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Ernesto's Italian Restaurant

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8544 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR 97225
+1 503-292-0119
16:00 - 21:00
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Portland, Oregon
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had never been to Ernesto's before. Way bigger inside than it's strip mall facade would indicate. I confess that Italian is not usually on my radar for eating out. We had a gift certificate which is why we ended up here. I thought portions were a little on the small side. I ordered Chicken Parmigiana which was tasty enough.... More 

Thank Hamish M
Atlanta, Georgia
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196 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Comfortable and cozy restaurant serving competent traditional red sauce Italian. Next I'll try the pizza which I hear is very good.

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181 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

This Italian restaurant has been here for 30 years but it was my first visit. I had driven by many times but missed it as it sits back off of Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway with only a small shared sign out front. Upon entry one is greeted with the feeling you have stepped into an old restaurant in Tuscany. The restaurant is... More 

Thank DewPortland
Sherwood, OR
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122 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Wow awesome restaurant. Pretty inside, friendly service, prompt service, awesome salad bar. I'll be back to try other dishes. My friend loves this restaurant. So do I.

Thank RobinSherwood
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Maybe I've just had enough lasagne in my life to not get excited about anyone's. Fine atmosphere but typical, adequate service, fine good, just common, nothing special.

Thank Tom D
Boise, Idaho
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183 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

We were impressed! Even on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, they hit the high points perfectly. Here is the run down: Meeting & Seating: Over the top friendly! We felt very welcome. The restaurant was quiet. It was easy to talk at a normal tone of voice and be heard. Service: Our server contacted us immediately. Her service was flawless.... More 

Thank Michael C
Portland, Oregon
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463 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

My wife took us to Ernesto's for our 33 year anniversary and she picked a good one! First off, don't let the location fool you. Located in the corner of a strip mall, it might not stand out, but park it and head inside! We arrived right at the lunch/dinner change over but were seated right away by Mark, the... More 

Thank OregonStrider
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you want good Italian food and a nice atmosphere, Ernesto's is the place. The staff was very nice.

Thank 819sherylp
Portland, Oregon
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Have been going here for over twenty years. Food is not your new trendy Italian, but all your old favorites are here. What brings us back is the wonderful salad bar (hard to find anymore). Decor is schmaltsy Italian, but very cozy, especially in winter. You will have a very nice meal and a warm greeting at a reasonable price.

1 Thank Worldtrekkies
West Coast
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

This restaurant feels like Italian restaurants in America felt 40 years ago. Pictures of Italy on the walls and plenty of spaghetti meatballs if you want that. Now I am old and vegetarian I chose the eggplant parmesan with sautéed vegetables. It was very good. I took some home in a little box and it is, possibly, even better cold.... More 

1 Thank Mrs S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8544 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR 97225
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-292-0119

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?