Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.5
3956 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 and is available from 6 - 11 PM. 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 3956 people are saying
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DebbieG
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must try. Everything from cocktails to dessert was incredible. Also a 3 course meal at this level of tastiness for $55 is a steal.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited for 12 minutes and nobody approached our table and went back to the front desk and told them and they moved us to another section. Then we waited 8 more minutes and no one approached us. We left and went to El Gaucho. It was my wife’s 50th birthday. It was very disappointing but El Gaucho was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful and the departure experience was an interested element with great options. However, the food was not worth the price in my opinion. While it wasn’t a bad meal by any means, I felt I could have found better tasting options at a much less expensive restaurant.

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PattiS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So fun to be out again in a vibrant fun restaurant full of people! Great food! Great service… will be back!’

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BryanB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Drinks were too sweet. Service was slow. Portions were okay.

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Yiayia
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They mentioned the birthday as I had noted on reservation, but that was all that was done

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BethO
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the Experience Dinner and add the beverage pairing!

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LaShondaW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great ambience and amazing customer service

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good value. Innovative. Nice for locals and visitors. Lots of menu options.

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Salvtore
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

I ordered the steak and it was so tough I could not eat it. Salad was way over dressed. We were very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Great service

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vipSated
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Departure always has amazing food and excellent service. I highly recommend the chicken wings which are not your standard wings. They're basically meat on a piece of bun like a toothpick. So tasty! As are the sweet pork bellies. Pretty much anything you order there is excellent.

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Patrick94114
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It pays to come on a weeknight -- we were seated facing the large window with a view of the river. The cocktail (toki highball) was somewhat uninspired, but everything else was yummy, especially two items from the Sharables menu: Sushi and Market. Awesome service, not too noisy. Just about perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, ambience and service. The menu has changed a bit from what I remember. I prefer the old one, but the rxperi nce menu is definitely worth trying!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I went for the tasting menu and it has changed. I wasn’t a fan of the new layout, I like going and trying new things I wouldn’t normally order. This new menu we are picking out our food. Not as fun.

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Starm
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service, just wished we had known dinner menu starts at 6. Appetizers were delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was impeccable!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food and ambiance. Lights could be a bit dimmer and service was slow, but understand due to today’s circumstances. We usually do the experience which I highly recommend.

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HawaiianPanda
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the Departure Experience and was not disappointed. My wife had a great birthday dinner and the service was excellent.

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Indy
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had here was amazing. The plating was beautiful. Our server was excellent, he made perfect pairings with our wine and sake and nothing came out too quickly or too slowly. Next time we know to ask for a table next to the window because the view is amazing. Thank you!!

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AdamH
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Did the Experience Dinner for $55/ person. Simple, food was great, drinks were too. Very noisy, was a little too packed to really enjoy a date night. Food was worth the price for being a high end restaurant if you are into a higher priced meal as for a three course we were served a lot of all high quality items. but the drinks were overpriced making it cut into the value considering the noisy ambiance.

Probably wouldn't return unless I could guarantee a window seat away from others and would order from the ala carte menu.

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Shelley
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We enjoyed the food but the service was more than disappointing. We expected a better experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our Birthday dinner experience at Departure. The atmosphere was wonderful and so were the staff. Food was good but not Michelin. The presentation was excellent and we loved the background music which added to the positive vibe. There were quite a few great options for each of the 3 courses and it was fun to try si many different tastes in one sitting. We felt the price was actually a very good value for the whole experience. We definitely want to go back the next time we’re in Portland.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the experience and the drinks and ambiance where right on point.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on October 1, 2021

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

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Adam
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, atmosphere, and service. What an experience.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on September 27, 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 Restaurant and Lounge and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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DeoneJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was fantastic

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on October 1, 2021

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

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Btres
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a lovely experience at Departure. We ordered from the “departure experience” menu and enjoyed every course. Drinks were lovely, the food suburb, and the table was minimalistic but lovely. Service was amazing with just the right amount of attention/checking in. Highly recommend!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on September 21, 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 Restaurant and Lounge and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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GaryP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It's a rare experience to walk away from Departure feeling off-balance and frustrated because the food, atmosphere, and staff are all wonderful. My most recent visit was one of these rare experiences, and the cause was not related to anything already mentioned. It was a line item on the bill - 3% Surcharge.

"A 3% surcharge will be added to all guest checks to help cover increasing labor costs and in our support of the recent increases in minimum wage."

I imagine that this is meant to be a positive line item, supporting their amazing staff. Instead, it left our table feeling confused and frustrated, derailing the positive experience.

This was the first restaurant I've been to that has done this. There must be a better way to address this issue.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on September 28, 2021

Thank you Gary for your feedback regarding your recent visit with us! I will pass along your positive remarks and the issue raised to our management staff. Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge. We look forward to welcoming you back soon !

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TimN
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a small business group with some making a return trip and others having a first-time experience. All came away with smiles and many good memories from the perfect end to a long day in the Portland area. Great job by the staff, in particular.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on September 25, 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 Restaurant and Lounge and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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IvanB
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, experience and the food just incredible. Cocktail are very good and the wine selection is fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Come for the views but the food was so-so.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We will pass along your comments to our management team. Thanks for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge.

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megh
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

unforgettable birthday dinner. loved the atmosphere.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on September 17, 2021

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 will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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TishaKW
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was excellent! Stunning views as well. We will be back!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on September 17, 2021

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

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MarieT
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter accomplishments

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on October 5, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Marie! I am thrilled you enjoyed your special night celebrating your daughters' accomplishments! Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge.

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Lucas
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing vegan options! Had a really wonderful time!

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vipsonge
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good but not fantastic compared to price point. We were expecting more. Dessert was delicious

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vipartshell
Portland
52 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Staff was beyond rude and treated me like some gutter snip from the slums. I may dress like a workman, but I eat and tip like a king. I will never return to this snooty restaurant.

The women coming to the bar looked like hourly workers.

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FrankR
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner, can't beat the view from the 15th floor. They have good gluten free options which was a priority for us. We had the spinach salad starter, salmon and wagyu beef curry entrees, and chocolate tort dessert, all excellent. The service was fantastic, Austin treated us to a first calss experience, and even took us out on the deck to take some nice anniversary photos against the skyline. Kind of spendy ($160 for two people, including drinks), but well worth it, we'll definitely go back.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on September 17, 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 Restaurant and Lounge for your anniversary dinner. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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vipJennyF
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food (the experience!) and drinks. Great location and exceptional service. The view is to die for! I will definitely return when in Portland again.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on September 17, 2021

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

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Mock
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was recommended to me by a coworker and it was well worth it. It is on the higher end for a night out. The views are great, the staff are amazing, and the food was fantastic. Our waiter Jason was so nice and helpful, he was very attentive. The bust staff were also so kind and quick to keep the table clear. One man even took us out to the balcony to take photos.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on September 17, 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 Restaurant and Lounge and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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Departure Restaurant and Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 3956 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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