1101 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Below Average
Good for Kids: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
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09/07/2010Provided by Citysearch -
So I have been here 3 times, twice for brunch/lunch and the first time was for happy hour. The food is pretty good and the prices are decent, they even have a good selection. However, EVERY TIME I GO the service sucks! Not sure what is going on or if they are understaffed but the service is never good. Slow w/the food and slow w/the service. I asked for something after we got our food and since it never came I just got up and got it myself.
Not sure what's going on here, is everyone else just a lot more patient than us???? Here's a tip - don't go if you are starving or eat before you go cuz you'll be waiting a bit before you get your food and to get your ck you'll probably have to get up and ask for it at the bar. We did and watched a few others do the same thing...
07/18/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I've never written a review but feel I need to after this experience. Dirty wine glass. The last persons prints/crust. wobbly table. no biggie. I ordered a beet salad. Cold, bland, boring. plus a whole lotta horseradish I wasn't expecting. I took a bite, thought it was goat cheese. Nope. Mouth full of horseradish. Chicken, so dry I thought I was being picky so I tested it on my husband. (He'll eat anything) He was chewing for a couple of minutes and laughing. Anyway, maybe their cocktails are good. But the food is not worth it.
04/04/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We always enjoy taking our daughter out for dinner when we come to Portland. Not this time!
The Radio Room was very noisy and cold. The music was way too loud and the service was awful. We ordered the specials. The clam chowder was cold and thickened with to much flour. The chicken plate was tasteless as well as cold and the potatoes were inedible. Even the flatware was not clean.
We won't go back.
03/26/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This bar/restaurant used to be a gas station and the owners have done a great job converting it. The decor is fun and campy and the view from the upper patio is beautiful. I watched the sun set while drinking a martini up there and I was one happy camper! The Radio Room is also a center for the general creative culture that is establishing itself on Alberta. Last summer I met Wayne Coin of the Flaming Lips there! Check out their Sunday brunch! Oh, and I have never received bad service there either!
09/29/2009Provided by Citysearch -
As a neighborhood resident and regular at the Bye and Bye next door, I was reluctant at first to check out the Radio Room. I usually like to wait a year or so until a place has been broken in before I give it a try, and the radio room still looked a bit new. Well a few months ago, I went to the B&B to discover to my horror that they were closed for maintenance or something like that. Needing a drink more than ever, I decided to check out the RR. I am glad I did.
It is fairly large space but divided up into some smaller spaces...a retro style lounge, a dining room, and two big patios. There were a few families in the dining room and the lounge was full with fairly diverse crowd of late 20's to early 40s. I headed out to the patios. On the lower patio they have picnic tables and a nice fire pit. There was some sort of portland bike group meeting down there, so I went upstairs to the rooftop deck to enjoy the sun and a cocktail (They also allow smoking up there!). I had one of their ward 8's and an upper deck lemonaid. Both were quite good and perfect for a hot day. Was also glad to see they have victory pilsner on tap. I caught the end of their happy hour and decided to get a burger, calimari and the polenta cakes. All were excellent and between $3 and $5 bucks each. They also have hh beer/booze deals and discounted beer/drinks all night mon - wed nights. oh yeah, my server was very friendly and cute...which never hurts.
It is great to have the bye and bye, grilled cheese grill, and now the radio room all three in a row on lower Alberta. I may never go home again....
04/29/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I recently went to Radio Room to try their HH. It was awful. We had four items and every one of them was bad. To make matters worse, when we told the server the wings were dry they charged us for a side of sauce. The wings are served with dry bread as an accompaniment instead of a vegetable with no sauce. I guess charging for the sauce is a way to rake in a few extra dollars. The decor is a mess of fifties diner, sixties lighting and nineties concrete. I had high hopes for this place as I watched it being built. Too bad, it could be something great.
04/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
recently went to rr for happy hour & got attitude from the manager of all people behind the bar. I'm a neighbor who lives on their block & hoped ot have it be a friendly spot that we could frquent, but when I went into the bar to have a few beers with a few friends the staff was really rude and unprofessional. the really need to consider how they come off when the economy is low and they are serving.
02/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I came to the Radio Room to meet with some friends recently and I was very impressed. Bottom line, A VERY COOL RESTAURANT!!!!!!!!!
I immediately noticed the unique atmosphere (great artwork/murals on the wall, clean front entrance, dim lights, fire pit reflection)..... There was also decent parking spots available.
I was excited to see the menu, and with the selections available I was excited rightfully so! There was so much to choose from and the prices were quite reasonable. Perhaps that is just because I am used to NYC prices, but even still, the food was absolutely scrumptious! I devoured my food quickly! Sooooo yummy!
The waitperson was friendly and the drinks were priced well. I especially enjoyed the smokers area :)
I plan to go back each time I come to Portland for a visit. It was truly THAT special.
12/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I'll give them a break because they've only been open for a few months. I've been about 5 times now and will probably be back, but they do need to make some changes. First off, the drinks are too expensive. The bar atmosphere is casual and nice, the bartenders friendly, wait staff is also nice when the they actually notice you and finally get to your table. Last time I was there, the cooks were being obnoxious, joking around and generally making a spectacle of themselves, which is another good reason for a closed kitchen.
