8 Restaurants You Can’t Miss In Portland, Oregon

Tercet

Josh Chang at Foundry 503

Portland is one of those few American cities that needs little introduction. You know about its progressive political ways. You know how accessible nature and outdoor pursuits are. And you definitely know of its always-evolving restaurant landscape, and how it runs the gamut from affordable food carts to lavish fine dining while championing cultures from all over the world.

But here’s something you might not know: while Portland is unofficially considered the rainiest city in the country, the summer season is anything but. The days are clear and warm, and the nights are long and cool – making right now a sublime time to visit.

So whether you’re headed to the City of Roses soon to catch the tail end of summer or to just check out Portland in general, keep this list of eight new restaurants handy.

Tercet

Tercet

Josh Chang at Foundry 503

While many dining concepts have pivoted to a casual format as of late, Tercet continues to joyfully embrace the art of fine dining. The team is lean and nimble, with just chefs John Conlin and Wyatt VandenBerghe and sommelier Michael Branton handling everything from welcoming you with a bracing aperitif to washing the dishes after service. The eight-course prix fixe menu costing $150 per guest celebrates the Pacific Northwest’s abundant and varied bounty in artful plates that are as pleasing to the eyes as they are to the palate. (Even seemingly humble items like the house sourdough bread shine with a smear of tangy cultured butter and pinch of crunchy sea salt.) As for the vibe, it’s low-key, yet elegant with no dress code, and the discreet location on the mezzanine floor of the landmark Morgan building downtown makes dining here feel that much more special.

RukDiew Cafe

RukDiew Cafe

RukDiew Cafe

From Poomipat “Pat” Thaithongsuk, who’s behind two other Portland staples Thai Peacock and Khao Moo Dang, comes the impossibly charming and cheerful RukDiew Cafe. (RukDiew translates to “one love” in Thai.) Inspired by his mother’s generous hospitality and soul-soothing home cooking, this casual spot on Belmont whips up crowd-pleasing everyday dishes including pumpkin curry, pineapple fried rice, and boat noodles at reasonable prices. Despite being open since March, RukDiew Cafe is still one of the hottest tables in town.

Takibi

Takibi

Heather Amistad

Fashion brands venturing into the restaurant world isn’t a new trend, but the best ones, such as Prada’s Bar Luce in Milan and Seoul’s Cafe Dior, are overseas. Then Takibi (Japanese for bonfire) quietly opened in Snowpeak’s North American flagship store in May 2021, channeling the subdued sensibility of the beloved Japanese outdoor lifestyle brand through food. The menu is driven by the seasons and traditional cooking methods like simmering, grilling, and frying – the sweet-tangy morel nanbanzuke bathed in dashi vinegar and crowned with julienned carrots and onions is a must – while the cocktail program spearheaded by renowned mixologist Jim Meehan fittingly spotlights Japanese spirits and ingredients.

Kann

Kann

Zack Lewis

Perhaps the most anticipated Portland restaurant opening this year, Kann by celebrated chef Gregory Gourdet honors his Haitian roots in warm, design-driven space. And to make it even more personal, Gourdet made sure the staff was trained by Dr. Bertrhude Albert on Haiti’s history and culture. On the menu, you’ll discover staples like Akra (root vegetable fritters), Griyo (twice-cooked pork), and pineapple upside-down cake (Haiti’s most famous dessert) gussied up with modern flourishes.

Masala Lab PDX

Masala Lab PDX

Masala Lab PDX

After running the successful food cart Desi PDX for seven years, owner Deepak Saxena decided to expand further with a brick-and-mortar space and new concept. Open for brunch and lunch, Masala Lab PDX builds upon Desi’s Indian fusion roots, and continues to, in Saxena’s words, “explore the idea of authenticity and Indian identity in a globalized interconnected world.” Tuck into imaginative plates like shrimp and grits with coconut milk polenta, shrimp tikka mole, and braised greens, and a savory pakora chickpea waffle smothered with two chutneys and green lentil dhal.

Pasture

Pasture PDX

Pasture PDX

Equal parts neighborhood butcher shop, restaurant, and educational hub, Pasture PDX by Kei Ohdera and John Schaible is the answer for those of us who are omnivirous but want to enjoy meat in a more humane and sustainable way. Because the Northeast Alberta shop prioritizes whole animal butchery and partners with area farms specializing in regenerative farming, you can feel good about everything you eat or purchase here, from the meat in the sandwiches like the pastrami-stuffed and Banh Mi-inspired O.G. to the fresh Rancher steak available by the pound.

Canard Oregon City

Canard Oregon City

Canard

Oregon City may be the offshoot of the popular restaurant by Gabriel Rucker on Burnside, but make no mistake: they’re far from being carbon copies of each other. While you’ll notice some holdover items from the original (think steam burgers, duck stack, and garlic fries), the sister location branches out with more original creations like the very craveable Tokyo Hot Chicken Tenders finished with Koji honey and Japanese-style gribiche sauce. Young diners can also tempt their taste buds with the kid-friendly “Little Ducks” menu, which includes funfetti pancakes and mac n’ cheese.

Pacific Standard

Pacific Standard

Tariq Widarso

Occupying the space that formerly housed Dottir in KEX Hotel, Pacific Standard by hospitality veterans Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Benjamin “Banjo” Amberg couldn’t have opened at a better time. A culinary love letter to the Pacific Northwest (hence the name), this restaurant and lounge is the kind of easygoing, drop-in-anytime spot that suits all occasions. Feeling peckish? Order some pristine West Coast oysters. Seeking something more indulgent? Try the Chicken Milanesa Sandwich or signature Drive-Thru Burger. But no matter what, get the house All-Day Bloody Mary, a super savory and lighter take on the classic daytime libation.