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Score Crowd-Pleasing Bites at These Restaurants and Bars Near Providence Park

14 restaurants and bars where you can kick things off before a Timbers or Thorns home game

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Providence Park — the home of the Portland Timbers and Thorns — provides an ample selection of cool concessions, ranging from Wolf’s Head barbecue to Zenner’s hot dogs to Sizzle Pie pizza. But some folks like to focus on the game the second they walk through the gates. The good news: The stadium sits smack dab between Goose Hollow and Nob Hill, two great Portland food neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for a fancy celebration dinner after the final goal, or a quick pre-game lunch before the ball hits the field, these restaurants, bars, and cafes offer something outside the standard sports bar fare. (For those seeking the traditional pre-game beer and wings, Kingston or the Cheerful Bullpen will do the trick.) All of the restaurants on this map are within 10 minutes walking distance from the park, so no need to hop in a car after finally nabbing a parking space. Fans without tickets can watch games at one of these sports bars.

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Fish & Rice

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This bright, casual sushi spot regularly features seasonal specials, with a small-but-mighty sake selection and a variety of pokes. Vegetarians will find a handful of nice fish-free rolls, made with things like mango or asparagus; fish eaters should keep an eye out for bluefin nigiri when in season, as well as the restaurant’s generous servings of uni sashimi. It’s open for onsite dining, delivery, and takeout.

Tucked behind Snow Peak in Northwest Portland, Takibi uses various Japanese culinary techniques with Oregon produce and meats, whether that’s warayaki-style, straw-grilled albacore, or a lamb chop marinated in barley miso. However, beyond the food, Takibi’s bar might be one of the city’s finest, serving cocktails made with spruce tip vodka or umeboshi plum vinegar — drinks are on the pricy side, but they’re worth every penny. Takibi is open for dine-in.

Yokai Musubi

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Not many Portland restaurants specialize in musubi, the classic Hawaiian answer to onigiri. Diners can find both at Yokai Musubi, a tiny storefront selling hand-held rice balls stuffed with salmon or bricks of rice topped with teriyaki-marinated Spam. Those seeking a pick-me-up can add a vanilla macadamia nut coffee, made with Honolulu’s Lion Coffee. It’s open for takeout, with online ordering available.

Ringside Steakhouse

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This venerated steakhouse, open for 78 years, would be a luxe spot to celebrate a win — or a place to drown sorrows in lobster mashed potatoes. Visitors can snack on shrimp cocktail or dry aged sirloin carpaccio before cutting into cuts like filet mignon or rib-eye; the restaurant’s wine selection is renowned, too, for diners seeking a pairing. For a more casual bite, hit the bar for James Beard’s favorite onion rings and a burger (admittedly made with A5 wagyu beef).

Choice of India Restaurant

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Visitors eat biryani and tandoor-charred meats at white tablecloths at Choice of India, a Nob Hill standby for Indian fare. Some of the finest dishes at the restaurants are hard to find at other Indian restaurants in town, including any of the restaurant’s Hyderabadi dishes, or the restaurant’s chicken malabar, a coconut-y, fennel-fragrant braise. The restaurant is open for onsite dining, as well as takeout.

Ken's Artisan Bakery

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While Ken’s is known for its breads and pastries, both serve as the foundations for the bakery’s lunch menu — baguettes stuffed with ham, butter, and asiago; tuna salad sandwiches made with a flaky butter croissant; an Italian sandwich with capicola, mortadella, and salami on ciabatta. Grab a sandwich for a quick on-the-go lunch, plus a canelé or hazelnut butter cookie for dessert.

Kells Brewery

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One of Portland’s favorite Irish pubs, Kells also operates its own brewery, pouring nitro stouts to sip alongside bowls of lamb stew or shepherd’s pie. All of the restaurant’s lamb and pork is raised in the Pacific Northwest, and the vegetables come from Kells’s very own farm. The pub serves customers seven days a week, on a sunny outdoor patio or within cozy wooden booths indoors.

Pope House Bourbon Lounge

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This bar, operating out of a Nob Hill Victorian, specializes in whiskey, with a fantastic happy hour featuring $5 sours. The food menu leans into Southern territory, serving deviled eggs and hush puppies before fried chicken sandwiches with bourbon honey. It’s best to find a seat on the wraparound deck or patio on nice days; otherwise, the interior is awfully cozy when the weather turns.

