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Veritable Quandary

1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3201 (Downtown)
503-227-7342
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Ranked #8 of 3,548 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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Top Contributor
178 reviews 178 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

We really enjoy this place! The nights we went were sunny but we chose to sit inside (actually I'm not sure there was space either night had we wanted to sit outside). I imagine it is cozy in the chilly days of the other three seasons. The drinks are spectacular, whether you want a non-alcoholic one, a cocktail, beer or... More

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I spent four days in Portland in the middle of July 2014. My first night in town I ate at this restaurant because it was close to my hotel. I got there in the midst of the theatre diners (The Book of Mormon was playing up the street) but I agreed to sit at the bar where the bartender recommended... More

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Elkridge, MD
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I recommend this restaurant--especially the outdoor eating area. The service was responsive, the food offerings diverse, and the atmosphere very enjoyable. I was with a group of four people and everyone's dinner was perfect!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Visiting from out of town. Made reservation and took the only slot available (8:15pm). We invited another couple to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant is nice and the staff professional and courteous. However, the food was not as good as I expected. I found the menu a bit limited. Had the duck confit spring rolls and they were good but... More

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

I'm sorry we couldn't do more to impress you. Our Duck Confit Spring Rolls are one of our most popular menu items, so I wish you had found them more exciting, as well as your steak. Do you recall which day you visited? I'd like to check in with our team about this, so please let me know if you... More

Sacramento, CA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I wish we'd made reservations, but we didn't and had to wait. That turned out well, as we were sitting near some regulars who told us about the grilled dates, wrapped in bacon and stuffed with Marcona almonds and chevre! Total yummmm! Our dinners were fabulous! BF had the chicken (and loved the cheesy biscuit that came with it), while... More

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

Glad we were worth the wait! Thank you for joining us for dinner, Judy, and for the kind words. We can't wait to have you back for more Bacon Wrapped Dates during your next trip to Portland! Cheers, Erin, GM More

Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Fun cocktails, bustling in the bar area, great food and unique menu options. I liked the cashews! Close to the Riverplace Hotel if you are looking for something near by, but also easy to get to from downtown. I have driven by this restaurant for years and it lived up to what I was hoping!

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

We love those cashews, too! Glad you got a chance to try them, and that you enjoyed your visit. Let us know if there's anything else we can do to make your next meal even more memorable! All the best, Erin, GM More

Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Fantastic wine list! This was our first stop when we arrived to Portland. Amazing first impression of the food scene here! Will return next visit..

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

Your first stop when you arrived in Portland? We're so flattered! Portland is definitely a mouth-watering city, and I'm thrilled that we could get you started on the right foot. We'll look forward to seeing you again the next time you're in the neighborhood! Cheers, Erin, GM More

Auck
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Awesome food awesome service I couldn't fault this team .this was the highlight of Portland and can't wait to go back.

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

Thanks for your compliments, Tony. Your support is hugely appreciated by our whole team. It's great to know you're eager to come back, as we'd be happy to see you here anytime. See you soon, Erin, GM More

Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Been here a few times and will keep going back. We started off with the duck crackling crisp which is awesome, it's a must try. This visit I had the hamburger and fries. It is one of the best burger I have had in town and will go back for it again. For desert you have to try their truffles... More

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

Thank you for the excellent review, Alex! I'm so happy to hear you've enjoyed dining with us and that you'd recommend our place to others. We'd welcome you back for an outdoor meal anytime, so come back and pay us another visit soon! Best wishes, Erin, GM More

Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

In Portland for the weekend and wanted to try some local flavor. We walked to Veritable Quandry at 4:45 and sadly the dining room had no space for us at all that night. We were able to snag a booth in the bar though and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Our waitress, Sasha, was energetic and friendly. I had the pork... More

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

I'm so happy you were able to swing by our place during your Portland getaway. Even happier to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your dinner. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience here on Yelp, and I'll be sure to share your many compliments with the team. Hopefully we'll have the pleasure of serving you again soon!... More

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