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Portland Lunch Options in Downtown, Mapped

Find out where to eat lunch in the Pearl and Southwest

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Whether you live in, work near, or are just visiting downtown Portland, you're at some point bound to get hungry, and possibly hangry. To help you decide where to eat your next lunch downtown, here are some standout spots to try.

This map includes a variety of dining styles and price points. Preference was given to restaurants that offer fast service, but for those seeking to linger over drinks (or rounds of pool), dining destinations are also featured. Know a killer place for lunch that isn't below? Share it in the comments to get it on the list, and make sure to explain why it deserves a spot.

(Note: The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they're organized geographically.)

—Chad Walsh and Mattie John Bamman

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Grassa

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1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-1133
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Rick Gencarelli’s counter-service pasta bar does noodles hot and cold, with add-ins like mascarpone, pork belly, and fried eggs, and is a great option for a fast workday lunch. His team also prepares seasonal vegetables, meatballs, antipasti, and calamari. And if that all sounds too noodle-y, just step a few paces east and you’ll be in the land of pork belly bánh mìs and dirty fries, aka Lardo.

2. Higgins Restaurant & Bar

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1239 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 222-9070
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Higgins is one of this town’s OG refined dining restaurants, but lunch is a much more casual affair, with $10 sandwiches and pasta and fish entrées floating between $15 and 20. The mussels are a long-time Portland favorite, and the coveted cheeseburger will run you 14 very-well-worth-it dollars. If you're looking to impress, this is a top option.

3. Imperial

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410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 228-7222
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Chef Doug Adams may have left, but owner Vitaly Paley’s flattop burger hasn't gone anywhere. Nor has the cosmopolitan vibe, or those lunch sausages prepared by Paley’s charcuterie-only righthand man, Stan Luoma. This stylish restaurant resides inside of Hotel Lucia and buzzes with a well-heeled clientele.

4. Little Bird Bistro

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219 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 688-5952
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Chef Gabriel Rucker's Little Bird Bistro delivers a menu of oysters, foie gras, bone marrow, duck confit, and other French classics updated with modern and playful twists. For those who want to settle in, the $30 three-course prix fixe menu spotlights dealer’s choice specials, typically beginning with the soup du jour.

5. Mother's Bistro & Bar

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212 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 464-1122
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Lisa Schroeder’s enormous downtown restaurant is popular with visitors, but locals across the city love it, too. The classic, comforting, mom-and-grandma-approved lunch eats range from handmade pierogi, Cobb salads, and Reubens, to chopped liver sandos and a pair of mac and cheeses, one of which changes daily.

6. Oven & Shaker

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1134 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-1600
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If you don't have time to drive across the river to Nostrana, you can still get chef Cathy Whim’s authentic Italian dishes made with Pacific Northwest ingredients. Oven & Shaker offers the famed Nostrana salad during lunchtime, and it also serves wood-fired pizzas and easy-to-drink cocktails (perhaps too easy), courtesy of barman Ryan Magarian. [Photo]

7. Verde Cocina en la Perla

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524 NW 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 894-9321
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If you’re cruising by car up NW 14th Avenue, you just might miss this spacious neighborhood favorite that serves bright and fresh Mexican food using local veggies and ancient grains. So park your car and walk however many blocks it takes to get chef-owner Noe Garnica's huevos rancheros, chorizo hashes, and gringas con molé. [Photo]

8. Nel Centro

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1408 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 484-1099
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Here, the swank dining room and professional attitude have power lunch written all over them. Choose from the many booths in the dining room, or when it's sunny, from the tables on the tree-shaded patio. Find handmade pastas, like sweet potato ravioli with black truffle butter and hazelnuts, along with seasonal and seafood starters, a rotisserie chicken-topped salad, and sandwiches.

[Photo: Facebook/Nel Centro]

9. Chef Naoko Bento Café

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1237 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 227-4136
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For a refreshing Pacific Northwest take on Japanese Bento, head to Chef Naoko, where beautifully presented bento boxes deliver seasonal ingredients. The rices bowls are satisfying, but the bento boxes featuring wild Alaskan salmon hold a wider array of thoughtfully prepared components.

[Photo: Facebook/Chef Naoko]

10. Kasbah Moroccan Cafe

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201 NW Davis St
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 544-0875
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This new Old Town restaurant serves well-priced Moroccan-inspired plates for lunch. Find Moroccan meatball sandwiches, eggplant and tomato dip, potato salad seasoned with Moroccan spices, and tagines.

[Photo: Facebook/Kasbah Moroccan Cafe]

11. Lechon

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113 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 219-9000
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Located across the street from Waterfront Park, LeChon has a patio and sprawling interior replete with aquariums filled with jellyfish. For lunch, the menu serves satisfying South American fare, such as shrimp ceviche with pickled pineapple, fried sweet corn empanadas, a chimichurri burger, a steak sandwich, and entrees.

