The Bye and Bye

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1011 NE Alberta St, Portland, Oregon, USA, 97211

Pub with an all vegan food menu, including a veg meatball sandwich and BBQ platter. Minors are allowed til 9pm. Confirmed open August 2012. Open Mon-Sun 12:00pm-2:00am.

Category: Vegan, American, Beer/Wine

Reviews (47)

First Review by nigelangel

Eat here every time we're in Portland - Edit

Fun, hip place, Lively energy, friendly staff. Everything is vegan! We can eat anything on the menu! What a pleasure! I especially enjoy the Ruben sandwich and my husband usually gets a bowl. We always get a dessert and take it home. Great cocktail menu too!

Pros: All items are Vegan, great food and cocktails, outdoor seating too, friendly staff

Cons: Wish they'd open one in Yamhill County!

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Favourite place to eat in Portland - Edit

I love this place. It is quirky and chill and the food is fantastic!
I'm not a sandwich person but the Ruben blew my mind. Sensational.

Pros: Relaxed atmosphere , Fabulous food, Open real late

Cons: It's in Portland and I live in Hong Kong 😞

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loved it - Edit

Great food. Fun atmosphere. I loved that I could bring my kids during the day.

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Best Ruben! - Edit

The Ruben was amazing! The spaghetti and meatballs were also good. I love the pretzels and cashew cheese sauce too!

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All Vegan Pub/Restaurant! Gotta check it out - Edit

The atmosphere is very "Portland" hipster ish vibes, there are outdoor patios as well as indoor seating which is comfortable and has a great ambience.
All vegan makes it easy, healthy and amazing quality of food & flavors are off the charts! Gotta try the Tempeh Cornbread Sandwich. Friendly Staff, Order at the bar and make yourself comfortable. I would definitely come here again

Pros: 100% Vegan, Well Priced, Indoor & Outdoor Seating with great Ambience

Cons: Smoking tables outside, Kinda a weird location, No other cons

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Meatball Sub - Edit

My favorite meal to get here is the meatball sub! So good! and at their sister bar, Sweet Hereafter, I like to get their Buffalo Sub. They're both delicious! I also enjoy their Spaghetti (same sauce and meetballs as the sub!) They're grilled cheese is pretty yummy too! If you have a craving for a grilled cheese it hits the spot!

Pros: Location/Great Area, Good Prices, Great Menu

Cons: No Kids after 8pm, Menu doesn't change, Doesn't have ALL the same items as sister bar

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Great Food, Great Music - Edit

I'm not a Portland native and am here for a conference, so I don't know how consistent this place is. I came in around 9:45pm and got a Samurai Bowl at the bar, which came out as tofu with nutritional yeast on top next to a good helping of broccoli, topped with a peanut butter dressing and sriracha. I'm not sure if it was exactly what was advertised in the description, but it was fantastic nevertheless! I also got a North Williams to drink, which is a ginger beer cocktail. I was very satisfied. The music was great. The bartender was attentive and energetic.

Pros: Great food, Great drinks, Great music

Cons: Meal not as described on menu (but still good!)

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Cool bar - Edit

This bar is kind of neat in that it is not obvious that it is a vegan place at all. A good place to grab a drink or casual meal. It is kid-friendly in the daytime.

I had the meatball sub and my husband had the grilled cheese. Both were good.

Lots of seating.

Pros: Good food, Lots of seating.

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good stuff - Edit

Always good when you get off the plane, and still get vegan food!

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Best combination of healthy and tasty in Portland - Edit

Portland is a mecca for vegan restaurants. Unfortunately most of the food is loaded with salt and fat. I had the Southwest Bowl - large portion, extremely tasty and probably the healthiest food I've had during my weeklong stay in Portland.If I could stay longer, i'd try all of the items on the menu.

On the down side, was extremely noisy during my evening meal with piped-in unintelligible rock - had to yell to be heard. Why not some good
blues?

Bartender was extremely friendly and server was speedy with the food and clean-up.

