Le Pigeon
Le Pigeon

Le Pigeon

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lepigeon.com/
  • Phone: 5035468796x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Every Night
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Gabriel Rucker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th Avenue
  • Public Transit: #12 and #20 buses.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Le Pigeon
Le Pigeon serves adventurous French-inspired food, along with a varied selection of wines in an intimate dining room on Portland’s East Burnside Street. We take reservations at our communal tables, and offer our chef's counter for walk-ins.
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Le Pigeon reviews from OpenTable diners
185 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (171)special occasion (126)notable wine list (79)neighborhood gem (78)hot spot (67)romantic (59)good for groups (13)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Perfect!
    RobertC
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fabulous food in a cool, small room. We struggled to narrow down our choices because everything looked so good. It is great fun to watch the cooks do their thing right in from of you. DOn't miss the Foies Gras Profieroles for dessert....maybe the best thing I've ever had! We would go back again and again and again.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic - just one note
    josh
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful meal at Le Pigeon. The food was excellent, and the service was superb. My only piece of feedback - the items on the tasting menu came directly from the options on the a la carte menu. Unfortunately in my case, that meant I missed out on items I would have loved to try, and receive items that I wouldn't have chosen. I'm always up for a tasting menu - I love exposure to new and interesting things. But if the tasting menu is going to be pulled directly from the a la carte menu, that would have been nice to know so I could have stated a preference for the one dish I knew I wouldn't enjoy. Just my 2 cents.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • super yummy!!
    KrishaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Exotic menu, but very tasty! Had pigeon appetizer=terrific , husband had rabbit for main course=terrific, I had celery root/vegetarian dish=terrific....actually it was one of the best dinners I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional
    LovefoodVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We opted for the five course tasting menu and from the magazine photo first course of fluke and cantaloupe and avocado ( seriously you have experience the food visually and TASTE it yourself). Complex, elegant, luscious in a casual, oh so Portland environment. Cannot wait to return. One minor downside...no liquor. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This place was great. 4 stars only because the food is almost overdone. They push the envelope without concern, but the style does not met the style. I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    two2dine
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We ordered the tasting menu with wine pairing. The wines were so well matched to the food. Everything was absolutely delicious. Only one of the courses was way to salty- it was chicken with montreal spices. But everything else was spot-on. The dessert which had foie gras ice cream was so amazing!The service was great. The server was super friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant had a great vibe. I would definitely come back
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beyond fantastic
    Papa
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Really nice bistro atmosphere, beyond fantastic food ( be sure to try the beef cheeks). Knowledgable servers.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High-quality and authentic
    nicolehess
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was high-quality in every way. Understated and authentic ambience and service, exceptional food. A perfect place to celebrate a mellow 40th birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Best for true foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is not a mainstream menu, check it out before going. We sat at the sit up bar and watched the chefs prepare the food which we really enjoyed. The restaurant were happy to accommodate my husband's mushroom allergy which often restaurants can't do as everything is prepared in advance. You est at communal tables - be earned. We enjoyed our meals but weren't blown away. Perhaps we were expecting too much given the restaurants reputation. A pleasant evening all in all.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    JShaver
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We were recently in Portland for a long weekend from Chicago, and lucked out to snag a reservation on 9/9/14. Le Pigeon is not to be missed! We did the tasting menu with wine pairings. Our server, Jessica, was fantastic! She asked if there was anything we didn't want to miss on the menu, and she was made sure it was included in the tasting. Also, my wife and I have different wine tastes, so she altered each of our pairings accordingly. You do not find that kind of attention in all high end restaurants. The food was very good, with a couple dished simply amazing. The flavors were spot on, and everything was nicely balanced. Our favorites that night included the octopus, the rabbit, and the foi gras course. Amazing meal overall!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 7 Course Chef's Tasting
    LJHF
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We decided to do the 7 course chef's tasting with wine pairings and it was worth every penny and then some. Every course was solid straight through dessert which you don't often find these days. As far as the wine pairings go; SPOT ON- very well thought out, they don't mess around! I only wish we lived closer (we were visiting from Chicago) so we could frequent more often. I would put this meal in my top 10 meals of all time without a second thought! P.S. The lime tart with Dulce de leche was the best dessert of my LIFE.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant Ever
    Hungryboy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This has got to be if not the best at least one of the best restaurants I've ever been to in my life. Maybe a little pricey but worth it! Sadly I'm not from Portland I'm from Los Angeles this is an absolute must for people who like to eat great food. Everything was spot on, the service, the kitchen, The wine recommendations, the presentation, the environment, I loved it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    joemVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Traveling to Portland and glad we made the effort to stop. Everything was prepared perfectly. Creative yet not overly fussy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Al-around wonderful experience
    Adventuerers
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Let me start with this: we in Olympia, WA are re-routing our Bend, OR trip to dine at this restaurant w/i a month of our first visit. We never go to the same resaurant w/i 30 days forward. My own short ribs are spectatcular. But, according to my wife, don't touch Peigeon's. Every dish has its unique tastes. The environment is small and very lively, very chic. Our table mates were so interesting that we had to attention-share our food with conversation. Our 3 table spouse-mates were from NYC, Chicago, and Austin, all on 3-day Labor Day trips. Our dinner bill was such that we had room for an upscale tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for special occasion
    Wanderluster
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We come here for every birthday because it's a perfect treat. I adore foie gras and no one does it better in Portland than Le Pigeon. It's not as romantic as some restaurants, but the communal tables are a great excuse to meet new people (this time we sat next to a family from Vancouver who drove the 8 hours just to eat here, and a group from San Fran and New York). The service is excellent without being the least bit pretentious. It's so understated, it's the kind of place you could also drop in for a burger in the middle of the week, sit at the bar, and watch the chefs at work. Versatile and much beloved in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy
    ElaineJ
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Good food and service, but not particularly kid friendly- small and crowded, better for intimate dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delivered on High Expectations
    Eater10000VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Clearly, this is a place that has a great reputation, and they deliver! We started with a lobster salad, that had fantastic flavor combinations. For the entrees, we had the beef cheeks bourginon and the rockfish. They were prepared very well and tasted great. For dessert, we shared a small peach pie, which was fabulous and sized perfectly. The wine by the glass list is curated superbly; we enjoyed everything that we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite place!
