Notable Local Restaurants,
Selection and listing on this list ranking mostly random, vaguely favoring older and higher-rated restaurants. A very few chain restaurants not anchored in the Portland area are included simply because of quality.
- Genoa Close-In Eastside. Portland's Best Restaurant for 25 years. Reservations required long in advance. Expensive.
- Jakes Downtown. From McCormick & Schmick's - a chain based in Portland. Expensive.
- Lucy's Table Northwest Portland Nationally Rated. Expensive.
- El Gaucho Downtown. Spanish and a lot more. Expensive.
- Montage Close-In Eastside. High energy, nationally rated. Some people have moved to Portland just to eat here more often. Moderate.
- Hubers Downtown. Restaurant and Bar. Portlands Oldest Restaurant, still packs them in. Famous for their Spanish Coffee. Moderate
- The Chart House City View from West Hills. Broadway. Expensive.
- Heathman Downtown on Broadway. Restaurant and Bar. Expensive.
- Oba! In the Pearl. High end bar and restaurant Expensive.
- Higgins Downtown On Broadway. Expensive.
- Mother's Bistro Downtown. Exquisite Food, Exquisite place. Moderate.
- Noble Rot Old Town. A wine centric place. Moderate.
- Doug Fir Close-In Eastside. Youth, energy, music, a million-dollars in decorations. Moderate.
- Portland City Grill Downtown.30th floor views. Expensive.
- Meriwether's on the site of the 1905 World's Fair. Moderate.
- Salty's On the Columbia River, near the Airport.
- Red Star Tavern Downtown. Magnificent Dining on transit mall. Expensive.
- Touche The Pearl. Billiards upstairs, fine dining on main level. Moderate.
- Wilfs Downtown in Union Station. Restaurant and Piano Bar
- Three DegreesDowntown Waterfront. "Meet, Greet and Eat." Bar & Grill.
- Campells BBQ SE 85th & Powell Blvd. Top rated BBQ. Moderate.
- Busters Local Chain, 3 outlets in the 'burbs.
- Clays SmokehouseClose-In SE on Division.
- Podnah's 1469 NE Prescott. On public Transportation, about 10 minutes from downtown by car.
- Albina District. About 10 minutes from downtown by car/cab.
- Famous Daves BBQTualatin - about 20 minutes from Downtown. Chain.
Chinese, Thai, Asian
Venture into Portland's Chinatown for Dim-Sum lunch and fine dining. Also:
- Old Spaghetti Factory SW Waterfront on the Streetcar. A chain started in Portland. There is a Streetcar inside most locations. Inexpensive - $8 meals.
- Old Wives Tales Close In 12th and East Burnside. Kid play area. Vegetariain and Vegan dishes.
Wild & Crazy
- Dante's Italian-American food. Showcase for music and burlesque. "One of the best damn bars on earth."
- Kells Irish Pub Major local hot spot and Restaurant. BIG St. Patrick's Day event spot. Moderate.
- Paddys See the 25' Wall of Alcohol
Indian, Middle Eastern
- Swagat NW Lovejoy. Moderate. Buffet Lunch $8. Best Tandoori Chicken in town.
- Plainfields High-end Indian cooking.
- Al Amir Oh-wow Lebanese food. Downtown.
- Marrakesh Moroccan hospitality. Sit on cushions on the floor and eat with your hands.
- Nicholas Restaurant Family Lebanese & Middle Eastern