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Veritable Quandary

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1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3201
9:30 am - 1:00 am
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 1:00 am
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Truly one of the best brunches I've ever had! I loved the King's breakfast perfectly cooked poached eggs, crisp bacon, French toast and potato cake. Two other family members enjoyed the blackened catfish combo! Caring and attentive setting and a wonderful restaurant inside and out on the patio where we dined. I can easily see why so many people say... More 

Thank Jennifer S
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

VQ is one of the two best restaurants I've ever eaten in. Everything is fabulous, and the service is amazingly good. We came here for our wedding anniversary last year, and it was an incredible experience. I'm so sad it is closing and will come to Portland just to eat here before it closes.

Thank HistProfessor
Kansas City, Missouri
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66 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Likes this place a lot. Serving brunch but we had a fantastic burger with fresh cut fries and pickled veggies! We had two vegetarians with us and the restaurant totally catered a special meal for them. Great service and beautiful setting!!

Thank DNStravfan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ate here after a few hours at Jazz Fest, and so glad we found it. We were told the wait would be 45 minutes (not bad for a Saturday night), but opted to eat at the bar. Fantastic food. The duck confit spring rolls are fabulous. My husband keeps telling everyone about the bacon wrapped dates. The prosciutto and melon... More 

Thank Julianne9741
chicago illinois
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49 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant is closing soon--city bought the land. Apparently chefs and much of the staff will be heading to a new site, albeit without the glorious patio, and I will follow them when I return to Portland. Our server Sasha was beyond charming and all went well, even with two small children. Food exceptional--Sayonara.

Thank Reesie42
Kansas City, Missouri
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Yummy food, excellent service. Would have liked a closer view to water or outside seating, but, the quaint setting didn't offer that.

Thank Gail A
Portland OR USA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

THE VQ as out its locally known has served up good food in a very comfortable and friendly atmosphere for many years. It is a great place for an after work cocktail, free from the usual bar games and scene. A great place to relax with friends.

Thank ORcyclist948
Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

I'm glad that you found a place to hang out and enjoy a great drink in the VQ. There's nothing quite like having a place that feels like your usual spot to grab a drink, is there? Looking forward to having you back again soon. Best, Erin, GM More 

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116 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a Portland landmark that's shutting down soon. The atmosphere is/was great; the food a little sparse & over-priced, but very good. I actually had to order a side dish to fill me up - although that may say more about me than the VQ. Still, sad to see it go.

Thank schoens1
Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

We're sad to go as well, but I'm glad you had a chance to try us out -- we'll be around through September, so there are still chances to come by again! I hope that you will, because I know that the flavors and the high quality of our dishes can really speak for themselves. The quality of our local... More 

Banks, Oregon
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food is great, especially the brunch- enjoy a mimosa! The only issue is it is very small so to guarantee a spot- make a reservation. You can sit outside or in the bar are - again limited seating- if you don't make a reservation.

Thank Sheri M
Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

Thank you for passing along this advice, Sheri! Unfortunately, we do have a smaller space as we're in an historic building, so we do the best we can with what we have. That being said, I'm really pleased that you enjoyed your brunch with us. Perhaps we'll see you for another mimosa and some tasty food again soon! Stay well,... More 

Orange County, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

VQ has always been a fun place to eat, drink and be merry. Food is decent but the atmosphere is what makes it. Laid back, cold drinks and a nice place to hang out outside.

Thank vbishop29
Erin H, Manager at Veritable Quandary, responded to this review

Eat, drink, and be merry -- that should be our slogan! I love that you've always enjoyed your time with us, and I hope we'll get to see you again soon. Stay well, Erin, GM More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $40
American, Gluten Free
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
9:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
9:30 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3201
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 15032277342

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?