Higgins Restaurant and Bar
Taps: 11 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
3.6/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
Wow this place was even fancier than I thought it was going to be, definitely underdressed and immediately felt uncomfortable when I walked into the restaraunt area, quickly bolted for the bar and grabbed a table near some snobby people complaining about their steak they ordered, that was a treat, we ordered a bottle of Liefmans Goudenband to share and were told they just ran out, okay so we ordered something else and they were out of that as well, settled for an Oud Beersel Gueuze, a 375 ml bottle was ten dollars, not bad considering where we were, had it a few days earlier at home and really enjoyed it as well, proper glassware was brought to the table, we were a little hungry but did not really want to order any food because it looked like it would cost an arm and a leg, the fact that would be got charged three dollars for bread after we were told it was free was a joke, do not really care in the long run but still pretty lame, our waiter was not enjoyable by any means, thought he was a real know it all and talked to us like we had not had any of the beers on their bottle list before when really I have had all but about five of the hundred on there, nice bottle list but mostly all the stuff would be available in any good beer store for a much lesser price, would have been more happy if Greg was on tap but that was not there either, luckily we got to try it at Hair of the Dog a few days earlier, had around ten taps and none of them were impressive by any means, even their local brews were very widely available, I would skip this place in the future, I mean it is cool if you want to go to a real nice dinner and have a good beer with it, otherwise not impressive, still worth checking out
06-09-2009 02:00:32 | More by Floydster
3.85/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
My wife and I spent a weekend in Portland, and went to Higgins for a dinner with old friends.
Based on the rating system I can see why this place gets the rating it does, but it's not as good as it sounds.
Atmosphere is great. White table cloths, subdued lighting, it's well furnished and quiet.
Quality of both food and drink is quite good. The beer, wine and liquor are all very good quality.
Selection in terms of beer is more limited than a lot of places. Good quality, but only about a dozen taps . Nothing you couldn't get elsewhere in Portland probably at a better price.
Food it where the place really runs off the rails. They are too busy trying to be trendy with things like dandelion leaves, duck and kale, at the expense of the basics. We ordered 3 flatiron steaks and none were cooked as ordered. All undercooked, and I am medium rare steak man. Not a single chicken entree, which disagreed with the ladies. Everything on the place was the same color (dark) and same texture. Sauteed beets, kale and dandelions. The plate would have benefited from a splash of color. Carrots, asparagus, green beans. From the previous reviews it sounds like lunch may be a better time to visit Higgins.
The place is over-trendy and overpriced.
Again, based on the criteria. even my review makes the place sound better than it really is. The food is better in concept that in execution. Given the prices, I'd fire the chef and expand the tap selection. Next time I go to Portland I'll likely skip Higgins.
04-01-2013 05:09:07 | More by RJLarse
3.94/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I come here from time to time and can grab a unique draft and/or decent bottle. The place has a nice location right by the park blocks and good atmosphere inside
The bar side is a bit small but has a nice aura to it and the bar/bar-top itself is classy, much like the staff. I have had nothing but good experiences with the staff and one barkeep in general is always super nice. The selection is fair and the bottle list does not change that much, it might be nice if they had a few more taps, not bad though
If any quarrels exist it is with price. The place is kinda upscale and more of a restaurant than a bar or pub. I have not had the food but I hear it is banging
Swing in if your in the area and get some tasty brews
10-29-2009 04:46:30 | More by Magpie14
4/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I was excited to be able to stop by here during my latest visit to Portland. Higgins is located on the busy corner of Broadway and Jefferson. There are two dinning rooms on the Broadway side and a bar room in back.
White tablecloths, hardwood floors, tasteful artwork, two tone cream and green paint scheme and tin ceilings set the tone.
11 draft choices and a great bottle list with a heavy emphasis on Belgium choices. I didn't count, but I would guess they offer in excess of 100 bottles. Believe me, you will find something you like. Drafts come in glasses and pints.
Service was very informed and friendly. It was a trifle slow, but I was in no hurry. Also, their cuisine seems well suited for a more leisurely pace.
The menu contains lots of salads and starters. Two soup choices and a small but varied selection of main courses. There is lots of emphasis on PNW ingredients. They offer very nice homemade pastrami.
All-in-all, a great spot for good food and good beers.
