Bluehour
Bluehour

Bluehour

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluehouronline.com/
  • Phone: 5032263394x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 6:30pm,
    Saturday 5:00pm - 6:30pm
    Cafe/bar open after dinner until midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
    Closed Sundays.

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European, Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kyo Koo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: L'Heure Bleue is the private room at Bluehour that can accommodate up to 60 people for a seated dinner or up to 100 people for a cocktail style reception on any occasion. Private Event Manager: Alice Price

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Everett
  • Public Transit: Bluehour is located three blocks west of the NW 10th and Everett stop of the Portland Street Car.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is $6.00 and is offered after 5:30pm, Monday through Saturday nights, at the corner of NW 13th and Everett St.
A word from Bluehour
Bluehour means different things to different people. In French literature it describes any time of day "of heightened emotion." In Portland it has come to mean "a great place to dine."

As the premier modern restaurant in the Pearl District, Bluehour opened its doors in 2000, with what Gourmet Magazine describes as, "the most sophisticated, contemporary food in town." Guests choose between the elegant dining room or the casual café and bar.


Surprising and delicious describes the Modern Northwest cuisine we create in the Bluehour kitchen each night. The menu is printed daily, so come in and enjoy Chef Kyo Koo's seasonally inspired menu.
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Bluehour reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (56)fit for foodies (50)romantic (42)notable wine list (25)vibrant bar scene (18)neighborhood gem (17)good for groups (14)hot spot (13)great for lunch (12)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The only problem was that the wine guy was quite patronizing. Said the bottle we'd selected was "ok" but should have selected a different one, "you dumb people" - didn't really say that but strongly implied it!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner, crowd disappointing
    Luv2wineand2dine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Picked blue hour for our one year anniversary dinner. Dinner set menu with wine pairing was amazing, highly recommended! Ambiance was nice, lots of romantic couples enjoying a fine dining experience. Huge negative was the large tables interspersed with the small ones with large boisterous parties. Obviously drunk and over served, management made no real effort to get rid of them or quiet them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    SeanZ
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great service from the initial reservation confirmation call all the way through to the "good-bye" when leaving. Food and cocktails were amazing as well.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    These guys have really lost the plot! Bluehour used to be a great place, today its terrible! the new chef needs to find a new cookbook! It took over 2 hours to get our meal, complaining did absolutely nothing. The hostess was clearly out of her realm, nowhere near the quality Bluehour and other Carey run restaurants usually have. The Manager (geez!) where did they find this guy. When our food finally did come, my lamb chops (all two of them) were the size of quarters. I had the foie gras as a starter, presentation was terrible, almost no thought went into that dish. It seems the new mantra is serve little and charge more! Take Bluehour off your list, there are plenty of other really good restaurants in Portland.
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  • Exceptional blue hour
    Ontheroad
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great evening. We did the food course and that was wonderful. The best bar menu I've seen, very creative drink menu, superb flavors excellent presentation. I'm travelled into Portland and found dined here the week before and just had to come back to try the main menu and try the drink menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tweetie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food, service and ambiance. The waiter was excellent. Fantastic drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blanche
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was good but not great, it was not as good as my previous experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting
    HayviHunters
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    When I ate at Bluehour, the people at the front desk were nice and welcoming, the server was kind of awkward and seemed to be the type that stared into your soul with every word and never seemed interested in anything we had to say and the guy filling our water glass seemed scared out of his mind, but once the food arrived it was immediately five star in my mind. It was the best pork steak I had ever eaten and the most perfectly done flank of salmon. Everything from the main course to amazing desert was well above even my highest expectations and the bill reflected the taste. It's not somewhere I could go every night, but for a nice night on the town or for a celebration, it's the perfect place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Very good, but not quite great
    Crocodilian
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Bluehour is in beautiful space, and a bit more formal and a bit more pricey than the norm for Portland. In most places, I'd call Bluehour a winner-- the food was very good. But "very good" in Portland is like being a smart kid at Princeton; this is a foodie town, and Bluehour is going to be graded against its nearby competition. Is it as good as, say, Park Kitchen? Or Paley's Place? Or Imperial? Or Little Birds? It doesn't take anything away from Bluehour to say "they're not quite as good as the best in Portland". I'd go there again, for the space. If you've got a group of grownups, and wanted someplace a bit quieter and more formal than the norm, Bluehour will be a good choice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent service. Well worth the price. I would love to see this Chef expand his menu options, perhaps a daily special. I plan to return when in Portland.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful restaurant
