The food scene in Portland, Oregon, is a reflection of the city’s quirky and eccentric make-up. Aside from good coffee and donuts, Portland has so much more to offer, culinary speaking. Whether you’re in the mood for Southern comfort food, creative Thai dishes, or even if you’re looking to try something different, there’s a myriad of top-notch places to check out in the city. Based on popular opinion, we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 Best Restaurants in Portland.
Seafood restaurant Cabezon creates dishes made from locally produced food and serves them alongside an extensive wine list. The menu features basil wrapped jumbo Gulf shrimp, sea scallops with squid ink linguine, oysters, grilled lamb sirloin with kale-feta strudel, Maker’s Mark whisky ice cream, and lavender and honey crème brulée.
9. Screen Door
Deemed the best Southern cuisine in the city, Screen Door is serving up comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dishes include fried okra, pecan crusted trout, praline bacon waffles, shrimp and grits, crispy fried buttermilk-battered chicken, catfish po-boys, a black-eyed pea fritter sandwich, and hushpuppies with homemade pepper jelly.
8. La Moule
Upscale Belgian restaurant La Moule boasts cool and colourful digs. Their menu features the likes of halibut with a truffled potato purée, charred broccoli salad, steak tartare, sweet cream panna cotta, and several different kinds of mussels, including Thai and Korean. Their beer list and cocktail menu are also noteworthy.
Open since 2007, swanky eatery Beast changes their menu weekly, but you’ll never be disappointed in what the chef has thought up. Along with the six-course tasting menu, the restaurant offers wine pairings for each dish. The communal tables make the whole dining experience that much more fun. Every meal had at Beast is a memorable one; it’s no surprise that the chefs continue to win award after award.
6. Toro Bravo
Spanish restaurant Toro Bravo specializes in tapas and wine. Menu items include fried anchovies with fennel and lemon, bacon wrapped dates, grilled pork ribs, sherry chicken liver mousse, grilled octopus, meatballs in a tomato and almond sauce, and a bacon and manchego burger. There’s also a chef’s choice tasting menu for a fixed price per person.
5. Bang Bang
Bang Bang offers Thai inspired comfort food, including spring rolls, green papaya salad, fried rice with pork belly and blue crab, a pumpkin curry bowl with grilled beef and roasted squash, and drunken wings with sweet soy and fried garlic. The comfortable candle-lit atmosphere makes Bang Bang your new go-to date spot.
Peruvian restaurant Andina will make you fall in love with a new type of worldly cuisine. The menu features slow-cooked lamb shank in a cilantro-beer sauce, confit duck leg with a passionfruit sauce, wok-fried wild mountain mushrooms, seared yellowfin tuna with black pepper and orange zest, and quinoa-crusted diver scallops. After eating at Andina, you’ll forever be obsessed with Peruvian fare.
3. The People’s Pig
Barbeque joint The People’s Pig will satisfy any meat lover’s craving. Its chill atmosphere and no-fuss approach to food only makes the experience of dining here so much better. Popular dishes include a pork shoulder sandwich, dry rubbed St. Louis style ribs, smoked fried chicken with spicy mayo and jalapeno jelly, sliced lamb leg with fennel aioli, collard greens, and cornbread.
2. Higgins Restaurant & Bar
Higgins Restaurant & Bar appeals to the average Portland citizen, serving up local and sustainable food along with a vast beer menu. Dishes include ricotta bruschetta, a Pacific oyster po’boy, orecchiette pasta with a walnut pesto, pan-seared Pacific cod, shrimp risotto with leeks and spinach, confit of duck with a rhubarb-ginger compote, and cornmeal pecan cake.
Imperial is a classy place with a modern décor, boasting an impressive bar selection and proudly utilising local ingredients in every one of their dishes. Their dinner menu features wagyu beef carpaccio, duck meatballs, fire roasted beets, pan roasted cauliflower, octopus bruschetta, fresh oysters on the half shell, butternut squash with spicy honey, and house made pickled vegetables.