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About Bistro Agnes

James Beard award-winning chefs, Greg + Gabi Denton bring old school French comfort food to downtown Portland.

527 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm Dinner
Friday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm

Cross Street:
Alder Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 222-0979

Website:
http://bistroagnes.com/

Catering:
Please contact Daniel Weiner at 503.222.0979

Parking Details:
There are three parking garages all within a block of the restaurant, as well as street parking, which is metered until 7:00pm.

Public Transit:
Streetcar at 11th and Alder, #15 bus at 11th and Alder, MAX stop at Galleria/SW 10th and Morrison.

Executive Chef:
Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bistro Agnes Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (30)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for a Date (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Romantic (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Cozy (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Authentic (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Fun (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Business Meals (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Seasonal (8)
Happy Hour (7)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Casual (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Organic (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

The Dentons have done it again! Ambiance, service and most of all the food. All really enjoyable. In fact we ran into a couple while waiting for our table said this was their third meal at Bistro Agnes in two weeks. We will be back. I’m already craving the chicken liver mousse.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined 4 days ago

We went there for our anniversary/Valentine's dinner. The Dentons knocked it out of the park with the steak frites and filet mignon, just straight delicious and cooked perfectly. The creme brûlée for dessert was amazing as well.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We will definitely go back. Portland needs a good French bistro. Food was well prepared and tasty. A bistro should serve bread; we asked for some and it came icy cold - obviously not something they intend to serve. We were sharing dishes in order to taste more things; we had to wait for new silverware, plates; I gather they are not attuned to that yet.
Nevertheless, it was a good experience.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was delicious. We loved the romantic lighting for our anniversary dinner. Service was impeccable. Would love to go back.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined 7 days ago

The chicken liver mousse is fantastic and their wine selection is excellent with some affordable bottles available. Chicken is something we rarely choose but it was incredible. Very tender and juicy. The service was attentive and there were excellent specials even if they were sold out by the time of our reservation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was delicious, good service, chicken and steak were both cooked perfect, the French onion soup was delicious. Had a little trouble picking out a good wine, didn't have a staple Bordeaux (Margaux, Pauillac, or St Estephe) or Italian (Barolo, Barbera, or Brunello) that was under or close to $100, but that's just nit picking.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 7 days ago

Fabulous food and excellent service! The chicken knocked my socks off.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Enjoyed the fresh organic food and attention to details. Booked Bistro Agnes because I saw it on Fox 12 More and thought we would try it for our anniversary. This restaurant has only been open for 3 weeks and James our waiter was on top of our every needs from filling our water glasses, to clearing the table between courses, suggesting a great wine selection and even giving us a little history of how Bistro Agnes got started. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that would enjoy a relaxing, remarkable evening dinner out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Portland needs this restaurant. Classic, perfectly executed, French Bistro

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 12, 2018

I enjoyed the ambiance, excellent food and wine, and the service was extra special. After dining there just once, it is one of my favorite Portland restaurants.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were in Portland for one night and were able to snag two seats at the bar. The bartender was top notch and steered us in the direction of a gorgeous Bordeaux blend and helped us with food recommendations. My girlfriend's steak was perfectly cooked and my cassoulet was delicious, hearty, and wonderfully filling (as any cassoulet should be). One of the best meals I've had in a while, and one of my overall favorite dining experiences ever. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was delicious and we enjoyed the lovely atmosphere & great service!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Well prepared meal

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Outrageous addition to the Portland French food scene. Great to graze or go all out. Check out the absinthe menu. Courageous.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Cassoulet had too many beans and bacon was mostly fat and sausage was flavorless.
Onion soup very good

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 6, 2018

A great addition to Portland's restaurant scene, and very authentic bistro style offerings; drinks were great, cheese plate is marvelous, we loved their generous pickles and olives plate, and our entrees of mussels, steak, and sole in browned butter were all delicious. We all however found ourselves wishing for a little bit more tantalizing dessert menu, (the Grand Marnier or chocolate soufflé from our other favorite French bistro - which is not in Portland) or almost any variant on the standard and somewhat anticlimactic crème brulee and sorbets served up after such wonderful and well-done earlier courses. But dessert or no, we are already planning a trip back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Fun, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 3, 2018

First time at this new restaurant in Portland. Everything from the service to the food was exceptional.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We had wonderful service from Beau at the bar, and the food was phenomenal!

