For all the national press Portland restaurants get, it’s not often that our sleepy city sees something truly new.

That’s partly why we’re so excited about this year’s Diner. For the first time, ever, we’ve broken down Portland’s 101 best restaurants by rank, each with a new or updated review (like a baker throwing in an extra treat, 100 just didn’t seem like enough).

Read now: Portland’s 101 best restaurants

And that’s not all. Our Restaurant of the Year, in addition to being very new itself, brings a fresh approach to the city’s dining scene — fine service, a stunning room and a half-dozen pastas that will make you swoon.

Elsewhere, you’ll find our Rising Star, a true up-and-comer with a cookbook on the way and ambitions of follow-up locations, plus our Cuisine of the Year, a considered, cerebral approach to a style of food we often take for granted.

We think it’s the most comprehensive Portland restaurant guide ever and the ultimate road map to the best Portland restaurants. We hope you agree.

(Why is our No. 1 overall restaurant not also our Restaurant of the Year? Glad you asked! For the past 25 years, our Restaurants of the Year have highlighted the places that best captured the city’s dining zeitgeist. Five of the top 10 restaurants on our 101 countdown, including the top four, are previous Restaurant of the Year winners.)

And now, on to Diner 2015.

Restaurant of the Year

Rising Star restaurant

Cuisine of the Year

Price Guide:

$ (about $12 or less per entree)
$$ ($13-$20 per entree)
$$$ ($21-$30 per entree)
$$$$ ($31 or more per entree)

— Michael Russell, Diner Editor

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