    KitKat
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My friend and I had dinner at Le Pigeon recently and decided we would love to eat there every week. The food was amazing. We sat at the communal table and had plenty of room and privacy really, because of the energetic noise level. Next time we plan to sit at the bar and partake of the chef selections. Not only did I love the food, but also the atmosphere. It's a small, comfortable restaurant and I felt right at home. I would love to just go sit there for hours and have coffee...that's how at home I felt there. I recommend Le Pigeon to all who love the food experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food
    cdubsilly
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    really enjoyed the whole experience! with wine pairings....
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Le Pigeon is a must go!
    foodiepatoodie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My husband and I LOVE good espresso and foodie-food, period. Yes, it's a popular place, but rightfully so (can you say James Beard Award(s)!! It's AMAZING! We sat at the first come seating, where the chef's do their magic. Not only is the food pretty, but one of the best meals we've had. Good portions, delicious, and cozy. I wouldn't bring the kids. The place is small and more for a adult food experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect end to a perfect week
    FOODISLIFE
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I was traveling to Portland, OR to scope out new job opportunities, and my favorite thing to do is find restaurants like this one. The restaurant itself was dimly lit adding a wonderful ambiance, however it was far from spacious, but it gave the whole place a sense of community. I was able to strike up conversations with several other patrons. The food was beyond anything I could have Imagined, my suggestion to you...order the "Beef Cheek" It will change your life. The staff was friendly, and even though the place was full for our entire visit, our server still had the time to give us suggestions on the menu. I will be moving to Portland within the next few months, and I will be returning to La Pigeon as soon as I can.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and Inventive
    foiegrasandhotdogs
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We ended our tour of Portland's best with dinner at Le Pigeon. We did the 7 courses and reserve wine pairings. We wish we had more influence on which courses were served - we had told the server that we really wanted the Pigeon course and yet we were not served that - despite the couple next to us getting it on their tasting course. The pacing was fine, but I do want a printed menu nearby and to actually see the wine bottles for the pairings. An impressive course was one we would have never ordered - "Shells" - which was a pasta dish dine with beef cheek and heart over a stew of tripe. It was delicious and country style Italian. Nice that there was classic cooking done here with contemporary twists but no mysterious foams or gels.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worthy of Rave Reviews
    TastyDCNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have been using Open Table for years and have dined at some of finest restaurants in NYC, Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona but this is the first time have felt compelled to write a review. First trip to NE coast. 7:45 reservations. Table not ready but stood outside, enjoying a glass of Fino, watching the hipsters roll by. Inside communal seating. Enjoyed chatting up locals who gave us tips on what to see in the area. Lots of anniversaries being celebrated. 5 course tasting menu of chef's favorites with riserve wine pairings. Each dish surprising, complex, not overwhelming. Dessert: Fois Gras Profiterole. Sounds dubiuos but is genius! Folks seated at the bar got to watch the chef in action. Hip playlist made the evening magical.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    StanVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent food preparation & presentation. Great service & wonderful wine list. A bit noisy... But well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service led to bad taste
    JVEL
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    So many negative points over positive that it made our experience here completely underwhelming. We opted out of the tasting menu and ordered 2 starts and 2 entrees with drinks because of the service. Here are the highlights from our dinner: Pros: The rabbit dish was divine, perfectly fried and juicy. The corn and peaches were the perfect touches of summer. The decor Cons: Rude, unfriendly and inattentive service - no one explained our dishes when they came out or checked in during our dinner Location of our seats - behind the door in the corner One starter was supposed to have Chanterelle mushrooms but we found none. No one explained to us if there was a substitution made. No one explained the menu to us. The hip hop music playing
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  • Fantastic
    1111VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I would definitely go back as soon as the season change.... Go early so you can order the specials before they run out...
