They have been knocking it out of the park for years and we have been loyal customers since shortly after they opened.
It is a cute small restaurant and it can be tough to get reservations. It's close to downtown which is nice if you are visiting. It is well known to be one of Portland's best restaurants so plan ahead if you want a table. If it is only going to be two of you, our trick is to go right when they open. They allow walk-in's for the chef's bar and keep those stools open from reservations. I actually prefer to sit there so I can watch the chefs do their magic.
The menu is switched up regularly and is seasonal and extremely thoughtfully prepared. Everything I have ever had here is magnificent so you really can't go wrong. A good bet would be the tasting menu if you want to try a wide variety of their skill set. It's not cheap by any means, so come prepared to spend a few bucks.
Their sommelier is excellent and will send you in the right direction for wine. Take his advice as he knows what is great and what will compliment your meal. If you do the tasting menu, there is a matching wine option as well.
This is a special place for a special occasion but it is not snooty or pretentious. I often eat here in jeans but there are typically people much more dressed up as well. All are welcome and I have never felt out of place (one time I even went in a t-shirt). The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable. The tip is included in the meal so you don't have to worry about that.
Oh, and no matter what else you do, order the profiteroles for dessert! Trust me on that one. Absolutely amazing.
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