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 standout cart Erica’s Soul Food, Filipino destination Magna, quirky fine dining standby Le Pigeon, vegan Sri Lankan spot Mirisata, and the colorfully eclectic Quaintrelle. We removed two favorite spots that are currently in transition: Langbaan, which is preparing to reopen in Northwest Portland; Ichiza Kitchen, which closes on Killingsworth October 28 and will reopen elsewhere as Jade Rabbit; and Berlu, which is shifting back into fine dining territory with a Vietnamese inflection. In addition, Canard left the map to make room for its sibling, as well as Paley’s Place, which is preparing to close in November. For some of the most exciting new restaurants and carts in Portland, the Eater Portland heatmap is a better fit. The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More