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Bastas Trattoria — (503) 274-1572; 410 North West 21st. Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Amenities: Ask about the cozy little table tucked along a wall in the main dining area. (If you lunch on Thursday or Friday, you may notice a couple of solo diner regulars seated on the patio at a banquette along the back wall. The view is great!)

In the evening, solo locals and business travelers directed by hotel concierges abound. Friendly bartenders make the bar (eight seats) and lounge area a favorite (full menu available).

Cuisine: Traditional Tuscan (12 wines by the glass)

Neighborhood: Flanders

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Dan & Louis' Oyster Bar — (503) 227-5906; 208 S.W. Ankeny Street, Portland, Oregon

Amenities: Open since 1907, this third generation-owned institution near the waterfront has always sported a "long table" (actually, two — one, "fore," seating 10 and one, "aft," seating eight.) in the middle of the main dining room.

This seating option boasts its share of devotees — couples, foursomes and solos — especially at lunch.. It even claims to have fomented ("fermented," if you prefer!) a couple of marriages! (No telling what might happen should solo women give up their preference for individual tables!)

Cuisine: Mostly Seafood (They shuck their own oysters!

Neighborhood: Old Town

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Paley's Place — (503) 243-2403; 1204 NW 21st Ave., Portland, Oregon.

Amenities: Equal opportunity eatery — our kind of place!

Though small —16 tables— they subscribe to the credo, " first to call is first served." Ergo, if you make a reservation before a couple or a group, a table is yours!

Scattered throughout the dining room and the bar and bistro area, the numbers of local solo regulars are beefed up by hotel-sent solo guests.

Cuisine: Upscale Northwest Bistro

Neighborhood: Northwest

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