Months ago I asked for comments on dining in Portland as four of us were going on a river cruise out of PDX and I had read something intriguing about clarklewis.
The food comments were generally favorable but the real drawbacks were noise and uncomfortable chairs.
We went on a Monday night and the noise was not bad ( the doors were open so that muted a certain amount of noise and I understand that they have done some acoustic work. I have eaten in too many places where the noise was as bad or worse and the food no better. Chairs were ok. We felt the food was very good, the service was fine and the different approach to a menu was a great idea. We also ate at Heathman where I had the oyster sampler. Four hours later I realized that I should have sent them back but being an oysterholic for decades I ate them. Food fair, same for service. No return visit expected, unlike clark lewis where I would go again, though Monday night might be the exception and Friday/Saturday a different story. But one dinner a great, or poor, restaurant does not make.
In reading the comments over a period of time I have come to the conclusion that people in Portland live in a dream world. The rest of the country is not populated by the incredibly friendly and nice people we ran into. Come east and you will find that if you just survive, that may be as much as you are entitled to expect.