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“If you like steak - dinner is your best bet”
Review of Urban Farmer

Urban Farmer
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Ranked #111 of 4,491 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $100
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: between 5th and 6th Ave
Transit: We are located right on the Max Line at the Pioneer Place stop as well as the Steetcar Pioneer Place stop.
Description: Urban Farmer redefines the modern steakhouse with an emphasis on Northwest, sustainable ingredients and simple, straightforward preparations within a farmer chic environment. The menu honors national and local culinary traditions sourcing ingredients from some of the Northwest’s finest eco-friendly producers like Sudan Farms, Wooden Bridge, Nicky Farms, and Cattail Creek. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and happy hour, Urban Farmer remains a reliable and approachable destination amidst Portland’s bustling food scene.Designer David Ashen of D-ASH Design in New York created a unique restaurant space within the 8th floor atrium lobby of the Nines Hotel. The space makes use of organic, reclaimed and modern materials such as a 20-foot communal table sourced from an old-growth Douglas Fir. The spacious “Deck” captures the light-hearted feel of outdoor dining and is accented by a field of wheat grass in the center of the room. A video installation by one of Portland’s favorite experimental artists, Matt McCormick, rolls stunning images of the city’s rural and urban landscapes. The “Pantry” offers an intimate setting with walls of steel and reclaimed timber, as well as shelves stacked with vibrant jars of pickled fruits and vegetables. The Library , adjacent to Urban Farmer in the lobby, is the ideal venue for guests to host private parties, play a game of pool or enjoy a quiet cocktail.
Reviewed July 19, 2012

We had a brunch and a dinner here. Both meals were very expensive but we were staying at the hotel for a week.
Brunch: Great service, friendly staff and extensive menu. Staff had raved about the eggs benedict so I ordered the option with ham. The hollandaise sauce was flavourless and really heavy and the ham was so salty it really overpowered everything on the plate. The portion was very generous...but It's eggs with ham, not ham with eggs, you know?
I had hot tea and orange juice...they refilled the o.j., which doesn't happen often but when brunch for two comes to more than $60, it's welcome. The juice also tasted like Tropicana, not fresh squeezed as billed.
As a tea drinker, I did appreciate the large mug and teapot.

Dinner: This is a steakhouse...I saw two tables leaving when they realized there weren't enough options for vegetarians or fish-eaters. My steak was cooked perfectly, incredibly tender and flavourful but it was too salty. My partner's steak was also too salty but he loved it. The portions are, again, enormous. The smallest steak is 8 oz. We ordered the wild mushrooms and creamed spinach as our side plates. We also started off with crab cakes and oysters. The oysters were delicious. The crab cakes had absolutely no flavour other than tasting like fried batter. The service was again very friendly, informative and caring. Our waiter recommended a good bottle of red to go with our menu. In all our two appetizers, two steaks with side dishes and bottle of red came to around $200.

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

We're on a week-long conference trip to Portland. Some of our meals are convention center appetizers, on an urban booth-by-booth foraging foray, or themed food parties (last night burgers, beans, campground fun & games) and some meals are splurges. Both are great, by the way.

Urban Farmer falls into the splurge category, but not a huge splurge. We took the elevator up to the 8th floor of the Nines Hotel at 525 SW Morrison Street in downtown Portland. As we exited the elevator, we were greeted by half a dozen nude mannequins, and other interesting art (aka the clothes they may have shedded). It certainly whetted my husband's appetite! ;-)

Soon we were in the atrium, hotel rooms lining the atrium walls, very urban and sleek. Urban Farmer rests at the bottom of this scene, a very modern restaurant with touches of the fancy farmhouse. We had complimentary wine and happy hour at our own downtown hotel nearby, so skipped a cocktail, opting for a glass of wine with dinner. We were delighted to see one of our favorites - Healdsburg CA's Seghesio Omaggio on the "by the glass" menu.$16 Omaggio (60% Cabernet and 40% Sangiovese) is the family's "homage" to their founding family who started the winery over 100 years ago.

We had starters - hubby had local greens with shaved fennel and nectarines - it was a spectacular and simple salad $9. I had Pacific Oysters - I think they were Nitards, small crisp oysters with a very light unfussy elegant champagne mignonette $15 for 6 oysters.

We split the New York Steak Sampler $60. This plate had three 6 oz steaks: Oregon grass fed, Brandt prime, and Painted Hills twenty-one day dry aged. We both liked the Brandt (corn-fed) prime the best, but all three made a wonderful pairing with our Italian style wine. We had one side with the beef: Anson mills grits, served with a perfect soft boiled egg hiding under the surface and parmesan cheese nest on top. Sides are huge, we split this and still took half back to the hotel.

Bread - the pastry chef makes great desserts and we loved the Parker House rolls and cornbread baked and served in a tin can (think Campbell's Soup can without the label).

Splitting everything left room for dessert. We had a fun convo with our waitress Meridith about the desserts. One of them, the Butterscotch Sundae has been on the menu since day one - even tho the original chef isn't. Tip of our hats to first chef- we loved it! $8 for
warm brown butter blondie, cherries, praline, toffee chip ice cream.

And a huge tip of the farm hat to all the current purveyors of local ingredients, and a tip of the toque to the imagineers of the wonderful current menus. Urban Farmer is a locavores pleasure palace.

Hope to hit happy hour here before we leave Portland! I think the tab was $130 total before tip, not a huge splurge, actually, especially when averaged with freebie convention dining the next night. ;-)

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Thank astrojane
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Interested in the mixed reviews for this restaurant.
Our experience was excellent!
We avoid hotel restaurants as a general rule,but, we were in for a treat.
We only went for breakfast for the 3 days we were in the hotel.
The food was unfailingly excellent.
The homemade English muffins & the cherry chicken breakfast sausage were standouts.
Try the crab omelet, excellent fresh ingredients and no more than any other place in town.

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Thank studebhawk
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

But good coffee and service, ham was dry and the benedict uninspired . A "garnish" on the plate looked like some small bit of red, i don't want to say what.

Thank Kathryn711
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

The food was excellent, but the side dishes are huge so only order 1 side for every 2 people.

Thank Marian G
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