Fall is one of the greatest seasons in Portland (tied for first with summer)—the summer visitors have gone home, so there's a little more breathing room on the streets and in Portland's most popular restaurants. But the weather is still fantastic, with daytime temps well into the 70s. Many restaurants still have their outdoor seating still set up, and there's no better time to enjoy a relaxed meal on a patio in one of Portland's finest restaurants. Here are three options for outdoor dining in Portland next time you're on a lark to our boutique Portland hotel The Pomegranate.
This Spanish bistro is just a few blocks from our hotel in Portland's West End and has a great back deck with ample seating. The deck is surrounded by tall trees, making it feel like a secluded escape within the city. Enjoy tapas-style snacks like pan con tomato, patatas bravas, and fig a la plancha while you admire local artists' mural on the back of the building. Don't skip the outdoor dining at Chaval while the weather still allows for it.
The Pig, as it's known to regulars, has a big back deck that's always popular in warmer months. With a menu of housemade sausages and a great selection of local craft beer, the Thirsty Pig's deck is perfect for a casual meal outdoors. Located right in the heart of the Old Port on Exchange Street, the Pig is a great place to pop into after exploring the shops of Portland's popular downtown district. Plenty of tables on the deck means you're likely to get a seat, even in the busy season.
Just up the street from The Thirsty Pig, this old-school burger restaurant has a small number of tables overlooking Tommy's Park. The menu is small, limited to burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, milkshakes, and a few sides. Add unique cocktails and you've got the perfect mixture of hip hangout and family-friendly spot. Enjoy a warm afternoon on the patio and the simple pleasures of a perfectly-cooked burger and fries.