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527 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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Ranked #141 of 3,555 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: German
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Alder Street
Transit: Streetcar at 11th and Alder, #15 bus at 11th and Alder, MAX stop at Galleria/SW 10th and Morrison.
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English first
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309 reviews 309 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Just go here for a burger, please! I have been here a few times and the food is great but the burger is just oh my heaven! I think it is only offered in the bar area though so double check before you sit down!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Was in PDX visiting family and took the advice of both my brother and Chef Feed to visit Gruner. Great little spot on 527 SW 12th with a bavarian profile. The Gruner Salad is recommended as is the Tarte Flambee with a glass of cider. Lunch was really well prepared with clean fresh flavors and perfectly attentive service. I'd love... More

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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Saw this near our hotel. Noted very good reviews (Alpine food!). Very friendly reception. Decor a bit spare and modern, but comfortable. Excellent food and service. Had Choucroute garni; very German/Swiss and very tasty. Overall good enough for 5th star; our favorite in Portland.

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Victoria, BC
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Attentive service, delicious food: tasty choucroute (Portland style), light and piquant roasted tomato soup, fresh kale, freekeh, etc. salad.

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New York City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

wonderful flavor combinations, attentive (but not hovering) service, innovative cocktails, attractive setting

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Windsor, Vermont
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65 reviews 65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A modern atmosphere with great service made dinner enjoyable. We shared deviled red beet eggs, which reminded us of the red beet eggs my grandmothers made. I had a blackberry-lime soda that wasn't sweet, which was refreshing. We had gruner salads, endive salad, basil ricotta dumplings, and two desserts. The desserts were lemon blackberry cake and a layered cake that... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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70 reviews 70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My son had been there for lunch and wanted to try dinner. The staff seemed overwhelmed on a busy Saturday night, and while the food was good, we felt it a bit overpriced.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Great Food with an 'upscale' twist...! At every turn there was a great surprise with fresh ingredients and an obviously classically trained chef in the kitchen. The Bratwurst is made in-house, the mustard was made in-house, and the potatoes were almost a perfect tourneau...! I was very impressed with the quality and training of this Chef... If you like good... More

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Portland, OR
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

All I can say is that it was a good thing I went with a close friend I hadn't seen in awhile. We had lots of catching up to do so the super slow service wasn't completely frustrating. We enjoyed the ambience, the menu was interesting and the food was good but one poor waiter looked to be taking care... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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84 reviews 84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My husband and I were looking for lunch in the area and stumbled across Gruner. I'm a sucker for some spaetzle, but it was clear from the aesthetic of the place that we wouldn't be getting your stereotypical German fare here. I did, in fact, have the spaetzle, which had veggies, mushrooms, and ham in it, and I loved it... More

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