Ristretto Roasters

Coffee House
One of the best

We are not coffee experts, and Portland has more places that roast, brew, and serve it in earnest than we’ll ever have time to sample; but of those we have tried, we like Ristretto Roasters best. It is a small storefront with three counter stools, three tables, a single booth, a few sidewalk seats, and a line all morning long waiting for cups of delicious coffee and espresso, the beans for which are roasted in the back room that is visible through a glass window.

We thought the espresso a perfect balance of caffeinated punch and smooth, chocolaty flavor; the regular coffee had a good kick, too, but wasn’t so strong that a second and third cup didn’t seem like great ideas.

What to Eat
Ristretto Roasters, Espresso
Here's a quad espresso, waiting to be gulped.
Directions and Hours
closed now
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 5 MILES | 26 min

Probably because it is the home of Starbuck's, Seattle gets credit as the Northwest's great coffee city. It is great, no doubt about that, but so is Portland, Oregon; and in our experience, the cupcakes, donuts and other pastries in the City of Roses are without peer. Here are a handful of our favorite stops…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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