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The Woodsman Tavern

4.5
1153 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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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
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Phone number
(971) 373-8264
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan Gaul
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
46th Avenue
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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.
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Public transit
Portland Trimet bus line #4 Division/Fessenden stops at 45th and SE Division (stop ID 1465).
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1153 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidK (Chicago)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

The level of service has declined sharply. Our server barely spoke to us. Odd experience overall. Too many good options in portland. We won’t be back

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

We had the eggs Benedict and biscuits and gravy. They were both amazing! Sunday brunch was great. Interesting crowd. Very noisy but warm and the staff was pleasant.

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Danny (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I think this is my favorite restaurant in Portland. It's always delicious and the service is excellent.

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Peanut (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We had reservations and after we were seated, it did take over 15 minutes for someone to take our beverage order. We had to flag someone down. The food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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vipDanandSandie (Portland)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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Allan (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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

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vipCoachGreene (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Good food. The bar is the spot.

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vipPDXCrew (Portland)
5.0  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!

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VanBaz (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 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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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

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

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Bill57 (Portland)
5.0  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.

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MelO (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

I love their fried chicken. Always great service and ambiance

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LindaB (Portland)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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Massimo (Omaha)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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vipShaiRosenfeld (Portland)
2.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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Alleycat (Portland)
5.0  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!!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 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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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  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.

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PDXboy (Portland)
3.0  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.

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vipKristinM (Portland)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. Recommend.

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Zenana 
2.0  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.

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vipLola8888 (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food and outstanding waitress. Thanks for taking reservations

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
3.0  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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