clarklewis

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$31 to $50
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A bustling eatery in the Central Eastside industrial neighborhood serving Italian-inspired, local, organic, seasonal, sustainable fare. The large oak-burning hearth rotisserie grill is the cornerstone of the large open kitchen. Clarklewis has helped define Portland as a food mecca since 2004 as a founder of our local farm-to-table sensibility. Reservations are recommended. Large groups can be accommodated in our fabulous private event space: The Kindling Room.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 8:45PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 9:45PM

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables spaced well apart. Overall a really nice experience.

TG
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience1

We went for Portland Dining month. We had an early reservation and were sat in the very back of the restaurant and I was facing a wall for our entire meal. There were several empty tables throughout the restaurant and when I mentioned our seating to the waiter he told me those tables would likely be full by the time we left. They weren't.

I ordered the pasta and the sauce had no flavor. So disappointing!!!

We've ate here before and it has always been a good experience until now.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food was top flight!

MH
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a deserving classic all star. Relevant fine dining.

S
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fabulous. He didn't rush us and he offered suggestions. We brought in two bottles of wine and he offered to decanter them. Enjoyed the ambiance. Food was delicious. Liked that there was plenty of parking too. The food presentation was pleasing to the eye and the portions were just right.

J
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful family dinner there celebrating PDX. Dinning month. Very accommodating and the best service.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for Portland Dining Month with a group of four. Great service and food. Restaurant was louder than expected so we had to make an effort to talk loudly to hear each other. Good experience overall. Great value for dining month.

JB
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I was looking forward to enjoying a dinner with a friend. What happened was waiting for 10 minutes for a table that had sat empty since before I arrived. Then I was seated, I ordered a beer, my friend arrived, he ordered a drink, and we both waited 15 minutes for our beverages. The salmon was undercooked and was more like warm sushi. Wait staff was polite, but elusive when we needed anything. It was a total bummer. I'll go back sometime, I hope it's better than this experience.

CR
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience2

Dessert was A+

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We didn’t feel that the menu was InSync with the cocktail offerings. Felt a little rushed we went early because I wanted to get 1000 extra points on the OpenTable but it felt like we were being rushed quite a bit. Food was OK. Nothing to write home about

GP
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Clark Lewis. Each time we are here the product they are putting out gets better. Train wizzing by, this place feels like a secret in the Water Ave area. Walking in, you see a great open kitchen, watching the chefs is really fun. Ordered peach and tomato salad plus the lamb with that smoked feta!! So delicious. Will be back again soon.

KB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clark Lewis dazzled and never seemed frazzled. Both my husband and I are big fans of Bluehour and were recommended dining at Clark Lewis by many friends. We finally have given it a shot and were impressed from start to finish. Lovely young man serving us made very astute choices with us, as we were trying not to be boring. Left feeling full and happy. Yes, we would recommend to our friends.

JW
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived around 6:00 when it was super busy but they were able to handle us, a large group from out of town. Food was great and service was two people for the large table, which we thought was smart. Manager John was a delightful energy. Thank you!

SO
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It seems that this place is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots in East Portland. Seems like every time I go, there is a good scene, it's busy but not obnoxious, and the open kitchen creates a sense of togetherness which I love in a restaurant. The district itself is coming up. Tents and shanty houses along the drive, then a good few blocks leading to OMSI are a foodie paradise. I believe Clark Lewis was one of the first to dare be along Water Ave and I am glad they did because now it's a boppin' neighborhood. Enjoyed the happy hour menu, which is well priced cheeses, salads, and their eventual burger. We both enjoyed that burger to death. Will be back for dinner in the future....

OT
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Sad… Tagliatelle was undercooked… Allergic to mushrooms server suggested it might be the cooks fault LOL… Redeeming quality it was my birthday and they did give me free dessert thank you so much hoping it’ll be better in the future

DH
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I like to make reservations for lunch at 11:30am because it's almost always quieter, to beat the rush. There were only a few other tables seated when we got there, and yet the service just felt incredibly slow. Just not sure why the service seemed so slow when there were so few other people there. It even seemed to take like 10-15 minutes to get a cup of tea, that's odd. And they didn't ask if we wanted dessert, if we were there for a special occasion, etc. (we were there for a colleague's birthday). Overall, would have expected way better service at such a quiet restaurant. Everyone was very happy with their food though, I will say that.

