10Best restaurants found in the Hawthorne District, Portland's famous boulevard

Many of the best restaurants in Portland, Oregon can be found along Hawthorne Boulevard. In fact, this area has so many superb places to eat that it became quite the challenge for us here at 10Best to narrow it down to just the top ten. The restaurants making our list are not only the best restaurants on Hawthorne street, but they also are the best in their individual categories for all of Portland. 

Here are some of the bests we have included on our list! Jam on Hawthorne one of the best breakfast restaurants in all of Portland. Bagdad Theater and Pub one of the best McMenamins' properties in town happens to be right along Hawthorne too. Harlow one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Portland, Oregon.

Castagna also makes are list and is considered one of the top restaurants in Portland. We could keep going because every restaurant on this list is outstanding. 

We recommend attempting to eat at more than one of these places if possible.


The Sapphire Hotel is a cocktail lounge in a former hotel lobby with a shady past. They serve small plates and craft cocktails. The atmosphere here is killer and perfect for a date night. The cocktails are the best part about this lounge. Their most popular drink is actually named "The Most Popular Drink" and consists of vodka, lime, coconut, orgeat, Shirley Temple soda and pop rocks. Not only are the bartenders here expert mixologists they sometimes put on quite the show while making cocktails which is super fun to watch. The food here is good too. They offer selections like charcuterie plates, mussels and clams, burgers, and enchiladas.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Restaurants because: Sapphire Hotel is a cozy lounge with great food in the Hawthorne District.

Meagan's expert tip: Enjoy bottomless mimosas during weekend brunch.

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For some of the best people-watching in all of Portland grab a table here near the window or on the patio and prepare to be amazed. Bagdad pub and theater uses the freshest seasonal ingredients possible and sources these ingredients from local and regional producers such as Tillamook Cheese and Ice Cream, Pleasant Valley Pickles, Sheridan Fruit Company, Country Natural Beef and many others to bring you a pleasant pub plateful. Try the house-made pizza, soups and more. Weekly specials highlight seasonal favorites. They also offer locally made, gluten-free buns, available for an additional charge with hamburgers and sandwiches â€" just ask your server about our dietary restrictions options.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Restaurants because: The Bagdad pub is a great spot for food and beer along Hawthorne street.

Meagan's expert tip: Visit during weekday happy hour from 3 P.M. - 6 P.M. for discounts on food and drink.

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Spare and elegant, this husband-wife collaboration has carved out a substantial niche for itself. Specializing in Italian and French cuisine, the restaurant makes good use of local, organic ingredients, and the well-considered flavors reflect the quality. Among the options you'll find are grilled rack of lamb, sauteed halibut, braised rabbit, and filled pasta. Fresh seafood, whether it's salmon carpaccio or grilled scallops, is consistently well-prepared, and desserts, whether they're simple fruit sorbets or more elaborate offerings with cream and chocolate, are beautifully executed as well. Adjacent to the restaurant is the Castagna Cafe. They offer similar bistro-style food in a more casual atmosphere, from 5 pm daily.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Restaurants because: Castagna is considered one of the best restaurants in Portland and it is in the Hawthorne district.

Meagan's expert tip: Come hungry so you can enjoy all 10 courses.

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Fresh on the Portland scene, The Hazel Room specializes in a unique trade: alcoholic tea, coffee cocktails and interesting breakfast creations. They serve breakfast all day long, so if you're looking for a sweet pastry or delicious scone at any hour, Hazel room will be more than happy to serve you. On the weekends they offer even more breakfast options for brunch. To top it all off, they offer a fully stocked bar as well as tea and coffee of the nonalcoholic variety if you're looking to get wired up for the day instead of unwound. Many evenings they have live music.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Restaurants because: The Hazel Room is awesome for breakfast or lunch and a locals favorite hidden gem.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try The Either or The Or.

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3 Doors Down offers a Northwest take on Italian cuisine in small, intimate bistro located in Portland's Hawthorn neighborhood; what's not to like? Locally sourced, fresh ingredients and comfortable surroundings make for a great dining experience topped off by an award-winning wine list. With meals like succulent roasted chicken, baked clams, eggplant ravioli and fresh salmon served atop polenta. 3 Doors Down is a favorite with locals and Portland Visitors alike. The locals rave over the eggplant parmesan and the bread pudding served here. They offer happy hour options all night Sunday through Thursday. Remember they are closed on Mondays.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Restaurants because: 3 Doors Down is a Portland favorite in the Hawthorne District.

