Most cities in the United States now have Mexican restaurants galore, but not all are blessed with restaurants representing other Latin American countries. Unlike Miami or New York, Portland doesn’t have neighborhoods with concentrated Latin American immigrant populations (think: Little Havana); instead, restaurants and food carts serving lomo saltaldo and empanadas are scattered throughout the greater Portland area.
When looking for an array of Latin American fare, the all-in-one Portland Mercado is an obvious place to start, but the city is home to a number of locally beloved establishments, bakery-cafe hybrids, and restaurants where reservations are highly recommended. Here are 15 places in Portland specializing in dishes from Central and South American countries. For more specificity, peruse our Peruvian and Cuban maps — and for Mexican food, try our taco map or our Mexican restaurant map.
Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.