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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, elixirs and our notable "liquor laboratory" are also specialties of the house.
Portland, OR 97205
Asian, Sushi, Pan-Asian
Hours of Operation:
Open Five nights a week. Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Friday: 4:30pm - 2:00am; Saturday: 5:00pm - 2am; Closed Sunday and Monday, except for large group private events.
Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Tuesday through Friday, Saturday 5:00 to 6:00 pm (open at 5:00 on Saturdays)
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live DJ's Nightly. Please visit http://www.saucebox.com/dj.html for all current residents and nights.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Event Coordinator: Alice Wagner-Stout
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For almost twenty years, Saucebox has continued to stimulate all senses with bright flavorful food, delicious cocktails, glamourous dining rooms, groovy sounds from the deejay and an energizing mix of customers and staff. It is an ideal location for personal celebrations and business dinners alike!
Saucebox Ratings and Reviews
A very limited, 3 course, prefix menu was offered for Valentine’s Day. The starters and main courses were overcooked (not great for the tuna main course) and unremarkable (not much flavor). We ordered decaf coffee with desert which never arrived; afterwards were told they didn’t have any. We were offered complimentary Bubbles that showed up on the final bill; it took three tries at the computer to get it off the bill. Although the tables were only half occupied they appeared to be under staffed. The experience didn’t align with the $223 bill (20% gratuity was automatically added although the service wasn’t in alignment; we almost always tip at 20% but would not have that evening). With so many amazing choices in Portland for dinner we were surprised as Saucebox’s reputation far exceeds the evening we had experienced.
While the bar side of this restaurant is dark and noisy, the restaurant side is beautiful and much quieter. Tables have white table cloths, there are big windows and both the asian-influenced food and the service as excellent. Love that I was able to make a rezzie as we had a show to catch. I let the server know and he was very respectful of our timeline. Recommend and would go again!
I made reservations and was called the night before to confirm and give my cc #. The Man on the phone assured me I would have a table for 8 upstairs. When we got there the table was for 2 upstairs then they moved us downstairs to the bar area where we were told we needed to be finished by 10 pm so they could open the dance floor. My reservations were at 830 pm.
I was upset and the manager was clueless about it all.
Really disappointed with the New Year's Eve service. We made our OpenTable reservation earlier in the week then was called the day before our reservation to get our credit card number because they don't want to bear ANY risk that WE don't arrive for the New Year's Service (at 8:15!!). When we arrived on time, they stuck us in the overflow upstairs area then told us that we only have a limited time because the DJ will be setting up in an hour or so on the table next to us. (How does that impact us?). The opentable reservation did not state there was a $70 prix fixe menu for NYE and we were surprised at the very limited selection within the prix fixe menu provided. (Vegan/salmon/steak). The (unalterable) tofu appetizer was ignored by 2 of the 4 of my party. (I thought it was delicious but some ppl won't try tofu and it shouldn't be the ONLY appetizer option in a PRIX FIXE!). The dishes were all beautifully adorned, but we couldn't see them in the badly lit overflow upstairs seating. The cocktails were lovely but I would not have gone with ice filled highball glasses in $12 exotic juice cocktails on new year's, it watered down the celebration in many ways, look, feel and taste. The red bean paste dessert was okay but a bit oily for my taste (3 oily donut-y things were 2 too many), and the dessert should have had a trio of tastes, not a single item x3. As a prix fixe, saucebox needs work. The waitstaff was nice but pushy, we were told twice that "the DJ is setting up now". We were NOT in his way and the reservation did not dictate we leave before we finished eating after paying our $400+ bill for 4 people (yes, they included the tip in the bill for us). If you are going to offer a "nice" dinner, don't dump us with the drinks-only crowd then crowd us out. TRASHY.
Had a horrible experience. I wish I could get my money back since it was a $400 meal. Made reservations NYE and it started out by the waiter telling us that we only have an hour and a half to eat until she had to tell us to go. Then as we were wrapping up and JUST finished dessert, she told us we needed to leave in 10 minutes, mind you, there were 7 open tables upstairs And plenty more downstairs. It was such a disappointment.
Not one of the cheaper options in Portland, but definitely worth the splurge on a special occasion. Sampled both the dinner and late-night menus- red lantern roll and pork belly shumai off dinner menu were delicious, and the pork noodles off late-night menu were to die for. Great cocktail selection. Our server was friendly, helpful, overall amazing. Great ambience for a fun date night! Will definitely be going back next time we find ourselves downtown with extra money to spend.
Sauce box was a big disappointment. We started off with oxtail chow fun, fantastic! As were the house made mango sodas.!I wish I could say the same for the rest. Pork shu mai was passable as were the potstickers, but the dipping sauce for the potstickers was funky and did not compliment them. The spider roll was below average, jasmine rice was WAY over cooked and the kimchi was boring and listless. Portland has many better choices for Asian and Asian inspired food. I would not suggest Saucebox to anyone.
I was quite pleased with the entire dining experience! Having grown up in the Northwest, I have enjoyed wild, fresh salmon for many years. The salmon preparation at Saucebox just might be the best I've ever had. The service was attentive and genuine. Excellent restaurant!
I was very disappointed with the service. The food was good but the staff was not very good. We had them bring our entrees all at different times. We had to wait for the other and food was cold. We also had three different servers bring us food that was not ours. I would never recommend sitting up stairs as you get ignore. sad to spend over $300 for this type of service.
Having dined at Saucebox numerous, over the years, tonight, we were disappointed. Despite making a reservation on Open Table, we were seated near the kitchen in an area the hostess described as "overflow for walk-ins." The dreary ambience reminded us of being seated at the "kids' table" during thanksgiving...with all the wonderful dining options in Portland, it's doubtful we'll return anytime soon.
My wife and I went there for our 37th wedding anniversary a couple of nights ago. To be honest, I thought it was going to be just another Asian restaurant, but to my surprise, it exceeded my expectations. We ordered the pupu platter and everything on it was fantastic. So much so that we decided we would order appetizers and small bites instead of entrees. We were not disappointed. We took our time and ordered as we went along. Cocktails were also well crafted and imaginative. All in all, a great experience.
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