Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Departure Restaurant and Lounge

Departure Restaurant and Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.departureportland.com/
  • Phone: 5038025371x
  • 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: Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Asian
  • 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: 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Departure Restaurant and Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
231 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (199)great for outdoor dining (143)fit for foodies (137)special occasion (135)hot spot (120)vibrant bar scene (118)romantic (100)good for groups (82)late-night find (55)neighborhood gem (30)notable wine list (19)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Portland's View Highlighted
    marigold
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were able to get a reservation on short notice. The service was friendly and professional. The food was surprising and delicious. Fun evening. We'll go back when we want to have a spectacular cocktail in a sleek setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Anniversary Hot Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Ummm... Can you tell?? We LOVED it! We had heard so much about it before and finally planned our anniversary dinner there! It was wonderful... From the warm sake to the food, to the atmosphere... We were able to chat and connect to laugh and to share with each other. We were surprised at how soft the music was and that we could actually hear each other! Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We were celebrating my Mother's birthday and everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like having dinner in a nightclub
    lwhittigVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were staying in the hotel where Departure is located plus had read that it was a hot spot so it was a no brainer to check it out. We decided to sample multiple things from the dim sum menu – choosing 4 items between the two of us. We'd skip the spring rolls next time – they were greasy and not memorable. We also had meatballs, a short rib dish and the star of the show was the pork belly. The food came super quickly... almost two quickly as they drop off one dish at a time and we'd hardly taken a bite when another plate would show up. We felt rushed. Prices are reasonable. The view nice. The decor is uber contemporary and was a little like eating in a nightclub. The banana split is a don't miss dish... it was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second visit
    Pointe2
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We drove up from Eugene to meet cousin and husband from Seattle. We chose Departures for second time as we enjoyed it so much last year. It was an excellent choice -- the food was excellent, the waitress delightful and folks at tables on either side were fun to met and chat together. The young man to our left was on a night off and celebrating his first anniversary with his wife and made excellent recommendations for Dim Sum and sushi choices. We had a wonderful evening despite our lack of resistance to too many small plates--- all excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chef Gregory Rocks for Vegans!
    JasperMarks
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I've eaten at Departure so many times and written so many reviews that I've lost count. Departure consistently delivers some of the best vegan food in Portland. Whenever I dine out at Departure with non-vegans they always end up gobbling up my vegan dishes; so, be warned and order two of all of your favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUM
    EWdub
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    So glad we made reservations. Table was great and food was really good also. View from the terrace bar was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Reservations
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I love the food. Happy Hour is really good. The patio's great if you can snag a table. My issue is reserving tables. There's one view table by the window and seats 8 but they won't let you reserve it. I tried to reserve it for a special occasion a week in advance for 5:00. I checked in the night before our reservation to remind them I'd like that table. They said they don't reserve tables and they couldn't guarantee it but it looked good as there were no other reservations. When we arrived they said they had a 6:00 reservation for that table. What? He's that possible when they don't reserve tables? I've had a reservation for a week and someone who didn't have a reservation yesterday can reserve the table. What gives?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot to chill out
    Diana
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The decor of the restaurant is very hip with a European cool airline lounge decor. We sat by the window which had nice views of the river. The food was very tasty and the service was pretty good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining in the dark
    Olyjones
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Outside deck: gorgeous. Reading menu after dark: impossible & waiter not helpful with light or suggestions. Food was so so, not up to the hype. Bartender was personable, bit slow with initial service and asking re another after glass was dry. Super comfy bar chairs.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieatheart
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Our group of 9 tried many of the items on the menu. Loved everything except the meatballs. Most notable was the steak cooked on the rock (can't remember the name), the chrispy pork belly, crab fried rice, and chicken wings. The desserts were beyond fabulous! Would like to see more cooked veggie items other than brussel spouts, which I loved, and I usually hate brussel sprouts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rooftop dining
    JennVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We were fortunate enough to grab a table on the edge of the patio (first come first served outside) on a gorgeous evening. The meal was amazing from start to finish coupled with an unobstructed view of downtown. It felt like a Friday night although only Monday - packed to capacity. We enjoyed a variety of small plates - everything was delicious. The Brussel sprouts are a must! It was one of our favorite meals in Portland. It'd definitely not a typical hotel restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    raa1499
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Excellent food. Excellent cocktails. Beautiful presentation. Very kind staff. Awesome experience. Celebrated my birthday there and going back for another celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing
    minka73
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I love this place... the food, service, view, ambiance are always spot on. I go here regularly and enjoy it every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My birthday Celebration
    AG14
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I celebrated my 25th birthday there and it was amazing. The staff were accommodating and welcoming. I had a great time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy Deliciousness
    Wyrdmeister
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent small plate options. Delicious drinks. Excellent service. I was hoping for a quiet romantic view of the city. The overwhelming beat of electronica all but killed the mood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • About menu
    FJSM
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We attended that restaurant twice before (last one, one year ago) and we were always happy with everything, included the food. At this time, I consider menu has changed and you can't find the kind of dishes that love us the two times before.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Portlander
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Departure is a nice place for happy hour, I like the food but the portion is really small compare to what you get in other places for the same price. I like the view in the summer, inside seating is very loud, if you are more than 4 people, it will be hard to hear each other.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kindergarten class on a spaceship
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Requested a table at the window weeks ago. Initially seated at the entrance to the kitchen. When were eventually moved. The waitress arrived with individual dishes, placed them on the table in front of no one in particular, mumbled the name, left. No one knew whose food was what. The staff consisted of disinterested 12-year olds. No adults. More interested in lipstick than service. The waitress forgot one two guests orders. As the bar became more active, the music was abruptly turned up, not-so subtle signal that it was time to leave. Tries to be avant-garde but looks like Spaceballs. Supermarket grade sushi. So unpolished and unprofessional it seemed intentional. No greeting by the child acting as maitre'd, no thank you on departure.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If not for the view...
    chinaeyes13
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This place has an awesome patio on the 15th floor of the Nine's hotel, lovely view. The food is served 'family style' and the cuisine is asian fusion. I would recommend going there for a couple of cocktails and a snack, but nothing more. There are better food options to spend your money on in Portland.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of a few
    Yelpheau
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The people are gorgeous. The food is delicious. The drinks are unique. And the ambiance is one of a few.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Seen on TV
    RCNeedhamVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We saw a segment about the chef at Departure on TV during Feast Portland and had to try it. Food was really good and unique and service was great too. I would deginitely recommend this restaurant as an important PDX spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On of our favorite places to dine!
