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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.
Portland, OR 97214
Italian, Contemporary American, Northwest
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Bar 11:00 pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
SE 37th Avenue at Hawthorne
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Tri-Met Bus Route #14,
Bicycle Oasis at SE Hawthorne and 36th,
10 minute cab ride from Portland city center
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine
3 Doors Down Cafe and Lounge Ratings and Reviews
5 of us gathered for a bit of a reunion. Our server was great- let us stay later than expected on a Sat nite knowing we wanted to talk and catch up with each other. All main courses, salads, drinks, and desserts were good to excellent. Price point was reasonable Having been to this restaurant before I can say that the servers have always been GREAT and the good is consistently good. Only downfall for this restaurant is that street parking can be hard to find. Must leave time for a bit of a hunt.
There were two of us, splitting several dishes from the appetizer menu. All were delicious and wonderfully prepared. We shared the scallop with peaches and honey basil cream sauce, ricotta gnocchi with sweet creamed corn, and field greens with almonds blue cheese. Our waiter was attentive and brought individual plates for us to share these three dishes. Although our tab was kept low by the sharing and eating from the appetizer menu, we were treated like customers who were ordering a six course dinner. A great experience.
The food at this restaurant was stunningly good. The service was impeccable. Two members of my party commented their particular dishes were "the best" of those dishes they had ever had. I personally woke up the next morning dreaming I was eating the rigatoni! Can't wait to return.
wonderfull evening, food was above par and met all expectations as this is our go to place. Steak was cooked to perfection. Cavatelli with bolognese sauce is something you can't stop eating it is so good. Gnocchi for an appetizer was exceptional! Service is well above what you would expect. They treat you as though you are in a fine dining establishment but you can be casual.
We always enjoy eating at 3 Doors Down. The servers remember us from previous visits and they have a combination of regular items and new seasonal choices on the menu. They do a lovely job with fish and make lovely, light sauce or broth with creative veggies such as fennel.
While the service was friendly and helfpul, the food was disappointing as it tasted warmed-over and not fresh. Arancini was lacking flavor and the risotto tasted like spinach only. Rice was crunchy and not well-cooked. Hadn't visited this restaurant in a while and unfortunately won't be back. Perhaps caught them on a bad Saturday night but many other good restaurants to choose from. Bummer.
We were here for our anniversary. It's been around forever but we just never have gotten there but this time the remembrance of its existence and our anniversary coincided. They don't need to advertise it was full when we left. We arrived about 20 minutes early and they seated us right away that was nice although there is a bar that one can wait in also. We had arancini with aioli (very good, a little chewy); carpaccio (very good, one of the top three we've had over the years); butter lettuce salad with bacon lardons and a creamy garlic chive dressing (my husband liked it, he finished mine, I got bored with it halfway through); he had steak with potatoes and summer squash (he said very tender and great sauce); I had signature vodka cream Italian sausage rigatoni which was very good (although I make an equally good one myself), there were two whole sausages served, not crumbled up into sauce that was different and nice. We had Spanish wine by glass. No dessert. Two espressos. Came to right around $100. Not bad for a special night out. We could have eaten less appetizers but we like to try things when we haven't been somewhere just to see if we'd want to come back. They have a very good Happy Hour menu Sunday through Thursday that would be worth checking out. They have no trouble filling seats and their reputation did not disappoint. It's noisy but not unbearable. Lively I'd say. And the waitstaff is very competent if a little rushed. All in all I'd say we'd go back and would try Happy Hour sometime.
Summary: Still the classic neighborhood bistro that folks should drive from Beaverton for.
I have to admit: I'd been steering clear of 3 Doors Down for some time due to the crowds--I could never get a table. But for some reason, this summer we'd been seeing a lot of slots open on Open Table--maybe all the newer places were sucking the crowds away.
So I went on a friday night with my family, and rediscovered an old friend. It's still pumping out top notch food, quickly and with great service, using local ingredients in season. It's got a great wine list, and it's going to be one of the best values you can find. It may not be the hottest "5 star" place, but it's every bit a 4+, and delivers both gracefully and consistently.
I will be back, and much more often, especially if it remains this easy to get in.
We are regular customers but took our friends there who were visiting from Germany. They both loved the atmosphere and friendly but professional attitude of the staff. They raved about the clam appetizer. The plum tomato sausage pasta is always a delight. Still one of our favorite spots. Although we did not have on this visit the Banna Cream pie is fantastic
The first time we went there we absolutely loved our dinner. Our server was amazing and the food was spectacular.
Based on this, we decided to go here to celebrate a birthday. The food was still great, but the service was very disappointing. When we walked in, the hostess pointed us to our table. Our server seemed annoyed by our presence and she was pretty rude through the meal. She seemed surprised when we asked for Parmesan cheese for our pasta (there were 5 of us there). She brought a little ramekin of Parmesan. We asked for more and she begrudgingly brought us one more. All in all, we were pretty disappointed, but the food was still delicious...especially the banana cream pie!
Visiting from Chicago looking for a restaurant with good vegetarian options along with meat options. Our table was waiting, the service was perfect, and the food was outstanding. The vegetarian risotto was so fresh and vibrant. The sausage and pepper pasta was great, a really nice level of spice. And they made a special vegetarian pasta for one in our party who didn't quite see what she wanted. Everything was just yummy. A wonderful evening in Portland.
Dinner was delicious! I had dinner with friends from work on Thursday night and it was so good I brought my friends in town from LA for dinner on Saturday! They loved it, raved all weekend about how much they love the Portland food scene and that they are definitely coming back for more 3 Doors Down! The gnocchi pesto dish was amazing!!!
Four of us dined here to celebrate a birthday. Our table was ready upon arrival which I always appreciate. The dining room has a casual upscale feel--nice and comfortable without being too formal or stuffy. The service was excellent. Our water and cocktail glasses never got empty. We ordered several appetizers for the table to share which were very good. Three of four of us followed that with perhaps the best Caesar salad I've had anywhere--fresh, tangy with the perfect amount of anchovy taste. For entrees, three
We had a wonderful evening at this neighborhood Italian restaurant. The service was exceptional and the food even better. I had the Plum tomato/vodka pasta dish and the portion size was perfect and I could go back for that dish each week. My partner had the chicken dish and said that the flavors were phenomenal. A definite return visit for us.
It's been years since I dined at 3Doors Down, but my good memories were reinforced by the terrifically prepared, extremely tasty dinners a friend and I were served. The service is also excellent, the servers cheerful, friendly, and unpretentious. The atmosphere is elegant but low-key. It was a dining experience I would heartily recommend to anyone.
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