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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Portland

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Portland? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of LeChon restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3360)
$30 and under
South American
Southwest Portland
About the restaurant
Lechon is a South American dining experience that seamlessly combines the fiery cooking of Argentina, Chile and Patagonia, along with creative inspiration of the chef. Enjoy perfectly charred 28-day dry-aged ribeye, grilled octopus with chorizo, housemade piquillo pepper and pork empanadas, slow roasted lechon, refreshing ceviches and smoked bone marrow.

Executive Chef Jaco Smith consistently pushes the boundaries on traditional Latin fare by incorporating wood-fired flavors into his cuisine while boasting a view of the Willamette River that few Portland restaurants can offer. Smith comes from a large family of cattle, sheep and grain farmers. He started cooking at a young age in his mother’s kitchen. His favorite childhood memories include the tastes of dulce de leche, flan and grilled breads, reminiscent of South American flavors and commonly found on South African kitchen tables.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Very unique space and ambiance was enjoyable. Wasn’t too noisy and the servers came out quickly and were very kind. The menu had an amazing variety of dishes, all of which we thoroughly enjoyed.
A photo of Mediterranean Exploration Company restaurant
4.8
4.8 (43)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Northwest Portland
About the restaurant
Mediterranean Exploration is a restaurant located in Portland, Oregon that specializes in serving upscale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. The restaurant features casual dining in an industrial setting with a chic décor.

Mediterranean Exploration serves dinner nightly and offers a variety of raw, oven, mezza, piato and grilled options on the menu for diners to choose from. The restaurant features a seasonal, market driven menu that changes daily based on seasonal varieties and the local farmers' produce available.
Top review
aubs
Dined today
Wonderful as always. Incredible food,drinks, and staff. The chefs counter is a great spot to see the magic happen. This is one of my fave spots in Portland!
A photo of Magna Kusina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (49)
$30 and under
Filipino
Southeast Portland
About the restaurant
Chef Carlo Lamagna, one of Food and Wines Best New Chefs and a James Beard Awards finalist, brings a twist to the food he grew up on. A modern take on Filipino cuisine steeped in traditional dishes. Old school flavor with a new school style. Connecting with diners through flavor and story. Enjoy signature takes on popular Filipino dishes at this award winning restaurant.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
This meal felt new and comforting all at the same time. Staff was accommodating to dietary needs. Wonderful experience.
A photo of Janken restaurant
4.7
4.7 (860)
$50 and over
Creative Japanese
Pearl District
About the restaurant
Experience a culinary journey through Japanese-Korean Fusion cuisine. Our mission is to spark joy and imagination with every dining experience through fusion cuisine demonstrating that everything is better together. Focused on small plates, hand-crafted cocktails and sharing, Janken provides a nod to the variety of experiences you can have when you dine with us. We embrace a traditional-contemporary blend to create a comfortable upscale dining experience.
Top review
Skeletor
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing food, great service and beautiful and fun ambiance. Only negative is that it’s a little noisy.
A photo of Wilfs Restaurant & Jazz Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1173)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Pearl District
About the restaurant
Voted one of the top dining destinations for 2023 by OpenTable!

Welcome to Wilfs...
Located at Union Station, at the foot of the Broadway Bridge. Cozy red wing back chairs provide guests with an intimate escape from the world, 'Mad Men' atmosphere best describes the lounge and it's modern menu of classic house made cocktails, while listening to the best jazz, performed up-close and personal.
Our expert staff and Chef A.G. prepare local and regional dishes with a modern twist. Tableside preparation of our award winning Caesar salad, Steak Diane or fresh local seafood, pasta and local micro brews and house shaken libations.
Catering and event planning for graduations, rehearsal dinners, weddings, holiday and more.
We accept Visa. Mastercard, American Express, cash. 24 hour security on premises. Easy street parking.
Top review
SandN
Dined today
Wonderful jazz experience with great food and service
A photo of Metropolitan Tavern restaurant
4.5
4.5 (591)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Metropolitan Tavern –
Metropolitan Tavern, on the top floor of Hotel Eastlund is where you’ll find contemporary dishes and hand-crafted cocktails. Come and enjoy Metropolitan Tavern’s inventive “small plates”, shareable boards, Entrees, variety of fresh hand stretched artisan pizzas, and more. Modern yet casual restaurant and bar with patio seating and spectacular views of the city.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
A favorite lunch spot. Good service, food, and view.
A photo of Mermosa restaurant
4.5
4.5 (75)
$30 and under
Southern
North Portland
About the restaurant
Dine and Vibe with us at Mermosa PDX in our elevated casual dining experience as we celebrate our family's rich Southern and Caribbean heritage through our food, wine, cocktails and live music. We are known for bringing people together of all walks of life through our award-winning sparkling Oregon wines, welcoming atmosphere and elevated comfort food that honors the depth of flavors from Haiti, French techniques and Lowcountry Southern dishes. Please check our website and instagram for the live music schedule and our event schedule as we are always doing something fresh!

Mermosa PDX has become Portland's spot for celebrations - Large parties are welcome and can easily book online using Opentable. To accommodate ease of service and dining preferences, we serve parties over 7 in a family style menu where items are served in larger shareable portions that comes as ready.

Please also check out our website for our Event Guide on private events and buyouts.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
We had fun! The food was great, the service was great, and it was a nice change from what’s normal in Portland. I felt like I was in my 20s again!
A photo of Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine - Portland Hawthorne restaurant
4.4
4.4 (75)
$31 to $50
Thai
Southeast Portland
About the restaurant
Cheers for the New Year together. Please come join us for a FREE EXPERIENCE OF FARMHOUSE STYLE NIGHT MARKET from Fri DEC 29th - Sun DEC 31st for all the reservations.

Not your typical Thai! We are a Thai New Generation restaurant focusing on bringing you adventurous, bold flavors of traditional and non-traditional dishes using the freshest ingredients by Chef-Owner, Kasem “Pop” Saengsawang. Look out for our nightly specials from regional home-cooked dishes to market fried grasshoppers, Panang Neau, Hat Yai Fried Chicken, Basil Bomb, Volcano Cup, and many more. We are consistently voted the "Best Thai Restaurant" in San Francisco by Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016 - 2019. The Best Thai Restaurant. San Francisco, Oakland, Menlo Park, Portland, and Los Angeles
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
The food is as excellent and service was on point.
A photo of clarklewis restaurant
4.0
4 (2503)
$31 to $50
Northwest
Southeast Portland
About the restaurant
A bustling eatery in the Central Eastside industrial neighborhood serving Italian-inspired, local, organic, seasonal, sustainable fare. The large oak-burning oven is the cornerstone of the large open kitchen. Clarklewis has helped define Portland as a food mecca since 2004 as a founder of our local farm-to-table sensibility.
Top review
KCKjr
Dined on May 28, 2024
Their Chinook Salmon was some of the best we’ve ever had. Bo did a great job as our server. 
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Bridgeport Village restaurant
4.0
4 (73)
$30 and under
Chinese
Downtown
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
Sophie
Dined on May 6, 2024
We had a group of 5 and the service, food and atmosphere were perfect.
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