    Robert
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Terrific food, wonderful atmosphere, and a memorable dining experience for our out-town guests!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had great time !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I went with my friends and had great time - both in the bar side and dining side. Service was good - food was good. Everyone had a wonderful time and definitely recommened to anyone. Took 1.5 hrs to get outdoor seating for 6 people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnnieM71
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our first time to Departure, on the recommendation of friends. We are the parents of a small child and therefore do not dine out all that often. Our experience was exactly what we hoped for: excellent service, great food and an atmosphere that was a little swanky but not stuffy. The brussel sprouts were phenomenal! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sexy fine dining but LOUD
    Honeymoonfortwo
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was amazing and we loved the lighting, design and style of the restaurant. Our cocktails were amazing- try the Jade Dagger. So loud on a Friday night, it was difficult to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for our date night!
    FunkiFresh1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had an amazing time all around here for our first night out together on a weekend in a long time. Food was amazing! Service was fantastic! Drinks were inventive and well worth trying different ones. Definitely would come back for special occasions or perhaps check out their happy hour sometime. Really enjoyed our time here and the great staff that kept the food coming at perfect timing. Oh and the banana split was to die for!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kayus
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    excellent food, great location, great atmosphere and upscale
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    happyhourscout
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wow! Seriously, just WOW! Try the unagi and tenderloin rolls. Nom!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really Disappointing
    EJBrowning
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    When I made the reservation online I requested outdoor seating, but that’s not what we got. Myself and several others were very disappointed because when I presented the Departure as an idea for this gathering the view was the main selling point. In addition, the service was okay, but certainly didn't warrant the 20% gratuity that was automatically included on the bill. I understand the reason for this with groups over 6, but given the slow service, if any of us had been given the option to choose the tip amount it would have been closer to 10-15%. The food was fantastic, but overall this restaurant proved to be a very poor choice for a group event.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unbeatable View, Meh Food
    HungryNovelist
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    As a tourist I was happy my host took me here for the micro-view (of the coolly-appointed restaurant itself) and the macro-view of the city skyline. The water service was over the top. After that, meh. My friend's pear martini was very cloudy and overly pearish, and I couldn't even eat my chicken teriaki skewer, it was so excessively salty. I tried the garlic rice. Though pretty and cloud-fluffy, the flavor was bland. Do go once, but know you are paying for the view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE THIS PLACE
    leehenderson
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Love love love hanging out at Departure. One of my favourite places to go in the city. Really dig that the atmosphere is a a bit of a step-up from your usual PDX experience- a little posh danger, if you will. Food/drinks are great. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wish I could be back more often.
    iatehere
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great restaurant, great food, great service. Went for my anniversary with my partner. We made reservations in advance and were seated outside as soon as we arrived despite being almost 30 minutes early. We were almost immediately greeted by our waitress after sitting down and given plenty of attention during our visit. Food and drinks came within 10 minutes of ordering and were beyond delicious. My only complaint is the music restaurant was a bit loud and while it didn't make conversation difficult I would have enjoyed a more intimate setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Excellent setting food & service level were very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal and View
    pdxfood
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had wonderful food and excellent service would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive
    SalsaDancer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Took my girlfriend here for an anniversary. The place is quite loud, but it is a bar after all. Outside is first come but since we had a reservation we had an inside table to sit at, and order while we waited for an outside table to become avaiable which they came over and let us know when it became open. For beginning of september it was not to bad of weather. It was warm for the most part. They have little torches to keep you warm. Food was great. Girlfriend said best banana split she ever had. Deep fried with different carmel salted ice cream. Would definilty recommend this place. Great view, and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As if the deck overlooking all of Portland wasn't enough, we had the most amazing meal. Party of 8 for a special Birthday and everyone is still raving about the food. It was unbelievably fresh, unique and delicious. This is one amazing Chef! Kudos!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service & drunk women
    CB1969
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We always have a great experience EXCEPT tonight. It was my husband's b-day and we had family visiting from CA. We waited 15 minutes for our server to greet us and take our drink order. Waited another 15 minutes for her to come back to tell us they were out of the bottle of wine we ordered. 45 minutes waiting for our wine! Also, we ordered appetizers before dinner. One of the apps was the dungeness crab roll, it took almost 2 HOURS to get it, by the time it was done, we finished eating dinner. Plus, they put a bachelorette party next to us. 10 drunk women screaming and cursing....restaurant staff should have asked the women to keep their voices down and watch their language, instead, they served them more alcohol. We left disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible service!!!
    ap39
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been there so many times..the service gets worse every time. This time we were seated and 10 minutes later still no server or even a hello. We actually had to ask for service. Next our drinks took forever. ..we got our food before our drinks. We needed new clean plates and a fork after a couple rounds of food. After the service brought out or last item, we asked for plates again.....took 10 more min....and noone really cared or apologized. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The option of separate checks with large groups!! Large groups should have the option of separate checks. With a group of 8, it caused a fiasco when the bill came. Really put your waiters in a awkward position. Would not want to return again with a large group.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate