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clarklewis, Portland, OR

clarklewis

4.4
4.4
2276 Reviews
$31 to $50
Northwest
A bustling eatery in the Central Eastside industrial neighborhood serving Italian-inspired, local, organic, seasonal, sustainable fare. The large oak-burning oven 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Northwest, Organic, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (503) 235-2294

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Warren Pinkston

  • Private party facilities

    Clarklewis is available for private events of all size. The number of attendees will determine the best potential space for your guests. We offer private dining, partial and full restaurant buyout events utilizing our Main Dining Room and our Bar / Lounge area.

  • Private party contact

    Jordan Joplin: (888) 274-5002

  • Neighborhood

    Southeast Portland

  • Cross street

    Taylor

  • Parking details

    Clarklewis has visitor parking in the lot behind the building. Our building, the Eastbank Commerce Center has parking spots available from 6:00 pm to close every night; however, most of these spaces are reserved during the day. There is a large pay parking lot right across Taylor street providing plentiful options for lunch and dinner times,

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,276 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Portland / Oregon

    Northwest

  • Portland

    Healthy

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  1. TR

    TeresaR

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was fabulous!!! The food and the service were outstanding. Absolutely loved the Caesar salad and scallop tart!!!! We estimate we have been visiting this restaurant since late 2000
  2. MA

    MarilynA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great as was the ambience! We loved our first dinner in Portland.
  3. SB

    SarahB

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A 16% mandatory service charge is fine by me if it goes to the server. A 16% service charge ( 20% for parties of 6 ) that is 100% kept by the restaurant is just you raising your prices 16%. Just raise your menu prices, insteading of requiring us to "tip" the restaurant. It doesn't need to be a whole paragraph on the receipt. I think everyone understands that people have had to raise their prices. It's confusing and in the end I think short changes the servers, because we aren't sure what to tip them.
  4. JM

    JoseyM

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The appetizer and salad was amazing. The entrée was a bit overpriced for the size and lacked a bit a flavor
  5. JC

    JimC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Good food, good service and good ambiance.
  6. FH

    FionaH

    San Francisco

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Set in an East side industrial region, ClarkLewis delivers a top notch indoor and outdoor dining experience. Hand crafted whiskey sour with an egg white was a treat. Pizza was huge and devoured, farm to table yum on a plate for all dishes. Halibut in a light curry was a hit, scrumptious gnocchi with porcini mushrooms, and perfectly cooked wild Columbia River salmon. Thanks for a great evening! Quiet, because it was a Tuesday.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The server rarely checked in and the pasta was not what I would have expected. Would not order again. Salmon dish was fine. Great wine and starters.
  8. SN

    StephanieN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was amazing. The drinks, fiod, and ambience was perfect, especially for a date night. Only pne sad note was I wish for more beef tenderloin for the price that it is.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dhnrj sue e sue eiskne what’ve r heh heh
  10. SR

    SaveRestaurants2022

    Portland

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Had a wonderful time. Also so appreciative for accommodating the two additional guests last minute. Thank you!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    We were turned off by the “service charge” and we were charged for two bottles of wine when we only ordered one.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was delicious just wish portions were a bit bigger for the price point. Overall good spot.
  13. TD

    TheDuke

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Dining at clarklewis was overall a very good experience. Service was excellent without being obtrusive. There was a good variety of food on the menu and the selections were mostly well-prepared and presented beautifully. The arugula salad with smoked trout and olives was served with a generous portion, but was quite salty for both my wife and my palates. Not quite inedible, but nearly so. We were concerned about subsequent dishes, but thankfully the rest were fine. My wife and I split all our selections: scallop mushroom tart appetizer (delicious); arugula salad (see above); sweet corn linguine (excellent); sausage and arugula pizza (wonderful); seasonal fruit cobbler (yummy). Although not on the menu, they made an affogato which was very good. The prices for the entrees seemed high ($36-55) with choice of pork tenderloin, salmon, halibut, and beef. Noise levels were high as well, making simple conversation difficult on occasion. And this was not entirely related to the train tracks immediately adjacent (they blew their horns 3 times in 2.5 hours), but also just ambient restaurant noise in a converted industrial space with lots of concrete. Even though it is clearly explained on the menu, the bill, AND the credit card receipt, they automatically add a 16% service to the bill (20% for larger parties) in order to pay their staff fairly. Even being forewarned, I still found this a bit annoying when it came time to pay the bill. Typically, I am a generous tipper because I fully support the concept of people earning a “living wage”. Not sure why I was put-off by a mandatory service charge so much. Part of me was thinking, “Just pay your staff an appropriate wage and increase your menu pricing accordingly” instead of tacking it on at the end like this. Bottom line: clarklewis did a fine but not stellar job. Little annoyances detracted from the overall experience. We may come back again, but probably not until we’ve explored other Portland venues first.
  14. LG

