Tavern on Kruse

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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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DD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Greg Goebel Trio ... ! The service and food was good.. please bring back onion rings!

JD
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and service.

O
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and excellent service!

JH
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I had not visited Tavern on Kruse for some time. I was surprised to find that my party was seated in a curtained area with approximately six tables that is entirely separated from the remaining 80 percent of the restaurant. Why the owners think anyone wants to sit in a cloth box is beyond me, but I found the arrangement to be very uncomfortable.

My Cuban sandwich was very large and very messy, so I had to eat it with a fork and knife. Otherwise it was tasty, if a bit bread forward. I was not offered a refill on my fountain drink until the very end of the meal. Perhaps service suffered because we were seated in the curtained box?

TL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from NY and we Enjoyed an amazing brunch. The cinnamon bun was ridiculous. I loved the roasted potatoes with my omelette.

KB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy this place for breakfast. I seem to always order the frittata and especially love the potatoes that come with it. It is nice to have a local breakfast option that has good food and atmosphere without the long wait. Highly recommend.

LO
Portland
56 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful server, two great seafood dishes well prepared and fresh fish!

KH
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best breakfast ever!!! Many unique and amazing items to choose from. Delicious and very reasonably priced. Use opentable to make a reservation and avoid typical Sunday Brunch lines.

JD
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the fresh, local, innovative menu. Great staff and beautiful environment.

RR
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great meeting place with a beautiful patio.
Loved their brunch menu and has really attentive and friendly service.

p
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Such a great spot for brunch with a diverse selection of items on the menu. Don’t miss out on the crispy roasted potatoes!

MS
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The appetizing menu never disappoints with the delicious local-sourced selections! We went on Jazz-dinner night with a fabulous jazz instrumental band playing while we ate, so we had a terrific sound accompaniment to our lovely meal. The pork chop was awesome and the peach-and-cheese starter was creative and delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Slow service
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Tavern on Kruse
Responded on September 22, 2019

With 100+/- people sitting down at once for the jazz show that night, service was (and always is on show nights) slow rather than standard. Our jazz fans previously sat to a card on their table that said, "Rather than compromise our standards to feed all of you at the same time quickly, we'd like to encourage you to pace your meal in courses over the couple hours you're enjoying the music - but if you're in a hurry, please let us know." We failed to utilize that card that night and I'm sorry.

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JH
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food and service were terrible. Would not recommend.

PB
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Drinks and mango salad was great. Fried chicken was amazing. Fish and chips were ok. Service was impeccable and the live jazz was phenomenal.

CM
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a nice evening. Kerri sp? gave us excellent service. You had a special event going on which was probably why you were out of a few things and the noise level at first was high. Steelhead was excellent.

c
Seattle
61 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The happy hour menu here is great and has lots of delicious choices. A great place to hang out!

SB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

The chef made a mistake and started all of the meals without realizing the fish course was out of stock. After determining a replacement, they they then served everyone, and it took another 20 minutes before the replacement dish was served. (We were about done with all of our meals.) They gave us $5 off the meal to compensate for the delay. Hmmm. You ruin the entire dining experience and think $5 will suffice? The entire experience was unprofessional. Couldn’t imagine every returning.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Live Jazz, great food, great wine. Not too expensive either.

CC
Portland
72 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time for us dining at this place. Outdoor patio area was great but need more pillows for propping. Service and food were great. Extra treat was the jazz band playing that evening. We will be back to try more of the menu

CK
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

This visit was not as good as previous visits. Had the scallops and the seasoning was not my favorite. The lobster was overpowered by the Yukon gold potatoes. Took server a long time to remove dishes after we finished. Also my nieces and & cheese was cold in the middle. Previous visits were much better.

d
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Only 3 or 4 tables were occupied inside but they "forgot" us and we had to go and ask someone to take our order. I have celiac disease (No gluten/no cross contamination) and there was a deep fat fried (cross contaminated) item on my plate. We'd asked the server if my menu choice was gluten free.

OT
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a nice meal and good conversation. It was a nice place to go as a group of girlfriends.

B
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere with friendly customer service. Too hot for outdoor seating but will definitly consider when the weather is cooler.

BV
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was flawless! Had the smoked Salem crab cakes and was that ever a great choice!!! Wonderful presentation and flavor! Definitely a new favorite!

DE
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Can't go wrong with the food here, something for everyone but you really should be getting the lamb/duck burger. The only possible improvement that could be made is to the noise level

MB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really creative and delicious food. Server was super friendly. Loved the indoor/outdoor vibe. Portions weren't gigantic, but reasonable.

CO
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love TOK and the outdoor dining can't be beat!

S
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

My friends and I have never been to Tavern on Kruse and were disappointed when they refused us the opportunity to order off the Happy Hour menu. We were celebrating my friends birthday. We asked the waitress nicely if we could order off the HH menu and she said No due to us making reservations. No happy hour for reservations. We asked for the manager. A very rude manager proceeded to discuss with us his financial woes and how they do not make any money from the happy hour menu. He even accused my friend of lying about the unadvertised "policy" in regards to making a reservation on Open Table.
It was a Friday night and it was not BUSY so there is a reason for no one being there. I have never ever felt so unwelcome in a restaurant. We even explained it was our first time there so we were not aware of their policy. Still rude to us! Then the manager comes back and apologizes and he noticed on the website that the "policy" of no happy hour with a reservation was removed from the website. Needless to say - none of us will be returning.

HJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Service was slow. My food was tasteless. Others in our party said theirs was fine but not memorable

l
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat outside. Except for many children biking and running on the side of the patio, it was delightful

OT
Portland
28 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening with great friends. Food was delicious and the service was great. We hadn’t seen each other in a while and our waitress gave us time to catch up without making us feel hurried to place our order or to finish up. She was awesome. We sat outside and enjoyed a lovely evening.

c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food excellent!

SL
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We love coming here and their burger is out of this world! It's life changing :)

DS
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

We go to tavern on kruse alot! Usually for happy hour though. Out of the 3 or so times we've gone for dinner, twice it hasn't been very good. We invited 4 friends with us this time and most people were disappointed with their meal. The steak was not good at all and the asparagus had hardly any flavor and was way overcooked to where is was almost shriveled. Wasn't a good dining experience last time. Hopefully it will get better. They need to bring back their halibut entree and butternut squash raviolis. Those meals were amazing!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as usual! Sometimes I wish it weren’t so good so we would be forced to try some other places lol

P
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Happy Hour food was good, quantity wasn’t good for the price

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was so yummy. We sat outside and there was a jazzy band which added to the ambiance. We did have to ask for our server so we could order more drinks, but I didn’t mind as much as my family did that our drinks were empty for awhile. It was a great dinner, I ordered scallops and it was perfect and I tried my husband mushroom ravioli and it was fantastic too. Strawberry mojito 👍🏼

K
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a great birthday dinner here. Our server, Andy, was great - offering information on wines. The food was good - as always. This is a wonderful place - really comfortable surroundings, a bit loud due to the hard surfaces, but on the warmer days with the doors open, it's not a problem. I really like this place!

OT
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service. Loud space, difficult to carry on private conversation. Salad with protein.