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About The Woodsman Tavern

The Woodsman Tavern is a neighborhood gathering place for good food, good drinks and good company. Located on upper Division Street in Southeast Portland, the restaurant serves American food with classic European influences and features a raw bar, extensive beer, cocktail, and wine offerings.

4537 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Afternoon Hours: Saturday & Sunday 3:00pm-5:00pm
Oyster Hour daily 5:00pm - 6:00pm, all day Monday

Cross Street:
46th Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(971) 373-8264

Website:
http://woodsmantavern.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is on-street or in the parking lot located on the corner of SE Division Street and 45th Avenue next to Stumptown Coffee.

Public Transit:
Portland Trimet bus line #4 Division/Fessenden stops at 45th and SE Division (stop ID 1465).

Executive Chef:
Ryan Gaul

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

The Woodsman Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (30)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Good for a Date (22)
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Casual (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Cozy (18)
Fun (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Great for Brunch (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Romantic (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great Beer (7)
Hot Spot (7)
People Watching (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Business Meals (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Our waitress was excellent, friendly but not overly attentive. The menu was relatively small but excellent. Next time i go in, i am going to get the fried chicken or maybe the tower of seafood.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 10, 2018

our meals were truly stellar. Eggs benedict (our table tried all 3 varieties) the best I have ever had. Bar service is pretty slow and it was disappointing when our meals arrived before the oysters on the half shell.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

The seasonal menus are always impeccable, the cocktails well thought and delicious and the service excellent.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

We love it told our good friends so they went the next night and also love it

Tags: Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 8, 2018

A friend had difficulty finding a satisfying vegetarian option – otherwise everything was quite good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Good food. The bar is the spot.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I am reluctant to rave any more about this place than I already do, for fear that it will become too popular and turn itself into that dreaded Portlandia "reservationless" brunch episode. But I'll take my chances and rave anyway: This place has the taste, talent and street cred to back up its foodie reputation as a local go-to, the stellar service to keep people coming back, and the laid back, five star style to remind even those from the West hills there are still reasons to venture beyond the river. Well done Woodsman! See you again soon!

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Everything was great but it is so loud. The acoustics were terrible and we could barely hear each other. The food was delicious and our server is always warm and attentive. We've had her wait on us a couple of times in the past.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Fantastic food and date night. Fried chicken is amazing...just wish we could have tried more of the choices on the menu. Next time!

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Delicious food, great service, wonderful time. Worth the price.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Our first visit to the Woodsman and we will definitely be back. Hostess , wait staff and bartender all great. Food was top notch - comfort food with a southern flair. Burger and fries easily one of the best in the city. Blackened catfish and side of mac n' cheese also terrific. Short beer on tap list but selections more than make up for it - had a wonderful Kolsch and a Saison. As an added the bonus the music they play was fantastic. A great spot for special occasion, date night or just everyday dining. Highly recommend the Woodsman Tavern.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Great Beer
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I love their fried chicken. Always great service and ambiance

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Best Eggs Benedict I have ever had with a really good muffin that held up to the topping without getting soggy. Heaven!

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Outstanding as always. Woodsman never disappoints. Sunday brunch and fried chicken is a favorite.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, People Watching
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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was great and service may have even been better. Thanks Allison

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a reservation for 845 but weren’t seated until 915. The food came out really, really slowly; shockingly, since there was only one other seating at our time. The oysters were amazing but that requires little skill or effort. Cocktails are great. The food is really overpriced and sub-par generally. It’s elevated comfort food with fancy menu-speak and local ingredients but the execution is marginal. The food looks pretty but tastes only ok except from the burger which is excellent. Server was awkward and made lame excuses about why the food took so long. The hostess was incredibly sweet, energetic and gracious. The atmosphere as always is super cozy and fun.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 19, 2018

If someone doesn’t like The Woodsman, then I don’t like them. Boom.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Best fried chicken in pdx thus far, basic and tasty. service excellent. atmosphere pleasant. can't wait to try cheese burger!!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Doug Adams from Top Chef (finalist) revamped their food and it is SO GOOD. Fried chicken, hush puppies are definitely a must (mac-and-cheese was pretty good but wasn't my favorite). I don't how you can make fried chicken and hush puppies an exquisite, delicate, succulent fine dining food, but Doug did it. The restaurant was already known for its wooden plank fish dish already and Doug also tweaked that (didn't try it but I'm sure it's good).

we went there for our 6 month anniversary because of the fact my wife follows food shows and it was a treat that the restaurant set it up for us to meet Doug. Probably not the quiet "ambient" anniversary you would think of because it was a bit loud from the bar scene, but we went for the food and the staff made the night super great for us.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Never disappoints. Such good food. Share things to get the full experience. Oysters so yummy. Mashed potatoes omg. And of course fried chicken. Great date night location (small wine pours. Lol)

