Radar

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Radar is a neighborhood destination for great food and drink. Located on Mississippi Avenue, Radar offers New American cuisine, weekend brunch, craft cocktails, and beer and wine, as well as a chance to watch the chefs in action in the open kitchen.
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JW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Radar never, ever disappoints...and quite frequently surprises my palate with new twists on dishes. Our last visit was a perfect example with the curried squash soup topped by blue crab and other deliciousness. (I don’t even like squash, and I practically licked the bowl clean.) The owners, Jonathon and Lily, are lovely, as are all the people they hire. Longtime standouts are Johnny (front of house and wine buyer) and Cam, who manages the kitchen when Jonathon is away.

Radar is small - best for couples/small groups. Nice, cozy ambiance. If you haven’t been, what are you waiting for?!

c
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really great food, great atmosphere. Service was adequate. Value for money, also adequate. Good cocktails.

JB
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Radar is one of our favorite places. It's our go-to for everything from weeknight date nights to special occasions. We love taking new folks there and introducing them to Johnny and the amazing staff. We can't say enough about Radar. The food is always interesting and changes frequently enough to still be excited to eat there at least once a month. It's a neighborhood gem and I'm excited that they're still around after all these years.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Awesome menu choices.

M
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We brought a friend and our daughter to Radar for brunch, a favorite of ours. As always, we each loved our meals and also the plates that we ordered to share as a table (granola/grapefruit, fry bread, and to finish, clafoutis). I appreciate how the kitchen was willing to handle my request (again!). We love how the food is thoughtful but not pretentious, how the servings are enough but not grossly huge... Thanks to Jonathan and Lily especially for creating a smart, welcoming space for a casually elegant and palate-pleasing meal. :-)

g
Portland
49 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome. Never fails. Loved it all.

BB
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Note to all wait staff out there, when a patron asks for the Must haves on the menu, tell them your favorites or most popular. Don’t say everything on the menu is delicious cause chances are, not so much.

Food was mediocre at best. Very hip, fun, open venue but wait staff and food quality were some of the worst I have had in Portland. Too bad.

M
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never ever disappointed !!

KC
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

All was great except waiting for 40 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. Free cider helped with the wait, but wait was excessive and reduced my likelihood of returning if time is an issue

T
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Radar never fails to please! It’s a restaurant, it’s a bar—relax, it’s both! It’s consistently delicious with a menu that changes enough to be interesting but retains some tried and true dishes worth ordering again and again. Johnny and his team provide first rate service and he can help you pair just the right wine with your meal. Owners Lily and Jonathan (chef) have created a gem. I almost don’t want to tell you how good it is because I don’t want it to get any harder than it is to get a reservation! Just go, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. New favorite for brunch

D
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food took a long time. Server was excellent, food was very good. We had a gas the first time; this time was more so-so.

S
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a wonderfully funky area of Portland, very non-assuming atmosphere, with only 2 waitresses, 3 cooks, they, very friendly, efficiently and speedy took care of 30 guests. No complaints. Lots of congratulations. I recommend it highly. I hope they can keep this level of quality and service. The food was superb, worth of a picture contest. 👏👏👏

W
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really loved the vibe and food but a bit on the pricy side...$90 (w tip) for 2 meals, 2 Prosecco and a screwdriver. We had the brisket and one was very fatty the other better. May go back, great service! Thank you for taking reservations!!

KD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love dining at Radar, one of my favorite places to go when I get a night out! Thanks Lily and Jonathan for creating such a wonderful space!

SB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food, great service and a table by the window was really quiet!

CO
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food delicious and different with an eclectic set of flavors and ingredients. Pork shoulder was delicious, as was the mussels and fries. But the dish that was the best overall was the roasted carrots! Delicious and unique.

Our server was wonderful, attentive and quick without being overbearing. Watching the open kitchen was quite fun. It gets a bit noisy between that and the Prince Purple Rain soundtrack that was playing, but overall a fun, glad-to-be-here vibe. Seating is generally at bar style tables or the counter, with a couple of more traditional sit down tables.

