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About Paley's Place Bistro and Bar

Paley’s Place offers Pacific Northwest Bistro Fare using local & sustainable seasonal products, served in the warm and inviting setting of a Victorian home. As the 2005 winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Northwest and 2011 victor on Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef America, Vitaly Paley creates seasonal menus from the bounty of the Northwest – fresh ingredients supplied by local farmers, growers and purveyors – with French and Russian influences. Co-owner Kimberly Paley oversees the front of the house, and together with General Manager Stevie Walsh, curates the list of wines featuring an extensive selection of Oregon Pinot Noir. The weekly “Wine Wednesday” tasting takes a more global approach to wine tasting with wine flights available from around the world.

1204 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Northwest, Russian, French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday; 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm;
Friday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Northrup

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 243-2403

Website:
http://www.paleysplace.net/

Catering:
From winery dinners to private parties, Paley's Place can provide a unique dining experience for your guests. Please contact Shelly Jones at 503-568-1079 for more information.

Parking Details:
There is plenty of street parking around the restaurant--especially around 22nd and Overton/Pettygrove. Be sure to give yourselves enough time to find parking, especially during the weekend.

Public Transit:
Portland Streetcar: NW 21st and Northrup
Bus 15: NW 23rd and Overton
Bus 77: NW 21st and Northrup

Executive Chef:
Vitaly Paley

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Paley's Place Bistro and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (38)
Special Occasion (37)
Good for a Date (36)
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Creative Cuisine (36)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Notable Wine List (26)
Local Ingredients (24)
Romantic (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Cozy (18)
Authentic (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Seasonal (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Happy Hour (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Healthy (5)
Casual (4)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Tapas (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

My hubby and I went here, our 2nd visit for Valentine’s Day.
Upon first bite of my “half plate” I quickly changed to full plate. Yes, it was that good! Service was excellent. Will be back

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous, as always----particularly the Steak Tartare! It is my favorite place in town! :-)

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We are never disappointed dining at Paley's Place. The staff is friendly and attentive, service is excellent and the food is innovative and delicious. This visit was no exception.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful evening. Attentive knowledgeable server.
Outstanding food. Each dish was a fabulous experience.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Unfortunately, this dining experience was not on par with the hype. We made a reservation well in advance yet got placed near the front door and bathroom bc they hadn't set up a table for us. Portions were shockingly small for the price, though delicious. We had to ask to order, ask to get refills on water, ask for top offs from the bottle of champagne we bought which they kept in the cooler for us and ask for the check from the bartender. All no-nos in fine dining. Definitely a disappointment for a special occasion and the price.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I orderd the 5 course dinner. The food was delicious except the salad dishes lacked flavor. The server and staff were very friendly, however our dishes took forever to come out.

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Food is unique, interesting, beautifully presented and delicious. Entire crew was genuinely friendly and helpful. Wonderful experience!!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Service staff was very knowledgeable about my dietary restriction and the kitchen staff were very well prepared to respond and work around my restriction without losing any flavor or taste. The service was excellent and responsive. We have always had consistently excellent value when dining at Paley’s.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food and service. As good as our experiences in Paris but not pretentious. Restaurant was smaller than I imagined and could use table cloths on their tables, but this place is 5 stars.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Paley's always delivers. A superb restaurant tucked into our small city. Great for a dinner date or special occasion. The menu is fabulous and the service warm and always excellent. An absolute favorite of my wife and I, and always something new to surprise the palate. Awesome!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Both the food and service were wonderful.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Quality food, but super loud and too pricey for what you get.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great meal experience.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We have been coming to Paley's Place for years. It is one of our all time favorites. In my opinion, they have the best food in Portland. They are consistently wonderful. With all this said, they have never been pretentious. The wait staff is genuine, kind, and full of knowledge. I will never hesitate to recommend Paley's as an all time favorite.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I do not normally leave reviews, but I had to in this case because my partner and I had such a lovely evening here. From the minute we walked in to when we left, we felt catered to and taken care of. We will most definitely be returning.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Excellent service, food and atmosphere. We enjoyed the variety of the menu and spirits.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

By far one of the best meals we have had in Portland. We opted for the 7 course tasting menu with an optional foie gras 8th course. Unlike a lot of other tastings we have done, we each had a different dish (other the the foie gras). Everything was spectacular. From the charcuterie board starter to the dessert at the end, everything was well seasoned and unique. The foie gras was hands down one of the best dishes I have ever eaten. It was seared to perfection and melted in the mouth. Another favorite was my pasta course of duck sausage pierogies. They were well seasoned and paired with a roasted beet that was delicious. I would highly recommend this for a special occasion, you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing food and excellent service. Lived up to our expectations. Every one of the restaurants Vitaly Paley is part of is amazing. Wil be back.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Still one of the best restaurants in Portland--maybe the best, in my book. Everything on the menu is fantastic. And the service tonight was outstanding. The staff are all so friendly and helpful and it's easy to see that they are passionate about what they do and very knowledgeable. When I have family and friends visit me in Portland I take the to Paley's to show them how great Portland cuisine is.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Always a reliable place for a great meal

