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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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 99 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with the size of the 4 course chefs menu :)
It came to 11 dishes which filled us up perfect!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, and service was equally great. The sommelier helped us choose a wine that was exactly the style we love. Food was all served in decent-sized portions (pasta was on the small side, while the others were larger than expected), and we left plenty satisfied. They treated us well, and even took special care since we’d stated we were celebrating a birthday in our reservation.

The things that stood out most in our dinner were the smoked dates served as part of the lamb entree and the delicata squash vegetable dish. Both were absolutely amazing!

a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great experience. Limited seasonal menu but great selections. Spaghetti course delicious and brown butter squash salad great as well. Broad wine list and great service. Portland you need to get to this place it is awesome.

C
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as ALWAYS. The very best!

AK
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved! The wine list is beautifully curated and the food is so simple but so delicious! The ambiance is romantic. Food is served family style, so fun to come with a group so you can try lots of dishes.

D
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, with a complex, interesting, layering of flavors and unusual wines that elevate the experience without being pretentious. Comfortable atmosphere with attrentive service. Very versatile, could be a casual night out with friends, date night, or an energetic business dinner.

S
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way, they manage to make whatever is seasonal into something fabulous. I had the radicchio salad and lamb collar.

EP
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful find. The food was amazing, the ambiance is perfect for in the city. I can't help but worry this place will soon be packed and hard to get in to.

OT
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly wonderful food. An exciting gastronomic experience. Highly recommended.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tired a few different dishes and glasses of wine
Loved it all!

JC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KS
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

RP
Edinburgh
49 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great Albacore and white bean dish ... too good

B
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall3food5service5ambience2

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
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & wines. The service very friendly.

MC
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food2service4ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good oysters. Good drinks

R
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

c
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful fresh good. Unique flavors.

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NH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
23 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always! Just a wonderful restaurant!!!

KY
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
437 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.