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Great Event Spaces in Portland (OR) Part 2: Restaurant Venues

In Part 1 we looked at some amazing event venues for weddings or company parties. But what if you’re planning a rehearsal dinner, business lunch, or small cocktail party? When throwing a private event of 10-100 guests, restaurant venues are convenient and well equipped to help with the evening. Here is a quick un-sponsored guide to 7 great restaurant venues to hold a private event in Portland, Oregon.

Click on each restaurant name to go to their website.

El Gaucho

319 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

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Features- Located in the historic Benson Hotel, El Gaucho has long prided itself for its steaks, cigar lounge, and attentive,  candlelit table-service. El Gaucho has a dedicated event director and features two private dining rooms. One for 16 guests, and one for 30 guests.  They also will rent our their bar area which can accommodate 50 guests standing, or the whole restaurant which can seat an additional 90 guests.

Number of Guests- 10-150


2112 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97210


Features- This Italian-leaning Mediterranean neighborhood restaurant has taken care to focus on private dining for rehearsal dinners, business lunches, and holiday parties.  The two main rooms are available individually or together for a total of 40 seated guests. There is also a mezzanine available for cocktail receptions.

Number of Guests- 20-40

Irving Street Kitchen

701 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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Features- Irving Street Kitchen is a lively and energetic space that serves elegant American fare.  It has a large private dining room that can accommodate up to 150 standing for a cocktail reception.  The covered patio is also available for dining which features heaters and rain shields. Other features Irving Street Kitchen offers is customized menus and full-restaurant buy-outs.  

Number of Guests-15-150

Jake’s Grill

611 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205


Features- Located in the historic Sentinel hotel in downtown Portland,  Jake’s Grill does classy, American fare very well. The three separate private dining rooms can accommodate 50, 20, and 16 guests seated.  For standing receptions they can accommodate 60, 25, or 20 guests.

Number of Guests- 20-60


1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209


Features- Andina is a Peruvian restaurant in Pearl District, and it’s one of Portland’s top reviewed restaurants with an award winning wine program.  They have a dedicated special events team and four separate private dining rooms to accommodate a range of party sizes from 14 guests to 100. They also offer restaurant buy-outs to accommodate for even more guests.

Number of Guests- 15-100

Plaza Del Toro

105 SE Taylor St, Portland, OR 97214

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Features-  Plaza Del Toro shares the same owners as other hugely popular Portland restaurants such as Toro Bravo, Tasty N Sons, and Tasty N Alder which are know for their style and elegance.  Plaza Del Toro is exclusively for large private events and can accommodate 90 guests seated to 150 for a cocktail reception.

Number of Guests- 50-150

Blue Hour

250 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209


Features- Blue Hour is elegant, modern, and classic.  It’s been a staple of the Portland food scene for over 15 years and features an award-winning wine list.  Their private dining room can accommodate 50 guests seated (or 100 standing). They also offer restaurant buy-outs

Number of Guests- 50-100

Brandon Lawrence is a professional magician based out of Portland, Oregon. He specializes in close-up and parlor magic for corporate audiences.

Brandon Lawrence is a professional magician based out of Portland, Oregon. He specializes in close-up and parlor magic for corporate audiences.

Brandon Lawrence