Portland is home to great restaurants of every stripe, but classic Caribbean cuisines are largely underrepresented in the local restaurant market. Sure, Portland has several restaurants representing Mexico, Central American countries, and much of South America, but the cuisines of the islands scattered through the Caribbean sea are limited to a handful of restaurants and food carts throughout the greater Portland area.
However, that has started to change in recent years, especially when it comes to Cuban cuisine: cocktail bar Palomar, rooftop restaurant Havana Cafe, and vegan cafe Miami Nice have joined longer-standing Cuban spots like Pambiche, and Puerto Rican pop-ups like Aybendito have added more Puerto Rican options beyond places like Boriken Restaurant in Southwest Portland. The handful of hidden gems found throughout Portland and the Greater Portland Metro offer great renditions of Jamaican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban cuisines: From steamy and warm empanadas to full plates of pork, fish, beef, or jerk chicken, these are the Caribbean restaurants every Portlander should know. For more options throughout Central and South America, feel free to check out the larger Latin American cuisine map. Note that the points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.
A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.