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.
Scotch Lodge is a whiskey bar with fantastic modern French-inspired food. This cozy welcoming spot has everything one looks for; a fun atmosphere, an amazing whiskey selection, great service, exceptional cocktails, and food that will have you coming back for more. Kick your meal off with fried brie and the Namesake cocktail a combination of smoky islay whisky, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, amaro, and orange bitters. From there know that whatever you order will be wonderful because all of the food is excellent. You do not need a reservation but it never hurts to have one especially on the weekend.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Scotch Lodge makes the list because it has it all, a good ambiance, wonderful food, and whisky from all around the world.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to get sit at the bar and talk to Katsu who can guide you through.
Piccone's Corner offers a takeout menu inspired by old Italian flavors, Italian American traditions, PNW seasonality, and a new school style. It all starts at their local farm, where pastured hogs are raised with the utmost respect for the animals and the land. The takeout offerings showcase house butchered meats, produce driven salads, signature pastas and flame cooked meat in an ever rotating menu. Sourcing and seasonality are the driving creative forces behind the kitchen. They are a great place to get a delicious grab a sandwich if you are in a hurry or if you have more time order an entire multi-course dinner for takeaway.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Piccone's Corner changes their menu seasonally which means you get the best of what fall has to offer.
Meagan's expert tip: Try the Bucatini pasta it will knock your socks off made with pesto, white wine, radishes, and parmesan.
Domaine Serene offers seasonal French-American cuisine inspired by the wines in a relaxing atmosphere. Here you will enjoy meticulously prepared dishes made with quality and precision just like their award-winning wines. The goal of each dish is to elevate and complement the glass of wine you have with it. From caviar and oysters to Wagyu steak frites and Pinot Noir braised short ribs it's all designed to be paired perfectly with the wine they recommend to go with it. If you visit on a Thursday you can enjoy live music with local musicians from 4-6 pm. If possible make a reservation in advance. Walkins are always welcome as well.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Domaine Serene Wine Lounge is a beautiful wine bar and on a fall day, their patio is a great place to be near the firepit.
Local Expert tip: Unless you are a wine club member, they charge a $10 corkage fee if you buy a bottle to drink.
Chicha is a newer restaurant in the Pearl District. It's outside on the street which is a perfect complement to the menu made up of Peruvian street food of Lima and Callao. Enjoy empanadas, chibeche, skewers of grilled meat and much more. Chicha is the more casual sister restaurant to Andina. Chef Alex Diestra developed the menu around his memories of Lima's market stalls and Chicha subculture. Chicha is a delivery/to-go concept, but you can also visit the new patio at Andina. They're open from 2 pm onward, and the patio is first come, first served. The patio is quite cozy, so there can be a long wait on a busy day.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Chicha is the perfect place to dine on a nice fall day since it's a completely outdoor restaurant.
Meagan's expert tip: Visit during the week when there is less of a wait to be seated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quaintrelle is a nice 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 Eckersley is absolutely a wiz at taking global ingredients and pairing them with the best ingredients in the Pacific Northwest. 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.
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.