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Uptown Billiards Club
Ranked #751 of 4,430 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Northwest District
Cross street: West Burnside
Transit: On the 15 bus line, max stops by the MAC Club about 5 or 6 blocks away.
Description: Uptown Billiards strives to balance "great fun" with "great service" in a wonderful and fun atmosphere. We are famous for our gourmet 5-course tasting menus in the dining room, but our burgers and pizzas and salads are just as loved. With a 22' long antique bar stocked with everything you can dream of, from local liquors and ten beers on tap to a wine preservation system that allows us to pour phenomenal wines by the glass.
Reviewed March 17, 2014

After reading the reviews I decided to make reservations for 4. One of our party has a severe dairy food allergy and the dinner menu was not posted on the website, so while making the reservations I asked if they could accommodate non dairy. Based on what I was told the sampling menu would not work but there were items on the dinner menu that would work and the kitchen could make something as well. Most of the places in Portland can do this. (I.e.The Acadia last week)
Upon our arrival and our looking at the menu, there was nothing that would work. We asked if the scallops or meat items could be prepared in olive oil. We were told after checking with the kitchen that the chef was trained in Classic French style and that was not possible. We asked about a few other things and the chef was not accommodating on anything. The waitress suggested a green salad with a burger patty on top. "The dressing may have a little dairy." That would have been like a little pregnant. The thought of three people having a 5 course meal with wine while the guest of honor nibbled on dry lettuce and greasy ground beef with wine was not the image I had envisioned based on what we had been told. It seemed that the chef was using the pretext of difficulty of preparation as an excuse for laziness. Since members of my family have run successful restaurants in Chicago, I'm well aware of what's possible in the kitchen. That attitude may have reflected what they thought was French. My apologies to the French.
Meanwhile it seemed like management was working the room, visiting tables. Our table was avoided like a man wearing waders at a formal dinner. Management sometimes requires action and is not just a position.

The food there may be the best in Portland. We left without dining. Whether it is or not, after our treatment I could care less, and if you have a person with a special food requirement, maybe you shouldn't either.
We drove over to Jakes Crawfish, told the valet parking fellow that we were looking for a place to eat, even tough by now it was late. He ran over to the door and asked, came back and said they had a table for us. The waiter checked with the kitchen about non dairy. Our guest was happily accommodated with wonderful food, and the meal, service and atmosphere were all great. You can see why they have been there so long. They understand that the people who pay the bill are the ones who should be accommodated whenever possible, not the kitchen staff.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Okay, I decided to quit trying to keep this my personal secret--this is clearly the best value for amazing gourmet cuisine. We try to save our dining dollars and go here once a month. Each menu is built around a seasonal ingredient or theme, and there is always at least one dish that will really surprise you. About $50 each with the drink pairings, but for 5 courses and 5 drinks it is a great deal.

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Thank Branndished
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

It seems odd that a billards place is our favorite restaurant, especially when we don't even play billiards, but this place is absolutely amazing. We love it so much that we go at least once a month to partake of their 5-course dinner specials. Sign up for their email notices to find out what's cooking. They change their themed 5-course menu every 2-4 weeks.

Thank sauviejane
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Up two flights of stairs (no elevator which is a shame!), is a charming, lively scene. In the front , an inviting bar and 8 billiards tables for the mostly up-scale patrons. In the back, behind velvet-like noise reducing curtains, an intimate speak-easy-like restaurant space which is small--maybe 12 tables.. Each month or so the prix fix menu changes, with each menu featuring dishes around a special item. The night we went, it was hazelnuts (filberts). Food was delicious, inventive and the wine pairings (an option) excellent. Service was very good. A great, fun special occasion venue! Price for food with pairings was only $44.00 a person.

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Thank michaelpdx495
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Come for the billiards, stay for the atmosphere. Try the 5-course taster. Awesome casual hangout experience.

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Thank Ken E
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