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Ranked #131 of 4,364 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $45
Cuisines: Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Killingsworth
Transit: NE Portland br>Just off the corner of NE 30th Ave & Killingsworth St.
Reviewed May 1, 2013

We must have been at the same brunch as Marsh1058. The food was acceptable but not exceptional, and plated nicely. However, the staff was officious to the point of being rude.

We were a party of three and arrived a little early for the second seating (noon). They didn't want us to sit down so we took a short walk. By the time we got back there were just five seats left at the end of one table. I could tell by the look on the staff person's face (waitress? hostess? who knows?) we didn't sit where she wanted us to. We took the seat at the end and one on either side, leaving the two other seats facing each other. I guess she wanted us to be in an L so the two other diners could sit next to each other. This would not have been great for either of our conversations and dining experiences. Not off to the best start.

The courses started being served and I swear, these young ladies (no guys at this particular meal) didn't smile at all. Their collective attitude projected either they weren't getting paid a lot so why should they care how they treat the customers or this restaurant was so fabulous we diners should be thankful we were able to get a seat. Water was served in a bottle plunked down on the table. Yes, we are all capable of pouring our own but most of us know how to cook too, right? What's the point of going to a restaurant, especially for a meal like brunch, if the ambiance and service sucks? Doesn't matter how wonderful the food is...

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Thank Holly1875
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We've traveled the World and have had opportunity to dine in some extraordinary places and eat some incredible meals. Yet this Portland treasure called Beast was able to surprise our palates, tantalize our taste buds and amply satisfy the gourmand in us. I took extreme pleasure and delight in e.v.e.r.y morsel served. The delectability surpassed any meal I've EVER eaten, and the seemingly ease with which all was prepared and graciously served had me mesmerized the evening long. The ladies of Beast ROCK to the max and totally have it going on.

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Thank BRtThar
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Charmless and loud, Beast's atmosphere might (only might) be overcome by good food. Alas, all you brunch reviewers who liked Beast were wrong; there is not good food here. Our brunch began with "Champagne-poached rhubarb clafoutis" the chief characteristic of which was its cloying sweetness. It also had raw crust on the bottom. The "Beast Hash" was virtually inedible, a ghastly mixture of "tails & trotters braised pork shoulder" with "market" veg and potatoes, a poached farm egg and Hollandaise. The egg was well cooked, the Hollandaise nothing but a rumor. This dreadful concoction was followed by a truly uninspired selection of miniscule cheese bits and a pitiful pile of greens. The whole thing was topped off with a "dark chocolate stout cake" that was dry and flavorless and in no way redeemed by creme Chantilly. Weak coffee is included; juice and wine are not.
At Beast you sit communally. Oh, and there is no choice, this stuff is presented, period. Based on the quality of our brunch - Beast's choice, after all - I would never recommend that diners throw themselves on Beast's tender mercies. Never.
Oh, and by the way, reservations are required and your card will be charged whether you can show up or not.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

Had a great brunch, 4 courses on Easter Sunday. First course: clafoutis with rhubarb. Second: pork belly hash with a poached egg Third: cheese course with salad and a poached plum. Fourth, dark chocolate stout cake. Everything was fabulous. The service was perfect. Can't wait to go to dinner.

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Thank lauraleigh9mm
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

The concept of Beast, and of Chef Natalie Pomeroy is one that you have to be ready for going in: two big communal tables and prix fix menu without an option for substitutions. Personally, I love that, and was intrigued to leave the evening up to the chef's choice. Because the menu changes, it doesn't make much sense for me to comment on the particulars, but hear this: each course was delectable and artfully presented. The recommended wine pairings were perfect and service was great. The communal dining started out just a little awkwardly, but by the end...it was one big party. Overall, an exceptional evening and one of the better dining experiences that I can remember. Just lovely.

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Thank BuffySTJ
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