clarklewis

4.5
2017 reviews
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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Plan a stress-free and still decadent Thanksgiving Feast, and let us do the cooking. Our special menu offers traditional Thanksgiving fare, and healthy lighter options, and many other crave-able dishes that will satisfy even the hungriest members of your group

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy our Christmas eve pre-fixed menu. Menus available on our websiters. Reservations heavily encouraged.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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What 2017 People Are Saying
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r
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Service and staff were incredible! However 3 of our corporate guests ordered the lamb and unfortunately it was worst lamb they each had ever had. Staff provided N/C the 3 lamb entrees -- Thankyou

DD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent with the sole exception of the person who seated us originally, she was unhelpful when we said that we did not want to sit by the open roll up doors as it was somewhat breezy. Suggest that, for the dinner hours, the roll ups need to be closed since there was a fair bit of noise from rush hour traffic. Waiter was excellent, food was delightful as always. Please keep the Fuedi San Gregorio Italian white wines, that's what keeps me coming back!

m
Portland
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Quiet enough for a business meal.
Lamb Ragout Pasta was my favorite.

TS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was good, but the service was slow. Granted, we were a big group.

B
Portland
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I remember this restaurant as one of the best. We went for an anniversary dinner and were disappointed to not have excellent food and service. The doors were open and our seats were lovely on a warm summer evening. The melon/avocado gazpacho was fabulous, setting us up for happy anticipation of the meal to come. I had king salmon which was tasty but poorly displayed. My partner had steak, again tasty but lacked presentation appeal. The waiter was playful, but overly so. Overall, it wasn't the excellent experience we had anticipated. Nothing was bad, just not excellent. We were there on a Saturday night and only 10% of the tables were filled. I guess others are feeling similar - not the place it once was. Sad.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service , Food was perfect and fresh.

BK
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Little noisy with cars along Water Ave. and train passing. Otherwise, really enjoyed the lunch offerings.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food but service was lacking as our server had gotten slammed right when we were seated so we had a long wait on him.

NE
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hr and dinner, drinks are wonderful and food was great too!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Wonderful wine and cocktail selection. Food was fantastic. Farm to table with a bow tie on it.

JR
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating to vegan diners. Love that! Love the ambiance and the service was excellent.

AL
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That train is EPIC! Every hour or so, due to CL being in the district a train will go by and honestly if it didn't happen naturally, I would ask that it be pumped on their Pandora. Love the vibe here, really calm and sexy, no typical Portland SNOOT, a lot of great suggestions and small plates. We didn't order entrees but will def get them next time. Kind of a small bites and apps night with drinks, perfect for that.

RS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only place on Water to get a decent glass of wine (and then some!). Dinner was very good, was able to walk to the docks afterward and catch the sunset.

AJ
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our visit to Clark Lewis. That Frisee Salad is giant and very delicious. Could have used a little more sweet potato under that lovely pork chop but wanting more is always a good sign! Excellent service at the bar, they seemed to be training a new guy who was super nice and made a really good drink. Delicious warm bread too! Will be back.

M
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This restaurant has a very limited menu but the food, once we received it, was good. The service was poor in my opinion - very slow. This included not being able to place our order in a timely manor and time getting the food once ordered was very lengthy. It wasn’t very busy so there was really no good reason for any of the delay. Liked the ambience and industrial look of the place. Parking is an issue.

J
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My husband and I did the tasting menu. It was a TON of food. Everything was delicious and it was such a great way to try a bit of everything they had to offer. We've been wanting to try this place for a while, but I'd held off because of the $$$ on Open Table. I was pleasantly surprised by how much food we got for our $$$. We also had two bottles of fantastic red wine. Probably more than we needed, but we were celebrating :)

CM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. I had steak and asked for medium and got medium rare. I was gonna say something but I had a few bites and it was amazing. The dessert was a Scoop and a Shot and it was yummy. The coffee after dinner was very well made. Please go and try it out.

MM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food. Our waiter was a bit aloof and was pushy with serving the wine from a bottle we ordered. One of my pet peeves.

CM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I might recommend this restaurant or come back if i understood why they had no Pork, Shrimp, Scallops. the only protein my guests and myself could get was chicken. I understand that occasionally restaurants are out of an item but, it seemed they didn't get their delivery that day 7/25/19, or the refrigerator went down? no explanation given just no on every choice we wanted. otherwise the food was excellent. not optimal for my business lunch.

L
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

celebrated a Birthday with friends.

T
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent.
Our daughter was married at clarklewis last November which was a fabulous occasion,
so clarklewis is a special place for us.

WL
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, wonderful service. High end food in a relaxed atmosphere. The beet and potato appetizer was incredible.

PH
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there. It was a wonderful meal, one of the best I’ve had in Portland for a long time. And I like a lot of Portland restaurants.

MC
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Food is amazing. Great service.
Chef made me an off menu salad w Prawns.

t
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary dinner

A
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined here for the first time, and loved it! The drinks were delicious, the peach and burrata salad was phenomenal, and entrees were even better. I had the halibut, he had the steak (and added prawns). Beautiful presentation and tasted wonderful. Love the vibe of the restaurant. Service is great too! We'll be back.

SF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Each dish was outstanding - and generous - - cauliflower appetizer, cheeses, soup, pasta, fish, meats, vegetables- all prepared beautifully and perfectly.

