Portland >Bagdad Theatre & Pub
Connected to an expensive movie theatre, this McMenamins pub food is delicious. As with all of their locations, their fries are great. I also tried their portobello and rosemary sliders. They were savory.
After a $3 second run flick at the beautiful Bagdad Theater, why not stop into the adjoining pub for a pint or two, an order of Cajun Tots, and perhaps a game of pool? I would.
Poor Service, Decent Food.
My boyfriend, his buddy and girlfriend, and I decided to try something a little different (besides the usual restaurant we eat at) and I chose to go to the Bagdad Pubs/Mcmenamins - once we were all done, I was pretty embarassed that I insisted to go here because I thought it would be nice.
The atmosphere is actually pretty nice. It's fun to people watch on Hawthorne while you're eating and the art around the pub is pretty nice. The food though - really lacking. I ordered a bacon cheeseburger with fries for about $9 dollars. The fries were good - fresh cut..but practically none. The bacon on my cheeseburger consisted of one piece cut in half, and a tiny burger at that, also. My boyfriend ordered a simple, green salad, for about $4.75- which is an okay price for salad, I think. However, he ordered chicken on top of it, and that was an additional $4.45 making the salad $ 9 dollars. The salad was pathetic...to describe how small it was, I can only compare it to a plate literally the size of a woman's hand.
The service was poor, our waitress ignored us most of the time and didn't offer anything more than to take our order. I will never go to the Bagdad pub again. We sat there for about 15 minutes waiting for her to bring our bill...I won't go here again.
Great service, beautiful theater. Several years ago I received poor service at the Bagdad, so I decided to spend my money elsewhere. However, they were the only theater playing the movie my boyfriend wanted to see, so I caved. I was pleasantly suprised to receive such great service! My waitress was very sweet, efficient, and knowledgeable about the food/ beer selection, and even told us interesting tidbits about the history of the theater. She recommended the chicken enchiladas, which were delicious! Every time our beers were low, she made sure we had a new round before our old glassed were empty. She also made a killer Spanish coffee for dessert. She offered to put our movie tickets on our tab, and made sure we were all cashed out in time to get in to the movie. We tipped her considerably well- and she deserved it! Before we left, my boyfriend told her that it was the best service we had received at McMenamins. She explained that there was a "weeding out" of the bad servers, as well as a new training program that is helping to change their reputation. It must be working! We highly recommend the Bagdad to anyone.
great theatre, terrible restaurant. i love the theatre at this place. the service and the food are horrible. i've had muliple bad experiences. the servers are rude and innatentive. for those of you ordering food and carrying it into the theatre, be sure to check your order first because it's likely to be wrong. i discovered a fried egg on my veggie burger (i asked for a plain, dry boca burger) just before heading into the dark theatre. i am so thankful i did not bite into that unexpectedly. the food is always of mediocre quality and typically comes out cold. you're better off dining at the little pizza joint across the street before the show. oh- i alomost forgot. i once asked my waitress if the ipa was very hoppy (i like bitter, bitter beer) and she goes, "uhhhhh... yeah, it's pretty hoppy... it's sort of like an amber ale....." i'm serious. you'd think if you;re working in a place that serves it's own microbrew you might want to know SOMETHING about beer. but i keep going back cause the theatre is AWESOME.
