Econo Lodge City Center
1889 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (503) 226-7646
Fax: (503) 459-4000
It is no wonder that this small, unassuming restaurant is a favorite among Japanese business travelers. Located in an office building, you will find the most authentic Japanese food in town. Menu items at Restaurant Murata, are even listed in Japanese with English subtitles. The Kaiseki banquet is an elaborate meal with a string of surprising dishes.
Although this is a fairly large chain, this is the only location in Oregon. The Civic Auditorium is just across the street and makes this steakhouse a likely choice before the theater. If you are hungry, go for it and order the 24-ounce Porterhouse. If you cannot finish it, you will have the makings of a great sandwich for lunch tomorrow. The only drawback is the side dishes that run your tab up as quickly as the cocktails. Full bar service is available. The dim lights and classy decor makes for an ideal location to enjoy an intimate meal with close ones.
With the help of the celebrated local Chef David Machado, Nel Centro brings the refined flavors from the cuisines of Italian and French Riviera to Downtown Portland. A part of Hotel Modera, the restaurant's menu has decent options in entrees, salads, starters and side dishes. For entrees you can try the scrumptious specialty Cacciucco, which is Seafood Stew with Grilled Levain cooked in Livornese Style, and Beef Tenderloin with Pommes Frites. The steaks such as Pork Loin and Pork Tenderloin are succulent and appeasing to the taste-buds. If you are looking to hangout with your friends, then head to the outdoor patio which is replete with fire-pits. Expect a huge crowd during happy hours as the drinks and food specials offered here have made this one of the best happy hours hangouts in the city. To add to the vibrant atmosphere is the live jazz performances which are scheduled on weekend nights.
Hardly two stops from downtown, Timmy's Fish Fry is a welcome addition to Portland's food cart scene. Set up at the Portland State University in the South Park Blocks, this seafood stall is best known for its Catfish Sandwich, Fried Calamari and Fish Fry. And while you enjoy the mouth-watering rolls, Tim won't mind sharing a friendly chat and a smile.
With its combination of atmosphere, food and downtown location, Mandarin Cove has consistently been rated one of the city's finest Chinese restaurants. The decor features Chinese good luck colors of red and pink. Servers in tuxedos provide friendly, professional service and make recommendations from the extensive menu. You will find everything from Kung-Pao Chicken to specialties like Mandarin Shrimp, along with a full bar. Lunch specials are available throughout the week. You can also enjoy Happy Hour special discount rates and unlimited appetizers here. Worth a shot!
Probably the only Middle-Eastern themed restaurant in Portland, Mummy's delights with an excellent menu of Egyptian food; again, somewhat of a rarity in the city, and quirky interiors that add a fun aspect to the proceedings. A warm, but somewhat loud orange color palette dominates the interiors at Mummy's. Egyptian murals and pharaoh statues are the highlight of the decor. Ornate lanterns and cryptic symbols inscribed on the bar pillars add a nice touch. Overall, the interiors exude a comfortable vibe. Hearty Egyptian fare dominates the menu with a number of Middle Eastern favorites thrown in for good measure. The square bar is the center point of the restaurant and has a diverse selection of spirits as well as cocktails to keep the conversations flowing. Belly dancing adds a fun factor while you enjoy the food.
Three Degrees offers some of the best local American fare in town. To add to this already stellar quality are the stunning views from the eatery's patio, which is located on the riverfront. Situated at the River Place Hotel, Three Degrees is like a breath of fresh air (literally) from stuffy restaurants that give no view except of a wall. So enjoy the outdoors and order from an eclectic menu of largesse proportions like the King Salmon Dish. During Happy Hour, grab a drink from the bar and head to the teak rocking chairs on the terrace, and watch the world go by.
Rolling into one of the fancier waterfront establishments on a pair of skates can make you feel self-conscious. Fortunately, Little River Cafe—deli-style eatery has wide open doors and cement floors so you can always feel comfortable in ordering a BLT and more (with melted cheese) or a huge scoop of Umpqua ice cream. Choose from lots of deli sandwiches, bakery goods, coffees, soups and salads.
Swirl a glass of Pinot Noir and sip it on the riverfront. Thirst Wine Bar and Bistro's setting couldn't be more perfect. The soft gurgling at Riverplace Esplanade is not only the water. Wines, especially from the Pacific Northwest, flow freely to cheer and warm hearts. Food comes in the size of small plates and bites. The only riverfront wine bar in the city, this place doesn't disappoint on any occasion!
McCormick & Schmick's Harborside at the Marina, is a part of a popular restaurant chain which has its franchises throughout the country. And just like all the other locations, this restaurant offers you plenty of dining options in seafood and steaks, prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Located close to the Riverplace Marina, you can enjoy the most succulent oysters, lobster crab cakes and fillet medallion, which are scrumptious and appeasing to the tastebuds. The bar is as famous as the restaurant as it offers an extensive wine list to complement your meal. The taproom next to the restaurant offers Full Sail draft beers on tap, paired with an amazing range of small plate delicacies. Visit the bar during happy hours to get discounts on beers and bar food.
Situated next to the Hawthorne Bridge, this warm and congenial restaurant and bar is popular for its inviting patio. The decor features attractive mahogany, brass and mirrors. It is a favorite spot for the lunch crowd, the happy hour lovers and those on romantic interludes. Take a seat in one of the booths for a more intimate experience. Reasonably priced flavorful renditions of fresh, seasonal fare come from the kitchen. Try a broiled chicken sandwich from the lunch menu or just order a Spanish coffee from the bar. The bar is open until 2:30a daily.
This downtown restaurant is known for its local cuisine; all the ingredients are harvested here in Oregon. The small, split-level setup is cozy, but it can get noisy. Northwest seafood, local mushrooms and other veggies make up an array of uniquely Oregon dishes. Sustainability is at the core of the restaurant's food philosophy and it firmly believes in supporting and sourcing from local growers. The razor clams and salmon are specialties not to be missed. The pastrami sandwich is a good choice for lunch. The freshness of the ingredients and the diversity it brings to the palate is an obvious advantage of this practice. This restaurant also claims to have the largest wine and beer list in the city; don't expect a Budweiser though. An excellent choice for a local culinary experience.