Great Vegan Menu
There is a separate Vegan menu that is abundant. The food was delicious, though a bit spicier than I had expected.
Also, there deserts were probably the best I've had. The banana split with peanut brittle ice cream, cherries, and tempura bananas was amazing!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great views, great food, buzzy
Great views, great food, buzzy young crowd mixing happily with foodies, and cool decor. The happy hour menu from 4-6pm is fantastic value. The Departure wings are a favorite, and the pork belly is awesome.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Come for the views...
Come for the views, stick with the appetizers. The main courses were disappointing.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent view, excellent food
Many places with a view don't put their energy into the food, but this place is a destination spot that is worth it... and it is not even that expensive. The Asian fusion options are many, and the flavors were amazing. Plus I had a non-alcoholic Mojito that was wonderful.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding and other-worldly
I can't do justice to describing what a great experience my group had at Departure. Even for an experienced restaurant goer, this place will knock your socks off. From the food to the service to the view to the music to the decor, this place is special, unique. I will go back often. I particularly enjoyed the Korean comfort food called bibimbap. Every dish has an exotic quality, even the heirloom tomato salad. You won't be disappointed. But you will find yourself smiling a lot...maybe even gasping.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to Departure several times and it never disappoints. Everything is very tasty in an uncommon sort of way, even a simple asian pear salad had some elements which made it mind blowing. Chic atmosphere, great view from the outdoor tables, excellent variety of libations available, from sake to vintage port to very old single malt scotch to trendy martinis.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is delicious but
The food is delicious but a bit on the spicy side and might therefore not for everybody.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great visit to Departure
Well have to say I love this trendy little gem. It can feel a little yuppy & pickup jointy but it's such a lovely spot to dine outside or just share a drink on their beautiful balconies.
So we ordered about 6 different dishes and they were all fantastic. The pork belly, pear salad, chili shrimp, carrot salad, meatballs & a sashimi dish. Everything was just excellent....loved the pork belly & the sashimi was perhaps my least favorite but still fun presentation & interesting ingredients. Yum, Yum, Yum....
This place is certainly a fun spot to take out of town guests. It makes a great impression of the city. Definitely going back!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun, tasty and unique!
Love that this place is in Portland-felt like someplace you would find in NYC.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gregory Gourdet is a Top Chef
This restaurant is excellent. The chef even has a gluten-free and vegan menu. This place is delicious. Incredible views. It is better than it needs to be given the architecturally significant room and the commanding views of the city and river.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hip find with a great view!
Try this place! The food is delicious, and the rooftop view is amazing! It's a very hip, night-life type of vibe. Indoor and outdoor seating make it a great place to try no matter the weather. We will definitely be back for a fun, downtown dinner occasion.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The experience was awesome! It's just that, I wish they gave us the seat on the edge outside. I saw some people that didn't make any reservations and they got an outside "view" seating. I made reservations and we got an okay seat where there were a lot of people passing by and hard to get through. We were pretty much facing the wall. I hope the next time I go, there will be good seats. Especially when it's my first date... :/
But overall it was amazing! Food was great, vibe was awesome, waitress/waiters were really friendly and cool, and the scenery is amazing! Loved it!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful view and amazing food
Food was amazing--the flavors were so familiar but mixed in really unique ways. I don't know how to describe it accurately but I loved it. Between that and the gorgeous view of downtown Portland, it's hard to beat Departure for a great meal in the city.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great inside too.
I've enjoyed both outside and inside dining in a group or date evening. Staff is friendly but not stuffy. Food is always delicious. I have some difficult food issues, and they work it out without challenge or up charge.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Open Table requests to a black hole
When making my reservation I specifically requested a view table and pointed out that the dinner was for celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday. It was like this information was not communicated as we did not get a view table nor was there any acknowledgement that it was requested. Additionally there appeared to be no knowledge that we were celebrating a birthday.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came to celebrate a birthday,
We came to celebrate a birthday, I specific note it when I booked it, and we walked in and to the waiter.
