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“BeAST MoDE Activated!!!”
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Ranked #136 of 4,343 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $45
Cuisines: Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
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.
Richland, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
211 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“BeAST MoDE Activated!!!”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

So it is a great place to go with friends but I would not go to this place with a date. The seating is very informal with everyone at two large tables.

Candy Bacon = $

wine paring - ehhh I've had better

bread was amazing

food - solid but not mind blowing

Not OVER priced but this is not cheep either

Fun if your in Portland but not worth a trip over

  • Visited November 2012
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New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great, but I wanted it to be amazing”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

A reservation at Beast comes with high expectations. And for the most part, our recent meal there lived up to those expectations. We dined on a Sunday night and were looking forward to the various courses we had read about in the menu published earlier in the week. The meal started out on several high notes. A chilled leek soup was absolutely delicious (my partner's favorite course, actually), and the charcuterie plate was equally delicious. The main was lamb, and it was certainly some of the best (if not the best) lamb I have had anywhere. From here, the meal stumbled. The cheese course was fine (not particularly wowed by it though), but the dessert was, well, bad. It was an apricot clafoutis, and the flavor, texture, everything was just off. Other diners around us said the same thing. Then, when the check was presented, they topped it with two tiny pig-shaped cookies... a sweet touch, except the cookies were salty beyond belief making them inedible. Again, the other diners around us confirmed this. Finally, we chose the wine pairing option with the meal, and frankly the pours were pretty stingy. If you go to Beast, you will certainly have a very good and probably a great meal. But based on our experience, you'll leave slightly disappointed, wondering if the hype has diminished the overall experience.

  • Visited July 2013
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San Jose, California
Level 5 Contributor
32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A little disappointed but still a special eve”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Came with really high expectations.. Waited 15 mins outside for 845p reservation. Was excited to have the chef's table and it was fun being right in the thick of things talking to the chef. Some of the dishes were amazing, others just ok. Wanted them all to be amazing. I think it depends a lot on your menu which changes weekly. Soup, duck confit, and dessert all excellent. Charcuterie had some really good items and some not so great. Salad a bit boring. Service was excellent. Took wine flight and was surprised there were no OR wines. Loved 3/6 wines, others were too sweet for me. Thought after spending $105 for dinner, charging $4.00 for a cup of coffee was a big much. Again, this was a special meal all in all.

Visited July 2013
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Green Bay
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“This is About as Good as Food Gets”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Truly fabulous cuisine.

Only for the adventurous interested in outstanding dining. Single sitting, group dining where you get to sample the entire menu for that evening (you only pick your seating time, the Beast staff picks what you'll be having - seriously, no substitutions). But unless your tastes don't like straying far from burgers and pizza, Beast will provide you with a meal to fondly remember (I tried to make the foie-gras and quail egg last as long as possible). The $75 price was well worth it (food this great does not come cheap).

I highly recommend splurging and adding the wine flight ($35). I've never had better paired wines with the various foods than at Beast. If cost is an issue, split one wine flight with your dining partner (you'll still enjoy the full experience, just less wine for each of you).

Attentive and pleasant staff. My highest recommendation.

Visited June 2013
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Ashland, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazing.”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Six or seven visits in, and Beast continues to amaze. If you want the full-on meat-centric experience (they even have a pro-foie gras sign in the window), you need to go for dinner. Our first dinner there featured a course that included quail stuffed with rabbit hearts (tastes better than it sounds).

Service is excellent, but all seating is at two common tables. Substitutions are not possible given the way everything is plated for everyone for each course, so this is not a good spot for anyone who is picky or allergic. But adventurous eaters will be amply rewarded for the trek into NE PDX.

Visited June 2013
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