Rosswood

3.6
134 reviews
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Rosswood is casual yet sophisticated, relaxed and refined, with breath-taking views of the Willamette River, just minutes from downtown. Our bustling bar serves an innovative selection of craft cocktails and local brews. The restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows and seasonal outdoor dining, features a menu of locally-inspired, New American cuisine and an extensive Pacific Coast-focused wine program. A most memorable experience!

Complimentary valet parking. Free Wi-fi.

NOTE: When using GPS, enter address 4650 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, Oregon 97239.

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Daily 12:00PM - 1:00PM 7:30PM - 8:30PM

What 134 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.9
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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Slow service excellent food and ambiance.

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

It was a weird experience. The staff were lovely but seemed surprised that they had costumers. Once I ate the food I understood why. The food is bland. Great for an older crowd, not a hip place at all. Parking is confusing.

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HL
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The view of the river, the lighting, the interior, and the location of the the restaurant was perfect. The service was also great-very kind and attentive. The food, however, wasn't that good. I and three of my colleagues had the grilled cheese wtih roasted cauliflower soup. The grilled cheese was nothing special and pretty small. The soup was very bland and at first came out luke warm so we had to send it back, but both times, it was bland. One of my coworkers got the eggs benedict and raved about it so next time, I will order that. The desert, bread pudding, was very good, and the cocktails, peach bellinis, were also good. I will give Rosswood another chance but hope the soup and grilled cheese can be improved. Also, adding more interesting vegetarian options would be ideal.

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D
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. It's located at a beautiful setting on the river in Portland. Right outside the restaurant is the bike/walk path which is perfect for before or after dinner walks. The food is always excellent, and it's a relaxed atmosphere.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was ok. It was a vey limited price fix menu which I didnt expect. Food quality was very uneven. My steak was amazing, but the sauce just so so. The seafood alfredo which my husband ordered was terrible, he sent it back. They didnt even have fettuccine, just spaghetti with this ugly looking brown sauce. He just shared my steak, which was big enough for the two of us. We had a lovely waitress, who was working way too hard. I think they were understaffed. I would not go back there again.

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

A bit pricey on Valentine day. A flat fee of $55 per person and only two choices of each course. Food was nice though. Still a positive experience overall.

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S
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Valentines Day, service was good, but towards the main course the restaurant got filled up and the service slowed way down... dinner for two took over two hours. Food was well prepared and the location and valet parking was terrific.

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e
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Rosswood for the first time on Valentine's day and we we're very happy we did. The prefix menu was delicious and plentiful. The service was pleasant and attentive. The ambiance was clean, modern, and warm. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant!

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really nice business lunch with clients where the views, service and meal were all excellent.

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F
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food is so so, upscale greasy, but the service was terrific and it was quiet so we could talk. We watched river traffic and people walking along it. I think this would be a nice place to come for a drink. Parking is valet only. Nice atmosphere inside but food could use a soup and salad option.

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R
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation at 8pm on a Friday. It was very quiet in the restaurant and it took a minute for our host to notice us.
The waitress was excellent. Not once did we have to ask for a refill. Food was quickly served and tasty.
They do have a very limited menu but they weren’t out of anything (like in some reviews). Check the menu before going here so you won’t be disappointed.

My overall experience is positive. The location by the water is amazing and we’ll try this again in the summer (the only reason why we won’t go back sooner is that there are soo many great restaurants to try in the Portland area).

The only “negative” would be the valet experience. Upon arriving it wasn’t clear where the valet is or where to go. At one point, a guy in unmarked clothing and hoodie on approached my car, making my wife a little nervous. Only after receiving the valet ticket, she felt a little better. Same problem when leaving the restaurant, it’s not clear where the valet is. After a few minutes, someone came out of the hotel and got our car. It just felt weird and uncomfortable.

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DY
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

I met old friends at the Rosswood for our annual holiday lunch a few days before Christmas. We had been to the same site in prior years when it was attached to the Avalon Hotel and decided to keep the tradition since it is a lovely spot on the Willamette and, although not stellar, had always been good. We were terribly disappointed. The food was third rate at best and yet expensive. A grilled cheese sandwich was made with cheap white bread and American cheese and not even grilled (maybe made with toast and then microwaved?), accompanied by a squash soup that was gelatinous and flavorless. A turkey sandwich and fries was okay but at about the level you'd expect from a high volume chain restaurant. The menu was limited and uninspired. It's too bad, because it has such a lovely view of the river and could be a good location for festive events. We won't be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect
Everything was excellent

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OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

It’s such a shame that one of the few water front restaurants can’t figure it out. Literally we went for the Chrismas ship venue and they had open window tables. Seriously! Spaghetti factory sells out months in advance!! The menu is so so so limited. And so very boring. My husband said his $2 Trader Joe’s spaghetti was better than the pasta he had. We asked for bread and the server said “we dont have any bread today” How can you not have bread?!?! Really?!! And it was the skimpiest menu I’ve ever seen. On top of it all service was so so. And you can imagine how the food tasted after all this. Too bad! This place should be amazing.

