Dining out alone is one of those divisive experiences where one camp thinks it’s no big deal, while the other has to muster courage to sit by themselves. An evening out with good company may be one of life’s most reliable joys, but dining solo opens a door to the unknown: be it a quiet night with a book and a bowl of ramen, an opportunity to heighten the sensory experience of a tasting menu, or perhaps even a chance to meet a new friend dining alone themselves. An added bonus? It’s often easier to score reservations for one at popular restaurants.
From lively sushi counters to mellow wine bars, Portland offers a wealth of solo dining options for anyone who enjoys their own company and good food.
Note: the entries on this list are geographically sorted rather than ranked.