Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Portland

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

This popular riverside park, which lines the west bank of the Willamette River, was finished in 1978 after four years of construction. It replaced an old freeway with 1.5 miles of paved sidewalks and grassy spaces, …
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…