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215 SE 9th Avenue, Portland
503 239 8830
Mon 11:30 ~ 02:00
Tue 11:30 ~ 02:00
Wed 11:30 ~ 02:00
Thu 11:30 ~ 02:00
Fri 11:30 ~ 02:00
Sat 11:30 ~ 02:00
Sun 11:30 ~ 02:00
National Holidays
$20 ~ 40
Takes Reservations
Accepts Credit Cards
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Biwa is a popular izakaya run by husband and wife team Gabe and Kina. Opened in 2007, it is one of Portland’s early izakaya pioneers. The inspiration for Biwa came from the izakayas in the student districts Gabe frequented when he lived in Sapporo as a student, and he is meticulous not only with the food but also about creating a space in which everyone who sets foot inside has a special and relaxing time. The semi-basement interior designed by Kina, who is an architect, skillfully incorporates Japanese elements while also having a distinctly Portland feel.

When it comes to the food, Gabe serves up his favorite dishes from Japanese izakayas with a Portland twist. The berry and chili oil flavored seviche is one such example that is available alongside sashimi at the Sashimi and Raw Bar. Since Gabe trained in a butcher shop prior to opening the izakaya and grew up with a father who loved Chinese food, there are also plenty of non-seafood menu items on offer. Some of the most popular of these are the gyoza, karaage, and toritsukune. For the chilly season, however, the owners’ recommend the piping hot nabeyaki udon, which uses Japanese kombu, bonito flakes, and udon. Also not to be missed are the homemade pork and shrimp dumplings.
For drinks, there is a varied lineup on offer that includes not only Japanese sakes and beers but also local craft beers and original cocktails.

Daily opening times are from 11:30 to 2:00am, so customers can pop in at just about any time. Depending on the day, there are also regular DJ events and Japanese snack bar-themed karaoke nights in the evenings after 10:00. Biwa also has a sister restaurant in Portland called Noraneko.

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