LeChon

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South American
Lechon is a South American dining experience that seamlessly combines the fiery cooking of Argentina, Chile and Patagonia, along with creative inspiration of the chef. Enjoy perfectly charred 28-day dry-aged ribeye, grilled octopus with chorizo, housemade piquillo pepper and pork empanadas, slow roasted lechon, refreshing ceviches and smoked bone marrow.

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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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation to Celebrate our anniversary. Service was great & the food was excellent. Loved all that we ordered including our servers recommendations. The tapas were the right portions. Only disappointment was the way our bill was made out. Didn’t realize there was such a thing as a ‘health & wellness’ charge that I believe was not in the original bill & was not explained to us by our server which was not a big deal but ended up giving more to either the restaurant or server on the tip portion as we left a 15% tip on the bill plus a separate $20 cash tip to our server....smh. Oh and $50 parking violation that we missed by a few minutes...lol. Otherwise a must eatery to visit when in Portland

RC
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great and very well flavored food. Have been trying to get a reservation and finally got one for a Thurs evening. Ambience is good, but noisy. Really excellent and enjoyable food! Very good service.

DS
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Anniversary dinner met with greeting card and Champaign

Just wonderful

AJ
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very surprised to see a handwritten anniversary card at our table with complementary champagnes. Great touch

KS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here for dinner a few times and loved it. Am pleased to report that happy hour, while a different vibe, is just as excellent!

CP
Portland
50 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Four friends spent a wonderful evening over Happy Hour treats and drinks. The service was great and the food even better. We'll definitely return!

RO
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening! My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here, and it was perfect. Everything from the little congratulations note they left us on the table, to the complementary dessert made us feel special and well looked after. Not to mention the food was fantastic - highly recommend the octopus! And the service was great. We will definitely be going back.

DS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was prompt and good. The food was excellent. We’ll definitely be coming back.

JL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had "What the Chef is Eating" for our party of 6 and everyone loved it. They even graciously provided a substitute item to a member of our party who had a food allergy, while not otherwise reducing the amount of food provided to the table. Really great experience.

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The flavors are always amazing. Quality is unwavering.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

doesn’t stage the food so well. all tapas came at once

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food and Joe our waiter was able to speak Spanish to my Argentinian mate with me. Loved the fish tanks, they are mesmerizing, and the food was delicious and came quickly, I see now why it is hard to get a reservation, well done!

Gray Ottley

JM
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal and good service. Not my first visit nor will it be my last.

G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Super slow.

R
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Super expensive for the quality of the food. Overvalued

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely food and service. Highly recommended!

s
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, tasty drinks and mocktails, and a jellyfish bar... this is one of Portland's best.

f
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was my fourth time dining at LeChon. Four of us shared 10+ tapas. The flavors and colors of the meal were incredibly fresh, then they serve the ceviche with dull gray/purple store-bought chips. I simply don't understand!? The patatas were dry. I'll maintain that I loved their brunch best of all. Still sad they discontinued brunch in favor of more money focusing on happy hour. I was "all in" the first couple times I dined at LeChon, but my enthusiasm is fading...

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love dining here

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first restaurant we tried in Oregon. Overall we had a good experience.

e
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All the drinks and food was good. The only one dish of chicken bites was not up to par. It was very dry and not very tasty at all.

MM
San Antonio
30 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As out-of-towners, this was our first visit. So impressed! Have recommended it to my son. The pork chop and bacon wrapped duck breast were divine. Loved the gaucho bread with chimichurri sauce. Enjoyed the vibe. We couldn't have been happier with this delightful spot!

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is always so delicious and the service is great!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was great and all dishes came out in timely fashion. This is one of my new favorite spots in Portland.

K
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and prepared well. Service was great and attentive.

m
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fantastic. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. Food is amazing. Our new favorite place. Don't know how we have been missing it.

KK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food over dressed. The main ingredients flavor was lost in all the sauce.
The shrimp ceviche was the exception. That was excellent!

B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place; have gone multiple times. Fantastic tapa options so you can try lots of amazing things. Great selection of South American Malbecs.

CF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here never disappoints! The avocado and trout toast is one of my favorites, a great combo of flavors.

R
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

DH and I booked an early evening table for our anniversary. We decided to order drinks and a few tapas plates before committing to an entire meal at one location for the night given that Portland is overflowing with delicious and eclectic options for food & cocktails. We arrived on time for our res, and the place was already filling up. However, as we were being led to our seats we were passing by open tables and booths in the main/front area of the restaurant where the action and scenery are a highlight (kitchen, bar, aquariums). We were seated in the very back, in what felt like a completely separate space from the main area. This also happened to be directly adjacent to the hallway where the bathrooms are. We are generally not finicky about where we sit, so long as the food/service is great. But, I think the main draw of this place is the ambiance and you just didn't get that tucked into a corner. Service is definitely on point--prompt and courteous. The food: grilled octopus, "Peruvian" chicken bites, and foraged mushrooms w/egg and toast. The octopus definitely had more tooth to it than I am used to but it wasn't tough and the flavors were delicious. I am not quite sure what made the chicken Peruvian, and while it was tasty, I don't think it is a great representation of tapas (think popcorn chicken tossed in a mildly spicy sauce). The mushrooms hit the mark, perfect egg, wonderful toast. Cocktails were pretty good, and I wouldn't have minded trying one more. But for an anniversary night, we just didn't feel either the lively vibe of downtown, nor the intimate setting of a romantic dinner so we paid up and headed elsewhere. I think you could have a fun meal here with a bigger group or if you specify that you want a table up front. Glad I gave it a try, but I won't be returning.

N
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinners at lechon have been consistently pleasurable. We also love the huge fish & jelly fish tanks. I love the bacon wrapped duck steaks. Keep up the good work!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing and service was great!! Definitely going back!

AP
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at LeChon. Food was AMAZING!! Don’t miss out on their banana chocolate made in heaven dessert - I don’t know what it’s called but you MUST have it.

D
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at LeChon; very good will definitely make it one of my favorites.

SA
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here if you have a large party!

I was trying to find a place to host a large party for my birthday meal. It was super easy to reserve a table of 8 online. They even added a high chair as I requested on the reservation.

We ordered a huge amount of food and it was a great wide variety of food to satisfy toddlers to teens to adults. And even given the large order there was a nice constant flow of yummy foods that came out.

The staff was great and attentive. They even hand wrote nice birthday wishes for me as well as ended the meal with a fruit tart that my daughter just loved.

Would definitely recommend this place for the good food and atmosphere.

Thank you again Le Chon for the great birthday meal!

N
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food. Waitress charged the wrong amount though. Charged $60 instead of $40. So double check before signing and walking away :).

WW
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were joined this evening by friends that had never been to LeChon. They loved the experience almost as much as we did.

MB
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our waiter was too attentive and our food was delivered all at once at a tapas restaurant which is a no-no. The food was very good, specialty drinks were outstanding, and I would recommend this restaurant.

C
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super amazing food and our sever was outstanding. We love Le Chon. One of our favorite restaurants in PDX.

OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food - terrific tapas sharing experience!

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