The Best of the Best Restaurants in Portland, Oregon

Few cities the size of Portland have as vibrant and creative a restaurant scene. The numerous farmer's markets and urban gardens illustrate that Portlanders take their food seriously. The bar has been raised so high that one can expect to find excellent, affordable fare from the food carts parked around downtown. This has made the restaurants work even harder to please their guests with innovative cooking and sustainably produced food.  Even the local fast food chain, Burgerville, brags about its utilization of local agriculture. Influxes of various immigrant populations have made authentic food from every continent easily accessible. Excellent Lebanese, Ethiopian, Indian, Thai, Japanese, French and Italian dining can be found within a few mile's radius. Every neighborhood in this city has its own flavor. From the Cafes of North Mississippi like Toro Bravo to the elegant restaurants of the Downtown Cultural District, there are so many great eating establishments in Portland, it is very difficult to narrow down a list to just ten recommendations. This particular top-ten list shows a range of what Portland has to offer. From family cafes to tapas bars we have selected the best. From the new and experimental to the traditional favorites, this list provides a range of suggestions from the cream of Portland's restaurant crop.  


Southern cooking is done right at the Screen Door Restaurant. Considered one of the best weekend brunch spots in Portland, Screen Door is also open for dinner five nights a week. Preparing the best of southern food without pretense, the menu...  Read More

One restaurant that appears on just about everybody's best-of Portland list is Andina. With the tagline, "A Taste of Peru in the Pearl," Andina has taken traditional South American cuisine to the level of fine art. Located in the heart of...  Read More

Northeast Portland

Beast is the adventurous carnivore's delight. One six-course dinner is offered each week, Wednesday through Sunday. Price is per person and the small dining room offers two seatings per night, at 6 and 8:45. The menu each week is the...  Read More

Pok Pok a strictly Thai restaurant in Portland, Oregon is the creation of Andy Ricker. He won the James Beard award for best chef because of Pok Pok. Andy is often seen on tv judging food competitions. At Pok Pok you will find all the...  Read More

Serratto is a lively and elegant neighborhood restaurant serving authentic and innovative dishes from Italy, France and the greater Mediterranean region. The menu, which changes seasonally, is built around a commitment to using natural meats,...  Read More

The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar is home cooking done right. Chef Adam Sappington has been a James Beard finalist multiple times. Everything at brunch and dinner is made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. 65 percent of their...  Read More

Cultural District

Located in Portland's downtown Cultural District, Higgins makes for an easy convenient night on the town when combined with a trip to the concert hall or theater. Higgins provides elegance with a creative, ever-changing seasonal menu of...  Read More

Northeast Portland

A taste of New Orleans in the Pacific Northwest. That's what you'll find at this intimate bistro located in the northeastern section of the city. From classic Cajun and Creole favorites like seafood gumbo jambalaya and shrimp Creole, the menu is...  Read More

Southwest Portland
Little Bird Bistro

Little Bird Bistro is a beautiful, intimate French restaurant in southwest Portland and chances are you are familiar with its more expensive sister restaurant Le Pigeon. It's a perfect place for a lunch or dinner date. Here you can find unique...  Read More


Imperial is owned by one of the most acclaimed chefs in Portland, Vitaly Paley. This cozy restaurant is located in the historic Hotel Lucia. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During dinner time you can enjoy meats cooked to...  Read More


Meet Meagan Shamy

Meagan Shamy is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan

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