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Wine Down - 45 Reviews - 126 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR - Late Night Dining Reviews - Phone (503) 236-9463

Wine Down

126 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 236-9463
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Wine Down - Portland, OR


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The owner and staff are very friendly, and I had great service. Great selection of wine. Happy hour wine at $4 a glass. Cozy atmosphere with a variety of seating options. ...


We ordered med-rare and got over-done. Probably the worst burger experience of my life. McDonald's would have been better than the cardboard we were served. I've never had a ba...

Great happy hour menu 11/12/2009

The owner and staff are very friendly, and I had great service. Great selection of wine. Happy hour wine at $4 a glass. Cozy atmosphere with a variety of seating options. Pros: lounge by the fire Cons: I hear they have to move to a new location. more

Great place tohangout...enjoy the food Wine the Fireplace St 10/21/2009

They make you feel like your their only customer!!! They remember what you like to drink and the Burger is awesome!!!!!!! Pros: Always friendly more

How hard is it to get a burger right? 7/1/2009

We ordered med-rare and got over-done. Probably the worst burger experience of my life. McDonald's would have been better than the cardboard we were served. I've never had a bad experience at any other restaurant on 28th. You can do better! Pros: Nice pickled element on burger Cons: Beef tasted like cardboard more

JUST GO HERE!!! 4/17/2009

Great astmosphere...and food is simply wonderful, I've never tried anything here that I have not liked. Pitch up for some great Happy Hour bargins, and don't forget to try the're in for a HUGE hungry and it's 4pm...I'm heading down there save me a seat... Pros: Atmosphere, Food Food Food, Service Cons: Not the greatest for kids more

Great happy hour! 4/2/2009

I met a friend down the street at Bamboo Sushi for dinner. I wasn't ready to call it a night so we headed to Wine Down. I had no idea the place was there! It was inviting, comfortable, and little did I know they had a great happy hour! We were there after 6:30 but were really there just for a glass of wine. We ended up ordering a cheese plate which was pleasing. Will definitely be back to try the happy hour menu. I met the owner Stuart. Very cool guy! I tried to talk him into being on Forkfly! We'll see how that goes. If he were on Forkfly, I would definitely be back to sample the nonhappy hour menu too! Gotta watch the spending now a days! Pros: Great happy hour prices! Cons: Not on Forkfly. more

Best Happy Hour 2/6/2009

A frield of mine took me to Wine Down a few months ago. The lamb lollipops were so tender and tasty topped with port braised cherries. The quinoa cake was also amazing crispy on the outside and moist on the inside with a little heat from drizzles of Spanish chili sauce. ! I try to make it for happy hour and there was a time when I couldn't find parking and it was almost 6:30 so I called Stuart . He was happy to put in an order for me and it was ready as I walked in. You can find me at the bar 2-3 times a week, especially during happy hour! Pros: Tasty and high quality menu items, friendly and knowledgeable staff! Cons: Parking, very popular area more

Great spot for wine with great atmosphere and service! 1/16/2009

We went to Wine Down for happy hour this week and I was amazed at how many great wines they had and how inexpensive they were! We tried quite a few of the house wines offered, which were great. The server was very nice and also very helpful with the wine. At the happy hour price of only $4, you can try them all! The pours are generous too! We also tried quite a few of the apps, which honestly were tremendous. the gnocchi was unbelievable and we also loved the meat & cheese plate. It wasn't packed in there, which made it extremely chill to talk to your friends and relax. The owner came by to check on us a few times which is a personal favorite touch of mine. I just have to say that it was great experience & I'm glad this place is now in my rotation! I will definitely be going back. Pros: Great selection, great prices, great food! Cons: can't think of any... more

