Lompoc Brewery / 5th Quadrant Restaurant & Bar

Lompoc Brewery / 5th Quadrant Restaurant & BarLompoc Brewery / 5th Quadrant Restaurant & Bar
Lompoc Brewery / 5th Quadrant Restaurant & BarLompoc Brewery / 5th Quadrant Restaurant & Bar
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3901B N Williams Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97227
United States

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Dubbercody from Washington

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The 5Q that wonderful name to explain to those not in the know that Portland has Five Quadrants (yeah quad means four everywhere but here), NE, SE, SW, NW and N...the last of which is where the 5Q sits.

A regular hangout that can be stellar at times, and as of late has turned into a bit of a Chuck-E-Brew....(Although Laurelwood still holds the title)...It's not the parents with well behaved kids who sit at the tables and eat their food, it's the ones who run around knocking into things and people (including servers) that should be set in their seats by mom and dad and told they have been bad that piss me off. As well as all the other people in the 5Q who don't have screaming kids or who have well behaved ones. I plead to you parents sit your little Indigo children down and let us enjoy our beers and fantastic food.

Food is great, burgers, the 5Q salad (will make you love beets even if you don't), and damn near everything else on the menu.

Tuesday $2 pints...can't beat that...weak happy hour menu, but do you really come for the happy hour food or the beers???

Nice place, easy to get to and as long as the kiddies are behaving or aren't present a darn fun time can be had by all.

Apr 02, 2007
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

what a cool setup they have here, with their main taproom on one side of the corner and their little cozy fireplace barrel room on the other side. first and foremost, we were really impressed with the beers. i actually didnt know this place existed until we just stumbled upon it. maybe not the lengthiest list of beers pouring, but an impressive one. a ton of barrel aged beers, some vintage stuff, and a regular lineup. the main bar is pretty good sized and it was bustling, bar seating, some booths and some tables, tall ceilings, and a homey sort of vibe. the barrel room side of things was tiny, with leather couches in front of a warm fire and surrounded by barrels, different beers pouring there. we had a 2013 fleming red that was sensational. the folks behind the bar were really friendly, and quite humble, considering they have a lot to be proud of here. the vibe is amazing. i am surprised how much these guys fly under the radar considering the quality of their beer and the coolness of the atmosphere at their place. i will definitely be back next time i am in town!

Jun 07, 2016
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Dcbelkot from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Love this place, the beer is great and the service is way better.

May 28, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Was hoping for a better time here, stopped in on the Sunday after CBC 2015. Beers were fine but the pours looked pretty lackluster. Service was dodgy at best. Word to the wise, don't order happy hour food here ... burger was nearly burnt and really thin. Have always liked the beers when the have been sent out to the NW Fest at Redbones ... unfortunately this trip left a bad taste in my mouth.

Apr 26, 2015
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dshansen1184 from Washington

3/5  rDev -22.9%

Sep 22, 2014
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stouts4me from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Aug 24, 2014
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DrMindbender from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Jul 13, 2014
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SJbigtuna from Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jul 13, 2014
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jtosch from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Mar 29, 2014
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seanchai from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Dec 31, 2013
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suncrust from Washington

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Dimly lit, old, 1970's backwoods supper club sort of vibe. This place sadly took me back to rural Wisconsin. Only thing missing was a few mounted deer along the walls. Very Bavarian atmosphere. If smoking were still allowed in restaurants, I feel like this place would be full of dense cigarette smoke.

This place was packed and understaffed on a weekday at 11:30am. I sat at the bar and watched the shipwreck. Servers were frazzled, but busting their asses off to try and be as attentive as possible. This lead to mistakes in orders and played a role in terrible pours that were unappealing... some not even close to the top of the pint glass. You couldn't help but feel bad for them though.

Beer selection was maybe 10 Lompoc beers, including seasonals and no guest taps. Brews were mostly malt bombs. Yeasty and meaty, with mild funkiness in some of them. Really a lack of aroma, crispness, and complexity. Wish the Sidebar was open... definitely could have changed my experience a bit.

Food was standard bar food that wasn't bad, but not phenomenal. Overall I wished I hadn't eaten here.

I've read so much about Lompoc and just didn't have the same experience. Beer was just OK, but I struggled to get the tasters down. Wasn't for me.

