King Tide Fish & Shell

4.4
228 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
To be honest, the view came first. There aren't many places that command the vantage point we enjoy here at King Tide Fish & Shell, so we like to make sure it lives up to Portland.

We do that with a blend of the traditional and the non, the comfortable and the slightly twisted, the satisfying food and the swinging drink.

King Tide Fish & Shell embraces the Shared Plate philosophy that encourages more people to enjoy more flavors in more ways than any single plate can accommodate. And because we're Portland, we make it as local as possible. When we see water we think fish, so you'll find plenty of it on our menu. Basically, we just like to keep it fresh.

King Tide Fish & Shell is where food & drink & people always complement each other, and everything goes with the view.
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Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose this restaurant for Portland Dining Month and were not disappointed! The food was amazing and had top-notch service to match. We’d highly recommend the crab toast, squid ink & oxtail tortellini, market fish, and panna cotta. The portions were perfect, as we left feeling very satiated, but not uncomfortably full. Would definitely come back for another meal here.

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PD
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

King Tide blows your mind for what you would traditionally find in a hotel restaurant. If there is one thing they can improve upon it is the way finding. You know there is a restaurant in there somewhere, it just happens to be tucked in the very back corner of the building. Once you arrive the service was fantastic. The view of the Portland Waterfront Marina was delightful until you sit down to find the window casing is right at eye level. Nevertheless, it was a quiet, understated but welcoming environment. I decided to branch out from my more traditional food palette and started with the Kanpachi Crudo. It was very lite but tasty! My friends had the crab toast, seasonal veggies and salad which all were heartier options and all equally tasty! We all had the market (rock) fish. It was very nicely prepared with a crisp skin and very flavorful. We had three different dessert options and all three (Panna cotta, chocolate trifle, and homemade ice cream) desserts that were fabulous!

This is definitely somewhere we want to go back to.

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AS
Portland
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

very good service. We had the Portland dining month menu and it was excellent value.

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good but nothing really extraordinary. We had the $33 menu and the portions were smaller than we had expected but nice presentation and it took a little long to get out of the kitchen considering the rest. wasn't particularly crowded. We'll try it again this summer for outside dining the regular menu was good.

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PY
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very talented chef. We tried Portland Dining Month and really enjoyed every entree!

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TT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and view was great. And the restaurant wasn't too loud, which made it easy to carry on a conversation.

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C
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there for Portland Dining Month. Highly recommend the Dining Month menu! Everything we had was delicious as were the drinks. The happy hour menu in the lounge is definitely something we'll come back for.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

King tide was very accommodating and reserved a nice table for us in the lounge and ensured we made it to our show in time! Delicious food as well!

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VH
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nothing wrong with King Tide especially if you are a fan of hoity-toity, tiny food. The servers and staff were very nice and efficient.
We had like a spring greens starter (might have got this wrong) and the best word to describe it is "odd". Then we both had the rockfish which was tasty and prepared well and again accompanied by something "odd".
We're more the Portland City Grill type so I don't want to turn away any "foodies". One person's odd can be another person's Eden. Smile.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place. My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary, and were excited to try this place out. The food was superb, so fresh, presented well, perfect portions and the combination of flavors indicated there was a true veteran in the kitchen. The service was the perfect balance of quality suggestions, timed well with checking in on us and it added to our experience. Having the chef and GM swing by was a nice touch as well. Portland has a lot of great food places, but this is one of the best we have been to. We plan to visit again very soon. Thanks so much!

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BB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an early dinner...5 pm...and told them that we had Trailblazers tickets and they were wonderfully accommodating. Didn’t rush us, but served us great meals. Would love to come back at another time to enjoy the view of the river for a longer time! Will definitely be back!

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TC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, inventive food. Nice views of the river. Prompt, thoughtful service. Definitely coming back

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LL
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great seafood. Came in for dining month and ordered extra things to try from the menu and nothing disappointed! The atmosphere is very welcoming in the lounge and service was average. Overall a definite recommend for the diverse and innovated food.

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

The food was very underwhelming. Minimal flavour.
The oysters were the smallest I have ever been served at any restaurant around the world.
The pasta was thick and thin which ment the crimped edges were hard. And there was filling in the first and none in the second. That’s when I sent my dish back to the kitchen

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PD
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Used to come here sporadically when it was Three Degrees; Was surprised to see the remodel of the restaurant - went from larger to more condensed - however, it seems more cozy now. Still with great views. Was very excited for the weekend brunch menu. Something on the menu for everyone in my party; We were a group of four dining before a matinee at the Keller Auditorium; I had the salmon & avocado toast which was so satisfying! It is only one, thicker slice of good & grainy bread topped with rich, fresh ingredients. So, I made sure our table also tried the Clam Fries! and so happy I did! This appetizer is like poutine but from the sea. My table gobbled it up, and the forkfuls I managed to nab went great with my toast.

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AF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Tried it for Portland Dining Month - they were out of a few options, which was fine. The market fish came with two pieces. One was cold, one was warm. This was confusing. Food was good, service was okay. Panna cotta was excellent.

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EM
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for dinning month food was good specially the squid ink tortellini definitely we'll go back just for that,new on menu.

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L
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The views are amazing. Service is unparalleled. Chowder fries are to die for. Please do yourself a favor and order the shrimp and grits. Omg! Like a party in my mouth. My friend ordered the fish and chips which were equally amazing. I will be back for sure.

