The Fish Grotto has been around for a 100 years, literally, but now we are bringing you something completely new... Sand Bar!


Come on in and share some love with us as we work to bring you the next century of the Grotto!







As graduate of the Univ. of Delaware with a degree in animal science, I worked several years as a Vet Tech before moving to Hungary to teach English. While living in Eastern Europe, I rediscovered my passion for cooking. My grandmother and I spent many hours in her Pennsylvania kitchen creating dishes for holiday and family meals or lunch for just the two of us. Reminiscent of that time, I had the pleasure of going to the butcher or fishmonger for the most flavorful proteins and the farmers markets for fresh produce and dairy. I traveled extensively and tasted every region’s cuisine I possibly could. My kitchen became a playground, creating delectable meals to share with friends. Upon returning the U.S., I enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY. I am an alumnus of their AOS program, with perfect attendance and graduating with honors. I have been a professional chef for ten years. My passion is creating diverse menus using the freshest, local ingredients and preparing food that people truly enjoy!




Melissa Downs

Executive Chef/Restaurant Manager

503.226.4171 ext 22



For information about private or semi private parties, please contact Melissa!

1035 SW STARK STREET • PORTLAND, OREGON • 503-226-4171