After a roller coaster spring filled with dazzling sun breaks mid-week and soggy weather at the weekends, Portlanders will be more eager than ever to get outdoors. Here, we’ve gathered our 35 favorite places to eat and drink al fresco throughout the metro area, including plant-filled patios, bustling beer gardens and rooftop bars with stunning views. As always, check social media for current hours.
10 BARREL PORTLAND
Yes, the Bend-based brewery is owned by global giant Anheuser-Busch. But Pearl District brewer Whitney Burnside is one of the best in the business, and the rooftop patio is worth the wait.
Details: 1411 N.W. Flanders St., 503- 224-1700, 10barrel.com/pub/portland-brewery
Few Portland restaurants have pivoted better than Northeast Portland’s long-running Amalfi’s, which took over its sprawling side parking lot with big tents, a refinished pavement and plenty of live music. Don’t miss the Black Rosie the Riveter mural owner Kiauna Floyd commissioned for Amalfi’s west-facing wall.
Details: 4703 N.E. Fremont St., 503-284-6747, amalfisrestaurant.com
Bikes, motorcycles, pinball and craft beer are the hallmarks of this cash-only bar, home to one of Southeast Portland’s biggest beer gardens, with picnic tables that fill up at the first sign of sun.
Details: 1216 S.E. Division St., 503-273-9227, apexbar.com
Found alongside Mississippi Studios, Bar Bar has a well-stocked bar, well-regarded burgers and a wide-open patio with an Austin vibe, occasionally featuring movies projected on the wall.
Details: 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., 503-889-0090, barbarshowbarpdx.square.site
CLINTON STREET PLAZA
A half dozen restaurants and bars came together for this barn raising (er, plaza planting?) last August, with new street seating and covered patios sprouting in front of Dot’s Cafe, Magna Kusina, La Moule, Broder Cafe and more. Look for other notable new street plazas on Southeast Ankeny Street at 28th Avenue and Southwest Harvey Milk Street downtown.
Details: Multiple businesses along Southeast Clinton Street between 25th and 26th Avenues.
One of Portland’s best new pizzerias inherited a sprawling parking lot patio at the old Burnside Brewing. Stop by this summer for a beer and a well-charred, clam-topped New Haven-style pizza from Connecticut-born chef Doug Miriello.
Details: 701 E. Burnside St., 503-327-8968, dimosapizza.com
This Washington County gem has classic cheeseburgers, baseball on TV and outdoor seating (around back) in a pastoral setting just 15 miles from downtown Portland.
Details: 10275 N.W. Helvetia Road, Hillsboro; 503-647-5286; therealhelvetiatavern.com
This fresh fish market and seafood restaurant inside an old East Burnside Street Subway location has outdoor seating and its own on-site food cart, home to a separate menu and occasional chef pop-ups. Take note: The patio is popular, particularly on sunny days.
Details: 3004 E. Burnside St., 971-806-6747, flyingfishpdx.com
This Northeast Portland torta shop was already nailing outdoor dining with a nicely landscaped corral built into its quiet side street. But when a former auto garage behind the restaurant became available, the opportunity was too good to pass up. Head there this summer to find Paradise Mariscos, a summer-long pop-up including barbecued oysters from chef Adán Fausto.
Details: 200 N.E. 28th Ave., 503-887-9258, guerotortas.com
A great scotch list, good fish and chips and views of mist blowing off Willamette Falls await you at the back of Oregon City’s traditional Scottish pub.
Details: 201 S. Second St., Oregon City; 503-723-6789; highlandstillhouse.com
With two patios, five standout food carts and one of Portland’s best new cocktail bars, Hinterland will be a destination for outdoor dining this summer. Read our recent review.
Details: 2216 S.E. 50th Ave., 503-231-4333, hinterlandpdx.com
A fresh remodel to the west-facing patio made this original brick-and-mortar location of Portland’s top sandwich chain an even better place to eat and drink outdoors.
Details: 1212 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 503-234-7786, lardosandwiches.com
Laurelhurst Market converted its front parking lot into a big new deck during the pandemic, practically doubling the size of its dining room in the process. Don’t expect it to come down anytime soon.
Details: 3155 E. Burnside St., 503-206-3099, laurelhurstmarket.com
Gather around the firepits on the roof of this hip new Portland hostel for cocktails, city views and a Spanish-influenced menu of tapas, simple flatbreads, seafood paella and more.
Details: 1616 E. Burnside St. 503-908-3074, lolopass.com
With outdoor seating around a number of restaurants and bars, including the Loading Dock Grill, Distillery Bar and Little Red Shed, this McMenamins property has the patio life down pat.
Details: 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale; 503-669-8610; mcmenamins.com/edgefield
MCMENAMINS ROCK CREEK TAVERN
In the summer, Rock Creek’s patio opens for beautiful views of the forested countryside north of Hillsboro. Don’t worry if the patio looks full, there’s a second-floor porch off the back.
Details: 10000 N.W. Old Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro; 503-645-3822; mcmenamins.com/rock-creek-tavern
Previously home to Windows Skyroom and Lounge, then Altabira City Tavern, the rooftop restaurant at the Hotel Eastlund continues to offer great views looking back toward downtown Portland, and a good hangout spot before or after Trail Blazer games or events at the Oregon Convention Center.
Details: 1021 N.E. Grand Ave., 503-963-3600, mettavern.com
Found in the old Poison’s Rainbow space, Montelupo serves tasty salads, lively pastas and other Italian-inspired dishes in a big tent on Northeast Flanders Street just off 28th Avenue.
