Departure Restaurant and Lounge
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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.
Great ambiance & food. Excellent drink menu. Kudos!
The staff was great, but the food was underwhelming and the ambiance was rather pretentious.
We enjoyed it every time we go there
Incredible food paired with top notch service and beautiful views make this a total dining experience. I was dining alone and celebrating a special event and was treated with the same level of service as other tables. The dining month menu was a fantastic showcase of all they have to offer and when paired with an inventive cocktail, sets you up for the night.
Did Portland Dine Out Month menu and as usual, was very good.
The food was incredible and the service was great. The place has a really cool vibe and beautiful views of the city. The only negative was that the restrooms were FILTHY. I’ve seen cleaner music festival porta-potties.
Amazing salad and appetizers followed by a pricey but tasty main course, this restaurant month deal was pretty great.
It's fancy, so expect to drop a dime to eat there but it was a great take on hip urban thai food.
Hello Bryan, Thank you for the kind review! Hope to have you join us again soon. Cheers, Arianna & the Departure Team
great food, good service, great view, dining month in portland was great value.
Thank you for the five-star review LGLG! Hope to have you join us again soon. Cheers, Arianna & the Departure Team
Everything was so great we couldn’t decide and ordered 8 things. Our sever Jennifer was very attentive yet read we were on a date and acted accordingly. Would definitely go back
Thank you for the kind review! Glad that you enjoyed Jennifer as much as we do, she is definitely a professional and we love to have her on our team! Hope to have you join us again soon. Cheers, Arianna & the Departure Team
The space is interesting and varied. The food was served at the proper temperature. There are a variety of dishes on the menu that are unusual takes on more traditional fare.
I have been to restaurant many times before but this time food was okay.. too much lemon grass in our food except desserts 😊
And our server is not attentive at all:( didn’t come to check if our food arrived or not .. I had to wait 40 mins for my main dish and then had to ask find him and ask to check on my dish..I had picked the pdx monthly dinning menu but other members on table decided to order from menu. My dessert came and he didn’t bother to ask anyone on the table if they would like to order any desserts...So now we have dessert sitting while everyone is waiting for more to come so we all can share. the whole experience not so good.
I really want to like this place after hearing so many good things about it. The food was all good -there was nothing I hated- but none of it was really exciting or just so delicious that I couldn't wait to take the next bite. That is more what I would expect from a restaurant of this reputation. And although the restaurant has nice views, the "cruise ship meets space ship" aesthetic just isn't my thing and feels forced rather than innovative. I keep expecting to round a corner to see a "It's 5 o'clock Somewhere" bar with a bingo game happening....
I am never disappointed when dining at The Departure. I love the views and modern vibe paired with the amazing dishes. Always super fresh and hot - prepared so well. The wait staff does an excellent job making recommendations for our tastes and have never steered us wrong. One of the best restaurants I've enjoyed in Portland.
Thank you for the five-star review LynelleB! Hope to have you join us again soon. Cheers, Arianna Paulson Sales Manager
We visited Departure for happy hour before a show down the street. The service was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and knew we had little time without rushing us out of there. We ordered several items off the HH menu and loved every single one! I have never had a more delicious fried rice! Yum!
Thank you for the kind review! Hope to have you join us again soon. Cheers, Arianna & the Departure Team
Love it! Would definitely re-visit again when we are back to Portland! Our dinner experience lived up to our expectations——!
Thank you for the five-star review Wingj! Hope to have you join us again soon. Cheers, Arianna Paulson Sales Manager
In a word "forgotten". We were forgotten and although staff attempted to make it up, alas it was too late. If Departure has an expediter in the kitchen, that individual needs some coaching. If they don't have an expediter, they need one,.
The servers and employee were friendly and caring! My friends and I had an incident that happened to us and our server did something about it. Then the rest of the night went so well. They were treating us very well!
Thank you for the five-star review! Hope to have you join us again soon. Cheers, Arianna Paulson Sales Manager
Great place to go for something a bit out of the ordinary for Portland. I've been there many times and the service is always a 10/10. Try the broccoli if you want to be surprised at how good it can be.
Departure is a great place to escape and spend a great evening with exceptional cocktails and even better food. Their family style dishes are a great way to share and try a plethora of amazing cuisine. The entire ambiance and vibe of the restaurant made it a perfect place for date night. Our overall experience was beyond phenomenal!
Great Dinning Experience And The Wonderful Service!
I loved my experience at Departure, it was a fantastic evening out!
My boyfriend and I were visiting Portland, and we were really pleased with the service and ambience from this restaurant!
Great service, food, and ambience. Will definitely return when I am in Portland.
Food and service were great, can't wait to come back again. I will, however, ask to sit in the main dining room next time?