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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Portland / Oregon

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Updated February 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Portland / Oregon? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Barba Mingo restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1313)
$30 and under
Italian
Northwest Portland
About the restaurant
Barba Mingo is a neighborhood restaurant serving simple Italian food in a casual and comfortable environment. Our menu features plates to share, house made pasta, fresh seafood dishes and daily specials. We have a well rounded wine list, fresh squeezed cocktails and friendly service.
Top review
MichaelRvip
Dined 1 day ago
One of the very best restaurants in Portland. The food and service excel. I appreciate that the have at least three tables with comfortable chairs which is rare in Portland where restaurant seating is usually a torture experience. I may be mistaken but the lasagna recipe seem changed. I think it had a bit too much sauce.
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4.9
4.9 (61)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Beaverton
About the restaurant
Wine & Growl is a local Pacific Northwest Restaurant brought to you by Executive Chef Daniel De La Rosa and our in house Sommelier Tina Shibuya. We focus on fresh, quality ingredients sourced from farmers markets and in partnership with our Local Purveyors.
Top review
CatherineH
Dined on Feb 9, 2024
Great Local place with wonderful food, wines and beers!
A photo of Magna Kusina restaurant
4.9
4.9 (22)
$30 and under
Filipino
Southeast Portland
About the restaurant
Chef Carlo Lamagna, one of Food and Wines Best New Chefs and a James Beard Awards finalist, brings a twist to the food he grew up on. A modern take on Filipino cuisine steeped in traditional dishes. Old school flavor with a new school style. Connecting with diners through flavor and story. Enjoy signature takes on popular Filipino dishes at this award winning restaurant.
Top review
Delicousness
Dined 1 day ago
Everything was delicious! Service was wonderful. Such a great time!
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4.7
4.7 (616)
$30 and under
American
Bend
About the restaurant
A Restaurant For Everyone! Our goal is to make everyone who walks in our doors comfortable while having a great dining experience with great food and drinks. Our menu offers a wide range of options at Lunch and Dinner. We have refreshing salads such as the Chopped, Caprese and the Raspberry Walnut Salads. We offer many sandwiches with fresh sliced quality meat such the Phoenix Dip and our Reuben, as well as delicious vegetarian Grilled Portabello and Black Bean Burgers. We serve amazing steaks such as our Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon with a Jack Daniel Cream sauce, Blackened New York Strip with Mango Butter and Prime Rib on Friday and Saturday night. Classics like Chicken Marsala, Salmon Piccata, Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Pesto Prawn Fettuccine and Halibut or Cod Fish and Chips are offered every night. We have an extensive and delicious Bar and Happy Hour menu with something for everyone as well. Come over to the East side of Bend and see what we have for you and your family!
Top review
elainer
Dined 3 days ago
Great place to dine out. There's a wide menu selection of very tasty food. Always friendly servers with fast service.
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4.7
4.7 (849)
$31 to $50
Italian
Northwest Portland
About the restaurant
Family owned Italian-Inspired Homestyle Cooking. We are here for good food and good people! Come say hi!

Being a neighborhood trattoria, we do occasionally stop seating up to one hour before our posted closing time. When in doubt, give us a call to make sure we are still accepting new tables. Can’t find a reservation Online? Bar seating is reserved for walk-ins (exception being Members), so always worth stopping by!

Top review
kellettevip
Dined 5 days ago
This is our first time there. Super cute building -very cozy. Everyone that worked there was super kind. The food was delicious. We got the goat cheese and calamari- they were great starters. Then we got scallops and seafood fra diavolo. Absolutely delicious. Lastly, we got the kettle chip dulce de leche ice cream for dessert and that was really good too. If you like fresh brewed iced tea, their iced tea is really good too. We are definitely coming back. This is a great spot for a date night!
A photo of CereusPDX restaurant
4.6
4.6 (137)
$30 and under
South American
North Portland
About the restaurant
Our restaurant is small and fills up fast, although not always needed reservations are highly recommended (especially during peak hours 6pm-8pm).

