Portlanders have made a citywide pastime of brunch, but our obsession with leisurely weekend eggs Benedict makes for ridiculous lines. But long waits aren’t mandatory; these restaurants — gasp! — take reservations, so you can enjoy your pour over coffee and avocado toast without waiting for hours.
Brunch spots that take reservations in Portland
A mainstay for lovers of Italian cuisine, bright and airy Accanto serves homemade ravioli and rigatoni alongside upgraded brunch staples. Dishes on the Saturday/Sunday brunch menu include pork belly hash and an eggy breakfast sandwich with avocado remoulade. Start with an order of ricotta doughnuts, served with perfectly sour and sweet lemon curd. Sit at the counter to watch the chefs whip up the authentic Italian dishes, or perch by a window to people-watch.
Dining at Beast is practically a Portland rite of passage, featuring lovingly plated, complex bites served at cozy communal tables. James Beard Award-winning chef (and native Oregonian) Naomi Pomeroy decides on Saturday morning what to serve for Sunday’s three brunch seatings. Expect a seasonally inspired three-course brunch made with ingredients fresh from the farmers’ market. You can browse menus online to get your taste buds excited, but part of the Beast experience is being surprised by the fresh and delicious dishes.
Known for its $2 happy hour oysters and tail-to-trotter dishes, Jackrabbit, in downtown’s Duniway hotel, also offers a delicious daily breakfast and weekend brunch. Start with the on-tap Negroni, the Bloody Mary mixed tableside or, if you’re feeling virtuous, green, red or orange juice. If you’re eating with a crowd, try the whole fried chicken served with house-made pickles. Not into sharing? Try the hash made with beets, arugula and ham.
Raven & Rose
Located in a Victorian-era carriage house downtown, gastropub Raven & Rose reflects the best of English and Irish culinary heritage. Start Sunday brunch with the buttermilk-nutmeg doughnut muffins (which lean toward doughnut) or a house-made pastry. Then, tuck into an Irish breakfast served with sausage and potato bread, an English breakfast with baked beans, breakfast puddings or their bestselling shepherd’s pie. You won’t regret it.
The Woodsman Tavern
The hearty menu at Southeast Portland’s The Woodsman Tavern would, presumably, have sustained Oregon’s lumberjacks of yore. Today, its weekend brunch staples stick to your ribs in the most satisfying way. Regulars order the bucket of crispy fried chicken drizzled in honey, but don’t overlook the eggs Benedict options. They come served with Dungeness crab or seasonal veggies like summer squash and garlic scapes. The bottle-conditioned Bloody Marys are generous enough to split.