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Permanently Closed - The Bent Brick

4.1
217 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Organic
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm- 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(503) 688-1655
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Matt Ross
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Private party facilities
THE FEAST $75 (FAMILY STYLE, CHEF’S CHOICE)
Bread service
3 appetizers
3 starters
3 entrees
1 dessert

FAMILY SUPPER $60 (FAMILY STYLE, CHEF’S CHOICE)
Bread service
2 appetizers
2 starters
2 entrees
1 dessert


CLASSIC DINNER PARTY $55 (PLATED, HOST CHOICE. DINERS HAVE MENU AT ARRIVAL)
Bread service
2 appetizers
2 starters
2 entrees
1 dessert

BASIC DINNER $40 (PLATED, HOST CHOICE)
Bread service
1 starter
1 entree
1 dessert


SEATED LUNCHEONS Available from 11AM-4PM as well
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Private party contact
Anna Josephson: (503) 688-1655
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
NW 17th Avenue
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Public transit
Street Car stops at NW 18th, one block away. Many bus options available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
1.0  Dined on May 10, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2016

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)
3.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

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)
2.0  Dined on April 5, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

Excellent food good quality.

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on March 31, 2016

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

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vipChip2017 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 31, 2016

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)
3.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

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.

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MichelleM (Portland)
4.0  Dined on March 18, 2016

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)
4.0  Dined on March 18, 2016

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)
3.0  Dined on March 15, 2016

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

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Foodsnob (Portland)
2.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

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)
4.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

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)
4.0  Dined on March 3, 2016

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.

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ElleWoods (Portland)
4.0  Dined on March 1, 2016

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)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Great service. Octopus terrine was delish. Kids menu!

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LestrinaTheGrape (Portland)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2015

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.

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TinkersRealm (Portland)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2015

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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