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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
  • "Food was excellent but initial server was very inattentive and disappeared for long periods of time and apparently left. We were happy a different server took over the table."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "I really don't have much to say here, I selected this based on the reviews of the web but this place is not worth spending even $10. Beside the ambience and politeness of the staff this place has nothing more to offer. If you like spending $$$ just for that and you don't care about food taste then give it a try."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "We had such high expectations and were so disappointed"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Little Bird is always a treat. The menu is always changing slightly, but consistently delicious. Would recommend to anyone for a client dinner or big date night."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Went here for lunch. I had the foie gras torchon and the burger. I also got a dozen macarons to go. Everything was delicious. Service was friendly and attentive. The place was nice."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "We love Little Bird. That's why it was so disappointing this time. Food was way more complex than we remembered; too many things going on in the same plate. Everything from panko to mayo like toppings. Taste of rabbit could not be found under all of that. The fish was the same confusing cluster of conflicting flavors. Server was somewhat indifferent to our presence. I get nonchalance, but this was way too cool and not friendly at the table level. Please reboot."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "So often we rush through work, life and even our food. Here, our server, Suzanne, stopped to converse, not retell. We were seated in the loft on the rail. Suzanne would stop by to check in and chat, she was always easy and polite with clever smile and a personality that made one feel at ease. Then came the food. If you had not already slowed down by now, the food demanded your attention and time. The burger and the lamb chop were amazing! Rich with favors familiar and new. We're spent the next several moments ooing and ahing over the flavors that dazzled our taste buds. Go, sit, sip and savor the Little Bird, it will not disappoint."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "All of the visits I've made to Little Bird have left me feeling satisfied due to the food/drinks and happy due to the service provided by their friendly and patient staff. This visit, I enjoyed their potato leek soup, lunch special of pork loin, and chocolate peanut butter terrine. All courses seemed to be prepared with a lot of care and attention to detail. Little Bird is consistently a good spot to experience a fine meal. I look forward to my next visit!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Open late so late night dinning was no problem, walked in at 10PM! Food was excellent! Service friendly!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "A most enjoyable evening with inventive food and local ingredients. Our waiter was over-the-top helpful."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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