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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Portland / Oregon

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Portland / Oregon? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Decant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (536)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Medford
About the restaurant
We believe in living a clean, natural and organic lifestyle mirroring that of the old world, where people eat only local foods. Most of our ingredients are certified organic and we source from local farmers to promote sustainability. We want to showcase how fertile the Southern Oregon valley is and the amazing bounty available from local farmers.

We're excited to share our wine and food knowledge with Southern Oregon. We want to educate anyone willing to learn on wines of the world as well as how they compare to local wines. We will strive to constantly create new menu items and wine pairings.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The food was delicious and the staff was very attentive. I don’t believe our water glasses got below halfway at any point in the night. I would highly recommend dinner at decant if you are looking for a high quality evening.
A photo of Le Pigeon restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1570)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Southeast Portland
About the restaurant
Le Pigeon serves adventurous French-inspired food, along with a varied selection of wines in an intimate dining room on Portland’s East Burnside Street.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food and wine pairings were very well done and the staff were excellent, we really enjoyed our dining experience.
A photo of The Joel Palmer House restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1979)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Dayton
About the restaurant
Mushrooms are the heart of what we do at the Joel Palmer House. We have always endeavored to obtain seasonal and local ingredients and we use many locally produced greens, herbs, and vegetables, some of which come from our own culinary garden. We are frequently inspired by ingredients found in the cuisines of France, China, Thailand, Poland and India, so we call our cooking "freestyle." Our dishes pair well the celebrated wines of Oregon, especially Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Our extensive, Oregon-focused wine list has been awarded the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Of special note, The Joel Palmer House ranks as one of Oregon's finest historic homes and is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Oregon Historic Register. Built in 1857, the house is Dayton's oldest standing structure. When weather permits, guests can enjoy their dinner on our outdoor patio, soaking in the last rays of sunshine in the heart of Oregon Wine Country.
Top review
SarahL
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful experience. Fantastic and friendly staff. Very knowledgeable about the food and beverages served.
A photo of Canard - Burnside restaurant
4.8
4.8 (40)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Northeast Portland
About the restaurant
Wine bar meets casual eatery in the heart of Portland's Central East Side. From the team that brought you Le Pigeon.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Always excellent food and great service. Our go to place for casual dining.
A photo of Arden restaurant
4.8
4.8 (883)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Northwest Portland
About the restaurant
Arden is an idyllic retreat tucked into Portland's Pearl District. Arden delivers seasonal Pacific Northwest cuisine and an award-winning wine program featuring over 250 bottles, many with bottle age. Guests have the option to dine a la carte or enjoy the chef's prix fixe menu ($70): a shared experience that features 4 courses of seasonal cuisine. Coursed wine pairings are also available ($45).

Arden is named in homage to Shakespeare's famous forest - a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and appreciate nature's bounty and beauty. The restaurant invites you to take an exiting culinary adventure through the Pacific Northwest, and explore the incredible range of ingredients that the region has to offer.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful anniversary dinner! We opted for the prix fixe option, which was incredible. Great pacing, great food, and honestly a super great value. Will be returning for sure.
A photo of Davenport restaurant
4.9
4.9 (722)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Northeast Portland
About the restaurant
A refined restaurant focusing on simple, well-prepared dishes maintaining the integrity of premier Northwest ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
It was such a nice and personal dinning experience, the service was just so attentive and friendly. I loved our server she made us feel like we were welcomed, the food was incredible, the flavors worked so well, and it was super fresh, and satisfying. 1000/10
A photo of Del Alma restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1806)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Corvallis
About the restaurant
Del Alma Restaurant, located in downtown Corvallis, offers an elegant yet warm and inviting dining atmosphere with a view of the riverfront. Del Alma translates to "of the soul", and the entire del Alma staff strives to create a dining experience that reflects their passion for excellent service, warm hospitality, and great food. The menu is inspired by the flavors and cuisines of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain and offers items ranging from tapas to full entrees. Del Alma brings its passion for the vibrant flavors of Latin America and pairs them with the offerings of the Pacific Northwest, using fresh ingredients from local markets, farms, and ranches. The bar hosts an array of libations ranging from south-of-the-border classics to contemporary cocktails, plus an interesting and food-friendly wine list featuring both Old and New World selections. Prix-fixe dinner specials are available on Wednesdays and pairing dinners are regularly featured.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Skip the coconut in the key lime pie. Need a plain creme brûlée. A lemon desert would be good.
A photo of Canard - Oregon City restaurant
4.8
4.8 (92)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Oregon City
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
Terryh
Dined 4 days ago
Great food, great service. Will most definitely be back.
A photo of The Painted Lady restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1675)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Newberg
About the restaurant
Oregon's only AAA four diamond and Forbes four star restaurant, The Painted Lady in Newberg offers a seasonal tasting menu nightly celebrating the products of their local neighbors- Oregon's world class ranchers, farmers and vintners. Inspired by the grand tradition of restoring Victorian homes across America, the restaurant uses classic culinary techniques to create a stunning modern menu. With timeless grace and a contemporary palate, The Painted Lady is more than a restaurant, it is an experience to remember.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The Painted Lady is a fine establishment. Please do yourself the favor of booking a reservation. Such a treat. The food and service are incredible. My husband and I will be back very soon!
A photo of OK Omens restaurant
4.7
4.7 (401)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Southeast Portland
About the restaurant
OK Omens is a wine focused restaurant with an emphasis on both natural wines and integrity driven classics. Opened by 5x James Beard Nominated Chef Justin Woodward and 'Food & Wine Magazine' Sommelier of the Year Brent Braun, we offer a seasonal eclectic dinner menu designed to compliment our playful, progressive wine program.

We are currently offering reservations for our dining room. Our bar seats are available for walk ins every night. Check Instagram for updates :)


Top review
JanineF
Dined 1 day ago
Delicious food! We loved all we had especially the three starters we shared (tuna, shrimp & ceviche). Wines were unusual and fantastic.
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