Categories > Dining
How we picked
We picked restaurants that offer a wide variety of high-quality food and drinks.
This is based on the overall atmosphere of the restaurant, which includes the design, comfort, and feel of the place.
The friendliness of the servers and the restaurant staff can enhance your dinner experience, which is why we’ve added this as a criterion.
Everyone has a different idea of what’s affordable, but this is based on the value for money they provide through their menu items.
Cuisine: Asian and South American fusion
Address: 4546 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206
Contact Details: +1 503-899-4245
Business Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Reservation only)
Malka is a restaurant that’s unafraid to experiment with flavors. They bring a new take to traditional dishes and will open your eyes—and stomachs—to a new gastronomical experience.
Their dinner service is a three-course meal with a prix fixe menu at $60 per person, gratuity included. But worry not. They don’t skimp on the servings, and the portions are more than enough to get you full!
They have rotating dessert specials, but you’ll have to pay for additional orders. They’ve got a pretty wide drinks menu as well, for both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.
The food is flavorful and is a delight to consume according to their customers. Malka’s experimentation with food brings out a distinct personality in their dishes, but this may not suit eaters who prefer to eat dishes in the traditional style.
We also like the overall feel of their restaurant, which definitely fits a “cottagecore” aesthetic with houseplants, bookshelves, and quirky chairs. The food is artistically plated when served, making it perfect to post on your social media feeds.
However, their services are currently limited to only indoor dining, and you must have a reservation if you wish to dine there. You can reserve online, and each reservation is only for 90 minutes, which is important to note if you’re a slow eater.
They were strictly delivery-only during the height of the pandemic, but you won’t be able to do that now. But if you’re not able to consume your meals when you dine in, you can still take these leftovers home with you.
2. Mucca Osteria
Address: 1022 SW Morrison St Portland, OR 97205
Contact Details: +1 503-227-5521
Business Hours: Monday – Saturday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Mucca Osteria is a fine dining Italian restaurant that serves traditional Italian dishes with only the best ingredients.
Their interior evokes an elegant and modern vibe with brick walls and some Gothic touches with ornate lighting and decorations. It’s definitely a unique way of designing an osteria, but we think it gives their restaurant a distinct identity.
You can opt for the six-course tasting menu or choose from their regular menu, but we urge you to check their prices online, as they don’t come cheap. Their servings are pretty small too, but this is pretty on par for fine dining establishments.
Everything they serve out is plated beautifully, and they can even put greetings if you’re coming in for your birthday or other special occasions. However, diners have said that their dishes can either be hit or miss.
We know that this depends on personal taste, but the food they serve isn’t particularly experimental or new. It’s traditional Italian cuisine, and the diners who’ve called some dishes as misses claimed they were under-seasoned or bland.
The same feedback holds true for their service. Some had their dining experience elevated with friendly and attentive staff, but others complained that they felt they were being rushed through their dinner.
Lastly, they only take a maximum of three credit cards per party, so if you’re having a large group with you, we suggest that you plan out how to split the bill beforehand.
3. Le Pigeon
Address: 738 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214
Contact Details: +1 503-546-8796
Business Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Reservation only)
Le Pigeon is a French restaurant that offers a rotating five-course tasting menu. This way, you’re assured that what’s served to you is fresh and in season.
Regardless of the season, we’ve observed that foie gras always has a spot on their tasting menu. At times it’s even incorporated into their dessert!
Their foie gras is a crowd favorite and certainly one of their specialties, but if you’re not comfortable consuming foie gras due to its production, you can opt for their vegetarian tasting menu instead.
Their diners appreciate their wine pairings as well, but you’re free to choose a drink of your own selection from their extensive drinks menu that’s priced outside of their five-course prix fixe.
You can also choose to sit by the chef’s counter for an added dining experience, but we’ve got to tell you: they don’t come cheap. The price per person is currently $125 without gratuity, and you have to pay once you make your reservation.
Most of their diners say that the price they paid was worth it and the servings were just the right amount. But it will definitely be an expensive dinner, and if you add beverages, a single bottle of wine can go over $100.
If you’re thinking of going, we suggest that you check their current tasting menu online and see if the dishes they’re serving are dishes you’re willing to try.
They may be worth the price, but it’s still important that you enjoy every meal you’re paying for.
Cuisine: New American
Address: 6839 SE Belmont St Portland, OR 97215
Contact Details: +1 503-384-2483
Business Hours: Monday – Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Wednesday – Thursday: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Friday – Sunday: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Coquine is a small restaurant with a hipster vibe to it. The interior is modern with wood and metallic accents and matches the personality of the food they serve.
They serve New American cuisine, but you won’t find a regular à la carte menu all year round. Instead, they’ve got a rotating menu that’s dependent on what’s fresh and in season.
There are only two ways to join them for dinner, and that’s choosing between a four-course and seven-course tasting menu. They can accommodate you if you’re vegetarian or have allergies, but unfortunately, they don’t have a vegan menu.
We’ve only heard praise for their food, and we understand why. Other than the beautiful plating, each dish is well-prepared and has gone through a lot of thought before it reaches your table.
They also have an oyster hour, which happens every Thursday to Saturday from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and you’re free to choose from their à la carte menu that has oysters, salads, mains, and desserts.
The praise ends when it comes to their service, which tends to be slow. It’s not unusual for dinner to be delayed because of food coming out late from the kitchen, and you may also have to wait upon your arrival despite having a reservation.
While we find the interior to be hip and artistic, their space is small, and there’s not a lot of wiggle room between you and another table. But if you’re worried about COVID, they require each guest to present proof of vaccination upon entry.
Cuisine: Middle Eastern and Mediterranean
Address: 2448 East Burnside St Portland, OR 97214
Contact Details: +1 503-894-8082
Business Hours: Wednesday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday – Saturday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sunday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tusk will immediately catch your eye with a bright and clean aesthetic that will look great in your photos.
One of Tusk’s great advantages is its largely vegan and vegetarian-friendly menu. Of course, the choice of serving Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine plays into this, but they have options for omnivores too.
Many of their diners praise their cocktails, which are fun iterations of classic cocktails with light and fruity notes.
There aren’t too many options on their menu, but there’s still enough for you to choose from. The menu items are a mix of traditional dishes and experimental ones, and there’s an option to try everything on the menu for $55 each person.
Ideally, the small menu should mean that each dish they serve will be of the same quality, but diners report otherwise. There were a few instances of the bread being stale and the steak coming out in the wrong doneness.
Their food is also quite expensive, and while they’re cheaper than others on this list, many of their diners have claimed that it wasn’t worth the price. According to them, the food was good but not worth the prices they charge.
The ambiance of the restaurant might also be a contributor to that. While their design is easy to the eye, it wasn’t designed to absorb noise, so the place tends to be loud, and this can be disturbing to some.
So if you plan to give them a visit, we suggest you sit on their outdoor patio to get away from the noise.