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15 Old-School Portland Restaurants That Have Hung On Through the Pandemic

Some of the city’s oldest, these classic restaurants survived the last year for a reason: they’re good

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Chin’s Kitchen, one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Portland
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Portland restaurant culture runs deep. And though it's easy to get distracted by the new restaurants opening every week, it's important to remember the city has decades-old classics that’ve made Portland food what it is today. In the last year, some of the iconic Portland-area spots that have held on through the decades — Canton Grill, for instance — have shut down or gone on indefinite hiatus; however, a number of historic Portland restaurants and bars have weathered the incessant challenges of the last year, even without their dining rooms.

On this map, find some of Portland’s longest-running diners, cafes, steakhouses, watering holes, and other historic drinking and dining establishments worth checking out, including Huber’s Cafe, Portland’s oldest. Some are only selling takeout; some are opening up for indoor dining once again. Nonetheless, they’re staying afloat, the way they have for years.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nite Hawk Cafe and Lounge

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6423 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR
(503) 285-7177
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Nite Hawk was built in 1931 as a place to bring in cars for an oil change and chow down on diner food while waiting. It’s since changed many hands, but ever since 1980, it’s been a proper diner serving up chicken-fried steaks and club sandwiches. The restaurant isn’t currently serving customers in the main dining room, but diners can order takeout by calling ahead or visit the lounge for stiff drinks, diner food staples, and pool tables.

2. Amalfi's Italian Restaurant

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4703 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 284-6747
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This Northeast Portland Italian restaurant first opened in 1959, one of the first restaurants in the city to serve pizza. The restaurant still uses the same recipe for its pizza dough, topping those pies with alfredo, artichoke hearts, and everything in between. The restaurant also serves a slate of pasta dishes, red-sauce staples, and cocktails, with scoops of spumoni for dessert. Amalfi’s is open for takeout and dine-in, both indoors and outdoors.

3. Clyde's Prime Rib

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5474 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR
(503) 281-9200
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Bedecked in wood paneling, chandeliers, and red banquettes, Clyde’s is the place to party like it’s 1954 (when it opened). Juicy, pink slices of prime rib are the historic restaurant’s calling card, but modern touches like kale salad and poke have crept onto the menu, too. Clyde’s remains open for indoor and patio dine-in, takeout, and delivery through third-party apps like Caviar and DoorDash.

4. Chin's Kitchen

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4126 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 281-1203
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Dating from the 1940s, Chin’s Kitchen, with its hard-to-miss neon, is one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Portland. A few years back, the kitchen got an overhaul, and the restaurant began turning out Dongbei delicacies like handmade dumplings, steaming clay pots of Chinese sauerkraut and pork, and the summery la pi, a chilled noodle salad with a rainbow of julienned vegetables. Chin’s is open for takeout and delivery.

5. Besaw's

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1545 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR
(503) 228-2619
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Besaw’s started as a beer parlor and gambling hall in 1903, financed in part by brewing magnate Henry Weinhard. Formerly a popular spot among loggers and longshoreman, it relocated a few blocks from its original setting. The restaurant is currently serving customers on its ritzy outdoor patio, also offering takeout and delivery orders of steak and eggs, meatloaf, and tall biscuits slathered in Marionberry jam.

6. Skyline Restaurant

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1313 NW Skyline Blvd
Portland, OR 97229
(503) 292-6727
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The ‘50s drive-in vibes at this classic Northwest Portland burger spot remain intact. Skyline first opened in 1935, and the restaurant still serves nostalgic milkshakes blended with pie, half-pounders on sesame buns, and chili cheese tots to eat sitting on the hood of your car or on the patio. It’s the ideal spot for a weekend lunch after a hike in Forest Park.

7. Fuller's Coffee Shop

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136 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 222-5608
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Opened originally in Northeast Portland in 1947, Fuller’s Coffee Shop has been a Pearl District holdout on the same corner since 1960 (before there was even a Pearl District). A lunch counter in the true sense of the word, the diner with classic stools and weathered linoleum, serves fare like hash browns and egg salad sandwiches until 2 p.m. daily. Fuller’s is open for takeout and walk-ins, on the patio or inside.

8. Ringside Steakhouse

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2165 W Burnside St
Portland, OR
(503) 223-1513
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Open since 1944, this old-school steakhouse that’s been given a contemporary makeover that keeps the mid-century charm, also serves onion rings that were purportedly the best James Beard ever had. It’s also hard to resist the lobster mashed potatoes. The wine cellar — only accessible by elevator and one of just two keys— holds many of the city’s oldest wines. Ringside is open for dine-in, both inside the luxe dining room and on the decked-out patio, as well as takeout; the restaurant also takes reservations for onsite dining.

