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Bistro Agnes

4.7
254 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm Dinner
Friday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm
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Phone number
(503) 222-0979
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton
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Catering
Please contact Daniel Weiner at 503.222.0979
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Alder Street
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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.
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Public transit
Streetcar at 11th and Alder, #15 bus at 11th and Alder, MAX stop at Galleria/SW 10th and Morrison.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 254 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Server offered easy pace, lively dialogue and a pleasant smile. Food was not rushed, giving us time to soak up the energy of the room.

Salmon carpaccio: original, with a unique bite.
Chicken: cooked perfectly, well balanced.
Butter Lettuce salad: somewhat lacking, too simple
Burger: Fantastic, though preferable (to this eater) without onions

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

absolutely outstanding service - attentive without being intrusive. beautifully prepared food nicely presented. leisurely pace despite how busy they were. I will go back!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything was spot on.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Love the food! Love the decor! Will definitely be back...

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Bistro Agnes is probably the BEST restaurant in Portland. My husband and I had 2 different starters which were really good then he had coq au vin and I had a wagyu burger sitting in a bordelaise sauce. It was a fork and knife burger and "out of this world" good. For dessert I had profiteroles in a hot chocolate sauce and he had a rhubarb tart. All this accompanied a bottle of French rose. I can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Perfect from beginning to end. Delicious food, attentive service,fun atmosphere. Definitely a keeper.
Loved it so much we made a reservation for 3 days later!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great specialty cocktails-awesome appetizers -entrees where tasty-service was #1

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Went for a light dinner before a show.
Service attentive and ambiance welcoming.
Had the mussels for an entree which were good but not great. Many of the mussels were really tiny in size and a few that tasted "dirty" however broth was delicious.
I'll try something else next time.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Could use a vegetarian option on the menu. Two would be better. Visually a very nice restaurant.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful cuisine, charming ambiance, good service. Love, love, love!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

My husband treated me to Bistro Agnes after a friend recommended it (ironically it was immediately after I saw it listed in Eater PDX). One look at the menu and I knew it had great potential to make my occasion's celebration even more special. But I was blown away by the authentic but somewhat restyled french delectable delights. This will be my go to for extra special occasions. It's like a trip to Paris without the long flight - and with much better service! YUMMY perfection.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

My second time there and it totally lived up to expectations. Our feiends loved it as well. Can't wait to go back for some of the daily specials.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Delightful new restaurant from the pros at Ox. Delicious food and as always, great service. Not a lot of vegan/vegetarian options but they worked with us and created a special dish for our veg friend.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Tried for first time on Saturday night. So good we went back the next night! Very accommodating and knowledgeable staff. Great decor, especially multi-colored tile floor.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First time at Bistro Agnes. Best French food in PDX. Service was exceptional. The meal was everything we'd hoped for. Highly recommend it.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Main dishes were overly salted! Onion soup was very good. Service was first rate!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food, great service. I would definitely come back to try other dishes.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This is gourmet French cuisine at it's finest! The French onion soup is amazing!!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great food, attentive service, sensitive to our timing constraints for an after-dinner lecture.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Salad and appetizers were good. Entries were just okay. Mine was a daily special - boudin blanc and foie gras - so I expected fat but not an inescapable soup of it. The prunes stewed in Armagnac were a refreshing touch but not enough to provide the balance this dish sorely needed. I’ll try the menu again but the first visit was underwhelming, especially considering the level at sister restaurants Ox and SuoerBite and the entree prices at Bistro Agnes.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

This was my second visit and I decided on the Waygu hamburger @$16 and fries (sold separately).
This comes plated with a rich bordelaise sauce around the perimeter of the plate. The burger is on a light bun which will eventually be used to dip up the sauce (delicious). The meat itself is grilled (to your specification)topped with grilled onions and cheese, this is not conventional burger, but a different experience altogether so if you’re hankering for the traditional burger move on to something else on the menu. This is a very good well prepared hamburger and quite ample in portion. The quality of the meat shines through. The fries are thin cut tossed in salt and parsley flakes, perfectly fried coming with a tasty aioli and catsup. I throughly enjoyed my ‘fine dining’ hamburger experience, looking forward to my next visit to try something new.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The menu is classic French and the quality of the ingredients and preparation is superb. I was especially impressed with the profiteroles which were as good as a fine restaurant in Paris where I lived for 19 years.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Fantastic French take on the food! Great service!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The decor is pleasant , small wine bar (very small) good light w/large windows, to see out of. The mussels were wonderful, this was the last week getting them from Salt Springs in Canada. Certain time of the year they are plumper so I would check before ordering. These were plump, the broth was delicious, well balanced with the fennel, wine, grilled garlic, creme fraīche and thyme. The bread (1/2 small baguette) from Little T was charred perfectly and I appreciated it coming with the mussels (no extra charge) Salmon carpaccio with endive and dill was served with thinly sliced radish, dollops of creme fraīche and salmon 'caviar'. A lovely presentation and nice portion. The quiche du jour was creamy and just the right amount of egg, cheese , spinachwith a butter lettuce and radish salad side, this was a favorite!
We all loved the meals and are looking forward to coming back.....Bravo Gabby&Gregg!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Our table was not ready for our reservation for 15-20 min but the staff was very accommodating while we waited and apologized in several different ways. It all worked out fine.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Bistro Agnes is a great great and much needed addition to the Portland dining scene. Great ambience, cute restaurant, gorgeous bar and great food.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

