What's happening at Besaw's? Here's The Lowdown. Recipes, events & news from your favorite Portland Institution. 


Besaw’s Summer Break is over! After months of planning (and taking advantage of Portland’s glorious summer weather), we’re ready to spill the beans: Besaw’s has a new home! We found the perfect spot just a stone’s throw away on the corner of NW 21st and Raleigh: the Besaw’s Team is back in action building out our beautiful new space. We love that we’re putting down roots next to the New Seasons flagship store at Slabtown Marketplace and are so honored to rebuild in the same neighborhood that has supported us for the last century. We’ve missed you!

As we immersed ourselves in the process of redefining Besaw’s without the trappings of the 112-year-old building we’d previously called home, we began to get giddy about all of the opportunities to expand in ways where before, there were only limitations (read: Hollandaise every day! Happy Hour galore!).  While Besaw’s will always be bustling, vibrant and cozy, we’ve added some special and surprising details to our customer experience. New tweaks to the Besaw’s legacy (such as our brand-spankin’-new, custom built brick oven) have us beyond excited for the future direction of the restaurant. Chef Michael Uhnak is bringing back the classics (and creating some new ones!), and we’re thrilled to announce that in addition to our new, larger space, we’ve got a little sister restaurant in the works, allowing us to grow several programs championed by our talented management team. It is foremost in our minds and hearts to be both reverential to our storied past and ambitious in our reach toward the future.

We’ve made every effort to preserve the heart and soul of Besaw’s, to create a gathering place that will feed Portlanders for another 112 years. Expect to see turn of the century details referencing our beloved former space, familiar smiling faces (did we mention we missed you?) with a few new additions allowing for an even more market-driven menu.

Besaw’s will be opening our doors before this holiday season for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week!

We’d especially like to thank each and every one of you, our extended Besaw’s family, for the outpouring of support, kind words and patience as we move excitedly into this new chapter.

Can’t wait to see you later this fall!

xo, Cana & The Besaw's Team

On to Bigger & Better Things!

Our Dearest Besaw’s Customers,

As we’ve come to know each other over the last ten years, many of you have become aware of the lease negotiations ever-looming on the horizon at Besaw’s. You are a big part of what makes Besaw’s special, and it is important to us to let you, our family and friends, know the big news directly that Besaw’s, in its current form, will be closing its doors at the end of service on Friday, May 29th. Due to factors beyond our control, the property owners have refused to renew our lease.

 In its current iteration alone, Besaw’s has played host to weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, memorials, marriage proposals, and countless other cherished memories and celebrations that have burned an indelible imprint into our little pocket of Northwest Portland. We have been repeatedly humbled at the loyalty, generosity and passion of our fiercely diehard customers, and we are continually amazed and delighted to welcome new faces through our doors. Whether you’ve braved the rain and sleet for forty-five minutes to get a table at Sunday brunch, or sipped a quiet cocktail at the bar on a Tuesday evening, you are, have always been and always will be the reason for our existence.

 We love the rich history of Besaw’s as a neighborhood gathering place, and if it were up to us we would stay in this building for another 112 years. We don’t know what the property owner has in mind for this space; at this point we can only control certain things, one of which is our commitment to staying in the neighborhood.

 Which brings us to the silver lining! We are already in negotiations on a location nearby, and we expect to reopen by the end of summer. Though bittersweet, the truth is we’ve far outgrown this space, as well as the many duct-tape challenges that come with such an old building: its antiquated electrical system and 250-square foot kitchen (!) along with many other quirks and kinks.

Executive Chef Michael Uhnak and the rest of the management team will be staying on to open our new location, and we are working with other restaurateurs in town to find temporary employment for our 50-plus employees.

We won’t lose what makes Besaw’s special – the food, the people, fresh ingredients, our commitment to local, organic and sustainable farmers, and our passion for social causes and the community. Without you, we are nothing but old wood and paint. With you, we are a strong and boundless community. To our customers, vendors, neighbors, family and friends, we say: THANK YOU. We hope you’ll join us as we take this ol’ lady out for a celebratory spin. Come see us for a meal and a cocktail before we close this chapter on May 29th - the best is yet to come!

 Share your favorite Besaw’s memories with us at, and join us as we count down to #besawssummerbreak via @besaws on Instagram, twitter & Facebook!

Much Love,
Cana & The Besaw's Team
Matt, Angela, Beth, Kate, Sam, Cheffy & Sauer

The Besaw's Bunny is Back!

The Besaw's Bunny is hosting hunts in the garden at 10am, 11am, noon & 1pm! Hope to see you this weekend for #EasterBrunch!

Portland Dining Month!

There's only 10 days left of Travel Portland's Dining Month*! Here are our Top 10 reasons why you should make this your 10 days to #dinePDX:

1. Bar Avignon, Besaw's, The Country Cat, Departure - That's only A-D, friends. 
2. Try great Portland Brews in (or with) your Portland Dining Month meals. We're featuring Deschutes' Cinder Cone Red. Plus drinking a 22 ouncer with your dinner = Awesome.  
3. Any neighborhood, all over town. Dining month is a great excuse to cross the river.
4. $29 for three courses - a spectacular deal for any of these great PDX spots, but especially fun at places usually reserved for special occasions.
5. More room in your wallet for cocktails - WIN!
6. Test out a really great bottle of wine - not so bad when the food's this cheap. 
7. A cuisine for every possible taste. Classic comfort food tonight, rustic French tomorrow night? Yes, please. 
8. Has anyone ever tried a Dining Month Restaurant Crawl? This could be you. 
9. Dine Against Hunger - reservations made via Open Table support the Oregon Food Bank
10. Visit a Portland Dining Month restaurant March 27-29th and Umpqua Bank could buy your dinner! Gotta play to win, folks! 

Happy Dining! See our menu for Portland Dining Month here

*technically 11. Bonus.