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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J
Portland
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good wine, attentive service, inviting ambiance. Excellent value. What could be better?!

CT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I have a new favorite restaurant. I've visited twice; first with friends who had discovered it earlier, then as a special night out with family. It was almost perfect except for the high noise level, but that won't stop me from going back!

L
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

We arrived to our reservation at 9:30pm and ordered the cheese plates and two drinks. The cheese plate had about 3 tiny pieces of cheese and a small side of jam. It was extremely small for the price. I would definitely not recommend. The table next to use knew the chef and ordered the same item but received much more on their plate. We then ordered the mussels which were a very large portion on the plus side but we didn’t received them for an hour and a half. There were barely any customers so I am unsure what took so long but In the end it Was an $80 bill for 4 drinks, one appetizer and one dish. And it took almost 2 hours to received almost all our dishes.
On a good note, our waiter and servers were very polite and attentive. They were great.
I would not recommend this restaurant and do not plan to go back and that is just by my own experience.

LM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fun and tasty time with two moms and three adventurous-eating kids. Everything was delicious and service was prompt.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great cocktails

VC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was perfect. Quality of food superb- the only strangeness was that two senior citizens were making out for an hour at the bar behind us and it was distasteful while seated within 6 feet of them. Wish maybe the bartender cut them off as they were clearly drunk and needed to move along.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was fantastic and the service was great. My wife and I both had the mussels (of course) and they were far and away the best I have ever had. Mussels had a soft and silky texture with a killer broth. The little baguette that came with had a nice contrasting crunch and sopped up the juice well. They did manage to send us the wrong side (the bok choy instead of the sprouts) but they quickly remedied that and gave us the bok choy. No one is perfect but the made it right quickly and we were happy because the bok choy was just as good as the amazing burssles sprouts. I highly recommend.

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, not pretentious. Not a huge menu, great quality, delicious food, nice selection of wines by the glass. I ordered the muscles, and approximately 2 dozen of perfectly steamed muscles arrived in a bowl of broth of wine, butter and herbs. Each was the size of half-scoop of ice cream. Accompanied by a wedge of artisan-baked baguette. Likely the best muscles I’ve ever eaten. The waitstaff are all about hospitality and genuinely cared about my experience. Awesome!

JB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, sweet touches. The cheeses were legit, frites well seasoned, and overall a great experience!

s
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

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 on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous meal!

PD
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

RT
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

l
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bartender and delicious happy hour specials ever

BG
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

P
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
Memphis
24 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around fantastic

ER
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food4service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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