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anniversary dinner - PDX

looking for recs for anniversary dinner next monday - although we're willing to postpone to tuesday if the restaurant of choice isn't open. In our normal lives we're more the yummy hole-in-the-wall type, but am wanting to splurge on this special night. We're open to all types of food, but must be great food, not loud (nix to clarklewis, which we really like-food wise), and friendly service. We're not huge fans of wildwood, bluehour, or roux (much prefer acadia). We considered paley's place, but reading another recent thread it sounds like an "underwhelming" experience. Also considering carlyle and hurleys. What about fife? where do you go for a romantic, special night out?

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  1. Of the places mentioned I'd do Hurley's if they're open Mondays.

    1. Had our 1st anniversary dinner this summer at Hurley's.Very special. Beautiful presentation, quiet, romantic atmosphere, very professional service.

      1. I've compiled a list of Sunday and Monday restaurants that should be relatively up-to-date (though if anyone sees an error or omission, PLEASE notify me). Hurley's, eg, is not open Sunday or Monday. My top few would be: Carlyle, Paley's Place, Fenouil, or Olea. However, it's hard for me to get a feel for if you like the style of the places. Not sure if you don't like Roux, Wildwood, and Bluehour because you had bad food there or if it's just the type of food and place you don't like.

        http://www.extramsg.com/uploaded_misc...

        RESTAURANTS OPEN SUNDAY OR MONDAY FOR DINNER

        KEY

        B = Burbs
        D = Downtown
        N = North Portland
        NE = Northeast Portland
        NW = Northwest Portland
        P = Pearl District
        SE = Southeast Portland
        SW = Southwest Portland

        OPEN SUNDAY & MONDAY
        * Andina (P
        )* Basta's Trattoria (NW)
        * Cafe Castagna (SE)
        * Caffe Mingo (NW, B)
        * Ciao Vito (NE)
        * Gino's (SW)
        * Heathman (D)
        * Higgins (D)
        * Il Piatto (SE)
        * Jake's Famous Crawfish (D)
        * Nostrana (SE)
        * Oba (NW)
        * Olea (P)
        * Paley's (NW)
        * Pambiche (NE)
        * Pazzo Ristorante (D)
        * Pho Van (SE, B)
        * Porto Terra (D)
        * Red Star Tavern (D)
        * Rivers (SW)
        * Roots (B)
        * Roux (N)
        * Serrato (NW)
        * Southpark (D)
        * Sungari Pearl (P)
        * Tabla (NE)
        * Taqueria Nueve (NE)
        * Tuscany Grill (NW)
        * Typhoon! (D, NW, B)
        * Veritible Quandary (D)
        * Wildwood (NW)

        OPEN SUNDAY
        * Alba Osteria (SW)
        * Bar Pastiche (SE)
        * Lovely Hula Hands (N)

        OPEN MONDAY
        * Acadia (NE)
        * Assaggio (SW)
        * Bluehour (P)
        * Caffe Allora (NW)
        * Carafe (D)
        * Carlyle (NW)
        * clarklewis (SE)
        * Fenouil (NW)
        * Karam (D)
        * Lucy's Table (NW)
        * Navarre (NE)
        * Noble Rot (SE)
        * Papa Haydn (NW, SW)
        * Pho Van Bistro (P)
        * Siam Society (NE)

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        1. re: extramsg

          Yeah, I guess i wasn't very clear about my dislikes . . . it's not the type of food. I was trying to pose a pre-emptive strike in case someone should recommend those restaurants. We're really open to any and all foods. Another question: are mondays bad nights for dining out? i.e. head chef has the night off?

        2. Carlyle, no contest, my number one choice.

          We really like Alba Osteria too.

          I have had a couple of dinners I really liked at Hurley's, but my partner (who liked the food) finds the service/atmosphere to be overly formal and it makes her a bit uncomfortable.

          I want to like Fife, but the few times I have been the food is always just "OK," never really even "very good."

          Tabla is a great place with wonderful food, but not necessarily a "big splurge" as they have a $24 for 3 courses deal (as if that should stop you ;o)

          1. Pay no attention to the detractors of Paley's. We have been going semi-regularly (at least 2x per year) since they've opened and the food and service has never been anything less than stellar.

            But, I will say that we were just at Alberta Street Oyster Bar & Grill on Friday, and the sign on the door says they are open every day except Tuesday. It's more chic than Paley's, less romantic, but great service and food. Prices are similar but the courses are smaller at ASOB&G.