clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

The Most Anticipated Portland Restaurants Opening This Winter

16 reasons to get excited for winter 2016/2017

Chef Ryan Fox of Nomad.PDX
Facebook/Nomad.PDX

Despite the weather cooling down, Portland restaurant openings are heating up. Here are the biggest new Portland restaurants on the horizon, from the Portland expansion of Spain’s Michelin-guide-recommended Can Font, to acclaimed Renata’s recently announced sister-cafe, Figlia. Here’s what to get excited about this winter:

Beer Belly

Location: 1205 SW Washington St.
Players: Rick Gencarelli, ChefStable
The Situation: Lardo, the iconic Portland sandwich shop, has always been a craft beer bar in disguise, and now owner Rick Gencarelli's appreciation for the suds will result in a full-fledged beer bar. Beer Belly will open on the same West End block as Gencarelli's Grassa and Lardo.
Projected Opening: December 9
All Previous Beer Belly Coverage [EPDX]

Can Font

Location: 1075 NW Northrup St.
Players: Vladimir Zaharchook-Williams, Josep Vidal
The Situation: Chef Josep Vidal operates Can Font in Spain, a restaurant recommended by the Michelin guide that operates in the countryside near Barcelona. Can Font Portland will serve “traditional Catalan fine cuisine with locally sourced products in a modern Northwest atmosphere.”
Projected Opening: Last week of February/first week of March
All Previous Can Font Coverage [EPDX]

Chalino

Chalino

Location: 1 N Fremont St.
Players: Johnny Leach, David Haddow
The Situation: Beaverton-born Johnny Leach (Momofuku) made waves last year when he and Peter Cho (Han Oak; Eater PDX’s 2016 Restaurant of the Year) launched the Stray Dogs and Stray Birds pop-ups. Chalino is shaping up to serve “inauthentic” Mexican-inspired plates.
Projected Opening: First week in February
All Previous Chalino Coverage [EPDX]

Danwei Canting

Location: 811 SE Stark
Players: Kyo Koo, James Kyle
The Situation: Former Bluehour executive chef Kyo Koo will helm a new Chinese restaurant. It'll serve the regional Chinese dishes co-owner James Kyle fell in love with while living in Beijing for more than a decade.
Projected Opening: Any moment
All Previous Danwei Canting Coverage [EPDX]

Figlia

Renata Sandra and Nick Arnerich
Renata Sandra and Nick Arnerich
Dina Avila/EPDX

Location: 1100 SE Grand Ave.
Players: Sandra and Nick Arnerich of Renata
The Situation: Renata hit the ground running in 2015, earning the title of The Oregonian’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year just weeks after opening. Its follow-up, Figlia, will be a 42-seat cafe serving breakfast and lunch, including some popular Renata plates.
Projected Opening: December 20
All Previous Figlia Coverage [EPDX]

Guero No.1 Tortas

Location: 200 NE 28th Ave.
Players: Alec Morrison, Megan Sanchez
The Situation: Taking over Tabla’s old space, the Guero No.1 Tortas food truck is going brick and mortar to serve its signature tortas, like the Pollo Pibil, made with Yucatecan-style chicken in a achiote and citrus marinade.
Projected Opening: Mid-January
All Previous Guero No.1 Tortas Coverage [EPDX]

Heart Pizza

Location: SW Bond Ave. and SW Gaines St.
Players: Micah Camden, Matt Lynch
The Situation: From the co-founder of Little Big Burger and Blue Star Donuts comes a new fast-casual chainlet dedicated to pizzas. Second and third locations are already planned for Downtown and Northeast Portland.
Projected Opening: “Just after Christmas”
All Previous Heart Pizza Coverage [EPDX]

Jackrabbit

Chris Cosentino
Facebook/Chris Cosentino

Location: 545 SW Taylor St., inside Executive Tower of Hilton
Players: Chris Cosentino, Oliver Wharton
The Situation: Famous for his television performances, including winning Top Chef Masters, Chris Cosentino (San Francisco’s Cockscomb; Napa Valley’s Acacia House) will bring a restaurant with a raw bar and house-cured meats program, as well as some of his signature dishes, to Portland.
Projected Opening: “Early spring 2017” — which is sorta late-winter, right?
All Previous Jackrabbit Coverage [EPDX]

No Bones Beach Club

Location: 3928 N Mississippi Ave.
Players: Mackenzie DeVito
The Situation: Developing from a vegan pop-up and food truck in Seattle, No Bones Beach Club is all about having fun, with a tiki decor, plastic shark shot glasses, and Polynesian-inspired vegan plates. This is its first expansion outside Seattle.
Projected Opening: Mid-January
All Previous No Bones Beach Club Coverage [EPDX]

Nomad.PDX

Location: 575 NE 24th St.
Players: Ryan Fox, Ali Matteis
The Situation: The boundary-pushing supper club has grown up, moving out of its temporary perch inside Shift Drinks, to serve many-coursed prix fixe meals inspired by adventures through the Pacific Northwest countryside in a brick and mortar. Prepare for extreme, but refined, foraging.
Projected Opening: Any moment
All Previous Nomad.PDX Coverage [EPDX]

QuickFish

The Annex’s “Fire Bowl”
Yelp/Maryam B.

