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!

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

The Hairy Lobster is offering a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving Menu filled with our Chef's favorite holiday dishes. 4 courses of some of our favorite dishes, $65 per person full table participation is required. Please indicate in your reservation notes if you require a vegetarian menu.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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S
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got too hungry before our Saturday night reservation time but the hosts were so accommodating to seat us an hour early. We had a large group and the "shared plates" were the perfect fit for us. Our server was attentive and guided us on how much to order, although we probably had one or two more than we should have ordered. The chicken friend shrimp was by far our favorite dish. The rib eye was cooked perfectly and full of flavor. The jerk lobster with kale was another hit with people in our group that never eat vegetables going back for second on the kale... We weren't all as excited about the verde mac and cheese but I still thought it was good. Save room for ice cream.

AS
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! their food is always incredible savory and delicious. you really don't want to stop! this was my second time going there, and i can't wait to go back again!

BR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had eaten here before at a large dinner. It was just two of us this time. Both evenings were amazing. The food is excellent. The small plates to share makes dinner a lot of fun. We've been hitting different Portland restaurants every week. The Hairy Lobster is in the top five for sure. It was so good, I'm taking the time to write this review.

HH
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu variety and fantastic food. You could tell the quality of food was superb. We loved the ambiance and the service was great. We will definitely be back!

CD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had friends in town with 2 small children and went for an early dinner. Everything was absolute perfection. Couldn’t have asked for a better meal (as always) or experience.

s
Greensboro
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Innovative and interesting offerings, lovingly prepared and served. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We shared the seared broccoli, the farmer's market salad, the 16 oz ribeye, and the Ahi tuna. Interesting flavors, cooked to perfection (as needed!), and beautifully presented. The ribeye had a bit of gristle and the fat hadn't been trimmed, but the flavor was fabulous.

Will definitely visit, again.

SM
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Halloween dinner party was a blast! Food was fantastic!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Themed dinner (Halloween), exceptionally presented and fun!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best Halloween EVER!!!!

LL
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Whenever we want to have a peaceful eating experience with friends, we head for the Hairy Lobster. We can hear each other speak and are rarely interrupted by service staff as the drinks and plates are brought and removed. The food is amazing! Especially the gnocci with sausage and the broccoli. Although we rarely order dessert, we had the pumpkin offering the other night and it was delicious. We have recommended the Hairy Lobster to many friends and will continue to come ourselves.

j
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Please change plates between dishes. Each dish is so delicious it shouldn't share the tastes of the last dish.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great - atmosphere, service and food. Will definitely come back and bring others.

OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hairy Lobster is a small plates restaurant with creative dishes and drinks. The Mac and cheese is a must try!! We had a large group so we were able to try most of the dishes and they were all very good. The pumpkin dessert was AWESOME!!

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERY. SINGLE. DISH WAS AMAZING!!!!!! We had 10 items off the dinner menu and two deserts and all we great. Will be back!

P
Portland
61 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome as always! Servers are very very attentive, everyone very welcoming! Good place to bring guests and family.

SA
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food quality very excellent and consistent. Always greeted warmly at the front desk. Parking is no problem. Definitely recommend "Hairy Lobster".

Thanks

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food!

RH
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We like the Hairy Lobster for it's changing menu, creative kitchen, hearty portions and good cocktails. Do not let them sit you upstairs. On our last visit, the menu was very rich, overall--it was hard to put together a small-plates meal with a lighter start...but it was yummy! The waiter, despite our asking for help specifically on not over-ordering, let us order way too many heavy dishes. Portions are gigundo--we ordered 2 per person and rolled out of the place, Violet Beauregarde style. Good value, for sure. The kitchen and bar are great (though the bar is can get backed-up at peak, even for simple things like beer and wine)--but the service is the weak link. Our waiter was young, harried, and clearly delivering stressed-out service, albeit with a smile. With such a whimsical name, and a very eclectic "anything goes" menu (green papaya salad--old school Thai style--alongside pork belly and grits), I would have expected a more interactive server. The kitchen is not fast, but it is well-paced. In that situation, you want servers that set up the expectation of a leisurely meal, with ample attention, good wine and drinks while you wait--instead, we felt abandoned, water glasses and drink glasses empty. Kudos to the food runners for getting the food to the tables hot (or cold, as required), but they were often confused: half the dishes that we ordered ended up sent to other tables, and we had at least 2 dishes sent to our table that we did not order. Long story short: great kitchen, efficient (but confused) runners, great bar, middling table service. If you are patient, and forgiving of harried waitstaff, you will not be disappointed. Worth a try!

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was amazing. Great place!

S
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

JT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

AP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our server was amazing. Best part of the entire experience

GF
Portland
45 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our tops in Oregon. A must experience!

ND
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favorite restaurant!

LM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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
Overall1food1service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous, service was great, server very informative

SC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.