Gem Creole Saloon

3.9
214 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Relive the sounds and legendary cuisine of New Orleans with a fusion of culture and food. Truly an American creation, featuring classics such as fresh oysters, gumbo, crawfish étouffée and broasted chicken with buttermilk biscuit creations.
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JH
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It is closed!!!! As in not operating! As in "shuttered." A wasted trip.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was closed. How come you didn’t know that? We drove all the way to Mcminnvile only to find that it was closed for several weeks.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived on time for our reservation only to find the restaurant closed. Left us stranded for dinner. Thought you should know.

ES
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought the service was excellent and the experience was great! Our food tasted good and we LOVED the price.

BC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had fried pickles and okra for appetizers. I didn't eat the pickles yucko!!! My son and his girlfriend loved them. It was my birthday and I really loved the gumbo, got extra shrimp!!! The food was as always exceptional but the service blew me away!!! Our server was personable and made my birthday absolutely fabulous!!!! Sazerac, and dinner were great but the dessert of biscuit bread pudding was the star of my meal.

M
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the oysters and gumbo. Also Jambalaya is outstanding.

SB
Omaha
19 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner and great service. Shrimp and grits were the bomb. Had waygu burger, cooked to perfection. The oysters on half shell with cheese, spinach and grilled were terrific. Definitely small restaurant so I would mKe reservations. Great dinner, Bryce was awesome

JS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!! Excellent food!! The staff is always super friendly.

FF
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

It was our first time to Gem. We had reservations but waited about 10minutes. The service was ok, our server was nice but she was extremely busy. The noise level was extremely loud but everyone was having fun. My husband and I couldn't hear each other so we just watched the women's softball game on the television. My food was great, I had the beet salad and a small bowl of gumbo with crawfish. Superb!!!! My husband had the fried chicken, which was lacking flavor or spice and very fatty. We will try again!

ST
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. A fun selection of unique food that you won't find anywhere else that also hits the spot every time. They also have the ever reliable burgers and sandwiches. We find that the prices are extremely fair and the service is always timely and excellent. Once we found the Gem we stopped wasting our time at a few other places in town for our date nights.

AD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The fried fish was poorly executed. The batter was too heavy and the amount of fish was very small.

PH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a very positive experience at the Gem Creole Saloon. The service was friendly and speedy. The portions were very large. On the advice of the server, I did not order an appetizer with my entree of
Fried Chicken. I am glad that I followed that advice. The service was large enough that I took half of
it home and had it for lunch the next day. The Fried Chicken was wonderful, crispy on the outside and
tender on the inside. Not greasy at all. I would order it again.

MD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Shrimp and Grits were fabulous! We came to celebrate my mothers 88th birthday and she enjoyed it immensely.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome oysters!

GR
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a gem! The food was fabulous! I had always avoided even trying Cajun because I thought it a cuisine that is supposed to be spicy. However, what I had was perfectly seasoned with only a tiny bit of heat in the sausage. I am now a convert. I had the shrimp and grits which is covered in gumbo. Oh wow, oh wow oh wow!!! Service was excellent as well. I will definitely be back and recommend to friends.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A little hiccup getting our server when we moved from bar to dining. Once Justin (our server) got on the job everything flowed beautifully. We’ll be back when in town!

MC
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful in all areas. Wine list is limited is the only reservation in a situation that otherwise was fantastic. If you like genuine NOLA food, this place is a must!

j
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We were seated quickly the setting was nice but very noisy. We had to shout between us and our server. The people who were seated 10 minutes after us had a server and appetizers before a server took our order. All staff were very courteous. The menu wad a bit difficult to interpret if your not familiar with southern food. The food came differently than was expected and alot more spicey. No indication on the menu noted the spiciness. However we enjoyed the meal and we plan to return.

AE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a nice dinner. Good creole type food.

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

The food is phenomenal and the wait staff are excellent. Phil makes a damn good cocktail.

SG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was spot on, Food was great, we tried a couple appetizers both were great. I enjoy creole food so that helps.

AM
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went with another couple for a party of four. We all enjoyed what we ate. The gumbo was delicious, as well as the voodoo fries and Cajun cioppino. Would like to try the jambalaya next time! The one thing that was a bit disappointing was the dessert beignets. I thought they'd be light and fluffy like what I'm used to, but they were dense and heavy. They still tasted fine, but not what I was hoping for in my dessert. Overall a fun little place with a nice atmosphere and decent service. Make sure you make a reservation though, it's really busy on the weekends.

