Play games, revel in your favorite comic book characters, pet cats, or go back in time at these local theme restaurants
Portland is famous for its food scene, and the amazing eats aren’t limited to the bars and elegant restaurants. There are tons of family-friendly eateries the offer mind blowing bites to indulge in. Add these standout themed restaurants to your list of dine-out family night options. Along with a delicious meal, you and your crew can play games, pet cats, or go back in time. Read on for all the details.
Pull on your bobby socks and get out the poodle skirt! This 1950s diner serves breakfast and lunch alongside cozy vintage vibes, with a pink 1962 Cadillac on display and plenty of retro neon signs. Breakfast is served all day, with more predictable plates alongside standouts like Bunkhouse Vittles and hazelnut-crusted French toast. Ask for a kids’ menu and sit within view of the beautiful art deco fireplace.
1801 N.E. Broadway St.
This Lighthouse has been a restaurant since 1950, but the property’s history is extensive. Since being built in 1886, it’s been the First U.S. National Bank, a barber shop, and a post office. Now, its an awesome eatery for pirates and land dwelling mermaids. Expect all-American comfort food options when you pick up the menu. You'll find cheeseburgers with hand-cut twice-fried French fries, fried chicken with gravy, steaks, and tacos. There are plenty of options for sea faring folks of all ages. In addition to delectable dishes, there are plenty of drinks for mom and dad to enjoy. In addition to offering your usual roster of drinks, the Lighthouse offers wine by the glass, nine draft beers, and two dozen bottles and cans of old-school classics.
10808 N.W. St. Helens Rd.
PDX Game Knight
The first Oregon board game pub, PDX Game Knight serves American fare alongside local beers and a huge selection of board games. Settle in with a craft beer for you and a delectable grilled cheese for the kids, then get out the dice! For a $5 cover (kids under 12 are free), you can access their library of over 700 games, with plenty of games geared toward the littlest of players all the way up to grown-ups. Note: Game Knight is open to minors until 8 p.m.
3037 N Williams Ave.
One of Portland’s oldest diners, Skyline has been serving classic burgers and shakes since 1935. From the adorable neon-studded exterior, to the cozy red-vinyl booths inside, you and the kids will feel like you’ve stepped back in time. There’s a kids’ menu with favorites like corndogs and chicken fingers, plus classic soft serve ice cream and thick malted shakes. Though no longer offering car service, this former drive-in still consistently makes the list of Best Burgers in town.
1313 N.W. Skyline Blvd.
An aviation-theme restaurant, the Bomber has been around since 1948 (!) and features classic breakfast and lunch options with names that fit with the flight motif. In the morning order up Wings over Brussels (that’s Belgian waffles, of course), and in the afternoon choose from standards like the Bomber Burger or Wing Leader chicken tenders. This gas-station-turned-restaurant used to feature a real B-17 airplane on the roof. While the plane is currently being restored, the original diner is currently open daily.
Insider Tip: You can tour the B17 at the Salem airport, where the B17 Alliance is restoring the bomber to fly again.
13515 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.
Purrington’s Cat Lounge
Though more of a stop for light fare (think coffee and pastries, or salads and sandwiches), we couldn’t resist including this truly unique theme restaurant on our bucket list. Purrington’s Cat Lounge offers counter service food and drink (including beer and wine!) alongside a chance to hang with resident, adoptable cats! Reserve a spot for 30 or 60 minutes, or just drop by.
3529 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The Melting Pot
Since 1989, the Melting Pot has been carrying on the 1970s fondue craze with a delicious interactive dining experience. Pick a special birthday or graduation and head back in time with your whole crew for a festive splurge— this one’s a pricier choice, but well worth it for the chance to engage all your senses. Choose from traditional cheese and chocolate fondue, plus kids’ “fun-due” with dippable choices like chicken and pasta. There are even vegan options available, including a four-course vegan fondue meal.
1050 S.W. Sixth Ave., Suite 100