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Little Bird
Little Bird

Little Bird Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.littlebirdbistro.com
  • Phone: (503) 688-5952
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Gabriel Rucker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: in between OAK & PINE on 6TH AVENUE
  • Public Transit: The Green and Yellow MAX lines stop directly across the street.

    The following bus lines stop within a block: 4,8,9,17,20,31,32,33,35,36,44,54,94,99.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample street parking at night, and a number of garages and parking lots within the immediate vicinity. We recommence the lot in basement of the US Bancorp Tower. The entrance is on 5th between Oak and Pine.
A word from Little Bird
Little Bird, the bistro by the team behind Le Pigeon, is open from 11:30 to midnight during the week, and from 5 to midnight on the weekends. The food and ambiance are inspired by the bistros of Paris, but are Portland at heart. Little Bird features a great bar, and a large selection of wines with a focus on French, as well as a selection of local options.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We took part in the bistro menu, or the tasting menu for this occasion, and the wine pairing too. All the food was outstanding, the wine pairing is spot on. Would have enjoyed a couple more courses, Le Pigeon offers a 7 course one that's outstanding as well. It's a great way to sample the menu without committing to anything, or to enjoy some different foods you may not have tried otherwise."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The menu was lovely, and it made for difficult decisions. Also lovely is how late they are open; saved us having arrived in town late from Seattle. Great wine, nice servers. The pressed tin ceiling is a nice touch, reminding me of years past in cafés across the pond. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Loved thehappening little restaurant feel! Started with the gnocchi which was very light and nice. Had a marinara sauce and roasted cherry tomatoes. The gnocchi itself was more dense than others I've had, this one was more like a tot, but fit well with the dish. I had the soufflé with mushroom sauce, and all I can say is if you can bottle that sauce I'd be buying it for sure! The soufflé was yummy & the roasted mushrooms were fabulous as well, but the standout by far was that sauce. My husband got the burger and it was tasty. We dipped his fries in the mushroom sauce!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was great. Too bad I could not hear my friends due to the noise. I think they could put sound absorbing items on the walls. It would hep a lot."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This is my second visit for lunch and my previous visit was a year ago and it was just as delicious as I remember. Its in downtown Portland so we were able to walk from the hotel. The hazelnut macaroons to go were a great treat for the flight home! I will visit again every time I come to Portland! Great job!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Slow greeting and long wait to place order but from there on the food made up for the sub-par service. We've dined here several times and this was the first time we've experienced the slow service. It's still one of my favorites places to eat!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Pacific north west menu with a french flair. The rabbit was dine as duck would be, confit then roasted. The salmon was done perfectly, not overdone and not raw. Great panacotta."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I loved the ambience of the restaurant, especially in today's loud high energy environments. Little Bird managed to feel energetic without all the accompanying noise. Everyone looked liked they were having a great time. The food was superb and the service just right."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Pick anything on the menu and it will be delicious. Service is top notch. My only complaint is that it is a bit loud."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Service was 99.9% perfect. However, my friend and I agreed that their mains are tad salty. Especially, the orangey cream sauce over the Chicken Trout dish. Hence, killed the freshness of the fish."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Perfectly cooked salmon. Amazing tomato soup. Best meal in Portland."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We had the tasting menu and loved everything, including wine pairings. Here's what was on the menu: -Chicken Fried trout: trout was among the best I've had. There was a bit too much mustard sauce on it for my taste, but I easily forgave that -Gnocci with pea puree, pea tendrils, and other deliciousness. Light and delicious -Duck cassoulet. Soooooo goood. Crispy duck skin, sausage, duck meat. Everything was perfect. -Cheese course. Some sort of soft French fresh cheese (sadly forgot the name). Needed more toasts or bread to accompany. Tasty though! -Dessert. I didn't love it, but Tris ate mine and his, so I think it was a success :-)"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere and the food was awesome. Our server, Nikki was very attentive and she knew the dishes as if she had prepared them. wine selection was good as well. Recommend the Bistro menu for a taste of it all."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Very good. We had the tasting menu and all five courses were creative and excellent."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food at Little Bird is always fabulous and worth returning time after time. At lunch time, the noise and very close table placement is not desirable. Conversation is difficult. Wonder if more space could be used for a little more comfort for guests (?)"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Excellent food! This is why you go and this is why you come back. The charcuterie bested Paley's Place and Higgins. What Portland does best."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Although I love visiting France, I'm glad I don't live there because the food - especially the bread - is so good I'm sure I'd put on 100 pounds. Little Bird recalls the food of France - delicate and hearty by turns, beautiful presentation, deep flavors and aromas. The bread and butter alone is worth a visit!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We have dined at other French restaurants and have enjoyed great dishes. We tried to be a bit more experimental (faux gras), and it just wasn't for us. One of our appetizers was excellent, but unfortunately had an issue with our waitress regarding her attitude and a charge on our bill. I sent an e-mail to the restaurant and it was quickly resolved. I am sure if you enjoy unique French food, this is a place to go."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I hadn't been there for dinner for a few years. The Chicken Fried Trout was a really nice surprise."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I love the food here. I also am not a big fan of the communal table @ Le Pigeon, so we get to have a table to ourselves and a similar cuisine by the same owner. I wish there were more of the Le pigeon offerings like the tour d' France with dish & wine pairings here."