12. Bamboo Sushi

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404 SW 12th Ave Portland, OR 97205
Portland, OR
(503) 444-7455
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Bamboo Sushi's West End location serves its hefty menu of signature sushi rolls as well as lots of izakaya dishes, including karaage fried chicken, seaweed salad, and sweet and sour cauliflower. Lunch combination plates come with miso soup, green salad, furikake rice, and your choice of protein, whether a California roll, tuna poke, or hanger steak, and if you're in the mood for grab-and-go poke, visit Bamboo Sushi Annex next door.

13. Mi Mero Mole

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32 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR
(971) 266-8575
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One of the city's best restaurants for Mexican specializes in guisados, stews filled with meats or vegetables eaten with freshly made tortillas. Here, it's all about depth of flavor, so don't be afraid to experiment with traditional menu items.

[Photo: Facebook/Mi Mero Mole]

14. Q Restaurant & Bar

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828 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97701
(503) 850-8915
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The lunchtime mains at Q change daily, but you can always stop in to order an Oregon berry salad if you’re angling to go the relatively healthy route, or a burger, a Reuben, or a conchita pibil sandwich if you feel like living a little more dangerously.  

[Photo: Facebook/Q Restaurant]

Q Restaurant & Bar Q Restaurant & Bar

15. DarSalam

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320 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 444-7813
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Portland’s who dwell in cubicles and who have to keep an eye on the clock during their lunchbreaks scored a major get when DarSalam, Portland’s first Iraqi restaurant, opened new downtown digs. That means that all those mezza platters, falafel, kebobs, and rice plates are just steps from the office.  

[Photo: Facebook/DarSalam]

DarSalam DarSalam

16. Rock And Roll Chili Pit

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322 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(971) 242-8725
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Rock and Roll Chili Pit comes from former employees of Killer Burger, which means they’ve taken all they learned there and applied to it their new rock-inspired burger and fries game. And while these new burgers come topped with everything from chili and pulled pork to roasted green chilies, nothing quite beats the classic (bacon, cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles). Also, the burger joint transforms into a music venue on weekend nights, so you can belly up to the Flying V bar and eat your way through all those other burgers.  

[Photo: Facebook/Rock and Roll Chili Pit]

Rock And Roll Chili Pit Rock And Roll Chili Pit

17. MÅURICE

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921 SW Oak St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 224-9921
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If Måurice isn’t Portland’s best downtown lunch spot (it might very well be), then it’s easily its most charming. From Tuesday to Saturday, Kristen D. Murray and her crew are hard at taking seasonal ingredients and spinning them into gold-standard versions of clafoutis, lefse, Swedish meatballs and pigeon pies.  

[Photo: Facebook/Måurice]

MÅURICE MÅURICE

18. Tasty ’N Alder

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580 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 621-9251
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Tasty n Alder’s mid-day menu leans hard on brunch fare, but there’s enough lunchy fare on it—niçoise salads, Korean fried chicken, a burger, and a whole host of steaks—that makes it one of downtown Portland’s tastiest places for a lunch date or a business meeting.  

[Photo: Facebook/Tasty n Alder]

Tasty ’N Alder Tasty ’N Alder

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1. Grassa

1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205
Rick Gencarelli’s counter-service pasta bar does noodles hot and cold, with add-ins like mascarpone, pork belly, and fried eggs, and is a great option for a fast workday lunch. His team also prepares seasonal vegetables, meatballs, antipasti, and calamari. And if that all sounds too noodle-y, just step a few paces east and you’ll be in the land of pork belly bánh mìs and dirty fries, aka Lardo.
1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

2. Higgins Restaurant & Bar

1239 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Higgins is one of this town’s OG refined dining restaurants, but lunch is a much more casual affair, with $10 sandwiches and pasta and fish entrées floating between $15 and 20. The mussels are a long-time Portland favorite, and the coveted cheeseburger will run you 14 very-well-worth-it dollars. If you're looking to impress, this is a top option.
1239 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

3. Imperial

410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Chef Doug Adams may have left, but owner Vitaly Paley’s flattop burger hasn't gone anywhere. Nor has the cosmopolitan vibe, or those lunch sausages prepared by Paley’s charcuterie-only righthand man, Stan Luoma. This stylish restaurant resides inside of Hotel Lucia and buzzes with a well-heeled clientele.
410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

4. Little Bird Bistro

219 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Chef Gabriel Rucker's Little Bird Bistro delivers a menu of oysters, foie gras, bone marrow, duck confit, and other French classics updated with modern and playful twists. For those who want to settle in, the $30 three-course prix fixe menu spotlights dealer’s choice specials, typically beginning with the soup du jour.
219 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

5. Mother's Bistro & Bar

212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204
Lisa Schroeder’s enormous downtown restaurant is popular with visitors, but locals across the city love it, too. The classic, comforting, mom-and-grandma-approved lunch eats range from handmade pierogi, Cobb salads, and Reubens, to chopped liver sandos and a pair of mac and cheeses, one of which changes daily.
212 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97204

6. Oven & Shaker

1134 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209
If you don't have time to drive across the river to Nostrana, you can still get chef Cathy Whim’s authentic Italian dishes made with Pacific Northwest ingredients. Oven & Shaker offers the famed Nostrana salad during lunchtime, and it also serves wood-fired pizzas and easy-to-drink cocktails (perhaps too easy), courtesy of barman Ryan Magarian. [Photo]
1134 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209

