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Besaw's - 61 Reviews - 2301 Nw Savier St, Portland, OR 97210, Portland, OR - Lunch Spot Reviews - Phone (503) 228-2619

Besaw's

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2301 Nw Savier St, Portland, OR 97210 (at Northwest 23rd Avenue)
Portland, OR 97210
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Besaw's - Portland, OR
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Besaw's - Portland, OR
Besaw's - Portland, OR
Besaw's - Portland, OR
Besaw's - Portland, OR
Besaw's - Portland, OR
Besaw's - Portland, OR
Besaw's - Portland, OR
Besaw's - Portland, OR
Besaw's - Portland, OR
Besaw's - Portland, OR
Besaw's - Portland, OR
Besaw's - Portland, OR

Reviews

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Best

Consistently excellent food. Great service as well. Best breakfast in the city, and a very solid dinner as well. Most of the servers are excellent.

Worst

I went here with a group of friends this past Sunday morning for brunch, and I have to be honest with you, I was a little underwhelmed. I had their Wild Salmon Scramble, which ...

Consistently excellent food. Great 6/3/2012

Consistently excellent food. Great service as well. Best breakfast in the city, and a very solid dinner as well. Most of the servers are excellent. more

Est. 1905 Impressive history of killer 2/20/2012

Est. 1905 Impressive history of killer breakfast. Huevos Rancheros delightfully authentic & although I am normally disappointed when my Mexican dishes don't leave my mouth sweating the flavors delivered satisfaction. Although street parking is next to impossible there is a lot on the north side of the restaurant. more

Super nice staff and tasty breakfast. 1/14/2012

Super nice staff and tasty breakfast. Beesaws is a great neighborhood breakfast joint (really the only in the NW). more

Egg Problems 8/29/2011

I went here with a group of friends this past Sunday morning for brunch, and I have to be honest with you, I was a little underwhelmed. I had their Wild Salmon Scramble, which is three eggs, house smoked wild salmon, goat cheese, etc. This would have been far better as a Wild Salmon Omelette. The eggs were burnt, which meant the salmon got too much heat, and the goat cheese was apparently melted away. Their Rosemary Garlic Potatoes were fantastic. Problem is, I order the Wild Salmon Scramble, not the potatoes. Know what I mean? My wife had the Salmon Benedict. What she wound up having was Two Snotty Eggs in Flavorless Hollandaise sauce. With a dish that screamed for at the very least a traditional touch of tarragon and lemon in the hollandaise, the sauce had neither. At least a little dill maybe? Nope, there was nothing but the blandest hollandaise I have ever tasted. How do you pull poached eggs out of the liquid when they are undercooked? Seriously, they were undercooked and runny. Of course, with them being covered by hollandaise, she didn't realize it until it was ""too late"". No, I am not the type to send a dish back to the kitchen. It's just not my style. What wound up being our first time there, will likely be the last time we go there. If a group of friends decides they want to go to Besaw's, we will go, but it will not be a destination of our choosing. more

poor food poor service exremely noisy 4/30/2011

burger was very greasy, service non existent. the manager or owner should have more wait staff for a Saturday night. The waitress tried but she was waiting on the entire resturant. The manager or owner should not have the wait staff spread so thin. I will not be back and will not recommend to anyone. more

Good food, mediocre service 10/18/2010

I went here for the first time for breakfast. They were packed at 8:20am on Sunday, but we got a seat in the covered patio (mostly warmed by half-working heaters). My omelet was ok, but there was only cheese on half of it more

Too Crowded/Long Wait 8/18/2010

So Besaw's has always been good, but the more we go there, the less we feel like the wait is worth it. The place is packed and you are right next to everyone else, they might as well make 1 long table throughout the whole restaurant. Not sure about the food vs prices, food is good but not EXCELLENT and the svc is only good 1/2 the time. more

The Breakfast Spot 2/1/2010

It's been awhile since I've been there but Besaw's never disappoints. The apple sausage is delicious and you get a ton a food for the price. I went later in the afternoon to avoid the crowd. Pros: Fun atmosphere and delicious food Cons: Parking more

Portland, Or - Part 2 12/22/2009

Yesterday, everyone said, "You have to go to Besaw's. It's the best breakfast in Portland". After about the... more

