King Tide Fish & Shell

4.3
305 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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DT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ...staff went the extra mile. Great food. Very helpful when it came to parking both our cars an when we want to go for a walk along water front ...we asked if they would put our leftovers in the fridge while we were walking ... waiter said sure. Excellent we will be back for sure.

SM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a good quaint place to meet with a customer over a great meal.

AS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Try the clam chowder. Chilqueles rojo was delicious. Fresh pressed juices a must too.

m
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Drinks we’re amazing as well. Excellent service! Highly recommend!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! beautiful and delicious food. Attentive, thoughtful service.
Clam chowder is a must, with smoked purple potatoes, and finished table side. The roasted beets- honestly, a perspective changing dish. Life altering sounds extreme, but it was that amazing. And please finish your meal with the "Not your avocado toast". You will not be sorry. Tasty food, great service, artful presentation...I simply can't wait to eat at King Tide again.

SR
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I am pleased to say, after two visits I really liked King Tide F clean, flavorful, excellent bread and not too large of a slice. I've had this twice now and the second time was better so whatever you did to improve it was spot on. We both had fish over cauliflower rice which was great, enjoyed the salsa verde and the fish was cooked perfectly for each of us however, we both noted the whole almonds mixed into the cauliflower rice were A) a bit odd and B) definitely too many of them. It was almost odd that every bite had a gigantic whole almond in it. Perhaps sliced or slivered would provide that crunch but not be so awkward? Anyhow, flavor was spot on. Loved dining al fresco and will definitely return!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was tasty and out server was friendly and attentive

N
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our friends loved eggy aspect of their meal, but especially the fine service and the tomato/cheese plate, which was like Italy itself. Would come again...absolutely!

JT
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Halibut cooked perfectly and the dessert play on avocado toast was excellent!

p
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Way overpriced for the food. Deck was nice, but everything was over priced..,..frys were greasy, lobster roll was petite with no side, only picked carrots. Won’t be back.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Don’t bother

LA
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sat outside by the water. Not fancy seating. Beet salad was fantastic! Lobster raviollis were yummi but the sauce was outstanding. Mushroom appetizer was fantastic. Fish and chips were tasty. Highly recommend!

RS
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The location is great, the valet parking free for two hours is super, depending upon your seating the view from the outside balcony is great but the menu is very limited for a seafood restaurant exclusive of the raw bar. We were interested in fish and were told that the whole fish, the seasonal catch (I've forgotten the type) was too large for two people so we both selected halibut from the choices that included black cod and king salmon. We shared a beet salad which was adequate for two and good. We each chose the halibut and chose two different of the three possible sauces - salsa verde and veracruz salsa. The halibut was the thickest we've had about two inches and cut in a slightly larger square. It was served on a square of cauliflower -almond rice with the sauce surrounding it. Nicely presented. Good portion of fish. We liked both of the sauces, found cauliflower-almond rice unusual and dry but okay with some of the sauce. The halibut looked wonderful but was overcooked. Not badly enough to return but enough to discourage us from returning.

JC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Did not have the special for the evening, had to get our own silverware from the adjoining table, the oyster dish was tainted. Nothing was offered for the problems.

j
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the outdoor patio and the friendly service. Dinners were amazing - 5 of us and everyone was happy.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi jfisc6201, Thank you for dining with us at King Tide on one of our two gorgeous patios. We appreciate you taking the time to share your 5 star experience and very much look forward to your return soon. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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DB
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Menu items too adventurous for me. Need more traditional dishes along with them. Service was patchy. Patio was best in Portland but could be upgraded to match uniqueness of setting

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi DebBill, Thank you for dining with us at King Tide. We appreciate your business and willingness to share your experience. We will use your feedback as a training opportunity to better hit the mark on your next visit. We encourage you to give us another shot as I know we can do a better job for you. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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R
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great selection of fresh oysters and other appetizers. We particularly liked the crab toast and prawn cocktail. Nice outdoor dining area for summertime. If making last minute plans, no need to make a reservation as the bar next door has a large outdoor seating area and serves the same menu as the dining room.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi 808Rob, Thank you for your business and willingness to provide us with some feedback on your experience. We were very happy to learn about your 5 star experience and more specifically that you were able to try a few things on the menu and enjoyed them all. The crab toast and fresh oysters are definitely crowd favorites! We look forward to your return. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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W
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere, very friendly and caring staff.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi Weasel, Thank you for dining with us at King Tide. We appreciate your business and willingness to share your experience. We were so happy to hear about your 5 star experience. We strive for that type of experience every time. We very much look forward to your return. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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t
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Sunday Brunch. The usual favorites plus some nice fish dishes. Really nice views of the river and marina. Great raw oysters too!

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi Turnepf, Thank you for your business. We really appreciate you taking the time to also provide us with some feedback and for your recommendation. We strive for a 5 star experience with every guest and love to hear about those experiences, so thank you. We look forward to your return soon. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on the patio with a beautiful view of the river. The food was delicious and our server was knowledgeable and attentive. The oysters were awesome!

