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I moved into the neighborhood recently, and I have to agree: that giant rotating slab of meat is mesmerizing. So when I heard my grandpa liked the place with the steak, I asked him if he wanted to go there for his 92nd birthday. He sounded agreeable on the phone, which I didn't take as a good sign. I was expecting the inside to look like a seedier, meatier version of Old Country Buffet (they have a famous food challenge). I was disappointed when our party of four walked into a clean and comfortable, classic-looking steakhouse. The service was fast and friendly, my grandpa ate most of his prime rib without a complaint, and everyone else liked their fish and chicken. I was hoping I'd get to post a rant about all the horrors I witnessed, but instead we enjoyed a long visit in the large, comfortable booth. It turns out Sayler's has been in business forever, and it's probably because they make their customers happy. I decided my grandpa's tastes aren't that bad because, by coincidence, my parents also ate there recently, and they also loved their dinners of red meat. I'm just glad I didn't see the prices until after I had already committed. I'll probably give it another star when I reach the point in life where comfort foods and comfortable seating matter more than money and cholesterol, but it was still worth it.
Ok I'm on the east side and my wife wants me to take the mother-in-law out for a rib eye. Hmm let's see being the fact that she is so over the hill and she misses going to Saylers I said ok off to the Old County Kitchen. I've been dropping by OCK since I was a kid. My parents loved it and it was a good steak. (not a great steak a good one) It is a Monday night and the place is slow. The hostess never said a word to us she just grabbed menus and started walking to a booth. (sorry to put you out of your way from talking to the busboy) Once we sat down I could see that we also had a waitress that was not having the best of days but what the heck I came to let my mother-in-law have a good piece of rib eye. The relish plate comes out with hot bread and the garlic butter and as it has been forever a good way to start. Next the salads and then the steak. All very good. The only problem I see other than grumpy staff is that from my vantage point I can see inside the kitchen and I noticed many of the waitresses playing with their hair and touching up the makeup right where the food comes out. Maybe this was a off night for the staff. It is not what I have known of Saylers for the last 50 years. On their site they say: We stand by our old-fashioned commitment We are here to serve you. They need to remind the staff.
Had dinner there with the family tonight and had a fantastic meal. Only reason I didn't give them 5 stars was because of the ambience. Its atmosphere reminded me of a Elmer's or Shari's. We are a family of carnivores, and our steakhouse of choice has always been Ringside. It has been a family tradition to celebrate all our birthdays there. But I think we've found a new family favorite@Sayler's Old Country Kitchen!!!! The food was amazing, between our boys and my husband&i we sampled the prime rib, bone in ribeye, new York steak and the fish & chips. Everything was delicious with the exception of the fish&chips, which was just ok, but then again this is a steakhouse-even their menu is shaped like a steak, so if you order beef you can't go wrong. The best part is the price, we are used to paying at least a $100 more for the same amount of food!!!!! So if you can sacrifice atmosphere for great food and great prices, we highly recommend this place, you won't regret it!!!!!!
Grew up in this place! Absolutely my favorite place to eat!!! Friendly service you feel like part of the family!
So my parents and I went for an early Mother's Day dinner, actually we arrived at 2:25 on a Saturday which is earlier than they usually open but they were kind enough to let us in early. We ordered an appetizer of calamari, 2 ribeye steaks and 1 prime rib. Their steaks were to die for. Beware that medium rare is definitely pretty red (they do warn you on the menu)--but I'm perfectly happy with red steak. The sides were good as well-- our french bread was fresh out of the oven and very soft. The steak though is definitely the star of the meal. TWO THUMBS UP!
Awesome, as usual. My steak was cooked perfectly, the appetizers and sides were served quickly and, as ordered. The waitress was efficient and friendly. This is always one of my favorites.
I used to think that had I been born 60 years earlier, the ultimate dream job would have been Perry Mason's secretary. Della Street had it made, a grown up Nancy Drew really... fancy convertible, pretty outfits, and little office work. And for what? Harboring female witnesses and defendants for Perry in their time of need and be there for witty banter with detective Paul Drake in a restaurant the end of each case? That's sweet... I could do that. Sayler's is the type of restaurant this case cracking team would frequent. It's, for lack of a better term, an experience. An event really - here's how a typical meal goes: Arrive, put your name on the list, if it's late in the week or on the weekend, you'll have to wait a half hour at a minimum. So if everyone in your party is of age (or just cruel) you can go wait in the lounge... Oh the smoky lounge... plunk down into the cushy spiny chairs and order a drink. They're strong... when the waitress comes by for another round put in an order for onion rings as well. You have time. Yes, the rings come on a doily, it's little things like that that make this place fancy, y'see? Your table is ready... wedge yourself out of the chair, grab your beverage and have a seat in the booth in front of a menu shaped like a steak. You will likely order a steak (unless you're a vegetarian, in that case you're pretty much screwed). If you're really brave you'll try the 72 oz. steak dinner challenge... win and your number gets added to the list of successes, fail and you owe Saylor's a big chunk of change. Relish plate comes. Typical veggies and a sour cream and chive dip... it just screams old school. Salad or soup? Yes please. Oh and another round... at this point you're starting to wonder if you'll be able to even eat your steak, and if it would be okay to bust out your totally vintage cigarette case... the old lady at the table next you probably has the same one, but it's original. Ohhhhh geeze here comes your steak and potatoes on a sizzling metal plate. Don't touch the edges. You're regretting ordering anything bigger than a 12 oz at this point. You have the brief but unavoidable conversation with dinner mates about who could have handled the 72 oz now. Anyway, it's good... and they have doggy bags... which is fortunate because you'll never finish it. What the hell, one more round. With plates cleared, you promise yourself you won't eat so much again... what's that? Ice cream? Oh no.... you couldn't. But it comes with the meal so.... yes. You'll have the sherbet. Now you're done... it's time to go. You weave through the crowd still waiting to get a table and make your way to the door. You step outside and are back to your weight watching, cell phone ringing modern lifestyle... did you just time travel? It certainly feels like it... While it may be the 21st century on the outside, inside it's still the 1950s. And lo and behold, there in the lobby is Perry Mason's picture on the wall.. He had dinner here in the 70s. Della and Paul must have already been in the lounge.
I ordered a filet mignon and was pretty disappointed. The sides were fine, but the steak was pretty mediocre. I ordered it medium and it was barely pink. The best part of the steak was the mushroom sauce I had to cover it with.
If you're a carnivore and want cheap steaks without the huge price tag, this is the place to go. The interior is clean and bright. Not so bad. I love fries and onion rings. I was really disappointed with their fries. Not worth the money. I love their homemade ranch dressing. It really is good.
I read the previous reviews before taking my girlfriend and mom to Saylers and i must say, they are pretty spot on. I'll just break my experience down by category. Atmosphere: A bit Denny's meets E. Oregon. Big booths, big people, big everything. Not alot of style per se, but still somehow approprite for the goings on, ie Meat Consumption. Service: We were promptly seated (arrived WED eve @ 7p, no reservation) and were given tiny glasses of water, and menus. With in a few minutes our order was taken, but then we realized that we were not offered drinks, apps, etc. I flagged down our waitress and asked for some onion rings (1/2 order for 3 people was too big!) and coctails, wine etc. At this point the waitress seems to "hate us" as we were now "those people". The rest of the service beyond this was excellent, except that i could see the staff in the waitress station eating (presumably on break) and that cracked me a little. Food (starters): The relish plate was great. The sour cream dip stuff was better. Little corn, carrots, olives and celery were yummy. Salads were also ample and though iceburgy still good. The bread served was warm, soft, and tasty as well. Our onion rings were the feature of the early dishes. They were like nothing i've had. You just have to have them. They are also cheap. Main Course: (1) 12-oz Fillet Mignon, (1) 9-oz Fillet, (1) baked salmon. My 12-oz steak was fantastic. I assume the 9-oz steak was equally good judging from my Mom not complaining (which is legendary and frequent). The salmon was met with indifference and a "It's ok." We are not food snobs by any means but do enjoy spending good money on good food. Total Bill $82 with tip (2 alcohol beverages, 1 coke) Not bad.
Oh Saylors. This really is your grandparent's steak house; but it isn't cafateria-style at all. Think faux wood panels and fake stonework - the IHOP of steak houses; and you can tell that the style of this place had is peak in the 50-70's. It's lounge feels like maybe even Sammy Davis Jr or the rat pack probably visited here. God even the spinning, lit-up steak sign brings tears to my eyes. If you're looking for the Pearl's overpriced pretentiousness, or Alberta's/Hawthorne's hipsterism, or want only locally grown organic no-harm fare - then this isn't for you and just stay out and in your little protected ivory palace neighborhoods where real food won't hurt your dainty feelings. I make a 6-figure salary, have traveled all over the world for business and pleasure. Fancy resteraunts in Russia and Europe - been there an done that. And how many more fancy pearl restaurants can you go to? They're all almost the same aren't they? Always trying to out-do each other in whatever fad food craze of the month is going. But if you want a place that'll remind you of a bygone age that is still packed on weekends - this is your place. It's situated right between Portland and Gresham past 82nd, and that's exactly where it fits in. Sure the clientele will be a mix of senior citizens, Greshamites with mullets out for a 'fancy night', nicer dressed professionals, and a few younger folks like me that know what a treat this is. It's quite a mix of people. While we Portlanders wear trucker hats, the guy in the booth next to you might be a real trucker who's cleaned up his whole family for the only big meal they'll get like this all year. This is the kind of place that working-class families used to (and still do) take the whole family for a graduation celebration or big event once or twice a year. But don't think that doesn't mean you'll fit right in dressed differently - this is a true melting pot and you'll see from the top to bottom. The lounge has got that crushed velvet feel with an awesome multi-tiered floor leading to the low bar. Oh man it's classic. Go for a drink - they're great and don't cost you a fortune. I had a rum and coke and they actually used good rum without me having to badger the bartender to not pour in the rubbing alcohol like they do everywhere else I go in Portland. My friend had the mint julip and we were both happy by the time our names were called. Great drinks. You're going to get garlic bread as mom used to make it, a giant steak, and a potato either mashed or baked with butter on everything and sour cream. Real sour cream - not that low fat garbage you find at the all-organic store. I don't know what else to tell you - that's what they serve here. Your waitress will likely be an overly friendly Oregon native gal that is might have just moved to the big city from a life in rural Oregon. You might even be called 'sweetie' if she's old enough and you're young enough. Yeah, the service might be a bit on the slow side and she might forget a thing or too - but she's genuinely sorry (unlike the uninterested kids that usually serve me downtown) and the food makes up for it. Lord does the food make up for it. Oh delicious steak. Oh sweet baby Jesus. This isn't the kind of steak you could (or should) eat once a week - or even once a month. Everything is real butter/cream/fat. This is the kind of thing you get once or twice a year. It isn't your new-age steaks that some shaman bless it's shakras - this is raw, meaty, right off the cow that they cussed at while slaughtering it meat. Horrifying PETA members kind of steak. And it's delicious. Oh my is it delicious. On second thought - just stay out of here ok. Go right on back to your soy latte's and community sharing groups. Protect your children from seeing this horrible abomination that might taint their self-image from those self-esteem tapes. I for one will make a trip out here every year to remind myself of what we once were; and to meet folks that are enjoying the one big meal of the year they might get after working hard and long hours next to the old folks and younger professionals like me that nod in understanding to each other. I'll meet the gal who left her dead-end life at the dying logging city and is working 12 hour shifts while going to nights community college. And I'll love it more than any 5-star dinner I've had in the pearl.
So I decided to take my mom out for Mother's Day and asked her where she wanted to go. She was like.. let's go to that 72 ounce place that I went to when I first came to America. Being an avid steak eater, I quickly obliged. Although the place was pretty busy, I was not impressed with how the place felt. We got seated pretty quickly but the wait for our order was over 15-20 min. As I sat there waiting for our server, I still felt very uneasy in there... there were moments where I wanted to make a dash for the door just because I didn't think the prices fit the environment. My exit planning was cut short when the waitress finally arrived with a cold plate of veggies. I thought that it looked unappetizing and tacky but my mom liked it. Next came our salads which was a tossed green with a big slice of canned cranberry. Bleh. The bread is usually where it's at, but here they served plain white bread that it looked like it came from Winco and just heated it up. On to the main course... we both got Fillet Mignon and it was just okay. It lacked flavor and tasted as if it was just cooked with salt... not even pepper! Here's a rule of thumb... if you need A1 to compliment your steak... they're not putting enough flavor into your meat It did come with a scoop of ice cream in the end, but the price was still high for a sub par steak, a plain salad and a scoop of ice cream. Until their standards of service and quality of food go up, I recommend you veer away from this old and local joint.
If you want that Old Steak House Style and Flavor with great hospitality then head here. Nothing hip or cool to it. Just good ol' fashion grubbing!
