The Best Restaurants in Downtown Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon | © Zack Spear / Unsplash
Sarah Lantz

Whether it’s a classy Sunday brunch location or a tavern-style restaurant, Portland caters for all. You’ll find many quality and award-winning restaurants with locally sourced ingredients. Read ahead for a list of our favorite restaurants in Downtown Portland.

Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.


Serving traditional Peruvian dishes like ‘Seco a la Norteña,’ lamb slow-cooked and covered in a cilantro-black beer sauce, and Novo-Andean plates like ‘Quinotto Chisaya Mama,’ quinoa risotto with Grana Padano cheese, mushrooms, golden beets, and vegetables mixed with truffle oil, Andina takes you on a culinary journey to South America. They use the freshest and most authentic ingredients available in Portland and accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets.

Mother’s Bistro & Bar

With slow-cooked meals that take hours to prepare and hand-made dumplings, stews, roasts, and braises, Mother’s Bistro & Bar offers arguably the best American comfort food in downtown Portland. Start with Matzo Ball Soup, then enjoy Mom’s Meatloaf & Gravy or Grilled Wild Salmon. With a play area for kids and their intimate Velvet Lounge Bar, families and couples can enjoy eating out in downtown Portland.

Higgins Restaurant and Bar

Enjoy dishes like Roast Pacific cod with tomatoes, fennel, spinach and heirloom beans; and Cretan zucchini cakes with basmati rice, tomato salad, tahini sauce, and tzatzik. Higgins Restaurant and Bar takes advantage of Portland’s proximity to the Willamette Valley, where they source most of their ingredients from small farms, and they believe strongly in sustainable farming, rooting their cuisine in what is fresh in Northwest soil.

Piazza Italia

A tasty Italian restaurant in downtown Portland, Piazza Italia serves favorites like Linguine alle Vongole with clams in a white wine and garlic sauce. Salads include the Italian favorite Insalata Caprese with fresh mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, and basil mixed with ground pepper and olive oil.

Jake’s Famous Crawfish

A downtown Portland landmark for over 110 years, Jake’s Famous Crawfish is one of the best places to enjoy seafood in Portland. With dishes like creamy Dungeness Crab Leg Tortellini with gorgonzola cheese; and Wild Sockeye Salmon grilled or oven roasted on a cedar plank, seafood lovers will fall in love with this restaurant. Finish dinner with a slice of Jake’s Famous Truffle Cake or Oregon Mixed Berry Shortcake.

Culture Trips launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes places and communities so special.

Our immersive trips, led by Local Insiders, are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and an invitation to travel the world with like-minded explorers. Our Travel Experts are on hand to help you make perfect memories. All our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.?>

All our travel guides are curated by the Culture Trip team working in tandem with local experts. From unique experiences to essential tips on how to make the most of your future travels, we’ve got you covered.

Culture Trip Spring Sale

Save up to $1,656 on our unique small-group trips! Limited spots.

Edit article