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Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Departure Restaurant and Lounge

Departure Restaurant and Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.departureportland.com
  • Phone: (503) 802-5371
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 4pm - 12am
    Friday & Saturday: 4pm - 1am

    Happy Hour Daily: 4pm - 6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Gregory Gourdet
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have the ability to book semi-private, private events and receptions in four different areas of our restaurant: the State Room, East Deck, Sea of Love, and the West Deck. All areas available for private events require a food and beverage minimum to be met to reserve the space. We pay great attention to detail, meeting the expectations of our clients by supplying them with superior food and professional service.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please call Carrie Kissell at 503.802.4642 for more information for all special event and private dining packages.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th and 6th Avenue
  • Public Transit: Within a block of max transit. Within a couple of blocks of bus system of Trimet.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Hotel valet available, street parking, garages within a block of the building
A word from Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Located atop the historic Meier & Frank building, Departure Restaurant and Lounge offers modern Asian cuisine with panoramic city views and global cocktails. Executive Chef Gregory Gourdet creates modern dishes using traditional ingredients and techniques from many Asian countries. The space designed by Jeff Kovel of Skylab Architecture offers diners two rooftop patios with views overlooking downtown Portland, the Willamette River and Mt. St. Helens. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "We made reservations for 4 here, were drawn by the reviews of the food (which was across the board great) but were wowed by the view of Portland. Try to get a table outside; we didn't because outside tables are first come, first served, but in retrospect it would have been worth the 30 minute wait (at the bar). Food is all appetizer size portions, so for a party of four we each ordered 3 items and shared everything. Such a fun way to eat with a group. Will return here next time we're in Portland."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I visit Departure on every visit to Portland and always enjoy it. This is the first time I went there with a group. My fear was that they could not satisfy everyone. I was so wrong. Everyone in my party of 7 enjoyed the great food, beautiful view, and exceptional service. I highly recommend Departure."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Every food item had a unique taste and it felt like I had never eaten anything like that before. Chicken Curry noodles (I guess) was really good and the best thing was the desert - banana split. The only think that was not good was inside seating. We sat outside to avoid noise and rush around the bar."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We made reservations to celebrate two of our Birthdays and the food and service were excellent. We found it to be a bit loud and the volume increases as the evening bears on. Just a little much if you're wishing to carry on dinner conversation. I made the reservation far in advance, in order to secure a table with a nice view. I also confirmed this the day of, but our view ended up to be of a rooftop. We simply let it go. Overall, I wouldn't say the atmosphere is in our taste but the service level and food quality was amazing. We may return for Happy Hour sometime and give it another try. :-)"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed at Departure. The food is great, has a NW twist on Asian fare, and the sake choices are plentiful. It is always hopping, but the wait staff keeps up, and is very attentive. The stir fried brussel sprouts were new to the menu since our last visit, and are fabulous!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Sunny evening, 75 degrees, on the deck overlooking the city, friends from out of town. Tough to top the venue, and then the food comes! Too many amazing combinations and tastes to detail. If you've not been here, make it a priority."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Read some reviews that this place was pretentious and the staff was rude. I thought about cancelling the reservation but I am so glad I didnt the food was amazing and the staff was very friendly and attentive. I will be going back, two thumbs up !!!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious food. I love that they have a separate vegan menu and put just as much effort into those offerings. Our server, Ben, was very attentive and provided great recommendations on the menu."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was great and was impressed by extensive vegan menu. However it gets very loud and crowded. Not very romantic. I was also impressed that they called me to confirm me reservation and asked for any request. I mentioned my friend is vegan and that I would like a view. I was then dissapointed that they did nothing with this info and we still had to request a vegan menu. Got stuck in middle of the restaurant."