Departure Restaurant and Lounge

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$31 to $50
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Asian
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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service1ambience3

My waitress was very rude to our entire table. I went there for my birthday and every deck was rented out so we couldn't even see the view. Then I was rudly told they don't give you any dessert for your birthday. The food was the best part. I won't be going back after the rude service I received.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Departure is always good. The only thing I wish they did differently is serve things that used to be on their menu especially for people that go to departure a lot like me. I asked for the crab fried rice And they would not make it for me and I go to departure many times a year.

GC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special December Duck Month dinner is fabulous!

FF
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Waitress, Virginia, was the best. she advised us properly about the menu and gave her recommendations without upselling us. great service. food was FUCKEN (hope someone actually reads this hahaha) AWESOME!

My other half and I are from the pacific islands and frequent asian meals and we were nothing but impressed. THank you,
Ryan Rupley

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck dinner was great! Service was friendly, professional, and helpful.

L
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This dinner was amazing!! The waiter Eric was fantastic and knowledgeable. The duck dinner was out of this world!! Will come back for that again.

C
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girl night out-traditional shopping trip

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, very attentive wait staff and delicious food!

m
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service terrific. Very reasonably priced. We were there during Happy Hour. Will be back for sure

NO
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service
Food was interesting and flvl

O
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and drinks were very good. We went there at happy hour and found a lot of choices at a very good price.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was outstanding.

SB
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique spot for a delicious meal/happy hour with friends! The view was great at sunset on a sunny winter day. We loved the crispy pork belly and spicy crab roll. The handcrafted cocktails were great as well!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and drinks at Departure were a fabulous way to celebrate my husband’s 50th!! Everything was delicious! Service great! And the ambience and view were lovely.

RZ
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every detail. My favorite restaurant in Portland and beyond xo

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to have dinner for any occasion. Great vegan options!

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my friend’s birthday dinner treat and we had a blast!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Skirt steak is a bust.

JS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks and service are always amazing. The view is also astounding.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing night. The service was great. The food was amazing. It’s such an interesting and beautiful design. I was pleasantly surprised with the price as well. I’ll definitely be back again and again.

MS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great look, solid food. Service was helpful but didn’t exceed expectations!

EO
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Departure. My sole complaint would be that the tables are so close together, but even with that, somehow the noise level never seems to exceed what’s reasonable. The food is simply over-the-top delicious. And we’ve never had service that was anything but perfect.

l
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a special celebration or to make an ordinary night special! Best food in an unmatched ambience!

OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Too moist too uncomfortable not great food way too ecpensivr

OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!! 10/10 would come back and recommend!!!! Although, it is a bit pricy for the amount of food given.

A
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

i specifically requested in my reservation for someone to bring my boyfriend a dessert with a candle for his 27th birthday and no one brought him anything, no one even offered us a dessert. i was so disappointed, i chose this spot to celebrate his birthday and you all failed at my one single request.

EK
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Interesting airline theme. Food and service was amazing. The crispy pork belly is a must and the peanut butter and jelly tart dessert was the best ever!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you so much for your review EdK007! Can't wait to have you join us again soon! Cheers, Arianna Sales & Marketing Manager

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went on our anniversary and had a waiter named Austin who was outstanding! My boyfriend and I have been to Portland before but didn’t go to any fancy dinner places like this. We’re of asian decent and wanted to try pan-asian cuisine and the food was not bad. The only downside is that we wanted to try the chefs special but because my bf has nut-allergies we were not able to do it- although they did have a nut-free menu (which I think ALL restaurants should have).. With that being said, I wish they had a nut-free chefs special for people that would like to experience it but can’t because of nuts.

Overall, we loved the place. Would come back again!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hello! Thank you for your honest review, and thrilled that you enjoyed Austin as much as we do! I apologize that we could not accommodate our Chef's Tasting Menu nut free, your safety is our number one priority. Next time you join us, let me know and I would love to come up with a specialty menu in advance for a memorable experience. Warm regards, Arianna Paulson Sales & Marketing Manager

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! I have been here three times bringing different people. It's a great place to take a date or go out with friends. The food is amazing (they have a gluten free, vegan, and a non-shell fish menu) and there is a deck with a city view where you can enjoy a cocktail. If you are not vegan, I recommend asking for the vegan/gluten free menu on top of the regular menu because you get more of a variety. I am not vegan, but some of my favorite dishes from Departure are from the vegan menu. The atmosphere of the restaurant is unique and trendy. The service is excellent and the waiters really help you with making a selection. It's also pretty affordable considering the high quality food, service, and atmosphere. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone! Just be sure to make reservations ahead of time.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hello Carmen, Thank you so much for your kind words! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and the amazing food that our kitchen works so hard to create for you! I would love to have you come back to join us in the near future, please feel free to reach out prior so I can assist with your reservation. Cheers, Arianna Paulson Sales & Marketing Manager

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SO
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Departure could not have been better. We had a very large group that that was handled with extreme skill and patience. The food, timing of the dishes, cocktails, and the ambiance was simply perfect. Thank you very much for making our time there so enjoyable.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on November 13, 2019

Shawn! WOW! Thank you so much for your review, glad that we were able to have your party up for a special occasion. I will let Jennifer know about this review and your experience. Warm regards, Arianna Paulson

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was good, but no good service
After dine nobody ask for dessert. That,s rude.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great time. We had the tasting menu and enjoyed the meat dishes and the dessert the most.

FB
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed, food and drinks are delicious and unique

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with my son....we ordered solely off the vegan menu —all i can say is it was excellent, complex flavors, well presented. This was fun and a genuinely good eating experience.
will definitely be back

JM
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very imaginative cuisine and wonderfully helpful staff. There was a very strange 3 percent fee tacked on the bill without a reasonable explanation.

OT
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Austin was such a blast! All of his recommendations were spot on. Such a wonderful way to spend our anniversary. The food was outstanding and the staff was very accommodating.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, enjoyable experience!

s
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was exquisite. It is family style, which is much more fun because you get to try so many other things. The service was outstanding. We sat at a tall table right by the entrance, which was an unfortunate location. It was noisy and due to my height my feet just dangled in the air. I would go again, but would request a different table.

BF
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff were very courteous and friendly, food was excellent, steak was simply incredible. Nice place for a special occasion. Will absolutely go back.

E
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Of course, the view is great. The person who took care of us was fabulous and very friendly. We thought the food was delicious and its arrival was timed perfectly as we drank and ate. All in all a lovely dinner!

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