Highly recommended.


Updated from previous review on 2016-08-25

Pros: Healthy, Ample portions, Imaginative and tasty recipies

Cons: Noisy

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Great food - Edit

Awesome menu, wish I could have tried more while I was visiting. The bowls are delicious. My friend and her husband live within walking distance and frequent this place regularly. And he is NOT vegan... but it's the only vegan place he likes! So that's saying a lot!

Pros: Great outdoor seating to bring your dogs, Good menu selection, Healthy but delicious

Cons: Very popular, so there can be a long line to order, Can also be hard to find seating since so popular

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awesome bowl - Edit

I had the southwest bowl which was just added to the menu in the last few months. awesome encrusted tofu with red beans and collards. the Chipotle ranch really rounds out the dish. Staff were really friendly and the outdoor seating was great

Pros: all vegan, tasty

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Fantastic comfort and fusion food - Edit

Love this place. You have to order at the counter for everything, but BBQ platter I had was a large amount of filling and flavorfull food. Grilled Cheese was also good, with tomatoe and avocado . Love that theyre open late very night and have a good outdoor area

Pros: Great food, all vegan, Good portions, Late hours

Cons: No table service

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Amazing find. - Edit

A pub, but with an all vegan menu, and the best thing is that it does not say it is vegan. It just is. It is just a regular menu but all vegan. That is how it should be everywhere. Great bar, great staff and great food. GO THERE!

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LOVED this place - Edit

We came for lunch and it was pretty deserted. I had the Bye and Bye cocktail which was delicious and HUGE. For lunch I got the BBQ platter which I was very happy with. The tofu was yummy and the collards! Perfect. My husband had the frito chili pie and liked it a lot. If we lived in the area I think we would frequent this place.
I don't have much to say about the service. The guy working the bar took our order and was nice. Someone brought our food and checked on us a few times. Again, we were one of two tables at the time so there wasn't much going on. When we visit portland again, the bye and bye will be a must visit.

Pros: great food, cute decor

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Definitely a spot for the locals... - Edit

I'm sure if you are familiar with this place, and know people that frequent The Bye and Bye it's a fantastic chill spot without the guilt.

However; it's not thee most welcoming of places for those visiting or are new to the area.

I ordered the meatball sub and my husband had the chili bowl and we shared an order of the pretzel knots. The food was really delicious.

The drinks were a little pricey for the small amount you receive, about $8 for each drink.

As I mentioned, if you aren't a regular you kinda feel ignored and overlooked. It'd be nice to hire a hostess to at least greet you and just be a welcoming face.

Pros: Tastey, guilt-free food , Cool vibe and nice set up

Cons: Not very good customer service, Drinks more expensive than I'm used to

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In my top 2 vegan bars of Portland - Edit

I go to Bye & Bye a ton. It's a great meetup spot for vegans and nonvegans alike. The spaghetti & meatballs and weeping tiger fried tofu sandwich are my favorites. Collard greens are also excellent.

My friends like the healthier bowls with brussel sprouts and such but I can make that at home so easily and cheaply. My mom calls that kind of dish "hippie glop" - not that I don't enjoy it often. I just like sluttier fare when I go out.

Early eve is the best time to go because it's not yet packed and loud (not just the music, the acoustics are gnarly).

Pros: Great food, Nonvegans friends won't complain, Good cocktails

Cons: Loud at night, Very dim at night

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Low Key Vegan Chill Spot - Edit

We came here to celebrate a very special and truly sacred day, and it turned out to be a perfect pick.
   We got to sit outside on the patio, surrounded by bamboo and soft amber light. I tried an Old Tom, a lavender and gin combo that was as delicious as it was beautiful. Our food we shared was also awesome. Fast service, all vegan.
  We had a wonderful first time and just came back again today, and again we are pleased.
   I like how they don't necessarily advertise their plant-based nature. A possible great surprise to non-vegans who become shocked that they just consumed vegan fare unwillingly and enjoyed it! Maybe it can help open the eyes of those unaware, I can only hope.
Look forward to sharing this little nook.

