Trust me on this one: unless you're a top chef and you have the night off, it's best to leave Valentine's dinner to the pros. Nothing is less sexy than stopping your date mid-kiss to wash the dishes and scrape off the oven, so play it safe with one of these romantic Portland options for the holiday of love. Each eatery on this list is hosting a themed tasting menu, pairing event, or set of specials for Valentine's Day to make the most of your night out (no dishwashing required).
A true Portland institution, Paley's is a must-try for any PDX foodie or visitor. Try the housemade charcuterie with a glass of Pinot Noir or the sweetbreads with artichoke hearts.
Thanks to a recent remodel, Wildwood is ready to woo a whole new generation of Portlanders. Chef Clark's international influences pair perfectly with his passion for preserving farm fresh ingredients.
This candle-lit Southern eatery dishes out creative, comforting takes on New Orleans classics. Must order: barbecue shrimp in a lick-the-bowl-clean-it’s-so-good sauce of white wine, pepper, Worcestershire, lemon, and plenty of butter.
Bring a few friends and order a variety of small plates (try the Tabule de Cereales Andinos!) for a taste of Peru at its best. Full gluten free menu available.
When you're in the mood for some over-the-top, meat-centric, moan-so-loud-the-people-five-tables-over-can-hear-you food, this is your spot. In other words, check your diet at the door, and order the freakin hamburger.
Much more than the sum of its parts, the shaved kale salad at Yakuza manages to be both healthy and indulgent at the same time. The good green stuff is sliced confetti-thin, then tossed with shallots, lemon, and edamame.
This upscale-industrial spot serves up a killer cheese plate, and its a go-to spot for business lunches. Try the farm-fresh salads or the tagliatelle with lamb ragù.
Chef Adam Sappington was one of the first supporters of Portland's nose to tail dining scene, and his love of meat is still evident on his menu. Check out the “Animal of the Week” specials for primal goodness.
Gabe Rosen's popular izakaya just launched a new menu of traditional Japanese highball cocktails (dubbed chu-hai's) powered by fresh produce and house infusions. Try the genmai-hai with toasted rice and vanilla.
This sexy neighborhood restaurant-meets-wine-bar offers up European class & unassuming high-style. Head in for a late-night weekend burger & vieux carre.
Chef Tony will be pulling out all the gourmet stops for Valentines' Day at this NW 21st favorite: think caviar, oysters, lobster, and CHOCOLATE in addition to his freshly prepared pastas, savory meats, and height-of-the-season produce.
A former pizza parlor got the Cinderella treatment and is now a colorful haven for farm-to-fork cuisine. No wait for brunch--get the polenta w/ mushroom gravy! All salads are delicious.
The best view in Portland w/ a side of sophisticated and modern Asian cuisine. Greg Gourdet is one of the best chefs in PDX, and his new brunch is crazy good. Vegan/GF friendly.
When three young chefs combine forces with international influences, the result is an eclectic and flavorful menu of modern dishes like crispy pig ear salad and heirloom tomato french toast with preserved lemon aioli.
Amazing steaks, despite the rather campy atmosphere. Try the Cheese Cart! Fromager Lindsey Walton has curated a top-notch list of a dozen cheese selections, complete with accessible and engaging table-side service.
This V-Day, the Wine Collective is hosting a fondue-for-two party (with both the cheese and chocolate varieties) as well as a fondue-feuled "singles mixer" for those without a dinner date.