No. 1: Painted Lady

Food: 29

Decor: 28

Service: 20  
Cost: $85  

“You’re in for a remarkable” evening (and the Portland area’s No. 1–rated Food) the “minute you step inside the picket fence” at this wine-country “jewel” set in a “romantic” Newberg Victorian, where the “world-class” Pacific NW tasting menus are “fascinating in their variety, seasonality and freshness”; “well-orchestrated” service and “fabulous” local vinos add to the “stellar” experience; P.S. rezzies required.

201 S. College St.; 503-538-3850

No. 2: Departure

Food: 23
Decor: 27
Service: 21
Cost: $36

"We're not in Portland anymore" assert admirers of this "futuristic space-age" lounge atop Downtown's The Nines Hotel with "spectacular" city and mountain views from its interior seating and two open-air patios; the "stiff" cocktails are "heavy on the wallet", but they keep things "abuzz", while "playful", "tasty" Asian fusion bites impress the "‘in' crowd", as does the "fast, sexy" service.

525 SW Morrison St.; 503-802-5370

No. 3: Jory

Food: 26

Decor: 27
Service: 27
Cost: $63

An "oasis of excellence" in wine country, the Allison Inn & Spa's luxe dining room gets high marks for its "beautiful view" of the Willamette Valley, which makes the perfect backdrop for its "wonderful" Pacific NW cuisine and "enticing" vintages; the "friendly" pro staff also impresses, so even though it's plenty "expensive", most say it's right on "for a special dinner" – especially if you're "someone else's guest."

2525 Allison Lane.; 503-554-2526

No. 4: Marrakesh

Food: 27

Decor: 27
Service: 25

Cost: $28

It's "one-of-a-kind" enthuse aficionados of the "unforgettable" "cultural experience" at this "lively", midpriced NW Portland Moroccan vet offering "superb" traditional cuisine and "not-to-be-missed" belly dancing (Wednesday–Sunday); an affable staff and seating on ornate, "pillow"-piled banquettes complete the atmospheric "fun time"; P.S. with three days notice, larger parties can feast on spit-roasted lamb.

1201 NY 21st Ave.; 503-248-9442

No. 5: Portland City Grill

Food: 21

Decor: 25

Service: 22

Cost: $43

“All visitors to Portland should see” the “unbeatable” views of the Willamette River, Mt. Hood and beyond at this “upscale”, “elegant”, “dimly lit” New American set on the 30th floor of Downtown’s Unico US Bank Tower (“arrive early” to ensure you “get a window seat”); the surf ’n’ turf ’n’ sushi–heavy menu is roundly praised for its “diversity” and “terrific” execution, but it’s the “fabulous”, “deal”-packed happy hour that really brings in the “hordes.”

111 SW Fifth Ave., 30th fl.; 503-450-0030

No. 6: Meriwether's

Food: 22

Decor: 24

Service: 22

Cost: $42

A true “Portland sensibility” pervades this NW Portland establishment in a historic building on the 1905 World’s Fair site, as many of the ingredients in the “fine”, “quality” Pacific NW fare are sourced from its farm “a few miles away”; inside, the “decor is quite charming” (especially the “cozy bar”, which has a fireplace), while the garden patio with its fire pits, fountains and abundant greenery is “breathtakingly beautiful.”

2601 NW Vaughn St.; 503-228-1250

No. 7: Pied Cow

Food: 27

Decor: 26
Service: 20
Cost: $14

"Beautiful" meets "bohemian" at this Belmont coffeehouse set in a grand Victorian, where regulars "fall in love" with the "exquisite desserts" and other "sweet and savory nosh plates"; the "romantic" patio doubles as a "hookah garden", and while it can "get crowded", it's still a "date"-worthy choice, especially on "summer nights."

3244 SE Belmont St.; 503-230-4866

No. 8: Irving Street Kitchen

Food: 26

Decor: 26

Service: 25
Cost: $34

The "creatively executed", "Southern-inspired" Pacific NW eats ("think upscale soul food") and "strong, inventive" cocktails lure diners to this "warm" room in the Pearl where the wine comes in mason jars and milk-bottle chandeliers hang from the ceiling; a few find it "on the spendy side", but the "exceptional hospitality" and a kitchen where "something good is happening" push it into "gem" territory.

701 NW 13th Ave.; 503-343-9440

No. 9: Genoa

Food: 28
Decor: 26

Service: 28

Cost: $85

A “beloved” Belmont “institution” for “romantic”, “unhurried” evenings full of “food artistry”, this “formal” Italian “wows” with an “exquisite” five-course prix fixe menu of “imaginatively prepared”, “consistently superb” plates; the “impeccable service” includes a sommelier at the “top of his game”, and while it’s “expensive”, it’s “well worth it”; P.S. it shares space with “casual cousin” Accanto next door.

2832 SE Belmont St.; 503-238-1464

No. 10: Andina

Food: 28

Decor: 26

Service: 26

Cost: $40

An array of “lovely flavors” “tickle your taste buds” at this Pearl District “destination”, where “adventurous” eaters tuck into “delicious, modern” Peruvian fare – plus a “huge selection” of “inventive, colorful” tapas – and wash it down with “amazing” “regional cocktails” (the “spicy” Sacsayhuamán concoction, pronounced ‘sexy woman’, is a “must”); “warm” service matches the “boisterous”, “gorgeous” environs , and though “pricey”, there’s no denying it’s the “real deal.”

1314 NW Glisan St.; 503-228-9535