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Jun 17, 2011 08:00 PM

First Anniversary Dinner in Downtown Portland

My husband and I will be in Portland Sunday night to catch a flight back to San Diego Monday. We are really looking forward to spending our first anniversary downtown! We are casual people who enjoy really great food. Any suggestions?

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  1. Depending on your budget I suggest El Gaucho. If that is a little rich for you then Laurelhurst Market may be the way to go.

    El Gaucho
    319 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

    Laurelhurst Market
    3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

    1. Laurelhurst is terrific, but not really downtown. El Gaucho is nice if you want a really good, but expensive steakhouse. If you want more of a northwest cuisine then Higgins' is a great choice.

      El Gaucho
      319 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

      1. "Great food" - that narrows it down ;)

        Clyde Common, Gruner and Ping woud be my choices for "downtown" (well, the first two are west end and the latter is old town, but I'm guessing you mean broadly downtown, not literally downtown). If you're willing to stretch to the Pearl (and really it is an extra 5 minutes' walk), I would add Andina, Metrovino, Park Kitchen and Irving Street Kitchen.

        Of all those - I think Andina is a great "special event" kind of place, though it can be loud and, depending on where you're sitting, not always intimate. Clyde IS as long as you get a table on the mezzanine (not the communal tables - unless you don't mind that) and not one right near a speaker. And as long as it's not very busy, Park Kitchen has a great small, tucked away feeing and is never too loud.

        I would check what is actually open on a Sunday - now I think about it, Gruner and Ping probably aren't.

        Clyde Common
        1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

        Park Kitchen
        422 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

        Andina Restaurant
        1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

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        1. re: chalmers

          We had two great meals last week at Pazzo and Saucebox,both in downtown Portland. :)