3 Doors Down Cafe and Lounge

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Inclusive from the moment you grace the doorway, 3 Doors Down Cafe and Lounge has a keen acumen for speeding up your wind down, flipping the switch from maddening day to welcoming respite. A playful, thoughtful, and engaging dining experience begins with the dynamic wine list (including barrel to bar wines by the glass), flowing effortlessly to the inventive starters, big bowls of pasta and shellfish, perfectly grilled fish and meats and our spaghetti and meatball Sunday suppers. 3 Doors Down Cafe and Lounge offers a doff of the hat to Mother Italy and a harmonious affair with locally procured Pacific Northwest and American cuisine. Come in, sit down, and eat!

Reservations are for dining only.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

3 Doors Down is offering a four-course, prixe fixe menu for $75 per person. There is an option to include wine pairings for an additional $35 per person. Please call with any questions.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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Portland
71 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food using fresh ingredients. Friendly and casual, tables well spaced. Shared appetizers of chicken liver pate with grilled bread, capers and onions plus fried marinated mushrooms. Mains of squash soup, ricotta cavatelli with meatballs and broccoli raab, and a very lightly battered Petrale sole. Excellent! We all noted that each dish was good. Desserts - banana cream pie, tiramisu. Will definitely return. Shout out to our server who magically refilled our water glasses while remaining almost invisible, who was so helpful with recommendations and with who we had a lovely chat when leaving.

AV
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dennis was an excellent server! We truly appreciated him and his service! Thank you!

SL
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Bland food - nothing special about the menu. Nice salad.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new staff!

TM
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I were delighted with our dinner at Three Doors Down. Our table was cozy right by the window. We were greeted warmly by the host and server. My squash soup was fantastic and my husband thought his rock fish was delicious. We would definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the meal and service. The new owners are off to a great start. The scallop appetizer was excellent. They are known for the vodka sauce, and it is delicious. The Manhattan and the blood orange sour were both tasty cocktails. I’ll be back.

PB
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner came to the table to ask how everything was. Food was delicious and we were able to take our time without being rushed out. A++

5
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We made reservations for a 60th birthday. I noted that it was a birthday in the opentable reservation. It was a little disappointing when we got there because we waited at least 5 minutes until someone spoke to us about a table - and there were staff passing us by. At no time did anyone acknowledge the birthday. That said, after we were seated, the service and food was very good - but a bit pricey. It is a noisy place. I remember when it was smaller and cozier.

D
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Everything was very enjoyable until the noise level made it difficult to hear one another at our table of four.

MN
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always. We really like the new waiter, Kay Ray (sp?). Good hire!

t
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, service wonderful! We will definitely be back.

C
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to 3 Doors Down for years. We returned this weekend for an anniversary dinner. The place is still stellar. Excellent food, service, and environment. Highly recommend this restaurant.

LM
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite in our family, we've been regulars here for years; food and drinks are always top-notch, but it's really the people that make this place special. Recently, I had the pleasure of celebrating my mother's 73rd birthday here and the 3 Doors crew went out of their way to make it special - thank you!

J
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 Doors Down is one of our favorite restaurants. We've been going there for 10 years, and it has been consistently great; from cocktails to appetizers to pastas and entrees, we have never had anything that wasn't wonderful. And yes, they don't lower the quality when it comes to deserts...I've never been a big fan of banana cream pie, until I tasted the one they serve here. It's really something.

DS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and staff are outstanding. We make it an annual event to dine at 3 Doors Down for a birthday. I will say for us, the only negative is the neighborhood. Parking is terrible and there are shady characters to deal with. There also was a homeless person sleeping not far from the front door. If 3 Doors Down was in a better neighborhood, we would dine there more often.

DM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, innovative food and friendly, helpful staff.

D
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

New server was unimpressive.

DO
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. It is a “go to” spot for out of town clients and friends.

TJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I've been going to 3 Doors Down for 25+ years and this was by far the worst experience that I have ever had there. First of all, the staff didn't even take the time to introduce me to the new ownership even though I have been a loyal customer who has gone there 3 to 4 times a week for decades. Also, this evening, if I didn't point out that I still hadn't had my dinner after 45 minutes, I'd still be waiting for my dinner.

Over the last 25 years, I have probably recommended 3 Doors Down to in excess of 100 individuals. I will let every single one of those folks know that I will never go there again.

DH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, people, atmosphere! Too bad they are closing.

