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Ceviche at Casa Zoraya in North Portland.
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Where to Find Stellar Seafood in Portland

From aguachile to oysters Rockefeller, Portland is a seafood town

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Ceviche at Casa Zoraya in North Portland.
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Seafood lovers are spoiled here in Portland — few waters are as bountiful and sustainably fished as the north Pacific. Creative chefs in Portland treasure their proximity to the ocean, continually finding ways to create specialties out of local Dungeness crab, salmon, and albacore. Naturally, many of these these menu items vary seasonally — the best seafood is wild, fresh, sustainably caught, and in-season.

Seafood finds a place on countless Portland menus of course, and this list can only be a sample of the region’s piscine highlights. And sadly, since the beginning of the pandemic, some stellar seafood restaurants have permanently closed. For more expansive lists in specialty categories, check out our sushi, oyster, lobster roll, and fish and chips maps.

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Salty's on the Columbia

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The scenic waterfront location by the Columbia River is Salty’s most famous attribute, but it also brings a wide array of seafood to the table, particularly at the well-known weekend brunch. The brunch spread includes salmon lox, shrimp and grits, oysters, and crab cake Benedict, while dinner involves things like elaborate seafood towers, cioppino, smoked steelhead with brown butter gnocchi, and grilled halibut. The restaurant’s kids’ menu also includes a few seafood options, including tempura shrimp and grilled steelhead.

Fishwife Seafood Restaurant

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Don’t be fooled by the humble exterior — the inside of Fishwife feels like it has been lifted from a charming village on the Oregon Coast, and this hidden gem of a neighborhood restaurant has been serving seafood for casual lunches and dinners for more than 25 years. Baskets are the centerpiece, with options such as Alaskan halibut or cod served fish-and-chips style, grilled, blackened, or poached; be sure to check out the specials board for surprises like grilled rainbow trout from Idaho, or Hawaiian ono served with creamy polenta and pesto.

Casa Zoraya

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Like Oregon, Peru is a land of tall mountains, rain-drenched forests, and a spectacular coastline, and it’s a gift to Portlanders that Casa Zoraya’s owners offer Portland its creative, affordable Peruvian cuisine that fuses land and sea, Old World and New, tradition and invention. Highlights of the menu are the fresh ceviche bowls with spicy, tangy leche de tigre (“Tiger’s milk” made from fish stock, lime, and chiles) and sweet potatoes, as well as arroz con mariscos, seafood rice with rotating seasonal catch. Those dining in can enjoy frothy pisco sours and other specialty cocktails.

A ceviche bowl from Casa Zoraya
Casa Zoraya
Casa Zoraya

EAT: An Oyster Bar

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Portland is about as far from New Orleans as you can be in the lower 48, but the city has nurtured a surprisingly strong Cajun and Louisiana food scene. This Williams restaurant prides itself on its oysters served with house-made hot sauces, best followed by shrimp etouffée, frog legs, and blackened catfish. Don’t be surprised to hear a brass band or DJ playing at your next visit.

Cabezon Restaurant

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This bistro-style restaurant is a little off the beaten path, but it still delivers well-executed seafood dishes, obtained fresh from local fishers. The menu offers sophisticated dishes like mussels with chorizo, saffron, and borlotti beans or basil-and-phyllo-wrapped white shrimp, The restaurant has garnered a devoted following for its rich, tomato-based cioppino, generously loaded with seafood (including Dungeness many times of year).

#cabezon #portland #pacificnorthwest #ciopino

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Flying Fish Company

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Flying Fish’s fresh market has been a standby among home cooks for years, thanks to its impeccably well-sourced fish. Since graduating from seafood shack to stand-alone storefront, Flying Fish is home to lovely seafood luncheonette, serving standards like grilled shrimp tacos and fish-and-chips alongside smoked salmon platters and wild tuna poke. Grab a seat at one of the outdoor picnic tables and start with a round of shucked-to-order oysters — the market offers some of the city’s freshest.

Jake's Famous Crawfish

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This Portland landmark is where the McCormick & Schmick’s national empire began. Jake’s keeps things traditional with classic, balanced preparations of Pacific Northwest bounty like salmon, Oregon rockfish, Washington steelhead, and Dungeness crab, alongside Hawaiian catches such as ono and Midwestern trout or catfish. Several blue plate specials are available at lunch — an expanded dinner swaps out salads and sandwiches for steak and lobster options. The namesake shellfish is available spicy and chilled or fried “popcorn-style.”

