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