Located 15 floors up in the Nines Hotel, Departure offers modern Asian cuisine in a sleek, cosmopolitan setting with two outdoor decks and stunning views of the city. Traditional Asian preparations meet Northwest ingredients in signature dishes created by Chef de Cuisine Gregory Gourdet.View Private Dining Details
The food was delicious. Thank you for the Portland Dining monthly experience. Great server, attentive to our needs, our drinks, our water, our napkins, EVERYTHING.
Definitely plan on going back again. I think my favorite was the way that the server (blonde haired female on Friday, March 16th at 9:15 pm..sorry forgot your name) was attentive, made eye contact and while it was busy as heck, she never made us feel like she was stressed or worried. She really gave us her undivided attention. offered up suggestions, had polite conversation and quips. Well done!!
EXTREMELY EXTREMELY OVERPRICED!!
We had been looking forward to dine here, and What a disappointment this restaurant was. Does not live up to the hype at all.
The restaurant itself is absolutely beautiful, on the top of the Nines hotel with a great outdoor bar with incredible city views.
The service was disappointing . No dishes were ever recommended to us, or explained when it arrived at the table.
We order the tuna poke and the hamachi apps, both were delicious but the portion were way to small for the price.
For dinner we that the bibimbap, the rice was super over cooked and mushy, not crispy like it’s supposed to be and The snapper was over salted. We were charged $23 dollar for a shot of 12yr old Macallan and exorbitant price for it, the 4 seasons in NY charger less, and this is certainly not NY or the 4 season.
We expect Departure to be expensive, but we also expected the service and the food to reflect it , and it just didn’t.
Was a great recommendation from a neighbor. We live in Bend and we're in Portland shopping so it was a fast trip. I was a little skeptical at first when I saw the menu but was very surprised when I tasted everything. The food portions are small but great for sharing because the flavor was amazing. I would definitely go again. The server was so wonderful as well.
Poor value for the money. Didn’t like how one meal came out before the other when we were supposed to be dining together. Wouldn’t do it again.
They didn't seat us til 45min after our reservation and all they had as a constellation prize was a 'nice table'. They food isn't that good and it's crazy overpriced. The cocktails are $12-15 and one was like a shot. Not going back here. It's snooty and pretentious and this is Portland. If I wanted to be in LA. I would be in LA.
Service was inattentive. I felt invisible to our waiter , possibly because I’m an older woman (?)
We hit Departure for the Portland Monthly Dining special. Four of us shared the Prix Fix meals and two of us shared off the regular menu. All the food was fantastic; flavors, portion size, presentation, all of it. I rated service outstanding because our Waitress was amazing - patient when we were indecisive, offered good suggestions, always friendly, not there when we didn’t need her and magically appearing the minute we did need something. The Sommelier seemed a bit miffed that we brought our own special bottle of wine, and I would have rated his service, tone and manner as well below average. This in spite of us being perfectly happy to pay a $30 corkage fee. Seems like you should get good treatment for that price. The place was a bit noisy, but there was a great energetic vibe so I guess that’s the trade off. We will definitely go back.
We have been wanting to try Departure for awhile and decided to take advantage of Portland Dining Month and make a reservation. The dining month menu was fantastic; oftentimes restaurants seem to just call it in with the dining month menus, but not here. I got the shrimp and lemongrass salad, which was lovely, the surprisingly aromatic snapper and the lemon bar dessert. Excellent! Will probably try the happy hour sometime in the future so we can enjoy some more Asian fusion without breaking the bank.
Food was very good, but dinner was marred by spotty service and loud group near our table.
Great service from the bar to the table. Super delicious food that doesn’t make you feel full. Great to taste some top notch food.
Dislike the restriction on the number of credit cards allowed per table.
Menu sometimes obscure.
Good food; good service. Good portions
A friend recommended taking out of town guest to Departure for the food and view. We requested a table with a good view and got placed in the bar (furthest from any view). Food was a let down, cilantro covered EVERYTHING! I don’t mind cilantro normally but it was very soapy and overpowering. After realizing the food would all come with cilantro we requested the rest of what had to come please not have cilantro. Server seemed annoyed and we barely saw her the rest of the night. Would have liked to have more than one cocktail but service was poor and were never given a chance to reorder until dessert menus were presented. Will not return, food was underwhelming and service needed work for the level of dining.
