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The Parish

234 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Creole / Cajun / Southern, Northwest, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm Happy Hour Daily from 2-5pm & Sunday from 3pm-5pm
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Phone number
(503) 227-2421
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ethan A. Powell
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Private party facilities
We have a number of private dining options available. Please inquire for details and arrangements.
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Private party contact
Tobias: (503) 227-2421
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We have a number of off-site catering options, please inquire for details.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Metered street parking prevalent in the area with some garage parking available for a fee as well. All parking as of now is unaffiliated with The Parish.
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Public transit
Street Car accessible at NW 11th & Everett across the street from our front entrance on the North side of the street and at the corner of NW 10th & Everett on the South side of the street, one block to the East.
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We offer live New Orleans Jazz during our Saturday and Sunday brunch service.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BluGoat (Portland)
1.0  Dined on May 11, 2014

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.

Brunch4mothers (Portland)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2014

Great they took reservations and even with the busy day we never felt neglected by the server. Food was amazing!

Rickspix (Portland)
4.0  Dined on May 3, 2014

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.

vipEater10000 (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 20, 2014

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.

Tomboy1961 (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 19, 2014

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.

notafoodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2014

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Montana)
4.0  Dined on April 12, 2014

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!

vipEater10000 (Portland)
4.0  Dined on April 6, 2014

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.

vipkw381 (Portland)
4.0  Dined on March 31, 2014

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.

SK8te (Portland)
3.0  Dined on March 22, 2014

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.

faddah (Portland)
4.0  Dined on March 16, 2014

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.

OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on March 14, 2014

6 for $8 at happy hour and great oysters. And a glass of wine for under $10. Gumbo was good too.

Marty (Portland)
5.0  Dined on March 8, 2014

Had a great experience at Parish with 3 friends on Saturday night. Great place, food, & staff!

vipRYZ2U (Portland)
3.0  Dined on March 5, 2014

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.

happy (Portland)
4.0  Dined on March 4, 2014

I went for Mardi Gras so the bar was full but customer service was still top knotch even in the chaos. Food was delicious

MardiGrasfun (Portland)
5.0  Dined on March 4, 2014

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!

vipAnotherHenryBowman (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 2, 2014

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.

Moes (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2014

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.

HungryErin (Puerto Vallarta)
2.0  Dined on February 16, 2014

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.

vipimsharon2 (Portland)
1.0  Dined on February 16, 2014

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.