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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

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (48)
Good for a Date (47)
Special Occasion (45)
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Creative Cuisine (39)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Notable Wine List (34)
Romantic (34)
Local Ingredients (33)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Cozy (21)
Tasting Menu (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Authentic (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Seasonal (15)
Business Meals (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Healthy (7)
Organic (7)
Casual (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Fun (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Tapas (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

Perfection. Staff, food, setting. Perfection

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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

reservations a must, a place to take your time and enjoy your meal

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was amazing! Even had the right glass for the Belgium beer. Loved the tastes from soup to desert.

The issue was the service - first of all the tables in the place we where seated next to the only other couple in the place. Being so close was uncomfortable. In fact the other couple asked to move just before we where about to complain. Next once seated it took forever to take our drink order. Again, there where only two tables being served (right next to each other). During ordering we asked for recommendations and was pretty much recommended the entire menu.

Came here because a buddy’s son works here. While he wasn’t working that night, not sure we are going to go back.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Paley's place consistently provide classy, upscale dining with a highly experienced staff. Any excuse for a special occasion and this is our " go to " place!

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our evening was mixed and, frankly, disappointing given that it was our wedding anniversary. The food was fine and we appreciated the option of half portions but our primary server was abrupt and inattentive. We were seated in the smaller dining room which has about 6 tables but, unfortunately, the one next to ours was occupied by a very loud foursome who had obviously had too much alcohol... not Paley's fault but unpleasant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was fantastic, though we did make a point to order things we knew we'd like. Service by Lori was absolutely super, friendly and helpful, and Ethan giving us the option of decanting the wine we ordered was really appreciated. The only thing that didn't sit quite right was the charge on the bill of for a "cost of living" fee for the staff. While the prices on the menu were very high for pretty small portions, they should be covering a decent wage for the staff in any case. That seemed very manipulative to us, even though we tipped 20% on top of the whole total.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Waited at the door with no greeting for 10 min. Had to walk over to bartender to get seated. Food was just ok. Probably won’t go back.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great pre-Bodyvox dinner. Service was outstanding and food couldn't be bettr.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Paley’s Place (among a few others) is a must if you are in PDX. Great service, amazing, local, fresh food, extensive wine list. I could go back to Paley’s over and over again and always have an amazing time

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Delicious expertly prepared food. Impeccable service. We had a delightful evening. Every course was memorable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

This was my second visit to Paley’s, which were on my last 2 visits to Portland. I always love Portland and it’s great for foodies restaurant scene, and now Paley’s is one of my top choices! I was in Portland in September and happened in with my son. The meal was so fabulous, I made sure to join them again this past weekend and brought some local friends as well. Once again, wonderful meal and service! Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Class act from start to finish. Intelligent, well-trained service, exciting, seasonal menu. Loved it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were here for Thanksgiving and it could not have been better. From the beginning we felt at home. Our server, Laurie, was delightful and did everything just right. We may never cook on Thanksgiving again!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 23, 2017

With Paley's Place's reputation, we were anticipating a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. We certainly enjoyed that! Going above and beyond, the service was excellent. From the warm reception of the hostess, to the various servers, we found everyone to be so welcoming and accommodating. Kudos to the entire team for your fine food and kind attention.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We finally made it to Paley's Place after 10 years of planning. We live in California so were waiting for an opportunity to head to Portland for dinner. It was an absolutely fantastic experience. The restaurant, chef, food, wine list, service.. exceeded all our expectations. Please understand that some people cannot help themselves with their need for creative writing and are looking for a needle on a heystack. There Re no needles. Husband and I dined in countless Michelin *** restaurants in France, none of which were better (other than maybe presentation) than Paley's. How lucky for all those who live nearby.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food, very good but not excellent. Service, good but seemed to cross the line to intrusive (3 separate servers). I would appreciate being honest about entrée prices and scrap the surprise 5% surcharge.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wonderful food, excellent service and an overall 5-Star experience. The sweetbreads were to die for.

