Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.5
3972 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

  • Three-Course Departure Experience

    $55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Our Departure Experience offers a three-course or five-course menu, seasonally-inspired and thoughtfully presented. Experience menus are available daily. Current menus available at DeparturePortland.com
  • Traditional Duck Month Experience

    $200.00 per person

    Dec 1 - Dec 31, 2021

    The long-awaited, beloved tradition returns. Join us during December 2021 for Duck Month. The whole ducking experience. Limited to 6 reservations per evening. $200 per duck, recommended for 4 - 6 guests. TRADITIONAL DUCK MONTH EXPERIENCE MENUS AVAILABLE online at www.DeparturePortland.com
  • Five-Course Departure Experience

    $75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Our Departure Experience offers a three-course or five-course menu, seasonally-inspired and thoughtfully presented. Experience menus are available daily. Current menus available at DeparturePortland.com *Please note, the Five-Course Experience Menu requires full participation from all guests within the group.

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 3972 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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NishaF
Portland
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server! she made the night so perfect since it was my birthday!

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Grayson
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Departures offers both 3 & 5 course offerings however the 3 course meal wasn't given as a choice

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Sadly, this place has gone downhill.

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ShaneM
Portland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Freezing cold A/C and sub par sushi

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none
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little pricey and the salad rolls were not my favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun vibe with great date night ambiance. The food was excelente and the three course experience is a great value!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Danny - our server- was fantastic!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded 7 days ago

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 Restaurant and Lounge!

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BergjM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the best service! Incredible views of the city of Portland! I would definitely go there again! Shout out to Danny our server :)

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team.

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eatsalot
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Departure experience exceeded expectations. Great booths for a group. Food was delicious.

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EnjoyedDeparture
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. Fun, upbeat, modern and energetic. A bit loud inside. A larger party will have to use rather loud voices to communicate around the large tables.
The current, 11/20/2021, Arrival menu is a fun way to share in dishes. Party of three, cost $250 for a dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

The experience felt rushed and the people working there were not understanding

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vipmussellover
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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lovetodine
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall great, acoustics make conversations difficult.

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vipaliciak
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was really under seasoned. Loved this restaurant under Gregory gourdet but it’s not nearly as good now. Service was sloooow. I would not Go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the drinks too!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. It feels upscale, but still friendly. The ambiance is at once futuristic, and yet somehow very classy. The Experience menu was delicious and left us stuffed. I highly recommend.

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Encinofoodie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A very uneven dining experience. We both loved the starter of a beet and brussel sprouts salad. For the second course, we had two different dishes. The sushi I got was really some of the worst I’ve ever had, which really surprised me. My wife got crispy dim sum of chicken and pork belly which was delicious. For my wife’s entree she got the duck breast which was under seasoned. I got an excellent Asian spiced steak with a wonderful salad to accompany it. The wine flight with my meal was also uneven. A lackluster Chilean Red was paired with my beet salad which was a bit odd. The Pinot gris with the sushi and the the Oregon petite Syrah with the steak were very nice.
The vibe of the restaurant is hip in a kind of disco way.

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HeatherJ
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Expensive, impressionable drinks leave something to be desired. Bussers overly aggressive and intrusive. Much of the food was amazing seared scallops were disappointing

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luisale
Salt Lake City
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family reunion! Absolutely loved this place! Next time we would like to order more shareable to try different plates. Service was amazing and atmosphere too!

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zack
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Made a reservation specifically for a Birthday. Noted this multiple times in the reservation. Wait staff never bothered to introduce themself, ask our names, and never mentioned the birthday a single time. Wait staff was curt, and condescending.
The good was good, but the service was awful for this price point. If you want a special night, take your money elsewhere. There are plenty of premium restaurants in town that will treat you correctly.

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Allison
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience. Amazing vegan options, a nice view (although tents up from covid so keep that in mind), good service, and the other food was amazing too. The experience of ordering your courses was wonderful. Would come again.

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MatthewH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Overall the experience was muh...... No mention of our Anniversary, which I noted in our reservation. The whole evening felt rushed, no time to talk between courses or even enjoy or talk about the food and pairings. We would have liked to have ordered dessert, but didn't want that to be rushed as well.... Its sad, such a great place, but if you can't enjoy the experience, whats the point?

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were six of us and a seventh joined us last minute. They happily accommodated us. The service was excellent and the food was delicious and beautifully presented. We had a lovely evening.

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Ahargi
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tasting menu and incredibly attentive service.

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MarkM
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Vib, good food! Top of Nines, views and good selection

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I brought my girlfriend here for her birthday dinner and our first impressions were that the restaurant was very modern and lively! The ambiance was great and seemed as though everyone there was having a great time

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 12 year anniversary at Departure and it was wonderful! Our server, Katie was the sweetest and had the best service! I really appreciated all the vegan options on the menu. My husband was able to get his seafood and steak, and I had some delicious vegan dishes! We had a great time and the enjoyed the food and sake very much! We did the coursed dinner with the sake pairing. Every dish and sake we had was simply fabulous! We will definitely be back!

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MorganW
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Overpriced food and a great view! Some of the worst fish I’ve had in my life… Honestly surprised I didn’t get sick.

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ValerieR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This our third time dining at your establishment. The first time for the day experience. The scenery for nighttime is still the most beautiful. The menu was different, but you still have some of the items from the old menu.

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KarelF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good experience good value not that special. Steak is to die for but looked somehow average. Still worth the experience

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on November 1, 2021

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

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KirbyC
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience Menu

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, KirbyC! I am thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed our experience menu.

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Biju
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The appetizers were really great. The location on the 15th floor was just fantastic. I will be going back for sure.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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vipMarkR
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place! beautiful views.....it was our first time there, but it wont be the last

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on November 1, 2021

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

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DebbieG
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must try. Everything from cocktails to dessert was incredible. Also a 3 course meal at this level of tastiness for $55 is a steal.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited for 12 minutes and nobody approached our table and went back to the front desk and told them and they moved us to another section. Then we waited 8 more minutes and no one approached us. We left and went to El Gaucho. It was my wife’s 50th birthday. It was very disappointing but El Gaucho was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful and the departure experience was an interested element with great options. However, the food was not worth the price in my opinion. While it wasn’t a bad meal by any means, I felt I could have found better tasting options at a much less expensive restaurant.

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PattiS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So fun to be out again in a vibrant fun restaurant full of people! Great food! Great service… will be back!’

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BryanB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Drinks were too sweet. Service was slow. Portions were okay.

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Yiayia
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They mentioned the birthday as I had noted on reservation, but that was all that was done

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BethO
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the Experience Dinner and add the beverage pairing!

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Departure Restaurant and Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 3972 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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