CRAFTpdx

4.2
172 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
CRAFTpdx is a Northwest inspired restaurant in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon. We specialize in locally sourced, seasonal food & beverage. Our menu inspiration pulls from our teams diverse culinary background, which allows us to offer our guests an ever changing menu selection. We work intimately with local producers and growers, which is reflected not only in our dishes, but also in our curated beverages as well. We invite you to wander in and excite your taste buds with our thoughtfully crafted cocktails & cuisine.
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.3
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4.1
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Noise · Quiet
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, clean nice atmosphere, very good service, great cocktails.

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Ruby
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

appetizer was cold, risotto was under cooked, servers were very nice, but slow and courses came out before previous course had been cleared. Probably best for drinks and snacks, rather than a full meal.

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TiffaniJ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed my experience at Craft PDX. Friendly staff and fun atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Doing a birthday dinner celebration for my mother. While she has passed... I still do a birthday dinner every March 4th for her and was so happy with my experience here at CraftPDX!!

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DonnielleO
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They had a table ready for our reservation it was the only reservation they had on that Tues. night. They seemed a bit put off when we chose another table.
We really enjoyed the dining month menu selections.
We had the mushroom puff pastry for the first course.
Then the Elk risotto which smelled and tasted like the best stew I have ever had.
For desert we had a lemon custard thing. It was a wonderful finishing treat.
Over all it was a nice experience.

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RachelA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing time at Craft PDX! We went down to celebrate my sister's birthday over the weekend and were delighted by our experience. It ended up being one of the best moments of the trip! Our waitress was incredible, efficient, kind, and so generous. She gave my sister a free birthday drink as well as a dessert. I wish I could remember her name because she deserves a raise! The food and atmosphere were also incredible for a low price point. I would definitely recommend it and will be going back!

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RebeccaR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There’s not a lot of ambience in this restaurant located in the lobby of the Hi Lo hotel. However, the service was very good. We liked the majority of the things we tried. The brisket hash, in particular, was delicious. The gingerbread pancakes were a bit of a disappointment. There was no discernible gingerbread flavor, although the texture of the pancakes was great. It also seemed like the wait for a food was very long, despite the restaurant not being busy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Very loud due to drag show in adjacent room and open door. Our chicken had a large sharp piece of bone. Feels like a hotel diner.

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vipSoosuu
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went there for a quick bite on our way home, best sandwich I have had for quite a while chicken breast on a fresh potato bun. Also had the tuna ceviche and a cheese plate which were all exceptional. I would say this is a little hidden gem of a place.

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vipChristopherB
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered breakfast items. Greek Yogurt was plentiful in the one dish. The yogurt was fairly plain. Fruit on top was nice, however not washed recently. The home Meade granola was good. Would have preferred the granola not include dried cherries as there is fresh fruit present on the yogurt. Ended up ordering and using jam to mix in with the Greek yogurt to add some sweetness and cut down on the thick texture. Tea was good. Fairly basic, not loose leaf but a tea bag in a tea pot. Tea pot is aesthetically pleasing but when poured it went all over the table. Recommend getting different tea pots and actually using them prior to giving to table service. Wait staff was on point. They kept things coming although we were asked the same questions on multiple occasions. We would likely go back, although the menu was fairly limited to some basics.

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MartinW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

There was little point in using OpenTable to make a reservation. When we turned up they had no idea there was a reservation and didn’t have a table set up for us. When it was set up it was cramped and one of the chairs was wet. The music was very loud, it was very hard to hear across the table. Food was reasonable.

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NutanA
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went for breakfast on a Sunday. The restaurant was mostly empty. Service was very good. Food was good though not exceptional. Even though it was 8:30 in the morning they had already run out of hollandaise sauce which we found puzzling since we wanted to order eggs benedict. The server and cook were very helpful and accomodating though and happily substitued other things we suggested for the sauce.

