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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JC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous fare and beverages. Great Service. On the expensive side in Portland, but worth it!

KS
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, warmth, fantastic service. A lovely spot for a pre-theater meal!

RP
Edinburgh
49 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Arden before seeing MacBeth at the Armory. The wine list was long with interesting local and global options. The food menu was short, but it was made up of local, seasonal and unique options that are great for sharing. The egg crostini was a good starter and the squash salad perfect for fall. The pasta was unlike any pasta I've ever had, in a good way. The staff had great recommendations and provided excellent service. Arden is a cozy little wine bar with interesting small bites - we will be back!

J
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We found the Arden to be a memorable experience which is what we were looking for. We had invited good friends to join us so we were a party or 4. The food was fun and the service was excellent. We are not drinkers and our water glasses were always full which was super great. Our only challenge was with dessert. We were give 3 single serving portions. We were unable to cut 2 with the utensils supplied. I know that had we asked for a knife it would have quickly appeared but we enjoyed the challenge of trying to cut the desserts and didn't think to ask.

HO
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good location, and good atmosphere. Price might be a little high for Portland.

FJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was WAY too loud and it was our anniversary. It was a Friday night and there was a large feasting table of screaming rude women....

It was impossible to talk and had to stuff Kleenex into our ears. And had to shout out our order. 🙄

PF
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire meal was amazing. The service was first rate. The recommended wine was fantastic and the food was excellent. The chicken for 2 is out of this world. The steak and tuna were wonderful as well. Chef Erik is doing a fine job here. So happy to again have a foody-worthy restaurant in The Pearl again. Highly recommended.

BW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Albacore and white bean dish ... too good

B
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
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
6 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
2 reviews
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.

PM
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the finest restaurants in Portland and our current favorite hands down.
Don’t miss the seasonal fresh fish appetizers and the amazing salads often prepared with home made yogurt sauces or other unbelievably creative concoctions.
They have an excellent sommelier and she knows her wine pairing.
If you put your evening in their hands it won’t disappoint.

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

Excellent food & wines. The service very friendly.

MC
Portland
17 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
16 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
17 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
435 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
62 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.

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