Headwaters

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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 opened 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 Michael Campbell with Pacific Northwest flavors flowing throughout.
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AgnesN
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food2service4ambience4

The dining month menu was ill conceived. We only liked the first course. the wine pairing was also disappointing.

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vipsmalldragon01
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Spencer, my server, was lackluster to say the least. Don't feel welcome or helped at all during our Portland Dining Month experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We came for Russian tea experience but operantly its very limited timing. It’s very unclear. Kinda ruined our international women’s date w my wife.

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vipDrog
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Good food in a mostly quiet atmosphere. Service was not the best with our waiter just disappearing at times...otherwise not bad for brunch.

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vipJDMojo
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent Portland dining month meal. Our server was very friendly and helpful, but she was waiting on a number of tables and it appeared the restaurant was understaffed. No one came around to fill our water glasses; we had to ask. Also, the server poured tap water in some glasses where the guest was drinking sparkling water. There was also a long delay in bringing out our dishes, but the food was great once it arrived.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a family dinner to celebrate mom's birthday, and the team made it so special for us! Our server was super friendly, helpful, and accomodating, and my mom was even given a dessert on the house for her birthday! The food was top notch, but what I enjoyed the most was the thoughtfulness of the team. The cherry on top was when the host said "happy birthday!" to my mom as we stepped out of the restaurant. She was so surprised and delighted at the same time! It was our first time dining here, and everything was great... but at the end of the day, it's going to be about the happy feeling we had as we left... it really is about the experience. Kudos and thank you to the Headwaters team!

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vipAmazingNewHotspot
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was strange that service took so long with such a small number of guests. They were very kind though but no apologies for the lengthy delays.

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Deakon
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We used the Portland Dining Month menu. The appetizer and dessert were excellent. The entree was disappointing. There was tomatillo sauce and it overwhelmed the lobster. Presentation was uninviting.

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RuthanneO
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I won’t a review on their FB page too! My husband and I have been enjoying the March Dining Out for about three years and this was the first time we walked out hungry! The MAIN course was basically soup...with a tiny piece of lobster. The dessert was tasty although we wished we ordered off the menu and saved our money!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, wonderful staff! Outstanding evening!

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AlexanderB
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

For the food, yes. But the service was clumsy, surprisingly so at a high end restaurant.

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YummyFoodNomNom
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Portland Dining Month. Both the prix fixe menu and the individual plates we ordered were delicious. Great paella filled with seafood. Will be back soon for brunch!

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We went in for a dining month dinner and came away disappointed and still hungry. Do yourself a favor and don’t waste your time or money.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go before the symphony

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JasonT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was not good. Very confused staff, couldn't answer simple questions about food prep, had to repeat our orders multiple times, wrong food was delivered once. Hostess bugged us about our reservation after we had already been seated. Overall service ruined the experience. Food was good.

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OrWa
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious! It was better than when we ate here a year ago. Service was great as well.

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Judy
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I was a little disappointed in the hamburger. It was a bit foo foo with too much sauce and shredded lettuce. Hard to taste the burger. The salad with Sauvie Island greens was wonderful.

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Tieler
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu. Drinks (Old Fashioned & recommended White Wine) paired well with our dinners. The Smoked Fish Board Appetizer was amazing. So overall, would definitely recommend this restaurant but be aware that most meals are over $25 each.

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washougaldoc
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated promptly though we had arrived about 15 min early.
The food was excellent the service was attentive and we had a great time.

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MariaN
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful pre-Schnitz show meal. Loved the smoked fish platter.

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DanS
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Warm food served cold (calamari salad seemed like the calimari had been fried and held... not cooked to order.) Dishes were under seasoned. Flourless cake was disappointing.

Ambiance was nice, decent wine list. Good option for pre-show dinner if you’re not too particular. Prices were what you’d expect at a touristy place in a hotel.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top of the list for date nights out!

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vipculinarykitten
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server anticipated that we were heading to a performance at the concert hall next door and expedited our meal even offering to wrap up and store our leftovers so that we could retrieve them after the show. I was quite touched.

