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clarklewis

#193 of 3,417 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Italian, American, Grill, Contemporary, European
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1001 SE Water Ave, Ste 160, Portland, OR 97214-2147 (Taylor)
+1 503-235-2294
Today
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 16:30 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Portland, Oregon
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667 reviews
431 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely spot for a restaurant, not a bad view out at Water street. Minimalistic design with outstanding food, wine and service. Appetizers included clams and a artisan cheese plate. The bread served on the table was fabulous, light and moist with a chewy crust. We had the pear and apple salad. Very tasty with champagne vinaigrette and candied nuts... More 

Helpful?
Thank tiredandtravelled
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Thank you for this terrific endorsement of our best efforts. It's great to hear that we did well by you on your last visit. I hope when you visit again we can step it up even further to earn that fifth star. Best, Bruce Carey, owner More 

Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
143 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is generally well reviewed by the Oregonian and the Portland Monthly. So we looked forward to our visit for lunch. The receptionist was friendly and seated us right away -- the restaurant was about 1/3rd full. It took quite some time before our waitperson came to our table. Unfortunately she did not seem enthusiastic in any way. Made... More 

Helpful?
Thank passionatetraveler20
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Indeed, we did not have our best in place. I am so sorry that we let you down. Our standards for friendly, enthusiastic service, and bright, memorable flavors are very much in place. I hope we might get an opportunity to show you that Clarklewis really does live up to it's excellent reputation. Otherwise, thank you for the candid feedback.... More 

Birmingham, Alabama
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Coming from out of town a few times a year, my friends often find new places to visit, wine tastings etc.This particular night they suggested Clarklewis and so we read some reviews and thought this could be a winner, even if it wasn't the newest place in town. Boy were we happy we choose this fantastic place on a cold... More 

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Thank moodyivan
BluehourPortland, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Sounds like you friends steered you in the right direction! Thanks so much for trying us out -- we love new customers. I'm glad Lani was able to make you feel at home with us. Can't wait for you and your friends to come see us again. 'Til then, Bruce Carey, Owner More 

Portland, Oregon
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I have enjoyed burgers and salads here for years. BUT, the last time my medium rare burger was so bloody it soaked the bun. I complained and it was replaced by one very dry. So this week I ordered it cooked medium and it was as dry and tasteless as sawdust. I could not eat it and didn't bother to... More 

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Thank Patti C
BluehourPortland, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us, Patti, but I'm sorry to see that you did not enjoy your latest experience as much as we all would have hoped. We really do love what we do here, and it's disappointing to see that your last visit did not quite live up to past expectations. I can assure you that we take our... More 

Portland, Oregon
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276 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

This restaurant is the most accommodating for larger groups. We had 8 of us including an 8 year old and toddler. We all enjoyed the chef choice meal where you essentially get to try everything on the menu! Come hungry and be prepared for a wonderful meal full of fresh flavors. The roasted carrots were amazing. The steak was crusted... More 

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Thank TnEShlaes
BluehourPortland, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

TnEShlaes, it makes my day to hear you felt our team catered so well to all the needs of your group to create a truly wonderful experience. Excellent choice getting a little taste of everything with our Chef's Choice meal, and thank you for your compliments on our roasted carrots, squash soup, steak, pastas, and radicchio Caesar salad. So wonderful... More 

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1,224 reviews
798 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

We loved it. My oldie parents did not. They thought it was weird. I was like man this squid ink pasta is dope!

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Thank Scrappleking
BluehourPortland, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Glad to hear you were such a fan of our Squid Ink Pasta, Scrappleking. We're always open to suggestions for ways we can improve the experience here, so if your parents have any feedback, we'd be more than happy to hear it. Cheers, Bruce Carey, Owner More 

Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is a really good destination located on Water and S.E. taylor. White linen table cloths and service to math. Good cocktails and a good wine list make for a fun fine dining experience.

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Thank 415koconnell
BluehourPortland, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

415koconnell, thank you for taking the time to give us a great review. Glad you felt our modern atmosphere, exceptional service, and inspired cocktails and wine list were all on point. Hope you visit us again in the future. Take care, Bruce Carey, Owner More 

Utrecht, The Netherlands
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279 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Restaurant is informal, service was super friendly and food very good bistro style, large portions so don't order too much. Also some good wines avaialble.

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Thank ekholland27
BluehourPortland, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

I'm so glad the selection, service, and meal alike could impress -- what a compliment! This means a lot to me, and I hope we'll get to see you again for another bite someday! Take care, Bruce Carey, Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
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231 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The service was very slow and I am not sure why as they were not that crowded. The food was excellent - one of the better burgers I have had in the last month. I love the openness of this restaurant.

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Thank Don C
BluehourPortland, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Don, it's wonderful to hear you so enjoyed your burger and that you loved the openness of our space. While we do like to let our guests take their time and enjoy themselves, I'll be sure to speak with my staff about being quicker to address our customer's needs in the future. Hope to see you again soon. Take care,... More 

Hanford, California
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63 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Just went here for lunch. The chicken cacciatore was the best I have ever had! I would highly recommend it. It would have been nicer if it came with a side or a salad. It came with a couple of pieces of bread. The bread was good but seemed to be missing something without the side. The menu seemed a... More 

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Thank Devin D
BluehourPortland, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Thanks for trying us out for lunch, Devin. I'm honored to know you felt our Chicken Cacciatore was the best you have ever had. I will be sure to pass this along to my team. That said, I appreciate your feedback -- my team and I always appreciate getting compliments and knowing if there is anything we can be doing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$80
Cuisine
Italian, American, Grill, Contemporary, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
16:30 - 21:00
Monday
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Tuesday
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Wednesday
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Thursday
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 22:00
Saturday
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 SE Water Ave, Ste 160, Portland, OR 97214-2147
    (Taylor)
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-235-2294
Description
Clarklewis creates delicious, hand-crafted Northwest cuisine with Italian and French influences, and proudly support local, organic farms. With exquisite farm-to-table ingredients, Clarklewis is a sophisticated gem on the creative frontier of Portland's unpolished Inner Eastside in the industrial district. The chefs offer an ever changing seasonal menu that features fresh from the market produce. Chef Alex Diestra's hearty dishes from the wood-fired rotisserie find their perfect complement in the fresh, unmanipulated flavors of the best in local produce.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?