Great atmosphere, excellent wine, top-notch service 1/15/2009

I have been wanting to check out Wine Down for a long time. Over the years I have seen the dimly lit aura of this quaint bar from the street while I have been in the neighborhood but have always had other plans. It's a great place to go on a cold evening, hang out and drink good wine, listen to low-volume acoustic guitar, and enjoy the cozy vibe and ambient lighting. Thumbs up to the highly recommended Barbera along with the delicious meat and cheese appetizer platter! Great knowledgable staff without the 'wine snob' attitude. Pros: Great atmosphere, wine, and food more

No matter if you choose to ""wine"" down or just ""wind"" down this is a great place for either! 10/24/2008

This was are first time here and we know it will not be our last. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. We can recommend the Lobster Hash, Pork Roulade and the Chicken Kiev. We don't drink but others in our party did and they were impressed with the wine they selected as well as the extenssive wine list. The young chefs really did a great job with all the dishes. A relaxing place made all the more relaxing with the soft live music playing in the background. Give it a try. We are sure you will enjoy it as much as we did. Pros: Good Food, Good Value, Good Service more

A must for any visitor or resident! 10/21/2008

This is a first time message but a must give one. On our first family get together in Portland we were able to get our party of 10 into this wonderful little restaurant and able to have one of the best meals ever! We were able to statisfy the tastebuds of ages 9-75. Our party had every dish that was on the menu and not one complaint could be made. The meats and sauces were exceptional. We even did some sharing around the table. We were heartely greated at the door by the owner and promptly shown a table and wine list. The waiter was an absolute delight and attentive to every need at the table. We were even able to talk with the Cook Jeremy during a few spare moments of his time. Thanks Jeremy for such a wonderful and tasty dining experience! We will definetly make this restraunt a must stop for on the next get together. more

I love this place! 10/16/2008

I came to this restaurant about a year and a half ago. It was my sisters graduation and birthday and I wanted to find a place with great food, great wine but still casual and fun. after searching through restaurants online for hours I came across this one and instantly loved it. Maybe it was the name, all I know is I made a reservation for 10 people and when we arrived they had pulled out tables and chairs to the sidewalk. It was great. The service was incredible, the food and wine even more so and the french press coffee was the best I've ever had (I ran a coffee shop for years so this was a big deal). Its been awhile now since Ive been back but thats just because Im an idiot for forgetting this little wonder exists. I plan on spending my birthday next month with all my friends and family at this place and I know it will be great. So to the person who wrote that ridiculous review, its obvious that you have no taste whatsoever. I love it! Pros: perfect as is more

Great new menu 9/6/2008

We stumbled upon this nice wine bar and restaurant and while looking at the posted menu were greeted by the owner. He told us about a brand new menu and handed us a printed version. We decided to partake and weren't disappointed. They had fantastic service. Josh knew so much about wine, and was very friendly. They also had a great musician playing an acoustic guitar who entertained everyone. My wife had Ahi that was great and I had the Lamb. Both were really tasty dinners. Pros: Service, atmosphere and great new menu more

Terrible! 6/7/2008

Two of us went there one night and it was absolutely terrible. The only up side is that the service was alright. There is no way that we should have paid what we did!!!! The food took an hour and a half to come out and to say that it lacked flavor and originality is an understatement! The minute rice that was served with both the steak and the pork was so bad! I am sorry to insult minute rice because it was much worse than that. I am born and raised in and have been to a lot of restaurants in here and I will never recommend nor return to this one! Cons: The food! more

Perfect Valentine's place 2/26/2008

Valentine's is a big date for us and I wanted to do something especially romantic. We're now newlyweds! I found Wine Down of 28th and liked the reviews so called and made reservations. Pros: A small, intimate place to kanoodle with flawless service, food and wine. Cons: Cannot think of even one. more

Excellent, excellent, excellent 2/16/2008

Great Food! Great Service! Great Ambiance! Perfect for a romantic evening and the owner is just delightful. We love this place over and over again! more

