Portobello Vegan Trattoria is a cute little Italian restaurant and cafe in Southeast Portland. When possible, their food is organic and locally sourced. They also have many gluten-free options and mark them on their menu. Their website has information about what farms they get their food from, and their menu changes frequently depending on what’s available in the market and from the farms.
It’s hard to dislike any restaurant that has Edward Gorey books in their waiting area. The atmosphere is charming, relaxed, and a little upscale. When we arrived, about three quarters of the tables in the house had “Reserved” signs on them. We were able to get a table immediately, but if you’re going at a popular dinner hour on a weekend, you might want to call ahead. By the time we left, the place was almost full.
Their menu is marked for gluten-free and soy-free items, which is very cool. They also made their menu so that you can get half orders of every entree and salad. That way you can get more variety and share. When we went, about half of the menu was marked gluten-free. Under their appetizers, they had a marinated olive plate and a polenta dish with marinara. All of their sides are gluten-free, including pan roasted summer squashes, melon with olive oil & basil, roasted fingerling potatoes, and garlicky broccolini. While they did have two salads on the menu which were gluten-free (the Chilled Beet & Plum Salad and Heirloom Tomato & Cucumber Salad), there was only one gluten-free entree, which was OK under the circumstances. For dessert, they make a vegan tiramisu, but alas, it is not gluten-free.
You can also add this to your list of places that serve gluten-free beer! They have Bard’s Gluten-Free Sorghum Malt Beer.
The gluten-free entree was Portobello Steak with Crisp Polenta & Swiss Chard. As the name would suggest, this was a grilled portobello mushroom with rosemary on a layer of swiss chard, all on a bed of perfectly crisp caramelized onion polenta.
Everything was perfectly done and very tasty. Our waitress was very friendly and was able to answer all our questions. The food came out promptly. The broccolini was excellent. We were especially enamored of the Heirloom Tomato & Cucumber Salad. The tomatoes were fresh and delicious. They were served cut up into huge chunks with pieces of cucumber, basil, and olive oil. I found myself wishing for more.
We want to know: Have you eaten at the Portobello Vegan Trattoria? Have you had any different entrees? Let us know!
Gluten-Free Safety Rating: Gluten-Free Friendly But Ask Questions.
Times we have visited: 1 (So your experience may vary.)
Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Price compared to “regular”: Same
Portobello Vegan Trattoria
2001 SE 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97214 / 503.754.5993