This updated article has links to fresh lists of Black-owned restaurants offering take-out during the pandemic.
Portland’s selection of more than 500 food carts, most grouped in “pods,” has drawn raves from the likes of Bon Appétit and CNN.
Portland is home to authentic eateries from every corner of Latin America. Feast on tacos, tlayudas, pupusas and burritos; read on for some of the best Latinx-owned restaurants and food carts in Portland.
It’s a well-established fact: Portland is one of the world’s great food cities. Hearing this, someone might plan a trip to Portland, visit a few restaurants and head for home. But a Portland trip that only involves restaurants is missing out on so much of the excellent food Portland has to offer.
Because here are a few other important facts: Portland has incredible food carts. And farmers’ markets. And dessert spots, and brewery food and burger chains (and more). So should a trip to Portland involve a meal (or three) in a restaurant? Absolutely. But dig a little deeper into the Portland food scene and you’ll find all the many forms fine Portland food can take.
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Whether atop the city's tallest buildings or nestled next to a river, these Portland restaurants with a view offer a feast for the eyes (as well as the appetite).
These local brunch hot spots offer reservations, meaning you can enjoy your pour-over coffee and avocado toast without waiting for hours.
Enjoy flavorful dishes from Ethiopia, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire and beyond at these African restaurants in Portland.
The food truck craze has swept the national food scene, and there are great options all across the country. But it’s hard to deny that Portland is the honorary capitol of the food truck scene (and the best of the food truck cities), for all kinds of reasons:
(1.) We’ve got our own cool name for them (because Portland always has to be a little bit different): food carts!
(2.) It’s the most food-cart friendly city — that means up-and-coming chefs can thrive, and there’s always an abundance of options.
(3.) Many Portland food carts are organized into food cart pods, so you can sample all kinds of cuisines in a single stop.
(4.) The simplest, most important reason of all: Portland food carts are delicious.
For three generations, Black-owned and family-run Portland trattoria Amalfi’s has been serving classic, old-school Italian recipes in a warm, casual setting.
Meet the family behind beloved eateries Nicholas, Ya Hala and World Foods Market, and discover how they helped build Portland's Lebanese food scene.
This Southern chef puts diners under a spell with her spin on classic Appalachian cuisine.
Let’s say you can’t make up your mind on what to do for lunch — do you want to eat out, or make something at home? Why not head to a market, where both options are at your fingertips?
Peruse preposterously fresh produce and delectable meats (plus gifts, snacks, beverages and more), so you can get everything you need to whip up a feast. Or, if the delicious smells prove too tempting, swing by a market food cart and let someone else do the cooking after all. What’s more, there are markets all over the city, in all different styles: farmers’ markets, food halls, neighborhood markets and more.
With a neighborhood grocery, meat market, coffee shop, food cart pod and more, the Mercado is one of the city’s most delicious destinations.
Get a taste of Portland on a variety of food tours focused on specific ingredients, venues or neighborhoods.
Open every Saturday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
Sometimes you’ve just got to have something sweet, whether it’s the cherry on top of an excellent meal or a stand-alone, “just because” treat. Fortunately, Portland is flush with top-notch bakeries, ice cream spots and doughnut shops (plus less common indulgences like s’mores and pies). And no matter where you find yourself in the city, a great dessert spot is sure to be nearby — treat yourself to the sweeter side of the Portland food scene today.
Ice Cream in Portland
Savor culinary creativity by the scoop at Portland's top ice cream spots, including regional chains, frozen yogurt shops and vegan options.
Amazing S’Mores Spots in Portland
These Portland spots are making delicious and creative gourmet variations on classic campfire s’mores.
Doughnut Shops in Portland
Voodoo is just one of many doughnut purveyors in Portland serving zany creations, gourmet flavors and gluten-free goodies.
Portland’s Best Pies
Every season is pie season in Portland! Sit down to a delicious slice made with Oregon-grown seasonal fillings at these favorite local pie spots.
