Very nice experience and appreciated the recommendations from the bar staff and sommelier for a wonderful sparkling wine. The staff made the celebration of our anniversary very special and it was a delicious meal.
Good food, small portions and a tad pricy but overall a good experience. Try the clam chowder it's diff but tasty.
OK but not great.
Each dish was stunning, and the wine pairings for the March prix fixe menu were perfect. We would happily return.
Headwaters is a very good restaurant, but we had a snafu with the timing of service on this visit. When we sat down, we told our waiter that we needed to be finished in an hour to get to a pre-concert discussion at the hall next door. He said there would be no problem with what we ordered (oysters, roasted whole black cod, and salad) but the cod appeared only 10 minutes before our departure time. An unfortunate misunderstanding that damaged our appreciation of the excellent fish. On a previous visit we had a better experience.
The menu was creative and very flavorful. However the main dish was served cold and had to be sent back. They rectified the situation. I resent paying a 3% wellness charge to pay for their health insurance. They need to re-evaluate that policy.
Excellent flavors. Fabulous dessert. Excellent service
The Heathman remains a great place for Sunday brunch and Headwaters' seafood focused menu offers several great options. The smoked fish platter with bagel is excellent, as were the Eggs Benedict with fresh crab. Can't say the same, however, about the banana French toast which was not only burned but had a very off-putting taste (the syrup perhaps?) Service was a little slow due to how crowded the place was but professional as always. And the cocktails are outstanding.
We were surprised with the service last night. Our food order never made it in, and we didn't realize this until we asked about it 30 minutes later. It was late night so it wasn't ideal but the team was apologetic about it and made sure the food was on the house, which was really nice. We appreciated the gesture. We come yearly so we know the service is better!
We enjoyed our meals - octopus carpaccio, seared albacore, a burger, flatbread - all flavorful and well prepared. I would recommend the restaurant based on the food alone. Unfortunately, much like other diners have reported, the service was not very attentive and generally slow. The young woman who served us was friendly, but often absent.
Incredible food and service is top notch. Wine....meh. A bit too loud. Tables a bit small for two and chairs not too comfy. Overall, though, QUITE GOOD.
Service could’ve been better.
Our dining experience was spectacular. It started when we walked in and the evening was perfectly choreographed. Our server was very attentive and informative. The selections on the menu were quite appealing. The final result was excellent food and service.
The food was great & our service was terrific.
Absolutely excellent food and service, but the noise level is a bit much. What ever happened to acoustic design?
We checked out Headwaters based on an appealing Portland Dining Month menu and were not disappointed. The albacore main dish was the best presentation ever! the octopus starter as a bit bland but the dessert was excellent. We enjoyed the well-informed service which was cordial without being intrusive. Headwaters is worth a visit and a repeat.
Great view of the seafood bar which made it a fun dinner and a show type feel!
We tend to eat at Headwaters at the Heatmann Hotel next to the Schnitzer Hall before a classical concert performance. They have a good happy hour from 5-6PM (and $1 Oysters if you come before 4PM) in their bar area, and whether you eat there or in the restaurant the service, preparation and quality of the food is always satisfying.
A bit noisy for good conversation; no table cloths so many hard surfaces which adds to the noise level. Prixe fixe dinner was good value but not the best main, a funky seared tuna in a broth which made the tuna mushy. The ala carte main, Branzino, was the best I've had - excellent. Salads, desserts superb and overall presentations excellent.
Either several people called in sick or they were pulled over for the special event, because there wasn't enough wait staff and no busser. We were left with empty water glasses and long lapses of no service with dirty dishes in front of us. It wasn't our server's fault - she was literally running several times that evening. We were unfortunately seated so we could see someone begging for food right outside the window. And then there was a table of four who were literally shrieking and yelling often enough to get looks from us and several other tables. With the poor service, the evening that was supposed to be a celebration had a lot of the air sucked out of it. We will try another time because the food was amazing. I'm hoping it was just a terrible fluke.
