Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.6
3485 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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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The place should be great but it’s just noisy for us.

CM
Portland
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without question, the best meal the four of us have had all year. Incredible food, outstanding service and the beautiful outdoor patio with spectacular views. We joked about making it our "every other Sunday night" get together - and just might make good on that!

MD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and service. Our favorite bites are the grilled octopus, crispy pork belly, and the albacore tataki roll. The berries & cream dessert was also fantastic. We were not find of the bibimbap or the miso scallops. Regardless, it was a fantastic experience and the highs more made up for the minor lows.

SB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing; the food, the view, the server, the drinks, our table tucked in a corner away from the crowds. It really made for a special surprise birthday dinner for my boyfriend :)

HA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Views from patio was outstanding!!

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great if you can sit outside. I was disappointed that no fuss was made about the 70th birthday we were celebrating. A small cake with a candle or some gesture like that would have been nice.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, a wonderful place to eat . Nice ambiance, great staff and inventive awesome food! A PDX classic! Thanks!

P
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great, creative meal with top notch service.

Thank you again.

Larry M

f
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a great experience if you're a foodie. I had the pork belly, the signature wings and sushi and it was incredible. Would highly recommend to have the pork belly and we'll be back for sure.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! Very friendly and knowledgeable staff

JJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Recommend for the “cool millennial” atmosphere experience... food was good ( we have similar quality Asian restaurants “back home” so Departures menu wasn’t a big deal ). Our server was friendly and professional.

However, customers at the table next to ours found a “hair” in their octopus dish , gross and NOT acceptable!

T
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary! Great time had.

SP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Austin our waiter did an awesome job, recommending the pork chop. Not a big fan of chops but this one by far was the best I’ve ever had. Overall service was great and reservation was as we booked with no wait! Highly recommend Departure when in Portland!

m
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there to celebrate my anniversary with my boyfriend. We absolutely loved everything about our experience!

LB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friend in town

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening, great view, food, and time with friends

Z
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Our sever did not visit our table enough. She also had no filter and tended to make comments On the things we ordered. She would act shocked if one of us finished a drink too quickly or ordered one too many plates.

p
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

reserved a time a date for GF bday. requested in notes for slice of cake with candle at the end of our meal but was given the check instead. not a big deal and will still visit periodically, but will be spending other events and special occasions elsewhere.

OT
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unparalleled views and the food was fantastic!

DG
Tulsa
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and everything we ordered was spectacular!

LM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Our experience at Departure was overall “okay”. The house drink special were excellent but the food was okay. I would recommend that someone go here once for the experience but it wasn’t worth the price and heat. Our service was okay, I had to remind the waiter that we wanted to order from happy hour and it would end in 10 minutes. The staff who refilled our water were very friendly however the hostess and waiter were adequate.

d
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Asian Fusion I have had in years. It was mostly spicy but I enjoy that. Highly recommended by me. Servings were a little small and pricy. If you are okay with that it is a great meal and the service was impeccable.

KK
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Departure did a great job on filling my table request, recognizing our celebration, and as always has incredible food and service.

CR
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A splendid date. It wouldve been better if we had a window seat. The spicy albacore sushi roll we ordered strangely enough was not cut. I've never seen that before, and neither did my date. Overall we had a pleasant evening.

AA
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The peach and tomato salad was out of this world!!! I also had the departure wings - always a solid hit. I’ve never been disappointed with anything. It’s my go to place in Portland.

DW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing, friendly, and attentive. Food was spectacular and refreshing.

PP
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A unique Portland experience. The view is fabulous from the outside deck. The drink and food menu are on the pricey side. Menu selection is always interesting and fun to try.

PL
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view and excellent service.

RB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, the service was the best on town and the view is hard to beat.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Very attentive, never hovering, but paced the plates and drinks very well! Food was excellent. Did the 10 plate chefs choice, and I will be back. I’m difficult to impress, and this meal was impressive. I highly recommend this place!

G
Chicago
91 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful rooftop. Great happy hour. Delicious food and great staff

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Nothing special. Some great dishes; some not so good. Service was good. Seemed like a tourist trap. Views were good; but better can be found. Overall, of our 5 dinners in Portland this ranks last. Cocktails were ok.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wa so hot today but amazing

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great. Tasting menu was superb but too much food.

JE
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were a party of 2. We each order a salad. Our orders did not come to the table at the time. It was quite awhile before the second salad was served. It feels awkward when one person has a meal and the other does not. Don't know why two simple salads could not be served at the same time.
The waiters and waitresses were very professional, courteous and patient. Over all it was a very pleasant experience.

SM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Departure has a really good vibe and the food is excellent. They were late with one of the dishes we ordered and they comped us for it with an apology from the Manager. We will definitely be going back!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the most amazing place. We did the Imperial tasting where the chef chose 12 dishes for us. This was the best culinary experience I’ve had in a long time. Our waiter Austin is first class. He explained with detail each course. He knows the dishes and how to lend tasting notes. Thank you Departure and Austin for one of the most amazing dining experiences in Portland, Oregon!

I
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! The green curry dish was fantastic.

OT
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, service and ambiance!

EG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, and delicious food. A bit pricy but for a special occasion, it’s worth it!

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