I've been eating here occasionally for over 25 years and never had a bad meal or poor service. My wife and I just got back from an anniversary dinner, and have to say that nothing has changed. Even though I've been happily munching steaks here for a long time, I was a bit apprehensive based on some of the recent reviews. OK, so if you think you are suave and sophisticated and need a snotty waiter and over inflated prices this ain't your place. I travel frequently on an expense account, so I've been there and done that to death. Saylor's is an old friend that provides consistently good meals, good service, and great prices. This is a place the rat pack would have felt comfortable in. This is real atmosphere earned by decades, not some pretentious joint with artificial atmosphere earned by high prices and snobbery. Tonight's meal... Me: 24 ounce sirloin cooked to perfection - $27 The misses: 12 halibut batter fried. Even though this is a steakhouse, the halibut here is the best in town. The only better I've had was in a high priced place in Anchorage.- also $27 Meals include vegetable tray with dipping sauce & potato topper, soup or salad, bread with melted garlic butter, and ice cream. Service was polite, professional, and attentive (but not too attentive).
Porter house steak was yum. Cole slaw was a little mushy. Fried onions were delish! Rainbow sherbert ice cream at the end to top it off! What a great meal!
If you want to eat your weight in awesome steak and feel like the youngest person in a restaurant, this is the place for you. Met some of my buddies there and by the looks of the outside and the giant rotating steak on the sign, I wasn't that excited. I have now been there twice and it's the best steak I've had in Portland. They also give you a ton of food on top of the steak for a super decent price.
GREAT FOR RIGHT WINGERS! (With absolutely NO taste!) I've been to Sayler's a couple of times and have been pretty disappointed both times. It's not that I don't like dated, run-down steak houses like this- trust me, I usually do! The food here is pretty bleak; anyone who cooks at all could easily whip together a better dinner- especially bad are the vegetables which, as another reviewer noted, taste like they've come from a can. The food (and poor atmosphere) is one thing, but perhaps the worst thing about Sayler's is the fact that they happened to have an ad aired on a super right-wing (and mean-spirited) talk show today that I was listening to for some laughs! I'm never stepping in their doors again!!
This is a place my grandparents would LOVE..Always super busy..Plan on a wait,unless you get there when they open..The food is good..And it comes with a little dish of ice cream..On the walls you will see lots of pictures of famous people (ie past presidents) that I assume have eaten there.Bottom line...I will/would go back..
This restaurant is known for years. There meat is very soft and can be cut easily (not like other steak places). For steaks, it's not that expensive comparing to others. But it's a bit spendy. Expect to pay $30+ if you are there for a piece of meat. Honestly, It's worth it. Any steak come with a side of soup or salad plus they bring you a complimentary fresh piece of bread with a tasty squares of butter. Also, they serve a complimentary dish of greens (with those tiny corns). The only problem is some of the steaks don't come in smaller portions. I went there and ordered a 24 oz porterhouse (Holly cow! that was a huge piece of meat), actually the biggest I have ever eaten LOL. But it was good. Next time I will go with any type of steak that have smaller sizes. They have a challenge to eat a 75 oz. piece of steak (which is impossible), if you finish it, you get the whole thing for free. At the end, they give you a scoop of ice cream (you gotta try the vanilla one-it's good).
If you love old people and steak, then welcome home! My family has been coming here since I was in kindergarten, but it never ceases to amaze me how much of a dive this place is. The waitresses have that "I need a cigarette break" look and attitude at all times, which is somewhat charming. The food is large in portion, but iffy on quality. I ordered by steak medium and it was as close to raw as a cooked steak can get. There are bright spots however, the onion rings are absolutely fantastic, and I'm always a fan of free bread and dessert.
i can have saylors for nights and nights in a row!!! I LOVE this place!!! for a while hubby and i went at least once a week. the steaks are very very good and the service is very good and personable as well. i love that you get a potato and salad and veggie platter with your dinner...oh and ice cream too if you can squeeze that in! i always order a side of their sauteed prawns too....damn i may need my saylor's fix this week!!! oh and don't forget to order a side of sauteed mushrooms to have with your steak...this stuff is what i live for!!!! they get really busy though so make sure you either come really early or alot later...they wait is looooong!! oh and why (HOW) do all the hostesses stay so toothpick thin working there?!
Well, Yelp WON'T give me a zero and this is why. My dad's birthday was coming up and we took him to Sayler's. After arriving into Portland this morning, I was ready for a nice dinner. OH MY GOD, the waitress couldn't be more annoying. She kept saying "Hey ya'll what ya orderin?" I was scoffing, because when you go to a "decent" restaurant you expect somewhat classy waitresses. NOT the case! I'm not sure if the franchise hired young women to appeal to men, but HELLO, this is the 21st century, I'm married to a beautiful wife, and I'm not getting divorced. And of course when my 8 ounce filet mignon comes in the southern waitress spills the steak juice all over my new slacks. OH MY GOD! Then of course she says "Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry I spilled that on your.... jeans." So obviously, she has NO clue what slacks are. Uh no..... NEVER coming back.
I love this place! They have the best steak and the best veggie dressing! Their prime rib is so delicious but I would have to say I was pretty disappointed when I came in last night. I always have rated this restuarant with 5 stars but last night was 2. I have been coming to Sayler's for 15 years and many of those times have been for my birthday celebrations. I decided to come in last night to celebrate Easter and I was so disappointed that my food came out cold, and the steak was not as tasty, and the waitress was fair but not super friendly, plus I had asked for some bread but the woman had forgotten so I had to wait until I was almost done just to receive it. Moreover, my baked potato was burnt. I was very disappointed that I had an unpleasant Easter dinner especially since I have been coming here for so long it has never been a disappointment until last night. I don't think I will be coming back for a while. I am pretty sad about it. Hopefully they make some changes. Does anyone else notice that the portions keep getting smaller?
went to saylors a month ago for my sisters bday. my sibs and i have never been there before, but it was a place my parents frequented and i have never heard my mom talk more about a restuarant ever in my life. my mom raved about the relish platter and the super soft bread, and it all lived up to her hype. the unlimited relish platter was delsih. loved the olives and pickles, and boy, was it nice to have celery and carrots w/o having to peel them myself (at home it is my job to slice and dice the veggies). the bread was yummy and i could have easily devoured the entire basket had it not been for the fried gizzard appitizer that we ordered. we love gizzards, heck, we love any organ meat. the gizzards were wonderfully cooked, tender and not rubbery. the seasoning on it was spot on. not overly salty. i cant stand it when the cook has a heavy hand with the salt... i dont want high blood pressure! i was getting so full that by the time my main course, the glorious steak came, i was almost full and had to pack half the steak for home (much to the delight of my dog!) the steak was wonderfully cooked. came out just the way i requested and was cooked evenly all over. very nice. and the fact that dinner came with a sweet scoop of ice cream to cap off the meal was a plus. definitely a full course meal.
Tons of seating, huge portions, quick service. Great for a simple, yet massively filling steak dinner.
Perfect steakhouse after a long road ("fishing") trip... Large portions, great service staff (April)... Everything was awesome (happy hour from 4-6=great savings)...
Dinner started with fresh raw veggies and mayo dip. Refreshing after too many days of eating out. Then a 1/4 order of onion rings. No one told us they would be delivered in the back of a dump truck. Huge. I would hate to see a full order. And way too greasy. Then came the oyster shooter in a way perfect cocktail sauce (they make their own but sell it). Mr. B demolished the oyster, I demolished the cocktail sauce. Way too good to let anyone throw that away! Salad wi blue cheese dressing. OK. Cole slaw. Good, with a light mayonaise dressing. Nothing fancy here. French bread and melted garlic butter. I could pass on that. We split a 16 oz rib eye dinner. Came with a good baked potato. Unfortunately the steak was tough and overcooked due to their presentation on a sizzling platter and a not so great quality of meat. Dinner includes dessert - we chose spumoni. Not anything special. Our server, Crystal, was delightful. Regulars, hint, she has a double. Her twin works there too. Overall, I could pass on a repeat for this place.
No denying the best steaks in town! Lived in Portland, OR my whole life and went to the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX 10 years ago and they advertised "Home of the 72 Oz Steak"! I mentioned OCK in Portland was the home of the 72 oz steak and it's been in in business longer! They said "we have a large chair you can sit in while everyone watches you eat at center stage!" I said gross!
Not the best steak but you'll get a lot for your money. The steaks are more on the dry and chewy side. The portions are huge! We had 13 adults and 3 kids and we all shared 1 order of onion rings, giblets and calamari which was plenty. Their fried food are greasy and the batter is really hard. The entrees come with relish, soup/salad, bread, choice of 1 side and ice cream. My boyfriend and I always share one entrÃ©e and still go home stuffed. Avoid this place on holidays or else you'll be waiting a long time for a table. They are already busy as is!
Most of the "special occasion" dinners of my youth were at the Sayler's in Beaverton. I had won a gift card from a facebook contest they did so the next time i was in Portland I wanted to give it a shot even though it was on the other side of town. Glad I did. Steaks here at this location were excellent. Had the porterhouse...just a big honkin' piece of steak with all of the classic accouterments that I loved as a child...the onion rings, the dipping sauce for the relish plate, the mushroom sauce and the corn.....great experience, old school atmosphere. I'm glad a relic of my childhood lives on through the original location in Portland. only problem was that the gravy for the mashed potato was salty. but overall a great time, I'll definitely be back when I'm in town again.
Sayler's deserves a solid three star rating, I am a fan and I keep going back, but each time I do go back I get a different experience. The first time I went I had wonderful service, the waitress was great and very personable. My wife and I had a great time and at the end of dinner the waitress gave us a card for a free plate of onion rings. The card said " You made your servers day better so enjoy a free order of onion rings on us." Second and Third time the service was very impersonal, not unpleasant, its the feeling that the waitress is overwhelmed and needs to get to a large amount of people as quickly as they can and don't have the time for small talk. What Sayler's has going for it is portion size. The price you see includes a relish tray, bread, salad, baked potato desert and your main entree. The Steak: The steak is a choice grade steak, the same quality your going to find in any super market, the downfall to their steak is that each cut tastes nearly the same. I have ordered the Ribeye, Porterhouse (T-bone), and Sirloin and they are nearly all identical in taste and tenderness, which shouldn't be the case. My wife likes the less tasteful but tender filet minion cut of steaks, the first time we came I ordered a 32 porter house and she ordered a service plate and I gave her the tenderloin cut. The second time we came she ordered her own plate and got a filet minion cut, but it wasn't any where near the tenderness that it should have been. I cant be 100% sure but I am wondering if they are really serving a tenderloin cut when you order the filet minion. My third time here I ordered the Porterhouse again, and you can "cut" the tenderloin portion with a fork, like it should be. Hrmm! The Onion Rings: If you like onion rings, try Saylers, they are awesome. They are a little more greasy than others, but they are really really good. The don't have a thick breading like most onion rings do, but thin and flaky. The lounge area is comical depending what mood you're in - its like a flash back from the 60's. If you are looking for servers that pride themselves in appearance and attitude you wont find it here. The older bar back only seems to know whats going on half the time, and the banter back and forth between the younger bar tender and the older lady is ridiculous. I am not sure if they hate each other or not.... I think they really do hate each other but have to work together so they make the most of it. In my household there are two people, my wife and I. Sayler's is for those times that the wife and I want a steak dinner, but we don't want to invest the time to go to the supermarket to go shopping for a steak dinner, nor want to spend an hour in the kitchen, plus added time for clean up. Saylers is for the meat lover who can enjoy a choice steak. Sayler's is not for those people who want a high end experience with the price to match, you won't find tapenade, romesco or some kind of puree topped prime cut here.
This place is good. It's a bit spendy and it's not the best steak I have ever had but really I love the relish tray you get. Huge fan of that. The wine list isn't the best either but the mixed drinks are good. It's also nice to have a lot of different ice cream choices for dessert too.
Excellent food, service and value. Filet Mignon was cooked perfectly (med rare) and the relish tray was tasty. The garlic butter is to die for !!! Ive walked by this unassuming building many times, by mistake! Had I known, I'd have been dining here sooner!!!
I have just recently become aware of this place, and will definitely be coming back. I brought my team from my work to take them out for all their hard work. One of my team recommended here, and after researching it, I agreed. First off, they do not take reservations. Plan it out before you get there to make sure you are not stuck waiting. We got there ahead of time, and they were able to get us a large table for our team. They are also known for the 72oz Steak Challenge, so if you are willing to belly up, the famished eater will not go away disappointed. They bring out dishes of raw veggies and pickles, with sour cream and chives for dipping to start with, along with some brad. Both were quite good, and a good prelude to a heavier meal. We also ordered the onion rings, and fried gizzards. The onion rings were very good, and the fried gizzards were more of a novelty. Now this is not a steak house that makes you order everything a la carte. Your meal includes the protein, a side choice, salad or soup, and ice cream. And the prices are extremely reasonable for what you get. The steaks there are quite good. I ordered the 24oz bone in rib eye, and was quite pleased with how it turned out. Cooked perfectly medium-rare, I was in heaven. Most of my team also ordered steak, and everyone said it was great. Only the two people who ordered the halibut said it was dry, but hey, this place is known for its steak. A little more on the mature side for the clientele, which is nice for a quiet place to grab a bite. I will definitely be bringing the family back here.
