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15 Date-Worthy Restaurants in Portland Actually Open on Mondays

Where to have a nice night out on a Monday, when many Portland restaurants are closed

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Anyone who has searched for a nice dinner reservation on a Monday has noticed: Options slim down significantly at the beginning of the week. As the restaurant industry struggles to staff up, operating for a full week has become more challenging for restaurant owners; therefore, many restaurant workers take their “weekends” on Mondays and Tuesdays, as a way to still operate on Saturdays and Sundays. Still, for those of you who also have days off earlier in the week — or are just looking for somewhere nice to take a date, a friend, or an out-of-towner on a Monday — this map highlights a few top-notch options for a special night out, even when many of the city’s date spots are closed. Not all of these restaurants serve indoors; some are sticking to outdoor service on covered patios. However, every restaurant on this list is providing some sort of onsite service, whether you’re seeking a glass of wine, some nigiri, or a big bowl of pasta.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tamale Boy Dekum

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1764 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 206-8022
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Sometimes, date night calls for margaritas, guac, and a table covered in tacos and tamales. At the NE Dekum location of Tamale Boy, the covered, heated patio serves as the setting for meals of tinga-topped sopes, shrimp-filled burritos, and tacos on Portland-made masa tortillas. It’s open for walk-ins daily.

2. Gumba

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1733 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 975-5951
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Gumba started as a cart, but now, Portlanders pop by the restaurant’s airy, floral-but-industrial dining room for candlelit dinners of house-made burrata with fry bread or pappardelle topped with braised beef. Opting for pasta is generally the move here, but it’s difficult to pass up a few after-dinner cannolis, as well. Gumba is open for indoor dining.

4090 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 841-5373
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There’s nothing like devouring steamer trays of xiao long bao and digging chopsticks into piles of pork and shrimp noodles on a first date. At this Williams Chinese restaurant, visitors can sip Tsingtao or lychee-lime soda while they wait for an assortment of dumplings and noodles — not to mention an easily shareable bowl of five-spice popcorn chicken. XLB is open for walk-in indoor and outdoor dining.

4. Sengatera Ethiopian Restaurant

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3833 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 288-3787
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Ethiopian food is a smart choice for dates. Sharing a wide sheet of injera — dolloped with berbere-laced shiro wot, spicy-sweet doro wot, and turmeric-yellow aterkik alicha — is engaging and absolutely delicious, especially when eaten alongside a bottle of honey wine. Start with a couple orders of sambusas, and pick a handful of dishes for the restaurant’s combination plate. Those unfamiliar with the cuisine can leave the decision-making to the restaurant with the “Sengatera special.” Sengatera is open for indoor dining.

3808 North Williams Avenue st, 127
Portland, OR 97227
(971) 295-1645
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Within the heated cabanas at Eem, diners scoop spoonfuls of smoked lamb massaman curry and barbecue fried rice onto plates alongside elaborate, fruity cocktails made with lime froyo or Sichuan peppercorn. The intimate quarters and fun drinks make it a cool spot for dates, though be forewarned: Eem doesn’t take reservations, and it can fill up fast. If it’s too tricky to grab a spot onsite, Eem offers takeout.

6. Gado Gado

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1801 NE Cesar E Chavez Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 206-8778
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Those really looking to impress can opt for the lavish rice table service at Gado Gado, a feast of various Indonesian dishes, sambals, and snacks, ranging from panipuri filled with corn to sweet braised pork shoulder. In honor of the season, the meal ends with orange-cardamom apple cider doughnuts. The whole meal is $75 per person, with reserved seating available indoors and out.

7. Siri Indian Cuisine

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1323 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 208-2259
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At this Northwest Portland Indian restaurant, diners will find an expansive menu, with a nice selection of Indo-Chinese staples, biryani, and meats straight out of the tandoor. Those looking for familiar favorites like tikka masala and lamb rogan josh will also find noteworthy versions here. Siri is open for indoor dining.

8. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine | Pearl District

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121 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 754-4966
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The colorful Portland locations of this Bay Area Thai transplant serve panang curry with bone-in short rib, Hat Yai-style fried chicken with fried shallots, and shrimp tom yum alongside bowls of cerulean rice made with butterfly pea flower. The drinks at Farmhouse are often eye-catching, as well, topped with everything from rubber duckies to cotton candy; those who avoid booze will find a good selection of n/a drinks, including teas and whole young coconut. It’s open for walk-ins for onsite dining.

9. Mucca Osteria

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1022 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 227-5521
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For a romantic setting with white tablecloths and high-end service, Mucca offers both full tasting menus and a la carte options, from seared sea scallops with shallot relish and saffron gel to tagliatelle that’s bright yellow with yolks. The restaurant’s prosciutto-wrapped ball of burrata is a particularly lovely way to start a meal at Mucca. The restaurant takes reservations for indoor dining.

