Saucebox

4.3
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$30 and under
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Asian
Established in 1995, Saucebox has maintained its reputation in the city as the place for the finest Pan-Asian and Pacific Island cuisine. The menu pulls from a wealth of bold and authentic flavors. Fruit infusions, exotic elixirs and our notable liquor laboratory are also specialties of the house.
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Plan a stress-free and still decadent Thanksgiving Feast, and let us do the cooking. Our special menu offers traditional Thanksgiving fare, and healthy lighter options, and many other crave-able dishes that will satisfy even the hungriest members of your group

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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Enjoy our Christmas eve pre-fixed menu. Menus available on our websiters. Reservations heavily encouraged.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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What 759 People Are Saying
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Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable, hip. Particularly awesome food. Friendly service. Next time in Portland I’m there again!

JW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this space! Very New York City. Enjoyed their lengthy drinks list and some bites from their happy hour menu. Honestly some great deals here. Nothing over 9 bucks and a heck of a lot of food. Definitely will be back, too cold or I would have sat outside! What a scene out there :)

AL
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great night with the Saucebox drink list. This time around, we did not have time to eat (were off to Miss Saigon up the street) but the ambiance and bar were enough. Loving the Zombie COcktail and their use of passionfruit! Hard to find in this town. Thanks!

GP
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Asian food done creatively, nice white tablecloth environment for my sister's birthday (12 of us), and things came out fast! Each app was fairly creative, with a little something for everyone. Was not familiar with the "Pan Asian" title but it became apparent after perusing the lists a bit. Into thai? They have pads. Into vietnamese? Sweet potato spring roll. Not sure where you want to "travel" to? Hit the sampler platter. Drinks are a mix of tiki and shmancy martini bar. Not a lot of drafts but they have Asahi, which is the perfect beer.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

I had a reservation for 2 at 8pm. I was greeted by a kind hostess and seated upstairs. The restaurant was busy and the server politely explained this to me. She was clearly working hard. By 830 however, when my order still hadn’t been taken (food or beverage), I decided to leave.

KT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We had to wait 15 min and then our food took way over an hour to come to the table. Our waitress was great and very attentive and kept us full of water and chips. But, it was ridiculous how long it took to get 1 of the sushi rolls.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The atmosphere was nice. The waiter uppity. The food was good, but not as good as a food cart for a lot more money. Portions were small, so a lot of plates would need to be bought to share. If atmosphere is high on your importance list, then go. There’s better pan Asian food experiences in Portland for the price point.

L
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love saucebox for delicious food and cocktails and good ambience for date night.

G
Orange County
124 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We felt very shunned by our server. The food was mediocre at best. We will not be back.

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing, we had such a wonderful time here and will be back again! Also Chi (I hope I spelled that correctly.) was excellent! She recommended a great drink and provided perfect, personable service! All around great time!

S
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night, we ordered Dim Sum and small plates. Waiter was very helpful with helping us choose food. Everything was delicious. Brussels spouts and the spicy pork dim sum are a must.

GB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service
Nice setting
Sadly too loud which will have to consider should we return

Saucebox
Responded on October 27, 2019

Hello GlynB, Thank you for the nice review. Did you dine in the dining room? It is typically quiet in there. The bar side is music forward for sure. We can turn it down in the dining room if you'd like to visit again. We hope to see you again.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Chi was our waitress and was great! We really enjoyed our food and drinks!

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yum! And greet service.

TF
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Birthday party went well! Will be back soon :) Really loved the upstairs, looking over the whole space. The server Jenny was super nice! THank you to their manager Mike for putting up with our crazy people! ;)

RS
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great night in the dining room with family. You look at this place and think it's clubby but their fine dining side is very good for a quieter night, older family members, and kids. We all had a great time and the food was awesome! Especially the tapioca dumplings :)

TE
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Sexy space and great ambiance! Sat at the bar with the hubby and had a nice time. Enjoyed their Pupu Platter and Karra age. Big drinks and we had a good time with those. Felt like being in New York or something.

