A winner of The Oregonian’s Restaurant of the Year award, this chic American eatery with attached bar delivers outstanding service and delicious, locally sourced food in a vintage space.
Unassuming Decor, But...!
Thistle is a restaurant that places all its bets on the cuisine it serves. Honestly, it is not quite a dump, it was comfortable. But it's the food that should be your focus here. Delicious, prepared with excellence and taste. Not overblown or pretentious. Presentation was perfect as was the service.
Pick up the Phone
Call the restaurant. Make a reservation. Don't think twice. This was the best meal we had on a five day trip that included some very popular and well reviewed other restaurants in the area. The menu is focused and excellent. The wine program is a lovely approach. Patrick's cocktails are as good as any I've had. Anywhere. When we went it was packed, on a Wednesday night. There are few tables, so definitely call ahead. If the rabbit is on the menu, order it!!!
Good restaurant, but very specific type of place
Hmmm...still trying to figure out this place. It seems to be the anti-restaurant restaurant. It was either purposely designed to look old and worn or it was just old and worn. I couldn't quite tell. I think the theme is farm to table in a non-pretentious atmosphere, but in trying so hard to look down-to-earth, i think they miss the point entirely. A restaurant should also be comfortable, one should be able to read the menu, sit in comfortable chairs, eat reasonable portions, understand the menu without asking, etc. Portions are not entrees, everything is appetizer sized, very few bites to each meal. Perhaps that is intentional, like a Spanish Tapas restaurant. Was the cuisine good? yes it was very good, but I left feeling uninspired and still trying to figure out why.
Great dinner and drinks, friendly service , perfect atmosphere
Wow! Fantastic food, service, and cocktails. Mixed greens salad an excellent start for 4 of us. Followed by bread with fat and then rabbit Rillete which was insanely good. We had three cocktails…the 1948, the Brooklyn and one I can’t remember and all were excellent, as was the small but well curated wine list. The steak tartare was the best I’ve had, including in France and trendy Portland. The only issue is there wasn’t enough! The pork tenderloin was also stupidly good and the Invisible apple cake with layers of crepes and apples was just perfect. End result: perfect place for an excellent dinner with sophisticated cocktails and upscale and local food. Can hardly wait to go back!
Best Restaurant in the Willamette Valley
Thistle is an incredible restaurant with an equally incredible bar service. Everything here is done with extreme care and precision. Almost absurdly, when we come for wine weekends, we inevitably end up eating here twice, because it's just so head and shoulders above everything else and there are so many different ways to go with the menu. We actually haven't been to Oregon since COVID, and honestly, it's been hard to imagine a trip without Thistle and we watch for it's re-opening. We wish them the best and look forward to a visit soon.