Celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion? Check out these restaurants that are some of the Best Special Occasion Restaurants in Portland, Oregon!
Portland, Oregon is a food lover's paradise, with an abundance of excellent restaurants to choose from. Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner for two, a celebratory meal with family and friends, or a special occasion restaurant that offers a unique dining experience, Portland has it all.
And while there are a lot of casual dining spots, food carts/food trucks, cafes, and breweries, there is a small list of restaurants that are the perfect place for special celebrations.
🌟 About these Portland restaurants
All of the restaurants listed here as the best special occasion restaurants in Portland are places I personally have dined in. I love them!
When you're looking for a restaurant to celebrate in with friends and family, consider these attributes:
- They take reservations. When you're making plans to celebrate something special, nobody wants to wait for an hour to be seated.
- The restaurant serves exquisite food, food that is above and beyond the everyday.
- The service is exceptional. A chef's talent only goes so far; it's the front of the house – the host and servers – who can make or break a fine dining experience in milliseconds.
Some of the restaurants below offer prix fixe meals, while others offer a full menu. Most are in the higher end of dining costs per person, which is another reason I suggest these restaurants for special occasions.
Best special cccasion restaurants in Portland
We're here to help you find the perfect place to celebrate your birthday, anniversary, graduation, holiday, or other special occasion.
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1818 NW 23rd Place, Portland, OR 97210
Once a "secret" restaurant hidden behind a door of another restaurant, Langbaan now takes over the indoor Phuket Cafe space on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights with one of the best tasting menus in town.
This Thai-inspired restaurant is easily one of the best restaurants in Portland. And, it's always on our list of favorite Portland restaurants.
This is a great spot for special date nights, double dates, or a special occasion with just a few friends. The prix fixe multi-course menu changes regularly, and is always centered around a Thai theme.
Langbaan's team is truly talented, and you can be sure that each dish is thoughtfully and artfully prepared. The service is also one of the best in Portland. You'll be made to feel welcome, cared for, and pampered as you eat your way through some of the best Thai food in town.
Langbaan has seatings Fridays and Saturdays 6:00pm & 8:45pm
Sundays 5:30pm & 8:15pm. Reservations are required, and bookings are released on the 15th of each month for the following month.
Pro tip: be sure to follow Langbaan on Instagram and watch for last minute cancellations, which they will announce sometimes up to two days in advance.
2032 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 5pm - close
Quaintrelle offers a Pacific Northwest-inspired menu with a focus on seasonal, local ingredients. The dishes are creative and beautifully presented, making for an elevated dining experience. The atmosphere is chic and cozy, with a modern interior design and soft lighting.
The restaurant also has a wine bar, and offers an extensive wine list, featuring both local and international wines. With excellent service and attention to detail, Quaintrelle is the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion or enjoy a romantic dinner.
2165 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97210
Valet parking available or street parking
For 75 years, RingSide Steakhouse has been Portland's premiere special occasion restaurant. Like most steakhouses, RingSide has an unassuming exterior that opens up to a dark, mysterious, intimate, and all at once cantankerous interior. Birthdays, proms, anniversaries, retirements -- Portlanders come to RingSide for every reason to celebrate.
Unlike other steakhouses, RingSide serves high quality, premium steak that is consistently expertly prepared. They also have delicious Pacific Northwest seafood dishes, hearty desserts, and stellar side dishes and starters. James Beard himself exclaimed that RingSide's onion rings were the best he had ever tasted, so be sure to order their famous onion rings when you dine here.
Sommelier Kristen Young overseas RingSide's extensive wine program, which includes more than 9,000 bottles of wine. If you're here to celebrate a special occasion, definitely let them know - they will help you select a special wine to celebrate!
1314 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209
HOURS: LUNCH: daily 11:30am - 2:30pm
DINNER: Sun - Thurs 5:00-9:30 pm, Fri - Sat 5:00 - 10:30pm
BAR: daily, happy hour 4:00-6:00 Sun-Thurs 4:00pm-Close Fri-Sat 4:00pm-Close
One of Portland's well-established Pearl District restaurants remains an incredible spot not just for lunch or dinner, but for special occasions. Andina serves stunning, mouthwatering Peruvian food in a warm, lively atmosphere. Whether you dine here for lunch with co-workers or reserve one of the private rooms for an event, the vibrant, colorful, playful dishes here make every occasion feel special.
