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Veritable Quandary

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1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3201
503-227-7342
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11:30 am - 2:30 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 am
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 2:30 am
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 679
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  • 256
    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
One of my favorite Portland finds!

This restaurant is one of those places that deserves a 'special night out' environment. The food is fantastic and the ambiance is superb. We went there for my son's college graduation dinner and everyone was very impressed and showered compliments on the choice for days! We will return for sure!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
sanguinewanderer
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Cuenca, Ecuador
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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158 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is one of those places that deserves a 'special night out' environment. The food is fantastic and the ambiance is superb. We went there for my son's college graduation dinner and everyone was very impressed and showered compliments on the choice for days! We will return for sure!!!

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We, two couples, enjoyed an outstanding meal last week at VQ. I am somewhat hard of hearing and we requested the loft with our reservations. We received a nice table and were treated with superb service. We had four different entrees (scampi, pork chop, osso buco, and duck) so we could sample various tastes...all were wonderful. We will go back... More 

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Washington, D.C.
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great dinner! Seafood stew was remarkable and stuffed lamb meatballs app was over the top. Lovely place, wonderful setting along the river. Reservations needed for best seating, but we went last minute and still enjoyed it very much.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We stayed in Portland for 3 nights and chose to return to VQ a second night-which is something we NEVER do. We like to try new places when we are in different cities, especially if it's a foodie town like Portland. But VQ was terrific. Energetic atmosphere, tastefully decorated. Food and wine were delicious! Matt the manager was so helpful... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

After a long day traveling to Portland...we decided on something that also had a nice bar. It was a Saturday and very very busy...but they kept things moving and we found two seats at the bar where we also dined. What an amazing meal! We had a bird's eye view of the kitchen that works like a fine tuned clock.... More 

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

I'm so happy you decided to stop by! It means a lot to me that you were a fan of everything from the burger to the chocolate souffle. I'm blown away that you enjoyed your meal so much, that you decided to come back! Hope to see you again soon! Best, Erin, GM More 

Portland, Oregon
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

For lunch, I enjoyed the day's special, a chicken melt with lettuce and avocado, and my guest enjoyed a very appetizing hamburger. Both were presented well and delivered quickly. Note that the chef objected to putting the avocado on the side rather than as a part of the sandwich. This is not an unusual practice as restaurants often lay out... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

When I made an online reservation, I asked for an outdoor table if the weather was good. When we arrived, they had 2 tables, i inside & 1 on the patio, set aside so we could chose our preference. We selected a wine we didn't know but a red blend we enjoy. The Payne Cub was $62-higher than we usually... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We had duck and prawns - both excellent - with the heirloom tomatoes on the side - even better. Great service too.

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

I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the duck and the prawns! I'll be sure to share your compliments with the team. Hope to see you again soon! Until next time, Erin, GM More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

We visited with 2 couples, intentionally ordered four different appetizers and entrees. The bacon wrapped dates were fabulous. We ordered heirloom tomatoes as an appetizer--they were were delicious! The pork chop with fresh peaches was outstanding; the best pork chop I have ever tasted. The coconut shrimp with mango salsa was amazing. The duck--perfect. In short, this was an outstanding... More 

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

Wow! I'm so happy to hear that you and your group enjoyed your meal! It means a lot that you were a fan of everything from our bacon-wrapped dates to the duck. I really appreciate your recommendation, and hope to see you again soon! Until next time, Erin, GM More 

Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

The Quandry has been in business offering casual elegance for a very long time. Inside décor is like a wonderful old pub, outside on the terrace under the trees by the river is Portland at it's best. The food and service are exceptional.

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

Portland at it's best? What an incredible compliment, Carole! I'm so flattered that you enjoy our food and the service so much. I hope we'll see you again soon! All my best, Erin, GM More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3201
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 503-227-7342

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Doing business
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?