Jake's Grill - Portland

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Adjacent to the historic Governor Hotel, Jake’s Grill brings the classic American Grill traditional dining experience to downtown Portland, OR. Inspired by tradition, Jake’s Grill is proud to serve the finest meat and seafood in a classic, uncomplicated style. You will find the best steak in the city and of course, the best fresh seafood. Our classic bar serves hand-built, hand-mixed cocktails and a wide selection of single malt whiskies. Jake’s Grill can accommodate 20 – 60 guests in our banquet rooms. Let us host your next event and ensure that every detail is seamless and professional. Create a custom menu and experience that you and your guests will enjoy.
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FG
Portland
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I always love Jake's Grill. It makes the trip memorable.

SB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Server and as always amazing food. The server really made the experience amazing.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was fine. “Odd” situation in the women’s room... man and woman in a stall together, water all over the floor, screaming and crying. Pork overcooked and dry, chicken excellent, calamari nothing special. Server was fine, nothing special or engaging and not very knowledgeable about the menu

j
Portland
159 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Four of us had a Holiday Season business lunch at Jake's Grill and it was a perfect choice. From the first moment we walked in the door, we received a friendly greeting and were seated by a charming young man. But the coup d' grace was our server, Joseph (name on the billing receipt). The restaurant was packed and his station seemed particularly busy, but his outstanding service and his outgoing and positive personality together made this one of the best restaurant experiences ever. Thank you all.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Steak was nearly raw when I ordered medium rare. Sent it back and it came back nearly well done. For a $40 6 oz filet I expect it to be cooked properly. Fortunately it was a good cut of meat so I could still eat it. Was disappointed as this was my 50th birthday dinner. Overpriced for what we got. Oysters were very small and the veggies just tasted like burnt oil.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steelhead was amazing! Yum!

CC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We went to Jake's looking forward to having halibut but, unfortunately, they weren't offering it when we visited. We both had the sturgeon, which was ok, but not great, so we were disappointed.

CJ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Handsome if slightly dated decor in a terrific downtown setting. While its niche is aged elegance, it has lost much of its freshness over the years. Service was excellent (thank you, Iya), but the food was 3 1/2 stars at best. Delicious Brussels sprouts, however... Standard calamari and burger, rockfish with “lobster” risotto cake could have been much better, and the meat in the otherwise very tasty short-rib stroganoff was very poorly trimmed and therefore very fatty. Still a fun evening out, just needs some updating.

HP
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Another fabulous meal at Jake's Grill. Sadly, we were seated in the "Cork Room", our first time in there. It was freezing (and I am usually quite warm). The Cork Room has ceiling fans which they don't turn off even when requested, so, word of caution - turn down a table in the Cork Room!

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Thanksgiving

AS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went there for Thanksgiving since there were just a few of us this year. Good food, nice atmosphere, excellent service.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving.

l
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We had reservations for 8 people at 5:15 on Thanksgiving night. Six arrived at 5:00 to be told we had no reservations so we had to show the hostess a cell phone with our OpenTable reservation. The stress started then. After disputing our reservation after a few minutes they brought the six of us to a table and after five minutes, we were told we had to move to an empty back room where our two remaining family members sat. Is this where they sit old people and why didn't they move two people where six people were already sitting down. Totally disorganized management staff.
Dinner good and bad: Two salads didn't have salad dressing and we had to wait for dressing while the other six people finished their salads and soup, kitchen doesn't know the difference between filet mignon and sirloin since the person who ordered the filet medium (well done) received a sirloin (rare) and she had to send it back. I had to share my filet with her because the replacement steak was small.
My husband had to find the waiter three times, literally get up and go find him. We had to wait for long periods of time before our waiter would come back. Understaffed....
The food was good and everyone enjoyed their meal - turkey was delicious, soup was good, beef stroganoff was delicious, Sirloin (AKA filet) was good since the two sirloin and prawns were actually filet and prawns.
We will not go back next Thanksgiving. We've eaten at both Jake's many times and were expecting a special holiday celebration with family and great service.
Jake's needs to access where they failed before Christmas arrives.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner out. Great 3 course meal in a nice dining room. We would return

CP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The oysters were outstanding on the appetizer. I had the rib eye sliced and it was good, but needed more seasoning. My dinner partner had the beef tenderloin, but it was thin for that cut of steak and not flavorful. We would definitely go back and maybe go for the seafood.

