With its tangle of rivers, bevy of urban farms, and surplus of talented chefs, Portland is a dining city to its core. At food carts, subterranean bars, and white-tablecloth restaurants, chefs gather some of the region’s finest ingredients to transform into immaculate sushi, handmade pastas, and imaginative pintxos. For a city its size, Portland’s restaurant scene is impressively multifaceted — traditional and offbeat, casual and stylish, covering hundreds of cuisines from various countries and regions around the world. The through-line comes from a shared collaborative nature, a desire to work with other farmers, producers, and even competitors to make something fun and new.
Each quarter, Eater Portland updates the Eater 38, a list of exceptional restaurants, food carts, and markets that define what it means to eat here. The list sticks to businesses that have been open in Portland for at least a year, and add something distinct and invaluable to the dining scene at large. In particular, the restaurants and bars that this map celebrates are those who have gone above and beyond in a period when doing the bare minimum is herculean.
This update, we added stalwart Japanese restaurant Murata, iconic steakhouse Ringside, tasting menu destination Berlu, and the culinary chameleon that is República. We removed the late-great Holy Trinity Barbecue for obvious reasons, as well as Erica’s Soul Food while it remains temporarily closed, mid-move. Gumba and Ok Omens also leave the map on this update. For some of the most exciting new restaurants and carts in Portland, the Eater Portland heatmap is a better fit. Another note: As COVID-19 exposures rise, restaurants have started closing temporarily more frequently to test employees and allow for quarantines, so it’s best to check a restaurant’s Instagram before stopping by. The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.
Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More