The Best Restaurants in Portland
Collected by Alexander Basek , AFAR Local Expert
Portland has long been one of America's culinary "it" cities and that won't change anytime soon. The city's cooks do so many things so very well: from doughnuts to dishes that focus on seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. Eat around the world without leaving the city limits with visits to the legendary food cart scene as well as top spots like Ava Gene's, Kachka, and Hat Yai (their Thai fried chicken will make you want to move to Portland). Pull up to one of these restaurant tables and you'll find yourself challenged and delighted and definitely eager for more.
960 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA
If you can’t say nyet to a convivial meal with all the trimmings, Kachka is the place to toast your fellow comrades. Surprisingly, Kachka isn’t Portland’s only Russian restaurant, but this Slavic stunner is certainly one of the best—not just among...
6839 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215, USA
An unassuming little neighborhood restaurant in the shadow of Mount Tabor, Coquine offers one of the best dining experiences in the city. Chef Katy Millard cooks what tickles her fancy, usually something seasonal, vaguely Continental, definitely...
1155 SW Morrison St #102, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Doughnuts are to Portland what coffee is to David Lynch, both essential fuel and calling card. While there are many pretenders to the title of the city’s best doughnuts—Voodoo Doughnuts certainly sells the most Instagrammable food products—Blue...
15 NW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
Joshua McFadden (Ava Gene’s, Tusk) is one of Portland’s highest profile chefs, so when he opens a new restaurant, the city can’t help but take notice. La Neta is his buzziest project yet: a restaurant inside the new Hoxton Hotel at the gates of...
6424 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206, USA
From an unassuming strip mall on Portland’s far east side, Rose VL Deli dishes out two types of pho daily. The rich, complex, aromatic broth is transcendent whether it’s made for a simple bowl of bun bo Hue or a flavor-palooza like the...
126 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
Wish that your one-stop shopping and dining location had high-concept ice cream, ramen, and New York–style pizza? Look no further than Pine Street Market, Portland’s first modern food hall. Home to some of the city’s best-loved...
1818 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Ataula IS all about tapas. Really beautifully curated, prepared and presented. Unlike the way traditional Basque pintxos, aptly named because of the toothpick spear found holding everything together, the chefs at Ataula use wood serving trays to...
81 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Japanese cuisine (and culture) would not be as prevalent as it is today in Portland without the work of Gabe Rosen, who led the way in opening izakayas (Biwa), late-night ramen shops (Noraneko), and now Giraffe, his own version of a beloved...
1733 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
Alberta Street was fondly referred to as "the knife and gun club" back in the day. Now it's all about Last Thursday street parties, cool watering holes, and eateries like Aviary. The kitchen is willing to go way out on limb when exploring the...
2039 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
It's nice to know I don't need to get on a plane back to India to enjoy a plate of decent dal in PDX. The Bollywood serves the "people's food" of India, simple, fresh and undeniably delightful. Most Americans think Indian food is all tandoori...
3377 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
My grandfather came from a town near Napoli that still bears the family name. Growing up on traditional Italian recipes produces a pretty good barometer of how the food works. Ava Gene's is solidly set on the style with an adventurous dollop of...
734 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
A slip of a restaurant on Burnside, Canard is the least formal of Gabriel Rucker’s restaurants (Le Pigeon, Little Bird) yet is easily the most fun. The burger is justly celebrated by local critics, publications and even local food notables...
1438 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
Empty glasses join cleaned plates at this NE Portland brunch bar. I'm always happy to wait in the rain to find a seat in the enclosed, heated patio dining space. They peel off all the plastic and open things up when the weather gets nice, but it's...
2035 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
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