Verdigris

4.2
709 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
Verdigris Restaurant is a small, elegant, contemporary, French-inspired restaurant on NE Fremont. Owners Johnny and Kristina Nunn are dedicated to creating a warm, personalized and memorable experience for every diner. We serve a blend of modern and traditional fare with an ever changing, seasonal menu and wine list. The cuisine is highlighted by house made breads, simply prepared local produce, low temperature cooking with clean light accompaniments and ingredient driven desserts. The dining space was created to amplify the elements of the cuisine – tastefully simple, classic, and inviting. Our staff will provide all the extra touches that go into a memorable dining experience. We look forward to sharing a meal with you.
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SD
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small and comfortable bistro, great food and service. Definitely, recommend it.

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JT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, this was another outstanding experience at Verdigris. Even though Chef Johnny wasn't in the house, everything ran as smoothly, the service was impeccable, and the food was amazing - as though he had been personally directing the operation himself.

Verdigis will continue to be my restaurant of choice for any and all special occasions.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never been disappointed. Food is always excellent and friendly staff. The 3 courses for 33 is my favorite feature. It’s a really good value.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Host was kind, warm and friendly. Server was kind and flexible as well. Loved the ambience of the space for a Mother's Day brunch. I loved the option kitchen layout and intimate space. Flavors of the food were superb-- you can taste the quality and excellence.

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SH
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a terrific experience at Verdigris. The space is cozy, we had great service and the food is terrific. It’s a tremendous value as well. I highly recommend the shrimp and avocado appetizer and the beef bourguignon. The only less than stellar part was dessert. The cobbler was mostly dry white cake. Otherwise great.

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

excellent food and service at a reasonable price. one of our favorite places. recommend.

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J
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Innovative cuisine and great wines❣️

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CJ
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely delicious brunch! So many unique options to choose from. I had the polenta with fried eggs and it was delightful. Hearty but not too filling. The artichokes and cherry tomatoes provides wonderful flavor and acid. Husband had the Ricotta pancakes and they were fluffy and divine. We have been for dinner many times, but this was our first brunch experience. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Always excellent!

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DW
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful. The noise level made conversation challenging.

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DI
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for Easter dinner after plans changed at the last minute. Food was wonderful. We will definitely be back.

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G
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Excellent service.

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DC
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic. I’m a chef and eating out can be problematic. I recommend Verdigris completely!

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JP
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going to Verdigris. Wonderful food and atmosphere.

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C
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and value. My wife and I love coming here.

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OB
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. The price for our dinner was so low I thought they had missed something. I can't believe I haven't been here before.

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

We had a lovely anniversary dinner at Verdigris. We were seated as soon as we arrived for our reservation. The server was pleasant and welcoming. The food was good but not great. I have no complaints but I had wanted something very special for this occasion and this wasn’t it.

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K
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was not good to me. Scallops tasted old and unwashed. The brussell sprouts were unevenly cooked, some were raw, some were mush. I told the waiter and he didn’t seem to care. The chef who made it did though, she came out many times to stare at me for long periods of time. I’m sorry that I didn’t like their food, I feel like I don’t deserve to be glared at by the person who cooked it several times. I was unimpressed and disappointed with this place. I was there on a date with my fiancé and luckily we moved on to a great place afterwards. I never are my meal, I was starving and if took the waiter forever to cash us out when he was done texting and checking his phone for fifteen minutes. I’m in the industry and there is no excuse for any of this.

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, service, etc. Great special occasion restaurant.

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NJ
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming, cozy and delicious!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

Service was extremely slow. And the food was quite underwhelming.

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TT
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We dine out VERY often and have for years. We hit all notable restaurants in the PDX area and try everything new once they get going. I have to say that Verdigris is very charming and the staff is attentive and friendly. Sadly the food is very mediocre and was a bit overcooked and lack luster and not at all creative. The menu is very small which is not necessarily a problem if everything is stellar! I had high hopes but this will not be one of our favorites. Too much great competition to choose from.

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OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious!

