Favorite Local 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:Departure Restaurant and Lounge, Le Pigeon, Kachka
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Asian, French, Eastern European
Neighborhoods:Downtown, NE Portland, SE Portland
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Departure Restaurant and Lounge

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,714 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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
88% recommended
Most Booked in Portland / Oregon
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Le Pigeon

$$$$·French·
NE Portland
1,666 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
812 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
97% recommended
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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
3,225 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
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Imperial

$$$$·Northwest·
Downtown
2,890 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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
82% recommended
Northwest in Portland
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Bistro Agnes

$$$$·French·
Downtown
524 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
1,733 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
98% recommended
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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
518 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
“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
92% recommended
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Headwaters

$$$$·Northwest·
Downtown
1,308 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
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
Northwest in Portland
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Aviary

$$$$·French·
NE Portland
1,299 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Portland
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Andina

$$$$·Peruvian·
Pearl District
7,868 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
95% recommended
Most Booked in Portland
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Irving St Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Pearl District
1,852 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
91% recommended
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Nel Centro

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,981 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in Portland
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Davenport

$$$$·Contemporary American·
NE Portland
425 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
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
93% recommended
Contemporary American in Portland / Oregon
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Can Font

$$$$·Spanish·
NW Portland
422 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
  • 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 BarRead more
94% recommended
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St Jack

$$$$·French·
NW Portland
1,895 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
89% recommended
Special Occasion in Portland
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Urban Farmer Portland

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,158 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Romantic
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
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