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Where to Eat in Portland’s Hawthorne District, Mapped

A mess of tasty restaurants to try on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, from Turkish coffee in double-decker buses to boozy mimosa brunches

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Sometimes compared to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, Portland’s Hawthorne District is known for its vintage shops, restored theaters, street performers, and overall creative characters, making it one of the city’s top destinations for both locals and visitors. Coincidentally, a standout food scene has developed in the neighborhood, making a day spent on the Southeast street a breeze. Use this map to find Hawthorne’s most noteworthy restaurants and bars and to avoid the tourist traps.

On our latest update, we focused on restaurants, cafes, and bars with sole locations on Hawthorne, which eliminates longstanding legends like Lardo East and Por Que No (don’t worry, you can find other locations across town). This map now includes spots like Jam on Hawthorne, Nimblefish, and Maruti Indian, all showcasing the variety of cuisines that solidify this neighborhood as a trendy dining district. (Note: the points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Noraneko

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1430 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR
(503) 238-6356
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Ramen-focused sister restaurant to the since-closed Biwa, Noraneko means “alley cat” in Japanese, which, given its covert terrain beneath the Hawthorne Bridge, seems appropriate. The late-night spot is open until 2 a.m. with happy hour starting at midnight, and it serves several varieties of the coveted noodle soup, in addition to izakaya snacks, a stellar burger, sandwiches, and plenty of libations.

Noraneko ramen
Noraneko ramen
Noraneko ramen

2. Potato Champion

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1200 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
(971) 201-6179
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Housed in Hawthorne’s lively Cartopia pod, the Potato Champion food cart is deserving of its name, serving Belgian-style French fries and poutines topped with everything from palak paneer to chili cheese. Its hand-cut and double-fried potatoes come with a choice of house-made sauces like wasabi mayo, bourbon honey mustard, or vegan curry ketchup, and it’s all on the table until 1 a.m.

3. Castagna

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1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
(503) 231-9959
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At this streamlined fine-dining restaurant, expect nothing less than inventive, modernist dishes that are so artfully arranged you might catch yourself fawning over your dinner. Chef Justin Woodward sees the beauty in vegetables, and it’s this very vision that brings those beautifully sculpted carrots to your table. Strapped for cash and craving natural wine? Head next door to newly opened Ok Omens, which also shows off Woodward’s culinary prowess.

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4. Maruti Indian Restaurant

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1925 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-0714
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This chic-meets-rustic vegetarian Indian restaurant offers healthy, modern takes on dishes like tikka masala, pakora, and biryani. The menu includes an impressive selection of naan, with not only the traditional butter variety but garlic, onion, or spicy cheese naan with some options for vegans and gluten-free diners. Be sure to also order a creamy mango lassi or a specialty cocktail, which includes Indian twists on classics like old-fashioneds and Manhattans.

5. Nimblefish

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1524 SE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 719-4064
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Since its opening last year, Nimblefish has been all the rage for its immaculate sushi. Don’t expect to find California rolls at this high-end, intimate restaurant; instead, marvel at back-to-basics-style handrolls and nigiri, all sourced fresh from Oregon, Washington, or Japan itself. Furnished with old-growth cedar and natural stone, the restaurant has that inviting and earthy Pacific Northwestern feel.  

6. Jam On Hawthorne

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2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-4790
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Named for its house-made jams, this cheerful, art-decked restaurant is a Portland favorite for its well-portioned breakfast scrambles and sandwiches, in addition to its extensive boozy brunch menu complete with mimosa buckets. The kids can distract themselves in a children’s play area, which makes grown-up mimosa time all the better.

Eggnog french toast
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7. El Cubo De Cuba

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3106 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
(971) 544-7801
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This brightly decorated Cuban spot gives Portland a little piece of Havana with its comfort food and warm ambiance. In addition to more traditional meat staples like roasted mojo pork, the restaurant also caters to vegan and gluten-free diets. Plus, the tropical-plant filled patio is the perfect place for you to order a mojito and kick back. 

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8. Tōv

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3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
(541) 908-2555
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Where else but Portland can you sip Turkish coffee in a double-decker bus? This cafe has a nice selection of espresso drinks and classic Turkish coffees and teas, along with specials like cold brew with mint. And the brightly decked interior may well be more comfortable than your living room, with its cushy chairs and tented rooftop modeled after many of the cafes in the owner’s native Egypt.

The counter at Tov
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9. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

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3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 432-8115
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The Michelin-recognized San Francisco Thai restaurant opened its second location in Portland in 2017, bringing a mix of classic curries, lesser-known Thai street food, noodle soups, and fan favorites like the Hat Yai fried chicken to SE Hawthorne. The vibrant, airy space is cozy yet modern with whitewashed walls, shelves stocked with literature, photos, and knick knacks, as well as a tuk tuk. Beverages include house-made soda, hot tea, beer, and wine.

10. Harlow

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3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
(971) 255-0138
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A sister restaurant to downtown’s Prasad, the airy space on Hawthorne is all gluten-free and mostly vegan. Menu items range from breakfast plates like pancakes or scrambles to wholesome bowls power-packed with quinoa, vegetables, beans, and a choice of sauce such as avocado-cilantro. A variety of smoothies, lattes, and juices are also served, such as the coconut cider, a tasty blend of fresh apple and ginger juice, spices, and coconut milk. 

11. 3 Doors Down Cafe

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1429 SE 37th Ave
Portland, OR
(503) 236-6886
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For really reliable, comforting Italian food, 3 Doors Down Cafe always hits the spot. Everything centers on the hearty pastas, like its house-made ricotta cavatelli bolognese. Best of all, the restaurant offers a generous happy hour, with cheap martinis and very affordable plates.

Ziti with vodka sauce
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12. Nick's Famous Coney Island

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3746 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
(505) 235-3008
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A beloved Portland establishment, Nick’s Famous Coney Island has been serving up hot dogs with its signature ground beef sauce since 1935. The old-school sports bar, complete with historic neon signs and vintage photos, is certainly a nod to the city’s earlier days. Wash that hot dog down with a beer or cocktail, like Nick’s Famous Long Island Ice Tea.

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13. Kouzina at Angelos

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4612 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 894-8389
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Opened in 2017 by Angelo Markantonatos, Kouzina is a casual Mediterranean spot serving food like falafel and meat gyros, crunchy Greek salad, and souvlaki. Great for lunch as well as a late night out, the window-lit dining room includes a stage for live music, or you can order food and drink up at Angelo’s, the adjoining dive bar also owned by Markantonatos. The restaurant is open until 10 p.m., but Angelo’s stays open until 2 a.m.

14. Apizza Scholls

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4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
(503) 233-1286
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Considered by many to be the best pizza in Portland, Apizza Scholls has pie making down to a science: The perfectly bubbled, ciabatta-style crusts are often compared to the hitmakers in Brooklyn. This bustling family-style restaurant consistently rolls out quality 18-inch pizzas with a choice of flavorful toppings, like Mama Lil’s hot peppers or house-made sausage. Just be warned that it does turn guests away once it starts to run out of dough for the day.

Apizza Scholls
Apizza Scholls
Apizza Scholls

15. Space Room Lounge and Genie’s Too

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4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
(503) 235-6957
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Breakfast is served all day at this dive bar and cyber-themed restaurant; it’s the place where revelers cap off a night of debauchery with stiff drinks and bacon omelets. There’s also a big-ass patio with numerous picnic tables canopied beneath globe-string lights, which is a nice spot to sit back and drink your way through warm summer evenings.

