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The Top Restaurants by Cuisine in Portland

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by The OpenTable team
Updated February 20, 2020

Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among Portland's most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

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4.8 (659)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Northeast Portland
About the restaurant
AMERICAN: This reasonably priced dinner-only spot has a regularly changing menu of globally-inspired American dishes that celebrate ingredients from the pacific northwest. This is also reflected in the ambiance they’ve created using calming earth tones and lots of wood. The standout menu items (if they're available) are the cauliflower soup, scallops, swordfish, and beef goulash.
Top review
Dined on Nov 17, 2023
Great place for a special quiet dinner. Wonderful food and pleasant and attentive service! Reasonable sized dishes so that two apiece is plenty. Extensive wine list (though with many prices in 3 digits) and knowledgeable staff.
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4.8 (6766)
$50 and over
Northwest Portland
About the restaurant
STEAKHOUSE: When you walk into this classic steakhouse that’s been operating for over sixty years—with waiters in tuxedos—you’re transported to another time. Wooden beams, a brick fireplace, and red leather booths feel like a storied steakhouse mixed with an old hunting lodge. A perfect intersection for serving prime cuts of meat, like their filet mignon and prime rib, which are popular orders along with oversized onion rings and a great French onion soup.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Awesome service, Awesome food! It is always a wonderful experience dining at Ringside.
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4.5 (999)
$30 and under
Northwest Portland
About the restaurant
SPANISH: Beautiful, elegant, and delicately decorated Catalan restaurant in the wonderful Pearl district. Their original location is in Spain, and their menu is specifically inspired by Barcelona, as is some of the design. Their unmistakably authentic food will make you feel like you’re eating at their original location. The octopus appetizer, Spanish rioja, and assortment of paellas (the traditional one with squid is top-notch) are popular choices, and as a bonus, you can see them make most of it from their open kitchen.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Food and service were very good. Only criticism I have is that as we ordered multiple tapas most arrived at the same time. Pacing between dishes would have been better.
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4.8 (3164)
$30 and under
South American
Southwest Portland
About the restaurant
SOUTH AMERICAN: Nestled right alongside the waterfront—with a very rare dining view of the Willamette River—is this sizzling South American restaurant that marries flavors from Argentina, Chile, and Patagonia. Their menu not only features tapas, empanadas, and ceviches, but also has a variety of veggie dishes and grilled seafood and meat. They even have an outdoor pig roast, which is where their smoked and slow roasted pork gets its intense flavor from. Their octopus with chorizo and bacon wrapped duck dishes are also strong standouts.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Favorite restaurant in PDX… perhaps best on the west coast. Variety, flavor blends like no where else. Head chef travels the globe for new ideas, sure to please every time!
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4.6 (64)
$30 and under
Southeast Portland
About the restaurant
JAPANESE: Afuri is a hugely popular ramen chain in Tokyo, and they were generous enough to bring their savory slurpy goodness to Portland. Their signature bowl of yuzu shio ramen is very unique, because it has a chicken broth instead of the pork-based broth of tonkotsu-style ramen that’s more typical in the U.S. Their lighter broth isn’t as rich as most other ramen, and it has more delicate flavors—like dried seafood with a hint of citrus—that serve as the base for the very tender chicken in it. They also have the only genshiyaki grill (an older, more traditional version of a yakitori or robata grill) in the country, which they use to grill meat, fish, and veggies.
Top review
Dined on Aug 26, 2023
Absolutely amazing space. The food and service were fantastic.
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4.4 (23)
$30 and under
Middle Eastern
Northeast Portland
About the restaurant
MIDDLE EASTERN: Dar Salam is about as close as you can get to eating authentic food in Iraq without taking more than a car ride. Behind this beautifully delicious Middle Eastern restaurant there’s a beautiful story too. In 2011, an Iraqi man and his Portlandian wife opened up a very popular food cart called Aladdin's Castle Cafe (where he and his mother made all the food), and then they opened Dar Salam so people could better experience the hospitality that’s at the core of their culture. They expanded their menu to include wonderfully flavorful things like kabobs, large rice plates, stews, and plenty of gluten-free options (like their falafel, which people swoon for). More recently, they opened Dar Salam Lazurdi, which also has live music and belly dancing!
Top review
Dined on Apr 8, 2023
We had gluten free, vegetarians, and vegans in our party of six, and everyone was really happy with their food. I chose it for those options but also mainly because it was so close to the event venue we were going to afterwards. We all said we’d plan to go back, so kudos!
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