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Thirst Wine Bar and Shop

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Address: 0315 SW Montgomery St, RiverPlace Esplanade, Portland, OR 97201-5184
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+1 503-295-2747
15:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Thu 15:00 - 22:00
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Delicious locally inspired food, Pacific NW wine, creative cocktails and a...

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.

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Good Setting for a Wine Tasting

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 November 2012
Robert K
Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

Went on a Tuesday and it was really slow. I had a high expectation based on the area it was located. My friend and I ordered off the happy hour menu. Flat iron steak and potatos. I also ordered the salad.The food was presented nicely LOOKED delicious. I should have asked for the dressing on the side it was drenched.The... More 

Thank athena5365
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

Went to Thirst on very short notice (10 minutes heads up) as a group of 12 on a busy night which should have been taxing on their staff and quaint location, but not only did they handle the challenge, they exceeded our expectations for quality of service and atmosphere. The bar has an artsy and relaxing feel and the menu... More 

Thank Josh E
Steilacoom, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

Gourmet appetizers. Many reasonably priced Happy Hour items. I had the Seafood Bisque and the Baked Brie in pastry with french bread. slices. Perfect companions to their delicious local wines. Very romantic window seat for two along the Williamette with views of the marina and bridges at sunset. Owners provided outstanding, friendly service. We'll definitely return.

Thank TravelPair1968
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 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... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 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... More 

1 Thank Robert K
Milwaukie, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 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
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 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... More 

Thank 2NittanyLions
Palm Beach, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 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.... More 

Thank Lena H
Lesliewine, Owner at Thirst Wine Bar and Shop, responded to this review

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.... More 

Windsor, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2010

We went with a local to Thirst, as he has been there before and enjoys it. Thursday nights they have free wine tastings of three Northwest wines. They were focusing on one winery in Washington. All the wines were very good. We shared the crab dip for an appetizer and all ordered the pulled pork on polenta. There was a... More 

Thank ArloBeagleMom
New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2007

Wow - a wine bar without attitude and that has a beautiful view, good food and a great selection of wines. Albeit they focus on Pacific Northwest wines, not something I usually gravitate toward - but their selection is delicious and the staff knows how to point you to what you will like. For the adventirous - they also have... More 

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