Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill – Washington Square

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1282 reviews
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Our mission is to evolve the gastropub business by combining the traditional values of European and American pubs, to create a place where friends and family can celebrate life and enjoy handcrafted food, beers and cocktails.
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t
Portland
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch! Love the outside seating!

k
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

They've reduced their vegetarian option.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Love the outdoor patio for happy hour.

MW
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived and were seated quickly on the new covered patio for a business lunch. Service was great. The food was outstanding. Love Thirsty Lion. Lots of great tasting meal choices and beverages.

R
Portland
46 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointed in quality of food. Just ok

C
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was good, however we would have preferred to receive our appetizers prior to the whole meal as they were ordered. We waited 40 minutes for food after we ordered

JC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Love the low lighting. Makes it special and more upscale. Service and food very good.

W
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Thirsty Lion for years. I have never had a bad experience, nor food that I had to send back. It is my favorite restaurant and they continue to amaze me with their seasonal menu.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food.

l
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been coming here since it first opened. We still enjoy it quite a bit, but some of the quality at this location is starting to slip. The California roll used to be an appetizer we'd get regularly, but the last two times I was not impressed.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great experience here! The Staff were great, the service prompt and the food so delish! We came back after running errands at Washington Square Mall for drinks, for a second round...and it was just the same great experience!

CC
Portland
66 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always solid food and beverages. Our waitress was new but did a great job. Local to us so we will be back

s
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The highlight of our brunch (other than the DELICIOUS mimosas) was the service/attitude they gave my friends meal. She suffers from a very serious allergy and the manager watched her food as it was made and brought it to the table. It was wonderful to find a place that she could comfortably and safely eat without fear of a reaction.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

We waited over 30 minutes for drinks, and the waitress never came back to take our food order. Finally we flagged a nice guy down who apologized and said Hannah was our server. She finally came back over and said she thought we were waiting on another person and that’s why she didn’t take out order. Really? So if we hadn’t of flagged down the other guy we’d still be waiting to order? She could have come back and checked on us to see if we needed anything else. We finally got to order our food 45 minutes after we sat down. So we were starving! When the food did finally come, my fries Rock hard and cold, and they forgot to put the sauce on my friends salmon. Another waiter, not ours, caught the mistake and had someone fix her meal. The entire night was an absolute mess from the beginning... then, Hannah, our not so attentive waiter brings over the new credit card machines for us to pay for our meal. I was surprised when I saw my Bill was over $70 and was like, what the heck did I order? To which Hannah replied well you did have 3 drinks that are like $10 a piece, do you want to see the rest? When I looked at “the rest” what I saw was that my meal/drinks was actually around $50-55 but Hannah, or somebody had already chosen the highest tip box making my total, with tip, almost $70! Unbelievable! The service was sub par and the food was cold, there was no way I was tipping 20-25%, i was gonna tip, cause that’s the right thing to do, but DO NOT CHOOSE FOR ME! Especially when it wasn’t that great of experience.

MC
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really love the new outdoor patio seating! It's the best area in the house. Good for a business meeting or a family dinner! On the top of my list of local restaurants near Washington Square!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was awesome!

t
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new outside sitting!

BD
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service as always. Outdoor seating rocks and is good year round with heaters speakers etc in place!! Happy hour is wonderful!!

b
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

When it first opened we went a lot. But the last 4 to 5 times we have gone we have been very disappointed. Will have trouble going back or recommending friends.

MD
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to eat and drink. Love the seasonal options and social hour

AP
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed with food and service. Always recommend to others.

DE
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our table was ready when we arrived, our hostess and server were both friendly and helpful. The food came quickly, but didn't make us feel rushed, and everything was delicious.

N
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Love the new patio it’s really nice! The music could be turned down and the volume more subtle as it’s nice to have conversation with friends and family.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I just moved to town and wanted to find the perfect place for date night but also kid friendly. This was perfect. The food, service and atmosphere could not have been better.

CR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going and loved everything about it! Food, all 5 LOVED their meals. Service, we arrived early with an extra person and they said no problem we can take care of you. Our server Steven, fabulous! You can tell he likes was he does and he’s really good at it. Our drinks, on point and not overly priced. Next time we visit the Portland area we will go out of our way to eat dinner there!

PM
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience for a business meal! Upon entering the establishment, our group of seven was greeted by two incredibly stunning hostesses, who kindly welcomed us and provided pleasant conversation while escorting us immediately to our reserved table. Our waitress was at our table in seconds for our first round of drinks and suggest a few starters to compliment our libations. I appreciate that our waitress did not rush us as we took a bit of time perusing the menu while discussing matters pertaining to our gathering. We selected a range of menu items and none were disappointed. Drinks continued as our waitress stealthily observed and offered to replenish when a member of our group had a glass that was nearing completion. While we were pleasantly full, desert and coffee made for a nice finish. Thank you; I'll certainly be returning!

SB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for happy hour which was great! The food is always great and they pour a nice vodka/cran!

PM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoy coming to the TL. The place is busy most of the time, but worth it if you can get in without waiting long. Service is good, good menu selection and the prices are very reasonable. The staff is nice and the service is good.

MS
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not fond of the 2% service charge, but overall a good experience.

LA
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall my experience was great. Bar staff were very late getting deinks out.

AR
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going here. It is our "go to" place. Steven, and all of the Servers always give us attentive, gracious service and are very knowledgeable. Kirsten, the GM, is an amazing person who never seems to slow down but is always on point when it comes to Service

RF
Portland
64 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

On this visit food and service were very good. Southwest salad and poke bowl came quickly and all was good. Server engaged very shortly after being seated and took our orders

OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad experience here.

TA
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday
Great time and great food and drinks

KR
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service was great and friendly. Music was too loud making conversation difficult. We realized that everyone in the room was yelling.

NR
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Was seated fairly quick and drink orders were taken immediately after. I really enjoyed the flavor of the spicy crispy chicken sandwich(able to sample from my sis order). For myself I ordered the smoked turkey BLT sandwich, and the "extra crispy no salt" fries that I ordered.
I'll be returning for a whole spicy crispy chicken sandwich soon!

SK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation at 5:30 for 4 people but arrived early an hour early with 7 on fathers day. I asked the hostess( I didn't get her name) if she could accommodate the sudden change. She didn't even bat an eye and said "let me see what I can do". She moved a party of people that had already sat down to the outside seating(which is really where the wanted to be seated) and maybe five minutes later we were seated. The food was really good, but nothing extra ordinary. Our waitress was the best. I was really busy but we never lacked for anything. She was so good to my grandkids. The beer was nice and cold and the margaritas were good. Like I said the food was good, but would go back for the excellent service.

CM
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Still waited even with reservation, was told would be another 20 minutes for the table we reserved, so took a high one with the kids instead. Food and service are always pretty good.

LM
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was my first time at Thirsty Lion for brunch. The menu was great, lots of options for whatever your preferred brunch looks like. My omelette was excellent. The only complaint from among the six of us was that the maple bacon was too maple-y. Service was a little slow, but it was Father's Day. Water pitchers were on the table but we had to ask for glasses and waited quite a long time for them. The new patio looks great and the woven stools were more comfortable than they looked.

n
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Thirsty Lion especially the Sunday Brunch addition! Our go to place!

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