This is for sure an old school joint. Every time we go there it feels as though I'm eating at a retirement home, but I still love going all the same. A retirement home, not in a bad way, it just seems that every time we are there, most people are over 60. But I know a ton of my younger friends always go. I go for their happy hour. We always love going. We get the: peppered steak bites, relish tray, potato skins, mozzarella sticks, french bread, onion rings and the burger every time we go. It's cheap and tastes delicious. The portions are big and you never leave feeling hungry. It's always consistent and every time we leave we feel like we have to roll ourselves out of there because we stuff ourselves silly. There is video poker there so it's a ritual to stuff ourselves and then go hopefully win some money on those machines. If you are looking for a yummy meal for a cheap price, head over to Sayler's HH. I hear their dinner is good too, their prime rib etc are supposed to be very yummy. I'll try that soon.
On my first visit here since over a decade ago when I completed the 72 oz challenge, I realized nothing has changed from the decor to the food! *I'm # 121 & still have my OCK t-shirt! They've got great food and haven't lost sight of the customer!!! HINTS to conquering the 1 hr. - 72 oz challenge (steak only served rare): -eat the rare inside of the steak first cause your jaw will get extremely tired. -cut smaller pieces than normal & don't chew just swallow them. -skip the water & drink soda cause it helps you burp. GOOD LUCK!
This is a place we go on a regular basis. We have been known to be seen in Sayler's, knives in hand, ready to go, up to five times in a month. We found Sayler's back in 2008 and never looked back. At that time I can say we did go to several other places trying steaks looking for a regular stop, and were impressed with the quality of steak here. You get a nice little relish tray with olives, baby corn, carrots, celery and pickles. We always ask for ranch and not the sour cream mayo mix they traditionally serve up. We always start off with the buffalo wings, which we were actually disappointed when we first went, we had not seen them directly on the menu, but one of our regular waitresses, Diane, mentioned we could order them. You get 7 crispy wings in an order for $4.95 and they are a decent size wing too, not too hot. I have started off my dinners with the Shrimp cocktail, in the past, however, their shrimp are really a decent size and I am there for the steak, not the shrimp, they were cramping my style, so we stopped ordering that to focus on the main event. I have had the prime rib, which when ordered medium rare is tender and really good. I switched to rib eye for awhile and was not disappointed, at all, with that choice and finally went to filet mignon. Now, that was where I have stayed. I have never had one this good, ever. I, usually, get the 8 oz and it is plenty. Now, the fish platter, is something else I was eating for a while, to make sure my love of red meat didn't get me a full blown lecture from the doctor. I get it grilled and have to say the flavor is good, not fishy, but you have to tell the waitress to tell them to not overcook it. I have had some fish come out like saw dust and with the fish costing as much as a steak, you want it to be right. The fish, is a really good portion size as well. Very good choice for the none red meat eaters that tagged along with you to Sayler's. Now, I might be prejudiced against the fried chicken because I am from Kentucky and grew up on my grandmother's southern fried chicken. One day I thought I'd try it because somebody had gotten it next to me and it look great. However, it had zero flavor and I mean like no salt or magic batter, nothing. I have to say that was really the first major disappointment there and then remembered they are a steak house, not a chicken house, so all was right with the world again. Then you get to end all this great food out with a little dish of ice cream if you can fit it. If you want to save some money here, they offer a split plate deal. If you go with somebody who likes the same cut of meat as you do, order the service plate, it is $9.95 and you both get the same dinner, but how it was explained to me, is the steak will come out on one of your plates and you just cut it how you want it. The waitress told me if you one of you like it medium rare and the other medium, they will take one part of it back, after you cut it and warm it to medium. You can shave off quite a bit off the tab, depending on which cut of meat you get. Enjoy!
For some reason, we opted for fish on our first visit here. I had a crab louis & the wife had halibut. I won. Her halibut was WAY overcooked. My crab louis was... OK. The crab tasted like it had been frozen & defrosted TWICE ... kinda mushy with minimal taste, but the rest of the salad was good. The portion was fine & the 1000 Is. dressing was delicious. The steaks at other tables looked fine & the prices are reasonable, so we'll be back for another try. For now, it's a no-go for their fish. I wouldn't attempt this place for anything but meat items.
Why only 4 Stars? I waffled because the food was great. Service was good. Steak cooked perfectly. But the wine selection was weak. They give you the additional wine menu, nice touch - it is a steak house, there was only 4 choices for a red wine, you didn't need an additional menu for that. The restaurant isn't tready, but it is a classic, definetly a Portland landmark. There is a reason that they have been in business so long. They do steaks and they do steaks right. Go hungry. This is no time to count calories. Time to splurge. Get all the courses. Start with the onion rings - A MUST HAVE! Best onion rings anywhere. I've had onion rings is San Fransisco, LA, Vegas and hands down - the best you will ever have!!! They bring a veggie tray, with great dipping sauce. Fresh bead with butter and garlic olive oil. Dinner. Then ice cream to finish a great meal. Excellent value. Great steaks. A Portland must! Bring your parents, a real throwback to the classic steak house.
Imagine walking into an outrageously large, dated restaurant with walls covered in 70's era memorabilia. A waitress seats you in a booth, where you're closely surrounded by cute elderly couples. You start off your meal with a platter of unlimited veggie relish consisting of canned olives, canned baby corn, pickles, celery sticks, carrot sticks, and a vat of bottomless sour cream and chives for dipping. Upon polishing off 6 servings of veggie relish to yourself, you're presented with your choice of creamy coleslaw, a cream-based soup, or a wet, prepackaged iceberg lettuce salad with fried croutons and some sort of cream-based salad dressing. Midway through finishing your coleslaw, soup or salad, the waitress brings out a giant basket of steamy, thickly sliced white bread and a bowl of hot, bottomless, garlic oil. Nine slices of bread and 2 cups of garlic oil later, you're not feeling particularly hungry so you opt for the 40 ounce steak rather than the 72 ounce steak. Your perfectly broiled and seasoned cut of steak comes out on a sizzling platter with a large cup of butter slices and a side of creamy mashed potatoes, a giant baked potato, or a bowl of white rice. To finish off your meal, you're offered a choice from about 5 different varieties of artificially flavored "ice cream" dairy dessert. ...No, this is not a pre-Robert Irvine restaurant from Restaurant Impossible. This is Sayler's Old Country Kitchen. Sayler's offers the best no frills, affordable and delicious steak, in a non-strip club setting in the Portland area. Yes, the restaurant and decor is old, and the majority of the side dishes come from cans or from the freezer, but for $20-$30 per person, you can get a darn good steak that trumps even the best steakhouses in the area. Don't forget to also throw in a full order of onion rings, some fried mushrooms, and a few oyster shooters, because God forbid that you're still hungry after eating a 4000+ calorie meal. If you're thinking that you can come to Sayler's for a fresh, healthy, five-star meal, then you're seriously out of your mind.
We had dinner at Saylors last Tues night and it was wonderful. I had the Filet Mignon and my husband had a Ribeye. Both steaks were wonderful, although a bit rarer than the medium we requested. All the sides were very good also and the Onion rings are fabulous. On a Tuesday it's not as crowded either. This was our 2nd visit and we will definitely return.
We visited this place, due to its high ratings and the limited options for steakhouses in the area. The staff was very cordial, and the atmosphere definitely maintained an "old school" family restaurant vibe. The prices were a little high, but you do receive a lot of food, including your choice of a soup or salad, baked potato, and dessert to go along with your entree. Being from the south, we expected a lot more flavor from the steaks, but we weren't sure what the cooking style was for the Pacific Northwest. It was definitely fun to see someone try their hand at the famous 72 ounce steak! I chose to get the veggie platter, and it was just way too much food! I felt bad that I didn't finish my plate, but it was way over my limit. Nothing we tried was bad, but the prices were a little high for the quality. It's nice to see regulars returning and people celebrating momentous occasions together in this memorable place!
Old school steak house with a decent senior's menu for my folks. The atmosphere was dated and the place was packed but we were seated within 10 minutes. Meals include a veggie tray appetizer, bread, and your choice of ice cream for dessert.
Everybody jokes about how Sayler's is an old folks home without any residential accommodations. Then you walk in. It is. It totes is. The service was kinda slow and a little scattershot, but the kitchen tries its level best to drown you in food. I got the New York strip. It was pretty fucking good. Next time I'll either get the baked potato or hold the gravy on the mashers. You get this bowl of some kind of doctored sour cream that's meant as a dip for the relish tray but was born to be put onto starchy tubers. I got the cole slaw instead of soup/salad and was slightly confused when a pile of shredded cabbage was delivered. My order kinda slipped my mind and I guess I've gotten used to cole slaw with a slightly greater variety of veggies. I forgot that cole slaw is all about the dressing and this dressing was amazing. The only problem I had was the cooks are the kind of semi-competent dipshits who believe that well done = burnt. Fortunately they display their ignorance and relative lack of skill on the menu. I dunno, guys, if the stinky dudes at Sassy's can pull off a juicy well done steak, I'm not sure what the fuck your deal is. I'd never come here if I was footing the bill, but if the old man wants to spring, I'll follow him here any time.
So this past week, I've gotten to pop the Sayler's cherries of two of my friends. I'm pretty proud of this achievement. I think the last time I was here for actual dinner was about a year ago. The times I've been here for happy hour...quite a few. Pepper steak bites, jalepeno poppers, calamari, garlic bread, onion rings, beer. Just writing this is making my stomach growl. Both of my friends were pretty happy and were both excited to go back for dinner, so I'm glad it was a hit with them!
Sayler's isn't a fancy, upscale, ultra high-quality joint, but it doesn't try to be either. This is the place to go to enjoy a steak and a drink without having to put on a tie. It's nice enough for a birthday dinner or an anniversary and casual enough to stop in when you're just feeling the need for meat. There's nothing here to really rave about. The dinners are delicious and plentiful without being at all pretentious. The service is a little slow, but always very friendly. It is a refreshing departure from the usual hipster wait-staff found at trendier Portland establishments. If you want faster service, there's a Jack-in-the-Box down the street. I've never gone wrong with a rib-eye or prime rib. The top sirloin isn't bad, but it's just top sirloin. Spend the extra couple bucks for a nicer cut. Don't fill up on bread, because there's the relish tray, the salad, the entree, the side (baked, mashed, fries, or mash), and a dish of ice cream for dessert. If you're feeling adventurous and have an extra $10 to spend, get a side of scallops drowning in garlic butter. They're perfectly tender and moist.
I have been wanting to eat here for some time and it did not disappoint. Great steaks, sides and wonderful service. If your looking for a great place to eat you have found it! A little more pricey then I expected but well worth it.
Old Country Kitchen is a SE Portland Classic. My grandparents have been frequenting this location since the 1950's. Stepping inside is stepping into an era of classic steakhouses gone by. Its all a little bit dated, but that isn't a bad thing and in fact lends a level of charm and uniqueness to the restaurant. But what is eating there like? The Good: -ONION RINGS! The onion rings served here are out of this world and are among the most unique I have ever tasted. It would be a travesty to eat here without getting an order of their onion rings. -Great Service: Servers are always friendly and promptly get what you need The So So: -The Entrees: Honestly, I am not a steak person. So while many say Sayler's serves a delicious steak...to me it just tastes like steak. Unfortunately, unlike other steakhouses Sayler's doesn't offer much variety beyond steak. Yes, they have some seafood options, but I am allergic and their one chicken item is pretty blah. For me, the best part of Sayler's is their incredible Onion Rings. It is unfortunate their menu does not offer more variety beyond steak otherwise I would enjoy going there more often with my family.
Never again is what we said last night walking out the door... It was my birthday and I thought to go for a steak made by the pros. Went there family, the waitress was forgetful and disorganized (on a week day). When the food came, our steaks were either over cooked (my 32 oz Porterhouse ordered med-rare, care medium-well and had no seasoning except for oil) or undercooked (two others at the table). When you over cook a steak, you have to start from scratch and its a waste of meat. while everyone else ate their food, we were handed the bill!!! even before we were finished and I hadn't even got my steak back.... the manager was a dick for lack of better words and would not comp. any part of our bill, nor did he try to make up for it in any other capacity. I used to love coming here, but this experience left me with my tongue out.
First, lower your expectations to zero, after a lifetime of driving by a rotating sign with a steak on it. Then, roll your eyes and drag your feet as you are led in to Sayler's against your will. Scoff at the steak-shaped menu. Fear for your life as you read the options and frantically try to order something that's not meat, just in case. Look around at all the various people in line, willing to wait 90 minutes for a table. You'll see some hipsters, some oldsters, some families and couples, country folk and city folk. They can't ALL be wrong, right? So.....give up the fight. Do what the Sayler-ites do. Order with zeal. I sampled the onion rings, jalapeno poppers, relish tray, bread with garlic butter and herbs, french fries, salad and finally a medium-well 6-ounce filet mignon. 7-and-7 for the cocktail and a wonderful bottle of red wine. It was all shockingly good. I would dare to say the steak was 5-stars. I know, I'm surprised too, but cool things can happen when one lets go of assumptions.
