Portland Restaurants

These days, rising-star chefs and the foodies who adore them are flocking to Portland. In this playground of sustainability and creativity, many of the city's hottest restaurants change menus weekly—sometimes even daily—depending upon the ingredients they have delivered to their door that morning from local farms. The combinatio
These days, rising-star chefs and the foodies who adore them are flocking to Portland. In this playground of sustainability and creativity, many of the city's hottest restaurants change menus weekly—sometimes even daily—depending upon the ingredients they have delivered
These days, rising-star chefs and the foodies who adore them are flocking to Portland. In this playground of sustainabil

These days, rising-star chefs and the foodies who adore them are flocking to Portland. In this playground of sustainability and creativity, many of the city's hottest restaurants change menus weekly—sometimes even daily—depending upon the ingredients they have delivered to their door that morning from local farms. The combination of fertile soils, temperate weather, and nearby waters contributes to a year-round bountiful harvest (be it lettuces or hazelnuts, mushrooms or salmon) that is within any chef's reach.

And these chefs are not shy about putting new twists on old favorites. Restaurants like Le Pigeon, Beast, Ox, Ned Ludd, Natural Selection, and Aviary have all taken culinary risks by presenting imaginatively executed, often globally inspired fare while utilizing sustainable ingredients. There’s a strong willingness in and around Portland for chefs to explore their creative boundaries.

Menus frequently extend across nations and continents. First-time visitors to Portland always seem to be impressed by the culinary scene’s international diversity, especially when it comes to Asian and Mediterranean fare, but you’ll also find outstanding examples of Peruvian, Russian, regional Mexican, and dozens of other ethnic restaurants. Of course, seafood is prevalent, with chefs regularly taking advantage of the availability of fresh salmon, albacore, halibut, crab, oysters, and mussels from the rivers and the Pacific Ocean.

Most of the city's longtime favorites are concentrated in Nob Hill, the Pearl District, and downtown. But many of the city’s most exciting food scenes are on the East Side, along Alberta Street, Mississippi Avenue, Williams Avenue, Fremont Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Burnside Street, 28th Avenue, Belmont Street, Hawthorne Boulevard, and Division Street, and tucked away in many neighborhoods in between. Serious food enthusiasts will definitely want to make some trips to some of these vibrant, if out-of-the-way neighborhoods.

Bar and restaurant culture greatly overlap in Portland, and many eateries around the city stand out as much because of their carefully curated beverage programs as for their food. Expect to find wine, craft beer, and cocktail lists that rely heavily on Northwest products, and also note that many of the top cocktail lounges, brewpubs, and wine bars we included in our Nightlife and Performing Arts chapter also serve excellent tapas and bar snacks.

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  • 1. Afuri Ramen

    $$ | Southeast | Japanese

    When the acclaimed Japanese ramen chain Afuri decided to open an outpost in the United States in 2016, it chose food-obsessed Portland—specifically...Read More

  • 2. Andina

    $$$ | Pearl District | Peruvian

    This popular upscale Pearl District restaurant offers an inventive menu—a combination of traditional Peruvian and contemporary "Novoandina"...Read More

  • 3. Apizza Scholls

    $ | Hawthorne District | Pizza

    The pies at Apizza Scholls, lauded by Anthony Bourdain, Rachael Ray, and most any pizza lover who visits, deserve the first-class reputation...Read More

  • 4. Ava Gene's

    $$$ | Southeast | Italian

    Chef Joshua McFadden's fantastic Roman-inspired Italian eatery ranks among the top tables in town both in popularity and quality. Capsule-shape...Read More

  • 5. Biwa

    $$ | Southeast | Japanese

    A sleek, modern subterranean Japanese izakaya in the industrial Central East Side, Biwa takes ramen and small plates to delicious heights. Homemade...Read More

  • 6. Blue Star Donuts

    $ | West End | Bakery

    The lines outside much-hyped competitor Voodoo Doughnut are longer, but that doesn't mean you should bypass a chance to sample the creative...Read More

  • 7. Broder

    $ | Southeast | Russian

    This delightful neighborhood café—one of the most outstanding brunch spots in town—serves fresh and delicious Scandinavian food with fun-to...Read More

  • 8. Castagna Restaurant

    $$$$ | Hawthorne District | American

    Enjoy artful Pacific Northwest cuisine—like grilled halibut, kohlrabi, and mussels, or summer beans, chanterelles, wilted sorrel, and roasted...Read More

  • 9. Cheese Bar

    $ | Southeast | Café

    For years, many of Portland's top restaurateurs have sourced their cheese from the shop of Steve Jones, who in 2011 was recognized as the "best...Read More

  • 10. Clyde Common

    $$$ | West End | American

    Gourmands from all walks of life—politicians, rock stars, socialites, and hipsters—eat and drink at this bustling bistro and bar in the Ace...Read More

  • 11. Coquine

    $$$ | Southeast | French

    A sunny neighborhood café serving breakfast and lunch daily, Coquine blossoms into a romantic, sophisticated French–Pacific Northwest bistro...Read More

  • 12. Country Cat

    $$ | Southeast | American

    Pork lovers rejoice: you've found hog heaven. House-cured, slow-cooked country ham and bacon and samplers of pork shoulders, head, and belly...Read More

  • 13. Departure Restaurant + Lounge

    $$$ | Downtown | Asian

    This swanky rooftop restaurant and lounge on the top floor of The Nines hotel looks fresh out of L.A.—a look and feel that is, indeed, a departure...Read More

  • 14. Higgins

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    One of Portland's original farm-to-table restaurants, this classic eatery, opened in 1994 by renowned namesake chef Greg Higgins, has built...Read More

  • 15. Imperial

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    Tall concrete pillars, exposed brick and ductwork, soft overhead lighting, and rustic wood tables and floors create an industrial-chic vibe...Read More

  • 16. Interurban

    $ | North | American

    A laid-back North Mississippi gastropub with an L-shaped indoor bar and a bi-level back patio with lush landscaping and a shaded pergola, Interurban...Read More

  • 17. Irving Street Kitchen

    $$$ | Pearl District | American

    You might come to this hip Pearl District restaurant set inside a gorgeously transformed warehouse building just because you heard about the...Read More

  • 18. Kachka

    $$ | Southeast | Russian

    In a city with a sizable population of Russian immigrants, the success of this Central East Side establishment decorated to resemble a dasha...Read More

  • 19. Langbaan

    $$$$ | Southeast | Thai

    Guests reach this tiny, wood-paneled, 24-seat gem with an open kitchen by walking through the adjoining PaaDee restaurant and pushing open a...Read More

  • 20. Lardo

    $ | Southeast | American

    One of several spots around Portland that has become known for advancing the art of sandwich making, Lardo offers a steady roster of about a...Read More

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