Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.4
3894 Reviews
$50 and over
Asian
Located atop the historic Meier & Frank building, Departure Restaurant & Lounge offers modern Asian cuisine with panoramic city views and global cocktails. Executive Chef Matt Christianson 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 & East Decks are available, weather permitting throughout the season.
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Experiences

  • DEPARTURE EXPERIENCE

    $55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Our Experience Menu offers a three-course menu, seasonally-inspired and thoughtfully presented. The Departure Experience starts at $55 per person. Current menus available at DeparturePortland.com

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3894 people are saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GusP
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My roomate and I had an amazing time during our last visit to Departure. This was my second time dining here, but my first time trying the coursed Departure Experience. The food was amazing, and our waitress was SO NICE. Most definitely one of the best food service experiences I’ve had.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing food! Service was great! View was wonderful.

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vipPMshop
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The pan-Asian food choices were confusing and I am an Asian. The sushi roll was mostly rice with kimchi...our salmon came out well done but juicy when asked for medium. The decor was beige and meh...I would probably go back just for the bar lounge area if ever in the City again and in need of a place to go to. Our meal lingered into the morning hours with visits to the John.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your birthday dinner with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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Tink
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Like walking into a Gravitron on Bespin, but with a great view of Mt. Hood and downtown Portland. A thoughtful menu with a great selection of dishes, including plenty of vegan options.

Everything we ordered was delightful. The crispy dim sum was a stand-out for me, while the spinach salad was a surprise favorite for my typically non-salad loving dinner companion.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the crispy dim sum and spinach salad. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We came here for my other half’s birthday. Everything was pretty good- it took a long time to get beverages. Our waiter was great. It was strange, however, that I put in the remarks that we were coming for the birthday and there was zero mention from any staff about it. I even added it was a special occasion on top of the remarks about it being his birthday and nothing was mentioned. I think they should also have a disclaimer on their menu about what items are more expensive with the experience menu. Having family in the restaurant industry I know how important and meaningful things like the above are. Ambiance is great, music volume continued to go up and down- it got loud then quiet. Would have been excellent except for a few details.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I will pass along your positive remarks to our staff as well as work with them on the issues you raised to ensure a better visit next time. Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant and lounge for your special occasion.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Underwhelming food and service. Neither of us finished our plates, and neither enjoyed our entree. Pricey, swanky, meh food. Would not go back.

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SarahD
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a beautiful destination venue for all celebration. It was wonderful for my family to celebrate a birthday.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Sarah for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see your family enjoyed celebrating a birthday with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge!

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Joey
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Austin was a fantastic server and the food is always absolutely amazing. The whole staff was aware of a food allergy and everyone worked as a team to make sure that was handled and other special requests were just right. Top notch service, food, and ambiance. My favorite place in Portland.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Joey for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food so slow coming out of kitchen that after 2 hours we still had no entree. Took entree to go. Manager was very rude and condescending about it all.

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JoshB
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Recommend the Departure Experience with Sake pairings

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you JoshB for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Superb service, delicious food (and surprising combinations). A feast on the tongue! The Sake pairing was unique and delicious.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on June 4, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Departure and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Gabriela
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW - just wow. Departure was something out of a movie, I felt like I was James Bond on an Emirates flight with a luxurious bar. The restaurant itself is styled so well that it still feels themed, but it doesn't go overboard. The service was great, super helpful in explaining to us about the menu/food/drinks - the food does take a bit of time to come to your table, but I personally like that as it allows for more conversation with your table and you have a chance to really savor/digest each bite.

We did the Departure Experience and it was delightful - each plate really did not miss. At a first glance, you can feel like the food portions are not that much, but we were stuffed only after the sharables! The cocktails are absolutely delicious - I usually cringe at even the scent of whiskey, but the Toki Highball had no reason to taste that good! I also ordered the Not So Earnest, as I am more of a rum fan, and it was delicious.

I can honestly say that I have never had an experience like Departure. With it's amazing views and great ambiance, this is a great place for romantic dates or special occasions! Definitely will be going back again to try the Arrival menu!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you Gabriela for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge!