Dan & Louis Oyster Bar

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Take a trip to the early days of Portland inside the iconic Dan & Louis Oyster Bar, a bedrock of downtown Portland since 1907. The walls are packed with nautical paraphernalia, and the menu is packed with so-old-it’s-new seafood dishes like Louie salad and oysters Rockefeller. This is no novelty magnet for tourists, however — the seafood is fresh, well-sourced, and prepared with confidence. Oyster happy hours are particularly recommended, with bartenders pouring generous drinks alongside cold plates of briny half-shell oysters.

A Louie Salad topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, hard-boiled eggs, and bay shrimp.
Louie Salad at Dan & Louis Oyster Bar.
Dan & Louis Oyster Bar

Normandie

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This Ankeny restaurant isn’t explicitly a seafood destination, but it’s obvious that the kitchen is well-stocked with fresh shellfish and filets, even as menus shift. Meals often start with a round of oysters — raw with granita or broiled with miso butter — followed by dishes like hamachi crudo with rhubarb and hibiscus or seared albacore accompanied by charred pineapple nuoc cham. The wine list is often well-stocked with brine-friendly glass pours, as well.

Câche Câche

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Former St. Jack chef de cuisine John Denison opened this tiny seafood spot behind the bustling Lil’ America pod, a place where couples can knock back oysters over a bottle of muscadet tucked away from Stark. Here, raw treats range from scallops dotted with chamomile oil to plump poached shrimp with Mama Lil’s cocktail sauce, but the absolute must-order here is its genius, bite-sized lobster roll.

The Drip'N Crab

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Shermain Scott’s saucy, sweet, and generously seasoned seafood boil is the draw to this Lil’ America crab cart, where devotees bust open bags of shellfish to crack and devour at the pod’s picnic tables. Various combinations named for Northeast Portland streets involve shrimp or crab, plus the customary sausage, corn, and potatoes in the mix. Those looking to switch things up can opt for one of the cart’s seafood pastas instead.

Mariscos Tinto del Mar

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In the parking lot of a grocery liquidator near the invisible border between East Portland and Gresham sits a food cart decorated with the colors of a neon highlighter four-pack that just happens to serve some of the best aguachiles in the Pacific Northwest. A cousin of the Peruvian ceviche, aguachile (literally “chile water”) hails from the west coast of Mexico and spends less time marinating in lime juice before serving. Mariscos Tinto del Mar serves its aguachiles with ample amounts of avocado, onion, and cucumber. Other highlights include crispy fried shrimp tacos, shrimp-topped micheladas, and fiery shrimp ala diabla.

Southpark Seafood

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Blocks away from the Portland Art Museum, Southpark is committed to sustainable seafood, including fish approved by the Seafood Watch list. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner from a menu that includes a popular clam chowder with gnocchi and bacon, Dungeness crab roll with lobster aioli, spicy shrimp and grits, and rarer fish offerings like sablefish. Start with a round of oyster shooters, or upgrade to the chilled seafood feast, complete with Dungeness crab meat, poke, prawns, and oysters.

Salt & Pepper Peruvian

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This Belmont food cart serves some of the city’s finest Peruvian ceviche, with a range of seafood options including octopus, shrimp, and squid. But raw fish isn’t the only seafood on the menu here: Salt & Pepper also fries and poaches fish, stir-fries pasta with shellfish, and offers arroz Chaufa (Peruvian fried rice) with seafood. The cart is in a small pod with some limited shared seating.

Nimblefish

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Much of the high quality fish used at this Edomae-style sushi standout is flown in from Japanese markets or caught off the Pacific Northwestern coast, and the focus is on showcasing the fish first — so, no ingredient-heavy rolls here. Instead, a visit to the 12-person counter may involve salt and pepper-cured saba, soy-marinated Bigeye tuna, or yuzu-spritzed scallops, depending on the time of year. Seats are available by reservation.

