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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

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
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Casual (19)
Local Ingredients (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Fun (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Cozy (8)
Seasonal (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Happy Hour (7)
People Watching (7)
Great Beer (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Healthy (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was wonderful; raspberry cobbler was so delicious! Great wine selection too!

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 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

I booked a table through the app earlier today and the restaurant never received it and didn’t have a table for us. They managed to work it out in about 20 minutes but they had no knowledge of our open table reservation.

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 (Portland)·Dined 4 days ago

Our waitress was good, but the bar service was pretty slow, which is unusual. Our food came out about five minutes after our drinks showed up. The second round of drinks took just as long. The waitress made it right by comping part of our bill. She was at the mercy of the bartender. Still love this place - everyone has an off night once in awhile. Great food, great drinks, reasonably priced, nice people working there and within walking distance.

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·Dined 5 days ago

The service was so great - I arrived early for my reservation, but was able to wait at the bar. Their cocktails are fantastic and imaginative. Once we were seated we ordered the guajillo pork chop and the trout, with a side of mashed potatoes and two oysters. All were so delicious, and our waitress was fantastic. Would absolutely go again.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The server was new and did such a great job. Everyone was happy with the dishes. The bartender chose a fantastic scotch for me after taking in my amateur description on what I liked.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was professional! We only tried one entree (the pork plate with sweet potatoes) and it was perfect.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 6, 2017

great fried chicken, nice wine list. Very cozy restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very unimpressive . Had brunch there but the choices were very limited. No salt or pepper on the table and the only jelly they had was jalapeño. Could hardly talk due to the noise level

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food was very good and the atmosphere is casual but cozy and more upscale than casual. Very nice interior design. I went a couple months ago and the food was hit or miss, not as good as I remember. Decided to give it another chance and good thing, the menu has changed around a bit and food has improved. Excellent bar tender too!

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Nice people, unbelievably loud, conversation impossible. Good burger, over spiced fries.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We love the Woodsman! The menu is always changing, simple yet delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This has turned into one of my go to spots in SE. Always a fun vibe, food is always spectacular, drinks are on point...definitely one of the top 5 places to take out of town guests..

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Bucket of Fried Chicken and veggies is second to none!! Love the atmosphere, cocktails, and decor. One of my favourite eats in all of PDX.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Menu was light on gluten free options which limited the selection for 2 of 3 guests. Reviews touted gluten free and even calling restaurant to verify. Not a BIG deal but was part of the reason for choosing place. Too late (hungry) to search and travel to a different restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We first went to the Woodsman right after it opened and have loved it ever since. Too bad they do not serve the chocolate pudding anymore, as that was THE BEST! That said, we love the Tavern.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food and service are great. Nice wine selection (not large, but some nice wines and nice values). Portions are large, plan for taking food home. I love this restaurant, it's a fun place to eat. The only complaint I have is that it is very loud.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Casual, Seasonal
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

A rare miss for the Woodsman, but they weren't up to their usual standards

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Delicious food and a fund atmosphere! Very meat-heavy menu, so vegetarians would be wise to look it over before going...but the meat (of all types) was super tasty. I gave four stars because the desserts were just okay. That said, we'll definitely be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Woodsman, as always, was a wonderful, relaxing, delicious evening meal. Only glitch was that our 5:30 reservation came up at 7:30 on WTs computer. Absolutely no problem as we were seated immediately. Just FYI. We love Woodsman Tavern!

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fun
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Loved that Woodsman took reservations for a wonderful brunch! So many others make you wait for a table. Great food and service!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food and service, the brussel sprouts were delicious as well as the 30 oz steak!!

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Fun, Live Sports
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very nice place! Read some reviews prior to and learned that the fried chicken is the most popular item on the menu. Of course I had to give it a shot, and It did not disappoint! Also got the cheeseburger, very good!!!

Can't forget my delicious Irish coffee for dessert. They definitely know how to mix a very good drink!!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very underwhelming dinner and experience. With all the great restaurant options in PDX, you can see why they weren't busy on a Friday night at prime dining hours. Hadn't been there for approximately 3 months, and will not be going back anytime soon.

Food was bland, and the large steak for the table was not good at all. Vegetables (Brussel Sprouts) were probably the best items on the menu.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service was excellent and the staff were excellent.

