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“Lunch at O'Briens”
Review of O'Briens - CLOSED

O'Briens
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Diner
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Portland, Oregon
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lunch at O'Briens”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We stopping in Silverton and had a delightful lunch at O'Briens, a superlative breakfast and lunch spot. The tables have individual checkered tablecloths (my wife pointed this out) and the dessert that day was strawberry shortcake == and free to fathers. Interesting fries, with a crust. Our waitperson was most personable after the rush at noon, and clearly enjoyed her work. The 1930's decor is indeed a hodgepodge, as another reviewer says, but we found it charming.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank BillG6
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English first
Canby, Oregon
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Mediocre Meal”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Stopped into downtown Silverton looking for a place to have lunch with the family. We wanted to sit creekside, which limited our options. First checked in at Mac's Place but found they don't allow minors on the patio. Then we settled on O'Briens. I was not impressed with the decor, a hodge-podge of themes that inspired thoughts of a grandma's house (not in a good way). Seemed that everything had a film of filth to it. But since the patio was our destination, we pressed on. The menu was several pages and featured breakfast served all day long. We opted for lunch selections. Our patio table was unfortunately located under a drip from the gutter and we elected to move the table slightly so that our daughter would not need to endure the drip. Our youngest asked about the bottled Starbucks drinks she'd seen inside and was told they were out. We asked a second time with our waitress and after clearing up the initial confusion over their up and coming coffee stand in the front of the restaurant, we finally had the bottled drink delivered to the table.

Our order consisted of a club sandwich, chicken breast sandwich, burger and cheese sandwich. When we placed our order, we inquired on the soup of the day but decided against it. When the food arrived one of us had a cup of soup that we did not order. The waitress was quick to apologize and offer to replace it with fries. The replacement fries were delivered after we were done with our meal. The food was OK. The club sandwich got the best reviews. The chicken breast sandwich was a big disappointment. The chicken was not a breast as stated on the menu but rather a piece of processed, pressed meat with carmel coloring. The fries were pretty good and the portions sizes were large.

All in all it was very so-so. I wished we'd kept looking for a better spot.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Stevey1612
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Portland, Oregon
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144 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“REVIST THE 1930'S”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Silverton Oregon probably has more old buildings than new, so the flavor of the downtown area along the Silver Creek sets the tone of the 1930's. Step into O'Briens, through the old fashion wooden screen door, with real metal screen and you have arrived. High ceilings and a malange of different decorations cover the walls. Everything from Christmas to July 4th is on display, presented for your eyes to roam over.

The menu is extensive, and as another reviewer wrote - they serve breakfast all day long. Our party of 4 arrived on a Sunday at 2pm and while the main dining area was not full, we opted for sitting outside on the balcony overlooking the creek running by, one story below. There are 5 4 person tables out there with sun umbrellas for each table. One young man was busy clearing tables for the full hour plus that we were there.

Our server was a young girl who took our orders for drinks and served those and then our food orders. We had asked for additional sugar packets as the bowl was empty and she forgot about that. The young fellow clearing the tables was prevailed upon and he rounded up more sugar as well as kept our coffee mugs filled. The waitress did not reappear until our food was served. We also had about a 15 minute wait after our last cup of coffee was drained for her to reappear with the checks. They are not rushing you which is most likely part of the small town vibe of just idlying away the afternoon down by the creek.

Our orders were a) a hamburger, b) halibut w/fries, c) a garden salad and d) french toast w/ eggs and sausage. Everyone felt the food was good - very good except for the fish. It was deemed to be a bit short on time in the deep fryer. A couple of food stand outs: the butter in the small paper cup was REAL butter - not whipped. The syrup served for the french toast was excellent maple (served hot and it formed a skin on the top of the container of sugar) and also a berry syrup which was excellent. The french fries were very good without a greasy after taste. The portions were also very good. We were not offered a dessert menu, but it appeared they had home made pies and hard ice cream milk shakes as I noticed the old fashion milk shake mixers on the way out.

A few things that might be helpful: If you choose the balcony for your meal, don't pick the table in front of the screen door leading out to the balcony. It is in constant motion by the servers and makes noise opening and closing. The young man doing clean up / set up and coffee on the balcony, brought silverware and napkins for our table. He was very careful in getting the utensils arranged on the paper napkins correctly, but handled each implement by the part used for going into the food instead of the handle. If you pay by credit card, be sure to state before handing over your card that you want a receipt. Their machine (also old fashioned) tends to not want to make a copy for you.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank MrRodgers2011
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Salem, Oregon
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Was hopeful, but....”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

Service was slow and the food was ordinary. Fried food so greasy I felt ill for a time after I ate. Very disappointing.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank elenicnm
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88 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic Find!”
Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

We were on our way to Silver Falls and passed thru Silverton. After our visit to the falls, we returned to Silverton in order to check out the antique stores. But we all decided to eat first and O'Briens was the first place we noticed. Wonderful smells eminated from the open doors and enticed us inside. This quaint restaurant was decorated for Easter and the long wall had a lovely hand-painted mural depicting the shops along the street. Most of the tables were full -- a good sign -- and we were invited to sit anywhere we chose. Each table had a bright colored print tablecloth and the atmosphere just seemed friendly. Never having been here before, we delved into the menus, each of us "oohing" and "awing" and reading descriptions of delectable items that caught our attention. So many great choices! Our waitress was very personable (I'm sorry we didn't get her name), but she was helpful with further descriptions in answer to our questions and we each finally placed our order. Soon after our order was placed, most of the other patrons had finished eating and left. We didn't realize that O'Briens was due to close for the day shortly after we walked in. They serve breakfast and lunch only. The staff still greeted us warmly and never mentioned it was almost closing time. Our meals were served quickly and we all fell into the silence of eating. Three of us had sandwiches and one had an omelette. There were no leftovers and we all agreed that if we ever return to Silverton, this is the place we will eat!

Visited April 2014
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Thank Karex72
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