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Romantic in PDX that won't break the budget

honeybeepdx Apr 27, 2008 03:22 PM

I need recs for romantic places in PDX that aren't going to kill the budget.


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    Leonardo Apr 27, 2008 03:26 PM

    What do you mean by "romantic" on a budget?
    To me that means getting something at a cart, of which there are many great ones in Puddletown, and eating in a park.

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      chefguy Apr 27, 2008 07:03 PM

      Very nice, clearly stated question if you ask me. To name three, I'd suggest:

      Lovely Hula Hands
      Noble Rot
      Toro Bravo - need to be careful if you're watching your wallet

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      1. re: chefguy
        MyNextMeal Apr 27, 2008 07:43 PM

        While I love Toro Bravo - it might not necessarily be romantic. It's usually packed to the gills and the seating is part communal and quite close in proximity...
        I like the other suggestions and I'll add Three-Doors-Down...

      2. SauceSupreme Apr 27, 2008 10:36 PM

        I think Silk in the Pearl would be a good choice, which also provides for ample pre- and post-dinner strolling. I especially think it would be a good idea to stroll in the direction of Cool Moon Ice Cream on 11th and Johnson, and then relax at Jamison Square.

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          AlbertaHound Apr 28, 2008 10:56 AM

          Love the query. It's a challenge, especially these days. I'd add Siam Society if Thai is your thing.

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            bhrigid Oct 14, 2009 09:01 PM

            Our friends recently had their wedding reception at Siam Society. What an awesome place! The asparagus was flying off of the plates faster than they could replenish it and the dishes were innovative and flavorful. We will be back there for dinner in the near future, the service was exceptional and the bartender very creative!

            Siam Society
            2703 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

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            honeybeepdx Apr 28, 2008 03:09 PM

            Thanks for all the great ideas. Perhaps I will try them all!

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              MichaelG Apr 28, 2008 10:22 PM

              Great question. But really, if you're steamy enough of a couple, you should be able to turn any place into a romantic destination. Helvetia Tavern would be a romantic trip, but then again, with the price of gas, it may not be so affordable...

              1. jackie May 7, 2008 03:16 PM

                I really love Tiga on NE Prescott. Before 9pm it is really quiet, candlelit and intimate. After 9, it gets more crowded and lively, but still fun. The highest priced item on the menu is the pork loin medallions with whipped potatoes for $9. Most everything else is $7 or $8, with the low end meal being the $5 bowl of garlicky linguine during happy hour, (5-8pm) On warm nights, the front patio is a nice place to be.

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                  ridehood May 13, 2008 05:13 PM

                  Check out aquariva as well. Its located on the South Waterfront (West side) in Johns Landing area. Right on the river, incredible food, and quite reasonable.

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                    Balsamicsix Oct 15, 2009 11:02 AM


                    Try the Governor Hotel, get a booth and have the waiter close the curtains,

                    AND LIGHT THE CANDLES,

                    VERY NICE,


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                    1. re: Balsamicsix
                      Nettie Oct 15, 2009 02:46 PM

                      Isn't Jake's Grill the restaurant at the Governor? I wouldn't think it was romantic, but I haven't been in the booths. The rooms at the hotel are nice, though.

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