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Worthy Portland Restaurants and Bars Super Close to Trimet Stations

The restaurants, bars, and cafes near major Trimet hubs, for MAX fans and bus boys

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Compared to places like New York or Shanghai, Portland isn’t necessarily known for its public transportation; still, for the carless, environmentally conscious, and new urbanists out there, it’s... serviceable. Still, countless buzzy restaurants in Portland are hard to access for those reliant on Trimet, forcing diners to make dreaded bus transfers just to get a bite.

However, there are a good number of serious restaurants that sit decently close to Trimet transit centers, spots where multiple bus lines, streetcars, and/or MAX trains stop after chugging away from different corners of the city. This map specifically focuses on restaurants and bars near transit centers and major stops, favoring areas with more transit lines — the west side, specifically. That being said, this map also includes restaurants (and a food cart pod) near commuter stations, like Beaverton’s transit center and Lombard transit center. Below, find a spot for a bite post-commute, or maybe just a place to meet a gang of fellow non-drivers.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. BGs Food Cartel

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4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 605-9163
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Beaverton’s sprawling food cart pod is a classic family-friendly hangout for Beaverton residents, an obvious pick after a long commute. Right next to the Beaverton Central stop and less than 10 minutes walking from the Beaverton Transit Center, the food cart pod is home to a wide swath of food carts, an indoor bar, and lots of seating on its indoor and outdoor patio.

2. Ichiza Kitchen

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1628 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 702-8374
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This Goose Hollow vegan restaurant is super close to the Goose Hollow/SW Jefferson station, a MAX and bus stop. Not only is Ichiza’s tiny vegan cafe one of Portland’s essential restaurants for its meat-free mapo tofu and juicy dumplings, it’s a fantastic spot for elegant Gaiwan tea service.

3. Duck House Chinese Restaurant

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1968 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
(971) 801-8888
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Duck House, with its tender and juicy xiao long bao, chili-oil-slick wontons, and sesame-laden dan dan noodles, is a favorite among Portland State University students; it also sits steps away from the SW College and SW Jackson MAX stops. The restaurant, still retaining the tap house vibes from its predecessor, can accrue hearty lines; those serious about grabbing a spot can hop on the wait list via Yelp.

4. Arden Restaurant Portland

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417 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 206-6097
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Since executive chef Erik Van Kley, a Le Pigeon alum, joined the team at this gorgeous wine bar in the Pearl District, the food has only gotten better. The food menu includes everything from lightly smoked olives with orange to tagliatelle with coconut curry, clams, and fermented shiitake; the wine list often has some cool older bottles and Oregon up-and-comers to drink. Arden sits no more than six minutes away from MAX stops, bus stops, and streetcar stops — plus, Union Station is about five minutes away on foot.

5. Nuvrei

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404 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 972-1701
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For those morning commuters out there, Nuvrei sits across the street from Arden, which means it’s also close to the green and yellow MAX lines and the Portland Streetcar A loop. This pristine, charming bakery is the place to be for artful, crispy croissants of countless flavors, pretty little macarons, and one hell of a chewy walnut cookie.

6. Park Avenue Fine Wines

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626 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 914-5595
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This dark and industrial wine bar and bottle shop is home to one of Portland’s hottest chefs, Karl Holl; its kitchen churns out killer salads using Oregon produce and a knockout 100-layer lasagna. The wine bar and restaurant also just a few steps from the Galleria MAX station, home to the blue and red lines.

7. Burger Stevens

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701 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 387-9577
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For a quick burger near the Pioneer Square stops, classic food cart Burger Stevens is a standby for simple, juicy, char-touched burgers. For something more breakfast-y, Fried Egg I’m in Love serves pesto-topped egg sandwiches out of the same square.

8. Casa Zoraya

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841 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 384-2455
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This charming Peruvian restaurant in a renovated North Portland home is nearby the Lombard and Mississippi bus stop, and is a cool seven-minute walk from the Lombard Transit Center. The move at Casa Zoraya is to get the restaurant’s ceviche of the day, always served in a piquant and tangy leche de tigre, with a glass of the restaurant’s deep purple chicha morada.

9. Pullman Wine Bar & Merchant

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401 NE Holladay St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 963-3615
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Steps away from the Convention Center stop and a quick stroll from the Rose Quarter Transit Center, Pullman Wine Bar & Merchant is the ideal spot for a post-work glass of wine — or even a tasting flight. The sleek, airy bar allows visitors to pull sips from expensive bottles, and has a bottle shop onsite for those looking to take something home with them.

10. Palomar

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959 SE Division St #100
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 357-8020
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For cocktails and croquetas, it’s hard to beat this colorful Cuban bar with a view of the train tracks. A seven-minute walk from the OMSI/SE Water MAX station, Palomar is a cocktail destination in its own right, known for its exceptional daiquiris and next-level sour. Those who can get there by happy hour will be rewarded with $1 croquetas, $2 Modelos, and $7 daiquiris.

11. Chin's Kitchen

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4126 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 281-1203
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With its old-school, no frills interior, Chin’s Kitchen is a longstanding Chinese institution in the Portland area, and it happens to be a short walk from the Hollywood Transit Center. In the summers, the restaurant’s la pi, a glassy noodle salad with a rainbow of julienned vegetables, is a chilly and refreshing bite; the restaurant’s Chinese sauerkraut and pork is ideal on Portland’s countless rainy days.

12. Happy Bibimbap House 2

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4204 NE Halsey St
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 271-7065
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A Salem transplant, Happy Bibimbap House is even closer to the Hollywood MAX station than Chin’s, basically right below the steps off the station. Happy Bibimbap House is a super reasonably priced, warm and cheerful Korean restaurant with classics like kimchi jjigae, jajang myeon, and bulgogi, plus the restaurant’s namesake, a customizable rice bowl served in or out of a hot stone bowl.

1. BGs Food Cartel

4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005

Beaverton’s sprawling food cart pod is a classic family-friendly hangout for Beaverton residents, an obvious pick after a long commute. Right next to the Beaverton Central stop and less than 10 minutes walking from the Beaverton Transit Center, the food cart pod is home to a wide swath of food carts, an indoor bar, and lots of seating on its indoor and outdoor patio.

4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

2. Ichiza Kitchen

1628 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201

This Goose Hollow vegan restaurant is super close to the Goose Hollow/SW Jefferson station, a MAX and bus stop. Not only is Ichiza’s tiny vegan cafe one of Portland’s essential restaurants for its meat-free mapo tofu and juicy dumplings, it’s a fantastic spot for elegant Gaiwan tea service.

1628 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201

3. Duck House Chinese Restaurant

1968 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Duck House, with its tender and juicy xiao long bao, chili-oil-slick wontons, and sesame-laden dan dan noodles, is a favorite among Portland State University students; it also sits steps away from the SW College and SW Jackson MAX stops. The restaurant, still retaining the tap house vibes from its predecessor, can accrue hearty lines; those serious about grabbing a spot can hop on the wait list via Yelp.

1968 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97201

4. Arden Restaurant Portland

417 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Since executive chef Erik Van Kley, a Le Pigeon alum, joined the team at this gorgeous wine bar in the Pearl District, the food has only gotten better. The food menu includes everything from lightly smoked olives with orange to tagliatelle with coconut curry, clams, and fermented shiitake; the wine list often has some cool older bottles and Oregon up-and-comers to drink. Arden sits no more than six minutes away from MAX stops, bus stops, and streetcar stops — plus, Union Station is about five minutes away on foot.

417 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

5. Nuvrei

404 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

For those morning commuters out there, Nuvrei sits across the street from Arden, which means it’s also close to the green and yellow MAX lines and the Portland Streetcar A loop. This pristine, charming bakery is the place to be for artful, crispy croissants of countless flavors, pretty little macarons, and one hell of a chewy walnut cookie.

404 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

6. Park Avenue Fine Wines

626 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

This dark and industrial wine bar and bottle shop is home to one of Portland’s hottest chefs, Karl Holl; its kitchen churns out killer salads using Oregon produce and a knockout 100-layer lasagna. The wine bar and restaurant also just a few steps from the Galleria MAX station, home to the blue and red lines.

626 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

7. Burger Stevens

701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

For a quick burger near the Pioneer Square stops, classic food cart Burger Stevens is a standby for simple, juicy, char-touched burgers. For something more breakfast-y, Fried Egg I’m in Love serves pesto-topped egg sandwiches out of the same square.

701 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

8. Casa Zoraya

841 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97217

This charming Peruvian restaurant in a renovated North Portland home is nearby the Lombard and Mississippi bus stop, and is a cool seven-minute walk from the Lombard Transit Center. The move at Casa Zoraya is to get the restaurant’s ceviche of the day, always served in a piquant and tangy leche de tigre, with a glass of the restaurant’s deep purple chicha morada.

841 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97217

9. Pullman Wine Bar & Merchant

401 NE Holladay St, Portland, OR 97232

Steps away from the Convention Center stop and a quick stroll from the Rose Quarter Transit Center, Pullman Wine Bar & Merchant is the ideal spot for a post-work glass of wine — or even a tasting flight. The sleek, airy bar allows visitors to pull sips from expensive bottles, and has a bottle shop onsite for those looking to take something home with them.

401 NE Holladay St
Portland, OR 97232

10. Palomar

959 SE Division St #100, Portland, OR 97214

For cocktails and croquetas, it’s hard to beat this colorful Cuban bar with a view of the train tracks. A seven-minute walk from the OMSI/SE Water MAX station, Palomar is a cocktail destination in its own right, known for its exceptional daiquiris and next-level sour. Those who can get there by happy hour will be rewarded with $1 croquetas, $2 Modelos, and $7 daiquiris.

959 SE Division St #100
Portland, OR 97214

11. Chin's Kitchen

4126 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

With its old-school, no frills interior, Chin’s Kitchen is a longstanding Chinese institution in the Portland area, and it happens to be a short walk from the Hollywood Transit Center. In the summers, the restaurant’s la pi, a glassy noodle salad with a rainbow of julienned vegetables, is a chilly and refreshing bite; the restaurant’s Chinese sauerkraut and pork is ideal on Portland’s countless rainy days.

4126 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232

12. Happy Bibimbap House 2

4204 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97213

A Salem transplant, Happy Bibimbap House is even closer to the Hollywood MAX station than Chin’s, basically right below the steps off the station. Happy Bibimbap House is a super reasonably priced, warm and cheerful Korean restaurant with classics like kimchi jjigae, jajang myeon, and bulgogi, plus the restaurant’s namesake, a customizable rice bowl served in or out of a hot stone bowl.

4204 NE Halsey St
Portland, OR 97213

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