Arden

4.7
157 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Arden is an idyllic retreat tucked into Portland's Pearl District. Arden delivers seasonal Pacific Northwest cuisine and an award-winning wine program featuring over 250 bottles, many with bottle age. Guests have the option to dine a la carte or enjoy the chef's prix fixe menu ($58): a shared experience that features 4 courses of seasonal cuisine. Coursed wine pairings are also available ($38).

Arden is named in homage to Shakespeare's famous forest - a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and appreciate nature's bounty and beauty. The restaurant invites you to take an exiting culinary adventure through the Pacific Northwest, and explore the incredible range of ingredients that the region has to offer.
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ChristinaR
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

AMAZING! BEST place for Portland Dining Month. EXCELLENT food. Friendly and caring staff. 5/5 STARS!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, with fabulous service and food to die for.

JW
vipJesseW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef’s menu is fantastic. The wine list is thoughtfully curated and pairs well with menu items. Service was caring and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food but portion size for the entree was more suitable for an appetizer. Not at all filling. Otherwise a good experience.

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vipJerisoo
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our second time dining at Arden and enjoyed our dining experience.

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vipLudivico
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I had a special dining month 3 course meal. The first course was fantastic. Wonderful flavors and textures that I would never have thought would compliment each other. The Entree was excessively spicy. It totally destroyed my ability to appreciate the wine I had with that course. The waiter offered me a small glass of another wine to help clear the my flavors before the dessert course.

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JaniceF
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing meal for Portland dining month! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service! You can’t go wrong with any of the options on the menu.

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Claudia
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed all the options on the price fix menu, and look forward to returning to sample the regular menu. The service was very good.

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KatiB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, even better service! Excellent wine list at appropriate price point.

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vipMellowville
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We scraped our plates. That is the simplest way of saying how much we loved Arden, which we enjoyed for Portland Dining Month. I can't recall the names of all the dishes but we started with with Med Beets topped with crunchy ducca and on a bed of lebneh. The extraordinary spaghetti entre was loaded with pockets of flavor surprises from the sausage and shrimp - and the spice level pushed my limits in a good way without throwing me into the wrong orbit. Another pasta dish was essentially heavenly pillows of warm ricotta. There was a luscious olive oil orange cake for dessert. Just go there, enjoy the quiet, prompt service and garden feeling.

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MilesK
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I’ve had in years. My wife and I eat out all over the country and this was by far one of the best tasting meals, with perfect portion sizes and knowledgeable staff. We’ll go back ASAP...probably next weekend :-)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

prix fixe was great!!!

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ergo
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and very accommodating for vegetarians

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JenniferH
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly prepared with amazing sauces and composition. We could not have been happier!

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and knowledgeable staff. We will be back!

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Xavier2020
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

On the evening that we dined - it turned out they had a fixed price menu, which wasn't announced as the only option for dining on their website. The menu did not have a vegetarian main option, and they didn't adequately accommodate an alternative for my wife. The server and the communication from the chef - made us feel "put upon" for a modification request - we were told that it was a set menu, and there's only a certain amount of ingredients in the kitchen. It was a $75 per person meal and the vegetarian alternative for one of the courses was iceberg lettuce with dressing and peanuts. Her main course was buttered noodles. I feel they should have been more accommodating or had this menu on their website so I could have made a request in advance.
I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
(EDIT)
Oh, and I've discovered that they've also over charged my card as well.

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MichelleN
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our first visit to Arden was for Valentine's Day dinner. They served a Prix Fixe 4 course menu, and you could choose between 2 items for each course. We ordered one of each menu item, and added a foie gras appetizer as well. They brought each dish separately with 2 plates so we could share each dish, so our meal was more like 9 courses!
The Pros: Every dish was absolutely fantastic! We had difficulty deciding which dishes were our favorites, but the highlights included a Hamachi crudo, the Citrus Salad, Miso cured cod, and an Olive Oil cake with preserved lemons.
The service was very attentive and our waiter was very friendly. We didn't have any cocktails, but enjoyed a lovely bottle of wine from their thoughtfully curated wine list.
We left very full, looking forward to a return visit in the future.
The Cons:
The "Chef's Counter" is not really in front of the cooking area. We are foodies, and will always choose the option to sit at a chef's counter to observe their techniques, and interact with the chefs, if possible. We were seated about as far away from the chefs as we could get, but even the seats closest to the chefs weren't in a position for interaction. The seats at the counter were somewhat uncomfortable, as well.
It was very noisy, and it was difficult to hear the service staff. We were also right next to the front door, which made things even noisier, (not to mention, chilly) If it had not been such a busy night for the restaurant, we would have asked to be moved to a table in a quieter area.
The pacing of the courses was a little uneven. One course was served before we finish the previous one, and there were long waits between other courses. A very minor issue, especially on such a busy night. And of course, we had our lovely wine to occupy us!

