photo by Carly Diaz

Even if you enter as a natural-wine nonbeliever, you might get religion after a night at Dame. Opened by co-owners Dana Frank (pictured right; formerly of Ava Gene’s) and Jane Smith (The Knock Back), the 37-seat space echoes a wine nook in the Marais district of Paris, with rustic wood floors, a marble-topped bar, eclectic art and antique mirrors. Frank’s leather-bound, 150-plus bottle list leans to fervent biodynamic renegades like Vouette et Sorbée in Champagne and Vincent Paris in Cornas. You can try teroldego from Italy’s Elisabetta Foradori, or a spicy blend of tannat and cab franc from Domaine Brana’s hillside vineyards in the French Pyrénées. A minimalist menu by Tyler Jaskey (previously of Dudley Market in LA) offers shareable plates like lemon-kissed scallops, a sprat-studded salad and roasted halibut collar with dill and cardamom.

Restaurant Info

2930 NE Killingsworth St., Portland, Oregon

New American


This review appears in the print edtion of the June 2017 issue.
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