Favorite Local Restaurants in Portland

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.

The OpenTable team
Restaurants:Departure Restaurant and Lounge, Kachka, Nostrana
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Asian, Eastern European, Italian
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Southeast Portland
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Departure Restaurant and Lounge

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,969 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies

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—but, in particular, the...

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Hot Spot in Portland
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Kachka

$$$$·Eastern European·
Southeast Portland
1,161 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 vodkas, and the decor is r...

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Best Food in Portland / Oregon
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Nostrana

$$$$·Italian·
Southeast Portland
3,766 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 for a romantic Italian ...

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Italian in Portland / Oregon
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Higgins Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Organic·
Southwest Portland
2,191 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

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, which is what many opt fo...

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Healthy in Portland / Oregon

La Moule

$$$$·French American·
Southeast Portland
650 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

“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 menu, prepared in a vari...

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Neighborhood Gem in Portland / Oregon

Davenport

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Northeast Portland
453 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
  • 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 the ambiance they’ve ...

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Contemporary American in Portland / Oregon
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Can Font

$$$$·Spanish·
Northwest Portland
668 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

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 o...

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St Jack

$$$$·French·
Northwest Portland
2,169 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 formations at the bar that loo...

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Urban Farmer Portland

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,270 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 the OpenTable Diners’ C...

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Great for Brunch in Portland / Oregon
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