HOME > Chowhound > Metro Portland >

Discussion

2 Nights in Portland--Restaurant Recs Please!

We will be in Portland in August for one night at the beginning of a trip and a second night at the end of our trip, a week later. We are staying at The Nines both nights and would like some restaurant recommendations for lunch and dinner.

One night we would like to go upscale; lunches and the other night can be whatever--bistros, cafes, romantic spots, bars.

Prefer American, French, Italian, Spanish/Tapas, Mexican, seafood, steakhouse.

Any help is appreciated!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. We have had great meals at Gracie's @ the Hotel Deluxe, Wildwood, Meriwether's and last night Oba while in Portland. We also love Le Pigeon for dinner. If you want a very elegant ambiance, Fenouil in the Pearl District is very nice. Andina is also very good in the Pearl. :)

    -----
    Le Pigeon
    738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

    Andina Restaurant
    1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

    Fenouil
    900 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

    Meriwether's
    2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

    Oba
    555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

    1 Reply
    1. re: syrahgirl

      Thanks! Will check these out...at first glance Meriwethers looks great!

      -----
      Meriwether's
      2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

    2. American: Little Big Burger
      French: Little Bird
      Italian: Caffe Mingo
      Spanish: Toro Bravo
      Mexican: Autentica

      -----
      Toro Bravo
      120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

      Caffe Mingo
      811 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

      1. Steakhouse: Laurelhurst Market
        Italian: Taste Unique..for lunch
        Tapas Tasty and Sons/ Toro Bravo
        Mexican Autentica especially brunch
        Bars: Bunk Bar
        also, Olympic Provisions for house made charcuterie
        Andina is delightful

        -----
        Andina Restaurant
        1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

        Laurelhurst Market
        3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

        Toro Bravo
        120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

        Olympic Provisions
        107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

        2 Replies
        1. re: cheeseisheaven

          all these suggestions are excellent.

          while some would disagree with me, I also really like EaT: an oyster bar.

          1. re: cookingasshole

            Second EaT. Good place. nice food and fun decor.

        2. I'll second Laurelhurst Market, Tasy N Sons and Little Big Burger.

          -----
          Laurelhurst Market
          3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

          1. Thanks again....all sound great! Adding Meriwethers, Oba, Toro Bravo and Laurelhurst Market to list of possibiliies!

            -----
            Laurelhurst Market
            3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

            Meriwether's
            2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

            Toro Bravo
            120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

            Oba
            555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

            1. I guess I shoul have asked...what is traffic like on a Friday night...we will have a car, but is it better to eat near the hotel and walk? Is that even an option?

              1 Reply
              1. re: Im4Wine

                We had 8 nights of dining out in Portland recently, add to the list Little Bird and Gruner for amazing food! Also, if you like Pho, Pho Van Bisto is awesome, we had lunch there on Sat. in the Hawthorne District, they also have a location in the Pearl. :)

                -----
                Pho Van
                1919 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216

              2. I guess I shoul have asked...what is traffic like on a Friday night...we will have a car, but is it better to eat near the hotel and walk? Is that even an option?

                2 Replies
                1. re: Im4Wine

                  You should not worry too much about traffic on a Fri night. All of these places are for the most part in the close to downtown/Pearl/NW area or close-in East side. You will not even need to get off the surface streets to drive around to all these places. Pick a bridge and cross. That said, if you like to have a few or more cocktails, taking MAX/bus or a cab for late night is the way to go.

                  1. re: Befuness

                    We usually stay at The Nines too. Heading there tomorrow! Very easy to get around without a car. The concierge can assist, but the free light rail is about 2 blocks from hotel. We've eaten at Andina, Oba, Lauralhurst (need a car for that) all with good results. Oba has 1/2 price wine on Sunday night. Enjoy!

                    -----
                    Andina Restaurant
                    1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

                    Oba
                    555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

                2. I think we've settled on Meriwether's the first night and Metrovino the second night. Thanks to all for your suggestions!

                  -----
                  Meriwether's
                  2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210