Bistro Agnes

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James Beard award-winning chefs, Greg + Gabi Denton bring old school French comfort food to downtown Portland. We offer a limited number of reservations online. If the time you are looking for isn’t available, please call or come on down, as we reserve a significant portion of the dining room for walk in guests.
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4.7
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Portland
19 reviews
Reviewed on February 3, 2020
Overall5foodserviceambience

We came to this restaurant without a reservation after an event downtown. We found 2 seats at the bar (lucky us). a bistro is a very good description. It has a somewhat limited menu, but everything we had was great. The service was a little slow, but the restaurant was very full. We started with Escargot, it was excellent, perfect for 2. We had a bottle of Sancerre, it was good but a little overpriced. The Cassoulet was not what I have had in other French restaurants but OK, different style, not creamy at all. My wife really enjoyed the Sole, well prepared and tasty. We would go back again, but with a reservation.

M
Portland
6 reviews
Reviewed on January 3, 2020
Overall5foodserviceambience

Fantastic food. Good service. Fun happening place.

PP
Portland
13 reviews
Reviewed on December 16, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Everything is delicious and the service is great.

MW
Seattle
10 reviews
Reviewed on December 14, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Amazing. The first time I intended to go for lunch but looked through the window and it just seemed a little to formal for me that day so my friend and I went to Tasty and Alder across the street instead which is always delicious. I just made it back though for a lunch and loved it. Once seated inside it did not feel stuffy or formal at all. I had a delicious Nicoise salad. All the plates I saw coming out looked great. Definitely on top quality culinary restaurant and good representation of French cuisine. I'll be back soon!

ML
Portland
31 reviews
Reviewed on November 20, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Nice lunch spot in downtown Portland. Good food, good portions, friendly service.

r
Portland
5 reviews
Reviewed on November 17, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

The breakfast is really really incredible. It's so relaxing to sit in this very intimate bistro and dine.

IT
Portland
3 reviews
Reviewed on October 12, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Love that cassoulet! But everything I've ever had here was excellent. It's small, and I wish the tables were further apart, but the food is excellent and the staff are really extraordinarily pleasant, kind, and well informed.

OG
Portland
73 reviews
Reviewed on September 23, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

It has been several months, but I recall a small ground floor restaurant with loft seating upstairs, very similar to many small restaurants in crowded European cities. The food was well made, flavorful and very well presented by a pleasant and efficient wait staff. Highly recommended. I need to get back there soon.

CA
Portland
2 reviews
Reviewed on July 25, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

I love this restaurant. Best fish in Portland, and the amuse-guele is always lovely.

W
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Serving classic French dishes in lovely surroundings . Friendly and attentive service. They have a best cassoulet I have had outside of France - duck confit, sausage. pork belly instead of shoulder. No lamb or crispy bread crust but still delightful. Mussles in the classic cream sauce fine if nothing special. Beef bourguignon also good. My only complaint is the wine prices. The selection is OK but apart from a very few choices in the lower range, the prices quickly escalate to nearly four times retail in some cases. A more even price distribution would be appreciated and might increase bottle sales as well.

F
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent fine food and excellent service. Our favorite pdx restaurant.

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S
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted with everything about this restaurant. The food was divine and portions on salad and entree were large enough to share: butter lettuce salad, cassoulet and steak frites, yum! We also loved the ability to converse in the open atmosphere.

MM
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Escargot was a little too rich and fancy for our taste. We prefer a more classic prep in the shell. Service was perfect, ambiance delightful. Chef offered a tasty amuse buche. Musssels were delicious, everyone perfectly open. Crusty bread kept coming, wine suggestions were excellent. Easy commute by streetcar from the Keller and back to our hotel.

CM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

had a great time
waiter was a bit odd but no biggie

hostess was very friendly and welcoming

BF
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most enjoyable lunch of our lives! The food was phenomenal and the staff was without exception wonderful!

LR
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has some of the best french bistro food you will ever eat! The taste of your food will exceed all predetermined expectations. The ingredients are fresh and each dish is made from scratch!

VC
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Bistro Agnes tremendously. The food was beyond delicious, well prepared, pretty to look at and appropriate portions. We shared the chicken liver mousse which came with toasts, butter and a small pot of fruit compote for accent. My main course was the sweetbreads (cooked perfectly) which had an incredible sauce over truffled small pastas with some greens throughout. My spouse had the steak frites which were also impeccable. With this dinner we enjoyed a bottle of rose champagne and thought it went very well with the meal. We lived in France for four years and this meal could easily have been one we had there in a very nice bistrot. The wait staff were professional and discreet and the pacing of the meal was fine. We certainly won't wait a year to repeat this experience!

