Portland has become famous for their abundance of palate pleasing restaurants, all featuring their own delicious and unique dining experience.  In fact, there are so many that over 500 new restaurants are opened each year in Oregon!  So where do you take that special someone for a first date, prom or a special anniversary?  With so many mouth-watering options to choose from, the decision can be a daunting undertaking.  We’ve compiled a list of the 7 best restaurants in Portland for a special occasion!

7. El Gaucho

El Gaucho

El Gaucho takes pride in providing more than just food, they provide an experience for each person who walks into their restaurant.  They boast a theater-like ambiance, making each guest the center of attention.  You can’t help but direct your gaze at the charcoal grill where expert chefs put on a floor show for the guests.  Don’t just come for the atmosphere, El Gaucho delivers steaks so good you won’t want to leave room for desert!

6. Serratto


Serratto has become a favorite for Portland residents thanks to their elegant and lively atmosphere.  Their menu is reworked seasonally to showcase the best ingredients in the peak of freshness.  The dishes are authentic and innovative creations based on classics from Italy, France and the Greater Mediterranean region.

5. Acadia


Acadia is known for their exquisite Cajun and Creole menu.  They have brought the delicious flavors of New Orleans to city of Portland.  With classic Louisiana favorites like head-on BBQ shrimp, rich gumbo and smoky jambalaya, you’ll feel like you’re right on Bourbon Street during the middle of Mardi Gras!  Don’t forget to check out their “secret menu” for one-of-a-kind drinks you’ve probably never even heard of!

4. Higgins Restaurant & Bar


Higgins is a restaurant with an ever-changing menu that focuses on seasonal local food.  Head Chef and owner Greg Higgins expertly prepares meals intended to showcase the delicious flavors of the natural ingredients.  Check out their extensive selection of local beer and wine, you’re sure to find a new favorite.  Higgins has become a favorite hot-spot for Portland residents and with their ever-changing seasonal menu you’ll never run out of unique entrees to choose from!

3. Toro Bravo

Toro Bravo

Toro Bravo is a Spanish inspired tapas restaurant.  Their focus is on creating beautiful and delicious smaller plates that will leave you in awe.  They are so focused on freshness and quality, their menu changes daily based on the season and local farmer’s produce.  This local favorite is so popular that wait times average an hour or more, but take our word for it, it’s definitely worth the wait!

2. Beast


Beast is a restaurant unlike any other in Portland.  The menu changes every week and consists of a prix-fixe six-course dinner.  Each week they create a new, delicious menu based on fresh ingredients found locally.  Their unique one-of-a-kind dishes cannot be found anywhere else.  They even hand select the perfect wine pairing for each course of your meal!

1. Le Pigeon

Le Pigeon

Le Pigeon is one of Portland’s highest rated restaurants and is considered to be the best restaurant in Portland by many critics.  They serve deliciously prepared French-Inspired cuisine and offer one of the best selections of wine in the city.  Treat you and your guests to their incredible five or seven course Chef’s Tasting Menus for a dining experience you’ll never forget!

As Portland’s leading limo service, our customers are continuously asking which restaurant would be best for a special occasion.  Hopefully we’ve taken some of the guess work out of planning your next night out!