Willow Restaurant

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American
We are Willow, a small restaurant in Southeast Portland that offers a multi course menu for $65. With two seatings a night, at 6pm and 8:30pm, we host our guests at an 10-seat Chef's Counter for a dynamic and interactive meal. Imagine a dinner at your friend's house, without any clean-up or fuss--just a great time!

The two Chefs, Doug Weiler and John Pickett, invite you into Willow with a smile and a hand shake as you walk up the steps. With a warm and hospitable environment, Willow is an ideal restaurant for a group, that romantic night out or special events.

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Wed - Thu 6:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 8:30PM

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to Willow and it did not disappoint. The food and service were great.

MW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every meal that I have had at Willow has been wonderful, but I really feel like the dishes were even better my life at recent visit. The wine pairing was also delightful, and the service is always top-notch. Willow is unusual in both the fantastic creativity of the dishes and in its small dinner party atmosphere.

C
Grand Rapids
28 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a place that consistently goes over and above expectations. Every visit somehow manages to exceed our already high expectations. The food and experience demonstrate a rare level of passion often lacking in even the finest of restaurants. We highly recommend Willow to all our friends

C
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I go out to eat at a new place it’s the same...it’s good but can not compare to Willow. John and Doug’s passion for cooking shines through each dish. Each menu we’ve had has been unique and wonderful. Can’t make to make reservations for the future.

DY
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, intimate setting, wonderful wine pairings. Would definitely go again!

SK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

C
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to treat ourselves for a fun date night! John and Doug are both awesome and have created the best space in Portland for an amazing dinner.

OT
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve done plenty of fine dining and chef’s counter type of experiences like Willow, but this was the most incredible of all. I have enjoyed gastronomic and experimental menus, but there’s nothing novel or mystifying about the dishes at Willow. Instead, they are familiar and comforting, but meticulously planned and artfully prepared. I would return to Willow again and again, and plan to.

C
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my fifth time with Willow. The experience has been superb and consistent. It was such a joy to bring others to enjoy something that is not your every day dining place. My family from California was more than impressed with Willow in food, wine pairing and the outstanding service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt welcomed from the moment we set foot into willow and didn't want to leave. A must do.

JS
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing meal! We took over the whole place for my birthday and had a great time. Thanks John and Doug!

LS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely exceptional food and experience. Something definitely special to do!

M
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food experience We’ve ever had. Drove two hours there and back just to eat at Willow. Every minute of the drive and dollar spent was worth it. Highly recommended!!

C
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been to Willow multiple times and we always leave amazed with John and Doug's creations. Their ability to imagine a dish and bring it to life is truly a gift. This last dinner was very special since all the proceeds for the night was being donated to Toys for Tots, including gratuities. We love supporting local business who give back to their communities. We highly recommended Willow!

b
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

An incredible meal, easily the most inventive dishes we've had all year. Amazing flavors and attention to detail. Portion sizes were very large and we left feeling so full that we didn't eat until the following afternoon. (Rare with a tasting menu meal.) John & Doug were both highly attentive, John knew every detail about every dish and drink and it made for a super interesting experience. We've been talking about this meal for days and have been recommending it to friends, will continue to, and hope to come back soon.

PD
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the food, thoughtfully prepared and presented to the wine and non alcoholic pairings well matched to the detailed and informative explanation of each course and pairing were EXCELLENT!!! This is a hidden gem, a local treasure that needs to be experienced. It may be a wait to get a reservation, but it is absolutely worth it. The menu is well thought out and the chefs prepare, present and serve your meal. Do not pass up a chance to dine here. You will not be disappointed!

SP
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an outstanding experience. Food was excellent and the overall concept of the dining experience was a refreshing change from busy noisy restaurants.

s
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing every time!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always!!

LG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique dining experience. The food was outstanding ... Doug and John are a great team!

l
Portland
27 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal. Duck was not my favorite but the creativity in each dish was both a surprise and delight. Will definitely go again

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places we have been to in Portland. What a unique dining experience. Great way to celebrate my husbands birthday.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating here was a full body experience! Loved the intimate setting and learning about each dish and pairing throughout the night.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with tremendous flavor and thoughtful presentation. Wine pairings worked incredibly well. Fall menu was so good. Can’t wait to come back and try another!

C
Grand Rapids
29 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazed at the quality and creativity of the meal. The amount of attention to detail shines through in the individual dishes as well as the variety of beverages paired. This continues to be at the top of our best restaurants in Portland list.

JH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most amazing dining experiences I have had. Willow deserves more than 5 stars.

VC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Willow several times and it never disappoint. Service is great and food is amazing.

JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t miss this place. It’s more edible art gallery taste bud thrill ride than restaurant.

C
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best food I've ever eaten in Portland, hands down! Personal touch, small seating, intimate and amazing!

N
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John and Doug are some of the best there are. They bring a quality to the restaurant service that is unmatched in both food, service, and personality. The best part is they do it all themselves. I couldn't recommend them more to anyone I talk to as I am always singing their praises.

CO
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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HH
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic 6 course meal. Every course was creative and delicious. Courses were all the perfect size. My friends and I took all 10 seats and the chef’s bar (all the seats in the restaurant) and enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Highly recommended.

LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes! It was a lovely experience. They were both very gracious; their food was flavorful and thoughtful. We choose the non-alcoholic pairing which were very elaborate and delicious. Everything exceeded our expectations. Thank you for a lovely experience.

JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best dining experience I've ever had. Such a great model for a restaurant.

ST
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is an amazing meal, especially when considering the price. We will be back in the next few months! See you there!

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food in an intimate, friendly space

JB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeds expectations across the board! We're returning customers and will continue to dine at Willow in the future. Amazing place!

PP
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five Star eating in PDX.

R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small cozy ambience. Cordial host. Good food, good wine.

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Willow was an awesome experience! John and Doug were very professional and informative about the dishes that they were cooking, plating, and serving. They recommended drink pairings which each plate and the dishes were both beautiful and delicious. Most had an interesting twist that transformed each dish and made it special. Highly recommend! Oh also we were stuffed on our way out, which was a pleasant surprise since we thought the advertised "tasting menu" might not fill us up... But there is plenty of food!

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