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? Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of ¿Por Qué No?
    ¿Por Qué No?

    Cheap and delicious tacos—including a rotating veggie option—and several flavors of agua fresca are the things to order at this tiny, hot spot. Vibrant... Read More

  • Apizza Scholls Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Apizza Scholls
    Apizza Scholls

    The downside of Apizza Scholls being on every “best of Portland” list are the long wait times or the shop running out of dough and closing for the night... Read More

  • Ava Gene's Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Ava Gene's
    Ava Gene's

    Co-owned by the founder of Stumptown coffee with a chef who's cooked for Momofuku and Blue Hill, be sure to snag a spot at the counter at Ava Gene's.... Read More

  • Bamboo Sushi Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Bamboo Sushi
    Bamboo Sushi

    What sets this sushi apart is that it's made from certified sustainably-sourced seafood. With four locations across Portland, it's easy to find... Read More

  • Beast Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Beast
    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 Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Blossoming Lotus
    Blossoming Lotus

    Local, organic, and totally vegan, Blossoming Lotus serves raw item specials with a full bar—many of the wines, beers and spirits are organic or... Read More

  • Bunk Sandwiches Alberta Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Bunk Sandwiches Alberta
    Bunk Sandwiches Alberta

    Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood debuted their humble, market-driven sandwich shop in Southeast Portland in late 2008 and now have several locations... Read More

  • Castagna Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Castagna
    Castagna

    Justin Woodward, a Noma alum, spotlights foraged ingredients at Castagna. There's a 12-course tasting menu with dishes including Dungeness crab and... Read More

  • Clarklewis Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Clarklewis
    Clarklewis

    Opened in 2004 near the Willamette River's eastern banks, Clarklewis (named after the two American adventurers and piorneers) has been instrumental in... Read More

  • Clyde Common Restaurant in Portland David Reamer
    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 in Portland Courtesy of Departure Restaurant and Lounge
    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 Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Pastaworks
    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 Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Farm Café
    Farm Café

    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... Read More

  • Fried Egg I'm In Love Food Truck in Portland Courtesy of Fried Egg I'm In Love
    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 in Portland Courtesy of Higgins Restaurant & Bar
    Higgins 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,... Read More

  • Imperial Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Imperial
    Imperial

    Upping the ante on hotel restaurants, Iron Chef winner Vitaly Paley is at the helm of The Kitchen. Inspired by a "warm and primitive burning campfire,... Read More

  • Interurban Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Interurban
    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 Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Irving Street Kitchen
    Irving Street Kitchen

    Using local Pacific Northwest ingredients, the menu at this Pearl District restaurant highlights salmon, halibut, Oregon Bay shrimp, and seasonal... Read More

  • Jam on Hawthorne Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Jam on Hawthorne
    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 Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Kachka
    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 Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Ken's Artisan Pizza
    Ken's Artisan Pizza

    James Beard-nominated owner Ken Forkish uses a wood-fired igloo-shaped oven to bake pizzas in about two minutes. Chef Forkish is classically... Read More

  • Laurelhurst Market Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Laurelhurst Market
    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 Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Le Pigeon
    Le Pigeon

    Le Pigeon may be small, but what it lacks in physical space it more than makes up for in cuisine. Half civilized French bistro and half culinary crack... Read More

  • Lincoln Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Lincoln
    Lincoln

    Award-winning Chef-owner Jenn Louis uses seasonal ingredients and her love of Italian pasta dumplings to make unique gnocchi and memorable appetizers.... Read More

  • Lovely's Fifty-Fifty Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Lovely's Fifty-Fifty
    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 Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Ned Ludd
    Ned Ludd

    A small-scale, pure-hearted restaurant with a wood-burning oven in place of a stove, Ned Ludd is named for the storied leader of the Luddites (19th... Read More

  • Nong's Khao Man Gai Food Truck in Portland Courtesy of Nong's Khao Man Gai
    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... Read More

  • Nostrana Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Nostrana
    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 Restaurant and Deli in Portland Courtesy of Olympia Provisions
    Olympia Provisions

    Olympia (formerly Olympic) Provisions is a salumeria, deli, restaurant, and bar that opened in 2009. They prepare soups, salads, and sandwiches during... Read More

  • Pix Pâtisserie Cafe in Portland Courtesy of Pix Pâtisserie
    Pix Pâtisserie

    This bakery is the namesake of French-trained pastry chef Cheryl Wakerhauser, known to her friends as Pix. With specialties ranging from pear... Read More

  • Pok Pok Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Pok Pok
    Pok Pok

    Andy Ricker’s northern Thai restaurant in Southeast Portland started as a food cart before expanding and spawning nearby Whiskey Soda Lounge and... Read More

  • PREAM Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of PREAM
    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. Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Roman Candle Baking Co.
    Roman Candle Baking Co.

    Right next door to hot spot Ava Gene's, the same chef-owners run a more casual restaurant with the same rustic Italian goodness, including thick, ... Read More

  • Roost Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Roost
    Roost

    Known for its brunch with thick, buttery Texas toast, Roost also serves new American cuisine for dinner. Be sure to try the Fall Plate with roasted... Read More

  • Screen Door Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Screen Door
    Screen Door

    Screen Door is perennially well known for their great Southern fare including their savory mac n' cheese, smoked vegetable hash, fried chicken, and... Read More

  • Smallwares Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Smallwares
    Smallwares

    Chef Johanna Ware cooks "inauthentic Asian," offering small plates that are meant to be shared along with larger dishes of noodles and curry, plus beer,... Read More

  • Sunshine Tavern Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Sunshine Tavern
    Sunshine Tavern

    Chef-owner Jenn Louis (who also runs the kitchen at Lincoln) has another home run with Sunshine Tavern. Best described as elevated pub food, standouts... Read More

  • Sweedeedee Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Sweedeedee
    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 Restaurant in Portland Dylan T Long
    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 Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Toro Bravo
    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

  • Whisky Soda Lounge Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Whisky Soda Lounge
    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 Bear's Food Truck in Portland Courtesy of Wolf and Bear's
    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 Restaurant in Portland Courtesy of Yakuza Lounge
    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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