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#247 of 3,448 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Italian, American, Grill, Contemporary, European, Gluten Free Options
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1001 SE Water Ave, Ste 160, Portland, OR 97214-2147 (Taylor)
+1 503-235-2294
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 16:30 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Just a sleepy experience. Nothing I had put a pep to my step or tickled my fancy at all. Food was average. Nothing stood out. Crab salad=salty, lamb ragu=average, pork chop=flavorful but dry and pound cake=ok. Wanted to give a lower score but there is potential.

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Vancouver, Washington
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Since its opening several years ago, we've considered clarklewis one of Portland's best places. But having dined there again since a year ago, our good impressions have faded. It's not the same original culture. We checked the Portland Dining Month menu online in early March, and liked the clarklewis choices for this special menu. We especially looked forward to the... More 

Thank FoodieWineFun
Portland, Oregon
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119 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to celebrate a birthday but really wanted to eat here on the Portland Dining Month menu. Service was good and attentive. The atmosphere was on the loud side but that was okay as we had a 5 year old and an 8 month old. The appetizer were some cheeses and pickled onions and peppers along with hazelnuts. I... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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115 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cool old warehouse space, with a earthy organic vibe. Cosy and rustic. Wood burning kitchen right in the open for all to see is very cool. Menu features seasonal "farm-to-table" style. Enjoyed a decent dinner here with co-workers one evening. I loved the seafood stew appetizer and wish i would have ordered it for my entree, as... More 

Thank Inkylouise
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and the four stars. I hope you will try Clarklewis again soon as we would love an opportunity to earn that fifth. Best, Bruce Carey, owner More 

Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There were six people in total. We went on a Tuesday evening- and they were not at all busy. Our server was nice but with the exception of 2 salads and desserts, the food was really disappointing. The meat was tough and lacked flavor. The drinks were also very disappointing. I had the worst Margarita I have every had, others... More 

Thank Cecelia_25
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Cecelia: I'm sorry you found Clarklewis on an off-night. I cannot explain or excuse the disappointing food and cocktails, but I can promise that it will be better on your next visit -- if we are lucky enough to see you here again. Until then... Best, Bruce Carey, owner More 

Happy Valley, Oregon
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking forward to a nice lunch at Clarklewis. Initially we couldn't find a parking place, so one of us dropped the other off to go in and get a table. The other one who was driving circled many, many blocks for many minutes and never found a parking place. I don't mean a free space, I mean ANY... More 

Thank frank j
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Frank: I'm so sorry your difficulty with parking at lunch has flavored your opinion of Clarklewis so negatively. It is hard to find a spot for lunch, and as a result we tend to attract people who work in the nearby vicinity. HOWEVER, please note that parking is plentiful and free every night after 6:00 pm in the lot surrounding... More 

Spokane, Washington
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263 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Went here on the recommendation of a business associate. So glad we did. We decided to try the four-course chef's choice and glad we did. OMG they give you way too much fabulous food and you almost feel bad about not eating it (not really). What a fun night. The Beet salad was amazing. The Steelhead cooked to perfection with... More 

Thank locosd40
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Hello locosd40! Thank you for this terrific review. We appreciate how you have shared the good word about our best efforts to please at Clarklewis. I will pass along your comments to the kitchen and to the floor staff. We all look forward to seeing you at Clarklewis again very soon. Best, Bruce Carey, owner More 

Bellevue, Washington
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83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

We ate at clarklewis the night the 3rd snow storm hit. It was magical eating a wonderful meal, in a comfortable low-key restaurant watching the snow fall. Outstanding service and wine. We ate there on a previous visit to Portland and the experience lived up to our memories. I have food sensitivities and they willingly adjusted my dinner to fit—it... More 

Thank GardenVisitor_11
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Dear Garden-Visitor: Thank you for making your way through the snow to come enjoy Clarklewis. We made an extra effort during those snow days to keep the restaurant open and it is very rewarding to hear that it was worthwhile for you. Come visit again, perhaps when those glass doors are open to outside. It makes for another magical evening.... More 

Warrenton, Oregon
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

I had a wonderful squash and parsnip soup and husband had fresh pasta with a lamb ragu sauce. We shared a decadent chocolate and ganache cake. They cheerfully answered menu questions and honored our request to serve a praline crumble on the side (husband has a pecan allergy). Open kitchen was fun to watch and the black painted warehouse interior... More 

Thank llama765
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Dear Llama765: Thank you for this terrific review. It is validating of our best efforts to provide a comfortable setting, friendly, informed service and tasty, satisfying food. I will look into that trip hazard and will remedy it ASAP. Thanks for the heads-up. See you soon. Bruce Carey, owner More 

Portland, Oregon
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884 reviews
565 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

A lovely spot for a restaurant, not a bad view out at Water street. Minimalistic design with outstanding food, wine and service. Appetizers included clams and a artisan cheese plate. The bread served on the table was fabulous, light and moist with a chewy crust. We had the pear and apple salad. Very tasty with champagne vinaigrette and candied nuts... More 

Thank tiredandtravelled
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Thank you for this terrific endorsement of our best efforts. It's great to hear that we did well by you on your last visit. I hope when you visit again we can step it up even further to earn that fifth star. Best, Bruce Carey, owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$80
Italian, American, Grill, Contemporary, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 SE Water Ave, Ste 160, Portland, OR 97214-2147
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-235-2294
Clarklewis creates delicious, hand-crafted Northwest cuisine with Italian and French influences, and proudly support local, organic farms. With exquisite farm-to-table ingredients, Clarklewis is a sophisticated gem on the creative frontier of Portland's unpolished Inner Eastside in the industrial district. The chefs offer an ever changing seasonal menu that features fresh from the market produce. Chef Alex Diestra's hearty dishes from the wood-fired rotisserie find their perfect complement in the fresh, unmanipulated flavors of the best in local produce.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?