Restaurants in Portland, OR

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From food trucks to finer dining spots, you’d be hard-pressed to find places to eat in Portland where you’ll get the side-eye for wearing jeans. Eati... Read More

From food trucks to finer dining spots, you’d be hard-pressed to find places to eat in Portland where you’ll get the side-eye for wearing jeans. Eating well—especially eating farm-to-table—is a cultural obsession here, whether you’re having a $4 egg sandwich or a $30 entrée. Though many chefs around Portland have James Beard Awards and Top Chef wins, it’s still rare to wait more than an hour for brunch or dinner, even at the city’s hottest restaurants—the toughest spots to get a table are Screen Door, Pok Pok, and Ava Gene’s. And if an hour wait is too long, there’s always a great place nearby to have a drink—or you can just head to the food carts.

The best restaurants in Portland 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. At Nostrana, award-winning chef Cathy Whims turns out authentic Italian cuisine with a rustic, lightly modern take. She makes her mozzarella in-house daily, imported her wood-burning oven from Tuscany, and works closely with her farmers to incorporate local produce into the menu, even if it’s not a traditional Italian ingredient.

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  • ¿Por Qué No?

    Vibrant walls, mismatched chairs, and unfinished floors give this hole-in-the-wall a lived-in feel. When the place is packed, grab a seat at a picnic... Read More

  • Apizza Scholls

    The fresh mozzarella and ricotta, herbs, and extra garlic make Apizza's classic New York White pie as good as any from the Big Apple. Pair with a glass... Read More

  • Ava Gene's

    Large groups can order from a family-style menu, which starts with fritti misti and features fusilli or cavatelli with sausage, misticanza, and burrata.... Read More

  • Bamboo Sushi

    Order signature rolls—we love the tempura shishito and pickled shiitake PDX roll— with sake (or a signature cocktail with Thai chili-infused sake) and... Read More

  • Beast

    Like an eccentric dinner party in chef and co-owner Naomi Pomeroy’s exhibition kitchen, the dining area is comprised of twin communal tables, and there... Read More

  • Blossoming Lotus

    Don't leave without ordering one of their famous pumpkin cinnamon rolls. They're so indulgent, even carnivores will consider baking these vegan treats. Read More

  • Bunk Sandwiches Alberta

    The co-chefs change their blackboard menu daily, but there are standbys like the Italian cured meat sandwich. They also showcase caramelized pork belly... Read More

  • Castagna

    There's a 12-course tasting menu with dishes including Dungeness crab and yellow-foot chanterelles with an infusion of hops, though you can opt-in for a... Read More

  • Clarklewis

    The industrial space includes roll-up garage doors and exposed ductwork. Stacks of oak by the entrance hint at the Northwest-influenced, rustic Italian... Read More

  • Clyde Common

    In 2007, Nate Tilden and Matt Piacentini opened their so-called domestic and foreign restaurant on trendy Ace Hotel's ground floor, with high ceilings,... Read More

  • Departure Restaurant and Lounge

    Great views abound from this downtown rooftop restaurant, which has a swanky, retro vibe with its sleek white interiors and vibrant orange tables. The... Read More

  • Evoe

    This low-key lunch counter set inside a gourmet grocery called Pastaworks, on Southeast Hawthorne, features jars of pickled vegetables and specials... Read More

  • Farm Café

    The former Victorian home with art-lined red walls and a spacious back patio generally shuns meat in favor of vegetables or seafood: especially popular... Read More

  • Fried Egg I'm in Love

    The simple egg sandwich from Fried Egg I'm in Love—an unforgettable yellow food truck—is served on sourdough bread, elevated with a "magic egg dust"... Read More

  • Higgins Restaurant & Bar

    The long, lean, glass-fronted restaurant has twin dining rooms, divided by a semi-open kitchen touting raw materials like whole hams. A back room has... Read More

  • Imperial

    Order from the wood-fired grill and rotisserie (fed by native hard and fruit woods) section, which boasts daily sausages with sauerkraut and bacon chops... Read More

  • Interurban

    Inventive cocktails, happy hour specials, and creative sandwiches (like the smoked trout BLT where the bread is baked to order), are highlights at this... Read More

  • Irving Street Kitchen

    Irving Street Kitchen boasts cask wines crafted specifically for the restaurant, which is a large, warehouse space made cozier by halos of exposed... Read More

