15 Best Portland Restaurants & What To Order (2023)
Looking for the best Portland restaurants? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
One of the rising food cities of the world, Portland gives foodies access to not just award-winning restaurants, but more importantly, to more than 500 food carts.
The city is also home to tons of amazing brewery food, dessert bars, and more. The highlight here is that most of these food spots feature local produce.
So, to reap the rewards of Portland’s best food, here is a list of the 15 best restaurants in Portland to eat at:
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Known for its foie gras dumplings and brunch, Canard has been a stunner since its inception.
The restaurant functions as an all-day cafe/restaurant by day, and a wine and cocktail bar by night, serving French-inspired food, in a casual and warm setting.
Available for both lunch and dinner, Canard’s Duck Stack has some serious following. This delectable plate comes with fluffy pancakes covered in delicious and flavor-packed duck gravy, with a hint of spiciness from tobasco onions.
This dish is a perfect balance of sweetness and savoriness.
Foie Gras Dumplings – one of the first dishes Canard became popular for. The dumpling simply explodes in your mouth and the foie gras just melts away, followed by the earthy and complex notes of the truffle vinaigrette.
For all you foie gras lovers out there, this dish can easily steal a spot on your top 5 favorites list.
Oh, and don’t forget to end your meal with one of their sundae creations, with their most popular soft-serve ice cream. It is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
What to order: Duck Stack, Steam Burger, Foie Gras Dumplings, Sundae
Address: 734 E Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214
A Thai eatery serving enticing curries, creative BBQ, and island-inspired cocktails, Eem is a place where you can enjoy foreign flavors in style.
The interior is modern and casual, and the service is quick and friendly. If the weather permits, find a seat at their outdoor mini cabanas for some extra fun.
Eem’s signature dish – White Curry w/ Brisket Burnt Ends & Roasted Cauliflower will most certainly be one of the best Thai curries you’ve tasted so far.
The white curry is creamy, rich, spicy, and full of flavor; but, what steals the spotlight is the brisket with burnt ends – tastes outstanding. This curry is so good that you’d probably drink it straight from the bowl!
Their Sweet & Sour Fried Chicken is another splendid creation.
You get boneless chicken thighs that are cooked to be crunchy on the outside and dripping juicy inside; sprinkled with some red curry powder and tossed in a sweet and sour dressing, the chicken ticks all the boxes.
The BBQ Fried Rice, available with brisket or mushroom, is a lovely dish. The rice is exactly how fried rice should be – perfectly soft and crispy, not too oily, and no mushy rice.
What to order: White Curry w/ Brisket Burnt Ends & Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet & Sour Fried Chicken, BBQ Fried Rice
Address: 3808 North Williams Avenue, Portland, OR 97227
Located at the top of an extinct volcano, Coquine is a neighborhood restaurant featuring seasonal food and drink menus.
Their ingredients are responsibly sourced from local farmers, which contributes to their farm-to-table approach.
Their Black Cod dish is a well-balanced dish; the fish comes with crispy skin and rich, melty, and buttery flesh on the flipside.
It is served with new potatoes – crisp and soft, wakami – salty with a touch of umami flavor, pickled mustard seeds – tart and pungent + added texture, and crispy shallots.
The Lamb Loin with Charred Onion-Eggplant Soubise and vegetables is highly recommended by the restaurant’s staff. The lamb is so well-cooked that it is destructively soft and tender and simply melts in the mouth.
The soubise sauce (cream sauce) has a nice charred flavor, and its rich and velvety nature makes it the ideal accompaniment for the lamb.
Before you leave, grab a Coquine Chocolate Chip Cookie, you won’t regret it!
What to order: Black Cod, Lamb Loin with Charred Onion-Eggplant Soubise
Address: 6839 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR 97215
Now, before you order any main, you NEED to try their Classic Hummus with Flatbread. It is rich, creamy, full of flavor, and goes excellently well with the flatbread; don’t be surprised if you lick the bowl clean all by yourself!
If you’re vegan, or just looking for something healthier, go with their Mezze Platter.
Served with two flatbreads, the platter has all things delicious and healthy – beets, asparagus, pears, charred brussel sprouts, and more, along with their delicious hummus and tahini.
Make a wrap with everything, add some aleppo chili oil to add some kick, and devour your hearty wrap.
An interesting offering at Tusk is their Half Roasted Chicken. While the chicken comes juicy and tender, what will make you love the dish is the muhammara – a roasted red pepper and walnut dip that is slightly sweet, spicy, and smoky, and tastes riveting with the chicken.
What to order: Classic Hummus, Mezze Platter, Half Roasted Chicken with Muhammara
Address: 2448 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214
How many times have you heard people say, “do one thing and do it right”? At Nong’s Khao Man Gai, the focus is on one thing – Khao Man Gai (chicken and rice), and they do it SO DAMN RIGHT!
