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The Top Spots for Late-Night Dining in Portland

Where to grab fried chicken, oysters on the half shell, and Vietnamese soups after midnight

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A brie and prosciutto sandwich with apples at Night Owl.
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With many of us relying on delivery apps and fast food joints to satisfy late-night hunger pangs, it sometimes seems impossible to find any Portland dining options open past the seemingly ubiquitous 10 p.m. closing time. We ponder and scroll and ask ourselves: Where do we go? The students going on break from their all-nighters, the dates who just got out of the movies and the concerts, the workers from those restaurants that all closed at 10 p.m.?

At the moment, the answer seems to be food carts and bars. Portland’s food cart scene continues to thrive after dark, as pub-crawlers and night-shifters flock to pods in search of some quick takeout. And because of the state’s liquor laws, all bars are required to have some sort of food on offer; some spots have more fun with that requirement than others, serving everything from Peruvian lomo saltado to ahi tuna poke. In our latest update of this map, we’re only including restaurants closing 1 a.m. at the earliest, at least a few days of the week. If none of these spots appeal, the dive bar map might be worth a perusal; many hole-in-the-walls continue to fry mozz sticks and flip burgers late into the evening.

It should also be noted that since COVID hit, many of the city’s famed after-hours restaurants that survived the brutal sweep of closures have shifted to earlier bedtimes. That’s okay, but just in case they ever decide to return to their previous hours: Stammtisch, Luc Lac, we miss you, come back to us (the people who want to eat your food at midnight before immediately falling asleep). Also, honorary shout-outs go to some strong spots that close when the clock strikes midnight, including Sheesh Shawarma, Plumb, and Libre.

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Tulip Shop Tavern

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This Northeast Killingsworth spot, open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, is one of Portland’s most esteemed burger joints. But Tulip Shop also serves thin, panko-breaded pork schnitzel, pickle-brined fried chicken, and Alaskan cod sandwiches, all on Dos Hermanos milk buns. Pair them with beer-battered onion rings or hand-cut fries served with house-made sauces like curry ketchup and Alabama white barbecue, and you’ve got plenty of options to satisfy that hankering for late-night tavern fare.

Donnie Vegas

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Adding more fuel to the fiery debate, this funky, Americana space labels its hot dogs as “Hot Dog Sandwiches.” Despite the late night, alcohol-fueled arguments this will no doubt cause, the inventive hot dogs, like the Seoul Dog (kimchi, sambal aioli, and scallions) and Tijuana Dog (cream cheese, pico de gallo, jalapeño, and cilantro), as well as Frito Pie, satisfy until 2:30 a.m. daily. For those who want to keep the party going, there’s always the “taptails” like a margarita or frosé.

Interurban

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This rustic cocktail bar serves smoked trout BLTs, pub salads with gooseberry vinaigrette, and hand-dipped corn dogs until 2:30 a.m. nightly. The bar operates as a full service restaurant upstairs, but diners can order anything off the menu at the busy wooden bar or by the fireplace outside, making it one of the few places in town to offer fancy-dressed oysters and excellent cocktails into the wee hours of the morning.  

Hapa Barkada at Below by Botanist

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This collaboration from Filipino chef Melvin Trinidad and Hawaiian food cart owner Kiaha Kurek took over the kitchen at subterranean Pearl District cocktail bar Below by Botanist, which means visitors can eat pork lumpia, ahi tuna poke, and Spam musubi until 2 a.m. For a full meal, the best option is to go for one of the bar’s rice plates: Choose between garlic, steamed, or chimichurri rice, and then select a protein — twice-cooked pork belly adobo, mochiko chicken, kalua pig, tofu sisig. Each plate comes with Hawaiian mac salad and sesame slaw.

The Pharmacy Bar PDX

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The only late-night spot in Portland that was also a filming location in a cult classic starring Matt Dillon, the Pharmacy is both a great drag bar and a living museum for film buffs. Open until 2:30 a.m. nightly, enjoy a Vitamin B  — the bar’s spin on a French 75 made with blue butterfly pea flower-infused Aviation gin — alongside a five-cheese grilled cheese with tomato soup or a burger topped with house-made bacon.

Pix-O-Matic

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What was once an internationally lauded patisserie is now East Burnside’s 24-hour dessert destination: a set of vending machines stocked with entremets, citrus tarts, macarons, and more. One of the machine’s highlights has to be the Amélie, an orange-vanilla crème brûlée with glazed chocolate mousse, caramelized hazelnuts, praline crisp, and Cointreau génoise. The vending machines are also contactless, which means fewer people to interact with in the deep, dark night.

Frida’s Kitchen

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This colorful Harvey Milk Street food cart serves mole-drenched enchiladas, fat pork burritos, and beefy quesabirria to club-hoppers and dive regulars leaving the nearby bars. Beautifully garnished plates and strong house-made salsas help this cart rise above others open after midnight; pros know to order a quart of caldo de pollo for tomorrow’s impending hangover.

