After a few months of making outdoor dining work in a rainy, cold city, Portland is finally entering the season where it shows off: The trees and bushes in the city’s parks are glowing that specific shade of electric green, the weather is mostly warm but not scorchingly hot, and the peak of Mt. Hood is peeking out from among the clouds. These days, countless Portland restaurants and bars have created patios outside their doors — built into the street, parking lots, or sidewalks — but some restaurants already had established outdoor dining spaces, decked out with rows of bamboo, heaters, fire pits, and flowers. Then again, on the particularly nice days, the move may be to take a few deli salads, sandwiches, or snacks to a park, for a sunny-day picnic. This guide has plenty of maps for all of the above.
Patios and Outdoor Dining
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• 15 Portland Restaurants Offering Outdoor Seating
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Picnic Supplies and Drive-Ins
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• The Ideal Portland Spots to Load Up on Picnic Supplies
• Where to Have a Solo Picnic in Portland
• 14 Excellent Sandwich Shops to Try in Portland
• Outstanding Bakeries in Portland and Beyond
Food Cart Pods to Know
• 15 Outstanding Portland Food Carts
• A Guide to the Killer Carts at the New Food Cart Pod Collective Oregon Eateries
Outdoor Dining News and Updates
Here’s a look at some of the newest patios to open in Portland, updated as they arrive.
• Lottie & Zula’s deli has opened up a new patio space outside its Eliot neighborhood restaurant. Tuesdays through Saturdays, customers can eat bacon-egg-and-cheeses or Italian grinders for breakfast and lunch, as well as canned cocktails and a hot dog happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
• Ringside Steakhouse now serves customers in a lush, umbrella-lined patio with faux-planter foliage and heaters for cold nights. Customers can make reservations in that space online.
• Chicha, the new Peruvian street-food takeout pop-up from Andina, is open in Northwest Portland, where the restaurant now has a newly constructed outdoor patio. Customers can order takeout bowls of lomo saltado or ceviche to eat street-side — that seating is first-come, first-served.
• On Friday nights, Berlu is now serving Vietnamese street foods like bánh tráng nướng out of the restaurant, to eat in the adjacent courtyard. Read more about the pop-up here.