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My wife and I went there for our anniversary. Check in was awkward because after we introduced ourselves, the receptionist took a phone call and was on the phone with another customer while we stood there awkwardly waiting for someone to help us. Dinner service was quite slow. Also, main dishes don’t come with sides. We had to separately order broccoli with our steak to add some greens to the meal, but then they forgot it, so then my wife had to sit there with a steak waiting for the broccoli to come. I guess I had much higher expectations for the service we would be getting, but frankly the service is much better over at Jake’s.
Excellent seafood selection.
Smoked fish platter appetizer was superb. The King Salmon entrée served skin up was mediocre, skin was soggy instead of crisp.
I was disappointed in the food at Headwaters, especially for the price. The crepes appetizer was More than charred, the ends were burnt. The charred broccoli was inedible and we sent it back, not something I usually do, but the char taste was "off"...not sure what...and the fish and chips were doughy, not cooked all the way. I think we arrived too early for the deep fryer to be hot enough to thoroughly cook the batter. On a good note, our server Zoe was amazing, she took everything in stride and recommended great wine.
food was great
Main course served 5 minutes before we had to leave for theatre
Did not enjoy the sweet sauce on the salmon. Too many dates in the salad. The "crispy cauliflower" was so deeply fried it tasted like a zeppoli.
The food we had was very good, the wine list is interesting and fairly priced - but the room is too crowded/tables for two are too small for the glasses and service pieces. The tables are too close together and people were moving around trying to get enough space to themselves to have a private meal/conversation. Our server was alternately indifferent then seemingly intent on up-selling me on each course. So, this is a mixed review; the menu is interesting and adequate, our food that we ordered (especially the Octopus app) was quite good, but the ambience and service was lacking.
Almost everything was absolutely perfect. Creative cocktails and ocean fresh seafood tower, and a waitress who let us dawdle and talk and enjoy. My two companions dinners were also spot on, and I’m glad for that. The scallops especially were lovely. My trout was tasteless. The sauce and veggies were great, but instead of the sweet, fresh, succulent trout I was expecting, the crispy skinned fish was as tasteless as cardboard. Not what I expected. Id come again, but order more carefully.
It was like dining in a warehouse. No ambience due to the cavernous room and lots of hard surfaces.
The food certainly did not live up to the owner's James Beard awardee's credentials. For example the salmon tartare was very oversalted and the crab cakes were pretty much tasteless and squashy. The menu in general was uninspiring. Very disappointing
Amazing service. Food was amazing! Everyone enjoyed what they had. Cocktails were good as was the wine selection. Will definitely be back!
Absolutely the best restaurant experience ever! The food was incredible and the service was outstanding!
We really enjoyed the Happy Hour menu and drinks were great. I ordered the Smoked Tomato Soup and Brocollini both were fantastic! The regular menu item my husband ordered - Sea Scallops with vegetables - was a small portion - 3 Scallops and a small amount of vegetables in a sauce underneath. Felt it needed rice or more veggies to make it a more filling meal for him.
I had a lovely lunch with a friend. Everything was just great.
Great seafood options cooked to perfection. I recommend the Octopus appetizer and the Pan Seared Halibut as your entree.
This is the second time I’ve been and almost did not come back because the first time the food was overly salty. The second time was exactly the same one dish almost inedible due to the salt. One of our orders was completely forgotten. It does happen but based on the cost it’s not worth a third try and would not recommend there are far more options in Portland.
Excellent food. A little pricey, but good food and good preparation. Waiter's wine knowledge limited, but honest. The quality of the food makes up for an ordinary decor. Can handle a large number of people.
The crab cakes are amazing, as is the Heiress cocktail 😉
You really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. Delicious for all meals of the day 😁
The scallops were great. Salmon was ok- somewhat bland.
But the service was unbeatable- thanks for a great evening guys!
Good, but not great. Not the Heathman Hotel restaurant of old. Menu is not as extensive or as diverse. Food is well prepared but not exceptionally imaginative.
A lot of hype. Small portions. Crowded tables. Loud.
Love the portion size not too large
They were out of the first two fish choices we made, steelhead and salmon. Then the halibut we had was overcooked, very dry.
Waiter was confused about the price of the wine, woudl up being $75, not $60.
Overall, a very disappointing experience.
Excellent restaurant with excellent food. It was a little on the pricy side given the moderate portion size.
I had high hopes for this restaurant as it had been recommended to us by a friend for our first
visit to Portland. The restaurant has a wonderful energy and bistro feel. Our waiter Aaron was
wonderful and knowledgeable about the menu. Unfortunately, this night the food quality was
sub par. It was as if the cooks had their feet on the accelerator; everything we ordered came out overdone. The baked oysters were burned, the crab cakes were charred and black on the outside.