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Everything we ate was amazing. The oysters are always fresh and excellent. The Fried Chicken and Navy Beans we’re both incredible. We’re already planning another date night to come back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The hostess ruined my evening. Not only did she not acknowledge us directly, she sat the couple who entered the restaurant after us, before even acknowledging us. Then she sat us next to the only occupied table in the restaurant. Fortunately, they were a civilized couple as we were only inches from them. In my head, I pretended that all the empty booths were already reserved. Turns out that they weren't. Just a very bad front of house. The food was good. Just really hard to focus on the food after such a rough start.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. Recommend.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

We recently read the write-up in the Willamette Week and thought it would be fun to go to the Woodsman again. We hadn't been in years and remembered having delicious dinners there before. We were sorely disappointed. We had expected something similar to what we experienced before - fresh, delicious country/NW style country cooking. However, this place has changed! It is more like a local joint now. They have a comfort food theme and frankly the menu is quite limited. We liked the cauliflower steak appetizer well enough but it could have been cooked just a little longer. The crab rolls were simply crab salad in a white bread roll and the vegetable crudite was skimpy at best with a poor presentation. The ranch dressing accompanying the crudite was delicious (I later ordered a side for my roasted potatoes) but there was a lack of vegetable variety to make ordering this dish worthwhile. I got the trout which I had ordered and enjoyed previously at the Woodsmen years ago. It was slightly rare, which many people enjoy but was not to my liking, and it had so many small bones I could not even see them in the dim light to remove them in order to eat it. My husband got the burger and liked it well enough but reported it wasn't anything special. The fries and sauce that accompanied it were delicious and we all enjoyed them very much. My father-in-law seemed to enjoy the pork chop too but did comment on the presentation. It was sliced as if it were a pork loin roast or the like. My mother-in-law ordered the shrimp and crab louie and enjoyed it all except the bacon which she felt was too strong for the delicate flavors of the shrimp and crab. Desert pan brownie and pecan pie were good overall, although the pecan pie could have been heavier on the pecans and the brownie was a bit too sweet. Service was slow.
All-in-all, I would recommend the Woodsman only if you were prepared for a mediocre meal.
I myself will likely not be returning.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food and outstanding waitress. Thanks for taking reservations

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It took over 45 minutes to get our simple appetizer. They forgot it was my husbands birthday. Service was slow throughout.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Another opportunity to Top Chef-stalk. Doug Adams is the chef now at Woodsman Tavern. His fried chicken, a winning dish of his, was phenomenal. Added to that, collard greens, beautifully prepared, and a buttery biscuit and wedge salad, and you are in for a treat of a meal. We had a few of their cocktails as well, for a enjoyable, well-rounded evening.

Tags: Disabled Access, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 4, 2018

A great dinner with fantastic fried chicken and sides. My wife had the trout that was cooked to perfection. We shared a couple of side dishes, the mashed potatoes and gravy (just like mom made) and a squash dish that was really yummy. I also had hush puppies, which took me back to times spent in the south, they were that good. I highly recommend going for brunch and having one of the conditioned bloody marys.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had great service from Michelle at the bar. She was friendly and attentive in spite of being the only bartender in a busy place. The food; both burger and trout were excellent and the cocktails yummy.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wish we could have been seated in the non-TV section which was quieter. There were empty booths that were still empty when we left!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Best bucket of chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and greens we have had in a long time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The Woodsman is awesome! We eat there all the time, and enjoy everything about it!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve pre fixed menu was outstanding. Best meal we have has in Portland yet.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent as always. The Woodsman never fails to deliver in food, service, and ambiance. One of the best and most Portland-y restaurants in town. Great for locals and visitors alike.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fantastic menu, top notch service from a friendly, down-to-earth person. Great Christmas Eve celebration.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

slow service (2 hours till the food came)
Food was fine but not particularly memorable
No vegetarian entree

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The bad: It was extremely noisy when the two of us walked in—several notches above “energetic.” We were seated at a two-top and literally could not hear each other talk. Service was very slow...we ordered a glass of red wine and saw it sitting on the bar only five feet away from us for 10 minutes (yes, we timed it) waiting to be served to us. They weren’t exactly packed, there were two empty booths in the room we were in.

The good: We really liked the looks of the place both inside and out, very cozy inside with all of the wood and nice decorations for the holiday. The noise died down A LITTLE while we were there. The food was very good. We had the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and a biscuit, all delicious.

We will go back sometime, but will ask for a booth because of the noise. That way we can sit next to each other. Or we will sit at the bar. And hope the service has improved next time.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We were there with friends. We had a cozy booth away from the bar side. A game was on during happy hour, so that side was busy and a bit loud. The food was fantastic, everything was perfect! Great beer and wine selection too. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was very good. Even the hushpuppies were excellent, and I usually hate (not just dislike) hushpuppies. Oysters were plump and tasty with only a little bit of grit, which can throw off my enjoyment of oysters quickly. The plating of the blackened catfish was a little disappointing in that I could hardly see the fish (dark restaurant, dark seat, dark plate, dark fish with lighter colored things atop), but it tasted quite good. I'd say the only real disappointment were the crab rolls. Partially because they were crab on a roll, rather than the expected crab cake like dish, but mainly because the crab, while good, was dry and didn't really incorporate the roll (if that makes sense). Drinks and desserts were excellent.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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