I have been to both dinner and happy hour at Dragonfish a few times now, and have had good experiences each time. The atmosphere in the restaurant is casual/dressy (typical Portland), and the bar area, which is separated by the lobby of the Paramount Hotel, is casual. I clearly feel the asian mystique in the restaurant side, which makes it a nice place to go for a nice dinner. The bar, though, is where you find the absolute best value during happy hour. It is generally busy, and it is often difficult to get a seat during happy hour, but it is worth being tenacious. The food is quite good, but it is the prices and services that are exceptional. Unfortunately you can only order 6 appetizers per person, but honestly, coupled with a couple of drinks, it is sufficient. There is sushi as well as cooked items on the happy hour menu. And the staff in the bar is extraordinarily efficient even given the crowds. It is as if they have eyes in the sides and back of their heads, and they deftly wait on multiple people simultaneously. I've never had my order mixed up either. If you want a seat at happy hour, get there as close to 4 as you can. People tend to stay. I do. And I will certainly return, as I think this is one of the best happy hour values in Portland.
Walking in to Blue Fin for the first time, and based on the look of the place, my husband and I were prepared to be impressed. We loved the colors and general feel of the place. We were a bit let down by the food itself. The fish and vegetables were fresh, but the rice left a lot to be desired- it seemed overcooked and over-salted. The waitress was very sweet, but our order took forever to arrive (we could see the sushi chefs standing around looking bored as we waited). I would probably go back for take-out or for a very laid back meal (with lots of conversation topics to fill the time between ordering and eating)
Went to Mio Sushi Killingsworth and had dinner with the family. We sat in front of the Sushibar and noticed a Sushiman making maki and nigiri quickly. I was amazed at his ability to produce orders considering that the restaurant was packed. Our sushi order came out quickly, fresh and amazingly tasty. I asked the sushiman what his name was? and he replyed "Tank". I asked him why he calls himself tank, and he replyed with a nod. I guess he didn't understand English, but the sushi was tasty. Ummm Ummm Good. I'll definately be referring people to this place.
This is a cool location, due to the view from the height of the building. It's very dark, though - almost too much. The Happy Hour menu food was pretty good - I liked my burger, and the fries were good. They do not do substitutions - so had to order the fries separately, because the burger comes with BBQ chips. Prices are okay if you're from LA, but expensive for Portland. Our server seemed a little spacy, but she was nice.
This is my husband and my favorite sushi restaurant in Portland. The fish is always fresh and the rice is prepared perfectly. Plus, they have some great spicy mayo! There is one big downside: the long wait. They do not take reservations, so on weekends the wait can be an hour or longer. There is no room for those waiting, so they send you over to the bar next door and call your phone when a table is available.
This place has the best sushi, happy hour and service. The kitchen is open so you know what you get. The prices are very reasonable for GOOD sushi. If you want a great place to start your evening (4-6pm for happy hour), I would definately check this place out. My girlfriends and I make a habit of visiting here quite often and no one has complained so far!
Great sushi for a great price since they have switched to having happy hour all the time. There is almost always a wait especially during dinner time but service once you're seated the service is quick. If you don't see what you want on the track, the chefs will take suggestions for what to make and put out next.
I had the Tuna Maguro and the alaskan roll. It was awesome. The staff was friendly and the best part was the head Sushiman seemed to be an expert Japanese Sushiman. If you've never had Mio Sushi, try it. Their fish is definately fresh and melts in your mouth.
If you want to see the city, or show it off, this is the place to go. With the development of the Pearl District, you can really appreciate Portland's combination of public places and housing. The river is near, and incredible vistas await you, rain or shine.
Portland City Grill is our fav. We dine there maybe 2 or 3 times a year. The only problem is that after you eat here and than you go to some other restaurant you will find that it's not as good and will be wishing you were at the Portland City Grill instead.