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May 3, 2012 04:54 PM

Brunch in Portland


Looking for a place for brunch to celebrate a Confirmation. Will have a small group (10 or so) and looking for a place that has great food and a nice atmosphere. Online I see recs for Gracie's and The Heathman. Any suggestions?


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  1. We have dined at both Gracie's and The Heathman, both are wonderful. If you like Japanese food, consider Departure Lounge on the 18th floor of The Nines in downtown Portland. Very pretty views and amazing food. We also like Portland City Grill where you will also have beautiful views and great food. :)

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    1. re: syrahgirl

      Thanks. Been to Departure Lounge for an evening party and liked it. Might stick with something more traditional for this crowd, which includes older relatives. I'm thinking Heathman. Thanks so much for your reply.

      1. re: khor1

        I'm for the Heathman. Never gone wrong for Brunch there. Food and service is fantastic. The servers are always willing and able to take photos of your group and make sure you enjoy the experience. A little on the $$ side, but well worth it for a special occasion.

      2. re: syrahgirl

        Neither Departure nor City Grill are open for brunch.

        I assume you're looking for somewhere downtownish, based on your two picks. The Heathman is a pretty classic brunch spot, Gracie's is a nice place and the food is ok. More importantly, you won't have to line up at either.

        Otherwise: Mother's and Veritable Quandry are both nice spots that take reservations.

        1. re: syrahgirl

          syrahgirl, I'm encouraged by your endorsement of Gracie's. We used to enjoy the occasional brunch back when it was the Mallory dining room, as the food was good enough but the atmosphere was unique. Then the transition to Hotel deLuxe and Gracie's and several chef changes sent the food and service quality way down and the prices way up, so we gave up on it. I'd be curious to know if you were ever there during their low years and can say that it's definitely gotten better.