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“On A Good Night, They Might Be Average...”

J. Willy's Public House and Eatery
Ranked #15 of 67 Restaurants in West Linn
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

I don't know what precipitated the split from BJ Willy's that left us with J. Willy's Public House and Eatery, but we got the short end of the stick. The old location had better parking, better service, and most importantly, better food! We visited one last time last week and walked away with the same misgivings we've had from previous visits. The decor is blah, the service is blah, and the food is blah. I keep hoping for a great dining experience and they keep disappointing me. At least they're consistent! My wife thought the turkey dinner would be a safe choice, but it was salty and "tired". She said it tasted like it had been roasted several days ealier. Nothing special about the cranberry sauce accompanying it. It had the tell-tale shape of canned cranberry sauce. Pet peeve alert: Lumps of flour in my cup of clam chowder. How hard is it to mix soup? Why serve it if you're not going to prepare it properly? And finally, the pizza. Just because it's cooked in a wood-fired oven doesn't mean the crust has to be blackened. My advice: Save youreself the disappointment, and opt for takeout pizza from nearby Papa Murphys. If you're looking for a dining spot in West Linn, there are several better choices: Allium, La Sen, La Fiesta, or even Little Cooperstown.

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Reviewed July 20, 2017

Dropped by for dinner last night. Had read all the raving reviews of the pizza, so had to try one. Talk about disappointment. $14.99 for a 10" pizza and the crust was so tough you had to tear it with your teeth and pull it away from your mouth to get a bite. It was obvious the dough was way overworked. We mentioned this to our nice waitress, and she said it was an artisan crust and that is why it was like that. On top of that, the pizza was so greasy we had to dab the grease off on a napkin before eating. We must have hit it on a bad night. I ordered the 1/2 Portabella and brie sandwich with clam chowder, but they were out of the chowder so I got the salad. The sandwich was delicious. The beer selection was not fantastic. It seems all around Portland we are seeing the same rotating taps. Would be nice to see some new varieties from other states. And not just mostly IPAs.

On the ending note, we spent $50 before tip for a 10" pizza, a 1/2 sandwich with small salad, 2 beers and one glass of wine. Seemed spendy for what we got. We were really hoping to be impressed, but alas, we were not.

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Reviewed April 24, 2017 via mobile

We live locally and have visited J. Willies at least 20 times. We like to support local businesses. We especially enjoy reading the menu, which states, "Our goal is to get to know your name...".

We have introduced ourselves to J. Willy, (aka, Jeff Williamson) several times. Yet, each time we visit the restaurant, he walks past us as if we are complete strangers.

Maybe he has already met enough of the neighbors and has no further capacity or desire to know more of us. If so, he should change his menu and manage customer's expectations better. We have seen him interact with other customers who clearly know him.

We enjoy the food, although it isn't anything particularly special. The servers are really nice, especially Shayla, who recognizes us and knows when we haven't been in for a while.

We will still visit this establishment. They have a good selection of craft beer and a full bar. We will continue to hold onto the hope that someday, maybe after 50 visits, J. Willie will stop at our table with a vague sense of recognition. Maybe that's when we will know we are on the way to him asking us for, or getting to know, our names.

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Reviewed April 6, 2017 via mobile

I continue to search for the best pizza
And J. Willy's is still the best even if not wood fired
The Willamette is a great combination pie
Italian sausage, pepperoni, salami, mushroom, olive, and great red sauce
Add fresh basil, kalamato olives, and fresh sliced tomatoes and what treat

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Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

Most pizza places are serving all new bizarre flavors of pizza, but don't have a good old fashioned combination pizza

The Willamette pizza is real close to a old fashioned combination
Add fresh tomatoes and basil
Great service and beer
Sports TV, but not to loud, like most places

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