7. Verde Cocina en la Perla

524 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
If you’re cruising by car up NW 14th Avenue, you just might miss this spacious neighborhood favorite that serves bright and fresh Mexican food using local veggies and ancient grains. So park your car and walk however many blocks it takes to get chef-owner Noe Garnica's huevos rancheros, chorizo hashes, and gringas con molé. [Photo]
524 NW 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

8. Nel Centro

1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
Here, the swank dining room and professional attitude have power lunch written all over them. Choose from the many booths in the dining room, or when it's sunny, from the tables on the tree-shaded patio. Find handmade pastas, like sweet potato ravioli with black truffle butter and hazelnuts, along with seasonal and seafood starters, a rotisserie chicken-topped salad, and sandwiches.

[Photo: Facebook/Nel Centro]

1408 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97201

9. Chef Naoko Bento Café

1237 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201
For a refreshing Pacific Northwest take on Japanese Bento, head to Chef Naoko, where beautifully presented bento boxes deliver seasonal ingredients. The rices bowls are satisfying, but the bento boxes featuring wild Alaskan salmon hold a wider array of thoughtfully prepared components.

[Photo: Facebook/Chef Naoko]

1237 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201

10. Kasbah Moroccan Cafe

201 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209
This new Old Town restaurant serves well-priced Moroccan-inspired plates for lunch. Find Moroccan meatball sandwiches, eggplant and tomato dip, potato salad seasoned with Moroccan spices, and tagines.

[Photo: Facebook/Kasbah Moroccan Cafe]

201 NW Davis St
Portland, OR 97209

11. Lechon

113 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
Located across the street from Waterfront Park, LeChon has a patio and sprawling interior replete with aquariums filled with jellyfish. For lunch, the menu serves satisfying South American fare, such as shrimp ceviche with pickled pineapple, fried sweet corn empanadas, a chimichurri burger, a steak sandwich, and entrees.
113 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97204

12. Bamboo Sushi

404 SW 12th Ave Portland, OR 97205, Portland, OR
Bamboo Sushi's West End location serves its hefty menu of signature sushi rolls as well as lots of izakaya dishes, including karaage fried chicken, seaweed salad, and sweet and sour cauliflower. Lunch combination plates come with miso soup, green salad, furikake rice, and your choice of protein, whether a California roll, tuna poke, or hanger steak, and if you're in the mood for grab-and-go poke, visit Bamboo Sushi Annex next door.
404 SW 12th Ave Portland, OR 97205
Portland, OR

13. Mi Mero Mole

32 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR
One of the city's best restaurants for Mexican specializes in guisados, stews filled with meats or vegetables eaten with freshly made tortillas. Here, it's all about depth of flavor, so don't be afraid to experiment with traditional menu items.

[Photo: Facebook/Mi Mero Mole]

32 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR

14. Q Restaurant & Bar

828 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97701
Q Restaurant & Bar Q Restaurant & Bar
The lunchtime mains at Q change daily, but you can always stop in to order an Oregon berry salad if you’re angling to go the relatively healthy route, or a burger, a Reuben, or a conchita pibil sandwich if you feel like living a little more dangerously.  

[Photo: Facebook/Q Restaurant]

828 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97701

15. DarSalam

320 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97204
DarSalam DarSalam
Portland’s who dwell in cubicles and who have to keep an eye on the clock during their lunchbreaks scored a major get when DarSalam, Portland’s first Iraqi restaurant, opened new downtown digs. That means that all those mezza platters, falafel, kebobs, and rice plates are just steps from the office.  

[Photo: Facebook/DarSalam]

320 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97204

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16. Rock And Roll Chili Pit

322 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Rock And Roll Chili Pit Rock And Roll Chili Pit
Rock and Roll Chili Pit comes from former employees of Killer Burger, which means they’ve taken all they learned there and applied to it their new rock-inspired burger and fries game. And while these new burgers come topped with everything from chili and pulled pork to roasted green chilies, nothing quite beats the classic (bacon, cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles). Also, the burger joint transforms into a music venue on weekend nights, so you can belly up to the Flying V bar and eat your way through all those other burgers.  

[Photo: Facebook/Rock and Roll Chili Pit]

322 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204

17. MÅURICE

921 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97205
MÅURICE MÅURICE
If Måurice isn’t Portland’s best downtown lunch spot (it might very well be), then it’s easily its most charming. From Tuesday to Saturday, Kristen D. Murray and her crew are hard at taking seasonal ingredients and spinning them into gold-standard versions of clafoutis, lefse, Swedish meatballs and pigeon pies.  

[Photo: Facebook/Måurice]

921 SW Oak St
Portland, OR 97205

18. Tasty ’N Alder

580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Tasty ’N Alder Tasty ’N Alder
Tasty n Alder’s mid-day menu leans hard on brunch fare, but there’s enough lunchy fare on it—niçoise salads, Korean fried chicken, a burger, and a whole host of steaks—that makes it one of downtown Portland’s tastiest places for a lunch date or a business meeting.  

[Photo: Facebook/Tasty n Alder]

580 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

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