Dec 29, 2011
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I got in here on a hot June day as the Amnesia Brewing Single Hop festival down on Mississippi didn;t open until Noon and this place opened at 11am. First I walked in the new HUB pub 2 places down but they were not ready to open until the next day.

Nice airy room with the breeze coming in through the door. Waitresses were chatty and nice and in fact gave me a serving of the daily special for free as they were trying it and had too much. The food from what I had was great , Halibut and Cod with a infused risotto. Casual feel from the decor and the type of patrons. The beer is mostly New Old Lompoc which is fine as they have some of the best beers in Portland. I had the taster set and enjoyed every one which is rare.

Jun 08, 2011
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eatabagofbooger from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This was one of my favorite stops when I lived a bit closer. The selection doesn't change much-they usually have a few decent seasonals/one offs, but their regular selection contains some really solid brews (particularly the c-note and LSD). I wasn't too impressed with the atmosphere, but it didn't bother me either. Pretty generic brewpubs decor. Service has always been good, even when they're quite busy. Prices are reasonable, but their tightwad Tuesdays are a great deal. Food is solid (I recommend the burgers). All around great place and one of my favorite local brewpubs.

Aug 24, 2010
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squaremile from Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I hung out here for a Beer Advocate tasting even in the spring at the Sidebar, which is attached to the main brewpub. The main pub has a pretty nice vibe and a covered patio that would be fun in all seasons. The sidebar is very short on atmosphere since it is a big windowless room. The bartender there was quite friendly and happy to open the bottles for us and make sure we were in line with the law. The place was dead for a Saturday afternoon, and although I had a nice experience I don't think there'd be any reason to return.

Jun 01, 2010
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Stopped in here on a Sunday night and we went in sat at a table that had not been cleared, it was the only booth open and it appeared that it had been there for a while, so we expected it to be cleared at any moment. Nope. 15 miutes passed, multiple servers, no service, not even a glare. Some patrons told us the table had not been occuppied in quite some time so we knew the servers were ignoring us on purpose since they were helping others and it was not very busy. As soon as we left we looked back through the front window and the one of the terrible servers was cleaning the table. Portland has way to many good places to eat and drink to wait or put up with shitty service from rude workers.

Selection was good with 5-6 seasonals on and standard brews. No food was tried since we ditched it. Prices were reasonable on menu.

Mar 01, 2010
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John_M from Oregon

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by on my way to the airport. Had not been here in some time.

On the corner of N. Williams and 39th, the place has sort of a modern, minimalistic vibe to it, with a wall of windows facing 39th. There are a number of booths and tables if you walk in from the side street (39th), along with a moderate size bar on the right (looking to hold around 10 people). Quality here is always pretty good, and typically I go for a glass of C note (which I'm sipping on right now) if they don't have a seasonal that catches my fancy. This particular day, they had some 10 beers on tap, including 2 seasonals. Service was fine, with the staff friendly and familiar with the local crowd. Didn't try the food on this particular day, but stuff I've gotten in the past was pretty decent. My pint of C note was $3.25, which should give you some idea as to prices. In short, they were pretty reasonable.

IMHO. Nothing has changed at all since the last time I stopped by several years ago. Then as now, this is comfortable, laid back, relaxing environment with above average beer. I'm sure to be back.

Sep 27, 2009
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jjboesen from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Following lunch at Widmers and a few pints at Amnesia (see reveiws), I stopped here - about a 10-minute walk from the latter. It was a quiet Sunday afternoon, about a dozen customers inside and on the patio. In appearance, it is a rather nondescript storefront with exterior seating. Upon entry is a very small (seating about 10) bar opposite of a few booths and tables. A homey place to hang out no doubt.

5th Quadrant has 8 taps of their own beer, including my choice, the Sockeye Cream Stout (nitro). It being Sunday, this meant the Happy Hour price of $3.25 - regular pint will settya back $4.25. I did not eat, but the food I did see looked pretty appetizing; in fact, several of the listed entrees (pork loin and apple) went well beyond "pub grub."

The sevice was fast and efficient - no complaints in this department. I beleive this is the newest of several New Old Lompocs, including the original in NW Portland (see reveiw). As mentioned before, it is within walking distance from other decent drinkeries, so it would make for a nice pubcrawl. If public transit is your chosen means of transportation, then the No. 6 bus from downtown would be best. It runs up/down MLK Boulevard, which is 5 blocks east.