Portland’s Best Bakeries
Nibble a Danish or slice of rustic bread with our expert guide to Portland’s best bakeries, including gluten-free and dairy-free options, plus award-winners galore.
Soft Serve Ice Cream in Portland
Portland’s devotion to ice cream has produced some of the nation’s top scoop shops, featuring both traditional and dairy-free options.
Portland Candy Makers and Chocolatiers
These Portland candy artisans craft unique sweets, be they creamy cacao confections, rainbow-colored candies or salty-sweet treats.
Get your comfort food fix — whether you’re hankering for mac and cheese, fries topped with gravy or a steaming bowl of pho, these local dishes don't disappoint.
Sample the city’s tastiest slow-cooked meats (and more!) at these local gems — savor brisket, ribs and even vegetarian options at Portland's best barbecue spots.
Eat your way through North or Northeast Portland to find Southern food dishes that taste like they were flown in from the Mississippi Delta.
Anyone with a dietary restriction or a dietary preference has experienced the frustration of investigating a package, a label or a menu and failing to find the info they need. This is one area where Portland really shines: chefs and servers tend to be highly informed on the food they serve, meaning they’re well-equipped to help you navigate your options. Portland is also home to an abundance of restaurateurs who specialize in specific diets, and there are a variety of spots that are perfect fits for diners who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, keto and more.
As the demand for gluten-free options has grown, Portland’s forward-thinking chefs have set their tables for diners with dietary restrictions.
Nearly every Portland menu features vegetarian options made from fresh, local ingredients, and many restaurants serve vegetarian food exclusively — experience the Portland vegetarian scene that foodies of all stripes have come to love.
Explore a new side of Portland dining with these fresh, healthful eats.
And the options don’t stop there. “Food” in Portland can mean so many things, and there’s always more delicious exploring to be done — from the Alberta Arts District to the Pearl District, from Northwest Portland to Southeast Portland, from ramen restaurants to taquerias to sushi spots. Get hungry, and get out there!
Downtown Portland restaurants run the gamut — you'll find everything from budget lunch options at a multitude of food carts to delicious fine dining at acclaimed dinner spots in central city.
Southeast Division, Portland's hottest dining corridor, has so many restaurants for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that you could plan for a week and still not hit all the must-tries.
Dining Near the Oregon Convention Center
Lloyd offers a full menu of dining options, whether you're spending the day at the Oregon Convention Center or an exciting night at The Moda Center.
Northwest Portland Dining
Explore the roots of Portland's acclaimed dining scene as well as newer favorites along bustling Northwest 23rd and 21st avenues.
Portland is the craft beer capital and home to 70+ breweries. (No wonder we call it “Beervana!”)
With wine country in its backyard, Portland overflows with wine bars and urban wineries, offering special varietals from around the world.
Powered by a collective of artisanal spirit makers, Portland's craft distilling era has come of age.
Portland's passion for fine ingredients and careful craft extends into coffee cups — our guide to the Portland coffee scene will help you find must-try independent roasters and cozy, locally owned coffee shops.
Tea drinkers can enjoy a favorite cuppa or sample exotic varietals in Portland's teahouses. Chai tea, bubble tea and classic green tea are just a few of the many teas brewed in and around Portland.
Take your happy hour to the next level with one of these classic Rose City cocktails, from a sophisticated Negroni to a group-sized Tiki bowl.
Portland’s Top Taquerias
Follow our guide to Portland's top taquerias and find a wide variety of tasty tacos — from meaty morsels to vegetarian creations — in every part of town.
Portland Ramen Restaurants
The Portland ramen scene has exploded in recent years, spurred by the arrival of two authentic eateries straight from Tokyo.
Portland’s Best Dumplings
From Polish pierogi to Japanese gyoza, nothing says comfort food like these doughy pockets of goodness — no matter when you visit Portland, enjoy a variety of dumplings at these terrific eateries.
