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The Best Places to Eat in Portland

The OpenTable Team

Portland is known for being weird, but there’s nothings strange about the food scene. It’s Pacific Northwest setting allows chefs to work with some of the finest produce and seafood around. It encapsulated the “farm-to-table” ethos long before it was ever trendy to do so, and its craft beers are as iconic as any dish you’ll find in local restaurants. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Embrace the best of it all and pair the iconic dishes with a local beer or wine. Here are some of Portland’s icons.

Restaurants:Bluehour, 23Hoyt, clarklewis
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Modern European, Contemporary American, Northwest
Neighborhoods:Pearl District, NW Portland, SE Portland
For 2 people on Mon, 10/21
Party Size
For 2
Date
Mon, 10/21
Time
7:00 PM

Bluehour

$$$$·Modern European·
Pearl District
1,951 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Bluehour presents an intimate dining experience in the heart of downtown Portland’s Pearl District. Their stylish dining room features a unique layout with an arrangement of floor-Read more
93% recommended
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23Hoyt

$$$$·Contemporary American·
NW Portland
834 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
At 23Hoyt, Chef Cameron Dunlap offers a farm-to-table experience described as gastropub-meets-fine-dining. Their Hoyt Burger, which many loyal customers consider the best in PortlaRead more
85% recommended
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clarklewis

$$$$·Northwest·
SE Portland
2,046 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
Since 2003, clarklewis has welcomed diners to their spacious converted warehouse in the Central Eastside Industrial District. A glass-paneled wall that opens when it’s sunny framesRead more
85% recommended
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Saucebox

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
747 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Pan-Asian cuisine plus a vibrant, club-like atmosphere characterize Saucebox, a downtown favorite since 1995. DJs play on Friday and Saturday nights, and daily happy hours always dRead more
Late Night Find in Portland

Red Star

$$$$·American·
Downtown
671 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
Red Star is a rustic tavern attached to Hotel Monaco downtown. Lofty ceilings, communal tables, and menus featuring elevated homestyle cooking augment a relaxed ambiance. The estabRead more
87% recommended
Late Night Find in Portland / Oregon

Portland City Grill

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown
7,442 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
With a setting on the 30th floor of the U.S. Bancorp Tower, Portland City Grill draws in the crowds with unmatched 360-degree views over the city and the Cascades, including the maRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in Portland / Oregon

Yard House - Portland

$$$$·American·
SW Portland
498 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Live Sports
For Portland diners in the mood for beers, sports on TV, and a classic rock soundtrack, The Original Yard House near Pioneer Square downtown delivers amply. The local outlet of theRead more
83% recommended
Late Night Find in Portland / Oregon

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Portland

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
1,432 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Started in New Orleans in 1927, Ruth’s Chris Steak House has grown to a chain of over 100 restaurants across North America. It offers Portland its signature upscale steakhouse expeRead more
88% recommended
Steakhouse in Portland / Oregon

Chart House Restaurant - Portland

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
4,435 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Portland Chart House atop the historic Terwilliger Building boasts some of the best views in Portland, on a clear day spanning Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and Mount Saint Helens, Read more
91% recommended
Seafood in Portland / Oregon

Stanford's - Lloyd Center

$$$$·American·
NE Portland
325 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Pre/post Theatre
Stanford’s venue at Lloyd Center is ideally located for dining during a day of shopping at the mall, skating on the ice rink, or attending an event at the nearby Moda Center. StanfRead more
86% recommended
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Stanford's - Tanasbourne

$$$$·American·
Hillsboro
759 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
The Stanford’s restaurant in Tanasbourne, conveniently close to a major shopping area and movie theater, reflects the local area with many of their menu options. Among the best areRead more
Healthy in Westside

Portland Seafood Co. - Mall 205

$$$$·Seafood·
SE Portland
585 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Portland Seafood Co.’s Mall 205 location is their second in the metro area, testament to the popularity of their all-local, top-quality fish and seafood. The menu generally sticks Read more
87% recommended

The Melting Pot - Portland

$$$$·American·
Downtown
2,724 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
On a gray and drizzly day in Portland, it might seem that there’s no more perfect place (outside the Alps) to indulge in a pot of fondue. Patrons at the dimly lit restaurant sit arRead more
92% recommended
Special Occasion in Portland / Oregon

Jackrabbit

$$$$·American·
Downtown
690 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
At the helm of Jackrabbit is chef Chris Cosentino, the winner of “Top Chef Masters” who’s known for his whole-animal philosophy. Cosentino’s sustainable, holistic approach to carniRead more
83% recommended
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Stanford's - Jantzen Beach

$$$$·American·
North Portland
417 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
Stanford’s, which dubs itself “your neighborhood restaurant and bar,” has become something of a Portland institution, with three venues in the wider metro area. The restaurant at tRead more
89% recommended
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Paragon - Portland

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Pearl District
482 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
Paragon, located in the Pearl District, bill themselves an “urban alehouse,” and their beverage program led by renowned director Bob Brunner is as much a draw for Portland diners aRead more
90% recommended
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Henry's Tavern - Portland - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Pearl District
1,456 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
Henry’s Tavern is part of a small chain of gastropubs, but their 12th Street venue in Portland stands out for its local heritage, housed in the old red-brick Blitz-Weinhard BreweryRead more
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Portland Seafood Co. - Washington Square - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Seafood·
Tigard
291 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
At Washington Square in Tigard, Portland Seafood Co. serves up dock-fresh seafood in simple preparations that highlight top-quality ingredients. Virtually every menu item is as locRead more
85% recommended
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Prime Rib & Chocolate Cake - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Steakhouse·
NE Portland
486 reviews
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
The name says it all — Prime Rib & Chocolate Cake serves up generous portions of those decadent dishes and more to diners who know exactly what they want. Oregon wines and classic Read more
87% recommended
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Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar - Bridgeport - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Tigard
424 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
At Bridgeport Village in Tigard, Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar is a great place for post-work (or post-shopping) cocktails and meals. They serve New American cuisine, offering casuaRead more
87% recommended
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