Little Bird
Little Bird

Little Bird

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.littlebirdbistro.com/
  • Phone: 5036885952
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Little Bird reviews from OpenTable diners
239 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (187)special occasion (128)romantic (105)neighborhood gem (73)notable wine list (54)great for lunch (50)hot spot (39)late-night find (21)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (7)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Didn't live up to the reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We dined here based on our experience at Le Pigeon, but it was fairly disappointing. Our server was tired and somewhat annoyed with us when she walked up to the table. It was difficult to hear each other, and the food was just not tasty. I took home my leftovers so I would not offend the host, and I put in the compost at home.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LAPhilattendeeVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Little Bird had been recommended by a friend in LA and did not disappoint. The food was superb and the wine selections quite good and very reasonably priced. The bar location, however, does not allow for much room and can be cramped, so there is not really a bar scene per se.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Twice for lunch
    TowellVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A gem for lunch and wish I could've been there for dinner. First lunch was so good had to return within the week. Friendly, professional service from the initial welcome to the final farewell. Menu online was augmented by a few specials - cuisine was a fantastic take on local ingredients using modern French techniques….superb outcome! Grilled compact wedge of butter leaf on lentils topped with tasty confit, beef tongue and egg terrine with heavenly crunchy tasty surrounds, cassoulet, crab sandwich, peanut-chocolate dessert, toasted coconut ice cream - all just top notch. Excellent wines by glass and bottle. Thank you from a very happy big-city out-of-towner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sublime meal while visitng Portland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I was so happy to have found Little Bird on open table! My meal was truly spectacular! I started off with an assortment of the daily oysters...both were super fresh and distinctly differently. My entree was the daily salmon special. Perfectly cooked, super fresh, and nice accompaniments! I followed an online suggestion and moved the foie gras to dessert. Great idea! Combined with super attentive service and a cozy, relaxing environment, this meal was a home run!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tight fit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We were seated at a table that had a "divider" between it and an adjacent table. In reality, we were inches apart. While the food and service were terrific, trying to avoid overhearing our neighbors (one of whom had a raucous laugh and coughed in our direction) made for a stressful dinner. Ask for a table where you are seated closed to your dinner companion than to another diner. Otherwise, it's a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Little Bird dinner review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Came on a Sunday evening and was disappointed by the unprofessional service that we got. Our server didn't smile once during her service and it seemed like she didn't want to work at all. With a scour on her face, she was unpleasant and would sometimes place the dishes loudly down on the table. To say the least, that ruined our experience and first time at Little Bird. The food was nothing special, and was not particularly worth the money we spent ($310) for 4 people. Though the salmon was nicely cooked, the meat in particular was way overseasoned. The portion size for the seafood was on the smaller side in lieu of the price. All I can say, it's a beautiful quaint restaurant, but we won't be back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Intimate setting
    anondiner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It's nice for a date although we did see a couple of tables of 4 and 6 people. Food was in smaller portions that was artistically arranged, except for the cassoulet that was a big serving for one person. I did enjoy the meal but found the artistic arrangement of the food to be a bit fussy and not my style. Pleasant wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jerry
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great food, great service. Very attentive, helpful wait staff. Wine list is a bit pricey, but good choices and much breadth to the list. All of us had very tasty food with attractive presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a second visit
    Stemcell
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Interesting take on a French bistro but a little uneven for me. At the bar, I very much enjoyed my sheep cheese gnocchi appetizer and passion fruit pudding cake dessert. The main course, a cassoulet also on the tasting menu, not so much. The beans were still a bit crunchy and undercooked in my opinion, while the duck leg meat was dry and without much flavor of its own. The one piece of sausage was good but I never really identified the pork belly among the sea of al dente beans. Redeeming it was a nice flavor and a superb Madiran wine which was a nice suggested match from the tasting menu. I would like to come back and sample some of the other interesting choices but the cassoulet needs work to measure up to the rest of the offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Food
    kitaduke
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We came here for our anniversary and the food was delicious. The service was reliable, helpful, and friendly without being over the top. And the passion fruit dessert was one of the best things I have ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Little Bird Bistro, A night in town
    808Chow