Portland, Or - Part 2 12/21/2009

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Yesterday, everyone said, "You have to go to Besaw's. It's the best breakfast in Portland". After about the second random person, we knew we were... more

Good food, historic locale 12/17/2009

I enjoyed my experience here on a weekday morning. Awesome breakfast food. Since another staple for Portland, which sold pancakes ""by the acre,"" closed its doors, this is my new favorite for the Northwest area. It's amazing what you find when venturing out. Service was quick, food was good. My rating is four stars, which means I think it is one of the best in Portland. Pros: Good breakfast food Cons: none this visit more

Love it Love it Love it 11/10/2009

I got to Portland a few months ago and was searching for a relaxed spot to have some great, no-nonsense food with good service. Several friends, locals and otherwise, recommended Besaws. I have been here, now, no less than 10 times since arriving this Summer and have always left happy and ready to return. I've been for brunch as well as dinner and though the menus are quite a departure from the other, both have consistently been fantastic. Besaws makes me feel like I'm at home. A restaurant that can do that is certainly a restaurant to visit regularly. Thanks, Besaws. Pros: great service & food Cons: sometimes a little wait, especially on the weekends more

Rotten experience--I won't go back or recommend it 10/3/2009

The only reason that I tasted any of what I ordered was that I had not eaten anything prior to it arrival at the table. But, the whole thing started when a couple who came up after us went in and got seated, I asked what's going on. She said we weren't on the list. She nicely assured me that we would go next, no matter what. I will always wonder if our name had been ignored, crossed off in error or pronounced incorrectly and/or so softly that we didn't hear it as we patiently waited on the sidewalk for 15-20 minutes. We followed the blonde-haired guy with the soft-shaped handlebar mustache inside and out onto the sort of enclosed patio. He walked so quickly that we didn't get even a wisp of any ambience the regular room might have. I immediately noticed that a group of eight who had gone inside way before still had not ordered, and then that a group of four came in to be seated after us. I also noticed that the couple who had been seated right ahead of us (who had walked up to the door after us) had not ordered. So I decided if either of those two large groups had their orders taken before us, we'd excuse ourselves and leave. That didn't happen, thank goodness, so we ordered. I got the two-egg breakfast with bacon and substituted a pancake for the toast--it comes with rosemary-garlic roasted potatoes and honey-cured bacon. He got a hamburger and substituted the potatoes for potato chips. A $10 burger with potato chips! He also ordered a Coke which took forever to arrive and then was taken by the guy who seated us to the table with the eight people. He blamed his mistake on the fact that he was still sort of new. Good grief. New folks ought to try even harder. He certainly had a bias at the front door, walking out and looking and making eye contact only to his right or straight south on NW 23rd, as he announced names. With city traffic sounds all around on a typically busy Saturday, he should have been louder and looked all directions. The food came quicker than I thought it would. I knew I was in trouble when I cut into the pancake. I've never felt that texture in a pancake. He knew he was in trouble when he saw the grease on the plate beneath the burger and the grease-soaked brioche bun. Both of us ate because we were very hungry, but neither one of us enjoyed it very much. The honey-cured bacon can only be described as fried to a practically-burned-crisp. The potatoes were tasteless--no rosemary, no garlic flavors anywhere. I'm the reason we stopped there--I'd walked by before and seen the crowds, so I figured it must be good. Why else would so many people be going there? Well, I'm here to tell you, I will never again be lured into a place by a crowd of strangers. I'll rely on actual people that I know who eat at establishments before I decide to give them a try. Finally, I didn't think it was possible to find such bad food in Portland at a local establishment. I've been proven wrong, woefully wrong. Pros: It's in my neighborhood and on the 15 bus line Cons: Pancakes, bacon, rosemary potatoes, front of the house staff more

Quick service + delicious food 1/25/2009

My husband and I wanted breakfast food on a Saturday at 1pm. There was still a lingering brunch crowd but we were still seated and attended to by the waiter very promptly. I ordered the Salmon scramble and my husband ordered the avocado omellete. Both dishes were quite delicious and we were both stuffed at the end. I wish I had room for dessert but was much too full to eat another bite. I was also able to drink 4 cups of coffee which were yummy to the tummy. We'll definitely be stopping by again especially to try the waffles & the forest mushroom omelette. Pros: Quick service, good food, quaint atmosphere Cons: Crowds more

