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“Hidden Gem”

Thirst Wine Bar and Shop
Ranked #32 of 215 Nightlife in Portland
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Owner description: Delicious locally inspired food, Pacific NW wine, creative cocktails and a friendly atmosphere. Located at The RiverPlace Esplanade on the Willamette River in downtown Portland with floor to ceiling windows to soak in the gorgeous views and patio seating for 140. Wine-friendly cuisine highlights Pacific NW-inspired seasonal entrees, starters, and desserts. Featuring 25-30 wines by the glass and 60+ by the bottle. Local spirits and draft beer. Dog friendly on the patio.
Reviewed December 3, 2012

As a visitor to the Portland area you may not be lucky enough to stumble upon Thirst. In fact, you may not even stumble upon Thirst as a resident of Portland. Short and simple, you need to make time to visit Thirst if you are looking for a fantastic dinner. The location isn't bad either, providing a front row seat on the Willamette River.

Our visit was a Thursday night prior to a show at Keller Auditorium. Server was outstanding, he was well versed on the menu selections including a list of local wines and spirits. He made good recommendations as well. The only thing that was better than the service was the food. If shellfish bisque is on the menu, order it, and then recommend everyone at your table order it.

1  Thank BMW_OR
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

We went there for an afternoon wine tasting. The setting is quite nice with the restaurant situated right next to the Willamette River. Our server was knowledgeable about wines and helped us pick them out for the tasting. The tasting wasn't too expensive and if you purchased wine you got some of it back. We were told that they constantly are rotating there wines on the tasting menu. Would go there to taste wines again.

1  Thank Robert K
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Reviewed April 13, 2011

Unlike most, I went there for dessert. Which was really good, but expensive. $7 for a slice of chocolate cake. Great atmosphere though, right on the Willammatte.

Thank mariatebeck
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Reviewed September 4, 2010

Thirst has a great location so it's not unusual to find less than fantastic food at high prices and sub par service but this place really lowers the bar. Totally average food at premium prices but service so bad it almost didn't seem real. Two of us ate, one "grilled" meal arrived while we waited more than 5 minutes for gazpacho and a Caesar salad to arrive. The people at the table next to us left after waiting more than 10 minutes for drinks that never arrived. When we raised the poor service with the manager, he first ignored the complaint and then he and another became confrontational and complained that they were busy (which they weren't, particularly for a late summer Fri night) and their two kitchens had no way to communicate to time when orders are completed. When we pointed out that it's not our problem if they can't handle a rush, they said they would cpver our meal (part of which we never ate) and told us to leave immediately. Hate to tell you Thirst, but we eat out to be waited on by you - we aren't all in it together because you're stressed...hope the next restaurant does well in that location after you close down.

Thank 2NittanyLions
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Reviewed July 27, 2010

Horrible....worst experience we have ever had at a restaurant.

We love food. We eat at about 50 restaurants a month. My husband is a classically trained chef at the Culinary Institute of America. Did I mention we LOVE food?

The waiter at this restaurant was so rude and aggressive, all the patrons at the outdoor tables were actually discussing it. On top of this angry attitude, he actually forgot half our dinners! After two were served, we waited an additional 30 minutes and asked about the food, and he simply told us he forgot to put in our order. No apologies or offers....nothing. He simply brought the bill. My husband forced me to leave 10% tip which I reluctantly did. Then, we left, starving.

Now I know why all the other cafes were packed and Thirst has only a handful of patrons....

Thank Lena H
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Lesliewine, Owner at Thirst Wine Bar and Shop, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2010

We apologize. There is certainly no excuse for poor and rude service. Thirst strives for excellent service and this situation has been taken care of. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. It is especially great if you can write the owner of an establishment directly if situations like this happen so we can take care of it swiftly.
Leslie Palmer
Chef / Owner, Thirst Wine Bar & Bistro

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