warming experience. First time I've ever stopped there after being in Portland for over fourty years. It was a thursday eve. and was promptly seated at a window seat on the back section. What a view. Had the deep fried mushrooms appetizer then the sauted shrimp with potatoe. Would have liked a couple more shrimp compared to the perfectly cooked but oversized pile of vegetables. Signature "homestyle" green beans were questionable as to fresh or canned.(soft but flavorfull). The setting was really what justified the tab. Overall an acceptable experience. Watch out when backing out on the blind 35 mile an hour curve parking spaces though, they can bring up a good meal in a skipped heart beat
Used to be Great. I grew up eating here with my family and this place has a lot of fond memories. Just ate there again with my folks back in town from Florida who demanded we took them there. Two of us had great meals and two of us didn't. My wife liked her Salmon, my mom loved the pan fried chicken but my father and I had dissapointingly similar experiences on the beef. I had the tenderloin It seemed to have a sinew or vein running through the middle and was flavorless. Dad's top sirloin was tougher than Sizzler at about 3 times the price. Servers didn't seem to have a clue and when we commented about them and didn't seem in a hurry to do anything about it. Has this place changed owners or chef's recently or have I just outgrown Tad's? Ate there as recently as last summer and had a great time and a great meal.
Worst DIning Experience EVER. We took our father in law to Tad's for his birthday after climbing Multnomah Falls in October. We called ahead and asked if there was seating for 14. They said come in 20 minutes. When we arrived they weren't ready for us and had us wait for another 20 minutes. Our waitress from the very beginning was very unfriendly and felt put out by our number in our party. After 45 minutes of beginning there we FINALLY got our food. Which was horrible. The kids mac n cheese had NO flavor for 5 dollars a bowl, when we asked for it to be taken back they refused to compensate it, and actually told us it was our child that doesn't know good mac n cheese when he's served it. The chicken and dumplings was SO bland. We had a birthday cake that we wanted them to bring to the table as a surprise and to our surprise when we received our bill they charged easy person a 2.00 desert fee. There was 14 in our party. My husband at that point went to go speak with management when they were very confortational and aggressive towards him telling him they weren't going to do anything for him and that we'd better leave. The whole staff was standing around like it was a show. The wifes took the kids to the car and were followed by 2 waiters that got into a parked car next to us and spun up gravel at us. While my husband was in trying to rationalize the 300.00 dollar bill that we got for the WORST service and food EVER. I felt as if we were unfairly treated, they have a bunch of young kids working there with a big chip on there shoulder with no regards to good service. They finally took the mac n cheese off our bill. Thats IT. We proceeded to photograph our itemized bill with a zero tip, which the bill came too 295 and some change. If you have a big party and you want great fast warm service DO NOT go to Tads. They DO NOT like kids there as well. It was the most uncomfortable dining out experience I've ever had. BE CAREFUL. VERY EXPENSIVE POOR FOOD AND SERVICE.
beautiful building - lots of history.
Total comfort food. not the place to go if you are trying to eat healthy - even the green beans that come with every meal have ham added to them. Creamy gravy in the signature dumplings, salty smoked salmon, breaded razor clams etc. Try the bread pudding for dessert with rum sauce. It's a really fun place with the view, architecture, and decor. Even the bathrooms have cool deco wallpaper. Gets crowded during the summer when they open up all the windows but try it out on a stormy winter night! you get seated right away and can hunker down with some hot clam chowder while watching the rain pelt outside. This type of food is better in the winter time - imo
Good place for a date even if the sign says "chick dump"
An Oregon Classic.
There isn't much to say about Tad's that hasn't been said by far more qualified people than myself. However, when it comes to home-cooked food, I know what I'm talking about and there are but a small handful of places that can compare to Tad's and they are all Oregon traditions - Huber's comes to mind. And while no one approaches Huber's magic touch with turkey and Spanish Coffee, no one comes close to Tad's chicken & dumplings.
I can't say it rivals that of past family matriarchs, primarily because they never prepared this dish - if we wanted chicken & dumplings, they didn't make it - they piled everyone in the car and we went to Tad's. This is a tradition that has continued in my family for three generations (did I mention I'm actually FROM Portland?). There's just no better place to go.
To be fair, Tad's does justice to more than just chicken & dumplings, starting with the atmosphere they've kept intact since their opening sometime in the 20's. One can choose to dine in the original section in front which features cozy booths and a real fireplace, or opt for a view of the Sandy river by dining in the newer section in back. There is no poor choice.
What Tad's does to fried chicken, steak, and Friday's clams is something to behold as well. The chicken is crispy outside, and tender and juicy inside, just the way it should be. The clams are fresh and never over or under-cooked, and the steaks are always exactly to order. And the appetizers are not to be forgotten, either; each meal is preceded by a relish plate and a basket of fresh-baked rolls that are to die for, and they keep them coming as long as you want.
In short, it's tough to call yourself an Oregonian with a straight face if you haven't experienced Tad's.
YUM!. If you like chicken and dumplings, this is the place to go! I love the fact that they are "old fashioned" as some other reviews stated. I love that the dish is simple...not a lot of junk in it. Just chicken, gravy and yummy dumplings! The price is a little high, but the portions are HUGE. I had leftovers for two other meals. I've never had anything else at Tad's, but I will definately go back for the atmosphere and comforting chicken and dumplings. YUM!
Unhappy With Customer Service. First time visitors to Tad's, we were hoping for a relaxing evening and a couple of drinks and appetizers. The service was poor, due to lack of table service, the view was gorgeous, and the drinks were good, and the bartender was friendly. We spent a couple of hours at Tad's, there were three adults in our party, we had a two-way split tab. My husband went to pay and thought the total was excessive, but thought that possibly part of the other party's tab was put onto ours. We walked away with a credit card slip, but no itemized receipt (our own fault, we should have asked for one). When the other party went to pay, her tab also seemed excessive, but she said not to worry. We left Tad's definitely feeling that something was not right with the tab, but did not truly review the total and the variance of $32 until we added everything up this morning. We called Tad's and spoke with an apparent manager. This individual proceeded to say that our story was changing, that their records showed something different, and he refused to make this right. He told us his hands were tied, He in so many words told us that we were too drunk to remember, and that we were not being honest about the appetizers and drinks we were served. This is not good customer service and I take real offense to this. I advised him that I would write a negative review, which I have never in my life done before. I called hiim back to let him know the harm that negative word of mouth can do to a business, and he proceeded to tell me that they have been around for 60 years, and threatened to call the police if I called back. It is in my opinion, that we were "ripped off", for lack of a better term, and we will never return to Tad's to be mistreated like this again. Sad to say, because otherwise we had a pleasant time. I am truly surprised that a business manager would not even attempt to make this right.
EXPECTED MUCH MORE FOR THE ONE HOUR WAIT.... A LARGE GROUP OF FORMER TROUTDALE PEOPLE GATHERD TO DINE ONCE AGAIN ON THE RIVER..
FOR STARTERS, THE RELISH TRAY...WHAT A JOKE. THE BREAD WAS FROM COSTCO.. THE CHICKEN WAS SO OVER COOKED. I THINK RUBBER WOULD HAVE TASTED BETTER.. AND CANNED GREEN BEANS COME ON THIS IS OREGON MAYBE THE CHEF SHOULD BE INTRODUCED TO FRESH SEASONAL VEGTABLES...DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED HERE.. ..SUGGEST YOU FIX YOUR SIGN TO ONCE AGAIN READ :TAD'S CHICK AND DUMP..
SORRY.... TOTAL DISSAPOINTMENT AS A DINING EXPERIENCE.. SEE YOU AGAIN IN ABOUT 30 YEARS
Food from the 40s....
Wow, this place was not good at all. I had a colleague who used to rave about Tad's so we thought we'd give it a try. I have to say it was just awful. The food was so bland and everything was the same color. White bread, white dumpling, boiled chicken, pale gravy. It was completely unappetizing.
The setting is sweet, 1940s on the river. Food tastes like it's stuck in the 40s though. My hubby and I thought Gordon Ramsey should pay them a visit and show them how to cook for the current century. I'll bet chicken and dumplings could be updated with flavor, pizzazz, and style. How about it, Tad's? Why not update your signature dish. What you're serving is just plain outdated and bad.
Great food, warm ambiance, good service. We will return! Highly recommended.
We arrived on a cold nite and were welcomed into a fireplace lit, homey diner atmosphere. The chicken and dumplings were tender, tasty, perfectly seasoned, and generous to say the least. My wife's Chicken Caesar salad was large, the chicken tender, and tasty. Service was friendly and prompt. Prices were fair. Chicken & Dumplings were $13.95 and I could only eat half after a delicious bowl on Salmon chowder (included, with rolls, and relish tray.)
The downstairs dining room has a great view of the Columbia River, best in summer. We preferred the upstairs area with the fireplace. The 20's/30's soundtrack made you feel as if you were at a roadside diner back then. All in all, worth the 20 minute drive from downtown Portland. What's not to love?
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