But the menu, and the food, were a tremendous disappointment. We expected lots of beef options - that’s what they’re famous for - but found only two: a meatloaf sandwich and a 30 oz steak. We had the sandwich and the fried chicken. The meatloaf was fine but nothing to write home about. The fried chicken was gamey and soggy. The tomato salad was buried in shaved Parmesan - late September is THE TIME for tomatoes in Oregon - we wait long enough for them - and these were totally subsumed by the thick, waxy Parmesan. Very sad.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

My third visit, been great every time. Food is tasty, service was great. Atmosphere was inviting.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Fun, Great Beer, Live Sports, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 15, 2017

This used to be a go to place, and we hadn't been in a while. The food was TERRIBLE. For the 3 of us, it went from bland and ordinary (not ok in Portland, and at high prices,) to gross (creamy mussels served with saltine crackers! Yikes.) The dessert, pecan pie, was so bad (bad even for remade from Safeway) I actually told the waitress, who instantly took it off the bill, as if complaints like that were not unusual. I don't know what happened here, and if you just want a drink (but not to be able to talk, because even though it wasn't full, it was SO LOUD,) that might be ok. If you want to eat, this is a place to avoid.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Besides being unusually loud, the Woodsman did not disappoint. Excellent options in both food and drink, we had an amazing meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Comfort Food, People Watching, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Wow! What a meal! We were in town visiting from Atlanta and happened to drive by and figured we'd make a reservation later that night. The ambiance and the food were just terrific and so was the service. I will caution you that the place is a bit loud, as it's a smaller space and has a lively bar top but it a fantastic place with some really interesting food choices.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 7, 2017

My third visit. Love the place. Just wish it wasn't so far from my home in St. Johns. Please open a companion restaurant in St. Johns.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Wonderful meal. There were some timing issues from the kitchen but the server was kind and comped our drinks for the wait. They could stand to have some sort of sound absorbers as it was hard to have a conversation.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

So many people recco this restaurant so thought it would be a great place to take my brother who was visiting. The ambience was cool and lively. The menu is good, but very limited offerings that don't quite cover all the proteins/meal options for entrees. It was pretty pricey too. The food was definitely delicious, but I would't say outstanding, and don't need to rush to go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Servers didn't really know which oysters were which. Wine served in dirty glass. Cheerfully replaced. No charge for that glass of wine. Friendly place. Another service person became involved with our table - don't know why. He seemed on edge about something. Left a feeling that team is not relaxed with each other. I'd try Woodsman again Bc the oysters were wonderful and well-priced.

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Disappointing on veg options - and no chicken that was not fried. Wait staff seemed distracted. Nonetheless, willing to try again.

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Loved our benedicts for brunch! Service was great too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Casual
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Had a great evening on a double date. The food and drinks were fantastic! Service was excellent. Ambiance was also awesome!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Had Oyster appetizers which were good. Crab and Prawn Louis was disappointing, dressing was bland, just some crab and 5 medium sized prawns and a hard boiled egg and lettuce. Fried Chicken was slightly above average, Tad's is better. Mash potatoes and gravy was cold, had to send back to microwave, tasted like instant mashed potatoes, weird pasty taste to it. Service was sub par. Had to ask our server(s) multiple times for drinks and salt and pepper. Couldn't really tell who our server really was because different person took our order, brought our appetizers and served our dinner and brought the check. Odd???? I guess it was a team. Still no one came back to ask us how our dinner was. Probably won't be back. Too many outstanding restaurants in PDX to settle for a below average restaurant.

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food is amazing, and the service is extraordinary. Don't skip cocktails at brunch! :)

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 12, 2017

First and foremost, BLOODY MARYS! Bottle conditioned bloody marys that are perfect to kick off the weekend. Brunch is wonderful, one of my fave weekend places. I had the dutch baby, just the right size with bacon and eggs. Also had a biscuit with the bloody, as my dining companion was later than expected. Highly recommend this wonderful place for a great meal.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Disappointed, menu was limited , but the NOISE level inhibited any conversation at all. Also main push was for wine by bottle or glass, way before any food options.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The bucket of chicken was amazing, and the macaroni salad was probably my favorite I've had in town. Absolutely love the decor - can get a little echo-y and loud but otherwise a really great night with exceptional service!

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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