Produce Row Cafe

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

204 SE Oak St
Portland, Oregon, 97214
United States

(503) 232-8355 | map

Notes:
Monday-Saturday 11 am - 12 am
Sunday 11 am - 10 pm
Happy Hour 3 pm - 6 pm daily

Added by Thrasher

PLACE STATS
Score:
-
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
9
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
Taps:
25
Bottles/Cans:
10
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 9
Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

When we moved to Portland back in 1999, Produce Row Cafe was one of the first places that new co-workers & friends took us to; its convenient spot in a blue-collar warehouse district across from downtown Portland, its good beer list and cocktails and decent pub grub plus a lovely patio and frequent live music made it an early favorite. In the past year or two, the once grungy 'cafe' (for beer history buffs, this was THE original pub owned by the McMenamin brothers, founded in 1974) has been nicely polished into what feels like a European bistro, a sultry lounge and a balmy biergarten all at the same time. The 'bistro' feel: marble-topped two-seaters and plush couches, a rustic communal table splitting bar from dining room, offwhite subway tiles and taupe walls, a matte black concrete floor and north-facing windows that welcome a gauzy daylight.

I liked ProRow from the first time I stepped inside, and that has been reconfirmed on several recent visits. My stops have been for lunch or happy hour, a sit at the 12-stool dark wooden bar or on a picnic bench at the expanded outdoor patio (check out the graffiti covered wall); service (recently Rob at the bar or Matthew outside) has been solid, efficient and friendly if unremarkable. Food menu is a notch or two above the once greasy pub standards; now it's beet salads and flank steak sandwiches and other fare above the usual burger&fries/fish&chips. A tight but well-encompassing menu, with many items in the $8-10 range (lunch) and sure to please.

I recall a few years ago that the bottle list was lengthy, but nowadays it's just about all draft beer (plus cocktails, some wine and a half-dozen beer-whiskey pairings ($5-9 range)). On most recent visits, the 24 taps included: 3 nitros (Oskar Blues G'Night and a couple from Hales), 4 IPAs (including Double Mountain Hop Lava & Great Divide Hercules), 3 Pales (FW DBA, Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin'), a couple local reds, an Amber a Stout (Cash Stout from Everybody's Brewing), a trio of Pilsners (HUB, Trumer, EKU), a couple wheats (Upright 4, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier) and a collective of 'Miscellaneous' beers (from Bayern, Burnside, and Double Mountain + one cider). A solid line-up that, like the food menu, should please just about any beer drinker. $4.50 for pints, $3 for smaller glasses... and an $18 'Round Trip' option (8 different 7 oz. pours) for the explorers/wafflers.

With the rise of so many excellent beer destinations on the inner eastside (Cascade, Hair of the Dog, Burnside, Green Dragon, etc.), it's easy to look past ProRow. But if you're hankering for good food, a well-constructed list of beers (with thoughtful whiskey pairings should you so choose), some live music or a respite on what is still among the best outdoor spaces in all the city, then look no further. Sure, I miss the feel of the 'old' version, but the 'new' Produce Row is still plenty good...

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Nice place in a really dumpy area. I thought I was lost when I made the walk down from the bus stop. Seriously, I would not want to be here after dark.

Outside is nothing to look at, but inside it is very clean with a handsome bar, bar mirror, and table setup. They have a very good selection of whiskies but they overcharge for them. It warms my heart that they have Ardbeg Supernova and many of the extinct bottles of Pappy van Winkle, but no, I won't bend over in order to drink them.

I was really ticked that they do NOT serve menu items indicated on their website. I specifically ate at another place and left room for their bread pudding that was currently listed on their online menu, yet they unapologetically told me they don't make it. WTF? Fix your website.

Fairly good tap list of regional beers. Prices seemed a notch high compared to others that I visited. What a contradiction of a place, being so nice on the inside but in such a trashy area.

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Photo of jdense
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited during 6.12.2010 grand (re)opening.

Located in the Eastside Industrial District a few blocks from the new Hair of the Dog location, Produce Row is one of Beervana's most historic pubs. However, my experience left me with a wait and see attitude as to whether things have changed for the better or SSDD.

There were 24 taps available, nothing special, the word was that there was going to be a collaboration beer between three of PDX best breweries, but I was told that the beer wasn't ready. I ordered a pint and checked out the back patio, totally enclosed with nice wood siding, gave the illusion you were in someone's back yard. The patio was ringed with tables undercover where you could enjoy a beer on a wintry Portland day.