Location: 1122 SW Stark St.
Players: Kristofor Lofgren, Bamboo Sushi
The Situation: Bamboo Sushi hopped on the poke trend in July with The Annex, and now it’s ready to unleash an entirely new restaurant concept in its place: QuickFish Poke Bar. The Annex will be no longer, and QuickFish is already looking to expand.
Projected Opening: December 12
All Previous QuickFish Coverage [EPDX]

Roe

Location: TBD
Players: Trent Pierce, Patrick Schultz
The Situation: Roe, one of the city's best seafood restaurants, hasn't announced when it'll reopen in a new location on the westside; however, the opening is so hotly anticipated we're including it on the off chance it does open this winter. In the meantime, you can dine in the current SE Division location until the new venue's construction is complete.
Projected Opening: TBD
All Previous Roe Coverage [EPDX]

Short Round

Location: 3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Players: Ben Bui, Lauren Huynh
The Situation: From the owners of Fish Sauce comes a restaurant dedicated to Vietnamese street foods and drinking snacks .
Projected Opening: Valentine’s Day/February
All Previous Short Round Coverage [EPDX]

Stacked Sandwich Shop

Location: 1615 SE 3rd Ave.
Players: Gabriel Pascuzzi
The Situation: The chef behind the fine-dining PN26 pop-up is opening a sandwich shop dedicated to refined versions of everyone's favorite sandwiches, from meatball subs to Italians. Good prices promised, too.
Projected Opening: Mid-January
All Previous Stacked Coverage [EPDX]

Tiffin Asha

Location: 1670 NE Killingworth St.
Players: Elizabeth Golay, Sheila Bommakanti
The Situation: Indian food cart sensation Tiffin Asha will turn its warm, stuffed dosa wraps and other dishes prepared by chef Elizabeth Golay from co-owner Sheila Bommakanti's native Andhra Pradesh, in Southeast India, into a brick and mortar.
Projected Opening: December
All Previous Tiffin Asha Coverage [EPDX]

XLB

Location: 4090 N. Williams Ave.
Players: Jasper Shen
The Situation: One of the founding chefs of Aviary, the playful modernist NE Alberta restaurant, Jasper Shen is opening XLB to serve the traditional Chinese dishes of his childhood.
Projected Opening: January
All Previous XLB Coverage [EPDX]

Can Font

1015 Northwest Northrup Street, , OR 97209 (503) 224-3911 Visit Website

Heart Pizza

SW Bond Ave. and SW Gaines St., Portland, OR Visit Website

Tiffin Asha

1670 Northeast Killingsworth Street, , OR 97211 (503) 936-7663 Visit Website

Danwei Canting

803 Southeast Stark Street, , OR 97214 (503) 236-6050 Visit Website

QuickFish Poke Bar

, , CO 80211 (720) 269-4778 Visit Website

Figlia

1100 SE Grand Ave. , Portland, OR Visit Website

Roe

515 Southwest Broadway, , OR 97205 (503) 232-1566 Visit Website

Stacked Sandwich Shop

1643 Southeast 3rd Avenue, , OR 97214 (971) 279-2731 Visit Website

Breakside Brewery [NE]

820 NE Dekum Street, Portland, Oregon 97211 503 719 6475 Visit Website

Guero No.1 Tortas

200 NE 28th Ave., Portland, OR Visit Website

Short Round

3962 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, , OR 97214 (503) 384-2564 Visit Website

Nomad.PDX

575 Northeast 24th Avenue, , OR 97232 (503) 206-4085 Visit Website

Chalino

25 N Fremont St , Portland, OR 97227 Visit Website

Breakside Brewery [NW]

1570 NW 22nd Ave., Portland, OR Visit Website

No Bones Beach Club

3928 North Mississippi Avenue, , OR 97227 (503) 206-6485 Visit Website

XLB

4090 North Williams Avenue, , OR 97227 (503) 841-5373 Visit Website

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Eater Portland newsletter

The freshest news from the local food world