Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.7
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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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Restaurant location, view and decor is wonderful! Food was very good. Although...

The bathrooms were very untidy and not well kept. The server was not very engaging and told us they were switching over to the late menu a minute before the scheduled time, so we were not prepared when we ordered our food which was disappointing and the food did not come out in the correct order.

E
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Service was solid. For the price, I think the food was subpar.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! Great food, atmosphere, and wine!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind review!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner with my girlfriend. We enjoyed the food and drinks.

TC
Portland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was fantastic!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind review Tyler C! Our tasting menu is one of the best way to experience our menu while trying new dishes that our culinary team creates. Hope to have you join us again soon! Cheers, Arianna & the Departure Team

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exciting menu especially for Valentine's Day was beautifully presented and just fun to eat!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind review! Thrilled to hear you enjoyed our special Valentine's Day menu this weekend. Hope to have you join us again soon! Cheers, Arianna & the Departure Team

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GC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always AWESOME. One of our favorite places in Portland. Never disappoints.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we’re here we have a next level experience from the cuisine to the drinks. We’re never disappointed when we come here.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for this amazing review! Hope to have you join us again soon, Arianna & the Departure Team

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o
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At Departure, they always go beyond their way to ensure your needs and expectations are met. Great place for romantic dinner and gathering with friends and family. By the way, their vegan many is just as delicious as the regular one. It gets noisy but with great vibes.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Olgak, Thank you so much for this review! It is always so great to see a review reflecting the hard work our team puts in everyday.. and our vegan menu! Hope to have you join us again soon. Cheers, Arianna & the Departure Team

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Departure never fails to impress. My friends explicitly requested to have dinner at Departure again because they liked it so much last time. And of course they were very happy with the results.
Thank you for being one of the greatest restaurants in Portland.

AR
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Departure is always a treat! Our waiter, Ben, was attentive and offered great insight into our Saké choice of the night. Food was delicious as always.

CH
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails to wow me! I take all my visitors here and I have always had a great experience. The service is excellent and they deserve an award.

n
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Laura was such a gem. A really lovely, warm person. And her recommendations really nailed it. We had such a wonderful time!

KS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food and service. Calling for a reservation is not recommended. They did not have availability where open table did.

CC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben and the entire staff at Departure were beyond incredible. I brought my family in from New Mexico and they said it was one of the best meals they’ve ever had! Thank you so much!

JS
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Happy hour.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Went for a friend’s birthday and overall the table was happy, except one friend was treated unfairly because they thought she was drunk. She has a loud and obnoxious personality but she hadn’t had a drink yet and when we were ordering our drinks and food the server told her she couldn’t order a drink yet. Then as all of us had our drinks our food started coming out and after at least 10 minutes her food had finally come out and the server finally (after us telling him he was being rude) got her drink order

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having friends from out of state and bringing them at Departure was an awesome idea! Thank you!

S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business takes me to Portland twice a year. I always enjoy dinner at Departure when I stay at The Nines. The Pork Belly. The Crab Roll. The Spicy Tuna Roll, The Waygu Steak. All were excellent. Overall it was a great experience. I look forward to the next time in about six months.

AG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and great service. Definitely a high end experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going, I was impressed and happy that I spend my time here for my birthday

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on January 24, 2020

Thank you for coming to join us on your birthday! Hope to have you back in again soon. Cheers, Arianna Sales & Marketing Manager

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were greeted and seated right away. The host was very friendly. The waitress explained the menu and we ordered the mahogany noodles which were excellent if you like spicy food. One of ladies in our party thought the dishes were too spicy so I would suggest they give you a heads up at the time you order so you can request how hot or mild you want it. I was hoping for a better view as promoted by the restaurant but our seats were nowhere near a window

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on January 24, 2020

Thank you for your honest review- I will speak with our culinary team to look into this issue sooner. Glad that our team was friendly and you enjoyed your experience! Warm regards, Arianna Sales & Marketing Manager

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l
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Fantastic service. Would definitely recommend!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for your kind review localchick39! Hope to have you back in again soon! Cheers, Arianna Paulson Sales & Marketing Manager

