Headwaters

4.3
839 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
Headwaters is located in the historic Heathman Hotel in Downtown Portland. In fall of 2016 after a dramatic renovation, chef/owner Vitaly Paley, his longtime wife/partner Kimberly Paley and operations manager/partner Garrett Peck will open the reimagined dining room at the Heathman Hotel, their fourth Portland restaurant. The property, which possesses a storied culinary history, was constructed in the early Twentieth Century and is a member of the National Historic Register. Chef Vitaly Paley will be the third James Beard Best Chef Northwest winner to take the helm of the Portland institution, a long running dining destination in the Pacific Northwest. So named for “the source”, Headwaters will showcase local ingredients from Oregon’s diverse bounty, from farm to sea. The soulful menu is an expression and collaboration between Vitaly Paley and Executive Chef Ken Norris with Pacific Northwest flavors flowing throughout.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest, American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 8:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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(503) 790-7752
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Salmon
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Special events & promotions
For easter brunch we will be seating reservations in the dining room, the bar, and the t court.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Located in the historic Heathman Hotel, our private dining and meeting spaces can accommodate 2 to 175 guests with a variety of menu options.

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4.2
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NN
Portland
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

don't get the paella more rice than anything - very disappointing

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AB
Portland
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The biggest positive here is its closeness to the theaters.

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J
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Headwaters is a great place for Sunday bruch. We were staying at a close by hotel and found this place by accident. But we are glad we did. The avocado toast with fresh Dungeness crab was delicious. The Dungeness crab cake eggs Benedict was divine. And the coffee was top notch.

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

King salmon entree was awesome.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a client here for dinner while in town. The food was absolutely amazing. From the main course to the dessert everything was spot on. Delicious! The staff were friendly and attentive. Will definitely go back when I return to Portland.

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RV
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Our service was sub par to say the least. Wait time just to be greeted by our waitress was excessive and we only found out that there were dinner specials after hearing a waiter explain them to the table next to us (after we had already ordered). My husband's dinner was prepared well and tasted great, although price was a bit excessive for what was served. My dish was extremely overcooked. Overall, just a disappointing dining experience.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was a very disappointing evening. My wife and I met a friend there for dinner expecting Paley-quality food and service. That it was not. The highlight of the evening was my wife's scallop main dish. My scallop crudo was nearly flavorless and somewhat gelatinous, and our friend's paella was served with clearly undercooked shrimp. The paella was returned to the kitchen instead of simply providing fully-cooked shrimp. In the process of reheating, the entire dish became overcooked. Additionally, the small iron skillet was so hot that my friend was burned when she accidentally bumped it. There were two errors in our order. We ordered two wines and a cocktail; staff brought the wrong cocktail. Instead of bringing the paella with our main dishes, a duplicate order of scallops was brought. It was another fifteen or so minutes before the paella was present at the table. Staff was very polite and accommodating following the above-described errors by comping the paella and providing complimentary dessert, the this comedy should not have occurred. We enjoy Paley's Place and Imperial, so when we need a Paley fix, we'll go there.

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R
Portland
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Fish & Chips in town!!! The service and food was excellent.

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RT
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming to this restaurant since it first opened. The quality of the seafood is superb. Last night i had the raw sea scallops with a grating of foi gras. Unbelievably good. My only complaint is the noise level. We were seated in the main part of the restaurant and it wasn’t even completely full and the four of us had trouble hearing the other. It’s the one thing that keeps us from going back more often. We asked our server if we could have our dessert in the inner court and she accommodated us. We could finally talk in a quiet space.

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BI
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We drive a hour to get this restaurant for special. Occasions. Today the usually things we enjoy were not on the menu. The service was slow and the food tasted OK NOT the usual amazing ! Disappointed

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RS
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

First time in Portland and we really enjoyed our night out. The wine was delicious, the seafood was great and the service and hospitality was fantastic. We would return.

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CV
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the Saturday brunch menu very much, as it offered something to fit whatever you were hungry for. I had the Nicoise salad and the tuna was perfectly cooked and all the other flavors complemented it perfectly. My companion had the Caesar salad and was able to add fresh crab to it and enjoyed it very much. The fresh Parker roll was warm and delicious!

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JN
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

love this place. only problem was when the kitchen was roasting some chilies, the smoke caused severe pulmonary and eye irritation, for the whole restaurant thru the bar patrons. They need a better fan in the kitchen. The servers quickly opened the windows to relieve our searing lungs

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r
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

once again we had a problem with the bar
this time my husband ordered his standard cocktail and was told - sorry we don’t carry any Johnie Walker Scotch
This came as a surprise and a shock
Since when does a full bar choose to not carry Johny Walker?
Some of the food was under seasoned like the fish and the steelhead tartare
the fries were awesome
the service was great

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JM
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I am a fan of Paley's restaurants and had just dined at Imperial several nights before which was, as always, quite good with great service. I dined at Headwaters early on Saturday night. Receiving our cocktails was incredibly slow even though the restaurant was slow, and given the Vieux Carre was on tap it is a mystery. The timing of the meal was off. Even though we had indicated we'd like to order wine the waiter never checked back and we brought it up on a rare visit to the table. Our entrees came and while the waiter was fileting a dining companion's fish I asked about the wine and was told the manager was bringing it. It came well after we started our meal. Definitely service improvements are needed from my experience on this visit. It did leave us disappointed given the expectation of an entertaining and enjoyable evening.

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OT
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

What happened? We had a wonderful dinner with friends at Headwaters mid-April. Last Tuesday, August 22, we went back with another couple and the food was noticeably different. Not good. The fish in the fish and chips was way overdone and therefore, dry. The fries were soggy. The poke portion has noticeable grown smaller. The paella was far from authenic; the rice was terrible. The scallops were salty and not too tastey. In the months since our last visit the food noticeably degraded. What happened? New chef? No chef? Too bad because this was a really nice place for a pre-theater dinner.

