Arden

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$31 to $50
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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 ($64): a shared experience that features 4 courses of seasonal cuisine. Coursed wine pairings are also available ($42).

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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BW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Albacore and white bean dish ... too good

B
Portland
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent three course dinner & delicious Pinot all before our Armory show.

m
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time at ARden before a show at the Armory. Brought friend from San Francisco who knows her food. It was outstanding. The service was fabulous and it was an easy walk to the theater. We only had to park once. We will definitely return. This is one of our new go-to places!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great menu. Small but we’ll done. Service was good. Would prefer more Italian wines.
Went for,the new chef. Eric is creative and so interesting

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised with the amount of food in the Chef's tasting meal. The chef was even able to accomodate me not being able to eat raw foods.

KC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food. Excellent service. It was a wonderful evening until we had aloud table next to us. Nothing unusual. They were just having fun. However, when we raised our voices to hear each other, so did they...

Someday I hope Portland restaurants learn to manage sound in a space as part of the dining experience. I will go back to Arden to dine outside or if they add something soft and sound absorbent into their esthetic of concrete, metal, and a glass. I wish the space would have allowed the food to shine!

S
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are a foodie and want to experience the most amazing local tastes this is the place to go... every time I am in town, I visit the Arden and to date I have never been disappointed. The wine list is exceptional and the owner is a sommelier which is amazing to say the least for such a small venue.
From appetizer to dessert they manage to enhance the flavor and surprise you.

A
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our meal was perfect. I have already recommended to friends. We had the tasting menu and wine pairing and I can say this was one of the best meals we have eaten in a number of years. The food was perfectly cooked and the flavor and texture combinations were spot on. Frankie, our waiter was excellent and contributed to our positive experience.

HW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food & wines. The service very friendly.

MC
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arden is my new favorite restaurant in Portland. I go almost every week. Great place to bring friends and clients. The food is off the charts good. Fresh, innovative and always delicious. Love the Chicken Diavlo, Chick Pea Fries, and all the farm to table salads made from whatever is fresh that day. They also have a very interesting wine list with wines from all over the world including a very good local list. A very Portlandia experience, I highly recommend.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Ambiance is goo, but food didn’t impressed me. Two of the plates included chickpeas and white bean that really fail to get a good combination of flavor and tenderness. Disappointed given that I had high expectations.

OT
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall a very good experience! Service was genuine and attentive. Food was amazing, with one small knock (and perhaps it’s a personal opinion); no starch served with a steak entree seemed misplaced. I was likely better off (health wise, lol), but I guess I’m still a ‘meat and potatoes’ traditionalist of sorts. Regardless, for sure I’d return.

Thank you!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good oysters. Good drinks

R
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely deserves a Michelin Star (although Michelin does not come to Portland.

Style and taste of the dishes are very similar to those of Rich Table and Octeria in San Francisco, both are Michelin 1 Star restaurant.

Service is good and very friendly.

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, great service. I will definitely be returning!

c
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful fresh good. Unique flavors.

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NH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed the experience but the food options were quite limited and there was no indication that one of the choices had heavy cheese, and we were celebrating with someone lactose intolerant. It would have been nice to have those indications on the menu. The service was outstanding, but we would have preferred more options.

MC
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this little gem!
I’ve been there twice in last two weeks the menu changes somewhat weekly. It’s a perfect NW gourmet experience. Small and large plates to be shared. Very interesting will e pairings. I had pea shoots and buratta, favs bean toast w feta (amazing!!), beef tenderloin, halibut collar w pumpkin salsa (wow), oysters... highly recommend.

C
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! Just a wonderful restaurant!!!

KY
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect balance of attentiveness from the wait staff. Perfect amount of food for two. For us it will have to be a very special occasion destination due to the high cost.