This is the restaurant of my youth--although we were often at the west side location when it was open--and I have many fond family memories of this unpretentious salute-to-beef restaurant. In fact, one of my family members knew Gene Sayler, and he would always come to our table to make sure everything was great. I've had my share of 5-star meals there, too. Unfortunately, something was off the last two times I've been there, which were both recent. One of my family members couldn't cut through the prime rib, and it was so rare, it was still mooing. My steak had a large swath of inedible gristle. The thing I always loved about the Country Kitchen was their consistency. They were consistently good, and the wait staff was attentive. Now, eh...not so much. I'm not giving up on you, Country Kitchen, but I hope you read this and address some of the quality issues.
Outdated bad food. Microwaved bread, dry and rubbery sautÃ©ed halibut that went back to the kitchen, green salad that was fresh a week ago. The only acceptable dish was the French fries. Avoid.
Great relish plate and wonderful steak! Love their happy hour as well. Lucky to have it so close to my house. Worth checking out for sure!
Judging by the sign alone, this is my kinda joint. HOLY COSMIC BEINGS A GIANT STEAK TWIRLING IN THE AIR SIGN!! That sign alone warrants five stars! The menu it's self was also in the shape of a steak! AHHH!! There is also a FOOD CHALLENGE (I love places with food challenges) which is to eat the biggest steak ever and risk certain death in doing so! Not many people have succeeded over the years. My boyfriend was tempted to try, but we didn't have money in the bank to cover him if he failed, so maybe another time. The ambiance was not quite as tacky as I was hoping for, but the sign and menus make up for all! The food was actually pretty good, I wasn't as impressed with the onion rings as I'd hoped to be from reading other's reviews. I had a filet mignon which was pretty darn good, my mom claimed her steak was as good as the one's she'd just recently had in Texas. My boyfriend got something that I can't remember but he enjoyed it. The staff was friendly and warm and funny, so all and all another place I deem radical. Huzzah!
Omm nom nom Good steak....check! Amazing onion rings....check! Good prices for amount of food you get....check! Although this place makes you want to say "I see old people" every time you walk in, the food is always good. The service is decent, and you never leave hungry. You HAVE to order the onion rings. Nuff said. Each dinner/lunch meal comes with the relish plate with friggin amazing sour cream dip. Then comes the bread with garlic spread, soup or salad, your meal ( My fave is the filet mignon or top serloin), and last but not least ice cream! Oh yeah, and if ordering salad. I suggest getting dressing on the side. It's all too often that I have ordered salad here with WAY too much dressing on it. So much so, that you can hardly eat it. The last time I was there we did encounter a not-so-friendly hostess that was a tad rude and seemed like she did not want to be there. But overall have never really had any problems here. The waitresses are typically great. Beware of ordering fish/chicken here though. Many times it comes breaded and is not specifically stated on the menu. Someone in our party ordered the 'baked halibut' and it came breaded. Not what one would perhaps expect, so you might want to ask before ordering. The bar/lounge area is like a time warp. Very old and dark....good happy hour prices, again....you may probably be the youngest one there by at least 20+ years. Always a good time.
FIVE STARS!?! Really? I know many people that would ask that question; hey folks, five stars because Saylers is what it is and it's damn good at it! Come here for an old school steak dinner on a sizzling platter with a baked potato and some warm bread. Don't f****ing come here for the side dishes, vegetables, wine list or anything else that isn't meat and potatoes. This is your Fathers place, or maybe even your Grandfathers place. They've been doing this since 1945 and they got it down pat. We arrived on a Friday night, the place was so crowded we circled the parking lot for 20 minutes to find a place to park. Once in the place we put our names in and literally had to push our way through to get to the bar to wait. As I said the place was amazingly crowded, and this a huge restaurant. We were told a 35 minute wait, it was actually less than that and our time at the bar was pleasant and refreshing. Three of us ordered the 24 .oz Bone-in Ribeye, medium rare, the honored citizen in our party had the Filet from the senior menu, and we all had salads with their house made blue cheese dressing, which was excellent! All steaks were perfectly prepared, tender and flavorfull, on a sizzling hot platter; there was plenty of butter and sour cream with chives for the baked potato (Note to the people who wrote reviews saying the 'dip' was lousy, it wasn't dip you morons, it was for the baked potato!) at the table. Just like an old school restaurant, desert was included, a scoop of ice cream of your choice, I had spumoni..yum! As I said, the place was very crowded and they moved people through there quickly, courteously and efficiently. Except for the seemingly endless circling of the parking lot, I never felt crowded or rushed and the entire evening was exceedingly pleasant. In a town filled with excellent eateries its seems like almost around every corner, it's nice to know and old standby is still here, still doing it well and still doing it exactly the same way they did it when Tommy Dorsey was playing on the Juke Box in the lounge.
Ron Swanson would be proud.
wow, the worse dining experience EVER. Thought it was a good place because of the reviews, but it is obvious they only post the good reviews. 3 of our 4 dishes were not cooked right at all. If steak is something you want, this is not the place to go. The burgers are OK at best. The server we had acted like she was USED to customers returning their dishes, she didn't seem shocked or surprised when we told her how awful our food was. The manager didn't even apologize. He came to our table and the first thing he said was, 'what's the problem here'. We are new to the Portland area and this is not a place you want to try out as your first dining experience, or your last.
My family drives past the rotating steak almost daily & for Father's Day we figured it would be a great time to try the steak house. It was Father's Day, so it was busy, they quoted us a 15 minute wait & we waited about 30-45 minutes & with restless kids it can become frustrating, however, I could easily look past the wait time because like I said, we knew it was busy. When we were seated we were greeted right away by a very bubbly waitress (she is in fact the ONLY reason Saylors get 2 stars instead of 1). She was very on top of drinks and making sure we had we needed. We ordered onion rings for our appetizer, they were so oily, it was hard to enjoy them, but they were onion rings, they are supposed to be oily, so I'll look past that as well. We got our relish plate right about the same time, it was alright, nothing to special, but nothing to really complain about. Then came our salad & bread. The salad is one of the salads you can get at the grocery store in bag, with croutons & dressing on top of it. Really nothing special & that was pretty disappointing, since I can buy the same salad for $3 at the store. The steaks then came.... I can no longer look the other way.... My boyfriends 16 oz rib eye was about half fat, so even though he paid for a 16 oz, he really only got an 8 oz, he ordered it medium & it was served RARE. I ordered the fillet Mignon, it was cooked right, but neither steak had any flavor at all. We both had to drown them in sauce to get any kind of flavor. Its just really disappointing that this is a steak house & we've had better steaks at Applebee's. We really wanted to like, it but we can have better steaks for a much better price & any other family restarant. I actually wish we would have went to the Denny's across the steet instead & thats a big bummer!
The food at this place is bomb.. The sour cream is to die for and the steak is so juicy and moist.. I love every time I get a chance to go here!
My brother and I got here at 3:55pm. Hostess sat us down promptly and menus delivered to us. Ordered thd following: 28 oz ribeye 24 oz. New York steak Mash potatoes with gravy Coleslaw Calamari Gizzards Onion rings Drinks Soup First came the appetizers. Fried calamari, gizzards, onion rings, and coleslaw was really good. They use the same batter for all three. Good crispness. Coleslaw is amazing! The waitress is fast and friendly with a smile. The only bad part was the waiting time for the steaks. Finally came out after 45 mins. Steaks were par. Mash potatoes and gravy were too salty. The bill came out to 83 dollars and tipped the waitress the rest. All in all, I had better steaks but the gizzards I would definitely come back for.
West side steak lovers like myself are still mourning the loss of Sayler's Old Country Kitchen in Beaverton. Watching the Old Country Kitchen being torn down was like driving a nail in my heart. However, we do have consolation in the fact that the original Sayler's Old Country Kitchen on SE Stark is still in existence. Stepping into Sayler's is like taking a step back in time. The brown interior, the server's uniforms, and the clam shell menu are all reminiscent of the 1970's (or perhaps earlier.) For old geezers like me that is a very pleasant place to be. However, one look at Sayler's prices will quickly transport you from the past right into the present. Sayler's prices have eked up over the years to the point where this is no longer a bargain place to dine. With your meal comes soup or salad, a relish dish, and bread. This formula has worked well over the years and Sayler's has been wise enough not to change it. One look around the room will convince you that these are the type of folks who would not want anything about Sayler's to change. That's not a back handed slap either. I include myself in this group. The steaks. Sayler's steaks are perfectly cooked to order and delicious. Best steak in Portland? Afraid not. There are many other restaurants in Portland that can serve you a better beef steak. The fried onion rings. Sayler's fried onion rings are tasty and virtually grease- less. However, Ringside Restaurant has always beat Sayler's Old Country Kitchen in the fried onion ring category. Some things are better left unchanged. People change but the best kind of friend is one who's loyalty never changes. Sayler's Old Country Kitchen has been commendably loyal to it's customers for many years. Thank you Sayler's for being such a good old friend!
Just went for 1st time. Man oh man. Prime rib perfection. And they have fried chicken gizzards to boot. Onion rings were awesome.The place was PACKED! Staff was super friendly/courteous. I'm going back. Often. They just got a customer for life.
3 complete tenderloin steak dinners $75 bucks..Great service and a really tasty steak cooked to perfection and onion rings that are a little different than year's past but still good...
Of all the places to eat in the Portland Metro area...This is #1. We just had our 25th Anniversary Dinner at Sayler's last night. Saylers always has great food consistently. We average at least twice a month at this wonderful place. I would recommend it 150% to anyone who loves a good steak, homemade salads (they do not use bagged salad), homemade wonderful soups, great bread with garlic butter, ECT.... great place for casual great dining.
Haven't been here in years and let me just say, it will not be another 4 years before I set foot in this place again! Loved the food, missed the atmosphere. Took my wife and friend's here for dinner because I wanted a good steak. Got the t-bone and my wife got the fillet. Delicious Delicious Delicious! Everything was perfect and the food was amazing. You get a bread tray, relish tray, dip, melted butter, soup or salad, entree, and desert! Come on! My wife and I also got an appitizer and the whole meal was 50 bucks! A 20oz steak and a 12oz fillet, cook to perfection along with everything else for 50 bucks! If you haven't been here, you better go cause it's delicious. Don't think about it! Just do it!
This restaurant has been a favorite of my family for generations. I really recommend the Filet Mignon, super tender, delicious, and home-made onion ring on top! Includes veggie tray, bread, and ice cream; YES, ICE CREAM!!! :)
A Portland Institution that for many is a lifetime affinity. That said, this is by no means the best steak you could have. I will say this, they cook a perfect steak... so long as you like medium rare. We ordered three porterhouses, medium rare, medium well, and well. We received three medium rare porterhouses. Clearly, that night, the kitchen was backed up (we waited so long we needed an extra relish plate, which was graciously provided). Our girls loved the steak fingers (and I might have tried a few, just so I could warrant the correctness of that opinion). More family-friendly than Mortons, more local flair than Black Angus, this is exactly the experience the great big roadside rotating steak leads you to expect. Steakhouse. Just not done medium well.
Seriously one of the best steak places in town. It's unassuming and casual unlike most of the other steak restaurants in Portland. The focus is on the steak itself, which for me is the most important thing. Not the best romantic dinner ambiance, so I wouldn't take a first or second date. If you love a good filet or NY steak check it out! Also, the onion rings are one of my favorites.
We went here for the first time last night. I have been wanting to go here for over a year now. I was so pleasantly surprised. The steak was THE BEST I have ever had. I got the top sirloin cooked medium rare. Ohhh my word, juicy and tender and really good seasoning. The mashed potatoes were so good, and I loved the gravy. The relish tray was fresh and a nice touch to a restaurant meal- that's not done at any other restaurant I've been to. The bread and melted garlic butter was drool worthy. Please Saylor's don't EVER change a thing!!!! Your perfect just as you are! Thanks for a great meal and experience.
This has been my favorite place for a steak for years. My family always celebrates our birthdays here and have never had a bad time. Thanks to the great staff for making this such a pleasant and fun place to go!
I have eaten at Sayler's since I was about 9. They have top-quality steaks and seafood, a nice atmosphere and most of the servers know me by name. The hamburgers are a great happy-hour option, try ordering onion rings (reverse-batter) with a side of ranch. The steaks are top-quality, and the value is there for a warm and friendly place. The 6 oz. Halibut is also great. I eat here on a regular basis.
Second time I have eaten here. The food was ok, service was excellent. NO military discount so this will be my last time, odd with all the veteran memorials throughout Oregon.
