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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 WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food was creative French, seasoned well and nice presentation. Wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Will return again."
    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
  • "Our entrees were well prepared and delicious. Also notable was the wait staff. We were waited on by three different waiters plus the hostess. You could see them scanning the tables as they walked by to take something away or to replenish your drink. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Tucked in an unassuming block of 6th Ave. is Little Bird. This charming, cozy restaurant is always surprising me with its offering. Whether you want an inexpensive ham sandwich, or a three course meal, it satisfies. Who would have thought to pair butter lettuce with lamb neck and lentils?!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We have been before and always enjoy it. We came for the "new" burger that I saw online. A real treat, but missed the original Le Pigeon version."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Little bird was very nice. I had gnocchi and pork, both were very nice. My husband had the smoked tuna loin and cassoulet. The tuna loin had one very hot pepper that kept him from finishing the peppers and the cassoulet took about 15 minutes to cool to an eatable temperature. Cassoulet seemed like it would have been a better winter dinner than a hot summer day. The ambiance was very nice. I was a little disappointed in the service - we ordered oysters that were never served. I presume the waitress just forgot since they were not on the bill either."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Everything we had was absolutely delicious, especially the roast chicken with spaetzle and mushrooms for 2. The food is pricy, but the quality and presentation make it deserve its pricetag. This is a place for a special occasion dinner, although it would be fun to come for a cocktail and one of the interesting appetizers, which we did not try. The space is a tad noisy, but the decor is really interesting. I think I might prefer it to Le Pigeon! Also, though their corkage fee is $20, they will waive one corkage fee for each bottle of their wine that you purchase. So we brought 1 bottle of our own, bought one there, and paid no corkage fee! That's a really nice policy!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The ambiance is a bit astute but ok. The food and service were great. A winner for foodies. P"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Server friendly and knowledgeable.would have preferred better seating. However, I was late for reservation"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Fabulous french cuisine is a restaurant that doesn't come with an attitude."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food was all very good. We had several appetizers that were all delicious . Service was spot on."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Little Bird is just amazing We had a mid-week lunch, and although the place was hopping, did not feel at all rushed. Bone marrow appetizer was all we hoped for, and the smoked salmon entree was perhaps the best salmon I have ever eaten. If you can, just go!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We went for a nice lunch, and were wildly impressed. I started with a potato fennel soup, that was magnificent. I also had the burger, which is among the best I have ever had. My spouse had a fried shrimp sandwich and now has a new favorite lunch! The service was absolutely superb!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience. Staff was friendly and helpful. The food presentation was fabulous and the taste was even better. Loved this restaurant and will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband liked his shrimp sandwich, although another shrimp would have been welcome. I had the salad with crispy egg, which I had looked forward to. I wasn't thrilled - I'd envisioned a light coating of bread crumbs but instead it was heavily breaded with something like a batter. I won't have it again. We will be back - and I will copy the carrot and pea salad on the shrimp sandwich."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went there for the first time on my girlfriends birthday, she likes french food and new places. Menu looked varied and good. Food was good, I proposed that night so food wasn't my main focus but it was great. Small enough to be intimate but still open and bright."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Our lunch menu was replete with succulent dishes; we each had something different and they were uniformly excellent."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great food, service. Staff very pleasant and attentive. Dined upstairs which may have been a little more quiet and didn't feel as crowded."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "It was an intimate occasion with old friends. Noisy, so that conversation needed to transcend the noise. The soup, salads, and main courses were sublime. All 4 of us had a different meal; each reported the same "wow." But the desserts were too exotic for our tastes... The wine was good, but not inexpensive."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Portland has gem of a restaurant that definitely elevates it to world class status in the food world. Little Bird's food is everything you would expect from a restaurant in NYC, or London, or Paris. I'm still revelling in the taste explosions... Service is exceptional and genial, and ambiance is comfortable. If I lived in Portland, LB would probably be my second home!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have dined at Little Bird 4-5 times for dinner in the past and visited the bar on several occasions. First time for lunch. Requested main floor table but were seated upstairs (noisy). Lunch entree prices were on high end for Portland - majority over $20.00. We decided to eat family style and share the lunch special (Sausage over lentils - $16.00) and a salad. The special arrived room temperature. The one small sausage was delicious, but definitely not big enough to share. We also ordered drinks, coffee and two desserts (fabulous). Check was $72. Our first server had a lot of attitude and seemed very put out that we were sharing, and enjoying a long lunch, and kept trying to take our plates. The person who brought us dessert was lovely. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The salmon special was divine, the wine was good, the service was great. It's a little bit dark in here and the tables are in some areas *very* close together, but otherwise this was a lovely dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Every time I go here, I think I am pushing my luck. Each time has been incredible and this time was no different. Mary's Farm chicken with shaved foie gras was amazing. Sheep cheese gnocchi appetizer and tangerine sorbet were exceptional bookends to a stellar dinner. Well done! With the quality of food being produced here I am astounded by the lack of pretentiousness of the staff. They are warm and engaging on every level. I cannot wait for my fifth time!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "All aspects of this place exceed expectations. A must stop!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I love Little Bird. The food and staff are wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We had the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing. The food was expertly prepared and served immediately when ready. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was not bad. With the exception of one course, I felt the wine pairings did not work. Felt it was a meal that warranted about half the price."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "would definitely go again. Love the ambiance and the menu changes frequently with fresh NW Great vibe"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The reviews and hype around this restaurant probably lead us to hope for too much. We went here on a trip through Portland based on reviews. Solid country French food in a typical Portland "quirky just to be quirky" setting. We enjoyed ourselves, but no need to repeat it."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Always delicious. I like to go for the prix fix lunch. They mini martini is a great deal! Their wine pours could be more generous for the price. Always yummy. I tried desert this time and it did not disappoint."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The eggplant soup was amazing, along w/ the chicken and panna cotta."
    Dined on 5/20/2014