King Tide Fish and Shell

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At this waterfront hotel restaurant, chef Alexander Diestra offers both American seafood restaurant standards and dishes that pull from his Peruvian background. Visitors start with everything from clam chowder to ono ceviche, followed by clam spaghetti with morels, halibut with harissa and peach mostarda, or grilled branzino with chermoula. The seafood stew here is a bounty of Dungeness crab, prawns, clams, and mussels, given a smoky richness with the addition of andouille.

My Brother's Crawfish

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This Cajun soul food spot located in a mini-mall on East 82nd Avenue has earned its legion of superfans. The restaurant is known for its popular seafood boils, po’boys, and fried or blackened seafood (which the restaurant will gladly smother in etouffee sauce); however, the restaurant’s crawfish etouffee —crawfish tail meat swimming in a buttery sauce of onions, peppers, celery, and garlic — may be the underrated hit on the menu. It goes particularly well with a starter of fried green tomatoes or fried soft-shell crab.

Jacqueline

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This Southeast Clinton restaurant offers a fervent commitment to fresh seafood in a Wes Anderson-inspired bistro setting. The $1 oyster happy hour draws in newcomers, but the inventive crudos and Dungeness crab toast — with generous hunks of crab, hollandaise, and chiles — will convert more than a few into regulars. The $90, family style tasting menu is fairly priced, considering the range and execution of the dishes served. A full bar offers lively cocktails, a seafood-friendly wine list, and Rainier tall boys.

Portland Fish Market

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Portland Fish Market doesn’t sell any farmed fish, holding the wild-only standard to both its seafood market and its fish-and-chips counter. Fried fish baskets come with a customer’s choice of either cod, ling cod, halibut, salmon, rockfish, oyster, or shrimp. Go online to order fish-and-chips or various pieces of fresh seafood to-go — everything from ahi tuna and lobster tails to king crab legs, scallops, clams, and steelhead. The counter offers select beer and wine by the can, as well as Topo Chico.

The colorful sign on the door of the Portland Fish Market
Portland Fish Market
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Seasons & Regions Seafood Grill

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Seasons & Regions, a Southwest Portland institution for more than 20 years, is a neighborhood standby for seafood dishes like cioppino, dover sole parmesan, and mustard-and-dill steelhead. Portland-raised millennials likely grew up snacking on smoked salmon tater tots; from there, the menu heads in several different directions, including sandwiches stacked with rockfish, Dungeness crab bisque, or halibut amandine. The indecisive may enjoy the hearty seafood sampler, with panko-fried Oregon rockfish, Dungeness crab and Oregon shrimp cakes, and mango salsa-topped salmon rubbed with honey, ginger, and lime.

Salty's on the Columbia

The scenic waterfront location by the Columbia River is Salty’s most famous attribute, but it also brings a wide array of seafood to the table, particularly at the well-known weekend brunch. The brunch spread includes salmon lox, shrimp and grits, oysters, and crab cake Benedict, while dinner involves things like elaborate seafood towers, cioppino, smoked steelhead with brown butter gnocchi, and grilled halibut. The restaurant’s kids’ menu also includes a few seafood options, including tempura shrimp and grilled steelhead.

Fishwife Seafood Restaurant

Don’t be fooled by the humble exterior — the inside of Fishwife feels like it has been lifted from a charming village on the Oregon Coast, and this hidden gem of a neighborhood restaurant has been serving seafood for casual lunches and dinners for more than 25 years. Baskets are the centerpiece, with options such as Alaskan halibut or cod served fish-and-chips style, grilled, blackened, or poached; be sure to check out the specials board for surprises like grilled rainbow trout from Idaho, or Hawaiian ono served with creamy polenta and pesto.

Casa Zoraya

Like Oregon, Peru is a land of tall mountains, rain-drenched forests, and a spectacular coastline, and it’s a gift to Portlanders that Casa Zoraya’s owners offer Portland its creative, affordable Peruvian cuisine that fuses land and sea, Old World and New, tradition and invention. Highlights of the menu are the fresh ceviche bowls with spicy, tangy leche de tigre (“Tiger’s milk” made from fish stock, lime, and chiles) and sweet potatoes, as well as arroz con mariscos, seafood rice with rotating seasonal catch. Those dining in can enjoy frothy pisco sours and other specialty cocktails.

