A thriving Downtown Portland makes for the most enjoyable time out. Once you need a break from shopping or get peckish after relaxing with the views on the waterfront, you’ll need to know good restaurants in the area. The Downtown area is full of lively and accommodating venues that are sure to make a day out in the city even better. These restaurants are favorites thanks to their outstanding decor and the tasty choices that fill their menus. Elevate your day out with a trip to one of these restaurants and be prepared to want to come back again soon.
If you have a friend who prefers the gift of experience over material, the next time their birthday comes up give them a gift card to a Downtown Portland restaurant! They’ll be able to enjoy a delicious meal already paid for and have an excuse to spend some time in the city after eating. Save yourself some hassle by purchasing your next gift card on GiftYa’s website. You can find and purchase the gift card online and send it to a friend through text. To make sure there’s no possibility of losing it, the gift card can then be connected to the recipient’s Visa or Mastercard.
1022 SW Morrison St. | Downtown | muccaosteria.com
Mucca Osteria is beloved for their friendly staff and extremely comfortable dining spaces. Enjoy your meal inside with the comforts of sheek decor or you have your meal with a bit of sun on their outdoor patio. The fun starts when you peruse their extensive wine menu where you’re sure to find your favorite or something new and exciting. It gets even better with the entrees menu! Mucca Osteria’s homemade pasta won’t disappoint, especially with such bold and tasty seasoning. Before you go, finish your meal with something sweet like the panna cotta or tiramisu.
“I had such a lovely evening at Mucca Osteria. We dined outside, but the interior of the Mucca was beautiful… hands down some of the best service I have ever received… The bolognese was delicious too… the tiramisu at Mucca Osteria is the best I have ever had…” - Yelp Review
213 SW Clay St. | Downtown | mortons.com
Come prepared with a big appetite, because you’ll just want to keep eating once you’re sitting at Morton’s The Steakhouse. The dark wood interior contributes to an elegant dining experience as you relax with a drink at the bar or take a seat to a mouthwatering dinner. You can start with tasty appetizers such as a jumbo shrimp cocktail or prosciutto wrapped mozzarella before getting serious. Try some favorites like the prime new york strip, the cold water lobster tail, or the prime porterhouse. You’ll find everything exactly the way you like it!
“Once again Morton's has created a night to remember. I can't imagine a more perfect steak. A beautifully cooked porterhouse. Paired with an amazing and experienced staff that will cater to your needs, making the dinner that much more special…” - Yelp Review
113 SW Naito Pkwy. | Downtown | lechonpdx.com
Enter the historic Smith’s Block Building to find yourself in the luxurious dining area of Lechon. The park and river views from this restaurant are only the first marvel of this place! The menu is full of fiery flavors inspired by South American cuisine and that are sure to blow your socks off. Start with some tapas before trying empanadas, or maybe something off the grill. Lechon also has a vegetarian menu with tasty options like Peruvian-marinated roasted tofu. Come by for happy hour to get a taste of some fun cocktails and delectable small dishes.
“EAT. HERE. Do it! Don't think about it, just make that reservation. LeChon is THAT good! Every single dish we ordered was phenomenal and flavorful, service was great, prices were reasonable, and it's right on the waterfront. We made a reservation and I'm glad we did…” - Yelp Review
1320 SW Broadway | Downtown | viadeliziaonbroadway.com
This casual restaurant is relaxing and perfect for small groups looking to cool down after a long morning of excursions. It’s also great for grabbing a seat to study and work. The first thing when you walk in is the tree extending throughout the dining area, decorated with charming little lamps. Order from their impressive coffee menu any time of the day. Via Delizia has a breakfast menu of bagels and pastries, and a lunch menu of salads and sandwiches. Try one of their paninis served with a grilled ciabatta. Their gelato is one of the most refreshing items on the menu!
“Such a cute little spot. Came for lunch with my SO and our lunch was packed with flavor. Light enough not feel like we needed a nap. They accommodated my vegan diet and the dish was very savory!… Staff was very friendly and helpful.” - Yelp Review
1205 SW Washington St. | Downtown | grassapdx.com
Grassa’s industrial setting is bright and comfortable, putting you in the perfect mood for a bowl of delectable homemade pasta. All the pastas are so good, it’s difficult to pick just one! Try the caio e pepe or pumpkin agnolotti. Each dish on the menu contains invigorating ingredients and flavors that give you a whole new idea of the meaning of pasta. For example, their mac and cheese contains pork belly, jalapenos, red onion, and cornbread crumbs. Delicious! To go along with your pasta you can also get a caesar salad, or maybe some garlic bread.
“i think about this place at least once a week since i got their pork belly mac n cheese and truffle oil pasta. it's sooo good and the service was very fast… the pasta was so perfectly cooked and the pork belly went so well with the mac n cheese!…” - Yelp Review
200 SW Market St. | Downtown | muratarestaurant.com
The locals of Downtown Portland can’t get enough of what’s getting served at Murata Restaurant. Every dish is prepared with fresh and high quality ingredients. This restaurant’s speciality is lunch and dinner, so come on later in the day to enjoy some of the best sushi and sashimi you’ve ever had. You’ll also enjoy their udon and soba noodles, as well as their donburi mono. Don’t forget to check out what new lunch and dinner specials they’re offering, offered when the best seasonal ingredients are available. Murata Restaurant also has a drinks list and a dessert menu to elevate the meal. You can’t leave until you’ve had some sake and mochi ice cream.
“Sooo good and fresh. Their yellowtail Hama collar is so good - comes from a large size yellow fish. Also their chirashi bowls are amazing. It's so worth it. Also great service too... The best sushi in Ptown hands down…” - Yelp Review
Downtown Portland is a popular spot to enjoy an afternoon or evening for shopping, walking in the park, and tasting amazing food. In order to get the full experience of the latter, try one of these listed restaurants and you won’t be disappointed. It hasn’t gone unnoticed how friendly their service is and how irresistible their menus are. Plus, their venues are so attractive and relaxing. So take a group of friends and family out for a lovely meal and enjoy what Downtown Portland has to offer.