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, Le Pigeon, Kachka
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Asian, French, Eastern European
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Southeast Portland
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Departure Restaurant and Lounge

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,954 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • 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—but, in particular, the...

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Scenic View in Portland
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Le Pigeon

$$$$·French·
Southeast Portland
1,639 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 duck à l’Orange are cla...

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Kachka

$$$$·Eastern European·
Southeast Portland
1,113 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 vodkas, and the decor is r...

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Best Overall in Portland / Oregon
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Renata

$$$$·Italian·
Southeast 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 want to grab a table o...

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Nostrana

$$$$·Italian·
Southeast Portland
3,626 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 for a romantic Italian ...

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Outdoor Dining in Portland

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 (that are hard to take...

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Higgins Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Organic·
Southwest Portland
2,122 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • 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, which is what many opt fo...

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Healthy in Portland / Oregon

Jacqueline

$$$$·Seafood·
Southeast 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, they have $1 happy ...

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La Moule

$$$$·French American·
Southeast Portland
604 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

“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

Andina

$$$$·Peruvian·
Pearl District
7,710 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot

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 pulpo (octopus), in add...

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Davenport

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Northeast Portland
436 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Creative Cuisine

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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Best Food in Portland / Oregon
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Can Font

$$$$·Spanish·
Northwest Portland
624 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies

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
2,123 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 formations at the bar that loo...

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Urban Farmer Portland

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,239 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch

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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Imperial - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Northwest·
Downtown
2,890 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot

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 epic experience, sit a...

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Headwaters - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Northwest·
Downtown
1,309 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients

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 bent, and they’re servi...

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Aviary - Perm Closed

$$$$·French·
Northeast Portland
1,299 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 menu, they do unusua...

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Irving St Kitchen - Perm Closed

$$$$·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 Park) is doing a bic...

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Nel Centro

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,981 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals

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. The inner dining roo...

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