Where Chefs Eat in Portland

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Restaurants:La Moule, Nostrana, Imperial
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French American, Italian, Northwest
Neighborhoods:SE Portland, Downtown

La Moule

$$$$·French American·
SE Portland
523 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
“A great little Belgian brasserie known for its craft cocktails and moules frites. We recommend snacking on the steak tartare with bone marrow while you wait for your mussels to stRead more
91% recommended
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Nostrana

$$$$·Italian·
SE Portland
3,338 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
“I love the bread – I usually get a Negroni and a simple pizza.” – Justin Woodward
90% recommended
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Imperial

$$$$·Northwest·
Downtown
2,891 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Recommended by Chef Jose Chesa from Chesa
83% recommended
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Olympia Provisions Northwest

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Pearl District
710 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Scott Dolich from Park Kitchen
97% recommended
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Grain & Gristle

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
NE Portland
78 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Great for Brunch
  • Cozy
Recommended by Chef Jasper Shen from XLB
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Xico

$$$$·Mexican·
SE Portland
672 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Recommended by Chef Cathy Whims from Nostrana
90% recommended
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Bar Casa Vale

$$$$·Spanish·
SE Portland
93 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Kristen D. Murray from MAURICE Luncheonette
88% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Portland / Oregon
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Kachka

$$$$·Eastern European·
SE Portland
977 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
“An amazing Russian restaurant from Bonnie and Israel Morales. They took an often overlooked cuisine and are showing the wide range that it has to offer.” – Carlo Lamagna
94% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Portland
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Holdfast Dining

$$$$·American·
SE Portland
318 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
“Chefs Joel Stocks and Will Preisch put together an amazing tasting menu that really pushes the boundaries of your palate and is flawlessly executed. Pair that with amazing wines sRead more
96% recommended
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Higgins Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Organic·
SW Portland
1,893 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
“Higgins is the original. He really brought the local-farm-to-table story to Portland and remains relevant after all these years, delivering a high level of cuisine and service, paRead more
95% recommended
Healthy in Portland / Oregon
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Dame

$$$$·American·
NE Portland
77 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“It's perfect. Dana, the owner-sommelier is amazing. It feels like a modern version of Cheers, but with the best wine and really perfect food. I wish I lived closer – it's the typeRead more
92% recommended
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Ned Ludd

$$$$·Northwest·
North Portland
977 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
“Ned Ludd ties together the total Oregon experience. From wood-fire cooking to utilizing local and seasonal ingredients, the food and ambience reflect what the PNW is – refined rusRead more
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Portland / Oregon
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Departure Restaurant and Lounge

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,802 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
“The ambience is relaxed and modern, yet still very family friendly. The food is always impeccable!” – José Chesa
90% recommended
Most Booked in Portland / Oregon

The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar

$$$$·American·
SE Portland
737 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
Recommended by Chef Greg Denton & Gabrielle Quinonez Denton from Restaurant Ox Restaurant
93% recommended
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