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R
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My husband and I dined here on March 31 for Portland Dining Month. Due to the fact we live nearly an hour from there we left home early and arrived early. When we arrived we walked a couple doors down and had a cocktail while we waited for our reservation time.
At 6:30 we arrive at the front door to restaurant where we found about 15 people crowding around the front door. One couple told us everyone was instructed to wait outside until we were called. They began seating 6:30 reservations at 6:40 and we were called at 6:48. There was another group who didn't get seated until 7:05! Three groups of us were seated one right after another with us being the first. The waitress/hostess came around to take drink orders and took ours last though we were seated first. We had no idea of beverages/wine/cocktails because we did not have a menu for them. The couple next to us had to ask for a food menu.
The food...I paid the upgrade charge to add the seafood bisque, this was the meal stand out, it was excellent. It went down hill from there. My husband had the mushroom tart, the puff pastry was so tough we had to use a knife to saw it to cut. The beef bourguingnon was tough & flavorless, the gnocchi was about what you could buy at grocer in package. Deserts were ok but nothing special.
As we ate the 7 pm diners began to arrive, the same "hostess" would rush to the door with a tablet and snap that they were to wait outside until they were called. It was uncomfortable for the diners inside.
The week before we ate at the sister restaurant Corzetti which was simply fantastic! The staff both front and back at Verdigris should learn from them.
The next day at work a co-worker asked how we enjoyed dinner. I told her parts of our experience then she laughed and asked if we had the rude waitress/hostess. I knew immediately who she was referring to.
This was an awful experience and not only would we never return but I will not be recommending it either. I will suggest Corzetti instead.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This used to be one of the better mid price dining options, but the food quality and service have both gone downhill.

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f
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We went for Portland Dining Month. Great variety on the menu for sure!! The seats were horrendously uncomfortable- all the stuffing has been worn down so your back gets all jacked up. Also it seemed like they were really understaffed. Two tables who were seated after us got their orders taken/ food before us. Nice to go there once but we probably won’t be back based on the aforementioned issues

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RK
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

Everything was fine until the server forgot our desserts. Other tables’ desserts were getting served almost right after servers took their finished entree plates, but we had to wait 20-25 mins for it.

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SW
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I expected more, I think because on Open table it said there was only room for 6 of us to go, so I left the 2 people at home and when we got there we were the only ones in the restaurant. For how expensive it is, you don't get very much food. The ambiance is just okay, overall I would spend that kind of money somewhere else.

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JD
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a delightful Saturday brunch at Verdigris. The food and service were excellent, and we would recommend it and return. Our only complaint was the noise level made conversation difficult, especially with the music playing. We would recommend softer, easier listening music or no music to facilitate conversation

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SS
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food. Finally got a table for a group after waiting for several weeks during the Portland Dining Month. A huge number of restaurants do PDM, but none quite as well as Verdigris. They have almost their entire menu on offer, which is a great way to introduce people to their food. And boy, does it impress! The meal started properly with amuse bouche, as they must in a French restaurant. Everything thing that followed, including the wine, was great. Mushroom tart, cassoulet, bourguignon and the fish were ace. Pineapple tarte was delicious too. The place is pretty small and unassuming, and hence, quite loud with happy diners. Service was exceptionally quick for that busy a place , and very friendly. Definite revisit is in order!

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YS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

First of all, I had a reservation, but the host decided to put us in an undesirable table in the middle of the restaurant. When I saw 2 tables become available as we were being seated, I asked if we could have one of them. I was told that they were waiting for “big parties” to come in and would not be able to seat us but we could wait 15 min or more at the bar next door. We decided to take the table offered and seconds later, they sat a table for 2 at the table I had JUST asked about. Pretty crappy. Then we sat waiting to be acknowledged (despite being the only table in the middle of the room) for over 15 minutes when someone finally asked us if we wanted a drink. Every time an employee walked by, my bag bumped my arm as I was eating. No one ever apologized or offered to hang my bag somewhere because it was obviously in the way, as we felt we were the entire experience. The perceived attitude was that we were lucky to be allowed to eat there. Food was fine and definitely not awesome. Bacon wrapped scallops came with a too sweet sauce that overpowered. The only redeeming part was the guy that brought us water and fixed our wobbly table twice. We was awesome. And the bisque was good. Nope, not into this place and won’t recommend the it after being told we can’t have our preferred table while giving it to someone who walked in after us. Not cool, Verdigris. The food probably would have tasted better if you had acknowledged us and just served us as you did others. We were hoping to have a fun night eating good food and catching up for the first time in a while. Maybe you’re not into the clientele of two young friends catching up, but that makes no sense to me.

