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Where to Eat and Drink Like a Pirate in Portland, Mapped

Nautical-themed restaurants and bars and other places for salty dogs

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Despite its proximity to water, Portland isn’t really the seafood town it once was. But there are still a solid handful of places to get a good fish supper, or to drink like a pirate, depending on your needs. Soak up the seafaring atmosphere at these Portland restaurants and bars, so every day can be Maritime Monday.

(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. The Lighthouse

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10808 NW St Helens Rd
Portland, OR 97231

Owned by the same restaurateur as Clyde’s Prime Rib, The Lighthouse is a necessary stop on the way to Sauvie Island and worth the journey just for its nautical, rustic, and raw-wood decor. Located in an 1886 bank and post office, it’s been serving heart attack burgers to longshoremen and city slickers alike since 1950, and it recently updated its menu with better quality ingredients and new dishes, including more seafood.

2. Salty's on the Columbia

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3839 NE Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-4444
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Unlike most of Portland’s dining options, Salty’s puts you right on the water. It’s the classic Portland seafood venue, right on the Columbia, with a full seafood menu and a slightly more dressed-up vibe than you get at most fried fish spots.     

3. Sextant Bar & Galley

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4035 NE Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 281-5944
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Like its neighbor Salty’s, the Sextant gets points for being on the water, but bonus points for being named after a navigational device AND a boat kitchen. Fried seafood is the move here: clam strips, oysters, calamari, popcorn shrimp, and the like are all for the taking, or just get a shrimp cocktail and cup of chowder.    

4. Dan & Louis Oyster Bar

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208 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 227-5906
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If you want proper kooky nautical finery, Dan & Louis Oyster Bar is the top of the line. This venerable old seadog on Old Town’s Ankeny Alley has been keeping Portlanders in oyster stew and shooters for more than a century.  

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5. Ringside Fish House

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838 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 227-3900
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If you want Salty’s menu options and buttoned-up atmosphere without that pesky riverfront view, there’s always Ringside. It’s a nice spot for a fancy downtown dinner date.    

6. Headwaters

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1001 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 790-7752
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Though it eschews the yacht-rock atmosphere, Headwaters gets honorable mention: Here’s high-end seafood in the Heathman Hotel, with the added bonus of offering shellfish by the towerful. Happy hour in the bar delivers a $5 cocktail and other noteworthy deals.    

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7. Jolly Roger

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1340 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-8060
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Maybe the only pirate-themed dive bar in Portland? True to a pirate’s reputation, the Jolly offers Wine, Women and Whiskey Wednesdays, or if that isn’t your vibe, Fish and Chip Fridays.     

8. There Be Monsters

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1308 SE Morrison Ct
Portland, OR 97214

Why yes, Portland does want a British pub with an obliquely cartographic vibe. The haddock fish sandwich gives a Filet O’ Fish a run for its money, or skip the bread and do the fish and chips, between these map-decorated walls.    

9. Hale Pele

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2733 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 662-8454
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Technically this is a tiki bar, but islands and boats go hand in hand, so it’s making the list (sea glass and coconut floats totally go in the water!). Have a zombie punch and a poke bowl and you can almost hear the lapping waves.     

10. Reel M Inn

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2430 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 231-3880

It may be famous for fried chicken and jo jos, but the Reel M Inn can’t be missed if you want that low-key Wet Hot American Summer/Kamp Krusty feel. The rafters come decorated with fishing nets, lures, lines, and even a few trophy fish.    

11. Jacqueline

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2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 327-8637
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If you want an upper-crust seafood menu served with an ichthyologist’s eye for decor, this intimate little corner spot in St. Jack’s former location offers the best of both worlds: design inspired by the movie, Life Aquatic, replete with portrait of lead man Bill Murray hanging over the bar, and a local-seafood-heavy menu, including $1 oysters most days of the week. Good cocktails and mocktails, too.    

12. Ship Ahoy Tavern

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2889 SE Gladstone St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 239-0868

Though the sailors don’t come in like they used to, the Ship Ahoy still serves up cheap tallboys and plenty of local flavor. This beloved dive has lots of regulars (and $1 Miller High Lifes on Thursdays, from 6:30 to midnight).    

13. The Muddy Rudder Public House

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8105 SE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 233-4410
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This Sellwood neighborhood pizzeria looks just like the kind of place you’d go with your Uncle Randy after a long day salmon fishing on the Clack. The smoked salmon sandwich is the only thing on the menu that stays on theme.    

14. Ship Tavern

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7827 SW 35th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 244-7345
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This Multnomah Village dive bar has purportedly been around since the early 1900s, and still has a few boats and lifesavers inside to keep the vibe up. Other than a few “new and improved” sub sandwiches and Buoy Beer on tap, there isn’t much nautical about the joint on the menu, but the friendly staff helps balance the scales.     