Eight Great Sushi Spots Around Portland
Portland is only an hour away from the Pacific Ocean, so it should come as no surprise that the city’s sushi options are both delicious and expansive.
Middle Eastern Eateries in Portland
Portland’s Middle Eastern restaurants promise rich Lebanese, Iraqi and Syrian flavors, warming spices and authentic cultural traditions.
Thai Food in Portland
Thai food in Portland is some of the city's best cuisine with options that are cheap or pricey, sweet or savory, authentic or Americanized, vegan or meaty.
Portland Soup Spots
Whether you’re craving ramen, Mexican pozole or classic chicken noodle, these local soup spots will warm you from the inside out.
Chef Carlo Lamagna Brings Filipino Food to the Forefront in Portland
Chef Carlo Lamagna's Magna explores the wide world of Filipino cuisine.
The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators. With almost 200 hundred makers, the Night Market offers food carts, drinks, clothing, lifestyle goods, home goods, body care and…
Year-round on Saturdays, the Hollywood Farmers Markets hosts 50+ vendors, bringing you the best of the region’s agricultural bounty. In addition to amazingly fresh, local food, you’ll find live music, children’s activities, and fun events throughout the season. April through September, every Saturday 8 AM to 1 PM,October and November, every Saturday 9 AM to…
Oregon’s booming distillery industry is on fire. Celebrate the best of what Oregon offers in whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, aquavit and much more. Find your new favorite distilled spirit, get tips on making cocktails, find the best mixers and enjoy some great food. Oregon Distilled features 30+ distillers, 120+ different spirits, five impeccable chefs, fine…
It’s the triumphant return of the Portland Mercury’s HIGHBALL. That’s correct: Get ready for an ENTIRE WEEK (February 20-26) of specially crafted, original cocktails mixed by the best bartenders in town… and get this; they’re only $8 each. The Mercury teamed up with the finest bars and restaurants in Portland — along with our cocktail-lovin’…
Enjoy fresh Oregon seafood (at the peak of Dungeness Crab season) as well as wine, craft beers, cider, and distilled spirits as you browse the myriad of exhibitors. Over 60 of Oregon’s finest wineries offer you tastings. This is a family-friendly event. You are encouraged to bring the whole family to enjoy face painters, balloon…
Open every Saturday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
Celebrate Hawaiian culture at the annual Ho’ike show, featuring traditional Polynesian dancing, accompanied by live music from a halau band. Enjoy Lu’au: Ohana (family) style dining and a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and sponsors.
Hop aboard the Portland Spirit for an Easter brunch to remember. Your family and friends will enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Willamette River, a delicious Northwest brunch buffet, “bottomless” mimosas or sparkling cider, live piano music, an appearance from Cinnabunny and ever-changing river views. What’s Included: 2-hour cruise on the Willamette RiverViews of the…
The iconic Bridge to Brews race returns in 2023 At Waterfront Park, join the annual 8k and 10k walk/run over 4 of Portland’s iconic Bridges. After the race, there will be a beer/cider-tasting event on the waterfront. Sip on some of Portland’s best beer and cider while enjoying live music, games, and goodies from local…
Featuring some of the country’s hottest chefs, eateries, and food trucks in some of the favorite food cities, offering a unique taste of America’s favorite side dish to hungry crowds around the nation. The Mac + Cheese Festival National Tour celebrates America’s cheesiest dish while highlighting top chefs. Location is TBD
The Good in the Neighborhood Multicultural Music and Food Festival features live music, a parade, an information Village, a marketplace, a beer and wine garden and a youth venue, along with a kids’ space. The mission of Good in the Hood is to promote the cultural aspects of the North and Northeast community in Portland.
The Wedge is a Farmers Market-style festival celebrating cheese and everything with it. Sample and purchase local artisan cheese, specialty foods, beer, wine, and cider. This is a family-friendly event that’s open to all cheese lovers. Tickets include all cheese, accompaniment, and non-alcoholic beverage samples. Adult beverage sampling is an additional $15 and includes a…
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