Try these great restaurants in Portland to get a taste of one of the most diverse foodie cities in America. Portland’s food scene is a blend of blue-collar comfort food, seafood freshly caught by local fishermen, and the latest fusion trends.

    Portland is also a multicultural melting pot with authentic global cuisine on every corner. Vietnamese noodles are considered as local as American BBQ, and food from around the globe often collides to create new flavors like pickled herring dip, Thai fried chicken, and maple bacon doughnuts. Here are all the top places to eat in Portland.


    The Observatory

    Elevated American fare and signature cocktails

    The Observatory is a trendy lunch and dinner spot in the heart of Portland serving eclectic American dishes. Its easygoing atmosphere makes this a great place for groups and families. The menu caters to a wide range of preferences, whether you like burgers, seafood, steak or salads. For a taste of Portland, try the house-smoked trout salad or the slaw dog – a sausage made with local jalapeño cheese.

    If you’re looking for an affordable drink and a snack, stop into The Observatory for happy hour. Every day from 3 pm to 5 pm you can get discounted food items, local craft beer and wine, and even a specialty cocktail of the day.

    Location: 8115 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 503-445-6284



    South American tapas and beverages on the river

    Lechon is a waterfront restaurant serving South American dishes and robust wines. Come in the afternoon to sit outdoors and enjoy riverside views while munching tapas like broiled octopus, pork belly buns and corn fritters. Or, book a table for dinner and try broiled meats and seafood such as seared scallops, lamb chops, and Angus beef.

    Don’t miss out on Lechon’s excellent selection of South American wines. If you’re not a fan of wine, the bartenders also prepare a full menu of signature cocktails made with zesty South American flavors like mezcal, habanero syrup, and plenty of exotic fruit.

    Location: 113 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 4 pm to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 503-219-9000


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    Mother’s Bistro & Bar

    Classic American café serving hearty comfort food

    Mother’s Bistro & Bar is a country-style American café that’s set out to make you feel like you’re back in momma’s kitchen. Its chef is a mother and grandmother who was trained in France and was once even named one of the top student chefs in America by a notable food and wine magazine.

    Come to Mother’s Bistro & Bar for American meals prepared to culinary perfection, such as pot roast, meatloaf, and chicken and dumplings. And, of course, you can get breakfast all day. After filling up on hearty comfort food, stick around and enjoy a few cocktails from the list of signature beverages. The wine list is also more comprehensive than many restaurants in the area.

    Location: 121 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA

    Phone: +1 503-464-1122


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    The Melting Pot

    For America’s favorite fondue

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    The Melting Pot is the place to be when you feel the need for cheese. This fondue restaurant has taken the classic Swiss dish and added in American opulence. Enjoy yummy fondue dips such as beer cheese, spicy jalapeño cheddar, and spinach and artichoke. Classic Swiss options are also available.

    The Melting Pot isn’t just famous for its hot pots of cheese. It’s also a favorite in Portland for dessert and beverages with friends. Sweet pots include 6 different styles of chocolate fondue, in which you can dunk treats like biscuits, fresh fruit, cheesecake and macarons. An excellent spot for group dinners, The Melting Pot is a delicious and fun way to dine in Portland.

    Location: 1050 SW 6th Ave #100, Portland, OR 97204, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm, Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 3 pm to 10 pm, Sunday from 3 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 503-517-8960


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    Pine Street Market

    A rollicking food hall with multiple vendors and local beer and wine

    Pine Street Market is a place to taste all of Portland at once. Not just a single restaurant, Pine Street Market is an indoor food hall with many eateries and bars under 1 roof. If you don’t have long to stay in Portland, this is the place to experience multiple dishes and beverages at once.

    Get your hands on a juicy burger, plump dumplings, Italian-style pizzas and spicy ramen noodles. There are plenty of sweet treats, too, including ice cream in homemade waffle cones. Ready for a Portland craft beer? The Pine Street Taproom onsite has all the most popular local brews.

    Location: 126 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 888-316-5556


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    Mediterranean Exploration Company

    Upscale Middle-Eastern food and classy cocktails

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    Mediterranean Exploration Company allows you to explore a world of European and Middle-Eastern flavors in a trendy industrial setting. The chefs are Portland born and ingredients are sourced locally to produce dishes like creamy hummus and lamb kebabs as well as loads of tangy salads to accompany soft pita bread.

    The menu has a good blend of vegetarian and meat dishes, ensuring there’s something for all in your company to enjoy. Don’t forget to pair your dinner with a bottle of wine – the list boasts over 70 labels. Cocktails and beers are also available, some of which are discounted during the daily happy hour.

    Location: 333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA

    Open: Daily from 4 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 503-222-0906


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    Morton’s The Steakhouse

    An upscale lounge serving high-quality American beef and seafood

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    • Luxury
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    Morton’s The Steakhouse is the restaurant of choice for elegant dining and fantastic American steaks in the heart of Portland. The restaurant is located near the riverfront and just steps from the Keller Auditorium, making it a convenient place to eat after a day of sightseeing.

    When you come to Morton’s, prepare for luxurious dining. We’re talking lobster, crab cakes, wagyu beef and a full raw bar of local oysters and delicacies of the sea. If you’ve come for beef, don’t miss the dry-aged bone-in strip steak. For something truly American, add a side of chunky lobster macaroni and cheese.

    Location: 213 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 503-248-2100



    Global fare prepared with local ingredients in a bistro setting

    Canard is an upscale bistro in Portland with a menu that changes depending on the season and the mood of the chef. You never know what corner of the globe will be represented on the plate – expect anything from French pastries to Mexican salsas and Irish stews to American fried chicken.

    The menu changes often, but you can count on favorites like fall-off-the-bone chicken wings, creamy smoked salmon dip, and mezcal oysters. The menu here seems fancy, but the prices are far from that of ‘fine dining’, making Canard one of Portland’s favorite eateries for quality and price.

    Location: 734 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 4 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 971-279-2356



    Healthy Mediterranean fusion and fruity cocktails

    Tusk is a neon-washed Mediterranean restaurant serving light fare packed with fresh flavors on East Burnside Street in Portland. Walking into Tusk is an experience itself. The pink neon highlights, white tablecloths, and flourishing greenery make you feel like you’re in an Italian romance. But the real love comes from the kitchen.

    Tusk serves light yet delicious dishes such as hummus, falafel, roasted cabbage, and herb salads. For hearty eaters, chicken and lamb dishes are also available. The mix of herbal, sour, and zesty flavors pair perfectly with Tusks signature cocktails, which contain just as many pickled vegetables and herbs as the food menu. Visit Tusk for a meal that takes you on a journey without leaving you feeling stuffed.

    Location: 2448 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 5 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 503-894-8082



    Hearty farm-to-table dinners and weekend brunches

    Coquine is a farm-to-table bistro showcasing local flavors for brunch and evening diners. Coquine’s dinner menu is prepared daily and available only as a full tasting menu of 4 to 7 courses. Dishes you can expect include local vegetable soups, seared seafood, slow-cooked meat, and caviar. Dinners must be booked 2 weeks in advance.

    If your appetite isn’t that big, you can come for brunch at the weekend, when you can enjoy elevated American classics like pancakes, breakfast sandwiches and waffles with brunch cocktails and coffee.

    Location: 6839 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Thursday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 2.30 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 2.30 pm

    Phone: +1 503-384-2483

    Benjamin Gorman | Contributing Writer

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