The 25 Best New American Food Portland Restaurants

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The 25 Best New American Food Portland Restaurants

1. Elephant’s Deli

Elephant’s Deli was named by Food & Wine Magazine as a great new Portland institution. This casual restaurant offers gourmet sandwiches and salads with a California twist. Try the mac and cheese with chive, bacon, and gruyere!

939 NW Hoyt Street

Portland, OR 97209 

2. Stormbreaker Brewing Company

A family-friendly brewpub focused on local ingredients. Combines New American cuisine (wild-caught seafood) with traditional European-inspired dishes.

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2313 NW Kearney Street

Portland, OR 97210

3. Red Water Tavern

Located inside a 1907 Tudor building, this is one of the best restaurants in Portland. The atmosphere is charming and relaxed while the food is Michelin star quality.

Red Water Tavern serves up the finest aged steaks and fresh seafood that are locally sourced. They also offer gluten-free options. An excellent choice for a special occasion!

2425 NW Thurman St

Portland, OR 97210 

4. Bollywood Theater

Bollywood Theater is a casual Indian restaurant with great service. Try the butter chicken and the samosas!

316 NE Russell St

Portland, OR 97232

5.  Nong’s Khao Man Gai Curry Cookery

This cozy Thai restaurant serves authentic cuisine at street-level prices—the warm and welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff, and a great menu. Try the pad Thai and chicken fried rice!

1192 SE Division St

Portland, OR 97202 

6.  Ken’s Artisan Pizza

Ken’s Artisan Pizza is a family-friendly restaurant with a great menu that includes traditional Italian dishes, brick oven pizzas, and a great selection of artisan beers. You can’t go wrong with Ken’s; everything is cooked to order!  1139 NW Johnson Street Portland, OR 97209    

7. Evening Star Cafe

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A cozy restaurant and cafe serving up traditional American food and breakfast 24/7! The breakfast menu is incredible! Enjoy a Bloody Mary or a mimosa with your huevos rancheros.

2930 NE Broadway Street

Portland, OR 97232 

8.  Pok Pok

One of the most famous restaurants in Portland, serving authentic regional Thai cuisine. Order the snow pea leaf, pork belly, and spicy papaya salad!  3226 SE Division Street Portland, OR 97202  

9.  Screen Door

Screen Door is a restaurant that pays homage to the South with a fresh twist. The fried chicken is cooked over an open pit oak fire, and the grits are made from scratch. At Screen Door, you’ll get excellent Southern food served fast!  122 SW 3rd Avenue Portland, OR 97204     10.  Tasty n Alder

This Michelin star restaurant serves contemporary American cuisine in a bright and modern setting. Tasty n Alder is an excellent choice for a special occasion!  422 SW Alder Street Portland, OR 97205    

11.  Et Voila! Bistro

An intimate restaurant that serves contemporary French cuisine. The three-course prix fixe menu is great if you’re on a budget and have an extensive wine list. Highly recommended!  3621 SE Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, OR 97214     

12. Imperial

An excellent choice for dinner, the Imperial offers contemporary American cuisine with a refined atmosphere. The seasonal menu changes daily, so you’ll never get bored!  410 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205  

13.  Kachka

One of the best Russian restaurants in town! Kachka serves traditional cuisine with updated flavor profiles. This restaurant is great if you prefer something more sophisticated than the typical burger and fries.  2308 NW Glisan Street Portland, OR 97209    

14. St. Jack

St. Jack offers an innovative menu that pays homage to traditional worldwide cuisine. Try the lamb sausage, black-eyed peas, and braised greens!  422 SW 10th Avenue Portland, OR 97205 15. 

15. Le Bistro Montage

Le Bistro Montage is a restaurant inside the Hyatt Hotel that serves French cuisine at affordable prices. The atmosphere is welcoming, and the service is top-notch!  111 SW Fifth Avenue Portland, OR 97204    

16. Out The Door Deli

This is one of the best delis in Portland. Start with a Pommes Frites and end with a salted caramel cookie. You won’t regret it!  1510 SW Stark Street Portland, OR 97201    

17.  Kachka Cucina Rusticana

This restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine, including pasta, meats, and vegetables from all over Italy. The service is superb, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting.  701 SE Morrison Street Portland, OR 97214    

18.  Lardo

Lardo is a brand new restaurant with an innovative menu that celebrates local products like bread, coffee, and cheeses, as well as organic meats from pigs raised on nearby George Washington farms. It’s a great restaurant for breakfast or lunch!  410 NW 14th Ave Portland, OR 97209    

19. Paley’s Place

Paley’s Place serves traditional American cuisine in an upscale setting. Try the chicken and waffles and a glass of Johnnie Walker Blue!  1319 NW Glisan Street Portland, OR 97209    

20.  St. Jack Deli & Pub

St. Jack Deli & Pub is a classic neighborhood deli that serves amazing sandwiches with fresh produce from local farmers. The wine list is extensive, and they even have a Sunday Brunch!  3377 SE Division Street

Portland, OR 97202    

21.  Higgins Restaurant & Bar

Higgins Restaurant & Bar is an elegant lounge with a wide selection of meats from the Northwest. Try their signature Pacific Northwest Old Fashioned!  401 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205    

22. Nel Centro

Nel Centro is an upscale Italian restaurant with authentic cuisine in a lively environment. The service is excellent, and the food is incredible!  2308 SE Clinton Street Portland, OR 97202    

23.  Pok Pok Noi

Pok Pok Noi serves authentic Thai cuisine at affordable prices. Try the pork belly learn and tofu curry!   738 SE Division Street Portland, OR 97214     

24. Nostrana

An intimate Italian restaurant that specializes in regional recipes from the North of Italy. The food is excellent, and the service is friendly. Highly recommended!  535 SW Washington St Portland, OR 97205    

25.  Lardo

This restaurant serves traditional New York Italian favorites. The menu changes frequently, but you’re guaranteed to find something delicious every time!  410 NW 14th Avenue Portland, OR 97209    


American Food Portland is one of the best lists of restaurants in Portland I’ve ever seen. There are so many amazing restaurants in Portland offering something special. I

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