The questions my friends and family ask most frequently are, “Could you give me a list of Portland’s best food and wine places? What restaurants, cheap eats and wine bars do you recommend in Portland?” and, “What are the not to miss wineries when visiting the Willamette Valley?”
Having lived here for almost a decade, I have many favorites so I decided to pull this list together and share them with you. I had a friend that asked me to post it as possible, so I rushed to get it up, but my intent is to make it a living document, and to add new wineries and restaurants as needed. I’ve broken this list into two parts–one for eating and drinking establishments; and another for wineries that are close in proximity to Portland. Bon appetite and cheers!
Portland’s Best Food and Wine: Great Restaurants and Wineries
This is Portland’s best food and wine; a list of recommendations I highly suggest to hit while you visit Portland. It is in no particular order. It spans from cheap eats to drinks and paycheck worthy splurges; all personally tried and highly recommended!
Life of Pie is a family friendly neighborhood pizzeria on N. Williams Street in Portland, serving amazing wood fired pizzas.
Owner and founder Ken Forkish has been rocking the bakery and pizza scene for over a decade. Head over to Ken’s for Artisan awesomeness.
Hopworks Urban Brewery and Hopworks BikeBar are Portland’s first Eco-Brewpubs. They offer handcrafted organic beers and fresh, local ingredients, all served in sustainably-built and operated buildings in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. They also have a good food menu, with soup and salad options, hamburgers, sandwiches and pizza.
Le Pigeon (French) $$$
Le Pigeon, a tiny little eatery on East Burnside in Portland fills up nightly and packs them in communal style with a presentation kitchen that makes for good entertainment. This is one of Portland’s best food and wine restaurants. Click here for my full review.
Voodoo Doughnut (A Portland landmark, doughnuts!) $
I won’t declare them to be the best doughnuts in the world, but your friends will make fun of you if you return without visiting this place.
Kenny & Zuke’s is a place that serves up awesome food, from corned beef, to pastrami sandwiches and a whole lot more. It is a good cheap eats Portland favorite. Click here for the full review.
Great views of the city, great food and a 300+ bottle list with over 40 wines by the glass! They have a full bar as well. Another one of Portland’s best food and wine bars!
Moonstruck Chocolate Café $ (for chocolate lovers)
Moonstruck is a Chocolatier that has been around since 1993. Visit for an decadent chocolate experience!
Pok Pok $$ (Asia inspired)
Thai food but not your typical American Thai! It is Southeast Asia inspired with a twist. The dishes are quite interesting and the menu changes frequently. It is a small place so expect waits. Everyone raves about Chef Andy Ricker’s chicken wings! This is a not to miss Portland restaurant; great food!
This is a relatively small place in Portland that serves Neapolitan style pizzas that rock. Expect long waits, and sometimes-idiocracy service. This is another one of Portland’s best food and wine restaurants. They have long waits but the food is usually worth it. Click here and here for our full reviews.
This is a Portland steakhouse-inspired brasserie with a full service butcher shop and neighborhood bar; a place that has great vibes and great food!
This Italian Portland restaurant has been knocking out of the park for many years now. Its worth the 10-mile drive from Portland. Great food and service. Click here for our full review.
Nostrana (Italian & Pizza) $$$
This regional Italian with a Northwestern flare is owned and run by 5-time James Beard Award finalist Cathy Whims. Great Portland food, from pizza to pasta!
Noisette $$$ CLOSED
Noisette is the fine dining oasis in Portland’s sea of casual gastronomy. Another not to miss as it is definitely one of Portland’s best food and wine restaurants.
Henry’s 12th street Tavern $$ (good beer and happy hour)
This Portland restaurant pays homage to the Blitz-Weinhard Brewery, which brewed beer on site for more than 140 years. Henry’s Tavern, which now offers over 100 beers on tap, occupies what was once the brewery’s powerhouse. I love this place because of its vibe during happy hour—buzzing with excitement. Find the bar and try one of the many beer specials. And for food, don’t miss the gorgonzola fries and happy burger. Delicious especially on those cheat days!
Paley’s Place $$$
Paley’s place is a small Portland restaurant committed to showcasing seasonal Pacific Northwest cuisine. Its intimate dining experience is inviting yet sophisticated, situated in a Victorian house in one of Portland’s historic neighborhoods. Its concept is quintessential to what the Pacific Northwest is about, which is why we spotlighted this restaurant in our book, The History of the Pacific Northwest Cuisine. It’s a place not to miss when you visit Portland.
Portland’s best food and wine; great food, wine on tap, good feel vibe and cool décor. What more could you ask for?
Wildwood $$$ CLOSED
Executive chef Dustin Clark really brings out everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer and Savanna Ray, the restaurant’s sommelier will find you a great glass or bottle of wine to pair with that great meal you select. This is another one of Portland’s best food and wine outlets.
Willamette Valley Wineries
There are so many great wineries (roughly 165!) that are a short drive from Portland, so if you are looking for a few places to visit while you are here, check these out. Many are only a short 30 – 45 minute drive.
This map is by no means comprehensive, rather a hand-picked list of recommended wineries that would make for an easy jaunt if you are visiting Portland. For a full list of Willamette Valley wineries, click here.
Do you have a favorite Portland restaurant or Willamette Valley winery that is not on my list? Please add them as a comment below. I’d love to evolve this list!
And if you are visiting other wine regions, check out our other wine maps here.