Bay of Pigs Benedict at Space Room
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16. Tabor Bread

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5051 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
(971) 279-5530
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The first bakery in Portland to mill its own flour, Tabor Bread uses local, organic whole grains for its naturally leavened sourdough, which is then baked in a wood-fired oven. Daily offerings include olive and rosemary, focaccia, and cinnamon-swirl fig walnut, in addition to weekly specials like spiced rye filled with seasonal fruits. The spacious, sun-spilled bakery also has a cafe that serves whole grain pastries, coffee and tea, and breakfast and lunch sandwiches, too, as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

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1. Noraneko

1430 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR
Noraneko ramen
Noraneko ramen
Noraneko ramen

Ramen-focused sister restaurant to the since-closed Biwa, Noraneko means “alley cat” in Japanese, which, given its covert terrain beneath the Hawthorne Bridge, seems appropriate. The late-night spot is open until 2 a.m. with happy hour starting at midnight, and it serves several varieties of the coveted noodle soup, in addition to izakaya snacks, a stellar burger, sandwiches, and plenty of libations.

1430 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR

2. Potato Champion

1200 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR

Housed in Hawthorne’s lively Cartopia pod, the Potato Champion food cart is deserving of its name, serving Belgian-style French fries and poutines topped with everything from palak paneer to chili cheese. Its hand-cut and double-fried potatoes come with a choice of house-made sauces like wasabi mayo, bourbon honey mustard, or vegan curry ketchup, and it’s all on the table until 1 a.m.

1200 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR

3. Castagna

1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
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At this streamlined fine-dining restaurant, expect nothing less than inventive, modernist dishes that are so artfully arranged you might catch yourself fawning over your dinner. Chef Justin Woodward sees the beauty in vegetables, and it’s this very vision that brings those beautifully sculpted carrots to your table. Strapped for cash and craving natural wine? Head next door to newly opened Ok Omens, which also shows off Woodward’s culinary prowess.

1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR

4. Maruti Indian Restaurant

1925 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

This chic-meets-rustic vegetarian Indian restaurant offers healthy, modern takes on dishes like tikka masala, pakora, and biryani. The menu includes an impressive selection of naan, with not only the traditional butter variety but garlic, onion, or spicy cheese naan with some options for vegans and gluten-free diners. Be sure to also order a creamy mango lassi or a specialty cocktail, which includes Indian twists on classics like old-fashioneds and Manhattans.

1925 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

5. Nimblefish

1524 SE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Since its opening last year, Nimblefish has been all the rage for its immaculate sushi. Don’t expect to find California rolls at this high-end, intimate restaurant; instead, marvel at back-to-basics-style handrolls and nigiri, all sourced fresh from Oregon, Washington, or Japan itself. Furnished with old-growth cedar and natural stone, the restaurant has that inviting and earthy Pacific Northwestern feel.  

1524 SE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

6. Jam On Hawthorne

2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Eggnog french toast
Amanda C./Yelp

Named for its house-made jams, this cheerful, art-decked restaurant is a Portland favorite for its well-portioned breakfast scrambles and sandwiches, in addition to its extensive boozy brunch menu complete with mimosa buckets. The kids can distract themselves in a children’s play area, which makes grown-up mimosa time all the better.

2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

7. El Cubo De Cuba

3106 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
El Cubo De Cuba
Facebook/Cubo de Cuba

This brightly decorated Cuban spot gives Portland a little piece of Havana with its comfort food and warm ambiance. In addition to more traditional meat staples like roasted mojo pork, the restaurant also caters to vegan and gluten-free diets. Plus, the tropical-plant filled patio is the perfect place for you to order a mojito and kick back. 

3106 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR

8. Tōv

3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
The counter at Tov
Skylee R./Yelp

Where else but Portland can you sip Turkish coffee in a double-decker bus? This cafe has a nice selection of espresso drinks and classic Turkish coffees and teas, along with specials like cold brew with mint. And the brightly decked interior may well be more comfortable than your living room, with its cushy chairs and tented rooftop modeled after many of the cafes in the owner’s native Egypt.

