Portland >Belly Restaurant
worst experience!. We had a Groupon & along with many otheres tried to use the day before it expired. We called the day before to make a reservation but since it was a Monday & they were closed we left a message. They called us back Tuesday about 5pm to say they could seat us at 5 or after 8 or we could come in wait for a table or sit at the bar. We got there about 6 & put our name on a list for a table which had a wait of 1 1/2 hrs. The woman we spoke with when we got there said we were free to sit at the bar on a first come first serve basis as well. With our name on the list for a table we waited around & when 2 seats opened at the bar we sat. The bartender greeted us with menus & utensils & said he would be back to take our order. About 15 minutes later, the same person who told us we could sit at the bar took the menus away from us & said there was a wait for the seats! REALLY? Because when you are told there is waitlist for tables but bar is 1st come 1st serve then when seats open at bar you sit! We left & will never return!
A New Favorite!.
Thanks to Groupon we found Belly this weekend. We had not heard about it and had no idea what to expect - what an amazing surprise!
A nice atmosphere and every member of the staff that we met was very nice. When our waitress learned that we had not been to Belly before she brought over the owner to introduce us. Very nice touch.
Learned that parts of the menu changes every few weeks - which keeps me excited to go back on a regular basis.
Started with the soup - celery root. Sounded iffy to me - but my wife LOVES soup and our waitress recommended it. Turned out to be one of the best soups either of us has ever had. Who knew that celery root could turn into something amazing? Also shared an appetizer of pork meatballs served over lentils and topped with creme fraiche and fresh mint - again it was amazing.
Dinner - wife had the trout with a crab/cauliflower "hash" that we both loved. I had the gnochi "pot roast" which was excellent as well.
The evening was wonderful and reasonably priced. Appetizer, soup, two entrees, one dessert and two glasses of excellent red wine - under $100.
We will be back - again and again!
Lovely meal. I really enjoyed my meal at Belly. I went with a group of 4 other people, including two vegetarians. They loved their vegetable pot pie with a hazelnut crust. The rest of us enjoyed a variety of meat and fish based dishes and we all left full. Not cheap, but worth it. I was really disappointed by the boring beers on draft and the selection (only two on draft?) We all ordered wine.
Good food. The food was good,,,BUT...you knew there was a but..3 of the 4 of us at our table ordered a dinner called "Pot Roast"...it was billed as potato gnocchi with short ribs of beef, roasted carrots and a horseradish flavoring. Well, the gnocchi was flavorful along with the 3 or 4 small pieces of carrot but there was only 3 shreds (I'm not kidding) shreds of beef...not even big enough to chew. Nineteen ($19.00) for a bowl of about 14 potato gnocchi...not a bargain in my book even if it was tasty. Too many other good restaurants in Portland that actually give you a good meal for your money to go back to this place.
even our Picky Friends liked it!.
I finally tried the brunch after enjoying happy hour. 4 of us went on Sunday without a reservation. Just made it as the word must be getting out.
The decadent chicken fried steak and eggs was huge and good, basic breakfast with great bacon and eggs benedict also got raves. Only the duck confit has seemed a bit light on the actual duck.
Love the friendly staff and hope they finally break the curse at this location. go and Enjoy!
Happy belly, happy heart.
We had our first meal at Belly last night after driving past it almost daily. (As parents of a toddler, we have to choose carefully for our date nights.) Thankfully, the reviews we read rang true - excellent food and very friendly staff. Not just "friendly" like a lot of other restaurants where they have to be nice to paying customers. But truly a feeling that they love what they do and were just plain happy to cook you amazing food and host you in their home for the evening.
So yes, we recommend Belly! :0)
Incredible Experience. We were very surprised by our dinner this evening. The food was exquisite, service was great. The quality and presentation was equivalent to the best restaurants in the city. Honestly, we were more impressed with our experience here than we were with Le Pigeon. Highly recommended!
Everything was to perfection. I have to say, I was really pleased with the meal I had here. The service was excellent and it's quite clear that the chef is really passionate about what he does. Everything was perfectly delicious and it was clear that great care was taken in the preparation. The salad was perfect - not excessively coated with dressing as it is in many restaurants, and the risotto was cooked to perfection. I'd really recommend this place to anyone who wants to have celebratory dinner or even just a special night out. I'll definitely be coming back again.
Example: great place for good bread. Went to Belly last night honestly not expecting a stellar meal. My friend and I both ordered the scallops which come on a bed of pastry with spinach and onion rings. Sounds odd, but it was all very good, except for the spinach, which was cooked to the point of being brown and mushy. Not so good. The scallops were perfectly prepared but I was disappointed there were only 3 on an entree plate ($22). The dessert menu is a little too complicated for my tastes (rosemary ice cream, herbed short bread cookies, balsamic vinegar sauce on a brownie) but the wine was good and the service was very down to earth and friendly. The food did take some time to come out the kitchen, but it didn't seem unreasonable at all. The meatball appetizer was not the best, the meat was fatty and had too much vinegar in the sauce. Overall, I liked Belly but can't say I would RUN back for another meal there. I would like to try the brunch though...
A Welcome addtion to the Neighborhood. Have had dinner here several times. Great atmosphere, great food, attentive service. Have had the steak and fries each time because it's always cooked perfectly. The salads are wonderful, and larger than you find at most restaurants. The food is a little slow getting to the table, but the wait is worth it. Staff is friendly and accommodating. This is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood.
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