Jake's Grill - Portland

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$30 and under
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American
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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Scotgirl
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner for two. Food was served promptly and prepared as requested. Menu choice is varied. Comfortable and quiet seating in a booth. Our server, Jennifer, was very pleasant and attentive, without being in the least intrusive.

Jake’s is our place to go when we want to feel we have had a “special” evening.

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PennyM
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable, relaxed and not pushy. Excellent flavor on food items. Steak was seasoned and cooked perfectly. We managed to get a night out the day before all restaurants were closed. Glad our last evening out For a few weeks was so special

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skip
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

March dining month options are terrific! 3 for $33.

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BrettB
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice, competent waitress And enjoy the food that we ordered. However we discovered a couple days later that they were part of the March dining month in Portland. We did not see any menus or signs indicating they were participating and were not told that. We would’ve loved to have tried the offerings on that menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are senior citizens with hearing difficulties. Our booth was very quiet and we could enjoy good conversation without difficulties. We were there during Dining month. The menu was very good value. We all enjoyed our dishes. Our server was very helpful

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JohnS
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Reliably tasty food in a pleasant downtown setting with cheerfully attentive service..

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JamieN
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

About once a quarter, my friends from one of my previous jobs get together for dinner, and on March 7th, we decided to meet at Jakes Grill. My wife and I have been here a couple of times previously and loved the food and the service both. This time was no exception. The food was delicious, and our waitress was very attentive and knowledgable. It was a great experience as always!

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slats
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Not happy, the food was not cooked per our order and the server didn’t know we ordered the steak cooked to different levels , not the same waiter that took the order. Mine was over cooked, then I sent it back and it came back very rare. I had ordered med rare. Very noisy, out little table of four was placed on the middle of the room with other tables of eight. Will only go back to eat at the bar next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Servers/bartender were not very attentive. Spent a lot of time waiting to be checked out, orders taken, etc...

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Lilosh
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The service was great, but food was not fresh (salmon and veggies) and the place seriously needs an update I switched 2 chairs and both were shaking. The restaurant is old and feels old. I will not go back.

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vipSandyGuy
Portland
43 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another business lunch that went very well.
Such a good place to visit - nice and quiet with nobody to eavesdrop.

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Suz14
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite "go-to's". Consistently excellent. I wish you would bring back one item you used to have from your menu. The chicken Brie cheese sandwich on a French roll bun!! Can't hurt to ask !?

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vipCypressfoodies2
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my own menu wishing me a Happy Birthday!

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vipBrentS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food and service. Friendly atmosphere as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
36 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have had a bad experience here five years ago and have never gone back. I had the opportunity to do that yesterday and found that Jake’s has improved dramatically and I will happily return.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Took 45 minutes to get our entrees after our salads
My 16 oz ny was tough and had gristle through it.
Our server was apologetic, the problem was the kitchen.

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986ekk
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Big fan of Jake's and always have been, the food at McCormick's and Schmick's in Bridgeport location is higher quality. We shared the a Wedge Salad, Porterhouse and Scallops.

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KellyF
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I guess a reservation means nothing. We had to wait 20 minutes for our table.
Our waitress was very nice though, but it was super busy and I felt forgotten about several times. Even when waiting for extra limes for my drink.
The redeeming qualities were the good food and our waitress.

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JamiD
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a busy night and the service was a little slow. Took a very long time to get drinks and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Restaurant said they were out of food when we arrived for our reservation

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Foodwuver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We eat out a lot. We like and appreciate good food. We were very excited to eat here, as we had never been before. It was valentines day, so they were having a 3 course special menu, which looked good. Soup/salad, entree, and dessert. We are not eating sweets so they did exchange us an appetizer for our two desserts, which was very gracious and we appreciated very much. That being said, we ordered the surf and turf entree and the rockfish entree. The surf and turf was $56. The steak was large, but over cooked and very tough. It came with 2 very small shrimp that were super dry and over cooked as well. Veggies were.....meh. The rockfish was cooked well, but drowned in a red pepper coulis that overpowered all taste of the fish, unfortunately. I asked for extra veggies in place of the risotto cake, and there were hardly any veggies, and also they tasted.....meh.

Our water glasses were empty most of the meal.

We are polite, nice people. Not used to giving bad reviews. But we were very disappointed in this iconic portland restaurant, with a sign in the window saying best steak in portland. We disagree. Sorry to have to say it.

We wont be back. Too many other amazing options.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mediocre food and mediocre service. Prime rib was cold, rolls were rock hard. Disappointed

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Nuttcasepdx
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best service and food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Food was pretty good! Service wasn’t the greatest. Ambience was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

My reservations were deleted on Valentine’s Day. I don’t believe they would have sat my girlfriend and I if I had not complained.

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djen
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

As a Portland staple. Jake's grill didn't disappoint. The quality of the food was as incredible as ever and both of us went away more than full.

I have some gripes, though:
1. Even though we had a reservation, we were made to wait over 30 minutes for our table.
2. Our table was very uncomfortably situated at an angle in the middle of the room. Servers kept bumping into my wife's chair, and her back was hurting by the end of the night.
3. Nowhere online did it state that the menu would be a fixed three course meal. This was frustrating, as my wife isn't a big eater and we had already made plans for desert elsewhere.

I think these issues have more to do with the way the restaurant is managed, and less to do with the servers themselves, who were all very kind and attentive. I'd still recommend Jake's Grill, but not on a holiday when it's likely to be crowded--it doesn't seem their management understands how to handle these situations.

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FrankB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We must also say here that it was St. Valentines day, and there were people jammed in the doorway where we stood for almost an hour beyond our reservation time. The Open Table website showed openings at 1845 but there were several couples and groups there at that time with that same appointment time. It seemed that they were overbooking and pretty calm and collected about it. But we were within 5 minutes of leaving. Dinner was solid, so was the service and the fixed price dinner was served hot and ready within 10 minutes of our order - no problem there. Our server was extremely smooth and made us feel right at home as soon as she saw us sit down - no problems there. But the experience might have been perfect if not for the lobby wait with 50 of our "best friends".

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MayG
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We made a reservation but had to wait a long time.

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JustinR
Key West
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our service was exceptional and the food was outstanding. We were there for Valentine’s Day and they had a three course meal option, regular menu didn’t seem available. The food was great but the plates seemed hap hazard in presentation and mass produced, which makes sense as it was a very busy holiday.
Dinner for two was expensive but not unreasonable. Would love to come back and try the regular menu, the lobster and crab dip was incredible.