They said they will recognize it with the dessert but it never happen.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a wonderful anniversary at Departure! A wonderful place to have romantic dinner and great drinks!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
clean, pristine, swanky & yummy
Dress up in your heels&cute top for a hot date, or wear your jeans with cute ballet flats&nice blouse you bought across the way at Pioneer Courthouse Mall. The moment we walked in we were addressed and sat. Drink orders were taken and we jumped right into conversation and our first round. Every liquor bottle had it's place at the bar and the staff is crisp and neat in appearance, but approachable and easy to joke around with. Food is served family style, so we shared quite a few dishes and each of us tried something new. Every time I've come, I've stayed for a couple of hours and never felt that there was a sense of urgency to leave. The waitress, Genevieve, was always checking with us, refreshing drinks and was fun to talk with.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Asian Fusion with a View
Located on the 15th Floor of the downtown Macy's building in Portland, Oregon, Departure offers a Manhattan-like ambiance, with 180 views of the Portland skyline. The interior space is built around a stylish, service-friendly bar, and the food is amazing. We loved steamed edamame pods with course salt; salads that combined crunchy fresh ingredients (like Asian pear) with greens and julienne carrots; smoky salmon sushi rolls. We left with our mouths incredibly happy, but not overly full, in spite of very generous portions. Dress nicely; you'll be happier with yourself, as the young and beautiful flock here, as do many well-dressed after theater folks. Not expensive if you don't over drink/over order.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome evening out
We had a great evening, sampling several small plates. So many good choices that we made a meal of them. The wine list had many good options to go with our food. Service was good but drinks got a little bogged down as it got more crowded. We enjoy this place and will be back again soon.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything at Departure was above expectation. The service was impeccable. The food was delicious. The offering of a vegan menu was the reason our group chose this restaurant and, while the vegan menu was not large, everything was super tasty. The non-vegans found the food exceptional as well. The space design is modernistic, not cozy, but nevertheless inviting. The entire experience was a pleasure.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spectacular Food & Service
This was our first visit to Departure. We chose several items that the waiter suggested. He was wonderful, and his recommendations were spot on. We loved every last bite of all of the items ordered. We will definitely be back to try more!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for visitors
A friend recommended this place to us and we were so glad she did. The ambiance has a good vibe to begin with, and fortunately we came on a clear day and had stunning views across the city. The waiter was excellent who helped us with the menu because there were so many good choices. In particular he gave good advice about numbers of plates to choose from that would give us a good sampling, not to mention filling, across the different categories of food. We began with one of their signature martinis that had some chili spice? the tastes of food were exquisite, balanced across the tongue, but interesting and yummy to say the least.. It was a great experience to end our visit to Portland. We will undoubtedly come back when we visit again.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
repeat visit equals the first
I can't decide what I like best of Departures; the interesting food, the clientel or the fact that I can really enjoy a meal out on my Paleo diet! First visit was a warm, summer Saturday night and Portland was at it's peak view. This last Saturday, the outdoor bar had grown a temporary tent and the ambience was not near so wonderful. Departure's hasn't decided what to do for ourdoor seating in the wind! Clientel - the people watching is part of the attraction. Maybe it's because I live in the suburbs and work in the wine country, I really enjoy the fashion and diversity of the Lounge population! The food reminded us of the Correspondants Bar in Phenom Penh, Cambodia, chili prawns, pork bellies, very interesting and delicious.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Few issues, funny issues
I loved that our waiter had a couple of recommendations when we arrived and had only decided on drinks. Also, thanks to him for not suggesting we wait for the whole party to arrive. He got to their order right at the right time. When he did take our order, he skipped one person who had to say, "Um, over here?" Haha. So awkward. Then, the same person asked for an extra plate and serving spoon. The spoon came so much later, and like five extra plates. Then, this person joked extra spoons should be brought for sharing the one dessert ordered. Everyone laughed, but six spoons were placed in the middle of the table. The crispy squid was great except for the small amount of chewiness and grit or sand in my last bite.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A night to remember
We had a lovely time at Departures. Our waitress was outstanding. The only thing we felt was lacking was that for the cost of the food, the portions were very small. It was good food though and we enjoyed it.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Views as good as the food.
This was my first experience dining out in Portland and I was not disappointed. Service, food and wine were all great. Our server did a great job of spacing out our meals and we did have a lot of them.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
My husband and I cannot wait for another date night at Departure. A+!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
You will not be disappointed if you choose Departure for your dinning experience. From the knowledgeable and professional service to the amazing views it is a direct link to the heart of downtown Portland.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place on top of The Nines
Nice place on top of The Nines hotel. We ordered a variety of items and found them all to be good to great. One note they were described as small plates, but some were closers to full sized. Our server was helpful and let us sample a couple of their wines to make a selection. Wine by the glass only which I consider a little weak. Also the constant disco like music beat could use some work. Over good time.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorites!
One of my favorite Portland restaurants! It never disappoints, and my guests consistently say they can't wait to return. Terrific food and one of Portland's best views of downtown.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Heaven on earth
I dined here with 2 other friends. We ordered a total of 5 dishes and all were incredible. My favorite was the crispy pork belly, which is packed full of flavor and melts in your mouth. Our waitress had some excellent recommendations. The cocktails were also quite good and were some of the more unique choices I've seen. I'd like to go during daylight sometime so I can fully appreciate the expansive views.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Departure: Happy Hour
Found the bartenders in the Lounge/ outside area to be terrific. They were both gracious and kind. Our waiter was attentive, thoughtful and gave great recommendations. Enjoyed the food, the view and the ambience.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great night out!
