The Best Foodie Spots in Portland

The Best Foodie Spots in Portland

With such a wide variety of interesting and enticing restaurants in Portland, it can be hard to find one that you’ll love more than the rest. However, with a little insider help and a delectable description of what you can expect, we want to help guide you towards some of the best foodie spots in Portland.


MÅURICE is a French-Scandinavian-style  restaurant with a varied menu that changes throughout the year. Seasonal eating is a key part of French cuisine, and the team at MÅURICE take the time to ensure that their menu changes daily during their opening hours of 10am to 4pm.

Well-known for their Luncheonette offerings and Fika pastries, MÅURICE has carefully orchestrated the perfect pairings of wine, tea, coffee, and other libations to match the cozy and welcoming vibe they present while you dine with them.

strawberry pastries on a wooden block

2. Mi Mero Mole

If you’re looking for some incredible traditional “guisados,” or home-style Mexican dishes, Mi Mero Mole is waiting for you. Guisados are a popular street food, and Mi Mero Mole effortlessly matches the deep, textured tastes that you would find in Mexico City and throughout Central Mexico, all at an affordable price point.

They make all of their home-cooked food from scratch for an authentic experience that will leave you wanting more.

3. El Gaucho Portland

El Gaucho restaurant in the Benson Hotel

El Gaucho Portland is an old-fashioned steakhouse located in the historic Benson Hotel in Portland’s heart. Upon entering El Gaucho Portland, you’ll be overcome with a sense of nostalgia for times past, with rooms filled with candlelight and the sounds of live flamenco guitar.

El Gaucho Portland is available for happy hour and dinner service with a high-end feel and best-in-class hospitality. They specialize in fresh seafood and 28-day dry-aged Niman Rach Angus Beef, carefully selected by John Tarpoff. Only the finest ingredients and items are used at El Gaucho Portland, which you will experience when you dine in the main dining room, Vintage Room, Gold Room, and late-night cigar lounge.

4. Saucebox

Saucebox opened its doors in 1995 as a pan-Asian and Pacific Island cuisine with an incredible unique ambiance. The creativeness of the dishes served has astonished many over the years and has come to be known as a must-visit amongst foodies from around the globe.

Whether you want an entire dining experience or to have a delicious late-night cocktail, you’ll be soothed by unique DJ sounds, enticed by the mirrored hallway, and absorbed by the glamor all around you.

5. Portland City Grill

Portland is a city known for its seafood, and Portland City Grill knows it. With views of the city and the picturesque Cascade Mountains from this 30th-floor space, Portland City Grill is an award-winning restaurant that offers impeccable steaks, salads, and fresh seafood.

High-end dining for both brunch and dinner will never be the same after a visit to the inviting and all-absorbing Portland City Grill.

6. Little Bird Bistro

oysters on a plate with lime and sauce

Little Bird Bistro is one of those dining environments that you’ll crave long after your visit to Portland. As an innovative and eclectic space, Little Bird specializes in French bistro food for lunch, dinner, and happy hour.

Known for their daily selection of oysters and delectable 3-course lunch, Little Bird Bistro brings to life exactly what you’d expect from a traditional French bistro.

If you’re looking forward to exploring all of the incredible and creative restaurants in Portland, make sure that you stay close to where the action is. The Benson is a centrally located hotel in a historic landmark. The Benson has hosted CEOs and Presidents during their stay in Portland, and now, The Benson is ready to welcome you to share our luxurious amenities.

exterior view of The Benson Hotel

The Benson is located near famous breweries, bookstores, and the best foodie spots in Portland listed above, so book your stay in Portland with us today.