10 of the Best Restaurants in Portland the City Has to Offer

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Quaintrelle, one of the restaurants in Portland, offers a unique ambiance with food that's just as elegant
Quaintrelle, one of the restaurants in Portland, offers a unique ambiance with food that's just as elegant

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Portland is best known for its massive food cart scene, farmer’s markets, and urban gardens that paints the city in vibrant light.

Its residents are also known to take their food seriously, earning them a reputation for hosting some of the best restaurants in the country.

Here we look at the top ten restaurants that Portland has to offer – from farm-to-table establishments like Quaintralle to tapas bars like Can Font.

Listed in no particular order

Tusk

Tusk is a restaurant inspired by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. It is renowned for the freshest seasonal produce in the Pacific Northwest.

Located in Southeast Portland, the restaurant is open for dinner throughout the week and for brunch on the weekends.

Over brunch, people can try Tusk’s Grain Bowl, which consists of sprouted barley, vegetables, avocado, dukkah, egg, and argan oil. Additionally, the restaurant doesn’t offer a kid’s menu for visitors with children. However, the restaurant’s menu offers biscuits and gravy.

For now, Tusk is open for dine-in dinner services from Wednesdays to Sundays with the following schedule:

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 5 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 5 pm – 10 pm
  • Sunday: 5 pm – 9 pm

Tusk’s happy hour is only available for the bar and is open between 5 pm and 6 pm.

Notes:

  • Tusk is a no-cash establishment
  • Reservations are available for parties of seven
  • Tusk removed the voluntary tip line and added a service charge of 20%
  • Tusk no longer requires proof of vaccination

G-Love

G-Love prides itself in being Portland’s pioneering ‘reverse steakhouse,’ wherein its vegetables are harvested at their peak and star as the restaurant’s main attraction. It is located in Northwest Portland.

Despite vegetables being the staple food, G-Love is, by no means, a vegetarian restaurant as it serves meat on the side.

G-Love has a unique working relationship with Old Moon Farm to create fresh fall dishes. Additionally, the restaurant’s cooks also work at the farm – an indication that the food patrons enjoy was picked earlier that day.

Hours:

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 4 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 4 pm – 10 pm
  • Sunday: 4 pm – 9 pm

Luc Lac

Luc Lac is a Vietnamese restaurant that can be found in downtown Portland. It is one of the go-to establishments in the city thanks to its delicious food that comes at meager prices.

The restaurant offers chicken curry with vegetables, a large portion of honey chicken with rice and spring roll, and heaping portions of Luc Lac’s secret family recipe pho. Additionally, the restaurant offers some of the finest cocktails, beer, and wine.

Luc Lac stays open until midnight on weekdays and 4 am on weekends, making it one of the best options for late-night dining.

Hours:

  • Lunch: every day, 11 am – 2:30 pm
  • Dinner: every day, 4 pm – 11 pm

Notes

  • Limited street parking
  • Luc Lac is a first-come, first-serve establishment
  • Luc Lac only serves parties that are complete. Early patrons will have to wait until the rest of the party arrives

Bhuna

Bhuna is one of the many Indian restaurants in the city and is located in Northwest Portland.

Widely regarded as one of the best Indian restaurants, Bhuna crafts unique dishes that utilize Pacific Northwest ingredients, like its Kashmiri Tomato & Eggplant rice bowl that consists of Indian eggplant fried and stewed with tomato, Kashmiri spices, and mustard oil.

Apart from its flavorful Indian soul food, Bhuna boasts one of the best happy hours in Portland, lasting from 11 am to 6 pm daily. Their happy hour also offers rice bowls, beer, and wine discounts.

Hours:

  • Wednesday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday: 12 pm – 8 pm

Note: 

  • Bhuna offers dine-in, take-out, and delivery

Hunnymilk

Hunnymilk is an establishment that people with a sweet tooth will definitely enjoy.

Situated in West Portland, Hunnymilk offers various drinks that complement the chef’s love for sugar, which produces selections like the vanilla bean crepe with lemon-orange curd, whipped ricotta cream, almond shortbread, and astronaut strawberries, to name a few.

The restaurant also has an offer that serves a drink, one savory item, and one sweet item, all for the flat price of $26.

