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Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.6
4.6
4029 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
From street food-styled starters and meal-sized classics, to rice and noodle specialties to ethically-sourced sushi, Departure Portland embraces the bounty of the Pacific Northwest to deliver the fiery flavors of the Far East. Whether steamed or stir-fried, smoked or sautéed, each dish leads guests to another stage along Departure’s culinary adventure.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (503) 802-5370

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Matt Christianson

  • Catering

    We have the ability to book semi-private, private events and receptions in various areas of our restaurant. 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.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Demelza Quinn: (877) 918-8256

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    6th Avenue and Morrison

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • The Departure Experience

    $55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our Departure Experience offers a multi-course menu, seasonally-inspired and thoughtfully presented. The Experience menu is available daily. Current menus available at DeparturePortland.com

What 4,029 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Portland

    Hot Spot

  • Portland

    Scenic View

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  1. LT

    LaraT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect birthday dinner 😊
  2. JT

    JimT

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were in town for a wedding. We had heard very good things about departure and we were not disappointed. The food was outstanding and the ambience was fantastic. Our only regret is that we should’ve probably booked a later time so that we could enjoy a meal outdoors. It was a little too hot but next time will come when the temperatures are a little bit more reasonable. But it was a great meal. Especially enjoyed the wagyu steak there.
  3. LB

    LyndseeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend this place it’s so good and the veiw is immaculate
  4. DP

    DavidP

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal of Asian-inspired cuisine and, contrary to some other reviews, found the service to be prompt and helpful. The brisket was a little tough - I had expected slow-cooked tenderness - but the flavours were excellent. The pricing was a little on the high side compared with other local competition (such as Urban Farmer in the same building) - but the panoramic view (should - see below) make up for this. Well, so far so good: this was shaping up to be a four- or five-star review, but the restaurant managed to blow its chances at the last minute. As we were leaving, I took out my camera (which I always travel with) and tried to photograph the view across the river - before being admonished by someone I took to be the manager for using a "telephoto lens", which is apparently forbidden at this venue! (Actually, I wasn't using a telephoto lens - just a fixed 50mm standard lens - but I was ticked off just the same, like a naughty schoolboy.) Since I suspect most customers choose this venue for its rooftop views, any restrictions on photography should be communicated to potential customers in advance; and perhaps staff could be more diplomatic in conveying such restrictions (real or otherwise). As it was, the incident ruined our evening and we will not be returning.
  5. J

    Juliana

    Portland

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at Departure. We were celebrating a birthday and the team went the extra mile to make sure everything was perfect. The sushi was fresh and the chicken wings were beautifully seasoned. This is a spot I would definitely recommend for future ladies nights.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Ambiance was great but super underwhelmed with food? Maybe set to high of expectations? Drinks were great and service was ehhh?
  7. CR

    ChandlerR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The restaurant was uniquely themed. The service was good. The food was not worth the price that is being charged. The menu was confusing as to what is allowed and not allowed for the various course options.
  8. AB

    AndrewB

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding creativity and refinement. The oysters were delicious; the pork belly is extraordinary and the newest dish, lamb, was exceptional. This only small nits were (1) there was a very small be very loud group near me that thankfully left as my food came out and the menu indicated that the lamb was served on a Sunuomo salad when it was actually on a bed of greens; it would have been perhaps better to serve the lamb over a wilted bed of boo chow (if in season). Lastly, the serve was exemplary with the added benefit of the perfect pairing choice for the pork belly and lamb (the Rambeaux Pinot Noir)!
  9. ER

    EllieR

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails and rooftop are amazing. Food is delicious, great for a special occasion.
  10. SM

    SikeMalmon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    As an oyster lover I’d suggest to avoid these on the menu.
  11. MS

    MatildeS

    Miami

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Departure should be called Arrival, because from the moment you are welcomed and guided to your table to the dedicated attention of your server (Katie), the innovation in cocktail ingredients, the fresh flavors of new oriental dishes, the city view from the main dining hall and terraces, every detail welcomes you to Portland!
  12. SD

    SusanneD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glorious view and creative food in a modern environment. Appreciated the wine by the glass selections.
  13. C

    Chango

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Mediocre food at best. Appetizers and sushi were good. Dim sum was just plain bad. Entrees were forgettable. Not with the money in my humble opinion. Could have bought better food at a cart on the street outside and saved 200 bucks. Service was really good. Atmosphere was ok. Noisy and sort of felt like we were in line to get on to space mountain in the 80s.
  14. BE

    BigE

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    6 year wedding anniversary I honestly don’t know where to start. You take an elevator up to the 15th floor and come out to this very cool setting. It almost feels like walking through a cave but then it brings you to this rooftop restaurant. From the beginning we were congratulated on our wedding anniversary and sat down immediately(with reservations of course). We had two servers helping us I believe one was in training but nonetheless it was an amazing experience. Speaking of experience I wanted to make sure the wife and I got THE EXPERIENCE. It’s a 4 course meal with 3 appetizers and an entree. What better way to try everything?! So we got started with drinks which were all delicious I still don’t have a favorite. But for our menu items we started with the roasted carrot salad and sashimi. Next was the spicy tuna poké roll and crunchy crab roll. Next was the pork belly and steamed buns. Our last course was the cast iron seared scallops and Kushiyaki smoked brisket. My mouth is watering again thinking about it haha. For dessert we had the plum wine sabayon cake, the vanilla bean cashew cake and the black sesame ice cream(tasted like taro). All in all we will definitely be back. The waiter was nice enough to ask to get the dessert comped for our anniversary and also asked to take our picture outside on the deck. This was our visit back into Portland after 3 years and man I am so glad we came here. Thank you everyone at Departure for making it one of the greatest experiences. Mahalo!
  15. KM