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Arrived for my 7:15 reservation at 7:10. Waited over 15 minutes without being greeted although numerous staff members passed by the waiting area. We left without ever being acknowledged. I’m ok waiting for my table on a busy weekend, but it is never acceptable to be ignored. Disappointed in this experience

JD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Drove 40 minutes to enjoy this restaurant. Food was very good and a nice change from the standard fare. Need to call in advance to enjoy the jambalaya. 45 minute prep time. I am sure that it would be worth the wait!

LR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly AWESOME experience. If you want a great dining experience, this is the place.

W
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We brought friends - this being our Second visit - loved cioppino first visit - ordered again...if it had been first visit I would not have ordered again - first, loaded with seafood - largest mussels ever - plump, generous amounts of crab, delicious! Second, small mussels and while broth was excellent soup was predominantly fennel(and I’m talking huge chunks of) I recommended to a neighbor who loves cioppino but now have reservations about recommendation! Spinach salad is one of best I’ve had and your biscuits sublime. I felt beignets lacked flavor (salt, sugar) and didn’t melt in your mouth as some I’ve had.
I want you to succeed but to the quality of our first meal with you. I felt my soup was all that was left in bottom of your pot and you dug to fill the bowl! I was thankful our friends didn’t go with soup. I can’t explain my disappointment - even the one small clam had an empty shell. We drove from Monmouth, and it would be worth the drive but we need the meal to be consistent and quite frankly I don’t know what to think- new cook? -fish delivery the next day?
We were so excited to find you and regret you did not meet our expectations!

GP
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Yes, we had a reservation but didn’t realize that because it was the NFL playoffs there would be 3 TVs blasting the game while the 3rd TV was showing wrestling.......

The waitress apologied at the end of the meal regarding the service as someone didn’t show up for work.....we told her it wasn’t her fault and still tipped 20%

It definitely was a Sports Bar type of atmosphere and we were expecting something totally different!

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Service wonderful, food really good, drinks superb! Thanks Phil!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy coming here when i get the opportunity. Great food, drinks and service.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience. Buttermilk biscuits were out of this world. Drinks were strong but not “flooring.” My date was thoroughly impressed with the service and friendliness of the staff, the exceptional food, and the overall atmosphere. I was throughly impressed that my wallet wasn’t drained for such a wonderful experience.

DG
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We are from Texas and found Gem’s through Open Table resv system. Once we were in town and asked a few people, we couldn’t get a solid review and started doubting our choice. We stuck with it and were glad we did. Phil, the manager was both bartender and one of two waiters. He had allowed others to be home for holidays. We ate there on 12/26. The hushpuppies, fried okra, fried chicken and crawfish etoufee was all great. Etoufee was different than N’Awlins with a bit of tangy flavor, but loaded with crawfish and some heat. The fried chicken was two large boneless, skinless breasts. We could not begin to eat all of our meal. Highly recommend trying it. We would go back for sure.

BH
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great date night surprise! The service was amazing and friendly, the food was absolutely delicious and the prices were good to! Our new favorite date night spot!

t
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was authentic New Orleans. The gumbo and the crawfish etouffe was to die for. My wife had the ciopinno, and loved every bite. The service was outstanding-very attentive, friendly, and helpful. She also had the beet salad, and continually mentioned how good every bite was.

Hats off to the chef and our server.

We will return.

MM
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Too salty. Please find a way to cut back. Pasta too salty to eat. Saltiest food I e ever had actually.

Could be awesome if that was improved. Will try later to see if changes were made.

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had one issue with cold coffee but they responded right away. Waitress even came to us at end of meal and apologized again for the temp of coffee. She was great!

GN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and happy Servers !!! Every time we come to town we have to stop !!!

D
Portland
145 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, Gem Creole Saloon delivers. Nice ambience, friendly service, tasty food, good drinks. The Cajun Cioppino was delicious!

JS
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Gem for a birthday dinner. The server was on top of his game! At no time was my water glass even empty. The bartender Phil makes exceptional drinks, you can tell that he has a passion for the craft. Our food was exceptional, my favorite is the black and blue pasta. They also have great oyster shooters with fresh grated horseradish. The gem is one of my favorite spots in McMinnville, you can tell that the customer comes first here.

CL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Great service. Fun place Loved the shrimp and grits

JI
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Will be going back many times. The food is exceptional.

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