Finally, the king salmon I ordered was overcooked and dry. Properly cooked salmon should be moist
and flake off on your fork. Fortunately, our waiter agreed with me and refused to charge for the
entree. Meanwhile the fish my wife ordered was fine though she did feel that is was smaller than
indicated on the menu.
The wine list was interesting in that the wines by the glass were significantly lacking in Oregon pinots
and chardonnays. All in all, this appears to be a fine restaurant that was just having a bad night.
Appetizers were better than the main courses. Scallops were good, but Paella was just too salty. Probably will not return.
Some dishes were really good such as the striped bass with salsa verde, but my husband's tuna tartare was grossly over salted. When we mentioned it to the waiter they did nothing. My tomato burrata salad with dates and toasted hazlenuts was very flavorful and just outstanding. I had albacore, topped with foie gras. The foie gras was cut so small you couldn't have tasted it and the fish was served in an oily brown mess of a sauce without any accompaniment to soak up some of the grease. The dessert, a raspberry crisp was very gummy in texture. The menu said the ice cream was vanilla but it came with some non descript nut ice cream that I didn't want or order. All in all i think the cooks could do a better job for the prices they are charging and pay more attention to detail. The waiter was really great though.
We love the new decor (in the restaurant; the new hotel lobby is horrible).
Overall, we had a very nice time at Headwaters. Luckily, we got there early we had to ask "where are they?" for both rounds of drinks more than once.
The food is creative; here are some comments: (1) wedge salad needs some life; very fresh ditch the fried seaweed, it is unattractive I was tempted to order 2 more ( (3) my husband loved the soba noodle dish, AFTER adding copious amounts of S and -- 5 stars for those lovely prawns! Wow. (4) mushrooms a la plancha is the best thing on the menu; great collection of wilds, lovely romesco sauce; (5) patatas frites are addictive, even though the pimenton salt is a bit much (salt them a bit less (6) please have salt your staff were so busy (7) I understand the 3% wellness fee (and support it) -- but what is the $10 "service charge" for?
One more thing -- My husband uses a walker and doesn't navigate easily. All of your staff (and several of the guests) were very accommodating and kind to him. I can't tell you how much it means to us to still be able to go out and enjoy some of the finest things in our beloved Portland, just as we used to do.
Always a great experience here. Came back for breakfast today. Delicious!
It has gone down severely—there were not enough servers and it was not as premium as the prices on the menu would suggest.
This dinner was fantastic. The halibut delicious and the crab cakes totally crabby! The cocktails were wonderful too!
We have had great experiences at headwater in the past we ate there and liked the food and also like the bar during the happy hour. But this was the second time I have noticed how the scent of fish hits you as soon as you walk in to a point that's too overwhelming. I had a friend with me visiting from San Fransisco so I was kind of disappointed in that and in the dishes we ordered that were too oily. We didn't say anything because the lovely lady who served us was wonderful. Hope there is something that can be done about odor control.
Service excellent, food all excellently prepared. Lovely space inside the classic Heathman Hotel.
We like to go to Headwaters before going to an event at The Schnitzer or Newmark Theaters because it is very convenient. Parking is also convenient. However, this time the food and service fell short of the mark. I ordered clam chowder and King Salmon. The chowder was thick, relatively tasteless, and the clams were rubbery and tough. The salmon ($36 ala carte) was cooked with maple syrup which dominated this expensive entree. It took over an hour to get our meal and the restaurant was not full by any means. I will have to think twice before going back.
This has always been a favorite of mine and my family's -- a place we tend to go for special occasions. But something has happened to the management here. A bevy of young women who seem a bit confused and who always try to seat us beside the kitchen where it's hot, crowded and noisy. But this time, I insisted on a different table and after much confusion and conversation among the hostesses, we finally got away from the kitchen. Then, cocktails were forever coming, although waitress was sweet and friendly.
But the food? Heaven help us. Terrible. Almost inedible. Green salad mushy and gooey and tasteless. Fried fish could have been from Denny's. Parker House rolls were not really Parker House. More like that Hawaiian sweet bread available at Safeway. Dinner was a very expensive disappointment.
Regrettably, Headwaters is off my list of favorites. What a loss to Portland's dining scene.
Headwater is usually the choice for a pre opera meal whenever the Newmark has a performance. The atmosphere has always been elegant the food excellent
My fiancé and I had an amazing time at Headwaters! I had the king salmon and he ordered the scallops. We ordered focaccia bread for an appetizer and we couldn’t get enough. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive. We attended the opera next door right after. It was a perfect evening!
Wonderful food and service as usual!
Great service and food
I love going to Headwaters. It's one of my favorite restaurants to go to with my beloved, and so it's a frequent stop for our nights out on the town. I especially like their fish board and spreads. Amazing!
The food is excellent, especially the crab cakes! This restaurant is probably a little more expensive than represented on Openable.