    KeithM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    We really enjoyed the view, the food was wonderful, the price was reasonable for the quality of food and service. Service was quite good but noise level in the restaurant was tremendously loud. Put some corkboard on the walls and ceiling. Couldn’t hear the waitresses couldn’t hear my wife and I speaking to each other at our anniversary dinner without speaking in really loud voices to each other. They could do something about the noise level, it would’ve been a 110% wonderful dining experience.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Increíble! Le gusto bastante a mi novia !
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was amazing and the service was fantastic.
  18. FA

    FaithA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, very expensive! Everything was delicious, and the views were great!
  19. CJ

    CJ123

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Absolute worst experience I’ve ever had. Food was cold, not well prepared, not edible. Host was disrespectful to my girlfriend and very sexist. Sushi had no flavor and was not what we ordered. Our entree they came out was completely cold and tasted disgusting. All around was terrible. Workers there had terrible attitudes and made me feel like I wasn’t welcomed or that I wasn’t taken serious because of my age. Very sad that this had to be our experience. Was hoping the best for y’all. Maybe next time.
  20. j

    jonesy

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    little disappointed that birthday cake wasn’t offered as free. we spent significant amount on dinner. several surcharges were not explained either.

    Departure Restaurant and LoungeResponded on July 19, 2022We value your feedback and have mentioned this to our management team. Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant and Lounge for your birthday celebrations!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Service and timing should be impeccable at this Portland institution. It’s not.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Great location and sushi was fantastic. Waiter was not very catering… we order a bottle of champagne and had to poor it ourselves the entire time. The restaurant was not busy at all so I feel like she could have given much better service for a 380.00 tab.

    Departure Restaurant and LoungeResponded on July 19, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team.

  23. M

    Muddywatters

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff, staff , staff, atmosphere Location. The vibe is so chill The food is exceptional, this place is alive, Departure has a Soul few restaurants achieve this level The Staff make it all a blast Jason was very knowledgeable Presentation was wonderful

    Departure Restaurant and LoungeResponded on July 19, 2022Thank 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!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fabulous dinner and drinks and Christina our server was amazing …. Shout out to the sommelier also who was so great to chat with!!!

    Departure Restaurant and LoungeResponded on July 19, 2022Thank 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!

  25. D

    David

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    First time visiting post pandemic, quality has sadly gone way down. Used to me my favorite restaurant west of Chicago, but likely won’t visit again. Menu is smaller and food quality is lower that it used to be.
  26. VN

    ValerieN

    Portland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We celebrated my daughter's 16 birthday with her friends and we had an amazing time. Food was great and the sunset outside was perfect.
  27. MV

    MelV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! We were celebrating a birthday, and they really made her feel special. The portions were bigger than I expected, it was easy to share and try the other people's choices.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service! Loved it!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Great setting . Nice views. Small small portions for a high price . Service was pleasant . All 4 of us did the experience . While I do understand it costs more to be up higher. It’s not that high rather mid level. Either way nicely decorated my biggest complaint is the quantity and quality . After dinner we went over to Portland city grill had drinks and appetizers in the bar with panoramic views where they offered a complimentary birthday slice for my mom.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jessica was an amazing waitress. Patient, professional, but warm and inviting. She made an experience that could’ve been a 4/5 into a resounding 5/5. Give her a raise or promotion!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner experience during trip to Portland. Lots of options! We also enjoyed the specialty cocktails.
  32. J

    Jereme

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The customer service at Departure was fantastic and the waitress was very attentive, but a couple of years ago I visited the restaurant and I remember the food being better. I was not impressed with the salad and we were both very disappointed with the sushi. I may go back for drinks, but this visit for dinner was definitely not worth the money.

    Departure Restaurant and LoungeResponded on July 6, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Jereme! We value your feedback and will pass along your comments to our management team. Thank you for dining with us!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Great place for special occasions, very cool futuristic entry with creative menu and service was amazing, however, there’s more ambience than I want a tad bit and the lighting is not the best there for pictures. Overall I had a great experience at Departure!
  34. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    My Brisket was dry but everything else was extremely delicious!!!!!
  35. DS

    DarlaS

    Portland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cool ambiance. Outstanding flavors. Decadent dessert. Perfect for date night!
  36. MS

    MadameSusan

    Portland

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service. Plenty of vegan/vegetarian options and very accommodating of allergies and dietary restrictions. Beautiful location and delicious food and drinks. Worth the price.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Hotel in a sketchy part of town. Rooftop bar where we waited on reservation had poor service. But, once seated, meal and service were excellent!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the three course experience.
  39. TJ

    TJgreat

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & food. Open and good views of the city.
  40. SR

    SusanR

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was outstanding! I started with the oysters which came well seasoned if a bit spicy for my palate, so I poured off most of the liquid and took off the well chopped spice. Next I had the pork belly which was to die for and for a main course the duck. Each dish was very well plated. Portions were just large enough. The only drawback for us was the noise level.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

Departure Restaurant and Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 4029 OpenTable diners.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Departure Restaurant and Lounge

525 Southwest Morrison Street 15th Floor, 15th Floor, Portland, OR 97204

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th Avenue and Morrison

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Christianson

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (503) 802-5370

  • Catering

    We have the ability to book semi-private, private events and receptions in various areas of our restaurant. 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.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Demelza Quinn: (877) 918-8256

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