3 Doors Down Cafe and Lounge
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hi DannyH. We're not closing! Just a change in management! We'll be here for you!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Environment was loud and disturbing, and the seating was so tightly packed and uncomfortable. Service was okay; it was busy and I could feel the inattention. The service didn’t feel personable. The kitchen was so backed up that we waited over an hour for our food. While the food was okay, it didn’t warrant the price we paid. We will likely not return.

j
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!!

DJ
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My gender queer spouse and I had dinner at 3 Doors Down before going to a show downtown. It was perfect. We were greeted warmly, given a table by the window, and our server was friendly and helpful without being overly intrusive. The cocktails were unique and well mixed. The food was divine - from the scallop and peaches starter, to the Caesar salad, main courses, and dessert. We had a wonderful experience and would highly recommend this restaurant. We will be back.

RK
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was very busy when we arrived. Apparently there were a lot of people arriving at 7 PM. The staff was "in the weeds". We were seated at the bar and the bartender was very apologetic because we had to wait a few minutes longer. I told him we were in no hurry, take his time, we weren't going anywhere. The woman who greeted us was behind the bar and I told her the same thing. They took excellent care of us. The food was wonderful. The one list offered a nice selection and the prices seemed very reasonable. I was there with my ex-wife. We have this odd habit of celebrating our anniversary every year. We have gone to 3 Doors Down in the past, but not for several years. She said we haven't been there in years. Want to see if it is still as good? We did and it was. And whatever delay we experienced was more than made up for by their wonderful staff. We'll go back.

c
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Have been coming to Three Doors Down for years. Most of the time I would say that it was a great meal, this time, however I found it to be underwhelming. First, the bar was out of one of the ingredients for a simple drink, then they forgot to bring one of the drinks out, followed by them forgetting to bring one of the entrees. While the food was good, it was not outstanding. My meat eating friends loved the steak and the pork, but no one thought the pasta dishes where anything special. And, being that this is an Italian restaurant, we all expected better. For a quick bite or happy hour, I would recommend but I will probably choose another restaurant in the future when I am craving Italian food.

MM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife I have lived in Portland for years, but didn't discover this yummy gem of a spot until this week. I had the Halibut which was the best I've ever had. and my wife had the pasta with marinara sauce. We started with panko breaded marinated mushrooms dipped in horseradish sauce.We can not wait to go back.

m
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The scallops were outstanding, as was the Tiramisu. My entree of pasta in vodka cream sauce with Italian sausages was very good, but my friend did not find her pasta with clams as flavorful or as interesting as mine. The waitress was very nice, but the service overall was not nearly as outstanding as my last visit when I had an older gentleman who waited on us. She forgot to refill drinks, replace silverware, and completely forgot the coffee I ordered with dessert. Perhaps she was waiting on too many tables. I wasn’t upset with her, just a bit disappointed. Overall, a very good and relaxing place to spend an evening with friends.

VH
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing as is the service...never disappointing!

K
Portland
45 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband, mom,brother and me all dined on Friday evening. The food and service were excellent, as always.
The absolute highlight was desert. 3 doors down has the very best tiramisu and banana cream pie in Portland, and possibly the whole US.

h
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jackie (sorry if I misspell her name) was, as usual, outstanding. Wonderful food. My two guests (from Saint Louis, another excellent food town) were both happy with the experience--food, service, menu, everything, except:
Only the noise level troubles me about my meals at 3 Doors Down. I wish you could soften the hard, echoing surfaces...

JP
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a real gem. I have taken visitors here and without exception, they always rave about it. Spaghetti and meatballs special on Sunday's is to die for.

AW
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, romantic setting, BANANA PIE ❤ good wine, service was a little slow, but that was ok gave us time to talk, transients sleeping on the street around area was DISGUSTING, but that's Portland..

CQ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pate and Steamer Clams (and its broth) very good. Carlton pork cooked perfectly. Lastly, Banana cream pie very velvety. A dinner experience to enjoy!

JH
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always! Been coming here for roughly 20 years and never disappoints.

r
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always Great must go to appreciate, the best. Not to be missed.

My favorite

B
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful, as always!!!

PA
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorites. Great food, Great service. Great atmosphere.

SB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A neighborhood gem, with very good food, wine, and exceptional service.

B
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, as usual, was terrific, even better than terrific. Great scallops, fabulous halibut, and etc. We love this place.

b
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always excellent - BUT the SERVICE pushes this place so far over the top. Portland has great places to eat but the service here always makes us want to go back!