Portland >Stanford's Restaurant & Bar
***BIG WARNING MUST READ****. For more than a year now, Stanfords has been under new ownership, along with at least another of their resteraunts, Billy Heartbeats. The new owners have a unique approach which must have required the cooperation of the original owners -- namely, keep the menu and the prices virtually the same, and use very cheap ingredients for everything, and completely rip off the public. This is NOT The quality Stanford's you used to know. I warned you - Stanfords is now a complete rippof (literally, they are TRYING to rip you off) - no joke!!!
Meh.. My cousin had a 2-for-1 entree certificate for Stanford's. We originally went to the one in Lake Oswego, but the wait there was an hour and a half, so we decided to call the Lloyd Center one to see what the wait was there. We were told 30 minutes and when we got there, it actually ended up only being 10-15 minutes. Host staff was polite. Waiter was pretty good; always kept my glass full. My one complaint about the service was that our salads came literally 3 minutes before our food. By the time I was finished my salad, my pasta was lukewarm. Gross. Having worked in a restaurant before, timing is really not that difficult (especially when you are not that busy and our server was not that busy). You wait until the salads come out before you put the entree order in. Also when I overhear you telling the table next to me that you have worked at Stanford's for 3 years, there really is no excuse. The food itself was alright. My caesar salad was ordinaryt; except it had tons of cheese (shaved parmesan, but the pieces were the size of kraft singles...) and only two, yes TWO croutons. Really? A $6.50 salad with two croutons?!? Cost-cutting? Ridiculous. For my entree, I got the prawn fettucini. There were a lot of prawns in there, which is always nice because some places are really stingy with seafood. The sauce was pretty good and it also had tomatoes and asparagus. However, it was lukewarm and very oily at the bottom, which was disgusting. Even with the 2-for-1, the bill was expensive, but that is probably my own fault. If I ever went back to Stanford's, I would not get a salad because they are definitely not worth it. But I don't plan on going back. The bottom line: pricey and nothing special.
I took my two daughters to Stanfords at the Lloyd center- both are vegetarians- but i am not.
Very little choice for them but they settled on a tomato salsa /basil pasta dish and my older daughter had the mac and cheese sans bacon. The mac and cheese was alright according to my daughter but the pasta dish had at least four ounces of oil at the bottom of the dish when she was "finished" and labeled it nasty. I had the halibut fish and chips for $17 and it was mostly breading reminded me of mrs pauls-
i got the check and i kept seeing bread go by which we didnt get.i asked the wait person and was informed that bread didnt come with the pasta dishes-huh even pastini gives you a piece of bread with your pasta.
I think you guys need to give a little more value with your meals. it is a recession ya know
Nice atmosphere, average experience.
This was my first time eating at this Stanford's and I wasn't all that impressed. We had frequented the one in Seattle, WA (mostly for happy hour) and had been fairly happy with it.
We were a group of 7 and our waitress seemed either very new or uncertain of her job. It took 15 minutes after we were seated to even take drink orders and another 5-10 minutes before we ordered. Service was ok during dinner (although I had to ask for things 2-3 times). The strangest thing was that she brought everyone their checks (we paid on separate tickets) before she even asked if anyone wanted coffee or dessert, which several people did. So she had to redo the tickets and the whole thing was disruptive and awkward.
Now to the food... I had a house salad which was little more than shredded lettuce and tiny pieces of vegetables and a few croutons. Definately not worth $5.00. I then had the portabella mushroom sandwich which was ok, nothing great. I am sure that had I ordered the fish or steak it would have been better, but I just didn't want to spend $20-$25 for an entree.
Overall an ok experience but not one that will have me running back there anytime soon.
Excellent steaks!. Our favorite affordable steakhouse! Great place to drink, dine and watch a game. We usually sit in the bar because we like privacy. There are some good booths in the restaurant area, too. The service is always good and the steaks are to die for. The garlic mashed potatoes are creamy and delicious. The salads good and the seasonal side vegetables are never overcooked. We love this place...if only I could eat filet mignon every night! The seafood is also worth cheking out. If you have any room left get one of their desserts. With mixed drinks it must be about a million calories but who cares?
Still Dream of Stanfords. We lived in Portland for 9 years and frequented Stanfords on a weekly basis. Now six years later, we still dream of the food, ambience and service that was provided by this wonderful restaurant. The Lentil Soup was outstanding, as was the steak, salads and breads. We wish there was a Stanfords here in Atlanta, Georgia.
Fine Dining at the Mall - Lloyd Center Stanford's. Tonight we ventured out for "traditional American" and we found it at Stanford's. A real top notch steakhouse right at the Lloyd Center. I have to say I have very rarely had a better steak and I look for them where ever I go. Everything was notably good; from the Caesar dinner salad to the perfectly steamed green beans. My partner in crime had the pork tenderloin, crispy out, juicy in, and the apple crisp desert was excellent. The decaf was good. The staff was personable, attentive and unobtrusive. They even bussed the tables discreetly. A thoroughly enjoyable dining experience, one of our best yet in Portland. If you haven't tried it get on down there. Parking is plentiful but could be a walk depending on the number of shoppers out on the night you go down. It's worth it, and the prices were VERY reasonable.
Love It. I've been to Stanfords dozens of times. My husband enjoys it, my children enjoy it as does other members of my family. Highly recommended.
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