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“Happy Hour Hallelujah!”
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Ranked #260 of 4,917 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: SW Pine
Description: Established in 1995, Saucebox has maintained its reputation in the city as the place for the finest Pan-Asian and Pacific Island cuisine. The menu pulls from a wealth of bold and authentic flavors. Fruit infusions, elixirs and our notable "liquor laboratory" are also specialties of the house.
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Hands down a big fan of Saucebox. Admittedly, I haven't ordered anything off of the menu that wasn't on the HH menu, but when you see the deals you can get off the happy hour menu, you may not see a reason to. I have come here several times with my girlfriend over the years, and it's definitely a downtown favorite. Their happy hour menu seems to rotate through some items, but has some staples like edamame, crispy brussels sprouts, pad thai.

After ordering, they start your meal out with providing some complimentary taro chips. It has it's own spot on the menu if you want more of it, and although different than conventional potato chips, it's good in its own way. My one go-to on the menu is their crispy brussels sprouts. They provide a crispy texture, with a soft, well cooked middle, along with a poached egg. The bottom pieces may not have as much crispiness to it since it's sitting in the delicious dashi broth that they put in. Other items of note are their saucebox fries, which were surprisingly super crispy on the outside, and airy on the inside. Their katsu burger is what you would expect in a katsu dish with it's crispy shell, and meat in the middle, this one with ground beef inside. Their nice crispy coating went well with its tender, juicy inside. Items on their happy hour menu range from $3-8, so it's worth trying anything that looks good to you.

Overall, I always have a great meal here. Prices are great on your wallet if you want a chance to try many different things on the menu!

Date of visit: September 2018
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Thank johnc_ong
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Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Not so good. Restaurant is bigger than the kitchen can handle. Did not get two of the items ordered, but after an hour and a half gave up and asked for the check. The waitress was very nice, but spent the whole night apologizing. Not going back!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Scott A
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Reviewed July 16, 2018

The Saucebox is one of those classic Portland bars that also serves food, and what food it is! Just as a mark of a top-notch restaurant, all the dishes we got to taste were excellent, starting from the amazing roasted Brussels sprouts all through the dim-sum dishes. The drinks were also great and imaginative. Definitely recommended!
Last but not least, the service was very homey, fast but not pushy, an exemplar of how good and caring service with a smile should be.
A word on price- this is not a cheap restaurant but for a special occasion we felt it was well worth the $$$. If you're visiting Portland you must reserve some time to visit this place!

Date of visit: July 2018
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Thank ngap_82
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Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

We saw this place while walking around the area of our hotel. It was a Saturday night at 7:00 PM and there was hardly anyone in the restaurant so we though why not?

We were promptly seated by the hostess and our server visited us very quickly. The menu items were a little more expensive than we thought ($20-$30 average for entrees) so we ordered one entree (Korean bbq ribs) to share and a sushi roll.

The sushi roll was so-so, but the Korean bbq ribs were not. They were obviously over marinated and small for a $25 plate. The service was excellent which is the reason for the 3 stars, but I'm not sure we'd come back here for dinner since the food is too pricey vs other Asian restaurants in the area.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank GhostWhiz
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Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

Wow, what an awesome meal! Everything had amazing flavor and each dish was unique. There were four of us and we shared everything. Some of the things we ate were the tapioca dumplings, Brussels sprouts, Korean ribs, pork udon, pinnacle roll and the spider roll. We also had dessert - chocolate cheese cake and chocolate chunk ice cream with Fried rice patties. One thing was better than the next!
The General Manager, Nick, was incredibly personal and helpful with the menu and our waiter, Nick, who wasn’t supposed to work tonight, was so friendly and communicative. We had a great night and will be back!

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Wendyjo555
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