Sextant Bar and Galley

4035 NE Marine Dr. Portland, OR 97211
Phone: (503) 281.5944

Located in: Northeast Portland
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BarFly's Review of Sextant Bar and Galley

A little off the beaten path but well worth the visit just for the vast patio and beautiful Columbia River view. The inside of the bar is equally spacious, with picnic benches for seating. Great place for big groups. Even better place for stargazing and chilling by the river in the summer. Close to airport, so expect some plane noise. Daily specials.

Pool x 2, MegaTouch, TV x 5. Full menu served till 11pm Sun-Thurs, till midnight Fri/Sat.

- (Wendy Chamberlain)

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Reader Reviews of Sextant Bar and Galley
Sextant Bar and Galley has 3 out of 5 based on 11 ratings and 21 user reviews.
Sextant Bar and Galley

I have lunch at the Sextant at least once a week, sometimes even more often. The food is good, the prices are reasonable, and the service is always good. The menu is extensive for a restaurant of this size. During the summer months, enjoy the patio where you get a beautiful view of the Columbia River. With any luck, the fighter jets will take off giving you a thrill you'll not get at many other places. I highly recommend the Sextant Bar and Galley/

Reviewed Anonymously by Warren on November 9, 2013, 3:56 pm
Get over it!

Get over it! It's a damn bar people! First of all, if you are expecting the service/staff of Salty's, then GO to Salty's! This is a reasonably priced place with good food and good drinks. If you have never worked in the service industry, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! When there are only 2 servers with a patio and bar full of customers, then EXPECT to have slow service! I find that some of the staff should be tossed out for friendlier ones but not all are bitchy. If anything complain to the owners about poor service when you do receive it. Even so, compliment the good service to them as well! These girls work hard and to top things off, they also have to pay 4% of those tips that you leave to the cooks and slow ass bartenders. Remember, if you are friendly to your server you will get the same in return, this is no matter where you go. And 2nd, those that leave comments on her, LEARN how to spell and know the difference between "there", "their" and "they're"!!!!

Reviewed Anonymously by Onlooker on October 9, 2012, 9:09 pm
Waitress behind the bar?

Anyone who uses this term probably deserves bad service. Bartender is the correct term.No, the Sextant does not have four star service. But it has good food and friendly, hard working(and hot!) employees! If one of them was rude you must have pissed her off:)

Reviewed Anonymously by bartender from NW on September 14, 2012, 6:10 am
Horrible Place

I've been to this place twice. First time was a bad experience as the waitresses behind the bar ignored me and were rude when they did wait on me. Thought I would it a second chance today. Again, gals behind the bar were rude. I did not tip as service was bad. Joined my other friends outside and the thankfully I noticed that the chair I almost sat in was broken and would have fallen down. The other chair at the table had what appeared to have blood on it. I know the difference in ketchup. Again very rude waitresses and the service was slow. If they don't like their jobs they need to give the job to someone who appreciates the fact they have a job!! Will never go back again. Rather tip someone who can smile and be nice.

Reviewed Anonymously by Deb on September 2, 2012, 7:42 pm
Ice Tea always good

I enjoy Lunch there twice a week and have found it a great place to eat. Bobbie does a wonderful job taking care of the customers. By far my favorite. I have been going there for several years now and have not ran into any rude staff.

Reviewed Anonymously by John Wilson on July 20, 2012, 4:41 pm
thanks for the advice

Im really glad I read this review ahead of time. We were invited to a Party tomarrow and beings I dont like nasty dirty eateries we will eat at saltys ahead of time and make an appearance for the party, but be sure to have a bottled beer to omit the dirty glasses. Thanks for the advice its no fun getting food poisoning and if they dont own up to their mistakes and fix them I dont want to eat there.

Reviewed Anonymously by juhala clarissa on June 18, 2012, 8:15 pm
Service with a ... Smile?

My husband & I visited recently, because we had never been. The location and view is amazing, & when we saw the seemingly happy short haired blonde gal that would be serving us, we were completely hopeful. Well, she messed up our drink order...twice. She was a complete SNOB, and not to mention she paid more attention to her iPhone than us. She was very rude and almost appeared bothered by our existence. VERY unpleasant. He just continued to huff at all our requests, & gave a painfully fake smile. I'm not sure how the rest of the staff measures up, but if you get served by a gal named Shayley, request someone else!

Reviewed Anonymously by Gina on June 1, 2012, 11:42 pm

My family and I had a fantastic time at the Sextant in April of 2011. They accomodated about 20 of us who gathered after our daughters collage softball game. We had a blast! The food was good, the drinks were yummy (they made several new kinds of shots for us) and the service was great! They kept the drinks coming and redid them if they messed up---We are going back again this April---can't wait!

Reviewed Anonymously by Claudia on April 19, 2012, 5:16 pm
Poor service

This place is in real need of a BAR RESCUE! The service is awful. Lost food orders, slow and rude service, shorted 1.75 on the bill. Too bad because the view is beautiful. Try Salty's next door for a more pleasant experience.

Reviewed Anonymously by Jo on August 12, 2011, 8:26 pm

Make sure to pay cash staff over charge. ran my card three times. and food was not that good. drinks okay for the price. wouldnt go back.

