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Besaw's

1545 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1782
+1 503-228-2619
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Overview
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (41 reviews)
“hash” (27 reviews)
“meatloaf” (19 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
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Value
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LOCATION
1545 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1782
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Reviewed yesterday

We just visited Besaw's new digs for the first time for brunch with friends. The environment is open, bright and airy. Our wait-person very patient with our questions etc. Everyone loved their meals and cocktails, particularly the "Michelada", a beer-based Bloody Mary type of drink...More

Thank Meg M
Reviewed 4 days ago

The food was very good, atmosphere was also very nice but the service was slow. Nice people working there, unsure what took so long. The food is damn good too! All around impressed; hopefully service is quicker next time.

Thank Steve R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Breakfast was awesome. The only down side was the 45 minute wait to be seated. However, they did have complimentary coffee in the adjoining coffee bar. Especially liked the Great Korean BBQ Chicken & Waffles and the Farmewr's Hash. Service could be stepped up a...More

Thank The2TravelingFools
Reviewed May 17, 2018

We have made it a point to visit Besaws for the past 12 years when we visited our family. We waited in lines at the old restaurant, followed them to their new posh digs, and was disappointed that much has been lost, forgotten, or ignored....More

Thank C Stephen S
Reviewed May 12, 2018

I guess we arrived about the perfect time …Saturday before 8:30AM and we were seated promptly at the bar as per our request, and service was fantastic. I got the Benedict with Canadian bacon, the eggs were cooked to perfection, the hollandaise was just right...More

Thank Jo L
Reviewed May 11, 2018

First meal of our Portland visit so it set the standard. Great Korean BBQ Chicken & Waffles for brunch. Great vibe & staff.

Thank huskerut
Reviewed March 26, 2018

The new place is really nice , but the food is not very good and the menu is a "Brunch" menu even on Monday morning meaning your breakfast items are limited. I did not notice until my food came that there was no toast included...More

Thank Larry R
Lisa R, Public Relations Manager at Besaw's, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Hi Larry, Our house potatoes are Rosemary-Garlic, I'm sorry you didn't like them! As for our eggs, we cook them in a blend of clarified butter and canola oil. Our house made sausage has coriander, cumin, black pepper, salt, sage and thyme to give it...More

Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

A long wait but free coffee and worth it. The breakfast burrito is fabulous. The cinnamon bun pancakes a treat and the pecan smoked pastrami sandwich delicious. Friendly service.More

Thank omary51
Lisa R, Public Relations Manager at Besaw's, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2018

Thank you for coming in to visit us this weekend! Glad you had a fabulous experience. We are also open for dinner and we're participating in Portland Dining Month! We would love to invite you back for some Besaw's dinner. Hope you enjoy your week,...More

Reviewed February 15, 2018 via mobile

We are in Portland for the birth of a grandchild and dropped in to Besaws for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Food was great with great service and recommendations for dinner. We had a cheese board for appetizer and for dinner had the scallops and fried...More

Thank JAnders444
Lisa R, Public Relations Manager at Besaw's, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2018

Hello! So glad you joined us for Valentine's Day! Happy to hear everything was to your liking with the exception of the coleslaw. We will definitely look in to why it may have been lacking. Hope you're getting to love on your new grandchild! Congratulations!!...More

Reviewed February 2, 2018

Had reservations but waited 50(!) minutes for our table. To make up for it they gave us 4 biscuits for a party of 8. Waitress had a long conversation with people she knew at another table while we waited to get our receipt and credit...More

Thank Dale L
Lisa R, Public Relations Manager at Besaw's, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2018

Hi Dale, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the food here at Besaw's. We definitely dropped the ball on this. All we can say is that we promise to continue to improve and learn from these mistakes. I am so sorry you had...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$30
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1545 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1782
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Northwest District
  • Neighborhood: Northwest District
  • Phone Number: +1 503-228-2619
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Description
It started as a dream of opening their own beer parlor and gambling hall. And in 1903, George Besaw and Medric Liberty did just that. At the time, a booming industry full of loggers, longshoremen and their families were populating much of this vibrant corner of the Pacific NorthwestAfter Prohibition was repealed, Besaws was granted the first liquor license in the state of Oregon. The cafe quickly became the most popular meeting place amongst locals, with a reputation for a stiff drink, a scrumptious meal and lively conversation. Besaws' ethos remains a simple one: providing delicious, seasonal and local food and drink, with genuine warmth of heart. Under its current ownership - Cana Flug has been at the helm since 2005 - Besaw's has seen its iconic status grow, from neighborhood favorite to national attention. Spacious, Art Deco-inspired ceilings, innovative lighting design and handcrafted wallpaper, genuine standard of service, delicious food, and spirit of community.
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