Red Star

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$31 to $50
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American
Red Star Tavern under the direction of Chef Dolan Lane captures what's in season and puts it to delicious purpose with Mediterranean, Italian and French influences. The bar offers specialty craft cocktails, beer, wine, featuring over 90 labels of whiskey. Call, stop in, or visit us online to make your reservation.
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Happier Hours at Red Star Tavern!

Enjoy 4 full hours of Happy Hour, 7 days a week at Red Star Tavern!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 28, 2018

Ends: December 29, 2117

Availability: Daily 2:00PM-6:00PM

What 671 People Are Saying
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M
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely evening at Red Star! We were treated like royalty!!

DH
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Casual atmosphere, nice evening vibe. Good drinks. Not very busy on a Saturday night

KO
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely server. We had a large party with my husband and I and our 4 young boys. They can be a little rambunctious and our waiter was patient and kind to us! On top of that, the food was amazing and the serving sizes were large. YUM

AA
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our food, loved our server, loved this joint! Will definitely be back!!!

Red Star
Responded on September 22, 2019

We’re really proud of the warm, intimate atmosphere we created and love that you noticed. We're excited to see you back at Red Star - Red Star Management (9/22/19)

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CT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Red Star is a great restaurant that can accommodate almost everyone. The ambiance is more casual and great for corporate lunches. They have big tables that can accommodate large groups. Portions are just right and the staff are really nice.

Red Star
Responded on September 1, 2019

Thanks so much for your feedback! We’re really proud of the warm, intimate atmosphere we created. We will most definitely share your feedback with our staff! - Red Star Management (8/31/19)

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R
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

The services was very slow. I was eating by myself and it took over 30 minutes to take my order and then another 30 minutes to get my food. I was sitting with water for over an hour before I received my food.

HB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous fresh food that is always sure to please. Need to make a change to a dish? They will always try to please. I love this place.

LM
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Scrumptious food and drinks. Large portion. I had the pork chop which was outstandingly, and HUGE!

d
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

D
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance and the food was spectacular. The lamb and chicken dishes were amazing

W
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been in for about 7 years, but met some friend there from out of town. Fingers crossed it was still as great now as it was then. I shouldn't have been worried.
IT WAS AMAZING. Quick service, great food, quiet (granted it was a Sunday evening at 6:30).
Our waitress, can't remember her name, but she was from So Africa, was great. I always joke with staff and she was ready. We had lots of laughs with her.
I rated everything 5 stars, except value. I appreciate the cost, but would have like a few more veggies with my AWESOME flank steak.
I promise not to wait 7 years to come back.
William

LM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A comfortable environment, great service and good food. Red Star is quickly becoming my favorite spot for a date night in Portland.

P
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Portland food scene is amazing and this one is a winner. We had no problem getting a reservation and the food delivered. I had some of the best pesto pasta and my daughter loved her Lamb Shank. My mother enjoyed the soup of the day, smoked chicken vegetable. She was not wowed by the shrimp cocktail.

L
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything from the Red Star cocktails to the grilled bread to cheese plate to the steak salad was outstanding!

m
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner and outstanding bourbon drinks!

d
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Everything going for you but the menu. Wow! Menu is extremely limited! Service was amazing, food prepared was good (grilled steak, potatoes and spinach) but options were nearly non-existent. Wine selection limited but cocktails were great. Not sure I'll be back myself.

M
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I have been to Red Star many times and always enjoyed my meal. I did attach a medium score to service this time, not because of any issues with the server, but due to the fact that our meal- a hamburger- took an extraordinary time to prepare. I know this may have just been an oversight in the kitchen, or between the kitchen and the server, but it was a bit disappointing. Otherwise the experience was just fine and I would not hesitate to return to Red Star.

MM
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food and service were wonderful. This visit, we had the breakfast sandwich. While it may seem like a simple standard egg sandwich, the flavor profile was fantastic. Each ingredient complimented the other and it filled us up for an afternoon of shopping without being weighed down. The Madagascar vanilla bean latte was slightly sweet and enhanced the espresso without the added sugars. I don't drink lattes often, but enjoyed it thoroughly.

Red Star
Responded on May 23, 2019

Thanks for stopping by and seeing us for breakfast. We are so happy it was delicious and filling so you could enjoy the rest of your day. We are always happy to host you for a bite or a latte and we hope we can see you again soon! - Red Star Management

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G
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere in the dining room was charming - warm and cozy, and there was some noise from the bar area, not too loud, just enough to make it lively. The food was excellent - the sauces, main items, side dishes all had variety and unusual ingredients (i.e. fava bean dumplings for example). A couple of caveats - the cheese bread is not "cheesy" and is not warm - it had a spread, not melted cheese, and there was no discernable parmesan taste in it; the bread was sliced thickly, so toasting it meant a very large area of hard crust, hard to eat. However, it was quite delicious on its own merit as the spread was quite good. Another issue was that the service was terribly slow, but not, apparently, due to the waiters but instead to the kitchen. That may have been a rare situation so I would not hesitate to go back - overall the food and ambience, and the wait service were excellent.

