Old Wives' Tales

Portland, Oregon

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Great place to bring the kids, with a variety of kid friendly options, portion sizes and prices. And although the play room is small, the kiddos have fun. Adult selections are a bit pricier, and I don't always feel full after my selection. I often enjoy specials that are vegan. Good place for mixed vegan/vegetarian/meat-eating families/groups.


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The food here is ok, not very memorable.


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great food, excellent soup, a little play area for kids which is pretty swell


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I have been going to Old Wives' Tales for about 20 years. The menu is always enticing, but I almost always wind up with the soup and salad bar. Such excellent food! The desserts are pretty wonderful too. The venue is multi-ethnic, with Caribbean, East Indian and Mexican featured regularly.


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My first on-line review -- ever! I have to say that this place is a godsend to families with kids. Everywhere you go out to eat the kid menu has absolute junk on it. Then you order something that is kinda healthy, and the waitstaff asks, loudly in front of the child, do you want french fries or chips with that? The Old Wives tale doesn't make you ask for whole wheat bread -- children like w.w. bread but if it sounds like a parent's idea, they would opt for white. The next greatest thing is that you can order half a sandwich -- or other small items for your kid. I hate the waste I see with tons of food sitting in front of a child.
hip hip hooray for the old wives tale. I don't go there without kids unless I am craving soup and salad, but for families it is the best there is.


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Seems like a place that older vegetarians go to. It's got a 1960s kind of vibe, with stereotypical food. Looks like a Denny's or something inside. Vegan options are really limited and often what's on the menu isn't available. I've been there several times, but it's been disappointing each time and don't plan to go again. When you know the other spots in Portland, there's no need to go to a place that has no options for vegans, or not good ones.


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Whenever I'm in Portland for business I go to the Old Wive's Tale and I've never been disappointed. Tofu scrambles are wonderful. Sweet potato fries are perfect. And desserts are a real treat. I always take a huge to-go of the Hungarian Mushroom Soup with me.


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I've read a lot of bad reviews of the Old Wives' Tales, so I thought I would finally give my own 10 cents. I have visited the Old Wives' Tales numerous times over the past 10 years. I admit, the service isn't always the best. However, they do have the yummiest Hungarian Mushroom soup and a fabulous salad bar. The play area for kids keeps all three of my kids (ages 2, 3, and 6) occupied and happy. And their kids menu is great. My 2-year-old had one of the best soy grilled cheese sandwiches the other weekend. Just remember, if kids are being too loud or obnoxious, it's not the fault of the establishment, it's the responsibility of the parents/guardians. The last time I was there I was impressed that when my own daughter got too loud (my Mom was watching her in the play area while I ate), a manager came over right away and politely asked my Mom to have my daughter lower her voice.
If you do decide to visit the Old Wives' Tale, try their salad bar and soups before you give it a thumbs's down. I can't attest to all of the menu, but you can't go wrong when a salad bar includes curried tofu. :o)


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Food is mediocre, ambiance is nonexistent, service was below average. Our first visit was over 10 years ago, and our second and last visit was 2 years ago. Things had not changed much. Family-friendly means that there is a room in the restaurant where kids can go and be loud and annoying. Vegetarian-friendly means that some of the entrees are made with Tofu, but it doesn't mean that you'd want to eat any of them. There are plenty of veg-friendly places in Portland to get great food, but Old Wives' Tales is not one of them.


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This is not a vegetarian restaurant. The only item I felt was edible was the tofu scramble. The rest of the food is just plain bad. It was bad 10 years ago, and it's still bad today.


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Frankly, I don't think that Old Wives' Tales should be considered a veg-friendly restaurant anymore. Maybe once upon a time when vegetarians' options were really limited, this restaurant was considered veg-friendly. Now the menu is so limited, outdated, and frankly unappetizing. Our experience there was poor: our food was mediocre and bland; the meal was too expensive considering the quality of food; it completely lacks ambiance whatsoever; and the service was poor. A disappointment on all fronts.


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This restaurant was featured on The Best Of on Food Network TV sometime ago. I was excited to find a VEGETARIAN restaurant nearby! Boy was I disappointed. The restaurant was not very clean and totally lacked atmosphere. The restrooms were very dirty and had signs posted in them threatening prosecution to anyone caught using drugs in the restrooms. What an awful experience. The food was poorly prepared even though the choices sounded interesting on the menu. It is definitely a one time only visit restaurant. Never again.


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We had eaten in Old Wives' Tales several years ago on a trip to Portland and went back several times.
This trip (June 05) was a big disappointment. The menu had changed. There was only one vegan main dish...it looked like gravy over a can of cat food. It was mediocre..kind of mushy, salty and definitely too oily for me. Carrot cake was great as was the pumpkin pudding. Only other thing for a vegan was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Kid's play area is good for toddlers (we have 6 - 10 year olds who were not interested)
Vegans - don't waste your time or money. Service? They must have had a bad day. Totally unsatisfactory meal. We won't go back.


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As a vegetarian, our choices are often limited when eating out. I was excited when I saw all the options on the menu. My choice of Spicy African vegetables sounded really great, it wasn't. The menu had a tofu option which I took them up on. Turned out to be a pile of plain steamed tofu on the side, uhh yuck. The rice was well cooked, I'll say that. On to the service, hopefully our 7% tip said it all. Rude, non-attentive, and generally not interested. Well, me too. As far as Old Wives Tales is concerned, I am generally not interested. Great menu, lousy food, atrocious service.


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Three Words - Hungarian Mushroom Soup

If you've never been to Old Wives' Tales or never experienced their Hungarian Mushroom Soup, do yourself a favor and experience it. It's one of the better, hearty soups in town. If soup isn't your thing Old Wives' Tales has a very extensive and eclectic menu, accented by a good number of regular breakfast and lunch specials.

Old Wive's Tales is extremely family friendly. They have a section of the restaurant where they seat families, so if your kids are a little on the roudy side it's not as disruptive or disturbing to other diners. They also have a great play area which our kids just adore.

Outside of their great soup, Old Wives' Tales does have a number of other tasty options, but many of their best dishes aren't vegetarian. Another downside is the service which can vary wildly. Some days we've had excellent service, others just awful - it greatly depends on how busy they are.

Despite any downsides, it's still a great choice, especially for breakfast or lunch.


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I was really unexcited by this place. There weren't that many vegan options. The food wasn't bad, it just wasn't very interesting or flavorful. It worked harder at being healthy than being tasty. The carrot cake was it's only saving grace.

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I ate here twice on a recent visit to Portland, once for dinner and once for breakfast. Both meals were tasty and filling, and I enjoyed the salad bar. The prices are a bit high for what you get, especially the dinner, but they're not outrageous.

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