Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.5
3026 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Located atop the historic Meier & Frank building, Departure Restaurant + Lounge offers modern Asian cuisine with panoramic city views and global cocktails. Executive Chef Gregory Gourdet creates dishes using traditional ingredients and cooking techniques from throughout Asia. Of course, Oregon's seasonal bounty plays an integral part in the dining experience, as well. The space designed by Jeff Kovel of Skylab Architecture offers diners two rooftop decks with views overlooking downtown Portland, the Willamette River and Mt. St. Helens.
The West Deck lounge is open, weather permitting throughout the season on a first come, first serve basis.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Sunday-Thursday: 4pm-11pm
Friday & Saturday: 4pm - 12am

Happy Hour Daily from 4pm - 6pm
Late Night Menu offered from 10pm- close Sunday-Thursday, and from 11pm-close Friday-Saturday
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Phone number
(503) 802-5370
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Gregory Gourdet
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Catering
We have the ability to book semi-private, private events and receptions in four different areas of our restaurant: the State Room, East Deck, Sea of Love, and the West Deck. All areas available for private events require a food and beverage minimum to be met to reserve the space. We pay great attention to detail, meeting the expectations of our clients by supplying them with superior food and professional service.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
6th Avenue and Morrison
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Parking details
Hotel valet available, street parking, garages within a block of the building
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Public transit
Within a block of max transit. Within a couple of blocks of bus system of Trimet.
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Special events & promotions
Please call Jessica Potter at 503.802.4642 for more information for all special event and private dining packages, or email her at jessica.potter@sagerestaurantgroup.com.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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.

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Portland
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was an amazing experience truly. I went on a first date here and we enjoyed ourselves very much the view was beautiful and the food was soooooo good. The waitress was either too eager or non existent but it was okay. Everything else was absolutely amazing

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CC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Love the view. Love the service.

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was incredible. There was a really nice play between flavors of each of the 4 or 5 plates we ordered. The steak was perfect, and the carrot and avocado salad was sublime.

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TM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place exceeded every expectation possible. This was our first date destination and it went great. Amazing service, delicious food and one of the most unique environments possible! 5 stars absolutely!

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J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

It was my friends 60th birthday and they did not acknowledge. They were late seating us for our reservation.
I had reqeusted seating on roof top and they could not provide unless we waited an hour even though we had a reservation. Hostesses were rude but waitress was polite.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The top level view was awesome! The food was fantastic. Service was great. Would recommend to anybody. Great place!

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CR
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband‘s 55th birthday here and had a fantastic dinner! The service was amazing and our waiter knew everything there was to know about what he was serving us which made it a lot of fun. I’ve never had such amazing Asian fusion in my life.

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LV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal in a wonderful setting. The service was great and very helpful when choosing our meal.

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AS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Great food. Fantastic view. Excellent service.

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, with even better service. The food was served quickly and our waitress was very informative. I have celiac disease and I felt very safe eating there.

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GW
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, and meat menu items. Great drinks as well.

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JB
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

While Departure has remained a staple for special occasion dining, lately the food has become saltier and saltier. While I love spicy food, my husband does not and our entree was almost unbarable.

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KY
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Gluten Free menus selection.

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A
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Second time here, food is awesome. Not your everyday place since the prices are so high but great for a special occasion. Food is family style and waiters are very good about telling you how many you will need given your party size. Amazing views and a great place for people watching.

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F
Los Angeles
133 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good Asian fusion food. One of the best desserts I have ever eaten was their strawberry rhubarb tart with coconut pandan ice cream Heavenly. Chicken wings were unusual and delicious. Loved the stone cooked wagyu steak and the fried rice with Thai sausage and egg. Great cocktails. Not as fond of the Tom Kha soup which was very spicy and not as packed with seafood as we expected. But all in all, a lovely meal. Great service . Would happily go back again.

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BP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal at Departure! At first we were a little disappointed that we didn’t get a table by the window, but the food was so fantastic we didn’t even miss the view! We ordered lots of dishes to share and each was better than the last! Fun drink selection too. A little pricy ($160 for 3 of us before tip) but truly the food was so good we felt we got our money’s worth. Will definitely come again!

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SR
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Departure Restaurant and Lounge is a top of the line kind of restaurant. Food is superb and the atmosphere was one of a kind. This restaurant has a fun, romantic, futuristic feel to it. Really liked how they had different menus based on one's food preferences and needs. Beautiful view of Portland from all spots of the restaurant. Definitely a place to visit when coming to Portland.

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Denver
56 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s creative space and great view but you compete for tables with views as a tourist with the locals

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JF
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on my one year anniversary, they immediately said “happy anniversary!” Upon arrival. Great food and very friendly.

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not sure why anyone would rate this restaurant anything less than 4 stars! The three of us ordered eight dishes plus dessert and raved about them all. Seriously. Fresh ingredients, perfect balance of flavor and spice and superior/attentive wait staff. First timer and most certainly will be a regular! Thanks! rht

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J
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fortunately we had reservations (Wednesday evening) because the place was packed. Could not hold quiet conversation at all. Food was interesting and tasty, service was great. Definitely for the younger crowd (which doesn't include us)!