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JasonK
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Arden Valentines day, with amazing food, impeccable service and authentic ambiance. This evening we choose one of everything offered on the prefix menu and thoroughly enjoyed each course. Well balanced portions, bright, vibrant flavors, and consistently high quality across the ingredients. Beyond the food, the staff was top notch, host, bartenders, kitchen, expediters and wait staff reflect a high attention to detail, with every aspect of the meal executed perfectly, with warmth and welcome. One of the best overall meals we've had in Portland over the last decade. Well done and thank you!

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vipDavidR
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portland foodie destination, fantastic.

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vipmarcf
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience on all levels. The Chef is former long time sous from Le Pidgen. Cuisine was nuanced and showed a deft, tasteful and restrained hand. Seriously good food. Reasonably priced. Small eclectic menu. Can't wait to go back again.

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AllisonB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, delicious food, great place to be in friendship, sharing food.

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Geena1234
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Playful, creative flavor profiles from chef with personalized appetizer, entree and dessert topped with perfection. We celebrated our wedding anniversary with prompt seating, attentive waiter, meal placement, drinks and a surprise desert bite. We requested light small plates, intimate seating, along with a dietary restriction and all needs were met. Left with a feeling of well-fed weightlessness not overly heavy. The citrus salad was my favorite. Thank you for helping us celebrate!

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SethO
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great, creative food! This a place that will become a new destination for us.

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vipOoooooooooooooo
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood

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Garrett
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty and delicious! Great service and wine selections.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Had Prix Fixe meal and it was so good and more than we could eat. We will definitely be back.

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vipMAH2
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really pleased to see Chef Erik Van Kley has landed at Arden. I’ll definitely be coming back next time I’m in Portland.

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vipAl1708
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food, wine and service were excellent. We ordered the Mary's chicken for two and it was cooked perfectly, the dish was creative and was very enjoyable. The selection of wine by the glass included wines at various price point including some more expensive but excellent selections.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with my husband was amazing!

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NeilG
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

IT WAS A FIRST VISIT FOR DIANA & NEIL AND WE LOVED THE FOOD AND THE SERVVICE. LOOK FORWARD TO OUR NEXT VISIT. THAANKS. NEIL G.

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RJPDX
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Service was outstanding, food was fresh, creative and delicious. Cocktails were good too!

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AnneG
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved the steak tartar in lime leaf —it was amazing!! Only wish they offered more dishes without garlic. I can hardly choose anything. That which I can eat is lovely.

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vipRobert
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative Northwest cuisine, fresh ingredients, good wine list and excellent service ,
Too bad Michelin Star does not come to PDX, otherwise Arden should be up for a star

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vipAngie
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal for my birthday. My fave was the crab fried rice with house made spam! Outstanding! Sounds a bit odd, but wow was it good.

The rest of the table thought the best was the lamb, also absolutely amazing. Love this little place.

DJ
DrJimJ
Adelaide
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks at Arden are outstanding. The combinations of ingredients with their flavors
and textures, delicious. We particularly enjoyed the black cod and the wagyu tartare.

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JaredW
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. We just celebrated our 10 year anniversary here. The prix fixe menu was wonderful and we loved talking the soux chef. Great atmosphere and relaxed setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arden went above and beyond to create an amazing New Years experience! From the service, cocktails, and the food they really outdid themselves! Cheers!

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marshaT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve dinner...
Fabulous!! If there was a 6 rating I’d give it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bery nice ambiance- enjoyed new years eve there

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Arden is rated 4.7 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.