Pros: Atmosphere, Vegan, Deliciois Unique Mixed Drink Combinations

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Good late night spot - Edit

I like it. Decent food, reasonable prices and open later than other vegan options. It's a bar so don't expect a hushed, subdued setting- yet it's comfortable and a good spot to meet up with friends.

Pros: Open late, Decent food

Cons: Reasonable Prices, Pleasant atmosphere

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Love this place - Edit

I am not drinking, but vegan for many years, it is great and I have fun every tine I am going there especially the food!

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Great Food and Nice Atmosphere - Edit

We grabbed some really tasty food to go from here, but the atmosphere of the bar was really relaxed and nice (even for a non-drinker like myself). Very good meatball sub!

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Fun Bar with Great Vegan Food - Edit

My husband and I love this place. They have lots of great food options, and their BBQ Brussels Sprouts Bowl just might be the perfect meal. They have a variety of tasty cocktails and a nice rotating beer tap. Also, don't forget to check the specials board for desserts and soups. The "cheesecake" is sooo darned good! We take our non-veggie friends here all the time, and they love it too. I have read some other reviews that say the service is so-so, but we have always found the staff to be friendly and helpful.

Pros: Great bar food, Happy Hour, Vegan drinks

Cons: Crowded, Loud

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  Contributions +25

Remember, it's a pub, not a restaurant. - Edit

We got off to a bad start. We walked in and were seated for 5 minutes before venturing to the bar to find out how to get service. Yep, gotta order at the bar. Would have been nice if someone had greeted us, acknowledged us, anything, when we walked in. In fact, the bartender was seated at the bar chatting up a friend, apparently watching us poor schmucks trying to figure it out. Mind you, there were only 2 other tables filled.

We both ordered the meatball subs, which were good, not extraordinary. Once the food was delivered to our table, that was the last we saw of anyone.

Pros: nice location, interesting menu

Cons: lousy service

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Decent place but... - Edit

I don't want to say all bad things about this place, so I'll start with the good - They're an all vegan bar, beer selection is good, staff is friendly, atmosphere is nice but... It took an hour and a half to get our dinner tonight! After we stood in line to order at the bar we were told it would take 45 minutes, which was fine, but it took twice as long as that. What was most confusing is that it should take about 10 minutes to throw together what we got: a soup on special and a sausage sandwich. All the good things were good, but all the bad things made it bad enough so that we'd never go back.

Pros: good food

Cons: slow service

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Wow! - Edit

We were totally impressed with the food and atmosphere at The Bye and Bye. Everything was vegan, the staff was friendly and very helpful, and the food was DELICIOUS! It was fresh & full of flavor. Vegans and meat lovers would both enjoy this place!

Pros: friendly staff, delicious food, all vegan!

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A Fun Place! - Edit

I went to the Bye and Bye with four other friends. We meet once a month and try a new place. This is a fun place! I like the open-door atmosphere. The food prices were very reasonable, and the portions were fair. I'd go back again. Oh, yeah. And dogs are allowed on the patio out front by parking!

Pros: Affordable, Fair portions, Clean

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I've tried to like this place but I can't. - Edit

I kept hearing about how awesome this place is and I wanted to support a local vegan establishment. I've gone in about 5 or 6 times thinking that I might be hitting it on an off day each time. The final straw was the last two times I went in (again, thinking maybe it was an off-day) and the bartenders kept serving people over me despite the fact that I was standing at the bar, holding a menu, and trying to make eye contact. Considering the fact that I was the only Afro-American patron in the place, I began to get a familiar feeling so I left.

I didn't enjoy the food that much.

I don't want to be completely negative so I will say that the drinks are tasty and creative, however, I'm making the choice not to support this place.

Updated from previous review on Saturday February 02, 2013

Pros: Drinks

Cons: Service, Service (so bad I'm listing it twice), Food

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