This is a classic Thai concept where restaurants focus on one dish only, and chef Nong has everyone smitten with her one dish.
So, of course, Khao Man Gai should be your first order here. This is Thai chicken & rice served with Nong’s signature sauce; it’s simple, delicious, healthy, comforting, and well-balanced in flavor.
The dish is also available in gluten-free and paleo versions.
Super Soup – Khao Man Gai served in a large bowl of soup. The soup is super flavorful and indulgent, and with the chicken and rice in it, you’ll crave it multiple times a week, and not just on rainy days!
Prefer pork to chicken? Nong’s Khao Kha Muu is for you! This is Thai pork & rice served with a boiled egg, Thai chili sauce, and pickled mustard greens.
The pork is juicy, gelatinous, and packs in a punch; but, the best part is that all the juices from the pork soak the rice, making it much more fragrant and flavorful.
Note – Khao Kha Muu is available only at their SE location.
Do yourself a favor and get their Thai Tea Float – so cold, refreshing, and perfect to cool down after a spicy and lush meal.
What to order: Khao Man Gai, Super Soup, Khao Kha Muu, Thai Tea Float
Address: -SE Portland – 609 SE Ankeny Street, Suite C, Portland, OR 97214 -Downtown – 417 SW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
With fresh fish, creative rolls, small plates, and an extensive selection of authentic sake, this posh restaurant served food that is extraordinary in quality and taste.
From their Specialty Maki list, the Death by Sushi roll does justice to its name.
Everything is incredibly fresh and expertly rolled; you can taste the individual elements in the roll, such as unagi, cream cheese, crab salad, etc., and the spicy mayo and eel sauce make the roll burst with flavor.
The Japanista roll is unique to Masu Sushi. It has spicy tuna and spicy crab salad as its main components, which when combined with the sweet chili sauce and hana sauce makes you want to have this roll every day for the rest of your life.
Try the Calamari plate from their kitchen; it is spicy, citrusy, and meaty.
What to order: Death by Sushi, Japanista, Calamari
A sister restaurant of Canard, Le Pigeon also serves creative French-inspired food in a cute, snug space in downtown Portland.
Their Chef’s Tasting Menu is very popular in the area, and their menu evolves with the season.
Currently, Le Pigeon offers only the Chef’s Tasting Menu, which is a pre-set menu featuring their chef’s finest creations. This menu does contain some of the most popular items from the restaurant’s usual a-la-carte menu.
The Seared Foie Gras is an elegant starter dish that will surprise you even if you were never a fan of liver dishes.
While the accompaniments on your plate keep changing to accommodate seasonally available produce, the main attraction – the foie gras – always stays, and is delicate, rich, and buttery.
If you happen to see Beef Cheek Bourguignon, just get it! The gelatinous quality of the beef cheeks makes it so tender yet rich.
The addition of creamy cheddar and applesauce gives a whole new dimension to the dish.
What to order: Seared Foie Gras, Beef Cheek Bourguignon
Address: 738 E Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214
OX Restaurant is a friendly and comfortable neighborhood restaurant, which finds inspiration in the Argentinian wood-fired grilling tradition.
Their menu showcases the culinary heritage of Spain, France, and Italy as well, and the dishes showcase prime local meats and fish, and seasonal produce.
Write this down – Fresh Clam Chowder with Smoked Marrow Bone; this is going to be your first order at OX.
This clam chowder has all the signs of becoming the best you’ve ever had, and why is there smoked bone marrow in it?
We don’t know but we do know that it adds a delicious richness and a whole other flavor profile to the chowder.
OX Restaurant is widely famous for their meat offerings. May it be their Beef Ribeye Steak, Beef Skirt Steak, or any other cut of meat, it is guaranteed to be of the highest quality and cooked to absolute perfection – tender inside and crispy, charred, and smoky outside.
If you’re looking to have a side dish with your steak, the fitting option would be Fried Russet Potatoes – crispy outside and soft inside, dip them in the horseradish aioli for a zesty kick, and find yourself in heaven!
What to order: Fresh Clam Chowder with Smoked Marrow Bone, Beef Ribeye Steak, Beef Skirt Steak, Fried Russet Potatoes
Address: 2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
As you probably noticed, Portland has a lot of places that offer a hearty brunch menu. If you’re in the city and looking for an awesome brunch spot, we got you covered with our Best Brunch Spots in Portland list.
How We Create Our “Best” Lists
All Noms Magazine’s “best” lists are created using multiple factors and signals to help readers find the best restaurants, things to do, and places to stay at. Some of these factors and signs include personal experiences, correspondence with locals, and compiling experiences from review sites.
Each list is also created to be balanced (in terms of price, cuisine type, ambiance, and more) as possible. This means that the lists are not specifically created in ranking order. You should be comfortable picking from any of the spots on the list and generally have a good time. But of course, YMMV (your mileage may vary) and everyone may have different experiences/palates.