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10 Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in Portland

Just in time for 80-degree July days, these spots have nailed distance dining outdoors.

By Lauren Carlos July 16, 2020

Kachka’s new open-air rooftop dining venue, “Kachka Alfresca”

What’s open? What’s closed? Why do I have to leave the bar at 10 p.m.? We’re asking the same questions. It’s been nearly a month since Gov. Kate Brown gave the green light for restaurants to reopen, yet some spots have been hesitant to do so. Restaurants that are open require guests to wear masks upon entering and leaving (but not while eating), and parties are limited to 10 people or less. At least for this week, Mother Nature and the weather forecasters have been good to us, making outdoor “distance dining” possible throughout the city. Whether it’s smoky BBQ tacos or Maldives-inspired cocktails on a brand-new rooftop bar, here are 10 places with patio dining for your consideration this week.

1. Kachka

A spread of offerings at Kachka.

Kachka’s new “Kachka Alfresca” is an open-air rooftop dining venue, each table shaded with its own 10-by-10-foot canopy. The Southeast eatery puts a Russian spin on ’90s American classics: deep-fried pizza dumplings with crispy Moskovskaya salami and walnut marinara, and a tropical turquoise Maldives cocktail with coconut-infused pisco. Open for on-site dining daily 3–10 p.m.

2. Nedd Ludd

The veteran farm-to-table “American craft kitchen” has reopened its private patio for outdoor dining in Northeast. Share a charcuterie of smoked Briar Rose cheeses or go all-in with the slow-roasted pork shoulder in a summer berry gastrique. Open 5–10 p.m. Tue–Sat.

3. Communion Bakehouse

The under-the-radar gem on SE Milwaukie Avenue invites guests to enjoy a slice on its newly expanded patio and beer garden. Grab a 12-inch sourdough za’atar spiced pie with charred eggplant or the crispy confit pork “Hawaii 5.0” pizza, which comes smothered in queso fresco and mole sauce. Open 4–8 p.m. Wed–Sat for outdoor dining. (Check the website for weekend pastry pickup, too.)

4. Nostrana

 The Italian haunt on SE Morrison, where daily handmade mozzarella on wood-fired thin crusts meets goat cheese–stuffed pappardelle and prosciutto di San Daniele, invites patrons to dine alfresco on the Nostrana patio. Reservations are recommended for outdoor dining, available 4–8 p.m. Thu–Sun.

5. Wajan

The Indonesian comfort food spot on the east side is open for patio dining from noon to 8:30 p.m. every day but Tuesday. New to the menu: bistik ayam, or Indonesian-style “chicken steak” fried patties in tangy tomato gravy, with vegan options available.

6. Cha Cha Cha!

The go-to Mexican restaurant for University of Portland students is open for patio dining on Lombard as well as at its Hawthorne and South Waterfront locations, open 3–9 p.m. daily. With a heavily organic menu and vegan options galore, happy hour (3–6 p.m.) doesn’t get much better than Seafood Watch–certified fish tacos and guava margaritas.

7. Matt’s BBQ

Deemed by Texas Monthly as the best barbecue outside the state, the fixed-location food cart on N Missisippi is open with outdoor seating available at Prost! right by the cart pod. Check the website for current hours. All orders must be placed online ahead of time.

8. Pine State Biscuits

Nothing says Southern comfort food like Pine State’s buttery, flaky homemade biscuits. What started as a test drive at the Portland Farmers Market in 2006 now has six brick-and-mortar locations, several of which are open for on-site dining—patio seating on NW 23rd Avenue is a perfect spot for a warm breakfast biscuit with local apple butter and a house Bloody Mary. Open 8 a.m.–1 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m.–3 p.m. weekends.

9. Interurban

The N Mississippi bar and restaurant is open seven days a week from 3 to 10 p.m., with plenty of outdoor seating. The bustling New American saloon boasts one of Portland's longest whiskey lists and pre-Prohibition-era cocktails with upscale bar snacks like grilled broccolini and smoked trout BLTs.

10. Gado Gado

Portland Monthly’s rising star of 2019, the Indonesian fusion restaurant in Hollywood serves a hodgepodge of traditions and ingredients, from grilled Balinese sweet chile corn to spicy Sumatran beef rendang. Open for patio service 5–9 p.m.Wed—Sun, with reservations required.

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