Permanently Closed - Ways & Means Oyster House

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$30 and under
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Seafood

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Located In upscale Bridgeport Village, Ways & Means' cuisine features fresh, sustainably-caught seafood and seasonal ingredients. The creative menu celebrates the classic oyster bars and fish houses found in coastal cities around the world. The restaurant offers small-plate selections so guests can sample a variety of different items and enjoy a journey through the menu, plus a rotating mix of East and West-coast oysters at its oyster bar.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(503) 430-0633
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bridgeport Village next to Regal Cinema's
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KW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

They were out of a few items on the menu, and the wine we wanted. Advertised that they had large wine selection which they don't by the glass. The ahi poke was good.
Small portions for the price. Will give them another try but not impressed the first visit.

M
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Beautifully arranged surroundings, and a favorable Free Kids Meal option. However, the portions were very small. We left still hungry. We did not have any seafood, which may be a bit different. We also had three children with us and the vegetables with the kids meals were deeply appreciated. Clean, beautifully decorated surroundings. Just skimpy portions.

P
London
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Dressed oysters were good, but arrived slowly and were not very hot. Sizzling shrimp ere great. Service was attentive.

LA
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went for the Monday night special, $9.99 lobster. Had an idea what to expect, but was disappointed that the lobster was over cooked that there was barely any meat in the claws, tail was small and dry.
Server was friendly and up beat...

TL
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great. It was a quiet Monday afternoon. Hope they are able to
attract a lot of customers as the restaurant is big and can seat many. Will be nice when
the weather is good as outdoor seating looks fun!

LO
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Oyster house....with no fried oysters? Oysters served on beds of salt? Calamari was deceiving, more like fish sticks. No real wow factor. Decor feels like hospital white walls. Server was nice, but we didn't go to eat the server.

L
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a really nice brunch - the food was tasty and nicely plated. We sat outside and we had great service. Nice looking menu - I’ll definitely go back

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service
Great food
Good location

CB
Portland
53 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters at a good price, wonderful selection of seafood tapas. Service was great!

TM
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Very small portions for the price. Good HH and daily specials, I’d say stick with those. Oysters were good, well shucked, but spendy, over $3 each and some are the smallest oysters I’ve had. Go for “buck a shuck” elsewhere for best value and quality. Good atmosphere, feels like it should, an oyster bar/cafe/cocktail spot. Employees were all pleasant.

FW
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, delicious food and reasonable portion size. Lots of variety and oyster selection even for non oyster eaters. Had a great time. Will be back!

PC
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Ways & Means and it was outstanding. My wife and I had a Valentines lunch date and it was perfect. My wife ordered the Blackened Ahi Salad and I had a Half Dozen Oysters and The Ahi Poke. All of our dishes were very good.

The service was excellent and the restaurant was clean and had an inviting atmosphere.

We are looking forward to returning for dinner.

m
Portland
195 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We were quickly greeted and seated. Michael, our server, greeted us and brought us water. We placed our orders and food came up quickly. We had ordered the steak and avocado salad, steak medium rare, with the dressing on the side. Unfortunately the salad came out dressed and the steak was well done. The salad was OK dressed but Michael had the chef make up another batch of steak which came out pink and juicy. The food was delicious and Michael was a great server.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Not impressed at all with mixed drinks but the food was great.

j
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Oysters very good.
Other foods should be for healthy people.

TC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Oysters were good. They were out of 4 of their oyster selections, so that was the only disappointment.

JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We were there at 6pm on a Thursday and they only had 3/6 of the oysters on the list available and no IPAs on draft. The oysters overall were good from BC and the other ones were sub par. We had one oyster on the plate that only had the foot on it. There was no salmon left and the steak we ordered for medium rare was well done. The waitress was very nice at least...

BA
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had lunch. It was early and quiet. At a different time I expect it is hopping and fun. The oysters were baked to perfection, and the chop salad were terrific; the salad was lightly dressed, healthy! My friend's salad looked to have great croutons and parmesan.

J
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Food took forever for a tapas bar. Over priced for tapas bar. Not a good experience for the menu $. Service was really bar. Waitress had 1 other table besides mine and spent most of her time talking with a man at the bar. Felt as if it was not a inviting place to go to.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Definitely sit in the bar so you can take advantage of the happy hour. Everything was delicious, especially the mimosas!

ND
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was awesome, the atmosphere was cool, and the music was great. The service was a little slow when we were there, but it didn't detract from our overall experience.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The original Ways & Means that opened (and closed) in Orange, California several years back, was located in an former Coco's restaurant space. In spite of its cramped quarters, it pulled off a nice, supper club feel with a nice cold bar for fresh seafood, pretty amazing bar program, and a great menu that contained a number of classic dishes like beef Wellington.

