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Biwa

#533 of 3,430 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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215 SE 9th Ave, #102, Portland, OR 97214
+1 503-307-9274
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17:00 - 12:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 12:00
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Alexandria, Minnesota
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108 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food! We were recommended to go here by a local and if we weren't given specific directions we would have missed it. In the basement of a nondescript building, quite small, maybe seats 26. Attention to detail is spot on. We did tastings of several courses and were blown away with the flavors in each bite.

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Thank TDJ10
Forest Grove, Oregon
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On January 26th 2017 I visited the place for the first time I was excited and had high expectations. However it was a let down and a large one at that. I had ordered the ochazuke a traditional Japanese dish meant to be served with the expected meat rice and veggies with HOT tea or stock. The tea was extremely... More 

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Thank Kiefer1
Portland, Oregon
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89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Biwa has split into Biwa and a bar called Parasol and with that the menu in Biwa had a big reduction in options. In the past, this was one of my top 5 places in Portland but the new menu, I won't be back. So sad.

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Thank TiffanySG
Portland, Oregon
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

This is not the same Biwa. Now it's called Biwa Izakaya, at a different location and completely new menu. Gone are ramen, burger and Izakaya skewers and now it's all fancy, small, expensive stuff. Really annoying trend in Portland. Not.likely to go back.

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Thank pdxswing23
Thornton, Colorado
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140 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Loved this place lots of yummy unexpected small plates. Our waitress was fantastic, explained the whole menu and what to expect. Also very yummy cocktails.

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Thank millerfun
Edmonton, Canada
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I came here for a dinner with a friend. The sashimi plate was very unique and interesting, but I felt it was not worth the price. The rest of the menu felt pretty average. Ramen was decent though.

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Thank Keith C
Switzerland
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161 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at the Biwa restaurant on SE 9th Street in Portland. It was a warm summer evening and we were lucky to be able to sit outside. The different dishes we ordered to share were awesome and very tasty. Everything we tasted was extraordinary, to the eye and to the palate. We were overwhelmed by the quality of... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

My husband and I had a delicious dinner at BIWA when we were in Portland. A friend recommended we go there and we are so glad we did. We arrived early enough (6:00 PM on a Sunday evening) so we could get seated. We liked the tapas approach to Asian food -- gave us a chance to try a nice... More 

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Thank pigeon33
Oceanside, California
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327 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

It’s hard to choose from the multitude of enticing dishes on the menu at Biwa. The super fresh Seared Oregon Albacore Tuna with Daikon and Ginger was exceptional. The Chicken Breast Yakitori screamed umami and was grilled to perfection. And the voluminous bowl of Ramen Shoyu Style was extremely satisfying. Biwa also offers an Omakase (chef’s choice) menu.

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Thank CoastalCruiser27
Portland, Oregon
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66 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Great, complimentary tasting food. Portions are a little on the small side, though. You need to arrive right when it opens because it fills up fast. Not a ton of atmosphere- so great eats but not so romantic.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian, Korean
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 12:00
Monday
17:00 - 12:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 12:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 12:00
Thursday
17:00 - 12:00
Friday
17:00 - 12:00
Saturday
17:00 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 215 SE 9th Ave, #102, Portland, OR 97214
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-307-9274

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?