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Uptown Billiards Club

4.6
635 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Northwest
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

Seldom finding restaurant descriptions compelling, I'll tell you an Uptown-shaping story:

As a young assistant manager at a 5-star Caribbean resort 20 years ago, when $1000/night was unheard of, I asked the resort owner why each year we failed to make Conde Naste's "Gold List" despite being 100% booked a year in advance. He replied, "Because we don't have a pool; 25% of the score is based on a pool." I retorted, "You've got 30 acres-why don't you build one?" To which he replied, "Because if I built one everybody would use it!" I failed to see the logic. "And?" I asked. "Because people tend to do what they are most familiar with and in our case, they'll miss the beauty. If all they remember is the pool, they’ll find one closer to home next year. Here, their memories should be of (pointing) THAT sun setting over THAT Caribbean ocean with their toes in the sand. I’m not here to give people what they're familiar with, Kent, I'm here to provide something they'll never forget."
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
4-12 Tuesday through Saturday
4-1:30 Friday and Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday
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Phone number
(503) 226-6909
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nathan Bates
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Catering
Although UBC's dining room has only recently been "discovered", we've been serving AMAZING catered/buffet food for 20 years. Please visit our website for more information at www.uptownbilliardsclub.com, or give us a call at 503.226.8980 to hear about all the delicious options we can make available to you.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West Burnside
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Parking details
We offer free off street parking in the lot next door (between the bank and the cleaners) after 6pm and before 3am. There is always on-street parking on this end of NW 23rd Avenue during the evening. For events, we have access to up to 90 parking spaces a block away.
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Public transit
On the 15 bus line, MAX stops by Providence Park about 5 or 6 blocks away.
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Entertainment
We have a VERY COMPLICATED "MINORS" POLICY. The minor policy can be read on our website. In essence, we are REQUIRED BY LAW to have advance notice that minors will be coming to dinner as it requires changing signage in the building and a "team meeting" for every minor on the property. For state liquor law / minor-posting compliance, minors are not allowed to be near the bar or at the pool tables unless their party has an entire room rented.
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Special events & promotions
From wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners to reunions, team-building, company parties, client appreciation events, and more. We have AV equipment available at no charge. Your group will never eat better, and they will be served by a friendly, five-star service staff. What are you waiting for? Call 503.226.8980 to speak with Anne in booking your next event.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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4.6  based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.7
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EmmaF (London)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2017

I had the five-course tasting menu, and every item was tasty, creative, and ethically sourced. The waitress was competent and friendly. I had an excellent time.

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vipPortlandfoodie (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

This small dining room is the bargain of the century. The food is excellent and inexpensive considering what it is. We like to do the wine pairing with the tasting menu. Highly recommend this place.

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Suit (Portland)
4.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

Really a special place. I brought friends for the first time to Uptown to experience their dinner. Everything was as expected. The dinner from sit down to check lasted for over three hours. Really disappointed in that. Hard to enjoy dinner when the service is so slow.

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peter (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

Just finished another amazing five course menu with Chef Scott. The subtleness of the flavors explode in the mouth creating a need to always go back again and again. I think we talk about this food for at least a week after we have eaten it. Hood strawberries Mmmmm. Nowhere else in Portland will you get an award winning chef, creating amazing cuisine at a ridiculous price. You would be foolish not to be a regular here!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

We love this place and the chefs menu. Always had good food with a variety of flavors. Service is good with knowledgeable staff. Wine paired with the food is solid as well. We enjoy tasting wines from countries that I wouldn't normally buy from like Austria.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

The new chef hit the "Ocean" theme out of the ball park! Wow! We were a bit worried, but look forward to many creative, delicious meals to come! Kudos.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

Outstanding; they have a new chef Scott, and he does a excellent job. Presentation is superb, and each plate was so nicely built I don't understand how this place is not booked month in advance. In my opinion this should be easily a one star Michellin. Every two weeks they change the five course menu, can't wait for the next one. Definitely worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 14, 2017

Chef's tasting menu was incredible. The wine pairings were even better. Loved the Oceans theme. Well done! Great service. Good beer before dinner.

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eatsout (Portland)
4.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

We had the 5 course tasting menu to celebrate our anniversary. We enjoyed the "Ocean" theme, the creativity & presentation, as well as the variety of flavors and textures. It was great fun to read the menu and try to anticipate what might actually by on our plates when they were served! The wine pairings were excellent. Touches of bright colors and fresh, raw ingredients would be a nice addition.

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vipRobert (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 1, 2017

They have a new chef. Think his name is Scott. Great chef. The 5 course dinner was really excellent: food was great, plating was beautiful, Michelin-star dinning experience, and for less than $40 !!
Fantastic meal !!!

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peter (Portland)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

Wow. Chef Scot takes food to a whole different level in his five course legume menu. Such a cacophony of flavors stimulating the senses

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vipFrancesH (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

Some of the food excellent but service V_E_R_Y slow and no sound buffering from all the activity around the restaurant area

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 24, 2017

My friend wanted a little bit of everything, but not too much of anything, and it all to be fabulous. I knew just the place. Uptown Billiards Tasting Menu is to die for. 5-10 bites per course. You enjoy the whole thing and are never STUFFED, but 100% satisfied. By the 5th course, though, you are close to stuffed. :) Try the wine pairings! It's a deal and never disappoints! I love the rotating menus and the themed courses. The ingredient selection and menu preparation is ridiculously delicious. The presentation alone feels wildly indulgent. Go! Take Everyone! So Good!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

Uptown billiards features a small curtained dining room with a nice selection of well made small and large plates and a weekly tasting menu, a well-stocked bar, a nice jazz soundtrack in the background and lots of well maintained pool tables in two wood-paneled rooms. Service is friendly and prompt but you can linger. A great evening of food, drink and pool. What can beat that?

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vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on May 18, 2017

This is a culinary experience that takes your breath away! Every single dish in the tasting menu "The Legumes" was spectacular! The wines were just the right accompaniment for the food. The pace of serving dishes, the way we were waited was very comforting and well- suited for the occasion. The time and money worth spending. Thank you, Kent and Co.!

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