10. Lazy Susan

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7937 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
(971) 420-8913
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The menu at Montavilla’s cozy Lazy Susan changes often, but the menu often involves some fantastic, charcoal-grilled a la carte meats — jerk-marinated quail skewers, dry-aged steaks — as well as shellfish starters, seasonal vegetable sides, and a knockout selection of desserts (think: peanut butter pie with grape sorbet). The restaurant takes reservations, with indoor and outdoor seating.

11. OK Omens

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1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 231-9959
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For all of the wine nerds out there, Ok Omens is a dream date spot. The restaurant’s bottle and glass lists are long and include a number of wild picks, from red-white blends with a tasteful touch of smoke taint to Georgian skin-contact tsolikouri aged in qvevri. More conservative drinkers can also find glass pours of Champagne, bold pinots, and plenty of riesling. On the food side of things, multi-James-Beard nominee Justin Woodward sends out plates of cheesy beignets, pasta with chanterelles, and a super creative ice cream dessert reminiscent of a McFlurry. Ok Omens is open for covered, heated outdoor seating with reservations available.

12. Nimblefish

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1524 SE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 719-4064
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The full omakase at Nimblefish is the ideal special occasion option for those who love seafood. Nimblefish specializes in edomae-style sushi with an oft-changing menu; any given meal may include Hokkaido uni, conger eel, or a dessert of yuzu sorbet. Plus, the wine and sake lists at Nimblefish are often full of stunners. The full omakase is $75 per person, and diners can make a reservation online for indoor seating in the stylish dining room.

13. Pizzeria Otto FoPo

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7122 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(971) 279-5077
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This pizzeria, with locations on Sandy and in Foster-Powell, serves a Neapolitan-esque wood-fired pie freckled with char, with standbys like margherita as well as Ezzo pepperoni, foraged wild mushroom, and a combination of prosciutto and arugula. The Italian-heavy wine list is reasonably priced, though diners will also find Rainier and San Pellegrino sodas on offer. The pizzeria is open for dine-in.

14. Portland Mercado

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7238 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(971) 200-0581
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This Foster-Powell food cart pod allows for diners to try a number of different dishes from a variety of Latin American carts: Pickled-onion-topped kibis from Principe Maya, moles from Tierra del Sol, cheesy arepas from Que Bacano, and more. There’s a bar and a juice cafe inside for drinks, with plenty of outdoor seating.

15. Gino's

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8051 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 233-4613
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This Sellwood red sauce spot is heavy on the Old Portland charm, with a dining room covered in framed posters and a rustic bar. Locals and regulars start with negronis and Aperol spritzes, before diving into bowls of steamed shellfish, cioppino, and one hell of a Sunday gravy known as Grandma Jean’s. Gino’s is open for indoor and outdoor dining, with reservations available.

1. Tamale Boy Dekum

1764 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211

Sometimes, date night calls for margaritas, guac, and a table covered in tacos and tamales. At the NE Dekum location of Tamale Boy, the covered, heated patio serves as the setting for meals of tinga-topped sopes, shrimp-filled burritos, and tacos on Portland-made masa tortillas. It’s open for walk-ins daily.

1764 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211

2. Gumba

1733 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Gumba started as a cart, but now, Portlanders pop by the restaurant’s airy, floral-but-industrial dining room for candlelit dinners of house-made burrata with fry bread or pappardelle topped with braised beef. Opting for pasta is generally the move here, but it’s difficult to pass up a few after-dinner cannolis, as well. Gumba is open for indoor dining.

1733 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

3. XLB

4090 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

There’s nothing like devouring steamer trays of xiao long bao and digging chopsticks into piles of pork and shrimp noodles on a first date. At this Williams Chinese restaurant, visitors can sip Tsingtao or lychee-lime soda while they wait for an assortment of dumplings and noodles — not to mention an easily shareable bowl of five-spice popcorn chicken. XLB is open for walk-in indoor and outdoor dining.

4090 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

4. Sengatera Ethiopian Restaurant

3833 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

Ethiopian food is a smart choice for dates. Sharing a wide sheet of injera — dolloped with berbere-laced shiro wot, spicy-sweet doro wot, and turmeric-yellow aterkik alicha — is engaging and absolutely delicious, especially when eaten alongside a bottle of honey wine. Start with a couple orders of sambusas, and pick a handful of dishes for the restaurant’s combination plate. Those unfamiliar with the cuisine can leave the decision-making to the restaurant with the “Sengatera special.” Sengatera is open for indoor dining.

