Francis Xavier's Restaurant
1933 NE 181st Ave, Portland, OR 97230
Phone: (503) 666-2847
Fax Number: (503) 666-2847
TollFree: (855) 468-6502
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, American, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Specialties: Weddings, Banquets, Rehearsal Dinners, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Dances & Parties, Bridal Events, Celebrations, Wedding Events, Family Functions
Price Range : Average
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02/27/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Food is good and a step or two above Denny's and Elmers. The decor is several steps above, very nice. Prices are reasonable for what you get. However, the wait staff service ruined the experience. Once on a Sunday afternoon, we and our two guests sat talking for 45 minutes while our dirty dishes sat there in front of us. Though the restaurant was slow at the time and numerous wait staff walked by, they did not stop and inquire how we were doing or attempt to clear the dishes. No offers to refresh our beverages, no desert menu, nothing. Our server was nowhere to be found. We were embarrassed because we had recommended the place. It certainly wasn't us, we barely interacted with the server and were polite when we did.
Another time, with a larger group, it was the same type of service. It seemed like unless someone got up and physically tracked down a server, they did not seem interested in serving the table.
Here the restaurant has spent all the money on the expensive things -- location, decor, food -- and neglected one of the most important but least costly, good service with a friendly attitude.
I agree with an earlier poster, the wait staff did not seem happy. They also did not seem well-trained in table service. Too bad. We have avoided going there several times just because of these experiences.
We might give it a try again and if it's different, I'll change this review.
02/11/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I have tried very hard to like Xavier's in Gresham. I have gone back numerous times to just see if they can somehow change my point of view of them, and they continue to disappoint. Yesterday I was there for a chicken taco salad. When it was delivered in front of me, there sat a soft flour tortilla that had been microwaved with melted cheese on it. On top of the melted cheese there was lettuce (of course) olives, chopped white onion (who does that in salads?? it should at least be red onion or green onion) and a few tomatoes. The chicken on it was the most disappointing as it was frozen chicken that was microwaved to the point of it tasting like sawdust. ABSOLUTELY the most horrible chicken salad I have ever had presented to me. This is about the 6th time I've been to Xavier's and every time, I am aghast at what I receive. What are the cooks thinking?? AND this is a restaurant connected to a Sheraton hotel?? Really? I have asked my husband to PLEASE not let me try it again as I simply CANNOT LIKE IT!
10/18/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Very expensive food that tastes worse than a fast food resteraunt. Horrible service and an unclean atmosphere. I would never eat here again or waste my money. Doesnt seem like the owner cares or takes much pride in running a nice resteraunt. Save your time and money!
05/09/2011Provided by Citysearch -
What a crime! This restaurant use to be me and my husbands favorite and drove the distance from SE Portland. One waiter told me over a year ago that there was a special price on Salmon/lobster dinner under the name SURF'S UP. He was about the ONLY waiter that knew that and it was a real deal at $17.99. If you order Salmon at $12.99 the lobster was another $11.99 for the 6oz lobster tail for a grand price of $24.98! I had a few times the lobster was old and had an odd taste, but the ADULT management did the right thing in reducing the price. It was sad this term SURF'S UP was buried in the bowels of their computer and only a manager could find it, and EVERY time I had to explain to whoever was waiting on us what it consisted of and the price. The STEAK/LOBSTER I hate the meat used and it is always on special or $15.99 on the menu. Last time we went with family for my birthday on October 2010 and the KID that had Manager tag told me that was NO longer available and I got charged $24.98 and he WAS NOT sorry or could care less. I talked to the ADULT manager Phil the next week and he said he would let me know if that special was no longer offered and was sending me a $25 gift certificate. I received the certificate a month later and NO ANSWER on SURF'S UP??? Used certificate December 2010, and haven't been back UNTIL Mother's Day 2011.
This restaurant is OFF our favorite restaurant list. Since I NEVER got the answer on SURF'S UP I will believe it is no more. I decided to start trying something different and ordered the Halibut that comes with hollandaise and small baby shrimp and five mushroom caps that were supposed to be cooked in garlic and butter? At $14.99 you receive a potato and fresh baked roll, and for $1.99 you can order a salad. My husband had fish and chips that did not come with cole slaw, but $1.99 salad, and NO ROLL? For the price I think it should have included salads on both and instead of fresh baked roll I received an OLD PIECE OF BREAD that was disgusting! The only good thing was the waitress that checked back frequently. When paying I did tell the KID that had been sweeping the floor the food was spendy and wasn't that tasty, and she said he usual ""sorry"" and of course these kids don't know or even have a clue how to deal with unhappy customers. There was NO ADULT management like so many places do these days and it shows. I paid and both me and my husband said the food was mediocre and guessed kids were doing the cooking in the kitchen.
So many restaurants have their ""buffets"" that are laid out on tables with NO sneeze guards and where a customer can do anything to the food or pick it up and put back which I find so very unsanitary. Where is the people for the state checking that out and telling management if they aren't set up properly, then don't do it. I know this restaurant has buffets for a lot of holidays and we chose not to attend, but go later and enjoy a quiet meal served to us.
I would NOT recommend this restaurant any longer and it is sad that was once a nice enjoyable place is gone down the tubes due to putting the kids in charge of the asylum!
02/10/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I get the Steak and Eggs everytime I go to Francis Xaviers. I always order my steak rare and unlike a lot of other places, Xaviers actually cooks my steak how I ordered it. If you try the Stag breakfast get the 5 oz, add an order of country gravy for the hashbrowns and be hungry!
