Food & Drink

Portland's best places to party... AND have dinner

Published On 12/06/2013 Published On 12/06/2013

Two important facts you probably weren't aware of: 1) a pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes, and 2) a night out is vastly improved if said night starts at an eatery where you can get the party going while you eat. Check out our picks for Portland's best party dinner spots below...

Beast
North Portland
Post-up at this famed lady-run resto and let the unassuming-looking, but notoriously hot-tempered chef put on a show in the open kitchen, and put a six-course prix fixe on one of this tiny spot's two community tables, where being generous with the suggested wine pairings might mean you leave with a bigger party than you came with.

Acropolis

Acropolis
Sellwood / Moreland
We love this place, mostly because it's got 65 beers on tap, badass steaks, AND strippers! If that's not a party then we don't know what is... maybe bring a Slip 'n' Slide?

Nicholas

Nicholas
Eastside Industrial
Sure, you’re thinking Lebanese cuisine sounds like a night out with that boring friend who teaches Near Eastern History at Lewis & Clark bland and vegetarian, but this EI go-to specializes in some seriously sweet spiced meats, bakes enormous, steaming rounds of pita fresh in their wood-fired oven, and seemingly only serves dishes that're half-priced and/or double-portioned.

Tasty n Sons

Tasty n Sons
Mississippi
This Legendary brunch/ cocktail spot may be famous for its AM eats, but this cavernous, skylit eatery also does sweet farm-to-table (and mostly family style) PM fare, including Pork Chop with bacon jam, and some Pretty Damn Good Chicken Strips, if they do say so themselves... right on the menu.

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Urban Farmer
Downtown
It may not be the first place you think of on a night out, but this swanked spot tucked away in the Nines Hotel does boast a pool room decked with antler chandeliers and awkward paintings, foodertainment like table-side steak slicing and kitchen tours, plus their own video game, which can win you a free brunch. Seriously.

Toro Bravo

Toro Bravo
Eliot
From the same dude who does Tasty N Sons, this tapas-style joint's siding small plates (duck confit empanadas, Drunken Pork w/ shell bean stew) with a selection of signature cocktails, the Star(z) of which is the Scotch/ Cherry Heering/ Dolin Rouge/ orange Blood and Sand.

Le Pigeon

Le Pigeon
East Burnside
Seriously next-level meat-based eats like Pig Belly w/ fried oysters, dirty spinach & cherry seaweed jam, or beef cheek bourguignon, are the order of the day from the James Beard winner behind this laid-back eatery that's name is rough translation of what you'll give the rest of your group when they leave you with the check.

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1. Nicholas Restaurant 318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Nicholas Restaurant specializes in Middle Eastern and Lebanese fare and has been serving Portland since it opened its doors in 1986.

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2. Beast 5425 NE 30th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211 (Alberta Arts Dist)

Beast, Beard-winning chef Naomi Pomeroy’s (she of Knife Fight) amped-up supper club, opened to acclaim in 2007 and never looked back. Six courses can include anything Pomeroy has imagined, and the fixed-price meals are served at communal tables. These meat-heavy dishes make for a truly unique and unforgettable Portland dining experience.

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3. Acropolis Steakhouse 8325 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland, OR 97202 (Sellwoodmoreland)

With 65 beers on tap and a steak that rivals any meatery in town, Acropolis brings new meaning to the word "strip" at one of Portland's most famous stripperies.

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4. Tasty 'N Sons 3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (N Portland)

With "Tasty" in the name, you know it must be good. This local tapas spot is popular with the breakfast and brunch crowd, but they also have stellar dinner options and a great happy hour.

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5. Toro Bravo 120 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212 (Ne Portland)

A perpetually packed spot in Eliot, this Spanish-inspired restaurant serves up small, shareable plates of succulent beef, pork, lam, and duck with vegetables made every which way to make their way around the table. With rustic red-brown walls and polished wood floors, the unpretentious vibe here makes you feel like you're in the home a good friends, unlike most upscale tapas restaurants.

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6. Le Pigeon 738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

Yes, it's named after a pigeon, but their amazing upscale fare draws no comparison a common bird. They specialize in French food and they always have market-fresh fish and seafood, as well.

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7. Urban Farmer 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)

An actual sustainably sound restaurant (not just another trend-follower...), Urban Farmer boasts "barrel to bar" drinks, beef-cut options that will make you pound your chest, and sides like Asparagus and Lefse (asparagus and what?), which consists of crème fraîche, confit lemon, and dill. It's located on the 8th floor atrium of the Nines Hotel and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. There's also a popular weekend brunch complete with a Bloody Mary bar.

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