Permanently Closed - The Bent Brick

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - The Bent Brick is housed in an iconic ivy covered brick building in a quirky and laid back section of Slabtown, nestled between the Pearl District and NW 23rd. The Bent Brick offers an exceptional experience, including house butchered roasts and steaks, homemade pasta, scratch sides and charcuterie as James Beard Nominee Scott Dolich sees it. Cocktails and libations are crafted entirely from domestic suppliers. Sixteen wines on tap are sourced exclusively from small producers in Oregon and Washington. A well curated selection of Oregon microbrews is always on tap.
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4.2
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PaulT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Hostess was rude. Even though the place was mostly empty at an early hour on a Tuesday, she would only seat us in the most uncomfortable table right next to the galley. Once we saw there were only 4 entrees on the menu (none of which really seemed that exciting) we decided to walk out and dine elsewhere.

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Mark
Portland
49 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bent Brick likes to switch up their menu which is great, but you'll find yourself missing some favorites from the last visit. Not inexpensive, but worth for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was just ok and dessert was downright meh. I love the idea of this restaurant, though, and I'm sure that some of the seasonal dishes are exceptional. Our party of 6 just didn't find any of the ones we tried worth seeking out again.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2016
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Everything ok but food was horrible, too salty and not tasty at all.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food good quality.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Probably would not come here for seafood nor Portland dining month again.

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vipChip2017
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beans in the mussels were totally delicious (as was everything, but that was a nice suprise). Kid friendly without dumbing down the food, which is great.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Dined as part of Portland Dining Month... Food was ehh, highs and lows. Although courses were very slow and 2 of 3 entrees were luke warm. Cocktails were excellent and imaginative. Doubtful we will return for full price dining.

MM
MichelleM
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was excellent and the drinks always superb. We were there on a Friday night and the place was packed. There were only 2 servers and one of them was the bartender. It took a while to get our food but worth the wait.

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vipFishinPete
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lots of places serve mussles, but BB does them very well. The short ribs were as tender as any I've ever eaten - scrumptious! A taste treat in an area with good parking ... what more can you ask for?

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Took itself very seriously. Expensive food that wasn't all that great.

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Foodsnob
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was horrible. We called before to ask if they have a bar we can sit at, they declined rudely.
So when we sat down, they immediately ask what we want, haven't given us time to read the menu. And the restaurant was filled 30% at the time. A big group behind our table has taken a chair from another table, the host came over and claimed the chair back for the table to seat new customers, kicking the big group out (they are paid customers too), while there were 6-7 more other tables available. It was not a good impression in a restaurant.
Our wait staff was stiff and not friendly, no smiles on her face, maybe they don't want our business. And she hardly came over to our table. We had had empty plates sitting there for 15 minutes before someone else came cleaned them up.
Food was so-so. The pappardelle hardly has any beef, one little chewy piece. The pork chop was over cooked, the chocolate pudding cake was bland and very dense, like a brick, maybe that's how they got their name.
By the time we left, the restaurant still had some empty tables. It was 7:30pm on a Friday night.

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Ameena
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for an excellent meal and excellent service for my thirty-sixth birthday. I know that my mom and I lingered over our food past closing time and I appreciate how accommodating the staff was. I will definitely be recommending the Bent Brick.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal. Check in staff was happy to help us find a table, even when our Open Table reservation was glitching out and not showing up. Courses were not rushed, everyone was really nice, food was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Flavors fell flat for most dishes in our party-- as if each was missing a key spice or herb. As a result, food was just "ok". Our waitress was a bit rude and abrasive... Ie first time to our table she said, "what do you want to drink?" without making eye contact or a simple hello/welcome, as if our presence at her table was burdensome. Had high hopes, but do not plan on returning any time soon. The decor is inviting and the hostess was helpful in that our table was running behind so she called us when it was ready as we headed across the street to Paymaster for drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything is great, however they could use a better wine by the glass list, it was a bit disappointing. Very good service and lovely food.

EW
ElleWoods
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, service and atmosphere. Loved they had the wine pairing option as well. The only complaint was the booth we sat at had a plant behind it that could not be avoided.

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vipAAllred
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Octopus terrine was delish. Kids menu!

LT
LestrinaTheGrape
Portland
43 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2015
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My husband and I split on our enjoyment of the meal so I'm bumping the stars from a 4 to a 3 due to the very high salt content of a few of the dishes, but my part of the meal was quite good. I was also full by the time we got to the extremely salty gnocchi dish, so I only had a taste, but since I was too full to eat any more I didn't care as much as the one who was counting on it for fulfillment.

But I thought the salads were great and the side dishes excellent. There was a lot of variety and everything was fresh and the choices varied. I would love to return if I can talk the spouse into giving it another try. The staff was great and the place is as cute as can be.

TR
TinkersRealm
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible place to eat. Warm & inviting atmosphere & the food is Beyond Delicious. Creative Presentation!!! Custom made Cocktails, Yummy Entrees & Desserts that most only dream about eating!
I have eaten here 3x's this month & each time have ordered the exact same thing as it was so Satisfying & Delicious!
What to Eat: Mussels, Wild Salad w/mustard seed vinaigrette, Butternut Soup w/Marshmallow Pat, Short Rib w/root veggies & Rice Pudding that is Definitely not like your Mother used to make it!

