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McMenamins Tavern and Pool

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Northwest District
American, Bar, Pub
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1716 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210-2504
+1 503-227-0929
11:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Tue 11:00 - 23:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I eat here frequently, but it has more to do with the fact that I live across the street than anything having to do with the food. Menu is very limited, although quite good. Daily specials often contain such odd combinations of ingredients that one might think the dish was created on a dare. Service ranges from excellent to lackluster.

Thank l8ysinclair
Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

McMenamins Tavern and Pool is a very cozy bar. The local beer is amazing and many of them were delectable. I am a seasoned beer connoisseur so I really enjoyed the dark beers, the light beers, so I can say if you like good beer you are safe in what you would choose. The food was very good for bar... More 

Thank KaiyinMarcel
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

The lunch was ok my husband had the soup and salad my pizza was not the best a little greasy. But overall the atmosphere was great and plenty to do. Like pool watch the football game or play shuffle broad.

Thank kimousterhout
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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452 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

McMenamins is a nice bar for a few beers and some pool, but the menu is very limited. We stopped here since it was close to our hotel and had a beer, but after looking at the menu (limited to mostly sandwiches and burgers), we elected to eat somewhere else for dinner. However, still a nice place for a beer... More 

Thank Kevin S
Pasadena, California
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

My son and I met a friend for lunch, who had suggested that we meet at the McMenamins on the northern end of 23rd. Apparently McMenamins is a fairly large chain and there is a second McMenamins further south on 23rd. The menu offers what I would describe as pub food - burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads - that are... More 

Thank U028477
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156 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I was going out for lunch with my 93 y/o aunt and her first choice,American Local, was not open till dinner, so we headed over to NW Portland and found the Crystal Ballroom complex,but nowhere to park within easy walking distance. So we headed up to 23rd NW and checked that out,down past where the explosion was last week,and found... More 

Thank skijon
Sharon, NH 03458
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Oh yeah, the fries are terrific to say the least. We travel to Portland several time each year and we always eat here at least once. Sometimes we just have a couple micro brews and fries, nothing else required. Kids menu is adequate and plenty of adult options. Always daily specials that deserve a look. Don't let the pool table... More 

Thank John P
Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

The staff are good, they have great beer, good pub food except the fish and chips aren't great. The price is good.

Thank Dan P
Boise, Idaho
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This place is like a museum! We were here just to try some beers. The selection was very good. The staff were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the beers we sampled and selected to drink.

Thank kpl200
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Tried the blackberry cider at the server's recommendation and it was terrific. Not very hungry so had a veggie plate-- not much on the plate, but it was fresh and tasty. But the hummus was tasteless and quite awful. Server was attentive and my companion loved her salad. Would def go again.

Thank Linda F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1716 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210-2504
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Northwest District
  • Neighbourhood: Northwest District
  • Phone Number: +1 503-227-0929

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