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About 3 Doors Down Cafe and Lounge

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 prosecco on tap and 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.

1429 SE 37th
Portland, OR 97214
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary American, Northwest

Hours of Operation:


Dinner:

Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Bar 11:00 pm

Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm


Closed Mondays

Cross Street:
SE 37th Avenue at Hawthorne

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 236-6886

Website:
http://www.3doorsdowncafe.com/

Public Transit:
Tri-Met Bus Route #14,
Bicycle Oasis at SE Hawthorne and 36th,
10 minute cab ride from Portland city center

Executive Chef:
David Marth

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

3 Doors Down Cafe and Lounge Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (31)
Good for a Date (23)
Special Occasion (21)
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Fit for Foodies (20)
Casual (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Cozy (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Romantic (13)
Authentic (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Fun (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Seasonal (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Business Meals (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined 4 days ago

Loved 3 Doors Down! Our wait person, Steph was personable and knowledgeable. I had flank steak with potatoes and veggies. Yummy! My husband had the special which was pasta, smoked tomatoes, asparagus and some other veggies. We shared the bibb lettuce salad which was tasty and enough to split. We shared a chocolate torte with bourban sauce. OMG! Rich and decadent! Prices were good, ambiance nice. You won't be disappointed. Online, it says that you can only make reservations if you have 6 or more, but open table let's you make reservations for 2.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Casual, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined 4 days ago

This small cafe and bar is a great neighborhood spot. Very hard to find parking but it was worth the frustration. The dim lighting made it a romantic evening. We went for Valentine's Day date a day later.

It was packed! No wonder reservations are needed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We are very happy with our experience at 3 Doors Down Cafe and Lounge
It's been quite awhile since our last visit.
We have friends who live in the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood and come here regularly -
After they mentioned this being one of their favorite places, we revisited, and concur.
3 Doors is very cozy, elegantly understated, and has a delicious menu and nice selection of wines.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Eating here on a mid-week evening was a most pleasant experience. It was quiet enough for conversation, the food was outstanding, the half-carafe of pinot was luscious, and our waitress was friendly and very attentive. I look forward to my next meal here!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Outstanding service for our party of 6. Only small thing is my wife felt a little like they were "upselling" a tiny bit (i.e. suggesting more items to purchase) but it was comfortable for me. Great food, good portions, great atmosphere. Food was delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I have never had a bad meal here and have come for years. Their menu is always tasty, apps and salads are great, pasta terrific, the fish fantastic... and I believe I receive a fair value for the price. I will be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Nice ambi, great service, nicely priced, I just thought the food was blan, left no impression on me to want to go back, but the others in my party liked everything.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food and service were excellent; enjoyed the evening!

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

My husband and I wanted to try someplace new to us, and were very pleased with our dining experience. We like to dine early, so were able to enjoy the restaurant before it became crowded. Our server was very knowledgeable about wine, and we loved the bottle she recommended. The food was rich and satisfying, especially my scallops! I want to return soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Have been going to 3 Doors Down for 20 odd years. It's still quite good: food and service are terrific. Many menu and wine (and cocktail) choices and everything fresh and tasty (as always).

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We hadn't eaten at 3 Doors Down for quite some time. It was very nice to come back. We enjoyed our meals and the service was great. We'll come back again and not wait so long the next time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The service is personal and attentive. Menu options are great. We went with the house-made angel hair pasta with steamer clams. Absolutely delicious. The bread and bean dip is a great accompaniment. We'll definitely be back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 16, 2018

We have been here several times and have never been disappointed. This time was no exception. The service was great and the food thoughtfully prepared. Our guest was visiting from NOLA and is used too and likes spicy food. He ordered the clam linguini with lemon butter sauce. He said it was excellent though VERY spicy with hot pepper flakes. I tried it and my eyes watered and I choked a bit. Lovely, dish, bit maybe a tad too much pepper flakes? Anyhoo,the two other dishes were perfect.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 13, 2018

After reviewing the open table reviews by customers of this restaurant went there with great expectations (open table reviews rated the restaurant very highly). First off trying to find parking in the area in the evening is very frustrating. The restaurant is located in a neighborhood where local residents use up almost all the available parking. If you can find parking the restaurant is nice in side - what you would expect of a local neighborhood restaurant. Nice wine list and very attentive service. The food is okay but nothing to rave about. This is by no means a fine dining restaurant. Would suggest making a reservation as can be full on a weekend night.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Awesome place right off of Hawthorne. Incredible atmosphere that allows you to enjoy your food but still do some people watching. The food was amazing. Only way to describe it. The staff was attentive without being overbearing or pushy. We will definitely return for more!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Come here from time to time. Always awesome, I always get the same thing. Because it’s so delicious

