The best fancy restaurants in Portland, Oregon would definitely include some fresh catches from the Pacific Northwest coast. The fancy way of serving them would usually be to complement the Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon served with the meal. Add the silvery cutlery, the wine glasses, the intricately folded napkin and the candelabra and you have yourself the ultimate fancy meal. Portland is home to many fancy restaurants for you to choose from during your visit. Read further to check out the reasons why these restaurants in Portland are memorable and distinguishable from the casual dining experience you’ve had in other food joints.
1. Nomad PDX
Nomad PDX is one of those restaurants made fancier by opening at around 5pm onwards, great for that candle-lit dinner or having a craft cocktail over chit-chat with a close friend by the moonlight. This food joint has good bar chow to go with those drinks. You might as well try the full course meals among their specials. The multi-course tasting course is highly recommended for foodies trying out this place for the first time.
Address: 575 NE 24th Ave, Portland, Oregon
Website: Nomad PDX
Opening Hours: Wed - Sun: 5pm - 12am (closed on Mon - Tue)
Average price for two: 14 to 190 USD
Dreams of caviar and champagne? Peruvian cuisine served the fancy way is a guarantee here at Andina Restaurant. Having that Latin American way of going vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free has never been this stylish. The ideal lunch would be fresh fish cooked in leche de tigre. If you like it sweet without the dairy guilt, some grilled diver scallops coated in tamari browned sugary butter sauce would be great with that glass of wine.
Address: 1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, Oregon
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 10:30pm (daily)
Average price for two: 40 to 56 USD
Higgins Portland: the pride of the Willamette Valley. Farm-fresh produce cooked alongside exquisite seafood guarantees a hearty meal to wolf down. After you’ve started with some oysters, try one of the best-selling main course dishes - the Alsatian-style “Choucroute Garnie”, served with boudin blanc sausages and sauerkraut. Now you’re talking American produce served in European style.
Address: 1239 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon
Opening Hours: 11:30am - 10:30pm (daily)
Average price for two: 39 USD
4. Ringside Steakhouse
One of the top choices for fine dining this side of Portland, Ringside Steakhouse has lived up to its reputation as an excellent place to dine with family and friends. For that fancy touch, reservations for the private dining area would gain you access to their Barrel Room and Wine Room. Wine has a peculiar way of making any steak dinner better.
Address: 2165 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon
Website: Ringside Steakhouse
Opening Hours: 5pm - 12am (daily)
Average price for two: 90.50 to 110.50 USD
5. El Gaucho
If a restaurant is going to attach a fancy price tag to their meals, it better be worth it. This is the promise El Gaucho Portland can easily fulfil to its patrons, both new and seasoned. Sit down for a candle-lit dinner. Stay for the live flamenco music. Dining is highly recommended before the hard drinks. So you may as well have some Peruvian scallops in between swigs or go with a full meal like the filet mignon.
Address: 319 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon
Website: El Gaucho
Opening Hours: 4:30pm - 12am (daily)
Average price for two: 135 USD
The name alone gives you an idea about this restaurant’s specialty - seafood. This explains best why Roe is only open from Wednesday to Saturday. For the rest of the week, they’re busy fishing for the freshest and the best seafood out there this side of the Pacific Northwest. Try the frozen foie gras shaved atop butterfish as a starter for their four-course experience. Continue to their butter-poached scallops served with cold-smoked marlin.
Address: Mezzanine Level, Morgan Building, 515 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon
Opening Hours: Wed - Sat: 5:30pm - 10pm (closed on Sun - Tue)
Average price for two: 160 to 270 USD
7. Castagna Restaurant
If ever there was one fancy restaurant that is best enjoyed as a group, it’s Castagna Restaurant. With meals that include a smorgasbord of flavors, it’s practically a sumptuous buffet. Try the carefully prepared slow cooked pork shoulder served alongside the madai en papillote and the red szechuan plate with tofu.
Address: 1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon
Website: Castagna Restaurant
Opening Hours: Wed - Thu: 5:30pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 5:30pm - 10pm (closed on Sun - Tue)
Average price for two: 200 to 330 USD
No other theme can express the word “fancy” better that The Great Gatsby theme. This is the kind of dining experience that Gracie’s can provide. This restaurant is inside Hotel Deluxe Portland, but even folks not booked in the hotel may drop by. Fine dining options are given via The Screening Room, The Editing Room and The Green Room. All named to follow the Hollywood theme.
Address: 729 SW 15th Ave, Portland, Oregon
Opening Hours: Call 503-219-2094 for reservations
Average price for two: 24 to 100 USD
9. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Fine dining is often associated with dim lighting, well-spaced dining tables and magnificent food. Dining at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse amplifies the experience with a broiled tomahawk ribeye steak. One of the specialties in the house, it is best enjoyed with the Steakhouse Salad for starters. Seafood options include fish filet and shrimp.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Address: 850 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon
Website: Ruth’s Chris
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 5pm - 10pm; Sunday: 4pm - 9pm
Average price for two: 62 to 120 USD
10. Salty's on the Columbia
Not only is this Portland branch known for its weekend brunches (hence the differing schedules), they are known for serving great food on a fine dining level. Starters would include the baby romaine caesar salad and some heavy snacks like the dungeness crab cake. Such excellent treats. Thank your waiter for finding time to bring that plate of chocolate for your dessert. Such a luxurious way to end your meal.
Salty’s on the Columbia
Address: 3839 NE Marine Dr, Portland, Oregon
Website: Salty’s on the Columbia
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 8:30pm; Sat - Sun: 9am - 1pm, 4:30pm to 8pm
Average price for two: 62 to 120 USD
Go fancy for your dinner
Fancy dining can be a great excuse to dress up and enjoy a romantic night with your date. Chances are it’s for something extra special like a wedding anniversary or a prelude to the big question. Whatever your reason is, if you want to enjoy exquisite meals, all that is left for you to do is pick one of these restaurants. Have fun dining in Portland!
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