Northwest Portland Dining Room | The official guide to Portland
Explore the roots of Portland’s acclaimed food scene as well as new favorites along bustling 23rd and 21st Avenues in the Northwest.
Know before you go
To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, as of August 27, a statewide mask warrant is in place. Oregon residents and visitors ages 5 and older are required to wear face coverings in all indoor public places, as well as in crowded outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of whether or the vaccination status. This rule does not apply to people who actively eat or drink in food establishments.
Additionally, some restaurants may require proof of vaccination and / or a negative COVID test to enter. Please check with individual companies for their policies and hours of operation before visiting, and continue to be patient, flexible and kind, especially if you are asked to hide or share your vaccination status. These measures are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
TO Paley’s place, an early proponent of Portland’s ethic of local and sustainable cuisine, award-winning chef James Beard, Vitaly Paley, serves upscale French-inspired meals in a historic Victorian home. Beginning of 2014, renowned French restaurant Saint Jacques moved from its original home in Southeast Portland to the Northwest of the 23rd, bringing up-to-date Lyon classics like Burgundy oxtail and confit shoulder of lamb, as well as an impressive selection of cheeses, in this larger restaurant area.
Rightly popular for its delicious yet affordable happy hour offerings, 23Hoyt features a redefined tavern menu (pan-roasted red salmon, beer-braised beef cheeks) and sidewalk tables directly on Northwest 23rd Avenue.
Romantic Italian bistro Cafe Mingo offers Old World delicacies like hand-cut pasta and fresh risotto, while the modest Thai food with red onion produces Asian inspired dishes like Chinese sausage and shrimp topped with chunks of Dungeness crab and sautéed and sautéed green curry beef.
A warm and welcoming light emanates from Corner of the fire, a corner restaurant on Northwest 23rd specializing in dishes that showcase the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Nibble on small plates of fried cauliflower and beetroot crisps while sipping on artisan cocktails, or savor a mouthwatering platter of Carlton Farms Pork loin topped with bacon jam.
Bamboo sushi, the country’s first certified sustainable sushi restaurant, was so successful in its original eastern location that a second branch was inevitable. The fishing-friendly menu includes signature products like home-dried wild ivory salmon and a wonderful seafood deli board.
The smell of fresh bread escaping from Ken’s artisan bakery is irresistible, as are the hearty croque-monsieurs stacked with gruyere and thick-sliced ham, and the pastries laden with fruit.
A Portland staple for comfort food since 1903, by Besaw serves classic dishes with a touch of fine dining, like chicken and waffles with Korean fried chicken and gochujang, or chickpea stew with curry. Before dinner, stop by the attached restaurant Solo club for a highball or a negroni happy hour.
Kim Jong Smokehouse focuses on two beloved Korean street foods: bibimbop and steamed buns. Top steaming bowls with toasted rice and yam noodles with galbi ribs, salmon or mushrooms, and pair it with a cold Korean beer for a truly authentic experience.
Save room for dessert
Salt and straw has been making its acclaimed ice cream on Northwest 23rd since Spring 2012. In addition to the beloved ‘farm to cone’ ice cream in flavors like honey and balsamic strawberry with cracked pepper, this place also includes a bakery on the spot.
Local landmark Dad Haydn offers European-inspired and Northwest-inspired dishes, but its legendary desserts elevate it to the rank of destination.
Discover something new
Gluten free restaurants
As demand for gluten-free options has grown, forward-thinking Portland foodies have prepared their tables for diners with dietary restrictions.
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