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Tom's First Avenue Bento

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1236 SW 1ST Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3201
+1 503-241-3373
11:30 - 16:00
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West Linn, Oregon
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I love this place! Fish is always perfectly cooked and fresh, service is fast and friendly. Very healthy convenient lunch in town. Get there early- they run out sometimes!

Thank Samantha H
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80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Enjoyed the spicy salmon lunch at 1st Avenue Bento, served over a bed of lovely brown rice and a nice serving of fresh, crisp veggies. My colleagues had salmon and steak - and everyone cleaned their plate (happily)! You can dine-in or get a meal to go - and your entree is available quickly, which is lovely for time-pressed folks... More 

Thank junior_traveler
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Cannot beat this place for a healthy bento lunch - chicken, meat, or fish. Brown rice option. Fresh veggies. Huge portions always enough for two meals for me.

Thank 819SarahB
Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

I have gone to Tom's for many years. I used to work not too far away for 10 years. I so love the spicy salmon! So much so that I had it last week. Even though I am not working any where close to it.

Thank 44Maxwell44
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72 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Perfect for lunch. My favorite is the Karaage Chicken. Super crispy and perfect crunch! Portions are very good.

Thank souriez438
Portland, Oregon
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122 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Fresh fish and shellfish, great salads, informal and always popular, First Avenue Bento is a bit pricey for lunch but worth it.

Thank cgbroderick
Portland OR
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Delicious seafood bentos. And a great value. Brown rice and extra veggies available. Type of seafood available depends on what's fresh in the market.

Thank KONPortlandOR
Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

This is the perfect place for lunch in downtown Portland. The bento is amazing and the fish or shell fish is fresh. I particularly like the Spicy Salmon Bento

Thank 44Maxwell44
Portland, Oregon
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93 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015 via mobile

Came downtown on a day off for a dose of bento. Steelhead, nicely cooked, brown rice and veggies. Yum. Will be grunting over this till dinner.

Thank Fototrekker
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2014 via mobile

This place is kind of a hole in the wall, but the service is lightning fast and the food is excellent! I stop by often when I'm in the area and suggest going slightly after or before the noon hour to avoid the line out the door. If you must go at the lunch hour it's worth the wait! Prices... More 

Thank Nicole F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:30 - 16:00
11:30 - 16:00
11:30 - 16:00
11:30 - 16:00
11:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1236 SW 1ST Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3201
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 503-241-3373

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?