The Parish is a contemporary American seafood restaurant with a specialty in Southern cuisine. The Parish is, unsurprisingly, located inside an old church. This is how The Parish came to be named, and is one of the reasons it has been so successful.
The Parish's menu primarily consists of Cajun and Creole cooking. The first section of the menu is full of nothing but po'boys and includes a catfish, shrimp and oysters. Other menu sections include soup, salad, sides and mains. Main courses here are the delicious chicken & andouille jambalaya, shrimp & oyster gumbo, shrimp etouffe and the New Orleans classic Hoppin' John made with black eyed peas, white cheddar, tomato, red onion and chives.
Made reservations specifically requesting a quieter table as my parents are hard of hearing. There was a band that day which is fine, but they were going to seat us next to the band. Didn't they read the seating request? Waiter took his time to come to the table even though the restaurant was not particularly crowded. Water and coffee was refilled only once. Empty plates sat on the table with wait staff walking by several times before picking up. Food took so long to arrive that we forgot what we ordered. We'd been to The Parish before and had to wait for our food but enjoyed our bottles of wine and decided that maybe it was a bad night. Second time around proved that this restaurant service has lots of room for improvement.
Great they took reservations and even with the busy day we never felt neglected by the server. Food was amazing!
I enjoyed a birthday celebration at the Parish. Great atmosphere, good food & drink. We sere all pleasantly surprised to find a "new" Southern Louisiana hot spot to v ome back to.
We came for Easter and had the biscuit plate, several orders of eggs & grits and the eggs sardou. Sardou is a great combination of spinach, artichokes and poached eggs . . . very tasty. As usual, the cocktails and the live music set the mood. We finished with an order of delicious beignets.
This was our first time at The Parish, but it will not be our last!
Based on the recommendation of our waitperson my sister and I started with oysters. I had a dozen raw - four different kinds chosen by our waitperson based on what I like; she did great. My sister loved her three Bienville-mushroom ones. For our entreés my sister had the fried chicken dinner - she said it was the best she has ever had, but should not have had a starter - and I had Crawfish Ravioli - the raviolis were sublime and melted in my mouth; the sauce was delicious and went beautifully with the raviolis. For dessert we shared the burnt cream, which was a perfect ending, as it was creamy with a sweet crunchy topping.
We tried a couple of the house drinks; very good.
The Parish had been on our "Must Visit" list since we got the Willamette Week Dining Guide for 2012. We don't make many trips to the Pearl or downtown, but this was definitely worth the pain of finding parking. We absolutely loved it! I loved that our booth was spacious and we didn't feel cramped in with other diners. Our waiter was friendly and made our dining experience fun. Between us we had fried okra, baked oysters, boar gumbo, jambalaya, and the Hoppin' John. Every single plate was hot and delicious with minimal wait.
We absolutely recommend The Parish if you are wanting a relaxed dining experience with hearty portions and sophisticated flavors. Also, don't miss having a Dark and Stormy with their house ginger beer.
I love the Parish and have gone for dinner, brunch, special occasions—whenever. I *love* oysters, but don't eat other meat, and wish there were more options on the menu. This time the veggie pasta was sold out and the only option was their rice dish, which isn't too exciting. Otherwise service was great and wine delish!
We went for brunch, and were very happy to see that a guitar jazz trio was playing. The music was a perfect backdrop to our conversation on a Sunday afternoon. My three friends ordered biscuits & jam plus some eggs. They all really liked the food, particularly the jalapeno jam. I ate the Debris po' boy, which was fabulous. Yes, the french fries were also grand.
It's a unique type of food, you definitely have to enjoy spicy food. Other than wiping tears most of the night, very tasty and the service was good.
Food was good. Lots of local ingredients incorporated into Louisiana fare. Great place to go if you love oysters. Prices were moderate ($15-$20 for an entrée)
Had a bad table though. Was seated next to windows that look into the kitchen, in the back of the restaurant (Table #1). Kitchen lights cast a bright, ugly yellow light onto the table and in your eyes. This kind of ruined the meal for me. Did not cause me to want to stay and enjoy. These were definitely the "cheap seats". The rest of the restaurant had a nice ambiance and was nicely lit.
found this bit of NOLO (or “nawlins,” as locals call it) in the heart of portland's pearl downtown is nice. brunch has musicians and such, so that is nice. good oyster and bar selection, better than a lot of seafood & oyster bars around. food portions on larger meals, like crab cake benedict, could be just a bit bigger.