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Eliz
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The highlight was the Avocado Toast with the added crab cake. It was divine. Served with delicious crispy potatoes, it was the perfect choice for a late morning brunch that kept me feeling full all day.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great dinner before symphony with my mom!

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NancyD
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Cobb Salad was uninteresting except for the blue cheese which was very good. Did not find the measly bacon until almost all the greens were gone. Long stems on greens were hard to eat nicely.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We walked in and the hostess greeted us warmly and immediately sat us down. Our waiter arrived shortly and very sweetly provided menu information and obtained our order. The ambiance is warm and inviting. It took a little longer to receive our dinner, yet it was worth it. I got the salmon and it was devine! My sister got the scallops and she enjoyed them, she said they were perfect. We shared the chocolate cake and it is extremely decadent. If you enjoy chocolate, you will love this! Then the cherry on top, one of the waitress took a few pictures of us and was so sweet about it. Great experience!

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Ratwood
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had eaten here before and it was good; this was OK. I expected more.

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pdxlunch
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good lunch. Great location. Definitely recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Headwaters never fails to impress! Amazing food, drinks and service.

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Greg
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Valentines Day

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RogerL
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The service was very good. The food was good, but somewhat over priced. The part that will keep me from come back again was what they did with the final bill.
I paid with a credit card (as most people probably do) and on the slip they gave me to sign I noticed that they had already included a 20% gratuity.

I am very offended that this is part of the bill without my ability to decide for myself what the TIP should be.

Also, in the VERY FINE print at the bottom of the menu there is a statement that shows they are including in the bill a 3% charge for some lame thing about a health and wellness fee.???? Really, what the heck is that supposed to be. I'll bet the server never sees any of that.

Then, what really sealed the deal for me was that on the slip that I am supposed to sign (automatically agreeing to pay the 23% tip) was a blank line for me to include a tip.
A TIP!! on top of everything else.

I feel sorry for the server - she was great. Just sorry she has to work at a business that is more concerned about squeezing every last cent from a customer than developing customer relationships and return business.

Headwaters, you need to rethink your sleazy policies. There are other places to eat dinner.

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Aloha
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The only thing that could have been better is if they read my request which was a window seating.

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vipmichelle
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Always thought that a restaurant by Vitaly Paley would be excellent. Couldn't be further from the truth. Originally tried to seat us under the spot light in the corner where the extra chairs are stored, no thank you, as it wasn't the last table in the place.
Order taken, wine arrived quickly and it was not a good wine...........did anyone pre taste these wines or did they just buy what was cheapest to them. Drink took 10 minutes so one person was drinking and one was waiting, tacky.
Food arrived really fast, really too fast, but the salad with crab cakes couldn't have been on a smaller bowl so it was very hard to eat. No table cloths, no place mats, minimum linen charges for them. The steelhead at $34 came with a little sauce, no vegi's, no bread. Good taste with the food but the value was not there. They sell you vegi's as sides so they can keep the price point for entrees down and meet the standards of Open table as a $$ rating. Cheap trick.
Will never go back.
Portland has many good restaurants we'll certainly frequent the others now! This isn't one of them.............

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Super disappointed by the very limited menu selection. I understand during the holidays the need to limit the menu for the kitchen, but there was not much to choose from. Very very disappointed.

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BrandonQ
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Made reservations two weeks in advance for Valentine's Day. Got seated in the bar area. Service was beyond slow. Took an hour to get our dinner. Skipped dessert because we were tired of being there. Won't be going back

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Stevebro
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience4

We left 1 1/2 hours from seating to a show next door. Finally after 1/2 hour after asking bus person a few times fir waiter the manager appeared and took our order. 10 minutes later waitress showed up to assure us we’d have food in time for show. We did nit

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vipTJ5109
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful evening. Thank you.
We made reservations for this Sunday's brunch.

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vipjmargoli
Portland
36 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always A +. Lunch menu is plentiful of choices. Ahi poke bowl is excellent.

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vipCarolfay
Portland
54 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Well-prepared, imaginative dishes; attentive, knowledgeable servers; excellent (if pricey) choice before a symphony performance next door.

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