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Paley's Place

1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1609 (Northwest District)
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Ranked #70 of 3,547 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American, French, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Northwest District
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242 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Santa Cruz
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My husband and I have no complaints about this restaurant. Our experience was awesome. Service was not pretentious. The value for the price was right on point. Portion size was perfect. The food was delicious and super flavorful. Oysters were outstanding! We also had a cheese plate, house cured meat, and a salad. My husband had an outstanding steak and... More

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Depoe Bay, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The food is good and local so the menu changes from time-to-time. What I really like is that many of their entrees are offered in both half and full portions. And the half portions are really good-sized. The lamb is delicious. The wine list is extensive with lots of Oregon wines. We went early on a Sunday night so service... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
172 reviews 172 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Only a relative small restaurant that looks like someones living room. Service sometimes a bit slow but it was busy. Food was very nice and they had a nice wine slection. We enjoyed our dinner here. Had been to Paleys before but will come back next time. One of the best restaurants in Portland.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had very high expectations of this restaurant from what we read (on the internet, in a guide book). This restaurant is not worth the money. The best thing we had to eat was the bread and the butter that was softened before serving. The wine list is totally overpriced (and deceptive upon reading). The basic vinagrette for a green... More

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Merto Ny
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122 reviews 122 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Although I have been to Portland many times I had never been to Paley's Place. I had dinner there during my stay and it was excellent. The rooms are lovely, the staff very well trained and accommodating and the food was excellent. Our server was not only knowledgeable, but really polite and helpful. I had soft shell crabs and that... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We walked in off the street, since we were staying at the Inn at Northrup Station next door and had spent the day riding bikes in the rain at the Columbia River Gorge. We were just happy to be warm and dry. But then we started tasting the food and truly content set in. The staff was wonderful as was... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Paley's has been one of the top rated restaurants in Portland for several years. It's reputation is still well deserved. Get ready for a relaxed evening of special treats. Make sure to save room for the chocolate cake soufflé with vanilla ice cream. It is the best sweet I've ever had.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

My wife and I were visiting friends in Portland last weekend. We love great food and our friends always try to pick out the best spots to show us when we visit. Our group was large(14) and we know that can be a pain for restaurants/waitstaff. Four of us arrived early and were seated at our table to wait for... More

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richardson tx
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We love Kimberly and Vitaly Paley, and they treat our family like old friends so this review is based partly on that longstanding rapport. However, for a delicious and relaxed dining experience, Paley's is still one of the best. Their attention to wine and food paring is excellent, they are intuitive in their approach and honor local ingredients. We enjoy... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We have been long time fans, but the restaurant seems to have been slipping over the last few years, possibly due to less of the chef's involvement. The restaurant is dated, the environment lacks energy and the food is too salty.

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