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Amazing food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I had the 7 course Chef Tasting Menu and every course was amazing! I can't wait to visit Portland again, which will now always include a stop at Le Pigeon!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Portowick
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    What more could I say? The food was extremely delicious and the service was good to excellent. The only draw back was the shared table setting. This is fine under most occasions but my wife and I were expecting more privacy. Place is good for special occasions. We will dine there again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good food and great ambience!
    EastHamptonDinner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food creations by the chef are awesome! Also enjoyed the ambience and the wine list! Definitely want to visit again when in Portland!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner
    JessR45
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been to Le Pigeon several times, and as always, excellent food, service and libations. Pure magic, pure artistry and the freshest ingredients anywhere. Will be going back again and again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • great first experience
    paulpc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We saw Le Pigeon on a Portland top restaurants list, saw the chef won some James Beard award, so we thought about giving it a try. We had a reservation, but things ran long so we got in a few minutes late, nothing a couple of glasses of good wine can't help. The food was purely amazing and the wait staff was polite.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Le Pigeon soars above the rest.
    SavvySarah
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our meal began with perfect French bread and salted butter - a good sign. We ordered a 2007 Bandol at the recommendation of our excellent waiter, and the velvety feel of it and the rich earthy flavors were gorgeous. It went very well with our first course, the sublime pork belly appetizer with tomatillos and popcorn shrimp. That dish was the star of the night, and possibly one of the best I've tasted in a long while -- a masterful blend of textures and tastes. For our main courses, we shared the rabbit with a corn confit (not sure how it's worded on the menu), and the beef cheeks bourguignon. Both were very good, though a little less purslane in the beef would have been better. Amazing peach tart with ginger ice cream and great decaf. Bon!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Pigeon
    SacredFool
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    After years of wanting to try famous foodie spot I overcame my objection to communal seating for special birthday dinner. We chose not to sit at the bar instead for the end spot of a communal table, since we enjoy conversation more than watching cooks. Appetizers were outstanding, service attentive, and knowledgeable. Entree's, mine in particular were only so so, to have rabbit served deep fried was a first and certainly a last for me, despite a lovely sauce, I did not inquire about my companions dish but no comment was made implying it was not outstanding. Conclusion: despite all the hoopla this is an overrated spot, at least based on one visit and for the price it is unlikely that I will try it again, too many fine choices in Portland.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Overpriced and small portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Good food but very expensive left hungry small portions deserts are average
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  • One of the BEST Meals I've ever had
    VinceInCalgaryVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Amazing food menu, and notable wine list. The French-inspired cuisine did not disappoint. Menu is a big on the $$ side, but WELL WORTH Every cent. Quality food and exquisite preparation makes LePigeon a MUST for your visit to Portland.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Vacation dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend and Le Pigeon certainly did not dissapoint. We tried the tasting menu with wine pairings, every item was well matched and creative, they kept in mind our requests to ensure we were able to have one of the menu items we really desired. The wait staff was courteous and helpful and very well informed on the food being served. We had a wonderful time here, each dish was so delicious we wanted to lick our plates clean, especially the foie gras salted caramel dessert. Just a note, the venue is small so the seating is communal. Be aware there will be very little dinner conversation privacy. We arrived for a 10pm seating, so we were able to sit alone for part of our meal.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • amazing menu, mediocre staff
    lovelydove
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very unique, wonderfully layered dish choices on the menu. Had the cilantro crusted albacore tuna as an appetizer, and foie-gras chorizo stuffed quail as the main. Definitely a bit overpriced for the tuna (only two pieces along with garnishing for 18$ ) but for the quality it was worth it. The quail was a bit overdone, but still impressed with the fois gras chorizo stuffing (never had anything similar in my life). The restaurant itself is intimate with an open kitchen. Sit at the bar and watch the masters at work right in front of you! Our waitress left a little to be desired, and recommended an expensive Cabernet that was disappointing for one of our tables. (The other table received a far cheaper Pinot which blew the Cab out of the water)
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Definitely a Diners Delight in PDX
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It doesn't really matter what you order here, there are no misses on the menu and this is why it is one of Portland's more celebrated food destinations. Whether you view community tables as a draw back or not, it would do you well to overcome your hesitation, and belly up to the bar, where you can loose yourself in the busy kitchen activities and watch how love affairs with food begin. If you are sitting down at the table you'll find the staff trying hard to make your experience with service stand up to the reputation of the dishes.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    HHFoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Along with Morimoto in New York, this counts as one of my best all-time meals. Lots of wonderful layered flavours and beautiful plates. I had the rabbit, which was unbelievably succulent. A really great meal. I recommend sitting at the bar so you can watch the chefs work.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friends dinner
    bishopcreek
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had 3 friends visiting from the LA area and we took them to one of our favorites: Le Pigeon. The food was wonderful as always. Good wine list with plenty of reasonably priced options.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.