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Holman's Restaurant - 37 Reviews - 15 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214-1801, Portland, OR - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (503) 231-1093

Holman's Restaurant

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15 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214-1801
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Holman's Restaurant - Portland, OR
Holman's Restaurant - Portland, OR
Holman's Restaurant - Portland, OR
Holman's Restaurant - Portland, OR
Holman's Restaurant - Portland, OR
Holman's Restaurant - Portland, OR

Reviews

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Best

Happy Hour is my favorite time of the day. I think I have found my new home. Full happy hour menu AND cheap drinks I think I'll stay for awhile. Pros: HAPPY HOUR!

Worst

Three of us came in around 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 06 and sat ourselves at the back patio. The patio is very nice and that is the only thing good about this place. Evidently w...

Solid late night greasy diner. Good 1/6/2012

Solid late night greasy diner. Good late night eats and decent drinks. more

next to Jake's maybe the worst place to eat or drink in town 7/20/2011

Boy has this place gone downhill. Haven't been here for a few months but must admit after years of patronage I won't be going back. Saturday I took several ffiends in for a bite and some drinks. Food and service sucked---two loud mouthed drunks made it impossible to talk. Decided to go back for lunch today thnking this is after all my neighborhood naunt in the summer---within walking distance, been going there since '97. Big mistake---Just like Jakes, this once fine and fun watering hole is only a shadow of its former self and not worth the effort. more

New Resting Spot for HAPPY HOUR! 12/7/2009

Happy Hour is my favorite time of the day. I think I have found my new home. Full happy hour menu AND cheap drinks I think I'll stay for awhile. Pros: HAPPY HOUR! more

Twice in One day... 8/30/2009

Twice in one day...I suppose that deserves a review... We came in this morning for the bloody mary bar- I usually hang at this place at night- but had to check this thing out...two words LOVED IT....and now I'm sitting in their tropical paradise patio getting served by our favorite server Melissa...Let summer weekends never end. Pros: Bloody Mary Bar, Patio, PBR tall boys, Melissa Cons: Portland won't let us smoke in bars anymore :( more

Run for your life 8/4/2009

Well I'm guessing from reading the reviews that the staff takes after their owner. Here is my experience.... more

Warning Drunk People and Too Local 8/4/2009

Well I'm guessing from reading the reviews that the staff takes after their owner. Here is my experience. Along with all the other complaints which are true: Service is poor like being a snooty is a cool thing, Food subpar (I mean what do you expect at 2 in the morning, anything’s really good) but I did wait nearly an hour. BUT here is where it gets interesting. So after our food we started to eat and a group of four came in, one man being extremely large, probably 350 pounds. I didn't really notice his weight until he was half unclothed and prancing around the bar/grill sweating like a pig and lip syncing Bohemian Rhapsody! It was funny at first and no one seemed to mind not even our server, who obviously was friends with the bunch of locals. But after a spell of that and him engaging our table of 7 it was quite annoying to say the least. One of my friends addressed our server saying ""Hey this is unsanitary, and rude, and even more ignorant of the staff not to do anything about it"" he asked for a discount for the long wait and the ruckus of the fat man, she simple said no and went away. My friend came back to the table and was expressing his distant for the whole thing when the overweight Karaoke singer came up and confronted him with force and aggression. The server stepped in front and a screaming match ensued, along with his entourage waiting for a fight to break loose. The server slipped away to fetch a manager (if you can call him that) and the only thing he asked is if we had paid and if we had to get the F*&$ out. All this time my friend simply saying that the whole thing was unsanitary and inappropriate, we left got in our cars to 4 screaming locals telling us to go back to Arkansas! Moral of the story, Portland is weird but drunken locals are dangerous. I will be doing everything in my power to spread the word of the unsanitary and hostile environment with the lack of control that the staff and locals displayed! WILL NEVER RETURN AGAIN. Pros: Cant think of any Cons: Drunks, Locals, Service, Ownership, Staff more

Run for your life 8/4/2009

mendybing Provided by Partner
Well I'm guessing from reading the reviews that the staff takes after their owner. Here is my experience. Along with all the other complaints whi... more