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Cold
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server, Jackie, was fabulous! I'd go back just to see her again. She really was sweeter and more accommodating than I'd ever expect. And we were there on New Year's Eve! The food was great, and ambiance was lovely. The only negative would be the pricing was a bit steep.

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zenviking
Phoenix
41 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were staying at the hotel for a few days over the holidays. Breakfast was yummy and well-prepared every AM. Service was friendly and attentive.

CC
vipClaireC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal with attentive servicw

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The nicoise salad I had was missing most of the key ingredients listed in the menu and the runa was cooked well rather than being seared. While the restaurant was nearly empty we were still sat next to the only other table of guests. The fire alarm went off a dozen times during our meal and they didn’t apologize or even come over to reassure us.

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JoanK
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with specialty cocktails...looked and tasted terrific...Margarita made with fresh blackberries (seasonal). Party of six for dinner, (including Portland “foodies”) everyone happy with their selections. Delicious house made sausage in the shrimp and sausage Po Boy, another in our party added it to their Mac and cheese. The tuna Niçoise salad beautiful and tasty. House made desserts were a hit, try the strawberry-rhubarb cobbler...yum! Clean and modern establishment with a hip vibe.

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latenitediner
Portland
34 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Unexpectedly found us making dinner reservations at a hotel lobby. Very quiet, we were one of 2 tables. Server told us she’d been there only 2 weeks and was sweet, but a total beginner. Bar drinks were really good. Small menu, smaller wine list. Just not a spot I wanted for our big night out.

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JanF
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've already recommended CRAFTpdx to others! My Portland Burger Week burger was clever and delicious (Caesar salad was a good counterpoint.) The room was packed, but it was easy to talk with my two tablemates; food arrived promptly; service (from multiple staff members) was attentive and friendly.

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vipMarkW
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the smoked brisket hash was an awfully big dish for breakfast. In fact, it was yummy on the next day for breakfast. I would highly recommend it.

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bobbyjr
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Made the reservation for a business lunch on Open Table. Open Table sent me an email confirming and then sent a reminder the day before the date. When I arrived I discovered the restaurant no longer existed. Thanks a lot Open Table!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The place is out of business. We showed up with 6 people with a confirmed reservation from open table and Surprise! No restaurant!

JP
JaredP
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing, absolutely outstanding and now what you'd expect from a Mexican restaurant. High end, contemporary with a flash of fusion. Smoked Brisket Burritos were out of this world.

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VirginiaT
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Food,Great service, Excellent!!! Nice place

MR
MelissaR
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a very disappointing experience at Alto Bajo. We had dinner reservations for 5:45pm. As we perused the menu, we noticed that happy hour ran until 6pm. My companion and I placed our drink orders immediately and received our drinks within the first 5 minutes of arriving - the drinks were kindly delivered by the bar tender. As soon as the drinks arrived we were ready to place our food order. However, the waitress kept bypassing our table. This is a very small establishment and although I tried to catch her eye several times, she didn't return to our table to take our food order for 15 minutes. As we were ready to order, we asked about happy hour and were told, "oh, sorry, happy hour just ended." It became clear at that point that she intentionally waited until happy hour was over to take our food order. Irritated, we asked for a few minutes to think about if we wanted food and asked that she give us a minute. That minute turned into another 15 minutes as she repeatedly bypassed our table several more times. At this point, all we wanted to do was leave. However, yet again, we couldn't get our waitresses attention. When she finally did return we asked for the check. When the check came, I realized that she had overcharged me $2 - charging me $14 for a $12 glass of cava. Almost an hour in, we had no food, had only gotten one drink each and had been overcharged even for that. This experience was so unnecessary and frustrating.

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SaraF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything at Alto Bajo! Every meal I have ever had is delicious. The meats are juicy and tender, the margaritas are fresh, and I love the churros.

JW
JamesW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Very good food. Not the best Mexican I have ever had, but very good and quite reasonably priced. The menu choices are very limited. Not necessarily a problem, but something to keep in mind if that is important to you. The service was friendly, but the food came out way too quickly. We had our main dish well before we were done with our appetizers. The server just kept piling additional plates on our (too) small table. In the unlikely event I ever went back for dinner (see below) I would be very clear with the server about the pacing of the meal.