Details: 344 N.E. 28th Ave., 503-719-5650, montelupo.co
Found in a former Ruby Tuesday, this hip suburban restaurant offers lakeside dining, a clubhouse vibe and trendy dishes including fancy toasts, meat boards and corn “ribs” doused in cilantro-lime crema. (Across the parking lot, Cafe Murrayhill offers similar lake and fountain views alongside classic brunch fare.)
Details: 14550 S.W. Murray Scholls Drive, Beaverton; 503-941-9851; murrayhilltaphouse.com
Wine, good food and views toward the city skyline and the setting sun rule the day at this long-running rooftop restaurant on East Burnside Street, just down the hill from Lolo Pass.
Details: 1111 E. Burnside St., 503-233-1999, noblerotpdx.com
When Cathy Whims decides to do something, she usually does it well. That’s the case with Nostrana’s pandemic-time patio expansion, which included potted plants, tiled flooring and a bright orange Aperol Spritz cart lurking nearby.
Details: 1401 S.E. Morrison St. #101, 503-234-2427, nostrana.com
OLYMPIA PROVISIONS PUBLIC HOUSE
Patio seating was always part of the program at Olympia Provision’s Southeast Division Street location, but the past two years have seen heated and covered picnic tables pop up throughout the large parking lot. Come for the Alpine-influenced pub menu, stay for one of Rosenstadt’s German-style beers.
Details: 3384 S.E. Division St., 503-384-2259, olympiaprovisions.com; O.P. also operates a window next to abundant outdoor seating at Oregon City Brewing, 1401 Washington St. in Oregon City
This venerable craft beer bar has changed owners a few times over the past decade, but the back patio is still among our favorites in town.
Details: 204 S.E. Oak St., 503-232-8355, producerowcafe.com
A few years ago, North Portland’s consistently packed German beer bar expanded their already excellent patio, with an all-weather roof and some of the city’s top food carts.
Details: 4237 N. Mississippi Ave., 503-954-2674, prostportland.com
This Northeast Alberta Street bar offers a couple of outdoor seating options, including an upstairs area perfect for people watching.
Details: 1101 N.E. Alberta St., 503-287-2346, radioroompdx.com
ROOF DECK AT REVOLUTION HALL
Cocktails, craft beer and 360° views await you at the top of Revolution Hall, the concert venue inside the former Washington High School. Make sure to check ahead for open hours.
Details: 1300 S.E. Stark St., 503-776-5500, revolutionhall.com
ROCKWOOD MARKET HALL
Rockwood Market Hall isn’t just a destination food hall. It’s a potential catalyst for growth in its own historically underfunded Gresham neighborhood. Steps from MAX, the food hall will soon be home to a dozen food and grocery vendors next to a Euro-style plaza complete with a play area and seasonal splash pad, all bordered by offices and a white-tablecloth Mexican bar and grill in La Villa. Read our recent review.
Details: 18535 S.E. Stark St., rockwoodmarkethall.com
This back-alley cocktail bar and mini food cart pod has emerged as a date-night favorite, with unfussy, well-executed cocktails, wood-fired bites from Ruthie’s and the bar’s own occasional Sunday oyster grill.
Details: 3634 S.E. Division St., somedaypdx.com
With apologies to Manzana Rotisserie Grill and Pizzeria Sul Lago in the Lake View VIllage shopping center, this Lake Oswego brewery offers well-regarded craft beers and our favorite views of Oswego Lake.
Details: 40 N. State St., Lake Oswego; 503-344-4449; stickmenbeer.com
The North Portland brewery boasts two separate outdoor seating areas built onto quiet side streets next to its brewpubs, adding on to the existing beer gardens at both the original North Mississippi brewery (found in the old Amnesia space) and the second location in St. Johns (formerly Plew’s Brews).
Details: 832 N. Beech St., 971-703-4516; and 8409 N. Lombard St., 971-255-1481; stormbreakerbrewing.com
TAQUERIA MI JALISCO
Mi Jalisco was a pandemic-era find for my family, welcome both for the tasty tacos and the shady back patio, with its wooden deck wrapped around several tall trees. Look for the restaurant directly across from Gresham High School.
Details: 1255 N. Main Ave., Gresham; 503-328-9624
VON EBERT GLENDOVEER
Von Ebert’s east-side location has two distinct patio options on the grounds of Glendoveer Golf Course, where you’ll find abundant green grass, big trees and a woodchip-lined jogging track for burning off any calories consumed at the brewpub.
Details: 14021 N.E. Glisan St., 503-878-8708, vonebertbrewing.com
URBAN GERMAN WURSTHAUS
This second-story restaurant pours Occidental beers alongside hearty food from Urban German, plus stunning patio views up toward the north side of the St. Johns Bridge.
Details: 6635 N. Baltimore Ave. #201, 503-286-3686, urbangerman.com
German-style lagers and Pacific Northwest ales flow side-by-side at this close-in Central Eastside brewpub, home to a big wooden patio perfect for sun worshipers.
Details: 304 S.E. Second Ave., 503-718-2337, wayfinder.beer
Drop by or make reservations for stringy queso fundido and cool margaritas at the charming (and now covered) back patio at this modern Mexican restaurant on Southeast Division Street.
Details: 3715 S.E. Division St., 503-548-6343, xicopdx.com
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