Updated: May 21, 2015

Portland City Grill Review:

Portland is notorious for great restaurants in and around the downtown area. I have been to many places over the years with my wife and our friends, but we had never been to the Portland City Grill which sits up on the 30th floor of the US Bancorp building down on 5th Avenue. We had heard the views overlooking the city and Willamette River were spectacular and that the food and service were first rate. For my birthday we decided to take our 2 children along for the special dinner and I was surprised to see some other kids in the restaurant as it is a very nice place. The good news is that they do serve a basic kids meal if you need it, so don't be shy to take your kids along if you feel they can behave for an hour and a half. Our kids did just fine and loved looking out the window down on the river and bridges below. There is a huge bar area off to your right as you enter into the restaurant off the elevator. If you can, try to get a table located along the windows as the views are unobstructed and worth the wait. When we made reservations my wife made it a point to ask for window seating and they did deliver.


The martini menu was extensive and the drinks my wife and I got were very good. The appetizer list let us sample things like King Crab & Mango summer rolls along with black tiger shrimp tempura (the kids loved it). The service was good but we did feel a little rushed between the appetizers and main entrees. I don't know if it was because we had children, but our entrees came out literally as we were half way through the appetizers. I have a feeling if it was just my wife and I that the entrees would have been kept off our table until the appetizers were gone. Perhaps the kids made the servers feel like they needed to rush us along to get us in and out. Otherwise the petite Filet Mignon I got was delicious and the black plum seared diver scallops that my wife ordered were scrumptous. The Filet Mignon was close to $40 and the scallops were closer to $30, but I think the food was excellent and well worth the cost. The ambience in the restaurant is probably not meant for kids, but as I mentioned above, there were other parties in there with children and it didn't seem to deter from the overall dining experience. The views from our table kept the conversation flowing as my wife and I pointed out OMSI, the raised bridge, and the waterfront area. Certainly part of the dinner price includes the tremendous views which very view other restaurants in downtown Portland can offer. I suggest even going to the Portland City Grill for a drink in their massive bar area. It seemed lively and crowded on the Friday night we were there with lots of business people enjoying a drink after a long week of work. Keep your parking ticket with you as the restaurant will validate if you parked in the US Bancorp parking lot (you get 2 1/2 hours of FREE parking).

Location, Map and Hours:

The Portland City Grill is located at 111 SW 5th Ave, on the 30th Floor in Portland, OR 97204. Their phone # is 503-450-0030 and they do offer private dining and banquets if you wish. Parking is available in the Unico US Bancorp Tower underground. Just park in the garage and take the elevator all the way up to the restaurant. You can get detailed directions and see a location map online HERE. As for their hours, the Portland City Grill is open everyday of the week - Monday thru Thursday 11AM to Midnight, Friday 11AM to 1 AM, Saturday 4 PM to 1 AM, and Sunday 4 PM to 11 PM. They do take reservations and they are highly recommended, especially for those special tables along the windows. If you wish, you can make the reservation online via their website.

Menu - Lunch and Dinner:

The main reason you enjoy a place like the Portland City Grill is because of their food and they do make some excellent dishes. Besides the main menu, they carry an extensive listing of fresh sushi which had something for everyone. You can find all their latest menus online HERE with PDF files for lunch, dinner, sushi, happy hour, private dinner, private lunch, lunch specials, and dinner specials. Each item is listed with a brief description and the pricing. Dessert changes often enough that they don't have that on the website. Ask your server for the dessert menu at the restaurant. Most of the lunch items are a few dollars cheaper than the dinner and the lunch menu had a nice selection of salads, soups, and sandwiches like the grilled garlic chicken and the dungeness crab & shrimp "BLT". The dinner menu has duck, pork tenderloin, chicken breast, steak, seafood, and pastas. Our bill for dinner was over $100, but the food and views were memorable enough that I think we will be back again in the future (without the kids next time).

What Others Have to Say:

Restaurant come and go in most cities but some manage to keep a fresh stream of newcomers through their doors each day. The Portland City Grill should have no problem staying open since their food is very good and the view from 30 floors up is not easy to replicate. We found some excellent in depth reviews on the restaurant at Citysearch HERE. At the time of this article there were over 130 reviews on Citysearch Portland to read. Also, we came across an informative review at Barflymag.com HERE. You can get user feedback on what others think as well. Overall the reviews are favorable and most people say they would recommend this spot to a friend. Some mention that the lunch menu is a bit pricey, while others say the Happy Hour is the time to go for the best deals. If you are planning on visiting Portland and want a memorable place to eat lunch or dinner at, give the Portland City Grill a chance.