Chef-owner Chris Israel of Gruner - Portland, OR

527 Southwest 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-7163
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9:30pm; Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10:30pm; Sat 5pm-10:30 pm

Chef-owner Christopher Israel makes Alsatian and Alpine cuisine chic in this birch tree-decked space. He puts his own stamp on archetypal Germanic dishes, re-imagining them like the Vanity Fair art director that he was—with inventive daring. For Israel, adding French and Italian influences helps make the restaurant more accessible—diners tend to be more familiar with those cuisines than with Alpine food. His Spätzle with Braised Chicken, Morels, and Crispy Shallots, for example, was inspired by Coq au Riesling, a traditional French dish.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Nettle and Ricotta Dumplings, Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Butter, and Parmesan
  • Spätzle with Riesling Braised Chicken, Morel Mushrooms, Crème Fraîche, Tarragon, and Crispy Shallots
  • House-made Pretzel Bread

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