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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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!!

J
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.

OT
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.

AM
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!

BM
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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GC
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

OT
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

BM
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....

JH
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. The best crab and artichoke dip I've had anywhere. Great garlic rosemary fries. Service was very good.

O
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Only complaint - there were six of us and the server did not tell me that the gratuity was already added - that would have been helpful. I added another 20% on top

P
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food but they were out of several items which was a tad difficult with our group of seven but we made do. It’s always a bit loud in there and cold. Service is very good.

BM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Tavern on Kruse, and I brought with me an entire search committee evaluating a candidate for a permanent position at our institution. We were under a severe time crunch. I was truly amazed at the quality and speed of the service, and the food was absolutely fantastic!!!!

We are coming back as a group two more times with two other candidates for the open position, and I cannot wait!!!! I had the wild mushroom chevre ravioli and will certainly order it again!

DD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
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
17 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
11 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
21 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
5 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
73 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