Tavern on Kruse

4.5
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$30 and under
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Northwest
Locally sourced and seasonally inspired, Tavern on Kruse changes it's "Seasonal Harvest" menus every 8 weeks as we weave the season's perfectly fresh and perfectly ripe bounty into our offerings. Our executive chef, Nathan Bates, spent four and half years at the Michelin 3-Star "Fifth Floor" in San Francisco, working under Laurent Gras (who Celebrity Chef David Chang calls "the greatest chef in the world'). While there, Chef Nate was part of preparing the 90th birthday party for Julia Child which was made famous in the climax of the movie "Julie & Julia." Nate also headed the kitchens at Portland's "Lucy's Table" and Portland's best-kept culinary secret, the "Uptown Billiards Club." All other on-line reservations will be seated in our dining room. Two thirds of our venue is bar-area seating and is available on a walk-in basis. Parties larger than 10pp must give us a call at 503.303.5280.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The garage doors being open was really nice, even through the rain. Can’t beat the service or food, either!

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AmberE
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. Great stafff. And live music to boot!

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NancyC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is great and friendly and the food is amazing!!! Wonderful atmosphere too!

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PrestonD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE the nightly live jazz! Surprisingly large menu given they just re-opened from the lockdown.

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MitchellS
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy Tavern has reopened! Great food and very attentive service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Friendly service.

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SteveP
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!! We’ll be back

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JeanneB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally everything on the menu tasted delicious and the restaurant well exceeded my expectations!

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KarenP
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Everything about Tavern on Kruse

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Mokigranny
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were outside when restaurants were allowed to open. Felt very safe. All the servers had shields on, and were gloved. We were 10 or more feet away from anyone. The food and drinks were wonderful and we were so happy to be outside enjoying a meal with friends. They did such a good job!

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AllyM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. We are always so impressed with our experience every time we go. Delicious food, great drinks and wonderful service, five stars.

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ElizabethH
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavern on Kruse is our favorite local date night spot. The food is great and the service is always excellent with a friendly staff. We highly recommend the fried chicken, mango avocado salad, and steak bites with fries. Awesome wine selection and delicious cocktails too! We joined them for their re-opening and enjoyed the live music and expansive patio space.

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KateM
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see all of the employees who were there. Great dinner and excellent service

Thank you

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vipHawaiianTransplant
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

When Governor Brown made the decision to shut down all restaurants on March 17th, we decided to go out on March 16th and have our "last meal" at a local restaurant to show our support. We chose Tavern on Kruse because of the heartfelt, well written and thoughtful email owner, Kent, sent out the week before.

Our "last meal" was fantastic as we knew it would be! My son loved the garlic-y Caesar salad, Tavern's brussels sprouts are the best (love the green goddess sauce) and all of our entrees were top notch! Halibut fish & chips - great crunch on the batter, not greasy and can't get enough of the garlic rosemary fries! Short rib chop - fall off the bone tender, full of flavor! Duck Carbonara - light, delicate carbonara sauce, perfectly cooked duck. Topped it all off with house made vanilla ice cream and apple cobbler!

Tavern on Kruse is now offering a "take-home-and-finish-cooking" option (go to their website for a better description) for those who can afford to do take out during this time. For every take out order, they will donate a meal to someone who needs it. If you can, please support their efforts!

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vipGEdw
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good experience. Much better for their ‘pub grub’ type of dishes versus their more expensive entrees. The fish & chips & fried chicken dishes were very good - their scallop dish not very good...
We’ll go back - a fun bar scene.

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PatrickM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on a Saturday night which happens to be their jazz night, it was lovely and entertaining. The five course tasting menu was perfect. This place is a gem.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
45 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Butternut squash egg white omelette was very good! We went with feta since I don’t like bleu cheese...was perfect.

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TomD
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Salad, I ventured out of my sandwich comfort zone, the Salad was great, the sandwiches are always good. Haven't had anything here I did not like. Service was great, very clean, great place

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TomW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavern on Kruse is always my go to place to take new employees for lunch. Always good service. It's convenient to be able to make a reservation by using email, OpenTable, especially if the restaurant hasn't opened yet. Thank you!

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GuyW
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Seating for res was a bit late but we were compensated with some complementary drinks while we waited, which really made up for it. Food was great. Service was remarkable.

