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.
Located in Northwest Portland, Justa Pasta Co. has been producing pasta in its current location since 1998. Roland Carfagno sells six pasta varieties, such as tagliatelle, whole wheat rigatoni, and spinach linguine, each pairable with sauces like putanesca, marinara, and alfredo.
Housed in a former garage adjacent to the North Park Blocks, this New American restaurant showcases the locally inspired cuisine of chef-owner Scott Dolich.
Pick up a flank-steak sandwich with blue cheese or a BLB-bacon, lettuce, and golden beets.
A low-key lunch counter attached to a gourmet grocery called Pastaworks, on Southeast Hawthorne. There are jars of pickled vegetables, specials on the chalkboard, and soup-stained copies of The Art of Eating to read while you eat.
Jeana Edelman and David Yudkin started building their pizza-fueled empire in 1984 and now have five pizzerias throughout the city, including this glass-fronted Southeast Portland branch with giant lipstick kisses on the windows.
This glass-fronted restaurant—named for a coastal city in northwest Italy—resides in a single-level, brick building in Southeast Portland.
Situated in the Kerns neighborhood, this small Mediterranean bistro contains a bar area with banquette seating, a dining room with art-lined walls, and six counter seats overlooking an exhibition kitchen.
A small-scale, pure-hearted restaurant that has no stove. What it’s got is a wood-burning oven inherited from the space’s last incarnation, a short-lived pizza joint.
The restaurant has taken off not just because of its highly rated American cuisine but because of its home in the LEED Platinum Ecotrust Building, which includes a green roof with raised garden beds and its own water well.
This stand-alone cafe in eastern Portland has practiced a farm-to-table philosophy from its 2003 inception. The former Victorian home with art-lined red walls and a spacious back patio generally shuns meat in favor of vegetables or seafood.
In 2007, Nate Tilden and Matt Piacentini opened their “domestic and foreign” restaurant on trendy Ace Hotel's ground floor, boasting high ceilings, communal wood tables, and a destination bar.
The comfort-food restaurant's been around for a while, but it has a young new chef who trained at Mugaritz, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain.