Portland’s seafood lovers are spoiled here, thanks to the city’s access to numerous rivers and creeks, the fishers on the Oregon Coast supplying local markets, and the creative chefs in Portland creating something special out of local Dungeness crab, salmon, and albacore. Of course, menu items often vary seasonally, with restaurants sourcing locally and also from Washington, Alaska, California, and Hawaii. But perhaps the best seafood in general is wild, fresh, sustainably caught, and handled with care.
Solid seafood choices are present at many restaurants, yet there’s a number of kitchens devoted more explicitly to seafood — here are 15 that excel at it. Sadly, due to public health protocols required due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some stellar seafood restaurants have permanently or temporarily closed. If you’re in search of more raw fish, check out our sushi map or oyster roundup; for fried fish, our fish and chips map is probably a better bet. Map points are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.
A number of Portland restaurants have resumed outdoor service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, 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