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1237 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
Nicely prepared and clean food

Had the ginger salmon bento box for lunch. The combination is very nice and portion is quite good. Being a very very healthy place, I couldn't get just white rice, but having mixed was not that big a deal. It's just that sometime a nice bowl of unashamed steamed white rice is just the perfect food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
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New York, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Had the ginger salmon bento box for lunch. The combination is very nice and portion is quite good. Being a very very healthy place, I couldn't get just white rice, but having mixed was not that big a deal. It's just that sometime a nice bowl of unashamed steamed white rice is just the perfect food, even by itself! I... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Exceptionally fresh and local ingredients, menu is mostly bento boxes. Menu constantly changes to reflect market conditions. Tiny interior; excellent service every time. Close to Portland Art Museum. We go often for lunch but they are now open also at dinnertime.

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Thank 101coastie
Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We had Dinner here. The food was REALLY good and well prepared. The place is not very big and so close quarters. The lighting is low and somewhat makes it difficult to see. Parking is like most places around downtown Portland. We ended up parking 2 blocks away.

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Thank MaxAdventureSeeker
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

There is something about a bento box that draws me to them. May be it is the box, may it is a bit of this, a bit of that. According to Wiki, "Bento" originates from the Southern Song Dynasty slang term 便當 (pinyin: biàndāng), meaning "convenient" or "convenience." When imported to Japan, it was written with the ateji 便道, 辨道,... More 

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Thank Superlegalbabe
Marrakech, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

The best Broth ever in an udon soup. all seasonal and so Über fresh, local and with an eye to organic sources. It shows in the flavor and the care of service.

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Thank keoma76
Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Chef Naoko has changed her restaurant format for the better - now serving dinner in addition to the lunch menu. The bento reference to the name of this restaurant is off - this is pure authentic Japanese food, not the bento you get at corner shops in the US. Chef Naoko adds an incredible combination of flavors to great local... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Got the Farmer's Chicken Bento and the Atsushi Bowl. Also got miso soups and Japanese tea as well; very small casual place with a little outdoor seating out front. Excellent service!

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Thank ThinkingGreenTravel
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

We were downtown and found this great place. The Jefferson Bowl was a delicious meal. My wife had the Farmers Veggie Bento and loved that also. Highly recommended.

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  • Address: 1237 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown

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  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

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