Portland sits smack in the middle of several stellar wine-producing regions (the Willamette Valley, Columbia Gorge, Rogue River and Yakima Valleys to name just a few) and out restaurants have the lists to prove it. Here are some of the best places to get your wine on, whether you're hankering for a single glass or an evening of vino inspiration.
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.
The Happy Hour menu is available in the small bar, so you may have to wait, but the cheap eats are worth it. Tender bites of Ringside’s signature steak, a "fork and knife" Caesar salad, twice-baked potato skins with cheddar and bacon, or a classic hamburger are only $2.25 each.
Even if you're a meat eater, try the vegetarian tasting menu from chef David Anderson. He works magic with pasta, risotto, mushrooms, and more.
Ultra-reliable cafe with amazing roast chicken and a solid burger. Nothing like its modernist big brother restaurant next door, this spot is classic cooking all the way. Try the Happy Hour menu.
Super eco-friendly sky-high wine bar with their own garden on the roof. One of the best views on the east side. Great happy hour nibbles.
Cheryl Wakerhauser’s new pâtisserie-meets-tapas bar offers a taste of San Sebastian with a side of Gay Paree. With $5 pours of Spanish wines like txakoli and tinto, a killer Champagne list, and a dozen sherries by the glass, Bar Vivant is a suitable substitute for that European vacation.
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.
From the wood-fired pizzas and handmade pastas to the pitch-perfect cocktails, the menu is a veritable Greatest Hits playlist of my favorite Italian foods. Insalata Nostrana is my pick for the best salad in town. Tip: head to Nostrana for late-night happy hour and get $5 pizzas and $5 glasses of wine every night after nine pm.
This sexy neighborhood restaurant-meets-wine-bar offers up European class & unassuming high-style. Head in for a late-night weekend burger & vieux carre.
Perfect for date night or a drop-in glass of rosé off East Burnside (come summertime they have 10 rosés by glass) with a daily-rotating wine list and expert staff.
Romantic and delicious, a perfect date night spot. Get the tasting menu! Oh, and the name stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, Italy’s system for labeling high-quality homegrown products.
Home of the bone luge! Epic burger and charcuterie plate in wine-lover's paradise. Nearly 100 wines on tap, great cocktails. Get the 5 course tasting menu for the full effect.
Downtown's favorite alpine eatery with handcrafted everything, specializing in Germanic and Alsatian cuisines. Beet-pickled deviled eggs are among the best in town, along with one bad-ass burger.
This GQ favorite deserves every bit of the national press it's received. Say hi to Evan behind the bar and let him make you the best cocktail in PDX. Great for date night.
Walking into Ambonnay is like walking into a very small, very posh party. David Speer’s 20-seat Champagne bar is decked out with sparkling chandeliers, mirror mosaics, gold walls, and a list of bubbly that will make any Champagne lover ready to sit and stay a while.
This cafe-meets-wine-shop-meets-grocery-store-meets-cooking-school sets the bar pretty high for a neighborhood one-stop shop. The recently-launched weekend brunch shouldn't be missed.
This offshoot of SE Division’s Detour Café serves from-scratch pastries, sandwiches, soups, and focaccia pizza in a huge concrete-chic space that was once a Model T factory.
An artisan urban winery with a community focus, serving Portland-made wines, meat from Olympic Provisions, savory pies from Pacific Pie Company, and cheese from Cheese Bar.
Sweet and romantic French-inflected restaurant with a woman-powered kitchen, great cocktails, refined entrees, and a must-try happy hour menu. Sundays are all-day industry happy hour.
This seafood favorite serves up modern spins on aquatic Northwest comfort food. Ask Dana Frank for wine recommendations, she won't steer you wrong. Try the fried fish bones.
Part bottle shop and part wine bar, Taste offers small plates like roasted-vegetable flatbread and house-made chicken-liver mousse alongside well-curated local and international wine flights.