. Everything we ordered was perfect. We had the green salad, the mushroom toast, gnocchi, and duck. We cleaned our plates.

LN
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were four of us. We chose the feast! Being our first time there we only had the reviews to go by. Everything was so delicious and unique. Service was professional and fun. Thank you! We will definitely be going back again!

KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service!

MP
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needed to be leaving the restaurant at 8:30, sat down at 7 and ordered the Christmas Feast. We asked the waiter if it would be ok timing wise and she said that they could squeeze some of the courses together. We walked out at exactly 8:30, incredible service.

SW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ned Ludd was outstanding. the mushroom Brie toast was amazing as was the Brussel sprouts. The service was fantastic-attentive without being pushy or overly intrusive. Fantastic meal!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, start to finish. Best service in Portland.

OT
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The appetizers, charcuterie board and field greens were fantastic. Porcetta entree was horrible with too much fat, and drenched in apple and mulled wine. Hardly edible and really expensive. More entrees needed and focus on wood oven versus overdoing the marinades.

Y
Portland
98 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I always enjoy Ned Ludd. The Sunday-Tuesday Prix Fixe meal is a great tasty value with interesting wine pairings. The cassoulet was a particular hit. Salad was a little less inspired than usual but still tasty. Patricia Green wine pairings were a treat. Service was good.

p
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

DV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Four of us - Had high hopes for Ned Ludd, it was on the list for some time. The service was OK, had to flag our waitress a couple of times for bread, drinks etc. even though I don't think she had more than two tables (this is a small place). Two of us had the rib eye steak with crab. Unfortunately the bernaise(?) sauce pretty much overwhelmed the meat. One of us had the rye gnocchi which was very tough and chewy. Big plus - they did comp us one of the steaks without asking since they could tell my wife did not like it ( she just kind of pushed it around on the plate). Desserts were the high point of the meal - excellent. The staff were pleasant and the place was warm and inviting, but all in all not as good as expected.

NA
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous on every level

LT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful overall! Will definitely return!

OR
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food--very creative and flavorful. Great service. Will definitely go back.

d
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great. It had been years since I had been there and need to go back more often!

PR
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once you are seated, they bring you some tasty nibbles to enjoy while you peruse the menu. My Flank steak was perfectly cooked and the Slow-Roasted Porchetta melted in your mouth. Our server, Fia, was excellent. Tasty drinks and an excellent music on the stereo. Wonderful dining experience. I look forward to returning soon.

P
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and ordered the Feast, which is basically chef's choice off the menu. It was fantastic! Five courses, not over priced, healthy portions, and dessert to top it off. Can't wait to go back.

OT
Portland
82 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was the star tonight. Top notch, attentive, friendly, and fun. Dishes were good but some hit and missed. The octopus salad was inventive yet the octopus was overly fishy and cooked far too long as it was dry and tough... Gnocchi was excellent... great burned butter flavor, moist yet chewy, and came with wonderful squash. Porchetta was excellent but it had way too much sweet accompaniments (apples and grapes) and wish it was a little more balanced. Chocolate chip cookie in a skillet was excellent but needs to come with more than a couple ounces of milk (which is amazing!).

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