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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Portland / Oregon

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Updated February 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Fort George Brewery And Public House restaurant
4.9
4.9 (683)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Astoria
About the restaurant
Open Table Reservations are for the Upstairs Pizzeria where our pizza menu is available.
Our downstairs space is separate and is first-come, first-served. Our pub menu is available downstairs only.

Fort George opened its doors to Astoria as both a brewery and a public house, and that desire to serve the community continues to this day. The brewers and pub staff here share a common goal, to create a welcoming space where anyone in town can pull up a stool and enjoy a pint and a bite to eat. We take pride in our house-made offerings and our hospitality, and we’re always looking for improvements that bring us one step closer to perfection. It’s a goal Sisyphus could appreciate, even if he doesn’t have as much fun pushing that rock as we do rolling those kegs. And that’s why we like to call Fort George beer the best beer you’ve had today. Tomorrow it will only be better.


Top review
MaryR
Dined 5 days ago
Way too many children running amuck in the upstairs bar area- unsupervised by parents
A photo of Wine & Growl restaurant
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 Oven and Shaker restaurant
4.7
4.7 (185)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Pearl District
About the restaurant
Portland's Oven and Shaker is a popular dining destination for locals and visitors who crave artisan pizzas and unique bar drinks served in a warm and inviting setting. The nettle pesto arancino rice ball made with parmesan risotto and mushrooms and the fried calamari and octopus fritto misto with lemon and honey make stunning starters. In addition to traditional pizza choices, like margherita and bianca, Oven and Shaker crafts specialty pizzas, like the maple pig topped with apple butter, smoked ham, pork belly and maple mascarpone, the goat cheese topped with roasted leeks, prosciutto and aged balsamic and the vegetarian cauliflower topped with peppers, olives and cheese. Accompanying your pizza with a craft beer or cocktail, like the pineapple trainwreck made with rum, lemon, pineapple and ginger syrup, is a winning idea.For a sweet finale, enjoy Oven and Shaker's homemade mint chocolate stracciatella gelato.
Top review
JackieJ
Dined on Feb 18, 2024
Always great service and food here! Aside from their delicious cocktails, they also have an excellent wine selection. For food, my favorite is the mushroom pizza!
A photo of Tap and Vine @ 559 restaurant
4.7
4.7 (646)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Medford
About the restaurant
*** WE HAVE MOVED RESERVATION PLATFORMS *** Book your reservation at https://www.exploretock.com/tap--vine-at-559-medford
Top review
null
Dined on Jan 16, 2024
They have a very tasty burger and they had a special ravioli that night that will hopefully be on the main menu in the future. Excellent meal and really good service.
A photo of Whiskey Barrel Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (595)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Happy Valley
About the restaurant
Whiskey Barrel Lounge is Happy Valleys premier craft cocktail lounge & whiskey bar. With a selection of over 300 whiskeys from around the world there is truly something for everyone. Located downstairs in The Valley Public House. We offer an upscale dinner menu that changes frequently with seasonal and daily specials. We have a beautiful shaded patio for outdoor dining. We are open for Happy Hour until 5pm and then Dinner from 5pm to closing, Wednesday through Sunday. Minors are allowed. We are well equipped to host large parties and even boast a private event space capable of seating up to 70 guests, 20% gratuity applied to parties of 8 or more.

Top review
Zmann
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent service! Excellent cocktails and food!! We wer 20 minutes early for our reservation but were seated right away.
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4.7
4.7 (196)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Vancouver
About the restaurant
Wahi Hana is uptown Vancouver's newest craft Tiki destination! Join us in our Tiki Hut for drinks and island themed food made by hand, from scratch. This craft cocktail experience is unlike any other. This oasis features a custom built Tiki Hut, interactive and immersive environment, as well as the occasional thunderstorm! Come into today and join us for a spectacular, rum soaked experience!

21 AND OVER ONLY.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The whole experience was fun. The drinks were delicious, the hurricane fries are so tasty, and the staff were so nice and attentive.
A photo of Backwoods Brewing Company restaurant
4.4
4.4 (175)
$30 and under
American
Pearl District
About the restaurant
Backwoods Brewing Company is a family owned brewery that provides great beer, great food, and a taste of the outdoors. Pair any of our fantastic beers with some fun and friendly service while watching the big game. We have a full bar with wine and some local cider options if beer is not your thing. Private dining options are also available. Come hang out and enjoy our little slice of beervana in the Pearl! Cheers!
Top review
Linda
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
Consistently good. Beer is great and service was great too.
A photo of Mermosa restaurant
4.4
4.4 (48)
$30 and under
Southern
North Portland
About the restaurant
Dine and Vibe with us at Mermosa PDX where we celebrate our family's rich Southern and Caribbean heritage through our food, wine, cocktails and live music. We are known for bringing people together of all walks of life through our award-winning sparkling Oregon wines, welcoming atmosphere and elevated comfort food that honors the depth of flavors from Haiti, French techniques and Lowcountry Southern dishes. Please check our website and instagram for the live music schedule and our event schedule as we are always doing something fresh!

Mermosa PDX has become Portland's spot for celebrations - Large parties are welcome and can easily book online using Opentable. To accommodate ease of service and dining preferences, we serve parties over 7 in a family style menu where items are served in larger shareable portions that comes as ready.

Please also check out our website for our Event Guide on private events and buyouts.

Top review
LaninaH
Dined 5 days ago
This place was awesome, and I will definitely back! From the ambiance, to the waitress, host and food was awesome.
A photo of Margarita Factory - Tigard restaurant
4.3
4.3 (101)
$30 and under
Mexican
Tigard
About the restaurant
Margarita Factory Tigard is locally owned and operated by dedicated restauranteurs who are equally passionate about the guest experience, and creating an enjoyable and rewarding environment for team members. We are especially proud to serve the Best Happy Hour in Town! You can savor festive and delicious margaritas while receiving friendly and genuine service in our covered patio, at our large central bar, or in a comfy booth. Best of all, we offer a great dining experience for all ages in a celebratory atmosphere. Cheers and hope to see you soon!
Top review
MarlynMvip
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent food and the amount is a lot! Atmosphere is super eclectic too.
A photo of Margarita Factory - Beaverton restaurant
4.2
4.2 (44)
$30 and under
Mexican
Beaverton
About the restaurant
Margarita Factory Beaverton is locally owned and operated by dedicated restauranteurs who are equally passionate about the guest experience, and creating an enjoyable and rewarding environment for team members. We are especially proud to serve the Best Happy Hour in Town! You can savor festive and delicious margaritas while receiving friendly and genuine service in our covered patio, at our large central bar, or in a comfy booth. Best of all, we offer a great dining experience for all ages in a celebratory atmosphere. Cheers and hope to see you soon!

Top review
KKR1980
Dined 5 days ago
One of our favorite places to eat! We travel over monthly from Eastern OR and Margarita Factory is always on our list. The margaritas are fresh, the food is always good and the ambiance is upbeat and fun! The margarita flight is delicious and the fajitas are the best!
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