SO
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

I LOVE SAUCEBOX!!! Saucebox has always been the "spot" downtown. Good Asian food, sushi, and tiki drinks. We entered at a busy time but the manager sat us quickly, we ordered quite a few items which all tasted great. Bao buns with Crab, vegetable udon, and ribs. Ribs were fall off the BONE and the veggie Udon was the perfect spice. We sat on the patio but it started to rain, so they found us space inside. Nice of them!

JM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The location was hard to get to. The dumpling were good but the chicken karage wasn’t good at all.

Saucebox
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hi JayM! Thank you for the 4star review! Were you visiting Portland? Portland is full of one way streets. Although we are on the main street going through downtown, Broadway, getting onto the one way can be confusing, especially if you are coming from the other main Street, Burnside. The city is full of these one-ways. GPS can be very helpful. I will talk to the kitchen about the Karrage. It is very popular, like little nuggets of fried chicken. Puzzling. Maybe the seasoning was off. Thank you!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bachelorette party dinner

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P
Louisville
30 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal , great service and we did ask a lot of questions! All good recommendations and very good cocktails. Highly recommend

AL
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, great music! Love the cocktails! Had the udon and some sushi and everything tasted very good. What happened to the projector?? My favorite memories are the great japanese movies they would play on the ceiling!

GP
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

We stopped here on a busy Saturday night and sat at the bar. The drinks were very good and we also ordered the Pupu Platter, which was a nice little taste of everything. If we had more time, we would have stuck around a lot longer but needed to catch a show. Thank you Saucebox!

RS
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Saucebox has been a staple for me for a long time, I love the innovative cocktails, the not-so-traditional food and the creativity that goes into the space. Everything about our last experience was good!

CB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I felt like the quality of the food nor the quantity warranted such a high price. I also felt that our drinks were weak. Lastly our food came out very slowly.

Saucebox
Responded on August 24, 2019

Hi CoryB, Thank you for the review. We regret you did not enjoy your night. The quality of our ingredients are sound. We use great vendors such as Pacific Seafood and DoubleRRanch. We prep our food daily and it may be there was some variation there. I will discuss with the chef. As far as "drinks were weak" I can assure you that was and is not the case. You get what you pay for and it is priced appropriately so that you do. Depending on the drink, 1.5-2 ounces of alcohol are in each. Thank you.

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l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Fried Rice was good...sushi not so much.

Saucebox
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for your review. We have a new sushi chef! You dined with us prior to his arrival. We apologize for the hiccup in quality. Please visit us again. :)

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D
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Made a reservation for a business dinner. Our waiter was fantastic - he was personable, funny, and helpful. However, the hostess who sat us was just plain rude. When we walked in, she simply pointed at place for us to wait and told us she'd be back. We had a friend who was already at the bar, but when we walked in that direction, she corrected us abruptly and pointed us back to where she'd initially indicated. Then she sat us at a table that had two chairs and one bench, and I asked if we could have a table that had four chairs (we had two people in our party who have back issues and I wasn't sure about the others but wanted to be safe. She told me she was sorry, but that the entire restaurant was booked. It was practically empty. I must have looked at her questioningly because she spat, "I know it doesn't look like it, but it is." I don't remember a specific table being associated with my reservation, so I'm not sure how that one became assigned to my party. Food was good, but somewhat sparse for the prices. Drink list is great - really creative. Bummer that we had such a disappointing start to our evening.

Saucebox
Responded on August 12, 2019

HI Dana! We are so sorry you had this experience. I will look into the issues you've relayed (as well as the off-putting door person) and correct them. We hope you will give us another try. Thank you.

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D
Portland
63 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Reservations on a Sunday evening are certainly not needed as we were the ONLY customers in the dining room. Some of the dishes were very good, and others were disappointing like the kung pao shrimp was too sweet. Drinks are good. The rolls were good as well as the buns.

Saucebox
Responded on August 12, 2019

Hello, Thank you for the feedback. We will revisit the Kung Pao shrimp dish. We hope to gain another star at your next visit. Have a great week!

