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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Portland / Oregon

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Portland / Oregon? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Don's Favorite Foods restaurant
4.9
4.9 (57)
$50 and over
Contemporary Italian
Beaverton
About the restaurant
Don’s Favorite Foods is a prix-fixe restaurant created by husband and wife team Chef Don Salamone and Kate Laurents in partnership with Sommelier Adam Galbraith.
We also offer cocktails courtesy of Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Benjamin "Banjo" Amberg.

Our Italian and French-influenced menu changes monthly and highlights dishes Don grew up with as well as those he mastered though his experiences working at Michelin-starred restaurants all over the country.

From Don: At Don’s, you may find gnocchi like my Ma used to make or Italian sausage modeled after my Godfather’s, Oreste “Ernie” Capone. You might also find scallops still in their shells, Oregon pork in the style of Braciole, and popovers I learned to make from my mother-in-law, Terry, because the Laurents family makes those every Christmas morning... beef tartare, sea urchin, caviar, etc too. These things are all my favorites.

We hope you’ll find some of your new (or old) favorites here too.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Chef Don and Sommelier Adam personally served every diner in the restaurant, describing each dish and paired wine. Exceptional!
A photo of The Painted Lady restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1670)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Newberg
About the restaurant
Oregon's only AAA four diamond and Forbes four star restaurant, The Painted Lady in Newberg offers a seasonal tasting menu nightly celebrating the products of their local neighbors- Oregon's world class ranchers, farmers and vintners. Inspired by the grand tradition of restoring Victorian homes across America, the restaurant uses classic culinary techniques to create a stunning modern menu. With timeless grace and a contemporary palate, The Painted Lady is more than a restaurant, it is an experience to remember.
Top review
TzarinaL
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
The Painted Lady was a great introduction to Willamette Valley cuisine. After a day of wine tasting, a civilized dinner was the perfect way to celebrate an anniversary.
A photo of The Brickhouse - Redmond restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1224)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Redmond
About the restaurant
Serving USDA Prime Steaks, the highest grade of USDA Beef Produced in the U.S.
The finest in Northwest raised USDA Prime Steaks and Fresh Wild Seafood are specialties of Brickhouse.

Comfortable booth seating, fully stocked bar and award winning wine list.

Brickhouse Serves you only Hormone Free and Antibiotic Free Food.
Brickhouse Procures only the finest ingredients available including many Organic Products.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
It was an excellent choice to celebrate our anniversary. Service was excellent, food was perfect and ambiance was very nice. Highly recommend.
A photo of The Joel Palmer House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1977)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Dayton
About the restaurant
Mushrooms are the heart of what we do at the Joel Palmer House. We have always endeavored to obtain seasonal and local ingredients and we use many locally produced greens, herbs, and vegetables, some of which come from our own culinary garden. We are frequently inspired by ingredients found in the cuisines of France, China, Thailand, Poland and India, so we call our cooking "freestyle." Our dishes pair well the celebrated wines of Oregon, especially Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Our extensive, Oregon-focused wine list has been awarded the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Of special note, The Joel Palmer House ranks as one of Oregon's finest historic homes and is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Oregon Historic Register. Built in 1857, the house is Dayton's oldest standing structure. When weather permits, guests can enjoy their dinner on our outdoor patio, soaking in the last rays of sunshine in the heart of Oregon Wine Country.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Always an amazing experience to surprise and delight!
A photo of Cuvee Oregon restaurant
4.8
4.8 (857)
$50 and over
French
Carlton
About the restaurant
French dining in the heart of the wine country, also join us for our 3 courses for $50.00 on Friday Through Sunday. For a limited time.
Top review
TeriB
Dined 6 days ago
Cuvee is my first choice for special occasion dinners because of the ambiance, the cuisine, and the professionalism of the staff. Its intimate setting is perfectly suited for fine dining in the heart of wine country. Every time we go, I struggle to choose between the consistently delicious menu items and their seasonal offerings. Either way, I never leave disappointed. There is so much care from the staff put towards providing an exceptional dining experience that I return every chance I get.
A photo of Alchemy Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1324)
$50 and over
Contemporary European
Ashland
About the restaurant
We are currently offering seating in our bar area, patio, and dining room. The garden area is open on a limited basis and taken on a first come first serve for walk-ins.

