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A variety of seafood dishes at King Tide Fish & Shell
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12 Stellar Portland Seafood Restaurants

From oysters on the half-shell to fried fish baskets

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A variety of seafood dishes at King Tide Fish & Shell
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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Salty's on the Columbia

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3839 NE Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-4444
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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, chilled peel-and-eat prawns, oysters, mussels, seafood paella, and two types of crab. Wash it down with bloody marys and bottomless mimosas. Salty’s is currently offering meal kits to-go (with a 48-hour notice), and outdoor dining. Read Salty’s COVID-19 Safety Procedures for staff and guests before making a reservation online.

Salty's on the Columbia

2. Fishwife Seafood Restaurant

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5328 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 285-7150
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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 coastal town, and this hidden gem of a neighborhood restaurant has been serving up 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, blue marlin from Hawaii, or Steelhead trout served with creamy polenta and a sundried tomato pesto. The restaurant is doing takeout during the pandemic, and staff will even bring your order to the car after a call from the parking lot.

Fishwife Seafood Restaurant

3. Cabezon Restaurant

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5200 NE Sacramento St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 284-6617
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This bistro-style restaurant is a little off the beaten path, but it still delivers solid seafood dishes, some obtained fresh from local fishers. The menu offers sophistication like mussels with chorizo and cranberry beans or basil-and-phyllo-wrapped white shrimp, as well as hearty dishes that comfort like a cioppino — more of a bouillabaisse — generously loaded with seafood (including a crab claw paddle). Cabezon is seating outdoors for heated sidewalk dining; reservations and walk-ins welcome. Takeout, of course, is also available.

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4. Flying Fish Company LLC

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3004 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 806-6747
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Flying Fish has been a cult favorite among home cooks for years, thanks to its relatively low prices for impeccably well-sourced fish. But the new storefront is also home to a lovely seafood luncheonette, serving standards like shucked-to-order oysters and fish and chips alongside clam noodle soup and seared sea scallops with chanterelles. A particular standout is the restaurant’s salmon crudo, drizzled in ponzu and chili oil with the added brightness of apple, shiso, and cucumber. The restaurant is open for walk-up orders and outdoor dining.

5. Jake's Famous Crawfish

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401 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 226-1419
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This Portland landmark for more than 125 years is where the McCormick & Schmick’s partnership began, and Jake’s gets traditional with varied preparations of Pacific Northwest bounty like salmon, Oregon rockfish, Washington steelhead, and Dungeness crab, alongside Hawaiian seafood such as Ono and Midwestern trout or catfish. Several blue plate specials are available at lunch, then for dinner the menu expands, swapping out salads and sandwiches for steaks and lobster options. While they’re still not seating due to COVID, Jake’s Crawfish is now open for to-go orders and delivery.

Jake's Famous Crawfish

6. Jake's Grill

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611 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 220-1850
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This stalwart downtown Portland restaurant is known for its immaculate steak and seafood dinners, but those looking to save go at lunch for slightly more affordable options, like a cedar plank salmon with lemon thyme risotto for under $20. The specials list often includes a number of bangers, including a recent Dungeness crab and bay shrimp-stuffed salmon paired with artichokes, brie, and sundried tomatoes. Jake’s offers family meals to-go at lunch and dinner with curbside pickup. Takeout and delivery is available via Postmates and DoorDash.

7. Southpark Seafood

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901 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 326-1300
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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, cider-battered cod fish ‘n chips, spicy-garlic shrimp and grits, all rounded out by a nice selection of cocktails and wine by the glass focused on local producers. Southpark has taken to preparing meal kits for delivery — items like a cioppino, spicy shrimp and grits, Dungeness crab lasagna, and baked salmon for two. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant is also offering limited outdoor patio seating, happy hour takeout from 4 to 5 p.m. daily, and beer and wine to-go.

Wild king salmon
Southpark Seafood

8. Nimblefish

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1524 SE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 719-4064
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Much of the high quality fish used here is flown in from Japanese markets, and the focus is on showcasing the fish first — so, no ingredient-heavy rolls here, just a dozen or so options of simple sushi or sashimi depending on the specials. You’ll also find a dozen or so hand roll choices, as well as a chirashi bowl if you want to avoid or add on to the parade of plates. Enjoy a dinner that feels reminiscent of a high-end sushi-ya of Japan, though be aware it is doing carry-out (with curbside pick-up) and delivery only during the coronavirus pandemic.

Japanese butterfish from chef Cody Auger
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9. My Brother's Crawfish

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8230 SE Harrison St #315
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 774-3786
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This Cajun soul food spot located in a mini-mall on East 82nd Avenue is worth the trek. 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 for $5); 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. My Brother’s Crawfish is currently open for takeout.

10. Portland Fish Market

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4404 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 477-6988
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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. PFM’s 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.

11. Seasons & Regions Seafood Grill

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6660 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 244-6400
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Seasons and Regions, a Southwest Portland institution for 20 years, has been a neighborhood standby for seafood dishes like cioppino, dover sole parmesan, and mustard-and-dill steelhead. But this year in particular, the restaurant has gone all-in on sea creatures, opening an online seafood market with raw bar staples, smoked seafood, Dungeness and artichoke dip, and fish to cook at home. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

12. Batterfish

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13551 SE 145th Ave
Happy Valley, OR 97015
(424) 235-6096
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What makes Jason Killalee’s fish-and-chips cart stand out is its attention to detail in the frying department, along with flavored batters that give his dishes a little something extra. The formula is simple: Clean, wild-caught unfrozen cod or Alaska salmon dipped in lemon basil, curry, or garlic and ginger batters, and fried in hot oil. It comes with a side of Killalee’s hand-cut potato chip fries.

