10 Best Restaurants near the Moda Center

Are you headed to the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon to catch a Trailblazers basketball game or attend some other event and wondering where you should eat? Just because you are you are headed to a sports center does not mean you have to settle for run of the mill concession stand food. There are lots of good restaurants within a short drive from the Moda Center, including some of the most popular restaurants in Portland.

No matter what time of day you plan to be at the Moda Center we have a great restaurant for you to choose from on our list of the 10 Best Restaurants near the Moda Center.

If you are in need of breakfast we have included the Doug Fir Lounge which is open all day and the wildly popular Tasty n Sons, also open all day. 

For dinner we have included restaurants with varying price ranges. Those looking to stick to a budget will love Mee Sen Thai Eatery and their affordable Thai cuisine. Those able to splurge on dinner will enjoy indulging in a 5 course meal at Le Pigeon

With our list of the 10 best restaurants near the Moda Center you are sure to find an ideal place to eat. 



North Portland


Life of Pie Pizza features a 6,900 pound wood fired pizza oven hand made by a 3rd generation oven maker Stefano Ferrara in Napoli, Italy. Everyday there is a different special pizza available, like a pizza with sundered tomatoes and artichokes. The pizzas they make are on the small side, so if you are a family of 3 or 4 you will need to order at least two pizzas. Happy hour is available almost all day from 11 A.M. To 6 P.M. During happy hour you can get a margherita pizza for $5 and a glass of wine for $4.



Southern home 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. But there is also an extensive menu of salads and vegetable dishes which changes according to availability. Screen Door offers great comfort food creatively prepared. They do take reservations for larger parties.



Organic, free-range, and healthy are just a few of the key words for food served at Tin Shed. Named one of the best places to have brunch (it's even been featured in The New York Times), Tin Shed offers earth-friendly, flavorful foods every day of the week including their homemade jam. Consider sharing a plate because servings are large and delicious. Many of the breakfast items are stacks of food like potato cakes covered in scrambled eggs. Enjoy the outside patio and lovely little garden, and be prepared to drink a lot of free coffee while you wait to be seated, because the place is popular.



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 included Pigeon Wonton, Duck Mu Shu, Creme Brulee, and much more. Le Pigeon uses quality ingredients from local sources.

Northeast Portland


The Gasthous pub at Widmer Brothers Brewery is open for lunch and dinner. Here you can enjoy Swiss cheese fondue, beer cheese soup, chicken schnitzel, wings, and of course the beer they make right there. They even have beers that you can only get here. It is worth a visit here just to try these exclusive beers like Marionberry ale and Raspberry stout. If you happen to be visiting on a weekend try to catch on of their free tours. They are Fridays at 2:00pm & 3:00pm, Saturdays at 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm, and Sundays at 1:00pm & 2:00pm

North Portland
Hopworks Bikebar


Not far from the Moda Center is an environmentally conscious brew pub, Hopworks Bikebar, a bicycle themed brew pub. They offer organic beer and fresh organic food in a family friendly atmosphere. Here you can sit in one of four sections, the family section with a play area, an outdoor beer garden, the bicycle bar, or the east section overlooking Williams. Hopworks BikeBar stays true to its name by offering 75 bike parking spaces, bike tools, take out specials for bikers, and two stationary bicycles in front of the restaurant that create energy to power the building when customers pedal them.

Doug Fir Lounge
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Doug Fir Lounge is best known for their live music, swanky drinks, and their hipster vibe, but they also happen to have great food that is served all day long from 7 AM until 2:30 AM. They offer breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner in the upstairs restaurant area. They offer a wide selection of food choices and you may find yourself eating a candied bacon burger or enjoying a pan seared sockeye salmon. Food can also be ordered in the down stairs lounge and out on the patio. Doug Fir has a nice patio area with fire pits, so even in the winter the patio can be used.

North Portland


Gravy is cranking out killer breakfast everyday all day long in North Portland on Historic Mississippi Avenue. The vibe is fun at their old school diner turned hipster. The bowls of oatmeal served here look like they are on steroids, in a good way. And the Bloody Mary's here are like those you would find in Vegas, over the top and packed with a punch! All the portions here are incredibly large and easily sharable. Breakfast options include Chili Verde with eggs and hash browns, biscuits and gravy, French toast, Monte Cristos, and much more. They also serve lunch after 11 AM.

North Portland


Serving some of the best Thai in Portland, Oregon is Mee-Sen Thai Eatery on Mississippi Avenue in north Portland. The restaurant has a killer vibe, but it's the food that really makes it a standout. The menu is extensive and all the dishes are just right, fresh and flavorful. Oh and did I mention how cheap it is to eat here. A bowl of Tom Yum is only $6. Plus they have happy hour daily from 3PM – 6PM AND 9PM – close and all day Tuesday with $1 off all beer and wine and $.50 off small noodle bowls.


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