Goose Hollow Inn

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A true Portland institution, the Goose Hollow Inn is one of those neighborhood pubs with decades worth of regulars, who drink beers and devour Reubens any night of the week. The walls are covered in beer ads and posters, the taps are constantly shifting, and live music plays outside on warm summer nights. The Inn is open for dine-in, inside or out.

HunnyMilk

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For afternoon games, sometimes a pre-game brunch is in order. Hunnymilk specializes in elaborate, doughnut-based dishes, whether that’s a beignet Benedict with hazelnut pesto and crème fraîche hollandaise, or a sourdough pancake doughnut with blueberries and key lime curd ice cream. Each $26 meal comes with a choice of sweet and savory items, as well as a beverage (think: coffee, tea, juice); diners can upgrade their beverages to a mimosa or mary, as well. It’s open for dine in and takeout.

Mox Boarding House

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Play some games before watching the game at Mox Boarding House, a board game cafe and restaurant steps away from Providence Park. Visitors can snack on coconut-marinated fried calamari, burgers made with a blend of bison and beef, and roasted vegetable lasagna while playing Exploding Kittens or Catan — Mox also sells games to take home, and offers a full bar with cocktails like the Pushing Daisies, a blend of gin, Cointreau, Cocchi Rosa, and lemon.

The Soop

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This Burnside Korean American restaurant fills its kimbap, bibimbap, sandwiches, and salads with sprouts and greens grown inside the restaurant, using a hydroponic garden circling the dining room. American standards like ham and cheese sandwiches hold as much menu real estate as Korean favorites, like galbi, mandu, and house-made kimchi. It’s open for lunch and dinner, with onsite dining and takeout.

Gilda's | Italian Restaurant

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There’s nothing like the charm and comfort of old-school Italian food, and Gilda’s offers it in spades. In a chandelier-lit dining room, visitors order rigatoni in Bolognese, veal scallopini, and spaghetti and meatballs, glass of Sangiovese in hand. For dessert: A scoop of spumoni, or maybe a slab of ladyfinger-layered tiramisu. The restaurant is open for dine-in, but customers can call to order delivery and takeout.

Driftwood Room

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The overwhelming midcentury vibes at this hotel bar are paired with a wide selection of Manhattans and Champagne cocktails, not to mention the bar’s ritzy absinthe fountain service. Those hoping to grab a bite with their drinks can choose from snacks like halibut croquettes, oysters on the half-shell, and beef tartare.

Fish & Rice

This bright, casual sushi spot regularly features seasonal specials, with a small-but-mighty sake selection and a variety of pokes. Vegetarians will find a handful of nice fish-free rolls, made with things like mango or asparagus; fish eaters should keep an eye out for bluefin nigiri when in season, as well as the restaurant’s generous servings of uni sashimi. It’s open for onsite dining, delivery, and takeout.

Takibi

Tucked behind Snow Peak in Northwest Portland, Takibi uses various Japanese culinary techniques with Oregon produce and meats, whether that’s warayaki-style, straw-grilled albacore, or a lamb chop marinated in barley miso. However, beyond the food, Takibi’s bar might be one of the city’s finest, serving cocktails made with spruce tip vodka or umeboshi plum vinegar — drinks are on the pricy side, but they’re worth every penny. Takibi is open for dine-in.

Yokai Musubi

Not many Portland restaurants specialize in musubi, the classic Hawaiian answer to onigiri. Diners can find both at Yokai Musubi, a tiny storefront selling hand-held rice balls stuffed with salmon or bricks of rice topped with teriyaki-marinated Spam. Those seeking a pick-me-up can add a vanilla macadamia nut coffee, made with Honolulu’s Lion Coffee. It’s open for takeout, with online ordering available.

Ringside Steakhouse

This venerated steakhouse, open for 78 years, would be a luxe spot to celebrate a win — or a place to drown sorrows in lobster mashed potatoes. Visitors can snack on shrimp cocktail or dry aged sirloin carpaccio before cutting into cuts like filet mignon or rib-eye; the restaurant’s wine selection is renowned, too, for diners seeking a pairing. For a more casual bite, hit the bar for James Beard’s favorite onion rings and a burger (admittedly made with A5 wagyu beef).

