About Departure Restaurant and Lounge

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.

525 SW Morrison
Portland, OR 97204
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 4pm-11pm
Friday & Saturday: 4pm - 12am

Happy Hour Daily from 4pm - 6pm
Late Night Menu offered from 10pm- close Sunday-Thursday, and from 11pm-close Friday-Saturday

Cross Street:
6th Avenue and Morrison

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 802-5370

Website:
http://www.departureportland.com/

Catering:
We have the ability to book semi-private, private events and receptions in four different areas of our restaurant: the State Room, East Deck, Sea of Love, and the West Deck. All areas available for private events require a food and beverage minimum to be met to reserve the space. We pay great attention to detail, meeting the expectations of our clients by supplying them with superior food and professional service.

Parking Details:
Hotel valet available, street parking, garages within a block of the building

Public Transit:
Within a block of max transit. Within a couple of blocks of bus system of Trimet.

Executive Chef:
Gregory Gourdet

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please call Jessica Potter at 503.802.4642 for more information for all special event and private dining packages, or email her at jessica.potter@sagerestaurantgroup.com.

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Private Dining

Located 15 floors up in the Nines Hotel, Departure offers modern Asian cuisine in a sleek, cosmopolitan setting with two outdoor decks and stunning views of the city. Traditional Asian preparations meet Northwest ingredients in signature dishes created by Chef de Cuisine Gregory Gourdet.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (75)
Good for a Date (65)
Special Occasion (58)
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Fit for Foodies (47)
Creative Cuisine (44)
Hot Spot (43)
Good for Birthdays (42)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Romantic (41)
Vibrant Bar Scene (40)
Fun (37)
Good Vegetarian Options (35)
Vegan (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Happy Hour (30)
Gluten Free Options (26)
Healthy (25)
People Watching (24)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Bar Seating (21)
Tasting Menu (20)
Late-night Find (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Spicy (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Authentic (13)
Business Meals (12)
Tapas (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Casual (7)
Seasonal (6)
Cozy (5)
Organic (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Waterfront (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Portland)·Dined 18 hours ago

The food was exceptional. The alcohol-free cocktail menu was a nice surprise.

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 (Portland)·Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I where there for our anniversary. Due to a severe traffic hold up we were late for our reservation at 6:15 on 13 Jan 2017. They were nice enough to hold our reservation and waited for about a 30 min before being seated. Once we were seated in the location near the balcony, about ten minutes after we sat a party of 20 women sat in the couches area. My wife and I could barely hold a conversation due to the loud talking and screaming. My wife and I have been coming to Departure for many years and we always come on our anniversary. If the front new such a large group was going to be seated then they should of advices us and we would of waited for another table.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Great service and beautiful view!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was wonderful and service in the restaurant was great. However, do not go to the rooftop bar as the service is sub par and the bartenders were rude.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious food, beautifully presented.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Didn’t like the table area we were sat in...would have preferred to be in a more open space. The seats were dirty! Some of the dishes were too salty. Overall, disappointing..I was expecting much better

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined 7 days ago

It was my dad's birthday. They couldn't spring for a dessert with a candle and our bill was over $100. Kinda stingy.

The wings were delicious. The sausage fried rice was also yummy.

I think they're going for fine dining in there, at least the prices are. But the paint next to us was peeling and it was super loud. There's a prix fixe menu for $105 PER PERSON. I'm happy to let this place schill to out of town businessmen with expense accounts who look like Steve Mnuchin. This isn't really "Portland". More like a New York wannabe.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

This is our fourth time over the past couple of years. Love everything about this restaurant! The food is awesome and having small tapas plates makes it fun in a group. Higher price point, but worth the money $.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Really good menu, food was awesome, great drinks, little more spendy but worth every cent, great service great location really dope atmosphere, more of an adult mature atmosphere

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Fun, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food was ok, not worth the price.

Waited an hour for my friends dish.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 3, 2018

While this place had a great ambiance, great service, and great value for money, it was nothing special. Some of the dishes were good, some were just ok, and nothing was amazing or in the least bit innovative. There are much better places serving this type of food for the same price in Portland.

