Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.6
3329 reviews
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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.
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Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

As always the food was excellent. The service was sub par. We were treated to nothing by condescending comments from the server. He did was very slow in his steps of service.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, awesome rooftop bar. The food was asian fusion (sushi, bibimbap, wagyu steak, pork belly). It was all very fresh and well cooked. I’ll be back again!

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WA
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good with an amazing view.

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KG
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Exceptional service. Even the valet service went out of their way when I left my phone in my car. They were happy to get it and find us in the restaurant. The patio was a little crowded, but the view was worth seeing.
Everything we ordered was delicious. The smoked octopus is a must. Avocado asparagus sald was really good. I don’t think you can go wrong!
They have a separate gluten free and vegan menu to make it easier if you have food allergies. There was plenty to choose from.

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c
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal. I am overjoyed that they can accommodate my dietary restrictions. All the desserts are dairy free and gluten free and delicious!! Everyone enjoyed the view, the food and upscale ambience. The service was flawless and attentive. We will be back soon!

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant in both the dining and experience aspect.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallops and shrimp seviche and the tuna poke on the new menu was fantastic!

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Hawaii
77 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative, serving mixed Asian cuisine from all parts of the orient. Food was a little spicy which was to my liking.

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a party of 6 with 1 vegan and 1 strict gluten free diner. They accommodated our needs seamlessly and the food all around was OUTSTANDING.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a culinary adventure full of unique tasting dishes Truly a worthwhile experience! The nut allergy menu was helpful.

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BB
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We came to celebrate a graduation and birthday. It would have been nice to receive an acknowledgement of these milestones. Otherwise, food was great.

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Portland
65 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

wrong age group for us. seemed like a place going people would to see and be seen

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BS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing, never got below half full on any drinks without having them either refilled or followed up on. The food was cooked perfectly - the skirt steak was amazing and had such a great flavor and the chicken was so unique and just melts in your mouth. Seriously some of the best food I’ve ever had! 10/10 on everything.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is nice! The service was fair. We participated in the Chef’s Menu and most of the food was very good. The last entree was anti-climatic. Also, it didn’t feel like a true Chef’s Menu experience. We had to ask for new plates and warm towels. Also when the food was presented, the delivery of the food was very rushed and no pride in the presentation. We did like the atmosphere and the rooftop bar.

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Departure was a perfect Portland vibe and just fancy enough to make you feel like you’re doing something truly special.

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K
Portland
55 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Just ok this time. Going down in food and drink flavors for the value. Food was often salty or pretty bland. Vibe is cool, but I am in no hurry to return

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S
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was amazing, drinks were perfect, and the vibe is always great. I did not care for the server as she tried to act better than us or just didn’t want to serve us. I have been going to Departure for about 8 years now so I asked for my usual drink and dish. She said they NEVER served the rice dish I was asking for and they NEVER have had my drink I ordered. I asked her, “Really? That’s funny, I always order those here.” Her response was, “Well never in the last 7 years has that been here.” We told her to ask the bartender for the drink, he knew exactly what I was asking for and made it. She finally gave me the menu, I pointed right to the dish I wanted that apparently has never been there for 7 years. She was very snippy and if it weren’t for my past amazing experience there, I would never return. Disappointing server, but now I know where not to sit next time. Be careful and do not sit in Genevieve’s section.

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AA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing food - every bite. And a different menu for every dietary need — utterly phenomenal how well they meet customer needs.

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MI
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It's a nicer place to go, but is on th pricey side. But completely worth it, food was amazing and my cup was always full, just wish the noise could have gone down, yet that is the other guests not the actual place itself

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J
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Cool place to eat and I enjoyed the food... until i was puking it up all night.

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JC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a tad loud for me, other than that it was perfect.

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EN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from beginning to end! Amazing hospitality, food and ambience.

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall the place was good. But we were first sat in a semi-enclosed area and asked the hostess to move us. She did but while we waited we got a seat at the bar. The bartender didn’t come over once. The bar back came over after a decent amount of time and said he’d relay our order to the bartender. He ended up serving us. It wasn’t busy enough for the bartender to not come over and acknowledge we were there. The bar back also closed us out as we went to sit at our table. Had great service, food was good, wings were excellent. But when my husband who took two sips of his beer from the bar asked to get a different one he was charged for the new beer as well. We work in the restaurant industry and rarely do I write comments but this restaurant came so highly recommended that I feel you should have a bar staff who complements the bar instead of taking away from it. It was just rude and the communication to the manager about the beer was lacking as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and amazing food. Made our weekend special

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b
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

When we sat down it took awhile for the server to get to us, but once she did it wasn't a problem. The food came out fast, and it was delicious. Food and drink both a bit pricey, especially for a family of four.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was my 21st birthday. The lady bartender kept pressuring me to keep buying drinks even when I had a drink that was more than half full. They kept moving us around too. I was disappointed with the poor service.

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JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend Departure for any occasion as you can request tables in certain areas of the restaurant that fit what you are looking for. As always, the food was amazing, I especially liked their twist on a favorite: chicken wings a.k.a Departure Wings. They were just delicious. The service was outstanding and very attentive. The Jade Rabbit cocktail is my favorite so far from their cocktail menu.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food wasn’t out of the ordinary. It was good but nothing that would go out of my way to experience again.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and a really incredible view! We loved it! Also, I’m vegetarian, so the vegan menu was perfect for me since the waitress said that most of the regular menu items are made with fish sauce. My boyfriend, a meat eater, loved the vegan options we got too!! If you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, or none of the above then this is a great place to go!

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Pretty expensive for what you get, but what you do get is delicious. Just hard to justify $30 fried rice.

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Departure is such a treat. My small group visited Portland and was instantly pressed by the vibe and the view. The hostess and servers were very attentive and really took care of us. We had the ishiyaki steak, bibimbap, the crab and sausage rice, and few other small plates. The flavors are subtly complex where you're not sure what flavors you are tasting, but you do know that it goes perfectly together. Same goes for the desserts. Truly worth tasting! Stay for a second drink and hang out on the 15th floor patio!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we have eatedn there before last year & noticed how dirty the ceilings were and the womans bathroom was dirty and had non functioning sinks. This time I heard they closed down to upgrade the kitchen & had employees help with the cleaning of the dining area......... big improvement!!!

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KH
Toledo
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was so consistently over salty that is was uneatable. Send 3 dishes back and replaced with other way way too salty dishes. I love salt in my food and for me to send food back it is truly way too salty! We would never return.

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F
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every minute!

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CG
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always celebrate birthday dinners here. We love everything about Departure. Amazing ambiance, friendly staff, incredible food & drinks!

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SD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, bar, service, and ambiance. Highly recommend!

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DG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Little disappointing. We were first told by Departure that they were booked for the night and then thru OpenTable were able to reserve a spot for two. When we got there we were seated in a tight room with 3 other couples within inches of us and was right next to the bar. The bar was very rowdy and loud. If I would've known where we were sitting I would have just sat at the bar instead. Food was good but very small quantities. For the pricing I felt it was just 'OK' level of service - I give 3 stars.

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F
San Francisco
166 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool, relaxed vibe. Appreciated the separate vegan menu! Bibimbap arrived sizzling hot as did the wagyu beef. Creative cocktails too. Great views all around.

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and even better food. Already recommended this place to a friend headed to Portland next weekend. Headed back next time I’m in town for the crispy pork belly and spicy broccoli.

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