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10Best restaurants to enjoy during Portland's spectacular fall



In Portland, the leaves are changing colors and the temperatures are dropping as fall season descends all around.

It may be chilly and rainy outside, but it's warm and inviting in many of Portland's best restaurants. Warm yourself up with a comforting meal at one of the most delicious restaurants in Portland.

Many of Portland's top chefs are taking the bountiful fall harvest and creating heartwarming dishes that are sure to delight you featuring seasonal squash, apples, kale, currants, persimmons, hazelnuts, and more. At 10Best we have scoured the city and found some of the most inviting restaurants to enjoy this fall.

In North Portland, both Quaintrelle and Radar are spinning the best of the fall harvest into beautiful dishes.

In downtown Portland, Q Restaurant is warming up bellies with gourmet grill cheese sandwiches and exception tomato soup. Also downtown is Red Star Tavern both always excellent choices on a cool day. 

Wherever you choose to dine, we recommend sticking with restaurants like these that change their menu in the fall to reflect the season's best offerings. 


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Alphabet District


Bhuna is an Indian restaurant in NW Portland serving up flavorful Indian soul food. They've crafted together unique thoughtful dishes utilizing Pacific Northwest ingredients like their gluten-free Kashmiri Tomato & Eggplant rice bowl made with Indian eggplant fried and stewed with tomato, Kashmiri spices & mustard oil. Bhuna has one of the best happy hours in Portland. Happy hour is daily from 11 am - 6 pm with discounts on rice bowls, beer, and wine. In addition to rotating beer, cider, and wine, Bhuna also offers classic cocktails like a Manhattan or a Paloma. No matter what you order be sure to get a side of Lotus root fries. These tasty little snacks are quite addictive.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Bhuna's casual Indian soul food is the perfect place to warm up on a brisk day.

Meagan's expert tip: Unsure what to get? Try the slightly spicy Goan Pork Vindaloo a savory combination of pork, chilies, and rice.

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Amber tones and polished woodwork characterize this restaurant, which also features expressive murals and a warm ambiance. Located at the corner of SW Fifth Avenue, the upscale tavern is known for its skill with meats. Thanks to a grill, rotisserie, and wood-burning oven, many of the entrees boast a rustic, smoky flavor that seems appropriate to the area. Local ingredients boost the quality of the cuisine, which includes everything from cedar-planked salmon to prime rib, roast game, spit-roasted pork loin, and wood-fired goat cheese ravioli. The restaurant also sports a terrific lounge, where you can find specialty bourbons, local microbrews, and a great list of regional wines.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Red Star Tavern is a rustic American tavern with wood fire oven creating delicious food.

Meagan's expert tip: Finish off your meal with some of their divine sipping chocolate.

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Northeast Portland


Discover bliss in a butcher shop at Laurelhurst Market in east Portland. During the day, the market sells quality cuts of meat as well as sensational steak sandwiches. By night, Laurelhurst transforms into a bustling steakhouse where diners sip handcrafted cocktails before diving into phenomenal entrees like the steak and spring greens with smoky ancho romesco or tender grilled ribeye with blue cheese butter. Scrumptious sides include creamy macaroni and cheese, smoked oyster mushrooms, and Pommes Frites with Dijon creme fraiche. Everything Laurelhurst Market serves is delicious, even their radicchio salad will blow you away because they take food to another level.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Laurelhurst Market is warm and inviting with heaping portions of food well done on a brisk day.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are a steak lover you must order the ribeye. It is a perfect steak.

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Alphabet District


G-Love is a self-proclaimed "reverse steakhouse" where the vegetables are the main attraction. No, it's not a vegetarian restaurant, but the meat is limited to the side dishes. Here you can get an avocado toast for your main course with a small side of hanger steak to complete it. G-Love works hand in hand with a local farm, Olde Moon Farm, to create fresh fall dishes. G-Love has a unique working relationship with the farm. All of their cooks spend time working at the farm, which means often times the dinner you enjoy there was freshly picked earlier that day.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: G-Love utilizes the fall harvest in their seasonal menu to create fresh fall cuisine.

Meagan's expert tip: Sit at the bar to watch their talented bartender at work, better yet, order one of their creative cocktails. We recommend the Love Spell, a sparkling rose-based cocktail.

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Downtown


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 perfection over a wood fire grill, including seafood caught here in the Pacific Northwest. From pig's tail to octopus they have a little bit of everything on their ever-changing menu. Happy Hour is every day from 2 pm to 6 pm in the bar only and again late at night Sunday - Thursday from 10 pm to 11 pm and Friday & Saturday from 11 pm to 12 am.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Imperial is a welcomed retreat on a blustery day in Portland, Oregon.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to get, try their famous fried chicken.

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Raven and Rose is a gastropub in downtown Portland dishing up some of the area's best comfort food inspired by the British Isles. Owner Lisa Mygrant's time spent living, cooking and learning in England and Ireland has inspired both the atmosphere and cuisine at Raven & Rose. Using organic local ingredients to create dishes in-house, daily and by hand like fresh pastas, pastries, crackers, soups and sauces. They even butcher steaks, roasts, rabbits, birds, and fish in-house everyday. In the bar, they hand-squeeze all of the juice each day and make their own syrups, cordials and tinctures. Raven & Rose restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Raven and Rose serves beautiful food in a beautiful historic setting.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try the fillet of beef, it is superb.

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On a fall day, there is almost nothing better than a gourmet grilled cheese and bowl of tomato soup at Q Restaurant. Q Restaurant prides itself on sourcing food locally and providing the freshest meal possible. On the weekends they open early for brunch. Here you will find savory selections like their chilaquiles made with tortillas covered in chorizo, red chili sauce, eggs, queso, guacamole, and creme fraiche. And sweeter options like the Pugliese French Toast topped with fresh bananas, whipped mascarpone, and candied walnuts. If you are unsure what to get ask your server for advice they have worked with the chef for a long time and have specific knowledge on each and every dish. No matter what you get if they are serving coffee cake order some to split because it is divine.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Q Restaurant is a retreat from the cold where you can warm up over a rich meal.

Meagan's expert tip: During the week from 3 - 5 PM and 10 PM-midnight they only seat in the bar.

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Alphabet District


The Waiting Room is churning out Louisiana southern comfort food in a casual old house steps away from popular NW 23rd Street. From fried okra to fried chicken to dishes made with pimento cheese this is truly southern food. Their small portion of fried chicken can easily feed two or three people. For seafood lovers, they have steamed clams, BBQ shrimp, hamachi Crudo, cornmeal catfish, and 4 or 5 different delicious preparations or oysters including grilled, fried, fresh unique toppings, and more. Save room for dessert, because their Grand Marnier butterscotch pudding is mind-blowing good. They offer a nice happy hour Tuesday - Friday from 4 PM - 6 PM.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: The Waiting Room has comfort southern food, the perfect meal on a fall day.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to order the Ginger BBQ Shrimp they are fabulous.

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North Portland


Radar is a one of a kind neighborhood candlelit restaurant run by a husband and wife team. They've created a warm and inviting place to dine, especially enjoyable on a crisp fall day. The menu is ideal for sharing with a variety of small and larger plate options. Small plates offer selections like deviled eggs, three ways. Large plates like the chicken fried McFarland Springs trout with celeriac remoulade, lettuce, radish, shallots, tarragon aioli, and trout chicharrones are a heaping portion. Pair your dinner with a cocktail like the Night Owl made with bourbon, Coconib Ramazzootti, and toasted pecan bitters. Savor it, as it gets better with each sip. An indulgent brunch is available on weekends only.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Radar is a charming restaurant in North Portland serving interesting food combinations highlighting the bounty of the season.

Meagan's expert tip: Kick-off your meal with one of their signature cocktails like the Night Owl created by acclaimed bartender Alex Day specifically for Radar.

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North Portland


Quaintrelle is a cozy restaurant with exquisite food perfect for a fall day. The menu changes seasonally and the ingredients are locally sourced as much as possible. Chef Ryley is absolutely a wiz with salads and vegetables. He takes all the best offerings of the fall season and turns them into exquisite plates like the apples, celery, pine nuts, currants, shiso, and breadcrumbs. Even the appetizers highlight falls harvest with choices like sweet potato and broccoli tempura, chili honey, smoked pecorino. The cocktails like the "Path to Fortitude" featuring Dystopia Vodka are inventive and fresh, created by Camille Cavan. Happy hour is available every day 5-6:30 PM in the bar.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Quaintrelle works in all the goodness of fall into their dishes by utilizing seasonal ingredients.

Meagan's expert tip: Kick-off your meal with one of their specialty cocktails like the Path to Fortitude.

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Meagan Wristen 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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