E
Portland
433 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was superb in all respects. The service was the right amount of attentive. The drinks were excellent. The wine list has a great balance between European and local wines. The food was truly delicious and was delivered at an excellent pace. We will certainly return.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible culinary experience - usually this type of restaurant has tiny portions and outlandish ingredients that don't fit well together. This bucks the norm and then some. Every dish was better than the next. Kelsey the Sommelier is the best in the world! She can pick the perfect wine every time.

CB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

No one is having any fun cooking or serving; way to serious, bordering on pretentious.
Very ordinary food relative to "hype" of chef-based dining. Well meaning, but ultimately fails.

C
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely first rate service! The food was a creative feast with a melange of textures, flavors and artistic presentation to satisfy even the most discriminating palates.

JH
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food wonderful flavors. Great for sharing

RG
Seattle
58 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very creative cuisine with amazing combinations of spices. Thought the dishes were a little too similar in appearance and texture and would have liked to have had more variety to distinguish one from the other. Like that they frequently change the menus and we enjoyed the ambiance and great service!

S
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small menu but excellent tastes

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing! We did the chefs tasting menu with wine pairings.

R
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the prefix menu and definitely was the way to go. We tried nearly everything on the menu and all we're spectacular. Highlights we're the oysters, halibut, gnocchi, and smoked gin

OT
Portland
40 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent. The menu changes regularly and always offers new and exciting offerings. Mostly small plates to share. The food menu is modest in size but big on taste and uniqueness. The wine list is awesome. Wine by the glass is a more modest selection but the wines offered are high quality and delicious. Service is wonderful. This is a wonderful, small, neighborhood restaurant sure to attract a broad following.

KW
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I would recommend NOT booking through OpenTable because our reservation change had not made it to Arden and we had to wait 45 minutes for a table. The host commented that I should have used their preferred reservation system Resy.

AJ
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic find. Visited while in town for an interview and I hope that I get the job, just so I can dine at Arden more often. The quality of the food is well worth the price.

e
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arden is one of those newer gems in Portland. It offers a curated list of cocktails, and exquisite small plates with wine pairing recommendations that always work. The portions are very small, but every bite packs a lot of flavor and is perfectly prepared. Highly recommended.

B
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Came here for dinner during Portland dining month. Restaurant was not too busy as our reservation was at 6 PM. Appetizer was delicious. The main course was good but the miso broth was not seasoned enough and the salmon was overdone. This was especially disappointing because we asked before and said we wanted it on the rare side. The brownie for dessert was too dry. The vanilla miso ice cream was excellent. Wine and cocktails were excellent too. Service was too fast. We barely had put our forks down and the next course appeared. We were out of there under an hour for 3 courses. Too fast for me I felt rushed. Taken together it was an okay experience. Will probably come back for a 'normal' dinner (not for dining month) and see if it's different then.

f
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for Portland Dining Month. Meat and fish were cooked perfectly to our requests. Lovely presentation of food. Wonderful flavor. One of us felt the salmon was too salty (but just the skin). Service was perfect. The coconut sesame ice cream is amazing!

CM
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arden offered a beet salad and two main course choices (salmon and beef) for Portland Dining Month, along with an amazing dessert (brownies with choice of homemade ice cream). All were deleicious, creative dishes presented by gracious servers. The recommended wine selections were very appealing and complemented our food perfectly. We look forward to a return visit to Arden where the food is as excellent as the wine.

AB
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Our March Dining Month dinners were great...except dessert brownies were pretty dry. We got some black sesame coconut ice cream, which more than made up for it. Pretty noisy & hard to converse, but it was busy.

f
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

They lost my reservation even though opentable sent me a reminder the day before. Took too long for someone to take my order. Main dish was served barely tepid. They never came by to ask how the food was. Won't return.

LS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our group of four thought the food and flavors were wonderful, but the entree portions were very small except salad and dessert (where the dining month advertised ice cream was an extra charge).
One entree plate had two small pieces of meat and the other two had three. Salmon was small but perfectly cooked, delicate and delicious.

SR
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Sara did a masterful job with the dining month menu. The service was attentive. They were able to make adjustments for gluten-free needs. Highly recommended.

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