Affordable deliciousness 1/22/2009

A few girlfriends and I went here to catch up on gossip etc. We came at the end of the brunch crowd and was seated within 10 minutes of arriving (Monday, Federal Holiday, around 1 pm). I ordered the curry potato soup and whole wheat toast. The curry soup was thick and hearty and had enough heat to warm my chilly body and the thick soft toast added a much needed crunch to the meal. For $4.75 (plus tip), the friendly service and tight knit table setting was an affordable way to hear gossip and catch up with girlfriends. Highly recommended. Next time, I'm getting the Belgium waffle! Pros: food, quality, service, prices!!! Cons: only 2 cards per table, parking, small restaurant/ tight quarters more

Incredible food and service!Up to par with any big city standard! 12/30/2008

Overall had a great experience from start to finish! Very affordable and reliable!\r \r Thank you! I will be back! Pros: Incredible experience more

bad chicken and waffles 10/11/2008

I think that the atmosphere was very nice, wait staff friendly. I went there specifically to try their ""chicken and waffles"", which were highly recommended by a friend. I couldn't even eat it. The chicken was too crispy and greasy and the waffles had no flavor. Maybe it's just that I don't like the combo, but I really couldn't even eat the two things separately. I would go back, but this time for breakfast. more

Not what it used to be 9/12/2008

We went there for dinner last night. I used to love this restaurant but I will never go back. The beet salad was hot and a syrupy mess. The wine wasn't brought to the table until after the salad was served. My salmon (which I ordered rare) was completely overcooked and the olive/tomato/asparagus accompanying it seemed totally random and salty. My husband's pork tenderloin was overcooked to the point of being extremely difficult to chew. Topping it off, the bread was stale!\r \r Never again will I go to Besaw's, which is sad because it is a neighborhood institution.\r Pros: location Cons: everything else more

terrible service, terrible tea 8/28/2008

i got seriously the worst tea of my life there. how does one mess up tea? it took forever to get it because it was ""brewing"" and all I got was light yellow water that tasted like astringent. and we couldn't find the waitress to complain and ask for new tea at ALL. not going back. \r while my boyfriend went to find our waitress to fix the tea i watched the women next to me wait and wait for their check before finally giving up and going to the front to try and pay. so it wasn't just a fluke that i had less than stellar service. more

Where did you come from? 6/18/2008

With a dear friend in town and an unusually late Tuesday night, we were in the market for a very late recovery breakfast. While I generally stay on the eastside, I was prompted by a coworker to check out Besaw's as they serve breakfast everyday until 3:00pm. Sweet Jesus. I had such an absoutely fantastic experience, my girl friend is laughing as I write this now... It was fairly busy for a weekday, but none the less, the hostess was all over it, my server Eleanor was hilarious and on point, even the busser was a dream. KInd, efficient and smiling??? Now let me talk about the food... I barely know where to start. Bloody Mary. Delicious. Best damn Huevos ever. We shared banana-pecan pancakes and pork apple sausage. So fricking good. So adieu, thank you Besaw's for making my day when it was least expected. Remarkably unbelievable. I'll be back with more friends in tow. Pros: food. service. food. service. food. Cons: a bit noisy more
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Owner Message

  • Mr. Besaw introduced simple and delicious home cooking once he was the sole proprietor. Prohibition was repealed in 1916 and Besaw's was granted the first liquor license in the state of Oregon. The cafe quickly became the most popular meeting place in the neighborhood, with a reputation for a pleasant drink, a scrumptious meal and lively conversation.

    Today, this remains Besaw's recipe for success. You can still sit at the same elbow-rippled mahogany bar that?s quenched the thirst of so many since the turn of the century. Guests still come across the same kind, attentive service found 100 years ago. When you want a dining experience that pleases your stomach and warms your heart, come to Besaw's.

Editorial

  • In Short
    A neighborhood haunt since 1903, this corner cafe straddles the cusps of the brazenly chic 23rd region with the youngster-toting hippie cool of Wallace Heights. The 1950s-style...

  • 8/18/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon 7am-3pm Tue-Fri 7am-10pm Sat 8am-10pm Sun 8am-3pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northwest District, Neighbors West - Northwest
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