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8

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in Business

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Mon - TueClosed

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Phone: (503) 283-2177

Fax: (503) 283-2177

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Neighborhoods:
Concordia, Northeast Portland
Categories:
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information:

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: French, European, Omelets

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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01/24/2012

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Amazing! Its been a year and I STILL

Amazing! Its been a year and I STILL think our dinner at Beast was one of the best we have ever had. Kind of hard to find at first, and maybe a special occasion sort of dinner, but once we got there it was SO worth the drive, and the extra money... We will be back again.

04/09/2011

Provided by Citysearch - 
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Middle of the Road

Just finished dining at Beast this evening and unfortunately my wife and I are fairly disappointed with the experience. Perhaps it was just an off night given the many great things we have heard from friends who have been to Beast.

The menu was middle of the road with Cornish game hen as the main followed by Spring Dandelion Aux Lardon with a poached duck egg which, disturbingly,was fairly undercooked (not a good thing when egg whites run clear on a dish).

The balance of the dishes were middle of the road as well as the wine pairing.

A couple of high notes are the atmosphere is wonderful and the service is impeccable.

So the big question, will we return for another meal? Honestly, after spending $250 (including gratuity), I would say doubtful.

As I said earlier, perhaps it was an off night as well Chef Naomi being absent, but our expectations were definitely not met.

09/24/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Beast is a great foodie experience

Seeing that chef Naomi Pomeroy was to appear on Iron Chef America, I immediately booked a reservation for my next available evening. I was a solo diner, and it sounded wonderful to enjoy food at a communal table with others who appreciate fine food.

The Beast web site clearly states the policy about no substitutions, communal seating, cancellation fee, etc. I was game for all of that, just praying I didn't catch a head cold a day before dinner.

I was seated at the smaller of the 2 tables, with 6 companions (3 couples) who hailed from Hawaii, SF, and locals. The Iron Chef appearance had spurred all of them to book dinner at Beast. As I hoped, it was a lovely evening of conversation as well as food. As others have said, the chairs are very uncomfortable.

I had the wine pairing and thought it was very well done.

The first course was spinach soup with white truffle cream and shaved black truffle. The soup was only lukewarm (Chef Pomeroy had tried to keep it warmer by pre-heating the soup bowls), and I think the truffle would have been more pronounced if the soup were hotter. But it was very pleasant. The bread was the best bread I have ever eaten.

Second course was the wonderful charcuterie plate with nibbles of shredded pork, local sausage, steak tartare and quail egg, and the foie gras bon-bon. All delightful.

The third course made the whole dinner. It was a duck leg confit on a bed of summer succotash. The duck wasn't oily. The meat was moist and very flavorful, a joy with each bite, and the skin also very tasty. It was masterful.

The fourth course - the radicchio salad was a little too bitter for me, but it went very well with the wine pairing.

Cheese course was delicious.

The dessert was a perfect tartlette of honey sweetened mascarpone topped with a fig brulee. Lovely, just sweet enough. French press coffee was optional for $3.

Altogether, the evening was well worth the price. As my companions said, it is very rare to see an Iron Chef contender actually in the kitchen. Chef Pomeroy was there cooking throughout the meal. The service was very good, we never lacked for more water, wine or bread. I look forward to returning for brunch and for future dinners.

04/18/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Some of the best food in Portland

Chef Pomeroy and her staff know how to cook. Bottom line the food is great. The beef tenderloin in puff pastry was like butter. Don't get me started on how good the Foie-Gras Bon-Bon with the Sauternes Gelee was, it was a bite of heaven.

02/10/2010

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WOW a nice change !!!!!

I went with friends we enjoyed the 6 course meal and the wide variety of items served. It was a great dinner to catch up with friends who were visiting from New York. Dinner took a couple of hours. Service was great, staff were friendly and informative. Ambiance with chef's plating food in front of you was cool! If you want a change and are tired of eating the same ole food at the same ole places try The Beast it is different in a new and exciting, good way. For the time and effort that goes into the food and presentation the $60 per person was worth it for us! We ate things we had never tried and they were very tasty. The sorbet to cleanse the pallet between courses was nice too! Try the Kronenberg 1664 Beer it is France's #1 selling beer and was a very nice surprise. WOW a refreshing approach to dinner we will be back!

10/11/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
no more birthdays at beast

yes, it's unique--so what? it is really expensive and a bit of a stretch--way too precious for me. i went two years in a row for my birthday with two other food snot friends who were also celebrating. i'm not doing it again. i think the truth about this place is somewhere between the worst reviews and the moderate ones. although they are seriously good cooks the concept is boring after the first try.

07/28/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Great food

Beast can be slow sometimes but is usually great food and worth the wait

07/07/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
A Beast of a Night

After hearing much about the food at beast I visited their Website and reviewed the opening days, menus and all of the other information that one might want to know about a restaurant. All sounded good so without any other questions I ask the concierge at our hotel to make a reservation for three persons at the second seating on July 3rd.

We arrived 10 minutes early, opened the door and found the early diners sitting quietly eating their dessert at two communal tables. Wait, communal tables? The Website mentioned nothing about communal dining. The room was devoid of decoration and looked more like barn than a dining room.

Some of the diners seemed startled by our presence but shortly a waitress arrived and, with an air of disdain, informed us that we could either sit by the door and wait for the next seating or have drinks in the restaurant next door until we were called.

We proceeded to the Yakuza Restaurant next door quite upset by the idea of communal dining when we had anticipated a quiet dinner by ourselves with some conversation regarding personal family matters. After a few seconds consideration we decided to abandon Beast and have dinner at Yakusa (which turned out to be spectacular). The host acknowledged that this was not the first time that Beast patrons had balked at communal dining and offered to intercede with Beast management to cancel our reservation and hopefully avoid having to pay the $60 cancellation fee. The cancellation was taken but they charged my credit card the $60 fee.

Deceptive advertising, self important staff, communal dining, barn like atmosphere, inconsiderate cancellation policies all make one star too high a rating for this travesty of a restaurant. Yakuza on the other hand was a total delight and the antithesis of Beast.

11/20/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
tasty, but not all it could be

A little slow and I dont love a fixed menu...
The food I ate was good but not the best in town!
I would try it again- but there are lots of places in Portland....

11/06/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Disappointing

We have been wanting to go to Beast for awhile now. The published raves were very inticing.
The food was ok but for the prices charged I would have expected more. It was also very cold with the door opening and closing. The dish washing also contributed to the noisy atmosphere. THE CHAIRS ARE THE MOST UNCOMFORTABLE I HAVE EVER HAD THE DISPLEASURE TO EXPERIENCE. The printing on the quarter page menu was so tiny that it was very difficult to read. What's with the loud 80's music.
All in all we were very disappointed and have taken Beast off our list.

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