We went to Departure for Portland Dining Month, as an opportunity to eat at a restaurant that I generally would not go to. I was amazed at the view, the ambiance, the creative cuisine, and the service. It was hard, though, to imagine that people actually spend that much money on dinner, as indicated by the regular dinner menu. I wondered about the ability of Portlanders to eat so well! I wish we all could enjoy such food on a regular basis.
The food was not up to par with what we expected. We had the kani avo sushi: tasted okay, but was really tiny, pork siomai:yummy but not worth the price for 4pcs, and bibimpap: absolutely tasteless. I was also celebrating my birthday and my partner specifically asked the server if they had a sort of dessert we could end our meal with, he said he would see what he could do, but never got back to my partner nor did they serve anything for that request.
First let me start with the positive which is the food and the atmosphere. Six of us came for Portland Dining Month. There were two choices in each category and between the six of us we had all the options.....super delicious and great presentation!!
What didn't work so well for us was the sharing of dishes; someone always came up short ended. For example, if three people at your table order the same dish, you get one bowl with three portions. The portions are on the small side to begin with, so the first and second person taking a portion ended up taking all the chicken, leaving only a couple of potatoes and mushrooms for the third person:( My friend and I ordered the shrimp appetizer and the trout dish. We managed a bit better in sharing and felt we got more equal portions. Fortunately the desserts came out separately, six individual servings, and we were equally pleased with our selections!! I highly recommend the lemon tart, but those who had the chocolate dessert were quite content.
We would like to go back, but will ask for individual servings and hope that is possible, as the food is very good!!
Small quantities, big flavors. the restaurant immediately.... when we arrive started to let us know how things work.... "we only split the bill twice" says the hostess randomly....OK we say... we have 4 couples.
Waitress "I am going to lump it (the bill) all together and you can figure it out" OK? we say.
Waitress "its family style... i am going to put everything in the middle and you can share" OK? no wait.....I dont' want to share?
When the bill came it require some math (and calculators) as some ordered bottles of wine and some drank water. this dividing up the bill took us 15 minutes...
Waitress...."here is the bill...mark it up and let me know how to run your cards"
Would have been much nicer experience if the Waitress would have broken it into two bills.
food was beyond terrible, drinks were good. Noodles were undercooked/hard and second dish was soggy and disgusting.
I brought my gf to this place. We really enjoyed the foods there. Every single dishes were incredible and delicious. Seats were bit close to each other and table was small. But it was really enjoyable dinner.
Food is good, but not sufficient
I’ve been going to departure since it opened and had always had a good experience until recently. I went 2 weeks ago to take my daughter for a girls day and the staff was rude telling her not to touch the wall because it was artwork. Then my husband and I went this weekend for our anniversary and the manager was rude. My bad was laying next to me on the floor and he cane over and told me to move my bag because his staff almost tripped over it. I was happy to move my bag but his delivery in asking was terrible I won’t go back. Bummer. Really liked this place. Good food. Rude people.
Not the best experience, always crowded.
So good! Loved their shrimp salad. Al of the food was excellent. Service was kind, friendly and efficient. Great ambiance. Will definitely come back!
It was great. It is way too loud though.
We saw Kevin Durant !
We had the best service for our first time visit...Thank you for all the recommendations and great food.
The Portland Dining Month Menu was excellent. We loved everything. Recommend that each person orders different items so that you can share everything. Great presentation, delicious selections, and good service. The only thing better would have been a view table.
I've been meaning to try Departure for years, but hadn't made it. My husband and I decided to visit for our 3-year wedding anniversary. My husband isn't much a fan of Asian flavors, but he loved the food here and so did I! Aside from the $6 side of sticky rice, I think the menu was priced well for the quality. I look forward to checking Departure out again when the weather is nicer and the deck is open.
As a fan of Gregory's from watching Top Chef, I was delighted to discover his Portland restaurant. Another wonderful surprise was the special prix fixe menu for March Dining Month. The food was just fantastic and the vegan options were also fantastic, each course of the 3-course menu seemingly more wonderful than the last. Great location as well, atop the Nines Hotel, with a great view. The service was stellar, the entire attentive and kind.
