Portland has long been known as a foodie destination — and judging by 2017 restaurant openings, the city shows no sign of slowing down. Whet your appetite with our guide to the best new Portland restaurants and dining offerings.
Best new restaurants of 2017
New Southwest Portland restaurants
If you’re staying in Southwest Portland’s downtown area, there are plenty of new eateries to try — all within walking distance. Start at the chic Alto Bajo at the Hi-Lo Hotel, which offers modern takes of traditional Mexican cuisines.
The Hotel Lucia houses New York-style pizza joint The Crown, helmed by famed chef Vitaly Paley (Imperial, Paley’s Place, Headwaters). Grab a slice or a whole pie, and don’t miss delicious add-ons like wood grilled mushrooms and arugula pesto.
The elegant yet rustic Jackrabbit is located inside the renovated and renamed Duniway hotel (formerly the Hilton Executive Tower). The chic eatery follows a “whole-animal” philosophy; menu standouts include slow-roasted pig head, steak with bone marrow dip and a plethora of oysters.
December brought the highly anticipated opening of Roe, a former pop-up offering some of the freshest seafood in the city. Offerings on the prix-fixe menu include scallop tartare and abalone grilled with saké mushroom butter and smoked bottarga.
Finish up your foodie tour of downtown at Chinese restaurant Duck House, where delectable soup dumplings are just the beginning. Their already famous Peking duck is served with 12 pancakes, shredded cucumber, scallion and Peking sweet sauce. (Pro tip: Because this dish is in such high demand, make a reservation if you plan on ordering it.)
New Northwest Portland restaurants
Northwest Portland is one of the most restaurant-heavy areas of the city. Adding to the mix in 2017 was Can Font, a satellite location of Chef Josep Vidal’s legendary Barcelona-based restaurant. Upscale Spanish cuisine pairs with sleek, modern design; star dishes include paella, Iberico ham croqeutas and canelons stuffed with foie gras, black truffle and cheese..
New Southeast Portland restaurants
Located on thrift-shop-heavy Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Short Round offers diners a fresh take on classic Vietnamese street food. Open wide for their huge pork banh mi sandwiches and bò lá lốt (beef wrapped in betel leaves).
Also on Hawthorne Boulevard, you’ll find Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine, home to iconic (and photogenic) blue rice. The San Francisco restaurant’s first outpost offers traditional and adventurous takes on Thai dishes, like beef short ribs and Hat Yai fried chicken.
Thai food enthusiasts — especially those who love veggies — should also check out Kati Portland on Southeast Division Street. The eatery’s menu is authentic and wholly vegetarian, offering fish sauce-free pad Thai and nam kao tod (crispy rice appetizer served with lettuce wraps).
2017 was a boom year for vegans in Portland — especially on Southeast Division Street. Vancouver, B.C.’s Virtuous Pie brought its winning vegan pizza and ice cream combo, offering pizza with toppings like cashew mozzarella and spicy buffalo cauliflower) and ice cream flavors including Matcha Coconut and Coffee & Donuts.
Just across the street from Virtuous Pie is Aviv, another vegan newcomer. From the minds behind The Sudra and beloved food cart Gonzo Falafel and Hummus, Aviv offers entirely plant-based and Israeli-inspired food, like falafel bowls and soy curl shawarma fries.
Near OMSI and the Eastbank Esplanade in the Central Eastside is Stacked Sandwich Shop. The chef-driven eatery makes “everything between the bread,” including meat that’s smoked and cured in-house and homemade pickles, sauces and sauerkraut. (Regulars also say their specialty whiskey cocktails are some of the best in the city.)
New Northeast Portland restaurants
Start your Northeast Portland dining journey with Indian small plates at Tiffin Asha on Killingsworth Street. Founded as a food cart, this cozy brick-and-mortar restaurant serves some of the city’s best Indian food. Don’t miss the “hot chick,” a gigantic, cone-shaped dosa filled with chicken pakora, pickled kale, honey and yogurt.
Australian-based newcomer Proud Mary serves beautifully plated dishes that taste fabulous (and look great on Instagram). All-day breakfast and lunch offerings focus on sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients. (Pro tip: The kitchen closes at 3 p.m., so make sure you arrive in time to order!)
Head to the Cully neighborhood to experience Southfork, a new venture by Patrick McKee, former chef at legendary Paley’s Place. The eatery serves both modern and traditional Southern cuisine, highlighting regional and seasonal ingredients and hosting live jazz music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Formerly a lauded pop-up supper club, Nomad.PDX dishes up rule-bending, artistic and modernist prix fixe dinners. The tasting menu features hyper-fresh, often foraged ingredients in small plates like crab with Oregon wasabi, horseradish and radish and malted barley ice cream with walnut and sunchoke candy.
Looking for something a tad less fancy? Check out Güero on Northeast 28th Avenue’s “Restaurant Row,” which began as one of the city’s favorite food carts. Dig into tortas (Mexican sandwiches) and bowls crafted made using locally sourced meats and freshly baked bread.
New North Portland restaurants
In the past several years, North Williams Avenue has become a can’t-miss dining destination. Two of the city’s newest eateries are located within four blocks of each other here. (So if one has a line out the door, another delicious option is only steps away).
Jasper Chen’s XLB brought comforting bowls of Chinese soup dumplings (called xia long bao, or “XLB” for short) to Portland. These tricky-to-make (and previously hard-to-find) dumplings are made of paper-thin dough filled with bites of meat and piping hot broth.
Inspired by Mexico City, Chalino serves up “inauthentic” tostadas topped with unexpected ingredients (including beef tartare and ceviche). The cocktail menu includes classic margaritas as well as chili- and tamarind-infused concoctions.