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.
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.
Enjoy the traditional American steaks in a modern steakhouse that promotes local and sustainable supplies for the delicacies prepared here. Taking the trend of farm to table concept to his heart, Chef Matt and his culinary team in the kitchen dish out excellent traditional American steaks using ingredients like grass-fed Oregon beef with the wines and beers, from local winemakers and breweries. Walk into this restaurant to gorge on the Charcuterie Board starters and move on to the succulent Pekin Duck Breast or the Pacific Wild Salmon. After finishing the dessert you can wash it down with a glass of Ponzi 2007 Vino Gelato or the Fortified Wine, to round off a complete American treat. Urban Farmer also hosts private parties for groups, so call ahead for reservations.
Holdfast Dining located in Southeast Portland is a fine-dining restaurant that offers an exquisite tasting menu of six and nine courses, along with wine or non-alcoholic beverage pairings. Serving perfectly plated contemporary American cuisine creations, this restaurant is the place to go for all foodies and experimental eaters. The ever-changing menu has included options like the Geo-duck with Brown Butter and Coriander, Shrimp with Pickled Apples & Wasabi and Fried Shrimp Heads in Uni Sauce, among many others. Make a reservation in advance to try out an exciting new menu and you will definitely not be disappointed.