Olympic Provisions

It’s 5:30 pm on a Friday night, and hopefully you’re at Olympic Provisions, starting the weekend right with your standing weekly TGIF date that involves copious amounts of sparkling rosé and one of OP’s charcuterie plates, piled high with house cured meats, pâté, pickled vegetables, and baguette slices.

Dine at the bar, where you can watch the kitchen crew sear, toss, and plate to your stomach’s content, or for a special occasion, reserve the “Nook,” a dark, romantic, secluded spot tucked beneath the stairs that’s just perfect for canoodling with your meat.

With its big red trademark blinking MEAT sign, intriguing Mediterranean-influenced small plates, superlative wine list, and sleek digs tucked into a renovated cereal mill in Portland’s unpolished Southeast industrial district, Olympic Provisions has fast risen in the Portland restaurant ranks to claim a spot with the crème de la crème. With the motto “Meat Here” and a menu punctuated by hearty dishes like the ethereal pork rillettes hand pie, housemade bratwurst and smoked sausage nestled in a bed of sauerkraut, fingerlings and apples, ever-popular rotisserie chicken, and steak tartare, OP has a discernible affection for all things carnivorous, but I’ve never plunged my fork into a vegetable dish I didn’t love, and you won’t have to be cajoled into eating all your vegetables before you can have a few slices of pistachio and candied orange-studded chocolate salami.

Dine at the stove-facing bar, where you can watch the kitchen crew sear, toss, and plate to your stomach’s content, or for a special occasion, reserve the “Nook,” a dark, romantic, secluded spot tucked beneath the stairs that’s just perfect for canoodling with your meat.

Details

Cuisine: New American

Executive Chef: Alex Yoder

Pastry Chef: Amelia Lane

Atmosphere: Sexy, hip space inside a historic former cereal mill in SE Portland's industrial district, lots of reclaimed wood and white subway tiles, romantic lighting at night, open kitchen

Outdoor seating: No, but there's a wide door that opens in front of the Nook tables, which is the closest you'll get

Best Seat: The "nook" beneath the stairs, just inside the front door

Noise Level: Lively when full, but not too loud, you can still hold a conversation--however, the tables are close together so other people will hear you, so maybe don't tell all your worst secrets

Dress Code: Casual, but you won't feel out of place if you dress up

Bring the Kids: Yes, if they're sophisticated eaters

Bathrooms: Yes, go out the back door into the building's atrium, turn right and right again almost immediately, they are down the hallway

Parking: Street parking free and can be quite challenging to find during peak times

Cocktails: Yes, full bar and signature cocktails

Beer: Yes, draft and bottled

Wine: Yes

Corkage: $20

Teetotalers: Coke, Diet Coke, housemade soda, ginger beer

Coffee: Stumptown

Tea: Steven Smith

Ideal Meal: Whole Hog board, cheese board, pickled eggs, romaine salad, octopus terrine, seared kielbasa, braised short rib, chocolate salami

Vegetarian Friendly: Several dishes are vegetarian, and the kitchen will work with you

Good for the following occasions: Date Night, Work Dinner, Impress The In-Laws, Brunch Sans Long Wait

Group/Private Party Details: The restaurant can accommodate 50 people, and can be bought out for the evening. Call 503.954.3663 or email meat@olympicprovisions.com for more details

Catering: OP is available for catering and special events, just call 503.954.3663 for more info

Reservations: Yes, call 503.954.3663 or reserve online at Open Table

Take-Out: Yes

Delivery: No

Catering: OP is available for catering and special events, just call 503.954.3663 for more info