The Gilt Club Restaurant caught the attention of national foodies when it hosted a James Beard Foundation event, and won over the public with its cameo on the first episode of Portlandia. Described as "part lab, party swanky James Bond hideaway," by Portland Monthly, Gilt Club's décor swaddles guests in crimson curtains and high-backed booths illuminated by organically shaped chandeliers. Owner and manager Jamie Dunn is often spotted prowling the house in shiny gold shoes while executive chef Chris Carriker helms the kitchen. Jamie's seasonal menu marries European tradition with gourmet local and organic ingredients—such as bone marrow, quail, and truffles—that come from businesses and farms with sustainable practices whenever possible. For groups of six or more, Chris will craft a custom feast around a specific cut of meat or fish using the same culinary prowess he demonstrated on Food Network's Meat and Potatoes.
Behind Gilt's gilded bar, a pair of bartenders whips up signature cocktails from an impressive list of 125 spirits, including house-infused liquors spiced with ingredients such as beet, habanero, and blood orange. Even in the vintage cocktails, house-made bitters surprise jaded taste buds like a soufflé stuffed with joy buzzers.