Grain & Gristle

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Gastro Pub
The Grain and Gristle is a neighborhood pub started by three friends who love local beer, fresh food, and wood. The space itself is centered by a live-edged maple bar, around which you can quaff craft beers, spirits, and wines while enjoying a thoughtfully prepared meal or snack.
Be aware that we block out lots of seats for walk-ins, and are unable to accommodate reservations on Friday and Saturday nights, from 5pm till close. So, if there isn't a seat to reserve here, there is likely still a seat waiting for you!
What 74 People Are Saying
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OT
Portland
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent, friendly service! The burger was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. The delicata squash was delicious. We’ll be back.

OT
Black Forest
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Super Burger!

KM
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an adorable place with amzing food and service. Will definitely be back!

LM
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow but it was worth the wait. Delicious food!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable new menu!

LR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good but it was not hot when it was served. As a professional chef myself, it doesn't matter how good the food is if it is not hot for the customer.

RI
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Ok, this is NOT a slam on this place. I LOVE the people running this establishment. This was the first time we tried them for dinner. We usually hit them up for brunch and it is VERY VERY good. ( Hi Julie!)

I ordered the porkchop and my sister ordered just a salad and some shrimp fritters. The fritters were great! The rest....not great. Chop was 60% fat. It was supposed to include asparagus, but even the server hard a hard time seeing any on the plate. The salad was drenched in dressing so was just picked at as my sister was too shy to return it and I didn't want to fight with her about it. LOL The server understood the situation and provided us a complimentery slice of pie.


I know you can do better G&G!! We loved and miss Old Salt and we are counting on you to monitor what comes out of the kitchen. The food really needs to match the increadable service your crew is putting out there. I will be back and try the chop again!! Hugs and success! Rick

MP
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

My friend was served a pork chop that was 80% fat. The server suggested that this was just a random occurrence. However, someone saw this Pork before it was prepared and decided it was acceptable, it was not.

S
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I was disappointed with the obvious chip on the shoulder of our server. She was not pleasant and it showed in every interaction we had with her. I have no idea what that was about but it was from start to finish. This was my second time here and I was 50/50 on it so we gave it another try. We will not be back a third time. The food was just OK.

AE
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff here is always the best. We brought two small children and they were immediately brought cheese and fruit plates. The food is great too!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place continues to be the most reliable, underrated amazing go to spot for us. Whatever time of day, we can count on G&G to have space for us with no wait and an amazing meal.

RC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place for a drink and meal.good service, good food, highly recommend

MS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Already recommended to several people - the burger is amazing! Very excited to go back -

JH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a group of ten. Service and good all had rave reviews from drinks to dessert. The dinner for two that many of us shared was an incredible value

HL
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice, casual place with subtle elegance. Impeccable service and excellent availability for large parties at short notice. Only thing is I wish there would have been more vegetarian options for main plates.

U
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value, friendly service, outstanding locally sourced ingredients. Kid friendly!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Limited selection fir lunch. Good just ok

m
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We tried the beer braised beef and the burgers. I liked the brioche buns that comes with the burgers, it was moist and crispy, overall the food was ok but we thought too pricey for what we get.

SB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food ! The waitress was amazing. You must have the homemade deserts

n
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food

FP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Beef Stroganoff was so salty it was inedible. Sent back and got arugala salad that was way ovwerpriced although our server was really nice. Very limited menu. I would not retrun

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

Great place. Food was great. Beers were great. Service great. Prices were good.

I would recommend this place to my friends.

p
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I have been wanting to eat here and the first time was a disaster! I am sure that the person handling our table was high. Don't want to be mean but she was not with it and had a hard time understanding. She walked away from the table I thought she was she was going to trip on her feet. On top of that she got our order wrong. Very disappointing. A bright spot, they have great beer.

FS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Food not up to hype. Burger small and just not good enough for pdx standards. We loved our server however:)

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great for meat eaters—probably pick another spot if there are vegetarians in your party.

R
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We have eaten here several times and really like it and loved Old Salt. The burger wasn't like the burger at Old Salt even though we heard it was. My husband ordered onion rings w/his burger that were like the French's' onions you put on top of bean casserole (really thin and cold). My stroganoff was good, but not that much for the price. We think it was just an off night - during the holidays.

PH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Casual get together - atmosphere was great - burgers were fantastic.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New to the Portland area, we have been on a mission to find the best burger. We believe, having tried it twice now, this is it! Best burger in Portland! Love the casual, easy experience!

u
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger is legit. Friendly staff, food came out quickly, giant portions. Happy camper!

PC
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Historically a favorite place and I’m hoping the service and food on our last visit was an aberration. Over 45 min to get food which was not up to expectations. Had to ask for napkins and silverware. Over easy eggs with broken hard cooked yolks and bacon charred crispy black. The table next was well into a second or third round of breakfast drinks and the 4 of us at our table couldn’t hear our own conversation.

n
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for a lazy Sunday brunch, wasn't too crowded either!

J
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great prices!

NG
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in with the lady for a night out and was very pleased with the simple but elegant offerings from local whiskey to house made cheese. Wonderful experience, food came out promptly and the server was very attentive without being over barring (that's a hard balance to find sometimes). We will definitely be back to try more cocktails and explore some more of the menu.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Great food and the best beers in town. Can't wait to go back and try other menu items!

A
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but very understaffed that led to very slow service.

K
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server was great. Food amazing. We arrived at 5:45 and ordered at 6:20. Our food came at 7 due to a full patio and full house. We didn’t think to order more appetizers and got a bit hangry. Other than that the
Mussels frites, seafood special and bbq were all delectable.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Portland and found this in a guidebook. What a delight. They elevated everyday items to an art form. The crisp lettuce and fresh roll made my hamburger perfect. We also had the onion rings and Philly Cheesesteak. Such a joy!

NE
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to G&G expecting to have their excellent burger but ended up ordering their Twofer. It was an excellently prepared pork loin with potatoes, asparagus and salad. It was a delicious selection and excellent value. We'll be back soon.

AD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The salad and pork shoulder my husband ordered were great. I was craving a burger and against my better judgment that is what I order. The patty was over salted and I order it with the blue cheese which it made more salty. The French fries were even more salty! The strawberry pie was jumy even though the crust was a little too hard. Overall good value for the food. Waitress was helpful and service was quick.

ES
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! We always enjoy Grain & Gristle for its comfort food. The twofer is an amazing deal. Usually has a beer we like too.

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