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527 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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Ranked #173 of 3,548 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
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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91% Recommend
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Went with a group after work. Very average meal, but I was the only vegetarian in the group. If you are a vegetarian you really should look elsewhere - the salad was underwhelming and the appetizers I had were tasteless (dumplings). Best thing I ate that night was the pretzel roll. Even the Almond Cake with Blueberries was disappointing.

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Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Great food and a good drink selection; outdoor seating is available. The sausage is excellent and so was the spaetzle.

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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

You simply can't go wrong with the staples such as the tarte flambee, the 'Gruner' salad, the smashed fried fingerling potatoes and the choucroute garnie. These are fabulous tasting dishes. In addition, we had a fresh English pea soup. Bravo! I can't say if you try different dishes that the quality or flavor might not drop off. These are so... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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80 reviews 80 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

Dined at Gruner because good restaurant friends recommended. Rarely am I disappointed but Gruner did not do it for me. Most likely it was the menu itself. I found the wine list lacking, the food not mesmerizing. This is a restaurant that in my opinion would benefit from a chefs tasting menu with wine pairings. He lack of familiarity of... More

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Portland, Oregon
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We actually went to KASK, the tiny saloon next door to Gruener which is owned by the same people. It was a Friday evening, and we were trying to find someplace to go to enjoy a few drinks and just chat. This place is great! It is dimly lit inside, but very clean and modern, with amazing chalk drawings on... More

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Amherst NH
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

You had better have a reservation. This was so relaxing - nice intimate atmosphere. We had reservations very early and when we arrived I bet there was less than 10% of the tables occupied - I had an uh oh moment thinking that this might not turn out so well. WOW was I mistaken. The food and presentation were wonderful.... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

German/Swiss/European fusion, call it what you want -- it's delicious! Fresh flavors, great service and a nice wine list, make it an excellent spot for dinner.

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