6 for $8 at happy hour and great oysters. And a glass of wine for under $10. Gumbo was good too.
Had a great experience at Parish with 3 friends on Saturday night. Great place, food, & staff!
We enjoyed ourselves. Jambalaya and fried chicken were good and nice portions. Pork shoulder on the other hand looked like a child's portion. Luckily I ate off my friends plates. Salads and asparagus soup were ok. Kale is very plain/healthy. Go with the wedge if you like a spicy dressing. Marshmallow plate which came with the prix fixe was like eating spoons of sugar, pecan pie was delicious. Nice cocktail menu.
I went for Mardi Gras so the bar was full but customer service was still top knotch even in the chaos. Food was delicious
I went here to have fun for the first time on Mardi Gras and was pleasantly surprised with the food and everything. It was great! Will be going back again, and before next Mardi Gras!
Very simple option of the wild boar gumbo - fantastic. You can also add their house-made boar sausage which, frankly, I would be happy to have al by itself. Intersting allspise flavoring worked very well. Gabriel, the man at the bar, a inviting and made the time that much more enjoyable. I went on a Sunday night, and there was too much happening, so it was farily quiet. I'l be back next time Im in Portland.
We were a group of 6 and went later in the evening. The service was good and we didn't have any long waits for drinks or food. Noise levels were good, we could talk amongst ourselves easily. We had the chicken for two, which was very good. Even the white meat pieces were tender and juicy. Others had the hearts, rabbit leg, pork loin, french fries. All were very good. Desserts we had pear ginger crisp, lavendar creme brulee and the chocolate cake. First two were good, the chocolate cake was a bit bland and dry.
We loved the food- great flavor and combinations. We were amused at the experience- our courses were served backwards. Main came first, then salad (which was not the salad I ordered), then oysters. A mix up in the kitchen or service maybe, but the food was good as were the drinks. This probably was their saving grace. :-) server was friendly and we weren't waiting for anything too long. I'd go back just knowing that it might not be the experience I'm used to. Like I said- food was really good.
This is the second time I have been to the Parish. The first time was a good experience, the last not so much. The drinks were good. The appetizers were not brought out at the same time and the main dishes were served before we were finished with the appetizers. I ordered the crab stuffed ravioli - the pasta was undercooked and the dish was not that tasty. The meal concluded with warm (not hot) coffee. Server comped the coffee.
Our waiter was very knowledgable about the menu and suggested some very nice dishes and drinks. The food was also reasonably priced.
The service and ambiance were good. The location is good. There is better food in the area. I would come back for drinks, but probably will get dinner elsewhere.
My husband and I follow mostly the paleo diet. He also has a lot of food allergy. The Parish menu works out for us very well. The "Heart Attack" is awesome if you are into organ meat. The raw oysters are great, too. The pork shoulder is so tender that you don't need a knife to eat it. We didn't have dessert since I was in a hurry to get back into downtown. Overall, it was a great experience. We would definitely go back.
I love discovering new places and this was one of those. I chose this place for a quiet dinner for two for my husband and I. As we walked in the lights were dim and the decor a dusty dark antique-y presence. The shelves near the hostess station were lined with what looked like homemade jarred pickles. For being in the Pearl District of Portland (the most expensive district in town) we were expecting a little more upscale feel. To our welcome surprise it was more laid back. The food, however, was NOT lacking in upscale preparedness and ingredients. My husband had the Pork Shoulder and I had the Chicken Jambalaya - both were bursting with amazing and authentic New Orleans flavor and both dishes were very good sized. We'll be back!
If you are looking for comfort food and something different, this is the place to go! My husband enjoyed a rabbit dish, while I had boar gumbo. The gumbo was on the spicy side but quite delicious. This place also has a great pork shoulder with collared greens. The portions are always substantial and filling. A great go to place when you are in PDX.
Traditional creole food was very good (smoked gumbo); dishes that strayed from that, not as good (e.g. crawfish ravioli with béchamel sauce).
Wanted to try this new restaurant and love southern food. Overall was disappointed by both the quality of the food and the service. The main problem with the service was how long it took for our different courses to arrive. The seafood gumbo was too smoky, the fried chicken was dry. And what's with the 9 oz beers?
On the positive side, the selection and quality of the oysters were excellent as was the red beans and rice and the hoppin john.