First time here, certainly won't be my last. The food was absolutely delicious, but I was actually even more pleased by the service. Everything was on point.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Best dinner I’ve had in Portland. Perfect Anniversary spot. Amazing service- kind, generous and professional. Can’t recommend enough.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a delicious experience at Bistro Agnes. We both selected one of the Portland Dining Month menu options and added the premium wine pairing. The mussels were spectacular! The wines were spot on and the service was attentive and friendly. Can't wait to go back, maybe to try one of their weekly evening specials like boudin blanc with foie gras!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

After a fabulous performance of Hamilton at the Keller we were able to enjoy dinner at Bistro Agnes. One of the first questions the waiter asked us was " do you have a timeline or would you like to take your time"? What a treat. We were able to enjoy our company and take our time experiencing a wonderful Portland Monthly dinner. It was delicious . Our waiter made great recommendations for some yummy cocktails also.

I would highly recommend Bistro Agnes and look forward to returning again.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I was recently in Paris and this restaurant brought it all back. Great drinks including a nice selection of Absinthes. The boeuf tartare was excellent as was the boeuf Bourgogne. Attentive helpful service made a great meal better.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We ordered the March dining month menu & all was superb; food melted in our mouths & the wine pairings were balanced w/each meal. The service was top notch & we were well attended to. We have a new place to go to for our anniversary dinner in August.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent food and service. One of us had the daily chef's special - Coq au Vin on homemade pasta, one of us had the Boeuf Bourgignon, and I had the Petrale Sole. All of us were very happy with our dinners. Not too noisy, very nice environment. Would definitely return.

Shared the lemon tart with Chantilly Cream for dessert. We felt it needed to have a more intense lemon flavor,

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

During the last week of Restaurant Month, we had a practically perfect meal. We ordered the Rest Month menu and every course, from the amuse bouche to dessert, was just excellent. I have eaten mussels in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland and London and I have often prepared them myself, but I have never had any that were cooked any better. And the sauce was the most inventive and delicious I think I have ever had (There's a place called Fishy Fishy in Kinsale that might serve its rival. Might.) And my wife's pork belly was equally wonderful. We recommend Bistro Agnes to anyone, any time, and we will definitely put it on our Portland "Must" list.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

First class service and food. French food, traditionally prepared with flavor-forward profiles. Attention to detail throughout--beautiful space, French music, fresh aprons (yes, I notice), and lots of good vibes from people who love what they're doing.
Especially enjoyed the endive salad and a chance to taste the Bleu d'Auvergne. Also, the chicken mousse (terrine/pate?) was superb. Mussels large, plump, fresh--I would have liked a little more wine or aromatic in the sauce; very plentiful to share. Pork belly was on point with delicate beans and true baby spinach. The only drawback was the ill-conceived ( à mon avis) plate of rice pudding, covered with copious toasted almonds. Drizzle of caramel didn't help. Perhaps a Tergoule would work--with a tuile or chocolate medallion or fruit?
Last note: We shared an onion soup and got a taste of the taste of Bistro Agnes' heart--courageous, generous, forward-thinking, with a consummate French accent. What an amazing gift we have in Bistro Agnes.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Best meal I’ve had in a long time. Definitely worth a visit or two or three.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We were inspired to try it on the Dining Month, so one of us had that menu while the other ordered a la carte. We loved our meals (especially the mussels) and are going back in 2 weeks to celebrate 2 birthdays, introducing friends to the restaurant. We also loved the fact that we could actually hold a conversation without yelling. This is something that will differentiate it from many other good restaurants in Portland and make it my preferred choice. My mussels and the steak tartare were the best I have had in Portland (20 years). I would easily order both of those dishes again. We look forward to our next visit soon.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

One of the overall better restaurants I’ve been to in a while. Service is impeccable, food is amazing, great wine selection. I’ll definitely return!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

They seated us on time for our reservation. The food is wonderful, just what you’d find in a French Bistro. Service was good and unhurried . Definitely will recommend and return.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The food was great as were the small extra touches. We started with drinks and an appetizer next door at Kask. Our table was ready before we could finish our drinks, so the hostess let us know that they would happily transport our drinks from Kask to our table at Bistro Agnes. We appreciated that! We were also given a tasty amuse bouche of warm leek soup with smoked paprika oil. We attended during Portland dinning month, and one of our party of two ordered the dining month tasting menu. When dessert arrived, our waitress surprised us with two portions of their decadent rice pudding. Again, the service and food were all excellent. My only criticism was that the prices were a bit higher than I would like given the portion sizes - but the excellent service and taste make up for that.

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