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p
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

This place has a wonderful and unique location and view, if seated by the windows. Food is good. But it is the noisiest restaurant I have ever been in! Makes the experience overall very unpleasant and detracts from the good food and service.

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P
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Third time at Departure; every time I try it I always hope for a different result but no different to the previous times I’ve been there. Starters were pretty good (Carrot & Avocado salad ($9) and Chicken Spring Roles ($7) )but main course was terrible! I had Chili Chicken ( $27)and rice (you pay extra for the rice) - Chicken was fatty (skin was very fatty, which made the chicken greasy) and mostly bland and the chili sauce was made was dried chilies (gross). What’s wrong with fresh chili to make a nice sauce? Overall, value for money is not good. A party of 4 was $230 with tip and no desert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Sadly they put us next to the entry door which felt like we were in a corridor. We had to move to an outside table. It was ok, but far from perfect considering the price. This was our 10th visit

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AK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband and I visited Portland for a vacation, mainly to eat and drink! Chef Gregory's imperial tasting menu was absolutely amazing, so many delicious and interesting dishes. Having also eaten at another famous prix fixe Portland restaurant earlier in the week, I can say that hands down Departure was much better! My only criticism would be the wine pairings. We were surprised at the size of the pour for the first wine, but mainly concerned that we were going to end up smashed! But after my husband's empty glass was cleared and we had another couple dishes delivered with no wine, we asked what was going on. Turns out their wine pairing for the 10 dishes plus 2 desserts was a series of 3 wines paired with a group of dishes. Fine, but let us know at the beginning so we can try to pace the consumption, especially since the majority of wine pairings do a different vintage with each dish.

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T
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the minute we stepped up to the hostess desk, the service was friendly and impeccable.

Every server gave us 5 star service delivering food, drinks and answering our questions. I would definitely visit again and recommend this place to anyone.

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ER
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Was really good experience at Departure. Service was a bit slow and had to remind few things to waitress beside that everything was good. Menu was too small to me because I don`t eat meat or spicy food. I like sushi but was upset with few rolls available only. Beside that everything was good.Great views and ambience. Really fancy place

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JF
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

29th Anniversary. Appreciated the vegan options, the view and of course my lovely bride. Memorable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food is way overpriced and the portions are kid-sized. Very disappointed in our experience, will not return.

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MG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely when a restaurant exceeds expectations on all levels-great experience and awesome view too!

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JB
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience

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CN
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch with Bloody Mary drink with more lunch brunch snack

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p
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great food, staff and aesthetic. would suggest booking a reservation.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

The waitress was totally unfriendly... and bad manners...

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M
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Departure never disappoints. Awesome service great food in a stunning environment.

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Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

This reservation was the pinnacle of a week long vacation. I've been a fan of Chef GG for several years and was excited to finally try Departure! We even booked our hotel at the Nines around this reservation. It was unfortunately a great disappointment. We were planning on doing the full Imperial tasting menu. I have a minor oral allergy to some raw fruits and nuts (nothing life threatening). Rather than omitting those from the dish and using their creativity as chefs and a kitchen staff, the restaurant just told me I couldn't have the tasting menu. But the waiter would not stop talking about how AMAZING the tasting menu is. I encouraged the others with me to do the full courses and I would just order for myself since I surprisingly could not participate. The waiter provided me with an allergen menu and when I asked for his recommendations he said "hmm well none of the things I really like are on here." That was just one of several comments he made that made my enthusiasm for this meal drop lower and lower. It was all "you guys are just going to LOVE the tasting menu " and then a sorry look to me. While the dishes I ordered ended up being fine (though nothing to write home about), it certainly did not compare to the experience my dining companions had. I'm a foodie and we've eaten tasting menus at many fine dining establishments. I understand chefs not changing a dish to suit a customer's preference but to not accomodate an allergy, and then to just rub it in my face, ultimately lead to a really terrible experience for what was supposed to be our last great meal in Portland. We will not be back next trip.

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THIS PLACE WAS SO GOOD. We went for an anniversary dinner. Every single aspect was amazing. Our server was incredible. My wife wanted to tell her she loved her eyeliner(it was blue, if this gets back to her my wife said your eyeliner was awesome). If you're willing to drop at least $50 per person, you're going to have an incredible time. I don't remember what beer I got but it was SOO GOOD. I had wagyu steak, which I've never even thought I'd be able to try bc of the price tag, but I splurged and it was so worth it!!! Omg I am still in love with this place, we'll be back next year!

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M
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I would recommend skipping the restaurant and heading straight to the bar. Food was lack luster but the outside terrace had beautiful views.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came here for our anniversary and it knocked out all of our expectations, which were already pretty high. I'm confident that we could have ordered anything on the menu and loved it, but we got the kimchi fried rice, crunchy crab roll, and chili shrimp. The flavors of everything were great and the service was awesome too. I would recommend this place to any of my friends and family.

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New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an excellent culinary experience with an awesome view of the city. I would highly recommend you go and enjoy all that Departure has to offer.

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