My husband wanted a steak for his birthday meal. We're new to the area so we asked around at where to find the best steak. We were told Sayler's. We ended up going earlier than planned (around 5pm) and they were just opening for the evening. We could tell this is a place that has regular long-established customers. Pros Onion Rings appetizer was fantastic and I would go back just for them. My husband said his steak (I don't recall which kind) was top 5 he's ever had. The place was clean and the staff I encountered were all friendly. Despite being a pretty typical steak house, they did have a garden burger and some other veggie choices. Cons I did have a bit of an issue with our waitress. She had obviously been there a long time and seemed to know many of the other patrons in our seating area. She was very nice, but also very flighty. I would try to ask her a question and she'd walk off distracted before I could ask. My husband didn't get his salad and we never got our bread. By the time we noticed and would have asked, our food was out and she left before we could ask about it. I would have complained but there really was never a chance. It became a bit comical so we just paid and left. There were enough positives that I'm willing to go back and try it again. Perhaps it was just an off night. If you're going there for the first time, be sure to mention it so they can explain what comes with the meal, etc.
It's a steak house, order a steak and enjoy. Order chicken and eat a dry, overcooked piece of poultry.
Boy sure has changed. What happened to the gravy? This is just like beef bullion. Yuck for such good meat. And the onion rings came full of broken pieces like they skimmed the grease vat. Still good meat or I'd forget it. Try making the gravy better.
This place just rocks...If you want a great steak and great service, this is the place to go. When we go there we always ask for the same server and her name is Diane. She keeps our drinks filled and the food coming. We have never had an issue with our steaks or the service. Love this place.
On our recent quest to find more family-friendly dining establishments that would be able to accommodate a sometimes noisy 10-month-old, we happened upon Sayler's, and well...it's freakin' awesome. Sayler's blows the high-end places like Morton's out of the water (I've had steak at Ruth's Chris, Shula's,Ringside and Portland City Grill as well). I may be slightly biased, because I think that Morton's really sucks. But...Sayler's really does put out a great steak...much better than the one I had at Morton's...super juicy and tender and just dripping in butter. And...the price cannot be beat. Service was very chipper.... The steak selections here are vast, as is the menu, which is adorably-shaped like a gigantic steak. The meals are complete, and come with starter, entree, typical side and a standard family restaurant dessert of ice cream or sherbet. Meals also come with a bread basket and a relish tray filled with veggies, pickles, olives and dip. Hubby got the smallest Porterhouse with fries, which was so huge, we brought leftovers home to eat for dinner the following night. The 6 oz,. fillet with baked potato was perfect for me. I was very impressed with how much butter they provided. A dish of butter was provided in the event you wished to top your already buttery steak with more butter, and the garlic-butter dipping sauce for the bread was wonderful. All in all, I like the nostalgic, old-school decor and ambiance of Sayler's. This is a comfortable place to dine. The customers are highly unpretentious, and no one minded when my 10 month old began yelling out of boredom from her high chair at the end of our meal. She is far to young to appreciate the wonders of Sayler's Old Country Kitchen, but in time, she will.... We will surely return here...
Another recommendation from a friend of mine to try because he mentioned how great they were. It was ok to say the least, but almost expected for a family owned and operated restaurant. We also had the luxury of witnessing a woman being rolled out on a stretcher(uhhh, check please?). This joint is home of the 72oz sirloin steak challenge. If you finish it within an hour and all the sides that comes along with it, it's free! I salute all those that have completely the challenge and dare to eat another bite of steak after. If that was me, I would NEVER be able to look at another slab of steak the same way again. I ordered the halibut steak which was overcooked, but my girlfriend ordered the prime rib which was pretty good and tender so I finished most of her plate! After finishing off our meal it came with a dessert (ice cream). I definitely come back and try their steak challenge, split across 7 people though!
Another great place for fried chicken, and yes their steaks are excellent too. No matter what you order, there is enough to feed a small family on your plate when your meal arrives. Although service is prompt, this is a place your dinner will take a minimum of an hour or more so it's a nice place to wine, dine and wax eloquent with friends and family. They start you out with your drinks, a relish tray, warm bread and garlic butter so you won't go hungry while you wait for your entree. If you are in for a quicker meal though, I'd skip this restaurant. The wait staff have always been friendly on the several occasions I've dined here. They sell their yummy salad dressings for take home tastiness too.
Really good value for money. It's not often that you find restaurants serving full dinners, including dessert. I had a 16 oz ribeye that was very good, well marbled, perfectly cooked, the wife had the combination seafood food plate (sautÃ©ed in garlic butter instead of fried), and both of us were well satisfied. It's a good place for kids, too, and the only thing holding it back from more stars is the almost cafeteria-like ambience. While we were finishing our desserts, we overheard the waitress at the table next to us explain to a regular customer (an older gentleman dining solo) that his meal was on the house, because they like to take care of their regulars during the holiday season. I thought it was a nice gesture and one that you don't see often at "chain" restaurants. We'll definitely go back when we're in the mood for no-frills dining.
Dang good steaks and seafood and I love the relish tray....Drinks...well they are great price and strong !!! I will be back !!!
If you are looking for a good mid-range priced steak dinner $18-30 dollars Sayler's is a good choice. The steaks are good for that price range and the onion rings are great. I think the sides defiantly leave something to be desired. I would say that Outback is a better value at this price range. The meat is about the same quality at both restaurants but the sides at Outback are tastier and the atmosphere more fun. However, if I was looking for a place to take my Dad or Grandparents I'd pick Sayler's. There is something about Sayler's that just appeals to Baby Boomers and their parents. Also, the wait can be pretty long on Friday and Saturday nights at the early seating 5-8 but it tends to clear out in the later evening. (Remember, I said that older folks really like it.) Also, while they are open at lunch there is no "lunch menu" so expect dinner pricing.
Why does that guy in the mural look like my Grandpa from 1968? Is it? No... But holy look-a-like Batman, it could be. I introduced my spawn to the beauty of what we call a "Grandparents restaurant". Back in the day when cholesterol wasn't a glaring number in your medical files, you came here to get your Steak on. Oh man, I love and dearly miss those times!! We had the sauteed mushrooms and the veggie plate to start off. The kids devoured the veggie plate which consisted of olives, carrots, celery and pickles. Being a little over 7 and 5 years old, their excitement of finger food in a restaurant went well with the Roy Rogers and Shirley Temples. Our elderly neighbors smiled indulgently when the giggles got a little too loud. The husband ordered the fried oysters, which I didn't resist stating, "Darling, we are at a Steak place that has a sign in the shape of a steak." I don't do seafood, so I didn't sample his pan fried oysters, but he was quiet until the plate was empty. A good sign for sure. I ordered the smallest Fillet Mignon and smiled contentedly after the last bite. Medium rare is the way to go. Reservations aren't taken but that was fine as we got right in. The servers were pleasant, tentative and kept my glass full of Pendleton and Coke. It was a nice night. I swear that guy in the mural who looks like Grandpa, winked at me.
I absolutely adore Sayler's! Great food and a phenomenal atmosphere! Reminds me of a classic dinner club. I've loved everything I've had there and the onion rings are to die for! Don't let other reviews scare you off! I'm a professionally trained Chef and have never been let down when ordering a steak. These guys know what they're doing! Not to mention the server are incredibly attentive and very friendly! Enjoy!
Desi is an AWESOME server--lively, funny, and super attentive. Awesome food--OMG Prime Rib, and I love the relish tray, warm bread and garlic butter, and ice cream that comes with dinner!! YUMMY!!!
Very old school, retro, casual restaurant for steak. They've been around for decades & it doesn't look like they've changed anything, including the decor. They must operate under the, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" model. I recommend starting off with the deep fried mushrooms, gizzards, or onion rings. Their steak dinners are served with your choice of a baked potatoe or mashed potatoe & include soup or salad. You also get warm bread & a yummy relish plate full of pickles, olives, carrots, celery, & baby corn. If that isn't enough to get you full, the ice cream will. Food coma for real!
I went there right after Christmas for a steak dinner. My time there, like in the past, was amazing. To start, the waitress was very nice and polite. I've had her as a server many times in the past, and she does a good job every time. From the time I ordered to when I got my entree was no less than 20 minutes, which I thought was great timing. The onion rings that they have are delicious. I always make sure to get a order of them every time I go there. The cream of chicken soup that I ordered was well seasoned, very tasty, the chicken was cooked perfectly. I'd recommend getting this whenever they have it as the soup of the day. I ordered the 12oz top sirloin for my entree, and they cooked it to perfection. Their mushroom sauce that they have goes very well with the steak. To get the perfect balance of flavor from both the sauce and the steak, you'll need to cut the steak to thin slices. Overall my experience was very great, and I'd recommend this fine establishment to anyone looking for a nice steak for dinner.
No one will ever understand the constant stress I was having these past few days of deciding whether this place deserves 4 or 5 stars. 4 was my final decision, only because the atmosphere was not quite on fleek, ya dig? Also, it was quite pricey, but only because the food was insanely GINORMOUS. Is that a word? I have decided it is. This place is glorious and deserves significant recognition. If you want a meal that is huge and satisfies, this is the place to come. Also, be sure to order an appetizer of Onion Rings, they're the best onion rings pretty much evvaaarrr. TL;DR: Amazing food and huge servings. Would have gave it 4.5 if I could.
Today, I have to, unfortunately, revise my review of Saylor's. My wife and I have been coming to Saylor's for happy hour and special occasions for over 15 years. The food has always been the best part but the service has been adequate to good, especially in the bar. Today, we decided to have happy hour and quickly found a table. The bar was about 80% full and there were four people working in the bar. We sat for 20 minutes and at no time were we acknowledged by any of the four bar staff. I've seen the bar fuller and at least been acknowledged by the bartender or wait staff upon entry or sitting. Today, we were ignored completely, including the point at which we walked out. I have over 25 years of customer service, including 10 in the food industry, bar tending and waiting tables. Even when I was most busy, I still acknowledged new patrons and let them know I would be with them shortly. We weren't given the courtesy of a smile or acknowledgement, even when the staff made eye contact. I hope this is an anomaly and not the norm of what Saylor's has become after the rebranding. We'll return in a few weeks to give it another go, but if the service remains the same, we will look for a new steak house in Portland.
We went here for my husbands birthday, it's a great place to eat, we love the fresh bread and veggie tray with sour cream and chives. The chicken and steak are family favorites! They don't have the best dessert options, they do offer a free scoop of ice cream.
For now, I give this place 2 stars. I will go back and will hopefully give more stars. I really love the idea of this place. If you order dinner here you get a WHOLE dinner. They start with a platter of crudite and a delicious dip. Then you get warm potato bread with butter and garlic butter dip. Then you get a salad!!! It is just an iceberg salad but its ok. Then you get your main meal, which comes with a potato. Finally, you get ice cream or sherbet for dessert. My filet mignon was chewy. Really chewy. I could have made a much better steak at home. My buddy could barely chew his at all. Mine may have been freezer burned. Not sure. Good people watching here. I hope if (and when) I go back I get a better steak.
Happy hour...steak bites, veg plate, onion rings and wala... happiness washes over you. Funky old timey feeling bar, mix of customers. Service is prompt and attentive with out smothering or leaving you waiting
I've been going here since I was a kid..... Great choice! Love the steaks, halibut and fried chicken. :-) this place is always busy especially for dinner service and they don't take reservations. They are however very organized and will seat you pretty fast. you will never leave this place hungry!
Best customer service in Portland. Be careful Because the steaks do run slightly rare. But the food is delicious.
After being told to eat here by a few of our friends, we finally decided to give it a try last night. I'm pretty sure I'm still recovering from the meal this morning. I ate way too much food, and I didn't even eat half of what I ordered. First they bring you a relish tray with baby corn, carrots, celery, pickles, and black olives. It comes with a house made sour cream, which has a slight sweetness to it but is pretty good. Then they bring warm bread with melted garlic butter to dip which was delicious! I'm a huge garlic fan so I'm a bit biased but the bread was nice and soft too. After that was a generic starter salad. It was good but nothing special. For the main course I got the 10oz prime rib with a baked potato. It was pretty good but I only ate half since I was so full. My husband got the porterhouse and baked potato. The steak was seasoned and cooked well. We had to skip the ice cream at the end because we both were too full. How I was too full for ice cream, I'm not entirely sure. Overall, the food and service were ok. I probably won't eat there again but I didn't mind our meal.
I was in tonight to pick up a to go order. They really messed it up again. How hard is it to get right or after listening to these servers talk to the cashier are thry doing it on purpose. Thats to bad if thats the case. The servers were talking with the cashier about how stingy the customers were. They actually pointed over to the table. When it was my turn to pick up my dinner to go the cashier was very rude throwing my dinner around as she quickly opened up the containers. A manager (with bald head) was over us as if I was a criminal making me feel horrible. I was beginning to like this place but I think Im not sure any more. Im a host where a lot of people listen to me. I have to not suggest this restaurant until they change their rude, strong arm behavior. Again, its to bad because I was so excited to eat here. I have the ear of about 15,000 food blog followers.
