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Portland 40th Bday dinner for 5 food lovers

s23 | Nov 13, 201501:50 PM

Hi all,
I'm planning my partner's 40th birthday dinner with myself, his brother and his parents flying up to Portland from California.
I'd love suggestions for a special, memorable dinner. Places my partner and I have liked on past special occasions are: Little Bird, Ned Ludd and Ava Gene's, but there are so many amazing places in Portland I think it'd be nice to try something new.

I'm looking for a place that isn't too loud (parents have trouble hearing) or maybe has a quiet corner. Everyone in the family is a food lover (or, shoot, just plain foodies), so we're flexible for great cooking! But perhaps not a place that's very over the top avant-garde (e.g. WD-50 style restaurant).
Dinner will be on a Wed evening, so if an average-loud restaurant comes to mind that is quieter up until a certain hour (e.g. 5-7pm) that could work too!

I did a little research and had a list of some possible places, but open to any recommendations from locals. Would you all recommend or not-recommend any of these for this sort of outing?

Accanto (now that Genoa is closed?)
St. Jack

Thank you all in advance!
Mil gracias!

Little Bird Bistro,
Ned Ludd,
Ava Gene's,
Castagna Restaurant,
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