Jackrabbit is a gorgeous restaurant inside the lobby of hipster hotel, The Duniway. The head celebrity chef is none other than Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino. Jackrabbit features an extensive raw bar with oysters and clams. The cocktail menu is based around gin with interesting choices like the Homeward Bound cocktail made with gin, lemon, house vanilla, bubbles, and pear puree. The menu also features house-cured meats and dishes feature Oregon's incredible bounty. Jackrabbit offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday. They also offer a daily happy hour from 2 - 5 PM everyday. On weekends they have a delicious brunch.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: Jackrabbit is phenomenal and a good dining choice on any day.
Meagan's expert tip: Jackrabbit offers an excellent happy hour everyday from 2 - 5 P.M.
Radar is a one of a kind, candle lit, neighborhood restaurant run by a husband and wife team. They've created a nice place to dine on a spring 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.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: Rader is a family owned neighborhood restaurant with stellar food.
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.
Tusk is a Middle Eastern Restaurant located in SE Portland. Tusk sources all of its vegetables locally as well as most of their grains and flours. If you visit their website you can see a long list of local producers they use. They are open for dinner during the week and brunch on weekends. During brunch patrons can enjoy options like the Grain Bowl made with sprouted barley, vegetables, avocado, duk- ka, egg, and argan oil. If you are dining with kids know that there is no kid menu available and unless your kids are adventurous eaters you should stick with the biscuits and gravy for them.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: Tusk has a Middle Eastern menu built around vegetables and fruit showing off the best of spring.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to order their delicious hummus appetizer to go along with your meal.
Situated in the historic Mississippi District, Prost! offers Portland an inviting neighborhood pub as a gathering place for friends, great bier, and authentic German food. Each bier, imported from Germany, is poured properly into its appropriate glass, fulfilling German tradition and guaranteeing great taste. Each bite of food is made with the best local ingredients, in the traditional German way. Each table is an open spot for communal seating to share with friends and to make new ones. In case you do not want German food you are in luck because they let you bring in food from the food carts. So you can enjoy your favorite food cart food, have a beer and chill on the Prost patio.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: The Prost patio is the an excellent place to be on a sunny spring day.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are with friends be sure and try the BOOT.
Can Font features traditional Catalan cuisine in an upscale contemporary space in the Pearl district. The Barcelona inspired menu created by Barcelona native Josep Vidal features delightful dishes highlighting wild fish, local meats and the best produce the season has to offer like Squid Ink Paella, Saltejat de Bolets amb Pop i Llangostins (Seasonal Mushrooms, Octopus and Langostinos), and Vieires amb Pop Poelé (Scallops, Octopus, Celery Root Chips, Iberico Ham, Creamy Peas). The desserts are out of this world, so save plenty of room for at least one. They host an excellent happy hour Monday 5 - 10 PM, Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday 5 - 6 PM and 9-10 PM.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: Can Font is the Pearl Districts newest tapas restaurant featuring fresh, seasonal produce.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to save room for one of their scrumptious desserts.
DOC uses fresh local produce and organic, pasture-raised meats from area farms to create delectable Italian inspired meals in their small intimate restaurant. They are only open for dinner and the menu changes weekly. For dinner you indulge with a 3 course or 6 course tasting menu. They also have an a la carte menu. They have an extensive Italian wine list and doing a wine pairing with your meal is highly recommended here. The sommelier, Sarah Egeland, is one of the best in Portland. This restaurant is a great place for a nice meal whether with friends or a date.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: DOC uses spring's bounty to create delightful dishes sure to please.
Meagan's expert tip: Make a reservation in advance to make sure you get a table.
Nel Centro is a delicious Italian restaurant with a family-style menu sporting amazing spring time selections inside Hotel Modero. Spring time items include starters like Forest Mushroom & Gorgonzola Pizza or a Roasted Beet salad with baked ricotta, arugula, orange & hazelnuts. Spring entrees offer choices like Spinach Gnocchi with radicchio & gorgonzola dolce or Braised Short Ribs with creamy polenta & brussels sprouts. For dessert finish off with a Ricotta Cheesecake with green apple cremeaux & tarragon shortbread crust. The cocktail menu is ever changing and often features special cocktails to celebrate which ever Broadway show is in town.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: A meal out on Nel Centro's fantastic patio is the perfect way to celebrate spring.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try their fabulous Spinach Gnocchi with Radicchio & Gorgonzola Dolce.
Bollywood Theater has been serving up authentic Indian food at their Division location for 3 years. On any given day they are dishing up 2000 - 3000 plates of Indian food, which is impressive considering everything is made in house. Chef Troy prides himself on creating each dish in house, they even make their own paneer cheese. Bollywood uses 18 different masalas, 5 of which they buy directly from India and the other 13 they make themselves. Their 9 ingredient chai is handcut and always fresh. Dishes ranch from a flavorful Bhel Puri to their large Kati Rolls to excellent curries.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: Bollywood Theater features a massive patio along bustling Division Street, it's the perfect way to enjoy great food while soaking in the sunshine.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try the flavorful Bhel Puri.
10 Barrel Brewing Co. opened a Portland location in the Pearl District in 2015 after getting its start in Bend, Oregon a decade ago and eventually joining the Budweiser family. Their Portland location atmosphere features high ceilings and a comfortable open-air concept that's killer on a nice day. Even better on a beautiful day is their rooftop bar. 10 Barrel Brewing Co. has twenty beers on tap that rotate on a regular basis and is always a nice variety including ciders. The food here is just as good as the atmosphere, including some of the best pizzas in Portland.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: 10 Barrel Brewing's rooftop patio is the perfect place to eat on a nice spring day.
Meagan's expert tip: Order a pizza to go with your beer.
Situated on the top floor of the Hotel Eastlund, Altabira is an American beer-centric restaurant and bar by chef David Machado. The restaurant is perched high above Portland's fast-growing Lloyd District on the city's East Side. With sweeping views of downtown, Altabira City Tavern offers smart pairings of food and drink in an ultra-modern setting. Altabira offers 16 tap handles of local craft beers, plus select European and Northwest wines and locally distilled spirits. Altabira's dining room seats 60, the four-sided bar seats 34. A gorgeous patio â" with windbreaks, heaters and fire pits â" accommodates 103. Five stunning private dining and meeting rooms â" including the 3,400 square foot Cosmopolitan Grand Ballroom-- feature floor to ceiling windows and breathtaking views.
Recommended for Best Restaurants for Spring because: Altabira has an amazing rooftop patio perfect for dining on a clear spring day.
Meagan's expert tip: Visit from 4 - 6 to enjoy their daily happy hour.