Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.6
3182 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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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always.
Every drink was perfect, every dish was delicious, and the service was outstanding per the usual. Some of Portland’s finest.

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JB
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and a very lively setting. A bit loud, but still fun.

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always delicious vegan food for me and other food for my husband! I recommend always making a reservation though.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to celebs birthday or any special occasion.

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LY
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and tasty dishes to share. Professional, friendly and outstanding customer service.

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b
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laura was excellent and everyone was very chill and relaxed which was nice. Thanks for making New Years Eve awesome.

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A
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef does an amazing job once again with the duck. It's a yearly event for us!

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r
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 2

Have you ever been to one of those noodle places that tries to have every kind of noodle from every asian country? Not that good, right? Cause trying to be good at everything tends to result in being mediocre at everything.

That’s Departure except they take normal diner-level asian food (poke, bibimbap, skewers, and fried rice) make it super expensive and serve it at a quality that would receive a 3 star yelp review at any other Korean, Japanese, or Chinese establishment. I understand that taking multiple influences from asian cuisine is viable, but Departure literally just makes replicas of asian dishes that are tapas portioned.

However, the mixed drinks were good and the bar seemed like it was lively. I’d come just for the bar if I wanted to feel like I was Patrick Bateman from American Psycho.

Also, why is it that when you call in you get directed to a menu that prompts you to press 1 to speak to someone and when you press 1, redirects to a different voice repeating the same information? After hearing the same thing twice, you press 1 and are redirected to silence where you will have to redial the number in hopes of being the first to answer.

In conclusion, don’t go to Departure. It really is not worth your money. You could honestly go to an asian food court and receive the same diversity and quality of food for a quarter of the price.

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N
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and great service staff! A couple of things though. The duck fried rice wasn’t served with our main course and I had to ask for it about halfway through, and then waited a little longer for it. The duck broth was served in pottery that was too hot for any of us to hold with bare hands. We will visit again.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience. Had the pork belly, wings, and steak.

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KM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Departure used to be my favorite restaurant in Portland. During this visit- we waited for 20 minutes passed our reservation for a “window seat” and it wasn’t a window. The servers were nice enough and brought us food promptly. However- the food was not good at all. It was too salty and barely edible and I love salty food. The vegan items have changed and they are limited. I will not be going back.

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PW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the "December Duck" a roasted duck that they only serve in December. It was very good and we enjoyed the dinner very much. My only note is that we had a reservation for 6:45 but didn't get seated until 7:05. The table service, food, wine and view we all top shelf!

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special December duck dinner was so good, we had to go twice and it was amazing both times. On our second visit with a party of seven, we were fortunate enough to have Virginia for our server, and she was fantastic, although we were impressed with everyone there starting at the front desk. The decor is nice and the view is outstanding, even on a dark rainy night. For sure this is a place to add to your bucket list.

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M
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our annual family dress-up Holiday Dinner. Kids loved it.

We had Executive Chef Gregory Gourdet's Duck Feast. An entire Peking Duck, lovingly cured and pampered for five days in a housemade five spice rub, then a honey glaze, before cooking just before service. An amazing treat. Kids were astounded. "I feel like royalty!"

Started with crunchy crab and spicy tuna sushi rolls. Duck bone broth. Duck fried rice seasoned from our very own duck. The entire duck deboned and presented with sauces, pancake wraps, cucumber and scallions. Some Tiger prawns. Hibachi skirt steak. Then some duck fat ice cream with berry sauce and buckwheat powder. We were stuffed!

A nice Volnay to wash it all down.

Excellent dinner entry in a nice run of annual outings.

Only downer...no valet parking available for the restaurant! Had to walk in a downpour and flooded streets dressed for dinner. Come on Marriott. Don't mess with Starwood's success!

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RJ
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an AMAZING time!! It was our son’s 18th birthday, and from the hostesses to our server, everyone greeted him with a “Happy Birthday!” Our daughter has some significant nut allergies, and folks were very cognizant of that, bringing a special menu and explaining everything to her. Our server remembered me from a prior dinner, and took excellent care of us. She is fabulous!! Thank you so much for creating a restaurant that really is a wonderful experience!

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OL
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Departure is a uniquely inviting restaurant. It has a great menu and is worth the money. Our last visit, we had their December Duck Month meal and it is such a fun culinary holiday experience.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Will go back next time we are in Portland!
Loved the food, etc!

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GC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Arrived late, but staff worked us in; happy for that. Terrific overall dinning experience.

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SK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu for December duck month was outstanding! So was the Korean rice dish, charred beets, broccoli and dim sum dishes. Our entire party of 6 were very pleased with their choices

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M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The wings are absolutely incredible!!! Cocktails were great and service was excellent. Overall it was over priced, but we had a good view and the food was tasty.

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EK
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant, servers were very attentive and accommodating.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go for the duck!

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M
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Food is over priced
Reservation booking and still need to wait for 20 minutes.

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LR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Portland favorite to go to for holiday family gatherings. Love the view, special menu and friendly staff

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S
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Party of 4, came in at 8:15pm and asked for a table and was immediately told they were booked up for the evening. We were given the option to hang out at the bar but nobody mentioned we could get food or get a table if anything opened up (good thing I’ve been before). I went on open table and grabbed a reservation for 9:30pm and went back to the hostess and told her we got a table. She was not friendly, still had an attitude and the vibe was overall super weird. We finally got seated at 9:30pm and enjoyed our food after waiting 25 min for our server to take our order. For the cost of the food and drinks, they need to do better. It’s been getting worse over the past 4 years, but still hoping for improvement.

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t
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was floored by the food, the service, the upscale ambience, and the fact that people seemed to be enjoying their meals wholeheartedly! My favorite dishes were the roasted carrots with cashew cream and the prawns and the skirt steak and the bi bim Bap and the galettes! the Also, if it’s available you must try the duck fat ice cream. You will not regret it.

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c
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Peking duck was exceptional in every way. Loved the use of all of the duck. The cocktails matched the creativity of the meal. Such attention to detail, loved the ice cube in the cocktails. My only concerns were the tables are so close that I heard every bizarre word from the couples on both sides of us. No ambiance. Just a shame they were so loud and inappropriate. Hopefully next time we can get a seat by a window and some privacy.

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RH
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very loud and some of the food choices were overly salty.

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MP
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Peking Duck holiday special. Expensive but festive offering.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Departure has an extraordinarily beautiful, modern interior, great service, and their annual Peking Duck is an extremely luxurious offering. Everything was cooked to perfection and served with aplomb.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I’ve picked this place for our 10th year anniversary. Despite in advance reservation, we were seated where people wait to get a table, not in the restaurant section. The drinks and food was not good at all. The waiter had an attitude. This place is over hyped. Never again!

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AT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! So glad we chose the duck dinner.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful views, and a great atmosphere, going was a great decision for an anniversary.

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J
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the December Duck Dinner for the 2nd year in a row. It was really delicious, and our waiter, Ben, was very personable and professional. Two small issues: for the price, it would have been nice to had a salad or vegetable included with the meal, and we're not fans of the 2.5% additional charge for "employee well-being." Otherwise, we had a lovely time in the beautiful surroundings and appreciated the cozy table and very good food.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole ducking experience was great

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son took me to celebrate my 60th birthday.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most fun experiences: Duck in December!

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C
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal my husband and I had in Portland. The Wagyu Beef Skirt Steak was to-die-for and the Kampachi sashimi was fresh and delicious. We loved everything about it. The rooftop bar was enjoyable with its drinks and heaters on a cold winter night. The view of Portland was one to beat. We will be back!

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C
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere...unbelievable food. The 4 Course duck dinner was incredible....before we knew it was enough for an army (we got the last “one” of the evening), we ordered the Scallops too! Still enjoying the leftovers!! Highly Recommend!

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