Met two other couples here for drinks outside, then dinner, and more drinks outside. Fun! The Octopus and pork belly noodles were especially appreciated.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, service and ambience were all fantastic. The outdoor bar on the rooftop had heaters so it was still enjoyable even in November. Extensive wine list and some of our favorite sake choices too. The food was awesome. Bibimbap was just right, and the small plates were super as well. We will definitely be back. I would recommend making a reservation.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
good for entertaining groups
Had some friends come into town and thought this was a great location for them to have good food and drinks with a nice upscale atmosphere.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
My boyfriend came to town to visit & we wanted a special place to eat - Departure provided! The service was steady but not rushed, the food was amazing & well-presented, & everyone from our waiter to the man filling our water glasses was professional, friendly, & knowledgeable. We had a fantastic experience & it was romantic, intimate, & pleasant - just what I was looking for! Thank you for giving us such a treat - we will be back! ...when we can afford it...
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Location is excellent and the ambiance is great. Food is ok - a decent selection for vegetarians.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a great place
Outstanding place. One of the best Asian restaurants I've tasted so far. The place was chic, trendy, and had a chill out lounge feel to it. The food was very vegan and vegetarian friendly as well. Definitely going back again!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birthday treat, kid-friendly
this was a great choice for my birthday celebration! Felt very special with grand view, very cool vibe and excellent food. Was worried about kid-friendliness, but we went early and it was a really fun place for kids with no anti-kid looks coming our way. No kid menu but easy enough to find kid-friendly food. Food was excellent, especially loved the Shaking Beef appetizer and Departure Wings. Waitress brought us a special comp'ed dessert with a candle, which was so nice. Would love to go back and eat or have drinks outside. Outside space was best I've seen in Portland.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome food. Good service, less the somewhat snooty host. This is a great place to take a date or out of town friends. It's not cheap, but the food is well worth it. Pork belly, creative and tasty sushi and sashimi dishes, and more. I will definitely be coming back.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Spendy and trendy, overall cool
It is quite spendy but it's worth it if you want to impress someone, or feel like you're at a very trendy place.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
First times a charm.
Service was fantastic, Ben was particularly friendly and knowledgable. The food was nice. Had several options off the sushi list. Good but nothing blew me away. I remember the avocado roll as one of my faves along with the meatball. Music was loud, the good kind of loud. Too cold to be outside but I should've walked out and took a look at least. I guess I'll have to go back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite part was the food by far. We did not have one thing we did not like. The pork bellies were amazing and melted right on my tongue. The crab fried rice was most excellent. I also loved the pork with garlic on a stick and the pickled carrot dish. The only two criticisms we had was that the elevator not going to the 15th floor until exactly 4. This is because we always like to be to places ahead of time to confirm reservations and make sure everything is well. The second was the elevator music. I think in that situation a classical tone would have been nice.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
A+ all the way
Just an all around great experience. Not a better view in Portland with great food to go with it! I never order desert but my wife wanted to try it so we order the banana split of all things. There was nothing that resembled a tradition banana split in this dish. I can say this is the first time being blown away by a desert!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Girls night out at Departure was scheduled and I was a bit hesitant because I live in Beaverton and to me this is quite a drive. I'm a mommy, I don't normally go out and when I do I like to stick to my roots in Beaverton. However, I needed this night and need to get dressed up to enjoy my friends, some drinks and good food. Oh boy, this place delivered on the food and drinks for sure! We were so very, very, very impressed with the appetizers and between the 10 of us, we ordered EVERYTHING on the menu to taste test. Hands down the brussel sprouts and pork belly were our favs!!! The drinks were good but didn't stand out enough for me to remember or recommend. But the food and ambiance made for a great girls/mommies night out!!!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Romantic Date Spot
Great ambience! Excellent food! Fantastic views of the city! Wine list was a little limiting, but bar had a good cocktail selection. Waitstaff was very attentive. Two thumbs up!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were first taken back by the menu, not sure what would be good. But after talking to our server, we just starting picking the Asian tapas, and we had a good meal. REALLY liked the tuna poke... spicy, smooth on a rice chip, not like the kind we get in Hawaii (blah!). Second best was the spicy ribs. Drinks were good but a little expensive once we got the bill ($21 for a double), but we weren't quite ready to leave after dinner so hung out in their bar. If it wouldn't have been so cold, their patio would have been great. Will def come back in warmer weather to enjoy that, but I'm sure it's hard to get in to. Would recommend this place overall. .
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was great experience at your restaurant..u made my birthday special. Only one recommendation add more vegan options.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
A "Departure" in dining experience
....in Portland, OR. A modern tasteful decor, discrete waiting staff, excellently prepared food, exhibiting wonderful stylistic variations, making even a common dish such as sashimi feel different without giving up on taste. Presentation of the individual plates were memorable. The meat was cooked just right. The wine menu is also noteworthy. I did not find this place overpriced.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM