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16 Options for an Amazing Portland Dining Month

Make those $33 prix fixes work for you

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Portland Dining Month, hosted by Travel Portland, is entering its 10th year with the largest turnout yet of over 100 participating restaurants. Each one is serving a three-item menu for $33; usually this means a starter, entree, and dessert, but variations abound during the month of March. With so many options it can be a bit paralyzing, so these are the top 16 places to make for an amazing Portland Dining Month.

Even with this many options, restaurants tend to fill up quickly each night, so reservations are strongly encouraged. As usual, this list is arranged geographically, not ranked.

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Grand Army Tavern

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Grand Army Tavern’s location, deep up in the reaches of Woodlawn, means its whole-animal butchery and stylish industrial aesthetic can get overlooked. March provides a nice opportunity to check out the menu, including its pork--one option offered is smoked pork chop with roasted vegetables, though vegetarian items are available as well.

Chef Sarah Pliner of the bright and minimalist Aviary always has creative menu options, often blending Asian ingredients with French and New American style. This Portland Dining Month is no different, with a menu offering a few selections including a decadent-sounding hoisin glazed brisket with macaroni salad croquette and tomato confit.

Quaintrelle

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Ryley Eckersley’s cooking at the darkly stylish Quaintrelle is as beautiful at it is delicious, with an eye towards extremely local ingredients. This year for PDM the restaurant is offering two selections at each course, including the iconic ricotta dumplings, this time with foraged vegetables and beet “bacon”; even carnivores might want to skip the pork loin main for those. Still, it’s better to go as a duo and get one of each. Vegetable dishes can be added for $11, and thoughtful wine pairings are $21.

Verdigris

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Dining at Verdigris is like stopping into a small cottage in the French countryside, both for its food and its vibe. The restaurant approaches Portland Dining Month with a unique fashion, offering its entire menu of starters, entrees, and desserts for it. The wide selection means there’s something hearty and comforting for almost everyone. Vegans and gluten-free eaters might want to look elsewhere.

Ecliptic Brewing

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A bright and cheery family-friendly brewpub from one of Oregon’s most beloved brewmasters, Ecliptic is offering multiple options for each of the three courses, including vegetarian and vegan selections. Those not averse to meat can find the half-pound ecliptic burger, pan roasted chicken with spaetzle, and some serious deviled eggs with boquerones. Best, the meal comes with a pint of beer as well as a $10 gift certificate (usable on another visit), which means return visits for PDM are just $23.

Olympia Provisions NW

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Olympia Provisions is lauded for its butchery and charcuterie as well as its dining, and Portland Dining Month at the cozily industrial northwest space exemplifies it. It’s not all that veggie-friendly, but those who stick to fish will find options to please. Meat-eaters will be especially happy with its braised beef shank or grilled sausage options. If that’s not enough meat, charcuterie boards are also available as an add-on, as are wine pairings from its nationally recognized sommelier Jess Hereth.

A Portland institution for over a century, the glamorous but informal Besaw’s restaurant is serving some classic Pacific Northwest dishes for Portland Dining Month, with vegetarian selections available for each course, including harissa and polenta stuffed squash for the main. Meat eaters will likely enjoy the coq au vin with duck fat-roasted potatoes, though. For $17 guests can add a wine pairing, rounding out the meal while still keeping it under budget.

Paley's Place Bistro & Bar

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One of Eater’s long standing members of the Essential 38, the homey, cozy Paley’s Place doesn’t normally threaten to break the bank. Still, the Dining Month meal provides an even better excuse to make it in with a straightforward, French-leaning menu. Dinner starts with a spicy greens salad with roasted beets and radishes, followed by braised short rib with potatoes aligot and sautéed kale, and finishes with a chocolate mousse.

Arden Restaurant Portland

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An industrial-chic wine bar and restaurant that uses hyper-seasonal, hyper-local ingredients, Arden’s menu often changes day to day. But for Portland Dining Month, diners can find a fixed menu of its progressive cuisine. Each course comes with two options, including red trout crudo with pickled apple; filet of beef with Yukon gold potato, harissa marinated feta, broccoli, and chimichurri; and a miso-vanilla ice-cream sandwich on a matcha snickerdoodle. If that’s not enough, the restaurant is also offering wine pairings for $16 to complete the experience.

La Neta

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A modernist hotel lobby with full tables and booths acts as La Neta’s dining room, and the relatively new Mexican restaurant is going all out for its first Portland Dining Month. Two or three items are available with each course, including a lovely looking pork shoulder pibil, and the dinner ends with ice cream sandwiches. For those looking to make a full night of it, there’s also a wine pairing offered for $17.

Little Bird Bistro

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The casual bistro sister to the nationally recognized Le Pigeon, Little Bird already offers killer deals on happy hour throughout the week. But PDM offers diners a chance to come in during dinner hours for an affordable, indulgent meal of French and Pacific Northwest cuisine. There are a few options to choose from, but most notable is the legendary double brie burger and fries; diners looking for something a little less decadent can also find herbed cod or a mushroom and leek crepe.

Roe offers an incredible seafood experience in its minimalist balcony space in the downtown Morgan building, but diners are looking at a price tag of $80 for its simplest four-course dinner, and more for the full menu. This means Portland Dining Month’s $33 is the most affordable way to sample its compelling menu, which starts with potatoes and tuna tartare before moving to cuttlefish katsu and finishing with a roasted apple tart with lucuma ice cream.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

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The stylish and spacious Fogo De Chão serves its grilled Brazilian meats tableside, slicing it off of large skewers at customers’ request. During Portland Dining Month the dinner is $33 rather than the usual $56.95, and that includes the salad bar. It’s a bit of a no-brainer.

