Portland >Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub
On The Waterfront at the Oregon Beer Festival. I have never been to the Raccoon Lodge However I did frequent their booth during the recent Oregon Beer Festival on the waterfront this past weekend .The Food I ordered 3 days running was their BBQ bricuist. Yummy ,it's was mighty tasty to me . Plus with the HUGE crowds the service was good . I assume that they also serve BBQ at their restaurant . I would recommend this place based upon the BBQ that they served during this Huge Event .
A fellow from work told me he had had perhaps the best burger ever at the Raccoon Lodge. Since we often trade eating tips over our "cafeteria" lunch, I decided to see if his tips could hold water for me one more time, as he has always been on the mark... I was not disappointed.
We were seated quickly and politely, and the waiter was on our table in a moment with menus and water even though they were quite busy. I spied a seasonal brew and asked for a pint. The waiter promptly asked me if I would first like a taste of the "seasonal brew" they offered as it was quite unique, and I accepted. He saved me the price of a brew I was not fond of. The brew ultimately did I order was terrific, and so was the second style.
The atmosphere was good. We found it clean and crisp. There were several families sitting around us making normal background noises, but we noticed we could converse at normal voice levels with one another due to the "private" acoustics which seemed to surround our booth.
The burger was absolutely terrific, right down to the Kaiser roll style fresh bun. You could taste the beef! The fries served with the Cheeseburger were abundant, but were gone before I wanted them them to be. Adding to the experience, the restrooms were clean. We have had so much less for more than twice the price recently , I suggest you give the Raccoon Lodge a shot soon!
Great Beer, huge nachos!!!. We've been going to the Raccoon Lodge for at least 2 years now and my kids, husband and I love it there. We actually go there once or twice a week. They are always super nice to our kids and we enjoy the fam atmosphere. We don't go there to have lamb and shellfish of corse but when we want a burger, beer and have the kids ,it's where we go. The service has never been unsatisfactory and we haven't been disapointed with what we've ordered. We go for beer and nachos and occasionaly a cocktail when we don't have the kids. We have lived in the neifhborhood for a couple of years and I haven't found a better "local" portland biz to take my family to. Thanks to all of you, d
Great beer, decent food, horrible service. We have been here three times now and keep hoping services improves. Turns out it doesn't. The waitstaff is usually pretty nice, just incredibly slow. The food falls somewhere in the middle. Good variety but nothing really stands out as being amazing. The beer is actually pretty good and the seasonal beer is usually the best. There are too many better restaurants in Portland with better service to go here.
Avoid the Racoon Lodge or get taken advantage of by horrible service.
I have eaten upstairs at this place a handful of times (not my choice but its in my neighborhodd) and I have had some beers in the basement section.
All in all this place is neither a friendly place to be served, nor is it worth the money.
First the upstairs- the menu is pure Denny's as somewhat described it. The fries are those unfrozen wedges, the burger meat has hard things in it, the ribs are no better than a hormel product. I would like to say that the grilled cheese sandwiches are fine for the kids but my small children dont even like this place because it has scary taxidermy on the walls.
Thats all well and good but I had an issue with the male bartender in the lower part of the restaurant when I was having beer with a friend of mine who will remain nameless.
Between us we had maybe a 25-30 dollar which I gladly offered to pick up. It comes out to me and its more like 60 dollars which was so poorly itemized that I could barely read it. I tried pointing out the discrepancy to this server and he made some comment about whether I had had too much to drink. The fact is I was maybe close to the legal limit and would be driving home very soon and so I didnt challenge him. His tone became hostile in a hurry and I decided to instead leave and never return.
Fact is- its a nothing establishment anyway so everything worked out ok but for the little scam they are running there.
We've been here several times and its all good. Nice decor. One of a kind-not a chain restaurant.
Comfortable. Food is Good not Fantastic but not bad. Bear is Great. We've always had good service
and quick seating because there are so many. Its a large room with a real lodge feeling with the deer head
over the large fireplace. We've had many parties here. I'll go again.
Family Friendly, Good Beer. My husband and I tried this place out last night, because we live nearby and I had not been there for a few years. When we walked in, we were directed by a sign to wait to be seated, and a hostess did not appear for about five minutes. From what I could tell, this is considered a very family friendly place (mostly because I have to admit, I guided the hostess away from seating us near a couple tables with about 4 screaming children.). I found our waitress to be very attentive, the food below average, but my husband loved the beer. The service was quick, which was impressive given how busy it was last night. I have heard many favorable comments about the french fries, and I totally disagree. They were very oily, and not seasoned.
Give Raccoon a chance!. My mom has always wanted to go here because every time we drive by she remarks, "That place looks awfully cozy!" But I'd read all the bad reviews on citysearch, and so I always nixed the idea. But this time she finally talked me into going, and I actually had a really great experience! I'm particularly picky about restaurants because I'm majoring in Restaurant Management at Cornell's Hotel School, and critiquing restaurants is part of what I do. But the atmosphere was really cozy, our server was extremely welcoming and friendly (and she sat us in a booth, even though she could have just as well a sat us at a two-top to save the booths for bigger parties), and the food was surprisingly decent for a brewpub. I ordered the grilled Mahi Mahi... it wasn't the best I'd ever had, but the presentation and the taste were better than some fish dishes I've eaten in Jake's or at supposedly "fine dining" restaurants in NYC. Overall, I was really satisfied with our experience. I don't deny that others may have had a less-than-pleasant experience here, but give it a chance! Our server was so friendly and accommodating, and my stout was fantastic and smooth (don't try the Raspberry Wheat Ale though -- it tastes like fruit juice).
Best Bar in Town!.
I lived in Portland my whole life, and I have yet to find a better, more welcoming place.
In the bar, aka "the Den", the bartender is friendly, and stays on top of things.
My boyfriend and I went in there every week, and everytime, we were greeted, and he familiarizes himself with the customers, what they order, their names. Everytime we went, he knew what we liked and loved to keep a good conversation on the slow nights.
The food is promt, and delicious!
I give the Raccoon FIVE STARS because of the great service/servers, and there well made food and drinks!
Kid friendly, my nuts!.
On a recent Saturday afternoon in late June, my family and I visited the Raccoon Lodge. Until recently, it has been a local favorite of ours. We found that the outdoor patio was closed, even though the weather was perfect, and the tables were out for service. The G.M. (Bill Ward, according to the website) was unhelpful, and it was the waitress who assured us we could be served outside. I took my child to the restroom to wash his hands, and received 1st degree burns on both my hand and his poor little hands form the water coming out of the tap! I had only flicked on the water, and was scalded instantaneously. [We went to a local Urgent Care facility for treatment, and have documentation that burns were induced.] I approached the G.M., and told him in no uncertain terms that the water was far too hot, and that it needed to be adjusted or inspected before someone else was injured. The ---hole looked straight through me, and said something to the effect of, 'OK, thanks.' No apology, or even a feint of sympathy. He then stood at the kitchen, and did not follow up the problem at all.
I would encourage all individuals, and especially families, to avoid this place at all costs. Go elsewhere, for your own safety.
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