The Hairy Lobster

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Hairy Lobster is a Heritage Shared Plate Restaurant serving bold contemporary American cuisine in a casual and fun setting. Share plate dining by definition is a serving or selection of food meant to be shared between two or more diners. We have built amazing relationships with small local farmers and ranchers to provide us with the best products possible as a solid foundation for our cooking. We pride ourselves of delivering bold, flavorful food, that has been properly prepared. The Hairy Lobster also has an eclectic offering of beer and wines focusing on local gems and some of our favorite varieties from around the world. We also offer an ever changing list of craft cocktails that focus on bringing creativity and balance together. We here at The Hairy Lobster are also passionate about creating a dessert and pastry program like no other. Whether you are in the neighborhood for a quick bite, a leisurely meal, or just a cocktail and dessert, we have you covered!
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New Mexico
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was amazing. Great place!

S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only potentially "bad" thing is the shared plate format. It makes judging whether you've ordered enough food impossible. We basically ordered an entire extra entree. Still 5 stars across the board, because the next day leftovers were delicious, and ordering an extra plate isn't a big deal when it's so reasonably priced.

KK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is phenomenal! My husband and I loved everything we tried and relied on our server for a lot of the suggestions. Our server and everyone else we encountered were very friendly, helpful and seriously acted like they lived their job and the restaurant. Fun atmosphere, airy high ceilings, comfortable setting. We were very surprised on our bill - with the amount we ordered and the quality of it all it was a lot less expensive than we expected. We can’t wait to go back and bring friends

D
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience we had there. The craft cocktails were imaginative and well prepared, the share-plates were fantastic, the entrees were as wonderful as everything else, and the service was spot on making it a truly enjoyable evening. Be sure and save room for desert as these are true works of art as well as a delight to the palate.

PC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very impressed with everything all the way around, the fries were excellent!

JT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing foodie spot. Owner was just a super nice guy to come say hi. We will be back, a lot.

S
Portland
29 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was out anniversary and they gave us a card and free cupcake which was nice.

AP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing. Best part of the entire experience

GF
Portland
45 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hairy Lobster is by far the best restaurant in Portland. Every time I eat there I am amazed at how good everything taste. Some items on the menu when you read about them, you think, what? But then you try them and you can't believe how good it taste.

s
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously, the rainbow trout was AMAZING. I'll definitely be back my next time in Portland.

DV
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our tops in Oregon. A must experience!

ND
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food ok but the menu differed from the website which rather spoilt things. Food choice very limited.

SS
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was an enjoyable evening, i would not say great but enjoyable. Nothing really just stood out but all was really good.

s
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our new favorite restaurant!

LM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal choices - above and beyond the ordinary. I liked the serving style (plate sharing) and the dining environment. Super wait staff!

AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food quality has gone down over the last year. I used to be able to take my team here and love everything we ordered. Now, it is more hit or miss. The lobster was chewy and the steak was way undercooked and flavorless. The gnocchi was way too soft.

P
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Overrated. Food was unimpressive and overpriced. Labeled as shared family-style big portions, but there was only regular sized portions. My $50 steak was bad and tasted like a $14 cheap steak from Denny’s. Don’t plan on returning.

T
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service! My husband and I went there for my birthday and started with a Jungle Love cocktail then ordered Mushroom bisque, Main lobster, Pork belly and a ribeye that we couldn’t finish. We were seated upstairs and the ambience was nice, not too loud. We sat at a table between two other couples who were friendly enough to chitchat a bit. Our server informed us about the shared plates and how many to order just enough for the two of us....she was spot on! This was our first time, try it, you’ll like it! Can’t wait to go again!

TM
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time. Greated and entertained by the owner David who was genuinely nice and insightful. Food was amazing. We will plan to go back to The Hairy Lobster the next time we come to Portland.

SD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is still our go-to place for cozy dinner with out-of-town guests and celebrations! Chefs David and Melissa Root always deliver! Thanks for another pleasant evening!

c
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous, service was great, server very informative

SC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and we can not wait to go back again! Too many great options to choose from, wish I could have tried them all. Service was spot on and very friendly.

