Explore Portland’s Food Culture & Dining Scene

Traveling foodies know that when it comes to eating and drinking in Portland, there’s only one recommendation you shouldn’t ignore—arrive hungry, folks. Can’t say it enough.

The food truck scene alone is something worth traveling for, but it’s the restaurants that attract the legions of travelers.

Portland is home to a rich diversity of restaurants, offering something to suit every palette and occasion. But if you’re looking to dine, drink, and brunch off-the-beaten path, where will you go?

Let us guide you to an amazing dining experience. We’ve scoured the city for drool-worthy dishes and culinary gems you won’t find on many lists. That said, here are just a few recommendations to sink your teeth in.


Best Places to Eat + Drink

Departure Restaurant + Lounge

Pan Asian | Open: Daily | 4pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat; 4pm – Midnight)

Enjoy the bold flavors of modern Asian cuisine crafted from seasonal and local ingredients. The setting is decidedly urban with rooftop seating overlooking a twinkling cityscape. With an excellent selection of cocktails and wines, Departure is the perfect spot for pairing dinner with libations.

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Urban Farmer

Steakhouse | Open: Daily | 6:30am – 11pm (Fri – Sat; 6:30am – Midnight)

Urban Farmer is a modern take on the classic steakhouse. Dishes are made from local, seasonal ingredients and a wide range of beef and sustainably-sourced poultry and seafood options. Toasting a nod to the past, the bar concocts a Moonshine punch crafted from local Moonshine whiskey.

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Best Place to Grab Coffee

Heart Coffee

Café & Coffee Roaster | Open: Daily | 7am – 6pm (Fri – Sat: 8am – 6pm)

Heart Coffee is quintessentially Portland, and they’re just down the street in the West End District (about 8 min. from us, if you’re walking). Roasting some of the world’s best green coffee beans, enthusiasts will love the complex flavors and delicate clarity their coffees are known for. For an alternative to the standard latte fare, try one of their nondairy milk creations made from fresh cashews, hazelnuts, or almonds.

While you’re there, stop by Blue Star Donuts for some delicious small-batch artisan donut treats. They’re just around the corner from Heart, about 3 min. away, on-foot.

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Best Restaurants for Foodies & Special Occasions

Mucca Osteria

Italian | Open: Mon – Sat | 5pm – 10pm

Enjoy the bold flavors of modern Asian cuisine crafted from seasonal and local ingredients. The setting is decidedly urban with rooftop seating overlooking a twinkling cityscape. With an excellent selection of cocktails and wines, Departure is the perfect spot for pairing dinner with libations.

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Nomad PDX

New American | Mon – Sun (Tues: Closed) | 5pm - Midnight

Enjoy the bold flavors of modern Asian cuisine crafted from seasonal and local ingredients. The setting is decidedly urban with rooftop seating overlooking a twinkling cityscape. With an excellent selection of cocktails and wines, Departure is the perfect spot for pairing dinner with libations.

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Arden Restaurant

New American | Open: Daily | 5pm – 9pm (Fri – Sat: 5pm – 10pm)

The forest of Arden in Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ was a retreat from the pomp and circumstance of the court. It was a haven for those who wished to live off the land and enjoy a simpler life. You’re invited to step out of the city and join in a celebration of nature’s bounty. The ingredients we utilize and the wines we serve come from small producers who employee respectful farming methods. The wines are made without manipulation, just as the dishes we create seek to highlight, rather than overpower their ingredients.

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Best Place for Cocktails

Pepe Le Moko

Speakeasy | Daily: 4pm – 2am

This cozy cocktail bar pays homage to the classic speakeasies of yesteryear. With a candlelit basement setting, intimate vibe, and a stellar menu featuring traditional cocktails and gourmet bites, look no further than Pepe Le Moko for your after-dinner night cap.

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Best Place for Brunch

Q Restaurant

New American | Brunch Hours: Sat – Sun 9:30am – 3pm

Q Restaurant & Bar is a chef driven restaurant in the heart of downtown Portland. We specialize in hyper-seasonal food, sourced locally. Our menu inspiration pulls from our staff’s diverse background, which allows us to have an ever changing and unique menu selection. We pride ourselves in our relationships with local purveyors, producers, and growers, which is reflected not only in our dishes, but also in our craft cocktails, wine, and beer selections.

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Discover Portland’s Foodie-Favorite Events & Festivals

Washington Post dubbed Portland “America’s Best Food City”, so it should come as no surprise that the calendar teems with so many foodie-focused festivities.

To make the most of your Portland getaway, plan your trip around one of these top annual events.

VegOut! Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival (August)

FEAST Portland (September)

Northwest Food & Wine Festival

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