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DH
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were going to an event nearby and decided to have dinner here before the show. It was an early seating so the restaurant wasn't crowded so the sound level was low making conversation easy and pleasant. Our greeting was friendly. Our server was attentive, friendly and helpful. The setting was comfortable without being too casual or formal. It had a nice view of the river and our seat by the window was also good for people watching as they walked and ran by on the riverside walkway. The menu offered many tempting choices and our server was helpful with answering our questions. King's Tide has an interesting cocktail list as well as a good selection of local beers and wines. We received great recommendations on wine food pairings. Our food arrived promptly and was well presented. It was all delicious. My wife decided for simple fish and chips and said they were the best she's ever had...not over breaded with well seasoned fish that was flakey, fresh and very tasty. I had the Squid Ink & Oxtail Tortellini which was an attractively presented deliciously savory dish.

We will certainly return for another meals and would be very comfortable bringing guests.

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ML
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Rocky start as the river view table we’d reserved in advance wasn’t available, but staff we quick to relocate us to the lounge which had more view tables available; the lounge was also quieter and had better styling than the main restaurant. Service was excellent, the waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and very able to answer questions.

Appetizers: the beet salad was fabulous, one of the best we’ve ever had and we regularly order that plate at numerous restaurants - the play of beet with heat was unexpected, but a genius pairing. The Chowder Fries were tasty, but more guilty pleasure than gastronomy.

We each tried the charity plate entree (donation from each order goes to charity); one the black cod, the other the salmon. We each chose a different accompanying sauce and both complimented the plate well. The rice/almond/cauliflower combo was our least favourite part of the plate.

Dessert was a nice finisher - the lavender cake showed great restraint with the flavouring. The tangerine tart with yuzu was an good play on citrus.

The chef definitely understands fish and flavour - we enjoyed our meal and service. Would return again without qualms.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is outstanding. The food and service could not have been better. Thank you to David, Brian, Amy and Melissa for a perfect evening!

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JR
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was actually much better than I had expected. Interesting preparations, all served as described on the menu (which can be a challenge in some situations)--no complaints at all on the food. By far the best choice in this particular area of Portland.

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LC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I choose the Chilean Sea Bass on a Pea Risotto. The Sea Bass melted in my mouth and the Risotto was some of the most tasty I've ever had. My partner choose the Fish and Chips which was dipped in a light batter, flavorful and crispy. This was all after a fabulous shrimp cocktail and a few oysters. Delicious!
There was a regional wine list which was much appreciated and our Tempranillo was outstanding.
This hotel is located in the Kimtpon RiverPlace Hotel (where we will stay next time). Our visit was in February and at night so we sat inside.
The staff was very friendly and attentive.
So very happy to have stumbled upon this restaurant. Recommend it as a "must"

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l
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The pictures are deceiving. The oysters were OK but the main course was sadly sub-par.

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P
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Very overpriced for very small portions. Service was correct but unfriendly. So many better choices in Portland

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

When you book a table at a restaurant on the river weeks in advance and request a table with a view and get sat by the kitchen with a view of the wall and watch the wait staff be more attentive to the table right next to you. That is horrible service. Literally could not have gotten a worse table. No idea what making a reservation is for here, to get the opposite of what you request? On a positive note the black cod, netarts, and deviled eggs were good. However the prawns rubbery, scallops overcooked. If I do go back it will not be for the service, never for Valentine's Day and definitely won't bother making a reservation. $200 disappointment. What? I can't hear you over the kitchen and this young couple from California who are sat way too close to us.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jesse was an amazing server! All of the staff was great, but he was exceptional.

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LT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

the food was not even average. I was very disappointed.

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KS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Given all of the dining choices in Portland, this isn’t a place we’ll return to. Service was good and prompt. We had drinks, dinner & dessert. All were good, but nothing “wowed” us. Quite overpriced for the average meal.

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d
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fish is outstanding---this is their wheelhouse no doubt! Dessert was NOT their specialty. But after such a tasty dinner we were not too upset about ordering two lack-luster desserts (that we did not finish). Service was appropriate. Avoid the table by the kitchen--when they are busy, it is super hard to hear conversation at your own dinner table--for a 40yr old! Thankfully, they were able to accommodate a table change---once we moved, the ambiance was perfect!! We will be back for dinner for sure (and will avoid dessert and the table by the kitchen).

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A
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Crab cakes and king salmon were excellent and the service was great!

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MB
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh and beautifully prepared seafood. Very nice atmosphere. Good date night!

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Look out for the mussel’s with the scattering of Bonita flakes, very trippy presentation, must see to appreciate, great dish!

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VH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NW twists on traditional Fish & chips was inspiring. Good local fresh oyster selection. Very accommodating bartender and cheerful waitstaff made for an enjoyable experience.

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RY
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great time

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service view and food. The ambiance could be a little more romantic. Try turning down the lights a bit. Great night. Thx

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h
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food OK. Lovely place.

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g
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef had to have a lot of experience with flavors as everything had wonderful flavor, soup to nuts. Staff was really interested in giving wonderful experience.

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p
Portland
100 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another addition to the growing list of seafood restaurants in Portland, this time in the redesigned dining room of the Kimpton Riverplace Hotel. Smaller, more intimate space with a similarly more limited menu. Halibut with cauliflower rice and salsa verde was wonderful to look at and eat! Fried brussel sprouts was a great side dish. Friendly and knowledgeable service.

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VP
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We were the only guests in the restaurant. We counted over 6 staff (between kitchen and serving) and we were three guests. It took an hour and a half to deliver an appetizer and an entree. No cocktails. No dessert. Took 10 minutes to get the attention of a server to get salt to the table. Food was hot and tasty, but definitely not worth the cost or wait. Lights were very bright inside restaurant, so we were unable to see the beautiful view outside.

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