  • Jam on Hawthorne

    Open for breakfast and lunch only, Jam's name comes from the homemade jams on every table, and the jam bands you'll probably hear in the background—the... Read More

  • Kachka

    A highly-stylized new Russian restaurant that offers dumplings, vodka flights (including a dozen house-infused varieties, like early gray tea or... Read More

  • Ken's Artisan Pizza

    If you appreciate wood (nod to Larry David) be sure to check out the bar—it's built from wood salvaged from what was the Jantzen Beach Big Dipper roller... Read More

  • Laurelhurst Market

    What was once a former convenience store is now an airy brasserie and a popular butcher shop. Standout menu items at Laurelhurst include the pan-seared... Read More

  • Le Pigeon

    Half civilized French bistro and half culinary crack den, where your darkest desires are realized (think foie gras torchon with buttermilk pancakes or... Read More

  • Lincoln

    Standout dishes include the grilled octopus on the plancha and the bone broth double chicken served with corn, parmigiano-reggiano, duck egg and pig’s ear. Read More

  • Lovely's Fifty-Fifty

    Using organic and locally-sourced ingredients plus naturally-leavened dough, Lovely's Fifty-Fifty makes some of the best pizza pies with the softest... Read More

  • Ned Ludd

    Almost everything on the menu—from the slow-roasted chops and vegetables (think: braised carrots and fennel) to meat pies and flat breads goes into the... Read More

  • Nong’s Khao Man Gai

    This food truck offers seemingly-simple but incredibly delicious Thai chicken and rice dishes. You can't go wrong with their signature dish, Khao Man Gai. Read More

  • Nostrana

    Pizza at Nostrana—a casual space with vaulted, dark-wood ceilings—is served in the traditional Italian style: uncut and dished out with heavy metal... Read More

  • Olympia Provisions

    A dinner menu that changes seasonally may include pan-roasted octopus or choucroute (a dish of sauerkraut, pork, and potatoes). Pair with a wine from... Read More

  • Pix Pâtisserie

    With specialties ranging from pear-rosemary tarts to chocolate-covered cherries, Pix is perhaps best known for its French macarons (meringue-based... Read More

  • Pok Pok

    Specialties include deep-fried chicken wings marinated in fish sauce and palm sugar, as well as stewed mustard greens with pork ribs: both pair well... Read More

  • PREAM

    Chefs at PREAM (Pizza Rules Everything Around Me—a nod to the Wu-Tang Clan) allow you to DIY your pizza toppings by crumbling the sprigs of house-dried... Read More

  • Roman Candle Baking Co.

    Custom tiles and marble are offset by communal tables hewn from Oregon walnut wood. You won't have any trouble feeling at home with a cup of Stumptown... Read More

  • Roost

    Be sure to try the Fall Plate with roasted beets, squash, carrot hummus, grilled scallion, and sesame seed butter—or grilled hanger steak with barley... Read More

  • Screen Door

    While they're open for dinner during the week, they're best known for brunch. Be prepared for long lines during the weekend rush. Large parties can wait... Read More

  • Smallwares

    Come for late night Happy Hour, between 10 and 11 p.m., for such playful snacks as candied peanuts with furikake and chicken lollipops with Sriracha... Read More

  • Sunshine Tavern

    Best described as elevated pub food, standouts here are definitely the burgers—brioche bun, house-made pancetta—and spicy fried chicken and Belgian... Read More

  • Sweedeedee

    Serving up everything from sandwiches, egg plates and a monster breakfast burrito to delicate pastries and breads, expect an hour-long wait on weekends... Read More

  • Sweet Hereafter

    A trendy cocktail bar serving up the best vegan bowls and sandwiches in town, Sweet Hereafter's jerk marinated tofu served with coconut kale, black... Read More

  • Toro Bravo

    This smart and unpretentious tapas restaurant brightens an otherwise quiet street with ruby-red walls and dark wood. Local ingredients are used to... Read More

  • Whiskey Soda Lounge

    Andy Ricker specializes in fiery northern Thai cuisine, and he created this whiskey-centric bar across the street from his ever-popular Pok Pok... Read More

  • Wolf and Bears

    This popular food truck serves vegetarian and vegan-friendly Middle Eastern offerings. Try the "Out To Lunch" pita wrap (gorgonzola, caramelized onions,... Read More

  • Yakuza Lounge

    This storied sushi restaurant is known as much for its rolls and sashimi, as well as its award-winning, late-night hamburger. The latter comes with... Read More

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