Portland >Food & Dining > Meriwether's Restaurant
Gotta check it out. Outdoor space is huge and unique--felt like I was in Europe. Appetizers were amazing, best part was unique and incredible sauces. The Pinot Gris was the best I've ever had. The servers were attentive and friendly. Best place I've eaten in Portland in a long time. Only a few French restaurants have compared in terms of quality.
Excellent items on the happy hour menu to help get away from the same ol thing at other locations.
Very cozy bar and outside seating
Wonderful Everything. I recently visited Meriwether for the first time and was very impressed. The fireplace was roaring, staff was welcoming and attentive and the food was EXCELLENT! The food was fresh and very creative. I loved the creations, everything was unique. Don't let the past few reviews scare you and give this cozy spot a try. I look forward to visiting Meriwether again.
Very disappointing. I used to come here occasionally a few years ago. I always through it was decent, but not great. I went there recently for the first time in a few years and was very disappointed. The food was not good and price was way too high. Even though there were only a couple other tables occupied in the whole restaurant, service was some of the worst I have experienced in a long time. Plus, since we had >6 people, a large tip was automatically included on the bill. I would have requested a refund, or some form of discount, but since I was not with a large party and didn?t want to make a scene.
High price, high expectations... low results!. The only good thing about this place is the patio. The service and the food don't fit. Chef after chef they don't get it right. Give up.
Farm fresh cuisine served in a charming space..
Inside a historic building on the outskirts of the Northwest neighborhood, Meriwether's creates a country-inn ambience with large stone fireplaces, antique light fixtures and an airy garden patio out back. Farm-to-table cuisine featuring seasonal produce from the restaurant's own Skyline Farm is the focus here. Inspired starters like a roasted beet salad with feta cheese, spiced coconut, almonds, and pomegranate dressing set meals off on a good foot; heartier offerings - like a fava bean risotto or smoked paprika chicken - come from the Grains and Mains portion of the menu.
Good food, rude hostess, don't count on outdoor seating.
"So, table for two?"
"No, six. Outside please." (six people all present)
"Outside is reserved for a private event."
"I think we'll have to go somewhere else ... the inside isn't great for the two year old ..."
"You can come back at 1pm."
Unrealistically pricey food; beautiful building and patio.
Another new chef as of June 2008. Prices are inappropriate: $35 for a ribeye steak (that's ribeye, not filet), $15 for a bowl of fish stew, $20 for risotto with green peas, $14 for a bacon cheeseburger.
On the lunch menu, spaghetti with a fresh tomato sauce is $16. Seriously. The food tastes pretty good, but the prices for relatively common dishes have become insulting. The chopped salad for $14 contains one slice of chopped bacon, about two ounces of chicken, and maybe an ounce of ham. It does arrive with two deviled egg halves, however, that are quite tasty.
Otherwise, the outdoor garden is more beautiful than ever, and their cocktails are about the same price as you'd expect in any upscale venue. I'll continue to enjoy drinks in the garden, but will dine elsewhere.
Service is generally excellent.
Spendy, trendy menu in a BEAUTIFUL space- expected a romantic evening. Turned out to be very disppointed. Our waitress,( who I overheard was a manager- why is she waiting tables when there seemed to be twenty other people dressed like her all milling around?) acted more like a diner server- as she was very short with her responses and not a lot of knowledge about the wine. Plus I had a hard time getting her attention when we needed bread, a steak knife, stuff like that. My husband's steak was almost cold by the time he cut into it, and my salmon was dry, even with the skin on.
I know they have had a lot of turn over with the loss of their last chef, but I guess I feel that when I am paying over $30 an entree, (and up to $14 a glass for wine, even WHITE!) I should still get what I am paying for and be treated to a fine dining expereience with good service. All in all, I felt like I was at a place that likes itself more than it should. I would say that if you want an equally beautiful patio AND decent service, go to RIcardo's in Lake Oswego instead.
A memorable 10-year anniversary dinner. We liked that Meriwether's is located on the fringes of NW, bordering train tracks and industrial buildings which reminded us nostalgically of the "old NW" we tend to prefer. I'd reserved a table online only the day before and wrote the comment that it was our 10-year anniversary dinner. We were welcomed at the door with "happy anniversary" and were shown to a very nice semi-private table. Although we rarely treat ourselves to a dinner as fine as this, my partner has cooked in "haute cuisine" kitchens for years and we consider ourselves blue-collar foodies. My partner remarked that "there wasn't one mistake on the plates", meaning that in addition to his venison wellington with foie gras and my roasted duck being cooked perfectly, every garnish and ladle of sauce was there for a reason and proportioned exactly right. The ambiance was darkened, candlelit, and romantic, but still relaxed. The service was impressively good. Nothing at all went wrong! We will definitely be back for the next special occasion.
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