[As a lifelong pubcrawler, I have always opted for public transit in that it decreases the DUI factor greatly.]

In any case, an enjoyable pint in a pleasant pub.

Aug 11, 2008
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SurlyDuff from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of several Lompoc brewpubs. This one is located in Portlands literal, yet oxymoronic 5th district...

A bit tough to find, but have gps, know a local, or have a good map, and you'll be alright.

Outdoor seating should be your priority, unless the weather sucks...which in Portland just may be the case. Great food selection, lots of beers. I would suggest the sampler.

A bit nicer/upscale compared to some of the other micropubs in town. But don't worry about dressing up or anything. Another reviewer mentioned there were lots of kids/families. I have been here twice and have not seen such crowds.

A bit aways from downtown, but worth the trip out for a nice outdoor dinner.

Feb 12, 2008
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I won't even try to explain the details behind this place's convoluted name...I'm not even sure I understand it. We ducked in for a nightcap, so my memory of it lacks some details, but I think I got a good enough read on the general vibe.

It's a little too well-lit for my liking, but the fact they had the Cubs/Diamondbacks playoff game on made up for that. Service was fast and friendly and seemingly knowledgeable. I ordered the C-Note, which was phenomenal, even in a city where big hops is almost to be taken for granted. They use six or seven hop varieties in this bad boy, all beginning with "C" (you know, Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, etc. etc.). BIG flavor and a real tastebud-scraper. Perfect as the third and final beer of the night (a low count for this week-long visit). I tried sips of a few other offerings, all seemed pretty high quality.

Cozy, almost communal atmosphere, but you can get a little privacy with handy pull-down wooden divider shades...and interesting concept I haven't seen before in any pub or restaurant. All in all, yet another in the ridiculous amount of very-good to great brewpubs in this world beer capital.

Oct 05, 2007
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RedDiamond from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

What could be better than a New Old Lompoc brewpub? Two New Old Lompoc brewpubs! The original Lompoc is probably my favorite brewpub in Portland and that’s saying a lot. Now there’s a new New Old Lompoc in North Portland known as The Fifth Quadrant serving what are honestly some of the best beers in town. (Do we start calling the first one the Old New Old Lompoc now?) The 5Q is an easy crawl from Amnesia Brewing. Plus, its location next door to Pix Patisserie’s second outpost is perfect for saison and sweets after the 5Q closes.

But I was a bit disappointed that the beer menu is entirely identical to Lompoc’s pub on NW 23rd Ave. Some are brewed at 5Q, others on 23rd. Rest assured, the quality is excellent. But I was hoping for a few new experimental models – something you can’t get downtown – and they’re just not providing any yet. Too bad. A new New Old Lompoc beer is always cause for celebration.

At least the 5Q is smoke-free. That’s a big plus over the downtown pub. The vibe is casual but with a bit more polish that Lompoc-1. Nice little outdoors seating area as well. But where are the new 5Q beers? As our valorous commander might say, “Bring ‘em on!”

Mar 12, 2007
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My second visit was on a quiet, rainy Monday evening in November (previously visited on a warm July evening). This time I sat inside at one of three large booths, which could easily seat at least 12; they're dividable (it appears) by large guillotine-like wood panels. I was seated near the bar this time, lots of wood with shelves full of liquor as well as books and games. Shelves above two walls showcase hundreds of beer bottles from various worldwide breweries and a couple of TV's showing the Monday Night Football game hover above also. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows make up the south and west-facing walls; this is a brightly lit space during the day. Dark concrete floors and exposed wood-beamed ceilings belie the place's industrial heritage. New walls are painted in warm neutral tones. Some outdoor picnic-table sitting (where I'd sat earlier in the year) was available, but the rain kept the few patrons indoors on this night. Soft candlelight and a handful of healthy plants gave the place a homey touch. Indie rock music plays at a pleasant level from speakers at both ends of the bar.

