The Best Culinary Experiences in the Willamette Valley
Our list includes Culinary Experiences in Restaurants and Wineries
FINE DINING RESTAURANTS
The Painted Lady
Oregon's only Forbes Four Star & AAA Four Diamond Dining Experience
This charming Victorian restaurant is located in the epicenter of Oregon Wine Country and surrounded by more than 200 wineries and the bounty of the Willamette Valley. In 2005, owners Allen Routt and Jessica Bagley saw a bright future in the quaint town of Newberg, Oregon. Not long after opening, The Painted Lady Restaurant quickly became a fine dining destination. Now, 13 years later, Allen and Jessica are thankful for the thousands of global travelers who passed through their white picket fence to experience an unforgettable food journey crafted from the fine ingredients and wines sourced from the Willamette Valley and beyond.
You’re in for a remarkable evening the minute you step inside the picket fence at this wine-country jewel set in a romantic Newberg Victorian, where the world-class Pacific NW tasting menus are fascinating in their variety, seasonality, and freshness; well-orchestrated service and fabulous local vinos add to the stellar experience.
“The menu is built around seasonal, local, quality ingredients; optional local wine pairings. Professional service.
#1 in The Oregonian
JORY RESTAURANT - The Allison Inn & Spa
JORY is the signature restaurant at The Allison Inn & Spa in the heart of Oregon Wine Country. Their creative fine dining menus accentuate the native flavors of the Willamette Valley with a strong influence on seasonal, farm-to-table agriculture. Their affinity for wine pairings helps them craft an exquisite, well-rounded dining experience. Embracing thoughtful, educated service, their highly trained staff graciously offers to customize your wine pairing to complement cuisine selections. In-room menus, private dining, and catered affairs are created under the professional direction of our team for a culinary adventure.
Bistro Maison – Authentic French Bistro
In historical downtown McMinnville, is The classic French bistro in the heart of Oregon's "Pinot Noir" wine country, Willamette Valley.
Chef Jean-Jacques and his wife Deborah have a combined 50 years in the food and wine industry in Paris, Rome, and New York City. They are delighted to be in Oregon's Yamhill County and minutes away from some of the best wines and produce in the world. They welcome you to their home and their kitchen.
Agrivino - Not a typical Italian restaurant but an Italian Fine Dining Event Center
They showcase pure Italian cuisine during 5 courses wine pairing dinner with no modification from the original Nonna Agnese recipes. If you are a fan of excellent old-world Italian cuisine coupled with great wine, and wonderful people, Agrivino is a must.
Tina's Restaurant - Northwest Wine Country Cuisine
Tina’s opened in October 1991 as one of the first fine dining restaurants in Dundee. Over the years it has become a familial business and a classic staple of Willamette Valley wine country. Owners Michael & Dawn Stiller, and Dwight & Karen McFaddin have taken Tina's to new heights, and strive to continue to offer quality interpretations of classic dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of food.
Blessed with the varied bounty of the region, Tina's makes great effort to use locally sourced ingredients, and embrace seasonal trends. They believe in sustainability and responsible use of the land that brings us such a beautiful palette of flavors.
Subterra – A Wine Cellar Restaurant
A Wine Cellar Restaurant offers an exceptional dining experience in an amazingly ambient cellar venue with friendly, unpretentious service brought to you by talented waitstaff. The menu reflects an innovative patchwork of complex, bold flavors pieced together from varied cuisines and brought together with classical technique. An award-winning wine list, handcrafted cocktails and local and reserve beers are offered in the cellar dining room or the cozy bar.
Recipe, A Neighborhood Kitchen
Recipe encompasses the finest of ingredients thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented while always adapting to the seasons enthusiastically.
A meal for two served family style composed of guest’s choice of soup, salad or appetizer, pasta course and an entree for 2 to share.
Winery Culinary Experiences
Bergstrom Wines 'Ekollon Experience'
'Ekollon', a new wine tasting experience in 2018 in the Dundee Hills. In 2019 Ekollon will be featured at the Bergstrom Family Vineyard House. The experience begins with a taste of Champagne while exploring biodynamic practices in their vineyard and garden programs while enjoying views of the valley. Next, your host will guide you through the Bergstrom story and a tasting of their limited-production estate wines, including a selection of library wines. Each Ekollon experience includes a pairing menu designed by Josh and Caroline Bergstrom featuring seasonal, locally sourced, gourmet bites.
Sokol Blosser’s ‘Farm & Forage’
A culinary experience created by Sokol Blosser’s Executive Chef, Henry Kibit, that pairs six bites with six of their wines. Chef Henry believes that one of the best ways to enjoy wine is to pair them with carefully crafted bites. Watch the Chef’s magic happen from the kitchen table.
Following their “good to earth” motto, Sokol Blosser source from local purveyors and also forage on their property, often finding mushrooms, nettles, salas greens, and more, to create a culinary experience you won’t forget’
While you enjoy Chef Henry’s creations and great wine your host will present information about the history (5th winery in Oregon), its vineyards, its soil, and what the future holds for Sokol Blosser.
Domaine Serene ‘45th Parallel’
Forbes critic, John Mariani recently stated that the 45th Parallel was “one of the finest meals I’ve enjoyed on the West Coast.”
Take a culinary journey and explore an in-depth look at the history of Chateau de la Cree – Domaine Serene’s sister in Burgundy. This thoughtfully curated wine and food pairing, prepared by resident Chef Jason Kupper, allows guests to discover the Chateau’s storied vineyards throughout the Cote d’ Or. Guest’s will travel along with your host while reviewing the nuances of terroir by tasting their Burgundian and Oregon wines side-by-side – all evaluated by locally sourced plates paired to perfection.
Take a culinary journey and explore an in-depth look at the history of Chateau de la Cree – Domaine Serene’s sister in Burgundy. This thoughtfully curated wine and food pairing, prepared by resident Chef Jason Kupper, allows guests to discover the Chateau’s storied vineyards throughout the Cote d’ Or.
Guest’s will travel along with your host while reviewing the nuances of terroir by tasting their Burgundian and Oregon wines side-by-side – all evaluated by locally sourced plates paired to perfection.
PORTLAND CULINARY EXPERIENCES
Vitaly and Kimberly Paley's restaurant, in a handsome Victorian house in Nob Hill, just up the hill from downtown, is one of Portland's most esteemed restaurants (open since 1995) known for fine-tuned Pacific Northwest cuisine and excellent service. Local oysters on the half-shell, escargots, braised rabbit, seared steelhead and killer classic cocktails are all standbys. Nob Hill is a great neighborhood to walk around before or after dinner, with plenty of shops and markets to check out. If the dinner menu is too pricey, Paley has recently added a nightly happy hour, with tasty treats such as fried lamb tongue with saffron aioli and salt cod fritters.
What I recently enjoyed at Paley's Place -
Cocktail - La Jacaranda Vida Mezcal, Campari, Cointreau, Pamplemousse, cassis, champagne, lime, spicy salt
King Salmon à la Plancha, Kohlrabi & Apple Purée, Fennel, Brioche Croutons, Pomegranate Molasses
Traditional Hand-Stretched Cheese Strudel
Connects diners to the Cascadian bioregion with the bounty of the forest, farm, and field through the offering of seasonal, local dishes emphasizing the beauty of vegetables' natural simplicity their chef's counter in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.
Weekly trips to the farmer's market and farms bring new discoveries. They find time to play in the kitchen, exhibiting a genuine affection for local seasonal, local produce. They coax, twist, deconstruct and revitalize, offering their sincere expression of the Cascadia they love. While they apply this reverence to the plate, their service is part show and part communal dinner party.
Portland may not invent every foodie trend — but we do tend to perfect them. Take Pine Street Market, opened in May 2016, for example. Set in Old Town Chinatown, downtown’s oldest quarter, this chef-driven emporium is Portland’s answer to the kind of modern “food halls” that have drawn gastronomic raves in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
Open from early morning to late night every day, Pine Street makes a great lunch stop for visitors staying in downtown hotels or exploring the nearby Portland Saturday Market, Voodoo Doughnut or Stumptown Coffee. Portland may be famous for its quirky tourist-haven Voodoo Doughnuts, but the more subdued Blue Star Donuts is closing in fast, serving brioche-style doughnuts. They are made from scratch throughout the day and rather than Cap’n Crunch as a topping, there are gourmet fixings like pistachio cheesecake with raspberry and blueberry basil bourbon. Flavors change seasonally, and yes, a selection of vegan doughnuts is available.
Love a very good steak? The Ringside is a must.
Ringside For dry-aged steaks in a classic steakhouse setting, there's no better spot in Northwest than Ringside, which has operated for 70 years. Ringside has the waiters in tuxedos; an old-school menu with bacon-wrapped scallops and the wedge salad; and one of the best wine lists in the city.
Grand Army Tavern- The intersection of on-point cocktails and fine pork is now the Woodlawn neighborhood: Opened by two restaurateurs with NYC bartending backgrounds, this bar and lounge serve signature and classic cocktails and local craft beers, as well as a menu of meaty and vegetarian bar snacks and plates. The star so far is the pork platter, featuring seven preparations derived from whole pigs from Ephrata, Washington.
Nick's Famous Coney Island A beloved Portland establishment, Nick’s Famous Coney Island has been serving up hot dogs with its signature ground beef sauce since 1935. A vegan version of the traditional recipe is also available. The old-school sports bar, complete with historic neon signs and vintage photos, is certainly a nod to the city’s earlier days. Wash that hot dog down with a beer or cocktail, like Nick’s Famous Long Island Ice Tea.
