Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.6
3819 Reviews
$50 and over
Asian
***We plan to reopen our dining room on March 26th. We will be open 5 days a week from 4 - 11 p.m. We look forward to seeing you soon!***

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. 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 3819 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

If sunny recognize there is direct sun on the patio til about 6/7 pm. Other than that it was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The ambiance was quite nice. It felt Like something special. The service was fantastic and very attentive.
The food was meh, especially for the money. Some of the items in the $55 menu were pretty good but nothing was fabulous. I would recommend the Arrival menu, and skip the Departurw experience.
Overall it was a nice evening.

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vipBruno
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Limited selection. Background music to loud. Taste of food was average and nothing special for the price.

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ShereenR
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, unique menu! Great service and gluten free friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Chefs feed brought me in and the pics. It’s a dive lounge. Food doesn’t look like pics or taste like it looks. Any small Asian place makes better food. Guess you pay for view and thinking it’s fine dining. Needs a face lift Better food and a dress code to keep the riff raff out. View and the entrance was the best part about it And service was great.

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JeredH
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Made reservations days in advance asked for a window table, did not happen.

Host was very rude and more interested in talking to her coworker than helping anyone.

Server forgot about us a few times. We were here for over 2 hours.

Most of the food was good, but portions were too small. You should get more than three scallops for $300.

I can see why they call it departure, because I can’t see us returning :(

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TriT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed it with my aunt! My server was great and we loved the starters.

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ChristianA
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing food, great drinks and great service. Also, the ambience was futuristic and fun

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SheetalN
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

New menu is not so good, service was poor. It is not longer a fine dinning experience. I had my daughter's 17th birthday dinner here and it was a disappointment. No worth the money. Food was blend and bad. Plate presentation was poor.

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kellette
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service--as usual

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YekaterinaT
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Very slow service. Sat for 20 minutes before being greeted by the bartender. Server was never present, except to drop the check.

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MaryH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One my favorite restaurants in Portland. Their 3-course menu is appropriately called the Departure Experience! To elevate the meal, this top floor restaurant gives a great view of downtown Portland.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, the service was exceptional

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PhillipK
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food we’ve ever had. The experience was awesome, will do it again some time

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jssclnn
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, we got 3 Experience Dinners and shared between some folks. My only complaint were the beverage pairings, it said when I was booking you could add them for $35. Well, they didn't seem too keen on having this ready as part of the experience and charged us for 3 high end cocktails at $15ea ($45 total). I asked for the $35 cost and they said that was just the "starting" amount and sorry but no... in the same breath they said they are still "working things out" around this menu. Sooo🧐🧐

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KellyD
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

It was wonderful having Departure open again. But after spending $125 I was told that it was time for the next people to be seated,
and that it was time to pay our check.
I think the next time I make a reservation it will be when the restaurant has opened up both decks and has more seating and not a limited time to enjoy the atmosphere the drinks and the food.

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SelbyDO
Portland
30 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was exceptional, my only disappointment was you can’t get the prefix meal until after 6 PM. I wish we’d known that when we made the reservations.

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BethB
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Extremely loud, tasty food and the service was not the best. We asked for a window seat for our anniversary dinner and they sat us right next to a ugly roof with no view at all...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Avoid drink pairings
Food excellent
Wait staff not well informed

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KylieC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went here for our anniversary. The service was excellent. Our waitress was really friendly and helpful. They had many vegan options. The prices weren’t bad for the view and atmosphere you get here. My husband tried three of their cocktails and liked them all! I would LOVE to come back. It’s perfect for a date night. Also very clean and all the servers wore their masks.

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SueW
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Awful Experience!
We are frequent visitors of the Depature Restaurant & Lounge, before and during this pandemic. Our visit was underwhelming and had us disappointed. The music was extremely loud, and even after requesting it to be lowered three times, it was still loud. Water was so awful to an extent where it was not consumable. The menu items changed drastically including the prices which increased almost twice the orginal amount. However, the food was still good and the service was exceptional!!

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lovetodine
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were celebrating a birthday and it was the first time for half of the group. Although the waiter was trying to be helpful, we felt rushed to order the entire time and it was a bit stressful. We didn't realize until we got there that we only had the table for 1 1/2 hours, which explained the rushed feeling. Two hours would have been more ideal. A beautiful evening view of the city was enjoyable. Friendly staff.