Red Star
Responded on May 23, 2019

Thank you so much for your feed back and sharing your thoughts about Red Star. We are glad you had an excellent meal and we are always happy to hear from our guests. Our kitchen always tries to meet the mark to offer expedient and delicious meals but thank you for your patience when it takes a bit more time. Next time we will be sure to hit the mark and make sure everything is perfect. - Red Star Management

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DM
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 3ambience 4

The appetizers and drinks were great; however, three of us ordered the $20 burger and all of them were overcooked. My burger in particular was way overdone, so much so that it tasted like char, was dry, and half the thickness of even the other two overdone burgers. The service was also slow and one of our daughter's meals came out at least 10 minutes after the rest of the meals. Given the price of the food, the burger should have been stellar and my daughter's meal, or something, comped.

Red Star
Responded on May 23, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about your burger and your daughters meal. Thank you for your patience and you are absolutely right, we should have made it right with you then and there. We are very disappointed we missed the mark and we hope you can come in and see us again so we can make it right. - Red Star Management

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AJ
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was attentive, the food was amazing. Everything was great.

DY
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Party of 5 friends, started during happy hours (beers $2 off), appetizers (charcuterie & cheese boards), risotto ($21), brick chicken ($27) and halibut special ($36)... Overall the atmosphere was upscale, in downtown, nice escape from rainy weather, and pretty quiet so we could enjoy the conversations. I'd go back to Red Star Tavern.

CM
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was great. Ahi Tuna was amazing. I'll be back soon!!!!!

KL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food service was so-so but the hostess was fabulous. My meal was overcooked which may have ben my fault for saying I wanted it well but it was fish and ended up being rubbery.

OT
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is exceptional, perfectly prepared. Service could be better, server didn't know the dishes.

KR
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was incredible and service was very good! Drinks were very tasty but a little on the pricy side. Would definitely go again!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a very special moment in a downtown environment when you can get such amazing personable service. Plus, the food was delicious.

JC
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Best in town.

DL
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has an awesome happy hour, really enjoyed our visit.

CD
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted warmly, bar staff knowledgeable, wait staff friendly and helpful, hostess was amazing. Menu items were interesting, flavors complex, charcuterie great, all items tasty.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The happy hour is great value! The normal menu is great but it's a bit pricey. It's definitely a great place to take someone to give them a good Portland bar experience.

ME
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here because I wanted to find a new happy hour spot nearby... this is definitely my new spot! Came with a friend after work dressed casually and felt comfortable there, but I really would love to come back dressed up because it has a "treat yo self" vibe going on. Their signature drink is a MUST HAVE if you want to know what heaven tastes like. Happy hour bites are equally delectable, I ordered the wings (spicy but don't overpower taste) and my friend ordered the steak with smoked blue cheese fries. The wait staff was friendly and very good. I don't think my water glass got below 2 inches, and I drink a lot of water! Overall this restaurant is a 11/10 in my book!

SL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lizzie and Tim are really incredible! I had an unexpected allergic reaction to a soup, and they literally did everything within their power to reverse my dining experience. My husband and I were so impressed with them that we went back two days later. Best crème brûlée I've ever had in my life!!!

l
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bloody Mary’s - quiet for New Years Dat brunch

JP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Overpriced and the staff could care less about service. They were very busy socializing with each other and we found it hard to order drinks and dinner.

w
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at the Hotel Monaco for New Year's and enjoyed happy hour and dinner New Year's Eve and breakfast New Year's Day. The food was excellent and the staff we're very friendly. Excellent place!

CT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Red Star has a well rounded menu, great for business lunches or anytime you don't know someone's palate. The atmosphere is business casual, and has tables large enough to accommodate large groups.

P
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I met up with my sister and visiting brother and his wife for dinner. We were greeted by a very charming and professional host, whose name I have forgotten... she had very short red hair. We were warmly welcomed by management. The server assistant was gruff and borderline rude throughout-perhaps she had a headache. Server was less than focused- food was delivered to incorrect positions, a burger was underdone(not badly- my sister went with it) and the table was cluttered. It was a busy night, so a few points missed can be forgiven. The food was excellent! My brother had a beautiful steak dish, his wife had some lovely roast chicken, and I had a butter lettuce salad and LOTS of beautiful mussels. We will definitely return- I certainly understand that sometimes service can be bumpy!!

N
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love Red Star. The service is excellent -- warm, professional but friendly, and perfectly attentive. The ambience is nice and the food is quite good, with some interesting combinations, and served in manageable portions, which I really appreciate. My only wish is for a few more vegetarian options, though I have to say that ones I've tried have been delicious. Highly Recommend.

MM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

This was a birthday celebration, and restaurant was advised before-hand. Staff was welcoming and with good wishes proclaimed when we arrived.
Food was very disappointing. Hamburger served on a tasteless hot dog bun, risotto had very little taste. It took 3 tries to get a cup of coffee that was not lukewarm.
Restaurant was busy; maybe that was the problem, but still . . . doubt we'll consider returning.