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Executive Chef Jaco Smith consistently pushes the boundaries on traditional Latin fare by incorporating wood-fired flavors into his cuisine while boasting a view of the Willamette River that few Portland restaurants can offer. Smith comes from a large family of cattle, sheep and grain farmers. He started cooking at a young age in his mother’s kitchen. His favorite childhood memories include the tastes of dulce de leche, flan and grilled breads, reminiscent of South American flavors and commonly found on South African kitchen tables.
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
chorizo, fried potatoes, salsa verde, preserved lemon
aji lime amarillo, salsa criolla, avocado, cilantro
sweet potato puree, aji verde, soy sesame bbq glaze
The food was excellent, the service was fantastic, the cocktails were delicious. The only thing I could even think to complain about is the bathrooms were too dark.
This was the best experience. The staff was friendly, the service was great, and the food was amazing as always. I would recommend LeChon to anyone for a special occasion, or just a mid week treat!
Very cool atmosphere. Great cocktails. Outstanding food. Extremely attentive service. Definitely on my favorites list.
I’ve heard great things about this place so with family in town I thought checking out a new place would be really fun. Once we were seated the server didn’t greet us until maybe 10 minutes later. He promptly took our drink order and clarified any questions. Food menu was good, aside from the confusing bits of Asian fusion items. Shrimp ceviche was great, along with the octopus and empanadas. The calamari could’ve been mistaken for panda express orange chicken and the flank steak had undercooked/tough veggies mixed in with it. For the price, I wouldn’t come back for a full dinner, maybe a cocktail and the ceviche.
It was good tapas.
Family vacation visiting relatives. They did a fabulous job to accommodate our party of 9 outside on the patio as we also brought our dog. The food was good, but nothing really wowed us or stood out. For the price, this left a lot to be desired with the tapas plates. Had the wild boar sausage main and it was somewhat disappointing too. The bacon duck breast and grilled octopus were delicious, the bone marrow was overdone but the flatbread and sauce was tasty! Calamari was ok.
Great, unique tapas with excellent culinary skills on display
Every dish was amazing. Thanks to our server and the chef for working hard to accommodate dietary restrictions! Delicious.
Food was so good, my husband and I love all the different flavors
LeChon offers patrons a wonderful setting for enjoying great food and company. Social distancing is followed. Excellent service, and each dish was better than the last. From the Ceviche to the bone marrow, we travel from the east coast and never fail to visit.
Amazing food and service! My party enjoyed the experience
LOVE LeChon. Two dishes that are not to be missed: the shrimp ceviche and pork anticucho, both layered in deep, perfectly balanced, soul-satisfying flavors. I order them every single time I go. I also like to try at least one new thing every time. This time, it was the cornmeal crusted olives. Wow. Paired with an Argentinian Malbec, they were fantastic. The brisket empanadas and the foraged mushrooms are winners, too - but honestly, with this chef and menu, you can't go wrong, no matter what you order.
The food, drinks, and service were all amazing. We love dining here.
We loved the cocktails and the fact that there were so many vegetarian option!
Amazing food and service! The happy hour menu had many great options- including food and drink.
Amazing food and amazing service!!! Wish there was one thing on the menu that sticks so we could say ____ this was our favorite. Everything’s was put favorite.
Good service. Excellent tapas. Good ambiance.
It was great. The kalbi beef short ribs are out of this world.
As always delicious.
Only disappointment is less Argentine food and I truly miss the Asado.
We were pleasantly surprised by the food, service, and overall experience!! One of the best anniversary dinners by far!!
Enjoyed the steak abs octopus. Our server was super friendly and brought us a little treat for our anniversary
We can’t recommend LeChon enough, the food was outstanding, the service excellent and the banana pie was worth a visit all by itself. We will definitely be back.
What the chefs having is the way to go - also you have to have the mushrooms!!! So good!
Lechon overall was an amazing experience and we will definitely be back. The drinks was fabulous, the food was delicious, the service was prompt, and the prices were great.
Graat for a small birthday gathering. Incredible food
We love Lechin, and this trip was no different. Catherine was our server, and she was excellent. I highly recommend.
Outstanding experience! Happy Hour menu is such an awesome deal, especially the cocktails. Outside seating was wonderful next to the riverfront as well.
The chef made a great presentation only to be out performed by the flavors
Excellent date spot. Great ambience. Absolutely perfectly prepared South American dishes. So tasty. The brisket empanadas, bacon wrapped duck, and flank steak were all delicious. The drinks were also top notch. I highly recommend for a date night
Had such an amazing first night out alone since becoming parents 3 months ago! We showed up for our reservation & everything was clean and social distancing was being encouraged. We sat right in front of the kitchen area so there was a potential to be noisey, but it was actually delightful! We got to see and smell everything coming out to the other tables. Highly recommend everything we ordered - Flank steak, pistachio pork chop, Peruvian fried chicken & calamari.
We choose the chefs tasting menu, and were really happy with all the courses. It was the perfect amount of food to satisfy without being stuffed. The weather was nice, so we made our reservation for outdoor seating. Overall a really nice experience.
It was my boyfriends milestone birthday, they gave him a card and brought out dessert with a candle. Simple things, but made the night special. Great experience overall.
Amazing high quality food. Highly recommend and reasonably priced for the quality
First time experiencing this gem, it was a wonderful dining experience. Shared some excellent tapas- the octopus, empanadas, and spiced tuna tiradito. Service, the patio, attention to details to each dish when served, and excellent suggestions to the drink menu. Thank you and will be back!
Exceptional, can’t wait to go back. First, we sat outside. So the “noise level” may be different inside but it was comfortable outside. The outside seating is right on Naito, so I was concerned traffic would be too loud. Not at all. It’s the only option in that area with outdoor seating with a view to the river and it was very nice.
The food was excellent, very solid wine selection with a variety of type and price ranges. Tapas came out hot and timely.
As is (sadly) common in Portland, a homeless person came through the seating area and tried to engage some patrons. The host came out immediately and the way he handled it would be enough for me to go back again. He kindly asked the man to walk with him to the outside of the seating area, listened to what the man needed, and a couple minutes later came out with some water to give him (the man had sat down on the sidewalk). In other words, he treated him as the human being that he is.
The chef delivered one of our selections and we struck up a conversation with him. He was personal and engaging. We look forward to supporting him and his team again with future business based on our overall experience.
Thank you so much for the personalized service and wonderful food choices ...AND also fabulous job on being “Covid safe”
We are both immunosuppressed so it’s was great being out and having that sense of safety.
you, truly made it a memorable evening for two friends, reconnecting.
The service, the food the drinks, all perfection, as always
Fantastic food and great service are a constant here. Great location for date night.
Excellent drinks and meal. We were seated promptly, great service but not overbearing!
LeChon has incredibly flavorful food. It is a treat every time I enjoy a meal there. Highly recommend!
LeChon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 219-9000.
LeChon is rated 4.8 stars by 1828 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.