Meagan's expert tip: Check the website for recipes and special events.

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Think you know waffles? Think again. This adorable and affordable eatery, housed in the Bread and Ink Cafe, serves homemade Belgian waffles like you've never had before. If you prefer savory sensations, try the Farm Fusion waffle, topped with fresh veggies and chevre, or the beloved Three B's: bacon, brie and basil with house-made peach jam. Or, if your sweet tooth wakes up early, go for the blissful blueberry cheesecake or Nutella and banana. If you are looking for a fun quick breakfast this is your place. The menu features fun seasonal items as well as showcasing ingredients that are in season. They now have a second location on Alberta Street.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Restaurants because: The Waffle Window is one of the most famous restaurants in Portland, Oregon.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and try the Farm Fusion waffle.

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Jam on Hawthorne is known for delicious breakfast served in huge portions, lunch on weekdays, and exceptional cocktails from our full bar. At Jam, you can enjoy breakfast plates like Wild Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict or lemon ricotta pancakes. Many of their offerings are vegetarian or vegan including their gravy and sausage. Jam features a full bar, so you enjoy a specialty mimosa, an original bloody Mary's, or a Steve McQueen" made with Bulleit, peach pur�e, cranberry, and topped with soda. For kids, there is a kid menu as well as a nice size play area including a chalkboard.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Restaurants because: Jam offers some of the best breakfast in all of Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and find out what the special of the day is.

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Por Que No shares the flavors and the essence of what we found from the Pacific Coast of Mexico to the mountains of Oaxaca. They use only wild line-caught pacific coast fish and wild shrimp from sustainable fisheries. The results are outstanding and all their food is bursting with flavor. You will enjoy sitting around communal tables eating tacos or one of their bowls in their brightly colored restaurant. Along with the food they have a fun cocktail list. Everything is homemade including the tortillas and tortilla chips. The kids meals and underwhelming and you are better off ordering your child some of the tacos.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Restaurants because: Por Que No? makes some of the best Mexican food in town and it's cheap.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try Bryan's Bowl. A bowl with your choice of meats or veggies, beans, rice, salsas, guacamole, queso fresco, crema, cilantro & either chips or house-made tortillas.

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Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine will wow you with their food. Their recipes have been passed down through the generations ensuring you a delightful Thai meal. They've got all kinds of traditional Thai dishes including Thai street food and more elegant dishes. We recommend trying their fabulous Herbal Rice Salad curry, a traditional dish known as "Khao Yum" (Bangkok Style). It's created with toasted coconut, peanuts, shredded green mango, crispy shallots, lemongrass, cilantro, sliced long beans, chili, kaffir lime, and peanuts topped with Tamarind dressing. Wash it down with a Thai ice tea. No matter what you order, you are going to have a great lunch.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Restaurants because: Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine is located in the Hawthorne district and it's one of the best Thai restaurants in Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: Try the Herbal Rice Salad, it's a traditional Thai dish and it is absolutely phenomenal.

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Harlow is a vegetarian restaurant in the Hawthorne district that even meat lovers will enjoy. They pride themselves on providing fresh conscious gluten-free cuisine. For those that are strictly vegan, you will find lots of choices here. They offer a variety of juices and smoothies in addition to their many food options. Food creations like the Mercy Blues, a bed of steamed kale topped with garlic herb polenta, black beans, corn, slow-roasted tomatoes, chipotle cashew hollandaise and scallions has people coming back for more. We recommend trying the jackfruit rancheros and washing it down with a Bloody Mary. Harlow happens to be the sister restaurant to Prasad, another popular vegetarian restaurant in Portland.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Restaurants because: Harlow is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Portland, Oregon and located on Hawthorne.

Meagan's expert tip: Try the Mercy Blues: a bed of steamed kale topped with garlic herb polenta, black beans, corn, slow-roasted tomatoes, chipotle cashew hollandaise and scallions.

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