Many a Brilliant Idea Developed over Brunch 2/3/2009

Holman's is a dive bar, all night diner with goofy drunken people, three in the morning when you can't see going home just yet, Sunday morning brunch with a good pal developing brilliant business ideas and subsequent meetings to close the deal, sort of place. The wait staff is vaguely friendly and decent, but they leave you alone to chat and are usually available when you need them. The food is diner mediocrity perfected. The wheel spinning is cute and kitchy, as is the decor, which only adds to its general good vibe. This is a great Portland place. Pros: Relaxed, Comfortable Atmosphere; Off-Street Parking; Coffee Creamer Variety more

late night eats 1/23/2009

I only go here if I'm hangin out in SE, and only after I've stopped at a few other bars. The food is kind of pricey, but it's large portions. The mac & cheese bites are pretty tasty. Also, the crowd is pretty funny, everyone's usually pretty buzzed so you might catch someone actin a fool, or a sweet fight. Last time I was there, there was a fight, or a prelude to a fight you might say. One guy says ""back off, you're looking at me like you're on acid"", and tempers flared. Hilarious! Pros: funny drunks Cons: spendy Shari's like food, and I've never seen anybody win a free meal more

Holiday Decor...Always me FAVORITE! 10/6/2008

So I just have to tell everyone how much I love the holiday season at Holman's...Even their Halloween decorations are Vintage! Some say its too much! But I loooove it!..Then again I do just love Holman's! Always my favorite neighborhood spot!\r Pros: Holiday Ambience! more

Campaign to have Bloody Mary Bar Everyday! 9/15/2008

Bloody Mary Bar is all they say & more! Had a great time on back patio & LOVED making my own Bloody Mary! Im just sitting at work wishing when I get off in an hour that they had it set up for Happy Hour! \r Guess I will just have to wait til next sunday... Pros: Bloody Mary Bar! Back Patio Cons: Smoky Inside more

Great Patio! 9/3/2008

As a professional landscaper, I find it hard to enjoy a scerene environment, let alone a outside patio that I can drink at with my friends at. The fireplace, waterfall, and the cool dead tree (where'd that come from anyways) makes Holman's the best patio I've seen!...Might even have to admit its better than my backyard! Truely the token treasure of the hood- even though I would like to keep it a secret, props, well deserved. The hot waitress brings replinishment before my Makers is empty and the sweet potatoe fries with a side of home made Roughford is bomb. Check out Holman's but stay inside the patios mine! Pros: Outstanding Patio Cons: ugly 80's umbrellas more

Best Bar Tenders 9/2/2008

So, I come to Holman's to escape the coolness of the neighborhood, like I have been for the last five years. I have a drink and eat some great food (try the French dip!) So, I came in on Monday night and sat at the bar. My Bartender Rob was unlike any in the neighborhood. He was nice, cute, funny, spoke of good politics. And very eager to serve me... this all is a very uncommon trait in bars these days (especially in this neighborhood. blah!!!!) Most bartenders are so ""cool"" that you have to like be a hipsterass to get semi and I do mean semi good service. Just when I thought all was lost, Holman's saved the day once again. Most bartenders at Holman's are cool and by cool, I mean not too cool to serve you like you deserve. more

Friday Night Blues Show Rocked the house! 4/27/2008

Hadnt been into Holmans in awhile & stopped in on Friday night & had a great time. They had blues playing which I learned they have every Friday night & the place was going off! People were even standing up & dancing in the isles! I had a great time & even got a chance to try those Mac & Cheese things that everyones always talking about. Look forward to next week when I was told by one of the servers that the music will be on the back patio. more

Not a Terrible place for a drink and cheap burger. 1/28/2007

So a friend and i went here bc its right across the way from the Laurel Theatre. The reviews on here were pretty harsh. It is a bar. It is a bar that serves food. It was alright, i mean, it went with the cheap drinks. The wait staff was real nice, but in a bar, the wait staff never has to be ""real nice."" The eatable food goes with the cheap drinks in an atmosphere that is easy enough to chat and be kinda loud, but its busy enough that its ok to yell.\r Its not a bad place give it a shot if you are in the local. more