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1. The Lighthouse

10808 NW St Helens Rd, Portland, OR 97231

Owned by the same restaurateur as Clyde’s Prime Rib, The Lighthouse is a necessary stop on the way to Sauvie Island and worth the journey just for its nautical, rustic, and raw-wood decor. Located in an 1886 bank and post office, it’s been serving heart attack burgers to longshoremen and city slickers alike since 1950, and it recently updated its menu with better quality ingredients and new dishes, including more seafood.

10808 NW St Helens Rd
Portland, OR 97231

2. Salty's on the Columbia

3839 NE Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97211

Unlike most of Portland’s dining options, Salty’s puts you right on the water. It’s the classic Portland seafood venue, right on the Columbia, with a full seafood menu and a slightly more dressed-up vibe than you get at most fried fish spots.     

3839 NE Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97211

3. Sextant Bar & Galley

4035 NE Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97211

Like its neighbor Salty’s, the Sextant gets points for being on the water, but bonus points for being named after a navigational device AND a boat kitchen. Fried seafood is the move here: clam strips, oysters, calamari, popcorn shrimp, and the like are all for the taking, or just get a shrimp cocktail and cup of chowder.    

4035 NE Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97211

4. Dan & Louis Oyster Bar

208 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97204
Outdoor seating at Dan & Louis
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If you want proper kooky nautical finery, Dan & Louis Oyster Bar is the top of the line. This venerable old seadog on Old Town’s Ankeny Alley has been keeping Portlanders in oyster stew and shooters for more than a century.  

208 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

5. Ringside Fish House

838 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

If you want Salty’s menu options and buttoned-up atmosphere without that pesky riverfront view, there’s always Ringside. It’s a nice spot for a fancy downtown dinner date.    

838 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

6. Headwaters

1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Headwaters
Headwaters
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Though it eschews the yacht-rock atmosphere, Headwaters gets honorable mention: Here’s high-end seafood in the Heathman Hotel, with the added bonus of offering shellfish by the towerful. Happy hour in the bar delivers a $5 cocktail and other noteworthy deals.    

1001 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

7. Jolly Roger

1340 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Maybe the only pirate-themed dive bar in Portland? True to a pirate’s reputation, the Jolly offers Wine, Women and Whiskey Wednesdays, or if that isn’t your vibe, Fish and Chip Fridays.     

1340 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

8. There Be Monsters

1308 SE Morrison Ct, Portland, OR 97214

Why yes, Portland does want a British pub with an obliquely cartographic vibe. The haddock fish sandwich gives a Filet O’ Fish a run for its money, or skip the bread and do the fish and chips, between these map-decorated walls.    

1308 SE Morrison Ct
Portland, OR 97214

9. Hale Pele

2733 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

Technically this is a tiki bar, but islands and boats go hand in hand, so it’s making the list (sea glass and coconut floats totally go in the water!). Have a zombie punch and a poke bowl and you can almost hear the lapping waves.     

2733 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232

10. Reel M Inn

2430 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

It may be famous for fried chicken and jo jos, but the Reel M Inn can’t be missed if you want that low-key Wet Hot American Summer/Kamp Krusty feel. The rafters come decorated with fishing nets, lures, lines, and even a few trophy fish.    

2430 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

11. Jacqueline

2039 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

If you want an upper-crust seafood menu served with an ichthyologist’s eye for decor, this intimate little corner spot in St. Jack’s former location offers the best of both worlds: design inspired by the movie, Life Aquatic, replete with portrait of lead man Bill Murray hanging over the bar, and a local-seafood-heavy menu, including $1 oysters most days of the week. Good cocktails and mocktails, too.    

2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

12. Ship Ahoy Tavern

2889 SE Gladstone St, Portland, OR 97202

Though the sailors don’t come in like they used to, the Ship Ahoy still serves up cheap tallboys and plenty of local flavor. This beloved dive has lots of regulars (and $1 Miller High Lifes on Thursdays, from 6:30 to midnight).    

2889 SE Gladstone St
Portland, OR 97202

13. The Muddy Rudder Public House

8105 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

This Sellwood neighborhood pizzeria looks just like the kind of place you’d go with your Uncle Randy after a long day salmon fishing on the Clack. The smoked salmon sandwich is the only thing on the menu that stays on theme.    

8105 SE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

14. Ship Tavern

7827 SW 35th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

This Multnomah Village dive bar has purportedly been around since the early 1900s, and still has a few boats and lifesavers inside to keep the vibe up. Other than a few “new and improved” sub sandwiches and Buoy Beer on tap, there isn’t much nautical about the joint on the menu, but the friendly staff helps balance the scales.     

7827 SW 35th Ave
Portland, OR 97219

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