10 Best 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 are Imperial and 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. 


Northeast Portland

Ox is delightful Argentine restaurant in North East Portland with a focus on grilled meats locally sourced, cooked over an open fire like Grilled Short Ribs, House Chorizo & Morcilla Sausages, Skirt Steak, and Sweetbreads. All meat orders come with complimentary bread with chimichurri dipping sauce. They also have seasonal fish available. The menu provides many options for vegetarians including salads, fried potatoes, cauliflower soup, and more. The desserts are just as good as their meats. From the warm hazelnut brown butter torte to the Lemon Brioche bread pudding to their assorted cheese boards it's all wonderful.

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.

Southeast Portland

Ava Gene's features a Roman inspired menu is simple and rustic with an emphasis on the best local produce and meats grown and raised by Pacific Northwest farmers and ranchers. That is why they feature a seasonal always changing menu. They take a great deal of pride in everything they prepare. Each item is hand made one at a time. From their custom breads to their delectable pastas everything they create is beautiful and delicious. For an entertaining evening sit at the chef's table where you can watch them create each dish. They also have a regional Italian wine list that complements the cuisine as well as craft cocktails.


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 everyday 2pm to 6pm in the bar only and again late at night Sunday - Thursday 10pm to 11pm and Friday & Saturday 11pm to 12am.

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.

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 fed 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.


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 chile 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 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.

Amber tones and polished woodwork characterize this restaurant, which also features expressive murals and a warm ambience. 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.

North Portland

Radar is a one of a kind neighborhood candle lit 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 small plate 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.

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 Bill is an absolutely 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.


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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