About Party Downtown
Mark & Tiffany opened Party Cart back in April of 2011 with the goal of serving local, mostly organic, cart made & creative food for a reasonable price. The menu changed at least every week for nearly 2 years until they decided they needed a brick and mortar to realize their vision. Party Downtown opened it's doors in May of 2013 and were voted best new restaurant in the Eugene Weekly later in the year. Party Downtown features a full bar, an extensive local wine list and cuisine based upon farmer's market availability.
Contemporary American, Organic, Northwest
Hours of Operation:
Tuesdy - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
on the backside of the buiding
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer catering of all sorts, nothing is too big or too small. On site or in the restaurant. Menus for all budgets
We validate the US Bank parking lot on 8th
Tiffany Norton and Mark Kosmicki
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Party Downtown Ratings and Reviews
We had the most enjoyable meal. The staf ...
We had the most enjoyable meal. The staff was very nice & we had great service. We had a girls night out & ordered the sampler dinner which was so delicious! The food is really fresh & extremely creative. We will definitely return.
The restaurant was hard to find because ...
The restaurant was hard to find because it was in the alley rather than on the street suggested by the address. The decor is very spare. Hard surfaces make it louder than it should be. The menu contains mostly modern dishes that may not work well together, but if you like adventurous cooking and willing to accept a failed experiment now and then this is your place.
The vinaigrette salad was excellent with fresh from the farmers' market vegetables and a well made dressing. The strange cheese curds could have been left off for me, but I understand many like completely flavorless cheese.
Fortunately, I asked and the waiter complied with serving the horseradish sauce on the side with my hamburger. Without the much too spicy sauce the hamburger was great! Wonderful butter lettuce and fantastic sweet pickles on a brioche bun with high quality beef. I had to remove most of the lettuce to get the hamburger to the size I could eat, but the lettuce was delicious by itself. I think the spicy sauce would have seriously clashed with the other ingredients, but others will decide for themselves. My companion had the rabbit or the duck, I forget which, and enjoyed the dish which appeared to be well prepared.
The very thinly spiral cut potatoes were another matter. They were mostly cooked in oil and arrived on the plate in a mass that was difficult to separate to eat. I think now it might have worked to simply cut them rather than trying to remove strands with a fork like a plate of pasta. I hope the restaurant will try something else for the potatoes.
The restaurant has an extensive wine list. The wine by the glass I had was good and went well with the food. Our waiter was attentive, polite and knowledgeable.
Party Downtown is our favorite date plac ...
Party Downtown is our favorite date place. We've gone there ~5 times so far. Their cocktails are dynamite. They have a great selection of ciders for my wife. We love the Kitchen's Choice option -- it's so fun and adventurous -- and they even accommodate our unusual food preferences (no "4-legged" meat). Each course had something to rave and gush about. The price is a steal for the quality of the dishes. The service is extremely gracious, friendly, and hospitable.
We read good things about Party Downtown so on our Oregon road trip we made it a point to have dinner there. We enjoyed it and both agreed that it was one of the best meals of many. Outstanding cheese plate, soup of the day a smokey chicken broth with potatoes, the carrots with hazelnuts , the fried chicken with biscuit and a drink cocktail for dessert. The server/owner was friendly and enthusiastic and recommended some more places to eat on our travels. His recommendations for Florence and Northeast Portland were spot on. Eating at Party Downtown lives up to its name....
Ten courses -great service
My group arrived on time, but somebody, (me) forgot to change our reservation from four to six diners. The wait staff was flexible, we were seated even though the place was packed. We ordered the Kitchen's Choice. The staff brought out every dish and explained, with obvious pride, what they were and how they were prepared. My daughter, the birthday girl, requested a drink of the bartender's choosing. The only specification was to make it without gin. The bartender personally delivered a special drink, artistic and delicious.
It was a bit loud to start, but toward the end, the crowd cleared out. We spent more than two hours enjoying the food, the service, and the company.
creative, delicious food combos
A completely lovely experience with interesting, wonderful food explained and served by pleasant staff. The parsnip appetizer is superb, as is the cheese dessert. Both times I've been, everyone enjoys sharing the small plates. Love the intimacy of the middle room.
I love lamb and it had a staring role on the menu.
The lamb was perfectly cooked and delicious I had a Beet Salad-with smoked beets. Interesting and tasty. Perfect meal before seeing a show at the Hult Center. Really enjoyed the meal!
Wonderful food and presentation - don't ...
Wonderful food and presentation - don't let the name put you off. The 'Chef's Choice' is a great way to experience all the interesting items the changing menu has to offer. The delicious plates kept coming. Definitely the best way to just enjoy the conversation with your table mates and know that you won't be running out of interesting, yummy food.
Great food with locally-sourced ingredients
Seriously good food, reasonably priced. Excellent salads. Outstanding appetizer of stuffed squid. Two of us had a great ling cod dish with potatoes and veggies. Another had a burger-- one of the best made in town -- and frites. They have a very friendly no corkage fee policy for a special bottle from one's cellar that is not on their wine list. For all these reasons, it's a place we keep coming back to.
