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Ernesto's Italian Restaurant

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8544 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR 97225
+1 503-292-0119
16:00 - 22:00
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Boise, Idaho
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177 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We were impressed! Even on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, they hit the high points perfectly. Here is the run down: Meeting & Seating: Over the top friendly! We felt very welcome. The restaurant was quiet. It was easy to talk at a normal tone of voice and be heard. Service: Our server contacted us immediately. Her service was flawless.... More 

Thank Michael C
Portland, Oregon
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458 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

My wife took us to Ernesto's for our 33 year anniversary and she picked a good one! First off, don't let the location fool you. Located in the corner of a strip mall, it might not stand out, but park it and head inside! We arrived right at the lunch/dinner change over but were seated right away by Mark, the... More 

Thank OregonStrider
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

If you want good Italian food and a nice atmosphere, Ernesto's is the place. The staff was very nice.

Thank 819sherylp
Portland, Oregon
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Have been going here for over twenty years. Food is not your new trendy Italian, but all your old favorites are here. What brings us back is the wonderful salad bar (hard to find anymore). Decor is schmaltsy Italian, but very cozy, especially in winter. You will have a very nice meal and a warm greeting at a reasonable price.

1 Thank Worldtrekkies
West Coast
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

This restaurant feels like Italian restaurants in America felt 40 years ago. Pictures of Italy on the walls and plenty of spaghetti meatballs if you want that. Now I am old and vegetarian I chose the eggplant parmesan with sautéed vegetables. It was very good. I took some home in a little box and it is, possibly, even better cold.... More 

1 Thank Mrs S
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37 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Been here many times and we are always pleased. The food is wonderful, and the folks here are great. Also a very good wine list and a fine bar, so go and enjoy.

1 Thank Terry P
Portland, Oregon
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Ernestos has been in the area for a few decades and has quite the following, but I am not sure why. We were very disappointed in the dishes we ordered. The red sauce tasted like it came out of a jar and the white wine sauce on the Scampi Pasta was flat--no subtle garlic flavors. A good Italian restaurant should... More 

Thank PDXSW2014
ErnestosItalian, Owner at Ernesto's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello PDXSW2014, We are saddened to hear that our food was not up to par with your expectations. We are also sorry that you felt your dish did not have flavor and that the cheese did not taste like freshly grated Parmesan. Our dishes are always made with the freshest and highest quality ingredients that are prepared in the kitchen.... More 

Hillsboro, Oregon
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Love this restaurant. Haven't been for a long time and was not disappointed. Still have the great salad bar, fantastic food and terrific service. Everything was great. Prices are not cheap but also not expensive. Really in line with other restaurants but much better food and service for the money.

1 Thank 1Otter2014
Portland, Oregon
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200 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

I love these throw back Italian restaurants, where everything you expect to find is on the regular menu. The bar offers a great happy hour; and the salad bar is great.

1 Thank Portlander
Beaverton, Oregon
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

Went with a large group of friends. The staff was kind and promp, but not pushy. Everyone loved their meal. I am.not a fan of most seafood pasta as n it is usually over fishy. A perfect balance of seafood and white sauce. You could taste each ingredient!!

1 Thank jl0313

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8544 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR 97225
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-292-0119

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