Restaurants in Portland, OR
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309 Sw Broadway.,
Portland , OR 97205 UNITED STATES
Based on 6 reviews
Overrated (clap clap clap)Went for mother's day. What a mistake. Ridiculously overpriced food. Out of a large group, I was the only one that liked the appetizer. Most of the group took a couple of bites of their dishes and left the rest. One had a cream soup and commented it had the consistency of warm cream cheese.
Elegance of a bygone eraThis was the first time I ever ate there - I had heard about the place for decades, but never dined there. There were things on the menu I never ate before, so it was an interesting adventure. The food was good, but the service was better. John Louie was our server, and he explained everything really well and I changed the 'house wine', as my first choice wasn't exactly what I wanted (I sampled, which was unusual for an inexpensive wine). No problem, no charge. He was always close, but not annoyingly attentive. All in all, it was an elegant dining experience. I can't understand the few really negative comments at all. I'm glad I didn't read them before going. The 'con' was price. That's because I have a lower income, so anything much above $15 is on the 'only for special events' category. But if you're not limited to a tight budget, it's probably not too heavy. I think it's a lot less than Ruth Chris type places. My experience was really nice.
Great Food - Horrible ServiceI joined friends for a celebration - the food was incredible and the service seemed okay until our bill came. Then we realized that NONE of us got the wines that we had ordered. When we asked our server he told us that their wine menu was outdated (both in product and in price) and that he substituted the wines that we ordered with different wines and never told us. The substituted wines also cost more. When we questioned that he told us that we got better wines that we had actually ordered so we really should just be happy about it. We were so stunned that he was acting like he did us a favor. Bottom line have a current wine list and if you are out of a wine you OFFER a substitution you don't just do it and not tell the customer (and then be rude about it).
London Grill THE BEST!Have wanted to dine at the Benson for years, but it never worked out. This last friday went with friends and I can only say that I had the single best dinner out I've had in YEARS!!!....Absolutely wonderful......Relaxing atmosphere, Richard, the server was terrific, knowledgeable and made the experience fun!..I had the Herb Chicken and it was out of this world....I eat out a lot, go to the best places...and this dinner was right up there on the top....Yes, it's not cheap, but you couldn't find a better value for the combined atmosphere, old world charm and terrific food...If you want a special night out, quiet, relaxing.....This is the place....I'll be back...and recommend to my friends who care about quality....
Brunch Londen GrillThe first time I had Brunch at the London Grill I was Seventeen. The first time I had Dinner there, I was thriteen. I am now fifty four years old. I have been there for Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, And the small Brunch they have up stairs dailey in the bar area .I have always loved it there, I Have been there so many times I could not tell you. Well after today I will never go back. I will not take my friends or family ever again. When we walked up to the reservation desk, no one was there. We just stood there for the longest time looking around. I walked down the hall where I saw the man that was seating the people. I asked him if we could please be seated .He just put his hand up at me, and said I am talking to these people. They did not have a resveration and he was arguing with the couple about it. I am Just standing there holding the baby watching them. I go back to the resveration desk . Now a women is standing there. I tell her we have a resveration. She says follow me. We follow her into the Cristial Ballroom (thats where they put us when I made the resveration two months ago. but thought it would still be nice. they said the Londen Grill down stairs was full) So we are all standing there in the Ballroom. she justs walks away. The man comes to me and says we have to "REGROUP" Walks away and just leaves us standing there again .My Daughter and her husband along with my husband looked a little stunded. We are all standing there. Both walked away with out seating us. So I walk up to the resveration Lady and said. Do you see me standing here with a baby in one hand and my coffie in the other, whats your plan. She looks at me like I am from another planet. And says" I really don't know where to put you". I tell her , time to put us some where .(there where alot of empty tables) So she puts us at this huge table for eight. I figure ok, at least we are seated . I look across the table from us. there sits the Lady who had no resverations. they have a nice little table for four. So we get are food. it is only 12:30 And they are already out of some of there dishes. there empty. By now I am not to happy. I do not want to ruin every ones Brunch. That I am paying fourty dollars apices for. So I don't say anything. I just let them complain about how they are not refilling the food. My husband did get some duck. he said it was very good.
Brunch at the Benson was not worth the time or money.I have been to the London Grill many times over the years. Today was my last. We were seated in the Benson Crystal Ballroom. Same food from the same Kitchen. The layout of the Buffet was very cramped so it was difficult to jockey around the covers and acquire portions to ones plate. I walked through the Buffet in the Grill and it did have similar items but more of them. The grill buffet line was definitely better maintained and easier to access to dish up the items.
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