The 10 Best Restaurants In Gresham, Oregon

Pasta with shrimp  | © Richard Hsu/Flickr
Pasta with shrimp | © Richard Hsu/Flickr
Photo of Marcelina Morfin
21 February 2017

Located east of Portland, Gresham is a city with a quaint historic downtown neighborhood with a tasty food landscape. Enjoy our list of some of the great culinary finds in Gresham, Oregon.

The Gresham Carnegie Library | © Ian Poellet/WikiCommons

Bistro 214

Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, American, Beer, Wine
Panini | © Steven Depolo/Flickr
A new addition to Gresham’s culinary scene, Bistro 214 is a casual and comfortable neighborhood restaurant serving New American cuisine. Within a modern space complete with exposed ducts and concrete floors, guests can try a variety of tasty food, including Paninis, small plates, soup and sweet treats. The mini bundt cake is a particular highlight. Other enticing options sure to please include the buffalo chicken panini and the sun-dried tomato flatbread pizza topped with homemade roasted garlic pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, Greek olives, feta and ricotta. A selection of wine, beer and a full espresso bar are also available.

Café Delirium

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, American
Coffee | © Susanne Nilsson/Flickr
Cafe Delirium is a warm and inviting coffee shop located in the heart of historic downtown. Established in 2003, this cafe is a favorite among those locals looking for a place to jump-start their day or unwind in the early evening. A comfortable interior with plenty of seating – including couches – guests can enjoy an array of espresso drinks made with Caravan Coffee. This coffee is made from 100% certified organic beans and roasted in nearby Newberg. One particularly tantalizing coffee drink is the White Russian made with white chocolate kaluha flavoring.

The Hoppy Brewer

While they don’t serve food, The Hoppy Brewer is a must-visit for anyone who loves great beer. Located in the historic downtown area, the brewer have a large selection of ales available in bottles plus 28 revolving taps. They also have a selection of wine, ensuring something for everyone. Guests may enjoy their brews inside or out in the beautiful courtyard. The venue also sells all the beer-making accoutrements, including brewing supplies, ingredients, and equipment, for those seeking to make their own brew at home. A vibrant place to spend an evening, they also host live musical acts.

The Hoppy Brewer, 328 N. Main Ave., Gresham, OR, USA, +1 503 328 8474

The Local Cow

Established in 2012, The Local Cow is a popular spot specializing in juicy hamburgers. This burger joint is located downtown and housed in a renovated 1928 space decorated with salvaged materials. Their succulent fare is made with the best locally sourced ingredients available, including all-natural pasture-raised beef from Oregon Natural Meats. A meat lover’s haven, vegetarians will be happy as well because they offer black bean patties as a meat alternative. Must-try dishes include the Fort Stevens with blue cheese, bacon, mushrooms, and truffle aioli and the holy cow with thinly sliced pastrami, Swiss, caramelized onions and horseradish cream sauce. The hand-cut fries served in a variety of delicious ways make the perfect pairing to the juicy burgers.

The Local Cow, 336 N. Main St., Gresham, OR, USA, +1 503 489 5116

Liberated Baking

Bakery, American, $$$
Those who abstain from gluten can attest that finding delicious gluten-free baked goods can be very difficult, but Liberated Baking makes the task pain-free. Liberated Baking uses the best ingredients available, including premium butter and cane sugar, from local sources when possible. This bakery makes a host of treats from breads to pastries to cupcakes to cookies – all of which are gluten-free. They also offer savory food, such as house-made soups and sandwiches. Baked selections change often but have included ham and Swiss croissants, blueberry muffins, cinnamon rolls, raspberry white chocolate scones and German chocolate cake to name but a few.

Nicholas Restaurant

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, $$$
Fried kibbeh
Fried kibbeh | © insatiablemunch/Flickr
Established in Portland in 1986, Nicholas Restaurant has expanded to three locations with one in downtown Gresham. Specializing in authentic Lebanese and Middle Eastern delicacies, this family-owned and operated restaurant uses homespun recipes and top quality ingredients. They also use organic fare and locally sourced products to make their flavorful dishes. A brightly colored interior awaits guests seeking tasty items, such as veggie grape leaves stuffed with garbanzo beans, cilantro, thyme, mint, tomatoes and garlic served with tzatziki. There is also lamb kibbah – lamb and bulgur dough with ground top sirloin and caramelized onion filling. For a satisfying end to a delicious meal, try a Turkish coffee and rice pudding with pistachios and whipped cream.


Bakery, Deli, Restaurant, Mediterranean, Vegan, $$$
Tabouli | © Alpha/Flickr
Named after its proprietor Selma Khoury, Selma’s is a family-owned and operated Mediterranean bakery and deli located in the heart of the Old Town. Wanting to offer guests the highest quality items possible, only the freshest ingredients are used and preservatives and additives are never an option. Guests will be impressed with the variety of sweet and savory selections, including an array of tantalizing pastries. Notable savory highlights include the tabouli and hummus wrap with lettuce and the kibbi platter, a bulgur wheat and sirloin beef patty stuffed with pine nuts, onions and spices served with tabouli salad and bread. With vegan and gluten-free choices, everyone is sure to find something to sate their hunger.

Spinella’s Off the Wall

Housed in a historic 1928 former-church, Spinella’s Off the Wall is a lively venue featuring American cuisine and fun entertainment. Procuring quality ingredients, from local purveyors where possible, the culinary team has created a large menu with everything from burgers to pasta to sandwiches. Dishes to enjoy include the bell tower bacon burger with a patty packed with bacon plus topped with bacon, cheddar, tomato, red onion, lettuce, and bacon aioli. There’s also the vitalia vedure pasta, which is fettuccine with broccoli, squash, mushrooms, red peppers, and roasted garlic tossed in alfredo sauce. Never a dull moment, musical entertainment – including live performances and karaoke nights – often take place.

Spinella’s Off the Wall, 436 N. Main Ave., Gresham, OR, USA, +1 503 492 0800

Sweet Betty Bistro

Bistro, Diner, American, $$$
Omlette | © Cody and Maureen/Flickr
Established in 2011, Sweet Betty’s is a popular breakfast and lunch spot serving up tasty American fare to hungry diners seven days a week. A family-friendly place with a funky vibe, complete with black furnishings, art-adorned walls and creamer served out of baby bottles, this bistro offers a menu with an array of sweet and savory dishes. Dishes to note include French toast made with raspberry cinnamon bread and topped with butter and powdered sugar and the biscuit breakfast – a buttermilk biscuit smothered with sausage gravy accompanied by eggs and bacon or sausage. Another good pick is the artichoke omelet stuffed with artichoke hearts, feta, tomatoes, basil and mixed cheese.

Truffle Hunter Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Swiss, Turkish, $$$
Grilled salmon
Grilled salmon | © TummyRumble/Flickr
Located in the heart of Gresham, Truffle Hunter Restaurant is a family-owned and operated venue serving American comfort food classics. Open seven days a week, this friendly restaurant offers lunch and dinner plus all-day breakfast. Within a homey environment, diners can eat a delightful array of sweet and savory items. For those seeking breakfast the pain perdu French toast is one enticing option. The egg-battered and grilled monte cristo sandwich with smoke ham, turkey, Swiss, and cream cheese served with raspberry preserves is perfect for lunch. As for dinner, the slow-cooked Yankee pot roast with gravy is a must-try.

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