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Sub Rosa - 25 Reviews - 2601 Se Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202, Portland, OR - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (503) 233-1955

Sub Rosa

2601 Se Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 233-1955
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Sub Rosa - Portland, OR


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The three best things about Sub Rosa are 1) the fabulous, hilarious, warm-hearted owner, Mary Ann. 2) the great pasta (try ordering 1/2 mac and cheese and 1/2 spicy rosa mixed tog...


Since there are only a few entrees on the menu, I can't quite wrap my head around the high prices at this claustrophobic, corner eatery. The meatballs are good but the owner real...

Save your money and don't waste your time. 5/15/2011

This has to be one of the most overpriced, mediocre dining experiences in SE Portland, if not the entire metro area. Pasta dishes that cost over $10 could easily be made at home for $2 or less. The pizza is plain horrendous - like cardboard with a melted dirty sock on top. The owner and staff are transparently phony, greedy and conniving. Extras such as bread and Parmesan are so tightly controlled and stingily doled out as to be ridiculous. If you are looking for a pleasant neighborhood spot to enjoy part of an evening, this ain't the place. Perhaps Sub Standard would be a better name. more

A Cutesy But Phony Waste of Time and Money 5/15/2011

JohnBGoode Provided by Partner
This has to be one of the most overpriced, mediocre dining experiences in SE Portland, if not the entire metro area. Pasta dishes that cost over $1... more

best for desserts! 12/10/2008

SubRosa is a super sweet restaurant, very fitting for it's corner of SE PDX. The food is a little costly but good homestyle Italian, much like my grandma used to make! It is worth going just for the desserts, however. They are amazing! We split a chocolate cake and the yummiest little cookies I have every had. Good coffee, good dessert, great atmosphere! Not sure who does the baking, but they should be recognized in the top tier of Portland bakers! Pros: Ambience, great neighborhood restaurant, dessert! Cons: slightly costly more

Classic SE Portland 11/13/2008

Great Italian food for dinner in the neighborhood. Try the Spicy Rosa, a great pasta dish that is worked with tomato and mushrooms, with a little kick to boot. Pizza Bread is a great appetizer, and will fill you up if you don't have a companion. Try any of the specials, usually a Lasagne or ravioli is on the specials board. Servers are willing and able. Affordable, unpretentious wines perfectly suitable for dinner.\r This is a typical SE Portland eatery. If you're looking for upscale, try Downtown....Now for a Breakfast review. You get very special attention here for breakfast. I was very impressed. Just not sure why everyone goes to Broder (across the street). Coffee and Egg dishes are just as good at Sub Rosa...with no wait. Pros: Service, Atmosphere, proximity to other businesses Cons: Busy on Friday or Saturday evenings, try breakfast on the weekend more

Best community hangout 10/15/2008

The three best things about Sub Rosa are 1) the fabulous, hilarious, warm-hearted owner, Mary Ann. 2) the great pasta (try ordering 1/2 mac and cheese and 1/2 spicy rosa mixed together. Yum. To die for. The incredible delicious soups, great pizza and tasty salads, 3) the community hangout. come there any night and find friendly service and a lively crowd of warm Southeast folks. \r \r Oh boy, I better also mention the breakfast on the weekends. Try the eggs benedict with a veggie patty. Wow. That is a fine use of cholesterol. Yum. more

Excellent food and service 8/3/2008

We've had two very enjoyable meals here recently. Once for dinner and once for breakfast. We thought the food was excellent and of good value. Appreciated the option of ordering half portions. The wait staff was competent and polite. We will be returning. Pros: Great value and nice people Cons: on street parking more

Best service I've recieved in SE. AMAZING food! 7/9/2008

I brought a group of 5 into Sub Rosa for dinner recently on a Sunday evening, and received ABSOUTELY fantastic service. The place has a nice and comfortable atmosphere, and the food was terrific. Local ingredients, and it's obvious their fare is lovingly crafted. Everything on the menu is reasonably priced. I've been here a few times on date night, and always am pleasantly surprised. Great neighborhood restaurant. \r \r Pros: Casual atmosphere, great service, good food more

