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Portland’s 9 Ideal Rooftop Patios For Views, Drinks, and Sun

From Cuban spots to brewpubs, Portland rooftop patios are open for spring

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Even in the midst of a pandemic, Portland’s sunny season is defined by its patio dining. Along with the gardens, plazas, and covered patios throughout the city, rooftops provide a place for outdoor dining and imbibing, with the added benefit of a stunning view. While Portland has lost some treasured rooftops, including Altabira, and others are still closed temporarily, a number remain open with socially distanced tables and other safety precautions. Here are nine rooftops in Portland at which to grab a drink and a meal.

As usual, this map is organized geographically, not by ranking.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Migration Brewing Rooftop at Canvas

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1750 SW Yamhill St
Portland, OR 97205
(971) 291-0258
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The city’s newest addition to the rooftop scene, Migration Brewing recently set up a rooftop tap house in southwest, directly across the street from Providence Park. That doesn’t mean diners will get a free viewing of Timbers games, but it does provide a beautiful vista of the mountains and the west hills. There’s also Migration’s excellent brews on draft and in cans to imbibe while taking in the sights.

2. 10 Barrel Brewing Portland

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1411 NW Flanders St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 224-1700
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Nestled in the Pearl District, the bustling brewpub 10 Barrel sports a spacious rooftop patio that can fit around 55 even with social-distancing protocols in place. Visitors can knock back beers from the massive taplist, most of which are made on site, while watching the masked passersby traversing the neighborhood. Best of all, there’s a rooftop bar, so no one has to retreat back inside for another round. 10 Barrel also outlines its COVID-19 practices and guidelines online.

3. Botanist and Havana Cafe

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910 NW 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-7020
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Moving from its subterranean dwelling up to a rooftop patio next door, Botanist has taken over likely the largest patio in town. The bar now seats around 150 people even with seven feet of distancing between tables. The cocktail bar is joined by Cuban restaurant Havana Cafe and features live music on weekends, so diners can enjoy Cuban dishes, innovative cocktails, and local performers, all with a view of the Pearl District from on high. Recently, the bar added weekend brunch services, often with drag shows or comedy performances.

4. Departure Restaurant + Lounge

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525 SW Morrison St 15th Floor
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 802-5370
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Portland’s most famous rooftop bar, Departure’s sleek, dual white patios overlook downtown Portland and offer a beautiful view of the river and bridges. The restaurant currently serves two menus: one à la carte from 4 to 6 p.m., and another a three-course menu after 6 p.m., with a few additional add-ons like dessert. Both are built around the sustainable, pan-Asian cuisine that has garnered the restaurant national praise over the years. Reservations can be made at the website.

5. Tope

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15 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 770-0500
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The plant-filled, white-walled tequila and mezcal haven on the upper floors of the Hoxton hotel reopened its patio for rooftop dining with a view of downtown and the river. Diners can look out over the city lights while enjoying tacos and margaritas.

6. Noble Rot

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1111 East Burnside Street, Fourth Floor
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 233-1999
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It’s not as large as some of the others on this map, but the elegant wine bar and restaurant’s seated balcony still manages to fit some groups even with tables spaced apart. Overlooking East Burnside with a view of the neighborhood and a peek of the river and downtown, it’s a lovely spot to enjoy a flight of wine and some company. Reservations can be made on the website.  

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7. Radio Room

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1101 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 287-2346
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At one point, Radio Room could boast that it had never closed its dining rooms on any day, as it was open 365 days a year. Like many other places in Portland, however, 2020 changed all that and the cafe and bar spent most of the year closed. Now, it’s back, with dining seven days a week available inside and on the multi-tiered patio. It doesn’t provide as dramatic a vista as some others, but offers a view of the masked crowds on Alberta, below.

8. Roof Deck at Revolution Hall

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1300 SE Stark St #203
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 288-3895
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The appropriately named Roof Deck at Revolution Hall is only open in the sunny, summer months, and remains open even though the theater is essentially closed. There, the tall rooftop patio provides one of the most impressive views from the east side, with Mt. Tabor, the Willamette River, downtown, and a good swath of Southeast PDX, including the pups playing in the field below.

9. Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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5115 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 282-0622
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Laurelwood Brewing Company’s rooftop patio at the Northeast Portland pub location offers a cozy, secluded rooftop experience, in addition to some front patios. Smoke-free, all ages, and residentially located means it’s a nice spot for families to enjoy a meal and some drinks in the sun together.

1. Migration Brewing Rooftop at Canvas

1750 SW Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97205

The city’s newest addition to the rooftop scene, Migration Brewing recently set up a rooftop tap house in southwest, directly across the street from Providence Park. That doesn’t mean diners will get a free viewing of Timbers games, but it does provide a beautiful vista of the mountains and the west hills. There’s also Migration’s excellent brews on draft and in cans to imbibe while taking in the sights.

1750 SW Yamhill St
Portland, OR 97205

2. 10 Barrel Brewing Portland

1411 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209

Nestled in the Pearl District, the bustling brewpub 10 Barrel sports a spacious rooftop patio that can fit around 55 even with social-distancing protocols in place. Visitors can knock back beers from the massive taplist, most of which are made on site, while watching the masked passersby traversing the neighborhood. Best of all, there’s a rooftop bar, so no one has to retreat back inside for another round. 10 Barrel also outlines its COVID-19 practices and guidelines online.

1411 NW Flanders St
Portland, OR 97209

3. Botanist and Havana Cafe

910 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Moving from its subterranean dwelling up to a rooftop patio next door, Botanist has taken over likely the largest patio in town. The bar now seats around 150 people even with seven feet of distancing between tables. The cocktail bar is joined by Cuban restaurant Havana Cafe and features live music on weekends, so diners can enjoy Cuban dishes, innovative cocktails, and local performers, all with a view of the Pearl District from on high. Recently, the bar added weekend brunch services, often with drag shows or comedy performances.

910 NW 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

4. Departure Restaurant + Lounge

525 SW Morrison St 15th Floor, Portland, OR 97204

Portland’s most famous rooftop bar, Departure’s sleek, dual white patios overlook downtown Portland and offer a beautiful view of the river and bridges. The restaurant currently serves two menus: one à la carte from 4 to 6 p.m., and another a three-course menu after 6 p.m., with a few additional add-ons like dessert. Both are built around the sustainable, pan-Asian cuisine that has garnered the restaurant national praise over the years. Reservations can be made at the website.

525 SW Morrison St 15th Floor
Portland, OR 97204

5. Tope

15 NW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

The plant-filled, white-walled tequila and mezcal haven on the upper floors of the Hoxton hotel reopened its patio for rooftop dining with a view of downtown and the river. Diners can look out over the city lights while enjoying tacos and margaritas.

15 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

6. Noble Rot

1111 East Burnside Street, Fourth Floor, Portland, OR 97214

It’s not as large as some of the others on this map, but the elegant wine bar and restaurant’s seated balcony still manages to fit some groups even with tables spaced apart. Overlooking East Burnside with a view of the neighborhood and a peek of the river and downtown, it’s a lovely spot to enjoy a flight of wine and some company. Reservations can be made on the website.  

1111 East Burnside Street, Fourth Floor
Portland, OR 97214

7. Radio Room

1101 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

At one point, Radio Room could boast that it had never closed its dining rooms on any day, as it was open 365 days a year. Like many other places in Portland, however, 2020 changed all that and the cafe and bar spent most of the year closed. Now, it’s back, with dining seven days a week available inside and on the multi-tiered patio. It doesn’t provide as dramatic a vista as some others, but offers a view of the masked crowds on Alberta, below.

1101 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

8. Roof Deck at Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #203, Portland, OR 97214

The appropriately named Roof Deck at Revolution Hall is only open in the sunny, summer months, and remains open even though the theater is essentially closed. There, the tall rooftop patio provides one of the most impressive views from the east side, with Mt. Tabor, the Willamette River, downtown, and a good swath of Southeast PDX, including the pups playing in the field below.

1300 SE Stark St #203
Portland, OR 97214

9. Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

5115 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

Laurelwood Brewing Company’s rooftop patio at the Northeast Portland pub location offers a cozy, secluded rooftop experience, in addition to some front patios. Smoke-free, all ages, and residentially located means it’s a nice spot for families to enjoy a meal and some drinks in the sun together.

5115 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

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