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1237 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR
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San Jose, CA
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We were in Portland over Memorial Day weekend 2016, staying at the Hotel Modera. We found Chef Naoko on Yelp and walked a few blocks over to have lunch. What a surprise. Our idea of "bento" was tempura and some meat with teriyaki sauce, but this restaurant is something much different and much, much better. Each dish was beautifully precise... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

When I travel on business I like eating Japanese, and especially chicken teriyaki bento boxes. This place had one of the nicest I've had in a while. The ingredients were all fresh and good quality and the sriracha sauce was the best I've ever had. Will go back if I'm in the area.

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Thank snowkoan
New York, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Had the ginger salmon bento box for lunch. The combination is very nice and portion is quite good. Being a very very healthy place, I couldn't get just white rice, but having mixed was not that big a deal. It's just that sometime a nice bowl of unashamed steamed white rice is just the perfect food, even by itself! I... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Exceptionally fresh and local ingredients, menu is mostly bento boxes. Menu constantly changes to reflect market conditions. Tiny interior; excellent service every time. Close to Portland Art Museum. We go often for lunch but they are now open also at dinnertime.

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Thank 101coastie
Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We had Dinner here. The food was REALLY good and well prepared. The place is not very big and so close quarters. The lighting is low and somewhat makes it difficult to see. Parking is like most places around downtown Portland. We ended up parking 2 blocks away.

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Thank MaxAdventureSeeker
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

There is something about a bento box that draws me to them. May be it is the box, may it is a bit of this, a bit of that. According to Wiki, "Bento" originates from the Southern Song Dynasty slang term 便當 (pinyin: biàndāng), meaning "convenient" or "convenience." When imported to Japan, it was written with the ateji 便道, 辨道,... More 

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Marrakech, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

The best Broth ever in an udon soup. all seasonal and so Über fresh, local and with an eye to organic sources. It shows in the flavor and the care of service.

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Thank keoma76
Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Chef Naoko has changed her restaurant format for the better - now serving dinner in addition to the lunch menu. The bento reference to the name of this restaurant is off - this is pure authentic Japanese food, not the bento you get at corner shops in the US. Chef Naoko adds an incredible combination of flavors to great local... More 

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Thank Cphototravel
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Got the Farmer's Chicken Bento and the Atsushi Bowl. Also got miso soups and Japanese tea as well; very small casual place with a little outdoor seating out front. Excellent service!

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Thank ThinkingGreenTravel
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

We were downtown and found this great place. The Jefferson Bowl was a delicious meal. My wife had the Farmers Veggie Bento and loved that also. Highly recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1237 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown

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