    LynnG

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent. The timing of the dishes was perfect. We enjoyed talking with the manager and the wait staff. It was a lovely evening.
  15. AL

    AstraLoree

    Portland

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    This was our 2nd visit to Clark Lewis. We really enjoy the vibe and have sat out on the patio each time! Frederick, the house sommelier is a wealth of knowledge and has recommended 2 stellar wines for us each time we have dined there. We will be back for sure.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    There are train tracks super close to the restaurant. Three separate trains passed us while we ate. The only thing louder than the train was the rap music from the kitchen. The food was amazing and the service was excellent.
  17. TC

    TimothyC

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. In the fall they usually have lamb ragout with housemate tagliatelle that is fabulous. Desserts were heavenly.
  18. LL

    LLovely

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Farm to table it was but not the best Italian i have had
  19. JW

    JanW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Clarklewis is a terrific farm to table restaurant in Portland. Took a friend there for a 60th birthday and had a great meal - salmon and halibut, with salads and vegetables that were all local. They also provided a slice of birthday cheesecake with a candle! Highly recommend Clarklewis for a great night out in Portland.
  20. ES

    ElizabethS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Food was ok, pasta and vegetable course was good but the pizza was dry. The service was slow despite what appeared to be more than adequate staff and not too many customers. It took some time to get a drink order in and when we finally did it took some time to get the drinks and one of them had a dead fly in it. My husband fished it out to make sure it was a fly and not part of a cherry, he saw legs, so not a cherry and the waitress goes oh do you want to drink it anyway. A good thing to do would be to comp the clean cocktail, but that didn't happen. To top it off, we get the check and there was a 10% fee added to the bill for the back of house staff. This would have been good to know before making a reservation. This was our first time dining here and will definitely be our last. It seems like this old establishment is resting on it's laurels and just going through the motions.
  21. G

    Gigi

    Portland

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the endive salad which was fantastic and the halibut which was also amazing! Everything was cooked to perfection! The wait staff was friendly and fun to interact with. We felt very pampered and as always we were amazed by the great food and atmosphere!
  22. CH

    ChristopherH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The one star reviews made me lol. It's true this place is right by some train tracks but do you really want to hear the end of your wife's story anyways? Get the beef tenderloin. You can save money when ur ded
  23. s

    stevenb

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fantastic crisp Resonance Chard with oysters, carrot salad, pasta, and Cod. Great PNW meal. Oregon Chardonnay is underrated
  24. CF

    CaryF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food, impeccable service . Urban industrial vibe but still classy.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  26. FR

    FREDERICD

    Baden-Württembe

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Very poor value for money: 55 usd for 2 tasteless slices of beef , that’s a shame . I don’t mind paying for quality but here there was no pleasure in the food .it is a pity since the setting and service are good . But I had the feeling that they do not care about serving quality food
  27. CC

    CyrilCy

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great space, selection and service! The location is next to a road in the warehouse district, and the passing traffic can be distracting, but otherwise just enjoy the sidewalk scenery. The staff is superb and will take good care of you.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Nearly pitch dark at our table - even the young people needed their phone lights to see food/read menu. Almost laughable but not at this level/ price point. Service was out of sync: dinner veg served before starters. One of the mains was 5-10 late to a table of 4. Usually this crew has it on point, but this dinner was not smooth. Glad I wasn't trying to impress anyone. If a table's lighting is out maybe don't seat it. Time starters before the dinner course. Getting everyone's dinners to the table at the same time isn't uncommon either. 30-40% at most of the tables were filled so it didn't seem like they were slammed. Let me know if I'm being unreasonable. Going to think twice about my next $400-500 check.
  29. SD

