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Permanently Closed - Thirst Wine Bar & Bistro

237 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Focusing on local cuisine, wine and spirits. Unwind on the Willamette and soak in views of the River Place Marina. All of our rooms feature floor to ceiling windows. During warm months our patio seats 125. We serve full entrees and smaller plates / appetizers for pairing and sharing. Scratch menu usues local ingredients. 90% of our menu is Gluten-free! We change our menu based on the season.
We scour the Pacific NW for new and interesting wines and change our wine menu frequently. We are very selective about what we serve at Thirst and only serve wines that best represent the wonderful wines of the Pacific NW. We have over 30 wines by the glass and 100+ we serve by the bottle.
Our private dining spaces can host all kinds of events. Business Meetings, Receptions, Parties, Finners, Wedding-related and family celebrations! Book your event today
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Northwest, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
DINER: Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
HAPPY HOUR Tuesday - Saturday 3- 6 pm; All Day Sunday
BOTTLE SHOP: Wednesday - Saturday 2-7 pm
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Phone number
(503) 295-2747
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cory Whitesitt
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Private party facilities
Gorgeous private space overlooking the Willamette River.
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Private party contact
Leslie Palmer: (503) 295-2747
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Thirst can cater with at least 3 days notice.
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Cross street
SW River Dr.
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Parking details
There are many public parking spaces in the area. The most reasonable one is beneath The Strand Condominiums. Most are less than $6 after 5 pm
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Public transit
Street Car: will bring right down to the waterfront, get off at "RiverPlace".

Bus: The 35 will take you from down town to the SW waterfront. Get off at River Pkwy & River Dr (Stop ID: 13180)
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The Esplanade best people watching in the city!
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Special events & promotions
Thirsty Tuesday - $39 for TWO People. From Chef's Choice Menu - Appetizer for each, Entree for each, Dessert to Share! Can't beat that!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Settielove (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Fun and delicious New Years 3 course dinner. Have us a surprise appetizer when we sat down. Every course was portioned to perfection. Had a beautiful view and even started snowing in the middle of our meal. Loved this place!

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
1.0  Dined on August 21, 2016

Awful experience on a Sunday night. Apparently this place doesn't know how to (a) staff properly and (b) provision their kitchen to provide the marquis items listed on their menu. This was my wife's choice for our second anniversary...and what a horrible choice. Arrived at 6:20 p.m. for our 6:30 reservation and were seated, but largely unattended for :!5 minutes. They were out of our appetizers of choice, substitutes arrived after a very long wait. Entrees arrived after a 1-hour 40-minute wait, and because they had run out of polenta, the meal was unsatisfactory. Sent it all back and asked to be cashed out. The servers were not on their game. Slow to attend to anyone. If this is the norm...and I hope to God for their sake it is NOT...this place has no business being in business.

Tandy (Portland)
2.0  Dined on August 10, 2016

Food service was extremely slow. It was a quiet evening and the long wait for appetizers almost ruined our night out.

vipJanet (Las Vegas)
1.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

We had by far the worst service we had ever experienced. It was too bad because the food was good. Not recommended.

ChattyHappy (Pittsburgh)
2.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

My mom-in-law was coming to visit for the first time. I went online and reviewed the menu for Thirst to make sure I (vegan) would have food options. I also saw that they had Happy hour specials from 3-6p. Based on this info I made a reservation via Open table for 5:45p. We arrived and it took a couple minutes for the two waiters and ?manager? to break off a conversation and get us seated. It took several more minutes for our waiter to arrive and drop off menus at which point I asked about the Happy hour, only to be told that because of a special event occurring downtown, they didn't have happy hour (not consistent w/ web site). We said okay and looked at the menu which was different and smaller than their online menu. It also lacked the identifiers of what was vegan. After another wait, the server returned and I asked what food items were vegan. He didn't seem to know and said that their really wasn't anything on the menu. When I pointed out that the hummus and olive appetizers might be vegan and asked about the gazpacho he started to clue in. The rest of the dinner was similarly poor serviced. The food was decent but not great, and certainly not worth the "special event menu" pricing. The best part, by far, was the river view. My recommendation: Call and double check about happy hour and don't spend extra for dinner.

vipMarybeth (Portland)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

Wonderful meal. We had the baked brie, the artichoke spread, and the half chicken. Fred, the Manager, is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Great, relaxing and wonderful meal.

DougH (Portland)
2.0  Dined on June 12, 2016

The service was extremely slow and in the end the food was not worth the wait.

DuWinter (Portland)
5.0  Dined on May 24, 2016

Been to this place twice and I can honestly say that the wait service has been among the best I have ever experienced. The food is excellent. I will not only recommend this place to friends, I will be sure to make up excuses to take them there.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on May 18, 2016

Thirst was on the list of establishments donating a portion of the proceeds to Raphael House. It was a great reason to stop in to a place I'd been wanting to try.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
2.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

This place was way overpriced especially for happy hour and the portion sizes were a joke. The service was beyond slow. It was terrible. I don't see how they stay in business. I'll never be going back.

Glenster (Portland)
3.0  Dined on March 29, 2016

I had the Bistro Steak (from the March Dining Month menu). It was ok, but a bit tough and not especially good. In addition it had a pepper sauce which was not described in the menu. I have a low tolerance for pepper so that definitely diminished the pleasure.

The view of the marina was quite nice. The service was good.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
1.0  Dined on March 29, 2016

Went for the Portland Dining Month menu hoping to have the smashed potatoes and the bread pudding dessert. Neither were available. The shrimp bisque had way too much salt as did seemingly everything else, even the cheesecake. I had the steak, pretty tough, partner had the salmon, over cooked. We both had roasted, er... blackened, brussel sprouts. The desserts, I had cheesecake, my partner had creme brûlée, supposedly with Grand Marnier, were quite average. Service was slow, even on a mid-weekday. Overall, we were disappointed.

KayeSera (Portland)
1.0  Dined on March 29, 2016

They were "out" of multiple menu items, server stating he "forgot to buy them at the store"; food was average at best; worst creme brulee I've ever had - it was lumpy and 'mealy'; wine pours were very skimpy and very expensive - paid $20 for a small glass of cab, checked online and average bottle price at retail was only $28. Hard to believe this spot has lasted for 10 years. I would not recommend it. Sure the view on the riverfront is nice, but ...

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on March 29, 2016

I tried Thirst for Portland Monthly Dining and loved it! It was unexpectedly warm and sunny and everyone wanted to be on the riverfront, so it got crowded and Thirst was not prepared for that many people. Slowed down the service some, but the food was fantastic, the wine was well thought out, and the service was friendly and informed. I'd definitely go back!

WashingtonDuck (Portland)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2016

Invite husband's new boss to join us in a social setting. Started with baked Brie, (a must at Thirst) and a great Cabernet. We had the ahi with a side of shrimp bisque and "world famous" Brussel sprout salad. They had the duck with risotto. We ended the night with the Krum brûlée. All were fantastic. Service was paced nicely without being slow. Can't wait to go back and we will soon. YUM!