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 2, 2018

A true French bistro. One of the best at which we’ve eaten. Outstanding!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food, great service. They've only been open a couple of weeks, but everything was done perfectly. Off to a terrific start.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere! Great services, James was very nice and accommodating. The food was so good and just what you would expect in a French Bistro. We are so happy to have a French restaurant of this caliber on the West side of Portland. We will be back and will tell all our foodie friends about our great experience!
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Go

Food was wonderful. On arrival a waitress came buy very soon after seating and took cocktail order after a long wait she passed and said it won't be much longer then again a long wait finally dates drink arrives. Waitress was great with appetizers and dinner problem appeared to be with bar. We will be back as the food calls and hopefully the bar situation gets solved.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Wonderful service. Delicious and creative beet salad was my favorite. Will be back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Requiring a credit card to make a reservation is a turn off.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was attentive, casual, and professional. Each dish was executed perfectly and portions perfect. We were told the gougere serving was 3 pieces and since there were 4 of us we easily added a fourth. The menu was well crafted. My friend and I can’t wait to go back for lunch and my husband and I will certainly go back again.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I am very excited about Bistro Agnes and could hardly wait to dine there. We were not disappointed. The restaurant has a lovely glow, and the service was warm and welcoming. Everything we ordered was delicious and beautifully prepared -- onion soup gratinee, salade lyonnaise, filet mignon au poivre, and beef short rib bourguignon. I can't think of another restaurant in Portland that serves pommes aligot. We can't wait to return to sample more of the menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very nice restaurant with very good food. I want to be fair about the service rating I gave. The wait staff was very good but we had issue with how long it took to get drinks (about 20 min. after order was placed) and food arrival (about 40 min. after order). This is a reflection, in my opinion, on the bar crew and the kitchen staff, not the waitress. To be fair, she did ask if we had theater tickets or if we were in a hurry, which we said no to. If the delay in receiving our food was based on this answer, next time I will answer yes just to get quicker service.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Although I'm a frequent Portland visitor, this was my first time at Bistro Agnes. I'm only sad that I hadn't tried this restaurant before. The beef tartare was very good and the cassoulet was one of the best I've had over the years, but perhaps the best aspect of Bistro Agnes was the service experience. I have seen many wait staffs be professional and attentive, and deliver a very nice experience. But Justin took it a step higher - he made us feel like guests or even friends at his house. He was able to pick up small clues in our conversation and incorporate them in how he delivered our service experience. My wine and I will definitely be back on our return trip to Portland and hopefully, Justing will be working that evening.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was outstanding. The bartender/server knew things were backed up in kitchen as it was Day8 since opening, so he gave us some baggiette bread to snack
Server was checking with us several times.
Interesting. People next to us seemed high maintenance in that they said salad rec’d wasnt what they wanted. Commented that side of spinach was too salty. Bartended handled each situation gracefully.
I approve so documenting in my feedback

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We enjoyed the lively atmosphere and great food. The endive salad was very fresh and tasty, the watercress side dish superb. The French standards were beautifully executed and delicious. We will definitely make it a regular stop....that is if you can get a table! It is very popular for a reason.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fun, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We had a wonderful meal from start to finish. While the restaurant may be new, the staff and the kitchen are vets and they're already executing outstanding French classics. Would definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 23, 2018

New restaurant jitters. The food was good, but not extraordinary. French bistro is comfort food, and simply prepared as it should be. The food is reliable.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Phenomenal! Portland's gold standard for unfussy, cozy, Parisian Bistro fare, inventive renditions of classic cocktails, and a nice little wine list, too. Gorgeous room, sharp staff, and evidently, opening soon for lunch?! Keep up the amazing work!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great opening weekend. The entire menu looked great and we certainly did not have a bad dish. Great menu for a winter meal. Will be interesting to see how they adapt seasonally. Good whisk(e)y / cocktail / wine selection. Look forward to going back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I've been waiting for a good traditional french bistro in Portland. If we had not known it was the only the third night they were open in their new venue I would have never guessed by the service or the quality of the food. Also, it was served at a nice pace, never felt like it was rushed as is the feeling in serveral of our local places. I look forward to dining at Bistro Agnes again soon, the service was spot on, excellent about everything.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Perfectly executed French classics in a cozy setting that combines traditional brasserie touches with modern flair. Surprisingly large portions--my husband and could have split the cassoulet. The chicken liver mousse was fantastic--light and fluffy, and the plum compote was a nicely contrasting accompaniment. I enthusiastically recommend Bistro Agnes!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Wonderful food and one of the best fillets I've ever had. Nothing was a disappointment.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was amazing and service was great. Our group enjoyed a few appetizers and for entrees we had the filet mignon, chicken, sole and beef short rib - ranked in that order, but all were delicious. The music choice seemed a little odd for a bistro atmosphere but it didn’t hamper the experience at all. Very enjoyable dinner!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I went on opening night because I happened to be in Portland from New York. The first night for any restaurant can expose flaws but it was obvious that Gabby and the team were dedicated to getting it right. Congratulations.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The only thing that stopped me from loving this restaurant was the amount of salt that was in all our food. I would normally give over seasoned food a 2 or 3-star rating. However, they do deserve a 4-star rating because everything else was great. Every bite was delicious but too salty. We thought the first dish was too salty but then gave the second a chance without notifying the server. The second and third were too salty as well. Before we knew it, the meal was over and we couldn't ingest more salt. I would recommend this restaurant again but just make sure to notify the server that you prefer a little bit less salt. This will allow you to enjoy a more balanced meal. -1 star for being salty.

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