Tavern on Kruse

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429 reviews
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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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BE
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious Brunch! We will definitely be back for dinner next time

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BT
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Definitely will be back for both.

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TD
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Restaurant is great, always consistently good, Service, Food, atmosphere too, Love it and highly recommend it.

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KK
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was tasty but was very small portion and overprice.

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DD
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed the new menu. The steelhead was a favorite and the game hen. Next time in, I'll try the lamb shank. Service is always terrific, and I got to shake hands with Kent, the owner. Tavern is always nice when the weather is good and you can enjoy the open windows or sit outside.

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d
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great evening at Tavern on Kruse. Service was phenomenal and the food was delicious! We will absolutely be back again.

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SG
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Tavern on Kruse. We both loved our meals and they were made from fresh local ingredients. We will definitely be back.

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L
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good for meeting up after work or for happy hour

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F
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was pleasant but not expedient. Our table ordered two omelets, they were both very runny and undercooked but the toppings were tasty. The coffee cups are too small and not filled often enough for breakfast.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, beautiful atmosphere & awesome food!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Moms 73rd Birthday

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RJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have always loved this restaurant but this time the fish and chips had zero taste and the fish was dry and rubbery.
It was a Friday night and it was very loud.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter was amazing!!

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MG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Brunch was a huge disappointment-I'll own I misread the list of ingredients in the frittata and did not see it included morel mushrooms that I have a food sensitivity to. But as I picked them out, the eggs were so wet that the whole meal became a liquid mess on my plate. Our server offered to have it remade or replaced and remove it from the bill. I opted for just scrambled eggs instead- again it was super soft scrambled and the texture was unappetizing. Same with my daughter's eggs so both went uneaten. Her bacon was undercooked and my sons potatoes and sausage was over cooked. Still hungry but clearly not jiving with how the kitchen prepares their food, we decided to call it good and get the bill. The server apologized and said the kitchen refused to remove the (uneaten) frittata charge, and in addition, they charged me for the scrambled eggs they made to replace the meal. Brunch was $82 and no one finished their meal. Won't be back, which is too bad because we eat out a lot and like to support local businesses.

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AF
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was impressive! Menu had many good options making it hard to choose. The Salad Nicoise with seared ahi was excellent and just the right portion. Despite a lot of concrete and hard surfaces, the noise level wasn’t obnoxious. The high top tables are mostly community tables, we sat at a “regular” dining table but I’d go back and sit in the bar as well. Not an intimate scene, but an impressive spot. Maybe it helps that we live in Sherwood, “land of few choices” when it comes to nice restaurants. A good date spot, for sure. There were kids there, but I wouldn’t bring them unless there was a good reason.

Tavern on Kruse
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thanks so much!!! We are happy you found someplace you enjoy close to home. Cheers

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Portland
184 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A good neighborhood tavern for dining.
Food is well prepared. Service is attentive when busy it is noisy.

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L
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine selection. We always have a great time!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not the most romantic, but perfect for grabbing a bite and getting caught up with a friend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The Cobb salad has a runny poached egg on the top . I order Cobb salads a lot , and have never seen this I prob won’t go back , if I do I will not order that salad .
Who does that ? Strange . The eggs on Cobb salads are usually cut hard boiled eggs . My friend was grossed out too . She also ordered the salad .

Tavern on Kruse
Responded on April 15, 2019

Once, a "Poached Halibut" was sent back because "it was poached or something" and a "Black Honey Drizzled Fried Chicken" was returned because "there was something sticky sweet on it." Now, our (2nd most popular item) "Cobb Salad - with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, bacon, avocado, smoked bleu cheese and poached egg," received a one-star review that will take 33 hard-working people several months to overcome because there was, shockingly, a poached egg on it. With power comes responsibility. K

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TD
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have had many lunches and a few happy hours at Tavern on Kruse, and they never disappoint. Food is delicious, service is impeccable, and venue is clean, neat, and very nice on sunny days. I would highly recommend giving them a try. Cheers

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SG
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is scrumptious! We had a great time, however it felt like our server completely forgot about us. She was super nice but it took forever for everything. We’ve been here before and the bad service was a first....we’ll be back as Tavern on Kruse is usually amazing.