Sophisticated Yet Casual - LOVED IT 12/22/2007

The other day, my wife happened upon this charming restaurant and spent an hour or so enjoying a glass of wine and talking with some of the patrons and the bartender. She, of course, told me about it when she came home. So this evening we decided to try it for dinner. I must say that while my wife is quite a connoisseur of gourmet eating establishments, my tastes tend to be a bit less sophisticated. Wine Down on 28th was the perfect choice. My wife had a glass of sangria and we started with a cheese tray. I don't know what kinds of cheeses there were, but I liked them. For our entree, my wife ordered the Adobe Marinated Pork Loin with citrus demi-glaze and chili-lime mojo and sliced avocado. Our waiter (who was PERFECT) recommended it, and advised us that it was a bit spicy. My wife did think it was extremely flavorful, but not spicy in a ""hot"" kind of way. I ordered the Ribeye, but started with some soup. Like I said, I'm not very adventurous, but the soup was... get this... antelope barley soup! It was really good! I imagined myself being a lion on the Serengeti while I ate it. The ribeye was fantastic. It was served with a demi-glaze (some sort of tasty gravy-like substance) and an ample portion of garlic mashed potatoes. Mmmm-Mmmm. Loved it. I mentioned this earlier, but want to re-iterate how great the service was. When we walked in, the bartender and several others remembered my wife (by name) from earlier in the week. We sat down and were immediately served beverages and told of some of the choices. Then, the waiter went away leaving us to talk and enjoy the spectacular ambiance and great music (live, classical guitar). At one point, the owner came to our table to make certain we were enjoying ourselves and that everything was as we wanted it to be. I don't often say this about the fancy places my wife chooses - but I liked this place a lot. I will return... sooner than later. more

Romantic, Casual, Great Food, Amazing Service 12/21/2007

My husband and I went for the first time this week and all I can say is..I wish we had found this place sooner! What a wonderful experience! Pros: Ambience, Service, Value Cons: ??? match was found more

Poor food and service 9/29/2007

Last night couple of friends and I visited this establishment. Got there at around 7pm, placed an order for our food around 7:30pm. One hour later finally we received our food. I ordered Ahi Tuna, the fish was completely dry, it was like eating rubber. My friends had similar unpleasant experiences with their dishes, chicken and stake. We voiced our displeasure to restaurant owner he was very apologetic however still making excuses for his chef, saying that he was to busy and may have overlooked our food. To add an insult to injury, they added 20% gratuity to the bill without our request, I guess they were worried we will not leave any tip because of complaints. There was only 5 of as there and the menu says that they only add 18% gratuity to groups 6 or more. We did not want to make anymore of the fuss about this issue so we just left the money and took off. The place is complete rip off, food is really bad. I don't recommend the place. Cons: food, service and manegment more

Great wine list and steak 8/3/2007

This is a guaranteed spot for a local dinner. There is always good music and the servers bend over backwards to keep you happy. Pros: great wine more

Excellent Service!!! 5/21/2007

We went there last Friday night and were AMAZED by the food and service. We are always on the lookout for new dishes and were surprised by the simple yet sophisticated dishes being offered here. The scallops were delicate in texture and also complex in flavors. It is a must have when trying one of the appetizers. The chicken pate is made by hand and is one of the most creamiest butter-like pates I've ever had (including pates in Paris). Pros: Great Food, Great Service, Romantic Cons: Can't wait for the cappuccino machine to come back more
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A laid-back wine lounge joins the ranks of Northeast 28th's "wine bar row."

Owner Message

  • Our chefs serve up unique Northwest, French, and other dishes to match our unique wine selection. In addition you'll discover a unique selection of beer on tap
    Cozy up to the fireplace and also enjoy our handmade from scratch desserts. Live music (low background) serves as a nice romantic flavor to your evening. Once your there you won't want to leave.


  • In Short
    Velvety draped walls, secluded booths, low lighting and deep armchairs huddled around a fireplace are the setting for neighborhood regulars and romance-seeking couples.The...

  • 6/2/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu 5pm-11pm Fri-Sat 4pm-1am
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Kerns