Noisette
Noisette

Noisette

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.noisetterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 503-719-4599x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: From 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Tony Demes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NW Vaughn
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Noisette
Noisette is the fine dining oasis in Portland’s sea of casual gastronomy and the only restaurant in Portland with the distinction of earning AAA's 4 Diamond Restaurant Rating. Additionally, this modern French restaurant was awarded a 29 for Food in Zagat’s Portland City Guide 2013 and 2014. Noisette is where gastronomy is presented as an event.
A memorable experience awaits.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Noisette reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (39)special occasion (34)romantic (31)notable wine list (25)neighborhood gem (19)great for outdoor dining (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • As always spectacular
    Bish
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food is beautifully prepared. Execution is perfect. One thing I do miss is the tasting menu with wine pairings. I always tell people at Noisette. Sorry they are closing.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Small Plates, Big Price
    GoosebumpsVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very well prepare dishes made from the very best ingredients. Such artistry comes at a price.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • trufflepigVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Too bad that Noisette is closing. The tasting menu was definitely missed and so much better than the few dishes that were a la carte.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Noisette: vibrant food artistry
    TasteHunter
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Noisette's menu consists of three a la carte lists (Cold, Warm and Sweet). Sweet is for dessert. This is an intriguing change from the Portland(ia) trend of prix fixe menus and communal tables. If you want outstanding taste/texture/visual structure in a dish, you will find that the portions are just right, and every bite will be satisfying and stimulating to the senses. When I go to a restaurant, food comes first. Everything else must enhance the sensory experience, not distract from it - I very much enjoyed the modern and understated setting (as opp. to haughty or bling-bling), the welcoming staff, and the views of the kitchen, where Chef Tony Demes creates magic. Experience Noisette before it closes, and thank Tony and Debbie Demes!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service very much!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem to be treasured
    Satisfied
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Portland is lucky to have a chef like Tony Demes. The food is creatively paired, with marriages of flavors that enhances each element of flavor. The presentation is part of the show; While not overly architectural, it is interestingly presented, with even the decorative swirls being a different flavor to play off the main food item. In Europe, it would be Michelin rated. The menu is focused, and they work with the ingredients at their peak. In Portland, it is the best of what it is: a French inspired fine dining experience. By Portland standards, the pricing is toward the top. Drop the restaurant in San Francisco, LA or Seattle, and it would appear a bargain. All of it is enhanced by Tony's wife Debbie who runs the front of the house.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't waste $$$$
    Waiting2VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Prices too high for portion size . Some items very good others not . Uncomfortable due to inadequate AC on hot summer eve. Incredibly poor chocolate soufflé & minuscule rhubarb dessert.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We are not strangers to Noisette. Tony is a master with food and the presentation is always beyond words. This is only complemented by the staff nd their knowledge of what is prepared in the kitchen as they present it to you at table side. Plan on an evening and don't rush it, great compositions take time and you will not be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    JTFU
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The flavors, the combinations, the presentation, the service - all fantastic!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I would rate the food outstanding in every way except that the portions are tiny. Nobody claims they're not, but if one is hungry one needs to have three separate dishes (plus one should leave room for dessert), and this gets darned expensive. But the ingredients and the way thy're put together are first-rate. The ambiance is pleasantly non-fussy, well separated tables and white linens and modest art on the walls, very agreeable. This doesn't read like a knowout review, but I will be going back for sure, just not when I'm famished.
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  • Very good, but....
    SchoonerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    With great anticipation my wife and I returned to Noisette one year after we had one of the best meals we've ever had. Last year, we opted for a tasting menu that was an exquisite display of creative cooking and exceptional service. Everything was perfectly executed, including the inspired wine pairings. We couldn't wait for a repeat performance. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. First off the tasting menu is longer offered. The a la carte menu is confusing to navigate; the offerings are organized by category--cold, hot and sweet--as opposed to appetizers and entrees. The food was very good, but it didn't come close to what we experienced last year and the service, although friendly, wasn't up to last year's standard either.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Neighborhood French Bistro
    DRDTWVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Noisette reminds me of what you get when you are in Paris and ask your concierge for a local family owned place that does wonderful food. Staff knows all about the menu. Great wine list. In- house fresh bread. Portions are more European than American, so we left with wonderful flavors in our mouths but we not stuffed to the gills miserable. It was a great experiece, right down to the hazelnut shells they use for mulch outside the restaurant. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drewski
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We loved Noisette. Every single dish. Definitely up there with Genoa, Castagna, Beast, etc. for food. We moved down to Portland a couple years ago after many years in Seattle. Noisette is another great example that the Seattle vs. Portland debate about best resto city is alive and well!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Portland Gem
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a very enjoyable evening - food was absolutely wonderful and small plates are definitely good idea. Food was delicious, presentation was an artistic creation and service was warm and friendly. Definitely will return when next in Portland and will highly recommend to my friends
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant
    LovefoodVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Superior food served by an informed and friendly staff. No cocktail menu but a bartender able to provide treats upon request. Small plates style. We had lobster, divine fois gras, a trout salad and a mushroom-filled pasta, excellent bread and two kinds of soufflé (grand marnier brought back great memories of the sixties when it was the "fancy" dessert of choice). They recommend more dishes but this worked for us. Save your pennies and try Noisette.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always superb
    Mweigler
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Portland. I was a fan of the chef at Bouchon and I'm so happy he came back and opened Noisette. The service is friendly but super professional. Everyone should get a chance to eat here at least once!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stylish innovative cuisine
    PacNWjet
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The menu is all small dishes presenting innovative, original, and inventive dishes. The restaurant serves food that offers unique takes on fresh ingredients in an upscale setting. Prices are high but what you are paying for is the opportunity to taste food that is on the cutting edge of the contemporary food scene.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leisurely self-selected multicourse
    Gryphon
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Expected French food but it's more like uniquely styled haute cuisine paced as a series of cold/hot small/mid-sized/savory/sweet courses chosen from a compact menu. The size of each dish was hard to predict, though everything was good. Staff helpful and easy to talk to. Clean, quiet, unremarkable decor, no view. Tucked away at the far north end of the NW (23rd) neighborhood where parking can be easier than finding a cab.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous experience
    Chicagirl
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This restaurant is a gem!!! the food was absolutely delicious. The richness of the food and the portion size was perfect. The presentation was magnificent. The staff were engaging and attentive without being over bearing. it was a delight to have such good creative food with flavors that melded perfectly. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Art on a Plate
    NoshPDX
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Some of the most beautiful presentation I've seen. The beef short rib/culotte as well as the Maine lobster were perfect, and the sauces were so good I got extra baguette to sop them up. Don't be surprised that the portions are "delicate." There is definitely room for an appetizer and dessert souffle, but I left perfectly satisfied. Nice and varied wine list. Wonderful, attentive service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Portland Gem
    GaryCam
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    My wife and I on our first visit to Noisette were just blown away by the food. A small, but very creative menu that had something for everyone. The ambiance was wonderful. The dining room is nicely appointed, but best of all the noise level was low, so you could actually speak to someone and hear what they said. Noisette is just a wonderful restaurant to have in the Portland area. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Awesome
    6284
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Having lived in the greater San Francisco area, we have set as our bench mark "The French Laundry in Yountville." Noisette's rivals our favorite. When in Portland, don't miss this restaurant.
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  • wonderful dinner
    ANNA
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    upscale restaurant, amazing food, outstanding service; very romantic, quiet place
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the cost
    4b1g2f
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Noisette is not a inexpensive dining experience but well worth it. The food was beautiful on the plate and amazing favors.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • A well kept secret
    CheriVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food at Noisette is amazing. This was our third time here and there was nothing we didn't like! Having dined in some of the best restraunts in the world, I have to say that Noisette is right there with the them. The menu was interesting but not too large. Food was spectacular and the service was wonderful! Debbie our server was knowledgeable, very nice and was just the tight amount of attentive. It's tucked away in the NW area and we hope it stays for a long time. We will most certainly keep coming back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 137 reviews are from the Noisette reviews archive.
  • The best fine dining in Portland.
    Southerntransplant
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We have treated ourselves to dinner at Noisette four times in the past year, and it will always be my first choice for a special night out. Chef Tony creates inspired menus taking advantage of what's fresh and fabulous, the food is presented like artwork, and the sauces... omg, the sauces! We have tried many, many restaurants in Portland - almost all the notable ones you read about on top restaurant and top chefs lists, and many have been fantastic, but Noisette outshines them all. Don't be misled by the unassuming location, tucked back in a NW neighborhood; give yourself a treat, and visit Noisette: the best fine dining restaurant in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time for our anniversary
    BWMBW
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Our first time back to the restaurant since they quit doing their tasting menu. Quality is still outstanding and it was nice to be able to pick and choose. Wish they were a little busier. I think their prices may keep some folks away but it shouldn't. If you are real foodie you should love this place.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful, romantic, delicious
    KellyBG
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The title pretty much sums it up. A warm and gracious staff greeted us and sat us in the gorgeous dining room. The food was well paced and well executed, with design flourishes that elevated tasty food to a visual feast. Excellent venue for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS!!
