Restaurants

Top Choice American in Portland

Imperial

Opened by long-adored Portland chef Vitaly Paley (of Paley's Place), the Imperial – attached to Hotel Lucia – is huge in scale but fastidious and detail-oriented in approach. The kitchen is built around a massive wo…
Top Choice American in Portland

Laurelhurst Market

Hugely popular and vegetarian-unfriendly is this hip and meaty spot, where grass-fed steaks, pork chops and moules frites (mussels with French fries) dominate the menu. Just be prepared to wait, unless you have a re…
Top Choice Italian in Portland

Ava Gene's

This renowned trattoria-inspired eatery – owned by Duane Sorenson, who founded Stumptown Coffee – serves rustic Italian cuisine, with exquisite pasta and vegetable dishes as highlights. Exceptional ingredients, a gr…
Top Choice American in Portland

Ned Ludd

Too quintessentially Portland, this offbeat, upscale joint exudes thick artisan vibes, from its rustic-peasant decor to the prominent brick wood-fire oven where all dishes are cooked. The beautifully presented small…
Top Choice French in Portland

Higgins

In 1994 chef-owner Greg Higgins opened the doors to one of Portland's groundbreaking restaurants. These days, Higgins feels more classically elegant than cutting edge, but it still features French-inspired dishes us…
Top Choice Steak in Portland

Ox

One of Portland's most popular restaurants is this upscale, Argentine-inspired steakhouse. Start with the smoked bone-marrow clam chowder, then go for the gusto: the grass-fed beef rib eye. Or, if there's two of you…
American in Portland

Tasty n Sons

Superb small plates in a high-ceilinged, industrial-feel dining room along a suddenly wildly hip stretch of Portland's bicycle-commuter highway. Share delicacies such as bacon-wrapped dates, grilled quail with cousc…
Spanish in Portland

Ataula

This critically acclaimed Spanish tapas restaurant offers outstanding cuisine. If these are on the menu, try the nuestras bravas (sliced, fried potatoes in milk aioli), croquetas (salt-cod fritters), xupa-xup (chori…
Thai in Portland

Pok Pok

Spicy Thai street food with a twist draws crowds of flavor-seekers to this famous eatery. Don't miss the renowned chicken wings. Dishes are meant for sharing, so order lots and have fun. To endure the wait, try a ta…
American in Portland

Beast

At Beast, celebrated local chef Naomi Pomeroy – who went from staging underground supper-club dinners to appearing on Top Chef and winning a James Beard award – offers a set fixed-price menu of six courses, wine pai…