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E
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot in an area that had always needed more solid dining choices. Nice tap and wine list. Confit poutine was good, though not very confit centric. A number of the party had fish and chips, which they liked. Nice!

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M
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual food was great and my guest enjoyed his first visit. Thanks

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was great but the Fish and chips had a very bland flavor. The Steaks were small for the price.

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OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch, friendly service, and comfortable setting. I love this restaurant.

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Y
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food and service were wonderful but the noise level was really loud. It was hard to carry on a conversation.

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KG
Portland
134 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Usually, I enjoy the food I order at Tavern on Kruse. However, this visit, I ordered their version of a chopped salad which I was very, very disappointed in. Whatever "field greens" were in the salad were just awful. And I do not know why it is called a chopped salad as nothing in it was "chopped". I ate everything but the greens. Therefore, upon finishing lunch when our server picked up my plate she asked what was wrong. I told her about the terrible greens. Not only that, another customer at the next table, told her the exact same thing. And if they are going to serve a "chopped" salad, make it a "chopped" salad with regular lettuce, etc.

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D
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service is good and food is tasty but as a person that cooks the pricing is to high for what you receive.

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LN
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first time experience! Food, drinks an service hit all points. Loved the menu and look forward to coming back for more.

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DD
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I split a burger. The burger was great, but the fries were lukewarm and a little soggy. Service was outstanding as always. Also, we made a reservation on line and it seemed there were no table available until late evening, but when we got there, half the tables were empty. Might want to check into this.

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f
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a business lunch! Food & service excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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BE
Tulsa
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first visit won’t be our last. Service was prompt and very good. We ordered the crab dip appetizer. It was good but the bread was like thick pieces of toast which were not our favorite. We shared the roasted red pepper ravioli which was outstanding but the side of salmon was a thin end piece that was over cooked and dry. So some things we loved and others not so much. We’ll try some different next time

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GW
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I last reviewed the Tavern on Kruse 2 1/2 years ago just after they opened. I've been back a few times since and I think it's gotten better. We just had dinner there with friends and all the food was excellent (well, the rosemary french fries were not very crispy). Two of our party had the Ahi tuna burger, my friend had the beet salad with a steak side and I had the Tavern burger. The Ahi was cooked just right and well-seasoned and the salad greens were great, even in Winter. Another reviewer complained about too many beets in the beet salad, but my friend loved that. My burger was rich and satisfying. Our service was good. The wine list is diverse and seems well-priced $20 (corkage if you bring your own).

The place is lively on the weekends with a large bar area with high-top seating. In good weather there is outside dining, sometimes with live music. I haven't been yet, but they advertise a brunch on the weekends that looks very good. Good to have this in the neighborhood.

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PS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not a good service for a change since they had a big party that they had to take care of. It was unusual because they are usually good and quick

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Z
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great waiter! Very attentive. Food was terrific. Crab dip very good. Really like Bolognese too.

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R
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The service here always varies greatly; sometimes great, sometimes so-so. Today it was just so-so. Wouldn’t explain why an substitution couldn’t be made at first, left waiting for a bit too long, etc. I also put on the reservation request that it was my partners birthday and I was hoping for something really special and...nothing. The food has always been on target for me and it was again today.

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CD
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time I come here, I’m more and more impressed with the food. The salmon was amazing!

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think I may have dreams about your King Salmon! The clam chowder soup was the best my husband has ever had. And the crab and artichoke dip!!! Oh my goodness so amazing. I will say the salad we got while
It was good just didn’t live up to the other dishes. Same goes for the side of Truffle Mac and cheese, some of the noodles were too crispy from baking. Overall I am so excited to come back! With how amazing it was I will be back soon!

Tavern on Kruse
Responded on February 20, 2019

Thanks for dining with us! We pride ourselves with amazing fresh food choices with local purveyors.

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LA
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful, high-energy meeting place. Delicious food. Excellent service!

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