I've been here twice: first, when it looked like a cafeteria and the second time after it had been done up like a proper restaurant. Both times we ordered the chef's choice and both times the food was fantastic! The chef's choice is a good route to go because of the variety of foods you get to try, which inevitably means you stumble upon some gems. Really though, every single dish we had was very good, and many of them were great. I'll definitely be back.
This is a great find for unique menu items, displayed beautifully. The lack of good service was overlooked once the food arrived, as the presentation and taste were superb. We had the roasted carrots with pumpkin seed butter, the fattoush salad and the salmon with yams. All delicious!
For a Saturday night, the restaurant was surprisingly quiet, less than half of the tables were full, yet the service was incredibly slow. Ice water arrived quickly. Wine, on the other hand, didn't arrive until after the first course. We waited quite some time for this first course, which would have been more tolerable if the wine was served immediately.
Imaginative menu, but they fall very sho ...
Imaginative menu, but they fall very short on the execution of what they offer. Food is simply mediocre.
Service is probably the worst in Eugene. You guys can't just stand around and not clear plates or fill water. Show some professionalism, and beef up you lousy service.
We were hoping for a romantic date night but due to the two noisy groups near our table, we couldn't hear each other talk! We were planning on ordering the Chef's menu but cut our visit short and stopped after a drink and an appetizer. Unfortunately it was just too loud to enjoy ourselves :(
Delicious, Fresh, Creative Food!
We chose to do the Kitchens Choice for dinner - it's where you pay a set amount and then the kitchen decides what dishes to prepare for you. We got about 6 different dishes plus a desert at the end. It makes it fun because each dish is a surprise! The food is delicious, fresh, and creative. They make a lot of neat different cocktails as well. Great place!
Seriously good cooking in downtown Eugene with locally-sourced ingredients. A place we often visit before events at the Jazz Station or Oregon Contemporary Theater -- or just because it's easy to feel at home here. Attentive service. Ample wine list and excellent local craft beers. And, can you believe it, no corkage fee if you choose to bring a special bottle.
I love Tiffany and Mark's creativity in ...
I love Tiffany and Mark's creativity in the kitchen. Every time I return to find something unexpected and delightful. We selected the Chef's choice, which is always and interesting house selection to share. It had something for everyone, including mussels for myself and chicken friend chicken livers for my mother. It was fun to see her step out of her comfort zone (definitely Midwestern meat and potatoes type gal) in order to experience some fantastic NW cuisine.
Surprise in Eugene
As out of towners, we were turned off by the sound of the name. We were in town for graduation and this was literally the only place we could make a reservation. Don't be fooled...excellent food and excellent service. On top of that, the wine we were recommended was a well price local Pinot that hit the spot. Don't hesitate to book this place.
We were pleased from start to finish!!
We started the evening in the cozy bar prior to joining friends in the dining room. It was fried chicken Wednesday, which was amazing. If you like quality fresh food, served with a high level of service, this is your place.
What a treasure!
We went to party on our first date in over a year (baby home with sitter!). It was interesting, delicious and a bit of an adventure. We did the chefs choice which truly made it entertainment! The waiter was knowledgeable and engaging. Loved it!
We ordered the "chef's choice" and enjoyed a variety of dishes. I especially enjoyed the kale salad with a hazelnut dressing. I think the chef's choice should include bread, however, as the first dish was pickled vegetables - a little harsh on an empty stomach. I wasn't crazy about the pumpkin cake dessert, but everything else was good.
Creative, Local and Tasty
Party Downtown serves creative, fun cuisine made with local and seasonal ingredients. Other eateries claim local and seasonal, but they often have no idea what that means. Instead of running into the Cisco truck outside, I see local farmers brushing off the compost. The wine list is also well thought out and the all-night happy hour wine was perfect.
Great chef & locally-sourced items
Very tasty small and larger dishes made with locally procured items. Downtown and steps from Bijou, Jazz Station, and Oregon Contemporary Theater, this place is a real find for early evening dining. Friendly and helpful service. We started with a superb house-made pork terrine and crackers, served with whole grain mustard and a cranberry chutney. One of us had chicken pot pie -- the real deal with flaky whole wheat pastry crust and a substantial filling of chicken and veggies -- the best I've had in decades. Another had braised beef stew presented in a baked poblano chile -- delicious!
Local, Fresh and Tasty
Pre-theater meal on a time schedule. Great service. We ordered 2 small plates and 2 large to share. First was chorizo sliders. This was my least favorite. The salad was a green that we were told was a cross between kale and collards. Dried fruit and hazelnuts were a nice addition; the dressing complemented it perfectly. Main courses were kale and squash lasagne and braised lamb with roasted carrots. Both were very good. Dessert was amazing. The panna cotta was "to die for"! Hazelnut milk panna cotta base, topped with a layer of dark chocolate ganache and a generous amount of stewed raspberries. Three of my favorite things together in one dessert. Two hazelnut flour chocolate chip cookies were the piece de resistance. OMG!!
What took me so long?
My only regret is that after hearing such great things about the restaurant I did not get there before this visit. The staff encouraged a sharing of small plates and at first we were hesitant but eventually did just that and we were not sorry. We were able to taste many different things. At this point I cannot remember what we all had but everyone was satisfied and beyond. Creative approaches to traditional dishes was what I most remember. We will definitely return and bring other first-timers with us.
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