La Moule

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$31 to $50
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French American
A neighborhood, European-inspired bistro and cocktail bar.
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptionally good as was the food! Was visiting my daughter in the Portland area and this was her suggestion! I will definitely return! Just fabulous!

JC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Usually love La Moule, but sitting near the door was freezing cold and made the entire dinner less enjoyable. Also, our waitress didn't allow us to order starters before we ordered our main courses. It all had to be at the same time. That felt unnecessarily draconian and unaccommodating. Also, the muscles were way smaller than usual.

PQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best mussels I've had in my life, accompanied by killer cocktails and delicious appetizers. Could not have been more impressed.

A
Memphis
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cajun Benedict was possibly the best breakfast/brunch dish I’ve ever eaten. Great coffee, great cocktails. This place is a gem!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak frites was excellent! We will be coming back!

m
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food: generally too salty.

Noise level: unpleasant.

Though the service was good and the staff friendly, we will not be returning.

NF
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the mussels. The fries were good but a little to salty.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous meal!

PD
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They were having a bad night from a service point of view but the food was excellent

RT
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

THE FOOD IS ALL DELICIOUS. WE ORDERED THE PORK SHANK CONFIT AND THE STEAK FRITES. MY ONLY COMPLAINT IS THAT THE PORK SHANK TOOK 50 MINUTES TO ARRIVE AT THE TABLE ( THE MENU TELLS YOU IT TAKES 30 MINUTES) AND WHEN IT ARRIVED MY STEAK WAS ROOM TEMPERATURE, MEANING THAT IT HAD PROBABLY FINISHED COOKING 40 MINUTES BEFORE. OUR SERVER TOOK IT BACK AND RETURNED ABOUT 10 MINUTES LATER WITH A FRESHLY COOKED ONE. IT'S JUST A KITCHEN TIMING THING. BUT IT DISTRACTED FROM AN OTHERWISE VERY ENJOYABLE MEAL.
THE SERVERS ARE ALL VERY KNOWLEDGABLE AND EVERYTHING ELSE WAS VERY TIMELY. EXCELLENT WINES BY THE GLASS.

G
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This was a mixed experience. The hostess was very friendly and we arrived at our table with a nice glass of champagne courtesy of La Moule to toast our anniversary. A lovely touch! Nice selection of cocktails and preparations of mussels. We enjoyed the liver mousse and Gainsbourg martini to start. Our main dish, moules mariniere were agreeable but the fries were very oversalted and it was a big disappointment. I got the feeling that our server wasn't super friendly so I didn't return the fries to be redone, but I would have liked to. I asked for butter for my bread and did receive it but was told something to the effect that there's butter/cream in the broth, etc. It wasn't clear to me if that was a friendly suggestion to dip it in the sauce or an admonishment.

P
London
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, a nice place. Nice setting, although a bit dark. Good service. Good location. Tasty mussels, even on a Monday night. Enjoyed halibut but Steak a la Diane was over salted. Nice wine list.

HD
New England
53 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Belgian dishes (moules frites and steak frites) and cocktails in a relaxed, neigborhood space.

OT
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always. One of our Portland favorites. Always good food and outstanding service. Their mussels are cooked to perfection and their broths are to die for. Will continue to recommend and return.

AM
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Cute & cozy French-ish bistro in SE Portland. Fun ambiance, reasonably priced, good food!

l
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were very pleased with our visit. The service was excellent and the food was even better. We will return with friends.

T
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service. Excellent mussels! And since we like Vermentino wine, it was a pleasant discovery to learn that it is their House White.

CL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best bartender and delicious happy hour specials ever

BG
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and service. Laid back atmosphere with a quaint small bar where diners can eat as well as drink. Highly recommend steak frites.

A
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food and worth the price; the mussels are amazing.

P
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

A really tough call. I sent my wife and two friends. They adored the food." Superb"
They hated the noise, found it impossible to talk without literally yelling at each other.

