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Restaurant for lunch downtown Portland

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Restaurant for lunch downtown Portland

Any recommendations for a restaurant for lunch downtown Portland that is in walking distance from the Monaco hotel,is quiet (some guest have hearing problems)serves anything but all beef, pricey but not outrageous- a place you would take your grandmother to?

This would be a Thursday luncheon in October.

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1. Re: Restaurant for lunch downtown Portland

Within a relatively short walk - say, 6 blocks or less - there are not too many places I can think of that fit the bill as you describe...

One obvious choice (given your 'take your grandmother there' criteria) is Mother's Bistro on SW Stark & 2nd (4-5 blocks from Monaco). Lovely atmosphere and very good brunch/lunch fare and they can accommodate a group.

One place that's a bit farther to walk, but that's excellent is Higgins on SW Broadway/Jefferson. Elegant without being snooty, excellent NW/fresh cuisine, should be nice for a group. You could hop on a MAX Yellow or Green at Pioneer Courthouse and ride one stop south to shorten the walk substantially.

You also might try Urban Farmer, in the atrium of the nearby hotel, The Nines... or even the Red Star Tavern at your hotel (though I recall it being fairly loud on a couple of group lunch outings).

Hope that helps,


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2. Re: Restaurant for lunch downtown Portland

I like the Brasserie Montmarte. Up a bit from your hotel but still pretty easy walking. Check it out.

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3. Re: Restaurant for lunch downtown Portland

I second the Brasserie Montmarte. Excellent food.

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4. Re: Restaurant for lunch downtown Portland

Portland City Grill - you'll knock her socks off with the view.

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5. Re: Restaurant for lunch downtown Portland

We love Portland City Grill, we just had a great lunch there this past Wed. with my son and his wife. :).

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6. Re: Restaurant for lunch downtown Portland

I love, love, love Mother's but it might be a little loud given that some of your party has hearing issues. You might call ahead. Lisa is very accommodating and if she can find a quiet spot for you, she will make it happen if it's at all possible.

Higgins, in the restaurant, not bar area.

The Heathman can be good too.

Jake's Famous has booths.

Southpark may be an option but again, I'd call and ask about the noise level just to be safe.

If Mama Mia is still open for lunch, it tends to be a lot quieter than Mother's.

Brasserie is good and you can get a booth there, which helps with the noise.

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