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Jcarol
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to truly impress your Portland guests, bring them to Departure. Classy, funky-chic vibes with a luxurious clean feel. Food, drinks and service are remarkable as well.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on November 14, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Portland Restaurant + Lounge!

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Marcela
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food & drinks were good, but a bit pricey. Overall had a great time celebrating a birthday, which was the perfect atmosphere with a great view! The employees were great.

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AllisonC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars! Our dinner at Departure was nothing short of spectacular. Great cocktails, food, ambience, and service.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on November 13, 2020

Thank you Allison for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Portland Restaurant + Lounge!

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EmilyN
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful and service was good..plates are VERY small and overpriced.

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Emily
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We had to wait a little for our table to be ready which was fine but once seated we waited an additional twenty minutes for the server to come to our table. They went to every other table around us. Even those seated after us. I actually had to go tell the hostess because we couldn’t find anyone to grab our order. The food was really good but the overall experience just wasn’t great. Will maybe give them another try in a few months.

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patriciad
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Departure!! Can’t wait to try the patio in the warm weather next year! Delicious food- great service!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on October 27, 2020

Thank you Patricia for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Portland Restaurant + Lounge!

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Nikki
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for our second wedding anniversary dinner. We asked for a table with a view and they delivered. Beautiful view of downtown. We enjoyed our signature cocktails the SOUTH MEETS EAST and TASHO MACHO. We also enjoyed the AHI TUNA + AVOCADO ROLL & we especially enjoyed the seasonal menu item, the charred figs. Great ambiance not too loud and excellent service.

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TaylorL
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service incredible food! Perfect place to impress hah!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on October 27, 2020

Thank you Taylor for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Portland Restaurant + Lounge!

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Andrey
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for anniversary, food was good and was great vibe. Scallops we juicy. Smoked salmon sushi roll was so-so. Wings were good. Until next time ✌🏼

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on October 23, 2020

Thank you Andrey for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Portland Restaurant + Lounge!

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Kalesi
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Departure Lounge: Great for a drink and a snack on the patio during decent weather. Dinner portions are on the small side and underwhelming taste wise - also, wait staff chose to serve main dishes to a table of 4 in a staggered manner of several minutes in between which left us with cold food as we waited for everyone to have their main dish served. But the ambience was pretty cool and I felt like the staff were mindful of Covid pre-cautions.

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vipgoodeating
Salt Lake City
96 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

What a delight to dine in the relaxing environment and have a night out. The food was so good, we enjoyed everything so much and talked about the dishes all the way home. The grilled prawns looked "skimpy" upon arrival but wow, what flavor and taste. Can't wait to have those again. The chicken wings served lollipop style were unique but frankly a bit too sweet. Next up, Carrots. Another big YUM. And finally the smoky chicken entree piled high with taste. And of course we needed to end with the brownie/coconut ice cream/berry dessert.
Next time I am definitely going for the seared scallops.

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Samuelson
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good wine, good sake, good food, music was somewhat loud, $$$

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on October 14, 2020

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

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DavidB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Expected more from Top Chef finalist restaurant and as expensive but waiter was great

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BROSE
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Other than the noise level being a little too loud to carry a quiet conversation and overall wonderful experience. The noise was mostly due to the music they had playing over the speakers. I would suggest softer quieter music, such as piano, playing in the background.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on October 14, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Brose! We will pass along your feedback to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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TeresaH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We had 2 sushi rolls. They were good, a little overpriced. The cocktails were really good. The service was awesome as always.
I was bummed the out door bar wasn’t operating because of COVID it’s all tables on the deck instead If letting customers free roam. We sat inside but there were gnats flying around our table...also disappointing.

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JessicaF
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Not as good as I would have thought. I was getting Oregonian raves for the place but it was not the painting I had visioned. The location is cool. But the seats and tables outside are cheap. But the service was above 5 star. The waiter seen how unhappy I was with the initial drink I ordered and created a peach mule that was just heaven.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on October 14, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Jessica! We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd visit. Service, food, ambiance were tip top. Very consistent. Team service for food/beverage running is a nice touch. Manager & Chef checked in on us and offered great suggestions for our out of town guests.

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jeffc
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Not a bad place to take in the sights. The view is good, the food is ok. A decent experience.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on October 9, 2020

Thank you Jeff for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Portland Restaurant + Lounge!

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Departure Restaurant and Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 3819 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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