Il Terrazzo

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$30 and under
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Italian
Incredible Italian Fare & An Amazing Wine Selection Il Terrazzo honors simplicity and history. With a beautiful view of Mt. Hood and the Willamette River diners enjoy an experience unlike any in Portland.
What 190 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food , delighted to find this restaurant

ER
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, nice waterfront location. Highly recommended.

a
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly servers, great meal and great desserts. Great location over looking the river

U
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Given the location and menu descriptions, I expected something much more special. The space is nice and the view not bad (albeit more of the Markham bridge than a prettier part of the river), and the service was excellent. But the food is underwhelming. Our dishes were tasty enough, but nothing special, and served with complete lack of presentation or decoration. Brown stew in a bowl, lacking a drizzle of cream, a sprinkle of herbs, or anything else to make it appealing. They could do better.

LG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love a restaurant where every dish coming out of the kitchen makes you look and say “I should have tried that”..:.and then yours’ arrives and you know you made the perfect choice. Great service, quiet enough to have a conversation and food that makes your tastebuds smile.

W
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent presentation, waterfront location, Michael the owner/chef is very friendly and is happy to passionately describe the quality behind each of his dishes.

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic wine list. Service was excellent. Food was authentic Italian. Delicious.

LI
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome right from the start. Food was incredible. We all had pasta dishes. The owner of the restaurant was cooking and also made a wine recommendation that was spot on. No rush, great wine, fresh ingredients in the perfectly prepared dishes. Reminded me of many of the meals I’ve had in Italy. I can’t wait to go back. Beautiful view of the waterfront to top it off.

S
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there on a night where they had a big private party. I don't feel like that interfered with our experience. The food was good and creative. The Burrata salad was well composed with a balance of salt and texture. The salmon was well sauced. The salads and the main course came out together served by the chef which was a little odd but they kept the food warm while we enjoyed our starters. The house made pasta was fabulous. They had an appreciation of what made a good vegetarian dish. Dessert was just okay as they were out of the few things we really wanted. We didn't have a dog with us but they were very accommodating to another couple who came with their adorable dog Jake. The view was nice and we got to see the bridge go up to let a tall ship through. It was a great location to people watch with lots of families out.

LL
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The menu was a little confusing since it indicated the dish but not the type of paste that was included. If we hadn’t asked we would have been surprised. Thought you could select your pasta. Probably could but we did go down this path. My pasta with a chicken breast protein was on the side, a deconstructed pasta dis which was un-expected. The others at the table had the pasta bolognese and they liked it

B
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and very good service

TH
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Could have been a local trattoria in Italy: very good food, wonderful wine, great service. A real gem!

s
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Justin was amazing and food was simply delicious.

DG
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noni was our server and she made the mail far more enjoyable than just the food. We will definitely return on our next trip to Portland

KN
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delicious. Chef came out and chatted with us.

GM
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, waitress was great, great local food. Definitely a spot we would recommend.

B
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were attending an event at the Keller and this was the perfect spot for dinner. We just returned from Italy and this was very typical Italian fare. I felt like I was back in Italy.
We were able to sit outside, so it felt very European. The food and the service were both exceptional. The cocktail and wine list very nice. This will definitely be on our list for downtown dining!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Understaffed for lunch service. Took too long for the food to arrive. Food was very good, I believe all left happy with what they ordered.

JL
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Never disappoints!! The food was great as always as was service. There were six of us sitting outside for dinner. You do need to make a reservation. Limited menu but perfect in every way. Great wine selection.

PO
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was wonderful, but corkage fee for wine was excessive

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The pasta Bolognese was bad and unseasoned.upset stomach next day. Very less parmesan cheese on top. I think it being the last order of the day, it was served quickly and thus the poor result.

