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Thirsty Lion

#230 of 3,414 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
American, Bar, Pub, British, Scottish
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71 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3519
+1 503-222-2155
11:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 23:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I first went to a Thirsty Lion for an office going away party. I was very impressed with the quality and presentation of the food. It qualifies as gourmet pub food in my opinion. The atmosphere can be a bit boisterous as it is, after all, a pub but there is a lot of truly great pub food to be... More 

Thank ltspada
South Houston, Texas
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67 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A funky local venue with a Bar/Grille offering...close to hotel within walking distance...no reservation needed...dress business casual...food/beverage above average...but would say this is more of a 'sports bar'...service average and pleasant...nothing special...there is outside sitting on the sidewalk...can be a bit distracting...enjoy

Thank blowhole2010
Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I run my business at the Portland Saturday Market. I had called weeks before Christmas Eve this year and made reservations at 6pm at the Thirsty Lion on 2nd near the market, for my, 90 yr old father, my son in Beaverton and my husband and myself this year. The market is... More 

Thank jcarrows
Houston, Texas, United States
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72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed the adobo pork and sweet potato hash with poached egg (although I'm pretty sure it was russets). My husband's corned beef hash had huge tasty 1" chunks of beef! Have eaten here before but never for brunch. We will go back!

Thank Jana G
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Definitely worth trying. We actually went to the wrong one in Hillsboro. Eventually we found the one in Downtown Portland. My friends and I were famished we ordered almost everything from the Appetizer menu.  We wanted to try a bit of everything and just could not decide. Lol!! The portion sizes were just right, the taste of everything was delicious,... More 

Thank Kalisia22
Phoenix, Arizona
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151 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We stopped by here in the afternoon for a beer and lunch. The waitress was very friendly, helpful and her service was good. The food was just average. There was little flavor in the Reuben sandwich and in the beef sliders. The calamari was lightly breaded and the best thing we had. The caesar salad was OK and the clam... More 

Thank KB9MNN
Decatur, Georgia
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Late dinner after a day of business travel. Sat at bar. Cute bar tender attentive - she didn't know a lot about the beers - but was friendly and accessible. Food portions good. I got the Tuscan kale salad. Overall good but a bit too spicy which was not mentioned in the description. Music too loud.

Thank AllieMTB
Portland, Oregon
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Visited downtown on Labor Day. Most restaurants closed but we found thirsty lion open. Unfortunately wasn't happy hour so we skipped the beer and ordered sandwiches. Had the Cuban and it was prepared very well. The cheese was not quite melted enough but flavor and portion was great. Also had the blue cheese chicken sandwich. It was excellently prepared and... More 

Thank A7199PZdavidm
Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Great service, waitress answered all our questions and even got to chat with our little family about all sorts of cool stuff in Oregon, food was damn good. And the sample beers, FANTASTIC.

Thank maria V
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

I sat at the bar to order a burger. My bartender was unfriendly, slow, and had poor service skills. Food was alright but nothing exciting. Really disappointing experience.

Thank craighurst86

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, British, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3519
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-222-2155

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?