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“Although the food was excellent, Urban Farmer is a little carried away by their theme at the expense of service and...” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Urban Farmer
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Ranked #28 of 4,237 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $100
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
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“Although the food was excellent, Urban Farmer is a little carried away by their theme at the expense of service and...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2008

Although the food was excellent, Urban Farmer is a little carried away by their theme at the expense of service and practicality. For instance, they serve entrees and sides on warmed cast-iron skillets. While 'cool', these items really add extra heat to the table. I was sweating profusely by the end of the meal. Their high sides also make steak cutting awkward. For now, this restaurant is attracting a see-and-be-seen suburban crowd. I'd rather go to El Gaucho for the price.

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“Just another steak house”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2008

Had dinner there Thursday evening (opening night). It is really not that great. Basically an overpriced steak house with a somewhat odd feel to it. Got the impression that the restaurant was not really sure what "vibe" it wanted to portray. While the hotel is chic and modern, as well as the main area of the restaurant, we dined in "The Pantry" room, which didn't really fit in. Shelves lined with canned fruits and veggies. Tables are too close together and too small, since everything is a la carte and you can end up with several plates on your very tiny table.




The food: Steak (tenderloin) was excellent and perfectly cooked. Good homemade steak sauce as well. Everything else was just okay. The caesar salad had very weird fried "things" on it, probably anchovies of some sort but they tasted like charcoal. Fries are fine but ordinary. Mushrooms overpriced and tasteless. I could continue but I'm sure you get the picture.




Wait staff was overly friendly and not very well versed, but that is to be expected with a new restaurant.




Overall, if you want to spend an insane amount of money for a steak dinner, Portland has better places (El Gaucho, Mortons, Ruth Chris, even Ringside). Not to mention numerous other much better restaurants in general.




Tough economy to open a new, expensive restaurant. I wish them well.

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