Tags: Vegan, Scenic View, Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing, fun, unique food! So delicous! Every course was beautifully presented and absolutely wonderful! The warm coconut soup that was dessert was fun, surprising and so good!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food is great. The service was good and friendly. The wine corkage was way too high at $30! excellent view of Portland and fun lively atmosphere!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food impressed visiting family members (who have eaten at fine places), the wine satisfied my son in law, (who's an expert), & the leftovers were the best I've ever taken home.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Scenic View
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

So wonderful- as always! The duck is so very special and everyone was so very lovely! Thank you formaking this family outing so very special!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Amazing. We can’t wait to go back!!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Went on Wednesday night. Drove down from Seattle for a short getaway. This restaurant was on the must do list. Absolutely loved everything about it. Will come back many more times

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very cool location and view. They have multiple menus to accommodate (e.g., shellfish free, vegan, etc.) which is nice. The food is good but the plates are small. If you are hungry and sharing, be prepared to order a lot and have a high bill at the end.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Amazing Peking duck

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve was fantastic . Great food and cocktails

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner thanks to this amazing establishment and top notch staff. The Peking duck was absolutely delicious and look forward to having it for dinner next Christmas eve!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 25, 2017

What a wonderful surprise to have Peking Duck on the menu for Christmas. It was truly amazing!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fabulous views, excellent service, spectacular food. Had the Imperial tasting menu. Each course had a unique execution. Such a great variety of veggies, fish and steak. Will never forget this meal.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Amazing food and Ben was a fabulous guide through our meal. Very friendly and attentive wait staff. Even got seated early.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Rice on my rolls was hard, shumai was really chewy

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Outstanding. We went two days before Christmas and it was extremely busy but they were able to accommodate our daughter who came with us for a party of 3. Peking duck special was unbelievable and I highly recommend if available. Ben, our waiter, probably provided the best service I have ever had and I have been to a lot of restaurants. The $80 tip was well worth it.

Departures has a vibe like no other in Portland. When you arrive you think you might be in line for Space Mountain at Disneyland but the restaurant itself is both hip and relaxed despite the bustle going on. Be sure to check out the outside patio and views. All in all, very memorable time!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, People Watching
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great place to hangout
Good happy hour
Great views

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Way too much hype for this place. It’s all for the location and the ambiance. Meat is low quality, food comes out sporadically, and everything is extremely salty.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Really great food and service. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Everything on the menu is fantastic. If you go with a group, share all the large plates. I would have given 5 stars, but I had an 8pm reservation and they couldn’t seat us until 8:25, so that was disappointing.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food the service the ambiance- all fabulous!

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

We had the Peking Duck special that they offer during the month of December and everything was fantastic! Ordered a few other appetizers to share before the meal came out and shared a few bottles of wine. Overall, it was a great night!

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Bree and the rest of the wait staff were phenomenal

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Vegan, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Departure is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland, and its food never ceases to leave me satisfied!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The restaurant was cold and the bathrooms were a mess. Overall food was super tasty.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Portland. The food is amazing but that is only part of it. The service is impeccable, friendly staff, great views, great ambience, good looking crowd. A regular for me.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Good ambience and great food generally. However, the price was quite high compared to the amount of food expected. More detailed description in the menu as to the amount of food would have been great (in which case, I would not have had to make my friend wait for my new food to come out).

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The servers were very attentive to food accommodations such as allergies and other dietary restrictions. Staff was very friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Waterfront, Healthy, Authentic, Fun, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is our annual Christmas Peking Duck tradition. Food was tremendous as always and we were very well cared for by the staff. Thank you.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Peking Duck was uh-mazing! Really enjoyed being able to order several items off the menu and sample with friends, eating sort of family style. Unique combinations on ingredients made for a mouthwatering pallet experience. We were a mix of eating habits--veg, keto, regular--and all our differences were accommodated with ease by the staff. The one item our group didn't enjoy was comp'd without our asking which was a very pleasant add. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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