Sitting on the Columbia riverbank, Salty's on the Columbia definitely is not a fish out of water. The superb service and seafood equal the enchanting dining experience on the river. Besides their superb seasonal seafood fare, they are also known for their steaks and happy hours. Savor their sublime dishes in the romantic interiors or in their lovely deck. Live jazz music adds to the ambiance on weekend nights.
Grab the opportunity to visit Andina - it serves Peruvian food and isn't caught in that grey area which occupies fusion food. Using only the freshest ingredients, it guarantees authentic Peruvian cuisine. The first up on the order should be the Cebiches which has been labeled as 'Peru's Flagship Dish' comprising of raw foods cooked with a host of ingredients, such as key lime and hot pepper. For the main course, visitors have the option of choosing from traditional Peruvian dishes— Ceco a la Norteña which is lamb shank and garlic rice or the Conchas del Señor de Sipán that is a beautiful medley of scallops and crabmeat. For dessert, try the Chocolate Andino or indulge in Helado de Lucuma, a luscious frozen dessert. To add to the delicious menu, the restaurant has live music sessions too.
Without the air of a high-end restaurant, the mood in Le Pigeon is lively and interactive with communal tables and an open kitchen where you can see your food being prepared. The ingredients are fresh and directly sourced from farms. The staff is attentive and recommends good wines to go with your order and service is swift. Try the crème brulee or foie profiteroles, although the seven-course tasting menu is the best choice for a little taste of the chef's very best. The menu changes often, making the best of what is in season, so check before you stop by to see what they're serving on any given day.
Perched on the 30th floor of the U.S. Bancorp Tower, Portland City Grill is renowned for its amazing city views, happy hours and scrumptious food since it opened in 2002. Its intimate settings make it an ideal romantic restaurant as well. You can also grab a light dinner at the bar itself after a few drinks if you make it for happy hour. Savor their succulent steaks or contemporary seafood fare. You will know why they are still at the top of their game.
Deeply influenced by the Asian cuisine, award-winning Chef Gregory Gourdet dishes out some of the finest Asian fusion delicacies from the kitchen of Departure. The ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, while the food, including the vegan dishes, are hand-made right from Kampachi Sashimi, Dim Sum to Kushiyaki and desserts. If you are spoiled for choice, go for the chef's recommended specialties like Crispy Pork Belly, Bibimbap or Dungeness Crab Fried Rice. For a romantic dinner, you can book a table on its balcony, which is set against the backdrop of splendid views of the downtown Portland.
This intimate steakhouse has been a local favorite since 1944. Perched at the west end of Burnside Street, it runs parallel to the city's nightlife. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in the full-service bar before moving to the dining room, where you will enjoy a memorable, candlelit evening. You cannot go wrong with the tender USDA prime ribs or any of their fine meat cuts for that matter. The selection of seafood are another specialty on the menu that should not be missed. The multiple award-winning wine selection is highly evolved and offers some delightful pairing options. Seasonal wine flights are also available for wine lovers. Wrap things up with the irresistible New York Style Cheesecake or choose from the other sinful desserts on offer. The dining room has a cozy vibe with rugged brick exposed walls and subtle lighting creating an intimate atmosphere. A great place for quiet dinners and private celebrations alike, Ringside counts itself among one of the city's finest steakhouses.
Mama Mia Trattoria is an old-school Italian restaurant where everything is made from scratch, making the best of locally-sourced, fresh produce and seasonal ingredients. With a menu that is packed with classics like chicken parmigiana, veal scallopine, lasagna, spaghetti e polpette and fettucine Alfredo, Mama Mia Trattoria is everything an Italian-American eatery should be and more. From the mozzarella and pasta, to the decadent desserts, every dish is made from scratch using family recipes that have been passed down for generations. The prix fixe dinner and banquet style menus are the highlights of the restaurant's culinary offer, and a great way to celebrate special occasions with loved ones. Here, you will always be greeted with a smile and served as with the same warmth and kindness that is reserved for members of the family.
Next to Portland's landmark train station, Wilf's is a venerable dinner and jazz venue that has featured nightly performances for over 30 years along with high-end, sustainable dining. The dining room excels in creating memorable, special-occasion dinners. Jazz lovers will enjoy Tuesday nights with the Ron Steen Jazz Jam, starting at 7:30p. Professionals from near and far have been known to sit in Ron's world-class sessions. You'll find intimate seating and atmosphere in the jazz bar. Choose from a wide array of top shelf liquors and appetizers which come at great discounts during happy hour.
This swanky steakhouse serves up stylish dishes at The Benson Hotel. Meats and desserts are fired up tableside, and the elaborate dishes are mastered before your very eyes, making the experience deliciously entertaining. If a big juicy steak is not your thing, try the Australian Lobster Tail or Oven Crisped Chicken. If you do order steak, be aware that steaks ordered rare will arrive a little more underdone than most tastes will allow. Darkly lit with a full bar, this restaurant is favored by the Portland Trailblazers.
The menu at Olympic Provisions is a merger of contemporary American dining choices with Spanish and Mediterranean sensibilities. The atmosphere is quite inviting for an intimate meal with ambient dim-lighting and a refined presentation. Olympic Provisions use locally-sourced ingredients that are assured fresh. Try the Pan Roasted Halibut or the Braised Beef Short Rib from the large-plates menu if you're too hungry to care for a sophisticated choice.
Owner Kristen puts her Norwegian descent to full use at her pastry shop and restaurant known as Måurice. Situated on a charming street filled with old cars and bicycles, this eatery specializes in delightful pastries and luncheonettes that combine Scandinavian and French flavors. While-away an afternoon here and choose from an eclectic selection of desserts, teas, wines and vermouth. Let Kristen entertain you with stories of her childhood, her inspirations for making pastries from fruits, and the lasting impressions her grandmother's recipes left on her mind. The desserts such as Almond Anise Seed Meringue, Currant & Rosemary Créme Scone, Lemon Souffle Pudding Cake and Bird Seed Coconut Tea Cake have rich garnishes that make guests come back for more.