Avoid if you are vegan or if you want a fair price for food 6/2/2008

We had a most disappointing experience. We are thinking of moving to the SE neighborhood so were driving around, saw this restaurant, and decided to give it a try since it was reviewed in Cheap Eats. The salad was great. Their was only one choice on the menu that even was close to vegan. We ordered this - spaghetti marinara and it took about 20 to 25 minutes! Then, it came in a small soup type bowl that would have fed our 3 year old, and her alone. And for a price equal to a many of the other Italian places we've frequented. We will never go here again, nor recommend it to anyone. Pros: Location, Beer at reasonable price Cons: Tight tables, no vegan options, slow service, very costly more

Cozy Little Restaurant 5/23/2008

We hadn't heard of this place before, but it is great. The pasta and the pizza was delicious. The desert was great as well. The service could be a little faster, but we were very happy with our experience. Highly recommended. more

Feels like home, but with better food 4/7/2008

This is a great little neighborhood restaurant that makes me wish I lived in the neighborhood. Fresh ingredients, thoughtful seasoning, generous portions all add up to really good meals. I keep coming back because it's such a comfortable place.\r One of my favorites. Pros: Great pasta, comfy atmosphere Cons: I wish I lived closer! more

Fabulous little jewel in Clinton! 3/5/2008

My hubby and I were walking around the neighborhood and decided to try this place, not really knowing much about it. It was well worth it. The food is very good, the service was excellent, and the prices very reasonable. You can order half portions of pasta, which I loved since it's usually so filling anyway an we wanted to try the goat cheese tart appetizer. It was delicious! This is a very quaint restaurant and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Highly recommend this place! Pros: Romatic, relaxing atmosphere, great service and the food is delightful. Kid friendly too! Cons: The lemonade left much to be desired. Everything else was great! more

Perfect for romantic nights out. 2/14/2008

Sub Rosa is one of the nicest restaurants I've been to. Its a small, but very cozy place, with very nice homely food. We ordered the roasted beet soup, and I must say that it ranks among the best soups I've had. I loved their pasta and dessert too. It is slightly pricey, but I can't think of anything I'd change for my dining experience, so I don't mind at all. Pros: Ambience, Food, Service, Cons: Price (but not so much) more

not very observant, are we? 11/17/2007

I'm sorry, I just have to say this in response to the review farther down- you were actually surprised to find that a restaurant the size of Sub Rosa had a hard time accommodating your 14 person party? Um, I'm really sorry to be so blunt, but...DUH. That restaurant is just slightly larger than my kitchen. It's not meant to accommodate that many people. Granted, maybe they shouldn't have been so quick to say yes, but I'm sure they were trying to do their best. Next time, try using common sense and I'm sure you won't run into this problem again. more

best italian and breakfast 10/23/2007

i recently discovered that sub rosa, my favorite italian dinner joint. was also open for breakfast on saturday and sunday. i went and it was amazing, extreemly kid friendly with crayons to color on the paper on the table. and very friendly staff! the nopo benedict was so awesome! veggie patties and spinach on a nice crisp english muffin perfectly poached egg topped with homemade delicious hollondaise! pretty much all the breakfasts come with rosemary potatoes which are so simple yet so good! it was such a pleasant experience in all. and will return again and again... Pros: kid friendly more

Too expensive for a limited menu 8/3/2007

Since there are only a few entrees on the menu, I can't quite wrap my head around the high prices at this claustrophobic, corner eatery. The meatballs are good but the owner really needs to diversify at this point to maintain the ever-changing space that location seems to conjure. The wine list is too short as well. Sometimes the owner is pleasant, sometimes not. The pattern isn't predictable, unfortunately. Pros: walking distance, take out Cons: too expensive, limited menu/wine list more