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RM
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A long list of Happy Hour options and a great cocktail menu. I made a reservation at their opening time so it was pretty quiet for the first 30 minutes. As I left the restaurant started to fill up and the crowd was all over the place ( mix of older and younger, families and co-worker groups). All in all tasty pan asian food and fun cocktails at a competitive price point.

GF
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saucebox is known for their bar food and cocktails, but don't forget to have a meal in the dining room. The food is very very good, and it's also a very good value. The sushi is lovely.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Would have been higher, if not for a hair in the curry dish.

Saucebox
Responded on July 21, 2019

Anonymous, Thank you for the 4 stars and your grace. I hope the staff handled that well for you. That is definitely not appetizing. I will ask about this. Someone needed to wear their hair up or wear a hair net! It can happen even with the best of practices and fortunately this happens rarely at Saucebox. We hope to see you again and thank you for being understanding.

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waiter was fantastic, food was wonderful...from drinks to appetizers to entrees. My husband and I are in Portland visiting our kids so we wanted to have a special dinner....and it definitely was😊

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Waitress was nice, but kept getting our orders wrong. Our cocktails tasted quite watered-down, which is not something that I’ve ever run across before. Kids’ virgin cocktails were worse, so poorly balanced that the drinks were super sour.

The food quality was mixed, ranging from unmemorable to inedible. Music was also a bit on the loud side. This place is a pass.

Saucebox
Responded on June 30, 2019

Dear Anonymous, We apologize you did not have a good time with us. We will look into your critique and address all to hopefully see you again for an improved experience. We do not "water down" our drinks and although the kitchen could have been having an off night, the majority of our feedback on drinks, food and service match our overall rating of over 4 stars and higher. We regret we did not deliver that to you on your last visit. We will live up to our overall rating upon your next visit.

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B
Portland
53 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Noisy in the bar, but quiet in the restaurant. Had great waiter. Loved what we ordered, sushi and Korean ribs with rice and vegetable. Pleasant atmosphere. Will go again.

Saucebox
Responded on June 30, 2019

Bonnie, Thank you for your feedback! We are happy to have been able to offer you a little bit of both in the atmosphere department. We hope to have you back again soon! -BCR

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the pork udon and bao. Cocktails were great (I had poolside with David hasselhoff). Serving portions were pretty generous for “small plates.”

GP
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tim our Korean waiter was great, food was ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggGgggggggggggreat

OT
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great food. Awesome service. All the servers look like models and they are amazing and helpful. The food was delicious and prepared well.

The noise level was extreme through no fault of the restaurant. I believe the bridal shower party next to us was out of control. The shrill blast of spew from the bimbos inhabiting half of the upstairs put a damper on any conversation. Perhaps a party room for these types of groups would be something to consider.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Corey is One of the best bartenders in Portland! But when he left the service was terrible.

PD
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We've dined at Saucebox maybe 6 times in the last five years. The food is always inventive, tasty and elegantly presented (and the drink menu is amazing!) and we're fortunate to always have the same waiter, Tim, in the dining room. He's professional, customer-focused and always charming. Last night, however, we had our first bad experience there. We ordered drinks, a sushi roll and 3 small plates, intending to order entrees later. It took almost 90 minutes to receive those four dishes - each arrived slowly, with a very long gap in between. And the last thing to be delivered was an order of salad rolls - they don't even require cooking. Tim was very apologetic and explained that there were only 4 people working in the kitchen! It was a Saturday night on a holiday weekend! So much of the menu is hand prepared (like sushi rolls) that I'd think you'd need 4 just for that task. We opted not to order entrees because of such a delay and came home and ate. :-( Tim compted half our check, which was kind of him and I feel bad for the wait staff who had to explain to all the customers why food was so painfully slow in delivery.
I really hope the management addresses this situation, or that it was just a fluke. We like this restaurant and it has been very successful for many years. I'd recommend it with an asterisk, and maybe you should ask how many cooks are working before you make a reservation!

GP
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tim is a PRO. Great meal. Thanks very much. G&G

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