Poor customer service, sub par food, awkward restaurant set-up. When we went into Bagdad on Saturday afternoon, we arrived as business was picking up for the dinner rush. We only ended up waiting for a few minutes but due to the set-up of the restaurant/bar, we were left standing awkwardly in the corner next to a bar that is essentially impossible to navigate from one end to the other. The unfortunate folks who arrived after us were left crowded at the other end of the bar, a number of them standing within two feet of the table that we ended up seated at. It was kind of creepy to have hungry diners hovering over our table for almost half of our meal. We ordered fish & chips (both soggy w/ unremarkable tartar sauce, though the halibut did seem to be of decent quality), a tofu burrito, a chicken burrito & a roast beef sandwich. The chicken burrito was almost 2X the size of the tofu burrito & both came with a startlingly small amount of sour cream. None of the food was good enough to warrant returning even if we hadn't (later) had some of the the worst service I've ever experienced (& we tipped well!). We had left & stopped by a store close by to continue our shopping but realized shortly that one of our party had left behind a bag from shopping early that day. One friend ran back across the block to see if it could be found, the waiter who had served us had said it would be just a moment. The rest of us caught up about a minute later & proceeded to wait another 10 minutes while the waiter completely ignored us. He took orders for probably three tables, fiddled around on the computer & attended to something in the back of the restaurant. It wasn't as if it was busy, we had turned down help from another waitress thinking that he would be back soon. Finally the bartender returned & asked us if we needed something. We explained that we had thought someone else was helping us, but he was incredibly helpful and it took him less than 2 minutes to retrieve the bag and get us on our way. None of us will be returning to Bagdad for food.
Recommended for Single Alcoholics; Families Beware. As far as a McMenamins location goes, the Bagdad certainly does not disappoint in their offering of tasty microbrewed creations. You'll get your Rubys, Hammerheads, and Terminators alongside standard McMenamins fare (sans the oil-drenched fries, sadly; I mean, does Kettle chips really have to go with everything?) If you are like me, and have a penchant for nostalgia, you may not like the recent renovation that they'd introduced that included relocating the bar away from the windows and toward the back wall--which used to be home to an array of elaborately muralled booth seats (with awful, yet funky light fixtures). They've added more multiseat tables toward the 'front' of the bar, which now feature floor-to-ceiling glass-paned accordion doors that can be opened during the warmer months of the year, making the joint 'al fresco' in less time that it takes you to get the server's attention. And, speaking of service, good luck. Thankfully, I'm a single alcoholic, and find solace resting my behind on a tall barstool. At the bar, you'd be impossible to be ignored by the bartender. At one of their tables, you will either suddenly develop invisibility that you never knew you had the talent of and/or the servers instantly go blind and deaf to your presence. In the random times that I've ended up at this joint, I've personally witnessed more episodes of 'I want to speak with your manager!' than I would've liked to have seen. These complaints are normally lodged by kids-totting parents, who failed to recognize the fact that the Bagdad only appears to be family-friendly. Ah, but the Bagdad Theater will continue to benefit from my visits--if not for the brew-and-grub, it would be to satisfy my craving to people watch, even if it is to be rudely reminded how beautiful Hawthornites truly aren't.
Awesome concept, iffy execution. Like everybody else, I think the theater is amazing (although to look at the ceiling, evidently in need of repair). The restaurant/bar, however, is lacking. Firstly, the service [is bad]. I've sat for over 15 mins just waiting to get my drink ordered, and then have actually had to physically get up from my seat (twice!) and track down my server just to get a refill and the check. Secondly, as McMenamins go, I didn't think the food was that great. Overpriced and mediocre would be my description. My advice is to not even bother with the restaurant, and just go get a beer from the theater counter, and watch a movie.
Great cheap date night. Great date idea. Go here get food, drink and a movie for not too much money plus you get all in the same place.
Enjoy big-screen fun with some microbrews and pizza..
This landmark theater is restored to its original, ornate beauty. A line goes out the door on weekends no matter what's playing, so go early. Order your food and beer at the adjoining pub and take it with you into the theater. Movies usually are second-run and cost a few bucks. Admission is granted to those 21-and-over--except during weekend matinees, when minors are allowed if accompanied by an adult.
Hit the bar next to the theater.
I agree with other reviewers that this theater is beautiful. Worth the few dollars just to see the inside and you get a movie too. We went and sat at the bar before the movie since we got there early to beat the lines. Service was good here. In addition to ordering food and beer here (avoid lines??) we could also buy movie tickets (bartender offered).
Can't wait to go back and see a movie that I missed when it was the new release.
this theatre really is beautiful. . . I'm grateful for McM's bros for preserving and expanding on a great thing!
try the 'rubenator': ruby and terminator stout.
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