Serving dinner and bistro fare, Alchemy Restaurant and Bar offers cuisine transformed. With our Executive Chef, Michael Bryant, we specialize in fresh local ingredients, craft cocktails and boutique wines. We were honored to be named one of the Top 100 Restaurants for Foodies by OpenTable in 2015.
Top review
WendyK
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious food, the halibut and 3 whipped types of butter were outstanding. Loved our Rose by the glass. Excellent service. Definitely a special occasion restaurant because not inexpensive. The garden bar setting looked lovely—want to sit there next time. A big group of around 15 young adults were in the garden, having a raucous time. Not to be an old grump, but it was a bit too loud and annoying—did not seem to fit the setting.
A photo of Bistro Maison restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1135)
$31 to $50
French
McMinnville
About the restaurant
This authentic French bistro has been located in the heart of Historic Downtown McMinnville since January 2003. Owners operators Deborah & Jean-Jacques Chatelard have decades of solid success in the NYC landmarks of Cafe des Artist, Lowell Hotel, the Essex House Hotel, Russian Tea Room, & Ferrier. The huge success of this restaurant is largely based on repeat visits from the savvy food & wine centric local, Portland, Salem and coastal clientele. Providing a real "family" feel which the best restaurants foster is present and embracing from your arrival.

Jean-Jacques' emphasizes the use of outstanding locally sourced foods to prepare the bistro classics He also provides a modern twist to the market driven French-American daily specials. Items include coq au vin, moules or steak frites, cassoulet, duck confit, steak tartar, white truffle fondue, and his stellar repertoire of soup and sauces.

We welcome you to our Bistro & our Maison.
Top review
SteveA
Dined 3 days ago
Tremendous meal, excellent wine with reasonable prices, terrific service. One of the best burgers I’ve ever had. My wife’s pork was excellent. Dessert was photo worthy. Would definitely come back when I’m in McMinnville
A photo of Whiskey Barrel Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (617)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Happy Valley
About the restaurant
Whiskey Barrel Lounge is Happy Valleys premier craft cocktail lounge & whiskey bar. With a selection of over 300 whiskeys from around the world there is truly something for everyone. Located downstairs in The Valley Public House. We offer an upscale dinner menu that changes frequently with seasonal and daily specials. We have a beautiful shaded patio for outdoor dining. We are open for Happy Hour until 5pm and then Dinner from 5pm to closing, Wednesday through Sunday. Minors are allowed. We are well equipped to host large parties and even boast a private event space capable of seating up to 70 guests, 20% gratuity applied to parties of 8 or more.
Top review
JohnPvip
Dined 1 day ago
Always provides high quality food, drinks and service. Service is outstanding and we always get the best recommendations and explanations from our servers. One of our favorite restaurants!
A photo of Bugatti's Ristorante restaurant
4.5
4.5 (536)
$30 and under
Italian
West Linn
About the restaurant
Fine NW Italian Dining
Bugatti’s Ristorante in West Linn has been creating memories since 1992. We strive to use fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients to create an authentic NW Italian cuisine. If you enjoy good company, great service and delicious food, then come check us out. Our heated patio is open all year. We offer an early and a late happy hour everyday in our lounge and on the patio. Come see what the buzz is all about.
Top review
Babs
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
The food is very consistent. The salad ingredients are always crisp and fresh tasting. The menu hasn't changed in a really long time. Wish there were more fresh fish options (copper river salmon season is here.) Consistently too much oil/sauce on the raviolis. In other respects, the food is well prepared. Service is always good. Been coming here since my children were in grade school and they're in their 30's now.
A photo of The Steakhouse at 9900 restaurant
4.5
4.5 (418)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Southwest Portland
About the restaurant
Portland "hidden gem" steakhouse. We offer a great steak menu and top notch service. With an outstanding wine list and a classic dining room environment, make your dinner plans for The Steakhouse at 9900. We also have a separate cigar lounge, The Chamber at 9900, and a fun cocktail lounge, Lou's Bar. See you soon!
Top review
KathyK
Dined on May 4, 2024
Great food- steak and salmon, duck fat fries, ceviche style prawns. All Staff really made us feel welcomed. Yummy desert, brownie with a scoop of ice cream. Thank you for a lovely evening!
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