Good things about the place are: Crab Cakes, Polenta Cakes, Eggplant Lasagna, soup...basically everything except for their sandwhiches are good, don't even bother ordering a hamburger, they're awful. I never knew someone could screw up a hamburger so completely. Also, last week when I diner there the fries looked and tasted like the cook had made some french fries earlier in the night and then just refried them for my order, very gross.
I think they will one day grow in to a decent place, but they are currently still working it out.
10/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My date suggested Radio Room for dinner. He sure scored points for doing so! The atmosphere was fabulous, not cold or sterile at all. Our server was quick and very attentive. The food came quickly and was very, very good. I had the Ahi, which was perfectly rare with a yummy horseradish sauce accompanied by crisp green beans and a cheesy and lovely au gratin potatoe dish. My date ahd the steak and was very pleased with how tender it was. The prices are reasonable. We had beer, so I can't speak to the drinks, but I will try that part the next time I go there, which is a certainty.
10/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Our little guy is 19 months old. When we go out to dinner, we are looking for a place where he is welcome and where the food is better than we could make at home. Radio Room definitely fits the bill. The staff was really nice. They took time with us to chat and were really playful with our son. We were really happy with the variety on the menu and felt that the pricing was very reasonable. (We each had two drinks and dinner + kid's dinner for under $40)
One of the cool things about the Radio Room was that even though the kids are welcome, it's a place where you could definitely go on ""date night."" The music playing was cool yet rockin', there is a patio, an outside fireplace, and a nice dark bar.
Some of the details: Lots of bike parking...Movie projector in the bar...Vast selection of tequila and whiskey...
Really good beers on tap...Sweet happy hour menu (although we showed up about 15 minutes too late)...Booth seating...Great layout...Good pricing (Rib eye steak for $15. Burgers were $8)...and most importantly, black ceilings! Enjoy. It's a nice addition to the neighborhood.
10/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to Radio Room several times now for drinks and appetizers and have not experienced ""greasy"" nor ""cold"" food (Except for the salad, which, I believe, was meant to be cold-- The homemade Russian dressing is awesome, by the way). It is true the cocktail menu is extensive-- Someone put some thought into these, and each that I've tried has been quite tasty, including interesting takes on old favorites. The prices aren't dirt cheap (it's true), but these are ""hand-crafted"" drinks with fresh juices and premium liquors. Who's complaining about such quality for a decent price (especially when there are still well drinks)? A very eclectic offering of obscure beers on tap and a limited number of wines round out the beverages. The building? Well, it used to be a gas station 50 years ago and was most recently a garage, but you wouldn't guess that now. New construction and the addition of two patios (one is upstairs, covered, and has outdoor heat-- nice views up Alberta-- and the other is downstairs around a fire pit) makes for a moderately funky place. Interesting art, comfortable booths, and non-stop projected movies in the bar also help set Radio Room apart from other Alberta joints. If anything, this is a GREAT addition to the neighborhood, because it is so totally different than anything else Alberta has to offer. I welcome the change (thanks!). For example, there is a real full-sized kitchen with real cooks cooking up real homemade food down to the dipping sauces and salad dressing, which I might have said is really great. The group we were with ordered quite a number of appetizers, and everyone ended up satisfied. The happy hour prices (on appetizers only) are very good, so ordering a variety makes for a reasonably-priced meal. I have not had an entree, but many of them looked really good (I was eying a neighbor's steak and my wife zeroed in on the vegetarian offerings). Maybe a full dinner happens next time-- This place is worth checking out.
I've been to Radio Room a few times since it opened. If you're looking for a cool atmosphere with a great drinks menu, plus good food at a reasonable price....here's the place. It is the kind of place to get together with friends, hang out, have drinks and munch your way through the evening. RR has been quite busy each time we were there, but we always found a table. Everything is casual here -- so don't expect white gloved staff flicking away every crumb you drop. Go and RELAX, enjoy your friends, don't worry about the calories (or order a salad and soup if you must worry -- but you'll be missing out on some excellant mac n' cheese and a top cabin burger).
I've been to the Radio Room roughly a dozen times, and had a great time each time I was there. The atmosphere has been uplifting and it seemed almost crowded each time I was there, without being too crowded, an issue I have with a couple of other favorite stomping grounds around town. I've enjoyed the food as well, usually steak and crab cakes, with a stiff gin & tonic to go with it. I've also enjoyed the meatloaf, and hamburgers at different times. The layout is unique, and though a previous reviewer found it too different for their liking, I like the separation of space while also remaining open throughout (you can feel your in an intimate section anywhere, while also never missing a friend coming through, or checking out how other folks are doing). While I go there for food and drinks, or just passing through, the bottom line and test of any good joint is whether there are plenty of customers and are they having a good time. So far this place is in no short supply of both of those qualities.
09/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The food is bland and at least two dollars more than it should be (On most items). The drinks are over priced. The ambiance is sterile. The building is preposterous. These people, who bullied their way with shallow dreams and lots of money into an art scene that they don't understand have come way after their time with a boring restaurant that may as well have been a yacht named the U.S. Beaverton...too bad this is what the future of Alberta looks like. The service is as plastic and one-dimensional as it tries not to be. Remember when you were a kid and your parents tried to act ""cool"" in front of your friends, only to embarrass you and make you wish you were dead? If you did go through that awkward stage, I bet your mom's name was Radio and your dad's name was Room! Don't go there unless you're sick of eating at Chili's.