I have been a Sayler's patron since long before your Beaverton location closed.... Dinner tonight was AWESOME!!! Our waitress, Desiree was absolutely phenomenal!!! Most all of your wait staff is very nice and we are always very pleased when we come in for dinner.... Tonight was extra special because Desiree treated us like royalty!! She made suggestions on how to order our meals, and at the end did a custom split on our bill to make it easier for us... Thank you for the incredibly awesome service!!!
Great food but way overpriced for what you get. I prefer to cook it myself for a hundredth of the price.
I was hoping it would knock my socks off and it didn't. The restaurant is huge. They are popular and well known but very out dated. It needs a major overhaul. The waitress we had rocked, she was so awesome. It was our first time here so she had several suggestions for us and put us on the correct path. The food was good, the dinks were good but the bartender was overwhelmed and service in the bar was slow. You could feel tension from those waiting in the bar for a table. They serve good size portions and you can easily order too much. I wanted to try more so I will be back. I am still on a hunt for my favorite Portland Steakhouse.
This has become one of my family's go-to dinner places when we visit Portland. Before driving back to Seattle we have dinner with all my aunties, uncles, cousins and grandma here--often times it's a group of 15 of us. It's not possible to make reservations, so it can take half an hour or so for a group as large as ours to be seated. However, once we are seated the service is very efficient and the staff is always friendly and accommodating. When it comes to the food itself, I would consider Sayler's the Spaghetti Factory of steak houses. Most entrees come with salad and ice cream along with soft, warm, bread for the table. Just like the Spaghetti Factory, the food is good for the price.
Came in tonight with a party of 20 and were treated very well. We had to come in early because they don't take reservations but our waitress was awesome and so on top of everything. Service was 5 stars food on the other hand was not. For a place that is known for steak I was super disappointed with mine. I ordered the 10oz New York steak and it just didn't have any flavor. I asked for it to be cooked medium and it came out medium rare. The steak was just tough. Bread was ok, vegetables and dip were not good, salad was very overdressed, baked potato came with nothing on it at all, and the steak was tough. The ice cream was the best thing I ate. Maybe it was a fluke. Who knows but for 25$ for just my food I wasn't impressed. Again our service was great!
This is where I go for an affordable delicious steak in Portland more than anywhere else. Friendly service, generous portions and perfectly cooked steak. It's an East Portland institution and I hope it will remain to be so well into the future. I love the relish tray and garlic butter served with warm bread that you get with every dinner. They have a nice house-made ginger ale as well - or try it in a bourbon and ginger cocktail.
Exceed our expectation. Laurelhurst Market was a big disappoinment with their service so we came here for our dad birthday. The wait time was only 10' for 4 of us on a Friday night at 8:30 pm. The food was hot and tasty. The fillet mignon melted in my mouth. The dinner steak price is very reasonable and include Soup/ salad and dessert (ice cream). Our waitress was very fast and exceptional. She overhead our conversation about his birthday and she gave our dad a little birthday ice cream! Would definitely come back when ever we are in Oregon!!
Busy Saturday night but the service was fast and friendly. Our darling waitress always smiled despite having a full plate. You get a lot of food for your money, starting with veggies and dip, salad or soup (I recommend the coleslaw), baked potatoes or fries, bread with butter and an awesome garlic butter dip, and ice cream (I recommend the pineapple sherbet). You leave extremely satisfied. Awesome casual steak place.
Here we go again. I was there on business trip by myself, and had to stop by here get a take-out steak for dinner. I got T-bone steak, this time.As always Steak where cooked perfectly to my order even though it was take out. I also tried Deep fried steak finger and it was crispy batter outside and tender and juicy steak inside. What's not to like about this place? Maybe... only one down side for take out is they don't have plastic utensil(knife, fork, spoon).
A old fashion style restaurant with big servings and good service. Best bang for your buck. It's not a fancy steakhouse but you definitely get your money's worth. Their menu mainly consists of varieties of steak and not much else. Love the unlimited refills on their cruditÃ© plate and their French bread. We never leave the place hungry, in fact we usually have trouble eating the ice cream that comes at the end of the meal.
This place is old school, pat of butter on top and all. Circa 1970's mural with big hair and cigarettes and all. Waitresses with big hair and sweet, sassy attitudes and ALL. Don't be a dope, make a reservation. And if you have any cajones, enter the 72 oz steak challenge. I have no cajones. But I do enjoy all the steaks and the broiled chicken is To. Die. For. The sides are meh. Meh to the salad, meh to the crudite, meh to the soups. Meh to the seafood. Excellent onion rings. And dark wood steakhouse ambiance up the wazoo. Cool bar area and ice cream with every meal!
My husband loves this place because he gets to pig out on a super-sized steak without fear of judgment. I have had fish meals here and I find it just okay, it is a little too busy for my liking.
This is our second time here. We brought our 14 year old steak lover & she is over the moon! Price is great for all the food you get. The staff are all friendly & the food is some of the best out there. Dollar for dollar this place is a great deal. We will be coming back, hopefully many times. Love the heritage & history too!
The food is only quality. I would recommend Black Bear Diner over this place. Not mention the prices are way to high. If the prices were lower it would fit more of the quality food they are serving. Not satisfied with the quality of the food for the price at all.
Can't beat what you get for the price. The little veggie tray is awesome. Love the old school atmosphere, cause I'm weird like that. Never had a bad experience here. This continues to be a personal fave.
I love this place its comfortable and all the staff is very inviting and the food is always on point
After going to the Blazers game, I was starving and my boyfriend had me decide where to go and eat. I've been to Sayler's all my life on the restaurant side and have always received exceptional service. With that said, this review is only of the lounge. Surprisingly, of all the times I've been to the restaurant side, I'd never visited the lounge. I thought tonight would be a good night to try out their happy hour menu. We found the first open table we could find (assuming that the whole lounge was for happy hour) and it was on the right with a white tablecloth. As my boyfriend went to go to the bathroom, an obviously stressed out waitress with brown, wavy hair came to my table. No friendly greeting, just a stone cold voice asking if I was there for dinner. I said we were there for happy hour and she told me as if I was supposed to know that happy hour didn't include the white tablecloth tables. Oh okay, I understand it is a Friday night, but don't take it out on customers. So I scurried out of the table with our belongings to move to a happy hour table, but they were all occupied. That waitress never said another word to me. I was upset. Some nice words like, "I know we're lightly staffed and it's a Friday night, but I or someone will be right with you." Even a smile would've made me sympathize with you. My boyfriend returned and I rehashed what had just happened. We decided to stay to try and give it another go and we figured it was meant to be when a table cleared up. We sat there for 20 minutes at our table without being served. That's right, we timed how long it might take for someone to come along and serve us. We thought we'd eventually get served when a blonde, 25-something year old waitress said she'd be right with us. She lied. She continued serving her existing customers, and even took the order of four men who came AFTER us. She obviously was in it for the tips. Here's my tip for you: Those customers who already have food aren't going anywhere. They gotta eat their food. During that time, waiting on new customers within your section would probably be the smart thing to do. Or for goodness sake, just bringing us water would've at least denoted that you acknowledged us. We had enough. We collected our things and left. Before leaving, we thought it best to bring our horrific experience to the manager's attention. He didn't seem to listen and based on the interaction, he was stressed too. I have a feeling he probably didn't do much with our words. My boyfriend and I NEVER have felt the need to talk to a manager about a bad experience as our usual solution is to give a horrible waiter a slightly smaller tip. Please don't let this continue, Sayler's. Our night would've been better had you try to seat us right away, or provided us with some complementary item. None of that happened. Don't excuse your rude waitresses by saying it's a Friday and that "they're running around with their heads cut off." That's not going to make me feel better. If this is happening, learn to staff your nights accordingly. Of course it'll be more busy on the weekends. Plan for that in advance. I'll most likely return to the restaurant side in the future, but I'd really like to change my opinions of the lounge.
7/29/16. Wow still Oregon's best Best Real Old Fashioned Steak House, our Server Janet has 15 years there. Great smile and knowledge. We are so happy as 30 year customers. And don't forget the Real Spumoni to finish your experience. Manga Foodies.
This place has the best filet mignon and the best prime rib I've ever had. There food is delicious and the service is awesome. I come here every year on my birthday to get the filet mignon and lobster. It's about 50 dollars for both so a little spendy but well worth the money and you even get ice cream when your finished.
It is rare I go out for steak and feel it was cooked better than I can do myself. Tonight was that night. The service was on point. The steaks were perfect- one cooked medium and one medium rare as ordered. The last time I was at Saylers, it was two years ago and just so-so. Tonight was excellent!
Best prime rib in town, for the price. Order it a little more done than you usually like; medium rare here is definitely rare. Prepare to eat, there's a lot of food coming!
The price of the food was worth it and great deal! Veggies and meat and potatoes plus dessert
Last night was our annual trip to Sayler's for a family birthday dinner. We love coming here each year and look forward to it! As normal when we arrived we spent time in the bar waiting for our table. The waitress took our order in the bar, came back to deliver our drinks and was in such a hurry, spilled an entire class of Coke on my wife's lap. The waitress was quick to offer towels and wiped up the mess but my wife had to leave to go change her clothes. After she left the waitress came back over and told the group she had called the manager and was going to make sure we were taken care of. When we got the bill for the bar, the Coke that she spilled on my wife, was still on the bill. We had to request for her to remove it from the bill, which she did with no issues. The issue is it should not have been on the bill in the first place. Your waitress was rushing around in too much of a hurry. As for the manager that was supposed to come talk to us, that never happened. The only manager I saw (Some guy in a tie) came into the bar to help a customer with a video poker lottery ticket. That manager then started yelling at that customer telling him to "CALM DOWN OR LEAVE" Yes the customer was upset because the same waitress apparently messed up his drink order. Instead of defusing the situation, this manager decided to increase the issue by yelling at the customer. Completely unprofessional. Dinner as usual was amazing, our waitress for dinner was wonderful. In the end it was a good night however for the issues we had, there was nothing done to make sure our night was better than ever.
This place was gross. It's exactly what you would imagine when you picture the typical restaurant that has phrases such as "country kitchen" in the name. You pretty much feel like you went back in time except there's no smoking indoors now. The food is bad. I had a burger and it was probably the worst burger I've ever had not to mention all of their portion sizes are astronomically too large (as was the average customer). It came with practically nothing on it, the meat was gross, and it was so greasy my bun was completely soggy. The place has an overall chaotic feeling especially since way too much seating is crammed into the available space. I felt like I was sitting with people I didn't even come with! Overall bad experience and bad food.
Tonight my husband and I were on a "date". We have been here many times in the last few years. We always enjoy the great steaks! We were not in any hurry and had planned to show up around 7 ish as to avoid a huge wait time. Unfortunately everyone must have thought the same. We gave our name and told our wait time would be 35 minutes. Not what we wanted to hear, but once again we were not in a hurry. There was room to sit on the couch and wait. I have to say it was interesting watching all of the people, so the wait went fast. There was a really obnoxious gal who was on her cell phone and always seemed to be in the way of the staff. She had no personal space awareness or just plain social etiquette. I thought to myself I hope we do NOT get seated next to her and her family. The hostess was very in tune with her clients and us. She checked in with everyone and was super pleasant to let everyone know where we stood for our wait times. The loud lady and her family's name was called and were seated. I kept my fingers crossed, legs crossed and arms crossed hoping not to be seated by her. Well my hopes had been answered! The hostess came over to us and said there was a table available, but whispered I would be set in the eye of the storm. She had read my body language!!!! I said we were fine to wait for another table. Eventually we were seated and Janet our waitress was amazing! She was super pleasant and quick to refill our sodas. She even remembered all our lil extra side of ranch. Well, our food came. We both ordered the T-bone steaks. Neither one of us had had one in years. They were pricey but we deserved them. My husband ordered his medium rare and I wanted mine medium. Everything was delicious until I cut into the T- bone. Mine was cooked more than I wanted it to be. Janet was checking in with us at that time and I happened to say" I think my husband got mine and I got his." I was not going to complain. I was just a tad disappointed. She offered to take it back and have it cooked my way. I said "no thank you". And I felt bad because I really don't want to complain! She had been a tremendous server. She came back to say she mentioned to the manager that I hadn't been satisfied with how my steak was cooked. I was like oh I am okay! She said my entire meal was on them! My husband paid for his of course. That was totally unexpected! Except it seemed to be right on track with the level of service I had always previously received at Sayler's. We will continue to be loyal customers as they aim to please us. Thanks again Janet, Hostess, and the Manager!! You made date night away from our 4 children a success!
I stopped in just before Christmas and wanted to eat in the bar and watch the Blazer game. We had the best meal, great service and at a good price, steak and lobster, of course, with all the trimmings, cooked perfect, wonderful service, it was like a Christmas present to ME!