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "After Departure confirmed our reservation twice and acknowledged it was our anniversary, I was extremely disappointed that they sat us right next to a very large (and drunk) group away from any windows with a view. There were several tables open by the windows which they were situating for another new large group and considering there were three tables of couples trying to have nice dates squashed together you would really think they could manage their seating better for the experience of their diners. I am aware that this is a very popular location but better management could solve the majority of the problems. Considering that, some of my prior experiences here had been much better so it goes to show improvements can be done."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Had a great dinner for a group of 11. Ben took great care of us, suggesting a great menu !"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I've lost count of how many times I have visited Departure. And it seems that every time I do visit I'm turning someone new on to the amazing vegan menu. I was really excited to see that my old favorites are still on the menu, plus a Korean bowl as been added. It's my new favorite dish. I always order way too much, but enjoy having it for lunch the next day. Go Chef Gregory!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "So glad a Portland resident suggested this place! Departure was so cool from beginning to end. For food the two of us enjoyed 5 plates: Brussels sprouts, unagi/steal sushi roll, crispy pork belly, chicken wings & the octopus in watermelon curry. Every single dish was unique and tasted amazing. 5 plates & 2 rounds all under $100 --So surprised at how well priced it was. Our server Crysyal was personable, friendly & she had a busy section but everytime she stopped by at our table she was smiling. My only complaint was the food runner that evening seemed to have such a bad attitude and would pretty much roll his eyes everytime he dropped our food & described the dish. Other than that, I would definitely recommend & return to Departure!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This is a great place to go to feel you are escaping the city and want a treat. Atmosphere is hip and sophisticated. You want to dress nicely to go here. And food is great. Small plates are perfect to share."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Spending just a few minutes zooming to the top of the old Maier & Frank building to Departure on the 15th floor is simply worth the wait list. We are vegan and the menu options were delicious and reasonably priced. We had hoped to get that corner table on the edge - you know the one - wide sweeping view of downtown looking East over the river toward Mt. Hood. As luck would have it, the wait list was longer than expected. However, mid-meal we did upgrade from an inner table to edge seating. Adding icing to the cake - yes, it was a birthday dinner for my friend!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My friend and I were recommended Departure for the downtown view. It will blow your mind. And if that weren't enough, the food is outstanding. Will def return. We arrived at 10:30 and stayed til 1:15am."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This is THE spot in town to take your sweetie in order to enjoy a romantic city view. It can get hot when the sun is out, so plan your trip accordingly."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Departure is great for the bar scene and interesting drinks. But if you're looking to actually enjoy a good meal and converse with the company your with, then this is not the place to go. Departure is a lounge that serves small plates to eat and share while you drink. The place has amazing views, modern furniture, and a eclectic interior design. The noise level is very high making normal conversation difficult We could not wait to get out of there."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food is very fun and the combinations often unusual, With delightful results. Delicious signature cocktails. Hot spot for a great date night!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Feels a bit like walking through a spaceship but the views, service, good, and drink were amazing. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Departure never fails to please. We're thrilled that they have a vegan menu. We celebrated a birthday for a non-vegan friend. As always, we had to order more vegan dishes because the non-vegan couldn't stop eating all of the yummy meat free goodies."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This is a great place to go if you are from out of town, or to take someone who is visiting Portland. The view is great, we had great service and the food was better than expected. We sat inside, but the outdoor patio is a great place to meet people and have a drink."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Love Departures! Delicious and beautiful food with sexy and stylish atmosphere!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We were seated right away, excellent service, drinks were refreshing and food was SCRUMPTOUSLY DIVINE!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Departure is great for the atmosphere, the lounge, the drinks. If you're looking to actually EAT and enjoy a savory meal, skip departure. This is not a restaurant, it's a lounge first. This means smaller than small plates with bigger and than big prices. Menu choices are odd and the food is mediocre. The scallop dish had 5 halves of smallish scallops and a few asparagus shavings for close to $20. The place is great, amazing views, modern furniture, amazing interior design. But you can only enjoy one of the decks if you are there to EAT out, not drink. Again, place to drink and lounge not to dine."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We went to Departure for our anniversary and it was perfect. The food is delicious and unique. The atmosphere perfect for our special occasion and our waiter, Ben was attentive and was able to recommend the perfect combination of food. It was a great evening and we will return soon."