Dame

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$30 and under
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Dame is a neighborhood restaurant hosting chef Patrick McKee with his Estes menu. We are excited to share this food and our natural wine list with our guests.

Estes is born from Italian family roots, seasonality and technique. The menu features straightforward and personal cooking -- handmade pastas, braised meats, and seasonal vegetable dishes, including McKee’s famous spaghetti and meatballs made with his family’s marinara sauce.

Sample menus are available online on our website:
http://www.damerestaurant.com
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H
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing risotto. Like the heavens parted and angels handed down the plate. Incredible.

Estes at Dame is easily my favorite restaurant in Portland right now. Great ambiance, excellent service and the food - mamma mia!

TB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an eclectic place with awesome service. Food was delicious with farm to table options. We enjoyed the wheat bread, heirloom tomatoes, corn succotash and smoked cheddar sausage. So scrumptious. We ended the meal with blueberry fritters (OMG heaven!). Definitely recommend.

SH
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and drinks were fantastic. Some acoustic tiles on ceiling would be nice to off-set noise level.

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was outstanding with great wine knowledge. She helped make the evening very fun.

AP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They have a table in the back in a private room that seats about 12-14 people. It was perfect for a big group celebration dinner!

KL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The hand-made pasta was amazing, portions were reasonable and drinks were on point. I highly recommend. It delighted the birthday guest to be sure.

S
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Awful service. Restaurant was 1/3 full and after 45 minutes between starter and entree we just left. Server was rude. Shame as the food here is good. Won’t be back.

S
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome, perfectly done and came faster than expected. Service was great too. Wonderful dinner for all four of us.

B
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a phenomenal little spot. Great food and the wine list. Fantastic. Off the beaten path. Don’t be scared to try something new.

LL
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Items we wanted to order had already run out (not that late on a Saturday evening), but ambiance and service were excellent!

G
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner at Estes. Patrick McKee has a great menu and amazing food. The space at Dame is wonderful, as always. Can't wait to go back.

VI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and original. Service was EXCELLENT! Loved the music.

C
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress recommended a lovely Syrah based on our first bottle pick. Should've known that her recommendation was going to be better. Burrata was amazing.

RA
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our group has been getting together monthly for over 20 years. We rotate on which couple selects the restaurant. We never go to the same place twice and primarily choose fine dining in the Portland Metro area.
For our group the portions were a little small and the a la carte ordering and wine prices made Dame a very expensive choice.
Servers were helpful and knowledgeable. Pacing good until end of meal when the coffee ordered to go with the dessert took forever.

p
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estes with Chef Patrick McKee. Fantastic meal!!

TS
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best meal I have had so far this year!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, wonderful place. We will be back many times.

R
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dame has reinvented itself, and the results and food remain as spectacular as ever in one of the prettiest and coziest restaurants in Portland,

z
Portland
47 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh & delicious food. Excellent and friendly service. Wine selection is especially good. Space is airy, bright and attractive.

MB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding wines & great suggestions from the sommelier. Most of our food was very good to excellent but the burger was significantly undercooked.

MD
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dame is a super cute spot with a great aesthetic and feel. We had an extremely friendly server who congratulated us on our anniversary and brought us champagne at the end of our meal. The *only* thing holding me back from giving Dame 5 stars is the food for price quality ratio. Don't get me wrong, the food is alright! The price is ok! It's just not what is going to bring be back to Dame, the service and wine will.

OT
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

They are in the process of a change over which we were not aware of and was not posted on open table.

S
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s wonderfull to have Chef Patrick McKee cooking again! The space is comfortable & intimate. The service was attentive. The food was delicious. I’m looking forward to my next visit.

FA
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, drinks, wine list and ambiance all lived up to the hype I have been hearing about Dame. I would go here again and again. The meny often changes, but if you like PNW food that is always fresh and in season, don't hesitate.

OT
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I had a tenderloin stake that was good, but not much else came with it. When ordering I asked the waitress what was included and she told me “ it was as listed in menu. I asked her again to explain the ingredients, since I did not not any of the words In description and she agin just said it what it say. She said I could look at other tables to see. She would not even give me a description of the dish and included sides.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was great but the food was rather cold. Good food, just cold.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal!!!!!

DL
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Dame. The choices were all exquisite and so beautifully flavorful with a strong Scandinavian profile in many dishes. The standouts were the smoky potatoes and the salad with Chicory and the wonderful Mountain Rose Apples. I enjoyed the Lamb neck and there were pescatarian options that were spectacular. Highly recommended.

H
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The restaurant is cold, very cold. Everyone had jackets on during dinner, not a good sign. Apparently they have a fuse problem, but no one seems willing to fix the problem. This place already has a door in the middle of the establishment which takes all the heat everytime the door is opened, but this was a little beyond. I won't go back unless it is summer.

T
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends. We ordered a variety of small plates to share as appetizers. The salt cod croquettes were delicious. Bread board a must. Three ordered the coppa and I ordered Manila clams...some of the best ever. Wait staff very informed for pairing wine and attentive to our table.

LD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good but a bit too fancy for some of our party. Little or no options for kids.

J
Portland
44 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambience was cozy, the service was attentive and caring. The food was just okay. I had rockfish with parsnip sauce and roasted veggies. It was okay. Nothing memorable or special. Took part of it home and did t even eat it.

F
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I want to love this place and there are things about it that are great. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is charming and the wine list is great. But the food leaves something to be desired. We'd been here once over a year ago and were not impressed with the meal. We came back in the hopes that the food would have improved. Sadly, it was about the same. It's not bad, but it's not a standout and given the stiff competition in Portland cuisine it should be.

DH
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit associated with a birthday and we wanted both traditional and vegan preferences .
The menu is incredible; we were very pleased the offerings, the wine selection, the friendliness & helpfulness of our servers, & attention to detail.

MB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wanted to try this out for some time and it did not disappoint. Cozy atmosphere, smaller dining space, adventuresome menu to delight any pescatarian/vegetarian. Service was attentive and accomodated a change in seating to deal with a night chill from the glass windows. Intimate and relaxed elegance.

IT
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The interior is very inviting--the dark colors and hints of antiques are warm and pleasing to the eye. I feel that the menu is limiting, and the prices are so varied, making the decision of what to order forced to be pricing considered. For example, they should have two entree's in the teens, two in the twenties, two in the thirties, and none in the 40's! (as opposed to just one choice in each category). It feels like the pricing needs to be reigned in. The drinks are prohibitively expensive, in my opinion. Also, why they made no reservations available on a Saturday night at 7pm forcing us to show up at 6:45 and watch many empty tables all night, was an inconvenience.

E
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! There were many unique combinations and preparations, even among the vegetables, but it was not overdone at all. The restaurant itself is small but cozy, and the service was exceedingly friendly and helpful. We had a lovely expereince there.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal in many ways. Wonderful, fresh and flavorful. One of the best places in Portland and we have lived here 20 years!

SP
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We decided to pop into Dame for an 8pm dinner on a Saturday night. It was cozy and the staff was really welcoming and warm. Unfortunately they had run out of both of the items we wanted (it was really busy earlier) so while we were disappointed, our spirits were quickly lifted when we were informed we were now on Happy Hour and found a few gems. We went with the clams and the squash. One of the staff came over later to see if we had any food allergies and sent us a few complimentary dishes to make up for not having the items we originally wanted which was really kind of her! And it was delicious! I'd love to come back and try the items we originally wanted and felt that the service and quality of food made up for what could have been a disappointing night.

F
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 7 in our group for a birthday party dinner. Our service was excellent and the food was outstanding. The restaurant is small in seating space so a reservation is highly recommended. It's a bit on the pricey side but we also ordered a lot so of course the bill would reflect that. They created a new menu for each day so it's fun to see what your choices are.

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