Vault 244 Bistro | Lounge

4.7
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334 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Vault 244 Bistro and Lounge is an upscale and relaxed dining experience, where you can enjoy an artfully crafted cocktail along with your meal.

Please note that we primarily a 21+ establishment. We do have a small amount of seating to accommodate minors but it is best to give us a call before coming in to make sure that seating for parties with minors is available.
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CK
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinners were scrumptious! Almost embarrassed to say that everyone was a member of the “Clean Plate Club” and that is not a reflection on the generous portions. Will be back soon.

KV
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fine dining, noise level was a little loud this visit but still amazing

CB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of my favorite places for happy hour. Great food. I always have the best service. Delicious drinks.

RB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice place, Service was very good and we has a nice time. The only negative I could mention was that the Steak I had seemed under seasoned and there was no Salt and Pepper on the table. Would go again.

SQ
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vault 244 far exceeds our expectations every time. We so appreciate the extra care given to us by the Head Chef-Rian. Amazing chef and our food is no less than PERFECT when served. Service staff is always a pleasure. Polite, friendly, and outgoing personalities. Hats off to a great establishment.

BC
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always a great place to eat with friends. Best cocktails around and done right. Usually a few favorites on the menu plus a couple of new options to try. Tapas always are great.

SF
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The quality and varied offerings make visiting Vault 244 an enjoyable experience. The servers. Are very welcoming and care for their customers. This is a great place to enjoy good food.

SH
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

If someone said they were going i would encourage them but i would never say “you have to try this place”. It was fine but not special.

m
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was splendid. We celebrated our 10 year first date anniversary (which was here). Even better than 10 years ago!!

SM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A bit noisy, however. I would definitely go back again and recommend it to others.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and cocktails!

NC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. My early birthday. Girlfriend & I went 2nd year. Food & service excellent. Our shared dessert came with a lit candle. AWESOME

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great steak! Great service! Timely and efficient.

TJ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our food and cocktails were great as always! Our server was AMAZING (girl from Redmond) . She made our dining experience fun and memorable! We can’t wait to come back again soon! This is our favorite place to go to with good friends or a date night.

TB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time, food, service, atmosphere all top notch. So nice to have a great place close to home.

L
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good for happy hour. Service can be great or so-so, this time was very good - as was the food.

2
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. We had 7:30 reservations but really wanted to go at 6:30. They were very accommodating.

D
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The Vault was disappointing overall; probably won't return even though we have frequently dined there. Made reservation online but was seated next to restroom entry even though other tables facing bar were available. Probably explains the large fly buzzing our table the entire time. Steak was lukewarm, Caesar salad blah, but dessert (flourless chocolate torte) was great!

DC
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent. Good for adult meetings and get togethers

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for our 23rd anniversary!!
The whole experience was wonderful:-)
We highly recommend the Vault

BA
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service couldn't have been better. Server congenial and efficient. Sat in back where it was quite and cool. W

BC
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great meal with great company at the Vault. Meatloaf was superb and the Pork Porterhouse with brussel sprouts was a killer! great flavor and great friendly service. Nice wine selection and spot on Negroni cocktail.

DP
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 10 year Wedding anniversary and The Vault was the prefect place for dinner and drinks! Food was great!

D
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service. salmon and filet both cooked perfectly I'd preferred a different table it was close to the door to the patio seating made so it was very busy area.

R
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was delicious, that much is true! Service could use some refinement. Wine arrived after small plates and our table was further ignored after that. As we were left desiring another dish our check quickly arrived, leaving us to venture further up the street to supplement our meal which ended with more interested attention.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

This was our second visit to the vault having gone the year before so was really looking forward to it. We were celebrating a milestone birthday. We had reservations but were asked to wait at the bar for over an hour. We kept checking with the hostess and there were several open tables? The food we ordered was all hard to eat. We decided to order small plates. Everything either was very spicy, covered in mayonnaise or was over cooked and hard to chew. I will say the drinks were good. We decided to go elsewhere for dessert as after 4plus hours of poor service and bad food we had reached our limit.

