Bistro Agnes
Parisian Bistro Fare in Downtown Portland's West End

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Portland Restaurants – Where We are Eating Summer 2018

Last Update August 29, 2018 

The endless question: What are the best Portland restaurants?

I frequently get letters from tourists asking, “What are the Best Portland Restaurants?” Lists of such are a dime a dozen, so instead, we decided to do something different – the restaurants that we are frequenting. Some are new, some old favorites, but if you are serious about Portland food they all deserve your attention. Of course, we will regularly update this list as time passes

Bistro Agnes

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Bistro Agnes Salade Niçoise

True French food has never been one of Portland’s strong points until James Beard award-winning Greg and Gabi Denton decided to open a restaurant that couldn’t have more of a different cuisine from their flagship, OX. This is as close to authentic French Bistro fare you’ll find here. It’s not embellished, but direct and to the point – a celebration of true classic French dishes. While this is a bistro it’s a bit more refined, cloth napkins, options for stilled or sparkling water offered and the noise level hasn’t been an issue while I’ve dined there. To that end, you will find classics – Tartare, Onion Soup, Escargot, Pâté, Coq Au Vin, Mussels Mariniere and Steak Au Poivre among the large menu. The space, directly across from Tasty n Alder is bright and comfortable with a slightly upscale feel. The dining room is uncluttered and the seating, while close quarters, doesn’t feel too ‘jammed’ in. The wine list is full of surprises with and the waitstaff is helpful in navigating the list of the French wines. Most recently they’ve been exploring the wines from different regions in France. In multiple visits, we’ve yet to find a dish we didn’t like. DD

  • 527 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97205  Map  (503) 222-0979
Daniel Weiner