Best Restaurants in Portland

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 even 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.

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 radii. Every neighborhood in this city has its own flavor.

This particular top-ten list shows a range of what Portland has to offer. From farm-to-table restaurants like Quaintrelle to tapas bars like Can Font 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.

All of these restaurants are open or available as take-out for now.


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 because: Bhuna is a hidden gem in NW Portland with delightful Indian soul food.

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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Luc Lac is an outstanding Vietnamese restaurant in downtown Portland. The only thing more outrageous than their low prices is how delicious the food is. The chicken curry is jammed pack with veggies, the honey chicken is a large portion with rice and spring roll, and their secret family recipe pho comes in heaping portions. On top of great food, they have incredible cocktails, beer, and wine. Luc Lac is open for lunch during the weekdays and opens for dinner every day. They stay open until midnight on weekdays and 4 am on weekends making this a go-to place for late night dining.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Luc Lac offers some of the best food in Portland, Oregon.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try the combination so you can try several things at once.

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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 because: G-Love is a charming restaurant in Northwest Portland serving interesting food combinations highlighting the bounty of the season.

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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Northeast Portland

Hunnymilk is a phenomenal breakfast. For one flat price of $26, you get a drink, one savory item, and one sweet item. Drink options include teas, coffee, hot chocolates, and juices. The chef loves sugar and that shines through in the sweet selections like the vanilla bean crepe with lemon-orange curd, whipped ricotta cream, almond shortbread, and astronaut strawberries or the gingerbread waffle dipped in honey butter with malted milk mousse, brûléed bananas, and cocoa drizzle. Savory selections are just as good with choices like crispy pork ribs with cheesy garlic grits, soft egg, and avocado topped with chimichurri sauce.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Hunnymilk's menu is eclectic and delicious. It's the best place to indulge in sweet and savory at the same time.

Meagan's expert tip: They are first come first serve only, so be prepared to wait.

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Southeast Portland

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 because: Tusk has a Middle Eastern menu built around vegetables and fruit showing off the best of each season.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to order their delicious hummus appetizer to go along with your meal.

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Gumba's fresh food is so good it's hard to believe it's just a food cart. In fact, one visit here may change the way you view food carts forever. Their menu changes often to reflect the chef's creativity, but their hand-cut pasta dishes are permanent fixtures on the menu. For example, the Tagliatelle Carbonara topped with housemade burrata. The combination of the cheese, fried candied shallots, breadcrumbs, chili oil, and sesame seeds woven throughout the pasta is outstanding and the presentation is divine. To see spontaneous seasonal dishes of the day like pizzas, sandwiches, desserts, and more keep an eye on their Facebook page. Gumba is available by pick up or through delivery.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Gumba is one of the top food carts in Portland, Oregon. It's so good it deserves to be listed with the restaurants.

Meagan's expert tip: Do not wait too late in the day to visit, they tend to sell out on a regular basis.

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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 caters to palates with the most simple to most sophisticated tastes. Some southern classic dishes include fried buttermilk-battered chicken, Low Country shrimp and grits and Carolina pulled pork. For those dining with you looking for lighter options there is also an extensive menu of salads and vegetable dishes which changes according to availability. Screen Door offers great comfort food creatively prepared.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Screen Door continues as one of the top restaurants in Portland year after year.

Meagan's expert tip: Be prepared to wait for seating for the weekend brunch and remember it's worth the wait.

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Northeast Portland

Podnah's Pit BBQ makes honest, slow-smoked, Texas-style barbecue for their patrons fresh every day. All of Podnah's meat is slowly smoked using 100% oak hardwood without electric, gas assistance, or charcoal. Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, prime rib, collard greens, broccoli casserole, potato salad, pecan pie and banana pudding are just a few of the reasons you will love eating here. The portions here are big enough to split between two people. They offer a daily special each day until it sells out. Podnah's offers their own cocktail creations like the Dr. Salty Pepper made with Aria gin, Peychaud's bitters, grapefruit, lime juice, with a salted rim. Their Bloody Mary will knock your socks off, it's so spicy.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Podnah's Pit BBQ is smoking up the best meats in town.

Meagan's expert tip: They are open for a delicious Tex-Mex BBQ brunch each Saturday and Sunday.

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Southeast Portland

Quaintrelle is a cozy restaurant with an expansive lush outdoor patio and exquisite food perfect on a nice day. The menu changes seasonally and the ingredients are locally sourced as much as possible. Chef Riley is an absolute whiz at mixing together global and Pacific Northwest ingredients. They take all the best offerings of the season and turn them into exquisite plates like apples, celery, pine nuts, currants, shiso, and breadcrumbs. Even the appetizers highlight the current 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 because: Quaintrelle is curating some of the most beautiful food in town.

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

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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 menu is diverse enough that no matter your preference, vegan, gluten free, carnivore, you will find something you will love. The desserts are out of this world, so save plenty of room for at least one.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Can Font is an intimate Tapas restaurant sure to dazzle patrons.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to save room for one of their scrumptious desserts like the Crema Catalana, a bruleed cinnamon & lemon custard.

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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