Planning a romantic getaway? Enjoy a perfect evening with your sweetie at one of Portland’s award-winning restaurants. We rounded up a few of the best restaurants for a romantic dinner for two, with intimate atmospheres and unforgettable food.
Combining an old-world feel with a Northwest industrial vibe, Bar Avignon is perfect for a laidback, wine-centric date night. The curated menu features upscale bistro fare (and hyper-local produce from a nearby garden in the summer), but the mile-long, globetrotting wine list is what sets this stylish spot apart. If you’re intimidated by the list of more than 100 wines, the expert staff and on-site sommelier are happy to help narrow it down.
Set in a remodeled Victorian home, storied Portland institution Paley’s Place always makes for a memorable evening. James Beard Award-winning chef Vitaly Paley’s lauded cuisine highlights the best of what the Northwest has to offer, with dishes like Quinault River steelhead and Wilson Ranch rib eye artfully paired with an Oregon-heavy wine list.
With cozy brick walls and intimate seating, a meal at Le Pigeon feels like eating dinner in a friend’s well-decorated living room — if your friend was James Beard Award winner Gabriel Rucker. The signature dessert, decadent foie gras profiteroles, embodies Rucker’s delicious creativity.
What’s more romantic than dipping food in melted cheese? At chic Urban Fondue, fromage is just the beginning: This is full-tilt fondue, with a variety of meat entrées cooked at your table in piping hot broth and indulgent dessert dips like classic chocolate and rich caramel cognac.
If an intimate Italian kitchen sounds like your ideal romantic evening, set your sights on DOC. Their cozy, quiet dining room offers all the comfort of a meal at home, and the menu features fresh artisanal pastas and antipasti plates, along with a thoughtful wine list. For a post-dinner sip, head next door to DOC’s sister bar, Nonna, for a pair of handcrafted cocktails (their Sazerac never fails).
The open, modern dining room at Bluehour can feel surprisingly private, thanks to cozy nooks, thick draperies and romantic décor. Known for beautifully crafted food featuring fresh, often surprising ingredients — think wild boar loin and kabocha squash steak — Bluehour is perfect for a date night any time of year, and their three-course Valentine’s Day dinner is not to be missed.
St. Jack offers a taste of rustic France with a Pacific Northwest twist. Their sleek space in Northwest Portland is charming and inviting, and the classic French fare features plenty of local ingredients and an impressive cheese menu. For a casual date night, grab a spot at their beautiful bar (declared the best restaurant bar in the city in 2014 by Willamette Week) and watch the bartenders work their magic.
Looking to end your romantic evening on a sweet note? Stop at Pix Patisserie for a one-of-a-kind dessert experience with a distinctly Parisian atmosphere. From classic French treats like macarons and éclairs to beautifully crafted desserts that resemble works of art, Pix always wows. You’ll also find the perfect nightcap among their extensive beer, wine and cocktail offerings, including an award-winning sparkling wine list.