TG
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

5 stars for the chef & only the chef! Seriously whoever made our meals is legit! We travel often & He should ditch this place a go to San Francisco, San Diego or New York! The guy can cook & he clearly knows his stuff!
As for the rest of this place...it has major issues!!!
We made a reservation through open table at 7:30 on a Saturday night. Arrived and 7:15 & told “our table was still occupied & it shouldn’t be long.” There is no place to wait inside as there are literally dining tables next to the entrance which felt quite awkward as we were standing over the people who were eating!
We went outside and waited for about 20 mins at which time we decided to go back inside to check the status of our reservation since we saw several people coming & going. We were asked our name again and it was obvious the hostess forgot about us and possibly gave our table to others as she scrambled around looking for a place to seat us. We ended up in a table in the bar area next to the computer that several waiters gathered & chatted.
We almost left but stayed since we were quite hungry. To our surprise, the drinks & food we’re fabulous! We enjoyed a variety of dishes which were all prepared perfectly!
I noticed, the hostess who sat us also had to wait tables & serve food. We had a male waiter who clearly seemed to be “going through the motions” & would rather be anywhere but there! Truly, all of the staff looked so unhappy and possibly mistreated by management or the owner as they grumbled at each other quite frequently & quietly. It’s hard to figure out exactly what is going on here but something just doesn’t add up!
On a side note, a member of our party was celebrating a birthday which I put in the comments when booking the reservation but the waiter failed to say a word about it.

So I guess I would recommend this place if you want excellent food but sad service from a group of probably overwhelmed,overworked & underpaid people who give the minimum effort!

RM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Items from the “Current Menu” listed on the website were not available on the restaurant menu. The server said they don’t update the website “Current Menu” every time the in-house menu because it is expensive. So, I ordered the fish tacos instead. The flavor was bland, making this a grossly overpriced item. Service for our 6 person group was slow and it took forever to pay our bill.

MF
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food; table next to the door is kind of a put off. We will come back :)

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Vault 244 was incredible. The drinks were delicious, the atmosphere was warm and inviting, the service was attentive, and the food was delicious. We sat at an intimate table in the corner and had a great time enjoying the experience and each other’s company. I would definitely recommend Vault 244.

JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good, but not spectacular; and the waiter seemed a bit irritable. He may have been busy, and we may have been a handful, but a good waiter should be able to maintain a bit more patience and service orientation than was displayed.

ZB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall, an enjoyable experience. The biggest issue was no host/hostess. Our waitress ended up doing double duty as server and hostess so she ended up being overwhelmed with getting people to there tables and was unable to provide timely service to her tables. Also, the drinks from the bar were very well made, but it took a long, long time to gets drinks. I ordered a second cocktail when my food was delivered, and didn't get it until after I had finished eating my entree. The front section of the seating area is very dark and I overheard several older patrons mention this fact in a less than desirable way. Overall, food and drinks were very good. I had the Alaskan halibut, and my wife had the chicken saltimbocca. We were both very pleased with our meal. Had the floorless chocolate torte for dessert(because they were out of the pecan pie) and it was more like a mousse pie than any floorless torte I have ever had.

RL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great staff. Happy hour menu is great.

r
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We go here often. The menu does not change much, but has some excellent things on it, and they are willing to make reasonable substitutions. I personally love the prime rib and lots of the sides. The bartender has a great reputation in the area. The only weird thing is that they don't give you spoons unless you ask. Nonetheless, one of our favorite places.

A
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

After doing both dinner and happy hour here, I think happy hour is the way to go!

RH
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food quality and prep. Services is exceptional and the atmosphere is perfect for friendly conversation and dining.

KS
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food, amazing ambiance, and amazing drinks!

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Ryan was superb.

As a retired owner/chef I find it difficult eat out due to my expectations. Food was prepared properly and service was exceptional.

Finally, a place that I am looking forward to seeing again

DB
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great bar & great service. Be sure to make a reservation.

JW
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had wonderful service and really like the back room for a quiet dinner. The steak and meatloaf were excellent as was the risotto (but as a meal it was too much of the same thing). The dungess crab and shrimp salad was a bit disappointing because the crab was too salty. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time.