The menu featured the usual pub grub and some interesting appetizers that caught my attention. Just when I was ready to order the dopes at the next table lit up cigarettes. Sorry, not looking for the nicotine notes on my food. When I went up to what was obviously the owner or manager to question the smoking (there were ashtrays on the table) he turned around and walked away without answering my question. Real professional, dude.

I'm sure given the proximity to HOTD and Cascades new barrel house that they'll get their share of business, but given the help's attitude, I won't be back here again. Hugely disappointing.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.25/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I went to Produce Row back when a buddy of mine worked in a commercial building right across the street.

This cafe is an amazing spot for a meal. The food is excellent. Really spot on stuff. The beer selection is admirable. The server is great as well.

The only time I've been I sat on the outside patio. The way that it is enclosed but very open makes it feel like a backyard. It's very cozy and comfortable. A good place to relax for a meal or beer.

I hear that with a reopening, they are not brewing and may have a Pale on tap of their own. I'd really like to check this out.

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Photo of mashmstr2
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to Produce Row Cafe about 3-4 times and always seem to enjoy the food....

Off the beaten path and kind of hidden in the riverfront industrial area... A nice looking old style pub with a small 7 seat bar and rickety tables/chairs. The whole room has a nice groove, although a little too bright on a sunny day. It has an old world dank feel to it and sunnshine doesn't seem to fit.... ;-}

The food menu has a nice selection of normal pub grub. As someon else noted, there's not much for vegitarians, but beer pubs don't seem to usuallly cater to veggies too well... Their Philly Cheese steak is popular, as well as, very tasty.

The beer seletion is above average, but nothing over the top as pubs go in Portland. Still a decent selection of local and Washington beers....

Service is typical of Portland... You get a curt and quick, "Hello, can I take you order.." and you better be ready to give an answer... You may get a forced smile...if you're lucky. Food arrival is fast and curt too... Paying the bill service, always slow... I thought they'd want my money and get me out! Same way everytime, doesn't matter the server.... Everything else is good to very good...

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Photo of freed
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Produce Row Cafe sits between the Willamette and the traffic (99E) on a cobblestone street and is easy to miss. There are a few other clubs and such in the area, but few with the history this place has. The interior of the bar is perfectly dark and looks like a pub should. The walls mix brewerina with other art, and the floor plan offers three distinct options; good seating near the bar, a pool area, and seating by the bathrooms. The bathrooms, by the way, are some of the nicer I've seen, and must have been renovated recently. There are some hutches along the west wall that display some great old bottles and beer goodness.

The beer selection is pretty good. There are at least 20 beers on tap mixing domestic and regional craft beers and a few worthwhile imports. There is also a sizable bottle list if you have some crazy aversion to draft beer. Glassware is matched to the beer, and the beer temp seems about right.

Service was above average, which is impressive considering a live show was going on in one corner. Produce Row gets a nice selection of music coming through and this night Storm & the Balls were playing. It was a great venue as you can't really get very far from the performance.

All in all, I'll be happy to come back here again.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Located in the east side industrial district, this place is a little off the beaten track but not too hard to find. I gather this was among the first multi-tap bars in Portland and has been around since the beginning of the craft beer movement. It was also affiliated with a McMenamin at one time. Good selection of taps, a couple dozen or so, almost all worth drinking. Mostly local micros, with some imports. Last time I had Pelican Doryman's dark and Full Sail Wreck the Halls. Lots of bottles too, close to 200 I think, although nothing especially rare. There is a main front room with some old cans and breweriana on display in a cabinet, plus a small side room, and a back room with a pool table. Walk through the back room to the outdoor patio, which in dry weather should be among the nicer spots in Portland to have your pint al fresco. Service is friendly and attentive; food is alright - I had a great cup of curry squash soup there, but the house special (a steak sandwich) is nothing to write home about. Keep in mind sandwich portions are "small" (which means regular-size) and "medium" (too big to finish). Prices bordering on cheap; a draft micro is $3.25 and many bottled micros are as little as $2. Pints may be a little on the chilly side. I think at one time, this was the standard-bearer for beer bars in Portland, but other places have taken the lead and now this place isn't quite as exceptional. There is live acoustic-oriented music most nights. Pub crawlers, take note that the Rose & Raindrop is within stumbling distance.

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Produce Row Cafe in Portland, OR
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