03-15-2010 16:47:53 | More by Redrover
4.04/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$$
We walked into this place on a weekday evening after walking down from the Pioneer Courthouse Square area. At first we were a bit confused, because it appeared to be a quite fancy restaurant. We asked for the bar, and a helpful employee directed us. The bar is in a completely separated room, and has almost a ship-like feel. It's dark with lots of wood and yellow lighting. They were playing some pretty bad music. Mostly 70's easy listening type stuff.
We grabbed a spot at the small bar and perused the selection. It's actually a relatively small draught selection. About 9 on tap, and nothing crazy-good. But the Belgian bottle selection was amazing. The selection merits a 4.0 on the strength of the Belgian bottle list alone. Of course, it doesn't come cheap. This is probably the most expensive beer in Oregon. Even the stuff on tap was at least double the price it should have been. Everything appeared to be really high quality though, and served in appropriate glassware. Our server was very friendly and nice.
Overall it gets high marks, but the cost can be prohibitive. This is an excellent stop for those who live in the area and are looking for Belgians, but tourists are better off somewhere else to try Oregon microbrews at lower prices.
06-13-2010 21:44:49 | More by shivtim
4.05/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A fine dining experience with a good beer list.
We made our way to the bar to start. The bar has an old timey fell to it, with a straight long bar with taps in front and mirrors behind. A few standing areas and tables fill the reasonably large area. The tap list was disappointing in that there were three open taps out of the ten or so taps there. Bottle list was nice but, as visitors, we wanted to do as much fresh, local draft as possible. Settled on Terminal Gravity IPA, which was a nice consolation.
We were seated on time in the moderately cramped but well appointed dining room. Service was prompt and attentive despite the quirkiness of the server. Dinner was very good. We had a nice salad, a blue cheese "flan" appetizer, halibut and the "whole pig" plate.
Prices were, I thought, a bit on the high side with our entrees at $29 and $30, and the duck entree topping the menu at $37.
10-22-2008 20:00:54 | More by sholland119
4.13/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Swung by this place for dinner with the girlfriend during a visit to the Portland area. Due to an Eddie Izzard concert that was beginning down the street, Higgins was packed. We put in our names for a table in the bar area, as we were nowhere near the "formal attire" requirement for the other half of the restaurant. The wait took over an hour, which we were expecting, but didn't mind as we were able to get seats at the cramped bar. Bartenders were as effective as they could be given the crowded status...I ordered a Hair of the Dog Greg on-tap. Bottle selection was extensive, but I would've like to see more locals on draught. Still, a pretty nice selection.
Finally seated at a table near the middle of the bar area, I ordered a seafood stew which was excellent. The lady's salmon was good, but woefully overpriced ($34!). Ordered a bottle of Hair of the Dog Fred, which was fantastic and decently priced. Overall, I enjoyed this restaurant and would definately return for special occasions, or only for a few pints at the bar.
07-23-2008 19:01:34 | More by wagenvolks
4.16/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Through a quick review of the prices on the menu during my first visit to Higgins, I decided that I'd just dine on beer.
I wasn't really that hungry anyway; although I did take notice that several of the dishes passing before me en route looked wonderful and smelled quite good. In fact, one couple at the booth closest to me seemed enthralled with their selections. But I was here for beer...
My bartender was good, but almost too good. He was engaged in several conversations at the opposite end of the bar and just couldn't get up to me.
When he finally did arrive, I was ready. I'd made my selection and I was ready to go but no, no, no - that was too easy for him! He had to make some small talk and then make suggestions for beer. ... ... ... Well, I don't really need small talk - that's just to help bolster his tip - and I don't really need suggestions (I've been brewing professionally for close to two decades and I'd already made up my mind about my selection) but he started into it. So, OK, you know about beer! Great! So do I. I'll still take the same beer I ordered the first time, thanks. He wasn't snooty, but he seemed like a salesman. I politely declined food as well, although he did put a good sell/spin on that.
Otherwise, it's a nice looking place. It's kind of old school looking out onto the street. It's got a tin ceiling, a wood floor, wood paneled walls, and a wood topped bar (it's a very nice big block with cubes of darker wood cut-in).
And getting back to the beer, there are ten taps (a hand pump for cask?) and about a hundred beers in bottles.
It's a decent place, but not one that I would frequent much if I lived there as it's kind of expensive.
08-02-2009 03:18:27 | More by NeroFiddled
Higgins Restaurant and Bar in Portland, OR
94 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.