Noble Rot, Portland
Portland , Oregon
Tel: 503 233 1999
Concierge.com's insider take:
It may not look like much from the outside—a narrow red space simply decorated with rows of wine bottles—but therein lies its charm. Arguably Portland's most popular wine bar, Noble Rot exemplifies what this city does so well: It's quirky and unpretentious. But the wine here reflects a serious understanding of grapes, and the chef means business. (When Thomas Keller comes to town, he stops in here.) Dishes feature intensely flavored nibbles designed for grazing, as well as substantial dishes like pasta with hearty beef ragù. Many dishes feature produce grown upstairs in a rooftop garden, which guests can tour throughout the week. There is a broad selection of local wines and international labels, and extremely reasonable deals on tasting flights. Try to get a seat in one of the booths, or perch at the bar in the front room.—Updated by Colleen Clark
Open Mondays through Saturdays 5 pm to midnight.