A ceviche bowl from Casa Zoraya
Casa Zoraya
Casa Zoraya

EAT: An Oyster Bar

Portland is about as far from New Orleans as you can be in the lower 48, but the city has nurtured a surprisingly strong Cajun and Louisiana food scene. This Williams restaurant prides itself on its oysters served with house-made hot sauces, best followed by shrimp etouffée, frog legs, and blackened catfish. Don’t be surprised to hear a brass band or DJ playing at your next visit.

Cabezon Restaurant

This bistro-style restaurant is a little off the beaten path, but it still delivers well-executed seafood dishes, obtained fresh from local fishers. The menu offers sophisticated dishes like mussels with chorizo, saffron, and borlotti beans or basil-and-phyllo-wrapped white shrimp, The restaurant has garnered a devoted following for its rich, tomato-based cioppino, generously loaded with seafood (including Dungeness many times of year).

#cabezon #portland #pacificnorthwest #ciopino

A post shared by Donna Schwichtenberg (@brenduh_walsh) on

Flying Fish Company

Flying Fish’s fresh market has been a standby among home cooks for years, thanks to its impeccably well-sourced fish. Since graduating from seafood shack to stand-alone storefront, Flying Fish is home to lovely seafood luncheonette, serving standards like grilled shrimp tacos and fish-and-chips alongside smoked salmon platters and wild tuna poke. Grab a seat at one of the outdoor picnic tables and start with a round of shucked-to-order oysters — the market offers some of the city’s freshest.

Jake's Famous Crawfish

This Portland landmark is where the McCormick & Schmick’s national empire began. Jake’s keeps things traditional with classic, balanced preparations of Pacific Northwest bounty like salmon, Oregon rockfish, Washington steelhead, and Dungeness crab, alongside Hawaiian catches such as ono and Midwestern trout or catfish. Several blue plate specials are available at lunch — an expanded dinner swaps out salads and sandwiches for steak and lobster options. The namesake shellfish is available spicy and chilled or fried “popcorn-style.”

Dan & Louis Oyster Bar

Take a trip to the early days of Portland inside the iconic Dan & Louis Oyster Bar, a bedrock of downtown Portland since 1907. The walls are packed with nautical paraphernalia, and the menu is packed with so-old-it’s-new seafood dishes like Louie salad and oysters Rockefeller. This is no novelty magnet for tourists, however — the seafood is fresh, well-sourced, and prepared with confidence. Oyster happy hours are particularly recommended, with bartenders pouring generous drinks alongside cold plates of briny half-shell oysters.

A Louie Salad topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, hard-boiled eggs, and bay shrimp.
Louie Salad at Dan & Louis Oyster Bar.
Dan & Louis Oyster Bar

Normandie

This Ankeny restaurant isn’t explicitly a seafood destination, but it’s obvious that the kitchen is well-stocked with fresh shellfish and filets, even as menus shift. Meals often start with a round of oysters — raw with granita or broiled with miso butter — followed by dishes like hamachi crudo with rhubarb and hibiscus or seared albacore accompanied by charred pineapple nuoc cham. The wine list is often well-stocked with brine-friendly glass pours, as well.

Câche Câche

Former St. Jack chef de cuisine John Denison opened this tiny seafood spot behind the bustling Lil’ America pod, a place where couples can knock back oysters over a bottle of muscadet tucked away from Stark. Here, raw treats range from scallops dotted with chamomile oil to plump poached shrimp with Mama Lil’s cocktail sauce, but the absolute must-order here is its genius, bite-sized lobster roll.

The Drip'N Crab

Shermain Scott’s saucy, sweet, and generously seasoned seafood boil is the draw to this Lil’ America crab cart, where devotees bust open bags of shellfish to crack and devour at the pod’s picnic tables. Various combinations named for Northeast Portland streets involve shrimp or crab, plus the customary sausage, corn, and potatoes in the mix. Those looking to switch things up can opt for one of the cart’s seafood pastas instead.

Mariscos Tinto del Mar

In the parking lot of a grocery liquidator near the invisible border between East Portland and Gresham sits a food cart decorated with the colors of a neon highlighter four-pack that just happens to serve some of the best aguachiles in the Pacific Northwest. A cousin of the Peruvian ceviche, aguachile (literally “chile water”) hails from the west coast of Mexico and spends less time marinating in lime juice before serving. Mariscos Tinto del Mar serves its aguachiles with ample amounts of avocado, onion, and cucumber. Other highlights include crispy fried shrimp tacos, shrimp-topped micheladas, and fiery shrimp ala diabla.