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Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

this was my visit fourth time there . the other two times (once for brunch, once for dinner, twice for lunch. this time was dramatically different. the food was very disappointing. I got a burger which i have gotten there before. this one resembled a burger at mc donalds in size and it was tasteless. I got a small cup of mediocre soup and was charged $6, way over priced for that amount. very disappointed. is there a new chef there. the last time i was there was in the summer

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U
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Sadly, this was one of the worst dinners out in years. Too bad, because the setting is beautiful, right on the river. We had reservations for four, timed to see the Christmas Ships. That was the only positive-the view was awesome.
They seemed totally unprepared for any customers, much less the amount you could reasonably expect on a scheduled Christmas Ships night.
We waited 15 minutes to be seated (even though the restaurant was half full). Out of only four (yes, four-that is NOT a typo), entree selections, they were out of the steak, the only item that appealed to our table. But they were also out of bread-bread! At 7:00. We decided to make the best of it and order a nice wine. You guessed it-they were out of that bottle!
There were two selections for dessert, because they were out of the other one.
Our waiter managed to remain gracious throughout delivering the news of item after item being out. We felt bad for him, as he clearly felt embarrassed. In fact, without any request on our part, he removed our dessert charges as a gesture of apology. He was very professional, and hopefully will get a job at a better place.

Hoping they get their act together, as the location is awesome and views are off the charts. But for now, avoid!!

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CB
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great but service was slow. We went to Rosswood for dinner and to see the Christmas Ships. They need more servers on a busy night.

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SH
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Based on the price and quality of the food, I'd be shocked if this restaurant was still open a year from now.

The Pros:
- The Billionaire Cocktail was excellent. Absinthe Bitters were a unique ingredient I haven't found at other Portland restaurants/bars.
- Free valet parking
- Attentive, but not intrusive server
- The ambiance is upscale, modern and sleek.

The Cons:
- Smoked fish appetizer was the soggiest smoked item I've ever tasted. So much moisture left in the fish made it incredibly bland.
- Lamb Osso Bucco was meager, there was more bone than meat in the dish. The flavor was good, but an entree shouldn't be 4/5ths side and 1/5th protein.
- Bread pudding was an "alternative take" on the dish, with no warning this would be the case. It was basically cake with a side of whipped cream.

I wanted to treat my GF to a nice dinner to celebrate her graduation from nursing school and was just sorely disappointed. Trust me, there are way better options in this city for a special occasion.

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We were excited to try Rosswood and loved the table where we were seated. We ordered cocktails appetizers and shared a dessert. All were delicious and well prepared. Sadly we had zero attention from the staff. It was hard to get an order placed and our whole experience took 2.5 hours despite our simple order. We like to relax and we might have but before we were the last table in the dining room they turned the heat off. It was 41 degrees outside! We were freezing waiting for dessert then waiting for the check then waiting to close out and leave. I've never had an establishment do anything like that before. It was bizarre and very cold. I would be interested in trying Rosswood again for the food and drinks were good but if the service remains this terrible I don't think the restaurant will last much longer.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We made reservations two and one half weeks ago. We were guaranteed window seats in order to see the Christmas ships. We were seated on the wall away from the window. We got up and stood by the window to watch all the ships go by. Once it was over, the waiter then told us that the empty table by the window was indeed ours. After the ships had sailed by.

We ordered a butternut squash dish. One came with an abundance of hazelnuts, the other did not. We showed the waiter the difference and asked if he could simply bring more hazelnuts. He brought more of the gravy that contained only two hazelnuts.

We asked for complimentary bread. Nothing arrived. People seated after us got bread. We asked again for complimentary bread. He said he was waiting for more to be baked. Long story short, he brought us a plate of bread 'ends'; said he couldn't imagine why we would want such a thing and that they were kind of dry, but if we wanted bread, here it is.

By now we are simply laughing in shear disbelief. When he brought us all our our separate tabs, in the nifty tin boxes, he told us he only had one pen for us to use. We are now hysterically laughing.

The good news. Multnomah has a van on plastic straws. When asked if we could have a straw with our sift drinks, he said no. Apparently this restaurant will not use paper straws. He did manage to find us a plastic straws!

Some of my tablemates ate at this restaurant when it was under different Management and claim it's never been all that great. We will never return.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

We thought it would be a fun restaurant to check out since it’s close to our house. It was pretty empty and the atmosphere wasn’t as cozy as I hoped. For all the rain Portland has, looking out the window at the cold and wet with hard floors and hard tables and chairs, it wasn’t cozy (which is what I hoped for). The waitress was awesome and the food was good, but she said at the end “you can put on your room or pay with a credit card” when we actually lived close. I don’t think they see many people for brunch that aren’t staying at the hotel.

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BR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited for Thanksgiving buffet dinner. Great service and fabulous food!

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LM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My opinion is based on the Thanksgiving buffet, 2018. I will revise my review after going there on a regular night.
Thx!

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

Even though it was Buffet style, the food was delicious. Defintiley as to be expected from Rosswood. Always top notch!

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

First visit to Rosswood and it was for Thanksgiving buffet. Reservations were well managed so there was no feeling of being crowded. Quiet, clean, bright and modern. Very nice selection of traditional Thanksgiving and more. Looking forward to a return visit.

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

We had a great time at the Thanksgiving brunch. Hoping to come back next fall!!!!

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

Everything was amazing, in today’s market it is often difficult to find a combination of great service as well as food. Rosswood pulls it off perfectly. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone.

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h
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service, average food. Pricey for the flavor, but our waiter made up for the uninspiring dinner.

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RL
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent cocktail and flank steak special. Open & light with views of the Willamette River. Next to the bike/walking path. A bit pricey for lunch, but they take the dining Passport, which makes the price very reasonable.

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MC
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This restaurant has been recently remodeled, it was always lovely and elegant, now more so.The view cannot be improved upon. I lespecially like this restaurant because it is a quiet with soothing background music.
The menu is classic American, good salads, interesting brunch dishes, satisfying portions. The food is not groundbreaking, just well done. Not a trendy place, but very comfortable.

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m
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent ... was especially appreciative of the taste, texture and portion size of the grilled octopus. Will come back for that alone.

Service was superb.

All in all a very enjoyable experience. We will definitely be back.

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F
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We found the food mostly off-balance. For example, a calamari dish was overly spicy with nothing to make the spice worth it. In addition, there was an wild carrot dish espousing five different kinds of carrots. Unfortunately, the blend was off-putting and heavy with liquid smoke. The salad was was about what you would expect from making it yourself. Service was attentive and prompt. Atmosphere was nice and the view of the river was great. It was a fun experiment, but we won't be back.

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LC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with outdoor dining on the river. Great views. Service was exceptional.

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PF
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Just wanted a nice dinner after work. Food was good and innovative menu, and our server was gracious, but it took from 7pm-9pm to have a starter and a main, no cocktails, no dessert. I get a two or even three or four hour fine dining experience where there are multiple courses and wine pairings, etc. But a weeknight supper after work taking two hours? It became almost painful as we waited, and waited - and the place was nearly empty. This location has not been able to really succeed in previous restaurant ventures and sadly (as the food was good) I cannot see this iteration making it over the long haul. Truly sorry as I wanted it to be a repeat, but so many other good spots in Portland make that unlikely for us.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really pleasant environment and delicious food. The valet parking was such a perk!

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S
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Limited but interesting menu. Good seafood preparations. Had martini’s but these were poorly prepared and served in small wine glasses. Serving staff is friendly but does not seem to know the basics.

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OT
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had breakfast with a friend for a send off to the East Coast. View and service were great.

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BW
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere is great, right on the river and the westside river walk right there. The service was good.
The food was only OK. The website shows lunch available on Sunday afternoons, but there was only brunch which was over priced and heavily dependent on salt to add flavor

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DM
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have a vegan eating granddaughter. We called to verify the vegan options on on-line menu. We were told there were NONE, BUT they would prepare a vegetable/potato dish for our granddaughter. Good start.
Free valet parking is very convenient.
We sat outside which is very pleasant & love views of the river.
Our granddaughter loved her dish.
We also brought our own vegan cheese cake to celebrate the other granddaughter's birthday.
They sliced, it served it with added fruit at no additional charge.
We also split several of our dishes & there was no additional charge.
Waitress, Francesca, was delightful but should she did miss an apetizer order & at the end she never returned for a coffee refill. I had to go inside to get our check.
We loved our experience overall & will return & recommend,

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, scenic restaurant with amazing food and service

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