Best Outdoor Dining in Portland

10 Best Outdoor Dining Spots in Portland, Oregon

It may come as a surprise to you (because of the rain), but many of the restaurants in Portland, Oregon offer outdoor dining. Why? Because when it is sunny outside the whole city gets this incredible vibe and everyone wants to be outdoors soaking up the sunshine. So, with that in mind we scoured the city and found the 10 best restaurants with outdoor patios. Each patio on the list is unique in its own way. For example Prost is the closest thing Portland has to a beer garden with German beers on tap and a nice outdoor patio surrounded by food carts. There there's Tamale Boy's permanent location with a large patio with corn hole and often features live music. Plus Portland has some swanky rooftop patios as well, like the rooftop patio at Ned Ludd. Over at Departures you can dine on Asian Fusion and sip a signature cocktail while overlooking Portland from their outdoor patio. At Altabira you can experience Portland's newest rooftop patio part of Portland's newest hotel, Hotel Eastlund. Even better are the restaurant patios overlooking the water. Three Degrees Waterfront Grill has phenomenal food and overlooks the Willamette river. If you are willing to go on a little drive to the eastside you can dine at Riverview Restaurant who's patio overlooks the Sandy river. Each of these restaurants are worth a visit and we hope you enjoy the ones you visit. 


Riverview restaurant is a 25 minute drive from downtown Portland. It's located in Troutdale, Oregon on the Sandy river. It is home to one of Portland's most popular chefs Junki Yoshida. Riverview offers Asian fusion cuisine with selections of fish, pastas, steaks and chicken. They also offer Pacific Northwest wines in their romatic setting. They almost always have live music. You will need to make a reservation to eat here and keep in mind that on holidays there will be a 5 course dinner for a set cost per person. They have a nice bar area and offer happy hour in the bar during the week.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Riverview Restaurant has an amazing patio over looking the Sandy river.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to make a reservation in advance, it fills up quickly.

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Noble Rot

Noble Rot is located on the top floor of one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the US, the Leed-Platinum building. Wine flights are offered everyday and there are over 300 bottles of wine to choose from. If none of those choices catches your fancy, then there is a full bar to be explored as well. The entree menu is mostly Mediterranean and changes almost everyday due to the locally grown organic foods they use. Noble Rot also has 3,000 square feet of gardening space they use to supply their excellent chefs with. All water used in the restaurant is supplied by its 8,000 year old aquifer that the building sits atop, so everything used by Noble Rot is local.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Noble Rot has a beautiful patio at the top of an incredible building.

Meagan's expert tip: Go on a nice day to enjoy their roof top patio.

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Follow the scent of grilled fare to Edgefield's summer treasure during warmer months. Think European-style Think intimate New Orleans courtyard. Think outdoor garden oasis and you'll get a pretty good idea of what we're talking about – the ideal place to meet for a beer and some casual pub fare. This is a casual dining spot for lunch and dinner all summer long. Lush flora, garden artwork and Edgefield's smallest bar, The Black Rabbit House, serving McMenamins handcrafted ales, wines and spirits, make the Loading Dock a great escape. Happy hour is Monday - Friday from 3 - 6 PM.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: The Loading Dock is an outdoor restaurant in a spectacular setting.

Meagan's expert tip: Visit during happy hour for special deals on food and drinks.

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Departure restaurant and lounge is found in downtown Portland inside the Nines Hotel. They serve their own signature cocktail creations, like the Three Headed Elephant and Crazy 88. The bar is well stocked so they can make almost any cocktail for you. The atmosphere is lively and bright. Most the decor is white. They serve interesting food too that they refer to as modern Portland Asian cuisine. Food offerings include sushi, dim sum, and kushiyaki. They also offer a vegan menu. They also have an awesome roof top patio area. They offer happy hour from 4-6 PM daily , again from 10 PM - midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 PM to close on Fridays and Saturdays.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Departure has a large outdoor rooftop patio for your to enjoy along with their Asian fusion cuisine.

Meagan's expert tip: Go during happy hour for substantial savings on food and drinks.

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Northeast Portland

Tamale Boy restaurant and kitchen is the Tamale Boy's permanent location in addition to their wildly popular food cart. Ingredients are fresh, locally sourced from the Pacific Northwest. Including ingredients like Hood River pears and Rogue Creamy blue cheese. They also offer some crazy items like the peanut butter and jelly tamale which happens to be great for kids. All the items on their menu are highly affordable: $2.50 tacos, $5 tamales, and $6.75 burritos. Tamale Boy has a large outdoor patio. On a summer day you can enjoy live music on the patio or play a round of corn hole.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Tamale Boy has a large patio where you can enjoy your meal.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and try one of their chicken tinga tacos.

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Northeast Portland

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner, the comfortable mahogany booths and eclectic light fixtures of Kennedy School's Courtyard Restaurant invite you to hang out, stay awhile. Transformed from the old school's cafeteria, the restaurant replaces the traditional lunch-tray offerings with hearty pub fare, handcrafted ales brewed steps away in the onsite brewery and seasonal weekly specials. On those gorgeous sunny Portland days, guests move outdoors to the flower-filled courtyard where an impressive mosaic-tiled fireplace keeps watch over the festivities. The perfect place to enjoy a Ruby and a side of Cajun tots. Happy hour is Monday - Friday from 3 - 6 PM.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: The Courtyard Restaurant has a large beautiful patio perfect for outdoor dining.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and try the Cajun tots they are addictive.

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North Portland

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 Outdoor Dining because: Prost has a large outdoor patio for your to enjoy along with their German beer and food.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are with friends be sure and try the BOOT.

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Southeast Portland

Teote Areperia is a Latin American street food experience celebrating gluten-free arepas (a flatbread made of ground maize dough or cooked flour) in a beautiful restaurant with a killer patio. The patio has a fire pit, benches, a bar and a great vibe. Their menu has an exciting cross-cultural flavors, with a focus on Venezuelan cuisine. They serve an gluten free and allergen free meal in an open environment that champions a sustainable lifestyle. They also serve some truly tasty Latin cocktails. Happy Hour is from 3-6pm and 9-11pm. Great food and the cool atmosphere is quickly making this new restaurant a local favorite.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Teota Areperia has a large patio out back with fire pits.

Meagan's expert tip: Try one of their family style meals for a nice variety of some of the best menu.

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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