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Jun 24, 2010 10:35 AM

Outdoor Dining with a young child

In the past, we've been to Portland at least once a year and are well acquainted with many restaurants there. However, this is the first time we will be there with our one year old. I hear you groaning now about crying babies while you're trying to eat. But she really is pretty good at eating out and she is the very best when she is outside. So I'm wondering if anyone can recommend places (lunch or dinner) with good food and outdoor seating?

I did a quick search and only found a few mentions of outdoor dining so any help is appreciated. We're staying downtown at the Monaco but will have a car. I am trying to come to grips that I won't be able to get my kobe beef tartare at Paley's Place this time around.

Paley's Place
1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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  1. Laughing Planet in southwest has an outdoor patio. The one on Belmont may too, but you'd have to call and check. It's cheap and cheerful, nothing fancy, but would be good for lunch. Fresh, local produce. I'm sure you can find the menu online too.

    If you just want somewhere to hang out for a while and grab something easy, New Seasons is a locally owned grocery store that has big open seating areas and food offerings like Whole Foods. There isn't one downtown (though there's a Whole Foods near Powells), but several close to downtown. I don't know if any have seating outdoors though.

    Veritable Quandary on 1st downtown has outdoor seating and great food.

    Harbourside on the south end of the downtown waterfront has outdoor seating and pretty good seafood (it's part of the McCormick and Schmick chain).

    Hope this helps - have a great visit!

    Veritable Quandary
    1220 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204

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    1. re: Chatsworth

      Re: outdoor seating at New Seasons, the four stores I'm familiar with all have it. Seven Corners (SE Division & 20th), Sellwood (SE Tacoma and 13th-ish), Arbor Lodge (N Interstate & Rosa Parks) and Concordia (NE Killingsworth & 33rd).

    2. All on East side of the river:
      Pambiche (cuban), Nostrana (great Italian, one of the best chefs in town, great with kids), Pok Pok, Apizza Scholls (great thin crust, salads, tap/bottle/wine list), Dove Vivi (great cornmeal crust and salads with local ingredients, local taps - across 28th from Pambiche), cart pods like Mississippi Marketplace (, both Cafe Castagna and tabla have outdoor tables.

      West side: Fenouil (has outdoor seating, but I don't know if a lot of kids go there) , Kenny & Zuke's has a couple of outdoor tables, Violetta in Director Park, get food from any cart or take-out and go to the riverfront, Saturday Farmers' Market @ PSU, Davis Stret Tavern has outdoor tables, as does ten-01. Paley's has outdoor tables on the porch, not as kid friendly, though, I agree.

      1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

      Pok Pok
      3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

      Apizza Scholls
      4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

      900 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

      2811 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232

      Cafe Castagna
      1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

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      1. re: JillO

        The food carts are a great idea for outdoor family dining. The Food Dude is also putting together a list of patios over at, so you might watch his site for more info--I think he's done an outdoor seating post in previous years, too.

      2. Thanks everyone for those tips! We'll report back when we get home to let you know what we chose.