9. Jake's Famous Crawfish

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401 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR
(503) 226-1419
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Now owned by McCormick and Schmick’s, Jake’s has become more of a traditional seafood restaurant than a typical spot for peel-and-eat mudbugs. Open since 1892, the shop popcorn-fries its crawfish, stuffs halibut with bay shrimp and Dungeness crab, and ladles a bouillabaisse abundant with shellfish and salmon. Jake’s is open for takeout, delivery, and dining indoors and out — the patio seating takes up a charming chunk of a blocked-off street.

10. Huber's Cafe

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411 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR
(503) 228-5686
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Portland’s oldest restaurant, owned and operated by the descendants of original chef Jim Louie, has served up roasted turkey since 1879, but the famous Spanish coffee, prepared table-side, has only been on the menu for about four decades. Try to sit in the mahogany-filled back room that features handsome cathedral arches and stained-glass skylights. Those who feel unready to eat indoors can order Huber’s for takeout or delivery via Postmates.

11. Sayler's Old Country Kitchen

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10519 SE Stark St
Portland, OR
(503) 252-4171
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Opened in the 1940s but tricked out like the 1970s, Sayler’s started out as an East County chicken shack, at a time when the neighborhood was still largely berry fields. Now it’s one of the few restaurants in town that still serves a traditional relish tray, plus half-pound cheeseburgers, 20-ounce T-bone steaks, and choose-your-own cuts of prime rib. Sayler’s is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery via UberEats.

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12. Leaky Roof Gastro Pub

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1538 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 222-3745
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The Leaky Roof started life as one of the city’s original food carts, way back in the 1940s. In 1947, it opened in its current Goose Hollow location and is still going strong as a neighborhood fixture. Whether ordering takeout or dining outside at picnic tables, diners will find the usual pub food like burgers and pot pies, plus weekend brunch, and “Portland’s largest selection of Irish Whiskey.”

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13. Nick's Famous Coney Island

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3746 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
(503) 235-3008
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Opened in 1935, this Hawthorne dive bar happens to have some of the best chili dogs and cheese fries in town. Sports is usually on the TVs, and the lived-in space looks its 80-something years, which only adds to the charm of a bar named after a 19th century amusement park. Nick’s is open for takeout, delivery, and onsite dining.

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14. Otto's Sausage Kitchen

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4138 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR

Otto’s Sausage Kitchen started out as a meat market in Woodstock in 1922, then moved into its current location in 1936. For decades the same family has been making sausages and running the retail store. Expect a deli with seats, outdoor picnic tables, and murals of alpine scenes. The market is open for walk-in orders, with a few picnic tables outside to snack on sausages.

15. The Original Pancake House

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8601 SW 24th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 246-9007
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The original Original Pancake House was born in 1953, and the family-owned business that resembles a cozy cottage has since spread its glorious, batter-built gospel worldwide. There’s always a line, no matter what time of day, but it’s worth the wait, especially for the giant, puffy, eggy Dutch babies baked with sauteed apples. Original Pancake House is open for dine-in and takeout, with some tents outside on nice days for eating takeout orders onsite.

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1. Nite Hawk Cafe and Lounge

6423 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR

Nite Hawk was built in 1931 as a place to bring in cars for an oil change and chow down on diner food while waiting. It’s since changed many hands, but ever since 1980, it’s been a proper diner serving up chicken-fried steaks and club sandwiches. The restaurant isn’t currently serving customers in the main dining room, but diners can order takeout by calling ahead or visit the lounge for stiff drinks, diner food staples, and pool tables.

6423 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR

2. Amalfi's Italian Restaurant

4703 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

This Northeast Portland Italian restaurant first opened in 1959, one of the first restaurants in the city to serve pizza. The restaurant still uses the same recipe for its pizza dough, topping those pies with alfredo, artichoke hearts, and everything in between. The restaurant also serves a slate of pasta dishes, red-sauce staples, and cocktails, with scoops of spumoni for dessert. Amalfi’s is open for takeout and dine-in, both indoors and outdoors.

4703 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

3. Clyde's Prime Rib

5474 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR

Bedecked in wood paneling, chandeliers, and red banquettes, Clyde’s is the place to party like it’s 1954 (when it opened). Juicy, pink slices of prime rib are the historic restaurant’s calling card, but modern touches like kale salad and poke have crept onto the menu, too. Clyde’s remains open for indoor and patio dine-in, takeout, and delivery through third-party apps like Caviar and DoorDash.

5474 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR

4. Chin's Kitchen

4126 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

Dating from the 1940s, Chin’s Kitchen, with its hard-to-miss neon, is one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Portland. A few years back, the kitchen got an overhaul, and the restaurant began turning out Dongbei delicacies like handmade dumplings, steaming clay pots of Chinese sauerkraut and pork, and the summery la pi, a chilled noodle salad with a rainbow of julienned vegetables. Chin’s is open for takeout and delivery.

4126 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232

5. Besaw's

1545 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR

Besaw’s started as a beer parlor and gambling hall in 1903, financed in part by brewing magnate Henry Weinhard. Formerly a popular spot among loggers and longshoreman, it relocated a few blocks from its original setting. The restaurant is currently serving customers on its ritzy outdoor patio, also offering takeout and delivery orders of steak and eggs, meatloaf, and tall biscuits slathered in Marionberry jam.

