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We have a Friday night in Portland. Enjoy mediteranean/italian/french bistro fare. Love oregon pinot noir. Prefer small and comfortable to large and/or pretentious. The only place we've been is Noble Rot and had a great time. Looking forward to your suggestions.

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  1. Carafe, Cafe Mingo, Tuscany Grill, Toro Bravo, Le Pigeon. Clyde Common is really good but a bit bigger, though certainly not pretentious.

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    1. Small, intimate, a European Chef who has cooked PNW for more than a decade and a great Pinot Noir list???call Paley's Place and make reservations immediately!!!

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      1. re: Big Cicada

        Paley's isn't very Noble Rot like. While I enjoy it, it's 1) one of the more expensive restaurants in town, 2) relatively formal for Portland, 3) may be seen as pretentious by the poster with its kobe this and caviar that.

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        1. re: extramsg

          Agree on Tuscany Grill. They have a simple menu with a lot of flavor and very affordable, oh and also their desserts are very yummy. Can't go wrong with Tiramisu or homemade Gelato.

          1. re: extramsg

            Agreed,Paley's is not cheap, but I can think of 20 restaurants in PDX you would spend more at and get less quality. Also, you can walk in in jeans and a T and feel right at home as you would in a suit. I was in a suit for the 12th Anniv. party and felt quite overdressed. As for the Kobe and caviar, why is it so called "foodies" want to knock a place for serving things you simply can't get done as well anywhere else. THe Kobe tartare at Paley's is the best I've ever had and thought it was a bargain for $19. From Hardee's to Higgins, you get what you pay for.
            PS)I'm hopefully going to Izote in July any tips?

            1. re: Big Cicada

              >> Agreed,Paley's is not cheap, but I can think of 20 restaurants in PDX you would spend more at and get less quality

              I can't. I can think of some restaurants that are about the same price and similar quality: Wildwood, Giorgio's, Olea, Carlyle, Bluehour, 23 Hoyt, Hurley's, Castagna, Hiroshi.

              There are some places similarly priced that I haven't been to recently enough to evaluate accurately for comparison compare: Meriwether's, Filbert's, Veritible Quandry, and Ten-01, Caprial's, Clarklewis.

              And I can think of some that are more expensive but an apples to oranges comparison: El Gaucho, Ringside, Morton's, Ruth's Chris, Genoa.

              All of those together are barely 20.

              >> Also, you can walk in in jeans and a T and feel right at home as you would in a suit

              I think that depends on the person. Paley's has a more formal feel than most Portland restaurants, although I visit it rather casually.

              >> As for the Kobe and caviar, why is it so called "foodies" want to knock a place for serving things you simply can't get done as well anywhere else.

              Just giving information on the basis of the original poster's stated desires. That's the goal, right? To help people find a place THEY will like.

              >> I'm hopefully going to Izote in July any tips?

              Coma bien.

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              1. re: extramsg

                True enough that is the goal, don't mean to sound like such a Paley's cheerlleader, but I really love Vitaly's style and think rheir wine list is some of the more moderately priced juice in town.OK maybe 20 was a lil much as well, a dozen or so. PDX is a destination for us and you seem to be pretty versed in your fair city....Alas your kung foo is better:)

                1. re: Big Cicada

                  Portland is a great dining value town and Paley's being one of the more expensive places and still a good value compared to other cities highlights that. Make sure you take the time to visit some of the new, even less expensive, but excellent eateries that have popped up in the last year such as Toro Bravo and Clyde Common if you get a chance. And if you haven't been to Le Pigeon, yet, you really should give it a try.

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        2. Yes Tuscany Grill is great, da vero. I also like Le Bouchon--perhaps in part because the owner's wife is from my native city, Lyon, but also because they have kept some nice unpretentious real bistro dishes. I should try the Carafe again--it seems to be in the same vein from the reviews of P. Sauton's cooking--I only went once but did not get the "feel" for it. Must give it another chance. I used to love a place called Second Story Bistro, but they went out of business and I don't know if the chef started back elsewhere.