Restaurants in Portland, OR
From traditional cuisine to wildly creative menus, plus large quantities of the organic, farm-to-table fare that’s become synonymous with the city, Portland restaurants offer eclectic dining opportunities as well as modern twists on traditional dishes, sure to satisfy even the most discerning foodies. At Pok Pok, James Beard Award-winning chef Andy Ricker serves up a fusion menu inspired by classic Thai cuisine and served in a trendy, low-key environment. Locals’ favorites include Vietnamese chicken wings, boar collar, and Thai noodle soups. Castagna, on Hawthorne Boulevard, takes the farm-to-table ethos very seriously: Chef Justin Woodward forages greens and flowers from Portland’s surrounding woods himself, and serves them up in an molecular style that will blow the lid off your classic salad. Just try not to Instagram each course of Woodward’s inspired tasting menu.
For a dash of rustic-chic, visit Ned Ludd, a Portland restaurant where everything is cooked in a wood-fired oven, including the salads. Chef Jason French’s menu includes whole roasted trout, pork noodles made entirely from pork fat, and a variety of pizzas, all cooked in the wood oven, of course. Portland’s favorite meal – brunch – gets a makeover at Tasty ‘N Sons, with a massive family-style menu comprising dishes from around globe. Some of this Portland hotspot’s best dishes include shakshuka with merguez sausage, steak and eggs with corncakes, spaghetti carbornara, grilled lamb chops, and polenta and sausage ragu.
A downtown Portland fixture since 1892, this restaurant specializes in Pacific Northwest seafood. The menu at Jake's Famous Crawfish Restaurant changes daily, depending on what’s in season. The namesake seafood — crawfish — is available from April to October and comes from central Oregon.
The small and celebrated Lower Burnside space is half civilized bistro and half culinary crack den, where your darkest desires (foie gras torchon with buttermilk pancakes? Sweetbreads with blue cheese?) are indulged.
Set in a Victorian house in Northwest Portland’s Alphabet District, Paley’s Place and chef Vitaly Paley have appeared in numerous print and broadcast stories in such outlets as the New York Times and Martha Stewart Show, and in 2011, chef Vitaly beat Iron Chef Jose Garces on
For Sauvie Island–grown produce and bottles from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, try Wildwood Restaurant & Bar.
Chef Greg Higgins has helped to set the standard for local and sustainable cooking at his eponymous restaurant near Portland State University. The long, lean, glass-fronted restaurant has twin dining rooms, divided by a semi-open kitchen touting raw materials like whole hams.
Before IHOP, there was Original. In downtown Portland, this is the original Original location of the national franchise now famous for its air-filled, oven-baked Dutch Baby pancake, which resembles a sugar-powdered volcanic crater slightly smaller than Mount St. Helens.
Opened by Domenick “Nick” Carlacio, this hot dog emporium is now owned by Tyler Rogoway. The shop still sells its popular coney: an all-beef hot dog topped with seasoned ground beef sauce, onions, and American cheese.
A relatively new (2007) addition to Portland’s burgeoning East Side food scene, this smart and unpretentious tapas restaurant brightens an otherwise quiet street with its inviting ruby-red walls and polished dark wood tables.
The Scene: During peak summer months since 2003, founders Erika Polmar and Emily Berreth have held a series of dinners at working farms within striking distance of Portland. Chefs, many of whom hail from Portland’s top restaurants, set up makeshift kitchens amid the crops.
This wine bar and bistro resides near the Willamette River’s western shore, and has expanded since 2006 to include a 125-seat, river-facing patio, dining room with mauve walls and wine-related paintings, the private River Room, and a wine tasting bar called The Cellar.
At this food cart in a gourmet "pod" two blocks from the park, Dutch Tacos (pork sausage and maple spread served in a crisp waffle) are a favorite snack.
Appropriately named after a region that straddles France and Spain, chef John Taboada’s restaurant in central Portland sources seasonal produce from the Avenue Farms CSA to derive Italian, French, and Spanish specials, but it also spotlights specific regions like Lyon 47th throughout the year. Th
Andy Ricker’s northern Thai restaurant in Southeast Portland started as a cart, before expanding and spawning nearby Whiskey Soda Lounge and Pok Pok Noi. The exterior has a corrugated metal roof and picnic table seating, while the interior has wood-panelled walls and brick-backed banquettes.