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Portland's Top 10 Restaurants That Focus on Farm-to-Table Food



Do you ever wonder about what you are eating?

Are you passionate about where your food comes from?

Then you are going to love dining in Portland, where many of the local restaurants have partnered with the local farms to provide the freshest, highest quality ingredients available. Many of the restaurants in Portland are leading the way when it comes to restaurants working directly with local farms. Working with the farms helps to ensure sustainability, high-quality ingredients continue to fill the plates of their customers that also want the best. As this trend has caught on more and more restaurants in Portland have turned to the surrounding farms the food just gets better and the competition to be the best gets more intense. We've selected the ones we think are doing the best to bring the farm to the table.

Beast makes our list, because not only is it an extremely popular restaurant the owners consistently focus their menu on what is available at the market in season. Le Pigeon, of course, had to make the list for their use of quality ingredients from local sources to create a beautiful meal you will remember forever. All of these restaurants are getting it right when it comes to farm to table cuisine and hopefully, you'll be pleased with them.


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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.


Tasty N Alder


Tasty N Alder is a trendy neighborhood restaurant in downtown Portland serving small plates of food so unique it is likely the only place you will find the types of dishes they are making. They also have larger plates available for those that just want one item. Tasty N Alder is the sister restaurant of Toro Bravo. Their menu is always changing, allowing for fresh seasonal ingredients to be used at all times. Their dinner menu features a creative selection of meats and cheese boards. The Brussel sprouts are simply amazing. They have a full bar available and the drinks are strong.




Irving Street Kitchen offers outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine made from the highest quality of ingredients. It also has amazing service. All the ingredients on Irving Street Kitchen's menu are house-made, local & sustainable as available. Since they know exactly what is in their food they can easily accommodate food allergies. Even their fry oil is recycled into bio-diesel. The food creations are appetizing and interesting for example the Bibb Wedge Salad. This wedge is prepared with Rogue Blue Cheese, Pink Lady Apple, Radish, Candied Pecans, and Tasso Bacon. They are open for brunch on the weekends and during warm days have a nice patio.


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Clarklewis


If you're looking for a casual eatery with an upscale ambiance, head to Clarklewis where they pride themselves on their exquisite farm to table ingredients. They offer tasty dishes in the way of American, Italian and European cuisine. A changing menu and the use of organic, local produce make each visit to this Eastside favorite a fresh experience. You can order a la carte or opt for the chef's menu. A cocktail, wine and beer list accompanies the fine menu, or you can choose to bring your own. An outdoor seating area is perfect during cooperative weather. Happy hour is from 4:30-6:30 PM Monday - Saturday.




One restaurant that appears on just about everybody's best-of Portland list is Andina. With the tagline, "A Taste of Peru in the Pearl," Andina has taken traditional South American cuisine to the level of fine art. Located in the heart of Portland's Pearl District, the neighborhood is comprised of boutique shops, art galleries and an old industrial building converted into high-end lofts. Andina has a formal dining room and a more casual bar featuring live, Latin-influenced music every night of the week. Though Andina is one of the more expensive restaurants in Portland, most diners agree that the food and attentive service is well worth the cost. The tapas menu, happy hour and lunch offerings make sampling Andina food affordable for almost anyone. Andina sources its food from local Oregon farms and direct trade with a community of organic farmers in Chincha, Peru.


Le Pigeon


Le Pigeon, considered by many to be the best restaurant in Portland, serves adventurous French-inspired food along with a wide variety of exciting wines in an intimate dining room on East Burnside. Reservations are accepted at one of the communal tables. There is also a chef's counter - 10 seats that wrap around the open kitchen - which is available on a walk-in basis. You can take part in the set seven-course tasting menu for dinner or order off the menu. A typical dinner could include Pigeon Wonton, Duck Mu Shu, Creme Brulee, and much more. Le Pigeon uses quality ingredients from local sources.


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Northeast Portland


Beast is the adventurous carnivore's delight. One six-course dinner is offered each week, Wednesday through Sunday. Price is per person and the small dining room offers two seatings per night, at 6 and 8:45. The menu each week is the invention of the two women who own Beast, and they are inspired by what they find in the market. As the name suggests, the dinners are heavy on meats of all kinds. Vegetarians should not despair as Beast is now periodically offering a vegetarian meal series on some Tuesdays. Though one of Portland's more expensive restaurants, Beast offers a completely unique dining experience with dishes that cannot be found anywhere else. Hand-selected wine pairings for each course are available. Sunday brunch offers a different menu with the same creative flair.




SE Wine Collective was created to be a unique multi-faceted urban winery designed to bring together like-minded wineries that are sustainably growing their businesses by establishing a venue for commercial custom crush wine production. The SE Wine Collective's Tasting Bar offers visitors a chance to enjoy tastes, glass pours and carafes of wines on tap from four resident artisanal wine producers. They have inspirational wines from all over the world, as well as amazing food to complement the wines. The food menu is created by Chef Althea Potter and she sources almost all of her ingredients from local farms including the Beginning Urban Farmers program. To see what kind of special events they offer each month be sure to check their online calendar. They offer dinners, brunches, and much more.


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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 Bill is an absolute 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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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 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 Ramazzotti, and toasted pecan bitters. Savor it, as it gets better with each sip. An indulgent brunch is available on weekends only.


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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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