Roscoe's

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This Montavilla bar, open until 2 a.m. daily, is the ideal place to end up after a late-night movie at the nearby Academy Theater. Play pool, enjoy the long list of local draft beers, and dig into some Cajun standbys including chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, fried oyster po’ boys, and hush puppies.

La Jarana

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The pop-up residency within Grand Avenue cocktail bar Lulu, Jarana specializes in Nikkei and Chifa cuisines, a cross-section of Peruvian and Japanese or Chinese food, respectively, that includes long-beloved favorites like lomo saltado. The menu here has become more pan-Asian with time, though Peruvian influence remains present; rocoto-garnished oysters and bowls of ceviche join Vietnamese fish sauce wings and salt and pepper squid. A chicken katsu bowl, built on a foundation of garlic rice and finished with passionfruit sauce, is a strong meal option, while the chimichurri-dressed fries may be better to share.

Night Owl PNW

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This eclectic Bite on Belmont food cart is specifically designed to serve the late-night crowd, opening at 8 p.m. and serving everything from steamed clams to prosciutto-Brie sandwiches until 2 a.m. The deviled eggs are a real draw, piped with a creamy, not-too-eggy, everything bagel-seasoned filling and topped with smoked steelhead from neighboring cart Viking Soul Food. All the pickles — including the pickled beets on the deviled eggs — are made in-cart.

Devil's Dill Sandwich Shop

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This Hawthorne standby since 2013 stands out from the pack as Portland’s only late-night deli. Classics like turkey or salami are amped up with kale, tomato jam, and aioli. House-smoked five-spice pulled pork and red wine-braised beef are best enjoyed with a drink at next-door No Fun Bar, where you may spot a line cook belting karaoke between sandwiches. Something to note: If the door has closed at Devil’s Dill, sandwiches are still rolling out of the kitchen at No Fun until 1 a.m. Gluten-free and vegan options also available.

Malek Egyptian Cuisine

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This small Southeast Grand spot is one of the city’s few explicitly Egyptian restaurants, focusing on the country’s national dish, koshari: a mix of lentils, noodles, and rice with tomato sauce and fried alliums. Malek’s version is available vegan and gluten-free, with the option to add things like beef and shrimp. Those who would prefer a more American offering can find mac and cheese variations here, as well. Malek is open until 4 a.m. most days.

Reel M Inn

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A dive bar in its purest form, this local haunt with national buzz and a recent starring role on Hulu is open until 2:30 a.m. It’s a one-person-show, meaning you’ll have to wait and meditate over a few stiff drinks, but the patience will be rewarded with some of the city’s best fried chicken and jojos (monster-sized potato wedges).

Dots Cafe

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Something between a dive bar and an old-school diner with vinyl booths and velvet art pieces, Dots Cafe stays open until after 2 a.m. each day. It does so with an extensive bar menu that offers options for all sorts of diners, including vegan BBQ sandwiches, burgers slathered with tomato jam, and cheese-and-bacon-loaded french fries.

Ka-Te Restaurant and Bar

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For years, this Southeast 82nd bar has been serving a wide range of Vietnamese drinking snacks and soups after midnight, including bun bo hue, fish sauce wings, and bowls of buttery, garlicky snails. It’s also a strong spot for luc lac, now that the downtown restaurant of the same name closes well before 2 a.m.

Tulip Shop Tavern

This Northeast Killingsworth spot, open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, is one of Portland’s most esteemed burger joints. But Tulip Shop also serves thin, panko-breaded pork schnitzel, pickle-brined fried chicken, and Alaskan cod sandwiches, all on Dos Hermanos milk buns. Pair them with beer-battered onion rings or hand-cut fries served with house-made sauces like curry ketchup and Alabama white barbecue, and you’ve got plenty of options to satisfy that hankering for late-night tavern fare.

Donnie Vegas

Adding more fuel to the fiery debate, this funky, Americana space labels its hot dogs as “Hot Dog Sandwiches.” Despite the late night, alcohol-fueled arguments this will no doubt cause, the inventive hot dogs, like the Seoul Dog (kimchi, sambal aioli, and scallions) and Tijuana Dog (cream cheese, pico de gallo, jalapeño, and cilantro), as well as Frito Pie, satisfy until 2:30 a.m. daily. For those who want to keep the party going, there’s always the “taptails” like a margarita or frosé.

Interurban

This rustic cocktail bar serves smoked trout BLTs, pub salads with gooseberry vinaigrette, and hand-dipped corn dogs until 2:30 a.m. nightly. The bar operates as a full service restaurant upstairs, but diners can order anything off the menu at the busy wooden bar or by the fireplace outside, making it one of the few places in town to offer fancy-dressed oysters and excellent cocktails into the wee hours of the morning.  