01/10/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I go to fransic xaviers alot and have never left unhappy, i go in the bar they have a great happy hour menu and the couple bartenders that i have gotten to know are amazing!! Finally they just updated there tv's to nice big HD flat screens... i enjoy my self everytime i go and its a breath of fresh air to see the way they treat there customers. I see why they have so many regulars!! I would suggest this place for everybody, there menu has something on it for that will apeal to anyones tast :)
11/23/2010Provided by Citysearch -
If you want to get into a bar fight just ask the bartender for some service. Her bar-fly boyfriend will then try to pick a fight with you. Just stand up to him and he will back down mighty quick though. The manager will do nothing about him, so you are wasting your time talking to him. The place is disfunctional, but if you like poor service, surly bartenders, lousy drinks, and wanna be tough guys...that really aren't, walk in there...you will get all four.
07/26/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I used to come here Every night for dinner as I cannot cook and my wife left me after I received a serious injury and I thusly became fairly acquainted with several of the Servers, including the owner's daughtgers, (Does Thaat raise any Red Flags?), but after six-months or so, I was ask to ""Stay-Out!"" If this had been caused by an incident in the Bar, it would be quite understandible, but hey, I haven't ever had even One drink in that place and most likely never will. My favorite had been Prime Rib, on both Friday And Saturday nights, but have since learned that I can get a much better price elsewhere and just as good of meal. (Elmer's or Heidi's) The Only thing that I do miss, not going there, is their Damn'd Good-Looking Swervers, especially Jessica, Jean, Stgephanie, and Ashley! (Still Love you gals!)
LonelyBoy25 (Now a Die-Hard HOOTERS-Guy)
05/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I work not too far from here, and I have been for lunch or breakfast simply because of the location convenience. The food is comparable to Denny's, but with a high price tag. The staff there act like they are on death row. It's very apparent they are unhappy and don't want to be there. After several tries I finally gave up.
04/03/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Wife and I were married 38 years ago in Portland and on many occasions we find our selves back in Portland on our anniversary in April. One of the first places we go to eat is at FX. Over the years we have enjoyed breakfasts and dinners and never had a bad meal. I guess that's why we keep coming back. Prices are in line and the service has been great. We often recommend this place to our friends who may be visiting Portland. We'll be there this April and looking forward to the Steak and Lobster again.
02/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
FX is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.
East county has a few consistant spots & this is one. Their chicken tortilla soup is the best!
A big hot German pancake is always wonderful for breakfast. They have very good coffee, too.
Any meal is a good choice. We've tried just almost everything at least once & rarely are unhappy.
Give this place try.
04/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Well, I would not suggest going to Francis Xaviers then. Not only are the hostesses rude and unsightly, but the food is cooked in massive amounts of grease and lard. For the price, the food should be more tender and supple, and quite possibly not so COLD. I have to pay 15 dollars for a 5 oz steak that wastes at least 500 pcs of my caloric intake for the day, and thats just ONE meal, I am disgusted. Then if you get desert that is another 500 calories, and that is 75% of a persons daily caloric intake. I went to the ladies room and I heard the noise of someone relieving their last food intake in the stall next to me. That was the last straw, it turned out to be one of the hostesses, AND she didn't even wash her hands. Lastly, this restaurant is in a weirdly placed area...It seems nice but all the characters surronding it are not of appropiate means. How does a restaurant propose to make any profit if no one around it can afford the price? All in all, I had a terrible experience and I would not suggest that anyone go here if they are looking for a. good food b. healthy food c. do not want to be come obese food d. be surronded by hoodlums who snort lines of coek and who up chuck in bathrooms. Ew.
01/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I love Francis Xaviers!
The service is fast, no waiting for a seat longer than a couple minutes. Beverages brought quickly, and food is delivered just as fact.
The best part is the portions for the price you pay. Everything is reasonably price in a seemingly fancy environment. Almost all meals can be split with another person, as the dinners come with soup or salad and potato.
Since it's LOCALLY owned, it has a cozy feel, the food is fresh prepared (not corporate style frozen foods), everything seems to have a lot of care put into it.
Since its connected by a hotel it's hard to spot, but it's hidden on San Raphael. It's definitely a best kept secret.
08/24/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Food is great except for the link sausage, it tasted like a sausage- hot dog combination of some sort. We were a party of 5 and 3 of the plates our meals were served on were chipped .... not just small chips but a chunk out of the edge of the plate and one of the others was cracked and chipped. I believe that this is a breeding ground for bacteria. They need to pitch the damaged dinnerware and replace it. I can't believe an otherwise clean and well decorated establishment serves there meals on such tacky plates.
03/17/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Better than we expected. It's a restaurant that is connected to a hotel, but it was awesome. We went for dinner...and had some of the mom and pop meals...potroast and pan fried chicken. The house salads were awesome - topped with shredded carrots, sliced radishes, cherry tomatoes, and red onions... Yum! The dressings were a great addition. And the rolls were the best I've ever eaten...better than mom's home cooking. :)
03/05/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I am sooooo glad I found FX, it's awesome! Had their cheap steak and lobster and it was WAYYYYY better than Red Lobster and Joe's all for 17.95. Their Breakfasts are good too and the place is super high-endis and clean!
We have even walked right in during Sunday brunch and got right in, it's a huge place!
02/25/2005Provided by Citysearch -
We came here for the first time Valentines Day of last year, WOW were we IMPRESSED! The food, service and atmosphere is so above average. We have been for breakfast, lunch and dinner...all amazing. I would definitely say they have my vote as the best servcie of any other restaurant. I also like how the management is involved. It never fails, they are helping clear and set tables, bringing coffee...anything, and doing it with a smile. And when they ask how everthing is, they really want to know! We will continue to be a regular loyal customers and pass the word every chance we get. Everyone at FX should give your self a BIG pat on the back for a job well done! Thank You!