Cereus was created by 2 friends with a passion for hospitality. Our Colombian staffed kitchen moved across the world and several states to serve you their amazing creations. Bringing them together here was in part a love letter to our co-founder Phil Chung's wife Alejandra from Bogotá. Our beverage program was developed by our other co-founder Bradley Stephens, who wanted to create a menu that is as unique to this part of the world as our chef's food. Taking favorite classics that are rarely found in the PNW ad variations of others that he believes are their best versions. With one of the most diverse spirits lists in town, and award winning originals.

Top review
GretchenD
Dined 2 days ago
Our son has been to Colombia several times and loves the food. So he was thrilled when we came here for his birthday. Food was outstanding, could not ask for better service and the ambiance was perfect. Casual and quiet.
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4.6
4.6 (34)
$31 to $50
Speakeasy
Canby
About the restaurant
Siren Song is a One-of-a-kind Cocktail and Whiskey Bar in Quaint Downtown Canby with Upscale Comfort Food, Unique Takes on Classic Bar Dishes and a Champagne & Oyster Happy Hour.

The food is 100% Scratch Made, using every opportunity to source our ingredients as close to home as possible. We have everything from sharing plates like Oven Roasted Jalapeno Poppers, Ground Lamb Kebabs & House Made Focaccia to hearty entrees like Pork Schnitzel, Roasted Half Chicken & Schweinhaxe to smaller sides like Saffron Apple Risotto, Sauteed Oyster Mushrooms & Seasonal Veggie Skewers.

With over 100 Whiskies on the shelf & a heavy emphasis on fresh ingredients for our Cocktail Program, the drinks are a Feature Attraction as well. We squeeze all of our own Juices, make most our own Syrups & Mixers and rotate our Cocktail Menu Seasonally to keep New Ideas breathing life into the space.

The Space itself is Beautifully Appointed with Incredible Art and Local Craftsmanship. Well worth a visit!!!

Top review
DuaneK
Dined 5 days ago
Very comfortable with good food and drinks.
A photo of The Pacific Way restaurant
4.6
4.6 (98)
$50 and over
Seafood
Gearhart
About the restaurant
Located in the charming beach town of Gearhart, OR - possibly best known for being the summer home & final resting place of James Beard, the godfather of American fine dining, The Pacific Way is located in a history filled 1929 building. Depending on the coastal weather, you may chose a cozy space indoors, warm by a fire or dine in our covered dog friendly patio. Our menu changes seasonally & the chef offers chalkboard menu items regularly, so for the latest information please see our website: pacificwaycafe.com. You'll find our menu is seafood forward, but it is worth noting our pasta is made in-house and there's always something special on deck for the vegetarian and carnivore in the group.

We recommend making reservations for dinner, but for weekend brunch & small plate afternoons feel free to walk-in!


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
We had kale salad followed by a pasta dish and salmon. Everything was delicious with beautiful presentation. We would definitely go back.
A photo of The Steakhouse at 9900 restaurant
4.4
4.4 (411)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Southwest Portland
About the restaurant
Portland "hidden gem" steakhouse. We offer a great steak menu and top notch service. With an outstanding wine list and a classic dining room environment, make your dinner plans for The Steakhouse at 9900. We also have a separate cigar lounge, The Chamber at 9900, and a fun cocktail lounge, Lou's Bar. See you soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
Excellent food and service! Dinner was amazing and the staff is wonderful! I highly recommend! Hidden gem of a place hidden in the Best Western Hotel!
A photo of Rue Cler Marketplace restaurant
4.3
4.3 (22)
$30 and under
French
Southeast Portland
About the restaurant
Rue Cler Marketplace combines the best of a restaurant, bar, and marketplace in the heart of SE Milwaukie. Owner and Chef, Cindy Hymer, found inspiration in the vibrant, bustling atmosphere of the iconic Rue Cler market street in Paris, and sought to infuse this energy into the Portland culinary scene.
Top review
Jimbo
Dined on Feb 4, 2024
Excellent service and meals - enjoyed the ambience of this pleasant Francophile setting.
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