Permanently Closed - Smallwares

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118 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
This restaurant is permanently closed. Smallwares has reopened in the Boise-Eliot neighborhood shopping district. The new location has floor to ceiling windows which provide plenty of natural light, an open kitchen with a chef’s counter, and an elegant patio.

Chef/owner Johanna Ware has a rotating menu with many global influences and an eclectic and unique flavor profile. Smallwares has a diverse wine list compiled of all organic and biodynamic choices, an exotic cocktail selection, and sake. Come in for a casual meal with your family or celebrate a special occasion with us.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest
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Hours of operation
Brunch Sat and Sun 10 am to 2 pm. Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(503) 206-6421
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Johanna Ware
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N Williams
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Parking details
There is plenty of parking off N Vancouver and N Williams.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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V
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Doesn't matter because we came on their last night in service, but the timing/service was sad. We got an omakase for 2 and it took us almost 3 hours. We waited between courses for over 20 minutes on average. The food was delicious. I had been to the old location many times and never had issues. I hyped this meal up to my wife and while the food was great, the timing really killed the mood. There was basically no acknowledgement as to how slow things were coming out. I like taking my time for a good meal, but this was a bit extreme.

NB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Loved the food and presentation, but service was achingly slow, and even though our server told us it would be as such due to being understaffed, it really impacted our experience.
The dinner was a three hour event, and we went to New Seasons afterwards to get a burrito because we were still hungry!
The worst part was waiting 30 minutes for our last plate which never came, and after that elapsed time, then the server came over to let us know it got lost in the shuffle.
Eeeek!
Best to all of you...

A
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightfully delicious! I am so sad they are closing on 9/28. The food takes my breath away... Do yourself a favor and eat here before they are gone!

RH
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Good bye Smallwares, I like your creativity and I wish you the best in your next adventure.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The location is very quaint. The atmosphere inviting. The food was good at times and overly salted in others. The service didn’t make up for inconsistency of food. The oysters were very good. The risotto was over salted and too heavy on the fish sauce. The tuna was good and redeemed dinner. They were out of ingredients and drinks which also didn’t help. If you want a local joint, this could be great. This isn’t the best that Portland has to offer.

SL
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was fine - although some dishes were overly spicy even when we asked for things that weren't. The menu lacks any kind of cohesion and I expect a few more options at a small plates restaurant. The strange part was how the dishes came out one at a time, so part of the group was without food at any given point.

It wasn't crowded, but we still had a hard time hearing each other. I can't imagine what it would be like with more people.

MB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love smallwares! The food is so flavorful and unique. They change the menu all the time based on seasonal products and we've never had any food item we didn't love. Good cocktails too!

M
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Even after eating at Smallware, I couldn't really describe the food. It was "small plates" but some descriptions include "Asian" but I really didn't get that. The food was fine; not great but fine.

V
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME Brunch!

Quite possibly the best bloody mary I've ever had. Just the drink itself - even without the garnish, but that quail egg garnish is amazing too.
The fried chicken BLT with the sichuan bacon is delicious! As is the steak and eggs! Everything was great.

JD
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It's just ok. The food is interesting ideas but not well executed. The burger was about 1/3 the size of the small bun and and no two bites had the same flavors --sloppy to not spread or properly portion the ingredients. The potato cake also could have been good but instead was dense and bland. The sangria, also very bland. Just not impressed at all. I do love the fried lemons in the shrimp popcorn but the shrimp is good but not great. Service was fine.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the tasting menu and wine list. Each dish was thoughtful and delicious.

e
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding fusion cuisine. Highly recommend Smallwares.

SK
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! Amazing food and drinks. Sooooo happy it’s back!!!

BR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Smallwares is always a delight. This is one of our favorite Portland restaurants, and we usually order the omakase chef’s tasting menu, so we can experience a variety of what's new and seasonal. During our latest visit, Chef Joanna threw some great off-menu surprises, and we could tell she was making an effort to give us dishes we hadn't had before. Love the personal service, and - as always - great food!

