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3 Doors Down Cafe and Lounge

4.5
833 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary American, Northwest
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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

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Phone number
(503) 236-6886
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Marth
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
SE 37th Avenue at Hawthorne
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Public transit
Tri-Met Bus Route #14,
Bicycle Oasis at SE Hawthorne and 36th,
10 minute cab ride from Portland city center
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 833 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on January 31, 2017

Girls night!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday. A bit noisy for intimate conversation, but the service was a 10 and very friendly. Our entrees were wonderful and good sized portions, reasonably priced. At the end of our meal, the waitress brought the birthday person's dessert with a candle in it...nice touch! We will definitely come back here again and again.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

The service was just perfect with a waitress that knew the menu and wine-list and helped with pairings on the menu.
The pasta dishes were very creative and delicious. The ambiance of the restaurant was antique 60's with color and graceful lighting.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Food and Service were excellent. We were visiting Portland from Seattle and found the food to be very well thought out with lots of flavor. Service was timely, professional and fun.
The one drawback for me, was the lighting. I had a difficult time reading the menus small print with limited lighting at the table. I left my glasses in the car, so that was part of the issue but I usually can read the menus without my glasses in this case, I couldn't. I still highly recommend the menu and restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

I'd gotten a gift certificate for Christmas, and invited friends to join my partner and I for blood orange sours which I had tasted at a previous gathering, and couln't wait to taste again, and introduce to others. As we sipped our drinks, we were so tempted by the appetizers that we ordered several, and they did not disappoint! That led to us ordering 2 plates of the penne with tomato vodka sauce and sausage to share. All of that was topped off by plates of wonderfully fresh and tasty bread with a bean spread or butter. Suffice it to say, we were stuffed and content by the meal's end. It was the perfect backdrop for great conversation, and connecting with our friends for the first time in the new year. Oh, the ambiance was casual and comfortable, and the service was just the right blend of attentiveness, and lettting us enjoy the experience. I am very lucky to have such a lovely restaurant right in my neighborhood!

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2017

Very nice environment. Staff was very accommodating and helpful. Menu was more limited that recalled from previous visit. Presentation and food were very good. Will return.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2017

3 Doors Down never disappoints and Sunday evening was no exception. Two standouts for the evening were the on tap manhattan which was fig infused bourbon with black walnut bitters--absolutely excellent and an appetizer of pugleise with chevre and a wonderful mushroom sauce. Pasta is uniformly prepared well and house red pinot noir was very good.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2017

Very god food but the lighting was an it dark. Price was fair. I would come back again.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

This restaurant is consistently delicious!!! Save room for the banana cream pie. It is the BEST!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Three Doors Down is the best. My husband and I went for dinner on NYE and it was fantastic. We were really impressed by the appetizers, entrees and cocktails. Everything was extremely good. We'll be back! (I recently went to celebration dinner at Ruth Chris and paid twice as much for very generic food - I don't know why anyone would want to go there over Three Doors Down's excellent menu.)

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Four of us were present for New Year's Eve, and once again, this restaurant outshined itself. The appetizers, salads, and main courses were out of this world. Duck confit, Dungeness Crab with pasta, and outstanding and creatively prepared chicken breast, were beautifully prepared and delicious.

This restaurant has been around for a couple of decades and while it does not get the annual pop from local reviewers, since there are so many good places in Portland, 3 Doors Down is consistently fabulous, with a well prepared and efficient wait staff. I can't recommend it strongly enough.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve spent at 3 Doors Down was an evening well spent. Even with the expected crush because of New Year's the service and food were the usual top tier quality. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

3 Doors Down is a great value and came through again for a special night out with relatives this time. This place is consistently on the requested night out list for my wife and I as well as our family when they come to stay with us.

The warm bread and bean spread is a favorite and you cannot go wrong with any item on the menu. Consistent quality and a great bar (make sure to try the cocktail on tap) are delivered by a friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2016

Meeting friends visiting from Tennessee

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2016

have been going to 3 doors down for several years and it still an outstanding special place for us. We use to take our daughter there and now when she visits we always make a trip there to enjoy the meals and people.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2016

I've been eating at 3 Doors Down for 20 years. It's so consistently great. Unpretentious, confident, relaxed, decidedly untrendy, a true neighborhood spot.
I am quite partial to the pasta with vodka sauce and sausage, always a staple on the menu, and the seafood fra diavola. The caesar salad is the best in the city. But everything is good. Had a pork chop last night that was divine.
The Manhattan on tap, briefly aged in an oak barrel, is also the best in town.
Love the tiramisu.
A fine wine list.
3 Doors Down is reasonably priced, large portions, attentive, with friendly but unobtrusive service.
It rarely makes the Best in Portland lists but runs circles around the Italian restaurants that do.
I'm an Italian food snob and it's my go to restaurant in Portland.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2016

Always wonderful! What a gem! One of the finest restaurants in Portland.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2016

This place is a rare Portland combination of exquisite food, attentive and warm but not overbearing service, and cozy ambience. And Manhattans on tap to boot! You can't find better in Portland.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2016

Excellent service !!!!! excellent food!!!!! First time there but will come again. I'm not a fancy food girl so the pork chop (which was cooked perfectly) with brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes was right up my alley.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2016

We tried this place based on reviews and weren't disappointed. They were very accommodating in allowing our party to change our reservation

The ambiance was very nice and not too noisy. The food was tasty and not exhorbitantly priced. Food and drink service was prompt.

The service was impeccable. Our server was very nice, informative and attentive. She helped us celebrate without prompting. A very nice touch on her part.

We will definitely come again and will definitely recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2016

We were seated immediately by a cheerful woman. I like the cozy ambiance and the food was delicious. Hubby had the special- spaghetti and meatballs and I had the sole. It was perfectly cooked and I spooned up every bit of the light and flavorful broth at the bottom of the bowl. Very satisfying!

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2016

Fantastic service and great food! We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

Four of us had dinner together at Three Doors Down. It was my third time at this restaurant. Consistent with other visits each person's meal was exceptional. In addition our waitress this time was super on top of her game, enthusiastic, attentive without interfering with our table conversation, helpful with one guests dietary restrictions, and a joy! The only negative comment I can make is that this is a small restaurant and it can be a bit noisy and that noise level can interfere with conversation.. but that is not enough of a problem to keep me away. Thanks for a great evening.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Foods was fabulous, service was a excellent, especially excited to see a speciality wine from Sicily on the dessert menu.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Each time I dine at 3 Doors Down, I ask myself, from first bite of the soft, beautiful bread to the last morsel on my plate, "why do I not come here more often?"

We recently brought a San Francisco foodie and her husband to the restaurant and they loved it.

The menu is accessible, tempting, and worthy of exploring. It is not confusing, daring, challenging, or pretentious. But not every meal wants to be a challenge.

3 Doors Down is a delightful haven for comfort food prepared for rich, belt-busting satisfaction.

This time round we had both styles of gnocchi on the appetizer menu and we were fighting over who would get to finish them. Moans of pleasure were heard.

The butter lettuce salad was a tad heavy on the dressing for my taste this time, but not the previous time when I was here last month, so I think in general they hit it right.

We've ordered pastas, chicken and steak and everything has been lip-licking tasty with ZERO leftovers. Too good not to eat every bite.

The bottles of wine we've ordered have been terrific (and my husband makes Oregon Pinot Noir, so we appreciate fine wine).

Parking is a frustration here...but for any restaurant in close-in Portland that's pretty much the case. 3Doors Down is really close to the bus route on SE Hawthorne, though. And for out-of-towners the location is great for strolling Hawthorne and sampling Powell's books, Blue Star donuts, McMenamins Bagdad Bar & Theater, Waffle Window, the cigar bar...and so much more.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2016

My husband and I dine here a couple of times a year. It is always good and prices are, we think, very reasonable for the quality of the food. Cocktails are prepared very well. The menu has a balance of pasta, seafood and meat dishes. I ordered pasta this time, and it seemed overcooked to me, but was still yummy. My husband's pork chop with roasted Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes was excellent. We shared banana cream pie for dessert. It was superb (drizzled with salted caramel sauce). Service here has always been good.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

Always impressive in every way -- keep up the great work!

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

Fabulous tasty meal !
Our top dinner experience in Portland in years .
We will be back.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2016

Should be everyone's go-to place for steadfast and delicious comfort food with a regular twist of innovation. Service is quality and homegrown. It keeps on giving the gift of food prepared and served with love.

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2016

My wife and I frequently eat in the bar for 3 Doors Down's outstanding happy hour but it had been a while since we'd sat in the dining room and ordered off the full menu. The food was excellent, the service was ok. Been coming to this restaurant for years and have never had a bad meal!

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

This is a great place to bring family, friends, or business associates. Whenever we have customers visiting from out of town, we make sure to bring them here for dinner. Everyone we bring here is very impressed. A visit to 3 Doors has become a standard event on all our visitor agendas. A night at 3 Doors is a given for all friends and family.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

The food is always consistently great at this charming Hawthorne-area restaurant. The eclectic menu is a Northwest/European with the freshest ingredients. The rigatoni with vodka sauce and sausages is simply sensational, and the pork chops a revelation. Cocktails are their specialty.
This is one of our favorite Northwest restaurants--as good as anything Tom Douglas operates in Seattle.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2016

Three Doors Down always delivers! Been coming here for years the food and the service are consistently fantastic.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2016

Delicious food and wonderful service

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2016

My wife and I had our very first date at Three Doors Down in November 8 years ago, so we go back every November to celebrate, and it's always been great. The food, the service, the cocktails, we love everything about it. And yes, once in a while we do go to Three Doors Down even when it's not November.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2016

I love that 3 doors down is still part of Portland's dining scene. They consistently offer a great meal before hype. I only wish I lived closer!

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

One of my favorite restaurants in Portland! Everything was delicious! Great service!

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Wonderful meal on a wet and dreary day. Never have had a bad meal. Always tasty and good portions. The white bean spread alone is worth the drive.

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4.0Dined on October 30, 2016

Not your standard neighborhood Italian restaurant: unusual dishes as well as some classics, good service, and simple, modern decor. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2016

First time there and the four of us all enjoyed our meals. Service was great . We will be back.

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