Paley's Place Bistro and Bar

4.7
658 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Northwest
Paley’s Place offers Pacific Northwest Bistro Fare using local & sustainable seasonal products, served in the warm and inviting setting of a Victorian home. As the 2005 winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Northwest and 2011 victor on Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef America, Vitaly Paley creates seasonal menus from the bounty of the Northwest – fresh ingredients supplied by local farmers, growers and purveyors – with French and Russian influences. Co-owner Kimberly Paley oversees the front of the house, and together with General Manager Stevie Walsh, curates the list of wines featuring an extensive selection of Oregon Pinot Noir. The weekly “Wine Wednesday” tasting takes a more global approach to wine tasting with wine flights available from around the world.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, Russian, French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday; 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm;
Friday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(503) 243-2403
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Vitaly Paley
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Catering
From winery dinners to private parties, Paley's Place can provide a unique dining experience for your guests. Please contact Shelly Jones at 503-568-1079 for more information.
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Cross street
Northrup
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Parking details
There is plenty of street parking around the restaurant--especially around 22nd and Overton/Pettygrove. Be sure to give yourselves enough time to find parking, especially during the weekend.
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Public transit
Portland Streetcar: NW 21st and Northrup
Bus 15: NW 23rd and Overton
Bus 77: NW 21st and Northrup
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 658 People Are Saying
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K
Portland
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, excellent service & waitstaff & nice ambiance (except for the people who had a whining baby and did little to keep it quiet). We shared a salad, Ken’s artisan bread while sipping the bottle of sparkling wine we brought with us. We both had the Coho salmon which was delicious! Then ended the evening with the creme brûlée with the last of the bubbly.

Only problem was trying to use the OpenTable’s rewards of my phone. The manager said they never accept nor do they participate in their Rewards Program, so not sure what they were talking about. Used the OpenTable app to make the reservations. OpenTable did resolve the issue with me and said they would talk to the manager too, but not sure if it will solve the problem.

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CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner here. I had never been despite 26 years here, and enjoyed the experience. Sevice and food was fabulous and I was inspired by some of the ingredients and flavors to influence my own cooking. Corkage at $25 was higher than I expected, but the wine list had some reasonable choices as an alternative. Desserts were a standout

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MM
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating to our requests. We were celebrating an anniversary and it all started at Paley’s. Food was exceptional and plating is always a treat here.

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V
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful celebration of life with my sister. Everything was, perfect!

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AE
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an amazing date night at Paley's Place. The staff was very accommodating from the moment we walked in the door. We were seated promptly and our coats were taken and hung. Every dish we indulged in was more than worth the price. Some of the standout dishes were the Escargot Bordelaise and the Sweet Potato Ushki. This is definitely the place to go to if you are looking for the complete dining experience. I'm already looking forward to the next time we return.

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M
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the get go, everything and everyone was amazing. Great wine stewards and wait staff, definitely take their recommendations. Fantastic spot for our 1st wedding anniversary dinner! Thank you Paley’s Place as always, best of Portland!

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R
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was good. One of the best salmon dishes that I have had.

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LJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A small gem serving some of the most nuanced food we’ve ever had. No overpowering “celebrity” ingredients and no boring under seasoned food either. Every dish was spot on. Sauces were perfect, every dish was expertly prepared and service was attentive but not smothering.

Worth the price in every respect.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We. Love. This. Place!

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FH
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always have a good time. This visit on a Sat evening just a bit noisier than we prefer but all else just excellent

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BC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service, including the reception on our arrival. Not an extensive menu, just timely, creative, and extraordinarily successful.

We thought we needed to add a person to our party (on a Saturdy evening!). The person I spoke with bent over backwards to accommodate us, and when the "request" became unnecessary, instead of returning us to our original reservation, she put us at a table where conversation would be easier than the original reservation. The menu was a treat including escargots as we have never before experienced and sweetbreads that will bring my wife and me back as soon as our travels allow.

Paley's is a treasure!

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M
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite "go to" restaurants in Portland. Our dinner last evening was outstanding.

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W
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paley's is perhaps my favorite eatery in all of Portland. I return over and over again, introducing my friends to its delights as well.

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y
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You feel as if you're in someone's home. Fabulous.

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KK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Get the tasting menu. It's worth it. You need to let go of some control. Enjoy the surprises. Just tell them what you don't eat and trust them to serve you a fabulous meal. If you drink wine, the pairings are worth it too. I tasted wonderful wines from grapes I had never heard of before and wouldn't have ordered on my own.
My main criticism: The tasting menu is woefully unexplained on the menu, and our server—though wonderful in many regards—missed an important detail: Everyone at your table needs to go in on the tasting menu if you're going to do it at all. (We didn't know that when ordering and ended up putting my dad in an awkward position.)
Also know this: Not everyone gets the same thing! Within a certain course structure it is rather free form. It works, it's fun! If you don't love what's in front of you, hey, you can trade with your dining partners! (I swapped salads with my dad to reward him for going along.)
Regarding noise: I like the space. I liked where we were originally seated, but it ended up being a weird acoustical vortex. We asked to move to a different table, and that was easily done and much better. They might want to put more soft things on the walls.
Also, I'm glad I got the 7 course menu instead of the 5. The difference is +dumpling course +cheese course. The mushroom dumplings were omg incredible—an all time favorite dish.

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AT
Hawaii
117 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Paley's was always the standard for us in Portland. We would always compare everywhere else to Paley's. With this last visit, we were underwhelmed by both the service and food. I would pick Meriwether's over Paley's now for service, food and ambiance.

