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“Intimate haven for serious foodies” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paley's Place

Paley's Place
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Ranked #55 of 4,238 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$80
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Northwest District
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Intimate haven for serious foodies”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

This a beautiful little restaurant is a welcome home for serious foodies, with an excellent wine list and very knowledgable and attentive servers. The atmosphere is quiet and calm, without being stuffy or intimidating. Our eight-year-old daughter was well attended to, and given a long and careful explanation of all the cheeses on the magnificent cheese plate -- attention that we genuinely appreciate, as it encourages her love of good food, and made us feel welcome. Special requests were accepted gracefully, and we felt that our server wanted to understand our interests and not just serve us. The food was nicely presented without being overly sculpted, as some trendy restaurants tend to do. We will certainly return here whenever we return to Portland.

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank Caprietta
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
East Hampton, New York
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Special occasion restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

exceptional food and service for special occasions; very intimate in size with excellent wine list. Reservations needed in advance but worth waiting for.

Visited February 2012
Thank rstansel2
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Portland, Oregon
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Yum, but pricey and packed all the time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

This restaurant gets excellent reviews - so we had to try it. Over the past couple years, we have dined at Paley's Place probably five times. The food is always very very good, as everyone says. But because of the popularity of the restaurant, reservations are a must. But just because you have a reservation, be aware that you may still have to wait up to 30 minutes for your table; and you may be seated in the back corner of the restaurant (where the ambiance is not nearly as nice as the front dining room or bar area). Each time we go, we feel like the host eyes us up and down and assesses where she will seat us. Doesn't feel good, but the food never disappoints.

Visited January 2012
Thank GusClara
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“French done right!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

Mr. Paley is not French but his restaurant is to kill for. When you're there don't forget the desert menu. The chef is amazing!

Thank cantahl
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Livermore, California
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77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Slipping big time!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

We recently visited one of our favorite restaurants on the West Coast, Paley's Place in Portland. What a disappointment. Our starters were just ok. Both of our steaks were over salted. Seriously? I meant this restaurant has rocked in the past, now they overseason a very basic dish? My fruit crisp for dessert was heavenly (and the only dish preventing me from putting two stars) and my husband's creme brûlée was thin and watery. Yikes! Chef Paley, I am thrilled you won Iron Chef America last year, but you need to pay some more attention to your restaurant. It has slipped big time! And we won't be back until we see some seriously glowing reviews....

  • Visited December 2011
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