Dining out alone is a pleasure too many deny themselves. An evening out with friends 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 soup, an opportunity to heighten the sensory experience of a daring entrée, or perhaps even a chance to meet a new friend dining alone themselves.
From lively ramen counters to mellow cocktail bars, Portland offers a wealth of solo dining options to both travelers and locals. Some restaurants here may be in the process of reopening or adjusting their bar seating policies — it never hurts to call and check ahead. Note: the entries on this list are geographically sorted rather than ranked.
Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.