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Aug 17, 2011 10:50 AM

Toro Bravo or Little Bird?

We'll be in Portland just 2 nights, on either end of our trip, staying at the Nines. We don't want to drive to dinner, so we can enjoy some cocktails, so we'd like a delicious spot that's either within walking distance or a short cab ride.

On the last night we are going to Andina and on the first night I'm debating between Toro Bravo or Little Bird. The menu looks more appealing at Toro Bravo, but I'm a little concerned about the no reservations part- what's the wait typically like on a Thursday night?

If we don't go to Little Bird for dinner, I'm thinking about going for lunch since it's near the hotel, unless there's another lunch spot nearby I should consider instead. We'll have just flown in, so just want a nice relaxed lunch.

Last question- any creative cocktail destination type spots in downtown Portland? Again, near our hotel or dining destinations?

Andina Restaurant
1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

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

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  1. We went to Toro Bravo on a Thursday night 4 weeks ago and got there around 9 and the wait was ~45mins or so. Got seats at the bar and really enjoyed everything we ordered except the manchego fritters. The duck liver mousse was our favorite of the night.

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

    1. Little Bird is good, but I don't think it's quite in the category of a destination restaurant yet. Either Beaker and Flask or Clyde Common would be a better choice and both can be the creative cocktail type place you are looking for.

      1. Yeah, I would go to Little Bird for lunch and maybe Clyde for dinner if you're looking for great cocktails and great food and walking distance.

        Good downtown cocktail spots (other than Cyde): Teardrop, Central, Kask.