F
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was efficient food came in a timely manner. Food was exceptional.

JK
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

Food was okay. Lobster over cooked. Most staff was nice but our waitress was visibly mad we complained about the lobster being over cooked. Super uncomfortable for us.

RV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Went to the restaurant for a celebratory birthday dinner (as noted in the open table reservation). We requested outdoor seating, and upon arrival, the host asked to first double check our seating selection. We were eventually seated outside as requested, but quickly noticed that we were seated next to a rather boisterous and drunken large party. While the restaurant may not have been able to control the noise level of the drunken party, they did have control over the seating selection as there was other available outdoor seating on the patio away from the rowdy table.

The food was good as expected from the reviews, and our server was great. The ambience and noise level were poor, as the host chose to sit us next to the rowdy drunken table. The birthday note in the reservation went completely unnoticed.

Good food, but would not recommend for a special occasion.

GF
Portland
46 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was fantastic. I took a friend and they very much enjoyed the food as well and asked how the chef is able to consistently come up with such interesting and tasty food. Always a great experience.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to place when entertaining out of town guests. I’ve been here about 5 times now and each time is a gift. There is absolutely nothing I could find as a fault with this place. The environment is the best combination of casual and upscale. The environment is large enough to hold the popularity (I’d still recommend a reservation on weekends) but you’re not sitting in your neighbors lap while eating. The dining is family style but the portions are actually large enough to get away with getting 1-2 dishes a person. Speaking of the food, WOW! I don’t think I’ve ever tried a dish I didn’t like here. The food is also served in these cute old style dish sets. The service has always been attentive and kind. Save room for dessert, it’s prepared by some famous pastry chef and they do not disappoint.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding, one of the best dining experiences I have ever had.

J
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice setting on Jamison Park. The food was delicious except for the heirloom tomatoes with smoked eggplant - eggplant was too overpowering

g
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This meal was probably the best we have ever had at The Hairy Lobster

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a hidden treasure of a restaurant. This is my first review ever, and I must say, my wife and I loved the entire experience. We have dined all over Portland and put The Hairy Lobster at the top of our list and look forward to becoming a frequent dinner... The waiter, staff, chefs, and everyone that works there are the best!

RD
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the craft cocktails to the savory dishes and desserts, a one of a kind experience. We
sat at the bar, conversing with the engaging bartenders (masters of mixology, really), being served one amazing dish after another. Husband and wife team in the kitchen, he savory, she sweet, battling it out for culinary supremacy. Happy hour pricing was icing on the cake. The fried chicken, swordfish and the cobbler with whipped rum topping were amazing.

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal, one of the highlights of visiting Portland!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

KK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great first experience. Minimally designed and spacious. Immediately greeted at the door and seated comfortably by one of many massive window. Our knowledgeable server explained the menu and about how much to order. The food came out delicious and spaced perfectly (Wednesday night). Would return despite the Portland Weird name because what’s in a name?

JA
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Just a gem of a small plate experience. Loved this place.

JH
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true dining experience.

HR
Calgary
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous evening at The Hairy Lobster! The food was amazing as was the service. Highly recommend it.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

All of the food dishes were amazing- every one was excellent. Our waiter was super nice and professional he just seemed to have way too many tables. The bar was way backed up and slow. It took us 20-30 minutes for our drinks to be delivered, once they were totally forgotten, several times we had to remind our waiter we ordered drinks. We had dirty plates on the table throughout the night. Once clean plates were brought but dirty, empty places weren’t picked up. The food was so excellent we want to come back. But the service and bar were so poor we’re not sure. I hope you can figure out the service side because the food was some of the best we’ve had. Good luck.

B
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entire experience was wonderful! Food, drinks and dessert were thoughtful and stellar. Service was a breath of fresh air in this lacking town. We loved the atmosphere. It was elegant and relaxed/ whimsy all at once. You can feel the effort and warmth that goes in to running a restaurant like this. Looking forward to our next visit!

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