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 American in Portland

NomadPDX

Wildly experimental flavor combinations are plated gorgeously at this modernist restaurant: think leaves, flowers and foam decorating architectural stacks of seafood, meat and local produce. A pop-up restaurant sinc…
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 Sandwiches in Portland

Lardo

Definitely in the running for Portland's best sandwich, Lardo's take on Korean pork shoulder is outstanding – and that's on a menu of a dozen truly fantastic sandwiches. Try a guest-chef creation, different each mon…
Top Choice American in Portland

Ned Ludd

Quintessentially Portland, this offbeat, upscale joint exudes thick artisan vibes, from its rustic-peasant decor to the prominent brick wood-fired oven where all dishes are cooked. The beautifully presented small pl…
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. If there's two of you, th…
Top Choice German in Portland

Stammtisch

Dig into serious German food – with a beer list to match – at this dark and cozy neighborhood pub. Don't miss the Maultaschen (a gorgeous pasta pocket filled with leek fondue in a bright, lemony wine sauce), the mus…
Desserts in Portland

Pix Patisserie

Run by French-trained pastry chef Cheryl Wakerhauser, Pix is a decadent haven for anyone with a sweet tooth. The desserts are so beautiful that you might hesitate to dig in; each has a recommended drink pairing. Don…