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Paragon - 26 Reviews - 1309 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR - Bars Reviews - Phone (503) 833-5060

Paragon

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1309 NW Hoyt St
Portland, OR 97209
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(503) 833-5060
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Paragon - Portland, OR

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Best

We have been going to Paragon for many years and can always count on a good experience! Love the big fireplace in the bar and the huge cozy booths in the dining area! The food is...

Worst

I am a resident of the Pearl District and have gone to Paragon many times. However, when I leave, I hardly ever leave satisfied. True, their drinks are amazing and I am sure they ...

Editorial review from Citysearch 5/8/2013

Paragon has the best beet salad in Portland. You know how I know? I hate beets and love this salad. Go figure. Warm fireplace in the back, great for meetings, free wifi, excellent service and prices are right on point for what you get. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 1/28/2013

Food is marginal, FOA needs to be replaced (unfriendly hostess) We all smelled like the truffle fries after the family and I left. Needs some help. more

The food is good and consistent. The 6/3/2012

The food is good and consistent. The bar is one of the best in the city. Bob & company are some of the most innovative and knowledgeable mixmasters in the city. Whether you want a cocktail, glass of wine, or a single-malt, this is a group that can lead you to the promised land. A rare talent in today's world. more

Terrible 2/1/2011

This is wonderful restaurant located in the Pearl has great food (full menu) and a great wine select. I ambiance is also very nice; however I've been severely disappointed over the past year with the service and the attitude of the employees. If you decide to visit Paragon, make sure you go early and go on a normally busy night out on the town. I've attempted to have dinner there on several occasions where, I've had to talk right back out without even having a seat. Why you might ask? The restaurant management team often closes the kitchen (for full menu dinning) at completely random times. My last trip on a Monday night, was one of these occasions. My date and I had a seat in the bar and informed the server that we would like dinner and we both ordered drinks. I noticed a buddy sitting in the dining room (full dinner items had just arrived). When the server returned with our drinks, I asked for the dinner menu when she informed me that they were no longer serving dinner. I asked what time they closed and was informed that the restaurant would close at 11pm. As I looked at my watch, I noted that it was 8:32. I couldn't believe that they would not server me dinner. Their 'bistro menu' is a joke. Further, the server didn't offer to get the manager, she basically provided me with an attitude and said, ""Well our dining room is empty so we closed the kitchen"". This this i asked, why don't they have a standard time in which they could make that call? No response. I asked, ""who runs a business like that?"" Her response was, ""I don't know sir"". She could have comp'ed my drinks and/or brought the manager over. Instead, she brought me a bill. Just terrible! I don't know how you stay in business with that attitude. I visit Paragon 1-2 times a month and I typically end up wit the same server and one would think that they would recognize me by now and maybe cook a small meal in the corner of the kitchen and simply continue cleaning the rest. Either the management team should be dismissed or a boycott may be in store. Awful. more

One of the Best Restaurants in The Pearl! 2/12/2010

We have been going to Paragon for many years and can always count on a good experience! Love the big fireplace in the bar and the huge cozy booths in the dining area! The food is great although a little pricey. We love the grilled half chicken w/ mac & cheese and the burgers! The drinks are very tasty and the music in the bar adds to the urban vibe. They have recently painted and remodeled the bathrooms, very clean and much nicer! Would highly recommend this place! Most of their staff is great, but ""Mike"" has a bit of an attitude problem... just avoid him and you'll have a great time at Paragon! Pros: Upscale urban feel with superb food! Cons: Some wait staff can be a bit aloof. more

My Favorite Pearl Restaurant! 9/24/2009

My boyfriend and I have frequented Paragon many times since I was first introduced to the restaurant in 2005. Every time that we have dined at Paragon both the food and service has been excellent! I even had my 21st birthday there! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and am looking forward to many years dining at Paragon!! Pros: Wonderful Wine, Amazing Meals, Dessert to Die For! Cons: Only Located in Portland more

Non Alcoholic Surprise 8/30/2009

$2.50 coke w/ $.75 refill charges!! Oh my, what a happy hour surprise! Other than the sticker shock at the price of a coke, the food was fabulous and the service was good. Pros: Pulled Pork Sliders! Cons: Pricing more

Avoid Unless You Like Snotty. 10/9/2008

I am a resident of the Pearl District and have gone to Paragon many times. However, when I leave, I hardly ever leave satisfied. True, their drinks are amazing and I am sure they have nice waitstaff, but everytime I am there I get the rude or snotty ones. I feel like I have given the Paragon all the chances it deserves. Especially recently. The last time I was there was with a group of friends from out of town visiting me. I have never left a place feeling so looked down upon. Maybe I am sensitive, but then again, maybe I was treated rudely and inconsiderately. I certainly leave it to the reader to decide, but I certainly will not be going back there again. more

Must try Braised PotRoast 9/15/2008

I have been to Paragon on several occasions. We usually choose the outdoor seating as it is idea for people watching. The martini's tend to be strong, which is nice and the Braised PotRoast is amazing. It literally falls off your fork. Pros: Outdoor seating, Braised PotRoast, Strong Drinks Cons: Can be busy, service can be slow. more

No longer sanitary! 9/12/2008

I have visited Paragon for several years and was there even on opening day! The establishment is a fun place to go and the food is fairly priced....over the last year, perhaps longer, things have changed though: Pros: Good Food Cons: Not as sanitary like it used to be more