Reviewed Anonymously by Sean on April 5, 2011, 7:24 am
Love this place!

The view from the patio is fantastic. The service can be a little slow, but I have never found the servers to be rude or difficult. It's the kind of place you lazily sip a drink and watch the boats go by. If you're in a hurry, go get some fast food. If you want to hang out with friends, have some cheap eats and drink the afternoon away, this is your place.

Reviewed Anonymously by LionyGoodness on June 12, 2010, 1:55 pm
Good Food, Bad Service

The Clam Strip Baskets are great, but the service/waitresses are rude as hell and snobby! I love the view from the restaurant and sitting outside on warm breezy days is always nice, but it's hard to get over the crappy service. Wish they'd actually hire some nice servers that WANT to earn their tips!

Reviewed Anonymously by Dainty2010 on May 20, 2010, 6:21 pm
Fun Place!

First time at this bar last Friday night after work. It was crowded outside due to a gorgeous day on the river. The service was a bit slow, but to be expected with the crowd. Our waitress was nice! Food was good and very reasonable. Our parents were in the restaurant biz so we know food and service. Looked like a bunch of guy regulars at the bar, music was loud for a while, but fun atmosphere. Yep, the bartender women were cute and the guys seemed to enjoy them ;) We were headed over to Salty's originally because we're a couple of older women in office dress, but I'm glad we stopped at this joint and will go back.

Reviewed Anonymously by kinnikinnick on May 19, 2010, 10:36 am

So this place has it all...the view is impeccable located on the Columbia River (minus the Airport noise), the patio in the summer is great for sunsets and some lazy drinking. The service is fast and easy on the eyes, and the blonde bartender is fun to watch and good at her job. The other bartender whose during the day is fun and nice too! They have pool tables and specials. Cool place!

Reviewed Anonymously by JUST ANOTHER BARTENDER on March 25, 2010, 3:22 am
service sucks

my gal and i went to have a bite to eat and beer and had the night from hell food and the highest priced pbr we ever had!!!2.75 for pbr? thats right wear do u pay that?not only that, the burger we had came with some gray hair in it they said it was not any employee? when going to the restroom there was a gray hair lady in the kitchen? wow!! not only do they talk at you like your dumb the people that work there must be on something?? save your money and go to a place that has great food and service, this does not!!! and they should shut it down.....

Reviewed Anonymously by kkk on January 5, 2010, 4:42 am
real or enhanced

I've been coming to the sextant for years and there's been several new young bartenders and waitresses hired that have me wondering. They seem to have breasts that appear to be too perfect, no complaint here, just wondering, 100% natural or enhanced? The place sure gets busy on weekends, they could use more help at those times, service suffers then, food is still good though.

Reviewed Anonymously by crusty sailor on December 7, 2009, 5:10 pm
nasty service

Good food, nice patio ambience, but really, really bitchy red-headed waitress. I had finished my burger, but not the fries and she whisked my basket away before I could stop her. She also snatched up the dipping sauce while we still had onion rings in our baskets. We all shared the onion rings so that basket was empty. It wasn't 'in' the basket, but on the table. I suppose she thought we were through with the sauce since there weren't any onion rings in the basket, but don't you think she should have asked? One in our party should have had 25 cents in change, but it never came back. I know . . . it's only a quarter, but don't you think it's up to the customer to leave it or not? It's probably more aggravating because we were so ticked off by the end of the meal. Very brusque, never asked if we wanted anything else, not one single smile. Another waitress came over to fix the umbrella for us and make sure we were comfortable.

Reviewed Anonymously by Gayle & Gang on July 21, 2009, 4:08 pm

It's a great place for a bar, nice view, but the service is so horrible.The servers have their heads up their asses and are snotty and take forever to get a drink. I have been there on 3 separate occasions and everytime, its like that.

Reviewed Anonymously by KARLA on February 5, 2009, 3:05 pm
great place. great view.

Good food, cheap beer, Great view of the river (and the servers)! What more could you ask for? They treat their regulars like family. Really busy place in the summer, sometimes takes a long time to get service, but it is worth the wait.

Reviewed Anonymously by Joe on August 13, 2008, 6:57 pm
Always liked the place

I have always liked the feeling at the Sextant. It's a nice place to sit and shoot the breeze on a lazy afternoon. It's fun to watch the sailboats drift by on a sunny day. The food is average but cheap and the beer is cheaper than most places.

Reviewed Anonymously by smyler on April 11, 2007, 3:30 pm
drink beer from bottles only

There dishwasher doesnt work well. There bar glasses are nasty. we had to return both our drinks and the glasses they put them in the second time were also dirty. I was picking lemon from the inside of the glass and the drink I had, had no lemons in it. When I told the waitress she got very nasty and wouldnt let me say a word. She said they checked all there glasses and they werent dirty and if I wanted to continue to drink I could drink a beer from the bottle only. I was not happy being yelled at by a young female in a bar. I will never go there again. Saltys is right next door.

Reviewed Anonymously by Sherry on September 19, 2005, 7:08 pm
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