Southern food restaurants have become common in Portland and the Parish provides a good option in the Pearl. We went before a show at Portland Center Stage. The fried okra and fried chicken made a wonderful combo. The okra were cut into mini-bites and come with "comeback" aioli. Delicious. The fried chicken came with luscious mashed potatoes, zucchini cole slaw (I think), and smokey gravy. The fried chicken came for two and it was ample, moist and with a great crunch. No room for dessert, but hope to try the pecan pie next time. BTW, they have a private room for up to 20 ($500) minimum we were told.
We enjoyed the food. We were very happy with our service. We had no problem having a drink and getting our food in time to see a play at PCS. The drinks were delicious - a great variety. Also the jambalaya was superb. We plan on going again.
We had a great dinner/birthday for my husband! I tried Oysters Rockefeller & Spaghetti Squash.... all were excellent!
Great oysters on the half shell as well. We rolled the dice on trying something new and we all really had a great dinner experience. I would recommend The Parish, for sure!
We had a great dinner and created a great memory on New Years Eve.
This was the first time here and the food was good, the drink not so much. The service was not great. The people who delivered our food had an attitude "this is such a pain". The drink only tasted of alcohol and missed the mark for a hurricane.
We found Parish last minute on New Year's Eve and were able to make an early dinner reservation. Our server was extremely pleasant and cheery, very attentive but not at our table ever two minutes. Long story short - loved her. Our drinks were delicious - I highly recommend the hurricane! The oysters and duck hearts from the Happy Hour menu couldn't have been better - the Happy Hour menu itself is one of the best I've seen. We also had the frog legs, again, delicious. The seafood gumbo is the perfect kind of spicy! We are definitely planning on going back! If you're in the Pearl and looking for something new The Parish is the place to go!
My muffaletta sandwich was HUGE! Could barely finish half. Tons of meats and cheeses and big olives but not what I think of when I think traditional muffaletta. Would have preferred more of a bagette type bread, less meat and cheese and more of an olive salad thickly spread. My husband's shrimp etouffe was heavenly! Plenty of heat, good spice! New Orleans authentic! Fried okra was crispy and fried to perfection. Pricing great. Nice reasonably priced wine list. Decor is comfortable and suggests the French Quarter. Can't wait to come back for their 3pm oyster special!! We truly enjoyed our dining experience and can't wait to go back.
The food was delicious, and the frog legs were great as a first time experience. The only this is that the portions are a bit small. Seafood gumbo only had two oysters, and the craw fish ravioli only had three in the dinner. Delicious though!
First time visiting Parish. Food was wonderful and the drinks were great. At the server's recommendation I tried the Fist Full of Nails. She said it was a belly warmer and yes it was! Oysters were sweet and fresh. We had the Gumbo and Shrimp Etouffee. Both were perfect with the sauce not too salty and the rice not too soft or mushy. Only hiccup was we were first seated near the back with a great view of the overflow kitchen. Not exactly appetizing but when we asked to be moved we got a much better table near the window. Always pays to speak up. I'd highly recommend visiting this restaurant.
Had always wanted to try this restaurant as not too many cajun offerings on the westside of Portland. Service was very attentive, though part of this may have been due to slow lunch crowd. The menu selection was very good and asked for a suggestion from the waitress between the etoufee or the jambalaya. I was told if I liked spicy, the etoufee was the way to go. The shrimp was done perfectly not overcooked and tough. As far as spicy though I found the sauce fairly bland and the rice a little hard. The other diner had a beef Po' Boy which was fairly good. I will give this place another try to sample the jambalaya before passing judgement
This place was pretty dead on a Sunday night but that made our experience all the better! Nice table, attentive wait staff and quick service!
We had a dozen oysters which were excellent plus some other dishes that we shared round our party of four. Because we had the place to ourselves we could have a conversation without shouting across the table and have a leisurely dining experience.
The Sazaracs were excellent. We started with baked oysters--one not on the menu, done with just parmesan and lemon. Perfect. We followed with the house salad with beets, nicely done. We had chicken and sausage Jambalya and Duck gumbo with sausauge. Both were tasty and large portions. Should have shared a portion after the salad and starter. Great dishes for a cold night. Close to Portland Center Stage. Good meal.
We dined at Parish on a quiet Saturday night. The interior was warm and comfortable, but the charm ended there. Our server was indifferent and occasionally unavailable. Oysters Rockefeller were overcooked and unpleasant--a real disappointment. However, the squash appetizer was excellent. Entrees were not bad, but not memorable. The seafood gumbo had nice flavor, but minimal seafood. The po'boy was just alright. And that summed up our overall impression. But just alright was not really what we hoped for.