EV
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was great but the service left a lot to be desired. They were probably understaffed but our waiter kept forgetting to bring us things we'd requested (cocktail menu, wine taster) and then kept coming over and asking us if we were ready to order. The wine we ordered to have with dinner didn't come until we were almost done eating! That was quite disappointing.

N
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the fried chicken. So good!

SG
Portland
38 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very attentive, pleasant and professional.

VL
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

I liked the restaurant. Loved the old architecture of the building.

The service was okay. The waiter we had did not seem really happy to be there.

Food was excellent.

The only thing that happened that didn’t sit well was that we had a gift card that indeed have money on it to cover the dinner plus some and they could not get it to work. I think they ran as gift card when the card very clearly said to run it as a credit card. Fortunately we had other means to pay the bill but they didn’t seem to care.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The most obnoxious server ever trying to upsell us in the most obnoxious way possible. Probably tried to push 25 different things on us. Then the burger was a salt bomb, so disgusting. The atmosphere is great though but it didn’t make up for the server.

KW
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated belated birthday! 🙌🏼🌠🌌

JS
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good and the wait staff was excellent.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Post 25th Wedding Anniversary

BG
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service it the food quality was just average and the table we had was really poor.

SP
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a terrific table in a very private room. The service and food, amazing! I had the Ahi tuna and the generous portion cooked perfectly! There were 10 of us and our server was fantastic. We had a wonderful time.

e
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I were staying at the Sentinel Hotel, and looking for someplace to have brunch on Saturday morning. Not wanting to spend two-hours waiting for a seat at one of the more “popular” downtown brunch destinations, we decided to check the menu for the restaurant right downstairs. Incredible selection! Sweet, savory, classic dishes (I had the Hangtown Fry), and fresh takes (girlfriend had Dungeness crab Benedict) something for everyone. Super attentive service and $3 mimosas!? Why go anywhere else?

A
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I ordered a medium well steak and it came out bloody, extremely rare. Wish my steak was cooked the way i wanted it to be.

KW
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always solid service with initial greeting by Haley. Bonus round, impeccable service from fabulous Ms. Kristi and team.
We enjoy the food with amazing service. Thank you 🤙🏼

L
Portland
85 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our meals were quite good and I especially liked the wedge salad. My husband's salad was HUGE, and he said it also was quite good. We both enjoyed our entrees that evening.

MM
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! I would recommend Jake's to anyone.

SD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the very wonderful meal on Veteran's Day. My wife and I had a wonderful time. Gladly reccomend Jake's to anyone heading into downtown.
Shawn

MA
Portland
36 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 2019 Veterans' Day with complimentary lunch. The Blackened Rockfish on Crispy Lobster cake was delicious.

RW
Portland
59 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Without a doubt, the worst food we have had in Portland!
Someone needs to have the kitchen look up a recipe for Chilaquiles, and then follow it carefully. What I got was plate full of mush!! The Yamhill scramble was also a poor dish, with the so-called Jake's crispy potatoes nothing but a shoe-leather look and worse taste.
Will not go back!

G
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance! Service was beyond amazing! It was our first time in Portland. What a friendly city! Jake’s was a last minute decision and a great one! Fortunately Open Table had reservations available. The Dungess crab dip was yummy ( but not enough for three), the French onion soup was wonderful.. comfort food. We also ordered the fettuccine short ribs ( basically beef stroganoff!). Excellent.. and the steak Diane. Great cocktails/wine. Did I mention how awesome the service was??!! Lol

J
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and spectacular Filet Mignon. Always a good idea tongrt the Creme Brulee for dessert.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with attentive staff and great food. We had a great time celebrating a birthday dinner and would not hesitate to go back!

P
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday celebration and it was lovely. The server was so nice and helpful and the food was delicious.

SC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

See you next time.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OT
Portland
41 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

As long time residents of Portland we decided to re-visit one of the iconic restaurants in the City, Jake's Grill. The dinner was a complete disappointment. First of all, one goes to a restaurant to enjoy the food and sadly, the food at Jake's was not worth repeating. The calamari was tasteless, the fish entre overcooked, the sides were swimming in fat and broth; in a word, the food was terrible. While many tourists are attracted to Jake's from it's long standing reputation I'm afraid this restaurant has fallen from grace and is living solely on it's reputation. This is not a place to bring visitors, business associates, or friends. Sorry.

KM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for a business lunch. Two of my colleagues and me had an outstanding lunch and the noise level was such that we were able to enjoy the meal and the discussion. We will be back.

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