    traveljuice
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I dined at Bluehour on trip to Portland recently and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The food and drinks are flawlessly executed. We highly recommend this beautiful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice ambiance
    Pudgy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nice atmosphere, great waiter. Okay, food was a mixed review. I loved my pork loin-the most tender ever. Delicious! My husband had the salmon. Portion on the small side and he said it was "average" as to taste. He had an appetizer that was corn based and it wasn't good. On the plus side, the waiter was very nice and the restaurant was nicely appointed. I would try it again. I think it's about what you order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant we have ever been
    Shelingassis
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We ate here on a trip to the Pacific Northwest. We decided to give it a try because it had a 1000 points reservation time and I didn't know any better. Well it was soon worth it. We had one of the best meals we have ever had. The food was interesting and flavorful without being weird. Our waiter was great, even recommending a local mural attraction for us to drive around and see. He said that the chef was new and I would say he was a great choice. Also the drink menu was creative and fun. I can go on forever, but in essence, just go here, you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Again
    enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    What a great big nothing. Three of us dined. My wife and granddaughter had seared Ahi as their main course. Both servings were improperly cooked.....the outer 1/2 of the fish was white and in inner was closer to what it should look like. It was apparent that the cook had no idea about preparing seared fish. I started with the cauliflower appetizer which was tasteless and soggy. My main was a very bland piece of chicken.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet night at BlueHour
    SMcGVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    BlueHour is usually a hopping place, so it was an unusual night with the room 2/3 empty, but the service was excellent, as always, and the food good. It's getting very "French" in its portion sizes (i.e. quite small), which is fine with me but perhaps not everyone. My only complaint is that the air conditioning was turned to 11, and because no one else was there, it was freezing.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Food was good, but service was bad.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Service was very, very slow. Group had to wait an hour for entrees. Restaurant was not crowded. We won't be holding business dinners at this restaurant again. Too bad, because food and atmosphere are good.
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  • Better than ever
    JiltVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    With its gorgeous dining room Blue Hour has always been a place we take visitors but didn't make it into our regular rotation with their small portions and spotty service. That seems to have all changed since we had a two delectable entrees (pork chop and chicken) that were perfectly prepared with inventive but filling sides and the prices more reasonable than I remember. We'll definitely be back and not just once or twice a year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Over grilled ribeye
    Academicus
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Much to my surprise and disappointment, my ribeye was charred to a crisp on one side, which detracted considerably from an otherwise pleasant enough evening. Could easily have been a one-off dish, but I have come to expect better of Blue Hour, especially since the beef dishes at the sister restaurants are setting a new standard for the region. Will not deter me from returning!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't wait to return!
    AbigailVernon
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was our first time dining at Bluehour and it was exceptional. The ambiance and general mood was unique and artfully crafted. Exceptional staff and chef. A real gem in the heart of Portland. And what a wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ajgucci
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Fun trendy Pearl District restaurant. Took advantage of the Fromager and selected artisan cheeses as appetizers. Menu is limited, but all three entrees we selected were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Not what it used to be
    NWGuy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We used to go to the Blue Hour for special occasions, as it had a wonderful atmosphere and great food. But those days are gone, at least for now. Same lovely setting and good service, but the food is just average at best. There were 3 in our party and no one had anything worth remembering.
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  • it was ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Good for foodies with a large budget and small appetite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Engagement Dinner
    IanIan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I proposed to my fiance at Blue Hour. The waitstaff was extremely accommodating, and gave us an excellent table. Additionally, they brought us a couple of glasses of champagne on the house as soon as the ring was on her finger. It was absolutely perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Underwhelmed and Disappointed
    Eave
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Remembering past visits to this sophisticated dining spot, we were incredibly disappointed when one of the dishes...pork loin...was extremely overlooked and dry. Although it was replaced with a chicken dish which was moist and tasty, it arrived with a hair in the dish. Do not recommend.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Had reservation, Monday night, wasn't busy, seated right away. Waited at least 15 minutes before anyone came up to us. Finally the manager asked us if we'd like a cocktail, waited another 15 minutes to get them. The wine server tried to serve the wine across the table (could have walked up to the person who wanted it) and spilled some on the table and splashed the guest with the wine. She apologized (accidents happen) but then went back around the table across the guest who wanted the wine and proceeded to pour it again from the same awkward position. My steak was not bad, but my husband didn't eat his. He said it was filled with grizzle. This is our third time there but have decided we wouldn't go back again.