I am a steak lover and I can't believe I did not know about this place. I am so glad I found it I actually found it by accident I was driving around the neighborhood with a friend, we pretty hungry and we saw the steak sign and we decided to try it. Since then we have been here quite few times. I love the fact that portions are very generous, and the steak comes with all the free bread, relish platter., the veggies and the dip sauce. I have had the ribs, which are so far my favorite, I also had the New York and the T-bone steak. The taste is super, and they are well done, as I like them, but I still think number one is the ribs. Juicy, tasty not dry at all, tender perfect taste!!! I think the steaks, except the ribs, are a bit on the tough side, and I think too dry, but the ribs are great. I never tried the sirloin, probably it may be less dry! The fried platter are very tasty as well but a bit too greasy for my taste. Also, the NY and T-bone steaks were way too salted. The gravy with the chicken giblets is delicious but again too much salt. I am not a fan of wine but my friend is and she was not so happy about the quality..well well, but this a place to eat good steak and in large amount!!
This place has been one of my Family's favorite Steak Restaurants for years. Great service always!!! Ask for Diane, Sarah, or Jill for great service.
Great family steak house, great for family gatherings. A little pricey but portions are nice if you are hungry. Would have been 5 star but my steak was requested to be medium rare and it was way too rare to eat. The staff was more than willing to take back and have cooked a little more to my liking. Will definitely come again.
Actually quite good. Steak was tender, sides were done right. Veggies were a nice touch. And ice cream included. Enormous portions. The onion rings were a let down. They really just tasted like oil.
We enjoyed the Happy Hour Menu in the Bar. Great value but no wine on the Happy Hour Menu. Great atmosphere and very reasonable too.
East Portland landmark! Been going here since I was a teenager. I love the prime rib with all the fixins and the fried chicken. Lately we have been going to the lounge for happy hour. They have a nice variety of HH treats. The drinks aren't real strong so we stick mostly to beer or wine. I like that they have fresh meat to take home for the BBQ. Sayers always feels like going to grandmas house for Sunday dinner. Do people still do that?
I made a yelp account just to leave this review. First of all, this place is garbage. I have never been so disrespected in my life. My boyfriend and I decided to come here for happy hour. When we first stepped into the bar, the waitress sitting at the bar and the bartender gave us an unpleasant look. We proceeded to take a seat at a table. We made our decision on food and drinks fairly quickly, so we sat and waited. The couple sitting next to us was nearing the end of their meal, the waitress asked if they needed a box and brought them a box. She then asked if they wanted dessert. They declined so she went to bus another table. By this time, we have already waited for 20 minutes with no service at all. Two white women walked in and sat down shortly after this, and they were served immediately. I forgot to mention that I am of the Asian ethnicity. So I got up and left. They have lost a customer. Never coming back again. I will be sure to tell everyone I know about how discriminative and racist the employees that work here are.
I've been a diner at 'Bitchin Kitchen' for over 50 years. The food, wait staff and welcoming atmosphere have been consistently of the highest quality. The cole slaw is superb, the onion rings are like no other and the steaks are amazing. This is our 'go to' place for special occasions and out of town guests. Everything on the menu will impress!!! They have banquet rooms in the back which you can reserve for large groups and they go out of their way to make your event remarkable.
This place has pretty good food, but alas the service is terrible and the bar has too many rules that suck. I came in to the bar to order dinner at 6pm by myself. I was told I could not order dinner cuz none of the 'white tablecloth zones' were open and I could not order happy hour cuz I was a minute too late. I left in a huff and headed to the Ringside where they have no problem selling you $40 steaks in the bar with nice staff. Saylors feels like like you got left at your mean aunts house. The waitresses are in some union for aging smokers who dont give a f##k. I live solo close , would love it to be my haunt, but after leaving before ordering twice in one week, I am done.
Best prime rib ever, hands down. More food than you'll know what to do with! The place is a little out dated, but who cares when the steak is soooooooo good!
Yes, there is a wait....plan on it. There is a wait because it is the best steak in town. Get the extras. Mushrooms with your steak as an example. Onion rings. Just have it all come out together or you will fill up and not get to enjoy the entire experience. Love this place and I have for thirty years.
Wow! This place was awesome! I'm an out of towner, here on vacation with my family. Needed a steak to satisfy our hunger after a long day of driving and sightseeing, Sayler's did not disappoint. My steak was cooked to perfection and didn't need any seasoning as it was brought to the table on a sizzling platter. Our server was very attentive and the price was fair.
I hate to give such a bad update on this place - down 4 stars to 3. Husband and I went here Friday night around 5PM. We waited a very reasonable 15 minutes with a nice family next to us of 4. We were seated before them, got our menus, and shortly after, they were seated directly next to us. We witnessed their waitress bring them water, take their drink order, and even bring out their appetizer (pre-cooked onion rings) before our waitress even showed up. I told my husband that we'll give them 2 more minutes (after waiting 10 to be acknowledged) and no sooner than I thought that, did our waitress show up. It was absolutely infuriating. The frustrating thing was that the waitress serving the table directly next to us didn't once say "Have you not been helped?" or "I'm sorry about the wait, can I get you something?" Surely, it couldn't be that much trouble to help out for a minute. I ordered a Medium-Well 12 oz ribeye, and mine was a bit more rare than Med-well should have been...but since I can handle a little more rare, I didn't mind. My husband however...wowsers. He got the 16 oz ribeye and about 1/2 way through his ribeye at the thickest part, it may as well have been a fresh, dead cow on his table. Now, I know it may seem like I'm complaining and didn't do anything about it, but by the time he realized his steak was THAT rare, we already had our tab and were mostly finished. The waitress never came back around to ask. It would've been a nightmare to get her attention again and wait for the steak to re-cook...just not worth the time. Honestly, I think I'll just stick with Ruth's Chris - tried and true. You're waited on immediately and you receive individual attention. Also, steaks are done to your likeness consistently.
The bests steak house in Portland! Hands down. The bone in Ribeye is amazing and the filet. Quite a spread you get with all the entrÃ©es
If your hungry is a filing meal. Food was ok. Wait staff were awesome. Most of my steak tasted ok. There are quote a few patrons pushing near 300 so it must be a great place to fill up
Some of the best steak in town. Place has been a staple of the Portland scene for 50 + yrs I believe. Good food and service.
My family has been going to Sayler's for decades. We love the family feel. It is a great place on the eastside to celebrate birthdays and anniversary. The steak is good too!
For the second Sunday in a row I have dined at Sayler's old country kitchen for dinner. First in the bar and tonight in the dining room. The service was great and food is fantastic. Tonight I chose the baked halibut, baked potato, steamed veggies and a salad. My fish was flavorful and broiled to perfection. Most importantly our server April made our experience memorable. She was attentive and engaged in conversation at the end of our meal which I instigated. April was very diplomatic and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back. Oh and whatever you do do not pass up the ice cream! It's incredible.
The steak is great and, for the money, large in portion. Those reviews that focused on veggies, ambiance, and MSG simply missed the point. The place gets busy. The decor is old style steakhouse, with lots of wood, and pictures of famous people who dined there. Service is about 3 stars. It's good, not great. I'd say on par with a not busy Shari's when Saylor's is packed. Not bad, but I've had better service at Portland City Grill when it was also packed. People there are friendly and courteous, of course. The menu is retro 70's that's shaped liked a 70 oz. steak. Nothing wrong with that unless you are some faux hipster. Steaks are categorized in cut (ribeye, new york, porterhouse, sirloin, etc.) and in size. All come with choice of baked potato and other fixings. You also get a choice of soups or salad (standard iceberg, beets, carrots, etc.) but that's not the focus here in a steakhouse. You do get a medley of pickled veggies consisting of cucumber, carrot, baby corn and others. Again, not the point for a steakhouse. You also get a bread basket with garlic butter. The bread is similar to baked french bread from Safeway, and the garlic butter, used as a dip, is what turns basic bread into good garlic bread, without the toastiness. All that aside, how is the steak? Well it's great. We had a 24oz. New York steak which was cooked to a perfect medium rare. It was well trimmed to maximize meat. There was also a 20oz. sirloin, medium well, which was also cooked perfectly for the particular person in our table (burned I say). 2 fillet Mignon were also cooked to order. A pad of butter sat on top of the steak for presentation (in NY, they brush butter on before service so you don't notice). There is not MSG or other witchcraft on the meat. It's well charred and my medium rare was well rested as there were no pool of juice. You want a good steak with old timey atmosphere? Come here. I've been to several high end steakhouses in the PDX area and paid 2 to 3 times as much and it's not much better than Saylor's. And it kills me to read some comment about how they pined for a salad... You're in a steakhouse, and to be focused on salad or pickled vegetables is just...well...douche-ish. 8 people, including 2 kids, $138 before tip. 2 fish and chips and they seemed ample and I was told tasted fresh. Looked hand dipped with a thin crust, which is what I like. Next time.
Nice family oriented steak house. My group primarily got steaks and they all looked and tasted great. I unfortunately got the prawns and I kind of wish for $21.95 that they had given me a few more than seven. As well the broccoli cheddar soup was a little lacking. The ice cream was very good. If I ever return to this establishment i will get a steak. They have any size you could want up to 72oz
So my husband is a big steak eater. This place is perfect if you're looking for a decent steak at reasonable prices. We always get the Porterhouse and so far have not been disappointed. I sometimes go for the veggie option and they have nice salads on the menu. The restaurant is definately family friendly and service is great. So if you don't want to spend an arm and a leg, and you're not looking for a fancy place to eat, this may be your next stop for steak ;-) PS They do take out as well - timely, great service.
Even though the interior design is outdated, it didn't stop me from trying the 72oz steak challenge in which they give you 1 hour to eat it and you get it for free. They also serve you a side of salad, a roll, fries or baked potato, celery sticks, carrot sticks, 1 olive, and small bowl of ice cream for dessert; all the sides come in small portions so you can mostly focus on the steak. We had to wait about an hour for the steak to be prepared, but when it came out, it was sizzling like a fajita, it was 5 inches tall and just about a little bigger than a brick, I started cutting away at it, which I was constantly doing for the whole hour, I eventually got carpal tunnel and my jaw started to hurt from constant cutting and chewing, but I kept going at it, every single bite of it was so good. When the hour went up, they said I consumed 54 oz of it, I ate all the sides, but ran out of time because I started to slow down, they still gave me a t shirt that said "I ate the whole thing." I ended up paying the $60 for it, but well worth it, my stomach stretched out where I had to eat more to get full ever since, I gained a few pounds because of it, but on the positive side it allows me to write more reviews on yelp for your pleasure :) I ate the rest for breakfast the next day. I recommend buying the 72oz if you are with a party of 5 and split it, it's so worth the money, I did this on my birthday with a party of 12 and they were cheering me on the whole time, it's my first and last time trying a big steak like that, I'll stick with the 16oz from now on :)
Beat the 72 oz + trimmin's challenge, never feel less like a WINNAH! I came. I saw. I conquered. I self-loathed. Actually there were a group of 6 of us. I was the only one to beat the challenge. A tiny runner guy in our group came VERY close, but alas, "ran" out of time (rim-shot). The rest of the guys, sensibly, brought home leftovers. A LOT of leftovers... Predictably, a place like Sayler's elicits different customer reactions, reliably based largely on ones maturity level and social set. The too-cool-for-school setters will have a snark fest @ a place like Sayler's, w/their ironic 'vintage' T-shirts and mono-chromatic groupthink. One presumes someday this type wakes up to the realization that there really is more to life than obscure bands, fixie bikes and simpering smugly. For the patrons at the Adult table, a fine dining experience reliably awaits you @ Saylers. Sure you can find better appetizers, better veggies, even better steaks---- good steak isn't terribly difficult to make! Sometimes it's nice to kick back, enjoy great fellowship w/loved ones, and let someone else handle the details...
In these days of over priced, pretentious steakhouses, Sayler's is the antithesis. Something out of the 70's, they offer simple items, in a format your grandparents would like. Steaks are their forte, deviate and I think you may be disappointed. Nothing fancy but that's the point of the place.
Not bad. I liked the old-school feel of the restaurant. A kick back to family-style dining in the 70s and 80s. Our waitress was nice and helpful, a little over the top cheerful, but that's ok. Food was pretty good. I had halibut and most everyone else got steak. Good size portions, pretty pricey meal, but definitely worth checking out. I liked the icecream that was included at the end too. :)
Ooooh, my aching belly. I ate too much. It's impossible not to eat too much at Sayler's, and I skipped the bread! The pickle plate is yummy, with olives, carrots, those little corn things, pickles and celery. Next came a mundane iceberg lettuce salad. Then a baked potato and our steaks. I had a 6oz fillet mignon, medium rare, and it was delicious. Cooked right and full of beefy flavor. All sorts of ice cream are available and included with dinner, I had peppermint and it was good. We ordered onion rings for the table and received a generous helping. They were not the best onion rings but it didn't stop me from eating them! The batter needs to be better distributed, overall they were too greasy. The waitress was a delight, pleasant and cheerful, filling our glasses multiple times and had perfectly timed delivery. She sat with us a bit at the end and chatted, and it wasn't one of those fakey trying to be "down home" kind of things, she is just a nice person who wanted to get off her feet for a minutes and enjoyed a short break with us. On the way out you can see the 72 oz steak in a chilled display case at the hostess station. It's 60 bucks. You have to eat the steak, PLUS all the trimmings, to get it free. I'm stuffed after the trimmings, a few onion rings, and a 6 oz steak. I'd need a vomit bucket if I tried to eat more. Skip the 72 oz and get yourself a small but tasty steak instead. This place has been around forever, my friends talked about multiple generations of the family coming, and remembering eating here as teens or young adults. It isn't fancy, the inside isn't full of dark paneling and tuxedo wearing waiters. It's ok to bring kids and if you spill stuff nobody gets upset. Its good food at a reasonable price with a pleasant atmosphere. Note they do not take reservations, and they cheerfully split the bill for our table of five with four different credit cards.