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We ordered the Grilled Ribeye (for two) and it was well worth it. It was the biggest steak I ever saw, but it was cooked perfect. It probably could be for three or even four people. We had appetizers and drinks before dinner, so much food we had it boxed - but yet we ordered dessert and were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy space and attentive wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The Little Bird is cozy and welcoming, we thought as we entered, and every seat at the bar was filled and almost every table, so it's a popular destination. The dress was very casual for both customers and servers. Our entrees were hot and filling. The Washington State raw oysters, in particular, were outstanding and the cocktails were very good. As the meal progressed, we decided the experience, while not inexpensive, is about the small space and the attentive wait staff. I believe that the drinks were delivered by a designated server as they were finished by the bartender, rather than sit on the bar waiting for the table's waitperson. Now there's a no-brainer. We felt relaxed, comfortable, very well served, and enjoyed our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VancouverFoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I can see the appeal of Little Bird, we found the food good but quite salty. The Kir Royale had too much Cassis We found the host quite indifferent, but the table service was lovely
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  • Skip the crab sandwich.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Crab sandwich at $20 was unimpressive. Lots of crab meat but tasted like it was possibly canned? Anyway, it had so much mustard you couldn't taste the crab. We could not eat it. We told the server we didn't like it but we were charged anyway. Charcuterie plate was delicious however.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Simmer
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Spotless experience. Wine matches were excellent. Every dish was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Probably not returning
    new2review
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We ordered the gnocchi, the trout and the cod on special, which were all very good. The place is cute and quaint, not too noisy, but we were upstairs. The problem was our server, she seemed to be in a bad mood, was annoyed with questions about wine (sorry, not everyone is a connoisseur) and told us we cannot order the appetizer before we decide what entrees we wanted... Not once she asked how is everything. Filled water once and only for one person at the table. I would say, it was not a pleasant experience, even though the food was good. Her tip also reflected that.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late night find, but reserve!
    tanguera
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had an event that ended at 9:30 p.m., and made a 10 p.m. reservation here. We were glad we did. The place was packed, even at that hour. (It only began to thin out nearer to closing time.) We had the best oysters ever - ordered half a dozen, then ordered 3 more. The burger was divine (and after 10 p.m., the prices drop) as was the tuna loin. Wonderful meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food what happened to server?
    FoodLove
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food had no taste at all
    CozyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • highlight of our portland visit
    mcanniepants
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    this is truly a special place and our lunch was a highlight of our trip. the prix fixe lunch special is an amazing value. we opted to sit on the sidewalk vs. indoors which felt a bit stuffy with white table cloths. Eggplant soup special was the best soup either of us have ever had and it will not be soon forgotten!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ChicagoFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had such high expectations and were so disappointed
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  • Delightful!
    AgencyEater
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jsalVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to snuf
    MuseumFoodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A memorable birthday experience
    mooseofblue
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative Menu & Outstanding Service
    CuppycakeSpring
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for late Night
    Taipeifoodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Open late so late night dinning was no problem, walked in at 10PM! Food was excellent! Service friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A most enjoyable evening with inventive food and local ingredients. Our waiter was over-the-top helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasting Menu
    winodino
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SpigaSomm
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too loud
    littlebird
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Country Fried Trout is a AMAZING !!
    loulabelle
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great but service was sub-par
    Gotanappetite
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service and ambiance
    NicoleVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate dining
    Portlandgal
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved Little Bird
    hnopdx
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Pick anything on the menu and it will be delicious. Service is top notch. My only complaint is that it is a bit loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to fault except...
    Ilovefish
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birds are chirping
    Danny
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Perfectly cooked salmon. Amazing tomato soup. Best meal in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous birthday dinner
    Danielle
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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 :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.