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  • Worst restaurant experience ever.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This was one of the worst experiences we have ever had. Especially the service. We were seated for over one hour before our food order was taken. Didn't receive our entrees until 2 hours into our meal. We actuall had a different server start cleaning off the table and asking if we wanted dessert before we even received our salads. Poorly ran. Poorly managed. No one had a clue. Worst restaurant experience ever.
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  • Always excellent!
    northernglinda
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Bluehour always excels, never disappoints, in food, service, ambience, elegance. Year after year, they have managed to retain the holy restaurant grail of being both fresh and reliable, surprising and comfortable, chic and gracious. For example, I love their roast chicken. Just roasted chicken? Yes! Absolutely delicious in a way I never have experienced. Special commendations go to their server Dave, who is one of the best in the world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feels Special
    JYTraveler
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We live in the Pearl and go to many restaurants there. But when we want a special experience, from food to service, we choose Bluehour. This time we took two friends with us and, again, they didn't disappoint. The roasted chicken was so moist and flavorful; it was really excellent, as were the pasta and salad dishes. We appreciate the knowledgeable and thoughtful waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old peas
    barrett
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have eaten here several times in the last 9 years and every visit was wonderful until this recent dining experience. The gnocchi was tender, but not quite up to their previous standard, and the peas that accompanied it were absolutely hard and dry. Another member of our party stated her cauliflower was completely undercooked.
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  • Continuing to excell!
    PDXsteve
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The combination of excellent service and food makes Bluehour one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The lobster smelled and tasted very fishy. Had a stomach ache for a day and a half. Wife ordered medium rare ribeye. Came out medium and tough. On a positive note, the drinks were delicious.
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  • Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Blue Hour is great for drinks and feel like you are at a fancy place. Our group would most likely not have dinner here though. The food was not very good. Especially for the price for sure!! Drinks and service were great though! The ambience made us feel like we were in a kid free zone, and that was nice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been better
    Mcreillys
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food and drinks were great! Very tasty entrees, cheese plates, and fun new cocktails. The waiter was very attentive and helpful when he was there. We were there for 1.5-2 hours and only had two drinks- not by choice. We would have been fine with the slower service if our beverages had remained full.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    a great meal. The room is big and with high ceilings. Despite that, the noise level is not high and you can have private conversation. Service was extremely personable. Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of Our Favorites
    rexelinor
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We love Blue Hour. The food is superb, the service excellent, the atmosphere lovely. AND they will cater to my husband's need for low salt food -- cooking fish, burgers, french fries etc without any salt. All too many restaurants have everything already so salty and pre-cooked that they cannot be flexible. They always have a couple of fresh fish items on the menu at night, at least one for lunch, several seasonal salads, several pastas that can be appetizers or entrees, yummy desserts. Haven't tried the cheeses because of their salt content but they look fabulous. Expensive but not silly. The other night we shared a delightful burrata salad and each had perfectly cooked black cod with tiny red quinoa. Wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Potential
    DougVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Great location in the Pearl District. Was a tad bit "stuffy" and expensive for the actual quality of the food served. A few of our plates were like warm and the pork loin was a workout. Nice staff.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience!
    JTFU
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We really enjoyed the experience at BH. Awesome service and setting!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Just right
    RCanagaVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were attending a play at a local theater and had a break between plays so made a res at Blue Hour. We were treated to a wonderful spinach soup and very tasty entree's. Nice wine list and great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MrSeattle1
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is one of the best restaurants in Portland for "quiet dinner". It is definitely a "gem" and the food is of high quality. The service is outstanding and very professional with highly educated and trained servers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinnerbelle
    dinnerbelle
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I always enjoy the ambiance at Blue Hour and feel it is a sophisticated place with an after hours supper club feel. I had a wonderful salad with strawberries in it and the best duck breast with potatoes croquettes. It was like candy! Others had the lamb and lamb ragout gnocchi. My friends loved the Italian red they drank but I stayed with sparkling water. We were too satisfied for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.