Deschutes in the Pearl goes the way of Henryís 12th St. Tavern... big, beautiful, polished, family friendly, posh-beer-geek, which can certainly be nice. Sure I enjoy these types of places, but this is where the inexperienced downtown drinkers migrate to after work, which I guess is a good thing since it keeps the true gems of Portland a little more real. Having said that, Deschutes in Portland is a nicely design, high-ceilinged, fancy sort of beer spot... the tap list is sure to please - more regulars, a few seasonals and a few special small batch releases. The wood carved columns in the dining area add some PNW character but do see a bit out of place. Thereís a ton of money behind this place, no doubt, and Deschutes is a big boy in the PNW, and they knew exactly what they were doing by opening this pub. Sure to be a hit with everyone on their first visit, and especially suitable for groups and families, but I tend to prefer the smaller, more authentic beer geek places in Portland, which is just as well, because once the Pearl yuppies invade your favorite pub, itís no longer your favorite pub.
Pretty large brewpub that has a slightly more upscale restaurant feel to it than you might often find in such a place. Classy decor, but still fits into the Portland feel with lots of wood and kind of an open feel to it.
The place was packed at lunch time on a Friday, and Iíd imagine itís almost always that way. We kind of rushed our stop here due to the schedule and how long it took to get seated. But, things worked out. They have a good number of house taps on and you can do preset flights or make your own of anything thatís on tap. A bunch of seasonals/brewpub beers as well as the year round offerings.
Service was pretty good, but again, sort of felt rushed during the whole visit...not so much by the stuff, as just the internal clock. The server was just find.
Itís sort of one of the iconic (Western) American breweries, so Iíd say a stop here is necessary, just be aware that is a popular place and gets quite crowded.
Visited on a Monday night in November 2015. Huge dining hall with ornate decorations festooned around. It looks great and is clearly popular with the local crowd as we had to wait a couple of minutes for a table. Tried a sampler tray which had a mostly special beers on. Food was excellent and prices not too steep. If you want to try Deschutes beer and are in Portland then this is the place to go!
Beautiful place, enough to wow even a non beer drinker. Service is always great, the bartenders are amazing and what I rate others against. Selection is their own, but they make great beer, especially the casks and experimental taps. Food is described well, but rarely lives up to the hype, especially for the price.
It was packed to the rafters when I initially passed by so came back another time...yep this place gets busy, no doubt. Grabbed a spot at the bar and sampled my way through a few beers. Some lovely fresh hop beers in the mix, being that time of year in the beer calender. I didnít pay too much attention to the surrounding space but itís clear Deschutes has dropped some serious coin here. Food was well overpriced for what youíre getting. Still, itís worth a visit to at least get a few beers in.
Visited on Weds 07/11/12 around 8pm. We had to wait for a table for 15 minutes, the place was pretty packed, although the wait line seemed to tick over fairly well.
Large single roomed venue with a partition down the middle.
Good selection of Deschutes beers and all available in 4oz samples to aid the ticking!
Service was fine bearing in mind they were pretty busy.
My only complaint was that the beers were a bit samey in terms of ABV, all 5 and 6% jobbies - would have been good to have had one or two stronger offerings on tap!
Definately worth popping by on a PDX crawl. The food looked pretty good although we held out for the Burrito at the mexican take away opposite Baileys!
Very comfy interior, decorated quite extravagantly. Tried the sampler - 6 beers for $6.50 - excellent value. Though Deschutesí more experimental, bigger beers were mostly not on tap. Still, good opportunity to sample some of their brewpub-only concoctions. Worth the visit if youíre in the area.
(Visited 02/2010): Visited twice during our long weekend in Portland - first for lunch directly from the airport, then again a couple days after the Jubelale 2010 release (we missed out on bottles). The Public House is located on 11th and Davis, and there is metered parking available all over the place.
Inside there is a gift shop right next to the host stand, and once past that area the space opens up a lot. The bar is on the left side offering a view of brewing equipment behind glass. There is table seating in the rest of the area. The look and feel is kind of a hybrid lodge/industrial, with lots of wood and a stone fireplace coupled with exposed pipes and brushed metal. It works. The bar has a chalkboard showing what beers are available.
As for the beers, Deschutes offers a sampler for $7.50 and you can pick which beers you want. The menu seemed to be pretty up to date as far as what beers were available. Not surprisingly all the beers are well-made, and they run the gamut from Organic Amber to a Black IPA to the Porter and everything in between. My favorite beer of the trip was the Jubelale 2010 on draught on the second visit.
The server at lunch was knowledgeable on their beers and even gave recommendations on brewpubs in the Mt Hood area where we were visiting a couple days later. Any suggestions are welcome on a first visit to Portland where you canít swing a dead cat without hitting a brewery/brewpub.
The food at Deschutes is solid. My "gyro" burger and my wifeís burger were both really good.
Overall this place definitely needs to be at the top of anyoneís "to-visit" list on a Portland trip.
The interior is large and surprisingly lively even on a hot and sunny day. We made the mistake of sitting on the sidewalk, and later realized that inside was actually better. Anyway, the highlight was they had on a very good low ABV hoppy ale (called Dry-Hopped Table Beer) and that was really good yum. The other beers we tried were alright, nothing special. In any other town of course this would be an awesome place but the bar in Portland has become high and the old school breweries are getting beaten by the young blood. Regardless, there are actually not that many good beer establishments in the Pearl and this is a worthwhile stop for sure.