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“Good value, OK Italian”

The Old Spaghetti Factory
Ranked #283 of 4,589 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: View, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 24 February 2014

We had planned to return to a small Italian restaurant, but couldn't get in on a Saturday night. Of course we couldn't get in here either, but since they don't take reservations, we waited the 45 minutes upstairs in the bar. The wine selections were disappointing, so our expectations for the rest of the evening were not very high.

The restaurant seems to cater to families and children, with "American" Italian food. So it wasn't what we were planning, but I have to admit that the service was good, the food was fine and the price was low. They do move you through there at a fairly rapid pace - your entree, starter, and dessert are part of the package - quickly followed by the check. But we probably spent 1/3 what we planned and still had an OK time.

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Thank c7999
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

We really enjoyed the marinara sauce was awesome!!! My husband ordered the spaghetti with meat sauce and sent it back. He said it taste like the chili on a chili dog. So he re-ordered the lasagna. The sourdough bread was tasty. Salads were good, but I did not care for the honey mustard dressing. We didn't know this before hand but all their meals INCLUDE Iced tea or coffee products, salads, bread and ice cream afterwards.

Thank Sheri H
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Reviewed 15 December 2013 via mobile

I went with some co - worker's that had never been before. The food was awesome, waitress friendly and we sat looking at the river. Good times!!

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Thank froggyJMA
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

Apparently, some of the "foodies" in Portland look down their noses at this restaurant. Frankly, we love this place and have been patronizing it for more than 25 years. Most recently, we took our adult sons and one of their girlfriends there while visiting them in Portland this November. As always, we were warmly greeted, and the service was attentive, courteous and upbeat. And the atmosphere was great: good views of the Willamette River and Ross Island, the beautiful antiques inside the building, etc. Plus, the food was still great and the portions generous. And the price is amazingly low, especially for full dinners (including salad, unlimited bread and spumoni ice cream).

Any change in the two years since we last visited? Well, the surrounding area (South Waterfront) has been developed, with fancy apartment complexes and office buildings, plus the aerial tram. So, the restaurant is now in the center of activity. Otherwise, same quality dining experience.

We have been to some of the trendy Italian restaurants that Portland foodies rave about. We couldn't stand them. Servers were heavily tattooed and pierced, and had aloof, surly attitudes. Tables were crammed together. Portions were small and outrageously overpriced. Everything was stacked on the plate in weird piles. Some ingredients were downright weird.

The Old Spaghetti Factory delivers a very different experience. Foodies hate it, the rest of us (families, seniors, budget-minded folks, normal people) love it. Our full spaghetti meals at OSF cost one third what we paid at a certain, trendy foodie joint.

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Thank Rehoboth5
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

I took my boyfriend out for a nice dinner ,had the meat lovers and my boyfriend loves the mizithra cheese ....wit staff is good food is always superior,very good price affordable for all , family atmosphere. and also it was a nice dinner for us as well.

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Thank vikingqueen65
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