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1st anniversary dinner -- where to go??

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My honey and I will be in Portland from Seattle to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and need to know where to get a kick ass meal!

We were bowled over by Navarre last time we were in town and are seriously considering going back there... Also loved Andina, but would like something a little more intimate.

SO, the question is, should we go back to Navarre because we know we love it? Or try somewhere new -- Park Kitchen? Clarklewis? Paley's Place? We would go to Beast, except that it will a Monday and they're closed.

Thanks!

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Park Kitchen
422 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Andina Restaurant
1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

Clarklewis
1001 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

Paley's Place
1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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  1. ten-01
    Davis Street Tavern
    Metrovino
    Castagna (haven't been since the new chef, but reports are great)
    Genoa (have this chef's food at other events and it is very good, but I have not been to the restaurant)
    WIldwood

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    Castagna
    1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

    Davis Street Tavern
    500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

    1. Genoa is a very intimate, romantic atmosphere and the same for Paley's. Ten01 has excellent food and offers some post dinner opportunities if you feel like strolling in the pearl. I'm really liking Olympic Provisions right now, and I always am pleased with Laurelhurst Market, though they may be a bit louder than others.

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      Laurelhurst Market
      3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

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      1. re: Kazy Ctn

        Made it to Genoa last night for a special dinner, the room is beautiful, quiet and romantic and the food was top notch, David Anderson's lamb chops were really excellent (and I don't even care for lamb all that much).

        I love ten-01's food (I was there on Fri. with a friend for their 3 for $25 deal this month as well as a great foie gras app. off the reg. menu) and the room, but it is a bit louder, brighter, and less romantic than some of the other choices.

        And FYI, Naomi's delicious food notwithstanding, Beast is communal seating, you can't possibly get less intimate than that. And it is seriously uncomfortable seating.

      2. Clarklewis is not my idea of romantic, as it is excessively loud and too dark.

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        Clarklewis
        1001 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

        1. You would be remiss not to go to Paley's. It is our default special occasion restaurant in Portland.

          1. I just went to Park Kitchen for my birthday and had a really fantastic meal. Coming from someone who works in the industry, I think this is one of the more reliable and consistent restaurants in town. The atmosphere is great, portions are fair and the food was creative without being weird. i even got my girlfriend to try the fideos with nettles and snails and she loved them. if you are looking for something more classic and traditional like steak and roasted fish then i think Paleys is the place to go. or you could go to the exreme avant garde and try out castagna. Although its pricey it offers a meal that you wont get anywhere else in portland.

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            Park Kitchen
            422 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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            1. re: icarveanimals

              Paley's Place is awesome, we had a very good lunch at 50 Plates a couple of weeks ago, it is in the Pearl District. :)

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              50 Plates
              333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

              Paley's Place
              1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209