Choice of India Restaurant

Visitors eat biryani and tandoor-charred meats at white tablecloths at Choice of India, a Nob Hill standby for Indian fare. Some of the finest dishes at the restaurants are hard to find at other Indian restaurants in town, including any of the restaurant’s Hyderabadi dishes, or the restaurant’s chicken malabar, a coconut-y, fennel-fragrant braise. The restaurant is open for onsite dining, as well as takeout.

Ken's Artisan Bakery

While Ken’s is known for its breads and pastries, both serve as the foundations for the bakery’s lunch menu — baguettes stuffed with ham, butter, and asiago; tuna salad sandwiches made with a flaky butter croissant; an Italian sandwich with capicola, mortadella, and salami on ciabatta. Grab a sandwich for a quick on-the-go lunch, plus a canelé or hazelnut butter cookie for dessert.

Kells Brewery

One of Portland’s favorite Irish pubs, Kells also operates its own brewery, pouring nitro stouts to sip alongside bowls of lamb stew or shepherd’s pie. All of the restaurant’s lamb and pork is raised in the Pacific Northwest, and the vegetables come from Kells’s very own farm. The pub serves customers seven days a week, on a sunny outdoor patio or within cozy wooden booths indoors.

Pope House Bourbon Lounge

This bar, operating out of a Nob Hill Victorian, specializes in whiskey, with a fantastic happy hour featuring $5 sours. The food menu leans into Southern territory, serving deviled eggs and hush puppies before fried chicken sandwiches with bourbon honey. It’s best to find a seat on the wraparound deck or patio on nice days; otherwise, the interior is awfully cozy when the weather turns.

Goose Hollow Inn

A true Portland institution, the Goose Hollow Inn is one of those neighborhood pubs with decades worth of regulars, who drink beers and devour Reubens any night of the week. The walls are covered in beer ads and posters, the taps are constantly shifting, and live music plays outside on warm summer nights. The Inn is open for dine-in, inside or out.

HunnyMilk

For afternoon games, sometimes a pre-game brunch is in order. Hunnymilk specializes in elaborate, doughnut-based dishes, whether that’s a beignet Benedict with hazelnut pesto and crème fraîche hollandaise, or a sourdough pancake doughnut with blueberries and key lime curd ice cream. Each $26 meal comes with a choice of sweet and savory items, as well as a beverage (think: coffee, tea, juice); diners can upgrade their beverages to a mimosa or mary, as well. It’s open for dine in and takeout.

Mox Boarding House

Play some games before watching the game at Mox Boarding House, a board game cafe and restaurant steps away from Providence Park. Visitors can snack on coconut-marinated fried calamari, burgers made with a blend of bison and beef, and roasted vegetable lasagna while playing Exploding Kittens or Catan — Mox also sells games to take home, and offers a full bar with cocktails like the Pushing Daisies, a blend of gin, Cointreau, Cocchi Rosa, and lemon.

The Soop

This Burnside Korean American restaurant fills its kimbap, bibimbap, sandwiches, and salads with sprouts and greens grown inside the restaurant, using a hydroponic garden circling the dining room. American standards like ham and cheese sandwiches hold as much menu real estate as Korean favorites, like galbi, mandu, and house-made kimchi. It’s open for lunch and dinner, with onsite dining and takeout.

Gilda's | Italian Restaurant

There’s nothing like the charm and comfort of old-school Italian food, and Gilda’s offers it in spades. In a chandelier-lit dining room, visitors order rigatoni in Bolognese, veal scallopini, and spaghetti and meatballs, glass of Sangiovese in hand. For dessert: A scoop of spumoni, or maybe a slab of ladyfinger-layered tiramisu. The restaurant is open for dine-in, but customers can call to order delivery and takeout.

Driftwood Room

The overwhelming midcentury vibes at this hotel bar are paired with a wide selection of Manhattans and Champagne cocktails, not to mention the bar’s ritzy absinthe fountain service. Those hoping to grab a bite with their drinks can choose from snacks like halibut croquettes, oysters on the half-shell, and beef tartare.

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