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“excellent dinner!”
Review of Spread - CLOSED

Spread
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Pearl
Transit: nearby
Description: We stumbled upon the place for a late-night drink, but were very impressed with the ambiance, bar scene, and the food menu (we didn't eat here), but this place needs to be recognized and reviewed. I will gladly be the first and give it 5 stars.
Reviewed November 24, 2012

We were wandering Portland and found ourselves on Commercial Street. A valet in front of a new restaurant suggested we look at Spread - free valet service by the way - a plus on Commercial Street. It was an excellent choice. We were in the mood for a fairly light dinner as it was the day after Thanksgiving. There were 3 of us, so we split the Wild mushroom Spread and the Slow cooked shortrib. The mushroom spread was excellent - served with their freshly toasted bread slices, and grilled vegetables, and the shortribs were served with thicker slices of the toasted bread. We also split the Baby Kale salad with local apples, pecorino and a red wince vinaigrette, and the bitter green salad with local blue cheese and roasted pears - both were excellent - they provided us with very attractive small plates with each couse so we could all take portions from the various plates on our own plates. Then we had Wagu Beef Sliders with bacon date jam and Pineland Farm cheddar - these were to die for. Could not have been better! The beef was seared on a very hot grill so there was almost a hint of crunchiness to the outside of the beef, and the bacon date jam added saltiness and just the barest hint of sweet, topped by a thin slice of the cheddar. It was fabulous - highly recommended. Then we had a plate of three cheese Gnocchi with cheve and brocolini - there were other vegetables on ours too - this also was very good. The manger had recommended the Ponzu Glazed Scottish Salmon, with misu butter, pork dumplings and dashi - not what we were in the mood for, but sounded excellent. We asked to look at the dessert menu - which was a mistake, as we were looking for a light meal. There were only 4 desserts on the menu, but we really struggled deciding between them - we ended up with Apple Beignet and a spice Ice cream. Good beers on tap, and an excellent drink menu to top off a great dinner. Well worth a trip

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1  Thank swilliams7301
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We have been to Spread a few times recently and I want to tell you there is no better place to have drinks and apps in portland. The bar is cool, comfortable with a great looking crowd. The drink list reminded me of a big city like Miami, New York or Boston. The food apps we shared were very excellent with well thought out choices. My recommendation is to check this place out, you will be impressed.

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2  Thank diamondchef
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We stopped here after it was recommended by a local and had a few tapas and drinks. I have to say that the food was out of this world! We had the smoked squash fondue. It was so good we wanted to lick the bowl. The grilled bread was also delicious and a perfect compliment to the dish. The potato soup was also very good. Our server was great, friendly and very attentive. The atmosphere was very elegant and quaint. We chose seasonal drinks and they were good also.

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Thank carrie0866
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

My husband and i went to Spread for drinks and appetizers. Unfortunately, we were extremely dissapointed with the poor service from the bartender and the food. With so many awesome places to eat in Portland, don't bother with Spread. We are from Portland and dine out often- there are much better places!

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Thank jpetey
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We stopped in here by chance one day when we were walking by and were intrigued by the decor we could see through the windows from outside.

The bar is really cool and has a stone top, the bartenders are really knowledgeable in old fashioned drinks and the drink menu has many options that are interesting. We only tried appetizers and drinks there but everything we had was excellent and flavorful. I think this place has a lot of potential and I hope it succeeds. The only problem I can foresee is that the space is very large and it can seem desolate in there when it's not that busy. There is something to be said for the atmosphere at a restaurant and if it seems dead all the time because the space is too large- it will drive business away.

I think it's really swanky and it's a great spot for big groups for dinner and drinks. Try it out!

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Thank labelle00
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