Red Star Tavern & Roast House

Red Star

Red Star Tavern & Roast House

503 SW Alder St., Portland, OR 97204
503-222-0005
Hours: Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6:30am-10:30am,\nBrunch: Sat-Sun 8am-3pm,\nLunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm,\nDinner: Sun-Thur 5pm-10pm,\nFri-Sat 5pm-11pm,\nBar: Mon-Thu 2:30pm-12am,\nFri-Sat 2:30pm-1am,\nSun 2:30pm-11pm
Restaurant Details
  • Features Breakfast/Brunch, Cocktails, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, If Your Parents Are Paying, Wine/Beer
  • Cuisine Dessert, American, Seafood, Steak
Bar Details
  • Features Breakfast/Brunch, Cocktails, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, If Your Parents Are Paying, Wine/Beer
  • Scene Bar
  • Happy Hour If you’re looking for an adequate place downtown to blow off steam after a day spent shuffling accounts and paperwork for your desk job, you could do worse. You could also probably do better. Red Star Tavern is classy and clean, full of vintage-style sconces and polished wood, but it’s also cavernous, corporate, and impersonal. Coming to Red Star is tantamount to playing things safe: no surprises, no horror. Everything’s five dollars. The portions are small, so your best play is to order three things at once, saving you a buck ($14 instead of $15). The brisket tacos are worth one of those spots—so long as you make sure to distribute the salsa evenly across the somewhat bland meat chunks. The carbon-heavy Tavern Toast, however, is not. The bartenders at Red Star are machine-like marvels to behold. Have them make you their delightfully named Willamette Weak Sauce, a floral gin concoction lofted by honey and Serrano pepper syrup. It’s very good, and precisely what I imagine Nigel Jaquiss’ sweat tastes like. DENIS C. THERIAULT Daily 4-8 pm, $6-7 house cocktails, $5 menu
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