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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SC
London
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food – simple with big bold flavours. The jerk lobster was a highlight but all dishes were great

CR
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

It was just okay.

SA
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service was perfect! We will be back for sure ! Don’t forget to try the dessert it’s worth the extra calories !

DF
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience, everyone who worked there was all about the service. The head chef came out to check on us, but also on everyone in the room. It was an experience I highly recomend

M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hairy Lobster was great. Wonderful cocktails, food was great and top notch service. All of the staff was very helpful and courteous. Each dish we had has great flavor and was well prepared.

KJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. Our server was great and helped us decide on how much to order. We never felt rushed and had a wonderful evening.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is great, we would go again. We weren't sure why we were annexed to the top floor (at one point the only people up there), but outside of that it was great

J
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing flavors with unique local fresh ingredients. We will be back!

WB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dining month menu from top to bottom. Innovative cocktails and excellent service. Yes the name is a bit off putting for some but the meal is worth it

AZ
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place with a very interesting menu. Definitely worth the visit if you're a foodie and are looking for a change from the usual fair

DL
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. Great food and service. Inventive and delicious menu items. Ideal for a date or for a large group that wants to share food items.

NW
Portland
45 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portland dining month menu brought us in. Lobster with the jalapeño biscuit was delicious.

AD
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is designed to share, I like that. Its fun to order 9 dishes and share them between 4 people. Favorites included the broccoli and the lobster with kale.

Nice ambiance and great service.

B
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner, outstanding service. Would definitely recommend to others

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve gone to the hairy lobster a couple of times now, most recently for their Harry Potter themed dinner. Without question, this is one of the best restaurants in Portland. What I can’t figure out is why we can always get a reservation here. In fact, the ease with which I initially secured a reservation around the Christmas Holiday last year made me question whether it would be any good. Boy was it!
So shhh... don’t tell anybody about this Hidden gem.

E
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hogwarts at THL experience exceeded expectations on every level. They truly transformed a Wednesday into a magical escape from reality. Every detail was carefully crafted to whisk you away from a typical Wednesday night into something truly spectacular. The food was incredible. The ambiance was inspired. They took the time and effort to make this a stand out event. We feel so thankful that we got to be a part of it and hope they will do it again soon.

s
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time we've dined at the Hairy Lobster. This time we went for their Hogwarts Great Feast special event. They transformed the restaurant into Hogwarts' Great Hall. There were many courses all coming very quickly, and everything was presented beautifully, family style, and with a magical flourish. The food was phenomenal and the staff were all very into the theme. It's probably the closest I will get to dining at Hogwarts. The high price of ticket per person was definitely worth it though. I wish I was able to try more of the specialty cocktails, but the 5 o'clock to Hogsmeade was yummy. We were ushered "home" via Platform 9 3/4 and a trip to Honeydukes to take a treat home (included in our dinner price). I highly recommend the spare ribs and the fried chicken, which I'm sure appear on the regular menu.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a theme night - Harry Potter. The attention to detail in the decor and costumes was astounding. The number of ongoing surprises was quite fun. There was way more food than people could finish and the diversity was well planned. Food was high quality, fresh and delicious. The number of dishes presented for the money was an incredible value. I really hope they keep doing these as I’d love to do more themes.

VT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I have been to dinner at the Hairy Lobster many times.
This event would be better with not sharing food plates with nine other guests.

The lobster feast is the best ! Let’s do more of those.

CM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Harry Potter dinner was fantastic. It was truly a Feast, with more food than our table could eat. The drinks were so well balanced, though the Earl Grey cocktail was my favorite. The decorations and costumes were spot on and I was transported. So many small touches made it more fun, like Honeydukes or Filch with his Mrs Norris. And then the surprise treat at the end, which had me leaving with a smile on my face. I can’t wait till they do this special dinner again!

E
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The food was awful, one of the worst meals I have ever had in Portland. Was disappointed as the atmosphere for the Harry Potter dinner was so amazing! The Halibut was super fishy, the meat was squishy and the desserts were rock hard.

H
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an incredible evening with fabulous service and food and so much fun with the Harry Potter theme. Thank you!

n
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If they only served the braised cabbage that alone would make this a required stop. Kudos to the crew there: you know that food is a shared experience, opportunity to bond, and this is reflected the in quality of the cuisine.

10 out of 10; my wife and I will be back again.

LW
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a date here and really enjoyed the shared plate experience. The attention to detail in the establishment was impressive. The service was excellent. I would recommend the Hairy Lobster to anyone who is looking for a great dining experience.

P
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One member of our party had food issues due to medications. You could not have been more helpful and conscientious in dealing with this matter. We were very impressed and very much appreciated. Thanks so much.

A
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re seating on the second floor under looking the kitchen which beautiful. The food and drinks were delicious. Waiter was super helpful double checking and making recommendations based on my food allergy. Note the food is serving and portioned family style.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most memorable restaurant experiences in the Rose City! Great atmosphere & great food. We’ll be back and also highly recommend to our family & friends :)

OT
Portland
1 review