Great food, great service. Overall great experience!
The snap peas with chili and the trout were cooked perfectly. The service was, however, slow and unresponsive at best. The fixed service charge probably doesn't promote much motivation.
Great, unique place for dinner. We loved the food, good service as well. Interesting interior, and happy to go back to the place next visit to Portland!
It's just good. Trust me. !
Steak was ordered medium rare and came out medium well. Entrée sides unproportional By the time our server checked up on us, we already finished our entrées. Cocktails and pistachio beat appetizer were on point! We were expecting a more personable experience. Nonetheless, we will be back.
The service, drinks, and food were all amazing. I wish they had a larger menu, they only had four mains plus a special, two of which were fish, which I don't like. It also seemed a tad overpriced, but not drastically so. Overall, I liked it and would recommend it, but it might not be for me.
Recently had dinner here for a friends birthday. Everything was so great except the food! The dishes were over salted including the dessert. Pretty disappointed for the price we paid. Would only recommend this place if you're getting cocktails.
We had one of the best family brunches here for Mother's Day and there was truly something for everyone. The strawberries with cream and cocoa nibs were delightful. The pickled veggies and rosemary hazelnuts addictive. The caramelized French toast dense and delicious and the halibut with lemon beurre blanc was OMG l-lick-your-plate fantastic -- just wish there was more of it. Can't believe it's taken us so long to discover such a quintessentially Portland gem and we will be back for dinner next time. Thank you, Ned Ludd!
Each dish was precise and perfect
I had not been to Ned Ludd in about 18 months and I won't wait that long again. We did the Chef's choice tasting menu for $60 and it was worth every penny. The plates just kept coming! Every bite was delicious!
The food is reliably excellent here. I almost always get the whole trout, but I've had a lot of great dishes. It can get a little crowded and noisy with that, but it's a cozy warm place for a special occasion or to eat at the bar for a nice meal on my own.
Food was OUTSTANDING...delicious and creative. Flatbread with beet tahini and Tuscan chicken livers were amazing. Interesting ambiance and décor. Seating was a little (too?) cozy.
Multi-course menu was fabulous...but too much food! Everything was fresh and innovative. The salads were terrific, the trout and pork exceptional. We took dessert to go because we couldn't eat another bite. Kyle was a great server. The only issues were two incessant talkers next to us (we had no choice but to hear about their dental & health issues, dirt on friends and ex's) and splinters in my pants from the bench seat! Oh...and parking was difficult.
Another fantastic meal at Ned Ludd! Also grateful for their support of community organizations like Zenger Farm!!
Phenomenal experience from start to finish. Servers were knowledgeable and friendly. Food was AMAZING. I really need to come back and do the Family Feast option.
Waitstaff was very disappointing - woman was new to the job and poorly trained - humbugged us about ordering, next courses, etc.
Outstanding food and service. Our guests from Vancouver, BC were thrilled to get out of downtown and experience one of Portland's best for a long, delicious, comfortable, multi-course meal with great wine and conversation.
Good service, knowledgeable staff. Very helpful for first time visitors. Food was above board all around, the trout dish was particularly good. Reasonable prices and good atmosphere. If you like the wood-fired concept, they will not steer you wrong here. If you do dislike smoked/wood-fired flavor, then most likely you should look elsewhere.
Years ago we had a great brunch at Ned Ludd and so we were excited to try them for dinner. We were completely disappointed by the menu, our appetizer ( flabby soft 'flatbread' ) and then the charcuterie platter, which had some of the blandest items we've ever tasted on a charcuterie board. It was so bland that we didn't order anything more but rather asked for the check and walked to a nearby pizza place (which was delicious). To bad to see such a good place turn so pointless.
I've been wanting to eat here, as I'm eating my way through Eater PDX's 38 list, and Ned Ludd is in the 30s. I can see why it's on the list now! The menu isn't huge, but it's very tasty. It's build around a wood-fired theme, but I didn't feel like that dominated the experience. The decor is fun- rustic complimented by funky chandeliers. We started with the flatbread with both dips - beet and (?) creme fraiche, maybe? - and they were delicious! I had the Luddite cocktail, which had the (now obligatory) one large square ice cube in it, but the drink, while spendy, was delicious. And everyone at the table ordered the pork shoulder, which was roasted to perfection - crispy on the outside, juicy and bits of yummy fat on the inside - served over cowboy beans in a lovely broth, with watercress on top and it was...wait for it...delicious! Then we split the carrot cake (which was more like a pound cake or carrot bread, take your pick) served with a marmalade and sour cream sauce, and it was...well, you can figure that out.
We were catching up with a friend who'd been traveling for six months in South America, so we wanted an intimate setting without a lot of interruption, and, being tucked in the corner, it was as if our waitress, Eleanor, was our lifeline to the outside world, and when we needed her, she was there; otherwise, she let us be and the evening went by swimmingly.
Thanks for a great introduction, Ned Ludd. We will be back, perhaps over the summer to check out that mysterious outdoor tent area on the side of your restaurant - is that for customers? Oh, and your sign is not exactly prominent. We had to go around the block, park and walk around a little bit to find you because the writing on the sign is light. But that's OK. Maybe others will give up, and we can have the place to ourselves next time...