The Hairy Lobster

4.7
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1112 Reviews
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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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WS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience overall...led off with buns, they are something special.

CF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find! The food is outstanding - menu might be a bit limited in options, but every bite was outstanding. We started with the rolls which as simple as they are, they were the best rolls we have ever tasted! We had the mushroom bisque (outstanding), bbq pork belly, hanger steak, lamb, broccoli and finished off with the lemon cheesecake - the entire meal was exceptional. All 4 of us commented on the fact that we would recommend this restaurant to everyone and we will certainly be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic. Was able to find a good mix of food to share with girlfriend.

E
Portland
442 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's one of our favorites, for sure. Each dish is delicious and the service is top notch. The cocktails are also very inventive. It is one of the most consistent places we go to. Be sure to save room for dessert; they are truly remarkable.

NH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great find! We came across The Hairy Lobster through a recommendation, and we are so glad we did. Every staff member we encountered was very friendly and helpful. Our waiter, Nick, was very knowledgeable about the menu. We ordered rolls with whipped butter with lavender and honey, lobster tail, fries with steak, salmon with pasta, pork belly and grits, fried shrimp and hush puppies, and two desserts. The items are served family style and meant to be shared. We ate well, left stuffed and happy. By no means is it an inexpensive meal, but it was worth every penny.

RH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After having visited many, many restaurants in Portland over the past 5 months since my arrival, I have to say that my experience at The Hairy Lobster was the best so far. Quality of service, quality of food, ambiance, and attention to detail were all 5-Star. The owner/executive chef came out to introduce himself and personally check on the quality of our experience -- hands down, the best restaurant experience I've had in the past several years. Will definitely come back frequently and have already been recommending to friends. What a gem of a place in the heart of The Pearl!

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a group of 8 so had the mandatory Chefs Choice. All 9 courses were incredible and the staff was very patient as we had late arrivals that they easily accommodated and kept the restaurant open past closing with no rush at all. Could not have asked for a nicer evening.

RD
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful dining experience! Service was great and food was outstanding! We will definitely return.

PD
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small shared plates are the specialty of this restaurant. The prices are moderate except you select more than one per person, so it can get fairly expensive. They change the menu frequently based on what is fresh and available in the market. The food is exceptiaonally good and the service was also good.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic, service was friendly, we didn’t love our seats, it was an odd placement and one of the only tables without hooks for a purse.

D
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal with perfect direction from our waitress. We left very happy! We will be back.....

T
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unique and very tasty. A little spendy but very nice evening out with new good dishes and nice atmosphere

SR
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening with friends at Hairy Lobster. The food and drinks were excellent. Each dish was unique and flavorful. We didn’t feel rushed and look forward to returning soon.

a
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was outstanding, the location and atmosphere in the restaurant, beautiful However, it was so warm we found ourselves (and those near by as we were seated upstairs) peeling off layers, fanning ourselves and almost a little sick by heat. I will say they did offer to turn it down. The food was fine, but not memorable. One dish could have used some extra seasoning as we both felt it a was a bit bland and the tables don't have salt and pepper on them. All in all, a fairly okay adventure, but I was hoping for so much more.

P
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family (party of 12) celebrated my parents' 65th wedding anniversary. The Chef's menu of choices was outstanding. I can't wait to host another big group at Hairy Lobster! Thank you for a wonderful dinner!

FW
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

While the food and service on our recent visit with a small group were generally excellent, there were issues with the pacing of the meal and the expectation of how long our dinner should last. The whole premise at this restaurant is shared small plates, which we were warned would come out as they were ready. But after an initial long pause between soup and the first plate, they came in rapid-fire succession, to the point where it was hard to enjoy (or even serve) one before the next one showed up. The next issue came, when immediately after dessert and paying the bill, we were asked to relinquish the table as the next reservation was waiting. I really didn't feel we were dawdling over empty plates, if anything the meal was somewhat on the rushed side.

MB
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner, atmosphere and service were awesome. We'll be back.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty share plates and good service. We will be back.

TZ
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We ordered 7 different dishes. 2 were good, and 5 were excellent. The service was very informative and attentive, and the deserts were wonderful. All the staff was very pleasant and friendly, and our server was terrific.
My only and biggest disappointment was the prices and quality and size of the drinks, including the coffees and espresso. Most of the cocktails were small and underwhelming, and were quite expensive for what we got, even the wine pour by the glass was about 1/2 of what you would expect.

Yes I will return, but I will inquire in more detail on the beverage service...

AC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a late four-top (9:30 reservation, they close at 10pm) but they were absolutely lovely and caring to us! The food was delicious, the drinks were tasty, and the servers were attentive and charming. They even played along well with our senses of humor! Well done!
It is a little on the spendy side, but the food is delicious. Just be prepared to pay for what you are getting.

AL
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Many meals - about 10 per year for the past 3 yrs.
The food is truly amazing - one of the best restaurants in the Pearl District.
Highly recommended.

F
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat up at the chef’s counter and had an amazing meal. Flavor filled and properly prepared food... I can not really ask for more then that. Service was friendly and efficient. I enjoyed my experience immensely.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had reservations for the Thanksgiving meal. The food was extraordinary. This place is obviously top notch Top to bottom.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was amazing! The food was so delicious and the service was spot on.

JR
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second Thanksgiving at The Hairy Lobster - it is quite simply the BEST meal we’ve ever had. We drive down from SEATTLE and will do so every year! Thanks to chefs and staff for making our holiday delicious! See you next year!

WG
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Dinner was excellent!

AM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not for special meals. Thanksgiving dinner was okay and service was unfriendly.

KF
Portland
40 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was Thanksgiving Day; a prix fixe meal that was substantial and pretty delicious! The ambiance was nice (candlelight on the table would have been sweet); we were seated upstairs with a view of the kitchen which was pretty entertaining to watch. The kitchen was very organized considering the day. You could order additional items off the menu and we did see prime rib going out to tables in addition to the traditional prix fixe items. Service started out slow but then it all started to come together. I would definitely go back for another meal that’s not on a holiday.

IP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff were excellent especially for a holiday. Loved the ambience and the whole feel of the restaurant. Also loved the china. I don't know if they did that for the holiday or that is their normal dinner ware. It was eclectic old fashioned china..like my grandmothers..loved it!! Only critiques was that we asked for extra rolls - so that would be two and they charged us for them..oh well otherwise a wonderful experience

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal
Super service
Great cocktails
Loved the “family style”
Perfect portions
Made a great thanksgiving
Definitely headed back

PG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving meal. The meal was served family style. My husband took more and I took less, so it worked out perfectly. We'll be back.

AP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love the hairy lobster and the chefs tasting menu. However, this time around the options weren’t as great as usual and many more vegetarian options which we weren’t thrilled about. Service was outstanding though!

JL
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time there and fortunate to meet the owners David and Melissa on our first visit. David came to our table to say Hi. How often do you get owners that take the time to make sure your happy. Our group loved every plate. Great service, great food, great atmosphere. Our favorite place in Portland.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

16 year Anniversary dinner was
Fantastic! Great food and service was on point.

FR
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous restaurant!!! Took my wife here for her birthday and couldn’t have had a better time. Wasn’t too sure about a “sharing” format but will never hesitate again. Each portion was small but reasonably priced and very rich. We each had two drinks and shared 3 courses plus an order of Parker House rolls. Left full and happy! The service was top notch. Highly recommended!!!

S
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
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.