3833 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

5. Eem

3808 North Williams Avenue st, 127, Portland, OR 97227

Within the heated cabanas at Eem, diners scoop spoonfuls of smoked lamb massaman curry and barbecue fried rice onto plates alongside elaborate, fruity cocktails made with lime froyo or Sichuan peppercorn. The intimate quarters and fun drinks make it a cool spot for dates, though be forewarned: Eem doesn’t take reservations, and it can fill up fast. If it’s too tricky to grab a spot onsite, Eem offers takeout.

3808 North Williams Avenue st, 127
Portland, OR 97227

6. Gado Gado

1801 NE Cesar E Chavez Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

Those really looking to impress can opt for the lavish rice table service at Gado Gado, a feast of various Indonesian dishes, sambals, and snacks, ranging from panipuri filled with corn to sweet braised pork shoulder. In honor of the season, the meal ends with orange-cardamom apple cider doughnuts. The whole meal is $75 per person, with reserved seating available indoors and out.

1801 NE Cesar E Chavez Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

7. Siri Indian Cuisine

1323 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

At this Northwest Portland Indian restaurant, diners will find an expansive menu, with a nice selection of Indo-Chinese staples, biryani, and meats straight out of the tandoor. Those looking for familiar favorites like tikka masala and lamb rogan josh will also find noteworthy versions here. Siri is open for indoor dining.

1323 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

8. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine | Pearl District

121 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

The colorful Portland locations of this Bay Area Thai transplant serve panang curry with bone-in short rib, Hat Yai-style fried chicken with fried shallots, and shrimp tom yum alongside bowls of cerulean rice made with butterfly pea flower. The drinks at Farmhouse are often eye-catching, as well, topped with everything from rubber duckies to cotton candy; those who avoid booze will find a good selection of n/a drinks, including teas and whole young coconut. It’s open for walk-ins for onsite dining.

121 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

9. Mucca Osteria

1022 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205

For a romantic setting with white tablecloths and high-end service, Mucca offers both full tasting menus and a la carte options, from seared sea scallops with shallot relish and saffron gel to tagliatelle that’s bright yellow with yolks. The restaurant’s prosciutto-wrapped ball of burrata is a particularly lovely way to start a meal at Mucca. The restaurant takes reservations for indoor dining.

1022 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97205

10. Lazy Susan

7937 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

The menu at Montavilla’s cozy Lazy Susan changes often, but the menu often involves some fantastic, charcoal-grilled a la carte meats — jerk-marinated quail skewers, dry-aged steaks — as well as shellfish starters, seasonal vegetable sides, and a knockout selection of desserts (think: peanut butter pie with grape sorbet). The restaurant takes reservations, with indoor and outdoor seating.

7937 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

11. OK Omens

1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

For all of the wine nerds out there, Ok Omens is a dream date spot. The restaurant’s bottle and glass lists are long and include a number of wild picks, from red-white blends with a tasteful touch of smoke taint to Georgian skin-contact tsolikouri aged in qvevri. More conservative drinkers can also find glass pours of Champagne, bold pinots, and plenty of riesling. On the food side of things, multi-James-Beard nominee Justin Woodward sends out plates of cheesy beignets, pasta with chanterelles, and a super creative ice cream dessert reminiscent of a McFlurry. Ok Omens is open for covered, heated outdoor seating with reservations available.

1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

12. Nimblefish

1524 SE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

The full omakase at Nimblefish is the ideal special occasion option for those who love seafood. Nimblefish specializes in edomae-style sushi with an oft-changing menu; any given meal may include Hokkaido uni, conger eel, or a dessert of yuzu sorbet. Plus, the wine and sake lists at Nimblefish are often full of stunners. The full omakase is $75 per person, and diners can make a reservation online for indoor seating in the stylish dining room.

1524 SE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

13. Pizzeria Otto FoPo

7122 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

This pizzeria, with locations on Sandy and in Foster-Powell, serves a Neapolitan-esque wood-fired pie freckled with char, with standbys like margherita as well as Ezzo pepperoni, foraged wild mushroom, and a combination of prosciutto and arugula. The Italian-heavy wine list is reasonably priced, though diners will also find Rainier and San Pellegrino sodas on offer. The pizzeria is open for dine-in.

7122 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

14. Portland Mercado

7238 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

This Foster-Powell food cart pod allows for diners to try a number of different dishes from a variety of Latin American carts: Pickled-onion-topped kibis from Principe Maya, moles from Tierra del Sol, cheesy arepas from Que Bacano, and more. There’s a bar and a juice cafe inside for drinks, with plenty of outdoor seating.

7238 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

15. Gino's

8051 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

This Sellwood red sauce spot is heavy on the Old Portland charm, with a dining room covered in framed posters and a rustic bar. Locals and regulars start with negronis and Aperol spritzes, before diving into bowls of steamed shellfish, cioppino, and one hell of a Sunday gravy known as Grandma Jean’s. Gino’s is open for indoor and outdoor dining, with reservations available.

8051 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

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