Outstanding food, service & ambience
This place is truly excellent. I don't know how I spent so many years eating at Bluehour, Paley's Place and other established PDX favorites without trying Serratto. My partner and I are self-proclaimed foodies, having eaten all over PDX, the US, and the world. We have now been to Serratto three times - just the two of us, with another couple, and in a group - and every time it has been a great dining experience. Every time has been a different experience, but always a great one. It's as if Serratto scans your mood on the way in the door, and then has this chameleon-like ability to adapt to it.
The halibut, which a friend ordered and loved, was the least fishy I have ever eaten in my life. I don't love fish, but I would definitely order that dish again. Same for the tuna appetizer, which they pushed hard one night - it didn't sound great to me, but it was amazing, and seemed like a bargain compared to the cost of that much tuna at a sushi restaurant. Another thing is that they offer pastas in half orders, which allowed us to try more flavors and not get full - the waiter said it was so that we could eat pasta as a first course like in Italy. We said ""hear that, honey"" because that was our favorite part of traveling Italy. Last but not least, the homemode gelato is delicious. Supposedly the dessert chef used to work at Papa Hayden, which everybody in town knows is THE place for dessert. Apart from the food, the place looks beautiful, everybody is smiling, there are fresh cut flowers, the lighting is just right, etc. It's the little things that convince us that Serratto gets it.
Last but not least, we heard they just started serving brunch and that it is not busy yet, so we plan to try that next - especially since we were told we could get a free mimosa. Enough said, see you Sunday!