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Headwaters

4.2
589 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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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 general manager 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.
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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4.2
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4.3
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4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
2.0
Dined 5 days ago

We had reservations in the early evening after an afternoon show at the Keller auditorium. The reception was less than gracious, with some confusion between the two individuals at the reception desk. The restaurant was lovely, as always. We got a young server, who was pleasant. She could not answer questions about one of the dishes, however, and was clearly guessing rather than going to find out. (Another server who came by with our drinks was far more confident, attentive, and experienced.) Our entrees arrived before our appetizers. We sent one appetizer back, and while they stated they would take that off the tab, this seemed like an insufficient response to level of error. Whether our server was embarrassed or just distracted, we got very little attention after this, because I finally had to wave over another server just to fill our water glasses and remove the plates. The neglect was all the more noticeable because of the active attention to the tables on either side of us. It was a very disappointing evening, one we had been looking forward to after a truly memorable dinner there a few months ago.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

This is the best seafood place in Portland. The menu of seasonal fish rotates with what is available but the fish chosen is always of high quality and perfectly prepaired. I really appreciated the fact they had NZ salmon on the menu since the disturbing discovery of extremely high pollutants in Pacific Salmon. I am hopeful they take as much care with other fish they source. The cedar planking was perfectly crispy on the edges and buttery and flakey on the inside. The preparation of the whole sole fish was equally delicious served laying on top of a mild coconut curry sauce. The Sea bar offerings are not to be missed and a refreshing way to start. Skip the rest of menu and go straight for the seafood.

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IrenesPicks (Seattle)
5.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

Very nice modern vibe, open kitchen so you can watch the chefs. Cocktails were perfectly prepared, and so was the calamari--best ever! Perfectly cooked steelhead salmon with hollandaise. I wish the waiter had emphasized that it is a la carte--the fish was served with no vegetable or side whatsoever. Service was otherwise perfect. Don't miss the Blondie Sundae dessert.

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SLICK (Portland)
5.0
Dined on January 9, 2018

My physicians were there for a business meeting and the next day, I received nothing but wonderful feedback about your restaurant. A++. Have booked another business dinner there next week!

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vipluv4breakfaast (Portland)
3.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Service is always slow to greet you and take order. Food was prompt.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Really enjoyed Headwaters. We go out dining quite often and typically try something new we have never tried before. This was our first time at Headwaters and we will definitely return. There are only a handful of restaurants about which we can say that. Love the atmosphere, the food choices, presentation, portion sizes and drinks. Something extremely important to me is the seating and noise level. Headwaters has a great mix of booths and tables, with plenty of booth benches for people who like that. The noise level was perfect, providing atmosphere while allowing us to hear each other speak.
Headwaters has a fantastic happy hour. The prices are extremely good for the quality of the food and quantity of the food. Their french fries are perfectly crispy and you get a fairly large order for only $3 during happy hour.

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vipRoadrunner (Portland)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful evening of fine food, excellent service and comfortable urban ambiance. Gianna was the ultimate in customer service and just the right amount of friendliness. Thanks to her and the chefs we can’t wait to go back. So glad the Heathman is still a destination for great dining.

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2dine4 (Portland)
5.0
Dined on January 2, 2018

Food was excellent and the service was impeccable - just what I'm used to at this great restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0
Dined on January 2, 2018

Good, took too long to get dessert though.

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vipfredarep (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on January 2, 2018

This place had the worst service I've encountered in a very long time. They took forever to take our orders even though the restaurant was maybe half full. They almost dropped a hot paella pan on my husband, the waiter stacked all of our plates in front of us at the end. They took way too long to bring our check- so many little missteps that it pointed to lack of training. Nice decor doesn't make up for unprofessional service. The food was ok- the crab cake was way over salted, no one had tasted it or it would have been rejected. The paella had oddly spiced vermicelli & the menu didn't indicate that. Not a place I would recommend.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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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Cross street
Salmon
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(503) 790-7752
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Executive chef
Tim Eckard
Additional
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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