Picked a Monday night to visit the restaurant at 6pm. The dining room could probably seat over 100 people with tables in the center of the room and banquet booths along the walls. The lighting is very soft, however, in the booths the overhead lighting is much brighter and it was easy to read paperwork we needed to discuss at this business dinner.
The entire menu is ala carte - the only complimentary items are the onion bread (excellent crust and soft interior) and a glass of water. A glass of wine is around $10, triple that for the bottle, my rib eye steak was $44 so that is the general platform for the pricing. One person ordered a lettuce wedge salad and got a dinner plate with a quarter head of iceburg lettuce on it with toppings. Much more than he wanted. Two of us split a chopped lettuce salad with toppings and that was more than adequate.
The steaks were excellent, cooked exactly to order and seasoned just right. I shared a baked potatoe which was well cooked. However, the toppings were only butter, sour cream and bacon bits. I would have expected in addition, chives, grated cheese and maybe another item to take the potatoe up several notches over what is offered at Denny's. One of our diners ordered sea bass and that was rubbery and not cooked well in the center. It is served with lump crab sauce. Morton's in Portland, is 80 miles from the famous Dungeness Crab fishing grounds and doesn't have any!
We were one of about 5 tables having dinner. As it was a slow night, we had a very quiet relaxing dinner, although the poorly prepared Sea Bass knocked a star off this review, because at these prices the food should be absolutely perfect.
The service was excellent. Jeremy, our waiter was completely knowledgeable on all aspects of the menu and fairly well versed on the wine list. Also attentive to our table was the Maitre'D who made a few slow passes by the table to see if we needed anything.
While dining here can dent your credit card pretty good ($360 for 3 people without tip), it is not the best steak I have ever had, the potatoe was bleh, the salad was very good but not outstanding in any way - so what justifies coming to Morton's? Well, maybe the valet parking (for a fee) and a very good wait staff, and somber (think 1960's country club) atmosphere, and you wish to impress someone by your willingness to spend money.
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