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1. Salty's on the Columbia

3839 NE Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97211
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, chilled peel-and-eat prawns, oysters, mussels, seafood paella, and two types of crab. Wash it down with bloody marys and bottomless mimosas. Salty’s is currently offering meal kits to-go (with a 48-hour notice), and outdoor dining. Read Salty’s COVID-19 Safety Procedures for staff and guests before making a reservation online.

3839 NE Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97211

2. Fishwife Seafood Restaurant

5328 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203
Fishwife Seafood Restaurant

Don’t be fooled by the humble exterior — the inside of Fishwife feels like it has been lifted from a charming coastal town, and this hidden gem of a neighborhood restaurant has been serving up 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, blue marlin from Hawaii, or Steelhead trout served with creamy polenta and a sundried tomato pesto. The restaurant is doing takeout during the pandemic, and staff will even bring your order to the car after a call from the parking lot.

5328 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203

3. Cabezon Restaurant

5200 NE Sacramento St, Portland, OR 97213

This bistro-style restaurant is a little off the beaten path, but it still delivers solid seafood dishes, some obtained fresh from local fishers. The menu offers sophistication like mussels with chorizo and cranberry beans or basil-and-phyllo-wrapped white shrimp, as well as hearty dishes that comfort like a cioppino — more of a bouillabaisse — generously loaded with seafood (including a crab claw paddle). Cabezon is seating outdoors for heated sidewalk dining; reservations and walk-ins welcome. Takeout, of course, is also available.

5200 NE Sacramento St
Portland, OR 97213

4. Flying Fish Company LLC

3004 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Flying Fish has been a cult favorite among home cooks for years, thanks to its relatively low prices for impeccably well-sourced fish. But the new storefront is also home to a lovely seafood luncheonette, serving standards like shucked-to-order oysters and fish and chips alongside clam noodle soup and seared sea scallops with chanterelles. A particular standout is the restaurant’s salmon crudo, drizzled in ponzu and chili oil with the added brightness of apple, shiso, and cucumber. The restaurant is open for walk-up orders and outdoor dining.

3004 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

5. Jake's Famous Crawfish

401 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Jake's Famous Crawfish

This Portland landmark for more than 125 years is where the McCormick & Schmick’s partnership began, and Jake’s gets traditional with varied preparations of Pacific Northwest bounty like salmon, Oregon rockfish, Washington steelhead, and Dungeness crab, alongside Hawaiian seafood such as Ono and Midwestern trout or catfish. Several blue plate specials are available at lunch, then for dinner the menu expands, swapping out salads and sandwiches for steaks and lobster options. While they’re still not seating due to COVID, Jake’s Crawfish is now open for to-go orders and delivery.

401 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

6. Jake's Grill

611 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

This stalwart downtown Portland restaurant is known for its immaculate steak and seafood dinners, but those looking to save go at lunch for slightly more affordable options, like a cedar plank salmon with lemon thyme risotto for under $20. The specials list often includes a number of bangers, including a recent Dungeness crab and bay shrimp-stuffed salmon paired with artichokes, brie, and sundried tomatoes. Jake’s offers family meals to-go at lunch and dinner with curbside pickup. Takeout and delivery is available via Postmates and DoorDash.

611 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

7. Southpark Seafood

901 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205
Wild king salmon
Southpark Seafood

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, cider-battered cod fish ‘n chips, spicy-garlic shrimp and grits, all rounded out by a nice selection of cocktails and wine by the glass focused on local producers. Southpark has taken to preparing meal kits for delivery — items like a cioppino, spicy shrimp and grits, Dungeness crab lasagna, and baked salmon for two. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant is also offering limited outdoor patio seating, happy hour takeout from 4 to 5 p.m. daily, and beer and wine to-go.

901 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205

8. Nimblefish

1524 SE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Japanese butterfish from chef Cody Auger
Yelp/Marj C.

Much of the high quality fish used here is flown in from Japanese markets, and the focus is on showcasing the fish first — so, no ingredient-heavy rolls here, just a dozen or so options of simple sushi or sashimi depending on the specials. You’ll also find a dozen or so hand roll choices, as well as a chirashi bowl if you want to avoid or add on to the parade of plates. Enjoy a dinner that feels reminiscent of a high-end sushi-ya of Japan, though be aware it is doing carry-out (with curbside pick-up) and delivery only during the coronavirus pandemic.

1524 SE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

9. My Brother's Crawfish

8230 SE Harrison St #315, Portland, OR 97216

This Cajun soul food spot located in a mini-mall on East 82nd Avenue is worth the trek. 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 for $5); 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. My Brother’s Crawfish is currently open for takeout.

8230 SE Harrison St #315
Portland, OR 97216

10. Portland Fish Market

4404 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206

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. PFM’s 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.

4404 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

11. Seasons & Regions Seafood Grill

6660 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

Seasons and Regions, a Southwest Portland institution for 20 years, has been a neighborhood standby for seafood dishes like cioppino, dover sole parmesan, and mustard-and-dill steelhead. But this year in particular, the restaurant has gone all-in on sea creatures, opening an online seafood market with raw bar staples, smoked seafood, Dungeness and artichoke dip, and fish to cook at home. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

6660 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

12. Batterfish

13551 SE 145th Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97015

What makes Jason Killalee’s fish-and-chips cart stand out is its attention to detail in the frying department, along with flavored batters that give his dishes a little something extra. The formula is simple: Clean, wild-caught unfrozen cod or Alaska salmon dipped in lemon basil, curry, or garlic and ginger batters, and fried in hot oil. It comes with a side of Killalee’s hand-cut potato chip fries.

13551 SE 145th Ave
Happy Valley, OR 97015

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