The food and atmosphere were good, not great. It's a hotel restaurant, so it was busy with walk through traffic and it seemed that a conference going on was bleeding into the eating space. Additionally, there is no restroom near the dining room, it's literally through the lobby, up an elevator, and around the corner. Finally, the service was very friendly, but ordering is next to impossible. My drink was forgotten, I had to flag random servers down to order after we had been there 45 minutes, and flag someone else down to get a beverage even after it was forgotten the first time. Service is not good, but it's a systemic problem, not the friendliness of the individual servers.
Food was good and service was good. It was nicely presented. I had the dining month special with the wine pairing and overall it was a very good dining experience; not exceptional but very good
Slow wait staff
Food was delicious and service was very attentive . Specials were very attractive
Very poor service. Very disappointed to see a Portland classic (location) settle for entry level servers.
Great food. Too noisy for quiet conversations. We did a mix of Dine Portland, which was great value, and the regular menu, which is a little pricey.
Went to celebrate a birthday--good choice! Excellent, friendly, intelligent service coupled with outstanding food. It was a memorable evening. Expensive, but for Portland reasonable for fine dining.
We had great expectations simply because we love Paley's so much. I would be surprised if Mr. Paley even ventures in occasionally to check on his place, otherwise, he would be horrified because this restaurant has the biggest problem possible. It is boring, uninspired, and tasteless. Luckily, the service is of the absolute highest caliber. But the place itself looks like an upscale Denny's lodged in a mid-west HoJo. Noise is high. At these insane prices, you telling me they couldn't afford tablecloths? We had an uninspired cocktail each, a lower-priced bottle of wine, an app each, a main course for each of us, and to finish, we split a scoop of ice-cream. 20% for the wonderful service and the final bill, for two, was $200. For a place serving bland, flavorless food in a place that looks like a Denny's.
Mr. Paley, you have failed.
Three aspects of our dinner stand out -
1) Our server Gianna (sp?) is the consummate professional. Always there at exactly the right time. Confident in her recommendations and in her command of the menu and the wine. She was perfection.
2) The paella. New to the menu. Exceptional.
3) We were in a hurry, having time for just one glass of wine. I asked Gianna to decide for us. When our salads were served, we were each presented with a white capably matched for our salads. In other words, this was one of our two glasses, split between us. When our entrees were served, we received two 1/2 glasses of a nice Pinot Noir. This gesture was classy and memorable.
Have dinner here. You won't regret it.
First time back to this restaurant as Headwaters. We found the food excellent and really enjoyed our server Mattison! We will be back again.
Enjoyed my solo lunch here -- tasty fish 'n chips!
Exceptional food and service! We had gone to the "sister" restaurant (Paley's) the evening before, and looked forward to going to Headwaters specifically for seafood. We were not disappointed. Delicious oysters and clams and fresh wild salmon....we were in awe. Excellent service by Megan, who did an outstanding job. We will return soon!
The Portland Dining month menu was delicious. The Atmosphere is modern and comfortable.
Scallops were over done, too much sauce. Fish and chips batter should have been lighter.
We had the 3 course March special with wine pairing
Having been to Paley’s other restaurants, I was anticipating something along the same lines. The crab cakes were very good, and I liked the chowder, but the main course sole was just ok. We waited in the bar for our reservation, but the service there was very slow to respond. I found that unusual, since it was only 4:45 pm. When we came in early for our reservation, the woman at the desk told us that she would get us from the bar. After multiple other people were seated, we decided to come up to the desk, since she obviously forgot about us-all of this at 5:00 pm.
Overall, everything was good, however the service was extremely slow and inattentive. Our section was not busy, so there was no excuse for the server to not check in or offer coffee refills, etc.
It has a fun vibe and excellent food. We all had a great time!
Came here for Portland Dining Month. Food was fresh and delicious but portions were definitely on the small side, there was no starch to go with the entree, it’s more like a tasting menu. Good cocktails and ambiance. Service was outstanding.
First meal out during the 2018 Portland Dining Out month. The octopus carpaccio was a little benign...however the albacore tuna was treated with respect and well prepared & the desert a perfect light ending to a very welcome 3 course meal.