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4 restaurants to try while you wait for reservations at Portland’s 2024 James Beard Award winners

Getting a table at Langbaan or kann is no easy feat, but if you’re looking for prix fixe meals or chef tasting menus, Portland has more than a few excellent options.

A hand holding tweezers hovers over a plate of thin green liquid surrounding a tiny, colorful pile of ingredients.

Add wine pairings to your tasting menu dining experience at G-Love for an additional $55.

Showcasing cuisines from other parts of the world is something Portland does best — but you don’t have to take our word for it.

This week, Portland added two more James Beard Awards to its culinary trophy case: Gregory Gourdet, owner and founder of Haitian wood-fired restaurant kann, was named “Best Chef in the Northwest and Pacific” (his third consecutive James Beard Awards win), while Thai tasting menu restaurant Langbaan earned the prestigious “Outstanding Restaurant” title.

Fourteen Langbaan employees gather for a photo inside of a restaurant.

“Thank you to our guests, the people who come time and time again. There would be no Langbaan without you,” Langbaan said on social media after being named a James Beard Awards 2024 winner.

Photo by @langbaanpdx

Both eateries are notoriously difficult to dine at due to their well-earned popularity, but effort and patience pay off when you finally get to taste for yourself what all the fuss is about. Here are some other illustrious local dining experiences with tasting menus or prix fixe meals to try while you wait to score reservations.

G-Love, 1615 NW 21st Ave. | $75/person | Reserve a table
If your whole party is on board, then try the “reverse steakhouse’s” four-course tasting menu highlighting chef Garrett Benedict’s favorite picks. To get an idea, the regular menu features dishes like roasted and pickled mushrooms with mint and black garlic, ricotta and parmesan ravioli, and curry pork with hazelnut salsa macha.

Mucca Osteria, 1022 SW Morrison St. | $95/person | Reserve a table
Experience fine Italian dining across four customizable courses (with room for dietary restrictions), from antipasti plates of seared scallops and roasted beets to housemade pasta, steak, and dessert.

República, 100 NW 10th Ave. | $128-$150/person | Reserve a table
This tasting menu-only restaurant offers seven- and 10-course options that take diners on a journey through Mexican history and culture through carefully constructed dishes that change daily.

Le Pigeon, 738 E. Burnside St. | $135/person | Reserve a table
Portland creativity meets the classical flavors of France, resulting in tasting menu items such as pig’s foot with escargot and cold egg sauce, foie gras, tortellini with nettles, and black truffle carrot bisque.

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