Departure Restaurant and Lounge

4.4
3938 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 3938 people are saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MoniqueS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We had chef’s menu, which was reasonably priced. First two courses were very good. Entrees were really mediocre. Service was horrible. It took one hour from the time we sat down to get our first course. At no time did our server ask how our food was. Clientele, music, and vibe very douchey. View is fantastic.

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Beth
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an excellent experience!! My partner has many allergies, and the service staff was wonderful with them. Our waiter had the allergies memorized, spoke to the chef, and pointed out all the options for what we could eat. The food was amazing! Thanks for a great night!

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JeffG
Portland
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The air conditioning is very strong. Bring a jacket

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ChristinaH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Outdoor patio view was great. Food was good, not deserving of the prices but it is what it is. Drinks were good but all were around $15 a drink for craft cocktails you can find in most cocktail lounges. We very much enjoyed our meal though, and loved every dish we ate. Our server however was not great. While his personality was wonderful when he was as there, he was incredibly slow. Our food came out before our drinks, we sat for a while with empty drinks, and we waited a while to order another round/more food/cash out. We felt that every other table was getting better service because tables were turning, but it took us over 2 hours to complete our dinner mostly because we had to wait for our server upwards of 10-20 minutes after finishing drinks/food. I still will say the food was very good and the ambience was great. Will visit again in hopes that the server was just having a bad day and that isn’t the usual

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall. Air conditioner was too strong for us so the staff moved us to a warmer place. Small but pretty tasty dishes, the “experience” menu for 55 dollars is an awesome value.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing.

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AstraLoree
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date experience. Amazing food. We had the experience menu and had fun with all the tastings. The second and third courses came a little close behind each other and would have liked a bit more time between. But overall good experience. Validated parking would be a nice touch. $24 plus tip for valet parking was definitely excessive. Will find Street or garage parking next time.

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KBSeattle
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view and overall experience on the patio

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Tahititraveler
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Un très bon repas. Succulent. Une table que je recommande.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and gorgeous views!

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vipDana
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quite possibly one of the best meals we’ve had- perfect for our
Post Covid celebration with family!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Departure has always been one of our favorite restaurants, we have gone every year for our wedding anniversary and the food and experience never disappoints!

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BryanC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Amazing place, but to much time between each food

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JoelK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Service was slow. Music was loud then soft over and over. And the valet was awful: total rip-off ($25) and they brought the wrong car to me.
The food was excellent however and the experience dinner was well priced.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and libations! Upscale dining, with great views and a relaxed NW vibe🙂

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DeeDub
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Food is top notch and memorable, but service needs work.

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CBsy
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Despite the advance reservation and request for outdoor table since our party had 2 unvaccinated children, the host did not accomodate the request. He literally herded us to a massive indoor table that the 10yr olds couldnt even reach across!! There was a table next to us by the window that only had 4 chairs but was fixed up w/ 6 chairs for a later group. When everyone is paying for the service, why discriminate? If one had requested outdoor seating and you are unable to accomodate it, then it is only fair to expect you to set them up with the next best thing!!! The same thing happened last month when we were in to celebrate our anniversary and at that time, we insisted and they finally seated us outside. This time around, it was with guests from out of town and we let it slide. Our waitress was excellent and the food is always superb. We'd hate for 1 person to ruin Departure for us.

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JamesV
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We had a very good appetizer, Waigu Skewers. The problem was the energetic, techno music. Maybe we were sitting too close to the speakers. The view was good, the service was good, but we didn't stay long.

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Ygmtz
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

It was okay at best. They lied and told me there was no outdoor seating but when I went outside the balcony was completely empty.

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vipEllenC
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Best dish by far was the tuna sashimi!! I’d order three of them next time! The chicken skewers were also delicious. Portions were small, service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Service was great as well! Very cool environment and views!

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LeahP
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, amazing atmosphere, beautiful views, and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from out of town. I made a reservation for their outdoor dining. It did not disappoint. Our waiter Austin only enhanced our experience with his service. The tasting menu was wonderful and the number of choices were exceptional. Our entire evening was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience as always

Josh and kameesha

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APAP
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

In general for the price tag: poor rude service at front desk. Not a way to welcome a guest and set a first impression/ tired interiors that need updating - looks great in a retouched photo online / random percentage add on to cover foraging mushrooms and herbs. Too many wonderful restaurant in town to go back to.

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AbigailM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a great experience. We got to see sunset on the rooftop! Delicious food and drinks. Definitely pricey but nice for a celebratory event!

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vipJenkins
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Had reservation for party of 6, but had to wait 25 minutes to be seated. Seated at a table near the bar where there was a terrible smell of bleach coming from opening of a dishwasher behind the bar. The manager was less than receptive to our concerns, but ultimately agreed to find a lounge table for us outside. Food was good, but aggravation would preclude me from returning to this restaurant.

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JessicaTheClub
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was very slow. We had 'the experience' menu. There were few dishes that stands out but overall, it was mediocre. For starter menu, sashimi -what server told us is different than what was served. Chicken fingers (we ordered for the kids) were raw and had to sent back. Scallops were overcooked. We were there to celebrate 2 birthdays and really nothing was offered or asked. The service took so long that some of us had to leave. Truly disappointed. We travelled from California and stayed @ the nines just for that dinner. Will not return again.

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Laurie
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the Departure Experience outside on the rooftop. Very generous portions, delicious food, great views and service. Definitely worth the price for a pre-fixe dinner

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VarunN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view! Great food and service. highly recommend.

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vipMartinW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ambience , service and food was great. Some tables have a great view. Just the music was to loud and somehow annoying. Generally an interesting restaurant.

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Tiger1
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the ambience and food were excellent. We were seated on the balcony. Though it was sunny and hot, the umbrellas provided ample shade. We ordered from the a la carte menu (almost the entire menu!) and it was served quickly. The selection of beer we chose was also good. The chicken wings are our favorite with the beef skewers a close second.

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BrittanyP
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Not the biggest menu variety. Also the dessert menu was very limited in selection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Very upset with management. They neglected to tell us the AC was broken in our area of seating. We ordered a bunch of food and then realized it was not getting any cooler! We wanted to leave but the only person that would have suffered is the waitress. We tipped anyway but I'm super angry. They could have told us no AC before they sat us and we would have gone somewhere else. food was good, service but good but no AC in 110degree weather for fine dining is unacceptable. The manager brought us champagne as if that would help the situation. I was so hot I wasn't enjoying my time. $300 down the toilet. not cool.

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HildaB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and food and great GF options! Everything was excellent-creative presentation.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on June 29, 2021

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

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CristaG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hubby and I had a great meal and experience! We celebrated a long overdue Father's Day with the Departure Experience menu, and it was FANTASTIC! The flavors, colors, and portions were perfect. This visit was not our first time to Departure, but it had been some time, and we quickly fell in love again. We are appreciative that Departure weathered COVID and continuing to provide a wonderful dining experience.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Departure again soon!

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review, Crista! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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JanR
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful city view, fantastic food and exceptional service. I would highly recommend and plan on going again.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on June 30, 2021

Thank you Jan 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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Kendra
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious! The waiters were very friendly and polite, I loved how they explained about each dish. The view was beautiful. I'll definitely come here again.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on June 30, 2021

Thank you Kendra 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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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another amazing meal at departure last night. Definitely a splurge but worth every penny. Love going with a bigger group so we can try more things! 😋

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on June 30, 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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JanetM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I’ve been coming to this restaurant since it opened and have brought many friends over the years. Tonight, the service was not very good. The waitress did not explain the new menu and how it works. She left us to believe we had to order are own through the app. The food was delicious but not as many choices as in the past. I do hope many of the old menu items return. Also, the music was to loud. We found are selves shouting and yelling. Not good when your at a restaurant to dine and not a bar to snack.

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Responded on June 30, 2021

Thank you Janet for your feedback regarding your recent visit with us! I will pass along your positive remarks to our staff as well as work with them on the issues you raised to ensure a better visit next time.

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Departure Restaurant and Lounge is rated 4.4 stars by 3938 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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