McMenamins has been a neighborhood gathering spot throughout Oregon and Washington since 1983. Mike McMenamin is the guy that started the wave of brew pubs in Portland. Handcrafted beer, wine, cider, spirits, and coffee. They offer an eclectic mix of pubs, historic hotels, movie theaters, concert venues, spas, and events with pubs scattered throughout the city.
Portland City Grill Offering one of the city's liveliest happy hours, it's The Place to book a table when you are looking for views of the city and Mount Hood.
Departure Restaurant and Lounge at the Nines Hotel - Rated Hottest Rooftop Bar by Travel and Leisure. Great bar with fantastic views.
Food from Japan
Zilla Saké (Sushi & Saké) After 10 years, this sushi and saké den have expanded into the venue next door, adding 20 seats. The things that make Zilla one of the city's top spots for sushi remain intact: the moody Japanese atmosphere, truly expert saké selection, and traditionally focused sushi offerings made with reverence.
Noraneko Ramen-focused sister restaurant to Biwa, Noraneko means “alley cat” in Japanese, which, given its covert terrain beneath the Hawthorne Bridge, seems appropriate. The late-night spot is open till 2 a.m., with happy hour starting at midnight, and it serves several varieties of the coveted noodle soup, in addition to izakaya snacks, a stellar burger, sandwiches, and a plethora of alcohol.
El Cubo De Cuba This brightly decorated eatery gives Portland a little piece of Havana with its Cuban comfort food and warm ambiance. In addition to the more traditional meat staples like roasted mojo pork, the restaurant also caters to vegan and gluten-free diets. More so, the tropical-plant filled patio is the perfect place for you to order a mojito, channel Ernest Hemingway, and kick back.
Venezuelan Style Street Food
Teote specializes in Venezuelan-style street food, with a focus on arepas, or corn cakes stuffed with different fillings, like shredded brisket or plantains. Bowls and entrees, such as grilled lamb chops, are also available. Teote also happens to sport a lively patio for sampling some of those fiery dishes and knocking back margaritas.
Middle Eastern Influence
Nationally recognized chef Jenn Louis has pulled a major switcheroo: She closed her flagship restaurant, Lincoln, and opened Ray, with an entirely new vision and menu, in its place. Ray serves the melting pot of cuisines that Louis found in Israeli while living on a kibbutz, with plates like hummus with Egyptian whole wheat pita and spatchcock fried quail with pomegranate molasses, dates, and mint. The revamp also brings signature Middle Eastern-inspired cocktails.
South American Influence
After winning the 2017 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest, Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton did what? They opened a pop-up food cart in the Ox restaurant parking lot serving sandwiches inspired by South America, like albacore tuna or chorizo sausage links with chimichurri. It's open daily, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mexican Chalino Accomplished chefs Johnny Leach (Momofuku) and Dave Haddow (Xico) brought a new style of Mexican cooking to the North Williams neighborhood in March. Don't expect burritos. Instead, find refreshing halibut ceviche, wild nettle sopes, and fried chicken pibil, in a casual setting.
Food from Italy
NOSTRANA - Classic Italian. There is a reason this warm, gracious Southeast Portland restaurant has a wall filled with accolades, including a half-dozen James Beard Award nominations and The Oregonian’s 2006 Restaurant of the Year.
3 Doors Down Cafe For really reliable, comforting Italian food, 3 Doors Down Cafe always hits the spot. Everything centers on the hearty pasta, like its house-made ricotta cavatelli bolognese. Best of all, the restaurant offers a generous all-night happy hour Sunday through Thursday, with $6 martinis and very affordable plates.
Food from Thailand
Pok Pok is the original location. One of Anthony Bourdain’s favorites. Serving food found at pubs, restaurants, homes and the streets of Thailand, and specifically from the North and Northeast of Thailand.
POK POK NW After 12 years on SE Division and expansions to New York and Los Angeles, Andy Ricker decided he was ready to make the move across the river. The new West Side location takes over the former Bent Brick to serve Pok Pok's greatest hits alongside some new dishes. But the biggest news: Pok Pok NW takes reservations.
Turkish Coffee in a double-decker bus
Tōv - Where else but Portland can you sip Turkish coffee in a double-decker bus? The cafe has a nice selection of espressos and classic Turkish coffees and teas, along with drink specials like cold brew with mint. And the brightly decked interior may well be more comfortable than your living room, with its cushy chairs and tented rooftop modeled after many of the cafes in owner Joseph’s native Egypt.
Food from India
For an authentic experience in Indian Food, visit Dwaraka at 40th and Hawthorne. Specializing in North and South Indian cuisine.
The video tells the whole Bollywood story. This is where our guests from India head when they want some good Indian food.
Food from Vietnam
Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen We love the Poh. Great family with a great story.
Lela's Bistro Lela’s budget-friendly Vietnamese fare accomplishes the task of tasting clean and light without compromising flavor. Delve into the decadent with its pork belly banh mi, served on fresh, crusty French bread with house-made aioli. Pho, salads, and salad rolls, too.
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