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Lulu
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Stunning view and interesting food. We have been here many times since original opening and the setting is worth it.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you Lulu for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and experience was excellent!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge!

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Amigos
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

An ok experience. Views of city were very good. Ambiance and setting though modern, seemed dated. Service was good. Mahogany noodles were very good and would order again. Salmon + tuna poke roll was fair, nothing special. Okonomiyaki was underwhelming. Bonita flakes made it too fishy tasting. More seasoning needed. Very disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Views and service were lovely. The martini wasn’t great.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on May 28, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The view was great the food was not what we expected but overall not bad

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on May 28, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge!

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MiloT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was good, but not good enough for the price. Drinks were weak, too sweet, not inventive, and way overpriced. Chicken was way too salty, service was slow and they didn't bring all our utensils. I had heard a lot about the place and was quite disappointed. I could tell the sashimi had been frozen previously and it wasn't very fresh or tasty. The pork belly was quite good, but everything else was just ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife and 2 kids out for a birthday/Mother’s Day/Graduation dinner and it was an incredible experience. I would recommend it to anyone.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge!

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Beauty
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is incredible. The Beef Tenderloin Skewer changed my life. It’s on the 15th floor so if you are nervous for heights there are some tables that are away from the windows and if not you can sit outside! Drinks were incredible too. Our server took some time to get professional and friendly with us but eventually he got it. Overall really, really delicious meal and beautiful space.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on May 25, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your Beef Tenderloin Skewers. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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JessicaD
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, the food! Amazing. Loved the “experience” very fun!

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vipLoveveggies
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been in a year and was very happy with everything. Masks worn until food comes, socially distanced people & tables and very clean. Service was amazing as always and so was food. I absolutely would recommend!

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AlanaV
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place and great views!

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Leah
New England
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Amazing ambiance and views. Food was really good. Both hostess and server had a bit of an attitude. Not the friendliest service.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Bad table butting up against a heater with no alternative. Unclear reservation system requiring a selection of one of two undefined menu choices. Inaccurate menu: super spicy bison curry literally had no spice while the somewhat spicy crab fried rice was a 5 alarm fire.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat and grab some drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Everything was great except the one hour time restriction. I understand they want to move people and most restaurants have time restrictions, but one hour is way too fast. The waitress was very nice and apologized for the quick turn around. The rest was fantastic! Still great food and drinks, just no time to enjoy them.

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vipJeff
Portland
61 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a couple of visitors to Departure's outdoor rooftop and had a great time. We knew they were fans of sushi and just new experiences, and Departure is an experience - it's even the name of the primary dinner menu... Departure does an excellent job of meeting diners' needs: plenty of gluten-free options and accommodations, most of which are on the menu, plenty of options in general for every course, and well-done sake pairings (other beverage pairings available as well). Between the four of us we didn't quite have one of everything, but we covered a good part of the Experience menu. If you're a sushi and sake fan or prefer something else entirely, this works either way. We'd been there before, mostly for happy hour or a regular dinner menu, and it's always been excellent.

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vipCutiePie
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Excellent service. The out door space is very comfortable and the views of the city are lovely.

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viptop1105
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had issues with my reservation and not sure who is at fault. OpenTable is blaming the restaurant and vice versa. I booked a 7:45pm and showed up then. My reservation disappeared, the restaurant said I didn’t have a reservation, and they were fully booked for the night. They acted like I was lying about having a reservation.

I was immediately able to book another reservation on OpenTable at 8:15pm to show them they were wrong and something weird is going on with their reservations. They made me wait 30 minutes, but was able to seat me.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, beautiful city view from the outdoor patio. Highly recommend checking it out.

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vipkaykasreviews
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The team at departure was so gracious and kind.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scenery was amazing and the food was spectacular. So many different type of dishes

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The departure experience was a delight. The drinks paired beautifully, and the view was lovely. A bit chilly, but the heaters fixed that. Portion sizes were well done.

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Cassandra
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Was here for a birthday party. Bartender was amazing, server was great and we had lots of laughs!

The chicken was dry, I wouldn’t get it again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All done well

JB
JamesB
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! My mom love the place..

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Departure Restaurant and Lounge is rated 4.4 stars by 3894 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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