EO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed Bistro Agnes. It's on a corner, and I had a nice view of the city street outside. It was cozy on a winter evening. The lighting was romantic, not too bright or too dark, but just right, with a small candle (votive) on each table. The light-colored wood was beautiful; I really liked the atmosphere.
I had a glass of Malbec, which was delicious. I ordered the Butter Lettuce Salad, which was really tasty. It had a nice vinaigrette on it. The bread was pretty good, warm with a big enough slab of butter to not run out. For my entree, I had the Beef Bourguignon. It was phenomenal. The beef was so tender it melted in my mouth. It was in a nice, dark brown sauce, with a few caramelized onions and button mushrooms. The buttered egg noodles came on the side. They also gave me a tiny serving of vichyssoise with the bread. It was an amazing meal. I didn't have room for dessert. So glad I tried Bistro Agnes, and I will definitely be back.

JN
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Restaurant has welcoming and warm interior. Wait-staff was attentive and absolutely no complaints.

p
Portland
27 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the better meals we have had in Portland. While a "twist" on classic French dishes, it was done with deference to tradition that delivered deliciously intricate yet balanced dishes. We had an endive salad, a filet on aligot, and shortribs Bourguignon and hope to revisit to try other options on the menu. The wine list is perhaps a bit short, but carefully selected: the Cahors malbec we had was superb. And we really appreciated having conversation in a normal voice, even as the evening wore on and tables were filled. Almost like being back in Paris!

L
Boise
18 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Last time I was there, I had the butter lettuce salad and the veggie burger (Impossible Burger on the menu) for lunch, and both were excellent. Bistro Agnes is one of the few restaurants I've found that has both a very pleasant and comfortable ambience, and excellent food. Too many restaurants these days are hideously noisy, with hard surfaces everywhere, and unimaginative industrial chic decor. Bistro Agnes is a wonderful exception. No wonder you need to make your dinner reservation a bit ahead of time.

c
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service between each course, nice wine recommendations. Timing was spot on so we could relax and savor over two hours. Foie Gras is a must, next time I need to save room for the rice almond pudding.

N
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal of mussels and pomme frites with the aoli sauce. We saw the restaurant written up in the NYTimes, decided to try it and were not disappointed! We will return.

K
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice way to start the new year

A
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently amazing food and service, every time I go. One of the best restaurants in PDX and one of my favorite steaks in the world! Also great atmosphere and wine list. Can't go wrong here.

RM
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way possible

MY
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, delicious food, excellent service.

OT
Portland
42 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The anticipation of going to Bistro Agnes exceeded reality. The place was packed. We had a hard time getting a reservation and from reading many reviews our expectations were high. The menu is classic French country food but we found the food well presented but underseasoned and fairly dull. The chicken liver mouse is excellent as is the escargot but the entres left quite a bit to be desired. There are many other alternatives for a Portland diner that provide a more satisfying evening.

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I thought this was one of the most authentic French meals we have had. He was born and raised in France and says this is now his favorite French restaurant in Portland.

A
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cset Magnifique!

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place and foodand to top it off we forgot our leftovers and they actually called to say they’d save it for us if we wanted them to. That’s going above and beyond!

W
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience5

After a recent lunch, which was delicious, we decided to come back to bistro Agnes for dinner wth friends. My wife and friend each ordered trout, which was a substitute for petrale sole meunière on the menu. Unfortunately, the trout was significantly over cooked and very dry. I had Coq au vin which was good but not special. The service was warm and friendly as well as attentive. However, given the quality of our entrées we would probably not return.

R
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated out 45th wedding anniversary. Spent 14 months in Paris back in the 1953-54 plus a few trips since and this the best Bistro I've found in Portland since. Cudo's to the Denton's.

d
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Limited menu but good quality food.

JJ
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time here and once again the food was flawless. Maybe the best French dining in the pacific northwest. Casual, classy bistro atmosphere, attentive service and open kitchen that showcases the skill and professionalism of the heart of this restaurant.

BH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A flawless meal. Excellent service, exceptional food. Everything was perfect- among the finest meals I have ever had. We had the Foie gras terrine, lyonnaise salad, sweetbreads, the burger, steak frites, steak au poivre and sole. Could not have been better.

JM
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there after hearing about the burgers. Yes, they live up to the hype. Service excellent-very polite servers and staff. Will definitely try again.

OT
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal. Waiter was attentive without being intrusive. I had the filet mignon- best steak I have had in a long time. My husband had the ribeye and he said it was delicious. Wine recommended by our waiter was excellent. Can’t wait to go back!

e
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I almost did not write a glowing review because I do not want this place to be even more popular than it is. Have had two dinners and one lunch and everything was perfect, from staff to delicious, interesting food, to a humane noise level.