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Best Eats in Portland

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Portland, Oregon is a city known for many things, and one of them is food. The breadth and depth of restaurant selection in the city is nigh-unparalleled, with everything from laid-back tapas pubs to chic, upscale cuisine and so much more, Portland has a restaurant to suit ever craving and every budget.

To help you get the most of your time should you ever visit this fun city (and you really should!), Vine Vera’s put together a list of some of our favorite places to eat in Portland, and we’ve made sure to include a wide variety of atmospheres and food.

Calling themselves a “Spanish gastropub” and serving some delightfully playful tapas and other Spanish cuisines alongside a variety of excellent drink options, including sangrias that border on savory. Here you’ll find fun creations like beef and potato bombas and chorizo lollipops, making this place a fun venue to sit back and enjoy an evening chatting, eating, and drinking with friends.

Paley’s Place
This creative little nook has a quirky atmosphere and inventive ideas on their menu. From escargot to mussels and more, you’ll encounter creative takes on a number of culinary classics, with an intriguing emphasis on northwestern takes on French Cuisine. Head over during happy hour for some ludicrously reduced prices.

An unconventionally wonderful little gem of a restaurant, Maurice considers itself a “pastry luncheonette,” with a menu split in focus between sweet and savory ideal for lunch or desert. Try lemon pudding cakes, tarts, or intriguing black pepper cheesecakes. The atmosphere here is comfortable, fun, and classy, with some really marvelous place settings.

Ringside Uptown
If you’re in the mood for some of the best steaks in Portland, Ringside Uptown steakhouse is your place. Masterfully cooked steaks are complemented with arguably the best wine list in the city. In terms of ambiance, this is the place to go if you want to get dressed up and indulge in a bit of elegance; low lighting, booths, and waiters with tuxedos greet you in this upscale venue. But as fancy as it is, and as pricey as the menu can be at full price, if you hit the place up during happy hour, you’ll find some surprisingly affordable deals.

Restaurant St Jack
The go-to destination for authentic French dining, this place is a comfortable blend of upscale and relaxing. Sit back and try some escargot or maybe a little-roasted bone marrow, complemented with drink options like satisfying whiskey cocktails. With limited-time specials regularly popping up, there’s plenty of reason to keep coming back, too.

In the mood for something chic? Then you’ll definitely want to head to the Nines Hotel and get yourself up to the 15th floor, where you’ll find Departure, a classy little place serves signature sweet, spicy Pan-Asian dishes in an atmosphere classy enough to die for, complete with a patio that offers sweeping views of the city.