French restaurants in Portland—like much of the city’s cuisine—vary in levels of traditionalism. Some, like Woodstock’s Bergerac or the mini-chain of French boulangeries Petit Provence, hew closer to familiar French cooking, while places like Normandie and Paley’s Place tend to incorporate ingredients and techniques from across the world.
Whether strictly traditional or bold and innovative, every French restaurant in town was forced to deal with the pandemic that struck the city, shuttering restaurants and reshaping the culinary landscape. Some places, like Belgian cafe La Moule or the Parisian-inspired Bistro Agnes are on hiatus, and will hopefully return to the city soon. But others remained open, offering takeout, meal boxes, wine delivery, and hotel room dining experiences. Here are some of Portland’s top French restaurants currently operating.
For this list we’ve skipped over the city’s many excellent creperies, which have their own map, to consolidate. As usual, this list is organized geographically, not ranked.
A number of Oregon restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More