Love it! This place is soooooo satisfying. The steaks are always cooked to perfection and if not, they fix it no questions asked. The service is always great. I had the garlic mashed potatoes for the first time yesterday and AAAAHHHHHHHHHmazing! The decor is a little dated, but the food is so good and worth the wait and money. Enjoy!
I was craving steak so I headed here on Friday night. Got seated promptly and decided to order their 16 oz Ribeye dinner and a strawberry lemonade cocktail. The dinner courses include either salad or soup, baked potato or rice and a dessert ice cream scoop. The cocktail I ordered was kinda on the light side with a taste too sweet for my liking. The steak arrived perfectly cooked medium well as I ordered, and tasted pretty good too. Their service was okay, and the bill was around $34 for all that.
Putrid. If you like raw meat, go to Saylers...or just murder a cow and feast from its bleeding corpse. Same difference. Pretty sure the masher taters came from a box. The ice cream at the end was good - Sunshine Farms Dairy I think.
Crazy Giant Steaks cooked to perfection. When they say "rare" they mean it! Really great value, lots of sides included with your meal.
I swear my grandparents could do so much better. "But there's this great place called 'The Observatory' right across the way..." I said to deaf ears (literally and figuratively). This place is like the IHOP's of steakhouses, well if IHOP had booze anyway. It's safe. It's family friendly. It's meh. While I got away with only partaking in the drinks and appetizers portion of 'family dinner,' what I had and what I saw would be enough to figure out a reason out of the next 'family dinner' if there was ever another one. This place is packed, absolutely packed, on a Friday night. Jesus, where are we? The Pearl? I guess these guys haven't gotten out all week and are saving up their special trip to Sayler's. I arrived first and put my name on the list. Thankfully, we timed it just right and there was a big enough table clearing out shortly. There is a lounge. My savior! My family almost found me in there by the time they arrived. I'd need a drink for this ordeal. The service definitely caters to the older crowd, talking slow and sweet. If you're under the age of 45, be prepared to be ignored. Apparently, you're meant to be seen and not heard. My gin and tonic was bigger average and stiff enough that I could at least tell there was gin in it. I tried to get a word in about onion rings, but apparently, I didn't have permission to order. I just sat content like the child I was apparently supposed to be and treated my G&T as if it was a sippy cup. You get every course on the planet when you order from that steak shaped menu. I guess that rounds out this 'special' dining experience. I stuck to the mediocre onion rings and relish plate before making my departure. The onion rings were soggier than crunchy, yielding more oil than necessary. What are we trying to do? Let's clog those arteries. The only thing that made my night was watching my grandma get super excited over the oil and balsamic to dip your bread in. She thought it was the fanciest thing she's ever seen. Happy grandma = happy grandkid, but dear god let's hope they let me pick the dinner venue next time.
Food is tasty, nothing like a high-end steak house though so if you are looking for fancy keep looking. We sat in the bar and had some tasty cocktails while waiting for a table. This place clearly attracts the blue hair crowd for an early weekend dinner so no need to dress fancy. Everything we had was satisfying and the portions are good sized.
Great steak. Great waitress. Horrible rude bartendar. If you can't be nice and smile in the customer service business the job is not for you.
Hands down, this is the best place to get a steak. You may have to wait 45 minutes to get it on a Saturday night, but it is worth it. Start with the onion rings, they are also the best I have had. I like to have the 8oz sirloin for my steak. It is tender, juicy and just the right size. The flavor is fantastic and I don't even need barbecue sauce to go with it. If you thought you hadn't had enough food, they also give you a vegetable plate, a salad, bread, potatoes or rice to go with your steak and you finish off the meal with some ice cream. They do have other choices on the menu, like fish and chicken, but you will regret not having a steak! The prices are worth it for getting this much food and I like the old school atmosphere. Sayler's has been around for a long time and for a good reason.
The last time we went to Saylor,s it was terrible and we did not even get a credit for another meal. The steaks were not cooked as ordered and were dry and after talking to the manager he told us he was sorry and would speak to the chefs. I called and said that we had gone there for years and always had our steaks cooked as ordered and the meal was excellent so this was the first time that we were disappointed but he would not do anything to accommodate us and I felt that since we did spend a lot of money, and the meal was not in any way up to par, we should have been given a free meal at least. It was two birthday celebrations and still they did not do anything.
You would think a restaurant that hypes their steaks would be good at doing steaks. Not Sayler's! They tried to pass a chuck steak off as the ribeye that I had ordered. Perhaps an honest mistake, but I don't know. Tough, flavorless meat. Not sure how the topic came up...but the server admitted that the steaks were prepared with MSG (and so are the onion rings). If I want a good steak dinner, I'll stick to the RIngside on Glisan (or their other location on Burnside).
This was a horrible experience. By far the worst steak I have ever had at a restaurant. No flavor, fatty, and most steaks at our table were too rare for what we asked. Onion rings were super greasy. Salads nothing special. Their sour cream for the potatoes has mayo mixed in and after braving it out to taste this creation I wished I had trusted my initial fears. The worst part is everything tasted the same (no flavor, greasy, and just off) including the ice cream at the end of the meal. The one star is for friendly staff, however, at the end of the meal not one person asked us how our meal was, likely out of the fear that we would be honest and demand they do something. My stomach is still churning.
Awesome steaks, cooked absolutely perfectly.
Happy hour is awesome....too bad the servers aren't all welcoming. Sit at the bar and the crouchy bar tender makes you feel like you are bothering her...you'll get much better "attitude" from the gals who wait the bar tables. Try the fabulous steak bites.
I literally grew up eating here. My Mom was a waitress at the west side location for 20 years. High points on the menu will always be the onion rings (I get mine reverse batter) the fried chicken, and the steak (duh). I have noticed that the quality has declined in the last few years, likely from the younger generation of Saylor's taking over, but alas the high points are still high and the low ones easy to overlook. I love the whole experience. The garlic butter with the steamed bread, the relish tray, the cole slaw, the main course and the little dish of ice cream at the end (always pink peppermint). This will always be my top choice for a Birthday dinner, or a romantic night out.
OK, so I wanted a steak....actually, I wanted a STEAK and was in the neighborhood. The sign had scared me off from trying Salyers because how can you say yes to a revolving, raw, fluorescent t-bone? I was by myself so I decided to sit in the lounge and read while I ate. I checked the happy hour menu comprised mostly of deep-fried regrets and headed for the main menu, shaped like a steak (I sense a theme). Ringside's happy hour has them beat by wrought-iron pole. Bone-in ribeyes are my go-to cut but I asked the waitress how she felt between the regular ribeye and the prime rib. She said I should definitely go for the prime rib and that it was no prob to make it rare*. Note: they list pretty clearly on their menu how they define rare through well-done. I asked if they could sub the starch sides for a veggie and my choice was between green beans and steamed, mixed vegetables. I went for the green beans. If I had been dining with others, I would have sprung for the onion rings based on reviews. I avoided the bread, just not into it that night. The relish plate is huge, especially for one person, but they were kind enough to sub blue cheese dressing for ranchish dressing as ranch is for people who have zip codes east of 205 and west of 185th....sorry, it's nasty (though, I know some people feel as passionately about blue cheese.). Although the steak was enormous and looked awesome, the green beans were canned and served lukewarm in the canned juice with a smattering of pepper. Lame. What became lamer, was when I cut into the steak, it was a far cry from rare, in fact it bordered on well-done (based on their definition. Most would probably consider it medium). I probably should have sent it back, but I didn't have the time. Flavour-wise, it wasn't bad and reasonably tender, but it wasn't an amazing steak. It was definitely better than say, Denny's, but this place kind of felt like an upscale Denny's. Pricewise, you can't beat the amount of food, it's insane. The staff are rough. When they're done with their shift, they drink and loudly gamble their tips at the video poker in the lounge and tell awkward and innapropriate stories about customer. It's somewhat hilarious. You can't pretend to be offended when you just stuffed 12 ounces of mediocre beef into your piehole. Again, prices are awesome for the amount of food one could potentially shovel into their face but this "really, really good" only if you think Olive Garden is "really, really good."
the salad was wonderful, the relish plate was exquisite, the lobster tale dinner is delightful and filling, and colleen our waitress was courteous with a kind heart!! my experience at Sayler's old country kitchen was a taste of home it was excellent 5 stars across the bord
So old fashioned!!! I will never eat there again. Cole slaw is drowned in mayo. They don't give you an onion on your burger. They use American cheese.....gross. I don't know how they have stayed in business. There aren't any choices except meat/potatoes. I was surprised that you can't even order a Cobb or Casear salad.
They give free doggie bones if you ask. (Molly the Min Pin says, "ASK!")
There are better steaks and sides for the money in Portland. I don't dislike this place, but I'm not entirely certain why people keep going here. Maybe it's the tradition. Maybe it's the fact that everyone looks like "Peggy Sue" or "George". My first impression was great - a rotating sign, seen for miles, of a giant steak. The building is outdated and the color scheme looks like it may have been really cool at the time when the place was built (brown, brown, brown). We were seated within 15 minutes of arriving. They had a cashier in the lobby area that all the servers ran their checks through. It's 2010 - servers run their own tills now everywhere else. This seems very strange to me. Okay, so we were seated and given a strange concoction that looked like ranch dressing with some veggies. The concoction was NOT ranch dressing - but some sort of disgusting sweetend mayo and sour cream combo. I wanted to barf. The only thing that it went with was the onion rings we ordered (which was THE highlight of the dinner.) Next, the bread. Oh boy. This bread has to be the same stuff the mega-mart bakeries around town push as their "French Bread." White, flavorless and utterly boring. The liquid, clarified garlic butter was flavorless and awkward to apply to the bread (use a spoon?) The wine was good. $28 for a bottle of '08 screw cap Duck Pond Pinot Noir. Okay, that's not too bad for a restaurant. I should mention that NONE of the vintage years were listed on the wine list. The wine wasn't great (yes, I'm a wine snob), but for $28, I guess we got what we paid for - though the same bottle sells for around $12 at Safeway. My wife and I each ordered the 6" Filet. It was perfectly cooked to order, but it had a little bit of MSG on it. MSG?! Really? Use salt already. It won't kill ya. I will say the meat didn't have the flavor I was expecting. It tasted like it was cooked on a dirty flat top. The baked potato was fine, but the lack of proper fixings (which we're extra!) kind of killed it for me. I've had far, far better steak elsewhere for less money. I was pleased with the desert, but only because it reminded me of my childhood. We had the scoop of orange sherbet (included in the dinner price) - which tasted EXACTLY the same as the budget sherbet my mom used to buy in the 80's from Thriftway - overly sweet and very heavy with the orange syrup in the sherbet mix. Then came the sticker shock: $75. $75 FOR THAT!? Fortunately, we had a $40 gift certificate. Our server was really nice and fast (though a bit on the quiet and burnt-out side), so we tipped her a full 18%. Next time I'm in the mood for old-school steak on the cheap, I will go to Country Bills. I can spend $60 w/tip at CB's and get better steaks, a baked potato with all the fixin's and really yummy garlic bread. Sorry Saylers, I'm not sure what you've got going on there. It's clearly working for you, so keep it up. There are lots of people that feel your food is great and wonderful. More power to them! For the rest of us, if we want good, cheap steak bad enough, there are better and less expensive options all over Portland.
Ok, our first visit here was for my birthday dinner. Researched it here on Yelp, saw nice reviews, so we decided to give it a try........mainly because of the steak choices (I'm a carnivore at heart). That being said, OH HOLY CRAP!!! I ordered the 17oz Filet Mignon and the wife ordered the 15oz New York steak, both medium rare. Careful here, medium rare at Saylers is rare anywhere else, so order wisely. The gizzard appetizer was yummy and HUGE......order the small one! The relish tray was all veggies and was served with a very nice ranch dressing. THEN came the main courses. My Filet Mignon was a monster!!! I thought it may have been lobbed off of a rhino.....I've seen less flesh in a bikini at the beach!!! Flavorful and tender, it was excellent, to say the least. The wife's NY steak was a monster in itself too, ALSO tender and flavorful! Mashed potatoes and gravy were blah, but overall the meal was excellent and worth the price.....we'll be going back again!