It’s no secret that the culinary scene in Portland is second to none. There are plenty of options for a creative meal, whether you’re searching for hearty brunch food, fresh oysters and seafood, or something unique from a food cart.
The city’s exceptional cuisine is perhaps best enjoyed with picturesque views atop one of the many rooftop patios in Portland. Some are situated several floors up, offering panoramic views of the cityscape, while others are surrounded by lush greenery for a more romantic setting. Take your happy hour to the next level (quite literally!) with a visit to one of these elevated bars and restaurants in the sky.
Photo Courtesy of Departure Restaurant + Lounge
Considered one of America’s hottest hotel rooftop bars by Travel + Leisure, Departure Restaurant + Lounge is a chic rooftop restaurant situated on the 15th floor atop the Nines luxury hotel in the heart of downtown. With comfortable lounge seating, modern furniture, sleek glass details, and uninterrupted views of the city, Departure provides a refreshing “departure” from everyday dining. This modern Asian fusion eatery has a wide selection of sushi, dim sum, and other delicacies, plus an exceptional craft cocktail program.
Photo Courtesy of John Valls via Altabira City Tavern
This chic brewpub is perched on the top floor of the Hotel Eastlund in the vibrant Lloyd District in East Portland. This American beer-centric restaurant and bar by Portland chef/restaurateur, David Machado, is an exceptional place to indulge in hearty fare and local brews while taking in views of the river and downtown. The spacious patio features windbreaks, heaters, and fire pits, and can accommodate over 100 people, which means there is plenty of seating to go around!
Photo Courtesy of Radio Room
Nestled in the vibrant Alberta Arts District, Radio Room is a hip bar and eatery housed in a former gas station. While guests rave about the elevated American dishes, weekend Bloody Mary bar and brunch menu, and the overall quirky atmosphere, the upper deck is certainly noteworthy. It’s the perfect space to enjoy a sunset and dine al fresco, and it’s even outfitted with space heaters and a fireplace to keep you warm during the cooler months.
Photo Courtesy of On Deck
This Pearl District mainstay is the perfect place to cheer on your favorite team, as the space is equipped with over 25 high-definition TVs showing a variety of sports. Plus, On Deck has the largest outdoor patio in the Pearl District — and it’s on the roof! Sit back in lounge chairs with a beer, eat classic pub food at a table, or mingle with friends at the bar — all while you take in city views. Plus, you can even bring your dog with you to enjoy the sunshine.
Photo Courtesy of Laurelwood Brewery and Public House
Not many realize that this Portland favorite has a hidden rooftop patio! Laurelwood Brewery and Public House was opened in 2001 by Mike De Kalb and his wife, Cathy Woo-De Kalb. It quickly became a neighborhood favorite and has expanded to two pub locations and two locations inside the Portland International Airport. At the location on Sandy Boulevard, you’ll find a dreamy rooftop patio with ample seating, umbrellas, and beautiful planters.
Photo Courtesy of John Q Porter via Noble Rot
Noble Rot is like nothing else in the city — or perhaps, the world! It operates as a sustainable ecosystem of sorts, as a glacial well hydrates the building and a 3,000-square-foot rooftop garden provides fresh ingredients for the restaurant. The fourth-floor wine bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating, each of which enjoys breathtaking city views. You can even tour the lush rooftop garden if you stop by Noble Rot on Tuesday at 5 p.m.! And then stick around for happy hour from 5–6 p.m. on weekdays.
Photo Courtesy of Century
This chic sports bar on the East Side is one of our favorite places to watch the Super Bowl in Portland — or any major sports game, for that matter. The eclectic space (with sports bleacher seating!) creates a fun atmosphere for enjoying their delicious sandwiches, bowls, small bites, and tequila-focused drink menu. But there’s more! Climb the main stairs to reach the rooftop deck, the perfect space to relax, get some fresh air, and enjoy views of downtown.
Photo Courtesy of The Roof Deck
Revolution Hall is a well-known concert and event venue in the Buckman neighborhood. But there’s so much more than meets the eye! The Roof Deck at Revolution Hall is one of the many event spaces in the building. The views here are unbeatable and uninterrupted. The deck is open from April 15 through October 15, but may be closed depending on the weather. Minors are allowed with a parent or guardian until 7 p.m., at which point the venue is 21+ only.
Photo Courtesy of New Seasons
This may seem random, but bear with us! We all love New Seasons, but you may be surprised to see a grocery store on this list. The Woodstock location is equipped with an airy rooftop patio, the perfect space to enjoy your meal from the hot bar, cold bar, wok bar, ramen bar, and the “bar-bar” serving beer and wine! With comfortable seating, beautiful plant life, a fire pit, and umbrellas, this is a relaxing place to unwind before you go grocery shopping.
Photo Courtesy of 10 Barrel Brewing
The only thing better than drinking a beer brewed on-site is sipping it in the sunshine on a rooftop patio! 10 Barrel Brewing offers this glorious combination with their rooftop patio with sparkling lights, excellent downtown views, and plenty of seating to go around. This is the perfect setting to sample their renowned IPAs, pilsners, lagers, and sours — brewed just down the stairs.
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