3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR

9. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

The Michelin-recognized San Francisco Thai restaurant opened its second location in Portland in 2017, bringing a mix of classic curries, lesser-known Thai street food, noodle soups, and fan favorites like the Hat Yai fried chicken to SE Hawthorne. The vibrant, airy space is cozy yet modern with whitewashed walls, shelves stocked with literature, photos, and knick knacks, as well as a tuk tuk. Beverages include house-made soda, hot tea, beer, and wine.

3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

10. Harlow

3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR

A sister restaurant to downtown’s Prasad, the airy space on Hawthorne is all gluten-free and mostly vegan. Menu items range from breakfast plates like pancakes or scrambles to wholesome bowls power-packed with quinoa, vegetables, beans, and a choice of sauce such as avocado-cilantro. A variety of smoothies, lattes, and juices are also served, such as the coconut cider, a tasty blend of fresh apple and ginger juice, spices, and coconut milk. 

3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR

11. 3 Doors Down Cafe

1429 SE 37th Ave, Portland, OR
Ziti with vodka sauce
Tim P./Yelp

For really reliable, comforting Italian food, 3 Doors Down Cafe always hits the spot. Everything centers on the hearty pastas, like its house-made ricotta cavatelli bolognese. Best of all, the restaurant offers a generous happy hour, with cheap martinis and very affordable plates.

1429 SE 37th Ave
Portland, OR

12. Nick's Famous Coney Island

3746 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
Nick’s Famous Coney Island
Facebook/Nick’s Famous Coney Island

A beloved Portland establishment, Nick’s Famous Coney Island has been serving up hot dogs with its signature ground beef sauce since 1935. The old-school sports bar, complete with historic neon signs and vintage photos, is certainly a nod to the city’s earlier days. Wash that hot dog down with a beer or cocktail, like Nick’s Famous Long Island Ice Tea.

3746 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR

13. Kouzina at Angelos

4612 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Opened in 2017 by Angelo Markantonatos, Kouzina is a casual Mediterranean spot serving food like falafel and meat gyros, crunchy Greek salad, and souvlaki. Great for lunch as well as a late night out, the window-lit dining room includes a stage for live music, or you can order food and drink up at Angelo’s, the adjoining dive bar also owned by Markantonatos. The restaurant is open until 10 p.m., but Angelo’s stays open until 2 a.m.

4612 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215

14. Apizza Scholls

4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
Apizza Scholls
Apizza Scholls
Apizza Scholls

Considered by many to be the best pizza in Portland, Apizza Scholls has pie making down to a science: The perfectly bubbled, ciabatta-style crusts are often compared to the hitmakers in Brooklyn. This bustling family-style restaurant consistently rolls out quality 18-inch pizzas with a choice of flavorful toppings, like Mama Lil’s hot peppers or house-made sausage. Just be warned that it does turn guests away once it starts to run out of dough for the day.

4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR

15. Space Room Lounge and Genie’s Too

4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
Bay of Pigs Benedict at Space Room
Space Room Lounge and Genie’s Too/Facebook

Breakfast is served all day at this dive bar and cyber-themed restaurant; it’s the place where revelers cap off a night of debauchery with stiff drinks and bacon omelets. There’s also a big-ass patio with numerous picnic tables canopied beneath globe-string lights, which is a nice spot to sit back and drink your way through warm summer evenings.

4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR

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16. Tabor Bread

5051 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
Tabor Bread
Facebook/Tabor Bread

The first bakery in Portland to mill its own flour, Tabor Bread uses local, organic whole grains for its naturally leavened sourdough, which is then baked in a wood-fired oven. Daily offerings include olive and rosemary, focaccia, and cinnamon-swirl fig walnut, in addition to weekly specials like spiced rye filled with seasonal fruits. The spacious, sun-spilled bakery also has a cafe that serves whole grain pastries, coffee and tea, and breakfast and lunch sandwiches, too, as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

5051 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR

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