Perfect Fit 6/2/2008

Just went to Paragon last night for the third time this week - it's my new favorite restaurant. It feels like like an old favorite sweater it's just cozy and consistently good. Nothing too fancy, not trying too hard - their tomato soup and grilled cheese panini is to die for, and nothing says comfort food like perfect mac n cheese. My server last night knew when to stay away from the table and when to come back - a qulity I can't speak highly enough. For a warm experience and consistly good food Paragon is a sure thing. more

Avoid like the plague 3/8/2008

Like a previous person pointed out: In a sea of fine dining in the Pearl District of Portland, Paragon falls completely flat and should be avoided at all costs. The service is the worst of any restaurant I've been to in the last 10 years. We waited for our water, for our cocktails and we waited an hour to receive our dinner. Our waitress seemed like she was right out of the school for the dumb. This place is not even worth checking out, at all. I'd write more, but our experience was so poor that it's not worth spending another second thinking about. more

Great Squash Risotto 1/17/2008

I was up in Portland last weekend to visit my brother and he had heard that Paragon was a cool place to hang out with good food so we decided to check it out. We didn't make reservations and even thought it was packed we got a table after 20 minutes (good microbrews on tap in the meantime!). Service was a little slow but the calamari alone was worth it My brother ordered the hangar steak which was good but pretty standard, my salmon was excellent -squash risotto was the best part. The place had a good vibe...busy but mellow and our food overall was quite tasty....I'd recommend Paragon to anyone visiting Portland. Pros: good food and atmosphere Cons: slow service more

overpriced, overated fare in the pearl 7/4/2006

In a sea of good restaurants in the Pearl District, Paragon falls flat on most counts. I had lunch here and had heard very good things about it, but boy was I disappointed. I ordered sparkling water and it took a good 10 minutes just to get it to my table. I was never offered a lime with it (standard at most restaurants) and I had to ask for ice! They brought me the ice in a second glass which I had to spoon into my other glass. At a restaurant trying to be upscale and trendy, I thought this was very tacky. It took a very long time for the server to take our order. I only ordered a salad; they wouldn't do a 1/2 order and when I asked for 1/2 of the entree to be boxed up before it was served to me, I was told that was no problem. It was brought out to me in full, covered in dressing that I asked for on the side. I wasn't trying to be picky, just eating healthy and the staff treated me like I had the plague for wanting less food with a lighter dressing. In a restaurant that claims to be of a higher caliber, service should be #1 priority and Paragon fell far short on that task. Pros: Good tasting food Cons: A mediocre restaurant with poor service in a neighborhood full of many other great choices. Not up to Pearl par! more

Shouldn't be ANY complaints! 6/15/2006

I think this place has the BEST Ceasar salad and you MUST try the Calamari! The drinks are awesome and they are one of the only places who actully know what a capperina cocktail is (even though I may not be able to spell it). If you're an outgoing person sit in the lounge and have fun. You will meet interesting people and hear great music! Pros: Ambience, People Place, Music and Art Cons: Maybe a little too loud when it's busy. more

excellent customer service 3/5/2006

The customer service at our recent visit to the Paragon was excellent. We were running very late trying to gather family together for a birthday dinner. It was exceptional service that on a busy Saturday night they called us and kept our table for us! It could have been a diaster if they hadn't since it was so difficult to get the family together for the evening. The Sole was particularly good. And dispite the busy evening, we did not wait or want for any service. more

I've NEVER been disappointed at Paragon 5/24/2005

I usually wander into Paragon for a leisurely weekend lunch, but I'm occasionally a visitor at busier times as well. The food, the service, and the beverages are top notch, the decor is exciting, the seating comfortable, the neighborhood lively. I really can't think of any cons, even the prices aren't too bad when you consider the value. Pros: food, interesting cocktails, great service Cons: parking, not cheap more

YUM!!! Best lunch I've had in a long time!!! 5/8/2005

My mom and I wanted to have lunch before our spa appointments and conviently Paragon is right across the street from Aqueis. I had Salmon Ravioli and it was the BEST ravioli I've ever eaten! My mom had the Jerk Chicken sandwich and she said it was amazing. This will now be our permanent lunch before massages spot. THANK YOU!!! Pros: Spicy Tasty Food, Great Street Views, Perfect lunch more

Dont bring a group here 3/31/2005

If you have plans to eat here with a group of friends...dont unless you are going to pick up the tab. They only allow groups if there is one check with one form of payment, plus 18% gratuity. Its not that great. more

Consistently Impressive 10/12/2003

I have used the Paragon for dinners, business meetings, staff parties, and so on. I have to say that Joe is the most accomodating individual I have dealt with, the food is creative and consistent and the staff is wonderful! Thank you!!!! Pros: Amazing people, delicious, wonderful more
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  • This trendy Portland restaurant seamlessly combines an art gallery setting with an urban alehouse, creating the perfect neighborhood spot for mingling at the bar or enjoying a cozy dinner with friends at a booth in the corner.

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Wed: 5:30pm-9pm, 11:30am-4pm, Thu-Sat: 5:30pm-10pm, 11:30am-4pm, Sun: 11:30am-4pm, 5pm-9pm
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