Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room
Active Beers: 2
Beer Ratings: 15
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 15 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Shaw:
3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a nice bar attached to the McCormick & Schmick's Riverplace restaurant on the west side of the Columbia River in Portland. I was staying at a nearby hotel in early October so I just walked over. (I had a lot to drink so not driving was important, too!) The decor is very nice. I would actually rate the atmosphere higher except that there's smoking. Blech. Brewing equipment is visible behind glass but the river is the main attraction.
I sat at the bar and had rainbow trout for lunch. It was very good and reasonably priced. I had their beer sampler, which is six ~8 oz. glasses. Make sure you ask for cask-conditioned versions or you might miss out.
My bartender, Jonathan, was a real pro. This guy was a pleasure to watch. He had endless drink orders from the restaurant but made it look easy and was friendly. He's a machine. Very, very good.
I wish the beers were better. I must admit, I'm not a huge fan of Full Sail. But if you want a good seafood meal and average to above-average beer on the Columbia River, check this place out.
01-21-2005 07:29:11 | More by Shaw
More User Reviews:
3.09/5 rDev -22%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I have to say, I was pretty disappointed with this at least from the service level.
I like the riverfront location here and it has a classic pub feel to it. On the more relaxed side with a good bar seating area. They had one beer on cask with what looked to be another 10 on tap.
My principle beef though was that the bartender pretty much ignored me on a slower night. There were only a few of us at the bar and it took him a good 15 minutes to ask me what I wanted. On top of that, he then said that it was last call. It was 10:15 and they close at 11. Doesn't make much sense to me.
I may give full sail another chance at some point in the future. But, there's too many other places that are better.
07-03-2012 00:27:49 | More by KDawg
4/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place is co-located in McCormick and Schmicks and is also known as the Pilsner room. They have a great location riverside and are in an area of shops, restaurants, bars, etc. that line the very nice park and marina.
The space has large windows letting in lots of light and it allows views of the marina, river and park.
The bar is in the center of the room and is U shaped and seats about 20 or so. There are small tables along the windows. It has large wood pillars and a stone-slate floor. The tanks are on view behind some leaded glass. The look is a trifle dated (early 90s), but it works as it looks lived in.
They have professional bartenders will take good care of you and are well versed in the beer list. The crowd seems mainly locals as the bartenders knew a bunch of them.
Speaking of beer, 7 Harborside exclusives, 1 cask, 11 rotating crafts (Ninkasi, Hop Valley, Cascade Lakes, Double Mountain, etc.) 3 full Sail classics, Widmer, Blue Moon, Stella, Bud light, Coors Light and Guinness + a cider. By my count that is 26 taps. They also offer about a dozen bottles of which 4 are decent (including a Widmer Gluten Free Omission).
I liked the four beers I had. All were true to style. I started with a mild and worked my way up to tasty and filling Imperial Stout.
They offer nice happy hour food specials 3-6 and then 9 to close. You can also order off the larger and fancier McCormick and Schmicks menu. Happy hour food prices are great and include$3.95 for a 1/3 # burger and fries, $ 4.95 calamari, $4.95 mussels, etc. It is great quality at that price.
06-08-2012 18:38:47 | More by Redrover
4/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Despite being in the bar area of McCormick's, this is a cozy little place. Lots of TVs for sports and such. Lots of windows facing out to the river. They have a decent happy hour food menu as well.
They have the full range of Full Sail on tap plus three or four limited releases. I always enjoy trying the limited brews like Vesuvius and such.
I didn't rate the food since it's not really their food. They just have a small brewery in the front area of the Pilsner Room. I have never seen them actually making beer there though...
Come here during happy hour if you're hungry, otherwise just try the beer and move on.
08-28-2011 22:54:09 | More by cbarrett4
3.4/5 rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$
This place is not what it was ten years ago. It's now more of a general seafood place with a riverfront view that happens to have a few Full Sail beers on tap. Most people were there for the seafood, wine, and view. Few people actually had beers. It's as if they didn't want to completely give up the location, yet didn't want to make much of an effort to make it clearly a Full Sail brewpub. Either way, that aspect was very, very disappointing.
Unless you score the happy hour deals it is expensive here, and the view isn't *that* good. It's just a river and some rundown bridges. Jeeze.