1545 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR

6. Skyline Restaurant

1313 NW Skyline Blvd, Portland, OR 97229

The ‘50s drive-in vibes at this classic Northwest Portland burger spot remain intact. Skyline first opened in 1935, and the restaurant still serves nostalgic milkshakes blended with pie, half-pounders on sesame buns, and chili cheese tots to eat sitting on the hood of your car or on the patio. It’s the ideal spot for a weekend lunch after a hike in Forest Park.

1313 NW Skyline Blvd
Portland, OR 97229

7. Fuller's Coffee Shop

136 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Opened originally in Northeast Portland in 1947, Fuller’s Coffee Shop has been a Pearl District holdout on the same corner since 1960 (before there was even a Pearl District). A lunch counter in the true sense of the word, the diner with classic stools and weathered linoleum, serves fare like hash browns and egg salad sandwiches until 2 p.m. daily. Fuller’s is open for takeout and walk-ins, on the patio or inside.

136 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

8. Ringside Steakhouse

2165 W Burnside St, Portland, OR

Open since 1944, this old-school steakhouse that’s been given a contemporary makeover that keeps the mid-century charm, also serves onion rings that were purportedly the best James Beard ever had. It’s also hard to resist the lobster mashed potatoes. The wine cellar — only accessible by elevator and one of just two keys— holds many of the city’s oldest wines. Ringside is open for dine-in, both inside the luxe dining room and on the decked-out patio, as well as takeout; the restaurant also takes reservations for onsite dining.

2165 W Burnside St
Portland, OR

9. Jake's Famous Crawfish

401 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR

Now owned by McCormick and Schmick’s, Jake’s has become more of a traditional seafood restaurant than a typical spot for peel-and-eat mudbugs. Open since 1892, the shop popcorn-fries its crawfish, stuffs halibut with bay shrimp and Dungeness crab, and ladles a bouillabaisse abundant with shellfish and salmon. Jake’s is open for takeout, delivery, and dining indoors and out — the patio seating takes up a charming chunk of a blocked-off street.

401 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR

10. Huber's Cafe

411 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR

Portland’s oldest restaurant, owned and operated by the descendants of original chef Jim Louie, has served up roasted turkey since 1879, but the famous Spanish coffee, prepared table-side, has only been on the menu for about four decades. Try to sit in the mahogany-filled back room that features handsome cathedral arches and stained-glass skylights. Those who feel unready to eat indoors can order Huber’s for takeout or delivery via Postmates.

411 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR

11. Sayler's Old Country Kitchen

10519 SE Stark St, Portland, OR
Sayler’s menu
Sayler’s menu
Krista Garcia/EPDX

Opened in the 1940s but tricked out like the 1970s, Sayler’s started out as an East County chicken shack, at a time when the neighborhood was still largely berry fields. Now it’s one of the few restaurants in town that still serves a traditional relish tray, plus half-pound cheeseburgers, 20-ounce T-bone steaks, and choose-your-own cuts of prime rib. Sayler’s is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery via UberEats.

10519 SE Stark St
Portland, OR

12. Leaky Roof Gastro Pub

1538 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201

The Leaky Roof started life as one of the city’s original food carts, way back in the 1940s. In 1947, it opened in its current Goose Hollow location and is still going strong as a neighborhood fixture. Whether ordering takeout or dining outside at picnic tables, diners will find the usual pub food like burgers and pot pies, plus weekend brunch, and “Portland’s largest selection of Irish Whiskey.”

1538 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201

13. Nick's Famous Coney Island

3746 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR

Opened in 1935, this Hawthorne dive bar happens to have some of the best chili dogs and cheese fries in town. Sports is usually on the TVs, and the lived-in space looks its 80-something years, which only adds to the charm of a bar named after a 19th century amusement park. Nick’s is open for takeout, delivery, and onsite dining.

3746 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR

14. Otto's Sausage Kitchen

4138 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR

Otto’s Sausage Kitchen started out as a meat market in Woodstock in 1922, then moved into its current location in 1936. For decades the same family has been making sausages and running the retail store. Expect a deli with seats, outdoor picnic tables, and murals of alpine scenes. The market is open for walk-in orders, with a few picnic tables outside to snack on sausages.

4138 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR

15. The Original Pancake House

8601 SW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

The original Original Pancake House was born in 1953, and the family-owned business that resembles a cozy cottage has since spread its glorious, batter-built gospel worldwide. There’s always a line, no matter what time of day, but it’s worth the wait, especially for the giant, puffy, eggy Dutch babies baked with sauteed apples. Original Pancake House is open for dine-in and takeout, with some tents outside on nice days for eating takeout orders onsite.

8601 SW 24th Ave
Portland, OR 97219

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