Few cities in the United States have a food scene that can compete with Portland, Oregon. The city is laid back yet quirky, trendy yet authentic. It may seem an unlikely setting for a foodie capital of the world, but Portland boasts an eclectic dining array from casual eateries to upscale, award-winning restaurants. One of the reasons that Portland’s cuisine is so rich is the bounty of local produce and ingredients that go into their dishes. On the east lies the Willamette Valley, with an abundance of fresh produce. To the west, the Pacific ocean provides endless seafood options. Portland chefs take advantage of the local offerings by creating delicious dishes made with native Pacific Northwestern ingredients. If you want to try the freshest foods in Portland, read on for our list of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the city.
Experience cuisine inspired by the east and west coasts at Radar! This restaurant is owned by a husband and wife team who combine their culinary background from New York City with farm fresh produce and ingredients from local Pacific Northwest suppliers. The result is a one-of-a-kind food experience with outstanding drinks too. The menu features items like roast vegetable hash, biscuits and gravy, and cinnamon sugar fry bread for brunch and a rotating daily polenta dish and smoked salmon mousse at dinner.
Address: 3951 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 9:30pm; Fri: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 10am - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 10am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm
“Quaintrelle” means a woman who emphasizes a life of passion, a fitting name for this restaurant with a penchant for inventive dishes. The menu is Pacific Northwest inspired, and the menu items are all sourced from local purveyors. This means a meal at Quaintrelle is made with the freshest in seafood, produce, and more. The ingredients vary seasonally, offering endless combinations and unique dishes.
Address: 3936 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA
Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 5pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 5pm - 9pm (closed on Mon & Tue)
Located in the historic Hotel Lucia, Imperial builds upon Portland’s past and traditional cooking techniques. Following in the footsteps of legendary Oregonian James Beard, this restaurant has changed the Portland food scene since it opened in 2012. Inspired by the bounty of ingredients from local Oregon farms and vendors, Chef Paley creates healthy yet comforting dishes. The most impressive feature of the restaurant is the wood fire grill and rotisserie, which makes mouthwatering dishes served in a cosy, warm atmosphere.
Address: 410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 6:30am - 10pm; Fri: 6:30am - 11pm; Sat: 8am - 11pm; Sun: 8am - 10pm
4. Tasty n Alder
Tasty n Alder serves internationally inspired dishes in a classic steakhouse setting. Whether you come for brunch or dinner, your meal will be prepared from sustainably sourced local ingredients. For brunch, the dishes are influenced by the global diversity that immigrants have brought to America’s palate. Dinner dishes are served family style, making this an ideal spot to go with a group and try lots of different things.
Tasty n Alder
Address: 580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Website: Tasty n Alder
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 9am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 9am - 11pm
5. Irving Street Kitchen
Irving Street Kitchen is a homage to powerful female chefs: the restaurant’s name was inspired by Julia Child’s address, and the restaurant is run by chef Sara Schafer. Schafer has honed her talents in East and West coast eateries, and her focus on traditional cooking techniques and the science of food leads to creative dishes you won’t find anywhere else. In addition to the locally sourced ingredients, you’ll also find local wines and beers on the drink menu so you can taste the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Irving Street Kitchen
Address: 701 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
Website: Irving Street Kitchen
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 4:30pm - 10pm; Fri: 4:30pm - 11pm; Sat: 10am - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 9:30pm
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Clarklewis has been one of the pioneers of the farm-to-table movement since its opening in 2003. The restaurant supports local organic farmers and uses their products to create delicious French and Italian influenced dishes. Clarklewis has an outstanding reputation and has won several major awards and distinctions, including being named restaurant of the year by the Oregonian and one of the 10 most notable new restaurants by The Wall Street Journal when it first opened. With such high praise, it’s no wonder that dinner reservations are recommended. It’ll all be worth it when you get to sit down to a delicious meal inside the warm atmosphere of a converted warehouse.
Address: 1001 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm; Fri: 11:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 5pm - 9pm
You don’t have to travel to the southern hemisphere to have delicious Peruvian food. Head to Andina in Portland to try this delicious cuisine, which is prepared with sustainable practices and local ingredients. Peru’s vast geographical differences, as well as the native, colonial, and immigrant influences, have created a rich, diverse cuisine. The food at Andina is a mix of la cocina Criolla, one of Peru’s most popular cuisines with brilliant flavours and traditional techniques, and Novo-Andean, a contemporary cuisine which strives to recreate Peru’s pre-Colonial methods and ingredients in a modern presentation. Enjoy the cuisine served as tapas or entrees while being serenaded by nightly Latin-inspired live music.
Address: 1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4pm - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10:30pm
8. Le Pigeon
Upon first glance, it might be surprising that Le Pigeon is one of the restaurants that put the Portland food scene on the map. The small restaurant has exposed brick walls and three long communal dining tables that seat only a few dozen people. However, one taste of their painstakingly prepared and beautifully presented French cuisine will show you why Le Pigeon still remains at the top of the restaurants in the city. Try the restaurant’s namesake dish, grilled pigeon, which comes studded with pigeon hearts and a side of sunchoke and leek tortellini. They also serve classics like beef bourguignon and burgers. There are also tasting menus that will let you try five to seven different dishes, so you can try a little of everything if you only have time to visit once!
Address: 738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Website: Le Pigeon
Opening hours: 5pm - 10pm (daily)
Beast is a produce-driven restaurant. Their commitment to using only the freshest ingredients from the farm means their menu changes every two weeks to ensure you’re getting the best seasonal produce. The frequently changing options allow the chefs to get creative with their dishes, and the restaurant has received a prestigious James Beard award as a result. Beast has multiple special offers every week so you can try as many dishes as possible. Tuesday nights are a price-fixed four-course dinner, with vegetarian options. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, there are two sittings for a six-course dinner, with the option to add wine pairings. And on Sundays, book a spot for a decadent three-course brunch.
Address: 5425 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211, USA
Opening hours: Tue: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Wed - Sat: 6pm - 12am; Sun: 10am - 2pm, 7pm - 10pm (closed on Mon)
10. Willow Restaurant
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The intimate experience at Willow Restaurant will feel more like dining at a friend’s house than a restaurant. Willow offers two seatings at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Each seating is for 11 people, who are all greeted by the 2 chefs as they arrive. The guests sit at the chef’s table and watch as amazing dishes are prepared from farm fresh ingredients. If you’ve spent most of your time in Portland at bustling, popular eateries, Willow is the perfect change of pace for a relaxing meal.
Address: 2005 SE 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97214
Website: Willow Restaurant
Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 6:30pm onwards (closed from Sun -Tue)
A thriving scene of fresh foods
James Beard, one of America’s most famous chefs, said that his native state of Portland taught him more about food than anywhere - except Paris. It’s fun to imagine what he would think now, with Portland as an epicentre of innovation in American cuisine. With such an abundance of local ingredients, maybe it was inevitable that Portland would rise to the top of the food scene. Come eat at one of these farm-to-table restaurants on our list and decide for yourself!
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