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for your glowing 5 star review. We strive to match our service and food quality with the impeccable setting on the water and love to hear when we hit the nail on the head. We look forward to your return soon. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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v
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was simply incredible. It was easy to taste how much thought, care and creativity goes into every aspect of the food. Everything was fresh and delicious. The service was friendly and knowledgeable, without coming across as intimidating at all, considering the caliber of restaurant. Fine dining but in a casual atmosphere. We sat on the patio, which overlooks a nice park and the the water. Overall, couldn't have asked for a better experience!!

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi Vincey12, Thank you for dining with us at King Tide and taking the time to provide us with some feedback on your experience. We were so thrilled to learn how great of a time you had out on our patio. We strive to match our food quality and service to the gorgeous setting and love when we hit it out of the park. Thank you for your glowing 5 star review. We very much look forward to your return soon. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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LG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.Sat outside on a beautiful evening. An unexpected great experience. Had the specialty fish

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi LGKeats, Thank you for your business and willingness to provide us with some feedback. We were so thrilled to read about how great of an experience you. We strive for that reaction every time. Thank you for your 5 star review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Chase U (GM)

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great!! Lovely experience dining on the patio with a view of the waterfront. Food was delicious.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at King Tide. We were so glad to learn you had a 5 star experience with us. We look forward to your return soon. Cheers, Chase U (GM)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. They were very patient with our party- we were late and two people ended up not eating.

The food was great. However the ceviche would be great with actual chips rather than the little strips. The produce was fresh and all of the fish was fresh and bright. Loved the deviled eggs and oysters.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at King Tide. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with some feedback and loved seeing the glowing 5 star review. Come back and see us again soon. With hospitality, Chase U

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V
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were excellent selection of local wines

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi Vickie, Thank you for dining with us at King Tide. We appreciate your business and willingness to share your 5 star experience. We look forward to your return soon. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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GM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service for very good. Food was good but dinner menu is limited and for the price I think there are better options out there.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi GeneM, Thank you for dining with us at King Tide. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with some feedback. We feel we are priced very competitively to similar caliber restaurants in Portland given our quality of product and gorgeous setting. We hope to see you back soon. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Sadly the food was not good, and the service was harried and forgetful. Half of the ribeye I ordered was gristle and inedible fat :(. That being said I’ve had a better experience before, this may have been an off day.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi There, First off, thank you for dining at King Tide. We appreciate your willingness to share your experience and we will use your feedback as a training opportunity to ensure we hit the nail on the head on your next visit. I can assure your experience was a one off situation. I would encourage you to come back soon as I know we can do a much better. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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RS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of favorite spots in Portland, the food is always delicious, well presented and served. They’ve attentive waitstaff, a great view of Portland’s Willamette River and Tom McCall riverfront park, a substantial selection of local craft beers (and wines if that’s your thing), and of course an excellent selection of creatively prepared seafoods and other entrees!

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi RodneyS, Thank you for dining with us at King Tide. We were so thrilled to learn this was one of your favorites in the city. We appreciate your willingness to take the time to share your 5 star experience and highlight the things you enjoy. We strive to match our food quality and most importantly service to the gorgeous venue we are so blessed to operate in. We very much look forward to your return soon. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food and service !!!!

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your 5 star experience. We will see you soon! Cheers, Chase U (GM)

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MT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant has a confusing layout but we had a good experience. The menu is a bit limited and overall is a little bit expensive for the size of portions. We were visiting Portland and it was a good meal on the outside patio.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi MichelleT, Thank you for your business at King Tide. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. We admit the layout can be a bit confusing but I am glad you were able to navigate to one of our two gorgeous patios and enjoy the lovely view. We look forward to your return soon. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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OT
Portland
27 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Expensive special Fish planche for 2 was almost $100! Waiter should inform of price since regular menu fish for one was at most $32. The food was all good and our waiter when he arrived was quite nice.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Thank you for your business. I appreciate your feedback and will use it as a training opportunity with my staff. Our "Catch of the Day" is a much larger portion (whole fish) than our a la carte entrée options, which explains the pricing on the fish not to mention it is an experience unlike any in the city. We look forward to your return soon. Thank you. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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H
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely excellent food--creatively prepared, delicious, fresh ingredients, in a lovely setting by the river, with excellent service. The restaurant is small, and the interior decor is not as impressive as the natural setting, but it was a fine experience overall.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi Hanito, Thank you for providing us with some feedback and sharing your experience. We strive for a 5 star experience every time and would love to know how we can get there on your next visit. Was it just the décor? It sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed your experience. Thanks for the review. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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LP
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The halibut and olive fish dish and beet appetizers were delicious. I asked for bread and butter and instead was brought a basket of greasy grilled bread. Then I discovered an unexpected charge on my bill for this icky bread.

