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Letter from Jack:

I was born in a small town near South Dakota called Buffalo Gap and always liked that name. Uncle Else was the Mayor. You are sitting in "Buffalo Gap Saloon & Eatery," but you aren't in South Dakota. I chose this name for our restaurant because it reflects our cuisine and service values, in the style of America's Heartland. Many of the things you will eat here are taken from old mid-west traditions and recipes, served up with the same homey style and comfort you'd expect to find on the other side of the Rockies.

We bought the "Hoot Owl Tavern" in 1973 with a small bar, 25 seats and a huge snooker table. We served pepperoni, beer nuts, Polish sausage and chips. In 1974, we remodeled with burlap and old barn wood developed a menu with sandwiches and scratch recipe soups that quickly put us on the map. We eventually added a kitchen, Grandma Stutzerelli's pizza and salad. We grew to 75 seats, 2 pool tables and one of the first beer gardens in Portland.

In 1985, we expanded our operations into the second floor and called it "The Attic." We added a full kitchen, an upstairs deck, a full bar and began serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. In 1990, we acquired the building next door and dubbed it "The Annex," which became our adults only Game Room. We now have seats for 200 inside and 50 more outside. We put on some of the BEST private parties and special events in town, and cater in-house private meetings, lunches and dinners at people's prices. We are proud of our history and we're glad you're here.

This building is over 100 years old and has been used, among other things, as a private residence, a boarding house, a brothel and a tavern. Many of the nails still have square heads! We have been adding stories to its history since 1974... IF ONLY THESE WALLS COULD TALK!!

- Jack Stutzman, Founder

Buffalo Gap, circa 1975

Jack Stutzman, Founder

testimonials

Alexis Dalling

I had an amazing dining experience with my server allison! She was very knowledgeable with the menu and had me laughing the entire time!! If only she wasn’t a packers fan… The Kobe beef sliders were delicious. Will absolutely be back.

Jun 18, 2017

Barbara

Good food and drink! Worthog Stew was kicking out the jams the night I was there. Fun!

Jul 16, 2017

GBD_12

We picked Buffalo to grab a few drinks with friends on a Saturday mid-afternoon; we ended up having a late lunch. The menu is extensive: breakfast, appetizers, lunch, late night + desserts. Great selection of beer, wine and spirits. The Asian Kale Chop Chop salad was FANTASTIC, kobe beef sliders – AMAZING, the sweet potato fries hit the spot and the wings were good (but nothing to write home about.) Then came the cinnamon bun – OMGoodness – stop in here for that alone. They are freshly made everyday and HUGE! We split one between the four of us. Our waitress was friendly, fast and helpful. The drinks hit the spot. I gotta say – it is all you could ask for in a laid-back, NON-PRETENTIOUS pub. This spot is the real deal.

Jun 10, 2017

Evan Davis

Quirky added on building with a quirky menu. Works for me. They cook their food well and provide a wide range of choices ranging from tacos & breakfast to burgers & sandwiches. I had the Beet Burger with fried egg and feta cheese. Everything’s about $10-11. Worth a visit.

Jun 13, 2017

Cydney Miller-Bowen

My husband and I went here on our first date, over 29 years ago, and are very pleased to have returned. I had the Garlic Lamb Hash, which was simply fabulous! I love how the restaurant is situated and each room has a different feel. While we were there, a gentleman found out it was our anniversary and bought us lunch. What a heartwarming place you have!! It won’t be so long before our next visit! Only thing I can say is I wish the breakfast/brunch was on separate menu. When your tastebuds are ready for lunch and server hasn’t told you it’s only breakfast, it’s just a little bit disappointing.

Jun 13, 2017

Steven Zimmerman

Great food and fantastic service. The Full Rack of Ribs is huge and so tender it falls off the bone. Great flavor and reasonable prices. Megan and Summer are the best! If you hold a private party be sure to ask for them.

Jun 16, 2017

Alexis O.

I had an amazing dining experience with my server allison! She was very knowledgeable with the menu and had me laughing the entire time!! If only she wasn’t a packers fan… The Kobe beef sliders were delicious. Will absolutely be back.

Jun 17, 2017

Nathan Millet

Good drinks, comfortable atmosphere, great food.

Jun 19, 2017

Randy Johnson

Good food, good vibe, generous portions for the price. I’d go back.

Jun 22, 2017

Lyn Miller

I am such a fan of Buffalo Gap! Great food. Delicious drinks A great venue to enjoy Paint Nite Portland, OR Promo code NW35 you can enjoy a 35% discount off your Paint Nite event

Jun 26, 2017

Pat Chase

Best Philly steak sandwich ever wild Philly cheese. A must have. With au jus.