Hapa Barkada at Below by Botanist

This collaboration from Filipino chef Melvin Trinidad and Hawaiian food cart owner Kiaha Kurek took over the kitchen at subterranean Pearl District cocktail bar Below by Botanist, which means visitors can eat pork lumpia, ahi tuna poke, and Spam musubi until 2 a.m. For a full meal, the best option is to go for one of the bar’s rice plates: Choose between garlic, steamed, or chimichurri rice, and then select a protein — twice-cooked pork belly adobo, mochiko chicken, kalua pig, tofu sisig. Each plate comes with Hawaiian mac salad and sesame slaw.

The Pharmacy Bar PDX

The only late-night spot in Portland that was also a filming location in a cult classic starring Matt Dillon, the Pharmacy is both a great drag bar and a living museum for film buffs. Open until 2:30 a.m. nightly, enjoy a Vitamin B  — the bar’s spin on a French 75 made with blue butterfly pea flower-infused Aviation gin — alongside a five-cheese grilled cheese with tomato soup or a burger topped with house-made bacon.

Pix-O-Matic

What was once an internationally lauded patisserie is now East Burnside’s 24-hour dessert destination: a set of vending machines stocked with entremets, citrus tarts, macarons, and more. One of the machine’s highlights has to be the Amélie, an orange-vanilla crème brûlée with glazed chocolate mousse, caramelized hazelnuts, praline crisp, and Cointreau génoise. The vending machines are also contactless, which means fewer people to interact with in the deep, dark night.

Frida’s Kitchen

This colorful Harvey Milk Street food cart serves mole-drenched enchiladas, fat pork burritos, and beefy quesabirria to club-hoppers and dive regulars leaving the nearby bars. Beautifully garnished plates and strong house-made salsas help this cart rise above others open after midnight; pros know to order a quart of caldo de pollo for tomorrow’s impending hangover.

Roscoe's

This Montavilla bar, open until 2 a.m. daily, is the ideal place to end up after a late-night movie at the nearby Academy Theater. Play pool, enjoy the long list of local draft beers, and dig into some Cajun standbys including chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, fried oyster po’ boys, and hush puppies.

La Jarana

The pop-up residency within Grand Avenue cocktail bar Lulu, Jarana specializes in Nikkei and Chifa cuisines, a cross-section of Peruvian and Japanese or Chinese food, respectively, that includes long-beloved favorites like lomo saltado. The menu here has become more pan-Asian with time, though Peruvian influence remains present; rocoto-garnished oysters and bowls of ceviche join Vietnamese fish sauce wings and salt and pepper squid. A chicken katsu bowl, built on a foundation of garlic rice and finished with passionfruit sauce, is a strong meal option, while the chimichurri-dressed fries may be better to share.

Night Owl PNW

This eclectic Bite on Belmont food cart is specifically designed to serve the late-night crowd, opening at 8 p.m. and serving everything from steamed clams to prosciutto-Brie sandwiches until 2 a.m. The deviled eggs are a real draw, piped with a creamy, not-too-eggy, everything bagel-seasoned filling and topped with smoked steelhead from neighboring cart Viking Soul Food. All the pickles — including the pickled beets on the deviled eggs — are made in-cart.

Devil's Dill Sandwich Shop

This Hawthorne standby since 2013 stands out from the pack as Portland’s only late-night deli. Classics like turkey or salami are amped up with kale, tomato jam, and aioli. House-smoked five-spice pulled pork and red wine-braised beef are best enjoyed with a drink at next-door No Fun Bar, where you may spot a line cook belting karaoke between sandwiches. Something to note: If the door has closed at Devil’s Dill, sandwiches are still rolling out of the kitchen at No Fun until 1 a.m. Gluten-free and vegan options also available.

Malek Egyptian Cuisine

This small Southeast Grand spot is one of the city’s few explicitly Egyptian restaurants, focusing on the country’s national dish, koshari: a mix of lentils, noodles, and rice with tomato sauce and fried alliums. Malek’s version is available vegan and gluten-free, with the option to add things like beef and shrimp. Those who would prefer a more American offering can find mac and cheese variations here, as well. Malek is open until 4 a.m. most days.

Reel M Inn

A dive bar in its purest form, this local haunt with national buzz and a recent starring role on Hulu is open until 2:30 a.m. It’s a one-person-show, meaning you’ll have to wait and meditate over a few stiff drinks, but the patience will be rewarded with some of the city’s best fried chicken and jojos (monster-sized potato wedges).

Dots Cafe

Something between a dive bar and an old-school diner with vinyl booths and velvet art pieces, Dots Cafe stays open until after 2 a.m. each day. It does so with an extensive bar menu that offers options for all sorts of diners, including vegan BBQ sandwiches, burgers slathered with tomato jam, and cheese-and-bacon-loaded french fries.

Ka-Te Restaurant and Bar

For years, this Southeast 82nd bar has been serving a wide range of Vietnamese drinking snacks and soups after midnight, including bun bo hue, fish sauce wings, and bowls of buttery, garlicky snails. It’s also a strong spot for luc lac, now that the downtown restaurant of the same name closes well before 2 a.m.

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