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Veritable Quandary

1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3201 (Downtown)
503-227-7342
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Ranked #4 of 3,583 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Eugene, Oregon
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

So wonderfully tasty without a doubt....every thing about the VQ is superb.......the pork cheeks will melt in your mouth.....the squash risotto will make you beg for more....portions are surprisingly large.....be sure to call for a reservation or you will miss this beautiful dining experience......

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The Veritable Quandary (aka VQ by locals) has been a great place for food and drink since the 1970's. The chef uses lots of fresh foods and it is very tasty. The bar area has great atmosphere and it is a local night spot. Casual meeting place for local business people for lunch. The wait staff has been there for... More

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Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

You've already picked up on the lingo! Thanks for stopping by, Jim. We hope to see you next time you're in PDX! Cheers, Erin, GM More

Wilmington, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

great food, the flavors were of a true chef, intricately woven into delicious delicate flavors. I still think about the watermelon salad, yum!

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Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

Love that watermelon salad! Thanks for the wonderful review. We'll see you next time you're in Portland! Cheers, Erin, GM More

San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

There is no way to go wrong at this restaurant unless you know nothing about quality and delicious. And the bar is fantastic!!!

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Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

Thank you, Alex! We can't wait to welcome you back for more! All the best, Erin, GM More

Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Veritable quandary is just a few blocks up from the riverfront in Portland, a small place on a street in the business district. Food was inventive, fresh and very good. Service was excellent and they clearly enjoyed your enjoying the food and atmosphere. It's casual elegance. We just had soup, salad, appetizer which was delicious and filling. I went there... More

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Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

That souffle really is unforgettable! I'm so happy to hear that you loved it, Diane. Looking forward to welcoming you back! Thanks for reviewing us, Erin, GM More

Ithaca, New York, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This smallish restaurant has an eclectic menu, excellent wine selection, and attentive but not intrusive service. Vegetarians will also find items of interest. Prices are reasonable.

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Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

Thanks for the fantastic review, Lisabeth! We hope to welcome you back should your travels bring you to the Pacific Northwest. Regards, Erin, GM More

North America
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The restaurant was Ok. Ambience Ok, food Ok. Service Ok...but nothing spectacular. Seriously I don't understand all the hype. What turned me off big time was the gross obnoxious patrons that seem to be under the delusion that loud is OK, and that drunk is 'I'm just having fun and 'f' the rest of you' Seriously, the whole place was... More

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Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

We want everyone to feel at home, but we do our best to quiet our more lively guests who might be a bother to our fellow diners. I'm sorry that this overshadowed your experience, but I hope you'll remember that we do not have complete control over their actions. If you'd like to discuss your meal or our service, we'd... More

Buderim
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

For a 9 day stay in Portland at the nearby Marriott we ate here 3 times and each time was better than before. The food is amazing, the service great and it is well worth booking or waiting (if you foolishly expect to just walk in). Great flavours, plentiful in quantity and well priced...not cheap but within reason given the... More

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Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

Thanks for making us such a big part of your trip, Peter! We can't wait to welcome you back again, but until then, thanks for the wonderful review! All the best, Erin, GM More

West Linn, Oregon
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Enjoyed a fantastic lunch here on the lovely patio! On perhaps the last day of decent fall weather, I ordered a salad of Warm Chevre Crostini with Apples and Pears that persists in my memories as one of the best salads I've ever enjoyed! The wait staff, from the genteman who seated me to the waiter who served us, were... More

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Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

Nirvana, indeed! Sounds like the perfect autumnal lunch, and we're thrilled that you made time to enjoy it with us. Thanks for all your support. Can't wait to have you back for more! Warm regards, Erin, GM More

New Jersey
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I went to the Veritable Quandry based on a recommendation from the hotel staff and it did not disappoint. I went without a reservation, but there were no seats available in the dining room and the tables at the bar area were full. The hostess suggested I eat at the bar, but I don't prefer to eat at the bar,... More

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Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

Thanks for coming back! We really appreciate your patience, and we're thrilled that you were so pleased with your dinner. Keep us in mind next time you're in Portland, and let us know if you'd like a reservation! All the best, Erin, GM More

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Additional Information about Veritable Quandary

Address: 1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3201
Phone Number: 503-227-7342
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
Cuisine: American

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