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Romantic in PDX that won't break the budget

I need recs for romantic places in PDX that aren't going to kill the budget.


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  1. What do you mean by "romantic" on a budget?
    To me that means getting something at a cart, of which there are many great ones in Puddletown, and eating in a park.

    1. Very nice, clearly stated question if you ask me. To name three, I'd suggest:

      Lovely Hula Hands
      Noble Rot
      Toro Bravo - need to be careful if you're watching your wallet

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      1. re: chefguy

        While I love Toro Bravo - it might not necessarily be romantic. It's usually packed to the gills and the seating is part communal and quite close in proximity...
        I like the other suggestions and I'll add Three-Doors-Down...

      2. I think Silk in the Pearl would be a good choice, which also provides for ample pre- and post-dinner strolling. I especially think it would be a good idea to stroll in the direction of Cool Moon Ice Cream on 11th and Johnson, and then relax at Jamison Square.

        1. Love the query. It's a challenge, especially these days. I'd add Siam Society if Thai is your thing.

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          1. re: AlbertaHound

            Our friends recently had their wedding reception at Siam Society. What an awesome place! The asparagus was flying off of the plates faster than they could replenish it and the dishes were innovative and flavorful. We will be back there for dinner in the near future, the service was exceptional and the bartender very creative!

            Siam Society
            2703 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

          2. Thanks for all the great ideas. Perhaps I will try them all!

            1. Great question. But really, if you're steamy enough of a couple, you should be able to turn any place into a romantic destination. Helvetia Tavern would be a romantic trip, but then again, with the price of gas, it may not be so affordable...

              1. I really love Tiga on NE Prescott. Before 9pm it is really quiet, candlelit and intimate. After 9, it gets more crowded and lively, but still fun. The highest priced item on the menu is the pork loin medallions with whipped potatoes for $9. Most everything else is $7 or $8, with the low end meal being the $5 bowl of garlicky linguine during happy hour, (5-8pm) On warm nights, the front patio is a nice place to be.

                1. Check out aquariva as well. Its located on the South Waterfront (West side) in Johns Landing area. Right on the river, incredible food, and quite reasonable.

                  1. Hey!

                    Try the Governor Hotel, get a booth and have the waiter close the curtains,

                    AND LIGHT THE CANDLES,

                    VERY NICE,


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                    1. re: Balsamicsix

                      Isn't Jake's Grill the restaurant at the Governor? I wouldn't think it was romantic, but I haven't been in the booths. The rooms at the hotel are nice, though.