They were going to order dessert and cocktails but decided they couldn't cope with the noise.
Apparently the walls are flat, reflective, and bounce noise back like crazy.
Have you never heard of absorbent/reflective wall/ceiling work? Art comes to mind. Cloth.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LaMoule never disappoints me. It is one of my very favorite restaurants in Portland. The food is to such a high level I am always blown away. I’ve never had mussels of this caliber. They are my go to place whenever anyone is visiting to show off the high end Portland cuisine.

w
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, super consistent with great service in a cool, trendy spot.

A
Memphis
24 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around fantastic

ER
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places to go for a casual date night - this evening we sat at the kitchen bar and got to have a great conversation with the owner of the restaurant. Food was amazing and we had fun conversation as well!

s
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mussels in town and steak frites were the bomb. top it off with lovely wine and it was a winner of an evening!

G
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! First time there. Food was outstanding!!!!! Mussels were the best we ever had!!!
Highly recommended!!!!

BP
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Unfortunately there was a misunderstanding and we were served all of our food at the same time.Felt very rushed!The situation was handled well and next time we will know to signify our wishes.

KB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, again. We tried several new menu items and were rewarded with new, outstanding flavors.
C'est tres bon!

P
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The mussels are where it's at at this place, without a doubt! Anything with a sauce was great and had really interesting complex flavor profiles. That summer squash and crab salad - wow! The dishes without sauce were good, but not amazing like the ones with sauce. They could use a little bit better service - we waited a long time to get a drink refill. They could also use some help with the decor; not sure what all the noirish movie posters are about, and a bunch of decor looks like they ran out of energy to put thought into it, so it's a hodge podge of items from a thrift store or someone's basement that have nothing to do with the theme of the restaurant.

A
Memphis
24 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine, beer and spirit selection (who else offers traditional absinthe service with 4 to choose from?)
The menu is short, but delicious and very well executed. Fantastic and unique flavor combinations. We had the bread, oysters, the squash and crab, the halibut, the basil spaetzle, and a side of lingerie beans, as well as the lime tart. Every single dish was spot on. Cannot wait to turn some friends on to this gem. Thanks for the great experience!!!

JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed Sunday brunch here yesterday. Food was great. Very creative and tasty. I think we got there at the beginning of a rush so our service was slow. Our server was wonderful but they clearly were understaffed to handle the rush. We didn’t get a drink until after we had been there 30 minutes. And after that we didn’t expect our food to come out any quicker which it didn’t. Thankfully our server handled it with grace and patience and we ended up having a good experience in the end.

D
Portland
146 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

LaMoule is a fun spot. Love the whimsical decor. Service is very good. The mussels are lovely - fresh and sweet. We opted for the classic meunière style. Herbaceous, garlicky. Lots of broth, so you will undoubtably need more bread. Salads and sides are interesting and tasty. Some mains sounded fabulous but we were there for the mussels. Next time we will branch out. They have a nice Belgian beer and wine by the glass selection. Cocktails are solid. A nice place for a date!

OT
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a great experience! Food was wonderful, we had the mussels, steak frites, corn and butter lettuce salad. Drinks were average, service was very good. We will be back!

KC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Two people in our group had lived in Belgium—one person for two years, the other for four. That’s a pretty high bar when it comes to ordering mussels in the US, but we all did, and everyone thought they were fantastic—as good as you can find anywhere. The only negative to the evening, and it was slight, was the “energetic” noise level. It was sometimes hard to hear each other across the table.

JD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and great service. The restaurant was hot though. They could use an A/C on these hot summer days.

P
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a very nice Sunday brunch. The food was flavorful and quite inventive.

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

La Moule’s happy hour deals are amazing. The liege waffle for desert is the best waffle I have had outside of Belgium.

CM
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, both the mussels and Steak & Frites

AA
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service was great! We're planning on eating here again!

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