Eliot Neighborhood Guide
Eliot is located on the East side of the Willamette River. It is bordered by the Boise, King, Irvington and Lloyd neighborhoods, and the Willamette River.
Eliot is in a fantastic location for both commuting, as well as getting to many other great Portland neighborhoods. Major freeway ramps located near Eliot include I-84 and I-5. Portlands Tri Met runs bus schedules, and the MAX light rail train is less than a mile away from Eliots southernmost boundary, at Lloyd Center Mall. Drive West over the Broadway bridge to get downtown or to the Pearl District in mere minutes, or head Northeast to Alberta or Beaumont-Wilshire, Northwest to the Boise and Historic Mississippi Avenue neighborhoods, or Southeast to get to the Belmont and Hawthorne neighborhoods.
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Amenities Guide to Eliot Neighborhood
Eliot is full of popular dining establishments, as well as two coffee shops, music venues, parks, and the Matt Dishman community center with in-door swimming pool, and plenty of bus stops for public transportation. This is a great close-in Portland community with access to everything you need. The bike corridors along Williams and Vancouver contribute to easy bike commutes.
Eliot is a diverse community that is struggling to hold on to its history while fending off too much commercial urban redevelopment. Many of the residents of Eliot have lived here a long time, contributing to the sense of neighborhood pride and history of the area. There is a mix of residential and commercial property in Eliot, and the residential areas are generally attractive, quiet and livable, while the commercial areas are being actively redeveloped, bringing an influx of interest and energy that has both positive and negative aspects for the community. The residents are proud and protective of their special neighborhood and will actively fight any undesirable influx of commercial business that isn’t viewed as a benefit to the neighborhood (witnessed recently when McDonald’s tried unsuccessfully to move into the area). Given Eliot’s excellent location to downtown, it will be interesting to see how the area grows and develops in the future. Some speculate the East side of the river holds even more potential than the former warehouse area now known as The Pearl District, because there is more affordable single-family residential housing available.
Commute Times About 7 minutes to Downtown by car, 11 minutes by bus/train, 13 minutes by bike (depending on traffic and time of day).
Irving Park (nearby in Irvington)
Eliot News – Published quarterly by the Eliot Neighborhood Association. Contact Tony Green.
Elementary school: Boise-Eliot Elementary School
Middle school: Beaumont Middle School
High school: Grant High School
More Area Schools
Tri Met – Interactive Maps and Schedules for Bus, Max and Streetcar
Eliot is becoming something of a destination for good eats in Portland. From Russell Street Barbeque, Queen of Sheba Ethiopian, and the new Afrique restaurant, there is plenty to choose from.
The amazing Toro Bravo restaurant is located right next door to Wonder Ballroom. This is still my favorite restaurant in Portland and that’s saying something, because Portland is a food lover’s paradise of great places to eat. Toro Bravo has been featured in both Willamette Week and Portland Monthly as one of Portland’s top restaurants. Toro Bravo features Spanish tapas (small plates) which is one of the reasons I love the place so much–I’ve always been a person who wants to try one of everything on the menu, and now I get to do just that. Every single dish that I have tried is divine and I can’t even recommend just a few dishes, because so far I love them all! Although still relatively young, Toro Bravo is very popular, and even on a weeknight you might have to wait for a table outside or at the bar (note, the Wonder Cafe bar is right next door, and the Secret Society Ballroom bar is upstairs, so if Toro Bravo is standing room only, go have a cocktail and relax while waiting for your dinner at Toro Bravo).
One of the Eliot neighborhood’s favorite coffee house is Gold Rush Coffee Bar (2601 NE M L King Blvd) on the corner of Russell and MLK. They serve divine Illy brand coffee, and yes, they have Wi-Fi!
Also check out Tiny’s Cafe on 2031 NE MLK. You can get your delicious Stumptown coffee in a fun and eclectic hangout. If you get the coffee cup with an alien imprinted on it, your drink is free! Tiny’s has Wi-Fi and a nice large seating area.
The locals know that for a great breakfast, you should try Bridges Cafe on MLK.
I love to go to the Eliot e-Mat Cafe which is a combination of laundromat, and internet cafe. I always get an enormous sub, and the prices are great.
Echo is an upscale restaurant known for their great happy hours and late night dining.
The Russell Street Bar-B-Que is always packed. They serve up tasty BBQ ribs and other delicious meals.
For some more exotic Ethiopian Cuisine, try the popular Queen of Sheba.
Popular bars in the area include “Portland’s Best Dive Bar”, Billy Ray’s on MLK–this brick-red bar is identifiable only by the neon “R” and “Tavern” signs out front.
McMenamin’s White Eagle Saloon is reputedly haunted with ghosts from the old brothel they used in run back in Portland’s early days. Also nearby in the old Albina area is the Widmer brewery, Gasthaus, for German fare and your favorite local brewskies.
For an excellent cocktail along with a Nuevo Latino meal in an elegant setting, try Mint. Or, if you’re just in the mood for excellent cocktails, either indoors or on the private patio, try Mint’s sister bar “820”. The “Bella” cocktail, mixed with blackberry puree, is divine…
Wonder Ballroom – This beautiful old historic Hibernian lodge has been revamped into an events hall, with a cafe. The Wonder Cafe and bar is cozy, friendly, and they serve the best french fries in town!
Eliot Neighborhood Real Estate
Eliot is located close-in on the East side of the Willamette across the river from the Pearl District. Eliot is an urban neighborhood with cultural diversity. Home styles in this area consist of older Victorian cottages and other older East Portland styles that have historic charm and character you just can’t find in the newer ‘burbs. While some streets are still rough around the edges, there are many charming homes tucked into the Eliot neighborhood. Here you will still find the early 1900s sidewalks imprinted with the names of the original craftsmen, with metal curb rings for tethering horses along the streets. There are also recent infill houses and condos being built in the area, so you can actually find a newer home if that is your preference. Eliot is very conveniently located for an easy commute, and it’s popularity is growing as people rediscover North/Northeast Portland, and especially as the TriMet light rail expansion will bring the streetcar to the edge of Eliot.
If you are interested in buying or selling a home in this Portland neighborhood, visit our Portland Real Estate Page for more information, or visit our Portland Real Estate Map to search the RMLS for neighborhood homes for sale.