A taste of New Orleans in the Pacific Northwest. That's what you'll find at this intimate bistro located in the northeastern section of the city. From classic Cajun and Creole favorites like seafood gumbo jambalaya, fried soft shell Louisiana blue crap and crawfish tails étouffée, and shrimp creole, the menu is sure to please. You'll find a mix of meat, pasta and vegetable dishes as well as down home desserts that seem to come right from a homey, Southern kitchen, including bread pudding, butter cake and Creole pecan pie. Visit on a Monday to enjoy a three course meal for $25 during their "Monday Cheap Eats".
Recommended for Seafood because: Acadia always has amazing seafood offerings in northeast Portland.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try their Louisiana barbecue shrimp, fried green tomatoes and the bread pudding.
Little Bird Bistro is a beautiful, intimate French restaurant in southwest Portland and chances are you are familiar with its more expensive sister restaurant Le Pigeon. It's a perfect place for a lunch or dinner date. Here you can find unique dishes like Fois Gras, bone marrow, lemon creme brulee, and more. They offer different types of oysters and a fish selection everyday. Along with their exquisite food they offer a simple wine and champagne menu. The wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive. They are open for lunch and dinner. They stay open each night until midnight. If possible make a reservation.
Recommended for Seafood because: Little Bird Bistro offers sensational seafood selections during lunch and dinner.
Meagan's expert tip: Little Bird Bistro cooks some dishes with peanut oil. Be sure to ask for a substitute if you have an allergy.
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.
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.
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.
Paiche, named after an extremely large Amazonian fish, is a small Peruvian restaurant in southwest Portland with incredibly fresh seafood. Chef Jose Luis de Cossio originally from Lima changes the menu seasonally and specializes in cebiche. Their menu is small, but always includes several ceviches. Plus it is packed with entrees like the Tiradito salmon: King salmon with blue berry and miso leche de tigre, grapes, matsutakes, onion, cancha, rocoto, sweet potato, and choclo. No matter what you order be sure to save a little room for dessert. Everyone loves their Alfajor cookies aka butter cookies with vanilla and caramel. Paiche is open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner.
Recommended for Seafood because: Paiche serves up some of the freshest seafood in Portland, Oregon.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try their ceviche .
Chefs Trent Pierce and Patrick Schultz prepare creative dishes, utilizing innovative and classic techniques from an open kitchen located directly in the dining room. They offer an ever evolving prix fixe menu with options in each of four courses. The Chef's Tasting Menu presents seven courses selected from the week's creations. One seating is offered for up to four guests, seated in the dining room at 6:15PM nightly, with advance reservation (please call for availability). Caviar and Champagne service is offered as an optional supplement to either menu. An optional wine pairing draws from the thoughtful beverage selection ranging from Oregon and Northwest, to sparkling, and seafood friendly white and red wines from around the globe. Roe also features a full bar with beer, spirits, and sake. They are a small restaurant and require a reservation.
Recommended for Seafood because: Roe offers not just the best seafood in Portland, but often the best meal in Portland.
Meagan's expert tip: For a special meal you will never forget, this is your place.
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.
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 créme brûlée. 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.
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.