Best Seafood in Portland

10 Best Seafood Restaurants in Portland, Oregon

Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature dishes really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Portland, Oregon has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for seafood. It doesn't hurt that they also have access to a constant supply of fresh Pacific Northwest seafood. 

Roe creates spectacular seafood dishes, but you will need a reservation to dine here. More common places that do not need a standing reservation and tourists love are the popular Cabezon Restaurant & Fish Market and Jake's Famous Crawfish, both major players in the field. Little Bird Bistro does not specialize in seafood like some of the restaurants on our list, but they offer a fish of the day that is always beautifully prepared and delicious. 

You must visit one of the 10 best seafood restaurants while in Portland to truly appreciate fresh Pacific Northwest seafood and so you see what all the fuss is about! 


Southwest Portland

Seasons & Regions is a quaint local eatery renowned for its spectacular seafood lunches, dinners and weekend brunches. On a charming heated patio, patrons enjoy swift, smiley service and fresh seasonal dishes bursting with unique flavors. Brunch plates, such as the rich smoked salmon eggs Benedict, are served with freshly baked raspberry scones, while evening entrees include enormous seafood salads and a mouthwatering seafood platter of crab cakes, beer-battered cod and honey ginger seared salmon. For dessert try some of their homemade ice cream with cobbler made from locally sourced berries. They also have one of the best happy hours in town that features a monthly rotating menu.

Recommended for Seafood because: Seasons and Regions has a killer menu with all kinds of seafood dishes.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and try the red snapper with the vegetable risotto.

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Overlooking the sprawling Columbia River, Salty's is a Portland landmark renowned for its award-winning Sunday brunch buffet. Whether seated in the casually elegant dining room or on one of two gorgeous balconies, every diner enjoys striking views while indulging in a sensational spread of warm waffles, fruit crepes, made-to-order omelets, buttery blackened salmon, fresh oysters, decadent crab legs, garlic-roasted prime rib and fresh artisan bread. Bottomless mimosas and a five-foot chocolate fountain add lavish finishing touches. Not to mention dinner choices like Alaskan salmon and halibut in season, oysters and clams from Northwest beaches or Certified Angus Beef Natural® steaks, Dungeness crab and Maine lobster.

Recommended for Seafood because: Salty's Seafood Grill offers fresh seafood from around the country including locally caught as well.

Meagan's expert tip: Try to dine here during sunset so you can enjoy spectacular views.

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Named after the Scorpion fish a predatory coastal fish, Cabazon preys on appetites with an innovative menu of seasonal seafood sensations. A fish market by day, this well-loved neighborhood seafood bistro features a cozy bar area and rustically elegant dining room every night of the week. Lovely local wines enhance appetizers like plump basil-wrapped shrimp and such superb entrees as pan-roasted sole with tarragon gremolata, crave-worthy cioppino, and rgilled Oregon albacore with roasted romanesco, lentil du puy, arugula and tomato chutney. The desserts, particularly the chocolate pot de creme and lavender honey creme brulee, are equally divine. The menu changes daily based on what is in season.

Recommended for Seafood because: Cabazon serves up the ultimate seafood in their cozy neighborhood restaurant.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and save room for one of their exceptional desserts.

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Financial District

A downtown Portland icon for more than a century, Jake's has been delighting diners with fresh, simply prepared seafood and unmatched service since 1892. In a gorgeous yet casual dining room lit by antique chandeliers, patrons savor perfect cocktails and chilled spiced crawfish while browsing the daily menu that may include such favorites as oysters, mussels, decadent stuffed salmon and Dungeness crab cakes with jalapeno ginger aioli. Follow an exquisite entree with warm, flaky three-berry cobbler. There happy hour is pretty spectacular too with lots of food and drink options like a Basil Grape Refresher and oyster shooters at discounted prices.

Recommended for Seafood because: Jake's Famous Crawfish has been providing wonderful seafood in Portland for years.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to start off your dinner with the crawfish boil.

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Set in Portland's vibrant Cultural District, Southpark boasts an ever-changing menu of fresh seafood as well as an extensive, award-winning wine list. Happy hour is a hit in the chic yet comfortable wine bar, while more extravagant feasts are served in the beautiful dining room with art deco accents and an impressive open kitchen. Chef specialties include crab cakes with herb aioli, prosciutto-wrapped trout, wild salmon with mustard cream and, for dessert, luscious cr–me br–l–e. They boast a great Continental wine list and have a nice bar scene. They have an excellent happy hour everyday from 3-6PM and again from 10PM-12AM with $5 offerings.

Recommended for Seafood because: Southpark Seafood Grill & Wine Bar offers amazing seafood selections.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try their clam chowder. It is the best in town.

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King Tide Fish and Shell is one of the newest seafood restaurants in Portland, located inside RiverPlace hotel with stunning views of the river. King Tide offers classic American seafood classics dishes, like clam chowder and lobster rolls, with a Pacific Northwest twist. Chef Romero is brilliant at layering fresh ingredients to create unique combinations. We recommend the lobster roll, it is to die for, made with a black brioche roll made in house and tinted with squid ink. The have a raw bar with a variety of options including assorted oysters, the flavorful Kampachi Tiradito, and a savory seasonal poke. For non-seafood guests they have lots of options including an incredible dry-aged ribeye.

Recommended for Seafood because: King Tide Fish & Shell is the best seafood restaurant in Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order ask the waiter about the chef's favorites.

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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