Paley's Place Bistro and Bar

4.8
613 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Northwest
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, Russian, French
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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
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Phone number
(503) 243-2403
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Vitaly Paley
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Northrup
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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.
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Public transit
Portland Streetcar: NW 21st and Northrup
Bus 15: NW 23rd and Overton
Bus 77: NW 21st and Northrup
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 613 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

All around amazing, a little loud, but excellent service and great food

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

We have not been into Paleys Place for several years. But just as solid as last time! It’s the small, unique touches to a dish that make you go WOW...

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Air conditioning not adequate...
Ruined the experience
Spent $300 for dinner and it was extremely uncomfortable. NOT acceptable!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Delicious, beautiful and creative food, gracious service and conversation-friendly ambience. An evening at Paley’s is always a delight.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Amazing food, but the menu is on the heavy side. Service was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

A true gem hidden in NW! I'd had walked by it a million times but never knew what secrets were inside. I was there for a date with the guy I'm seeing (he was running late so I waited patiently for him). At first I felt a little ignored with a lot of servers walking by but no one helping me, even asking what drink I wanted. I reached out to the first person that poured me water that I wanted a cocktail and they obliged. I again waited for it. Then my guy arrived and because we had limited time we scrambled to come up with what we wanted. The same server came up to ask us what we wanted so we ordered and made a comment about the drink. They said the bar tender was slammed. We only had 20 mins to dine and go since we had plans after. The server acknowledged this and informed the chef. The plates came out in order of being completed. The stars being the escargot and the seared tuna. Amazing, with our time limit, we were able to get everything quite quickly and made it to our later arrangement within the time limits we provided. Very impressed by that! Fine dining should be speedy but when time constrains arise they accommodated us effortlessly!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

We had a lovely evening at Paley’s Place. We tried a variety of foods & all were delicious! We especially liked the tuna!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food better than ever! Service was wonderful and wine steward’s knowledge spot on. Paley’s is back!

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Awesome very good

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Delicious corn dumplings and other unique offerings in lovely surroundings. Peaceful ambiance with delicious, if not limited, menu. Wine list is notable.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We had been to Paley’s before and were excited to return. It did not disappoint in any way! Very creative takes on food without being out there. The “dirty buckwheat” under the sweetbreads was sensational! Great value for the level of food and service.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Everything was super fresh and tasted like it had just been picked off the vine.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

It was my 70th birthday celebration and of all my many birthday dinners, this was absolutely the best. Evan was the perfect host and Christian was a magnificent guide through the exquisite culinary journey we experienced. All this AND some of the best food city has to offer prepared perfectly and presented as if you were a judge on a food show. We have had many phenomenal meals in our foodie home town but this one took the proverbial cake. Like McArthur, we WILL return.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Also fresh, always local, always good. This is one our romantic staples. Love it there!

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Paley’s set the standard for fine dining and creativity in portland. What it does todayis very well executed and presented nicely. We were both surprised that the menu had such few choices. Not what we had experienced before. Wines are good, food is good, feels like they are more on autopilot rather than being on the forefront. We plan to return in the fall to see if we just caught them in the summer doldrums

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Have been to Paley's many times. Always good. This, unlike Headwaters, is a destination restaurant. If you come you WILL like.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Just attended for 2nd time repeat for 7 course with wine pairing meal - incredible culinary experience/delight. Best experience was in fall compared to recent July experience. Call to ask what is on current menu. Be prepared it is expensive but worth it for culinary and wine experience.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Food was excellent (especially the Ushki) and so was the service. However, the space is deplorable: not cozy, tables very close, and with terrible acoustics (due to bare walls, floors, tables, ceilings) so that my wife and I could barely understand each other. "Energetic" does not describe the noise level. Too bad, because we were here for an anniversary dinner. Forget about "quiet conversation".