The big problem with the restaurant is the setting. The dining room is not just adjacent to the bar, it is essentially IN the bar. And the bar/dining room has very bad acoustics. Our table was near the far end of the room but the actual bar was still only about 25 feet away, and with basketball games on the TVs over the bar it was very, very noisy. Basically it had all the ambiance of a sports bar that evening. It was difficult to carry on a conversation with my wife. Also, the dining room is on the ground floor next to a busy street with large windows looking out. It made for a nice lighted space on an early spring evening, but the non-stop traffic of homeless people walking past the window was unpleasant. We were aware the hotel is in a part of town that is frequented by the homeless, which is something we are used to as Portlanders, and that was not a factor in our decision to spend the night there. But having that experience as part of a romantic dinner was not ideal.

With that said it looks like a fun bar. I might go back to the bar for drinks and small plates for happy hour with friends. But never for a nice dinner out.

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vipDrinky
Portland
155 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time to Alto Bajo. It is in the Hi-Lo Hotel in downtown Portland. They were serving brunch, and it was fantastic! We started with the sikil pal (chilled pepita dip with watermelon radish, jicama, and cherry spiced puree') served with flavorful, crunchy housemade tortilla chips. Beautiful! We shared two mains - the taco wedge salad was lovely - great flavors and the guacamole rice bowl with seasonal mushrooms, which were a great addition to the other bowl ingredients. The house made hot sauce made everything even better! Service was excellent. We are looking forward to having dinner there soon. Highly recommended.

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vipMadameSusan
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good food. Really delicious and healthy. Drinks were just Ok; not bad but not amazing. The place itself is not very fancy-looking but not ugly. I would go back for the food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very delicious food and helpful and friendly staff! Totally recommend to anyone who loves a super cool atmosphere and a fun take on Mexican food!

JW
JeromeW
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely fantastic and I was in company with picky eaters!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and excellent food quality.

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texC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The food isn’t very good. Heated-up quality about it. Bland flavors. Chips are hard and tough. Weird sugar added to dishes. So so expensive. Many good ideas on menu. Excellent service. It’s just poorly executed.

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vipTogetherbydesign
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I was disappointed. I love Mexican food, and was looking forward to contemporary mexican food.
The menu sounded interesting, however, the taste was not that interesting. I am sorry to say.

BH
vipBlueHwyGal
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The preparation of standards like enchiladas borders on the exotic, and the flavors were outstanding. We cleaned our plates!

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saraha
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I was so disappointed to see that their menu had changed and took my two favorite things off of it. I ordered the market salmon and it was undercooked and was just served on top of corn and onion. Everyone else there also thought the food was just meh. The waitress said the chef had changed and you could really taste the difference.

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stefimar
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alto Bajo was great! It's about a year old, still looks brand new. Bright, modern southwestern decor (light wood tables, decorative real cacti and pretty patterned textile booths). The food and drinks were so delicious and plated beautifully - colorful, refreshing and without unnecessary inedible garnish. Made for a lovely meal and some great birthday pictures. We will be back!

DD
DonnaD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Fresh ingredients and you can taste the effort and care put into making the food. The best black beans, I’ve ever had. Delish salsa and sauce on entotamadas. Wonderful server!

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vipCheri
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The Gigantic Carnitas plate was really amazing. The Pork was done to perfection and the black beans were to die for. The red cabbage added just the right amount of crunch. We shared a Mexican version of the wedge salad and it was so good I could have had two. The Margaritas were really good and the rose wine the bar tender recommended was dry but flavorful, just how I like it. Our server Madisen was really friendly, helpful and we would definitely recommend her and the restaurant to others.

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ginnyC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Super yummy and friendly. I just don’t understand why the mole would cost so much. Also all chicken is thigh meat if you are into that.

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CRAFTpdx is rated 4.2 stars by 172 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.