TW
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate here without a reservation for Valentines Day and liked it so much we had to come back. Clark & Lewis is a very nice restaurant with a big menu and lots to choose from. it would seem that this place gets very packed on the weekends and just normal busy during the week. We were there tonight for my birthday and had a great time. I enjoyed the growers beets (so planty and fresh!) and their salmon with purple cabbage. My two friends also really enojyed their steak and the cauliflower dish. Most of all, the wine list had us hanging out for just about an hour more than we ate, just enjoying the night. Based on choices alone, we will be back.

JD
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dimly lit, sexy vibe, fun manager, cute hostess, great food. What else is there? I heard a train go by... A TRAIN??? Romantic. I will be back. Their pastas are to die for.

RS
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our time here on Monday, having perfectly prepared chef-inspired plates and chatting about the coming spring. The wine list is lengthy and we enjoyed it thoroughly. A pinot blanc first, then into Tempernillo and eventual Sangiovese. Our server was very knowledgeable and it helped the flow a lot. My boss is a wine freak and was impressed. Food was delicious but the group of us shared a lot at the table. Essentially made it there for the end of HH, then stayed into the dining hours. Thank you to John!

SR
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice place in the industrial district. We enjoyed our food and had a good perusing of their cocktail menu. Bartender was friendly and it seemed like they were busy. I think the back bar could be lit better but after dark the ambiance was nice. The food here honestly sticks out as some of the best in Portland. Their Chef can be seen leading the pack, and not breaking a sweat. Very delicious the whole meal through.

S
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

There were highlights, but they were few and dwarfed by the disappointments.

Drinks were creative and not outrageously priced; bread, bruschetta and brussels sprouts were good. The rest was either weak or just plan bad. Atmosphere was nice enough.

Both pasta dishes (a tagliatelle with lamb ragu and a spaghetti with mushrooms were far from flavorful except for the excessive use of nutmeg in both dishes. The garlic and potato soup was watery and dull and the steelhead, while cooked well, was bland. The only dish with an interesting flavor combination was the pork chop with a butternut squash sauce, but even it was off ... in this instance, over-salted and tough.

Additionally disappointing was the automatic 20 percent gratuity for our party of just six PLUS a 5 percent surcharge that was apparently needed to pay the waitstaff. Making those thing even more galling : our server disappeared for long stretches, and brought little insight when asked for thoughts on both the food and drink menus.

Honestly, I can't recall being more disappointed with a fine-dining experience in a very long time.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I came here on a double date with my boyfriend and our friends. It was fairly busy, but nothing out of the ordinary for Valentine's Day weekend. It took roughly 25 minutes for us to even order appetizers and drinks after sitting down, and probably another 30 minutes for them to arrive.

We probably did not even order our entrees until an hour in. We decided to go with the tasting menu, and while we understand that it's the chef's choice in terms of dishes, it would have been nice if our servers had explained what the dishes were or contained when they came by to serve them. Our courses would sit eaten and empty for long periods of time, and the one dish that we were actively working on, our server came twice to try to take it away, even though there was still an ample amount of food left. Oftentimes we had trouble just getting our server's attention for drinks or any requests at all, for large chunks of time.

Over 5 courses, it took them roughly 3 more hours to serve these dishes. By the time we finished the main course, we waited for dessert for an additional 30 minutes. Overall, we had spent nearly 4 hours (!!!) at dinner, to the point where we almost just asked for the check before our last course came out.

Not only was the service slow (and that's putting it lightly), but the flavor profile of the dishes were lacking, especially considering the trendiness of the restaurant and the pricing. We were really looking forward to this restaurant based on the several good reviews, and left with a sour taste in our mouths.

RP
Edinburgh
50 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here before going to the Hampton Opera Center for a show. The bruschetta was a great appetizer - made with a Pacific Northwest twist using mushrooms and hazelnuts. My husbands steak was incredible and my salmon was quite good as well. Our server took great care of us. We will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The food was really good. Ambience was great. I was not concerned about value, but since it was brought up in the survey, the only thing lacking was service and it was really lacking, so much so, that it effected the value of our experience. Our server was not attentive, almost felt like we were being ignored. Tables around us, were being attended to by our same server. Multiple tables were seated after us and server before us. I don't know if we were the forgotten table on Valentine's Day, but sure felt like it.

OT
1 review