I will definitely be back the next time I am in Portland.
Extremely noisy! Our group of 6 was seated at a long table near the bar where there was lots of activity and noise so we could not hold a conversation. We asked to be seated in a quieter spot and were eventually moved into an alcove which was much better. The waitress was very obliging and the food was very good so in the end a great evening was had.
The food and the service was excellent however right away I noticed the fabric panels behind our table had dust thick enough To see they need to close the restaurant down for a deep cleaning
This is a trendy place that puts out very interesting creative food. The food is 5 star. Our waitress was great. It is expensive but one knows that going in. The only downside, which was unfortunately our first taste, was being told upon arrival at the time of our reservation to stand out in a dark entry corridor and wait. We don’t mind waiting a bit, but to stand in a sort of nowheresville place for awhile, no where to sit, no polite assurance from the 2 staff at the entry — not impressive. Eventually we asked if we could wait at the bar. STaff indicated OK, but failed to mention what they obviously knew - the bar was already jammed. All they had to say was we are really sorry but there doesn’t appear to be any room at the bar, we will make you comfortable as son as we can (or whatever). Without knowing of our experience, the woman sitting at the table next to us commented that everything was great except the snooty inconsiderate treatment upon arrival. She was a restaurant critic, so ....
Anyway — the food was great.
Portland dinimg month ,very pecuals
Departure is one of our two or three favorite Portland restaurants, and we love that it's in walking distance of home. We order from their separate vegan menu and so appreciate having it and the changing selection of interesting, creative and delicious plant-based dishes it offers. Having a choice is such a pleasure--not just being limited to one or two offerings at most places. At Departure, the food, besides tasting great, is beautifully presented. And like the food, their freshly made non-alcoholic mocktails look and taste great. The dining room is large and the place is popular, so the kitchen occasionally gets backed up. Still, the wait staff is so friendly and helpful that I give the service an A. On our most recent visit to Departure, we ordered the vegan dinner special being offered in March, during Portland's restaurant month promotion. Departure's 4-course meal included their marvelous tofu in chili sauce, one of our favorite dishes. The whole package was good enough that we might return before the end of the promotion so we can feast on the bargain vegan meal again.
Avoid this spot—-bridge and tunnel crowd/lacks Portland vibe/authenticity.
The food, as always, was outstanding. We were a little disappointed in the service however. While the pace of service was fine, our server wasn’t the friendliest and tried to talk us out of a dish that got anyway and ended up really liking. We heard her talking other tables out of the dish too. Maybe they we’re trying not to oversell it? In any event, it made for an awkward interaction. Departure is a favorite spot of ours though so we will definitely be back for the amazing food!
The service is always fantastic at Departure. It’s our go-to spot for special occasions or to bring friends from out of town. Pork Belly is my favorite!
The best, the best,the best! So excited to see Chef Gregory Gourdet in the kitchen.
Open environment with nice views over the city. The food was good. Very flavorful and a nice execution of asian fusion with mostly authentic flavors. The service was excellent with wait staff checking in on a regular basis. This gave the restaurant a very classy feel. Very nice hip, upscale asian restaurant.
Went for Portland Dining Month and happy hour. Great view, super cool layout and music and excellent food. We even saw Top Chef Gregory Gourdet working with the sous chefs!
Two of us who had never eaten at Departure before shared both of the Portland Dining Month options. The food quality was mixed with one of each courses not working well. The worst was the lemongrass shrimp salad which tasted like the cubes of room temperature shrimp were thrown on top of a delicious sauce just before arriving at our table. The parts of the dish did not blend together in any way other than being in the same dish. The gist of the conversation my husband had with the waiter was that this was the first night they served this so “it’s to be expected” and “you did eat it”. Yes we did eat 3 bites each because neither of us could believe it really was that bad. We also wanted to spoon out the sauce. Similarly one of the second courses failed to be cohesive. Dessert? Was it not cohesive or simply not our taste? I doubt if we will go back to explore further. Thank goodness for the opportunity to explore new restaurants during Portland Dining Month.
Cross this one off our list.