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was the most disappointing dining experience I have ever had in Portland. The food was cold, overcooked, and presented without any care. The service was slow even though they were at maybe 60% capacity. The wine list had great options, but other than that, this was a terrible experience and such a let down since Paley’s has become somewhat of a restaurant landmark in Portland. I will not return again or recommend to anyone.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This place was fabulous! I was there a few weeks ago visiting my daughter and her spouse and we went out for an amazing meal! We ordered the special caviar menu along with the vodka and that was amazing! The salmon caviar was my own personal favorite but we loved them all:) The wine offering was exceptional as well! I ordered a Bordeaux and it just opened up beautifully! The service was terrific and the quail dish and steak dish were both so good! To top it off the service was true to form of a restaurant of this caliber! So glad we went!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a wonderful birthday celebration at Paley's on Sunday night. The service and the food were both outstanding. Their beef tartare is the best I've ever had anywhere and the wine list is superb. The sweetbreads were also exceptional!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 4, 2018

This was one of the best meals we've ever had anywhere! The menu is unique and every dish we tried was outstanding. The service, too, was outstanding - friendly, knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. We can't wait to go back.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 4, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants when getting together with friends or for special occasions. Nice intimate atmosphere and quiet enough that you can have a normal voiced conversation across the table.
I also like the fact that they offer half sized portions with many of their entrees, makes it easy for people that like small plate dining. Service is always superb as well!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overall, an excellent New Year's Eve dinner. We have booked this evening before and will continue to book in the future as it continues to be a great way to say good-bye to the old (especially 2017!) and create fond wishes for the next year.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding as always. Impeccable service and fare.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Superb food and wonderful service; we've never had a bad meal here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a delicious meal for a large group. The service was superb and each dish was enjoyed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Everything we expected. Friendly, careful service. Unique, wonderful food. Incredible desserts. Quiet, calm.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This restaurant is superb in so many ways. The food is perfect, with ingredients and seasonings precisely balanced and surprising. They know that vegetables are delicious, and feature them as much as entrees, and the brussels sprouts and greens were both absolutely delish. Our server was so welcoming (without being invasive) and so totally knowledgeable about the food AND wine--and so good at describing things. He really made our night. The chairs were comfy, the lighting flattering, and the desserts irresistible (my creme brulee was the BEST I've ever had, and I've had a lot of them). It did get pretty noisy (though not more than many restaurants), but we learned that there is a back room that is quieter and is available if there isn't a large party using it. Because of the prices, we probably won't go there every week, but it's a nice small splurge. The prices are totally worth it--the quality of food and service is so high--and the prices are only a little higher than many much less worthy restaurants.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We had a lovely time at Paley's Place before heading to watch the Ballet at Keller Auditorium. We enjoyed a few from the "Taste of Russia" section and the king salmon entree with a selection of 3 cheeses to finish. We also splurged on a bottle of the J Christopher cuvée and it was just as wonderful as we had hoped. Highlights of the meal were the Chebureki with sorrel cream and the Brie.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Service was beyond 5 stars. They serve the food as you finish each course . They are very attentive .

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Not as good as it used to be!

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was fine, nothing outstanding. Also not our style of cuisine we realized. Still, menu was laid out in an unusual way. Charcuterie items were subpar compared to many other restaurants we dine at. Service was the highlight.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Very nice servers, which is unusual for Portland. Food was delicious and I liked the fact there were two seafood choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Situated in the lower level of a restored home, Paley's in one of the few places in Portland serving the Impossible Burger, a plant-based burger that simulates a animal-based burger very, very well. It was outstanding! They also had a seasonal veggie menu that was Russian and very creative and tasty, and our server was suggestive and generous, sharing tastes of a parsley soup and a favourite dessert wine in addition to the other libations we had ordered. A lovely evening with lovely food and service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We have come here for years, but never on Sunday. We found it to have a great atmosphere for a comfortable and delicious Sunday dinner with terrific service. We started with wine/cocktails and perfect fries. The seafood stew and the steelhead entrees were well prepared and presented. Additionally, it has a cozy bar, with great cocktails. We’ll definitely do another Sunday dinner at Paley’s Place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

when you leave a restaurant and everyone agrees that every bite of every dish was awesome, you know you've found a great restaurant. That is the case with Paleys Place. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for awesome cuisine made with locally sourced top quality ingredients and service to match. My ONLY complaint would be that $25 a botlle is a little steep for a corkage fee especially if you bring multiple bottles. I would think with a reasonable food limit it should be comped or at least scaled down.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Perfection. Staff, food, setting. Perfection

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