Portland, Oregon may be best known for its food carts, breweries, coffee, and doughnut shops, but its restaurants are absolutely worth a trip on their own. Across the city, you’ll find no shortage of stellar sit-down options, whether you’re looking for a quick, casual bowl of ramen or a fine dining-tasting menu dinner.

The birthplace of legendary chef James Beard, Portland is now home to several James Beard-nominated establishments and chefs, many of which made this list of top Portland restaurants.

Pacific Northwest cuisine connotes locally sourced ingredients, particularly when it comes to seafood, like Portland specialty Dungeness crab. But don’t worry if that doesn’t appeal—the city has an abundance of vegetarian and vegan options, and the Portland restaurants on this list represent cuisines ranging from Russian to Korean to Norwegian.

Convinced yet that it’s time to make the trip to the Stumptown? Read on for my top 20 picks when it comes to dining in the city.

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The 20 Best Restaurants In Portland

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*Please note: I have been to most of these restaurants. I’m including a few extras in case you cannot get a reservation or ones that I personally couldn’t get either and had on my list.

Travel tip: While Portland is more relaxed than some other cities in terms of reservations—and some spots, including Luce, don’t take them—you’ll definitely want to book some of the buzzier tables in town well in advance. Reservations at Kann, for instance, are snatched up within minutes after they post on the Resy website more than a month in advance.

1.  Kann

One of the most-anticipated restaurants not only in Portland but in the country until it opened in 2022, Kann, the first restaurant from James Beard nominee and two-time Top Chef finalist Gregory Gourdet, has been making headlines since its debut. Its menu, described as “Haitian meets Pacific Northwest,” has garnered rave reviews.

Address: 548 SE Ash St, Portland, OR 97214

The 20 Best Restaurants In Portland
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2. Langbaan/Phuket Café

Portland serves knockout Thai food, in large part thanks to chef Akkapong Earl Ninsom, who was nominated as an outstanding restauranteur at the 2022 James Beard Awards for his dining establishments across the city. Two to add to your list: tasting menu destination Langbaan, which sits inside ultra-hip Phuket Café.

Address: 1818 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210
Address: 1818 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

3. Berlu

Berlu brings contemporary flair to its Vietnamese tasting menu from chef Vince Nguyen, a semifinalist for best chef: Northwest and Pacific at the 2022 James Beard Awards. Dishes showcase local organic produce, local seafood, and sustainably raised meats with a dash of the “eccentric,” as the restaurant puts it.

Address: 605 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

4. Republica

One of several new restaurants to open in Portland’s Pearl District lately, Republica guides diners through what it calls a “Mexican-forward” tasting menu. It’s been lauded since its 2021 opening, grabbing a semifinalist nod for Best New Restaurant at the 2022 James Beard Awards.

Address: 721 NW 9th Ave Suite #175, Portland, OR 97209

5. Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty

Lovely’s is one of the best pizza restaurants Portland has to offer, and undoubtedly one of the most creative, featuring toppings including foraged flowers. Like many Portland restaurants, it prides itself on the locally sourced ingredients that go into its pizza and can’t-miss ice cream.

Address: 4039 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217

6. Eem

Another Thai concept from Ninsom, Eem deserves its own entry for its exciting take on Thai barbecue. Dishes like sweet and sour fried chicken and brisket fried rice set it apart from Ninsom’s other restaurants, and an array of frozen cocktail offerings make this a fun spot for summertime al fresco dining.

Address: 3808 North Williams Avenue st, 127, Portland, OR 97227

7. Le Pigeon

For innovative fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere, Le Pigeon is the way to go. The restaurant features a 5-course tasting menu that shows off James Beard Award-winning chef Gabriel Rucker’s unique culinary style, and a great wine list rounds out the experience.

Address: 738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

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8. Luce

Luce’s dining room is small and it doesn’t take reservations, but the Italian food at this low-key spot is well worth any wait you might run into. The restaurant also features a great wine list and a charming shop of Italian foodstuffs.

Address: 2140 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

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9. Mediterranean Exploration Company

Those in search of global flavors will love Mediterranean Exploration Company, a stalwart in the Pearl District since 2014. The flagship of popular restaurant group Sesame Collective, MEC grants diners views of its open hearth kitchen and features several grilled meat, seafood, and vegetable dishes alongside a wide array of mezze.

Address: 333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

10. Scotch Lodge

While Scotch Lodge may be known for its extensive whiskey collection, it also boasts a highly regarded food menu. Its lineup of creative bar snacks includes a soft shell crab sandwich and arancini with togarashi and avocado crema.

Address: 215 SE 9th Ave Ste 102, Portland, OR 97214

11. Toki

From the team behind the fine dining establishment Han Oak, the more relaxed Toki serves Korean food, including variations on Korean fried chicken, for daily dinner and weekend brunch.

Address: 580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

12. St. Jack

A longtime special occasion staple in Portland, St. Jack takes its inspiration from cafes in Lyon, France. Here, you can find rustic French classics including chicken liver mousse, foie gras and beef tartare, as well as a standout wine list.

Address: 1610 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

13. Kachka

Dining at Kachka, one of the country’s top spots for Russian food, is an experience unlike any other in Portland. Its menu features classic Russian dishes, sometimes with a twist—think short rib borsch—as well as specialties from nearby countries like Georgia and Uzbekistan. Don’t miss the vareniki dumplings, particularly the sour cherry variety on offer for dessert.

Address: 960 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

14. Maurice

Maurice, a small, Instagram-friendly space that bills itself as a “modern pastry luncheonette,” serves Norwegian and French fare throughout the late morning and afternoon. It’s a lovely place to stop for lunch or fika while exploring downtown or the Pearl District.

Address: 921 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97205

15. Jacqueline

If you’re looking to sample Pacific Northwest seafood, Jacqueline should be on your radar. Dungeness crab toast stands out on the menu of this intimate restaurant and oyster bar, whose menu changes daily.

Address: 2039 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

image by Joshua Chang

16.  Coquine

Thoughtful and seasonal dishes come to life at Coquine, located just two blocks from the extinct volcano Mt. Tabor. A 2022 semifinalist for the James Beard Awards in outstanding hospitality, the top-notch food at this neighborhood spot is supported by a fantastic wine list.

Address: 6839 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

17. Screen Door

An iconic Portland spot for brunch and beyond, Screen Door serves southern classics like fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, and shrimp and grits. The restaurant now has two locations, one on Portland’s east side and one in the Pearl District.

Address: 2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

18. Afuri Izakaya

Popular chain Afuri chooses Oregon as the location for its first restaurant outside of Japan, citing a geography that yields ideal spring water for its ramen. While yuzu ramen is the specialty here, the izakaya also serves a variety of nigiri, sashimi, dumplings, and beyond.

Address: 923 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

19. Normandie

Coastal-inspired Normandie brings fresh seafood, French inspiration, and seasonally inspired cooking to Portland’s Buckman neighborhood. But even non-seafood eaters will find something to love at this relaxed bistro—chicken liver mousse, duck confit and Parisienne gnocchi all make appearances on the menu.

Address: 1005 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214

20. Magna Kusina

Modern Filipino food shines at this restaurant from Chef Carlo Lamagna, another semifinalist for best chef: Northwest and Pacific at the 2022 James Beard Awards. The menu is inspired by the cuisine of Lamagna’s childhood and infused with techniques he learned working at farm-to-table restaurants in Chicago.

Address: 2525 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

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