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GI
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was excellent. Our food server was outstanding. Ambiance comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.

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G
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and yummy food and tasty beverages! Great atmosphere!

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LG
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and service very friendly. Prices reasonable. Especially enjoyed the branzino and the parker house rolls :)

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MF
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Great location, but the remodel has followed the NW inspired theme being bright with lots of hard surfaces. The place was 1/2 full at 7:15 dinner for 2 (on a Wednesday), no separation - kitchen, bar - its all wide open and loud. Perfect for a group of professionals to grab a drink and talk shop after work. Not a place for an intimate dining experience. And why the "micro" tables for groups of 2? They've got the space - instead, I have one of their 20-bistro tables with no room for the $30 entree, the wine or glasses. Don't about the bread basket and side plates - its not offered. Food was just ok - service ranged from being ignored to slow - presentation of the server - disheveled hair, dirty apron, and horrible teeth - not the personal presentation I was expecting at the Heathman Hotel - sorry, there is a place for setting personal appearance standards when the product is the experience. Love the Heathman, will dine elsewhere.

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F
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and creative menu offerings. I had the summer bean and nectarine salad as a starter, my son the chowder, both delicious. For main course i had the scallops which were cooked perfectly and very tasty. My son had an incredible pork chop, tender and juicy. The service was outstanding, friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back!!

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PD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent - Ahi Tuna Poke for starter; Scallops and Catch of the Day for mains - and service was attentive and personable. Will return.

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LM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food and great service! What more can you ask for?

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I don’t typically leave a restaurant feeling like the food was overpriced, but that’s the way I felt leaving Headwaters. The portions were small. The salmon was undercooked and served only with a side of cucumber. You have to pay for bread, which is ridiculous. The only real bright spot was the poorly named “potato salad” which is actually cooked potatoes with butter or oil and some pretty good spices.

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F
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We started with the rockfish fish and chips, which was extremely bland. Two people in our party ordeeed it and were surprised a restaurant of this calibur served us the worst fish and chips we'd ever ordered. Ther server was exceptional and brought us the prosciutto wrapped halibut with sea beans puree which other people in our party also had ordered. We all agreed the halibit was in was extremely salty. So here we were on dish extremely bland and on the ither side of the pallet spectrum extremely salty. All our drinks, appetizers, and sides were exceptional. The server was perfect. The atmosphere delivered. One person in our party ordered steak which was wonderful!

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MV
Denver
51 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good and had large portions (mussels were enormous for a starter) Halibut tasty but a bit dry

The restaurant did s good job of modifying for genuine food allergies

The restaurant was fairly full but my orders were wrong twice and my wine took forever second round
I think the kitchen was a bit off on delivery that night

NOTE: the restaurant did the right thing ! I was given a substitute app when my order for a starter and wine 20 mins late was gratis

Pet peeve do not charge me for a single roll hate bread charges figure it out !

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NC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service. Prices a bit high even for the good food. 2 people no alcohol or dessert, one appetizer. $ 60 WITH tip for lunch.

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m
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I have been to the Heathman for different meals in the past. All were lovely with incredible service.
On this day for brunch, the server seemed to forget we were there. We ordered eggs Benedict. While the hollandaise sauce was wonderful, the dish was cold. My white peach Bellini was to have been made with peach puree. It did not taste or look like puree. There was no texture to the drink.
Since we were going to Phantom of the Opera matinee, we did not have the time to wait for added heat to the eggs, which would have meant a re-do.
The acoustics were poor and restaurant was so loud. A few pictures on the wall were hung so crooked.
I typically enjoy the Heathman and what it stands for, however this time around, we were disappointed.

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

Fabulous smoked seafood plate.
We had a wonderful time and great food.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Food quality was very disappointing. We’ve had some great meals here. This was not one of them.

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TJ
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted well with a smile and got seated promptly.
Had reservations so it went well.
The staff - all of them were so energetic and ensured the night goes well.
Had a great evening and made up for the lousy evening dinner the night before.
THANKS

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P
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are excellent. Perfect for pre-ballet/theater/symphony dinner!

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A
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice. After the concert went back for a glass of wine and the waiter was great.

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SR
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My best rating would be for location. It’s right at Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium. I’d rate everything else as just fair. I’ll likely return next time I have a concert or play to go to simply because it’s so convenient.

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OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely brunch. Food was grest and reasonably priced.

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RW
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Considering the menu prices (high), we were hoping for either great service or great food (or both?). However neither of these were the case. Service was underwhelmingly slow, and I can get better tasting, cheaper food at dozens of Portland area restaurants. Not recommended.

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SP
Portland
69 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a party of two. My friend had the fish and chips, which she said were delicious, and I had the grilled steelhead, which was perfectly cooked. Sat in the bar area to have a quieter table, so that worked out well. Will definitely be back soon.

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BS
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very helpful in guiding our selections. The seafood was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. It was a great place to celebrate a birthday.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Server was slow and non-responsive from the beginning. Multiple complaints never led to an improvement in her service. One in our party complained to manager, who acknowledged how poor the service was and took off the price of our entrees, which was a kind gesture, but we had travelled from the east coast and were interested in having a special evening with our Portland friend, who was celebrating a birthday, not comped courses. When we finally were served our main courses they were cold, obviously had been sitting. One was returned and warmed; we just accepted the others just to get through the evening without too much of an issue. There is nothing positive I can say about this experience, despite the promising articles I had read.

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k
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Mushroom rigatoni was amazing and the wine list certainly gives you plenty of options. I think my only personal dislike was the mussels were too big so made them "chewy" in a sense because they were not just a one bite piece.

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