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For 2
Sun, 2/18
11:30 PM
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Booked 2 times today


489 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Creative Cuisine
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Summer 2017
Lunch: Thursday's 11:15am - 12:00pm
Dinner: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Elevation will be closed for regular dinner reservations this summer.
Elevation Summer Barbecue Series: Buffet-Style Dinners
July 6 - Italian Grill
July 20 - Classic American BBQ
August 10 - Argentinian Grill
August 24 - Global Street Food
Elevation will be closed for all major US holidays, during COCC finals week and during COCC academic breaks
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Phone number
(541) 318-3735
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Instructor David Trask, Restaurant Management Instructors Sam La Duca and Mike Cooper
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Private party facilities
As an applied learning environment for Cascade Culinary Institute students, Elevation has 72 indoor seats, and 30 seats outside (during the summer). The Elevation food philosophy is one that emphasizes the use of local and seasonal ingredients, and regional microbrews and wines.
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Private party contact
Elevation Restaurant: (541) 318-3735
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Cross street
NW Mt. Washington Drive
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Special events & promotions

Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 489 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5  based on recent ratings
Noise · Quiet
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Amazing!!!! We loved our time at elevation so much. The service was impeccable. The food was outstanding. The ambiance was quiet and perfect for us. I would recommend everyone try this place out!

5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Aside from the limited nights they serve dinner—it’s run by the culinary school and its students—I was very pleasantly surprised by how good everything was. It’s in a beautiful wooded setting, a little hard to find, and the building is modern and sleek. The restaurant entrance is around back. I loved the decor and the huge, see-through fireplace. The dinner menu is interesting and as haute cuisine as any celebrated fancy restaurant I’ve been to in Bend. The French onion soup was delicious and the duck breast was really done nicely, if not a touch over cooked. I ordered my duck breast medium rare and it came out with just a hint of pink. It is run by students, after all, and it was delicious so I didn’t send it back. The dessert creme brûlée was also very nice. I didn’t delve too far into the wine list but Elevation had a wine by the glass I was familiar with so I ordered that. Overall, it was a very pleasant surprise and experience and reasonably priced. I’m already making plans to go back for a friend’s birthday dinner.

5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Elevation is my favorite restaurant in Bend for its elegance, professional staff, quiet atmosphere and creative menus!

BillB (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Elevation has consistently offered great food, terrific service, and a nice wooded setting, all perfect for celebrating special occasions.

Logolfgir (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Elevation was recommended to us and we were excited to try it. It is located just a couple of minutes from us on the COCC campus. We were pleasantly surprised and delighted with the ambiance, view, and the feeling of being in a very nice restaurant. The students are lovely and so wanting your feedback. The food was wonderful, there are 3 selections at lunch for entrees and we each had one of the 3 and we all loved the food. We also had the appetizers (soup and salad) which were wonderful as well as was the chocolate torte for dessert. Their prices are extremely reasonable for the selections ($10 for halibut fish and chips which is usually closer to $20).

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Elevation is a beautiful facility with lots of windows to enjoy the view of pine trees. I had the carrot soup for a first course and it was extremely sweet. I should have gotten the salad. My main was halibut fish and chips. The halibut was great as was the tartar sauce with it. The chips were small, over cooked and greasy and I left most of them. Service was pleasant and attentive. It's an enjoyable place to dine and I will return. My impression is the ingredients are high quality and the aim is to provide excellent food and service.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

The food/value is really very good. A nice selection of wine. Friendly not too busy. Everyone is helpful but you have to remember the servers are students and some of them really need some mentoring to help them present themselves more dynamically. That being said, it is a good as any of the better restaurants around and they need the business so go out and support COCC!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a wonderful meal. Service was excellent and friendly. Neat space. Always enjoy coming here.

Neighbors (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Very nice leisurely dinner with excellent food and service. We enjoyed the ambience and low noise level, so rare to find in Bend.

vipjackbend (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

Two couples went out to local venue for an interesting and relaxed dinner. We all choose the steak entrée as it was that or duck which none of us care for or some seafood Newberg which did not smell good. This is a training dinner for the culinary school and is a relaxed experience seeing how the trainees go about all this.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

Outstanding restaurant that is operated by students of the Cascades Culinary Institute.

vipjvmartin0707 (Portland)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

As always, we were served a wonderful meal at Elevation! Mason, our server, was very attentive. We always feel like special guests whenever we dine here. This is the second time I've had the duck, and I would highly recommend it! Splurge and try their chocolate dessert...yum!

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

The space was wellcoming and the staff very attentive through out the evening. We were a party of 6 and all the dishes came out at the same time. The Seafood Newberg was the favourite and we enjoyed tasting such a good variety of dishes. The steak ordered rare was not hot throughout but they took care of that right away. The 2 Birthdays at our table were recognized with a special dessert plate for each. Overall a pleasant experience.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2017

Elevation restaurant is part of the Cascade Culinary Institute, with a mission to train students to become skilled cooks, servers, etc. On some days you might have a server who has mastered his job; on other days one who is still a work in progress. Either way, you can be sure that they are trying their best and are well-supervised. The food is excellent in every way, servers are attentive and eager to please, the atmosphere is warm and inviting and the prices are quite reasonable. Overall, a great place to dine out.

Balz (Portland)
3.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

Most of the food choices were quite good, with only few exceptions. Service was prompt and friendly, if a little unprofessional. My biggest complaint was the high cost. I am not a big spender and don't do these special outings often, but I would be willing to guess that I could dine at nearly any place in town and get a nice dinner for 2 for less then $75 (which was my bill here). Charging for each item is certainly not the way I would run the business and considering it is a school where is that high price coming from. We did enjoy our evening and the atmosphere and staff were fine.