Portland is known for great scenery and great food. But when you combine a beautiful setting to eat that wonderful food, that is where the true magic happens. These 12 restaurants are as picturesque as their food, and are sure to have the right ambiance for a special occasion.
1. Portland City Grill
If you like a meal with a view, this is the place to head. Along with great Asian-influenced Northwest cuisine, you will be treated to some amazing views of the Cascade Mountains while you eat.
This NW favorite, Andina serves up some truly memorable Peruvian food and the setting is pretty wonderful too. Relax in the main dining room, or groups of 10 or more can book the private Pearl Wine Shop for an intimate party of friends.
Ambience is everything at this lovely farm-to-table restaurant in SE. Serving Northwest cuisine with French and Italian influences, the food is every bit as good as the atmosphere. Visit on a warm day when the street-level doors are open for a great breeze.
4. Irving Street Kitchen
Serving up Southern comfort food in style, Irving Street Kitchen is a NW gem. Creative cocktails and decadent food will keep you coming back and the lovely atmosphere is a bonus in the equation.
5. Le Pigeon
The intimate dining room at Le Pigeon is as memorable as its delicious French-inspired food. An open kitchen puts you right in the action, and the large windows allow for plenty of natural light, all adding to the wonderful atmosphere here.
Whether you eat in the modern styled dining room or sip drinks on the panoramic patio, Departure is an experience all its own. Located on the 15th Floor of the Nines Hotel, this modern Asian restaurant is beautiful and should be experienced at least once.
Featuring one of the best patios in town, a lovely dining room, and some truly amazing food, this South Waterfront restaurant is worth the trip. Serving New American cuisine, this riverside restaurant shines for its prime location and expertly prepared food.
8. Southpark Seafood
High ceilings make this contemporary seafood restaurant a beautiful destination for a meal. Located in the South Park Blocks, this restaurant draws on local farmers, fishers, and winemakers to supply its inspired offerings.
9. Ava Gene's
Ava Gene's is intimate dinning at its best. Serving hearty portions of Italian classics, you will enjoy both your meal and laid-back ambiance at this SE favorite.
This American restaurant in the Pearl has an amazing dining room that includes 16-foot tall panels that can be arranged differently based on time of day and mood. The modern feel is only heightened with wonderful food that will satisfy your cravings.
11. Toro Bravo
For a lively meal in a beautiful location, tapas favorite Toro Bravo is a sound choice. Serving up Spanish-inspired small plates, Toro Bravo's high-ceiling red dining room sets the stage for a fun evening of food and drink.
Located in the Alberta Arts District, the Aviary combines an urban industrial design with local art and intimate dining. Sit at the chef's counter, seasonal patio, or in the private 18-seat dining room for a wonderful experience at this French-inspired eatery.
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