Headwaters at the Heathman

Seafood-forward Pacific Northwest dining

Tucked inside historic Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Heathman Hotel, Headwaters at the Heathman is well located in downtown Portland within walking distance to arts, entertainment and all the city has to offer.

Opened in late 2016 by iconic local chef Vitaly Paley and his wife and business partner, Kimberly Paley, the restaurant pays homage to the long and rich history of the luxurious Heathman Hotel while also adding a new Russian flair that represents the talented toque’s own heritage.

Rustic wood floors, high ceilings and clean, modern furniture create a warm ambiance to enjoy lunch during a busy day of sightseeing, drinks before a matinee or a leisurely romantic dinner. Whenever you choose to dine, Headwaters delivers on style, location and craveable cuisine day or night.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Headwaters’ bar area is flooded in natural light from the large windows overlooking one of downtown Portland’s busiest streets. Grab a seat and order a Heel Clicker, a favorite local sip made of bourbon, cachaca (a Brazilian white rum made of sugarcane), Bénédictine and bitters.
  • The multitiered restaurant features soothing Pacific Northwestern art portraying images of flowing water, nicely tying into the seafood-forward menu.
  • Chef Paley is a James Beard Award winner and the owner of several other critically acclaimed restaurants in Portland. His attention to detail shows in both the dishes and the atmosphere.
  • Headwaters is next door to the iconic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, one of Portland’s premier performing arts venues. If you have tickets for a show, be sure to enjoy the restaurant’s popular happy hour before walking over or swing by for dessert after the curtain closes.
  • The food is a delight. Unique flavor and texture combinations elevate staples, turning them into the likes of diver scallops seared with housemade bacon and shaved Brussels sprouts with cilantro and ginger.

Things to Know

  • If you plan to visit this Portland eatery in late November or December, make a reservation for the famous Headwaters Holiday Tea. Complete with festive décor and a slight Russian twist, this elegant service is extremely popular and books up quickly.
  • Looking for a quiet, romantic dinner out? Ask for a table at the far end of the Portland restaurant. It’s a more secluded spot conducive to intimate conversation.
  • Follow Headwaters on social media to stay in the loop on its frequent special dinners and pop-ups. Chef Paley’s popular DaNet series, for example, takes you on a culinary journey through his Russian homeland using Oregon’s freshest seafood.

The Food

  • As the name indicates, Headwaters showcases a variety of ingredients from the sea. Savor the fresh flavors by ordering oysters and a caviar flight.
  • If you’re not one for seafood, the Portland restaurant’s menu offers a variety of tasty land-based dishes too, including coq au vin, a meaty double-cut pork chop and a house burger that does not disappoint.
  • Shareable starters make dining at this stylish eatery a communal experience. Try the smoked fish platter or go all out with the Grand Seafood Tower, stacked high with cherrystone clams, a daily rotating ceviche, Dungeness crab and more.
  • Be sure to stop by for the popular weekend brunch. Enjoy the Headwaters Benedict with smoked salmon or satisfy your sweet tooth with the huckleberry pancakes topped with toasted hazelnuts.

The Chef

  • Headwaters owner and chef, Vitaly Paley, is an icon in the Portland food scene. The Russian restaurateur and his wife opened their first establishment, Paley’s Place, in 1995 and it continues to be one of the finest restaurants in the city.
  • Paley won a James Beard Award in 2005 in the Best Chef Northwest category, solidifying his place as one of the top toques in the region.
  • Prior to opening Headwaters in The Heathman Hotel, Paley competed on Food Network’s Iron Chef and was victorious with a radish sorbet.

Business casual
Gluten-free options
Kid friendly
Outdoor seating
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
1001 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97205
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