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Veritable Quandary

1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3201 (Downtown)
503-227-7342
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Ranked #3 of 3,629 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $40
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 am
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 2:30 am
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

After 1st dining experience, we were forced to return for another dinner and two lunches(All during the month of December) I could go on about the bacon wrapped dates, Dungeness crab,fresh produce,Fish stew,and apple crisp(forget grandmas gummy oat topping) and AAA service. Treat yourself and Just Go!!!!

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Ashland, Oregon
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51 reviews 51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

When making the reservation, I mentioned our dietary needs (vegan, wheat-free), and I was assured that the restaurant could accommodate that request, and they certainly did so in splendid fashion. Our server had been made aware of those needs and asked us to look over the menu and choose some of the vegetables shown from which an entree might be... More 

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Toledo
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Our first time was a charm. Food and ambiance were spectacular. I would recommend anything on the menu.

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

You're too kind! We can't wait to have you back for more next time you're in Portland! Take care. Erin, GM More 

Olympia, Washington
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165 reviews 165 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

VQ is a fine restaurant with nice decor and a great ambiance. My husband eats a lots of burgers and he knows burgers. He said this was one of the best. I had the potato leek soup, Based upon the ingredients, I should have known it would be bland. So, I wouldn't necessarily fault the restaurant, but would hope they... More 

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

Coming from a burger expert, this really means a lot to us! Thank you for sharing your kind words, Cathy. We can't wait to have you back for more fabulous wine and perhaps some bacon wrapped dates! Cheers, Erin, GM More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

They do some very good braised meat dishes. It felt as though we were being rushed by the service. It was a little late, but not so late that I would have expected that.

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

Sorry you felt rushed, Ben! That certainly wasn't our intention, but I'll remind the team to make sure everyone feels at home. Still, so glad you enjoyed our dishes! Hope we'll get to see you next time you're back in Portland. All the best, Erin, GM More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

From a recommendation from a friend, we walked to Veritable Quandary in downtown Portland. We love bars that are NOT sports bars, but bars with a good vibe, 1, 2 or no TV's, old-school feeling and fabulous food and we found all this at VQ. The Bacon Wrapped Dates are a MUST. We ordered 2 orders and they were fabulous.... More 

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

So glad to hear that you and AJ loved every bite, Sarah! Looking forward to having you back for more local dishes next time you're in PDX. Take care, Erin, GM More 

Surrey, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

If you plan on going hear I would suggest making a reservation, I didn't and had to wait 45 minutes before being given a booth in the bar area. My Wife and I both ordered the chicken which she enjoyed but I didn't, the chicken was breaded and fried and served on a biscuit that turned soggy due to the... More 

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

A reservation is always a good idea! Sorry to hear that you weren't a fan of your chicken, Ken, but I hope we'll get to earn another chance to impress you. I know we can do it! If you would like to reach out to me here at the restaurant, I would love to hear more about your visit. Best,... More 

Lahaina, Hawaii, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Our party walked from the esplanade to dine once again in this quaint, beautifully appointed historic building. Impeccably plated & prepared offings with wine pairings. The Duck, Chicken and Prime Rib were all superb. Select this spot for a memorable experience with business partners, good friends and family.

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

Exquisite? Thank you so much, Susan! Looking forward to having you back for more duck and prime rib next time your travels bring you to Portland! Cheers, Erin, GM More 

Aliso Viejo, California
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166 reviews 166 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Parking is very tough in this area over lunch but the food is very good, the service fast, and the waitress was very friendly. Priced at the upper end for a quick lunch but well worth it. I will come back.

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

Sounds like a yummy lunch to us! Thanks for swinging by. Cheers, Erin, GM More 

Corvallis, Oregon
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86 reviews 86 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

​The location is somewhat away from all the other good dining in Portland. So, parking is not a major issue and it is still very accessible. The building is renovated and has loads of charm. The menu is expansive. The wine selection and quality was delightful. Service is exquisite. Serving​ sizes​ are ample. I ordered a rib eye and shared... More 

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

Sounds like you and your wife loved every bite! Thanks for joining us for dinner, John. Hope you'll have a chance to stop by for brunch sometime! Cheers, 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
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 2:30 am
Monday 11:30 am - 2:30 am
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:30 am
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:30 am
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:30 am
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 am
Saturday 9:30 am - 2:30 am
Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
Cuisine: American

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