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Veritable Quandary

1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3201 (Downtown)
503-227-7342
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Ranked #9 of 3,502 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Pleasanton, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Service impeccable. Food scrumptious! The menu changes frequently, so what we had might not be what is available when you go. My husband had a salmon dish. I had a ribeye. Both were excellent, so were the sides. We started with the caesar salad. It was our first visit to Portland and we were only staying the weekend before continuing... More

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

Yes, our menu does vary quite a bit, but we can promise you that there will be plenty of delicious dishes on tap when you're back in town! Until next time, thank you for reviewing us. We look forward to your next visit! Warm regards, Erin, GM More

Oregon
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Veritable Quandary is one of our favorite places to take guests. Not only are the food and service excellent, the outdoor dining area is a real treat in nice weather. The food incorporates many locally-sourced ingredients and is a great example of Pacific NW Cuisine. Strongly advise making reservations. I made the mistake of not doing so last Saturday, thinking... More

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

Yes, it's always a good idea to make a reservation! I'm glad we were able to squeeze you in, but I'm sorry you had to wait. Still, it's so nice to hear that you've always enjoyed your time with us, and we hope to continue welcoming you back for years to come. In the meantime, thank you so much for... More

Eugene, ORregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

One of my favorite restaurants in Portland, whether for lunch, drinks and nibbles, or dinner. Try to get an outside table in good weather. The Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates are a MUST with drinks, or as an appetizer before dinner.

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

We're proud to be one of your favorite spots in town! Thanks for sharing that with us, and be sure to join us for more Bacon Wrapped Drinks and cocktails again soon. Maybe even tonight! :) Cheers, Erin, GM More

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I had planned a romantic evening out for my girlfriend and I during our trip. After reviewing several different restaurants, Veritable Quandary seemed like the best spot in town. We arrived at around 7:30 and were seated at a nice, quiet table by a window with a great view of the waterfront. Service was impeccable, the food was incredible, and... More

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

I'm so happy you found us, Matt! Thank you for making us part of your romantic evening, and for the outstanding review. We'd love to welcome you back for another Chocolate Souffle during your next trip to Portland! Warm regards, Erin, GM More

Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I was staying at the Marriott one block over and on a whim, called for a table for two. They were not able to accommodate a table, but did reserve two spots at the bar for me and my colleague. They even called my mobile when the spots were available, so we could just walk over. Food and wine recommendations... More

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

Small plates are a great way to get a taste of everything! So glad to hear that you enjoyed your dinner, and I hope we'll get to welcome you back next time you're in Portland. Until then, thanks for the fabulous review! Warm regards, Erin, GM More

Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Reservations are a must, but this place is worth the wait. I don't think they serve anything that isn't amazing. Halibut cheeks with rapini are excellent; I also tasted the poppyseed spetzle, and it did not disappoint. This will be your favorite dining experience on a trip to Portland!

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

You're too kind, Anne! Thank you so much for making us a part of your trip, and we'd love to have you back next time you're in Portland. We'll have those Halibut cheeks ready! Cheers, Erin, GM More

Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I'd definitely recommend this restaurant. Everyone's meal was exceptional. I had the Wahu fish special with black rice and it was cooked just right. My wife is a vegetarian and the very knowledgeable waitress asked if she'd like the cook to make something up with her favorite ingredients. That was a nice treat and came out quite tasty. Good beer/wine... More

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

That Wahu is too good to pass up! I'm thrilled that you and your wife had such a fabulous dinner, Kevin, and we'd love to welcome you back again for brunch sometime. Until then, thanks for reviewing us! Warm regards, Erin, GM More

McLean, VA
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

On a business trip, decided to visit based on intrigue at restaurant name and recommendations from locals and tripadvisor. We showed up (party of 6) without a reservation on a weeknight, waited about 15 min and were led to a private room in their wine cellar. The party that had reserved it had just cancelled. It was terrific to have... More

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Portland, Oregon
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Usually make it for lunch when I'm downtown. Food is good, look for the specials board, I've found that to be the way to go. Service is great and the staff helpful and cheery in spite of being very busy. Reservations are required, a must unless you are able to get seating in the bar area...first come, first served. Outdoor... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Our choice for a special night out. We have osso bucco, one of the awesome salads and as an appetizer DELIGHT the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with an almond and wonderful chevre. Wherever they get their creamy goat cheese, it's something you shouldn't miss! Same goes for the osso bucco- their signature dish. It's awesomely delicious. The risotto it is... More

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