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Lovely food in an adult but not stuffy setting. Service was perfect and the food was better. Prices were also very reasonable. We split a duck confit appetizer that was perfectly prepared. We each ordered one of the pasta dishes and both were exquisite. If you want a lovely dinner in a relaxed but elegant setting where wearing jeans is fine, this is a place to go.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is the most consistently good Italian restaurant in Portland. We’ve been eating here for 20 years and never had anything but a great meal and great device.
We always make a point of a family dinner here during holiday season.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our anniversary date every year is at 3 Doors Down. It never disappoints and this year was actually stellar. They keep up. Trendy but nothing too bizarre. Just really, really good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We've enjoyed 3 Doors Down for years and they continue to serve delicious food. They serve fresh bread with a warm bean dip that is wonderful. Scallops and gnocchi are my favorite appetizers because they change the preparation depending on what's in season. Although I usually have their fish selection, I had a chicken breast with beans and Cipollini onions and a fantastic but light sauce.
The staff are attentive and friendly, remember we've dined there before and remember and ask how our adult children are doing.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The parking situation at 5:00 p.m. is terrible. There is nothing anyone can do about that except drive around and hope. I kind of feel sorry for the neighborhood. All in all, it is well worth the drive ( from Hillsboro ) and the parking problem. The 4 of us had appetizers: oysters, scallops and chicken liver pate, all excellent. We also had for entrees: New York steak, pork chop and risotto all really good. My New York was a little chewy but very tasty. All the drinks were also very good. Definitely will go back. Our server Jacquie was pleasant and efficient.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We stopped in because we were in the neighborhood and they happened to be having happy hour. We ordered a selection of items from the happy hour menus and made up our own tapas-like menu. Just about everything was very good, the one outlier was a simply buttered pasta that my son ordered which was just OK. My daughter is a vegetarian and her eggplant parmigiana was outstanding. Would definitely return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I have lived in the Portland area (SE) for over 12 years and dine out fairly often. I had the best meal I have eaten in a local restaurant Monday evening! I had the Orecchiette pasta with cauliflower and tiramisu. Fantastic!!

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Outstanding food and service, ample portions. Energetic and enthusiastic management/host

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Service was fantastic and food was beyond excellent! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This is my third time to dine here and I have loved it each time. My partner will choose Three Doors anytime I want to take her out. We look forward to the next opportunity we'll have to go out to dinner. (We're from St. Paul and so are willing to drive through Portland traffic to get here. That should say something.)

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

Been coming for nearly 25 years. That speaks for itself, eh?

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent just right “care" by our waitress. Genuine. Great Smile. Comfortable personality.
Sorry, forgot name, but we sat in north window alcove for 2.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I love this place. I’ve been going for 20 years or so. Really nice people, great food, consistent, varied menu. Reasonably priced.
I have a family of four kids (now grown) with one that’s fussy about ingredient origin, another that does not like meat, and the other two that have big foodie type sophistication and it this place is loved by all of them.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Love this restaurant...consistently good & great service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing good as always!

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Waiter was rude. After telling us the specials he said, "I understand if you just want salad." I thought about that and dismissed it. When we paid the bill, I used a $50.00 gift card on a $78 bill. I also put $44 cash in for a total of $94, which is a little over 20% tip. He ran after us after running the card saying there was not enough. When I said the card was 50 he looked again and realized he read the ticker wrong that the balance after the card was 28 and there was plenty of cash to cover. I should habe pulled my tip at that moment. It is not like we went to dinner is sweet pants. I was wearing a sweater and jeans with dress shoes and my wife had a black dinner dress on. The gentleman obviously judged us as undeserving for some reason from the start.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Still a neighborhood gem, still worth the drive, still with top-notch food delivered flawlessly by a long-standing professional staff, and every bit the great place we know and still love. It's not cutting edge, but that's no knock--it does what it does exceptionally well, and I've never had a bad meal here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food is always fabulous. Chef Dave is quite talented & consistent! Always excellent!

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The hostess was friendly and the waitress was pleasant and had suggestions if you aren’t sure what wine to get. I love it when the waitstaff lets you eat and doesn’t pop in 4 times during each course to see how things are. They let you mangia and finish your plate before approaching about the next course. The cavatelli was
Phenomenal and the fettuccine with shellfish was great too! For an East Coaster missing my easy-to-get-everywhere-Italian food it really hit the spot. Quick service and definitely good portions! As we left it was starting to get crowded and you could tell this place would be roarin’ later!

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I was so pleased with the friendly and skilled service we received. I had a mushroom risotto that tested so fresh, and wasn't heavy. The environment was warm, conversation was easy, and the whole experience relaxing and enjoyable.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Server was awesome, food is amazing and great wine selection

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We have been frequenting 2 Doors Down for the past 18 years and the food and friendly service has continued to be superb. A great place for authentic Italian food, nice wine list and excellent service and value.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We always like our dinners at Three Doors Down. It's on our list of favorites.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Fantastic. I've been visiting 3 Doors Down since I moved to the neighborhood in 2002. Always a favorite, always a pleasure to dine there.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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