Portland >Pix Patisserie
While most folks who frequent Pix fill up on sweet tortes and macarons, I suggest sipping on a pour of (my favorite) Caol Ila 12-year. The smokey, peppery whisky in and of itself is a meal, with the taste staying with you long after.
Bar Vivant's drink "book" is extensive. If you're a first-timer check out the bottles on display by the front door after drooling over brightly colored macarons, tarts and torte.
Champagne, sherry, tapas, & sweet treats - you can find all those at Pix / Bar Vivant. A beautiful space that combines two tasty worlds: tapas to die for and desserts you'll want to drive for.
Cheryl Wakerhauser’s new pâtisserie-meets-tapas bar offers a taste of San Sebastian with a side of Gay Paree. With $5 pours of Spanish wines like txakoli and tinto, a killer Champagne list, and a dozen sherries by the glass, Bar Vivant is a suitable substitute for that European vacation.
It’s my theory that many a first date deal has been sealed at this popular Portland dessert den, courtesy of the wall o’ champagne, sultry décor, and far-reaching rows of ornate Parisian-pretty desserts and sweet treats like the ooey, gooey, chewy housemade Oregon cherry nougat, delicate fruit gelees, and mighty macaron rainbow. (PS: Delight your date with one of Pix’s colorful macaron posters & cement your second date dreams...it'll only cost you a quarter.)
great desserts but not worth the service. This place is lucky their desserts are delicious! We were told to sit and wait for our order to be taken once we knew what we wanted but It was uncomfortable to be asked to sit down and look at the drink menu when all my party was there for were the desserts. Once we were seated it took 15 minutes before someone finally came over to take our order. Pastries were delicious but coffee was terrible; to be honest there are places in Portland with desserts just as good where you don't have to be treated cheaply. Pix needs to drop the "go find a seat" act and just relax a bit
Little Miss Tattoo needs to listen. Fourth visit. This was to be our first time "to go." The over-tattooed "help" at the counter asked if it was here or to go and we both responded "to go." She said, "look in the case and then I'll come to your table to take your order." We both thought that was odd, but sat down. Then the princess brings over menus and waters. My wife said, "We're just getting a to go order," to which the clearly out-of-it server said, "Well now that you're here, you might as well look." We'd just had drinks and lunch elsewhere. So we ordered a dessert and sat there and ate. And waited. And waited. We thought maybe she misunderstood, but part of me wonders if she didn't just do that to try to get us to drink. Finally, I put enough cash on the table to cover the dessert and a more-than-generous 20% tip. Suddenly she noticed us. "You haven't paid yet," she yelled in front of everyone. "Yes I have. It's on the table," I said, closing the door. I was tempted to go back in and remove her tip.
Idiots lost our wedding order. Lady behind the counter really copped an attitude. We paid for the 2 samples after dropping a couple hundred dollars on the order. No issue with this, although a "congratulations, thank you for your business, don't worry about the samples" would have been nice, but they charged our card, then lost the order. Complete idiots. We'll see if they can pull their collective act togethre long enough to come through . . . We've been working with them for 2 days to try and get the order placed again.
Who doesn't love chocolate. I love that I can stroll in early for a coffee and some breakfast, and end my day with a glass of wine and some fine chocolate.
I rocomend this place to everyone!!!.
I loved the queen of sheba with coconut chocolate swirl ice cream on top!!!! If your going to pix u must try it!!!
Every time I come to pix I am pleased. The staff is friendly and the food is wonderful. Not only are their desserts awesome but their sandwiches are tasty.
One of a kind! Special treat!. We have had a great experience with PIX. Everything is awesome! We did have one bad experience at xmas we ordered the coffee log cake. It was not their usual quality and the flavor was off. This was not typical.. so we called. The immediately gave us a gift card and invited us back! We have yet to use that but are anxious to get back in there... You really can't go wrong with any dessert from this place. The homemade ice cream is also fantastic!
Macarons.... I agree, the service isn't great. It's sometimes a hassle to get anybody's attention. And yes, sometimes the cakes can be a little on the dry side. But they have a great beer selection, and I'll continue going just for the macarons. Convenient area, too.
adorable and delicious!.
This patisserie rocks my world. I go here pretty often for coffee in the morninging, and drinks at night when this place gets crazy fun. The servers are sweet, casual (not rude) and are friendliest when they're treated like human beings. I've seen customers act like spoiled two-year-olds if pix is out of a certain macaroon flavor - it makes me sad, too, but I'm not going to get all freaky about it.
Enough with the negative - their desserts are delishus! I love their blue cheese truffles (!!!) and the royale best of all. Full bar, yummy chocolate, cute servers - maybe this is what heaven is like.
Prices too high for mediocrity. There are way better places on Division with way better food and way better prices. Lower your prices and I might come back.
Very, Very Sad.
Honestly, I have never written a review before, but I have never felt more compelled to complain of my service. I fell in love with Pix on Division years ago and was excited to see that Pix had arrived in our N. Portland neighborhood. When my partner, daughter and I finally got around to venturing in for a late night desert and coffee, I was looking forward to the same sweet experience I had had in SE. I couldn't have been more disappointed. I would echo many of the same complaints of other customers. I was made to feel like an idiot for perusing the display case. When we sat down to order, my tart was practically slammed down on to the table, no silverware, water, etc. The waitress was very abrupt with us and took forks and food off the table before we were done with them. I understand it was busy, but we were paying customers and had hoped to spend a good twenty minutes languishing over our deserts, coffee and conversation. Instead, our bill came 10 minutes after being served and when we didn't get up right away, the waitress had the nerve to come to our table and say, "Didn't I give you your bill and pick up your payment? Yeah, ok, that's what I thought." We were disgusted and her attitude definitely worked, we got up and left and will never return.
I'm a "hipster" myself and won't rag on hipster attitudes, but if you're in the service industry, you need to stop and think about the atmosphere that you are creating and what your patrons are hoping to experience. It sounds like she (or maybe there are others) is ruining this experience for several people. I'm surprised it was so busy!
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