Clarklewis Restaurant

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An early pioneer of Pacific Northwest dining, Clark Lewis still serves its hearty, fire-roasted cuisine in the cavernous loading dock space on Water Avenue. The $33 menu is the average price of an entree normally, which means it’s a solid deal month-long, especially with multiple options across the menu.

The sprawling, wood-filled Italian restaurant Renata is skipping the dessert course, opting instead to take diners through a menu of starters, pasta, and meaty mains. Renata’s entrees general hover around the $30 and up range as is, so being able to order an endive salad, pasta with braised pork and sage, and grilled sausage with polenta and kale for $33 is a pretty banging deal.

A colorful, cheerful high-end Mexican restaurant, Xico’s menu for Portland Dining Month is entirely gluten free, and also includes vegetarian choices for each course. The vegetarian entree is three different varieties of the fluffy, delicious tamales made in house, while the meat option is a slightly spicy pork chile verde served over rice. Everything goes well with the wide selection of mezcal and cocktails the bar serves.

Grand Army Tavern

Grand Army Tavern’s location, deep up in the reaches of Woodlawn, means its whole-animal butchery and stylish industrial aesthetic can get overlooked. March provides a nice opportunity to check out the menu, including its pork--one option offered is smoked pork chop with roasted vegetables, though vegetarian items are available as well.

Aviary

Chef Sarah Pliner of the bright and minimalist Aviary always has creative menu options, often blending Asian ingredients with French and New American style. This Portland Dining Month is no different, with a menu offering a few selections including a decadent-sounding hoisin glazed brisket with macaroni salad croquette and tomato confit.

Quaintrelle

Ryley Eckersley’s cooking at the darkly stylish Quaintrelle is as beautiful at it is delicious, with an eye towards extremely local ingredients. This year for PDM the restaurant is offering two selections at each course, including the iconic ricotta dumplings, this time with foraged vegetables and beet “bacon”; even carnivores might want to skip the pork loin main for those. Still, it’s better to go as a duo and get one of each. Vegetable dishes can be added for $11, and thoughtful wine pairings are $21.

Verdigris

Dining at Verdigris is like stopping into a small cottage in the French countryside, both for its food and its vibe. The restaurant approaches Portland Dining Month with a unique fashion, offering its entire menu of starters, entrees, and desserts for it. The wide selection means there’s something hearty and comforting for almost everyone. Vegans and gluten-free eaters might want to look elsewhere.

Ecliptic Brewing

A bright and cheery family-friendly brewpub from one of Oregon’s most beloved brewmasters, Ecliptic is offering multiple options for each of the three courses, including vegetarian and vegan selections. Those not averse to meat can find the half-pound ecliptic burger, pan roasted chicken with spaetzle, and some serious deviled eggs with boquerones. Best, the meal comes with a pint of beer as well as a $10 gift certificate (usable on another visit), which means return visits for PDM are just $23.

Olympia Provisions NW

Olympia Provisions is lauded for its butchery and charcuterie as well as its dining, and Portland Dining Month at the cozily industrial northwest space exemplifies it. It’s not all that veggie-friendly, but those who stick to fish will find options to please. Meat-eaters will be especially happy with its braised beef shank or grilled sausage options. If that’s not enough meat, charcuterie boards are also available as an add-on, as are wine pairings from its nationally recognized sommelier Jess Hereth.

Besaws

A Portland institution for over a century, the glamorous but informal Besaw’s restaurant is serving some classic Pacific Northwest dishes for Portland Dining Month, with vegetarian selections available for each course, including harissa and polenta stuffed squash for the main. Meat eaters will likely enjoy the coq au vin with duck fat-roasted potatoes, though. For $17 guests can add a wine pairing, rounding out the meal while still keeping it under budget.

Paley's Place Bistro & Bar

One of Eater’s long standing members of the Essential 38, the homey, cozy Paley’s Place doesn’t normally threaten to break the bank. Still, the Dining Month meal provides an even better excuse to make it in with a straightforward, French-leaning menu. Dinner starts with a spicy greens salad with roasted beets and radishes, followed by braised short rib with potatoes aligot and sautéed kale, and finishes with a chocolate mousse.

Arden Restaurant Portland

An industrial-chic wine bar and restaurant that uses hyper-seasonal, hyper-local ingredients, Arden’s menu often changes day to day. But for Portland Dining Month, diners can find a fixed menu of its progressive cuisine. Each course comes with two options, including red trout crudo with pickled apple; filet of beef with Yukon gold potato, harissa marinated feta, broccoli, and chimichurri; and a miso-vanilla ice-cream sandwich on a matcha snickerdoodle. If that’s not enough, the restaurant is also offering wine pairings for $16 to complete the experience.

La Neta

A modernist hotel lobby with full tables and booths acts as La Neta’s dining room, and the relatively new Mexican restaurant is going all out for its first Portland Dining Month. Two or three items are available with each course, including a lovely looking pork shoulder pibil, and the dinner ends with ice cream sandwiches. For those looking to make a full night of it, there’s also a wine pairing offered for $17.

Little Bird Bistro

The casual bistro sister to the nationally recognized Le Pigeon, Little Bird already offers killer deals on happy hour throughout the week. But PDM offers diners a chance to come in during dinner hours for an affordable, indulgent meal of French and Pacific Northwest cuisine. There are a few options to choose from, but most notable is the legendary double brie burger and fries; diners looking for something a little less decadent can also find herbed cod or a mushroom and leek crepe.

Roe

Roe offers an incredible seafood experience in its minimalist balcony space in the downtown Morgan building, but diners are looking at a price tag of $80 for its simplest four-course dinner, and more for the full menu. This means Portland Dining Month’s $33 is the most affordable way to sample its compelling menu, which starts with potatoes and tuna tartare before moving to cuttlefish katsu and finishing with a roasted apple tart with lucuma ice cream.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse