Willow Restaurant

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$50 and over
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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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BG
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the top 5 meals with wine pairings that Ive had. Not pretentious.

LC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding dining experience. Informal but elegant and interesting. Seating is limited, reservations a must. If you can’t get a reservation, ask to be put on the waiting list; that is how we got in. If you have one dinner in Portland make it here.

f
Key West
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and wine pairings were innovative and delicious. The number of ingredients in each dish made each bite have a slightly different appeal. When you go there, you will sit and they will bring you course after course of outstanding selections.

r
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had high expectations and John and Doug did not disappoint. One of the best meals we’ve enjoyed in Portland. Loved the intimate setting. The food and wines were impeccable. March menus include their “greatest hits” - favorites they have served since opening in 2016.

LS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must try for anyone who loves food. The chefs are engaging and excited about the food they're offering. Each dish is a work of love and art and deliciousness!

DO IT. Your taste buds will thank you.

JB
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal. Literally everything.

S
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience in portland!

LC
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My moms birthday! And our most favorite restaurant ever we love those guys, the food the atmosphere and the heart of Willow.

G
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, delicious food, John is so knowledgeable about the wine and food preparation. We will be returning soon.

m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best restaurant in Portland!

M
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food could have tasted 20% worse and the entire experience would have still been 5 stars. I feel like I was invited over to my friend's house and they cooked me an amazing meal and explained every aspect of it along the way. Chefs have a lot of passion, but these two share their passion in more ways than just amazing and creative food.

GS
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One deficiency, and it was mine, I ran out of words to describe the each course. One can only say "great", "fantastic" and "amazing" so many times before you become repetitive. Prepare ! Look up synonyms for the best thing you have ever tasted. This is a great, fantastic, amazing experience.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
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
35 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!

S
Portland
4 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
9 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
2 reviews
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
35 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.

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