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SOSO
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

About time for a menu update.. Most items are good but selection is pretty limited, and most of the selections have been on the menu from day one opening..

Tavern on Kruse
Responded on January 27, 2020

Funny you should mention it... Our Winter menu overhaul launches next Monday!

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PradeepP
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We ordered one grilled prawn & scallop, prawn was burned. Also ordered Lake Oswego steaks, steak also too much burned
Drinks were good

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vipPortlandSue
Portland
50 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our second visit for brunch. Both times it was tough choosing between the delicious menu options. The crab cake Benedict was amazing. They make a mean Bloody Mary too! We ate in the bar both times and enjoyed the ambiance.

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LovesGoodFood
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. Great wine list as well. Low light ambiance with intimate seating.
Marinated flat iron steak was amazing!!!

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LeahP
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our annual (adult) siblings dinner there. Perfect spot! Fantastic food, delicious drinks, great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service was very slow and not helpful.

Tavern on Kruse
Responded on December 27, 2019

Hi there Anonymous. Dec 23rd was truly our busiest day in history and, of course, we had one of our servers call out sick. I'm glad the food was great and I apologize to you and anyone else on the 23rd for us being overwhelmed. Sorry things weren't as you or I hoped.

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JerryK
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent music along with the other 5 Stars that I gave with the revue.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance here is terrific. We've dined here several times and had repeatedly good service and food.

MJ
MicheleJ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Tavern on Kruse. Great location, atmosphere. Our waiter was fantastic in service and suggesting starters for our party of 8. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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foodfornication
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat & I'm super picky!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really nice restaurant! Excellent food! Would have liked our server coming to our table a bit more after we were done with our meal. We had to go and ask for our check. Nothing big...we will definitely go back!!

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Jeff
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're regulars. The drinks are always good, great beers and wine list. The food never disappoints. It tends to be a bit heavy but always delicious and very good value. The prices are very good for what you get. Parking is easy and never a lot wait. Outdoor seating in the summer is awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great!! We were so happy to be able to get a great meal on Thanksgiving.

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AlexM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love Tavern on Kruse and am so glad they are open for brunch now. Great spot to meet girlfriends for Sunday Brunch or happy hour after work!

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BobM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

This was a truly horrible experience. I brought 7 people to a dinner here, arriving at 5:15 on a Wednesday night. One person had to leave by 6:30, so when the waiter arrived to take drink orders I politely asked him to take meal orders as well. He grumpily and steadfastly refused to do so. It took him over 20 MINUTES to get the drinks to our table, and then he finally slowly took orders. There was an outdated menu at our table, and--being a vegetarian--I asked if I could order the type of ravioli (onion/chevre) on the old menu instead of the new menu (butternut squash)--he then brusquely replied with a scowl--ABSOLUTELY NOT! The meals were not served until 6:20 (!!), forcing the member of my marty who had to leave early to gulp down her meal before leaving. I ordered mac-and-cheese instead, and it was bland and tasteless. When the bill came, another member of my party paid it, and the truly awful waiter explained to her--not me (who by that time was very angry)--that he had been handling happy hour as well as our table. That does NOT justify the rudeness and the refusal to take meal orders right away. I will never be returning to this restaurant ever again!

Tavern on Kruse
Responded on November 23, 2019

Bob: I cornered Server Grumpy (a top server) on this. He recounted your dialogue verbatim then implored me to review surveillance video. Your entire timeline; e.g. drink order taken 5:36:12 & delivered 5:45:23 = 9min vs. 20), was all inaccurate. I get 500 characters to try to make a difference, so here goes: Your vindictive story above ranges from grossly inaccurate to preposterous ("ABSOLUTELY NOT!"). Your guests all left thrilled and on time. Ask yourself why you were the exception. Good luck.

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vipGloriaC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I have food allergies so dining out can be difficult but there are options for me and the staff is super helpful and no attitude. Thanks for a terrific meal

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Birthday celebration. Loud , busy & slow service. Waiter was friendly but over worked. After had a cocktail in bar and it took forever to get service. This was on a TUESDAY 4-8pm

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BobM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The restaurant ceased to offer my favorite vegetarian entree option--the Wild Mushroom Chevre ravioli--and instead replaced it with the far less desirable squash ravioli....

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JimH
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. Our waitress we nice and attentive.

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