Hunnymilk serves brunch at the following hours:

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 9 am – 2 pm
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 8 am – 2 pm

Notes:

  • Hunnymilk is a first-come, first-serve establishment
  • The restaurant’s maximum group size is six people

Screen Door Restaurant

An Eastside establishment, Screen Door Restaurant takes pride in its Southern cooking, earning it a reputation as one of the best weekend brunch spots in Portland.

The restaurant is open for dinner five nights a week with a menu that caters to patrons who can enjoy both simple and exquisite tastes.

Screen Door’s southern classic dishes include the fried buttermilk-battered chicken, Low Country shrimp and grits, and the Carolina pulled pork.

While its menu offers some heavy selections, Screen Door also provides lighter options with an extensive menu of salads and vegetable dishes. Additionally, the restaurant offers creatively-prepared comfort food.

Hours:

  • Brunch: every day, 9 am – 2:30 pm
  • Dinner: every day, 5 pm – 9 pm

Notes:

  • Reservations are required
  • Weekend brunches are typically full

Gumba

A Northeast establishment, Gumba is renowned for its fresh food that’s so good that some can’t believe it’s a food cart.

While other restaurants maintain the same menu, Gumba’s chef exercises their creativity, resulting in a revolving menu. However, hand-cut pasta dishes remain a permanent fixture.

For example, Gumba has a Tagliatelle Carbonara that’s topped with housemade burrata. It is a combination of cheese, fried candied shallots, breadcrumbs, chili oil, and sesame seeds laced across the pasta, making it a standout dish.

Hours:

  • Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays: 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Notes:

  • Gumba tends to sell out regularly, so don’t visit too late in the day
  • Open for dine-in or delivery
  • With a changing menu, it’s best to stay tuned to the Gumba Facebook page for its spontaneous season dishes of the day

Podnah’s Pit Barbecue

A unique barbecue house in Northeast Portland, Podnah’s Pit offers fresh, honest, slow-smoked, Texas-style barbecue.

The restaurant’s meat doesn’t use electricity, gas, or charcoal and instead uses 100% oak hardwood to create its brisket, pulled pork, sausage, prime rib, and more. The portions at Podnah’s Pit are also big enough for two.

Podnah’s Pit also offers its own cocktail creations, such as the Dr. Salty Pepper – a combination of Aria gin, Peychaud’s bitters, grapefruit, lime juice, and a salted rim.

Hours:

  • Wednesday – Sunday: 12 pm – 8 pm

Notes:

  • The restaurant sometimes closes early if sold out
  • Podnah’s Pit offers a daily special and also typically sells out
  • The restaurant is open for a Tex-Mex BBQ brunch every weekend

Quaintrelle

Another Southeast Portland restaurant, Quaintrelle, has an expansive lush outdoor patio with exquisite food to reflect its ambiance.

Quaintrelle’s menu changes seasonally, but the ingredients remain locally sourced. Chef Riley is renowned for mixing global and Pacific Northwest ingredients, turning the best offering of the season into elegant dishes.

The appetizers highlight the current harvest, including choices like sweet potato and broccoli tempura, chili honey, and smoked pecorino.

Hours:

  • Wednesday – Sunday: 5 pm – 10 pm

Notes:

  • Reservation needed
  • Proof of vaccination required
  • Face masks are optional

Can Font

Can Font takes inspiration from the menus of Barcelona and can be found in the Pearl District. 

The Catalan cuisine was created by Barcelona native Josep Vidal, whose menu features dishes that highlight wild fish, local meats, and the best produce the season has to offer – Squid Ink Paella, Saltejat de Bolets amb Pop i Llagostins (Seasonal Mushrooms, Octopus, and Langostinos), and Vieres amb Pop Poelé (Scallops, Octopus, Celery Root Chips, Iberico Ham, Creamy Peas).

Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 5 pm – 10 pm

Notes:

  • The restaurant closes on Sundays and holidays

Reference:

Best Restaurants in Portland


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Joshua Porter

I'm Joshua, a public school teacher. During my free time, I love to wander in the woods and do photography. I also share my knowledge through blogging, and I write about education, lifestyle, and entertainment.

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