Elevation

4.7
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Northwest
Elevation, a student operated restaurant at Cascade Culinary Institute (CCI), uniquely engages community diners as an integral part of the student learning experience. The Elevation menu, which changes four times per year, boasts of high quality ingredients that are sourced from regional growers, ranchers and producers. Patrons who dine in a "live classroom environment," are provided with an opportunity to offer feedback via a survey at the conclusion of the dining experience. Guest input is then integrated into the instructional process on a weekly basis in order to enhance the student learning process. As part of the CCI Capstone Course, learning outcomes within Elevation associate with students developing confidence in cooking and service techniques and developing effective communication and teamwork skills prior to their transition into the regional hospitality industry workforce as future leaders and innovators.
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Shesme1213
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always delighted to get a reservation at Elevation...it is a lovely place to share a delicious meal and enjoy seeing the students hone their hospitality crafts. The food, the service and staff, the place are just lovely. We are very grateful to know you all!

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Rosie
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This concept of having students in training prepare, serve et. all your meal is outstanding. This was the second lunch in 3 months and both experiences were great. Too bad it is so hard to get in to.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I’ve dined here many times and it’s outstanding. However, this winter menu was not very good. I had the mushroom Wellington and it was flavorless and mushy. My husband had the tri tip sandwich and,again, it was flavorless. You can’t be perfect all of the time. It definitely won’t keep us from coming back.

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vipjvmartin0707
Portland
52 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Once again, Elevation gets an A+. Recognizing that it is a culinary school and that students are learning waitstaff and cooking skills, they're efforts are commendable! Kudos to their creativity and energy!

KB
KathyB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had the pork, which I really did not care for. My husband and I had both wanted the mushroom option, which was no longer offered as they were out.
Everything else about the restaurant itself was very good.

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Kimba
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Fun experience seeing the newbies learning restaurant skills.
The presentation was nice, Food was bland. Work in progress as this was the first day of this class working with the public. Good fun time! Enjoyed.

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Rosie
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is an all student run operation so with that in mind it was a very enjoyable experience.

KB
KathyB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This whole experience was excellent. We are making more time to dine here....with friends and family!

KD
KateD
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lunch - we are so impressed with the level of quality served by the culinary students. Can't wait to go back!

KD
KateD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just had one of the best meals of this year! This is definitely one of BeBe's best kept secrets! Soooo yummy!

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MeredithS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

What a fabulous experience! I took 3 girlfriends and we were so impressed with our lunch.

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SusyK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time here and I will definitely be back! Invited my Mom and Sister for a birthday lunch. Food, atmosphere, everything was amazing!! Can’t wait to come back again.

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SandraK
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Realize it was the first day. Fish, and salad perfect. French fries soggy and cold, Rissoto undercooked , but flavorful and the CB for desert was really bad, like cottage cheese. The service was wonderful.

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BrianW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and elegantly presented. Everyone we interacted with was pleasant and professional.

Thank you!

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KellyH
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was good, we selected Elevation because the place is quiet. And then the piano player began next to us and fairly loud. Music ran us out so we could continue our conversation.

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vipStacieB
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience! The students and staff at Elevation are exceptional. The only thing eclipsing them was the food. Delicious!

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Molly
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and wonderful service! Can't wait to go back again:-)

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DoctorA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have dined at Elevation many times over the years. The experience is always marvelous. Student table service is friendly and welcoming. The food is consistently creative, well prepared and very tasty -- truly high level cuisine. For either lunch or dinner, Elevation is always a joy -- a genuine dining jewel in Bend.

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Shesme1213
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot for chatting and enjoying your lunch. Not fast food but really delicious! So glad we have found it as a quiet, tasty spot in town with great service! A MUST DO for anyone in Bend! Thank you!

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Neighbors
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a very delicious and generous lunch on Valentine's Day. We appreciated the tiny bite to begin (not ordered -- just brought along with bread). We took containers home to finish later! The fish and chips were especially good and cooked perfectly. We'll be back!

