Whether you've been tasked with finding the perfect venue for an impress-the-client/boss work function, somewhere quiet and peaceful for your slightly deaf Grandma's 88th birthday party, or a swanky little spot to celebrate a special occasion, finding room for your herd to graze can be a challenge. Fortunately, all of these classy joints have accommodations for large parties, from Andina's sexy wine cave to Departure's viewriffic West Deck.
Give a word association test to Portland diners and “date night” will immediately elicit “Paley’s” in 80-90 percent of respondents. (Okay, so that’s an unofficial estimate, but I’m pretty confident about it.) This is the spot to splash out on beef--the Wagyu tartare and New York strip steak are completely justified decadence.
If there was ever a reason to pull your best tie out of mothballs, this stately charmer is it. A beautiful wine list, gracious dining room, and solid seasonal menu make for a memorable night out. Go early to take advantage of $5 happy hour cocktails—weeknights 4:30-6:30pm.
Old school NW Portland brunch spot with plenty of history and a charming bar. Try the mighty breakfast burger or huevos rancheros. GF pancakes and French toast! Lines can be long on weekends, so go early.
One of Portland's most elegant grandes dames of dining, this swank spot sits quietly on SE Belmont next to its rowdier, more casual sibling, Accanto. Dinner is a five-course prix fixe experience with dishes like risotto with fennel and mascarpone and confit halibut cheeks. Groups of 18 can be accommodated in their private room.
Swanky but never snobby, Andina makes for a great date night--if for some reason your date isn’t into sharing dozens of the vibrantly-flavored small plates, trade him/her for another mojito and the passion fruit mousse-stuffed quinoa cannoli. PS: Live music every night!
At first sign of spring & summer sunbeams, we head straight up (15 floors) to the top of the posh Nines' Hotel, to claim a lounger on the gorgeous terrace of this swanky space age restaurant. The daily happy hour is the deal to beat, especially factoring in the priceless city views. If the front patio is overcrowded, try the west-facing one, sometimes it's less crazy.
Whether you sink into a sexy booth, take the upstairs perch for maximum peeping potential, or join the raucous crowd at the bar, this boisterous bistro is a guaranteed good time. The grilled hanger steak with potatoes & marrow butter is Gallic mood food all the way.
There’s so much to love about this airy, elegant Division Street cantina, where bright splashes of color against white walls set the stage for the kitchen’s beautiful, fiercely seasonal, locally-sourced take on traditional Mexican food. Get the salsas & guac to start, the trout pozole and/or enchiladas, and without hesitation, the Woodblock chocolate cake with passion fruit-chile ganache for dessert.
Imperial has a lot going for it—it’s attractive, it lives in a great part of town, it’s very popular but still friendly, it has exceptional taste in food and wine, and it makes some pretty amazing duck meatballs. You should go order them right now.
Portlanders don't lack for a wide variety of exceptional brunches, but the weekend morning fare at this charcuterie palace takes the cake. The pancake, to be exact. The feathery light house pancakes are nothing short of ethereal, and the dab of orange butter on top coupled with the absence of a grueling wait might have you seeing OP's brunch exclusively.
This Pearl District newcomer has captivated the Portland foodie class with exceptional seafood, classy surroundings, and some serious ice cubes. Try the crispy poached egg with caviar, its opulent description transcends the $4 price tag.
Beautiful Middle Eastern food with sophisticated twists. Love the stuffed squid, chopped chicken liver over grilled challah, hearth-roasted lamb, & lemon yogurt cake with orange blossom cream.
This popular new Division Street tasting room showcases the talents of four wineries--Vincent Wine Company, Bow & Arrow Wines, Helioterra Wines and Division Winemaking Company, along with light bites. They also regularly host special events and wine dinners--check their Facebook page for info.