Southpark Seafood

Blocks away from the Portland Art Museum, Southpark is committed to sustainable seafood, including fish approved by the Seafood Watch list. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner from a menu that includes a popular clam chowder with gnocchi and bacon, Dungeness crab roll with lobster aioli, spicy shrimp and grits, and rarer fish offerings like sablefish. Start with a round of oyster shooters, or upgrade to the chilled seafood feast, complete with Dungeness crab meat, poke, prawns, and oysters.

Salt & Pepper Peruvian

This Belmont food cart serves some of the city’s finest Peruvian ceviche, with a range of seafood options including octopus, shrimp, and squid. But raw fish isn’t the only seafood on the menu here: Salt & Pepper also fries and poaches fish, stir-fries pasta with shellfish, and offers arroz Chaufa (Peruvian fried rice) with seafood. The cart is in a small pod with some limited shared seating.

Nimblefish

Much of the high quality fish used at this Edomae-style sushi standout is flown in from Japanese markets or caught off the Pacific Northwestern coast, and the focus is on showcasing the fish first — so, no ingredient-heavy rolls here. Instead, a visit to the 12-person counter may involve salt and pepper-cured saba, soy-marinated Bigeye tuna, or yuzu-spritzed scallops, depending on the time of year. Seats are available by reservation.

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King Tide Fish and Shell

At this waterfront hotel restaurant, chef Alexander Diestra offers both American seafood restaurant standards and dishes that pull from his Peruvian background. Visitors start with everything from clam chowder to ono ceviche, followed by clam spaghetti with morels, halibut with harissa and peach mostarda, or grilled branzino with chermoula. The seafood stew here is a bounty of Dungeness crab, prawns, clams, and mussels, given a smoky richness with the addition of andouille.

My Brother's Crawfish

This Cajun soul food spot located in a mini-mall on East 82nd Avenue has earned its legion of superfans. The restaurant is known for its popular seafood boils, po’boys, and fried or blackened seafood (which the restaurant will gladly smother in etouffee sauce); however, the restaurant’s crawfish etouffee —crawfish tail meat swimming in a buttery sauce of onions, peppers, celery, and garlic — may be the underrated hit on the menu. It goes particularly well with a starter of fried green tomatoes or fried soft-shell crab.

Jacqueline

This Southeast Clinton restaurant offers a fervent commitment to fresh seafood in a Wes Anderson-inspired bistro setting. The $1 oyster happy hour draws in newcomers, but the inventive crudos and Dungeness crab toast — with generous hunks of crab, hollandaise, and chiles — will convert more than a few into regulars. The $90, family style tasting menu is fairly priced, considering the range and execution of the dishes served. A full bar offers lively cocktails, a seafood-friendly wine list, and Rainier tall boys.

Portland Fish Market

Portland Fish Market doesn’t sell any farmed fish, holding the wild-only standard to both its seafood market and its fish-and-chips counter. Fried fish baskets come with a customer’s choice of either cod, ling cod, halibut, salmon, rockfish, oyster, or shrimp. Go online to order fish-and-chips or various pieces of fresh seafood to-go — everything from ahi tuna and lobster tails to king crab legs, scallops, clams, and steelhead. The counter offers select beer and wine by the can, as well as Topo Chico.

The colorful sign on the door of the Portland Fish Market
Portland Fish Market
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Seasons & Regions Seafood Grill

Seasons & Regions, a Southwest Portland institution for more than 20 years, is a neighborhood standby for seafood dishes like cioppino, dover sole parmesan, and mustard-and-dill steelhead. Portland-raised millennials likely grew up snacking on smoked salmon tater tots; from there, the menu heads in several different directions, including sandwiches stacked with rockfish, Dungeness crab bisque, or halibut amandine. The indecisive may enjoy the hearty seafood sampler, with panko-fried Oregon rockfish, Dungeness crab and Oregon shrimp cakes, and mango salsa-topped salmon rubbed with honey, ginger, and lime.

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