CM
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved that the owner was waiting on and giving customers recommendations

MP
Portland
51 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

One of the best Italian meals in Portland. Great craft cocktails...start with a classic negroni. Highly reccomend the burrata....creamy fresh cheese with arugula and prosciutto. All of the pastas are wonderful. They make a great parpardelle with shrimp...but the mushroom ravioli is to die for. Tiramisu to end and make sure you get Michael to pick you out one of his favorite Italian reds that he imports. The fantastic view of the marina and waterfront adds to the outdoor dining ambiance.
M2

B
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience from the food to the waitstaff. I forget the server's name, she wore many cool rings and had a bit of a gothic look, and she was very competetent and highly attentive. Excellent menu and fortunate the weather was conducive to dining along the waterfront.

k
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A top notch restaurant!! The food is superb and the wait staff and the owner complete the experience.

B
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Ate outside. Noise and ambiance were what is to be expected.

c
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My manager and his team went. I received feedback that it was a very nice place, service was great, atmosphere was very nice.

A
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view, right along the watefront. Amazing burratta, and great service!

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and wonderful service. Lovely to sit next to the river.

RS
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Il Terrazzo many times! We keep coming back because it’s excellent in every way. The food is consistently good, the service is excellent (we are “regulars” and enjoy seeing wait staff every time we go), and staff remembers our drink preferences! We enjoy eating outside on the RiverPlace Esplanade. The view is lovely and the people-watching always fun. This our go-to place!

D
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place. Michael and his staff are great. Great service. Great food and drinks. And the river view is one of the best when outside dining.

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Honestly I really have not much expectation because it is hard to find tables for a large party. While the decor of the restaurant was nice, the limited menu and tasteless food pretty much ruined the dinner experience. The Beef Stew was tasteless and the meat were not tender. I had a seafood dish and the actual dish did not match the menu. The dish was basically tasteless again. The only acceptable dish was the Bolognese. I will not return to Il Terrazzo again and you should not even bother with it.

N
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Soupy, Tough, Bland, AND Over-Priced!


When we entered Il Terrazzo, we immediately noticed that it was only about 1/3 as busy as the other restaurants that bordered it, but we felt maybe we had just gotten lucky and caught a lull. By the time we left, we understood why it was only frequented by the naive tourist that stumbled into this awful place.

My wife’s beef entre was in a stew and yet as dry as dry can be (that’s actually hard to do). My pasta dish was swimming in a sea of bland liquid. Everything came to the table microwaved (you cannot get pasta that lava hot without a microwave), and it seems that steamed tomatoes are the restaurant’s “go-to” everything solution as it dominated our dishes…in a really unpleasant way.

My wife had both her salad order forgotten and her dish-accompanying toasted bread forgotten (although promised twice). When I sat down, I was mistakenly (to give them the benefit of the doubt) given the lunch menu, and so at the final check, I was amazed to find prices were much more because they were the actual dinner level prices. I would not have minded much if the food had been at all tasty. We left 70% on the plate. All we could think of during our meal was “Let’s eat what we can stomach and get out of here.”

How this place got so many good reviews is an absolute mystery to me. Maybe tourists just want to drink wine, and don’t care that much? It’s baffling. Stay away. Portland has so many other wonderful choices that to come here is, well, you have been warned.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time and the food was incredible! It was the perfect space ..great view & ambience..chairs so comfy for an unhurried dinner with friends AND then there is the food !!!! Can’t stop telling all my foodie friends about it ....we all wanted to come back & order the antipasti as a main!!! Thanks owner chef Michael to take time to talk about your passion...I will be a regular!!!

HS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the fresh pasta! Server was great and the alcohol was amazing

F
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed our evening and the waitress was wonderful to us, food was good, a beautiful night overlooking the marina, perfect.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I got the lasagna and my wife spaghetti. The base is a beef flavor vs tomato. I thought both tasted like beef stew. Not what I want in Italian food.

GM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Fairly awful - service extremely lacking, food quality ok, but waitress appeared to be in a different World!
Won’t be back...very disappointing.

TB
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Party of 5 all sat by 6:05, order not taken until 6:30, at 7:20 we still had not received our food and had to leave without eating to make our event. Paid for our wine and appetizer. The waitress was extremely accusatory and defensive blaming us being late (reservation at 6 and one member of our party was sat at 5:45) as the reason for us not receiving service and the long food wait. She made an unnecessary and rude comment while my husband was paying the bill that turned us off from ever returning. Unfortunate as I’ve been in the past and the food was delicious.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent care and attention to our needs. Delicious food.