The best way to bring in a new year is with a full belly, and there’s no better place to do that than in Portland. And let’s face it, you don’t want to spend January 1 cleaning up all your dishes from the night (and the year) before. Whether you want to be spoiled by award-winning chefs with a special New Year's Eve menu or would rather pick up some of your favorite comfort foods like pho, tacos, or pizza, here are some of the many dining options available. Note: a lot of these spots require reservations for dine-in, so check ahead to see if you’ll need to nab one in advance.
1314 NW Glisan St, $115 per person plus 20% gratuity, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Portland's classic Peruvian restaurant is offering a special four-course NYE menu, with choices ranging from fuyu squash to Spanish octopus to black cod or aged game hen, plus dessert options including an orange mousse and torched meringue chocolate cake.
1615 NW 21st Ave, 5–10 p.m., $125 plus optional wine and cocktail pairing
Although G-Love won’t be offering takeout on NYE, the restaurant will be ringing in the New Year with a prix fixe menu. You’ll find many popular dishes on the menu, like the Ensalata Bomba, plus new dishes such as scallops a la plancha with lemongrass and toasted schmaltz and dry-aged rib eye with caramelized onion and gouda fondue. Those with dietary restrictions have no need to fret, as there will behave options for vegans and vegetarians as well as the dairy or gluten free.
6 SE 28th Ave, $195 per person, seatings at 5:30 and 8:45 p.m.
Langbaan will be serving an expanded version of its winter tasting menu with some extra adjustments that will, the restaurant promised in a recent Instagram post, “redefine indulgence.” The menu will come with a handpicked wine pairing by Dana Frank, owner of Bar Norman, or a nonalcoholic pairing chosen by Eric Nelson, owner and bartender at Shipwreck.
4636 NE 42nd Ave, Suite A (inside Yonder), $175 per person plus 20% gratuity, 6 p.m.
For the first time since 2020, North Carolina grandmother–inspired pop-up Mae is setting its tables once again. Guests will find a mix of family-style dining and individual plates filled with chef Maya Lovelace’s award-winning "Southern Appalachian–inflected" cuisine. Guests will enjoy stone-ground cornmeal johnnycakes with butter, Louisiana shrimp covered in Cajun sauce espagnole, chocolate cobbler with buttermilk ice cream and satsuma curd, and more. Wine pairings are an added $55, and nonalcoholic pairings are $40.
2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, $150 per person—reservations required
Ox is hosting its annual NYE prix fixe dinner with choices of smoked salmon carpaccio, filet mignon, potatoes aligot, and warm chocolate cake for dessert. Reservations are already filling up, so act quickly if you want to celebrate alongside James Beard Award–winning chefs Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton and Greg Denton.
2032 SE Clinton St, $175 plus gratuity per person, seating at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Chef Ryley Eckersley is preparing a nine-course tasting menu curated from ingredients local to the Pacific Northwest, all at peak quality and freshness. Guests can add wine pairings, bubbly selections, or craft cocktails from talented bar manager Camille Cavan. Dishes include oysters, mussels, and geoduck on ice topped with “all the things,” lobster fried rice, and a Ferrero Rocher–inspired foie gras dish.
5425 NE 30th Ave, $275 per person (includes gratuity and wine, reservations of 2 or 4 people), seating at 6 and 9:15 p.m.
Chef Naomi Pomeroy—James Beard winner, Top Chef Masters contestant, and restaurant industry advocate—is sharing a seven-course tasting menu mixing classic dishes and new inventions. If you’d rather celebrate at home, get Ripe's Holiday Meal Box ($425) that will feed up to four people. Inside, you’ll find duck confit, catechino sausage, and eggnog-gingerbread tiramisu, plus a bottle of Olivier Morin Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé for celebrating.
1619 NW 23rd Ave, $150 per person plus gratuity, 5–10:15 p.m.
St. Jack, a 2021 Portland Monthly Best New Restaurant (despite not being exactly new), is offering a French-inflected four-course NYE menu, with plenty of mouthwatering options for each round. For the second course, you’ll have to choose between escargot vol-au-vent, butternut squash mille-feuille, or a roasted mushroom with hazelnut persillade—a nearly impossible decision.
3033 NE Alberta St, $120 per person, 5–11 p.m.
Urdaneta, a Northeast staple and Portland Monthly favorite, is showcasing its modern interpretation of Spanish food with a five-course menu that includes dishes like foie bomba with caviar and poached pear with white chocolate mousse, as well as an optional wine pairing.
1429 SE 37th Ave, $95 per person plus gratuity, 5–9 p.m. Reserve on the website or call 503-236-6886.
At 3 Doors Down, open since 1994, chef Zach Beach is serving a three-course Italian meal. You’ll have to make difficult decisions, including one between duck confit with house-made cavatelli and braised kale or butternut squash gnocchi with braised leek, parsnip cream, and fresh thyme—and that’s just the second course.
Some restaurants offering both dine-in and takeout:
Fermenter Kombucha Brew Pub: “Your friendly neighborhood bacteria emporium” that sells everything fermented, as well as sandwiches, salads, and more. Noon–10 p.m., 1403 SE Belmont St
Hat Yai: Thai fried chicken with curry and roti—what else do you need? Patio dining at both locations, but indoor dining available only at Belmont location. 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m., 1605 NE Killingsworth St & 605 SE Belmont St
Gracie's Apizza: a one-man pizza show with delicious house-made ice cream. 5–8 p.m. or until sold out, 8737 N Lombard St
Murata: old-school Japanese cuisine; 5–8:30 p.m., 200 SW Market St
Pho Oregon: pho and traditional Vietnamese food. 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m., 2518 NE 82nd Ave
OK Omens: wine bar with a range of food from grilled squid to crispy duck leg to a classic burger. 5–9:30 p.m., 1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Taqueria Los Puñales: Queer homestyle tacos. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., 3312 SE Belmont St
Thơm: cozy pho, vermicelli, and rice plate restaurant. 4–8 p.m., 3039 NE Alberta St
Higgins: Higgins was one of modern Portland's first farm-to-table restaurants, and it still serves the freshest of what the PNW has to offer. 5–11 p.m., 1239 SW Broadway.
Davenport: simple and fresh with great wine. 5–9 p.m., 2215 E Burnside St
Lazy Susan: self-described “family charcoal diner” and local chef favorite. 5–10 p.m., 7937 SE Stark St
Nostrana: simple Italian cooking with reservations highly recommended. 5–11 p.m., 1401 SE Morrison St #101
Berlu: Vietnamese-inflected tasting menu. Seating at 5 and 8 p.m., 605 SE Belmont St
Navarre: food and wine with Italian, French, and Spanish origins. 4:30–11:30 p.m., 10 NE 28th Ave
Nong’s Khao Man Gai: unbeatable Thai chicken and rice. SE location only, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., 609 SE Ankeny St, Suite C