Our attentive server wrote the name of each leftover on the top of the boxes.

They paid special attention to our request for a quiet table!

RM
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

First of all the the food was very good. The reason I don’t give it 5 stars is because of the acoustics and the service.
The space is one big open room with high ceilings and a sort of industrial feel, which made it hard to hear each other across the table. On top of that, the roll-up doors were open and traffic noise was very loud.
The server was very polite and we were seated right away. But it seemed that he forgot about us after we ordered drinks and appetizers because he didn’t take our dinner orders until after we finished our appetizers. We actually had to flag him down to get his attention to order dinner. And then we had to wave him down again later to get wine. For the prices of the food and drinks and the “fine dining” presentation it fell a little short on service.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was delicious and fresh

JM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. But the steak we ordered was cold when we got it. The second time it came out the steak was overcooked and everything was just stopped on the plate. Starter was good though.

BD
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG this restaurant ROCKS! Bartenders are so nice and everthing was delicious.

KJ
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ambiance galore in this place. No lie, one of the prettiest restaurants in Portland, certainly the east side. Open garage doors, lifted from the street side, well placed design and bar area. It's hard not to fall in love with the space alone. Food is great, the chef sent us bread without even asking and the only thing we thought was a little spicy was the potato app. Still though, it was GONE in 5min. Entrees were well balanced and not only did the frisee salad dazzle but it was enough for the whole table! Entrees wwere the Tagliatelle and Pork. Meat was cooked perfectly and the lamb ragu was honestly the best I have had in Portland. Whew.

r
Portland
28 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Too expensive. Food was okay but not great; and certainly not worth the cost.

clarklewis
Responded on July 13, 2019

Hello Roger, Thank you for the feedback. We support many small farmers and specialty vendors. Our prices reflect the quality of products and labor needed to produce the menu items many of our regulars enjoy. We also have a happy hour. Please join us during that time for items that are easier on one's pocketbook. We hope to see you again.

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R
Portland
103 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Sadly this was our third time here after having had a great experience the first time. This time for our dinner reservation we were seated in the Happy Hour part and the bar was noisy, very loud. We ordered a drink on the menu with Aria Gin and they were out of it. So our Beefeater Gin Martini was billed in two parts, $9 for gin and $2 for vermouth etc. Come on! The choices were not to our liking for entrees so we had soup, salads and a charcuterie tray. Of the three restaurants in this group we like this one the least. We have never been to Saucebox but we plan to go. We like Blue Hour and 23Hoyt much better.

clarklewis
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hi Restats! We apologize for being out of your preferred gin. Next time you are in, please let us know if you'd prefer a different table. We would be happy to accommodate. Our menu changes often, so entrees are likely to be different the next time you are in. I will speak to the chef about your other food comments and we do hope you will visit us again. Thank you.

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AP
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We’ve come many times over the years and had good experiences. This time the service was spotty- she forgot the drinks, didn’t clear spilled food, was generally distracted. The food was unusually bland and unremarkable for the price. That said, we’ll try again- this could have been a one time thing.

clarklewis
Responded on July 14, 2019

Hello AlexanderP, Thank you for the feedback. It sounds like the day after Independence Day was not a good day for consistency of food and service on our end. We are sorry for this and hope you will come in and give us another try. I assure you we get it right most of the time as you referred to from your previous visits. We look forward to seeing you again. Have a great summer!

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ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Service was great but the food lacked seasoning and flavor, toast on the bruschetta was burnt, and the meat was over cooked. I was really looking forward to this dinner with friends after having a business meal here a few weeks ago. Maybe the kitchen staff was off because it was the day after a holiday but when you spend $240 on dinner for four people the expectation is that the food will be better than meh.

clarklewis
Responded on July 13, 2019

Hi EmilyS, I will bring your food comments to the chef. From your review, I can see you had a previous great experience, but your last one did not meet expectation. We regret we didn't satisfy as on your previous visit. Our wood-fired grill does put a char on the bread, but your meat should have been delivered to you at temperature desired. Expertly prepared food is what we do and that should not have been the case. We hope you will give us another try. Have a good weekend. Thank you.

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JL
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

For the second year we went to Clarklewis for the 4th of July. They have a nice Pre Fix menu with wonderful options for our whole group. The food was wonderful, but be aware that the drinks are pricey. All in all, a wonderful place to sit back, enjoy a nice meal and a wonderful holiday evening.

RY
Portland
124 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have always enjoyed this restaurant. They have a nice happy hour and a very well rounded menu. Generally, everything from salads to sides are great. Pasta dishes are a standout. Our one and only critique was a tough chewy skirt steak. Given the price point of entrees I’m rather surprised they even serve this cut. We each had one slice leaving the platter, commented to the server that our German Shepherd would enjoy it immensely. Server commented back “oh”. And that was that. And yes our German Shepherd has been enjoying these treats for the last couple days!

OT
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take out of town guest to. Great food, fun and welcoming staff, wonderful atmosphere. Halibut was fantastic

ZW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved having a bite and a drink here. Very modern space right on Water Ave, perfect for our meet up. My mom really enjoyed the cheese board and how interesting everyhting looked, I ended up with their steak whcih was cooked to perfection and mom got the Halibut(I stole some morels from her plate lol). All around very friendly and fast service too. Will be back tomorrow!

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