Not the right ambiance for Vitaly Paley's cuisine, which we deeply respect.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Truly above and beyond. Thanks to the staff for making a fun celebration into an amazing one, and for being so wonderful with food allergies - we can’t wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The oyster appetizer was absolutely fresh and wonderful, as was Ken's bread. The seared tuna was also very good but the real standout was the sweet corn ushki. Little dumpling nuggets filled with corn were nestled in a delicious sauce of small red and purple tomatoes and mushrooms. Not to be missed.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We had the tasting menu which was pricey, but so good. Paley's is great at using the best seasonal ingredients and making every dish pop. We are adventurous eaters so we didn't put any restrictions on the menu, which is a surprise unless you specify restrictions. Our meal started with the best beef tartar we've ever had, continued on with a gorgeous tomato/cucumber salad, next was the seafood course - my date and I each got tuna, prepared in different ways. The beef course for me was sweetbreads which were delicious and my boyfriend received perfectly cooked filet and blue cheese potatoes. Our desserts were a fruit tart and an apricot pastry that tasted like pie right out of the oven. Our dinners were paired with a wine flight which included a Rose, a sparkling white and a red. We also had the house Old Fashioned, which was a truly great version on our favorite cocktail. The service was phenomenal (AND friendly which isn't always the case) - few places we've been could top it. With tip, our bill rang in at about $250, but it was worth it for a fun date night and truly top-notch cuisine.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Wonderful. Excellent food ambiance and Service

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

I ordered a bottle of pinot noir and the waitress substituted a more expensive bottle without checking with me first. When I complained when the bill came she merely shrugged her shoulders and made no effort to correct HER error.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Exquisite fine dining. Limited but interesting menu. Nice ambiance with personable service. Great location

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The service and food were excellent! I especially like how they offer half or full portion sizes on their entrees.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

A lovely evening always

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Incredible ambiance, courteous and attentive waitstaff. Outstanding food. Never been disappointed here.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

We had the 5 course tasting menu and the wine pairing. What a great experience with some very tasty food and wine. We sat at the porch and enjoyed a hot day in Portland. We ended up spending almost 3 hours enjoying the food. We really enjoyed the fact that we each got a separate dish and a separate glass to accompany the food.
The food is really high quality we like every dish. Its not fancy experimental food as you see some places. Just really good, really tasty food.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

It was SUPERB as it always is! The steak tartare is the local platinum standard!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

The food and service were phenomenal. My husband and I ordered the 5 course tasting menu and we couldn't have been happier. The beef tartare appetizer was delicious, my husband doesn't usually eat fish, but he gobbled up the halibut in a rich butter sauce. The sweet breads were a bit much for me, but the sauce and lentils that accompanied them was devine, and eating sweet breads was on my bucket list!
All of the servers were polite, knowledgeable, well dressed/groomed, and very welcoming. It was a wonderful evening, and I highly recommend this place for special occasions. It was an anniversary dinner I will never forget.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

It had been over a decade since our last visit, kicking ourselves it took that long. Sat outside which is technically bar seating, but great people watching. The bar/happy hour menu has a number of deals. We ended up doing a mix of full dinner items and some happy hour sides. Service was excellent, and stepped up a bit after we ordered the most expensive bottle of wine on the menu. Will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Delightful experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, attentive service, and quality of food. This is truly a gem of Portland.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great food, impeccable service.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The new bar menu is creative; just right for a quick bite.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Ordered two taster menus with wine pairings. Dishes were excellent and the wine pairings spot on - not obvious and perfect with their respective dishes

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

great value. good size portions, perfect temperature, good wine list. Only complaint was that the room was chilly, and as it filled up with diners, it got a little noisy.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

The food was excellent. Maybe not the most extravagant meal I've had, but everything on the plate was done right. Our server definitely knew the menu but maybe didnt understand all of it as some of our questions sorta went unanswered. We would have liked to know more about the wine pairings. Do yourself a favor and check this place out.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Our favorite place!! Food & service impeccable!!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Lovely small restaurant with outstanding food. Enjoyed the clean lines of the decor. The ambience was relaxed but for a short period when people at a large table started talking very loudly. Thankfully this did not last long. The drink list is imaginative, and the wine list is well edited. We started with the charcuterie which was all made in house. For the next course we had the foie gras and the sweetbreads, then the Wagu beef with bone marrow. We ended with coffee and the special Friday strudel. We wanted to sample the beautiful cheese board, but we just did not have room. We will have to plan for another visit.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food, great service, interesting place, great experience

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