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Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Portland

The OpenTable team

Portland is still weird (don’t worry), but in the most delicious way possible. From sparking this country’s food truck craze to offering specially-priced menus at unusual dining times, the City of Roses (and bikes and artisanal coffee) is definitely doing things their own way, and we should all be grateful. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You can step outside your comfort zone at places serving everything from Belarusian, Belgian, and Peruvian fare or try spots reimagining ways to cook classic cuisines like Italian, burgers, and epic steaks—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Little Bird, Departure Restaurant and Lounge, Le Pigeon
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Asian
Neighborhoods:Downtown, NE Portland
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Little Bird

$$$$·French·
Downtown
2,582 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Portland’s little slice of dining heaven has a double brie burger that is one of the most delectable, ooey-gooey burgers imaginable. And if that wasn’t great enough, they’ve reinteRead more
90% recommended

Departure Restaurant and Lounge

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,526 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Top Chef finalist Gregory Gourdet is cooking up delicious Asian-inspired dishes in a stunning restaurant space on the top floor of The Nines (swanky) hotel. All of their dishes—butRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in Portland / Oregon

Le Pigeon

$$$$·French·
NE Portland
1,665 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
This adorable and cozy restaurant makes some of the best French food in Portland, and they serve it with a very comfortable and non-pretentious feel. Beef cheek bourguignon and ducRead more
92% recommended
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Kachka

$$$$·Eastern European·
SE Portland
635 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
This place is wonderfully unusual for a few reasons: they serve Belarusian food, the menu was created using the chef’s mother’s recipes, they have a large variety of infused vodkasRead more
96% recommended
Most Booked in Portland / Oregon
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Renata

$$$$·Italian·
SE Portland
1,137 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
There’s a slight wooden barn feel to this spot that serves up great Italian food alongside one of the largest wine lists in the city. There are lots of tables inside, but if you waRead more
89% recommended
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Nostrana

$$$$·Italian·
SE Portland
2,952 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Nostrana has been doing magical things with dough, sauce, and cheese for over a decade. Their dimly-lit restaurant almost feels Japanese in its aesthetic, which is very calming forRead more
95% recommended
Italian in Portland / Oregon

Imperial

$$$$·Northwest·
Downtown
2,738 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Aside from its location in the chic and historic Hotel Lucia, the atmosphere at this American spot is warm, the mood is lively and fun, and service is consistently great. For an epRead more
86% recommended
Northwest in Portland

Bistro Agnes

$$$$·French·
Downtown
516 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
If deliciously rich French classics served in a vibrant and totally fresh atmosphere sounds like the right type of old and new, this is the spot for you. Agnes’ blue tile floors (tRead more
95% recommended
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Higgins Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Organic·
SW Portland
1,573 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Higgins is a Portland landmark, and they’re old pros at preparing delicious farm-to-table food. It’s a classic spot, but it’s pretty pricey, so a good bet is to go for lunch, whichRead more
90% recommended
Healthy in Portland / Oregon

Jacqueline

$$$$·Seafood·
SE Portland
384 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
An outrageously good seafood spot where you’ll also see lots of quirky artwork (like Bill Murray’s portrait hanging behind the bar). They have a wonderful oyster bar, and from 5-7,Read more
97% recommended
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La Moule

$$$$·French American·
SE Portland
446 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Happy Hour
“The Muscle” is this Belgian brasserie’s middle name—actually it’s their first—and there’s no question they have a great command of them. Muscles have their own section of the menuRead more
96% recommended

Headwaters

$$$$·Northwest·
Downtown
1,133 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
  • Pre/post Theatre
If you would enjoy a menu with a serious focus on all things from under the sea, this restaurant inside the Heathman Hotel is the place for you. Their seafood menu has a French benRead more
83% recommended
Healthy in Portland

Aviary

$$$$·French·
NE Portland
1,230 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
The stone walls and warm rugs in the Aviary almost make you feel like you’re dining in a very refined wine cellar. While they do have meat and fish options on their Asian-inspired Read more
97% recommended

Andina

$$$$·Peruvian·
Pearl District
7,546 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
While you’re in Portland, take a little detour to Peru by way of Andina. They’re serving up colorful and exotic versions of Peruvian classics, and have super fresh ceviches and pulRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Portland / Oregon

Irving St Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Pearl District
1,831 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
The Pearl is one of Portland’s most popular areas, and this spot is in the heart of it. Chef Sarah Schafer (who hails from two NYC powerhouses - Gramercy Tavern and Eleven Madison Read more
87% recommended
American in Portland / Oregon

Nel Centro

$$$$·Italian·
SW Portland
1,805 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine
Hotel Madera’s Italian eatery boasts one of the nicest and largest outdoor patios in the whole city—which has lovely fire pits—and fills up for an impressively popular happy hour. Read more
97% recommended
Great for Lunch in Portland

Davenport

$$$$·Contemporary American·
NE Portland
378 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
This reasonably priced dinner-only spot has a regularly changing menu of globally-inspired dishes that celebrate ingredients from the pacific northwest. This is also reflected in tRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Portland / Oregon

Can Font

$$$$·Spanish·
SW Portland
377 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 BarRead more
88% recommended
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St Jack

$$$$·French·
NW Portland
1,813 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
This French bouchon (from Lyon, France) feels equal parts cozy comfortable and romantically upscale, and they top that off with some unique charm by lighting huge candle formationsRead more
88% recommended

Urban Farmer Portland

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,041 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
Located in The Nines uber-chic hotel, this Portland-born steakhouse is so popular, they opened up additional locations in Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Denver (and they also won theRead more