No free dessert for birthday celebration is given.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi LoriP, Thank you for dining with us at King Tide. We appreciate your business and willingness to provide us with some feedback. We will use your feedback as a training opportunity. It sounds like a one off situation during your visit as it is a standard here to provide a complimentary dessert for your birthday. Unfortunately we don't offer bread and butter but instead grilled bread with a dash of olive oil. I would encourage you to give us another try. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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MM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Service was very slow with long wait between salads and entry even though they were not busy. Heirloom tomato salad was terrific. Special request on entry was forgotten. Fish seemed over cooked as it was dry. The waitstaff seemed to be covering dining room, patio, and bar (which is on the other side of the building) so they often disappeared.

We had an enjoyable visit to the bar after dinner where the bartender was knowledgeable about after dinner drinks.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi MidtownMom, Thank you for sharing your experience. I know we can do a better job. It sounds like it was an off day. We will use your feedback as a training opportunity to better improve for your next visit. We look forward to your return. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and quiet enough to have a conversation.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 19, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for dining with us at King Tide. We appreciate your business and willingness to provide us with some feedback. Your 5 star review is what we strive for, so we are thrilled to hear we hit your experience out of the park. We look forward to your return. See you soon. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I was staying at the Kimpton RiverPlace for one night. The King Tide is located inside the hotel. I ended up having two meals here due to my quick turnaround. The first night I had the burger and fries. It was really bland and not at all worth $16. While cooked to medium-rare, it was bone dry. It was topped with a soft cheese that was also quite dry. The saving grace was the side of ketchup it was served with. The fries were okay but nothing to get again. I brushed it off as a late night & that they were probably trying to close.

The next day I stopped back in for lunch before heading to my train. I had oysters, lobster rolls with squid ink brioche, espresso cheesecake and two Maker's Made cocktails.

The oysters were fine. Not great. They were very briney and a little fishy. Not terrible but I didn't order more.

The lobster roll has a really interesting and dramatic presentation with the squid ink brioche. The buns are entirely, pitch black. Unfortunately they were toasted to a point that when I attempted to eat it like a sandwich, it fell apart like ash. It was everywhere... So I ate it with a fork and knife. It was fine. There was a good amount of lobster but it was missing the warm buttery flavor that most good lobster rolls have. I definitely wouldn't order it again. It did come with some home made picked carrots, peppers and cucumber that were interesting. I enjoyed those white a bit.

Lastly I had the espresso cheesecake. I wasn't planning to have desert but the very sweet waiter was tempting and the rest of the meal was so lackluster that I was hoping for a hail Mary. The cheesecake was hands down the best part of the meal. It was decadent. Amazing texture, good balance of sweet cheesecake and caramel with bitter espresso foam. I truly wish I had skipped the rest of the lunch and just ordered that and the cocktails.

The waiter was lovely and we had a few laughs. The patio was gorgeous and I enjoyed the quiet water view. Overall I'll give it 3.5/5.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi There, Thank you for dining with us at King Tide. I appreciate your willingness to provide us with some feedback and information on how to elevate your next experience. It sounds like you had an off day experience as we get great reviews on our burger and fresh oysters. I can assure you that we can do a better job on your next visit and would encourage you to give us another chance. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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LL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my brother’s college graduation and had a marvelous time. From the service to location to food and beverage, it was spectacular and such a good experience. We will definitely remember this dinner for years to come and will return when we have the opportunity. Thank you again for a fantastic time that my siblings and I greatly enjoyed! 🤗

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 19, 2019

Dear LauriLoo, Thank you for choosing King Tide to celebrate your brother's graduation. We were so thrilled to hear you all thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and made some wonderful memories. We do our best to create that experience for all our guests to enjoy. Come back and see us again. We look forward to your return. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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EM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, uniuqe and nicely presented. The view into the marina is great. We loved everything brought to the table with exception of dessert. If you have not had their hamburger then you are missing one of Portland's best.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 19, 2019

Hi EvaM, Thank you for your recommendation and your amazing 5 star review. We love to hear this type of feedback especially being predominantly seafood focused. We appreciate your business and very much look forward to your return. See you soon. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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GO
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 19, 2019

Hi GlassOfPinot, Thank you for dining with us at King Tide and providing us with a glowing 5 star review. We appreciate your business and very much look forward to your return. Hope to see you soon. With hospitality, Chase U (GM)

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KA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor setting. Very knowledgeable and friendly waitstaff. Food was good, but nothing exceptional. The price point was really high, but it was a great view.

King Tide Fish & Shell
Responded on July 19, 2019

Hi KATL, Thank you for dining with us at King Tide. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with some feedback and I can assure you that our pricing is competitive to what you will in Portland at this caliber. We pride ourselves on our ability to mirror the great location in both our service style and most importantly our menu. I apologize that we missed the mark on your visit, but can assure you that we can do a better job. Hope to see you back soon. With hospitality, Chase (GM)

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