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1001 SE Water Ave, Ste 160, Portland, OR 97214-2147
+1 503-235-2294
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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Italian, American, Grill, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1001 SE Water Ave, Ste 160, Portland, OR 97214-2147
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

In reviewing a restaurant I consider food quality, taste and presentation, ambience and service. Considering the excellent reviews that this restaurant has had, the service did not meet my level of expectation. We had to initiate almost every contact with the server asking for refill...More

Thank Florence B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Clarklewis last night for a special birthday party and it was fantastic!! The food was excellent--very spring fresh with fiddlehead ferns and morel mushrooms. The steak was wonderful, the portions were ample with a lot of fresh asparagus cooked perfectly. One vegan...More

Thank Joan2006
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Atmosphere ? Kind of like the inside of an all-black warehouse. Noise level: much too much ! Service and food : good; not great Prices: mid-30's for halibut or lamb dinner Drinks: pretty good, but expensive

Thank bob l
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Hi Bob: We are working hard at Clarklewis to earn five stars from every customer who visits, so I'm disappointed to hear that we did so poorly with you. Thanks for the feedback. It inspires us to try harder in the future. Best, Bruce Carey

Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

The place is LOUD. The atmosphere is unusual, non-traditional -- just plain odd. It's located in a 'warehouse' where they chop their wood in the entryway -- did I mention this place is loud? The food was slightly better than average and the waitstaff is...More

Thank OR_Foodie229
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Hello Foodie 229: I am sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the ambiance at Clarklewis. The industrial setting is not for everyone, but we do try to make every customer feel welcome and satisfied. I appreciate your feedback. Best, Bruce Carey

Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Had a delicious lunch, loved the ambiance and the service. Had a very nice, crisp Clarklewis white wine and the bread from Central Bakery was truly amazing-now we need go to the bakery as well. Pastrami sandwiches were a hit!We will go back to this...More

Thank richard g
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Hi Richard: Thank you for this terrific review of lunch at Clarklewis. We look forward to impressing you again with our dinner menu. Until then... Best, Bruce Carey, owner

Reviewed 31 March 2017

Menu, service and ambience excellent. A small gripe: We were there during "restaurant month". What they showed online before and after our visit not on the "special menu" the night we were there, but was on the regular menu. Bait and switch if an appliance...More

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

Hi Acepdx Thank you for this thoughtful review. Admittedly we were overwhelmed during Portland Dining Month. We fell short with prep and resorted to last minute substitutions. It was not our intent to "bait and switch" as we always hope to give great value and...More

Reviewed 22 March 2017 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...More

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

Dear Skankymonk: At Clarklewis we pride ourselves on creating bright, fresh flavors with best-quality ingredients. And in this business we start fresh everyday. I am so sorry you found us on a less-than-great day. Your candid feedback inspires us to try harder to be better...More

Reviewed 20 March 2017 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,...More

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

Dear FoodieWineFun: Thank you for your candid and useful review of the Dining Month menu. I'm sorry your experience fell short of expectations. I assure you however that the standards held since 2003 are still in place. I think we were just a little overwhelmed...More

Reviewed 20 March 2017 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...More

Thank swj1051
Bruce C, Owner at clarklewis, responded to this review

Thank you for this detailed and very useful review. It's always good to hear when we have done well, and we welcome criticism as well. I hope we will see you at Clarklewis again soon. Best, Bruce Carey, owner

Reviewed 14 March 2017

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...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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$80
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
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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
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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.