with an approachable food menu featuring elevated classic comfort food in Southwest Portland, Oregon. Owned and operated by Zaryab Sheikh, guests can escape from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Portland and step into an unpretentious, social atmosphere of exceptional food and drink, great conversation, and comfortable, yet refined style in one of Portland’s oldest downtown buildings.
great conversation, comfortable, yet refined style in one of Portland’s oldest downtown buildings. Chef Allen offers an approachable menu of classic pub favorites like burgers, steaks, and salads, which pay homage to classic neighborhood pub fare. Hints of global cuisine, inspired by Zar’s travels around the world, are also integrated throughout the menu. The beverage program, inspired by Zar’s favorite signature cocktails and regional wines, is comprised of standout, premium cocktails made with quality liquor made from top international and local distillers. Bar Manager Cody Miller created a cocktail menu filled with unique interpretations of approachable, trending cocktails of the time, but that also reflect the bar’s ambience: warm, inviting, and personable.
We have currently expanded to add an outdoor patio. Please join us now for outdoor seating!
Zaryab Sheikh, better known as Zar, is Owner of ZARZ on First in Southwest Portland, Oregon, a neighborhood bar with an approachable food menu featuring elevated classic comfort food. Sheikh graduated from the University of Portland in 1979 with his master’s degree in Business. Prior to venturing into the hospitality industry he spent almost two decades as a VP of Operations & Finance for Circle International (now CEVA Logistics). During his time at CEVA, he was also stationed in Europe where he began to find his inner passion for food and drink. His eclectic taste in great cuisine and even better cocktails led him to some of the most well known dive bars and restaurants in Europe - Rules, the oldest restaurant in London, The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn, two well-known three-star Michelin star restaurants in Bray, are some of his favorites. He eventually moved back to his home in Portland after 16 years with CEVA and embarked on his own venture, where he now owns and operates four hotels throughout the Pacific Northwest including one in Troutdale, two in The Dalles and one in Pasco, Washington.
Jessica Arnold is a South American native whom has been living in the surrounding Portland area for the last two decades. Her drive, motivation and expertise has helped usher in the new face of ZARZ.
She is a bilingual mother of two with over a decade and a half of industry experience. She is an amazing people person who in times of stress and concern keeps a level head and tackles obstacles with ease and precision.
Eric was born in Portland Oregon. His culinary career began in Santa Barbara California at the four seasons Biltmore hotel in Montecito. After Santa Barbara Eldridge came back to Portland to work at the Nines hotel. The Nines butchery program led by Executive Chef Matt Christianson inspired Eric to spend the next few years on whole carcass butchery with an added emphasis on local and sustainable products. Eric became the Chef of the Executive Briefing Center at Intel in Hillsboro Oregon with Chef Ron Stewart. Today Eldridge remains passionate about creating menus with Northwestern raised proteins and organic vegetables. Eric enjoys spending his free time with the sweetest dog in the world, she is so sweet her name is Sugar.