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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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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4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (69)
Scenic View (68)
Special Occasion (65)
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Creative Cuisine (52)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Hot Spot (51)
Romantic (48)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Good Vegetarian Options (43)
Fun (42)
Vibrant Bar Scene (40)
Vegan (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Happy Hour (31)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Gluten Free Options (24)
Healthy (24)
Tasting Menu (24)
People Watching (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Authentic (20)
Business Meals (20)
Late-night Find (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Spicy (18)
Local Ingredients (17)
Tapas (16)
Cozy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Casual (6)
Organic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Waterfront (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined a day ago

Wonderful service. Ben was delightful, attentive, and knowledgeable. We had a daringly evening under his service.

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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

Loved this restaurant! It’s beautiful, the service couldn’t be better, and the food was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Laura was an amazing server. She even allowed us to taste a new creation called The peppermint paddy. It was delicious!!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Birthday celebration

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·Dined 4 days ago

Very hip place with an amazing atmosphere. We tried multiple dishes and most were amazing and worth the price. Would be willing to visit again based on the ambience.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 5 days ago

Good food and very friendly staff ❤️

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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

We had the chefs four course meal and it was unbelievable. Probably the best food we have ever had! Made our Valentine’s Day dinner perfect.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Vegan sushi was somewhat plain but not bad. Udon noodles were excellent, on the saltier side. Szechuan tofu was nearly inedibly salty, price was fair and definitely worth it for the ambiance and view

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Vegan, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined 6 days ago

The rating says it all. Superb in every way!

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·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and some of the best service I’ve received in the Portland area. The waiter did a great job of recommending the house specialties.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Fun, Vegan, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was excellent and the atmosphere is fantastic. Great view of Portland.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Business Meals, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 7 days ago

It was wonderful, enjoyed everything our favorite was the wings.

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Tapas, Vegan, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Had a great dinner with work colleagues. I love spice but those who prefer less spice should be warned.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful and creative food! I make it a point to eat at Departure every time I'm in Portland

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Organic, Romantic, Good for a Date, People Watching
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·Dined on February 12, 2018

It was very plesent experience. Great food and ambience. Lovely place to celebrate special occasion.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Authentic, Healthy, Fun, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 12, 2018

The food was fire. The service was great. The only I didn't like is how the server talked my date out of some things she wanted to order and changed her mind. Just let her get what she wants. Some may appreciate the suggestions but I did not. Other than that, it was perfect.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Really uncomfortable tables too close, service ok,

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place for the fam

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent experience as usual. Chef may even take the time to create a specific version of the menu to fit dietary restrictions. Really wonderful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Our server offered wonderful suggestions...we enjoyed everything we ordered. My request to be seated near the window was honored.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2018

tasting menus not designed well...

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 7, 2018

this was recommended by several and was a hit with customers we took.

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Spicy, Fun, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Departure took great care of us as we celebrated our daughter's 18th birthday. She sat with her friends while my husband and I sat in the bar. The food and drinks were delicious and the staff really made our daughter feel celebrated. My husband and I enjoyed talking to the bartender. It was a great night!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fun
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

We had heard multiple people go on and on about Departure. Some told us we would feel like we were in a space ship. My husband remarked that he felt we were in an old episode of Star Trek. It is different and a bit of a maze.

We had reservations, but opted to wait to get a table near a window view. Even after the wait, the table was near the window, but not in a way that really provided a view (you're up on the 15th floor, so a view would've been nice). If you make reservations and this matters to you, ask for it ahead of time and be specific that you want a view). The tables themselves are super wide between you and the person across from you and then really close to the adjacent tables. So, you feel like you are having to lean across the table to have any sort of "intimate" conversation without disturbing those next to you.

As for the food, it looks and sounds amazing, but taste doesn't really measure up to the hype. We ordered the crab and shrimp fried rice and that was okay, but the fried rice on the breakfast menu at Cheryl's on 12 that morning was tons better. The pork belly was a let down for my husband, because he is not a sweet/savory person. Most ways we have had pork belly is savory and the sauce on this was pretty sweet and not our favorite. The only thing that we really enjoyed were the egg rolls. All in all, not our fave Portland spot for the money spent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Their edamame and dinner wings are two of my favorite things ever!! The ambiance is so posh and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. It was my friends birthday and we showed up 20 minutes past out reservation time and it was so problem. I recommend this place to all my friends and always bring out of town guests here.

