Ox

Row 1

Details
2225 NE M L King Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 284-3366
Argentinian
$ $ $
Hours
Tue–Thu, Sun: 5:00 PM–10:00 PM Fri–Sat: 5:00 PM–11:00 PM

Dina Avila

“When one of Portland's best new restaurants opens across from one of its best dive bars, strange things happen,” The Oregonian critic Michael Russell noted in his 2012 “A” review of Ox (the paper’s restaurant of the year in 2013). One such thing was the sight, in Billy Ray’s Neighborhood Diveof men in sports coats sipping drinks while waiting for a table at the no-reservations, Argentine-inspired Portland steakhouse on the other side of the street. Husband-and-wife chef team Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton (Food & Wine’s 2014 Best New Chefs, and nominees for a 2015 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest) seem to have done everything right, melding inspiration from Argentina’s wood-fired grilling tradition with the culinary heritage of France, Spain, and Italy.

The menu is broken up into Entradas (starters), Asados (grilled items), Del Huerto (“from the garden”), and Braises and Roasts.  Entradas include empanadas, bruschetta, and, for the more adventurous, spicy braised beef tripe and octopus or grilled lamb heart with charred leek purée. There are 11 grilled items, including rib-eye, short rib, lamb shoulder, and maple-brined pork loin; we could go on, but you should probably just order the asado Argentino for two, which includes short rib, chorizo, morcilla, skirt steak, and sweetbreads. “From the garden” is a fun menu heading for a list of dishes that includes hominy stew with braised pork belly, chiles, cilantro, and olive oil-fried duck egg, but that kind of gives you an idea of what you’re getting yourself into at Ox. How do you say no to Brussels sprouts "everything"-style with bagel seasoning, chive mascarpone, and smoked salmon roe, anyway? 

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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Foursquare Tips

  • Chow down on one of the citys best steaks.
  • Hands down one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in Portland.
  • Just order cake. Don't skip dessert. Seriously, you have to order cake. I don't care if you hate cake. Order it.
  • Though meat hitting the grill is the main focus, both veggies and seafood represent well in homey dishes like hominy stew and braised octopus. [Eater Member 38]
  • Top 5 restaurant. Chowder is unreal. The simple skirt steak couldn't be more flavorful. Side of mushrooms and ricotta has been amazing. Too small a restaurant sometimes and grill smell lingers.
  • Must try the Asado Argentino. Most excellent. So was everything. Just can't go wrong with anything on menu
  • Ox's mouthwatering menu, where vegetable and seafood dishes like Rainbow Chard and Clam Chowder crowned with Smoked Marrow Bone are as satisfying as the tender Skirt Steak.
  • Ways to spend a 2-hr wait? They do the brainstorming for you: grab a seat next to a stack of firewood at WheyBar for elite Portland cocktails. Once you're inside, ask what's coming off the wood grill.
  • Get a seat at the oven bar. Fantastic food with a show bonus!
  • This place is stupid good!
  • Ooooh, chimichurri is crazy good, put it on everything!
  • Everyone will recommend the Asado Argentino, but also be sure to start with a cheese board, and end with a Rabid Mastiff. Quite possibly the best restaurant in Portland.
  • Short rib terrine - its small, but amazingly worth it!
  • Cauliflower, artichoke and potatoes are all excellent, and the Pizzella is a great wine.
  • The hominy pozole was incredible. Always great food and staff is amazing. Small bar behind main restaurant to wait for your table.
  • Everything was pretty great. If you order the ox terrine make sure you have a bite of the terrine before the frozen peas.
  • The chocolate olive oil cake is also fire
  • Clam chowder is worth the hype. If you're a small party, you might be able to get a seat at the bar and avoid the longer wait
  • Amazing meats and sides! The foie gras mushroom!
  • Good asado albeit a bit salty