    Hema
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Absolutely superb, as always. We've eaten here a half dozen times and have NEVER been disappointed. One change in the menu is that it is "small plates" now rather than Pre Fixe. We each picked four items. The best came first, a cold morel soup that made me close my eyes and just savor. Nearly as good as the warm Chanterelle soup they have on at other times that is the best soup on the planet. All courses were delicious, the wagyu melting on my tongue and the tortellini mushroom robust while still delicate. I have eaten at numerous Michelin starred restaurants around the world and Noisette ranks with the best for taste preparation. I just wish more of Portland would realize the gem they have in this NW treasure. Thanks Tony and staff.
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  • Excellent
    StickgirlVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Excellent service!! Delious food! Still talking about how tasty the food was.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Star in Portland
    fredsmarinaVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    As a real foodie and someone that experiences many of the restaurants Portland has to offer, Noisette is close to the top of my list for all the things that make eating out an event to remember. This is not a place you would frequent once or twice a week, but it is something I want to try to do at least once or twice a month. The flavors are definitive, the presentation is artful and the service is attentive but not overdone. I so hope that the rest of Portland tries Noisette because they will be glad they did. This was the place I picked to celebrate my birthday and I could not have been more pleased with my choice.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Portland!!
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This has the best food in Portland --- hands down --- every single thing was the best possible use of fresh and seasonal ingredients. I almost don't want to tell people how good it is because I want to be able to get a table. In a word --- AMAZING!!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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  • Quite a find
    DamayVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    After reading other reviews, we took a chance on Noisette during a recent trip to Portland and we not disappointed. We ordered the 9 course meal and every course was done beautifully. The surprise of the night was the succulent grilled octopus! The only letdown was the dessert, a financier cake with some ice cream. Less then inspired, but by that point we were so full we didn't really care. Every savory dish was a hit.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Foodies Dream Come True!
    YumYum
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Noisette is a foodies dream come true. The produce is fresh from the Farmer's Market and plated in such a creative way. The plates are little works of art. The combinations of flavors hint at molecular gastronomy without being "way out there," but when you combine your vegetable or protein with this beautiful smear and that delicate dollop you definitely get a flavor explosion in your mouth. If you like food, you must try Noisette!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    ChefGeoff
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    After having a bit of difficulty finding this spot (Google Maps issues and a small sign) we were absolutely blown away by truly exceptional food as well as the fact that even on a Friday night the restaurant was only half full. We chose the 9 course "Chef's Tasting Menu", and to a course, it was beyond my expectations, even though it had been given high marks from many knowledgeable people in the industry around town. I was saddened to hear that on May 1st, they will be changing to more of an "a la carte" presentation to appeal to a wider range of customers, so if you want the same experience we had, BOOK NOW! I will still gladly return for whatever they choose to serve as it was a truly memorable meal and the service was perfect!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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  • Birthday Dinner!
    Ronald
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    It was a special treat for our daughter....who selected the restaurant. The dinner was wonderful..as was the service. The price was above the average dine out for us. I'm sure when they covert to an Ala Carte menu in May, many more people will be enjoying The "Noisette" experience!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belinda' birthday
    Dunc
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We enjoy Noisette for that extra special occasion. The food and the dining experience never fails to impress us. Noisette is unique to Portland
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    Romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Worth the Big Bucks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    For a restaurant where a foursome can easily drop $500-plus for the nine-course prix fixe (which everyone at the table must order), a bottle of wine (if you bring your own expect to pay the outrageous $25 corkage) and the tip, the service should be friendlier and less pretentious. However, the food was creative and artfully plated - even though our dinner took three and a half hours. This was our third visit and our last.
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  • Consistently excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    For the second year in a row, we celebrated a special event here. The food is is excellent, and and the wine pairings wonderful. The way way the chef creates their their tasting tasting courses makes for a wonderful wonderful dining experience. Combine with staff who go the extra mile to make sure your every desire and need are met. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    table42VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Absolutely fabulous! These folks know how to cook. We had the 6 course tasting menu and thoroughly enjoyed everything from the first bite until the last. We have been to many fine dinging restaurants and I would say Noisette can compete with the best of them. Tucked away in a little house in NW Portland it is very unassuming indeed. The plating was beautiful for each course. If I had to pick a favorite course it was the Hamachi -pure spring on a plate, followed closely by the butter poached lobster risotto. Keep it chef! We'll be back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.