Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.6
3258 reviews
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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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JL
Portland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Seated at table in a small outlet of the restaurant and it was too noisy to carry on a conversation with 4 people.

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Y
Portland
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was great, but the food was okay. The collard salad was overdose with dressing that it was so salty. I had Korean fried chicken, which was also over dress with sauce that is was salty. Dessert was great, coconut chocolate ice cream.

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TF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came for the Portland dining month and ordered one meal from that and the other separately. All the food of the dining month was phenomenal. One star off because the waygu steak was chewy and terrible, honestly there's no excuse for this, they've been told before in other reviews. Desserts and salads were standouts, presentation was beautiful for everything.

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MH
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable delicious dinner. Everything was great. The staff were wonderful and knowledgeable.
Small thing for me salt content was a little too much.

Thank you

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

Went here for Dining Out Minth. Vegan options were delightful! I’ll be back!

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DT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely service, attentive. Mussels were very good but Korean chicken average.

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J
Portland
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, an excellent dining experience. Particularly appreciate accommodation for gluten allergy.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great time, wonderful menu and great ambiance

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MA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We were crammed together with 2 other couples on dates. Way too close for comfort. Also the dining area was freezing. Won't be back.

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f
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

waiter said food comes in portions that are meant to be shared, I do not agree with this, I would have rather ordered for what each person wants. I feel the waiter should not recommend sharing.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Departure closed their restaurant for a couple weeks, I thought to renovate but everything looks the same. They added some new things on the menu but overall is the same thing you can expect. Lots of new drinks though.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the Beef B

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BD
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Definitely don’t waste your time. Food was very poor- like spit out in your napkin gross. The wait staff was inattentive and never came by to check how we were doing. Took a while for food to arrive and drinks were weak. I’m not sure why this place comes up on so many Portland lists. Save your money and try something else. It’s just not worth the disappoint from food and staff, especially if you are only visiting a few days and want to make the most of your culinary experiences.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. A little more expensive then other places, but well worth it. The food, service and atmosphere was top notch. I will definitely be going back

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AC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each course was delicious - one of our tastiest all around meals in some time. The Korean Fried Chicken with house made Kimchi was our favorite. The gluten-free menu is extensive. What stood out is that the staff was friendly - from hostess to wait staff and bussers. Thank you for a great date night experience.

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N
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

We got there and were told it would be at least a 45 minute wait so we went to the bar for a drink & to wait. I got on Open Table & found an open reservation there in 15 minutes, so I booked it. We were seated in 15 minutes due to Open Table! It is quieter in. High school gymnasium than it is at Departure & the food & service were very average. While we waited on soy sauce fir our crunchy crab roll, the rice got hard.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have entertained out of town guests several times at departure- but this last time was definitely the best! We had a table of 9 and our server Christina was PHENOMENAL! She didn’t miss a beat- remembering all 20 dishes that we ordered without writing a single thing down
She made our experience perfection

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MG
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and the view was gorgeous...a little noisy...

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M
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very loud so it was hard to carry on conversation, but the food was great.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a very short trip to Portland, and kept my itinerary to a minimum. That said, I expected to be blown away at every stop. Departure did not disappoint. From apps to entrées to rice milk soup dessert I would do it all again. I even learned a little something about my own Sake preferences!

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T
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was a perfect blend of sweet and salty. We had a table of 4 and were trying to get to a show. The manager and server were accommodating and attentive. Will definitely be back. The drinks were excellent!

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TR
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really had a good time. Love the unique flavor combinations so much.

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KR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outrageously good. All of it. As was the service, from the time we entered Departure to the time we left. It was a little noisy for me, but that did not take much away from the exceptional dining experience we had.

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RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG delicious! I went to dinner with my daughter and we ordered one vegan plate and one regular meal with chicken. I must say that the vegan meal was more tasty than the chicken dish. We had the steamed dumplings, which were excellent. The beet salad and Tempe were equally amazing. Can’t wait to go back for more!

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MK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Delicious food, excellent cocktails. The desserts here standout. A little surprised at the less-attentive waiters and how little the waiters knew about the plates on the Restaurant Month menu, but overall was a good meal.

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TK
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will be back! Great food and drinks loved the lay out it’s a beautiful restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service!

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HI
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always incredible

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PD
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed Departure for a family dinner during Dining Month.
The service was fantastic from the moment we stepped off the elevator. We typically choose the dining month menu to see what the kitchen decides to present and we were blown away by the flavors, variety and presentation.
Another fabulous meal at Departure, which we were very pleased to share with our kids.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place for HH or after dinner drinks, but don’t go hungry expecting a feast.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best if not THE best restaurant in the Portland area. the staff is always very attentive and the menu and preparation are outstanding. They never fail to deliver a great experience. This last visit I had transitioned to eating Vegan and felt as though my choices were plentiful.

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KE
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, cocktails and service were amazing. Order the whole fish. Do it! You will be so grateful you did.

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TL
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Portland Dining Month meal.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was girls weekend (combo celebrating my recent graduation, Mom's weekend getaway, a girls fun time) and my first time in Portland in my adult life! We chose this restaurant based on my besties husband recommendation who has been before. The ambiance walking down the space-like atmosphere was extraordinary. From the blue lit floor to the mirrors that took me into Alice in Wonderland and the bathroom which was out of this world (hahhaha 😂 see what I did there).

Ok now the food.... WOW!! That's all I got....jk. We just wanted a few bites. The chicken skewers...hot dang 😍 were gooooood! The salmon and tuna sushi was divine and edamame was delish!! We even had our Sidekick (stuffed animal dog) along who almost took part but he's vegan sooooo 🤦‍♀️
The service was great! Our server took time with us to explain a few things to us tourists who'd never been. And our glasses of water were constantly being filled. I'm a water girl so very thankful I never had to ask. Food was out quickly for a busy Saturday night and I'll say again, was soooo yummy and prepared so fresh. And that view 😍😍 Wow! Def did not disappoint!! Will for sure be back again to Portland and Departure!!

Signed,
Christi, Melissa and Adriana .... the Seattle girls ❤

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PB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a great experience and amazing time with friends. The service was EXCEPTIONAL and the food was delicious.

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RO
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Many of the dishes are very good. Some dishes were a little bland but nothing really wrong with them over all. Wagyu beef was absolutely spectacular!!!! 5 star plate there. The whole restaraunt was pleasing to the eye and very unique. Wait staff was very nice but if you are looking for quick service this is not for you. 1 and 1/2 hrs and I could tell this was not out of the norm.

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AK
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful as always. The wait staff are very attentive cleaning dishes and filling water. The food was beautiful and delicious. The menu changed a little since the last time we were there but is still great. Hoping they get their new Rewards program and place.

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a
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service. Very accomodating to food allergies and amazing staff. Thank you for helping make a special night memorable

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T
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and awesome atmosphere. Very recommended!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best food, the best view and of course the best company.
I love that the whole kitchen is dairy free and really appreciate the gluten free menu.
The service was excellent too.

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