Great Food, Warm Hospitality & A Really Good Time!
Bethany’s Table is a European-style bistro that just celebrated its 5th birthday. Located in Bethany Village, an anomalous, mixed-use development tucked up against the urban growth boundary in northeastern Washington County, The Table depends on its regular customers. So the menu is ever-changing and, as the years pass, the food, the service… and the relationships just get better and better. Several farmers from the area deliver freshly harvested produce to the kitchen each week. Meat is purchased directly from local producers. Foraged products such as wild mushrooms, nettles, miner’s lettuce and sea beans are ever-present.
There are steaks and seafood, pasta risotto and polenta. Non-gluten recipes are an area of focus. There are always vegetarian – and some vegan – items on the menu and, since everything is made to order, we are always willing to accommodate special requests. The wine list is extensive and fairly priced. There’s a full bar. Lunch is served Monday-Friday, brunch on the weekends and dinner seven nights each week.
What is a European-style Bistro?
Janet is a Chicago-Irish-Democrat-Alpha Female-Chef… she makes whatever she wants. It just so happens that she wants to make really great meals using fresh local ingredients. That being said, the cuisine has strong Mediterranean influences, and when we visit restaurants in Northern Italy we find many of our dishes. And then there’s coq au vin and paella, a great hamburger and, occasionally, fish tacos. While the fare is fine, the ambiance is casual. Come as you are. Order a little or a lot. Come early for wine and a small plate, or come late just for dessert.
It often riles some of the local loyalist when we refer to ourselves as “A culinary oasis in a desert named Washington County”. We mean no disrespect. But it still surprises us, given the warm appreciation we receive from so many wonderful customers, that the amazing Pacific Northwest food scene has been so slow to take root west of 23rd and Burnside. If you haven’t been to Bethany’s Table you owe it to yourself to pay us a visit. We promise that you will enjoy your experience of great food and warm hospitality.
The winter of 2008-2009 was dominated by the themes of a deep economic recession. Janet and David found themselves saddled with a lease for a failing business they had purchased to turn around just months before. They didn’t feel there was any choice but to give the neighborhood what it lacked: a great place to eat. Early on, as now, The Table thrived on the grace and generosity of its neighbors. Always understaffed and stretched to the max, an ever-increasing cadre of regulars provided exceptional encouragement and support. There is always room for one more at The Table. Won’t you join us?
We have six kids and four of them work in the restaurant… it’s a family affair. And there’s Zoe, our seventh child, a Shar Pei. David and Janet live upstairs so Zoe comes and goes, hanging out in the lobby. Some folks take umbrage and we are always happy to scoot her out for any reason. But she does have a very large fan base and she expresses special affection for small people. It occurs to Zoe that small people understand relationship; they spread hostess gifts on the floor around their chairs, a gesture Zoe much appreciates.