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).