D
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and drinks.

TF
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service and amazingly great food. One of our favorite dining experiences in Portland.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really liked Radar, the bone marrow and tomato/melon salad were my favorite! Highly recommend :)

MG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. Staff was great. We went for a birthday celebration and everyone really enjoyed it, we ended up staying a lot longer than expected. Never felt rushed.

GF
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at Radar since they opened and love the cuisine and crew very much. You can always depend on the crew to be efficient and knowledgeable and also attentive and friendly. Not that corporate kind of friendly but genuine good people who want you to feel welcome and cared for. The kitchen is a well oiled machine that puts out some of the most tasty complex and fresh food in town. The chefs are always communicating with each other and keeping the flow of food on track and even sometimes deliver to you us personally with a proud smile because they know their high standards are always met. Tonight’s special was Fisherman’s Stew and it was nostalgic and rich with flavor without being too heavy. I always do my best to be heart healthy with my choices and they live up to that in diamonds. They have great in house cocktails for any mood you might be in and a curated wine list by a sommelier who is extremely knowledgeable and full of sass which we love. This is in my opinion the best restaurant in my neighborhood if not Portland and I recommend it regularly.

JB
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hate to give a GREAT review because I actually love how unstated they are so let me just say 10/10, every single time.

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service...we will definitely be going back!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing one of the best, authentic, exquisite and delicious restaurants that I’ve been to in years.

MS
Seattle
112 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely get a reservation for brunch! And have a Mini Mary! Great food and drink options span all the usual breakfast choices...very creative, though! Fair prices, really friendly staff. Go!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Get the cinnamon sugar fry bread!

AO
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imaginative, varied menu for brunch and the preparation was excellent. Everyone in our group of six was happy with their meal.

J
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this restaurant. The sidewalk tables are fun in the summertime but the restaurant itself is so welcoming and it just feels good to be there. The plucot (plum) with ricotta dish is exceptional. It's a great appy. but I would happily eat it for dessert. The baby carrot dish is amazing as is the poussin (small chicken) dish. You can tell the chefs really enjoy creating interesting dishes. Plus the servers are super and the service is attentive but not overbearing. A real little gem on Mississippi!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!!

k
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service, great food. perfect place to celebrate!

DM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime I visit, I get the steak, eggs and fried potatoes and it’s always on point! This time I tried the coffee cake to start out and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. I almost ordered two! My friend ordered the bacon, cheese and potato frittata which was amazing. The place is has good vibes and the open kitchen is cool because you to see everything happening. They have the best Bloody Mary’s in Portland. Go get you one.

R
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend!

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner with incredible service and impeccable cocktails

M
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate brunch at Radar and sat at the counter. That was a fun experience. The food was really good, although not a "revelation." I ordered the pork shoulder and although the server said it was a small portion, there was enough meat for three pulled pork sandwiches. My husband's croque madame was also huge.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Radar is a gem. My wife and I really enjoyed our meal. We were in town for a concert and found this restaurant on a food blog. The family style plates are a great way to share and enjoy the excellent food. The drinks were also excellent. It was a fantastic experience and I would eat here again the next time I’m in Portland.

AW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was great. Mississippi Avenue is great to stroll down afterwards also

WD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best brunch in Portland. The owners are so friendly and always remember me, even if it’s been months since I’ve been in. The food and drinks are a work of art. Good value for gourmet experience. I love the open kitchen, watching the skilled chefs hard at work.

CD
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic food with interesting flavors combined. Great risks taken, we shared multiple small plates, 8 total, 7 were out of this world. Bar menu and selection top notch.

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Johnny was charming. His service really added to our experience. He was attentive to our food restrictions without making us feel like we were a burden. We loved that the kitchen is completely exposed and a part of the dining experience.

Everything was so fresh and tasty.

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