Restaurants Portlanders Are Willing to Travel Farthest For, According to Lyft Data

Charley Locke - Feb 13, 2024

Lyft riders know: It’s easy to stay home, but it’s more fun to experience the world with friends and family. This guide uses aggregated rideshare data to find the restaurants, bars, and other destinations that Lyft customers love — and inspire your next trip out.

You’ll find great restaurants in any Portland neighborhood, but beautiful views, riverfront dining, and specialty offerings (like fresh oysters or a whiskey library) are worth going the extra mile for — or even ten. Here are some of the restaurants, bars, and breweries that Portland Lyft riders travel the farthest for.

Worth-it Portland destinations, by average distance traveled to get there

Seafood and Scenery: Salty’s on the Columbia River, Chart House, The Cove

The prospect of fresh seafood with a view inspires Portlanders to trek to neighboring Vancouver, Washington. The Cove’s waterfront patio tables are especially beautiful on a sunny day, but its fresh seafood platters bring crowds regardless of the weather. Family-owned Salty’s on the Columbia River offers jaw-dropping views of Mount Hood and, you guessed it, the Columbia River. And while it offers an extensive menu, the clear highlight (both from locals and from critics) is the seafood: Clams or crab cakes from Washington? Chowder made with Oregon shrimp? Ravioli with smoked steelhead caught in the Columbia River feet away from your seat? Just make a reservation, since Salty’s is a favorite for special occasions. 

Tucked into the quiet tree-lined streets just outside of South Portland, Chart House offers stunning views of the Willamette River, the East Side skyline, and the mountains beyond. On a lucky clear day, you can spot Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams over your brunch — or come for happy hour to see the city light up before you. 

Wine and Spirits: Amaterra, Multnomah Whiskey Library, Dosalas

Portland is known for its local beers, but the nearby Willamette Valley is known for its wines. It’s only a 15-minute ride from downtown to the verdant, winding vineyards near Amaterra, a favorite among Lyft riders. Amaterra features wines from vineyards across the Willamette Valley region, with a particular focus on pinot noir and chardonnay. Pick a bottle from its extensive menu or sample a flight. 

At the Multnomah Whiskey Library, patrons sip cocktails in a beautiful green cocktail bar reminiscent of a collegiate library. But the distinctive experience is upstairs, where members of the social club sit around a gorgeous wood-and-leather bar to sip on spirits from over 2,000 bottles. (The focus is whiskeys, but they also offer other selections, including mezcal and tequila.) If you don’t know a member, don’t fret; you can buy a day pass.

 Tequila fans travel to Dosalas on the Vancouver waterfront for its cocktails and Latin American small plates. If you’re a real devotee, look for its occasional “tequila socials,” when the house sommelier offers a guided tasting. (Check the Dosalas website for upcoming classes.)

Tapping In: The Waterfront Taphouse, Sasquatch Brewing Co., Oregon City Brewing Company

The Waterfront Taphouse offers pub fare and an extensive beer list with patio seating on Vancouver’s Grant Street Pier, across the Columbia River from Hayden Island and North Portland. Try Sasquatch Brewing Co. (in Southwest Portland) to taste some of the beers made on-site and Oregon City Brewing Company (in Oregon City, southeast of Portland) to pair your beverage of choice with snacks from one of the nearby food carts.

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