Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.6
3859 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. 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 3859 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The departure experience was a delight. The drinks paired beautifully, and the view was lovely. A bit chilly, but the heaters fixed that. Portion sizes were well done.

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Cassandra
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Was here for a birthday party. Bartender was amazing, server was great and we had lots of laughs!

The chicken was dry, I wouldn’t get it again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All done well

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JamesB
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! My mom love the place..

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joellesings
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Austin was our waiter and he really made our evening. The meal was five star!

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MelissaL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time and the food was very flavorful. Host and server were welcoming and our table was ready on time. Gorgeous views of Portland.

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Departure is hands down our favorite place to dine in Portland. Always great flavors and great food

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KateB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and is was Awesome! Great hospitality, food and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender and waiter were amazing! The manager took us to the rooftop even though it was closed do to wind! Super friendly and the food was amazing!

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vipJWC1234
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Departure. It was fantastic! The food was creative and delicious - service was great.

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Boowinn
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was very disappointed with the service; I could get a table outside for dinner with my girlfriend, it was her first time dining here, but I've been a long-time patron. We barely sat down, and the waitress told us we can only stay for an hour, so of course, the clock in my head is telling me not to order too much food because we only have an hour to eat. I don't like to be rushed through my dinner when I'm dining out at a restaurant. The new menu Departure Arrival was for that particular time. I ordered a non-alcoholic beverage, their Baby Spinach, Kale salad with tamari tomato, coconut bacon, ginger, and smoked jalapeño. I didn't remember seeing any kale in the salad. We both ordered the Salmon and Tuna Poke rolls with cucumber, shaved nori, ssamjang mayo. I didn't think the Salmon and Tuna Poke roll tasted fresh enough because the rice was hard.

Prices were high for what we ordered, but it wasn't the price that bothered me; it was the fact that the waitress told me I could only stay an hour at that table outside. I understand that they need to turn over their table to make their sales volume, but I feel it was tacky on their part.

I think my day patronizing Departure restaurant is over.

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Scott
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The table we were sat at definitely isn’t appropriate for dining. It was basically a coffee table between two lounge chairs. I was hunched over sideways trying to eat oysters and sashimi in the most awkward way. Kind of weird to seat someone for a dinner reservation at a table like that considering the price point of the restaurant.

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JeremiahD
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. I’m always impressed when servers know the food and present it so I know what I’m eating.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great!

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Nat1988
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Departure experience was delusions! And had a best cheesecake with elderberry jam!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice, we enjoyed the atmosphere. Wish we were able to sit outside though. But the food was very good

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vipErinM
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had 18 yo birthday dinner. Service was excellent. Bartender had great suggestions and friendly. Wygu upgrade was horribly fatty and tough. The Imbirico pork was great. Food was 6/10 for us. 6 people 720.00 with tip was about par for five dining in Pdx.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - very delicious

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AmandaD
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

-food=bad
-ambiance=weird/cold
-service=whatever
-not worth the money you pay

Find a better place.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience.

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maxB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the experience tasting among 3 people. Excellent quality, quantity, and diversity of food. Sharing was easy, as was hoarding of our favorites to savor the depth of flavors.

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Hailie
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

For a $200 dinner, I wish I could’ve received a bowl of ice cream or some sort of dessert for the birthday guest.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
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
29 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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

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ShereenR
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
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
Portland
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
Portland
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
Portland
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
Miami
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
4 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
4 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
Portland
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
3 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
Portland
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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Departure Restaurant and Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 3859 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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