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Truly feels like a quaint Parisian neighborhood bistro. If not for dinner, go for a happy hour nosh. We did the latter which led to the former. For dinner, my wife and I had fresh raw oysters and fries for appetizers, shared the fresh salmon and gnocchi entrees and bon bons for dessert. Wines were paired perfectly off the recommendations from the menu. All in all, a very great dinning experience. Oh, and the service was professional and attentive."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food was excellent and diverse--and wait staff very knowledgeable with regards the menu. Will definitely return when in Portland."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Celebrating a milestone birthday we had higher expectations. The zucchini avocado soup had strong bitter flavors, the chicken fried trout was over powered by mustard sauce that was drenched all over. The gnocchi and salmon were very good. The apricot blackberry gallete was tarT, the panacotta was very good. Timing of bringing out dishes was very slow."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We were visitors to Portland from the East Coast and our dining experiences up to this one were extraordinary with tremendously friendly and knowledgable service and great food. The Little Bird was the exception. The food was OK. Nothing exceptional. We had lots of courses and 2 bottles of wine for a party of 3. Foie gras was very good. Cured tuna salad was very good. Oysters, very good. A cheese turnover (fried) not so good. Salmon special just OK. Rabbit was just OK. Service was bad. We had to ask to have our dishes cleared numbers of times. Wine was not poured even though the waiter would come by to check on us, but never once picked up the bottle to pour it. A disappointment all around."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We had the tasting menu and really enjoyed all the courses--a crisp trout, sheep cheese gnocchi and cassoulet,plus a cheese course and a slightly gimmicky but very tasty dessert with, among other ingredients,peanut butter and marshmallow cream."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Excellent service and incredible food. I couldn't ask for anything more."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The charcuterie plate was amazing and made in house!!! The tuna appie was also amazing Must try when travelling to Portland. And a must come back for us :). Can't wait to try Le pigeon one day also"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The tasting menu is FANTASTIC, as is the waitstaff and ambiance. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Eaten at little bird 4 times and every time my wife and I are happy to eat there The food is prepared creatively with a good deal of care, the service is wonderful and the ambience is NW relaxed"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Heard all the hype so came here on a trip to Portland, we were lucky to get a reservation. Server was great and very attentive, my husband & I like slow meals, and she was almost too on top of it for us. We started with oysters, they were delicious. Next the goat cheese black garlic gnocchi, very different and heavy. Good flavor of gnocchi itself with the black garlic sauce, everything else overpowered the gnocchi. Then on to the burger, medium rare, this burger was great, but what was better was the fries. That would be my recommendation here:don't miss the fries. Last was the pork shoulder. Very good flavor of pork alone, little dry for a pork shoulder, but still good. Enjoyed our meal."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My dad and I had trouble deciding what to order! We split an appetizer cheese plate and enjoyed trying a cow's milk, goat's milk, and sheep's milk cheese. The hazelnut crackers that came with the cheese plate were yummy. I ordered Sheep Cheese Turnovers with blistered green beans, onions, toasted hazelnuts, and a sherry-Dijon vinaigrette. It was delicious! We were too full for dessert, but I regret not ordering one anyway. :) The music seemed loud when we first arrived, but as more people came, I didn't noticed it as much. I enjoyed the creativity of the menu and excellence of the ingredients. I look forward to returning on another visit to Portland."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We really love to eat out and appreciate great food and service. Little Bird is still #1! We started with a gnocchi dish on pea puree and black garlic butter . . . spectacular! For the main dish, my spouse had a crab salad sandwich and I had the burger. (I know . . . the burger again, yet this one really is among the best.) My spouse loved the sandwich (and I took a bite). The flavors really are distinct and do meld well. For dessert, we had the mint ice cream, which tasted just like fresh mint. Throughout the meal, the server and his colleagues were great!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Little Bird delivers. Excellent food with good options for vegetarians/ pescetarians, which was unexpected. Awesome flavors and textures, great service, fun space. What's not to love? We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "A most congenial atmosphere and superb food! Service is attentive and professional not intrusive and the special of the day are always "special!""
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Enjoyed a sumptous meal--perhaps the best cassoulet I've had (even though it was 97 degrees outside). My wife's scallop small plate was a cacophony of flavor. Our server was personable, welcoming and efficient--great service"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We were looking forward to dining here as one of the highlights of our Portland trip, but what a complete disappointment. Service was horrible and slow. Took an hour just to get out appetizers. What was described as scallops ended up being a single, rubbery scallop. For $16. Really? Both the fois gras and the rabbit were over-cooked. Our server never bothered to explain any of the specials or options. The couple next to us who arrived 15-20 min. later were served before we were. If they were having difficulties in the kitchen, they should have informed us rather than making us wait so long for food that was merely passable."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was creative French, seasoned well and nice presentation. Wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Will return again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary at Little Bird. It was a nice little space. The service was excellent and the food great. We'll definite go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "If you like very salty food you will love LB. Four out of the five of us were under whelmed. My wife enjoyed her Pork shoulder. Nothing special here but the pretense or artful and tasty food. The best part of our experience was our service that was helpful and attentive."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I like giving good reviews, but this time I just can't. Atmosphere: noisy, crowded (tables too close together) and décor a little dreary. Food: soup was lukewarm, entre bland, undercooked (pink chicken), and greasy. Desert okay. Server pleasant but seemed overwhelmed. We would have sent back the food, but the place was so noisy that we couldn't wait to leave. It's a rip-off."
    Dined on 6/27/2014