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3 Doors Down Cafe and Lounge

4.7
807 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
What 807 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined 6 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Puerto Vallarta)
5.0  Dined 6 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.

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Robob (Portland)
4.0  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.

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Trudy (Portland)
5.0  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!

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yeayeayea (Portland)
5.0  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.

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Outandabout (Seattle)
4.0  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!

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jkwpdx (Portland)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The food and service were excellent; enjoyed the evening!

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rattlebrain (Portland)
5.0  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!

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vipkras (Portland)
4.0  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).

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vipLarry (Portland)
4.0  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.

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marigold (Portland)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  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.

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vipBill (Portland)
3.0  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.

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JimZ (Portland)
5.0  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!!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

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

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Beth (Portland)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  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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EdesiaeEtBibesia (Portland)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  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.

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Mark (Portland)
4.0  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.

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BonnieU (Portland)
5.0  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!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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Taylor (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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THDG (Portland)
5.0  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.)

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Kathy (Portland)
4.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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Wayne (Seattle)
5.0  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.

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vipRealgrip (Portland)
4.0  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.

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Casey (Portland)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

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

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