The upscale community of Lake Oswego is home to some of the most impressive estates in the region, many of which are situated along the water’s edge. The city is also home to a wide selection of exceptional eateries, serving everything from seafood to Italian, and BBQ to phở.
Take a look at our selection of the best restaurants in Lake Oswego, whether you’re a visitor passing through town or a long-time resident looking to switch up your routine.
Jefe is a lively Mexican restaurant in Lake Oswego’s Lake Grove community. The menu is packed with traditional yet modern Mexican fare, including everything from tacos to nachos and enchiladas to tamales. The chef at Jefe strives to dish a distinct flare on traditional recipes, blending indigenous and Spanish influences. Plus, Jefe offers an extensive wine, beer, liquor and cocktail selection, including a crowd favorite — their Casa Margarita.
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Situated in downtown Lake Oswego, Nicoletta’s Table & Marketplace is an authentic Italian restaurant, deli and marketplace. They offer homemade pastas, pizzas and salads, in addition to a true Italian marketplace with fresh cut-to-order pasta, a variety of antipasti, and a plethora of Italian meats and cheeses. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a trattoria in the heart of Italy with a visit to Nicoletta’s, whether you’re sitting down for a meal or simply stopping by to stock the pantry.
Considered the finest Italian restaurant in the city, Riccardo’s Ristorante has been owned and operated by Riccardo and Georgette Spaccarelli since 1980. This warm and inviting eatery serves a chef-driven menu for both lunch and dinner with a number of Italian specialties, from antipasti to paninis and pasta to chicken dishes. Each dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients, and the eclectic wine selection ensures a perfect accompaniment. Surrounded by lush greenery and flowers, the outdoor patio at Riccardo’s is a particularly dreamy place to enjoy your meal.
Established in 1976, Gubanc’s has stood the test of time as a local favorite for Lake Oswego residents. Gubanc’s serves fresh, locally sourced comfort food, including soup, salads, seafood, pasta, chicken dishes, sandwiches, burgers and more. The warm, contemporary atmosphere provides the perfect setting for enjoying your meal, whether you’re there for lunch, dinner or dessert.
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Since opening in 2009, Oswego Grill has been a neighborhood favorite in Lake Oswego. The restaurant is designed to offer “Upscale Elegance at a Casual Price!” The menu features a wide range of options, including steaks cooked on their custom-built hardwood grill, and burgers and fresh seafood prepared over mesquite and apple wood. Whatever you do, don’t miss the artichoke, spinach and cheese dip, made with cotija cheese, artichokes, and spinach served with housemade crostini and made-to-order tortilla chips.
This chic upscale eatery is a must when dining in Lake Oswego. Chef Nate is described as a “culinary wizard” who constantly pushes the boundaries with his creative concoctions. In the spirit of gratitude for the farm which existed where the restaurant now stands, Tavern on Kruse sources only the freshest and most seasonal ingredients available from local farmers and artisans. With each season comes a revived celebration of flavors and textures specific to the region. Even the building utilizes reclaimed wood from the farm buildings previously on the land, paying homage to their roots and local history.
Satisfy your next BBQ craving at this rustic BBQ joint tucked away on the south end of Lake Oswego just off Boones Ferry Road. Pit Master Matt Ramey has been manning the smokers at Pine Shed Ribs and Barbecue since day one, slicing up Santa Maria tri-tip and crafting delectable barbecue sauce recipes. Dig in and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, in the dining room or bar, or out on the spacious patio with picnic table seating.
Photo Courtesy of Manzana Rotisserie Grill
Manzana, which means “apple” in Spanish, is a contemporary and cozy Northwestern eatery with Southwestern influences. Their fire-roasted rotisserie grill prepares fresh salmon, burgers, steaks and grilled vegetables to perfection. At the core of Manzana’s menu is their fire-roasted rotisserie Oregon-raised chicken, which is seasoned with a special blend of 30 spices. Other popular entrees include baby back ribs, the char-grilled ribeye, fish tacos, the housemade veggie burger, and the oven-roasted turkey chop salad.
This popular pizzeria serves Neapolitan-style pizza in a vibrant, modern space in the heart of Lake Oswego. Choose from a simple selection of pizzas, include mariana, margherita, white, pesto, spicy sausage, pepperoni, stromboli and Greek. Pair your selection with a glass of wine from their extensive wine menu, a handcrafted cocktail, or a draft or bottled beer. With friendly service, a beautiful atmosphere and exceptional food, this neighborhood pizzeria will not disappoint.
You’re treated like family at Baird’s on B, a neighborhood restaurant serving New American dishes with a focus on seafood. The upstairs space at Baird’s has been beautifully remodeled with modern fixtures and brightly colored Pacific Northwest decor. The massive bar top and communal table, made with reclaimed Douglas Fir wood, provide wonderful places to gather with family and friends — or make a few new friends! Entree favorites at Baird’s include the grilled king salmon, top sirloin, roasted half chicken, the house burger and the portobello sandwich.
Photo Courtesy of Tucci Restaurant
Tucci is where Italian heritage and Pacific Northwest ingredients come together. Opened in 2002, Tucci was named in honor of the owners’ great-grandmother, Mary Matteucci, who was always known as “Grandma Tucci.” Today, the restaurant exhibits the traditions handed down by Grandma Tucci, offering Italian-inspired fare in a relaxed and stylish atmosphere. Opt for the three-course prix fixe menu for just $28, which includes a caesar salad, tiramisu and a special main dish, which changes depending on the day.
Retreat to the comfortable yet refined interior of Five Spice Seafood + Wine Bar, a seafood eatery situated along the lake. The Northwest-inspired design perfectly sets the scene for enjoying locally sourced seafood and meat dishes. Popular entrees include the prawns, manilla clams, bay scallops, red peppers, squid, and the spice seafood stew made with fresh dish. Opt for outdoor seating on the open-air deck during the warmer months, which offers scenic views of the lake and surrounding scenery.
Residents know that Phở Lavang is the go-to source for phở in town. This contemporary Vietnamese cafe is family-run and -owned, delivering top-of-the-line service and exceptional food, including appetizers, specialty dishes, bun dishes and of course — a wide selection of phở. Order take-out or opt to dine in!
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