Tavern on Kruse

4.4
454 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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d
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

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
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

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

l
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and food excellent!

DS
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

f
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very loud inside. High ceilings made for bad acoustics and hard to talk with the others at our table. Food snd service was very good. Next time I would opt for a warm evening and dine outside

a
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice unusual decor, wall panels open in summer making inside sitting almost like outside (in a good sense). Food and service were good.

E
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great, but the service was slow. We had alot of lag time between drink orders and recieipt of those drinks. We also were only visited by our wait staff once during a 2 hour time frame to check on us or see if we wanted more drinks. We probably would have spent at least $50 more had we been asked more often if we wanted more drinks. The food was great but a bit overpriced. The ambiance is great and the drinks we did get were fantastic.

EM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Food and beverages were excellent quality and you could tell the Chef put a lot of time into his dishes. Riedel stemless glassware for all the wine and for each wine we ordered it was served in the correct glass. Service however was mediocre and more an order taker experience in that server seemed to not know her menu well and her recommendations lacked any detail. Simple questions like what's your favorite dish was met with 4 different names of menu items however no substance like taste or texture. Overall though would definitely return, dishes somewhat pricey but we'll worth it!

OT
Portland
45 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive. The food...was lacking seasoning.

MG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent as usual with an added bonus of the restaurant being opened up because of the beautiful weather we had! We ate inside, but kind of felt like we were outdoors and it was actually very quiet! A very pleasant evening.

B
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Server was very nice, knowledgeable; service was only a bit slow because I think they were understaffed (we did go on a Sunday evening). Food was a bit pricey, but well-prepared. Good wine list. Would definitely go back.

BE
Tulsa
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

BT
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TD
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Food was tasty but was very small portion and overprice.

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.

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.

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.

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

Good for meeting up after work or for happy hour

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.

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

Great service, beautiful atmosphere & awesome food!

KD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Moms 73rd Birthday

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.

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

Easter was amazing!!

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.

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
188 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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