Tags: Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Paley's is always great, I have never had a poor experience. It can be expensive if you order like I do, but it is Always worth it.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Paley's Place was wonderful. The service was amazing and the food was out of this world.
I would recommend wholeheartedly. Save room for the cheese plase~

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were incredibly impressed with this restaurant that serves world-class food in an extremely pleasant and friendly setting. Everything we had was delicious and interesting. Nothing was predictable from the sweetbreads to the duck pierogi.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing service as always. Everything I expect from the Paley’s and just one of the warmest, serene restaurants in Portland.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

My sister (a real foodie) and I haven't seen each other for several years. This was the perfect spot for us to enjoy a delicious meal and catch up with each other. The staff was outstanding and she LOVED the menu. Our food was exquisitely prepared and served, and perfectly delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent service and delicious food- unique food! We had the Wagyu prosciutto and the seasonal sorbets! The becturinr abd sunflower sorbet was very unique. We visit from SF and our server recommended some places to visit, great service!

Tags: Organic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A charming setting and lovely, intimate ambiance, but I expected to find the food amazing ... and it wasn't. Good, but not amazing.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Been waiting a long time to get to Paley's Place. My initial experience was solid, but not exceptional. To be fair, perhaps my expectations were too high after hearing so much about it for so long. I'll give it another try to see if I have a different experience. Charcuterie and vegetable assortments were excellent. Entrees and desserts were a little disappointing. Service was very professional, although cadence of responsiveness was a little off for our group's preferred pace.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic! They always do such a great job, service is impeccable and the food is excellent, very creative! Highly recommend

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Paley's is always excellent food, interesting menu items, professional and knowledgable staff, sophisticated environment.
We've eaten at Paley's many times and have brought friends on frequent occasions. Each time we are pleased with all aspects of the meal and dining experience.
Recommend for any special dining night out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The reasons I come back to Paley's again and again: quality local ingredients prepared carefully and creatively, and attentive discreet cheerful service. Another win! See you all again soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Fantastic tasting menu. Excellent and fun. Really glad we came to dine here.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Best meal my parents have ever had! They cannot stop talking not only about the food but about the incredible customer service. A phenomenal business.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Healthy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

This has become my birthday dinner spot! This is the second year and it was as good as I remember from last year. I just love the setting and the wait staff is excellent! Great wine. Pricey, but for what you are getting, it's great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Getting together with friends. Great food!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The service, creative menu, and fabulous tastes made this a "we'll be back" place!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Ordered the 7 course tasting menu for the two of us. Really turned out to be a 12 course meal as each of us received a different “plate” for some of the courses. We happily shard. Food was creative and delicious and the service was fabulous.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Love coming to Paileys Place..My favorite place to celebrate my birthday..The only thing I miss is the martini style glasses you use to serve the delicious Lemon drops in with the frosty martini glass and sugared rim...They now come in a very small glass that just takes the specialness of the drink away. Other then that the night was perfect. thank you

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food at Paley's Place was fantastic and one of the best meals I have had. So, I would definitely recommend the restaurant for special occasions (since it's on the pricey side). However, service leaves a lot to be desired. Although servers are cordial, they are a bit uptight and I caught them rolling their eyes or being impatient on more than one occasion which I thought was quite rude.

I don't care how posh a place is and what type of rating they have and how good the food is. Since this is America, restaurants are in the service industry as well as just being in the food industry. I expect exceptional service to go hand in hand with exceptional food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Ours was one of the best meals we've had in Portland. The divers scallops were seared perfectly and the vegetables were creative and delicious. From drinks to charcuterie plate to the main meal and dessert, both the food and the service were exceptional. We also appreciated that the four of us could have a conversation without the distraction of loud music or bad acoustics. In every way, it was a memorable evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I honestly can't tell you which was better, the food or the service. The food was divine. So much flavor in each bite. The service was stellar, very sincere wait staff. The wine was excellent. I had the salmon and I ate every bite! Super helpful to be able to order smallpox portions.

Tags: Vegan, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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