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SK
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Only restaurant I’ve ever been to that doesn’t ask for your name when you arrive. Additionally how they seat you isn’t first come first serve. That needs to change. Food was good, but left hungry after the three course tasting menu for dining month. Wine had a large mark up.

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A
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First let me say is the food was outstanding! This is a small restaurant so reservations are important. for starters I had the mushroom torte and my beau had the bean cassoulet. He took one bite and his eyes went WIDE. He said, "these are like my Gramma's beans!" I never had his Gramma's beans but those in the bowl were delicious! And those were just the appetizers. The rest of our meals were excellent as well. The music was a hair too loud for the space but the food made up for it.

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c
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was good but nothing special. Also it was extremely loud in there.

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l
Portland
48 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Well we were so excited to try this restaurant because we loved their sister restaurant Corizetti last weekend. First of all the noise coming from a radio was so loud i could not hear my date talk and the service was so rushed we did not enjoy our time. The walls need somerhing to buffer the hard sounds from the room and others talking. Sitting down in the chairs was another experience. I sank very deep felt like my chair was broken . The guest next to me laughed and said she had the same experience and pushed her table forward as it was easily pushed spilling her water. Our food was lacking so much and i could not eat mine. The restaurant comped my entree but I had to let other readers know about the experience. I felt this reataurant had so much going for it. Maybe just a bad night for us.

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DC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The noise level was loud. No tablecloths, carpets, chair cushions or wall decor to baffle the sound. We were there as a party of two for the the 3 for $33 menu, for our first time. The food we chose was good, but not memorable: second courses were trout and prime rib. Did we choose wrong? I felt our servers rushed us through the meal. Dessert just appeared, no offer of coffee or another glass of wine, and then the bill.

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PD
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Seemed like they overlooked reservations because when we arrived on time they had to set up an extra table for us, right next to desert prep station, using patio furniture (that we watched them take from outside in the rain). It wasn’t the most pleasant place to sit. Crab soup was tasty but had just one small flake of crab meat and sadly, a shell in it. Scallops weren’t cooked properly- warm but raw, with absolutely no seer- and bacon was uncooked, rubbery; root vegetables with inconsistently cooked- some done well and others still raw in center. Beef bourguignon was homey, tasted like moms. Overall I was very disappointed in this dining experience.

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AD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was inconsistent and overpriced for what we got. Dined with 5 people and our table tried several different dishes. Some were spectacular, some were not even very good. Highlights were the onion and crab soup, roasted beets, gnocci with mushrooms, beef borgenouis, and the pork chop were all very good. The cioppiono, mushroom tarte, and desserts were just OK. The prime rib was so overcooked that my husband couldn't even eat it and it went home in a box to be very expensive dog treats.
The service was excellent, no complaints there.
There was no place to wait and our table was not ready at our reservation time, leaving us standing out in the rain for about 30 minutes. The dining room was very crowded and loud, it was difficult to hold a conversation at our table. Maybe some wall hangings or sound absorbers installed on the very blank walls would help this issue. Not sure I'd go back at that price point.

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CG
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Although the food was good I found the mushrooms with the gnocchi VERY salty, almost too salty to eat. Also I understand the whole small plate/fancy food scene but if I’m going to pay $50 for a meal I expect to leave at least satisfied, not still very hungry. And the noise level in the restaurant was insane. I had to yell across the small table just to be heard by my friends. Sound boards are needed and I did not appreciate how the music seemed to get louder and louder as people emptied the restaurant.

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NB
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Tried this restaurant during Portland dining month and unfortunately was not impressed. We were seated 45 min after our reservation time. Another 15 min before our drink order was taken. It felt like there was not enough staff for the number of customers. The place was full and I'm sure everyone had a reservation. It's a small space so it was crazy loud. I couldn't hear conversation at my own table. The food was ok, but portions were small. I tried other places during Portland dining month that I enjoyed and will go back to, but not Verdigris.

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