Red Star

4.3
634 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Northwest, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Bar Hours: Sunday - Thursday: until 11:00pm, Fri - Sat: until 12:00am
Happy Hour: Daily 2:00pm - 6:00pm and 10pm - Close
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Phone number
(503) 222-0005
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dolan Lane
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Catering
Red Star Catering in the Hotel Monaco has over 5000 square feet of banquet space to suit your every need - be it a business lunch, rehearsal dinner, or casual post-wedding brunch. Please contact Director of Catering Carole Lombardi.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th Ave. and SW Alder St.
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Parking details
Red Star validates for parking at the Hotel Monaco only.
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Public transit
Transit stop directly in front of the restaurant on SW 5th and Alder
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Special events & promotions
Join Red Star every weekend for Brunch starting at 8am and lasting until 2pm. Omelets, Eggs Benedict, and our Signature Burger are just some of the items you can enjoy anytime of the day. We also make the best Bloody Mary in Downtown Portland using our own jalapeno infused vodka and special house made Mary mix. Yum!

Red Star also boasts the best and most popular Happy Hour in Downtown Portland, with food and drinks ranging from $3 - $7. The best part is that it lasts from 4pm - 7pm every day of the week. Get there early as we do not reserve table in our bar and all seating for Happy Hour is first come first serve. Cheers!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether you're interested in reserving the entire 200-seat restaurant for your group, or booking meeting, banquet and conference rooms at the adjoining Hotel Monaco, you have an amazing breadth of selection right in the heart of downtown Portland.

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What 634 People Are Saying
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Portland
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 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.

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 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.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The online menu was much more interesting than the acutual menu. everything we ordered was a fairly small portion but the worst was the scallop dish the only included 2 scallops and traces of pork cheek. My husband went home hungry.

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C
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Red Star. The food was over the top delicious, and the service was top notch. Will certainly be back!

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VC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

YUM!!!!!!! Vegetarian options are excellent. :) Good food and great service.

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LB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is outstanding along with the happy hour food and service. I would definitely return!

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m
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I wanted this to be a great experience. I had the scallop main dish. There were 5 tiny scallops. The dish was terrible!!

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SP
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I have wanted to try Red Star for months. Looking at the reviews, I was ready for a great eating experience. We arrived and were quickly seated. There was a table with a number of people celebrating an event at a nearby table, but otherwise the restaurant was only moderately busy. After a short time our server took our order, provided our drinks and a few minutes later provided a basket of bread. We ordered soups and a main entree to split. After about 20 minutes, the server asked if we wanted more bread as the kitchen was still working on our order, but assured us that the food would be arriving shortly. Well, it wasn't. We waited and waited and waited. After 25 more minutes, with no food, we had to ask for our server to come to our table. The server apologized and said that the kitchen was really backed up. Looking around at the empty tables, we questioned how they could be that backed up since the place was not fully booked. We asked for the manager to come over. The server said the manager would be right there. Well, he wasn't. We got up to leave, I complained to the hostess about our treatment, when the manager finally appeared behind us. I confronted him about the poor service, the lack of expediency, and the unbelievable notion that not even soup could be served within 45 minutes. Again the excuse of a busy kitchen. Yeah, no. In short, no amount of apologies could possibly make me want to stay or return to this place. Ever.

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LP
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always an excellent choice for brunch. Food is delicious and there are plenty of choices, plus they will substitute or change menu items to fit your diet or any food issues you may have. Our only issue was that the wait staff took way too long to clear our table, so we could just sit and chat with our drinks and coffees after eating.

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Portland
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We went to Red Star on a friends recommendation. We arrived early and had a drink at the bar which was very good. We were rather surprised that there were so very few people in the restaurant for a Saturday evening. Food was mediocre; the risotto lacked flavor and the roasted chicken was dry. Our waitress was attentive. Overall for the price I’ve had better meals and probably will not return.

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V
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

O.k. brunch, but limited menu options, and nothing too special. Food was o.k., but not great. They need to add color, i.e. fruuts or veegies, or flowers to their plates. Presentation was bland. Coffee and bloody mary's were good.