Uh...kid friendly 7/30/2007

Kid friendly is good, right? Well, unless you come with a friend on a Sunday morning and expect to have a leisurely conversation over breakfast. It seeems that the word is out that this is a kid-friendly place. Sub Rosa is a very small restaurant. If there are 25 people in the restaurant, it is full. \r When we arrived there for breakfast just after 9 am, there were two children under 4 at two separate tables. By the time we left, there were 5 tables with a total of seven children - all under 4. There was one serious shrieking meltdown, which went on for a very long time before the mother decided to take the child outside. There were a few other crying episodes, a lot of rythmic table hitting with various eating implements and a lot of loud MAMAMAMA type of stuff, because that's what toddlers do. And who can blame their parents for wanting to go out to breakfast sometimes without having to get a babysitter? But, it does mean that I will probably avoid the place for breakfast. I felt as if I had just eaten breakfast at a daycare center.\r \r So, about the food. They have frittatas, which is what we ordered - that and an eggs benedict with veggie sausage. Both were fairly good, although the frittata was a little on the dry side. They had a very tasty strawberry jam, that appeared to be homemade and the waitress returned often to fill our coffee cups. Although we did not order the challah french toast, people around us did and it looked very good.\r \r I've also been here for dinner and enjoyed their pizzas and pasta. I very much like the atmosphere of the place and the owner is warm and friendly. I often see her riding her bicycle with a trailer full of groceries to the restaurant. I will return here for dinner - and I would also recommend it for breakfast, particularly if you have children - or are more tolerant of noisy children than we are. Pros: kid friendly Cons: kid friendly more

OK 4/9/2007

We went there on Friday evening. Service was prompt and very kid friendly(we went there with our three years old child).\r We ordered penne rosa, chicken lemon pasta and mac & cheese and chees pizza. Penne rosa was just OK, seasoning was too blend. Sauce on lemon cream pasta was good although chicken itself was rather blend, could use more salt. In this dish the combination of capers and mushrooms was rather odd. The best entree was my kid's mac and cheese. Good flavor, garlicky, creamy sauce.\r Overall it is a very nice, family oriented neighborhood place. Pros: Service more

An honest meal 3/23/2007

Sub Rosa is a great place to eat. Not only is the food really good, but its simple and comforting as well. My favorite thing on the menu is the spicy rosa. The flavors just work! The creamy tomato sauce with just a little kick of red pepper, add in some sun dried tomatoes and kalamatas and you've got a smile on my face.\r Besides the food at this neighborhood joint puting a smile on your face, wait till you meet the staff. Mary Ann, the owner is someone you have to meet! She will do everything she can to ensure that you are enjoying your dining experience to the fullest extent. From making your kids their own mini snack plate to pulling up a chair and tracing your life travels with a pen upon the brown paper on the table, Mary Ann will not let you down. Sub Rosa is everything it says it is and nothing it says its not. Its just an honest restaurant that welcomes not only the neighborhood but whomever may open the door.\r more

Sub Rosa is good! 12/21/2006

Great place for a neighborhood restaurant. It is become our go to place, for good inexpensive food. The expanded menu has just enough to choose from and not too much to overwell. Try the blue rosa salad (with beets) as a starter, or the cheese plate with samples of cheese, also nice. Maddie makes great bread sticks if you're up for a simple treat. Pizzas are what they are best at. If you are there a night the owner is in, Mary Ann, she'll pull up a chair and join you for good amusing conversation if you welcome her to do so. My partner can't live without the banana cake for dessert. We enjoy the atmosphere and feel good about supporting a local restaurant. more

Warm, friendly, inviting, and good comfort food. 9/14/2006

My wife and I come to Sub Rosa at least twice a month--in our opinion it is the perfect neighborhood spot. The proprietor couldn't be friendlier, it has a nice warm family-friendly atmosphere, and the food for the most part is delicious, if not awe-inspiring. The pasta dishes won't leave you with leftovers, but they are flavorful and I never feel cheated on the price. The pizzas have actually improved in the last few months since they saw what Ken's was doing and tried some of those techniques. And the seasonal salads and desserts are not to be missed--both provide a great start and finish to a meal. I wouldn't recommend it for a group of 15, but it is perfect for a couple or foursome looking for a nice, casual meal at a reasonable price. more
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  • Hours:

    Fri-Sat: 5pm-10pm, Sun: 8:30am-1am, Mon-Thu: 5pm-9pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Hosford - Abernethy, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program