Portland >H5o Bistro & Wine Bar
Rooms with a view are nice, but breakfasts with a view are even more delicious, and this downtown bistro (inside the Hotel Fifty) serves their house smoked salmon hash and roasted mushroom omelettes with a direct line of sight to the Willamette River. Breakfast commences daily at 6:30am.
You need to eat here!. So I've been to H5O twice now and it's become my new favorite. The food is outstanding and the prices are a great value. We had the same server during both visits. She was genuinely friendly and enthusiastic about the food. She remembered us from our first visit, and proved it by telling us what we ordered. The food was so great, I was inspired to try and replicate it two days later! I failed by the way. I will most likely be there enjoying happy hour before Blazer home games, so stop by and say hi!
Decent food, horrible wait staff. I met up with some friends to enjoy the happy hour one evening at H5O. The food was decent... the crab fritters were a success and we ended up ordering a second round of those, the fish with chili lime air was interesting although it could've used a little more mahi mahi, but we were floored by the behavior of the wait staff. There were barely 5 tables with people there, yet getting ahold of our waitress for drinks wasn't easy. When she did show up, she only asked 4 of the 6 of us if we wanted another drink and blatently ignored the other 2. At the same time, she started clearing the cheese plate from one of my friends who had to grab ahold of the plate to indicate she wasn't done with it. Oh, and don't ask about the food... questions about the items were met with disdain and short answers. All that is just unacceptable and guarentees we'll never go back.
Rude, stiff service, food was cold, nice view.
I was in Portland on business during the ice/snow storm of December 2008. I stayed one night at the Hotel 50. since it was snowing, I ate a few small plates at the H50 bar/restaurant at the hotel during their Happy Hour. the small plates had quite a variety and the small portion sizes were what you would expect during Happy Hour. I ordered 3 items. The duck comfit, pasta primavera, and the african peanut soup. I don't find these items on their bar menu on the web, they must have changed it in the last month. I asked a few questions about the menu items and it was immediately obvious the sole server in the place either bore an extreme dislike for me personally or just has a stiff, rude manner to all her guests.
The pretty food arrived and the pasta was cold. The peanut soup should have had 5 little red pepper signs next to it, it was so spicy I began to cough, my nose and eyes were running so bad I had to use my linen napkin. My friend who showed up later also commented on the server's attitude. I was dressed very nicely for business, not sure what she found to dislike about me (single woman on business), or maybe she treats all guests in that manner, but her manner was snotty & rude.
She came back once to ask if the soup was okay (I didn't touch it after that first bite) but her manner was such I was afraid to tell her. she sniped she would take it away, but I simply said it was fine, just a little spicy for my taste. She literally stomped away and I never saw her again. No water refill, didn't take my plates, and I had to get my bill at the bar. I'm not sure if the cold pasta was her fault or the kitchen's but I would bet she just left it sitting there. I am amazed they keep a staff that is allowed to have this kind of attitude towards their guests. I wouldn't eat here again if she is still working there. The bartender was very friendly.
I did have a lovely side table with a view of the snow falling and the river.
Wonderful Staff, Wonderful Dining/Bar Director, Delicious Food and Libations, Perfect Setting.
I was considering 5 different venues around town for an ambient and comfortable setting for our wedding reception. After plenty of running around, working up spreadsheets, and much deliberation I was nearing a conclusion when a small ad for the newly remodeled Hotel 50 popped up online.
I whisked my fiance and daughter out the door and we visited the place. Michael Hayhurst, the gracious dining and bar manager, immediately welcomed us and shared with us a host of creative ideas for our prospective wedding reception at H50. Michael met with us several times more, introducing us to chef, Nick Yanes (who was likewise very helpful - and is so talented), and sharing with us, excellent food and beverage samples, and more good ideas each time. Once we took my 84-year-old mom along. She liked Michael and H50 better than any host and venue we had previously showed her and she immediately told us so. We signed on with Michael for an 11/29/08 wedding reception.
H50 has continuous windows along its north and east walls, providing an excellent view of the city and waterfront. This was a real treat for those visiting from out of town - giving them a beautiful introduction to Portland. The restaurant has a modern design but has not gone so far as to be bleak (like so many efforts at modern interiors). It incorporates great colors, comfortable furnishings, and a wonderful gas fireplace that makes the place very cozy. The carp paintings are amazing! (Hotel rooms are likewise sleek and modern yet very cozy with lovely linens/luscious thick comforters).
The reception went beautifully. Michael and his entire staff were extremely attentive. The event could not have been handled my skillfully, more graciously, or more deliciously. As for the food, my sister who is a finicky foodie from DC, said that she had never had better.
I am not one to really gush about things when they are not the greatest. Our experience at H50 was the greatest!
Competent cooking; pretentious service.
Went with a large group from Meet In Portland. Dining room was empty, yet the staff could not find a way to give those who wanted the tasting menu that while others ordered off the menu. This felt like a cop out to me. What was the crew in the kitchen doing? I think they could have easilly accomodated this unless they were more worried about prepping breakfast.
Wine options were good, surprisingly so. Food execution for me and several others was not commensurate with to prices. Some meals were served at the wrong temperature, or with components at the wrong temperature. Not acceptable for $30 entrees. Food was mildly creative, but no where near as interesting as it sounded on the menu on the taste front.
The restaurant asked for a whopping 21% service charge for our group, which was fine except for the fact the waitress asked everyone paying cash if they wanted change. Tacky. The correct response is "I will be right back with your change."
Doubt this restaurant will be around long in its current format. Expensive but average will not cut it in a down economy - and there are many better restaurants in town for the price.
Go to Park Kitchen instead. Much more down to earth service, and far more consistent food.
Best 5 Course Chef's Tasting Menu.
Our first time to Portland, and we stayed at the Hotel Fifty. The H-5-0 Bistro and Bar is located in the Hotel Fifty, but it was way beyond the average "hotel restaurant." The dining room has large plate glass windows with view of the park and the Williamette river. The staff was friendly and professional. We decided on the 5 course Chef's Tasting Menu. An unexpected item was a starter "amuse bouche". First course was an wonderful African Peanut soup, followed by chilled haricot vert (french green bean) with creamy hot mustard sauce and soy foam for a bit of saltiness. Next a grilled monk fish with sweat potato and apple dice on a bed of greens. Smoky and sweet. But wait, there was more coming! Next came crispy Asian short ribs, done to perfection, with a sweet potato puree and radicchio. Just when we thought, "could it get any better", out came a saddle of venison, again, done to perfection.
During the whole meal the staff was attentative and friendly, and expertly described each dish as it was set before us. New heaavy silverware for each course. At the end Chef Nick Yanes came out to inquire how we enjoyed the meal. Long before this we had already forgotten that we were "in a hotel".
The price? $45.
You got to try it!
New American dining in the heart of downtown..
This hotel restaurant's wall-length windows offer views of the scenic Willamette River, while inside earthy tones like sage green carpet mingle with trendy touches like a fireplace feature. Both design elements create a solid backdrop for the artistically presented New American Cuisine served here. From the lunch "Trio" menu, diners might order a miso soup, green papaya salad, and main course shrimp roll combination; the dinner menu leans toward both elemental dishes like tagliatelle pasta with subtle truffle undertones and more daring dishes, like a tea-smoked sable fish nestled between ginger glazed pineapple and an airy soy cloud.
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