Classicaly Poor 1/18/2007

Tried once for a late night bite. Poor service, dirty booths, oddly trashy crowd (and I live in the neighborhood) and horrific food. I took a glance into the kitchen and was reminded of a scene from Saw II. A classic example of what is wrong with far too many Portland restaurants.\r \r Perhaps their dinner time situation is different, but I am not going to bother to find out. more

Bloody Mary Sunday is the reason to eat here 10/29/2006

Holman's is not a place to go for a nice dinner out or even lunch. However, the Bloody Mary Sunday here cannot be beat. You pick the vodka and they let you do the rest. The shots are generous (I have had to ask for a tall glass because mine was too strong!) and the choices for bloody mary mixin' are plentiful. They have every kind of mix you could want, all the trimmings from onions to asapagus to worcester to tabasco and more. The food here is so-so except for a few choice items, like the cheesy brats and the home potatoes, which are loaded with seasoning and peppers. Go after a hard night of partying Saturday night for some yummy Bloody Marys and big plates of food. Go later in the day if possible (breakfast is served most of the day on Sunday) because the crowd is big earlier in the morning. The service here can be slow, so I always sit in the bar where you can simply wave to the bartender when you need a refill on your bloody mary. Pros: Great Sunday Bloody Mary bar, home fried hashbrowns Cons: smoky, slow service, worn out tables and booths more

Horrible and slow 8/5/2006

Three of us came in around 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 06 and sat ourselves at the back patio. The patio is very nice and that is the only thing good about this place. Evidently we just missed quite a breakfast rush. Many tables were un-bussed and remained that way for over an hour. Our server was un-attentive and did not get one of our orders right. A table of six next to us did not get any of there orders correctly either. My friend and I ordered chicken fried steak and it was very tough and had little flavor (and at $9.95 this is absolutely not worth it, even though it is quite large). My other friend had a garden burger and a salad (salad is extra as the burgers come ala carte). The lettuce was frozen. We had to ask repeatedly for more coffee and water and when we were done the server didn't ask us how our meal was. After we finished our meal we finally went in to pay our tab after waiting outside for about 15 minutes with no sign or our server. We than had to listed to her complain to the cook about how a ""customer"" wanted his food cooked, very unprofessional. We will never go back. Pros: Prompt seating, really nice back patio Cons: slow service, un-attentive staff, over-priced for the quality more

Come in the mornings 6/7/2006

I don't know about the afternoon/evening crowd, but the breakfasts here are the reason to come here. The chicken fried steak is friggin huge and even though it's not the best I've had, it is definitely worth the pricetag just from sheer quantity. The garbage omelette is great too. This place is good for watching a game in the afternoon but the service can be spotty. It's much better in the morning when they're serving more of the neighborhood crowd. I'd sit outdoors if it ain't raining, the interior can get a bit smokey depending on who's around. Definitely has a great feel for hangover food that'll perk you up for the rest of the day; if that doesn't work, have a vanilla stoli screwdriver. If you're a morning drinker or an alcoholic, this place can be your personal breakfast heaven. For the lunch crew, the patty melt isn't to die for, but it's enough to at least get a foot run over or something for. Pros: chicken fried steak, patty melt, bloody mary bar more

Worst dinner ever! 5/1/2006

A group of 3 of us had dinner there last Sunday, after hearing that they had great food. I don't know about the past, but the food and service there now are just horrible. My pop was flat, and the waitress didn't apologize or try to exchange it. The cobb salad was full of brown soggy lettuce, the chicken-fried steak was tough and gristly, with way too much gloppy paste-like gravy, and the worst was the 1/2 pound burger, cooked to death until it was dry as cardboard with no seasoning at all, served with undercooked fries dripping in grease. Our server disappeared after bringing our food and we never got the check. The only redeeming moment was after the meal when I spun the wheel and got my salad free of charge. more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    The atmospheres here range from an old-school bar with retro blue-vinyl bar stools to a vinyl-themed dining room to a more formal dining room with tall windows fronting the...

  • 6/20/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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    Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Buckman
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