Toro Bravo


Chef-owner John Gorham of Toro Bravo - Portland, OR

120 Northeast Russell Street
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 281-4464
Hours: Sun-Thurs 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5 pm-11pm

Spain’s tapas tradition is the inspiration here, from the jaunty red walls, packed in tables and low lighting, to Chef-owner John Gorham’s family-style plates. Charcuterie and flatbreads rub shoulders with regional dishes, like cow’s neck with olive oil potatoes. Don’t be fooled by words like Salbitxada—Gorham’s culinary style is nothing if not unintimidating. After dark the crowds start forming, sipping beer and wine and chatting about all things Portland. This is a great date spot, and Gorham has made a successful business out of creating a warm place to pull up a chair and share a plate and some beers with a friend (special or otherwise).

Recommended Dishes:
  • Charcuterie Board: Chorizo with Sherry Gelée, Duck Liver Mousse with Morels and House-made Sidra Mustard, Sherry Chicken Liver Mousse, French Kiss (Prunes soaked in Armagnac and stuffed with Foie Gras), House-made Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles, Crostini, and Como Bread from Grand Central Bakery
  • Grilled Flatbread: Truffle Cheese, Local Arugula Salad, Manchego Cheese, Lemon Juice, and Olive Oil

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