I would love some recommendations for our anniversary dinner. And maybe some casual places to eat that are close to our hotel that are good. We are planning on staying at the Hotel Monaco. Is that the best anniversary hotel?
For an anniversary celebration dinner in Portland, I'd pick from Fenouil, Paley's Place, Ten 01, Castagna, or Sel Gris (if they've reopened by the time you're here). All have great food, but Fenouil has probably the classiest restaurant space in town, and Paley's Place the most romantic.
Hotel Monaco is rated by most visitors as the best hotel in town, so yes, it should be fine for an anniversary. The Benson and Heathman syrahgirl recommends are fine too, but they're a bit stodgy for my taste.Edited: 16 March 2010, 22:52
If you want to dine with really pretty city views, The Portland City Grill is a nice choice for an anniversary dinner. Even if you do dine at another restaurant, you could still go there for dessert or a drink. In Cannon Beach, you may want to look at Stephanie Inn for a nice meal. We also love Newman's @ 988, it is a cozy, romantic place, you can dine in the main dining room or upstairs. Have fun! :)
Mistletoe, isn't there something "odd" about the Stephanie Inn dining room? I know you have to pay in advance, but do they not have a regular menu .... or something? I can't remember, as it's not really my type of place, LOL!
LOL, half-Brit! Would that be that the dining room overlooks a parking lot? Or are you thinking about the dinner menu, which is a four course prix fixe deal, with very limited choices? The few times we've been there, they've made a production out of the serving of each course; too pretentious for me, and more of an interruption than informative. Stephanie Inn might be a good choice if you're looking for a "foodie" experience, but I wouldn't pick it for an anniversary. And you're right; reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card.
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