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They don't come any cuter than Caldera Public House--the wood-heavy interior is fantastically cozy, particularly during the long winter nights. A marionberry bourbon bbq burger, a beer, and a booth and you're set.
Charm and character ooze from this Public House. Ambient lighting, beautiful architecture, woodwork & live music add to the appeal of this neighborhood hot spot. Friendly staff hustle around to accommodate the full tables. The burgers & fries were very tasty. The BBQ burger was my favorite with the cajun blue cheese a close second. The back patio is nestled under the canopy of trees with lights strung from branch to branch creating a lovely, relaxed atmosphere.
Wonderful atmosphere delicious food. Kevin and Becky great job.....We look forward to going back when weather warms up for the outdoor seating. Hopefully, we can go back even before summer....
Just a comment to another review about going into Caldera at 10:30 when closing is at 11. People this is rude if you just went in for a drink fine but to have dinner how inconsiderate. Employees have worked an 8 hour shift by then they are ready to go home. Unless you can eat your meal in 30 minutes then fine. Otherwise it's just rude.
great ambience. I love neighborhood pubs, and this one is especially inviting with it's cozy booths, beautiful architecture, soft lighting and warm wood tones. My salad was delicious--the ingredients fresh and the added grilled shrimp were plump and flavorful. We sat at the bar and our food and drink arrived quickly. BUT!!!!! The bartender who served us did NOT reflect the warmth and invitation of the food and atmosphere. Yes, we arrived at 10:00 pm and Caldera closes at 1030. But 30 minutes ti' closing sounds like an open establishment to me. We were greeted with a look that said, "oh sh--- customers." And it didn't get better from there. My sweetheart and I made ourselves comfortable and tried to engage in pleasantries with our bartender--we weren't asking for entertainment, just expecting some common courtesy. It was all she could do to utter a monosyllabic response. She didn't know where her draft beer comes from, slammed things on the counter, and was clearly put out when we took her up on HER offer of a nightcap. At one point two other employees joined the bartender in changing the music which then went abruptly from loud to silent to loud again. Not the best for keeping the ambience. It was clear to me that this bartender is an employee, not a manager (if she is, owners need to reconsider that choice!) with little investment in customer service. Bartending is a service industry as well as a hospitality industry. This one needs some schooling on the hospitality portion of her job. We may give Caldera another shot, but not if that bartender is working. Food and drink are important, but when we are treating ourselves to a night out, bad service is a deal breaker.
The best!. Fantastic place to grab a burger, hang out in the beautiful outdoor patio, or relax upstairs. The waitresses are friendly and personable, and the menu offers a lot of low-cost options. They've recently started offering little buckets of fries or tots, too. Their daily specials never disappoint. Definitely one of my favorite places to eat in Portland!
A sweet & helpful waitress, a good sandwich, a relaxing patio -- definitely going back!. What a wonderful neighborhood find! Had dinner there last week with a friend who lives a few blocks away and will definitely be going back. Our waitress was the sweetest and very helpful. Being a vegetarian she allowed me to order one of the burgers, sans the meat, and substitute egglplant. So nice. My only complaint -- the chocolate cake was a bit on the dry/stale side. I felt really comfortable and welcomed there. Like the outdoor seating.
Beer and setting - good; food and service - not so much.
We went there last night to meet up with some friends. The beer and outdoor seating is nice. They were out of some primary food items, but not a big deal except for the fact that it reduced the food choices by about 25%. The food I got (eggplant sandwich) was mediocre.
I was mostly put off by their service and attitude. It's as if they were doing us a favor by serving us. Citysearch website says they are open until 10pm which apparently is an error. They close at 9pm on Sundays. Instead of telling us they were closing, they turned the lights off on us out on the deck at 915pm. If they had mentioned they were closing, we would have left. We thought their approach (turning the lights off on us) was rather rude.
I might go back for a beer, but not for dinner and not for good service. What a disappointment.
Caldera's outstanding ambience. Six of us have been getting together for dinner once a year for 19 years. We have all traveled many places in the world. Last evening we were delighted with the quality of the food and the ambience of Caldera. We appreciated the menu and would recommend it to young families as well as to older adults. The prices are also very reasonable and the servers were quite gracious. We're going back!
I wanted to have a good time here as my foodie brother recommended the place but . . .
Although the waitstaff was welcoming and quick to bring us the food we ordered, there were an obvious service flaw. Our waitress left her shift without notice to us and we were abandoned. I went to the bar and asked for an after-dinner drink and the person covering the bar handed me a menu and said to go sit down and decide.
My food (which was a nice pork chop with a lovely salad) was satisfying as was my companion's but the evening was colored by almost 45 minutes of waiting for what should have been regular service. If it had happened at the start of the meal, we would have left.
A woman at a table nearby seemed to be a regular and got prompt, attentive service.
Caldera owners: PLEASE update your menu! :-). We were so happy when Caldera opened in our neighborhood. Very friendly staff, comfortable atmosphere, and a lovely back garden for warm evenings. The food is OK comfort fare, but they have not changed the menu since they opened! Please, Caldera, I beg you to offer seasonal menus -- keep a few favorites if you must -- but your neighbors will not keep coming back for the same 10 entrees. We appreciate the small selection of non-alcoholic drinks (a yummy French sparkling apple cider that they'll bring in a cute ice bucket if you ask).
...I agree, the service friendly but it is also VERY slow. It took 45 minutes for us to get our food and my poor fiance was still pretty hungry after he ate his hamburger and the very few chips they put on his plate. I loved the beef stroganoff, though the meat might be considered too tough by others. Nice dessert menu!
The restaurant itself is charming and very fun to visit. There is a very comfortable atmosphere at Caldera Public House.
Brilliant beer & ambience, horrible food. A beautifully restored little house on Stark St. on the side of Mt. Tabor, the Caldera is a sweet and intimate little pub with fantastic, hard-to-find beers that are worth making a special trip for. (Our favorite on a recent trip was the Slow Train Porter from Portland's Amnesia Brewing Co.) The warm wood and dim, golden lighting make this a terrifically cozy place for hanging out and getting warm in the winter. Caldera also has a wonderfully secluded little patio for when the weather is warm. HOWEVER! The food here is shockingly underwhelming, even bad. Other reviewers have noted this, and we can't believe it is still the case. While money and care were clearly spent on the decor and the beer selection, it seems nothing at all was spent on the kitchen. On our recent trip, we were served unbelievably messy, yet only lukewarm, poor boy sandwiches and burgers with half-melted cheese kind of falling completely out of the sandwich and ingredients flying everywhere. It's absolutely shocking - to have done such wonderful things with the location, yet to have done absolutely nothing worth remembering with the food. I mean, most people cook dinner at home better than this. Here's hoping they fix the situation, soon. Otherwise, I'm just not going to go back, not even for the fantastic beer.
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