I counted 16 taps at the bar, including all the regular Lompocs offerings (Fools Golden Ale, Condor Pale Ale, Centennial IPA, C-Note Imperial IPA & LSD...), a few seasonals (a Porter, Red, and Bitter...), and at least two "guest" beers from Widmer. At least 2 (the LSD and the Sockeye Cream Stout) were available on nitro-tap. Prices are reasonable, with 10 oz. glasses at $2.25, pints at $3.50 and pitchers at $11.00, though I noted that there were several specials during the week: Daily 'Happy Hour' runs 4-6pm on weekdays and all day Saturday & Sunday - prices are $2.75 for pints. Tuesdays are $2.00 pints, all day. They also offer 32 oz. mason jars "to-go" for $6.50 (or $4.00 for refills).

I ordered food, a very tasty pulled pork sandwich and salad. Pork was a little drippy with grease but was tasty and filling. Other food ran the gamut of 'pub grub' though seemed generally a notch or two above in quality. Some 'Happy Hour' items included hot wings, quesadillas, spaghetti and ginger pork. Prices seemed reasonable.

Service was good enough, just better than adequate. The previous visit, my server was a young guy who was friendly and reasonably knowledgeable about the beers; this visit was more aloof and offered less information, cheer and attentiveness.

5th Quadrant seems like a comfortable addition to an expanding neighborhood. I drive past this spot daily on my commute from work and it seems to be popular; I plan to go back...

Nov 29, 2006
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Hortus from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A nice place that is a little more upscale than the average beer soaked pub. Clean with wooden booths and tables and a long wooden bar. Went there around 6pm on a Saturday and it was not very crowded. A big chalkboard listing specials one of which was $2.75 pints all day on Saturdays. TV’s hung in opposite corners of the bar with sports on.

The service was good with a chatty young gent giving us all the info we asked for. Including “what is the hop infused vodka?” Apparently, it has a somewhat bready character and is really good in lemon drops. I didn’t try it.

The beer selection was mainly New Old Lompoc beers. I thought the C-Note was a very good strong IPA with excellent lacing all the way down my empty glass. The Lompoc Strong Draft on Nitro tap had a good flavor but was oddly missing any signs of head for a Nitro beer.

The quality of the food and beer was good. We tried the hamburger, BBQ pork sandwich and a chicken pasta dish. They also had steaks among other things. Overall, a good place with a restaurant feel not pub feel.

Nov 15, 2006
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mashmstr2 from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was excited to hear that New Old Lompoc was opening a new pub with a distillery. I was looking foreward to something a little more expansive that Hedge House which is charming, but can be rather cramped. Considering the Down Home feel of the 23rd ave pub, I figured they would open an expansive relaxed pub in NoPo where people could relax, sip on some there distillates, have some food and have one their great beers. I pictured a large rumpus room with table and comfy chairs and an expansive old school bar, that would ring back from another century.


The space is a box with tables and booths crammed in and bar that literaly bleeds a half step from the booth. The motif is Modern traditional. Kind of cold feeling and sterile.

The food menu is more expansive than other locals with a slight up scaled choices. **Update: The food seems to have improved from prior visits.

The beer selection is, as always, great.

Service has improved since my last review.

Patrons seem to be more diverse than my last visit. Not a lot Goodwill fashioned no nothingers....

Distillery? Still can't see it! Even it's not installed, there's no place to have it on display... That would be a refreshing focal point...IF there was room. Is this a GO?

I have increased my review rating.... This place is getting better with age....

Mar 09, 2006
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freed from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I couldn't be happier to have one of my favorite brewers move their facilities closer to my homestead. This pub (soon to be brewpub/distillery) is sited next to a desert haven like their Hedge House location. No complaints.

The new digs are really comfortable in the dark though the buildings facade could really use some work. It's a challenge locating this place, but it looks like they're still doing a fair amount of work - including adding a patio and the brewery. The interior is warm with pastel greens and unfinished pines finishing the interior of a previously commercial building. The booths and bar are really quite nice and cozy, and there are some large booths that can easily accommodate groups up to 16.

The 5th quadrant has a full bar and also (ironically) is a smoke-free, family-friendly location; something that may have rubbed off on them being by the Laurelwood NW. It's certainly welcome - I think the demographic in the area will find hat the most useful. The menu was slightly fancier than the original location and the food was good.

Service was great - something that bodes well this early in the game. Sadly, most of the seasonal beers were gone, including the C 'sons Greetings, which the waiter explained that was similar to C Note, but that C Note was a smoother, maltier (he he) beer. It's all relative.

I'm excited for this new branch, and for the experimentation that the new brewery and distillery will bring.

Jan 08, 2006
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