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“Not elegant, not delicious...”
Review of Amadeus Manor

Amadeus Manor
Ranked #7 of 64 Restaurants in Milwaukie
Price range: US$30 - US$40
Cuisines: Austrian, Seafood, Steakhouse, Swiss, Bar
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Good for: View, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Portland
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Not elegant, not delicious...”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

This is one of the oddest restaurant experiences I have ever had. The property itself seems to be in some decline, and the parking situation is a hazard guests should keep in mind-a steep hill to a small lot that is impossible to maneuver when full (how would you know?), requiring that we back down a narrow driveway. There is a large lot below requiring a hike back up the steep hill-a weekend night but no valet-as advertised- in sight. Mobility impaired beware!
There are four window tables, two of which are tiny tables for two outside. The view is barely visible from anywhere else in the dining room and going outside puts you right in the laps of the outdoor diners.
We arrived to find unbussed tables and unserved customers throughout the dining room. The service is crazy-two women bustling around taking random orders at random times, and that's exactly how the food comes out of the kitchen, none of which was especially warm or appealing. The two of us had appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts, plus wine, all highly mediocre and overpriced (paying for a view you won't see?). The wine list is nothing special-a lot of grocery store brands-and offers few 'by the glass' options. This was a lovely home at one time, but in no way suited to be a restaurant.
Such a poor experience I felt the need to apologize to my dinner guest.

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank texchef2
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English first
Portland, Oregon
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice elegant, romantic and a little funky with a great view of the river”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Amadeus Manor is a great place for a romantic dinner or just drinks in the evening while you watch the boats on the river. Amadeus started as an elegant private estate, on a wooded hill overlooking the Willamette river. Since then it has housed several restaurants over the years, the best of which resides there now. The restaurant is a little out of the way but well worth the trip. It sits on beautiful grounds on a steep hillside. It is elegant (white table cloth, pallet cleansers between courses, Beethoven and Strauss played by their piano player, etc.) but a little funky and comfortable. You can have an elegant romantic dinner without feeling the need to dress up. Even when busy the noise level is modest so you can carry on a conversation. The menu is upscale German and Austrian fare and all dishes we've had were well prepared. My favorites are escargot, mushroom soup (one of the best ever, and their New York strip served with peppercorn and reduced brandy glaze. Their traditional schnitzel is also excellent.
Tips: If you have difficulty walking up a steep path, call and make sure that either their shuttle is running or the have valet parking operating. Amadeus is at the top of steep drive and parking at the top is very limited, so you usually park in their lower lot at the base of the hill. This is a great spot to sip wine and snack siting outside on their deck overlooking the river (weather permiting). If you want to really enjoy the view, make reservations and ask for one of their better tables near the large picture window.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank APaladin2001
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Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Sad to see this place deteriorating”
Reviewed 24 February 2014 via mobile

I have dined at this establishment about 3 times over the last 20 years. I am sad to say I had a very bad experience 2 of the 3 visits. The place needs a good cleaning. I had a hard time eating while looking at hundreds of dead flies in the window seal. The bread tasted freezer burnt, the cheese hard and the beer was warm. The sweet lady who owns the place I think is trying to be everything hostess, bartender, server, cook. I will try again in a few years and hopefully if not shut down things will get better because the view is stunning.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Sandra Z
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“Do not request to sit downstairs.”
Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

Our family wanted to surprise our 91 year old friend with dinner at Amadeus. He had been there in the past quite a few years ago and raved about the view and enjoyed the food as well. Well, we can't say the same this time. We requested to sit downstairs since the 91 year old gentleman could not go upstairs with his walker. There's no elevator by the way. When we arrived, the table was set up nicely but it was very dim since one of the chandeliers had no bulbs in it (why? We don't know) we had one (1) candle on our table for a party of nine (9). Candle shortage?? Bulb shortage?? Anyway, we had one person waiting on us who happened to be the owner I believe. She was very nice but seemed to be very rushed. We finally received our wine and other drinks and placed our order. We then did not see or we're acknowledged by any other staff members. They were all taking care of the more important customers on the second floor that had adequate lighting and music to listen to. We felt like the step children that were tucked away in the dungeon. When our food did arrive.....finally, it was good but not very warm. My seafood medley was supposed to have puffy pastry which was nowhere to be found on my plate. I was charged full price still. We're they out of puffy pastry or was that only for the people on the second floor? Hmmmm?? After a total of sitting in the dimly lit room/dungeon with no ambiance for 2.5 hours. We received our bill which was a total of over $380 dollars that included 18% gratuity that was not deserved since we were attended to so very little. We were all paying separately and asked the owner/waitress if she could give us our individual totals so we could pay the one person who was putting the entire tab on their credit card and she handed that task to a gentleman who acted totally inconvenienced with the task. We tried to figure the bill ourselves but non of us were experts in chicken scratch handwriting. Plus there were extra charges on there for god knows what!. Maybe they'll put the extra money they screwed us out of towards some lighting and entertainment for the customers that can't make it up the stairs.!! Then...yes, there's more... Getting out of the parking area above was a total joke. I love how they advertise valet parking but non was offered...WTF? It was also pouring down rain. Anyway, the parking on the upper level was so ridiculously small that technically no one should park there at all. It took us 15 minutes with 4 people watching each corner of the car so we wouldn't bash the other cars or drive off the embankment (which were family members of course) cuz heaven forbid that someone who worked there actually help out. Once we were free from being trapped in the "parking area" we saw that a tree had fallen on a customers car! Could it be because no one tends to the garden/trees outside?? That was just an accident waiting to happen and it did.... I went to this place years ago when it was called the fern wood. It was much classier and the place was taken care of much better than what the current owners are doing now. It's sad to see it this way and I/we will not be returning.

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank Littlenikk
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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77 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“This is not a meal you can rush!”
Reviewed 10 May 2013

We went because my Father-in-law is Austrian, and we are always in search of great European cuisine. We had a great evening. It was a clear, warm evening and the view is amazing! The dining room was beautiful and there was a beautiful aroma in the air from the fresh cut flowers on every table. The owner was also our server and the food was amazing. The meal was leisurely paced, no one was in a hurry, we had great conversation with the owner, just a beautiful evening with great food. Beautiful location and building as well.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Beth M
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