    SherbanD

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great food and ambiance. However, there were a few homeless people that kept entering the restaurant during our meal. Also, there was frequent loud rumbling motorcycles on the street.
  30. c

    christinab

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service! We had a nice leisurely dinner to celebrate our occasion. One of the best dining experiences I can remember in recent years.
  31. DB

    DenaB

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was amazing. Disappointed in the mock tails.
  32. SR

    ShirleyR

    Portland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Except for the noise, our light dinner was fantastic!
  33. f

    fodi

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We were a big fan of ClarkLewis for years. Last night was the fist time to visit with our guest after the COVID pandemic. The menu looks as usual but the quality of the food was somehow not the same as before COVID. Many of the dishes were too much salty. We were talking that they may want us to order more beers. Last time we visited, the floor staff were great. But unfortunately, last night was not. We know it is not easy to keep the quality of the restaurant during the pandemic. But since our expectation was high, we were bit surprised. I hope they will recover the same level as before the pandemic.
  34. AB

    AndrewB

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The industrial location and overhead glass doors make for a cool environment. The decline of portland is evident in the adjacent parking lot with RVs and Tents. We had an early reservation and we’re the first to arrive. Instead of taking us to a private table the host decided to seat us right by the host station near the front door. The water glasses, once filled were never empty, which is good but almost OCD. The server was attentive but forgetful. Appetizer was a salumi cheese platter, which was average. Hard cheese was a block and not easily cut. Main course was good, had the chicken Caesar salad which was lightly dressed and the chicken well seasoned, not fishy at all. The blackberry cobbler was the highlight of the dining experience. Overall, the wine prices are excessive; the food is good but not “great” to the point I’d go out of my way to return; grade: B-, or 7/10c, or 3 stars. Although I might go back to try the pizza, it’s not a place I immediately think of for pizza in PDX
  35. PA

    PinneyA

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The menu was very creative and had several "one of a kind" items, including a fabulous salad.
  36. F

    Foodgloriousfood

    Central Coast

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed several courses appetizer, salads, entrees, side vegetables and desert all very fresh, and very good.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Took over an hour to get our appetizer. It was delicious, but then another half hour until we got our food, one dish being over seasoned, the other completely unseasoned. The service was friendly, but never apologetic for the long wait and automatic gratuity for a party of 3. Wanted to like it but will never try again and don't recommend.
  38. GS

    GeraldS

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service, and nice atmosphere.
  39. AH

    AbigailH

    Portland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always fantastic here, although the pizza was a little lackluster this time. The noise level is high with open doors and a train but Clarklewis always delivers fresh, pacific northwest inspired, creative fare that has people mmmming all dinner. It is one of the restaurants you can always count on and bring guests to without worrying.
  40. BT

    BeTransparent

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Food quantity, quality, and variety was outstanding. They had a big party in the back and so service was delayed, but that allowed plenty of time for conversation for a celebration dinner. Prices on the menu do not reflect real cost, though because when you get the bill it has a 16% service charge added that does not go toward gratuity, meaning that you still need to tip on top of the 16%. They make a compelling case of needing to do this to pay their front and back staff a "living wage," but it seems a little sneaky to me to add it in this way rather than just reflecting that need in the prices on the menu. I was prepared to pay top dollar for an outstanding meal, but this tactic felt a little manipulative to me.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

clarklewis is rated 4.4 stars by 2276 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for clarklewis

1001 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Taylor

  • Neighborhood

    Southeast Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Northwest, Organic, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Clarklewis has visitor parking in the lot behind the building. Our building, the Eastbank Commerce Center has parking spots available from 6:00 pm to close every night; however, most of these spaces are reserved during the day. There is a large pay parking lot right across Taylor street providing plentiful options for lunch and dinner times,

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Warren Pinkston

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (503) 235-2294

  • Private party facilities

    Clarklewis is available for private events of all size. The number of attendees will determine the best potential space for your guests. We offer private dining, partial and full restaurant buyout events utilizing our Main Dining Room and our Bar / Lounge area.

  • Private party contact

    Jordan Joplin: (888) 274-5002

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