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SJTurners
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch at Elevation which is the restaurant at the Cascade Culinary Institute. It is a teaching restaurant where students not only prepare the meals, but they also learn the art of restaurant service. The restaurant is only open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays for the winter term. The menu changes every 2 weeks. The food and service was outstanding. We will definitely be returning for another wonderful dining experience.

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NeilB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Elevation is a great restaurant to enjoy fine dining that is affordable if you are willing to help them in their learning. Sounds like a deal to me

JM
JackM
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a first-reat experience for us and our friends.

The food is tasty and clearly well prepared, the hosts/hostesses are friendly and courteous, the atmosphere is comfortable . . . there is just no downside to the experience of dining at Elevation.

The students, regardless of duties at the restaurant, are courteous, professional, and friendly.

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TeresaS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lunch deal in town. Lovely location and classey atmosphere. Serve very was impeccable. Food divine.

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Annisplace
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Elevation.. mainly because of the students. It’s wonderful to see ones embark on a new journey. They try so hard and they do a perfect job. Food is good, clean and presentation perfect.

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WendyS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's all about the food! It tastes as good as it looks and you always want to come back again.
Lovely location in the pines makes it special. Thank you for training some wonderful chefs & servers!

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Molly
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! We had a lovely lunch and scrumptious food. Student/server was very efficient and the food was wonderful. A great experience and we'll go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner isn't on the list above and I would recommend it for dinner also.

We all enjoyed our lunch a lot and hope we can do it every term!

JR
JoanR
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for lunch. Brief menu but delicious. We three swapped tastes and enjoyed all. Beverages were lovely too. Enjoyed learning how servers are taught...learned a few things ourselves for hosting dinners at home! Looking forward to more lunches and hopefully dinners too once the new semester starts.

LP
LauraP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How can you beat a lovely lunch hand-made by culinary arts students in a beautiful restaurant? The freshly-made pasta was incredible! I was surprised there weren't more locals taking advantage of such a gem. Absolutely fabulous to taste the students' creations!

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reedf
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised by the facilities, the friendliness of the staff and excellent food. atmosphere was quiet do to design features. We will be back .

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EdwardG
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Culinary school restaurant staffed by the students. Excellent lunch menu that changes every couple of weeks. The meal rivals and in some cases, surpasses those I've had at very high end places. The cost of the lunch I had (3 course meal) was $10. Any tips go to the student fund, so don't be cheap. When we were done, we were given a tour of the institute by the professor. Very impressive school.

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JUNEHOG
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's such a stunning location & building. The dining room is spacious & inviting. The ambiance enables conversation. Your cucumber soup is DELICIOUS!

ME
MaryE
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Really like the restaurant enjoy visiting. The ravioli for lunch was very nice and a pleasant change from heavier meat entrees. Lovely day to sit outside.

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Bendeater
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely dining space with some outdoor seating. The menu is small but each item is carefully crafted and delicious. I also like knowing that I am supporting the education of the next generation of chefs.

BE
vipBillEBoy4food
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Wonderful experience. Students do a great job. Will go back again.

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DoctorA
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As serious foodies, my wife and I have been to Elevation several times for both lunch and dinner. For many locals, the restaurant is an undiscovered jewel -- excellent food, friendly service, comfortable setting, and a great value, especially for the fine quality cuisine. Highly recommended for a special occasion or just a lovely meal out. Elevation is one of Bend's better and more consistent restaurants.

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ThomasS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a real treat.....Duck was delicious.....medley of flavors!!

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RexS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our Waitress, Shannon was fantastic, very knowledgeable, one of the best wait staff I have had in a restaurant. The ambiance was very intimate and the diners were treated to a small but classy menu. I ordered the surf and turf and the meal was served beautifully and was very tasty. It was my Birthday and my wife's Birthday was in 7 days and being Gemini's we clicked with Shannon as she is also a Gemini. It made some good banter. Gail had the soup and the scallops which she raved about. Our dessert was fantastic and complementary due to our joint birthday. Central Oregon Community College did itself proud by having this venue to show off the culinary school and the talent it graduates.

KD
KennethD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the nicest places to have Dinner in Bend! Mike Cooper does a great job with the students.

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Elevation is rated 4.7 stars by 540 OpenTable diners.

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