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Chef Bruce Carey and Chef Dolan Lane are two names associated with top-tier restaurants of the Northwest and the duo is now the driving force behind Clarklewis. This New American restaurant joins the trailblazers of the farm-to table movement, and presents Portlanders with a locally-inspired menu that borrows international flavors - mainly French and Italian. Most of the value is on the plate as the restaurant is housed inside a re-purposed warehouse with aesthetically pleasing yet rustic decor. Service adheres to a high standard and the menu changes daily, with a standard hand-picked wine list. A separate space is reserved for private dining which caters for up to 20 guests with customized menus. Reservations can be made online.
Portlanders have long awaited this restaurant since the owner closed Zefiro's. Portland's most elite are again hob-nobbing with each other amidst elegant and trendy surroundings. From the high ceilings to the opulent, mirror-bedecked restrooms, nothing has been overlooked. Wine is available from nearly any region or stick with your usual cocktail from the full bar. Poultry and seafood dominate the expansive menu, but you can also find plenty of pasta and beef. Be sure to leave room for an impressive dessert; like its predecessor, the sorbets are unforgettable.
This downtown restaurant is known for its local cuisine; all the ingredients are harvested here in Oregon. The small, split-level setup is cozy, but it can get bit noisy. Northwest seafood, local mushrooms and other veggies make up an array of uniquely Oregon dishes. Sustainability is at the core of the restaurant's food philosophy and it firmly believes in supporting and sourcing from local growers. The lamb sausage and Totten Inlet mussels are specialties not to be missed. The pastrami sandwich is a good choice for lunch. The freshness of the ingredients and the diversity it brings to the palate is an obvious advantage of this practice. This restaurant also claims to have the largest wine and beer list in the city; don't expect a Budweiser though. An excellent choice for a local culinary experience.
With the help of the celebrated local Chef David Machado, Nel Centro brings the refined flavors from the cuisines of Italian and French Riviera to Downtown Portland. A part of Hotel Modera, the restaurant's menu has decent options in entrees, salads, starters and side dishes. You can try the scrumptious specialty Braised Pork Risotto and Grilled Skirt Steak. Also, The Spaghetti Aglio and Pappardelle al Tocco are flavorful and appeasing to the taste-buds. If you are looking to unwind with your friends, then head to the outdoor patio which is replete with fire-pits. Expect a huge crowd during happy hours as the drinks and food specials offered here have made this one of the best happy hours spots in the city. To add to the vibrant atmosphere is the live jazz performances which are scheduled on weekend nights.