KP
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven't been to Smallwares, go... go now. We went twice in one weekend... brunch and dinner. Brunch was wonderful, with sweet and savory options that made everyone happy. Dinner was as good if not better. Tons of veg and meat focused options. Service was friendly and helpful, and proactive.

i
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

go here. the food is delicious, the environment is very relaxed, the drinks are strong and they have a nice patio area.
Also if you have a kid they will bring their food first.

AC
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a great and unique brunch!
Oysters, the wedge salad, pancakes that are not anything close to Aunt jemima, kimchi breakfast burrito and all spot on! Great, small cocktail menu and such friendly service.

g
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing meal at small wares ! Will always go back !!!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Be patient with the kitchen and you will be rewarded with great, creative food. Service was attentive and friendly.

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was perfect—complex without being fussy, flavors all in balance. Unique but intentional menu choices. I could have eaten 12 of the 6-minute eggs! They were amazing. The service was very friendly but a little slow, particularly the bar orders. The servers seemed slammed despite the restaurant being only half-full; maybe they were short-staffed. We’ll definitely be back!

OT
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing and unique food, flavors and drinks ala Asian fusion and comfort food. Pretty expensive for small portions. ie $24 for a small plate. Nice treat but prices higher than downtown.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 3

The shrimp egg yolk dish was so hot I got blisters in my throat and

P
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Accommodating for our pre-teen/teens and plenty of items to choose from for some dietary restrictions.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We came in for dinner on a Friday night. We enjoyed the ambiance and seating options, which made for a comfortable date. The cocktails were great and reasonably price. The service was excellent - friendly, fun, professional, and informative; we were having a somewhat sensitive conversation, and it seemed our server noticed and managed her visits accordingly - so thoughtful! The food was also good, but the quality didn’t always measure up to the price (especially the vegetarian options). All in all a great visit and we look forward to trying out some new menu items when the time comes. Thanks!

GF
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was stunning and delicious. Complex and unique flavor profiles across the board that elevate every dish is what they deliver. Joshua is such a kind person and very attentive and everything came out with excellent timing.

K
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good in unique & delightful. Portions are generous. Chef prepares exciting sauces that really compliment main ingredient. Will be back soon.

MD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. A place you must eat if you travel to Portland.

SK
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome! Had the omakase and it was 10 courses, including 2 desserts.

PD
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very impressed with Smallwares! Very interesting dishes on the menu, with unusual but tasty combinations of ingredients. Great restaurant to share dishes. Each selection was beautifully presented, and arrived in a way that let you savor each one. Service was very good -- helpful, but not weirdly obsequious or interrupting.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and cocktails! Friendly service. The cocktail took a while to come but it was worth the wait each time.

BB
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a special occasion, so we splurged and did the omakase. Every dish was so different, and the flavors were intense and outstanding. I was in love with the jasmine cream fruit dessert and the wine pairing. Can't get the tangy dressing on the tempura kale out of my mind. I wish I'd written down our full menu. Although they were small dishes, there were so many that we were quite full by the time dessert arrived. A very memorable evening with friendly and attentive service.

FD
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the whole dining experience. Our pre-fix meal was interesting & tasty. Service was good too.

d
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice reboot in the new space, and still good, with a fusion-y "inauthentic Asian" style.

TT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Was disappointed with the food at Smallwares. The flavors were commonplace. The Fried Kale - apparently a favorite of many - was a big bowl of semi-sogginess. There was too much salt in many of the preparations and nothing to elevate the cuisine.

PJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Quite unusual choices and tastes. We only tried a couple of items, but they were very inventive and delicious. The jerk cheeseburger was great. It was very empty for Sunday brunch, and hope that more people come and sample the goods.

a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

creative food and excellent service. I would recommend Smallwares

F
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Restaurant admitted understaffing, which was a surprising occurrence given it's Portland Dining Month and establishments should be operating well equipped. PDM courses were delicious, nonetheless, and I hope to come back soon to try a slew of other tasty menu items.

P
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and chefs menu was awesome!

M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!! Great vibes! Loved it! The food was so creative but blended well together. We went in valentine’s day when they had a set menu and it was outstanding!

CR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful experience. Came for date night and had the chef’s tasting menu. Everything was delicious, with excellent, attentive service to boot. Thank you.

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