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Well this was a big disappointment all around. I took my boyfriend here for his 30th, a big milestone. I made a reservation several days in advance and even got a call from the restaurant confirming the time, and I told them how excited I was and reiterated that it was a special occasion. We got there right on time and had to wait several minutes because our table wasn’t ready while customer after customer who came in after us was seated right away. I thought surely they have a special table for us with a great view for the special occasion and that’s what’s taking so long. Nope. They took us back to our table which was crammed and uncomfortably small for two people. There was (at most) a partial view of the city with only one of the seats facing out the window. It was freezing bc the air conditioning vent was blowing right on us. To top it off, no special desert or anything extra for the special occasion. Definitely will skip it for those special nights. Too bad bc I was so excited for this meal 😞

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The interior design is fantastic, and the view amazing if you're seated near a window. We were at a high interior table and still had a fab experience. The food is incredible with some really unique dishes and desserts. The cocktails are also really tasty, and I liked that they have a good variety of virgin cocktails for those that don't drink alcohol but still want something fun and different. Well worth it and would definitely suggest dinner there to anyone visiting Portland.

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

A terrific experience! The flavors were unique, and the wine exquisite. Also surprisingly affordable.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our vegan dishes were complex, creative, and delicious. With advanced communication, the staff went beyond the regular menu to create an extensive vegan tasting menu for my boyfriend and I- a real treat! We received excellent service from our server and all other staff. All were timely, charming, and well-informed. The physical atmosphere is superb, but prepare for some loud, obnoxious, entitled clientele. I will definitely return for cocktails and small plates when the patio opens.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Spicy, Tasting Menu
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 31, 2018

All around me people seemed to enjoy themselves. I just didn't vibe with the place. It happens.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 29, 2018

If you are looking for a TOP CHEF restaurant then you found it. Gorgeous setting overlooking the city; well trained staff; excellent bar and bartender; food outrageously good. Shareable! I had the crab fried rice and couldn't stop talking about it. My husband had the beef stir fry. Our server was absolutely the best.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The service was terrific. The food was very good. The drinks were not great. The wine was good although expensive for the pour. The martinis were on the high side too, particularly since they were quite small and seemed weak--they were disappointing. On the plus side, you were given three olives. I would take one less olive for a better drink.
The tables for two are long (between yourself and your partner) so you are actually closer to the person next to you than to your date. That's a bit awkward.
That said, it's a nice view for the person facing the windows, good service, a good atmosphere and good food, but not economical!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I took my daughters here specifically for my oldest 18th birthday. We were expecting a lot and were not disappointed. Very knowledge and friendly waitstaff greeted us and kept us happy the duration of our meal. The food was amazing and each plate was better than the last...

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Reservations are recommended - the views and food are both eye-catching. Food is ordered in relatively small amounts and shareable among the party. It's a beautiful spot for a special occasion or date night event.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and service. Wide range of Asian influenced dishes, many dairy free. Need to keep coming back to eat your way through the menu.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

FANTASTIC. We loved that everything was a la carte; we were able to enjoy more of the delicious food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome place!!! Great food and a perfect place to bring your love.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Departure was outstanding and exceeded expectation. Food was fantastic, service was spectacular, We felt like VIP's Go early and enjoy the view from the rooftop bar before dinner. Heated and covered so you can enjoy all year long

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Tasting Menu
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This meal was delicious. During my stay in Portland, it was hard for me to find a restaurant that could easily cater to my gluten/dairy allergy (I really don't like making modifications to items on the menu). The food was fresh, healthy, and full of flavor. The absolute best meal I had during my visit!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fun, Scenic View, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We went to Departure with little idea of what we were going to get. We ended up getting cocktails, wine, and the regular tasting menu, as there were too many things on the menu for us to make a decision. We enjoyed most of the dishes on the tasting menu but found the order a little odd, as well as the slew of vegetable dishes that were all extremely sour that arrived together. We will definitely be going back, it was a lovely ambiance, the food that wasn't later in the meal was absolutely wonderful, and the drinks were quite tasty.

Tags: Tapas, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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