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vip11goose19
Portland
200 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I usually go to Bent Brick when going out to near by theater.
This allows me the option of sharing a variety of small plates. All tastefully done and presented.

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Marc
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall3food2service5ambience3

To start off, the staff was VERY nice and attended to us well - no issue there. It really just came down to the food, which we found to be average. I'm no great cook, but I felt I could make similar dishes at home in terms of taste. Yes, they were elaborate, but I've had elaborate food that was special - this just didn't hit the mark for us. We don't drink, but it looked like they had an excellent bar and wine selection. Small - a little loud - which was fine.

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Munnster
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The tastings menu was fabulous. The mussels were great. The carrots were to die for and the gnocchi lamb ragout was incredible. A bit pricey but worth every bite!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Although our meal had some bright spots for flavor A few dishes were not well executed. Overcooked fish. Overworked combinations of flavors and textures.
Great service. Good cocktails.

SK
vipSeattleKat
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I found this place when looking for a restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. What a treat! Everyone was exceptionally friendly and the kitchen really treated us to a spectacular tasting dinner. We will definitely go here next time we're in town!

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FrequentDiner
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2015
Overall2food3service2ambience3

A table for four - we ordered the tasting menu - small plate option- $50 per vs. $60 per. That was a mistake. The served portions (to be split into fourths) were smaller than the appetizer portions shown in the photos on their website. We departed hungry with a bill of over $300.

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vipToddman
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We tried the tasting menu. The portions were the largest 'tasting' portions we've ever had. It was items stright off the menu and they were great. We had 5 appitizers, 2 entrees and 2 desserts and also had a wine pairng which had some highlights. Would highly recommend the tasting menu.

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Josie
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location! Great service! Beautiful building! Fantastic food beyond your usual new American fare!! The chef's tasting menu is a unique and interesting experience that allows you to sample all of the items on the menu as well as engage a group of diners. The seasonal menu was diverse and flavorful. The drink menu offers selections for all tastes. The servers are delightful and knowledgeable about the food. A wonderful dining experience!

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vipDebi
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a restaurant we have had on our list to try. We sat outside under the grape arbor on a really nice patio. It was very pleasant. We started we drinks...they have Old Fashions on tap...delicious! We then moved on to the cheese plate and lovely bread with smoked butter. For our entree we split Braised Beef Cheeks. So good! The service was great too! Very helpful, friendly, and attentive. Go try The Bent Brick!

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cjpdx
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Walking in you enter an unusual but inviting decor. And that carries over to the food. The food presentation was really interesting. My only quibble was with the oysters. While they were tasty, they weren't chilled and had a few shell fragments. The service was wonderful.

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Jenks
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and are surprised it's not more popular. It's a great secret and the quality of food is super consistent.

G
vipGeri
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table of six totally enjoyed the tasting menu…we were blown away by the food!

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vipcedinesout
Central Coast
37 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2015
Overall2food3service1ambience3

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants, but no more! The tasting menu has always been an exciting array of small plates, but I was disappointed in the offerings and the flavors did not "pop" as they used to. Maybe they have a new chef? Our primary waitperson was miserable! She almost seemed put out to be serving, like it was a chore to be there. It made for an uncomfortable meal, not sure I will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We had reservations on a very hot summer evening. Didn't wan't too cook, so a trip to a nice Air Conditioned restaurant seemed like a good plan. When we arrived, it was too hot to be there. I mean WAY too hot. After looking at the menu, there wasn't anything paired to the summer season. It looked a a perfect fall menu. We we try to go back in the fall.

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vipcdp1276
Portland
71 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2015
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went after a great Timbers game. Things were slow and I was surprised at the rush of food pacing. We hadn't finished or had our cheese plate starter long when the waitress was trying to consolidate our plates to tell us our main entries were coming. So serving and pacing of food needs improvement and plus I asked for a second drink that never came. Finally she came back after I finished my entry to ask again. Rather than say sorry she was like oh let me check on that. Better accountability or saying that's on me would be appreciated.

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Staciel8n
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

No need to wait in-line for a table. Same day reservations available. We had a party of four and all had different entrees. We could not pick the best dish. They were all so delicious. This place is a great choice for people who want to enjoy a NW take on classic dishes, but don't want to deal with the crowds.

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vipfoodie
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The chef works with his team very well including the staff. The dishes are well prepared, great portion, and many different ways to utilize the menu for your dinning experience. Great outdoor seating area and the staff were awesome! The cocktails were definitely crafted and go with the seasonal produce. Would definitely go back.

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vipMdbarber
Anchorage
19 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great experience at Bent Brick a few years ago. Scott Dolich has again hit it out of the park. I strongly recommend the tasting menu as it's a good way to explore the flavor combinations Scott and his team have put together. We will definitely be returning.

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vip11goose19
Portland
200 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2015
Overall4food3service4ambience3

A nice casual place to go for small plates.sharing small plates of appetizers was what we did and enjoyed every bite.

J
Jamie
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We first tried Bent Brick with a large group and decided to taste the entire chef's menu. What a great experience! We loved it so much that my husband and I decided to come back sans-kids and we had a wonderful dinner. The food, service, and even the music channel they played was really good. The waitstaff was also great with our 18 month old daughter. This has quickly become one of our favorites; the chefs really know what they are doing, and the prices are very reasonable. Great cocktail menu too.

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Permanently Closed - The Bent Brick is rated 4.1 stars by 217 OpenTable diners.