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Veritable Quandary

1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3201 (Downtown)
503-227-7342
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Ranked #6 of 3,555 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American
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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
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

VQ is an amazing restaurant! Every table was full. Reservations are a must. We sat outside on the patio. It was a lovely evening for a superior meal. From the fresh bread to the bacon-wrapped dates appetizer to the delightful main entrees (I had the eggplant pizza from the app menu while husband had the chicken special), the food was... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I can't even describe how amazing the food is here, save for I almost cried when I took my first bite of house-made english muffin. love the cozy bar.

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Avon by the Sea, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

VQ was a delightful experience. This is a charming restaurant with a lovely outdoor patio and garden. While the menu is limited, the quality of food is superb. Dessert was the highlight for this chocolate addict...a wonderfully prepared chocolate soufflé.

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

You're too kind! Thanks for the fantastic review. Can't wait to have you back for more of that souffle! Cheers, Erin, GM More

PORTland, Oregon, USA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I am not a food critic, but love and enjoy good food. We went there for my wife's Bday w/ my 2 kids. Ordered a special of the month - some fish dish. It was delicious - not just the fish itself, but the flavor of the herbs and veggies (and I am not a veg person). The service was... More

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

Food critic or not, we'll gladly accept the compliment! We had a blast celebrating with you, your wife and kids, and we really appreciate your kind words, too. Hope to have you back soon -- no matter what the occasion! Cheers, Erin, GM More

Phoenix, Arizona
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Thank you VQ. Too many beautiful choices! But you can't go wrong with anything you choose. And, location, service, old style bar, fab patio, flowers. Deserves it's reputation. I went at noon one day for lunch and it was so good I took my husband to VQ for dinner the next day.

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

Twice in one trip? That's a huge compliment! Thanks for the wonderful review, and keep us in mind next time you're in Portland. We'd love to have you back! Regards, Erin, GM More

Los Angeles, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Veritable Quandry is located on SW 1st Ave, in between Hawthorne & Jefferson by the Riverwalk in DT Portland. We ordered the bacon wrapped dates w/ chevré cheese & almonds ($6); poached egg, butter lettuce salad w/ bacon ($14); pan fried chicken w/ collared greens & bacon, and white cheddar spoon bread; wild Oregon chinook salmon w/ farro, roasted beets,... More

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

Those dates!! We love them, too, so it's great to hear that you were also a fan. While it sounds like you had a fabulous time with us, I'm sorry you were missing the mashed potatoes. That's a great idea, so we'll keep it in mind, but in the meantime, don't hesitate to ask for items that you like when... More

Colleyville, Texas
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150 reviews 150 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Our server did a good job of explaining the menu, answering questions. Service was quick, the food was very good. We ate outdoors, which was very nice. The menu is a little limited, but the food we had was very good. I would think this is one of the better restaurants in downtown Portland and would recommend it.

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

So glad to hear we'd get your recommendation, Frank! I'm thrilled to know you got to enjoy our dishes outside, and that our service hit the mark, too. Next time you're in town, you know where to find us! All the best, Erin, GM More

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Our party of eight dined at VQ for my brother's birthday. He is visiting from Long beach, CA and this is one of his favorite Portland eateries. The food was good, but drink refills were slow and no parking validation despite a $400 tab.

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

It was a pleasure to welcome you guys for your brother's celebrations, and I'm glad to hear our dishes impressed you! I'm sorry to hear our service didn't quite hit the same mark, though -- you can bet I'll be sharing your feedback about those drink refills with the rest of the team. Here's hoping it's not long before we... More

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Portland hass long been lauded as a town for foodies - from Michelin stars to food trucks, whatever you want to fill your tummy and please your palate with can be found here. With so much choice, how do you know where to spend your hard-earned money and precious spare time? Well I can wholeheartedly recommend Veritable Quandary as a... More

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

Your third paragraph really says it all, Alexandra. Thanks so much for taking the time to share such a beautiful, detailed review with us -- that's a huge compliment. We can't wait to welcome you back during your next trip to Portland! Regards, Erin, GM More

Newark, Delaware
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

From the minute we stepped through the door the experience was perfect. Service was fast and efficient. Burrata was amazing. My husband very much enjoyed his rabbit pate. The bouillabaisse was tasty and quite large for the price. So good we went back a second time and I can recommend the pizza. My husband wanted toppings that I chose not... More

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

That Burrata really is amazing! So glad you loved it, Rick, and that Judson made you feel at home. We can't wait to see you next time you're in Portland! Cheers, Erin, GM More

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