Andina has several private dining options from which to choose. My husband threw a surprise dinner party in Andina's La Bodega room for my 40th birthday, and it remains my favorite private dining space in Portland to this day. La Bodega is an intimate space remniscent of a sophisticated wine cellar, and seats up to 14 people.
I've also attended many corporate work events and holiday parties in Andina's largest private event space, Tupai. Every event has been expertly executed and cared for by the staff.
7742 SE 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202
Come for the lobster agnolotti, stay for the warm glow of happiness that floats through the restaurant and remains with you even as you leave.
A Cena is a lovely neighborhood Italian restaurant that just leaves you happy and satisfied. It is perhaps the most reasonably priced restaurant on this list, and you can certainly dine here for lunch or dinner just because. They have such great service, and offer the perfect balance of fine dining and cozy atmosphere. And, they do such a great job here of making celebrations truly special.
Chef Gabe Gabreski brings his family recipes to the table, and you can't go wrong with their signature lobster agnolotti, gnocchi, or tagliatelle. But also go beyond their pastas and you'll find hearty lamb, succulent scallops, and fresh trout.
This is a great restaurant for date night, nights out with friends, anniversaries, birthdays (I've celebrated mine here before!), and more.
1022 SW Morrison
Portland, OR 97205
HOURS: Monday - Saturday, 5 - 10pm (dinner only)
Mucca Osteria is one of my favorite date night spots in Portland. With intimate seating, it's one of the more romantic restaurants in the area. You can read my previous restaurant review of Mucca Osteria here.
The two-floor restaurant is located right by the MAX line in downtown Portland, and there's a Smart Park across the street on 10th.
Serving classic Italian cuisine, you can enjoy dishes of the regular menu or you and your party can each partake in a five course Chef's Tasting Menu for $65 per person. Mucca Osteria also has an excellent all-Italian wine program, with the exception of Champagne.
Portland City Grill
Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
Monday - Thursday 11am–12am
Sunday: 9:30am–2pm; 4pm–11pm
Also check the website for the latest happy hour times.
Paid parking available in the US Bank Tower building, or street parking
Another iconic downtown Portland restaurant is Portland City Grill. Popular for special events from business meetings to proms, the views from this 30th floor restaurant in Portland's "Big Pink" US Bank Tower can't be beat.
The food here is classic American cuisine with a Pacific Northwest slant. Steaks and seafood reign, alongside traditional sides and salads. This is a great special occasion restaurant for folks who may not be super adventurous eaters, but who simply want good traditional dishes, fun cocktails, and an amazing view.
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 5-10pm
Le Pigeon is a French-inspired restaurant located in the east side of Portland. This restaurant offers an ever-changing menu by Chef Gabriel Rucker. The tasting menu features dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients and is $135 per person (price subject to change; please check the restaurant website for the latest).
The atmosphere is intimate and cozy, making it perfect for a romantic dinner for two.
525 SW Morrison
Portland, OR 97204
With stellar downtown views from the 15th floor of The Nines Hotel, Departure is another landmark Portland restaurant that is an amazing spot to celebrate special occasions. The kitchen is headed up by Executive Chef Gregory Gourdet (Top Chef runner-up) and serves Pan Asian food with sophisticated flare.
I've written about Departure before, and have eaten here more times than I can count. We've even taken our kids here when they were younger. It's a fave spot for date nights, meeting up with friends, but also a fun and happening spot for special celebrations.
Looking for a place to eat and drink in Portland, Oregon? Be sure to read the full Urban Bliss Life Portland Restaurant Guide!
Other notable Portland restaurants that could be the right restaurant for your next special event: Han Oak, Noble Rot, Fogo de Chao, Ava Gene, Ox, and Mother's Bistro
What are your fave special occasion restaurants in your city?
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These sound like awesome places to eat!
Erin @ Platings and Pairings says
Love this list! The only spot I haven't visited yet is Farm Spirit, but I know the others on this list are spot on! Particularly love Mucca Osteria!
Harmony, Momma To Go says
I was just out that way (Eugene) and we ate really well! More bar food since i was with girlfriends, but still really good and accomodating with all our groups' special dietary needs!
So, I have always wanted to go to Portland as it is not to bad a drive from where we live (canada) and these just made me want to go even more! Thank you!
Catherine @ To & Fro Fam says
What an awesome post! I'll definitely refer friends to it when they ask where they should go for a fancy dinner in Portland. And come to think of it, I'm paying off my student loan next week, so maybe *I* deserve one of these special occasion dinners in Portland!!!
If we are ever in the Portland area, I'm going to have to try them all out!