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TM
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a friend for a birthday dinner, and we had the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings (there is also a 7 course option). We made it known that my friend was allergic to tree nuts, but I was not. We ended up getting two different sets of courses with perfect wine pairings for each, which was outstanding as I got to try everything. Every offering was beautifully plated and so delicious. The service was also incredible - timely, but not rushed. Never had to sit with an empty glass or plate for more than a moment. Absolutely one of the best restaurants in Portland.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service. We enjoyed it.

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

O. G. Farm to Table dining in Portland. One of the original trailblazers in the Portland dining scene during the 90’s and still amazing!

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FH
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a regular. They have always been the most consistently excellent in Portland

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JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every penny and very accomplished at what they do. We will be back

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S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG, celery root soup to die for.

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G
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A group of friends got together for a bit of a reunion and we had a beautiful dinner at Paley's. The atmosphere is perfect, the food is divine, and the service is great. One little thing that was a bit of a distraction was when we went to pay we gave a credit card and the person who took it dropped the card on the floor and then couldn't find it. A few of us were looking for it and that person acted pretty relaxed about having lost our credit card. I would have wanted her to be a little more concerned. Other than that we had a fabulous time, and did eventually find the card.

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was outstanding and creative. It was an earlier reservation so the ambience was nice, fairly quiet, not a lot of people. The service was a disappointment. The waitress was unfriendly and haughty. She spoke to us like a queen speaking to he4 servants. Definitely not welcoming. There are too many great restaurants in Portland for us to waste our time and money going to a place that doesn’t appreciate their clientele. If people ask, we will tell them it’s a place with great food if they can stand the attitude. For us, we won’t be back.

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B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. The tasting menu is always changing and always delicious. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable.

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H
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a culinary adventure to dine at Paley’s. And, the service is attentive without being stuffy

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GB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for my anniversary and everything was perfect. From the food to how competent the wait staff was, and most importantly the atmosphere it couldn't have turned out better.

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DK
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every time we eat here, we wonder why we don't eat at Paley's Place more often. The food is always inventive and delicious and the service is stellar.

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MB
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took a friend there for her first time. She LOVED it. She said she had never eaten at a place like this or food like this in her life. I reminded her that I felt this was the BEST restaurant in Portland. I am always flattered when the servers remember me, especially Tanya. This time Tanya recommended a wine pairing for my entrée choice which she thought I would like even better than the usual one I ordered. SHE WAS RIGHT. What else can I say. I love this place and the people. As always, I can't wait to go back.

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B
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of the best restaurants in Portland. The steak tartare is amazing. The menu is classic and innovative. Very well executed. Great staff.

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TW
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paley's Place is quite simply the best restaurant in Portland. Every meal brings out some gem of originality in at least one of the dishes you order, often every dish. After years of eating here regularly, this is one of those incredible restaurants where we've never had one single dish brought out that was less than A+, ever.

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DC
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless, as usual. To us, Paley's Place is the best restaurant in Portland, OR. Our parents come visit us twice a year and we always go to Paley's each time they visit. The chef also owns Headwaters and that is a great restaurant as well.

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HE
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Paley's Place excels at creative cuisine utilizing local ingredients in unusual ways. The beef culotte was cooked exactly to order and served with a green tomato chutney that had just a hint of heat. The service is attentive and professional without theatrics. I always enjoy my experiences at Paley's Place.

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J
Minneapolis
113 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant evening on the porch. Special seafood chowder was outstanding. Server (Kristian) was attentive and personable.

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AN
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

On our first visit five years ago this would’ve been a five star rating. As it is, except for the service, we were extremely disappointed in this visit. The menu has changed to one which is extremely limited and with unusual dishes. Making a selection of entrées was extremely difficult. Sources saying thick and cloying as opposed to inventive.
The quality of service - friendly and attentive – saved the overall visit from being a total washout.

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e
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Used to dine somewhat regularly at Paley’s. This is not the Paley’s of old. The host and waiter were somewhat pretentious and made a bit of a stink about letting us pick our table in a completely empty restaurant! There were only two of us! The food was not spectacular as it has been in the past and I was astounded that bread cost five dollars! The wine was a very small poor for $14. This is the first time I have ever been to Paley’s and not had dessert – – nothing sounded good at all… Very disappointing and will find another place for special occasions…

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MC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

World class cocktails. Freshest oysters. All the entrees where very creatively put together and delightful. Try the sweet corn ushki, a baby dumpling filled with corn with the best sauce.

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DS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three hour drive from our home one way. Always worth the drive. The five course dinner is always a thrill, and the chef’s choices are wonderful. NEVER a disappointment!! Bring your appetite and enjoy incredible dining.

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SA
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was acceptable until we ordered the chocolate soufflé, waitress said it’s worth the wait. Four minutes later she served us one of those pre made and previously frozen microwave chocolate lava cakes. We had a good laugh.
Pretentious average food. I don’t know if They mistook us for hillbillies or are just unprofessional. We dine in our city NYC very often and maybe have been spoiled by Jean George’s eateries.
Don’t waste your evening !!!
It was a good laugh. Drinks were good.

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D
Hawaii
34 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been a while since we've eaten at Paley's Place. The menu is quintessential Northwest Cuisine, but the recipes seem to be much more interesting than what you would expect from that definition. The current iteration includes a terrific tasting menu and small or large plate options so if you are into a variety of wonderful flavors, Paley's is the "PLACE"

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