This W&M is something that belongs in an airport food court. Limited seafood, farmed salmon, generic cocktail & wine program, and pretty uninspired mains. To make matters worse, they say it's tapas-style, which in modern restaurant-speak means mid-sized pricing for small quantities (e.g. $12-14 for a plate that would be $8-10 in a traditional format restaurant.) This is the same obnoxious pricing formula that's been adopted by many newer restaurants because it builds higher margins into the menu in the guise of giving the diner "more choices."

m
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Im not sure how I feel about this place. There were no customers when we got there, the place was empty.
We were seated right away and service was good. However.. they ran out of all IPAs on tap. Given there were only 3 or 4. Oysters were fresh and very good. clam chowder was not good, a little too sweet and too much bacon. Had a good selection of small plates to share.

NJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The service was a little disjointed at first, but picked up during the meal. The food was good, seafood fresh, and we were pleasantly surprised to learn kids eat free from the kid’s menu. Great casual place to take the family!

OT
Portland
39 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun, festive vibe that’s also good for date night. Our servers and the GM went far to ensure we had a great date night. Really like their small plates approach to build a meal no matter what your hunger level is. Love their selection of oysters and good cocktails too. The lobster bisque was really yummy and the lobster roll was satisfying too. A great place to hang out pre or post movie as it’s right next door. Thank you!

BG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Maine lobster Mondays are pretty cool! And we enjoyed the oyster selection.

C
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Used to have a great selection of fresh seafood. These are no longer on the menu. Very disappointing.

BW
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great find in Bridgeport Village - cannot believe it's taken this long to get over here for OYSTERS!!! We were in on a Monday early evening - place was quiet, even with the Seahawks game on (this is a good thing). Tried all the oysters - all fresh and tasty, great presentation. Will be back on a regular basis!

BM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience1

Its a pretty average place. Not a very comfortable atmosphere in my opinion. It was bright inside (and I dined at night) and the seating was wood chairs and tables, so no cushioning except for a couple half-booth half-table seats. Value was pretty average. Nothing really remarkable about the place. On a positive note, it was very clean-looking

KG
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The servers were very nice and the outdoor seating was great. The food was just okay, not great compared to the quality us Portlanders are accustomed to. The caesar salad looked a bit aged and was quite bland - even the shaved parmesan had no flavor. We added the vinegar that came with the oysters to give the salad more flavor. There were 4 of us, one of whom ate little, and we spent around $200 for dinner but did not leave full. No dessert either. The one awesome thing that makes Ways and Means stand out from every other restaurant in Portland is the$10 corkage fee! However, even that will make it difficult to go back. Too many other great places with way better value.

SN
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

"Ways and Means" offers much more than a typical oyster bar. Full service bar and the never-ending mimosas with Sunday brunch are offered in a variety of flavors, blackberry/orange mimosa is delicious. Our group of four enjoyed ordering many different small plates and sharing them. The wait-staff were knowledgeable and helpful. The lobster on brioche roll with mango slaw was very special.

AL
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The menu leaves you a bit hungry and the beer list is lacking for being in the PNW.

Not a lot of value for what you spend.

JK
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Erika, was FANTASTIC! The gentleman who seated us was very friendly as well. It was our first visit and we’ll be there again!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The food is sometimes not cooked all the way through. Service was very poor. No roll ups on the table had to ask many times for items. Simply a bad experience

JD
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Food was expensive for what you got, and what you got wasn’t worth the price. I don’t mind small plates but usually the means the food tastes great and is worth spending a bit more money. Service was good, very sweet waitress that was very attentive. Just an “eh,” experience. I doubt I will ever be back.

s
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience2

This was our second time here and based on this experience we will not be back. The food is decent but the service is abysmal. Our drinks took forever, our waitress only came to our table twice, once to take our order and once to bring the bill. I had to get water for us from the bar. Nobody asked how the food was or if we needed anything.

c
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent would return for that, but lacked in the Ascetics the tables look more like something that should be on a patio and since they have slots in them they are inclined to Harbor food. I would suggest maybe a glass or plexi top to prevent the problem staff was very pleasant

BC
Portland
40 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Interesting concept: small plates..adds up to a bit too pricy to get full. Waited 1/2 for a beer order and delivery! Way too long in our estimation, especially as they weren’t busy. Flavors good overall. Clam chowder was cold. Wait staff is numerous yet slower than molasses and impersonal. Probably won’t return though the food was pretty good, just nothing special.

AH
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall3food5service4ambience4

My girlfriend and I came here to celebrate our pregnancies and enjoy some good seafood. We were very happy with the food as they were "sharing sizes". It was very delicious and good quality. The service was good, wine list was even better. I can't wait to come back here with my hubby to enjoy. The one and only thing I would criticize is cost. It's a little spendy considering we're at Bridgeport and not downtown at Departure or something. For the two of us with tip it was a chunk over $100.00.

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great fresh food and easy place to be with friends! There is one side of the restaurant that looks more fun. The space near the kitchen could use a little more decor to bring up the feel. Overall great place.