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our waitress was superb! My party of 5 was in Portland on business. Portland weather was spectacular. My group was from Utah, Kansas, and New Mexico so I knew it would be slightly out of their food boundary, but I knew your chef and menu would rise to the occasion. At the very least I knew the cocktails would not disappoint. We tried many recommendations from our waitress (after her patient descriptions) and they did not disappoint. And we especially enjoyed their banana split and sponge cake dessert choices! We had one issue that could've spoiled our adventure. However, after alerting our waitress, she informed the manager, who responded appropriately. Departure lived up to the hype. I shall return...soon!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Amazing views of Portland while relaxing and enjoying unique Asian fusion dishes. Happy hour prices allow for sampling tasty dishes. Friendly ambiance and great service. Vegan menu was especially good."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "For special occasions and out-of-town guests, Departure is a must go!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food was Japanese and was very good. Each plate comes out one by one to share it with your companion. We had the steak that comes out sizzling on a hot rock. So cool! The food was excellent and even my husband who is a beer and burger guy, liked it. The view was beautiful. The only negative was the outside eating area is a bit crowded as we sat almost elbow to elbow with the table next to us. But that didn't really affect our dining experience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This place served us some delicious versions of their offerings, including tempeh BBQ buns (dim sum) and an Asian salad of kale, seaweed, variety of steamed mushrooms and a miso dressing. We cleaned our plates, then ordered some creative & tasty desserts. All 3 of us agreed it was a fabulous meal and a nice experience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Great experience at Departure. May have had as much to do with my date as much as anything. We sat outside on a warm Saturday night. I was facing south, away from the building. We were seated about 7:15 and stayed until about 11:15. Watched the sun go down to my right and reflect off all the shiny buildings and her cool looking blonde hair. We needed the gluten free menu and the food was delicious...I would never have known I was eating anything other than their normal creations. finished with a nice glass of port and the dark chocolate dessert."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Departure is at the top floor of a hotel (or was it Macy's?) but with its own entrance and cool decor, it doesn't feel at all like a hotel/store restaurant. The restaurant is all translucence and soft blue glow with a good view of downtown Portland. "Pork buns" were done the "new" style rather than traditional way -- tasty pork filling in a soft folded pillowy wrapper. Crispy pork belly was rich and earthy, salty but not too much. A specialty roll, unagi/beef was fine but not exciting. An interesting cocktail list and sake selection made deciding hard, but the two we tried were both good. Desserts were also interesting and delicious. We had green-tea sponge cake rolled with berry sauce and egg custard with almonds & carrot sorbet."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The different flavors are tantalizing, especially the the Kale and Seaweed Salad with a ginger dressing and the btrussel sprouts are not to be missed. Looking forward to trying the beef on a hot stone on our next visit."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "If you are into upscaled places, delicious food, and love scenic view you are in the right spot. Go try it you will never regret it."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The waiter was extremely rude she had short blonde hair we asked her to split the check and she informed us that departure doesn't do that and well talk about it at the end.. She wasn't very friendly or nice.."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Departure has one of the greatest views of Portland I have ever seen. The view was absolutely breathtaking throughout the whole dinner. The food was amazing too and all my allergies and needs were accommodated. Not amazing service but the ambiance made up for it."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent food. Great atmosphere. The only disappointment was the 20% gratuity on 6 people. Over 6 I understand. The service wasn't 20%worthy."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We went to Departure for dinner on our 20th anniversary. The food and drinks were lovely and our server was fantastic. Water was refilled quickly and often. I have Celiac disease and was very impressed with the gluten-free menu and the care taken with my food. The view was amazing....next time we come back I want a seat on the outdoor patio. Love the modern decorating! The only detractor was our table. We were placed at a tiny table and bench with other diners directly to our left and right, very close. It was our first time there so we didn't know what it was like, but it wasn't quite the quiet, romantic table we'd hoped for on a big anniversary. Not their fault, we just didn't know. But would be a fab place for a dinner with coworkers."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My first visit at this place was great - good food, good service, great table. This visit was the opposite experience. I would still go back one more time, since this place has great potential"
    Dined on 7/23/2014