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and the gluten free options were incredible! Very accommodating to my gluten allergy.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on January 24, 2020

Glad that you were able to enjoy our Gluten Free Menu! Hope to have you back in again soon. Cheers, Arianna Sales & Marketing Manager

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! The servers, hosts, and all who came to our table were knowledgeable and personable. I wish we had been told about the lounge. It would have been nice to see.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on January 24, 2020

Thank you for your kind words! Next time you join us, we would love to show you around to see the lounge and all the views Departure has to offer. Hope to see you back in again soon! Cheers, Arianna & the Departure Team

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AS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Took my girlfriend here since it was her first time in Portland and I have to admit I was disappointed. The food and our server Ben were both fantastic but when we got there they sat us at a horrible table with a big wall making it so you couldn’t see anything. Then after I explained to 1 manager I wanted to move she made it sound like a big deal and slid us over to a table less than a foot away. After that I grabbed the second manager on duty and after explaining the situation to him instead of giving me a discount on my bill he asked if we wanted to go outside in the rain to take pictures.... overall I was sad that the management couldn’t come up with a better solution.

U
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Went for the imperial chefs prix fixe. I felt like they were trying to fill us up with cheaper ingredients. We left uncomfortably full. So many big bowls of root veggies all with vinaigrette. The Thai curry was listed on the menu as coming with duck, but we received the vegan version, again full of root veggies. We felt like the perfect adjective for the meal would be “uninspired”. It’s the 1st time I’ve been disappointed with ordering a prix fixe meal. We would recommend to others, but order only what appeals to them on the menu. Don’t trust their choices.

JM
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always!!!

OT
Nuremberg
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience3

After being seating for 1.5 hours, was asked to leave the table, as they had another reservation. First it would not have been a problem had it been stated when we sat. Second we ordered dessert, and had just started it when we were told to leave.

Manager asked if she could get us a drink at the bar. I said I would like a coffee. So we went to bar, only to be told the bar does not have coffee.

We won’t be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went out of their way to seat us at a nice table & recognize the birthday. Very nice!

JC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to try Chef Gregory's restaurant since I've seen him on Top Chef. It did not disappoint! They start off by making sure there aren't any dietary restrictions. They accidentally seated the 2 of us in a seat that had been reserved for a proposal, then moved us to the next seat over and bought us our drinks. I think this is a nice touch that they would go to these lengths for people! We ordered the Chef's Sampler, which was a 4 course meal sampling the menu. The food and presentation was amazing! I can't wait to come back the next time I get to Portland!

JA
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seven girls in our party for a birthday celebration. The food was to die for and our server was perfect! So were all of the other staff people involved (bartender, water guy, etc. etc.)

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was good but kind of too loud

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Good service, but she recommended a slimy salmon collar with so many bones- that we hated. The seasoning was heavy-handed - the only thing I tasted in every other bit of my skirt steak was dill or ginger. Too much, too clumpy.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for New Year’s eve, it was busy as expected but were sat within 5 minutes of arrival. Austin was our server and split our checks easily, got us finished up in perfect timing and overall was awesome. Highly recomend

MP
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very tasty food served by an attentive wait staff. If you are looking for standard American fare, this isn't the place to go, but if you like innovative Asian fusion, it is really good. The noise level is moderate and they do their best to create smaller spaces in a large room. It isn't inexpensive, but you are getting quality food.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

New Year’s Eve ... the only disappointing thing was .. at the roof top bar.. the bar tender said “No mint” I can’t make any Mojito... we are like COME ON!!! Lol.. atleast bar tenders can be courteous enough to say what else can I make or give us some options... we spent 70$ on Two shots of Mcallan and Long Island Ice tea.. not the service or response I expected at the rooftop bar.. on a New Year’s Eve .. haha.. we love this place so I hope they can improve services. Thanks

TL
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The food at Departure is amazing! There were 4 of us and we ordered quite a few different dishes and loved them all! The drinks were great and the customer service was 5 star! I highly recommend!

b
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The “Whole Ducking Experience” was nuts and the steamed pork dumplings were just little flavor bombs. The service was fabulous and overall it was a great way to kick off NYE!

C
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing and Austin took great care of us!

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