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kristimarie Oct 14, 2011 12:55 PM

I am in search of Portland's finest restaurant for a birthday diner for my boyfriend's 28th bday. We will be in Portland for 3 nights in November (Nov 10-14). I know there are: Le Pigeon, Little Bird, Beaker and Flask....what about Portland City Grill? Suggestions are most definitely welcome... we are foodies and would love a most memorable meal!

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Le Pigeon
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th Ave Ste 3000, Portland, OR 97204

  1. JillO Oct 14, 2011 04:22 PM

    My top picks would include:
    Metrovino
    Laurelhurst Market
    St. Jack
    Nostrana
    Genoa
    Castagna

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    Nostrana
    1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

    Laurelhurst Market
    3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

    Castagna
    1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

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      nkeane Oct 15, 2011 01:52 AM

      I agree with every single one of Jill-O's recommendations, but one of them jumps out for "Foodies" more than the others.....Metrovino. From the food to the wine to the cocktails, it's the whole package. Go. Thank us later! :-)

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        kristimarie Oct 17, 2011 08:14 AM

        I am researchng all of these suggestions! Thanks so much, I appreciate it. :)

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          Leonardo Oct 17, 2011 07:48 PM

          Don't bother with City Grill. If you must. just go for drinks and the view.
          My votes: Laurelhurst, Genoa, Castagna.

          Have fun, please report!

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          BroAdam Oct 23, 2011 09:01 PM

          Really? My recollection of Metrovino is that we had really good drinks, but that the food only reached "pretty good." It's still on our list, but actually a far distant second to most of the other places JillO recommends.

          Actually, to that effect, we had a horrible meal at Castagna (not just underwhelming given the press and price, but actually downright bad) awhile back. It was shortly after Lightner left, though, so perhaps they were going through an adjustment period. Anyone been recently?

          Laurelhurst and Nostrana are our go-to places. St. Jack would be on our rotation, as well, but it's just a bit out of our easy commuting circle. Haven't hit Genoa yet.

          Only warning I'd give is that Laurelhurst doesn't take reservations for less than six, and the waits can be long. I believe all the others take reservations, mostly through OpenTable.

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          Nostrana
          1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

          Castagna
          1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

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