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JH
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great! Our server, I think his name was Ben, did an exceptional job.

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RG
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on Tuesday to meet a friend from out of town, so quieter than it probably is later in the week. Shout out to Andrea, our server, who was attentive but not hovering and who went out of her way to keep us happy. Great food, loved the craft beers, we live on the other side of the river but will be back!

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RH
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic server. Fantastic food. Truly photo worthy presentations on food, drinks & atmosphere.

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L
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is very good with some unique selections and is a good value for Portland

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

For the prices.. the food isn’t that great. It was just eh. It’s more of a bar with 5 star prices.

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ZH
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pretty cold because of the aircon not working properly!

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CW
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The fried green tomatoes were not too good. The mushroom soup was good.

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C
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good but second course came out just as we started on our appetizers. We also brought our own bottle of wine and was happy to pay the corkage fee however when they opened the wine they destroyed the cork and we had cork throughout our decanted wine.

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DR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The booth was small, get a table if you’re over 5’8” we had to move so my husband was comfortable and could her his feet & knees under the table.

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MG
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat, food was very good perfectly cooked and treated wonderful. Atmosphere was very relaxed and the service was outstanding. Looking forward to my next visit.

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OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great and the dining around is nice. Waitress was very helpful in finding gluten free options on the menu.

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E
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Cheryl was amazing! She was very friendly and knew the menu well. She Was well in tune to us!

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GF
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

All OK. BUT, the waiter kept calling my wife and me "you guys". Not cool.

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f
Minneapolis
133 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Solid choice for great cocktails and good bar food (burgers were excellent, as were duck wings and curried deviled eggs).

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NC
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Red Star. The food was delicious, the service was great (Ashley was very friendly and attentive), and the atmosphere was perfect. Will certainly eat here again.

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v
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised. Was expecting bar food from a hotel restaurant, but the food was creative and a big step up from typical pub grub.

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NL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!!! Awesome service and delicious food! We will be back.

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d
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was very good, portions are small but the burgers are good sized. Spendy but it is downtown after all. Service wasn’t great but the manager pitched in and all was well.

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E
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

LARGE space, very comfortable feeling and good lighting. The steak was amazing, perfectly marinated and cooked perfectly, my boyfriend LOVED the local mushrooms. very good quality of food. Service was a little slow considering there were only maybe 10 people total in the restaurant at the time, but my waitress was very nice and easy to talk to.

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S
Wilmington
19 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sometimes I hesitate to go to a hotel restaurant. But don’t. This one was great. Service was terrific. And the food was delicious. From the heirloom tomatoes to the millet cakes and salmon everyone loved their meal! We would definitely go back

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RT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were here for brunch with 2 young children in our party. The server was very kind and accommodating for them...even bringing extra crayons and snacks while waiting for our food. The breakfast food was excellent.

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our second time and we LOVED it. The food was on point just wished they didn’t take the scallops risotto off the menu.. :)

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B
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is an oasis in downtown Portland and close to all of the major hotels. I ordered the fish special but they ran out. Rather than our server telling us, a manager came out, apologized and took my substitute order. Then the chef brought out a shrimp cocktail to make amends. Then our dinners came out at the same time. What could have been a bigger problem for us turned into an exceptional experience about how to make diners really happy. Five Stars!

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great. Menu had a lot of options. Ambience was cool and drink menu was perfect

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MH
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Star never disappoints. I do miss the lavender corn bread. The lamb shank is wonderful.

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent, attentive service...Generous drinks and very tasty entrees...While one steak was under cooked, they went the extra mile to satisfy and accommodate....Wide variety of selections.

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a
Portland
36 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was expecting to order from the brunch menu. However, they were doing a Mother's Day buffet brunch for $50 per person. It was quite a hefty price for brunch. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our brunch. Food was good. Some items were very good, some fair. All in all a nice brunch, but not sure if it was worth the $50 value.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

I found it unfortunate the manager wouldn’t allow me to order their lamb shank because he had other more important customers coming in later as part of a large group ... he didn’t use the words “more important” but that is the translation I took away since he was holding orders so he could have enough for the group ... service was great, food is good and well prepared ...

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