Jun 27, 2017

Ron G.

How people give this place anything less than 4 stars confuses me. This place is awesome and has everything you want in a place to eat, drink, relax, or just hide from society. Corn beef hash no joke the best I have ever tried. The staff was awesome and down to earth. I’m just pissed it took me two days to find this place. No joke this will be my Portland go to spot every time I’m in town.

Aug 1, 2017

Ron G.

How people give this place anything less than 4 stars confuses me. This place is awesome and has everything you want in a place to eat, drink, relax, or just hide from society. Corn beef hash no joke the best I have ever tried. The staff was awesome and down to earth. I’m just pissed it took me two days to find this place. No joke this will be my Portland go to spot every time I’m in town.

Aug 1, 2017

Chelsea Radcliff

Aug 6, 2017

Clayton Judd

What a fun place! I love The atmosphere! The food is excellent the staff is great and prices are good too! Great spot for dinner or social hour!

May 18, 2017

Ben Y.

This place is always a fun place with good food, lots of selections to satisfy anyone and a great service.

Aug 12, 2017

Deaundre H.

My favorite place to grab a bite and drink from. I’ve gone the last three days in a row and never get tired of their food. Wondering staff. Wonderful food. 5 stars!

May 28, 2017

Yue-yun To Freeman

Great food, service and atmosphere. It is one of my husband and my favorite bars!

May 29, 2017

Ruth B.

Many family and friends gathered there last evening and had a room reserved. We were remembering and celebrating the life of our sister, daughter, friend who had died 6 years ago. We had gathered at the Gap last year and returned because the service and food was great. This year was better than ever with special thanks to our splendid waitperson, Leslie! She was amazing and so pleasant and calm as she took care of this gang. Thank you so much and we will return next year for sure!

Jun 4, 2017

Jessica Fry

So effing good! Service, food, drinks ? love this place!!

Jun 10, 2017

Patty Heller

Jun 12, 2017

Steven Z.

I come here every time I’m in town. Megan and Summer are the best bartenders/servers in Portland. If you have a company meeting ask for them! Good quality is fantastic. My favorites are the Ribs and Fish and Chips. If you haven’t been here you should. Great food, great people!

Jun 15, 2017

Dan Evin

Jul 5, 2017

Kya Groves

We will go back again and again!

Jul 8, 2017

Kevin Hunt

Jul 10, 2017

Dick L

If you’re in the Johns Landing area of Portland and lunch is calling, then a trip into the well known Buffalo Gap Saloon & Eatery should be on your list of places to eat. This iconic bar has been around for years and years, and it shows. The place could use a makeover, but that would ruin the atmosphere, so let it alone I say. The bison head in the bar area has welcomed patrons for many years, and hopefully for many to come too. The menu is expansive, the beer selection is good. I had the PBLT sandwich and slaw as a side. Both were very good. The service was cheery and quick at lunchtime. Recommended.

Jul 13, 2017

Rick Bremser

Jul 14, 2017

RosyRJ

It was getting late and we needed a bite to eat. We were driving along and spotted this fun spot. Upstairs bar had a private party with a band – we were worried it would be too loud in the restaurant, but not a problem. We ordered dinner salads (dressings were both excellent) and then split a grilled chicken sandwich with bacon and avocado and a side of fries. Tasty, prepared to order and prepared exactly as ordered. Good cold beer too! Lots of TVs with variety of sports. Pool table room, clean restrooms, good and friendly service. Would come back here again if we are in the area.

Jul 16, 2017

Jeremy K.

Took the family to Buffalo Gap for Saturday lunch. Quick friendly service in a quirky building. Food portions were big, reasonably priced, and tasty good!

Jul 17, 2017

Scott Mahon

Huge menu, something for everyone

Jul 25, 2017

Connor Childers

Cool pool room, jukebox, cheap beer and great pizza.

Jul 28, 2017

William Liddicoet

Aug 4, 2017

Laura Rohner DeRoia

Great food, great staff. Love the history posted on the walls. Wish I lived closer so I could eat there more often.

Aug 6, 2017

Emily Freitas-Mengis

Aug 7, 2017

Genevieve W.

Walked along the river front from our hotel to this gem. Really cozy bar area complete with jukebox and expansive food menu. Ordered drinks and some oysters. Service was great as was our food. Open late!

Aug 17, 2017

Cari Thomas

Aug 25, 2017

John Jordahl

Aug 26, 2017