The 10 Best Restaurants In Downtown Portland, Oregon

Photo of Sarah Lantz
9 February 2017

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.

Delicious Peruvian Cuisine at Andina | © dezcel1/Flickr

Andina

Restaurant, Peruvian, Spanish, $$$
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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.

Little Bird

Bistro, French, European, $$$
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Veritable Quandry outdoor dining
Veritable Quandry outdoor dining | © Joe Chapin/Flickr
An inventive French bistro, Little Bird has a seasonal menu. In summer, enjoy the likes of ‘Fried Chicken “Coq au Vin”’ with potatoes in raclette cheese, bacon glazed mushrooms, and rosemary-basalmic jus. Be sure to peruse the wine menu, which offers a variety of reds, whites, sparkling wines, and rosés from France to Willamette. Finish your meal with a delicious dessert like the ‘Berry Tart’ or a tasty cheese plate.

Veritable Quandry

Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Spanish Frittata at Mother's Bistro & Bar
Spanish Frittata at Mother's Bistro & Bar | © Tom Ipri/Flickr
If you’re looking for an authentic Portland dining experience, Veritable Quandary is not a restaurant to miss. Established in 1971, this restaurant is known for its splendid outdoor dining and is located right on the waterfront. Enjoy dishes as diverse as the ‘Hawaiian Walu’ (made with coconut sticky rice) to the ‘House Made Ricotta Gnocchi & Roasted Eggplant’ and ‘Duck Breast with Fresh Summer Berries’. Don’t miss tasty starters like the ‘Seafood Stew’ and ‘Bacon Wrapped Dates,’ stuffed with Chevre goat cheese and Marcona almonds.

Mother's Bistro & Bar

Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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Mussels at Higgins Restaurant and Bar
Mussels at Higgins Restaurant and Bar | © S Crume/Flickr
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

Restaurant, Bar, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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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

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Clyde Common
Clyde Common | © Roger/Flickr
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.

Clyde Common

Bar, Restaurant, European, American, Beer, $$$
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Iconic Jake's Famous Crawfish
Iconic Jake's Famous Crawfish | © Scott Weber/Flickr
A European-style tavern, Clyde Common is a hip place to go for a bite to eat. The restaurant and bar serves savory dinner plates like halibut cooked with caramelized onion puree, fennel confit, and cherry tomatoes, and grilled quail with Anaheim pepper, celery, and XO sauce. Wash your food down with a fresh house cocktail or draft beer.

Jake's Famous Crawfish

Restaurant, Seafood, American, $$$
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Pure deliciousness at Saucebox
Pure deliciousness at Saucebox | © Molly/Flickr
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.

Saucebox

Bistro, Asian, Fusion, Sushi, $$$
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Biscuit with sausage gravy at Le Bistro Montage
Biscuit with sausage gravy at Le Bistro Montage | © Matt Walters/Flickr
Serving pan-Asian and Pacific Island cuisine, Saucebox is a delicious place to dine out in Portland. With delectable dim sum like Soft Shell Crab Steam Buns with avocado, pickled onions, serrano peppers, spicy mayo, and cilantro and entrees like the Califlower Curry with broccolini, potatoes, and wild mushrooms, Saucebox is a favorite for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Definitely a classy place to take your date to enjoy fresh house and tiki cocktails.

Le Bistro Montage

Bistro, Cajun, American, $$$
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If you’ve always wanted to try alligator or frog legs, this is your opportunity. Promising a unique experience, Le Bistro Montage has a stylish atmosphere set by the communal linen-covered tables and custom art. For appetizers, try the Gator Bites, Cajun-seared alligator tale with cocktail sauce, horseradish cream, and honey wheat bread. Or opt for the Frog Legs, which are deep fried and glazed with Cajun gravy. For dinner there are linguine dishes, macaroni and cheese specialties, and all sorts of meat dishes to choose from such as the Fried Catfish Filet.

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