08-06-2010 03:46:08 | More by yemenmocha
3.58/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Day 2 & Stop 1 of the Portland Pub Crawl. After walking around the waterfront park for a while, we headed down the path to Riverplace. The Pilsner Room is nothing more than a fancy name for the bar at McCormick & Schmick's, but I knew that going in. A dull look at first. What I found pleasantly surprising was the full lineup of Full Sail beers here, and even a small on-site working brewery. Worth a visit after all. There was about 10-15 different FS beers on tap. I went with the Stout on cask, and my wife got the Imperial Porter. Place was dead on a Wednesday, so our waitress had nothing else to do. The menu is all M&S, so I got a shrimp and avocado roll-up, which was pretty good. My wife's chop salad was huge. After lunch, I got a bottle of the new Black Lager for a paltry $2.75. This place would be good (I bet) during the famous M&S happy hour food deal. The menu looked pretty cheap and tasty. Pair that with all those Full Sail beers, and I'd be tempted to come back.
07-17-2009 23:29:43 | More by morebeergood
4.21/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I was just checking my files and it seems I never reviewed the Pilsner Room. An oversight. I've been drinking here for years and generally enjoy the water view most of all. Outdoors riverfront dining in downtown Portland is in tragically short supply, and the Pilsner Room scores as our city's only waterfront brewpub. Take a look at the table arrangements in the adjoining McCormick and Schmick's restaurant and you'll notice the seats rise upwards like an auditorium. That's to offer every seat a river view. That's how precious river views are in Portland restaurants.
The Pilsner Room is more dressy and upscale than virtually all brewpubs in Oregon. I'm never truly comfortable with a serving staff that wears ties and calls me sir. But the atmosphere is elegant and the service is outstanding. Though they offer an extensive selection of Full Sail taps, guest taps, three casks, and a fair number of bottles, the bar mostly pours cocktails. And the bartenders I've seen are masterful and swift.
It used to be that I came to expect stale taplines at the PR. That's what trained me on quick visual inspections of the cask taps. My more recent visits have been rewarded with hearty beers uncorrupted by dirty lines. Based on that I'll withhold criticism of beer quality. The more common FS standards arrive from Hood River, while Portland serves as a pilot brewery. My understanding is that the Brewmaster Reserve beers are generally brewed in the 15-bbl system seen behind glass in the corner of the building.
The best of Full Sail's beers are excellent. But again, it's the riverfront environment that I think is the Pilsner Room's biggest draw. It sits between two bridges and overlooks the marina. As for food, I've never eaten here, but it always looks good.
07-17-2009 20:55:20 | More by RedDiamond
3.83/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Ventured into during the Waterfront Blues Festival a few hundred yards down the Riverplace walkway from Tom McCall Park. Another of the veritable McCormick and Schmick's outposts, the Harborside is the one to head to for the traveling hophead due to it's affiliation with Full Sail Brewery. The beer selection is actually quite good. In addition to the full range of Full Sail offerings, they offer about 20 rotating taps some English and other NW micros. One of the better happy hour menus in town make this a pretty good value. I'd suggest the Cask Conditioned Amber Ale brewed on site and only available here. Very tasty.
01-18-2009 19:22:25 | More by jdense
4.58/5 rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
In Portland during OBF, I was in the vicinity of Riverplace and in the need of beer; and, since, I had'nt had Full Sail in a while ...
This is in actuality, a McCormick & Schmick restaurant, which is your basic chain of quality seafood; but, here - being Portland - there is a 24 barrel brewery on site. Located in a commercial development called Riverplace, the Full Sail Pilsner Room is a rather attractive restaurant-bar centered around a large open bar area amidst tables and situated along a row of windows overlooking the Willamette. (Being inside, I could not smell it.)
During my lunchtime visit, there was some sort of Oregon Beer Month activity happening; I was snug at the bar and enjoying several fine ales.
The Pilsner Room has 12 taps of delicious Full Sail beer. In addition, they offer 10 rotating guest beers along with three on cask - subject to availability. A pint will run you about $4.75. But, hey, Full Sail is an employee-owned company, so they gotta charge what they gotta charge. The bartender was very helpful and knowledgable about the beers on hand - probably the boss.
The food was superb! Whle M&S is a chain, it is one that feed folks well. I liked this place; anyplace else but Portland and I would have hung out a little longer. But it was Portland and to paraphrase Robert Frost ... and so many beers before I sleep. Two beer-soaked thumbs up!
08-09-2008 23:16:33 | More by jjboesen
Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room in Portland, OR
89 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.